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 Oct. 4 for a Oct. 9 publication.
Google+ Hangouts is a free web conferencing application, which Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, uses to conduct interactive webinars. Faculty can use it to tutor or advise a small group of students (up to nine), show your face with a webcam or show your screen or use a digital whiteboard.
If you missed the first Google+ Hangouts workshop, here's your chance to take it - the Basics workshop will be offered again at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, on the Main Campus. After that, take advantage of advanced workshops: Google+ Hangouts Advanced is offered Oct. 16, and Google+ Hangouts On Air is offered Oct. 23. See the schedule for workshop descriptions and to register.
|Lunch & Learn|
Faculty and staff are invited to a Lunch & Learn Thursday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Dr. Jill Hamlin, director of autism studies, will be sharing learning strategies for helping students who have ADD/ADHD, Asperger's and Autism. Grab your own lunch and then come pick up some great ideas.
For more information, Jill can be reached at ext. 17240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Engage Students in the Classroom|
Want to leverage students' cell phones in the classroom and get every student engaged in your subject? Ask a multiple-choice question or lead a brainstorm using Poll Everywhere. Display your prompt on the projection screen and invite students to respond by text message. Poll Everywhere is free for up to 40 responses per poll. View last week's webinar recording for more information or email Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, with questions.
|Staff Meeting Minutes Posted|
A draft of the Sept. 19 University-wide staff meeting minutes has been posted to the Intranet. Please review the minutes and send corrections to Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or email@example.com by Oct. 10 so that she can amend them before the next University-wide staff meeting, which is Oct. 17. Mark your calendars!
|Mark your Calendars!|
The annual International Education Luncheon for faculty and staff will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 12-1 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. This year our theme will be Languages Across the Curriculum as Internationalization. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 23 to Catherine Clark, assistant professor of French and English, director of international education at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be a fully catered lunch meeting.
Join us for the third part of the Summer Series of Something. Barb Kushubar, associate professor of physical education, wellness/sport science, will be presenting a wellness forum: "Move It or Lose It!" on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 3-3:45 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Refreshments will be served.
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”—Ralph Nichols
|Fall Wellness Screenings|
Attention all University health plan participants! The annual wellness screenings will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Registration information will be sent to all plan members via email.
|Flu Shot Clinic|
Need to get your flu shot? A clinic for faculty and staff has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1. CVS technicians will be set up in the Carrington Conference Room and the club area of the Student Center (both are on the fourth floor). The cost of the flu shot is covered 100 percent for members of the University's health plan. All participants will receive a 20 percent off coupon to CVS.
Please help the CVS staff determine the level of interest in receiving the flu vaccine and the time frame that would best suit our employees by clicking here.
The University will be holding open enrollment for health benefit options in November. Dates, times and venues will be announced soon.
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Thank you so much to everyone who made Homecoming a huge success. I am definitely not the only one who plans this event, it takes a combined effort of the whole University to make Homecoming come together. Thank you for the part you played.
If for some reason you missed out this year, go ahead and plan now for Homecoming 2014, Oct. 17-19.
Dan Hayes, alumni director
A warm Averett welcome is extended to:
Have you welcomed someone new to your department lately? We want to meet them! Make sure you fill out the CoffeeBreak submission form online so an announcement can be run in the next addition.
|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 Gary Lane. Gary is an MBA student who will be graduating in December.
What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My main motivation for obtaining my degree was to show my children that obtaining an advanced degree was normal. My secondary motivation was to develop and increase my critical thinking skills so that I would become more marketable.
Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I chose Averett's GPS Program for two reasons. First, I have peers who completed the program and spoke highly of their experiences at Averett. Second, the GPS program's one night a week format worked perfectly with my schedule.
Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
The one tip I would give with future AU students is to have fun and make the most out of your opportunity while at Averett. The more you put into course work and studies, the more you will reap.
What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
At this point in the program what keeps me motivated is graduating with my classmates. Additionally, I think it will be really special to walk across that stage with my children in attendance.
|Her Dream: To Share Her Love of Art|
Senior Kathleen Moore loves art and everything about it. That's why choosing art as her major was as natural as breathing.
Kathleen will be holding her Senior Art Show Oct. 3-Nov. 15 in the library. Stop by to check out the work produced by this talented young lady. To read more about Kathleen and her show, click here.
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