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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 Aug. 29 for a Sept. 5 publication.


coffeebreakUniversity Closed Labor Day
University offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. Classes and office hours will resume Tuesday at their regularly scheduled time.

coffeebreakWanted: Conduct Board Members
The dean of students' office is searching for students to serve on the Averett University Conduct Board. Please consider recommending students you advise, teach, coach, or otherwise work with whom you think would contribute positively to this aspect of campus life. You can send the names to Bill Woodward by Wednesday, Sept. 5 and he will send them application materials. Ideally, there will be a board of students who represent the entire student body - even students who have previously made their way through the conduct system are eligible to apply.

Students selected to serve on the board will be responsible for upholding community standards through the University's conduct process. The student board members also will work with the faculty and staff serving on the board to review the current code of conduct and provide insight regarding the policies and procedures of Averett's discipline process.

Staff members who are interested in serving on the conduct board should contact Bill by the above date, as well.

coffeebreakStock the Bus
The GPS Program here in Danville is collecting school supplies in support of the Fill the Bus Campaign conducted by First State Bank. A collection box will be located at the Riverview Campus next to the security desk until Thursday, Aug. 30. Items requested include Ziploc bags, paper, pencils, rulers, tissues, erasers, scissors, notebooks, hand sanitizer, crayons, Clorox wipes and glue sticks.

Please help us fill our box to help area children have the school supplies they need for this year. The school supplies will be delivered to First State Bank on Aug. 30.

coffeebreakCommunity Survey
The Downtown Danville Association, Danville Regional Foundation, Danville Industrial Development Authority and the City of Danville are conducting a community opinion poll to engage the community in making plans for the old Downtowner site. They want to hear from you. Please take the time to offer your opinion. Survey

coffeebreakMoodle Activities Workshop Offered
Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry invites you to register for a hands-on workshop on Moodle activities, Sept. 11 and 13 at 11:15 a.m. on the Main Campus. This one-hour workshop provides an overview of each of the 11 activity options in Moodle 2.2, with in-depth focus and practice on Chat and Forum. See the schedule of upcoming workshops to register. If you're interested but can't attend, contact Kim to schedule an extra workshop or a personal training session.

coffeebreakSam's Club Rep on Campus
Karen Shields, the University's Sam's Club representative, will be on campus Monday, Sept. 24 and Thursday, Sept. 24 to register new customers and renew memberships expiring in September or October 2012. She will be set up in the dining hall from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

coffeebreakCustomer Service Workshop
The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a customer service workshop on Thursday, Sept. 13 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center (149 Piney Forest Rd.). The cost to attend is $20 per person and includes lunch.

If you would like to attend register online or call the Chamber at (434) 836-6990.

coffeebreak30 Seconds of Encouragement
This week, Chaplain Jamie Williford talks about new transitions and how they are often overwhelming. New Transitions



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


As an alumna, Sherri Garrett '91 is no stranger to Averett and now she's back, not just as a lab assistant in the nursing program but as a student in the program as well. Sherri was born and raised in Danville and pursued a degree in English/journalism-communications because she wanted to pursue a career in television. It's such a competitive field and as someone more timid she found it difficult.

She returned to school and graduated from DRMC's School of Nursing in 1998, finding her niche in pediatrics. "I love children and I love seeing them get well," Sherri said. "It was a perfect fit for me."

Sherri has been happily married to Jack Garrett '79 for nearly 19 years and they have three children.


Residence Life Welcomes two new Graduate Hall Directors to its staff:

Joel Simpson graduated from Averett with a bachelor of science in aviation management: flight operations in 2011. Last year he served the University as a flight instructor. While an undergrad at AU, Joel served residence life for three years as a resident assistant, and was an active member of the international student organization on campus. Joel is celebrating a recent engagement to Michelle Sposato, who is completing her M.Ed. at James Madison University. Joel will be pursuing his MBA while serving residence life as a hall director for the Main Building Complex.


John Parkin graduated from Averett with a bachelor of science in sociology concentrating in criminal justice in 2010. Since graduation, he has been living and working in Daytona Beach, Fla. where he attended Phoenix East Aviation and earned his Aircraft Dispatcher License. John is excited for the opportunity to give back to residence life and the Averett University community. While an undergrad at AU, John served residence life for three years as a resident assistant and was an active member of the international student organization on campus. John will be pursuing his MBA while serving residence life as a hall director for the Mt. View Apartments.


The office of institutional advancement is pleased to announce that Edward "Ed" Jones will be joining their team as the new director of marketing and communication in September. Ed received his bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Davidson College. Before becoming director of marketing at Belmont Abbey College, he was a writer and associate creative director at Loeffler Ketchum Mountjoy, an advertising agency in Charlotte, N.C. During his advertising career, Ed won more than 350 local, regional and national awards for creativity, including two Clio Awards.

During his five-year tenure at Belmont Abbey, the college set new records for applications every year, total enrollment increased by 28 percent and the advertising and public relations campaigns Ed's team produced garnered significant national recognition for the Abbey.

Ed is married to Ann Arey Jones, who grew up in Danville, and they have two children: Christopher, 25, who works on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Ark.); and Patrick, 22, who is an up-and-coming actor in New York City.






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Fac/Staff events:

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

April 23, 2015
Staff Meeting

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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