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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 March 21 for a March 28 publication.


coffeebreakChanges in Positions
As part of our "One Averett" strategy, Dr. Stuart Jones will now manage all of Averett's enrollment efforts, including those for Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) and the Individually Designed Education for the Adult Learner (IDEAL) programs. The GPS enrollment team members around the state will report to Jones. This restructuring also enables Dr. Michael Parsons and his team to focus more on innovative program development and student services, which will be key to increasing enrollment in Averett's adult learner programs in the long term. Parson's team will now include the IDEAL program as part of the strategic effort to expand Averett's already strong array of off-campus, accelerated and distance education programs.

For more information about the change click here.

coffeebreakUpcoming Career Services Events
Career Services will sponsor a Polished by Professionals mock interview and résumé review program on Tuesday, March 27, in the Student Center's multipurpose Room from 1-4 p.m. This program utilizes alumni and community members to conduct résumé reviews and mock interviews for students as well as provides a networking opportunity.

Then on March 28, the Career Premiere Job & Internship Fair will take place at the Salem Civic Center from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Averett, in collaboration with other schools including Radford University, Ferrum College and Bridgewater College, is hosting the event, which is open to students from these schools only. More than 40 employers are signed up, although more are expected. For more information on companies attending the fair, log on to Transportation will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Students may sign up in Career Services or by emailing Petrina Carter.

coffeebreakSupport the Special Olympics
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is raising money for Danville's Special Olympics. They have placed "Pennies for a Purpose" jars around campus to collect loose change. Last year, the admissions office raised the most money – about $40. Money will be collected and counted by March 31.

In addition to collecting money in the jars, SAAC is holding a corn hole tournament on March 23 at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Averett Commons Apartments. It costs a dollar per-player per-game. All money goes towards "Pennies for a Purpose." Free food will be provided. Faculty and staff are invited to attend and show off their skills.

coffeebreakSatisfy Your Curiosity
If you've always been curious about the opera, but haven't been sure about sitting through a long concert, tonight's Arts@Averett event might be right for you. This evening, at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium the Virginia Opera will perform "An Evening of Opera and Broadway." The concert features soaring opera arias and popular Broadway melodies. It is free and open to the public.

coffeebreakThe Visual Word Form
The annual Averett Student Art Show opens Saturday, March 24 in the multipurpose room of the Student Center and will be on display through April 14. Stop by and see what our art students creating.

coffeebreakLetter Template Available Online
The University has a standard template for all external letters. You can find this template on the University's website under Faculty/Staff Forms >Other >Letter Template. Please use this format for all external letters.

coffeebreakFinal Averett Craft Display April 4
The last campus-wide Coffee Break and Craft Display will be on Wednesday, April 4. This is your last chance to showcase your craft skills. If you'd like to exhibit, register here.

Thanks to the exhibitors at the first three displays - you have amazing skills! We've really enjoyed learning more about all of you.

coffeebreakA Look at Religion
Mark your calendars for the University's final 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series event of the semester, which will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Jut's Café. Dr. Bill Trakas will present "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Crusades" and Dr. William Trimyer will present "Customs and Definitions of Religions." The event is free and open to the public.



coffeebreakFurry Support Continues
Averett's GPS Danville team participated in a community service project to support our four legged friends on Feb. 23 - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. The GPS admissions team partnered with student services and encouraged students to give boxes of biscuits. The response from students and staff was fantastic! Over the span of a day, a large box filled with treats was collected and donated to the Danville Area Humane Society.

coffeebreakGraves to Perform at The Prizery
Marquita Graves, administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, will perform in the Broadway Musical "Dreamgirls" at The Prizery in South Boston March 22-24, 27, 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. and a 3 p.m. matinee performance March 25.

Graves plays Lorrell Robinson, a character inspired by Mary Wilson, a member of The Supremes. Her character is a good-natured background singer with The Dreams who falls deeply in love with the married Jimmy Early and becomes his mistress.

Tickets may be purchased online at and are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for youth.

coffeebreakHarden Performs at Tate Street Coffee House
Kevin Harden, social science librarian and associate professor, enjoys playing pop rock acoustic guitar at regional music spots. He recently played at Tate Street Coffee House in Greensboro, N.C. Linda and Steve Lemery along with Jim Verdini were in the audience and really enjoyed the event. Linda particularly enjoyed the Bob Dylan pieces. Way to go, Kevin!

A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Patrick Henry, who has joined the Averett football team as the passing game coordinator for the Cougars' offense and the team's quarterbacks coach. Henry previously served as a graduate assistant coach at Division I Ball State University, where he coached offense for two years. He played quarterback at Defiance College from 2001-04, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in integrated social studies in secondary education. He earned his master's of education from Clarion University in 2006.

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