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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 Aug. 7 for a Aug. 14 publication.


coffeebreakRSVP Reminder
If you have not already done so, please remember to RSVP by tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 8) via the invitation for the Averett Family Opening Celebration at the president's home. We hope to see you there!

(*Remember to check your junk email in case the invitation was diverted there.)

coffeebreakUpdating AU People
At the start of every academic year we welcome new faculty and staff to campus. Please remember to enter your new hires, graduate assistants, etc. into AU People so that the rest of campus can reach them.

coffeebreakStadium Cushions Up for Grabs
Are you an Averett Cougar fan who is looking for ways to show off your Cougar pride? You're in luck! The alumni office is giving away stadium cushions with the old logo at Alumni Hall. Stop by when you have a chance and pick up your cushion (one per person so everyone has an opportunity to get one).

coffeebreakMoodle Workshops Offered Next Week
Want to enhance your Moodle skills? Need to get your course set up for the fall? Participate in these hands-on workshops on the Main Campus:
• Moodle Quizzes at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13 - learn to set up a quiz and import a quiz bank
• Moodle Basics at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 - get an overview and the basics for setting up your course
• Moodle Gradebook at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 - learn to set up your gradebook so that students always have access to your assessments and feedback

See the upcoming workshops page to register.

If you can't visit campus for technology training, consider participating in ITW2, the weekly instructional technology webinar offered every Monday at 4:30 p.m. Monday's topic is "Introduction to CamStudio," a free screencasting software. See the ITW2 page for details.

coffeebreakWorldCat Enables Scholarly Research
Blount Library offers a new, unified search option for Averett scholars to seek and cite credible sources with relative ease - This website is made possible by OCLC - a nonprofit organization with the world's richest database of bibliographic information, connecting thousands of libraries and digital collections worldwide.

With WorldCat, students, faculty and staff locate and read full text articles and e-books, and stream media from a single interface. They can limit results to peer reviewed sources and export citations. Averett's print and electronic collections are always on top. Learn more about WorldCat and begin your research at

coffeebreakNew Job Posting
There is a new position on campus that is open and has been posted online - veterans affairs certifying official (registrar's office). For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

coffeebreakExplore Technology in Education
If you teach in a classroom, how much do you incorporate technology? As you prepare your next course, consider your audience: are you using the technology tools and resources that your students use every day?

Watch this two-minute video on the digital natives in your classroom and the changing state of higher education. Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, invites you to participate in seminars, webinars, and workshops to explore the integration of technology in your courses to enhance student learning and engagement; see the instructional technology pages for resources available to you.



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coffeebreakSanford Joins Downtown Danville Association
Marietta Sanford, director of academic services for the GPS Program, was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for the Downtown Danville Association. Congratulations, Marietta!

Founded in 1999, the Downtown Danville Association is a registered non-profit, established with the goal of promoting and advocating for the city’s traditional core downtown area. It currently has nearly one hundred members from across the city and the region.

A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Christopher McDonald '11, a new admissions counselor for the traditional admissions department. Christopher graduated from Averett with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. He will be counseling students from the western counties of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and the Great Lakes region. Welcome, Christopher!



coffeebreakAU Student Spotlight
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 Leonard Ruitta, who is a BBA student. He looks forward to graduating next spring.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivation is my family. I am the eighth of nine brothers and sisters, all of whom have their degrees. I joined the Marine Corps instead. Now that chapter of my life is over and I knew a degree was my next step. Also there are my children, as a father how can I ask my children to do their best and get a great education if I don't have one myself?

What do you most like about your degree program?
What I like most about Averett University's GPS Program is the environment. The hands-on learning experience I am able to obtain with my professors makes things all the easier. As they say, "life happens," and as a working adult that could not ring more true. Averett's program makes the process easier, and no one can argue the benefits of that.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
A wise man, and a professor at AU, used to always end his conversations with me by saying, "Stay the course!" As an aviation guy, not just in the AU program but in my professional life as well, that comment always had a way of making me smile. However, the context in which he said it never faded in my mind. No matter how tough things seem to be, or possibly even unchallenging, always remember there is a beacon in the dark. The first bad decision is almost always followed by another.







In Her Own Words
Meet Rebecca Hudson, who graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in business administration: marketing.

I feel as though obtaining a bachelor's degree is a must in today's society because it gives you a better knowledge of the job you wish to pursue. It also helps you learn how to present your ideas to a co-worker or management, or maybe conduct research for your company. There are just so many benefits to getting a bachelor's degree.

Averett prepared me for my future and career because professors know how to guide their students without "holding their hand," which makes students begin to figure out what the "real world" is like.

I am an employee of QBE NAU Country as a crop adjuster. In my position, I work claims for the insurance agency, which means that I go out to the farmer's fields and appraise their damage, whether it be from drought, excessive rain or anything else that may occur.

My favorite thing about my time at Averett was when I finished all of my general education requirements and began to have the same people in all of my classes. We formed a real bond. Teachers became a part of this bond as well which made it easy to go to them when there was a problem.

I encourage other students to create day-to-day goals. Before you know it, your long-term goal will be accomplished.






Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 25, 2014
Student Art Show

October 25, 2014
Kruger Brothers and The Kontras Quartet

October 26, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 24, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. William Peace University

October 25, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Piedmont College

October 25, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Piedmont College



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