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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 Jan. 30 for a Feb. 4 publication.


coffeebreakCandidates on Campus
Four candidates for the Director of Career Development position will be visiting Averett in the coming weeks. Two of them will be here during the week of Feb. 2 - Barbara Waldron will visit on Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Tiffany Alderson on Thursday, Feb. 5.

Both candidates will deliver a presentation open to all faculty and staff at 11:15 a.m. in Bishop 304. Please join us to hear from these candidates.

coffeebreakLecture on Lifting Depression
Dr. Kelly Lambert, a research neuropsychologist and professor at Randolph Macon College, will present "Prehistoric Prozac: Lifting Depression Using the Brain's Healing Power" on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room of the Student Center. Grab your lunch in the dining hall and join her for an interesting discussion about ways to beat the "winter blues." A session for students will be held in Blount Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend either session.

This is a program in the LEAP series sponsored by Student Life. Contact Joan Kahwajy-Anderson or Sandy Bash for more information.

coffeebreakTickets Available for Concert
There are a limited number of free tickets available for the Feb. 3 concert sponsored by the Danville Concert Association. If you would like to see the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México perform, please contact Jennifer Hooper. Tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

coffeebreakCall for Submissions
Thanks for all the submissions we've received so far for this year's "Averett Journal." We'd love to see yours!

Send scholarly articles to include under the Scholarship and Commentary category; reviews of books for the Book Reviews category; and your creative work for The Creative Pages. That includes black and white photographs that are submitted as jpeg files. Please send all submissions to Jane Wiseman.

"The Averett Journal" is open to submissions from all Averett faculty and staff.

coffeebreakStaff Meeting
The University-wide Staff Meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 29) at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. We hope to see everyone there.

coffeebreakMLK Day of Service
This year's #MLKDayofService was a huge success, and we want to thank everyone involved! We were able to collect and sort 633 pounds of food for God's Storehouse, prepare 200 bagged lunches for the homeless community, make 185 inspiring cards for youth attending Project Ruth in Romania and clear land for a new community garden in Danville. We had 100 volunteers from Averett, Danville Community College and local high schools who joined us to make it a day on, not a day off. We want to especially thank Melanie Lewis, Felix Mann and Philip Wilson for encouraging their class or team to get involved. We look forward to working with even more students and faculty next year!

coffeebreakNew Job Posting
There are new positions open on campus which have been posted online - facility monitors for the various GPS regions and the administrative assistant for the vice president for academic advancement. For more information, or to apply for these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

coffeebreakRA Recommendations Sought
The Residence Life Office is now accepting applications for Resident Assistants for the 2015-2016 academic year. If anyone has a student they would like to recommend, please direct them to the Averett website or send their name to Kyle Patterson or Sandy Bash and they will contact them. The application for new RA's is available online.

The second annual IdeaFest will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. IdeaFest is a celebration of entrepreneurship, featuring a start-up skills workshop, a business pitch competition and a networking reception.

We are looking for student, faculty and staff volunteers to serve at IdeaFest, so please contact Rachel Covington if you are interested in learning more. Even if you can't volunteer, please try to attend the event - it is very inspiring and lots of fun! To learn more about IdeaFest, please click here.

coffeebreakSam's Club Rep on Campus
Karen Shields, our Sam's Club representative, will be in the dining room to renew and register new members. Gift cards are available to all who renew and subscribe for a 2015-16 membership. If you need to renew, or sign up for a membership, visit the dining hall on the following days and times:

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



coffeebreakStevens to Give Keynote
Athletics Director Meg Stevens will be the keynote speaker at the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar later this week (Jan. 28-30) in Indianapolis, Ind. She will address more than 200 graduate assistants and interns.

The Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) is an annual professional development event providing effective leadership, educational and transitional programming for graduate assistants and interns at NCAA membership institutions, conference offices and affiliate organizations.

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Fac/Staff events:

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

April 23, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

No events to show at this time.

Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

February 5, 2015
AndJam Jazz Trio

February 10, 2015
1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series

February 17, 2015
"A Long Civil Rights Movement"

Sports events:

January 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ

February 4, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Ferrum College



Theatre Department to Hold Auditions for "Sweet Charity"

Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

Student Creates Publication for Cardiology Patients

Floyd & Marietta Smith Scholarship Awarded to Martinsville Resident