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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 Nov. 7 for a Nov. 14 publication.


coffeebreakState of the University Address
Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks will give her annual state of the university address on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 11:15 in Blount Chapel prior to the regularly scheduled faculty meeting.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

coffeebreakAcademic Services Receives Accreditation
The academic support services office and its tutor training program have received certification from the College Reading and Learning Association's (CRLA) – International Tutor Training Program. There are about 820 institutions world-wide that have achieved this distinction.

The approval from CRLA signifies that the work of academic support meets internationally recognized standards of quality, and tutors may now become CRLA certified para-professional tutors once they've completed their training.

Be sure to congratulate Holly Kilby, director of academic support, and her team of tutors when you see them.

coffeebreakProjector Training Offered
Do you use a projector in your classroom and have difficulty with it? Or do you need to connect your computer to a projector for presentations and you're not sure how to do it? Register now for a 30-minute workshop offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry, at 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 13 and again on Nov. 15. See the schedule here for complete details and to register.

coffeebreakWhose Life Are You Changing?
Shawn Dolph, a GPS student in Lynchburg pursuing his BBA, loves his Averett experience so much he has successfully recruited two friends to join him in the program. Two lives are being changed…make that three, counting Shawn.

Whose life are you changing? Like Shawn, 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.

coffeebreakInterviews for Autism Studies Director
This month, Averett will interview two candidates for the director of autism studies position. Please join us for open sessions for faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. in Frith 205 and Friday, Nov. 16, 3-3:45 p.m. in Frith 406.

To view a copy of the candidate's CV in advance of each meeting, contact Elaine Day. If you are unable to attend the open session, please refer interview questions to any member of the search committee - Dr. Janet Laughlin, Dr. Pamela Riedel, Dr. Stephen Ausband, Dr. Jean Hatten or Elaine.

coffeebreakThanksgiving Lunch
The dining hall will host its annual Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The lunch price for faculty and staff is $10.11 (tax included).

This year's menu will feature herbed rubbed rotisserie turkey with rich turkey gravy, cornbread and regular bread stuffing, farmed rainbow trout filet with garlic beurre blanc, cheese ravioli with a spiced butternut squash cream sauce and toasted walnuts and a variety of homemade desserts.

coffeebreakHalloween Costume Contest Winners Announced
On Wednesday, Oct. 31 the lunch hour was filled with the excitement of the Annual Halloween Costume Contest. This year the event drew approximately 50 participants from around campus. Prizes were award in the following categories: 1st and 2nd Place - Best Group (Faculty/Staff), 1st and 2nd Place Individual (Faculty/Staff) and Best Student Costume. Staff Council wants to thank all faculty, staff and students who participated, making the event one to remember.

2012 Halloween Costume Contest Winners
1st Place - Best Group
Toy Story - Institutional Advancement

2nd Place - Best Group
Scooby Doo and Gang - Riverview Campus

1st Place - Best Individual
MC Wonderbread - Drew Wilson

2nd Place - Best Individual
Aladdin - Robbie Hendrix

Best Student Costume
Cat Woman - Julisa Walters

healthy solutions

“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

coffeebreakFlexible Spending Account
The deadline has been extended until end of day Friday, Nov. 9 for anyone wanting to enroll in the flexible spending account with Discovery Benefits. Please send your forms to Kathie Tune, director of human resources.

coffeebreakExercise: Break it Up
Do you find it difficult to fit in your recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity? Don't think of it as a once-a-day event; instead break up the time into shorter segments throughout the day. To mix it up try doing different activities for each segment – eight flights of stairs between meetings, a walk around the block at lunch and a deskercise session to get you through the afternoon! Ten or 15 minutes on breaks, lunch or between floors can add up in a hurry.

Start by thinking of activities you can do during the day based on your environment. Next, determine times throughout the day when you can accomplish the activities. Finally, make it part of your daily routine.



coffeebreakWitzig to Present at Conference
Dr. Lisa Witzig, adjunct professor for the Graduate and Professional Studies Program, has had a paper she co-authored accepted for presentation at the AMTP 2013 conference in the spring. It has also been nominated for Best in Track. The paper, "A Calculated Model of LinkedIn Feature Usage Across Organizational Types: Large, Small, and Non-profits" was co-authored with two professors from Anderson University.

The group researched the usage of LinkedIn by business type - Fortune 200, INC 200 and Fortune 200 Non-profit. Their study showed that non-profits and small businesses utilize the features of LinkedIn with less intensity than large businesses.

coffeebreakEducation Department Attends Conference
Students and faculty from our teacher education programs attended the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Fall Conference (VA-CEC), Nov. 2, in Lynchburg. Participants had opportunities to network with educators throughout Virginia; attend sessions designed for professional development; share information on topics such as behavioral disorders and positive supports, technology, response to intervention, and instructional strategies for math, science and reading.

Participants included Allison Sparks, Carllnisha Johnson, Michael McGregor, Kaitlyn Fulcher, Brandon Hopkins, Caitlin Haws, Dr. George Odongo and Dr. Pamela Riedel.

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Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 25, 2014
Kruger Brothers and The Kontras Quartet

October 26, 2014
Student Art Show

October 27, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 25, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Piedmont College

October 25, 2014
Football vs. Ferrum College

October 27, 2014
Men's Golf O'Briant-Jensen Memorial



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