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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 Sept. 25 for a Oct. 2 publication.


coffeebreakSenior Pinning Location Change
If you were planning on attending Senior Pinning tomorrow (Sept. 26), please note there has been a change in location. The event will now be held on the lawn of the Student Center instead of on the steps of Main Hall.

coffeebreakCommunity Emergency Response Training
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that was scheduled for this semester had to be postponed. If you are interested in participating in this training during the spring semester, please contact Bill Woodward at before Oct. 8.

Please note that the training consists of nine sessions that last two and a half hours each. The final session is a simulation activity that brings into play all of the skills and information from the previous sessions.

To assist in finding the best possible time to schedule the trainings, please include with your email whether you would prefer a morning or afternoon time, as well as your preference for day of the week.

For more information about this nationwide program visit the FEMA website.

coffeebreakVolunteer in the Community
On Thursday, Oct, 3 we will be working with the Danville Regional Foundation, Danville Community College and Piedmont Community College to sponsor the third annual Day to Engage in our community. Faculty and staff are invited to be a part of this special day. To see some of the activities that took place last year, watch this video. You can sign up here: or find a list of projects here:

coffeebreakLunch on the Lawn
On Tuesday, Oct. 1 the dining hall will be closed and lunch will be served on the lawn of the Student Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to promote Day to Engage sign-ups. Nappy Roots, an alternative Southern rap group, will be performing. Faculty and staff who want to eat lunch that day will pay as they normally would in the dining hall. For questions, please contact Lesley Villarose at or at ext. 15627.

coffeebreakBlue & Gold Day
Friday has been declared Blue & Gold Day in celebration of Homecoming. Wear our school colors and show off your Cougar pride!

coffeebreakAlumni Career Expo
Faculty, please encourage your juniors and seniors to attend the Alumni Career Expo on Friday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Alumni from various careers are returning to campus to talk to students about what they need to be doing now to prepare for their chosen careers.

coffeebreakEngage Students in the Classroom
TodaysMeet is a free web app faculty can use to engage students in the classroom. Break the class into groups to discuss a question and have each group post a collaborative answer to your TodaysMeet "room" using any mobile device with a web browser. Display the live stream of their answers on the projection screen for further all-class discussion. Archive the transcript of the answers as a PDF in your Moodle course. Read more about it by clicking here or email Kim McMurtry with questions.

coffeebreakGPS Study Abroad Meeting
Study art in Italy. Learn how our European counterparts teach in their classrooms. Discover how businesses function on an international level. The GPS Program is opening its 2014 international study programs to faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Come learn more during an information session Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Jut's Café. For more information, contact Michael Parsons, associate vice president of the GPS Program, at

coffeebreakHow to Teach Online Seminars
In the July/August annual instructional technology survey, the most-requested training topics were how to design and facilitate online courses. All faculty and adjuncts are encouraged to participate in these upcoming online seminars:

* Best Practices for Facilitating Online Courses is a three-week seminar starting Oct. 7. Learn best practices for online pedagogy, including how to enhance student engagement and build online community, plus get some great tips for managing your time while teaching online.

* Effective Online Course Development is a two-week seminar starting Oct. 28. Would you like to transform a face-to-face course for online delivery? Apply the principles of effective online course design while developing learning objectives, instructional strategies and assessments for an online course.

Both seminars are asynchronous and conducted via Moodle, just like an online course. There are no meeting times, but there are required readings and written assignments; work load is less than three hours each week. Register today!

coffeebreakLibrary Exhibit and Presentation
"Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963: The Movement, The People, The Stories." is the documentary exhibit by Emma Edmunds and Tom Cogill that is now on display at Blount Library. Join us for a Coffee Talk with Emma Edmunds on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 11:15 a.m. The exhibit will be up through Nov. 15.

Funding for this project was provided by the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust of Danville and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville.

For more information about Coffee Talks, click here.

coffeebreakReminder: Service-Learning Lunch
Please remember the first service-learning faculty focus group lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Main Hall conference room (131). If you are interested in learning more about teaching a service-learning course, this is the perfect opportunity for you. If you have not already done so, please RSVP by today (Sept. 25) to Toni Gazda.



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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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