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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 June 6 for a June 13 publication.


coffeebreakIn case you get inquiries . . .
A Cougar Challenge Camp for fourth graders is being held June 4-15 at the North Campus. The day begins at 9 a.m. with students working on physical fitness and personal/social responsibility in the morning and then in the afternoon they will spend time working on engineering challenges and problem-based learning.

coffeebreakSmile...You May be on Camera!
The offices of institutional advancement, along with enrollment, have contracted to work with the Averett Social Media Group (ASMG) - created and led by William Sehlin, an AU student. The group will shoot a series of videos over the course of the next year for Averett's website and YouTube. These videos will be important marketing pieces for the University designed to attract prospective students and potential donors.

Please know that you will see William and other ASMG members across campus video taping various activities. We hope you will give them your full cooperation, including interviews they may want to do with you on camera. Thank you.

coffeebreakExcel Training Offered
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in a hands-on workshop by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on Excel 2003, 2007 and 2010: Basics. Participants will explore how to use Excel to enhance efficiency and productivity in their work, from maintaining a department budget to creating a grade book.

This one-hour workshop will be offered June 19-28 in the Frith 207 computer lab. Visit the instructional technology page to register. If you have questions about this workshop, email Kim at

coffeebreakLibrary Coffee Talks
Faculty, staff and students are invited to the first ever Blount Library Coffee Talks. The talks will be held in the library and will last 20 minutes (coffee, tea and scones are provided courtesy of Averett Library Friends).

Thursday, June 7, 2:30 p.m., "Children's and Young Adult Literature" (Jennifer Robinson)

Monday, June 11, 2:30 p.m., "Collection Development, or The Great Purge and Renewal of 2012" (Jim Verdini)

Wednesday, June 20, 2:30 p.m., "ARTstor Digital Library" (Patrick Wasley)

Tuesday, June 26, 2:30 p.m., "American History in Video" (Kevin Harden)

Weekly Coffee Talks will continue throughout the year, with topics and dates announced in CoffeeBreak. Guest speakers are welcome! For more information, contact Elaine Day.

coffeebreakBookstore Summer Hours and Holiday Update
I hope everyone is having a lovely summer! Just a reminder the bookstore is operating on summer hours, which are listed below. Also, we will be closed Saturday June 16 - Sunday June 17 in observance of Father's Day.

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Cari McGregor
Bookstore Manager

healthy solutions

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

coffeebreakHealth: It Does a Body Good
Did you know that June is National Men's Health Month? And furthermore, did you know that regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings can not only improve your health but prevent premature disability and even death?

Ask your doctor how often you should be screened for: high blood pressure (HTN), heart disease, high cholesterol, PSA testing, diabetes, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.



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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 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ

February 4, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Ferrum College



Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

Student Creates Publication for Cardiology Patients

Floyd & Marietta Smith Scholarship Awarded to Martinsville Resident