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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 April 3 for a an April 10 publication.


coffeebreakService-Learning Update
Did you know?
• Two service-learning classes are underway this semester: ENG299/War in Literature (Toni Gazda); and PE 304/Secondary School Physical Education (Michelle Liu)
• Prospective service-learning classes for the fall semester: education (Aimee Brenner), freshmen IDS (Joan Kahwajy-Anderson) & business (Nancy Ryan)
• Thanks to the generosity of the Danville Regional Foundation, Averett senior Samantha "Sam" Lupo has been appointed student ambassador and works on our campus to develop the presence and programs connected to community engagement and service-learning. Visit Sam at the front desk of the Student Success Center on MWF from 1-4 p.m. and ask her about upcoming events in our newly-launched initiatives!
• More than 80 Averett students volunteered last semester in a city-wide day of community service and enthusiastically asked for a similar opportunity this semester! Get the word out: The Day to Engage is Thursday, April 11. Students can review a list of community partners, ask questions, and sign up by visiting Sam in the Success Center or going to A picnic will be held from 5-8 p.m. on the lawn outside the Student Center at the end of the day to celebrate. Please encourage your students to ENGAGE!

coffeebreakFaculty/Staff of the Year - Nominate Now!
The deadline for submissions for the annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff awards is fast approaching. If you have not yet nominated someone, and you want to, you have until 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 to do so.

The nomination form, along with the criteria, can be found by clicking here.

coffeebreakPrezi Workshop Offered
Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry offers a hands-on workshop in Prezi Basics at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software, is an alternative to PowerPoint. Its zoomable canvas can allow more nonlinear development of ideas than PowerPoint's slideshow. It also offers real-time online collaboration with up to 10 other people. See the complete workshop schedule and register today.

coffeebreakCareer and Networking Fair on Campus
The Gregory Career Services Center will hold a Career Fair on Wednesday, April 10 from 1-4 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Some of the companies attending include Infinity Global, Goodyear, BB&T, Lynchburg Police and Virginia State Police. Please encourage students in your classes to attend dressed professionally and to bring their résumés. For more information, please contact Petrina Carter

coffeebreakOut with the Old in with New
The Schoolfield House Booksellers has expanded its clearance section! Select merchandise has been marked 25-75 percent off — including T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, gloves, winter hats, leggings, socks, umbrellas and much, much more! New items are added weekly! Bring your faculty/staff ID for an additional 10 percent off.

coffeebreakFacebook and Twitter Pages for GPS
We are delighted to announce that the GPS Program now has its own Twitter and Facebook pages! Please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook today! We hope you enjoy connecting with the GPS team, our students and alumni in these new communities.

coffeebreakSmile for the Camera
The office of institutional advancement has hired a photographer to take pictures for an upcoming capital campaign publication. The photographer, who should be a familiar face to many, is Bobby Carlsen, a former Averett professor. He will be on campus Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 10. Remember to smile big and look pretty for the camera!

coffeebreakCampus-Wide Coffee Break Reminder
Just a reminder that the next campus-wide coffee break will be on Thursday, April 11 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Hope to see you there!

coffeebreakNotable Notes and Reminders
• Wellness Screenings: 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center Wednesday, April 3; Thursday, April 4; and Friday, April 5 for all eligible health plan participants. Register for an appointment time by logging in at

• The Lavinder Group will be available for your questions and concerns on Thursday, April 4 from 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. in the SGA Conference Room of the Student Center.

• The Great Colleges Survey is still open (reminders from ModernThink were sent on Friday, March 28) and available to anyone who has not completed their survey to date. For more information, or to have the survey resent to your email address, contact Kathie Tune, HR director, at or (434) 791-7106.

• Karen Shields, Sam's Club representative, returns on April 9 and 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. Renewing with Karen allows members to pay the membership fee and receive a $10 gift card.



coffeebreakNew Arrival
Melanie Lewis, assistant professor of physical education, wellness and sports medicine, and her husband, Kenny, would like to announce the arrival of their son, Kenneth Jamison Lewis. He was born Saturday, March 23. He weighed 8 lbs 5 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. They are all doing well.

coffeebreakThank You!
Stuart and I want to thank the Averett family for all of the prayers, flowers, cards and messages. The donation to the library of a book in memory of my father, Larry Leuck, was very thoughtful. Your thoughtfulness and compassion meant a lot to us and helped us through a difficult time. Thank you so much!

Stuart and Terri Jones

coffeebreakCongratulations, Janet!
Janet Roberson, registrar and military affairs officer, has been named commander of the Danville Area Veterans Council. The Council pulls together the VFW, American Legion and DAV. Please congratulate Janet when you see her. We thank you for all that you do for our veterans, Janet.

coffeebreakThank you for Expressions of Sympathy
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank everyone at Averett for the many kind expressions of sympathy and support we received since the unexpected loss of my father, Daniel F. Horne Jr. We are extremely grateful for the flowers, cards, books, and donations to the Wounded Warrior Project in his name. Also, I owe a special thank you to Dr. Deb DeMarey who so expertly covered numerous classes in my absence. Thank you all for your help in getting through such a difficult time.

Patti Horne

coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight
Meet Amanda Cuomo, an MBA student. She expects to graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
Professionally, I am motivated in obtaining my degree to open up more job opportunities. If a potential job becomes available I don't want the lack of education to disqualify me. Since my introduction into the federal government I have wanted to be a director or deputy director running a branch or program. I still see that in my future. This degree will put me one step closer to that dream.
Personally, I am motivated in obtaining my degree to show my children that you are the makers of your fate. When the Lord opens up opportunities for you, you don't pass them up. The Lord has been my strength throughout my life and is making this dream possible for me.

What do you most like about your degree program?
I really like that I'm in class with the same core group throughout the program. They have become my family. Also, the Averett GPS program is very similar to real life working groups. By working in a team you are able to improve on your own weaknesses by tapping into your teammates' knowledge, experience and abilities.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
The only person who can keep you from obtaining your dream is you. Don't let the naysayers shape your goals.

coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight
Meet Denise Scribner, who is pursuing a BBA degree. She will graduate in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree from Averett?
It's a personal goal that I never gave up on. Unfortunately, life has a way of pushing you off the path. I was determined to get back on it.

What do you like most about your degree program?
The accelerated classes fit well into my work and family life. Going to class one night a week is do-able.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Support your work study team. Being an active player makes the work load easier on everyone. Your team members will get you caught up with notes if you need to miss a class, or help you understand an assignment.

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Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

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Arts events:

September 22, 2014
Student Art Show

September 23, 2014
Student Art Show

September 24, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

September 21, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Maryville College

September 21, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Maryville College

September 22, 2014
Men's Golf @ Tournament Town Championship Preview



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