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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. 21 for a Aug. 28 publication.


coffeebreakFall Emergency Response Training Dates
Averett's Emergency Management Team is working with the city of Danville to provide training for members of the campus community. As was reported earlier in CoffeeBreak, 12 members of the faculty and staff completed the first offering of the Campus Community Emergency Response Team training.

Below are the training dates and times for two more sessions scheduled during the fall semester:

Group 1: (These sessions will all be from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Monday, Sept. 9
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Monday, Sept. 16
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Monday, Sept. 30
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Wednesday, Oct. 2

Group 2: (These are all on Tuesdays and will be from 8:30-11 a.m.)
Sept. 10
Sept. 17
Oct. 1
Oct. 8
Oct. 15
Oct. 22
Oct. 29
Nov. 5
Nov. 12

To complete the training, you must complete all nine modules because the last meeting is a simulation exercise that brings in the skills learned throughout the training.

If you are interested in taking part in these trainings, contact Kathie Tune via email at or Bill Woodward, who can be reached at and indicate whether you are signing up for Group 1 or Group 2.

Please discuss your interest in participating in this training with your department chair and/or supervisor in advance of signing up.

coffeebreakInstructional Technology Faculty Survey Results
Thanks to the 76 faculty who completed the annual instructional technology survey! The most-requested topics for training are Moodle and designing and facilitating online courses. The preferred format for training is how-to videos, followed closely by webinars and group workshops. Most faculty consistently incorporate relevant technologies in teaching and most incorporated at least one new teaching/learning strategy as a result of training last year. Congratulations! Let's do that again this year! Complete survey results are posted here.

coffeebreakAUCloud Workshop Offered
AUCloud was one of the most-requested topics for staff training. Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, is offering a one-hour, hands-on workshop at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3. AUCloud is Averett's secure cloud storage and allows users to save files there to access via the web from anywhere or to share with other employees. You'll learn to create folders and upload and share files. To see the complete schedule of workshops and register click here.



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coffeebreakPresident Named to Advisory Board
Dr. Tiffany Franks, University president, has been appointed to the Virginia Advisory Board for American National Bank and Trust Company. She is one of 21 community leaders selected from across the bank's four Virginia regions. The advisory board serves the bank as a core group of community liaisons who provide feedback on bank strategies and advice on the relevance of various products and services. Congratulations, Dr. Franks!

coffeebreakLeaving a Legacy
Joe Franks, Dr. Franks' husband, has retired from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C. after 30 years of teaching and coaching. The school plans to name the football field at Jamieson Stadium in his honor. To read an article about Joe's retirement in the Greensboro News & Record, please click here.

Congratulations, Joe! We look forward to seeing you around campus more.

A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Have you welcomed someone new to your department lately? We want to meet them! Make sure you fill out the CoffeeBreak submission form online so an announcement can be run in the next addition.



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 Lanette Green, one of our MBA students. Lanette looks forward to graduating in December.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
Obtaining my MBA is the next step in my plan to run/own a successful business.

What do you most like about your degree program?
There is nothing like the flexibility that going to class one night a week allows. I can still work a full time job and get great grades.

What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
Don't overlook the advantage that having a great group gives you!






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Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

No events to show at this time.

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. North Carolina Wesleyan

October 24, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Covenant College

October 24, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Covenant College



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