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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. 28 for a Sept. 4 publication.this form by September 4 for a September 11 publication.


coffeebreakHave Questions about Insurance?
If you have questions or concerns regarding our health, vision, dental or life insurance plans, please remember you can contact our health and life insurance broker Randy Lavinder of The Lavinder Group & Associates. They can be reached at (434) 792-4244 or They welcome your inquiries.

Randy and his son, Mark, work closely with our Gateway Health representative, Chris McFarling, to ensure our 100 percent customer service satisfaction. They will be on campus the first two weeks of October for our Open Enrollment information sessions.

coffeebreakGoogle+ Hangouts Workshop
If you're interested in participating in Kim McMurtry's technology webinars or you’d like to conduct your own live online tutorials or study groups, you need to participate in the Google+ Hangouts hands-on workshop, which will be held on the Main Campus at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. In this one-hour workshop, participants will:
• Set up a personal Google+ account
• Join and participate in a Google+ Hangout (a synchronous online meeting with audio and video)
• Conduct a Hangout, including screen sharing and writing on a whiteboard

See the workshop schedule and register today.

coffeebreakAugust University Staff Minutes Posted
A draft of the minutes from the August University staff meeting has been posted to the Intranet. Please review and send changes to Linda Lemery. These minutes will be an agenda item for the Sept. 19, University staff meeting.

If you need a refresher on how to find the minutes on the Intranet, 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. If you have any questions, please call ext. 15636 or email Linda.

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.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

coffeebreakReminder: Retirement Program Meetings
Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be on campus, Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18 for transition seminars and one-on-one sessions. Detailed information will be sent via email next week.



SORRY, there are no new Averett Cares stories this week. If you have an story to add to our next issue, please send us this form!



coffeebreakThank You!
The offices in student life would like to thank all those who helped with new student orientation as well as move-in days for all of students. We had a successful move-in and orientation for our new and returning students!

SORRY, there are no people to announce this week. If you have a new employee to add to our next issue, please send us this form!



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.

Priscilla Hurt is a BBA student who anticipates graduating in December 2014.

What is your motivation for obtaining your degree with AU?
My motivations for obtaining my degree are to receive a promotion at my job and the self-gratification of reaching my goal in earning my bachelor's degree.

What do you most like about your degree program?
The best thing I like about Averett's GPS Program is still being able to work full-time and attend class one night a week.
What advice do you have for your fellow classmates and future AU students?
My tip for my fellow classmates and future AU students would be "You can accomplish your goal as long as you stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize."

coffeebreakDoing What She Loves
Senior art major Ashley Green will be holding her Senior Art Show in Jut's Café beginning tomorrow (Aug. 29) through Sept. 25. Stop in when you have a moment and check out the talent of one of our very own artists.

To learn more about Ashley, and her show, click here.







Hall Promoted at DSS
Kaitlyn Hall '08 has been selected as the new senior family services specialist. She has served as a social worker at Danville Social Services (DSS) since 2009, most recently as the senior social worker. Kaitlyn's experience includes case management for foster children cases and adoption cases, as well as the preparation of court documents for adoptions. She also trained perspective foster/adoptive parents and foster children for independent living skills.

She received her bachelor of science degree in sociology/criminal justice from Averett.


Williamson Rises to new Heights at DSS
Tyra Griffin Williamson '00 has been selected as the new family services supervisor. She has served as a child protective service worker at DSS since 2003. Her experience includes conducting presentations to local and mandated agencies and hospitals on reporting child abuse. She also conducted assessments to ensure safety of children and relocation of families and coordinating with agencies to help stabilize clients in crisis.

Tyra was awarded her master of science in criminal justice from Everest University in Tampa, Fla. and her bachelor of science degree in criminal justice/sociology from Averett.

Hatoum Seeks new Challenges at DSS
Laila Hatoum '09 a new addition to the staff at DSS, was selected as a new family services specialist. She most recently served as assistant director/lead teacher at Apple Tree Children's Center in Danville, where she supervised teaching assistants and provided supervision for children ages 2-12 and coordinated the curriculum. Laila was also responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy environment that fostered children's social, cognitive, physical and academic development.

She was awarded her bachelor of science degree in sociology from Averett.



Eat Out & Support the Pilot Club

The Pilot Club, which supports the University via scholarships, is holding a Dine & Donate event at Lone Star Steakhouse (Lowe's Drive in Danville) on Friday, Sept 5 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Print out the flyer and show it to your server for the club to receive credit.

In addition to the dining event, the club is holding a raffle for a 50 inch Hitachi Plasma TV. Tickets are $5 per ticket, or you may purchase five tickets for $20. The drawing will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 and you do not have to be present to win. To purchase a ticket, contact Debbie Flinn at ext. 15680 or via email at or another member of the Pilot Club.

The Pilot Club's focus is on promoting awareness of brain related disorders and to improve the lives of those affected - through education, volunteer activities, financial support and research. They help those with Autism, Alzheimer's, stroke, head trauma, veterans and so many more.

Support the Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Danville is hosting a Ribs Rhythm & Blues Soul Festival Saturday, Sept. 7 from 3-10 p.m. at the Carrington Pavilion. In addition to outstanding food, families will find a variety of activities to enjoy including games, rides and arts and crafts specialty items. Performers at the event include Dante Lewis, Terence Young of "The Terence Young Experience" and Shableek.

To purchase your tickets online, please click here. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under with one school supply item (all school supplies will go to the Boys & Girls Club and the Church Based Tutorial Program). For more information about the event, please contact Kenny Lewis at (434) 421-0034.






Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

No events to show at this time.

Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

September 19, 2014
"How I Became a Pirate"

September 20, 2014
Student Art Show

September 20, 2014
"How I Became a Pirate"

Sports events:

September 19, 2014
Men's Soccer @ North Carolina Wesleyan

September 19, 2014
Women's Soccer @ North Carolina Wesleyan

September 20, 2014
Women's Tennis @ ITA Regionals



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