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|New Faculty and Staff Meal Plans|
With our continuing partnership with Averett University, Bon Appétit Management Company is pleased to announce that specially priced meal plans are now available for University faculty and staff members. The plans can be purchased in packages of 10 to 30 meals that are available for use at any meal during the semester.
To participate in a Faculty/Staff meal plan please contact Barbara Styons at ext. 17307. She will load the plan you purchase onto your faculty or staff ID for use. For more information, please visit the Averett University Dining webpage and follow the new link to Faculty and Staff Meal Plans.
President Tiffany Franks cordially invites faculty and staff to honor our seniors during the Senior Pinning Ceremony Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4:00 p.m. on the front steps of Main Hall. There is a reception immediately following the ceremony at the home of President Tiffany and Joe Franks (500 Hawthorne Drive). RSVP for both events by Sept. 16 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|STEM-H eBooks on Demand|
Through the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), Averett scholars can read thousands of ebooks from premier publishers in STEM-H fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health), with new books added each week. Ebooks selected by students and faculty of any VIVA institution are permanently available to all.
To read STEM-H books in Worldcat, select "Books" and "Virtual Library of Virginia," then enter keywords, such as "clinical psychology" or "pharmacology." Worldcat displays the five most relevant titles from all libraries, followed by VIVA eBooks. In a search of "Libraries Worldwide," you will see the five most relevant titles, followed by Averett books, VIVA eBooks and sources from other libraries. Learn more in the Averett Library news.
|Weekly Webinars Offered|
Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, offers a live Instructional Technology Weekly Webinar (ITW2 for short) at 11:30 a.m. each Friday and again at 4:30 p.m. each Monday using Google+ Hangouts. Each webinar features a 20-minute lesson on a technology tool, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.
Participants will need a Google+ account and a webcam to participate in these interactive online sessions; a headset is also recommended. Upcoming topics include TodaysMeet, getting started with Prezi, Poll Everywhere and recording videos with YouTube. Visit the ITW2 page for complete details and to view archived sessions. Email Kim at email@example.com with questions.
|New Job Posting|
There is a new position on campus that is open and has been posted online – assistant professor of nurse education. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.
|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 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! 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.
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A warm Averett welcome is extended to:
Jeremy Jennings '11, who has joined the student financial services department as a student financial services counselor for the GPS Program. Jeremy brings to Averett a strong financial background as he most recently worked at an accountant specialist for American National Bank in Danville. In the near future, Jeremy plans to take his Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) licensure with the Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA).
Jeremy earned his bachelor of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting from Averett; therefore as an alumnus, he has a wealth of knowledge of Averett's environment and dynamics. As you pass through Averett Central (116 Main Hall) be sure to stop by and welcome Jeremy!
|AU 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 Carl Brown a MBA student. Carl anticipates graduating in the spring of 2014.
What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
When I started the program I was a father to a 19-year-old (Montell) and 5-year-old (Camren) -both boys. My motivation for obtaining a master's degree was to give my children, especially my youngest son, something to strive for, a goal to surpass and a motivational tool to push them academically. My wife and I believe that our children should set lofty educational goals, at the very least, surpass any goals/achievements that we were blessed to accomplish. I also believed that I needed to set the bar high; completing a master of business administration program met that objective.
Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I selected Averett's GPS Program for three reasons: (1) The structure of the program was a great fit for my family's busy lifestyle. Having class one night a week allowed me to manage my family time and still have the ability to complete any class requirements. (2) Averett afforded me the opportunity to continue my education without being in class all weekend, away from my family. (3) The class location was perfect. The Richard Bland location is 10 minutes from my place of employment and 18 minutes from my home.
Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students.
The one tip I would share with my fellow classmates and future AU students is to work on time management. Having a plan to complete class assignments and continue to do the things you enjoy is invaluable. Any educational program is going to require a commitment of your time; how you manage it is critical. I have not missed one major family event since starting the program at Averett. If I could offer a second tip, it would be to learn from your classmates. Everyone brings a different set of experiences/skills to the program, leverage what each individual offers because it will enhance your knowledge and learning experience.
What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My primary motivation is, and continues to be, my youngest son, Camren. Now six years old, I realize that I am his educational example; he is watching everything I do. How I handle homework assignments, projects, etc. are opportunities to send positive messages to him on how he should approach his education. My second source of motivation comes from my wife, Leona. She continues to encourage me to work hard, do my best, and set an example for our youngest son. As she always reminds me, "we have to provide a solid foundation for Camren. He is not going to be a statistic."
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