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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 Feb. 13 for a Feb. 20 publication.


coffeebreakValentine's Day Bake Sale
The AU Cheerleader's will be selling homemade cupcakes, chocolate candy and long stem roses for Valentine's Day in the Student Center during lunch and dinner on Thursday, Feb. 14. Each item is $1 or you can purchase all three (cupcake, chocolate and rose) for $5. Please come out and support our cheerleaders.

coffeebreakNews on Assessment
The support services assessment (SSA) committee has two new members - James Thurnes from the admissions office and Jeff Hubbard from facility management office. The other members of the committee are Elaine Day, Dana Mehalko and Metta Alsobrook. The SSA Committee is responsible for setting up the support services assessment due dates and assessing the unit/department assessment.

There is an assessment webinar that has been created by Dr. Eric Moore, a professor at Longwood University. The webinar focuses on the critical thinking competency rubric, which was designed to assess critical thinking of students across the disciplines. In this session, Moore reports on his successful adaptation of the rubric for use in an honors ethics class. This session provides an explanation of how the rubric, with fairly simple modifications, can be easily adapted as an efficient grading tool in any class that teaches critical thinking. He also examines the question of whether honors students perform at a higher standard for critical thinking. To view the webinar, click here.

coffeebreakMark Your Calendars and Make A Note!
Hello, Staff
The next University wide staff meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

A draft of the Jan. 24 staff meeting minutes has been posted on Moodle in the staff folder. Please access and read the minutes, and send corrections to Linda Lemery by Monday, Feb. 18. We will vote to approve or modify the minutes at the beginning of the Feb. 21 meeting. (This is a new procedure.)

If you don't regularly use Moodle and need a refresher on how to access the minutes, don't panic! Here's the refresher:
Go to the Averett web page and click on MyAverett, then click Moodle login on the upper right side of the screen, select login and fill in your user name and password (the usual ones for network access), click administrative updates, scroll down and click the staff folder then click the University staff meeting minutes file that you want to read (agenda on the first page, followed by minutes beginning on the second page). Make sure that you logout when finished (upper right corner).

Contact Linda Lemery (ext. 15636) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105 or if you have trouble accessing the minutes.

coffeebreakReturn of Sam's Club Rep
Karen Shields, the University's Sam's Club representative, will be in the dining hall next Friday, Feb. 15, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. She will renew memberships and offer new registrations as well.

coffeebreakWe Love Coffee!
Come one, come all, to the next Cup of Joe event on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Hope to see you there!

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.

coffeebreakAverett Celebrates Scholarship Day
The admissions office will welcome more than 130 prospective students and their families on Saturday, Feb. 16, during Scholarship Day. This prestigious day showcases those students who have been awarded the Presidential or Deans scholarships - the University's top two merit awards.

If you see any of these students on campus, please make them feel welcome and assist them in any way since more than 60 percent of these students will enroll and join us on campus this fall.

coffeebreakSupport Our Equestrian Teams
The equestrian department is trying to raise money to send its dressage and hunt seat teams to the nationals this year. The teams will be selling Paracord bracelets in Averett's traditional blue and gold colors for $10 each. All proceeds will go toward the team's travel and entry fee expenses on its road to the National Championships. Bracelets will be sold Feb. 25-28 on the second floor of the Student Center during lunch hours. For more information about the teams' fundraising efforts, read the story on the athletics website.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

coffeebreakFor Your Information
MedExpress, which is located on Enterprise Drive next to Starbucks, is considered in-network for anyone on the Averett Insurance Plan. Visit their website at



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Julian Oliver '10 has accepted the student financial services counselor position for the Graduate and Professional Studies Program. Be sure to welcome Julian to this new role at Averett.






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Fac/Staff events:

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

April 23, 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 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