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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 Oct. 31 for a Nov. 7 publication.


coffeebreakHelp Virginia Students Afford College
How can you help Averett's Virginia students afford the cost of attending our university? Send an email to our state legislators and the governor thanking them for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) and asking for it to be funded for next year at $3,200. As our faculty and staff, you can share the successes of our students and how this money replaces some loan debt for the students and their families.

This fall, students were awarded $2,800 for the 2012-13 academic year. It is critical for next year that we show Governor McDonnell how vital VTAG funding is to our students, families, colleges and communities and why VTAG funding should be increased in his budget.

Use this web link to send your emails:

Raise up Averett University and let your voices be heard!

Thank you!
The Admissions and Financial Aid Teams

coffeebreakSupporting a Great Cause
During the Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 20, fans were encouraged to bring canned goods to support God's Storehouse. The cans, which totaled 186 and weighed 270 pounds, were delivered Oct. 22. Thanks to all who supported this great cause!

coffeebreakService Learning Workshop
Faculty are invited to attend a service learning workshop Monday, Nov. 5 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The workshop, How to Craft and Draft a Service-Learning Syllabus, will be led by Dr. Barbara Jacoby, the faculty associate for leadership and community service-learning at the University of Maryland. For questions about the workshop contact Rachel Covington at 799-2176 or

coffeebreakPep Rally
On Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7-10 p.m. several of our student organizations will host a pep rally in the Old Gym to celebrate our sports teams. During the rally, there will be two basketball games versus our student-athletes. We are looking for faculty and staff to participate on two teams. If you are interested in playing, please email Lesley Villarose at

coffeebreakWhose Life Are You Changing?
Kathy Ross is trying to change a life! Kathy, administrative assistant in the department of education, recently referred the daughter of one of her friends. Admissions has already contacted this prospective student thanks to Kathy!

Whose life are you changing? Like Kathy, 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. 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 today.

coffeebreakInformation Session for Students
Attention all faculty and staff! Please be aware that on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the nurse education department will be in the multipurpose room to share information regarding the proposed nursing program. If you know of a student who is interested in pursuing a degree in nursing, please share this information with them.

coffeebreakCall for Technology Training Needs
Do you need technology training? What kind of technology workshop would you like to attend? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry is planning offerings for the spring semester. If you have a suggestion, please email her today at

The schedule of upcoming hands-on workshops is available here, and short how-to video refreshers of previous workshop topics can be found here.

If you missed a workshop and would like training, please contact Kim to schedule another workshop or a personal training session.

coffeebreakStudent Representatives on University Committees
One of the goals of the student life and engagement strategic planning committee is to ensure that student voices are being heard on various university committees.
Here are a few ways you can help achieve this goal:
1. If you are the chair of a campus committee, please consider the ways in which you seek student input for the topics being discussed - especially if they directly impact the student experience on campus.

2. Please notify Dean of Students Bill Woodward by Nov. 12 (, of the names of students who are currently serving on your committees. This will help show how many students are already involved in this way on campus.

3. As you work with students through your classes, offices and/or teams, encourage them to get involved in the committees on which you serve.

4. If you know of students who would be great additions to committees, but aren't sure what the options are for them, feel free to forward their names to Bill by Nov. 12 and he will meet with them to identify a good match.

5. If you are looking for students to join your committee, you can reach out to either the other faculty and staff in your area, or Bill, who will work with the student leaders on campus to share the committee assignments with them.

Giving our students an opportunity to serve on university-wide committees is mutually beneficial. Averett can grow according to the needs and expectations of our students, and the students will gain valuable experience by seeing how decisions are made.

coffeebreakAnnual 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).

coffeebreakCIA 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.



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Fac/Staff events:

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

April 23, 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:

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

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

February 5, 2015
Baseball @ Hampden-Sydney College



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Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

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