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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 Jan. 18 for a Jan. 25 publication.


coffeebreakUniversity to Celebrate Founders' Day
Please make plans to join us Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11:15 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium for the University's annual Founders' Day celebration. The Rev. John Upton Jr. '74, will be this year's featured speaker. Along with recognizing faculty and staff for their years of service, there will be an exciting announcement during the event.

coffeebreakRedesigned Averett Website Goes Live Tomorrow
On Thursday, January 19, Averett will introduce a redesigned web site. The new site is vastly improved in several key areas, and is designed to make a positive visual impression on all site visitors. Thank you, for your support of our improved site. You will find most of the information you use on a daily basis under the “Fac/Staff” heading in the top navigational menu. Please submit any feedback (compliments, questions, etc.) about the new page online at:

For more information about the new website click here.

coffeebreakWanted: A Server's Heart
It's been four long years and the end is finally in sight. At 6 p.m. on Feb. 1 the alumni office will host a senior dinner, celebrating the countdown to graduation. As is the tradition, the alumni office is looking for faculty and staff who have worked with the students to act as servers for the dinner.

If you are willing to help, please email Dan Hayes.

Note: The date in last week's Coffee Break was incorrect.

coffeebreakLive Healthy Challenge Reminder
If you're interested in joining Averett's Live Healthy America team, please contact Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or For more details, check the Jan. 11 issue of Coffeebreak or read about the program at Live Healthy America.

coffeebreakAverett Craft Display
The Jan. 11 Averett Craft Display was a huge success. Thanks to the 12 exhibitors who displayed an amazing span and depth of work! If you'd like to exhibit your crafts at the next event, registration forms (scroll toward the bottom of the link) are now being accepted for the Feb. 1 craft display during the campus-wide coffee break from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, call Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147. See you there!

coffeebreakNew Position Opening
Dr. Janet Laughlin invites qualified applicants to apply for the newly added full-time administrative assistant position in the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) office. For more information, visit Averett Jobs.

coffeebreakSeeking Nominations
The office of residence life needs help. It is time for them to hire resident advisors (RAs) for 2012-13. They are soliciting nominations of students who have the maturity, time management/organizational and leadership skills to be great student leaders for our residential students.

Please submit your nominations (names) to Marsha Foster or contact the office of residence life at ext. 15622.

healthy solutions

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

coffeebreakAmendment to the University Health Plan
The Wellness Services section of the Averett University Health Plan has been amended to add the following for 2012. Flu shots will now be payable at 100 percent when administered by an In-Network provider. For example, if you are having prescriptions filled at CVS, which is an In-Network provider, then you will also be able to add your flu shot to their list of services. The pharmacy will submit the cost of the service for you. Click on faculty/staff forms for more information concerning this amendment.

Feel free to contact Kathie Tune in the human resources office with questions.

coffeebreakNew Year's Fitness Goals
As you set fitness goals for yourself in the New Year here are some pointers to keep you on a balanced path:

1. Schedule time throughout the week for your workout. Keep in mind that you can break it into 10- or 15-minute periods that you can work into your day.
2. Plan for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise.
3. Include strength training at least two days a week that works all your major muscle groups.
4. Select your activities based on your personal interests. Do you like to work out in a group or alone? Do you enjoy swimming, biking or running or do you prefer playing tennis, dancing or skating?

For more recommendations on a balanced fitness program click here and for more articles and videos on wellness related issues please visit the health library.



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Dr. Michael Parsons joined Averett Jan. 3 as the associate vice president of the Graduate and Professional Studies Program. He brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to Averett. Most recently, Michael served as the associate director for student services and operations at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi Women's College in the United Arab Emirates.

He was awarded a Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University. He also holds the distinction of Fulbright Senior Scholar at Karaganda State University in Karaganda, Republic of Kazakhstan.

Michael and his wife, Alla, have two daughters and two grandchildren and enjoy traveling abroad. Welcome Michael and Alla!

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Fac/Staff events:

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting

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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 28, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Greensboro College

January 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ



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