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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 20 for a March 27 publication.

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coffeebreakIntranet Development Continues
During phase two of our intranet development process, content editors representing departments, offices, groups and committees are adding content to their pages so that internal employee information can be removed from the public website. Take a look at their progress here.

The purpose of the Averett intranet is to share resources specific to employees, so employees will need to log into the site:
1. Click the "Averett Fac/Staff Login (click here first)" button
2. Type in your regular Averett username and password
3. Click the "login" button
If your login fails, it might be because you didn't select "Averett Fac/Staff" first, so just click "Home" and try again.


coffeebreakHit the Links!
All Averett faculty, staff and students are allowed to play golf at South Hills Golf Club for cart fees (18 hole cart fee per person - $15; 9 hole cart fee per person - $10). Greens fees will be waived if playing after 11 a.m. on any day except holidays. You must present your Averett ID for the offer to be valid. Tee times are requested, but not required.


coffeebreakUniversity Staff Meeting
Just a reminder that the next University-wide staff meeting is Thursday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Hope to see you there!

Stay tuned for more information - the minutes from the University-wide staff meetings are migrating to the intranet.


coffeebreakUsing Cloud Apps for Collaboration and Storage
Faculty, would you like your students to work together to develop team papers, projects or presentations? Staff, do you need to collaborate with others to prepare documents or presentations? Free cloud apps can facilitate collaboration online, allowing group members to build ideas using a wiki, chat synchronously, share files, draw on a shared whiteboard and more.

Or just use cloud apps for storage. Instead of carrying a flash drive to the classroom or from home to the office, access your course presentations and files online from anywhere.

To learn more about cloud apps and gain some firsthand experience, register here for a one hour workshop - Top 10 Cloud Apps for File Storage and Sharing – taught by Kim McMurtry at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, March 28.


coffeebreakGrowing and Protecting our Brand
We have partnered with Strategic Marketing Affiliates, Inc. (SMA) to help us better protect and promote our fast-growing brand. SMA is a leader in the collegiate licensing industry, representing more than 280 colleges and universities throughout North America.

The new partnership will enable us to establish and manage a responsive and profitable licensing program for all of our promotional merchandise, on all 12 of our campuses and beyond. It will also help us protect the integrity of our institutional logos, and empower Averett to sell our trademarked merchandise more aggressively through local, regional and national retailers, as well as via e-commerce.


coffeebreakMark Your Calendars!
The Faculty, Staff & Retiree Appreciation Luncheon will be held April 25 at noon in the Student Center dining hall. Be on the lookout for invitations, which will be arriving in your inboxes the first week of April (Make sure you check your junk mailbox too in case it goes there). We hope to see you there!


coffeebreakHonoring our Colleagues
It's time to honor our colleagues with the annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff awards. Nominating a faculty or staff member for this award is a great way to recognize a co-worker, instructor, peer or mentor who has had a significant impact on Averett. As you are writing up your nomination, please remember to give a detailed explanation as to why you are nominating this person. This will help the nominating committee in their deliberations.

The awards will be presented on April 25 during a luncheon for faculty, staff and retirees. Visit the faculty/staff page for the criteria and nomination form.

All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Letters should be sent in confidence via email to awards@averett.edu. Everyone is encouraged to participate!


coffeebreakCoffeehouse Lecture: Exploring the Future
In an ever-changing global economy, knowledge of other cultures is becoming more and more important. On Tuesday, March 26, Dr. Catherine Clark and Dr. Larry Wilburn will discuss international study as part of Averett's 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series. Wilburn will present the history of study abroad at Averett – its founding and initial programs. Clark will share the University's future goals, including the importance of international education in the 21st century and options for internationalizing the curriculum at small liberal arts colleges. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.


coffeebreakSam's Club Reminder
The University's Sam's Club representative, Karen Shields, will be on campus today, Wednesday, March 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. She will return Tuesday, April 9; and Wednesday, April 17. She will be renewing current memberships as well as have information for new accounts. A membership to Sam's is $40, and a $10 gift card comes with your new account or renewal. If you are renewing your membership or opening a new account, bring your payment in either cash or check, the debit machine is not available this week.

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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


coffeebreakUniversity Health Plan Participants
Three Wellness and Health Screenings are scheduled for your convenience and health management this spring. The Gateway Health nurses will be on campus, Wednesday, April 3; Thursday, April 4; and Friday, April 5, from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

The Health Risk Assessment and Screening Registration forms are available online for those employees on the Averett University health plan. Visit www.gatewayhealth.com, select "login, members" and login to your Personal Health Record.

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coffeebreakSteadman to Speak at Community College
Dr. Gene Steadman Jr., professor of business administration and chair of the department, will provide the Commencement address at Brunswick Community College in Supply, North Carolina on Friday, May 10. Steadman requested the honorarium for the keynote be placed in the Campus Fund Drive Scholarship account to lend tuition support to a deserving Brunswick Community College student.

coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight Series
Meet Brian Bristow '12 who is pursuing his MBA degree. Brian anticipates graduating in December 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I think one of the most motivating factors is success, and in that mindset, I have completed my bachelor's degree graduating summa cum laude, and currently am in the process of obtaining a master of business administration. I had intended to obtain my bachelor's while on active duty in the Corps, but as many can relate "Operational Commitment" takes precedence. Additionally, my supportive wife, family and friends assist in keeping me motivated to push forward, and yes, they do want to hear what course you're in and what you are learning.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The program works in coordination with my full time job, family, sporting events and experiences. Although there have been some compromises on social events over the years, I know that my education and degree will afford me other opportunities - like the international business course going to Ireland this year.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Sometimes you just really have to sit down and just do the work, and you may have to change your environment and habits to suit your own set of rules. Just like any undertaking that will require years of commitment, keep firmly in the forefront of your mind why you are doing it. Reward yourself each time to complete an assignment or course; these milestones are very important.

coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight Series
Meet Guy Haskins, a bachelor of business administration degree student. Guy expects to complete his degree program in September 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is further career advancement and to become more competitive in the work force.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I like the flexibility of the program because it is a perfect fit for my work schedule; I travel a lot for work.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Take full advantage of every opportunity you have to take multiple classes, do not over extend yourself, and give full participation in all group work, because team work makes things that much easier.

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Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting
11:00AM

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting
11:00AM

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting
11:00AM

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 21, 2014
Student Art Show

October 21, 2014
Student Art Show

October 22, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 22, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. Mary Baldwin College
7:00PM

October 24, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. North Carolina Wesleyan
1:00PM

October 24, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Covenant College
2:00PM

 

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