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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. 30 for a Feb. 6 publication.


coffeebreakShare Your iPad Apps
Faculty and staff are encouraged to register today for a one-hour workshop on iPad Apps, offered at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 7. Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will share her top ten apps for education and productivity. Bring your iPad to download them during the workshop and share your favorites, too. To register for the class, please click here.

coffeebreakPowerPoint Workshop Offered
If you missed the PowerPoint Basics hands-on workshop last fall, here's your second chance; register today for the one-hour workshop offered at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6. Participants will learn to create a slideshow presentation with transitions, design an effective presentation (how to choose appropriate colors, fonts, etc.), insert images, apply themes and print handouts. You'll also get tips in using PowerPoint to enhance your message without compromising content.

coffeebreakWho's Who Nominations
Each year, faculty and staff are asked to nominate students they feel are eligible to receive the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges acknowledgement. This acknowledgement is based on academic ability, community participation, academic and co-curricular leadership, citizenship, service, and future achievement potential. Students who have earned a 3.0 or higher and have 80 or more academic credits are eligible for nomination.

There are two ballots – one for traditional undergraduate and IDEAL students and the other for GPS undergraduates. Instructions are included on the forms. Completed forms must be returned to Bill Woodward, dean of students, by Friday, Feb. 8.

Nominated students will receive an invitation to complete the application for recognition. The completed applications will be reviewed by the Student Life committee for selection to receive this acknowledgement.

Thank you for your participation in selecting students for this annual award.

coffeebreakUpcoming Cup of Joe Dates & Times
Mark your calendars! Free cup of coffee/tea and muffin, in Jut's Café from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Thursdays listed below for faculty, staff and graduate assistants. How can it get any better than free?

February 14
March 14
April 11
May 16
(None in June, 2013)

Come one, come all! Hope to see you there!

coffeebreakMailing Something to the Outside World?
If you are mailing something to someone off campus, there is a rule you need to keep in mind. All outgoing mail should contain one of the following on each envelope, postcard or mailing label:
1. Two digit account number (contact Rod Henderson if you do not know your number)
2. Your name
3. Department name

Should any of your outgoing mail be returned, this information will enable the mail room to deliver the returned mail to the appropriate person/department. Remember that it is your responsibility to handle your mail correctly.

coffeebreakAnnouncements from the Registrar's Office
There are several dates from the registrar's office you need to be aware of in case students have questions.

March 22 is the last day for seniors to order their caps and gowns for spring Commencement. It is also the day that pre-registration begins for the fall 2013 semester. The last day students will be able to pre-register for classes is April 24.

The last day for seniors to apply for graduation is March 28.

Please keep these dates in mind in case students have questions.

coffeebreakLavinder Group on Campus to Answer Questions
The Lavinder Group & Associates, our insurance brokerage company, will be on campus Friday, Feb. 1 from 8-10 a.m. and again from 3-5 p.m. in the SGA conference room (fourth floor of the Student Center) to answer any questions about health, dental and life insurance.

The Lavinder Group will be visiting campus quarterly - this meeting being their first. They welcome individual appointments as well. Contact them at or or call 434-792-4244.

coffeebreakNew Job Postings
Two new positions have been posted online – academic advisor for the GPS Program in Richmond and an associate dean of student success for the GPS Program. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.



coffeebreakHawkins Publishes Book
Dr. Ralph Hawkins, associate professor of religious studies, just published a new book, "How Israel Became a People." The book is about the origins of Israel in the ancient land of Canaan. To purchase the book visit

coffeebreakLeadership Southside Graduates
Two Averett staff members recently graduated from the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Southside Program. Jennifer Robinson, technical services librarian and assistant professor, and Marietta Sanford, director of academic services for the Graduate and Professional Studies Program were a part of the 18th class. Robison and Sanford, along with their classmates, created the website and campaign. The mission of LoveSouthside is that it will foster community pride by raising awareness of positive attributes of the Southside region. Congratulations, Jennifer and Marietta!

coffeebreakAverett Cares
Charlotte Wilson, student financial services assistant, was briefly in the hospital last week and is now recuperating at home. Please keep Charlotte in your thoughts and prayers.

coffeebreakWalker Presented with Award
Jamie Walker '06, director of security, was presented with an Excellence in Service Award in support of housing and residence life during the campus wide staff meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24. The award, which is given out by the statewide housing/residence life organization - Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers - recognizes an individual's contribution, support and positive impact on the housing/residence life program on campus.

Walker was nominated for the award based on his leadership and support not just of residence life, but of the University as a whole. Under Jamie's leadership, campus security, in partnership with residence life, has adjusted to grow and meet student needs and expectations, creating a new culture on campus where students are much more engaged in safety and security efforts and initiatives. In addition, a training program has been created that partners RAs with campus security to do evening patrols and safety security checks throughout campus during the month of August. This initiative has not only helped residence life and campus security develop more meaningful relationships, it models for our students teamwork and systems of support at work for them.

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Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 23, 2014
Student Art Show

October 23, 2014
Student Art Show

October 23, 2014
Art History Presentation

Sports events:

October 22, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. Mary Baldwin College

October 24, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. North Carolina Wesleyan

October 24, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Covenant College



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