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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 17 for a April 24 publication.


coffeebreakASIST Suicide Prevention Training
The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, will host the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Program (ASIST) at Averett on May 8 and 9.

ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help people recognize risk for suicide, intervene to prevent immediate harm and link "at-risk" people to appropriate levels of care. ASIST is considered suicide prevention "first aid," and is used on university campuses by counselors, case managers, campus security, residence hall directors, campus ministry and all those (including faculty) who provide direct service to others within the campus community.

Due to the support of the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Injury and Violence Prevention, this training is being offered at Averett at no cost to participants. If you would like to register for the ASIST training, you may do so by clicking here. If you have questions about this training, please contact Joan Kahwajy-Anderson at extension 15624 or at

coffeebreakNew Student Orientation Dates
New Student Orientation is right around the corner. Remember, the dates are:
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
Friday, July 12, Transfer Orientation
Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14

coffeebreakUse Moodle to Enhance Face-to-Face Courses
Faculty, have you started using Moodle to support your face-to-face traditional courses yet? If not, explore the possibilities of leveraging our learning management system to enhance teaching and learning:
• Eliminate paper handouts completely by providing your syllabus and learning materials online.
• Extend class discussion and get students writing by using an online discussion forum as a homework assignment.
• Have students submit their assignments electronically and grade them online using a rubric.

Begin by registering for hands-on Moodle workshops. During the two weeks following Commencement, workshops are offered on the Main Campus in Moodle Basics, Gradebook (which includes setting up an assignment), Activities (with a focus on Chat and Forum), Rubrics and Quizzes. See the workshop schedule and register today by clicking here.

coffeebreakBook Sale at Blount Library
Need a break from grading and the office routine, or just any excuse to stroll in fine spring weather? Visit Blount Library on your walk and browse our continuous book sale. Books recently removed from academic and leisure reading collections, plus duplicate gift books are available for $1 per hardbound volume and 50 cents per paperback. Book sale proceeds enhance library resources for Averett students.

Please share information about this opportunity with your students. The sale starts April 17 and continues until our storage room is empty. We look forward to seeing you!

coffeebreakFaculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Please remember to RSVP by Thursday, April 18 (tomorrow) via the invitation for the Faculty/Staff and Retiree Appreciation Luncheon that will be held Thursday, April 25. We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate members of the Averett family.

coffeebreakNancy Clark Quilt Exhibit
Nancy Clark's quilt exhibit in the library will conclude on May 1. Come and see these quilts while you still have the chance. In addition to the quilts in the display case, there is one quilt hung on the back wall of the library. Please congratulate Nancy on creating these lovely works!

coffeebreakCampus-Wide Staff Meeting Reminders
Just a reminder the next University-wide staff meeting will be Thursday, April 18 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Hope to see you there.

The minutes from the staff meeting have migrated to the Intranet. If you haven't located them already, here are step-by-step directions on how to find them:
1. Go to
2. Click Averett Fac/Staff Login (click here first)
3. Enter your usual login and password
4. Click Groups & Committees
5. Click Staff Council
6. Click the meeting minutes you want to read
7. When you're finished, click Logout (upper right corner)

If the March 21 meeting minutes have not yet been posted by the time this issue of Coffee Break is published, they should be posted shortly.

coffeebreakEmergency Coordinator Training Sessions
A reminder to all designated emergency coordinators - if you have not selected your session (April 18 at 10 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.; April 19 at 10 a.m.), please contact Kathie Tune at by Wednesday afternoon.

coffeebreakSam's Club
Sam's Club representative Karen Shields will be on campus on Thursday, April 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall.

coffeebreakGreat Colleges to Work for Survey
Thank you all for completing the Great Colleges to Work For survey. If you have not yet had a chance to complete the survey, please do so this week. The deadline is Friday, April 19. If you need to have it resent to you, contact Kathie Tune at

coffeebreakEat at Sweet Frog: Support Senior Class
The Senior Class wants to purchase a bronze cougar statue to be placed on the Main Campus. Please support them by going to Sweet Frog on Friday, April 19, and tell them you are supporting the Averett Senior Class! A portion of the proceeds from that day will support the senior class' efforts.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of a senior, please send it to Sam Ferguson, director of annual giving, noting 2013 Senior Gift and the name of the senior you are honoring.

coffeebreakNew Job Postings
There are two new staff positions that have been posted online - network administrator and mailroom assistant. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

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“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”—John Locke

coffeebreakSpring Wellness Screening Clinic
Thank you to all who participated in the spring Wellness Screening clinics earlier this month. The fall clinics will be scheduled for October.

For more information concerning your health management results or for future screening dates, contact Leslie Crumpton at Gateway Health (434) 877-8930, option 0 or email her at



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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:

February 4, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Ferrum College

February 4, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Ferrum College

February 5, 2015
Baseball @ Hampden-Sydney College



Theatre Department to Hold Auditions for "Sweet Charity"

Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

Student Creates Publication for Cardiology Patients

Floyd & Marietta Smith Scholarship Awarded to Martinsville Resident