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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 Jan. 9 for a Jan. 16 publication.


coffeebreakSpecial Faculty & Staff Meeting
Dear Averett Community,
During the faculty meeting scheduled for Jan. 22, we will begin with a combined meeting for all faculty and staff in Blount Chapel from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. that will set the stage for our Sun Porch 2.0 sessions. Joanne Soliday, partner/owner of Credo (formerly Performa Higher Education), who has consulted with more than 200 independent colleges and universities, will share the results of her recent research on "thriving colleges."

These findings will provide a helpful backdrop and framework for our upcoming Sun Porch sessions where all faculty and staff will be invited to "imagine the future" for Averett. Just as the Sun Porch sessions in 2009 were foundational to the development of our current strategic plan and to the University's progress these past four years, Sun Porch 2.0 will be instrumental in planning for the next five to seven years as we begin preparation of the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan. Everyone's involvement from the beginning will be so valuable to the planning process and to our combined efforts that facilitate continued success for Averett.

Following Joanne's remarks, staff will depart and the faculty will remain to conduct their regular January faculty meeting business. The January staff meeting will still be held on Thursday, Jan. 24.



coffeebreakThree Ways to Help at Senior Dinner
Seniors have given four years of their lives to learning at Averett. Eighty-seven days before graduation the alumni office holds its annual Senior Dinner to thank them for choosing Averett and to introduce them to what a good graduate is and prepare them for the next step. This year's dinner will be held Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

The meal is served by faculty and staff, which is one of the ways to help out. The second way to help is by encouraging seniors who graduating either this spring or fall to attend. Thirdly, the alumni office is looking for fabulous prizes to give away that evening. If you are interested in helping serve, or have a prize to donate, please contact Dan Hayes, director of alumni relations, at ext. 17252.

coffeebreakSoftball Fundraiser
The softball team is holding its annual fundraiser. This year they are selling navy hoodies and crew neck sweatshirts adorned with the new Cougar softball logo. The hoodies are $20 and the crew necks are $15.

Please help support the program and in return you will be warm when you cheer them on at their games! To place your order, or for more information, email

coffeebreakFree Concert Tickets
The University has several free tickets to the Saturday, Jan. 19 performance of the Harlem Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. The tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Jennifer Hooper at ext. 15600 to reserve your tickets today.

coffeebreakWant an Exercise Partner?
Want to exercise, but don't want to do it alone? Linda Lemery is looking for an exercise partner(s) to either work out in the Main Campus Fitness Center or to walk during lunch, from about 11:40 a.m. to about 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, some Thursdays and Fridays. There is also the option of walking most days after work. If anyone is interested, call Linda at ext. 15636 or email her at

coffeebreakWindows Training Offered
Did you recently receive a new PC and/or Windows upgrade? Could you use an orientation to Windows 7 to help you manage your files and folders and use the interface efficiently? Register for a hands-on workshop offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22. Upon completion of this one-hour workshop, participants will be able to manage windows, navigate and manage folders, and locate, copy and delete files. To see the complete workshop schedule and to register click here.

coffeebreakCup of Joe
The next Cup of Joe will be held Thursday, Jan. 17 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Jut's Cafe. Hope to see you there!

coffeebreakNew Job Postings
There are three new jobs posted online - aerobics instructor, business professor for the traditional program and an adjunct position in English. For more information, or to apply for one of these positions, visit Jobs@Averett.

coffeebreakCelebrating the Dream
Averett will celebrate one of this country's most influential dreamers on Monday, Jan.21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - during an admissions open house event from 9-9:45 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium.

This special program will feature the Averett Singers combined with the Averett Gospel Choir, Civil Rights era music and poems read by Averett students, the "I Have A Dream" address by Dr. King on video, and special words from Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. With permission from your supervisor please plan to attend and celebrate Dr. King's life, dream and legacy.

coffeebreakReminder: YMCA Corporate Membership Available
Averett employees are invited to become a member of the Danville Family YMCA under a corporate membership. Danville employees who want to take advantage of this opportunity need to show their Averett ID or payroll stub to receive 100 percent off the joiner fee (a $50 savings) as well as 15 percent off the membership fees.

Membership costs $27 a month for one adult, 18 and over ($300 annually); $44 for a family ($504 annually); and $27 for a senior, 60 and over, ($300 annually). The Men's Health Club is an additional $10 per month.

coffeebreakInclement Weather Notification
Winter is upon us and that means there's a possibility for class delays or the University's closure. To stay abreast of Averett's schedule during any inclement weather, all faculty and staff (as well as students) are encouraged to sign up for campus alerts, which can be delivered via text message, email or both. Even if you've signed up in the past, your information needs to be updated every year. To access the form, please click here.

Averett uses a variety of ways to inform faculty, staff and students about any delays or closings. To read more about the University's notification plan during inclement weather, please click here.

coffeebreakGPS Program Announces Exciting Changes
Averett's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program has launched an exciting new multi-media campaign aimed at the working adult market. The campaign, proudly "starring" Averett's own GPS students, was created and produced in conjunction with Averett's new marketing partner, Synergis Education. Elements of the campaign include 11 new billboards, targeted direct mail and online banner ads, and a new 30-second TV commercial. (To see the new TV commercial, please click here).

The TV spot will run in staggered flights for a total of nine weeks in the Central Virginia (greater Richmond) market, and will air on early morning news (e.g. "Good Morning America," CBS "This Morning" and the "TODAY Show"), early evening news, and in prime time (e.g. the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, "Survivor," "The Amazing Race" and "Undercover Boss").

In addition to its new multi-media campaign, GPS is also launching several exciting new programs – again, in partnership with Synergis Education. Currently in the pipeline are: an accelerated masters of accountancy program to be offered on-campus as well as online; an RN to BSN program offered by Averett's nurse education department for working nurses; a BBA in health care administration; an MEd in administration and supervision; a bachelor of public administration; and more. To find out more about the programs GPS currently offers, please click here.



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Margaret "Peggy" Parrish, who joins us as a visiting instructor in the business administration department for the spring semester. Peggy has worked in the corporate arena and higher education, most recently as associate campus dean at Strayer University in Midlothian.

In the past she has held positions at the Virginia Employment Commission and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She earned her undergraduate degree at Sweet Briar College, her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh, and her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.






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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 28, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Greensboro College

January 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ



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