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 Sept. 4 for a Sept. 11 publication.
|Interested in U.S. National Security?|
This year's 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series leads off with a lecture from Dr. Simona Kragh on "U.S. National Security: The Big Players" on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Her presentation will describe the main players in the American national security establishment, their actual capabilities and their limitations in ensuring the safety of our country.
|Mark Your Calendars|
There's a new format to the coffee and cookie time this year. Coffee & cookie time will be offered from 11-11:15 a.m. this year in the multipurpose room on the day of the University wide staff meeting, which begins at 11:15 in that same room. The next University wide staff meeting is Thursday, Sept. 19. Come 15 minutes early for coffee & cookie time! Hope to see you there!
The August University staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please review before the next staff meeting. Send issues or corrections to Linda Lemery at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call her at ext. 15636 if you need help accessing the minutes.
|Learn More Moodle|
You asked for it! The third most-requested technology training topic in the 2013 faculty survey was Moodle. Faculty are encouraged to register for these upcoming hands-on workshops on the Main Campus:
* Moodle Basics at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Sep. 5: Learn to set up a course with basic items, including posting your syllabus
* Moodle Assignments at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sep. 11: Learn to add an assignment to your Moodle course to permit students to submit a file, grade it and return the file with comments
* Moodle Gradebook at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Sep. 12: Learn to set up your gradebook in Moodle, including adding weights to grade categories
* Moodle Activities: Chat and Forum at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sep. 18: Explore the 13 activity options and learn to set up a chat and a forum
* Moodle Quizzes at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sep. 25: Set up automatically graded quizzes by importing a question bank or designing your own quiz
See the workshop schedule to register today.
Homecoming is September 27-29. Please make plans to be at portions of our celebration that weekend. Alumni whose lives you have changed come back to see you. The most important events for faculty and staff to attend are the Homecoming Hometown Party on Friday night at the Community Market and Memory Lane on Saturday at the North Campus. If you come to Memory Lane on Saturday, I will buy your lunch, just email me at email@example.com if you will be attending.
If you sell tickets in the community to Friday night's event, I can give you a ticket for free.
You may register for other events here.
|Student Health Insurance Questions?|
If you receive a phone call with questions regarding student health insurance, please forward the call to Averett Central for prompt resolution.
|Wellness Works with DRMC|
Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is excited to introduce Averett employees and their dependents to its WellnessWorks At Home program. The program provides complimentary 24/7 access to their service coordination line to schedule any appointments from the simplest sniffle to your annual preventive screenings with one of the DRMC affiliated doctors. This service assists in streamlining all healthcare services for you and allows you to get back to more important things - your family! Call DRMC's service coordination at 1-888-991-3627 for all your medical scheduling needs.
The hospital will be sending out ongoing educational information to assist you in making sure you and your families know about the many benefits of this service. DRMC is on an ongoing quest to create and provide a healthier community and workforce. Wellness Works cards will be coming to you via interoffice mail soon!
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A warm Averett welcome is extended to:
Lori Bidgood, who has joined Averett's department of institutional advancement as graphic designer. Lori most recently served as a media specialist and head graphic designer at Danville Community College (2006-2013). In that capacity, she designed all of the college's brochures, catalogs, schedules, print advertisements and more. She also photographed events and staff portraits for use in publications and on the Web, and shot and edited video for commercials and promotional DVDs.
Lori earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also earned her MBA from Averett University - so as an alumna, she has an intimate knowledge of Averett's DNA.
Trish Coleman, who became assistant to the CFO on July 24. Trish moved to North Carolina from Virginia Beach after a 23-year career in the Navy. She lives in Reidsville with her husband, a 30-year Navy vet, and their nine-year old son.
Stacy Gato, who is the University's new vice president of enrollment management. Stacy joins us from the University of New England (UNE) where she served as executive director of university admissions. In that position she oversaw both the office of undergraduate admissions and the office of graduate admissions; supervised a staff of 25 professionals; and was responsible for marketing, recruitment and enrollment for the university's six colleges across two campuses, as well as all online programs.
Stacy is a cum laude graduate of Saint Joseph's College from whom she holds two bachelor of arts degrees – one in English, with a concentration in creative writing; the other in communications with a concentration in public relations. She and her husband, Tim, have two children: Emily, age 12 and Sarah, age 9.
Felix Mann, head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs. Felix comes to Averett after spending two seasons as the assistant coach at Rhodes College. While at Rhodes, he helped the program to its highest conference finish ever, finishing second both seasons he was there. In just two years as an assistant, he helped to lead the top doubles team to the finals of the regional tournament where the duo was awarded a top 15 national ranking, finishing the year inside the top 25 as a doubles team.
Felix had a successful collegiate playing career at Oglethorpe University. He earned All-Conference honorable mention honors his freshman year and then was voted to First-Team All-Conference in each of his final three seasons. Felix finished third for conference player of the year his junior and senior seasons. In his junior season, he finished regionally ranked top 15 in singles play. He ended his career at Oglethorpe as the No. 12 ranked singles player and No. 7 ranked doubles team with partner Ross Beall in the Atlantic South region.
A native of Herndon, he earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Oglethorpe in 2011.
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