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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. 23 for a Jan. 30 publication.


coffeebreakFrom Danville to Magazine Editor-in-Chief
The Women's Leadership Circle at Averett is proud to welcome Danville native Gayle Goodson Butler, editor-in-chief of "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine, on Monday, Feb. 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Blount Chapel. Butler will deliver a talk on women, national media and her journey in publishing.

There will be an opportunity to discuss her life, publishing, gardening and HG-TV. To RSVP, please email Debbie Flinn.

coffeebreak2013 Orientation Dates
Look for more information to come.
New Student Orientation: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
Transfer Orientation: Friday, July 12
New Student Orientation: Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14
Move-in for students who did not attend summer orientation: Friday, Aug. 16. All other new students move-in Saturday, Aug. 17.

coffeebreakWant to Exercise More?
Good news for those who made a New Year's resolution to exercise more. Averett is starting a Boot Camp! Boot Camp will be held Monday through Friday and is open to all faculty, staff and students. Interested participants should meet inside the Fitness Center on the Main Campus at 7 a.m.

coffeebreakWinter Coat Drive
The University's winter coat drive is underway! Now through Monday, Feb. 4, bring your new or gently used coats to the office of student engagement (fourth floor of the Student Center) to be donated to a local homeless shelter and the Salvation Army.

coffeebreakSuicide Prevention Program
The University's Counseling Center will offer a suicide prevention program for faculty, staff and students on Jan. 23, at noon in Frith 204; Jan. 24 at 4:45 p.m. in Frith 206; and Jan. 25 at 6:45 a.m. in Frith 205. *Please note that the times reported in last week's announcement were incorrect.

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

coffeebreakUniversity-Wide Staff Meeting
Hear-ye, hear-ye! Come one, come all to the University-wide staff meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

coffeebreakHR/Payroll Update
Dear Colleagues:
On Friday, Jan. 25, you will receive your first paycheck of the new calendar year. Because of several changes between December 2012 and January 2013, it is very likely that your net check for January 2013 will be different from your net check for December 2012.

As we all know, Congress narrowly avoided the "fiscal cliff" and as a result, there were some minor changes to the Federal Withholding Tax Tables. But there was also one item within the Congressional negotiations that has generally been overlooked. In 2010, Congress enacted a "tax holiday" which reduced the employee portion of the Social Security Tax from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent. Congress allowed the tax holiday to expire on December 31, 2012, so you will see an increase to the FICA line on your paystub.

If you have any questions regarding your January 25 paystub, please contact Tammy Wall, Pam Paynter or Andy Fitch in the business office. We will be more than happy to review it with you.

coffeebreakExploring Theatre
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Averett theatre professors will present "Exploring the Present: Creating Theatre" as part of Averett's 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series. The event will be held in the Student Center multipurpose room and is free and open to the public.

coffeebreakRecommend Outstanding Students
Greetings from the Residence Life Department,
Resident assistants (RA) selection for the 2013-14 academic school year is right around the corner. RA selection is always a very exciting time of the year for us.

We would like to extend an invitation to all faculty and staff to play an active role in the March 2013 RA selection process by submitting recommendations for possible candidates. Please nominate Averett students who excel in and out of the classroom and who possess strong leadership skills. All nominations need to be submitted by Feb. 4 to Rowland Tolliver at



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Chris Roberts, who joined the IT department as our new systems administrator Jan. 14. He comes to us from Birmingham, Ala. where he worked as an IT specialist at Corporate America Credit Union for the past five years. His office is located in Danville 103. Welcome, Chris!






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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



Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

Student Creates Publication for Cardiology Patients

Floyd & Marietta Smith Scholarship Awarded to Martinsville Resident