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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. 14 for a Aug. 21 publication.


coffeebreakCheerleading Raffle
The Averett cheerleaders will be selling tickets for a brown Patio GlassFyre fireplace to be raffled off on Nov. 16 during the last home football game. This beautiful outdoor fireplace was donated by Davenport Energy of Chatham and is valued at over $1,000.

Tickets are $5 each. The cheerleaders will be selling tickets on campus and at the home football games. You can also see Coach Angie Bowers, whose office is in admissions, to purchase a ticket as well.

coffeebreakHow To: Submit a Work Order
A few weeks ago, Aramark announced a new program for submitting work orders. Please note that the new work form is only compatible with Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 9.

To access the new work order form, please click here. Remember to bookmark this site so you can find it easily later.

coffeebreakSam's Club
The University's Sam's Club representative, Karen Shields, will be on campus Aug. 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. She will register new members and renew current memberships.

coffeebreakSurvey Says!
Thanks to the 37 staff members who completed the annual instructional technology survey! The most-requested topics for training are digital video recording, Excel and AU Cloud. The preferred format for training is group workshops, so keep an eye on the workshop schedule for these topics coming soon! Webinars and how-to videos are also available. Finally, 72 percent of you incorporated at least one technique in your work as a result of technology training last year; congratulations! Let's do that again this year!

Complete survey results are posted here.

coffeebreakUniversity Staff Meeting Minutes Posted
The May and June University staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please skim these minutes before the next University staff meeting and send corrections to Linda Lemery at or call her at ext. 15636.

If you need a refresher on how to find the minutes, go to, click the tab labeled "Averett Fac/Staff Login (click here first)," enter your usual username and password and then click "Login." Once you are on the Intranet, click "Groups & Committees" and then click "Staff Council." Once there, click the word "Title" to sort the files by ascending or descending date, then look at the file you want. Any questions? Please call or email Linda.

Mark your calendars! The first campus wide staff meeting of the academic year is Thursday, Aug. 15 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

coffeebreakNew Job Postings
There are two new positions on campus that are open and have been posted online - chair of nurse education and campus visit coordinator. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

coffeebreakPrimary Sources in Literature
The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) has licensed Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections for participating public and independent institutions. Averett scholars can read works of literature online, including "Early English Prose Fiction, 1500-1700," and 18th, 19th, and 20th century English and American poetry, drama and prose. In addition, we have access to bibliographies of English and American literature, the "Faber Poetry Library," King James Bible and "Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare."

Chadwyck-Healey was an early leader in digitizing works of literature, and an early partner with VIVA. Until recently, Chadwyck-Healey poetry collections were hosted by UVA. Averett readers have access to them for the first time, in addition to texts in Literature Online (LION).

Use your AU web services login to access LION, and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections. Questions? Contact Patrick Wasley.

coffeebreakBlount Library Events
Today (Wednesday, Aug. 14) at 3 p.m., Coffee Talk - Discovering Scholarly Sources in WorldCat with Elaine Day

Aug. 18 through Nov. 15, Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963. An exhibit by Emma Edmunds and Tom Cogill

Sept. 26, 11:15 a.m., Coffee Talk - Journalist Emma Edmunds will address the Danville Civil Rights movement in 1963

Sept. 30, 1:50 p.m., Coffee Talk - Woodrow Wilson Fellow Mike Markovitz, leadership consultant and partner in AchieveMission

For the complete Coffee Talk schedule, click here.

coffeebreakReminder: Sign Up for Lecture Series
Faculty and staff, you are invited to join us for a lecture series exploring issues of faith and spirituality. Author Gabe Lyons will talk about his book, "The Next Christians," during a series of three lectures on Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at West Main Baptist Church.

Averett will cover the cost of attendance for a limited number of faculty and staff. If you are interested in attending, email Wanda Haynes to register.

Please contact Ralph Hawkins or Alexis Ehrhardt with any questions.

coffeebreakReminder: Schedule of Opening Events
On Thursday, Aug. 15, we will open the 2013-14 academic year with a continental breakfast and opening meeting. The continental breakfast will be served from 7:30-8 a.m. in the breezeway outside Blount Chapel. The opening meeting will be held in Blount at 8 a.m. During this opening meeting, those who are new to the University will be officially welcomed and pinned. If you are new, please sit toward the front of the chapel.

Directly following the University wide meeting, the faculty will hold their opening meeting at 9:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel. Staff will hold their opening meeting at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. A free lunch will be provided for both faculty and staff at noon.

At 4:30 p.m., Dr. Franks and her husband, Joe, will be hosting the Averett Family Opening Celebration.

Directors, chairs and VPs, please encourage new people in your areas to attend our opening activities.



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A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Stephen Davidson, Averett's new instructor of mathematics. Since earning his master of science degree in mathematics from Virginia Tech, Stephen has taught at the high school and college levels. He most recently has been an instructor at Danville Community College, where he taught mathematics for allied health and served as a tutor in the Academic Success Center. Stephen also teaches all levels of mathematics on an individual basis at Sylvan Learning Center, where he enjoys working with students and parents.


Dr. Jennifer Hughes, who comes to Averett from Young Harris College in Georgia where she served as assistant professor of English, mentor to new faculty, Title IX faculty coordinator and faculty co-advisor for the English majors organization. She earned her master of arts in English from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from Emory University. Her teaching at Young Harris included courses on women in literature and humor in literature. She has a book in progress titled "The Mirror of Mirth: Laughter, Sentiment, and Democracy in the Nineteenth-Century United States."


Bill Lawrence, who returns to Averett as interim chair of education. After the search for a permanent chair is completed, Bill will transition into an assistant professor role where he will serve as director of educational outreach working with schools, school districts and faculty members in graduate education programs to take education programs statewide. Bill first joined the Averett community in 2008 after many years in Danville Public Schools - he served as principal of Galileo Magnet High School from 2003-07. Bill holds a M.Ed. in special education from Lynchburg College and earned his licensure in administration and supervision from Longwood University.

 Dr. Sergey V. Samoilenko, who joins us as chair of the computer and information science department and as associate professor of information systems. Sergey comes from Virginia Union University, where he served as chair of computer information systems and as a full-time faculty member teaching courses such as systems analysis and design; networking; computer hardware and software; database design and implementation; and information engineering. He earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University where his research interests focused on information systems economics, decision models for IS management and information technology and development.


Dr. Martha Wall-Whitfield joined Averett in September 2012 and is an assistant professor in the education department. She teaches courses on adult learning, philosophy of education, research and instructional strategies. Since joining Averett, she guided the development of the M.Ed. in administration and supervision program that is now being reviewed by the Virginia Department of Education. Prior to coming to Averett, Martha was a faculty member at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. She earned her M.Ed. in administration and supervision as well as her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on gangs and schools, a topic that remains her research interest and about which she presents at a variety of conferences.


Deelynn Leigh, an academic advisor for the GPS Central Region. Deelynn is no stranger to Averett - her father, Derwin Leigh Sr., will graduate this month. She joins us from Liberty University where she worked in the financial aid area. She is weeks away from obtaining her master degree in religious education. Deelynn's hobbies are writing poetry and doing outdoor activities like hiking, biking, canoeing and camping. She also enjoys exercising, playing cards, board games, scrapbooking and wedding planning.



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Fac/Staff events:

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

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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:

January 2, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Maryville College

February 21, 2015
Women's Tennis @ Guilford College

February 27, 2015
Men's Tennis vs. Emory & Henry College



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