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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 27 for a April 3 publication.

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coffeebreakBookstore Closed for Easter
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be closed Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 in observance of the Easter holiday.


coffeebreakCollege and Career Readiness Summit
We are hosting this year's College and Career Readiness Summit on Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - this year's theme is Opening Doors to Opportunity. This one day summit will bring together 150 K-12 educators, college faculty, and other education professionals to create a shared regional vision for college and career readiness. Attendees will expand their current networks and learn about low-cost strategies to promote college and career readiness.

The conference is free, but will be limited to the first 150 individuals who register. Breakfast and lunch are included and there will be prize drawings for two Kindle Fires (must be present to win). The conference agenda and registration form, along with session descriptions and speaker profiles, can be found by clicking here.


coffeebreakCampus-Wide Coffee Break
Join your colleagues at the next campus-wide coffee break on Thursday, April 11 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Have a cup of coffee or tea and a pastry, and chat with others for a few minutes. Hope to see you there!


coffeebreakLeveraging Student Cell Phones in the Classroom
One of the hot topics in higher education is mobile learning technology, which is fueled by the availability of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. (See this quick comparison of 1963 and 2013 educational technology in "EdTech" magazine. Today's college students have cell phones with at least texting capability, and many have smartphones; a 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 75 percent of 12 to 17 year olds own cell phones (you can view the study by clicking here). How could you leverage cell phones in the classroom?

If you would like to learn how to leverage cell phones in the classroom, register for a demonstration and hands-on workshop that is being offered Thursday, April 4 at 11:15 a.m. Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will explore activities like brainstorming, polling, and interviewing in the classroom using basic cell phones and smartphones. Don't miss it! (And bring your phone!)


coffeebreakNeed to Sell/Give Something Away?
Staff Council has taken the bulletin board outside Jut's Café and turned it into a place for Averett faculty, staff and students to post items they are looking to sell or give away. This bulletin board is not for use by outside vendors or for an employee's secondary or side business, craft business, business cards or any other posting that would constitute an employee's conflict of interest. The purpose and rules are posted on the bulletin board.

All posting have to have the "poster approved" stamp from the dean of students' office or the residence life office.


coffeebreakBringing the Past to Life
Le Triomphe de l'Amour (The Triumph of Love): the internationally acclaimed Ensemble Chaconne and the Ken Pierce Baroque Dancers will perform Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium as part of the Arts@Averett Series. The concert is free and open to the public.

Prepare to be transported to the glittering court of Versailles, with music and dance from the court of Louis XIV. Join the group for exquisite dance sets in period costumes and music by the great French composers Marin Marais, François Couperin and Jean-Baptiste Lully.


coffeebreakArgentinian Visitors Coming to Averett
A Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) from Argentina will visit Averett Monday, April 1. Take some time to come meet our visitors from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the dining hall. For more information about the group from Argentina, please click here.

The Rotary GSE program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40. For four to six weeks, team members study the host country's institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.


coffeebreakHonoring our Colleagues
Please remember to submit nominations for 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. Everyone is encouraged to participate!


coffeebreakUniversity Staff Meeting Minutes Moving
Just a reminder that the minutes from the University Staff Meeting will be migrating to the Intranet. Stay tuned for more information.

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coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight
Meet Tim Nall, an MBA student. He expects to graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
I earned my bachelor's degree in December 1994 and began working two weeks later. After working for the same company for almost 16 years and advancing through the ranks, my position was eliminated. While looking for a new career, even with my extensive background and a bachelor's degree, one question seemed to always come up and that was if I had my master's degree. With so many people in similar situations, I knew that I had to stop putting off a return to school and enrolled at Averett.

What do you like most about your degree program?
The structure: the way the program is set up at Averett makes the commitment a lot less invasive on all other aspects of one's life. With the classes only one night a week, it leaves more time for study meetings and other activities throughout the week. There are other programs out there that require attending classes every other weekend and that just would not work for me.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Rely on your team: life happens and situations will arise where work or family may require more attention than usual, so you will need to lean on your team members for assistance. I have been fortunate enough to have a great set of team members and we rely on each other whenever necessary.

coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight
Meet Tracy Williams, an MBA student. Tracy anticipates graduating in Spring 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
My motivation for obtaining my degree is a personal goal of mine. It was important for me to finish what I started nearly 20 years ago. As a parent, it is equally important to me to be a role model, and encourage my children to continue their education beyond high school.

What do you most like about your degree program?
One of the things I like best about Averett's GPS Program is being in a traditional setting amongst your peers and participating in a study group. It's like having an extended family that is rooting for your success. We play off of each other's strengths and support one another throughout our group assignments.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
For my fellow classmates: when working with your study group, use each other's strengths and switch it up every now and again. This will allow others to develop in areas where they lack. For future AU students: three words, "Just do it!" I must admit I have procrastinated over the years and thought I could never return to school. However, once I set my mind to do it, I did.

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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:

September 24, 2014
Student Art Show

September 25, 2014
Student Art Show

September 26, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

September 26, 2014
Men's Tennis @ ITA Regionals

September 26, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Methodist University
2:00PM

September 26, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. Christopher Newport University
6:00PM

 

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Random Bursts of Creativity

Averett to Hold Annual SAT Prep Workshop

University Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Averett Earns High Marks from Third Party Reviewers

Artistic Talent Comes Naturally

University Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant from Danville Regional Foundation

Recent Graduates Land Jobs









 

 
                 
         

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