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 Oct. 17 for a Oct. 24 publication.
|Whose Life Are You Changing?|
Feleta Morton, associate registrar, is trying to change a life by recruiting a student - actually it's her daughter. She recommended we contact her daughter about enrolling in the MBA program at Averett - and that's exactly what we are doing.
Whose life are you changing? Please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones, just like Feleta did. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story.
|Annual Halloween Costume Contest|
Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at noon in the dining hall (lunch is not included). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for department and individual. There will also be a new category, for best student costume. Come and join the fun. If you have any questions, please contact staff council representatives Lisa Stewart (ext. 17186) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105).
|CIA Historian to Speak|
Dr. Matt Penney, a historian for the CIA, will give a lecture Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Blount Chapel.
Penney will be speaking about the agency's activity since WWII and will discuss myths versus reality when it comes to the CIA's activity.
|Seminar in Facilitating Online Courses|
Are you interested in teaching online for Averett? Register here for a three-week online seminar in best practices for facilitating online courses conducted by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry.
The seminar will be conducted via Moodle and requires approximately three hours of commitment each week. Topics include developing online community and engaging adult online students. This seminar is offered Nov. 5-24 and again Nov. 26-Dec. 15. See the complete schedule for all seminar and hands-on workshop opportunities.
|Campus-Wide Staff Meeting Minutes On Moodle|
In response to interest from staff, Staff Council has found a way to provide staff members access to the minutes from the campus-wide monthly staff meeting. The minutes from the Sept. 20 meeting have been posted to Moodle for any staff member who is interested in reading what was discussed.
To access the information, go to Moodle Login
under the faculty and staff link; login in the right hand corner at the top of the page using the login you use to log into your computer; and then, once you're logged in, click "administrative updates" and scroll down to "staff council."
|Library Coffee Talk|
Antoinette Gazda, a visiting instructor in the English department and the coordinator of service-learning, will host a Q&A session on her experiences as a professional actor in "How to Break into the Film Business." Topics will include (but are not limited to) getting an agent, the importance of headshots and résumés, on (and off) set protocols, auditioning in the 21st century and more. You ask questions, she'll provide answers based on her wild 15-year roller coaster ride in the business.
For more information, contact Elaine Day or visit the website.
|Averett is YMCA Corporate Sponsor|
As of Jan. 1, 2013, Averett will be a corporate sponsor of the Danville YMCA courtesy of the Lavinder Group.
This means there are no joiner fees for any Averett employee, and there is a 15 percent discount off your monthly membership fee. An Averett ID is required to take advantage of these benefits.
|Facility Services Survey Reminder|
Aramark is conducting their yearly survey of campus. This survey will help them better understand our campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, they can gain valuable insight that will help improve our overall campus experience.
If you have not already taken the survey, please take a few minutes to do so before Friday, Oct. 26. You could win a $150 Visa virtual gift card or one of three $50 Visa virtual gift cards.
|Annual Halloween Costume Contest|
Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at noon in the dining hall (lunch is not included). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for department and individual. There will also be a new category - best student costume. Come and join the fun. If you have any questions, please contact staff council representatives Lisa Stewart (ext. 17186) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105).
|Averett Featured on Living in the Heart of Virgini|
Living in the Heart of Virginia on WSET Ch. 13 recently caught up with Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment management. Watch the segment here.
|Learn to Use Moodle|
Considering using Moodle next semester? Or need a refresher course? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry is offering a Moodle Basics hands-on workshop at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30. Participants will work through the basic steps in setting up a course in Moodle, including uploading a syllabus and other resources, setting up a discussion forum, and using the gradebook. See the complete workshop schedule and register here.
|Paying Your Catering Bill Just got Easier|
Bon Appétit Management Company is pleased to announce that it is now offering an easier way for you to reconcile bills from catering events. They are now accepting Averett issued purchase cards and credit cards as payment for catering invoices.
All it takes is a phone call to bookkeeper, Barbara Styons, at ext. 17307, and she will take your information over the phone. It's that easy.
|Whose Life Are You Changing?|
Dr. Nancy Atkins, regional director for GPS academic services, recently shared "the good word" about Averett during her participation at a community "We Care" event in Richmond. She collected five names (count them...FIVE) of prospective students and gave them to the enrollment team. She's trying to change lives!
Whose life are you changing? Like Nancy, please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones, just like Nancy did. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story.
|Cup of Joe|
The University is once again hosting a morning coffee period for faculty and staff once a month. This month, make plans to grab a cup of coffee any time between 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 in Jut's Café.
If you would like to display a craft that morning, please contact Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or via email as soon as possible.
|Collecting Halloween Candy|
The University is now collecting candy for the annual Halloween extravaganza on Oct. 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in front of Main Hall. Boxes have been set up in the Student Center by the dining hall as well as outside of the switchboard office in Main Hall. Candy may also be dropped off at Lesley Villarose's office on the fourth floor of the Student Center. All candy is appreciated!
If you are interested in helping pass out candy to the neighborhood children, please contact Lesley at email@example.com or at ext. 15627.
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”—Ralph Nichols
The Virginia Department of Health will administer the flu vaccine at Averett on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7-10 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Student Center.
The Health Department representatives will need a copy of your insurance card for processing. All insurance provider cards will be accepted and processed. There is no cost for the vaccine for Averett University health plan participants.
Free onsite health screenings will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Thursday, Nov. 8 for all eligible employees, spouses, and adult children (ages 18-26) who are on the University's health plan. Gateway nurses will be available for screenings each day from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The screenings are part of a completely voluntary and confidential worksite wellness program called Healthy Solutions, which is provided through Gateway Health.
Visit www.gatewayhealth.com, select "login, members" and login to your Personal Health Record. Once you complete your Health Risk Assessment you will be directed to select a date and time for your onsite screening.
For more information, contact Kathie Tune at ext. 17106.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and while there are things women can't change (age or family history), they can make healthy choices that will have an impact on their wellbeing.
Risk factors you can control:
Know the signs
Maintain your weight
Eat a healthy diet
Minimize exposure to estrogen from the environment (hormones in meat), hormone replacement therapy and alcohol consumption
A warm Averett welcome is extended to:
Ashley Jackson '11, who joins the admissions office as a counselor for students from Florida, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well as multiple cities and counties in Virginia.
Ashley graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and political science. When she was a student she served as a resident assistant in Main Hall, was the editor-in-chief for The Chanticleer. Prior to joining the admissions office, she worked as a news reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys singing, playing the guitar and piano, as well as hunting, hiking and fishing. She is a native of Axton and now resides in Martinsville. Welcome, Ashley!
Chris Akers, the new men's and women's head tennis coach. Prior to joining Averett, Chris served as the boys' tennis coach at George Washington (GW) High School from 2005-12. He guided his 2010 Eagles squad to a 14-2 record and the program's first district title since 1986, and his teams made consecutive regional tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Chris has also served as GW's assistant varsity football coach since 2004 and the junior varsity head coach since 2006. He also had a stint as the GW freshmen boys' basketball coach from 2004-08.
A native of Bluefield, he earned his bachelor's degree from Radford University in 2004. He teaches physical education at Westwood Middle School in Danville. Welcome, Chris!
Pam Paynter joins the business office as the staff accountant - payroll and benefits. Pam comes to us from Halifax Regional Hospital in South Boston where she worked as payroll coordinator for 15 years. She and her husband, Tommy, live in South Boston. They have three children, three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
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