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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. 27 for a March 6 publication.


coffeebreakTornado Drill
The University will be participating in the statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. Stay tuned for more information.

coffeebreakSpring 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.

coffeebreakTickets 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.

coffeebreakCelebrating 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.

coffeebreakAlpha 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 or call ext. 15767. We appreciate your support!

coffeebreakNews 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.

coffeebreakCoffee, 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!

coffeebreakSam'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.

coffeebreakNew 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.

coffeebreakComputer Glitch?
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.

coffeebreakNotes 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.

coffeebreakSupport 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

healthy solutions

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

coffeebreakHealth 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.

coffeebreakLavinder 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.



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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



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