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CoffeeBreak is a newsletter distributed to Averett faculty and staff to keep them up to date on campus activities and information.

Please send information you would like included in CoffeeBreak via this form by Dec. 7 for a Dec. 14 publication.


coffeebreak Inclement Weather Policy
'Tis the season when inclement weather occurs more frequently. This is a friendly reminder of what you can do to stay informed of how inclement weather may impact Averett's schedule. We use a mix of media to inform students and employees of closings. Refresh your memory about how you can find out if Averett will be closed or delayed. Read more
coffeebreakChanticleer Staff Decorates Tree for Charity
Members of Averett's Chanticleer news magazine staff are hoping you will help them raise money for two area charities - The ARC of the Southside and Kids Path. The staff decorated a Christmas tree as part of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research's "Decorating Trees for a Cause" program.

The "Chanti-tree" features ornaments that reflect the students' work on the news magazine throughout recent semesters. Visitors to the Institute can view the trees daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., through noon December 22. Visitors then vote for their favorite by making a donation to that particular tree, with each penny equaling one vote. The tree collecting the most votes wins all of the proceeds. If their tree wins, The Chanticleer staff will donate the proceeds to The Arc of Southside and Kids Path.

Members of The Chanticleer staff can sense the larger implications of being involved with such a project. "The Chanticleer is so much more than a monthly news magazine and we are ready to make our presence known in this area. Being involved with community outreach endeavors is of equal importance to the experience we obtain in the newsroom," said Editor-in-Chief Bobby Allen Roach.

The Arc of Southside promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Services of the Arc of Southside include M.T. Sorrell residential facility, White Oak School and The Hatcher Center.

Kids Path is a specialized program for children living with serious, progressive medical conditions. In addition, Kids Path provides support for children and youth experiencing the grief associated with the illness or death of a loved one. Kids Path was founded by Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

coffeebreakNew Job Posting
There is a new job posting on the web for a chief information officer (CIO). The CIO/director of information technology services will report to the chief financial officer/vice president for business and finance and will maintain effective and close working relations with the vice president for academic affairs and other president's council leaders at the University.

For more information about this position visit Jobs @ Averett.

coffeebreak"Paws for a Cause" Wrap up
Many thanks to everyone on campus who donated items to "Paws for a Cause" during the month of November. The pet drive collected more than 575 items - including food, blankets, treats, toys, bowls and cleaning supplies - for the Danville Area Humane Society and The Carolina Veterinary Assistance and Adoption Group.

coffeebreakFaculty and Staff Annual Campaign Update
The faculty and staff annual giving campaign is nearing an end. Thank you to those who have already given. If you would like to make a gift before the end of the year there is still time to do so. Click For More Information



coffeebreakFerguson Published in Running Journal
Dr. Richard Ferguson, chair and professor in the physical education wellness and sport science department, had an article published in "Running Journal" last month. To read his article visit Running Journal.



Admissions Staff to Present at Conference
Janet Schwalenberg, associate director of admissions, and Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment management, will be featured presenters this year at the annual Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers conference on December 12-13 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. Schwalenberg will present a workshop on "Cross Campus Communication for Independent Students' Enrollment and Success" and Jones will present on "Early Identification and Intervention of At-Risk Students."

coffeebreakMBA Students Finish Coursework
The Tidewater Region is pleased to announce the following MBA students have finished their coursework for the Adult Professional Program:
Back row (l to r): Kevin Rock, Linda Stevenson, Naveen Kumar, April Sherman, Gary Parker, Front row (l to r): Felicia Holland, Lindaleah Johnson, Crystal McNair

Not pictured: Michelle Campbell and Samantha Heller

Congratulations, everyone!

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Fac/Staff events:

December 8, 2011
STAY Retention Meeting - Student Transition Committee

December 13, 2011
Strategic Planning Stewardship Meeting

January 10, 2012
Strategic Planning Stewardship Meeting

Academic events:

December 16, 2011
Admissions Christmas Open House

Arts events:

December 6, 2011
1859 - Coffeehouse Lecture Series

January 31, 2012
1859 - Coffehouse Lecture Series

February 23, 2012
"All My Sons"

Sports events:

December 10, 2011
Men's Basketball @ High Point University

December 11, 2011
Women's Basketball @ Roanoke College

December 14, 2011
Women's Basketball @ The Apprentice School



Reconciliation Paves Way for New Beginnings

Former President of Smart Start to Speak at Commencement

Carrington Autism Resource Center Opens

Education Students Present at State Conference

Area University Opens Autistic Resource Center

A Sideline View to Die For

Flying Cougars Headed to National Competition

Averett and Virginia Baptists Restore Relationship