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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 March 13 for a March 20 publication.


coffeebreakPennies for a Purpose
Help AU's SAAC raise money for Danville's elementary schools now through March 22. Bring in your pennies and other loose change to support this great cause. Jars will be located throughout campus – the dining hall, Alumni Hall, admissions office, library, the bookstore and Pritchett Auditorium.

In addition to jars being placed around campus, SAAC will also be raising money via a pie in the face competition. From March 18-22, jars with pictures of staff members and coaches (Carly Pearce, Joanne Spalding, Jamie Williford, Steve Hydas, Mike Dunlevy, Danny Miller, Ed Goodhines, Lesley Villarose, Phil Wilson and Liz Hickey) will be placed in the cafeteria during lunch. The person who raises the most money will receive three pies in the face on March 26 during SAAC's annual corn hole tournament on the lawn.

coffeebreakTornado Drill Feedback Requested
Thank you for participating in the state-wide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 12. Drills like this provide us the opportunity to implement elements of our critical incident plan and see where we still need to make improvements.

In an effort to be sure we are addressing this type of situation in the most effective and efficient way, the critical incident response team would like your feedback. Please send an email to Bill Woodward ( with your responses to the following questions:
1. Did you receive enough information prior to the drill to know what was expected of you during the drill? If not, what additional information would have been helpful to you?
2. Was your designated shelter space sufficient in terms of space for the number of people? If not, what was lacking to make it a good shelter space?
3. Is there an alternate area on your floor or in your building that would serve as a better shelter location than the one designated to your area? If so, please explain the shelter location and where your office or classroom is located.
4. What about the drill went well from your perspective?
5. In what ways are you able and/or willing to help with the training programs as we continue to move forward with educating the campus community about our critical response protocols?

coffeebreakNew Job Postings
Two new positions that are open at Averett have been posted online - a revised position for the director of autism studies and head tennis coach. Application review begins March 25. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

coffeebreakSeeking Conduct Board Recommendations
The dean of students office is now accepting applications from students who are interested in serving on the university's conduct board during the 2013-2014 academic year. In the past we received a great response from students who were nominated by faculty and staff members.

Please consider recommending students you advise, teach, or otherwise work with who you think would contribute positively to this aspect of campus life. You may either encourage students to stop by the dean of students' office for an application, or send their names to Bill Woodward and he'll reach out to them with the application materials.

Students selected to serve on the board will be responsible for upholding community standards through the university's conduct process. The student board members also will review the current code of conduct and provide insight regarding the policies and procedures of Averett's discipline process.

Feel free to direct students with questions to Bill on the fourth floor of the Student Center or have them contact him at Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29.

coffeebreakCamStudio Workshop Offered
You know those nifty little how-to videos on the instructional technology site? Would you like to make tutorial videos like that? Or you could record your voice over a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation and provide it for your students through Moodle either for an online course or as a flipping-the-f2f-classroom lecture. It's easy, and the software is free!

Visit to download CamStudio, an open source screencasting software, and register here for a one-hour hands-on workshop offered by Kim McMurtry at 3 p.m. March 13, or 11:15 a.m., March 14. Questions? Email Kim at

coffeebreakClark Display's Quilts
A stunning display of quilts by Nancy Clark, senior financial aid counselor, is currently on display at Blount Library. A seamstress from the age of four, Nancy joined the White Oak Mountain Quilt Guild in 1995, and has been quilting ever since.

Please visit the library to view Nancy's first "one-woman quilt show." If it peaks your interest, join Guild members for National Quilt Day, Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

coffeebreakCampus-Wide Coffee Break
Come and join other faculty and staff at the next Campus-Wide Coffee Break on Thursday, March 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Jut's Cafe. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a muffin and socialize for a few minutes. Hope to see you there!

coffeebreakStaff Meeting Minutes
Just a reminder you can access the University staff meeting minutes via Moodle. The draft version of the Feb. 21 minutes have been posted. Here's how to access them:

Go to the Averett web page; click MyAverett, then click Moodle; the Login is in the upper right corner of the screen; select login and fill in your user name and password (the usual ones for network access); click administrative updates and scroll down; click the staff folder, followed by the University staff meeting minutes file you want to read (agenda on the first page, followed by minutes); then logout when finished (upper right corner).

