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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 April 4 for a April 11 publication.


coffeebreakFaculty and Staff of the Year Award
The annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff awards will be issued on April 26, during a luncheon for faculty, staff and retirees. Nominating a faculty or staff member for this award is a great way to recognize a co-worker, instructor, peer or mentor who has had a significant impact on Averett University. Visit the faculty/staff page for more information about the award.

All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6. Nominations should be sent in confidence via e-mail to

Everyone is encouraged to participate!

coffeebreakCelebrate Good Times
Be on the lookout for your invitation to the Faculty, Staff & Retirees Appreciation Luncheon which is Thursday, April 26. Invitations will arrive via email from punchbowl later this week.

coffeebreakAuthor Coming to Campus April 10
Author Dr. Casey Clabough will conduct a reading from his forthcoming historical novel "Confederado: A Novel of the Americas" in Blount Chapel, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Clabough is an associate professor of English at Lynchburg College. The event is free.

A book signing will follow the reading. Please encourage all students to attend.

coffeebreakA Doggone Relaxing Day
On Tuesday, April 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the Danville Area Humane Society will have puppies on the Student Center lawn for a bit of de-stressing, ball throwing fun. AU employees can also join the festivities by bringing their own canine friends to campus for the day.

If you're interested in participating and/or bringing your own pooch, contact Mary Vanderlinden.

coffeebreakAdministrative Professionals Luncheon
The Southside SHRM group (affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management) will host a luncheon in recognition of Administrative Professionals Day.

The luncheon is open to the public and will be held on Friday, April 27 at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Tiffany M. Franks will be the guest speaker.

There will be door prizes and a special gift for each guest. The cost for the program and lunch is $25 per person. More details to come.

coffeebreakPlay Ball!
The intramural sports department invites all staff and faculty to participate in the second annual Staff and Student Softball Game Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. on the women's softball field. The first fifteen staff and faculty members to sign-up will be placed on the team roster. The team will also need assistant coaches. To sign-up or for more information please contact Rowland Tolliver or Carl Bradsher.

The faculty and staff team will practice April 18 and 19 at 6 p.m. If it rains on game day, the game will be made up on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

After the game there will be a reception with food and refreshments. All staff and faculty members are encouraged to bring their families and lawn chairs to cheer on the team.

coffeebreakBookstore holiday closing
The bookstore will be closed Sunday April 8 in observance of the Easter Holiday.

healthy solutions

“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”—John Locke

coffeebreakWellness Screenings Scheduled
Averett University is pleased to announce that free onsite health screenings will be offered April 18 & 19 from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room for all employees, spouses, and adult children (ages 18-26) on the Averett University Employee Health Plan.
Sign up online by visiting, select "login, members" and login to your personal health record. If you have not registered previously, click the "register" link to sign in and complete the required information.

Once you complete your Health Risk Assessment, you will be directed to select a date and time for your onsite screening.

coffeebreakSalads…More Than Meets the Eye
Too often a salad is thought of as a side-dish, and even then it is quickly thrown together then covered in a heavy dressing. Of course there is no right or wrong way to make a salad, but keep in mind the amazing nutritional opportunity a salad can present. Using high quality vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy products and proteins will not only ensure the highest nutrient content, it will also ensure high-quality taste. Salads make wonderful main course dishes when lean protein sources and healthy fat sources are among the ingredients.

For more information and recipes follow the link to Train for Life America.



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Tom McMurtry will be joining Averett University on April 9 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Director of Information Technology Services. Tom will lead the IT Services team and will focus on enhancing technology at Averett.

For more about this story, please visit: mcmurtry.php






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Fac/Staff events:

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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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 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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