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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 May 23 for a May 30 publication.


coffeebreakAdmissions Unveils New Website
With Averett's enrollment goals in mind, our Webmaster Amelia Brantley and a team of five set out to redesign the admissions portion of the website to better serve online visitors.

Launched on Friday, May 11, the new site features a self-identifying navigational structure that guides prospective students through the admissions process in a more personal way. In addition, there are new graphics and videos made commercially and in-house and a new online 'map to admission.'

We invite you to visit the new admissions site and check out the changes.

coffeebreakOutlook Calendar Training Offered
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in a hands-on workshop by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on Outlook: Calendar Basics. Participants will explore how to use Outlook Calendar to enhance efficiency and productivity.

This one-hour workshop will be offered in the Frith 207 Computer Lab on:
Outlook 2003: Calendar Basics, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 30
Outlook 2003: Calendar Basics, 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 5
Outlook 2007: Calendar Basics, 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 6
Outlook 2007: Calendar Basics, 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 7
Outlook 2007: Calendar Basics, 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12
Outlook 2010: Calendar Basics, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13
Outlook 2010: Calendar Basics, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14

Limited seating is available, but should these workshops fill up, additional dates will be offered. Please register here to reserve your seat.

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to suggest topics for future workshops, please email Kim at

coffeebreakLive Healthy Update
Averett's Less is More Team came in first in Danville in both weight loss and in activity minutes for the 2012 Live Health America initiative! Go, team!



coffeebreakFLOW TV Contributing Editor
Dr. Mary Vanderlinden, dean of student success, has been selected as a contributing editor for FLOW TV, an online magazine that covers television and media culture. She will publish three articles on racial stereotypes and cliched portrayals on television and the affects those illustrations have on our lives.

FLOW TV is published by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas-Austin.

coffeebreakJones to Speak About One-Stop Shop
Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment, has been invited to Wesley College in Dover, Del. with the Performa Higher Education consulting team to share information regarding Averett's successful creation and launch of Averett Central. Jones has also been invited to give a presentation about Averett Central to other colleges and universities on July 17 at the annual National Small College Enrollment Conference in Asheville, N.C.

coffeebreakGPS Students Help Raise Money for Haven
Several students in the MBA program recently held a fundraiser to support Haven, a new organization in Danville that supports those affected by domestic violence. The members of the study team who helped with the fundraiser are: Ralph Elder, Teresa Wiseman, Brad Hartman, Faith Campbell and David Hudson. To read more about the fundraiser, click here.

coffeebreakGPS' Central Region Staff Blitzes Military
Danielle Carpenter, enrollment counselor, shared what the enrollment team for the GPS' Central Region has been up to lately.

The team recently organized a military blitz to support our troops. Goodie bags filled with candy, promotional items and a hand-written thank you note were delivered to more than 80 different military installations (Navy, Marines, Army, recruiting offices, reserves and National Guards) in the Metro-Richmond, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia and Petersburg areas.

The military blitz generated 89 new inquiries and 25 new corporate contacts were established. This resulted in 17 new corporate appointments and 16 new events scheduled.

Way to go Team Central!

coffeebreakThank you!
A million thanks to the exhibitors who displayed their crafts in the Averett Craft Display. We learned so much about each other and our areas of expertise that we otherwise would never have known about. The displays were so successful because of the participants, and we thank you for that. Thanks too, to all those who attended the Campus-Wide Coffee Breaks this spring - we really enjoyed chatting and exchanging ideas with you!

Linda Lemery and Charlotte Wilson

coffeebreakIntroducing New Staff Council Members
The newest members of Staff Council, who will serve for the next two years, are:
Lisa Stewart, senior accountant
Dana Mehalko, academic advisor for the GPS Program
Linda Lemery, circulation manager
Amelia Brantley, webmaster

Congratulations, everyone!

A warm Averett welcome is extended to:

 An old kid on the block is new again. We welcome back Don D'Alfonzo to the information technology department. Effective May 21, Don will serve as network administrator. Reporting to CIO Tom McMurtry, Don will be responsible for maintaining the network and our Linux servers. Don returns to Averett after serving 10 years, most recently as director of technology. Welcome back, Don!






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October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting

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October 23, 2014
Student Art Show

October 23, 2014
Student Art Show

October 23, 2014
Art History Presentation

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October 24, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. North Carolina Wesleyan

October 24, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Covenant College

October 24, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Covenant College



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