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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 Aug. 8 for a Aug. 15 publication.


coffeebreakMove-In Crew
We are still looking for volunteers to be a part of our move-in crew for our returning students.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you are interested in helping our students move-in, please contact Lesley Villarose at with times that you are available.

coffeebreakFaculty & Staff Opening Events Reminder
The last day to RSVP for opening events is Aug. 9 via the invitation. On Thursday, Aug. 16, a breakfast buffet will be served from 8-9:15 a.m. During the breakfast we will welcome new members of the Averett family and hear important campus updates. Following the breakfast there will be a faculty meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room and then a staff meeting will be held there beginning at 1:15 p.m. At the end of the day Dr. Franks and Joe Franks will host a reception at their home (500 Hawthorne Drive) for faculty and staff and their spouses or guests.

coffeebreakMoodle Training Offered
Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of hands-on Moodle workshops offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. Staff who support faculty are also welcome to attend the training. See the schedule for dates and registration.

In addition, there will be an Open Lab for Faculty, 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, in Frith 207. Faculty are invited to visit the lab during this time for assistance with any course-related software (Moodle, PowerPoint, DropBox, etc.).

coffeebreakRibbon Cutting and Dedication
On Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. the University will celebrate the opening of our new Health Sciences Innovative Practice Center at the Riverview Campus. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this exciting event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Hooper by Aug. 10.

coffeebreakFree Workshop for Faculty
Faculty are invited to a free Service Learning Workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to learn about embedding service learning into course content and syllabi. The workshop will be held at Danville Community College in Oliver Hall (Temple 110) and will be facilitated by Barbara Jacoby of Barbara Jacoby Consulting.

A light lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m., with the workshop offered from 1-4 p.m. Please RSVP to Rachel Covington by Friday, August 10. This workshop is made possible by the Danville Regional Foundation.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

coffeebreakNational Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and as such is the perfect time to make sure your immunizations are up to date. Immunizations are not just for babies and young kids, everyone needs shots to help protect us from serious diseases and illnesses. Everyone over age six months needs a seasonal flu shot every year.

Here are some other shots people need:
• Children under age six get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox and hepatitis
• All 11 and 12 year olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and menigitis
• All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years
• People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot

Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need.



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


The Equestrian Studies Department welcomes two new equestrian studies associates - Carolyn "Cricket" Morris and Meaghan Byrne. Both Cricket and Meaghan bring a wealth of unique experiences with them. They can be reached at the Riding Center 336-388-5950.

Cricket joined the equestrian studies department part time last year as coach for the IHSA Team, and this year she will be a full time staff member responsible for coaching the hunt seat team as well as teaching several courses and working on camp opportunities for next summer. She comes to Averett with a wealth of experience in collegiate riding having worked at St. Andrews University and Sweet Briar College.


Meaghan graduated from AU in 2008 and has spent the past several years working in Germany with American rider and competitor Catherine Haddad and German rider Hieke Kemmer as an assistant trainer and barn manager. Meaghan will be teaching several courses, helping with intercollegiate teams and coordinating the development of study abroad experiences for ES students.


Katie Kollar, who is joining the women's basketball coaching staff as a graduate assistant. Katie, who is pursuing an MBA degree through the GPS Program, comes to us from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. A spring graduate of Nazareth, Katie played on the women's basketball team there for four years as a shooting guard. She was co-captain her junior and senior year. She broke the college's single season three-point record her senior year. In addition to playing, Katie was a head coach for an Amateur Athletic Union in Rochester for the past two seasons, coaching a U-16 and then a U-17 girls' team.






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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