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. 27 for a March 6 publication.
The University will be participating in the statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. Stay tuned for more information.
|Spring Break Hours of Operation|
The dining hall and Jut's Café will have shortened hours during the week of spring break.
Hours for the dining hall:
Saturday, March 2, brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; dinner, 5-7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, brunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; dinner, 5-7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 4-Friday, March 8, continental breakfast, 8-10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; dinner, 5-6 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, brunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; dinner, 5-6 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m.
Hours for Jut's Café:
Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday, March 3-Saturday, March 9, Closed
Sunday, March 10, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
|Tickets for Harlem Globetrotters|
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Averett University for one night - March 26. The Globetrotters are offering an exclusive discount to Averett faculty, staff, students and their friends and family. For a list of discounted ticket prices, please click here.
For more information on ticket prices, group experience packages or how to order, please contact:
Ashley Murry, group ticket sales specialist, or via phone at 602-707-7010.
|Celebrating International Women's Day|
The Women's Leadership Circle will host Lenora Billings-Harris, international diversity expert, on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Billings-Harris will speak on "Women Leaders: Removing Barriers to Success," and will explore strategies, best practices and more from examples of powerful women making a difference. The event is free and open to the public.
|Alpha Chi Sponsors Book Drive|
The Alpha Chi (AX) Honor Society is holding a book drive Feb. 20 through March 8 in support of literacy at local elementary schools. Please support this drive by donating new or very gently used books appropriate for first through fifth grade reading levels.
Collection boxes are in Frith (on the third floor) and the library. AX students are also willing to collect books from any faculty or staff member at their offices. If you wish to have your donation collected from your office, please contact Dr. Gretchen Cohenour at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 15767. We appreciate your support!
|News from the Mailroom|
All offices/departments need to include their postal code on all outgoing envelopes if the office/department is not already printed on the envelope.
If mailing something internationally, sort that separately from mail that is staying stateside.
For departments/offices with their own campus (Riverview, North Campus, etc.) use that mailing address if having something shipped to you. This will help prevent delay of the package arriving in a timely manner.
If sending a package through UPS, it must be at the mailroom before 2:30 p.m. - 2:30 is the last pick up for the day.
|Coffee, Coffee, Coffee|
Mark your calendars -- the next campus-wide coffee break will be March 14 at Jut's Café. (This is the Thursday after Spring Break.) The exact time will be announced later. See you there!
|Sam's Club is Back!|
The University's Sam's Club representative, Karen Shields, will be on campus on Tuesday, March 19; Tuesday, April 9; and Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. She will renew current memberships and have information for new accounts. A membership to Sam's is $40, and a $10 gift card comes with your new account or renewal.
|New Job Posting|
A new position has been posted online for a graphic designer. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.
If you're having computer trouble, fill out the online help desk form for all IT requests/issues. Chris Hanks, coordinator of internet accounts, is now the help desk supervisor. If your issue has not been resolved in a timely manner, contact Chris for additional help.
|Notes for Staff|
The next University-wide staff meeting will be Thursday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Please mark your calendars!
Just a reminder: the minutes from the staff meetings have been posted on Moodle in the staff folder. Please access and read the minutes, and send any corrections to Linda Lemery. In future meetings, we will vote to approve or modify the minutes at the beginning of the 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 University's web page and click on MyAverett, from there click the Moodle icon to login (the login is in the upper right corner). One you have logged in with your user name and password (the usual ones for network access) click administrative updates and scroll down to the staff folder. Click the file for the staff meeting minutes you want to read (agenda on the first page, followed by minutes beginning on the second page). Make sure you logout when you are finished (upper right corner).
If you inadvertently delete this issue of Coffee Break and don't remember how to access Moodle, you can find the directions published in previous CB issues by going to the CB archive and clicking the announcements link.
Contact Linda Lemery (ext. 15636) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105) if you have trouble accessing the minutes.
|Support Averett's Bowling Team|
Averett is sponsoring a team in Bowl for Kids' Sake, the largest fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Petrina Carter, director of career services, is collecting donations to put the Averett team over the top. Stop by the Gregory Career Services Center to help support a great cause. Donations will be accepted through April 8.
Some other ways to help:
* volunteer to be a mentor to a child of your choosing
* volunteer to assist BBBS staff, or with special events
* host a mentoring moment meet and greet in your home
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
|Health Plan Updates|
Gateway Health administrators are reprinting new health/dental plan identification cards for all participants. They will be mailed to your home addresses in the first week of March, although it's possible you have already received your new card.
Summary of Benefits and Coverage booklets outlining medical, vision, dental, and prescription coverage, copays, deductibles, etc. are coming to your campus mailboxes soon. Regional faculty and staff members will receive their booklets at their home addresses.
|Lavinder Group Q&A Sessions|
Upcoming dates for the Lavinder Group Q&A sessions are: Thursday, March 14 from 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m., and Thursday, April 4 at the same times. They are available to discuss questions and concerns concerning our health and dental plans. All sessions will be in the SGA conference room on the fourth floor of the Student Center.
Thanks to the Averett family for your cards and words of caring after the death of my mother, Theresa Lemery. She lived a good life in the Denver area. And thanks for the plant as well - it is lovely.
For more info, Mom has an online obituary, with some pictures, posted at rundus.com.
Steve and Linda Lemery
|Brenner to Present Paper at Conference|
Dr. Aimee Brenner, assistant professor of education, will present a paper at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 27. The title of the paper is "Nine Substantiated Practices in Teacher Education that Promote Technology Integration in Early Career Teachers: Applying Empirical Work to Professional Development."
The paper focuses on a study she conducted to identify instructional technology integration strategies and practices in preservice teacher education that contribute to the transfer of technology integration knowledge and skills to the instructional practices of early career teachers. She has been able to apply many of these technology integration strategies to her own instructional practice as a first year faculty member in Averett's education department. The implementation of these strategies was also a focus of the paper.
SORRY, there are no people to announce this week. If you have a new employee to add to our next issue, please send us this form!
IHSA Team Wins 26 Ribbons
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team competed in two competitions at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol on Feb. 16 and 17 - winning a total of 26 ribbons.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, amidst tough competition, Averett finished fifth overall. Then on Sunday, determined to prove the strength of their smaller team, they placed fourth overall. Special congratulations go to Hailey Brown, the high point rider for Sunday's show.
For a complete list of finishers, please visit the Averett news page.