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by March 7 for a March 12 publication.
The University will be participating in the statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 11. We are aware this is during spring break. This provides an opportunity for faculty and staff who are on campus to review our shelter procedures. Stay tuned for more information.
|Emergency Response Training|
The dates have been set for the spring sessions of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training - March 18 and 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 and 13. All sessions will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. At the conclusion of this training, participants will have gained skills to help them assess and respond to an emergency situation. Participants of the training will not only be more prepared to assist the University and Danville communities in the event of a natural or other disaster, but also their families and neighbors.
Participants must commit to all nine dates because the final session is a simulation activity that brings into play all of the skills and information from the previous sessions. If you are interested in taking part in this essential piece of the university's emergency response efforts, please contact Bill Woodward no later than March 11 to reserve your spot.
|Student Leadership Awards|
It is that time of year again! Below are links to the nomination forms for the student leadership awards that are given out at the annual Honors Banquet. They are due to the office of student engagement and leadership development (Lesley Villarose's office, fourth floor of the Student Center) by 4 p.m. Friday, March 7. Please think of students who have been wonderful assets to the Averett community and should be recognized.
Advisor of the Year Award
Outstanding Student Organization Award
Student Leader Award
Unsung Hero Award
|Staff Council Announcements|
The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center, followed at 11:15 by the University staff meeting. Hope to see you there.
Please think about who you'd like to nominate for the 2014 Faculty/Staff of the Year awards. Nominations are due by April 4 at 4:30 p.m. Please email email@example.com if you have questions.
|Outlook Workshop Offered|
Is your inbox out of control? Participate in this one-hour hands-on workshop to enhance your email efficiency and productivity: "Outlook Email Intermediate" at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 12. Register here. You'll learn to: set rules for organizing incoming messages, manage your mail with sorting and conditional formatting, search folders for stored messages, use flags and color categories and send automatic out-of-office replies. See the complete schedule on the intranet for additional workshops or email Kim McMurtry with questions.
|Hoffman Published in Magazine|
Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English/journalism, has an article in this month's Blue Ridge Country magazine. The two-page article is titled "Sadie: The Bird, Bug and (Mostly) Baseball Dog." The article is about Sadie's ability to sniff and track down baseballs at Dan Daniel Park and along the Riverwalk Trail. This past year, from June 1 to mid-November, Sadie found 89 baseballs. Click here to read the article.
|Reaching out to the Community|
Assistant Professor of Art Lee Sandstead has always been an advocate for reaching out to the community. From 2009-2011, Lee hosted up to 18 members of the community in his art-history classes. Called the "OWLS" (Older, Wiser, Learners), these students went through the entire art-history series of five classes.
Now, Lee is partnering with the Danville Recreation Department, he will be giving six art-history classes to the community at the Ballou Park Recreation Center.
"This has been a great opportunity for me," said Lee. "Not only do I get to reach out to the community, but I get to see many familiar faces."
His first talk was Thursday, Feb. 27, and he will be giving five more throughout the year. For more information, please contact Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MBA Students Start AEE Chapter
A team of Averett MBA students collaborated with local manufacturers and Danville Utilities to form the Danville Chapter of the Association for Energy Engineers (AEE). Cecil Jones, AEE vice president Region II, presented the Danville Chapter with its charter on Feb. 20 at the Regional Center for Applied Technology and Training (RCATT).
The mission of the AEE Danville Chapter is to promote energy efficiency in the region. The chapter will meet on a regular basis and offer educational and networking opportunities for energy professionals in the area.
The team consists of Eric Walker, Philip Kauneckas, Robert LeMieux, John Parkin, Grady Sessoms and Adjunct Professor Mike Jones.