If you need help accessing the minutes, please contact Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105 or or Linda Lemery (ext. 15636 or

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.

coffeebreakLibrary Coffee Talk
J. Calvin McCray, professor emeritus at Michigan State University, will discuss his book, "Ebb Tide: Nancy Astor's Greatest Challenge" on Thursday, March 14 at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Library. The event is free and open to the public.

While traveling abroad in 1958, McCray and his wife met Lady Astor, the first woman elected to the British House of Commons. The couple became life-long friends with Danville native, Nancy Langhorne Astor.

In addition to the Coffee Talk at Averett, McCray will be at the Langhorne House on Saturday, March 16, from 2-5 p.m. for a book signing and discussion.

For the complete list of upcoming Coffee Talks, please click here.

coffeebreakSurvey Coming Soon
Keep on eye on your inbox, the Great Colleges to Work For survey sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education is coming soon! Kathie Tune, director of human resources, will be sending an introductory email from the human resources committee on Friday. The survey will be administered by ModernThink.



coffeebreakMBA Class Celebrates End of Program
One of the MBA classes at Quantico celebrated the end of their two-year program by sharing dinner at Olive Garden on Feb. 27. The guest speaker was Joe Johnson (second from left), owner of the Shelf Genie franchise in the metro-Washington D.C. He spoke about the challenges of selecting a franchise and managing a small business.

coffeebreakCelebrating Dr. Seuss!
The Aramark staff recently spent some time at G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School in Danville. They read and acted out Dr. Seuss's "The Sneetches and Other Stories" for a group of kindergarteners. Mike and Jeff were Sneetches and Phillip was Mr. Sylvester McMondkey McBean, the story's protagonist.

coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight Series
The Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program has a Student Spotlight program. Each month, the academic advisors pick a student from each campus and have the student answer a few questions about his or her experience here at Averett.

Meet Michelle Ayala, who is pursuing her bachelor of business administration degree. She expects to graduate in 2015.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
Family is the most important thing to me in life, and so my motivation for obtaining my degree would be my parents. I want to make them even prouder, and someday be able to take care of them the way they have taken care of me for so many years. I love my parents and owe it all to them.

What do you most like about your degree program? My enrollment team and academic advisor, Kim Prosser, Dr. (Nancy) Atkins, and my professors have all made this a great experience. This program supports my busy schedule and I love the way everyone is always willing to work with you and help find a solution to whatever road blocks that may come up.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Obtaining a degree is the best decision anyone can make. Education is the key to having a successful future and it's never too late to go back to school. No matter what we do with the time God has given us here on earth, one thing is for sure, the time will go by. So why not do something positive with it that can better our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight Series
Meet Fred Hicks, an MBA student who anticipates graduating in December 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my degree was to meet like-minded persons to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.

What do you most like about your degree program?
All of the instructors are active practitioners in their respective field, bringing real-world experience and lessons to the classroom.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Be prepared to have fun, challenge yourself, engage the content and commit to being a lifelong learner.

coffeebreakSteve Lemery Medical Update
The battle continues...

I will be having surgery on March 26 at Duke. There are two small spots in my upper left lung (that have been tracked for several months by scans locally) that need to be removed. It looks promising - they will do a wedge resection (taking a small part of the lung) and a lymph node removal. Possibly the surgery will be followed by radiation, depending on what they find. The current estimate is 2-4 days in the hospital, followed by 4-6 weeks of recovery.

The surgery is a fairly standard procedure, and it is very encouraging that no other spots have appeared. As a bonus, I get out of the two April faculty meetings.

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Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting

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Staff Meeting

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Arts events:

October 23, 2014
Art History Presentation

October 24, 2014
Student Art Show

October 24, 2014
Student Art Show

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

October 24, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Covenant College

October 24, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Covenant College



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