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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.



coffeebreakThank You!
I wish to thank Averett and Jay Frith for the lab dedication. All of you that attended and those that sent messages made my day. Sorry that I have been so long in sending this, but I entered the hospital shortly after the dedication for surgery and other complications. I am much better now and hope to get back on track. I do miss my friends and students at Averett and sincerely wish I could be teaching those field courses again.

Edward Fisher

SORRY, there are no people to announce this week. If you have a new employee to add to our next issue, please send us this form!







All in the Family
Since O'Kelly's opened on Piney Forest Road in Danville it has grown by leaps and bounds – soon it will open a third location. Alumni Gerald Kelly, '08 and his brother Joseph Kelly '11 help oversee and run the family business. The Danville Register & Bee ran a feature story on Sunday, to read the article visit the Register & Bee.






Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

September 19, 2014
"How I Became a Pirate"

September 20, 2014
Student Art Show

September 20, 2014
"How I Became a Pirate"

Sports events:

September 19, 2014
Men's Soccer @ North Carolina Wesleyan

September 19, 2014
Women's Soccer @ North Carolina Wesleyan

September 20, 2014
Women's Tennis @ ITA Regionals



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