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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 e-mail to by Friday, April 18 for a Wednesday, April 23 publication.


coffeebreakVPAA Finalists on Campus
Beginning Monday, April 28 and continuing through the week, four finalists for the vice president of academic affairs (VPAA) position will be visiting Averett for their one-on-one interviews as well as group interviews. Each day a different candidate will be on campus. Their schedules will be extremely busy as their visits will likely only be for one (full) day.

A very important part of the candidates' interview process will be to meet with faculty, staff and students in an open session to allow us to learn more about them and for them to learn more about us. This open session with the campus community will occur daily (April 28-May 1) from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the multipurpose room. This will be your opportunity to help select the best candidate for Averett's new vice president for academic affairs.

The candidate will be asked to make brief introductory remarks, followed by time for questions and answers, and then there will be an informal reception that will allow people to talk with the candidate individually. Your contribution to this process is extremely valuable. A brief profile of each finalist will be made available to the campus along with a way for you to provide your feedback.

coffeebreakEaster Weekend Hours
The Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University will be closed Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 in observance of the Easter holiday.

coffeebreakBookstore Announces Summer Hours
The Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University will begin its summer hours Monday, May 12. Those hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday 12-3 p.m.

Regular store hours will resume Monday, August 11. Visit the bookstore's website by clicking here.

coffeebreakDan River Autism Awareness 5K
On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the new incidence rate of autism based on a multi-state comprehensive study. Using 11 states' data, the CDC determined a 30 percent increase in the prevalence of autism in 8 year-old children. The numbers increased from 1:88 to 1:68. This, of course, varied among states, as Alabama's rate was 1:175 and New Jersey's rate was 1:45. The 11 states that participated were Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey. This study also showed 1:42 boys were diagnosed and 1:189 girls; indicating boys were 4.5 times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder.

Based on this new information, it is obvious there is a need for more support and awareness of this growing neurological disorder! Help those in our community raise awareness and funds to do just this. Show your support of Averett's Autism Initiative, and participate in the Dan River Autism Awareness 5K! Averett's team name is AU 4 ASD. Let's work together to increase autism awareness! The link to register or support is here.

coffeebreakSummer Series of Something
The University's annual Summer Series of Something focuses on preservation this year. Bob Anthony, administrative director of the Danville Heart and Vascular Center, will present a program on Preserving Your Heart on July 10; Lisa Stewart, senior accountant, will host a workshop on Preserving Memories through Scrapbooking on July 17; and Lee Sandstead, assistant art professor, will present Preserving Memory in Art and Travel on Thursday, July 24. All presentations will be held in the multipurpose room.

Additional information is available on the Averett Community Calendar. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

coffeebreakEnd of Year Luncheon
Invitations for the Faculty/Staff, Retiree Appreciation Luncheon on May 8 were emailed last Thursday (April 10). If you did not receive the invitation, check your junk email folder in case it was misdirected. Please RSVP to the invitation by Friday, April 25.

coffeebreakStaff Council Announcements
The minutes for the March 20 University Staff Meeting have been posted to the Intranet. Please read them at your convenience.

The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center, followed at 11:15 a.m. by the University Staff Meeting. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Staff, please start thinking about professional service and consider serving on Staff Council. If there is someone you would like to nominate, talk to them and see if they're open to the idea. Four members are finishing their terms so their positions will need to be filled.

coffeebreakProvide Clean Drinking Water
Enactus, one of our student organizations, is wrapping up their humanitarian projects for the semester. The group is collecting funds to purchase Lifestraws, a water purification system. For each Lifestraw purchased, one child will have clean water for a year. Purchase one straw for $10 or three for $25. This is a tax deductible contribution.

For more information about Lifestraw visit To make a contribution contact Dr. Nancy Ryan, the group's advisor, at

coffeebreakProject Sole
Enactus continues to collect new or lightly used shoes through the end of the semester for Project Sole, now known as Shoe Good. Boxes are placed on the third and fourth floors of Frith Hall, in Jut's Café, the fitness center, the North Campus gym, the Student Success Center, Averett Central and Davenport Hall.

For more information about Project Sole, visit their website at

coffeebreak30 Seconds
For this week's edition of 30 Seconds please click here.



coffeebreakRiedel Creates Student Fund
Dr. Pam Riedel, education professor, has created a restricted fund to help education majors who want to travel to Wales in May as part of the department's partnership with the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Students who travel to Wales spend two weeks as teacher assistants at the Model School there at the university. For more information about the restricted fund, or to contribute to it, please contact Pam at or ext. 15744.

coffeebreakVanderlinden Elected to Board
Dr. Mary Vanderlinden, dean of student success, was recently elected to the board of directors as treasurer for North Carolina Pet Partners. North Carolina Pet Partners is part of an international organization dedicated to community outreach and training animal/human teams to provide a variety of therapy activities to people of all ages.

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One of the STAY committees, the Student Satisfaction Committee, has been conducting student satisfaction surveys and focus groups. The people and offices featured here have been continually recognized for their outstanding service to students.


Administrative Professionals Day

The Southside Virginia Chapter of SHRM will be holding a luncheon seminar on Wednesday, April 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) to recognize administrative professionals in and around the Danville area. Visit the SVSHRM website by clicking here for more information and to register online for the luncheon.

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Sports events:

April 23, 2014
Baseball @ Marymount University

April 25, 2014
Baseball @ Covenant College (DH)

April 26, 2014
Baseball @ Covenant College



Changes in GPS Leadership Announced

Renowned Sport Science Expert to Have New Role at Averett

Wilson Named as Men's Head Soccer Coach

Annual Student Art Show to be Held at Averett