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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 Oct. 18 for a Oct. 23 publication.


coffeebreakHalloween Candy Collection
On Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. in front of Main Hall, we will be passing out candy to children in the Danville area. If you are interested in helping that evening, please contact Lesley Villarose at

Every Halloween we have hundreds of children come through so we need a lot of candy! Please donate a bag of candy in the Student Center or Main Hall. Every little bit counts!

coffeebreakHost International Students
As Thanksgiving and winter breaks approach, some of our international students who aren't able to go home may be in need of a place to stay. If you are interested in opening your home and being a host family for these students, please contact Bill Woodward. In your email let him know when you'd be able to host and how many students you could accommodate.

We want to open this opportunity up to members of the Averett family first. However, if you know of folks from the Danville community who have expressed an interest in being a host family, feel free to pass those names along to Bill. They can also contact him directly.

coffeebreakNew Moodle Workshops Offered
Are you ready to take your course to the next level with Moodle? Explore Moodle activity options with these new hands-on workshops offered on the Main Campus:

• Moodle Choice, Feedback, & Questionnaire - 3 p.m., Oct. 30
• Moodle Lesson and Wiki - 3 p.m., Nov. 13
• Moodle Database and Glossary - 3 p.m., Dec. 4

And if you're new to Moodle or need a refresher, sign up for Moodle Basics at 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 24. See the schedule to register.

coffeebreakAnnual Halloween Costume Competition
Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 at noon in the Dining Hall (lunch is not provided). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place groups (offices/departments), first and second place individual and first place student. Come and join the fun!

coffeebreakEngage Students with Collaborative Learning
Do your courses offer students the opportunity to collaborate and work together toward a common goal? Are students engaged in your course topic and practicing effective communication, critical thinking and cooperation? See if you agree with these additional benefits of collaboration from East Michigan State.

Want some ideas for using technology to collaborate? Sign up for the hands-on workshop "Cloud Apps for Storage and Collaboration" on the Main Campus at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, for an introduction to Kim McMurtry's top 10 apps.

coffeebreakNew Van Reservation Policy
Effective Monday, Oct. 14, the facilities department on the Main Campus will be overseeing all requests for the use of campus vans. Please continue to use the van reservation form that is on the website.

Your new contact persons to assist you with these reservations will be Sheila Smith, who can be reached at 434-791-5780 and Brittany Culley whose phone number is 434-770-6526.

coffeebreakReminder: Coffee & Cookie
The next Coffee & Cookie meet and greet event will be tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 17) at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room, immediately followed at 11:15 a.m. by the University staff.

The September staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet; please review before tomorrow's meeting. Hope to see you there!

healthy solutions

“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

coffeebreakFlu Clinics
Need to get your flu shot? A clinic for faculty and staff has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31 from 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 1 from 7-10 a.m.

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 other plans will be submitted to the insurance carrier. Everyone must present a valid insurance card for processing.

All participants will receive a 20 percent off coupon to CVS.

coffeebreakReminder: Health Screenings
Remember that the annual wellness screenings for health plan participants will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday, in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. There's still time to register.



SORRY, there are no new Averett Cares stories this week. If you have an story to add to our next issue, please send us this form!



coffeebreakSaying Goodbye
A farewell reception for Dr. Metta Alsobrook, director of institutional research and effectiveness, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Jut's Café. Metta has worked at the University since 2011. Join us for light refreshments as we wish her well!

SORRY, there are no people to announce this week. If you have a new employee to add to our next issue, please send us this form!



coffeebreakAU 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 Harvey Walker who is a MBA student. Harvey looks forward to graduating next fall.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
I received a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1998. When I enrolled at Averett University, it had been 15 years since I last attended a university. My first motivation was because I was bored. I ran out of things to challenge me. I needed a new challenge -something to challenge me methodically. I had been thinking about going back to school for a few years, however I was apprehensive about not fitting in with specific age groups, and whether or not I had the desire to provide the time required to give it my best. The motivation for obtaining this degree started with self-motivation, and to challenge myself to see if I still had the drive and desire.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I chose Averett because of the location. I work on the Marine Corps Base in Quantico. A secondary reason is the program itself. The students enrolled in the GPS program in Quantico are a mixture of prior military, retired service members and career minded adults who work daily jobs. These individuals have the same goals and desires as I do, which is improved education that could lead to a better opportunity. The Averett program is easier to fit into than other programs that I observed, especially for someone who has not attended school in a few years.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Learn to write and understand the material presented in the program. It's challenging, but this is a master's program and it should be challenging. Averett studies involve numerous group projects and writing assignments, however students should remember that they need to learn to write and think on their own. Once you graduate with your MBA degree, supervisors and employers will expect nothing less of you, but quality work.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
I am a little over half way through the program. I try not to miss any class periods. I firmly believe that if I attend class, I will learn something. Also, since I have a master's degree I have to continue to motivate myself. The best way for me to do that is to attend class. I believe that if I missed class for an extended period, it would be hard to return. The short classes of 6-10 weeks are motivation, compared to attending class for 12-15 weeks.







Ferguson Wins at World Senior Games
Dr. Richard Ferguson, chair of the department of physical education, participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George Utah last week, winning the Half Marathon. Congratulations, Richard!


Senior Lands Job with WSET
Senior Dakota Rogers never thought his summer internship would land him a job before he graduated, but that's exactly what happened. Now, he attends classes and then leaves at the end of the day to head to Lynchburg to work at ABC 13 WSET-TV as a video-journalist. To read about Dakota's experience, please click here.






Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 25, 2014
Student Art Show

October 25, 2014
Kruger Brothers and The Kontras Quartet

October 26, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 24, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Covenant College

October 24, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. William Peace University

October 25, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Piedmont College



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