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.
|Senior 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.
|Community 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 email@example.com 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.
|Volunteer 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or find a list of projects here: www.engagedrr.org.
|Lunch 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 email@example.com or at ext. 15627.
|Blue & Gold Day|
Friday has been declared Blue & Gold Day in celebration of Homecoming. Wear our school colors and show off your Cougar pride!
|Alumni 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.
|Engage 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.
|GPS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|How 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!
|Library 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.
|Reminder: 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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Marty Jackson, senior student financial services counselor, has been promoted to assistant director of student financial services for the traditional program. Congratulations, Marty!
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|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 Daryl Henley, who is pursuing an associate's degree in business administration. He plans to graduate in 2015; and then begin pursuing his bachelor of business administration degree so he can graduate in 2017 with a bachelor's degree.
What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
I have been considered promotable by management at my company, but there is a policy of higher education to meet the minimum criteria for advancement. Most of all, this is something I started years ago, but never finished.
Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Averett has a good reputation, and was the perfect fit for a working adult. Averett sets a pace that one may not keep up with in other programs.
Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Juggling life and school will be tough at times, but remember why you are here. The end results will be worth the stress and sacrifice.
What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
The thoughts of that long awaited bachelor's degree in four years, and an upgrade in my family's lifestyle keeps me motivated.
|Sculpture Class Led to Love of Art|
It all started with a sculpture class and senior Ariel Barrett was hooked on art. She will be showcasing her work during her Senior Art Show Sept. 27-Oct. 25 in Jut's Cafe. Stop by while you're in the Student Center and check out the work of one of our amazing students.
To read Ariel's story and learn more about her art show, click here.
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