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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



coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight
Meet Amanda Cuomo, an MBA student. She expects to graduate in December.
What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
Professionally, I am motivated in obtaining my degree to open up more job opportunities. If a potential job becomes available I don't want the lack of education to disqualify me. Since my introduction into the federal government I have wanted to be a director or deputy director running a branch or program. I still see that in my future. This degree will put me one step closer to that dream.
Personally, I am motivated in obtaining my degree to show my children that you are the makers of your fate. When the Lord opens up opportunities for you, you don't pass them up. The Lord has been my strength throughout my life and is making this dream possible for me.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I really like that I'm in class with the same core group throughout the program. They have become my family. Also, the Averett GPS program is very similar to real life working groups. By working in a team you are able to improve on your own weaknesses by tapping into your teammates' knowledge, experience and abilities.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
The only person who can keep you from obtaining your dream is you. Don't let the naysayers shape your goals.

coffeebreakMorris Recognized with Equestrian Award
Carolyn "Cricket" Morris, equestrian associate and coach of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team, has been awarded the Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association (SWVHJA) Annual Sportsmanship Award. She has also been appointed the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Youth Committee Chair.

Cricket has served on the USHJA Youth Committee since its creation in 2003. She has also served as president of the SWVHJA board for many years and just recently stepped down from that position.

coffeebreakCongratulations, Sarah!
While Sarah Plaut, academic advisor for the GPS Program in the Central Region, is leaving Averett she will continue to help others, just in a different capacity. Sarah, who graduated from John Tyler Community College's Nursing Program as an RN on Dec. 17, has accepted an RN position at the Richmond Community Hospital. She will start working there Feb. 11.

We wish her the very best as she begins this new venture in her life. Congratulations, Sarah!

coffeebreakHoffman to Exhibit Photos Downtown
Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English/journalism, and his English setter, Sadie, will be at the Attic Hound (on Main Street below the Coffee Emporium) on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Some of his pictures from the Danville Riverwalk Trail are on display there. There will be refreshments.

coffeebreakCongratulations and Thank You!
Congratulations to Susan Rowland who has been named director of distance learning and IDEAL at Averett. Susan has been working with Averett's faculty to develop quality distance learning courses for years, and she is now researching what it takes to offer online courses beyond Virginia. Susan will be our go-to person as we expand our distance learning offerings. Thank you, Susan!

coffeebreakAverett Mourns Loss of Beloved Family Member
Former English Professor Dr. Betty Heard, who had been in declining health for several months, passed away peacefully early Wednesday (Jan. 23). Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.

Betty retired in 2011 after working at Averett since 1981. During her tenure at the University, she was twice recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Member Award. She served on numerous committees, chairing the Faculty Council on more than one occasion, and was the editor of the newly revived "Averett Journal." She loved to share her passion for literature and poetry with her students and those around her.

Her interests expanded beyond books. Betty was an avid golfer and in the summer could often be found on the golf course at Caswell Pines. She was a passionate Cowboys fan, and was willing to fight anyone who talked badly about her beloved Cowboys. Her sharp wit and infectious smile will be greatly missed.

Please keep Betty's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

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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