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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. 16 for a Jan. 23 publication.


coffeebreakFounders' Day Celebration
Faculty and staff are invited to attend this year's Founders' Day celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 11:15 in Pritchett Auditorium. Two of our retiring faculty, Dr. Steve Ausband and Dr. Bill Trimyer, will be speaking. In addition, the University will recognize faculty and staff for their years of service.

coffeebreakSuicide Prevention Program
The University's Counseling Center will offer a suicide prevention program for faculty, staff and students on Jan. 23, at 11:45 in Frith 204, Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Frith 206 and Jan. 25 at 6:30 a.m. in Frith 205.

The program features an informative documentary on college students who have attempted suicide and the effects of these attempts on family members and friends. Important suicide prevention information will be available, including a free faculty handbook (while the supply lasts).

For further information, contact Joan Kahwajy-Anderson, director of counseling, at extension 15624 or at

coffeebreakNew Late Registration Fee Policy
To help Averett students maximize their course opportunities and to make the registration process smoother for everyone involved, the University is instituting a new late registration fee policy. The new policy applies to all full-time, continuing degree-seeking students, and the details are as follows:

If returning students have not registered for 2013 fall semester courses and had them approved by their advisor by April 24 they will be charged a late registration fee of $50, which will be added to their next tuition payment statement.

Returning students registering for 2014 spring semester courses are required to have their course registrations approved by their academic advisor by Dec. 4. If students are not registered by this time they will be charged a late registration fee of $50, which will be added to their next tuition payment statement.

Please note: the new policy does not apply to students who are returning from leaves of absence, or students who are starting their first semester at Averett.

coffeebreakHomecoming 2013
Have you ever said, "Why didn't they ask me about Homecoming? I had a great idea." Dan Hayes would like to hear all of your ideas about Homecoming. Those ideas may or may not be tied to your desire to help out.

Choose one of three times to come and share your ideas, or to ask how you can help! On Jan. 17 stop by Jut's Café during Cup a Joe from 7:30-9:30 a.m., or come by Alumni Hall at 3:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. Bring your ideas!

coffeebreakUniversity Staff Meeting
Due to Founders' Day, the University wide staff meeting has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 24. This month's meeting will be held in the multipurpose room of the Student Center at 11:15 a.m.

coffeebreakWhat's New in Moodle
During the Christmas holiday, Moodle was upgraded. Minimum browser requirements for the new version are: Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 10, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11 or Opera 9. Improvements to Moodle include:
-File picker: offers icons, table, and list views; drag and drop files; images display as true thumbnails
-Blocks: can be dragged and dropped around the course page
-Course resources: can be dragged and dropped around the course page; new editing icon allows quick editing of the title directly on the course page; to add a file, drag and drop it onto the course section; to add a folder of files, zip the folder and then drag and drop it onto the course section
-Assignment module: has been significantly upgraded to combine the previous assignment types (upload a single file, advanced uploading of files, online text, offline activity) into a single assignment with editable settings
-Course topics/weeks: can be dragged and dropped around the course page
-Marking guide: a new grading method
For more details and hands-on practice, participate in the What's New in Moodle 2.3.3 workshop offered at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, on the Main Campus. Additional upcoming Moodle workshops include sessions on Basics, Gradebook, Forum and Chat, and Rubrics. To see the complete workshop schedule and register for workshops, please click here.

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.



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.



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Kara Hankins '12, who joins the student financial services office as the new student financial services counselor for transfer students. Kara's office is in Averett Central, room 121. Welcome, Kara!






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Fac/Staff events:

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

April 23, 2015
Staff Meeting

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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 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ

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



Theatre Department to Hold Auditions for "Sweet Charity"

Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

Student Creates Publication for Cardiology Patients

Floyd & Marietta Smith Scholarship Awarded to Martinsville Resident