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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. 25 for a Oct. 30 publication.


coffeebreakReminder: Cans Across the Conference
Support SAAC and God's Storehouse! SAAC has placed boxes in offices around campus to collect canned goods. The deadline has been extended and boxes will now be collected on Monday, Oct. 28.

Please help support our student-athletes in this endeavor.

coffeebreakShare Information with Students
Is there something going on you need to let our students know about? Bill Woodward, dean of students, sends them a weekly email on Tuesdays. Email Bill with your information by Monday and he'll make sure it is shared with students. Please be sure to include all of the pertinent information such as date, time, place and a brief description if necessary.

coffeebreakCoffee Talk: Kazakhstan under Stalin
The library will host a Coffee Talk on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 11:15 a.m. in the academic commons (main floor). Continuing the theme of history and human rights, visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sholpan Gaisina will relate experiences of her family in Kazakhstan under the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin.

coffeebreakChina: A Cycling Kingdom
Join Averett student Xiaomin "Min" Xu, as he takes you on a cycling journey through China on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in Davenport 107. He will discuss tips for doing this yourself and show highlights from his own cycling expedition.

coffeebreakEngaging Students by Connecting
Have you set up your Moodle profile? Each instructor has a personal page in Moodle called a profile, where you can provide a little description of yourself, a photo and your contact information. It's important to introduce yourself like this in online classes, but even if you teach only in the face-to-face classroom, providing this information gives students another opportunity to learn about, and connect, with you.

In your introduction, consider sharing your reasons for teaching, like how you enjoy helping students think critically or fulfill their career goals. If you'd like to learn more about Moodle, register for tomorrow's (Oct. 24) workshop at 11:15 a.m. on the Main Campus.

coffeebreakLunch & Learn
Dr. Jill Hamlin, director of autism studies, will host a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Main 131.

Did you know there are actually seven sensory systems? Did you always wonder what sensory modulation and sensory integration meant? Do you have a co-worker or family member that you liken to Tigger or Eeyore? Maybe you, yourself, could be Taz! Whatever the reason for your interest, join Jill to explore the world of sensory processing and all its quirky glory! Bring your lunch, your enthusiasm and your questions to Main 131.

coffeebreakHalloween Candy Collection
On Thursday, 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!

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 the top two student costumes. Come and join the fun!

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

coffeebreakWellness Clinic Today
Don't forget, the last wellness clinic is this morning and runs until 10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Walk-ins are welcome although registration is encouraged. You can schedule a screening appointment here.

Light breakfast refreshments will be available and a lunch ticket for screening participants will be provided. All promotional materials are posted on the intranet.



coffeebreakWishes for a Speedy Recovery
Tammy Wall, senior accountant in the business office, experienced complications from her recent surgery, but is now resting at home. Please remember to keep Tammy in your thoughts and prayers.



coffeebreakBrantley-Lloyd Takes the Stage
Mavis Brantley-Lloyd, administrative assistant for the athletics department and the department of physical education, wellness and sport science, will be performing in the Little Theatre of Danville, Inc.'s production of "Steel Magnolias." Mavis will play the part of M'Lynn Eatenton, the mother of Shelby.

The play will be performed Oct. 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and may be purchased at The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Rippe's, Karen's Hallmark, Amburn & Co. Salon & Spa or online at

coffeebreakHoffman Hits Milestone with Column
Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English/journalism communications, just published his twenty-fifth monthly column, "Vultures: The Creepy Scavengers on the Riverwalk Trail," in Sunday's Danville Register & Bee. Hoffman's column, entitled "The Beauty of Nature," appears on the third Sunday of each month. The column includes nature photographs and stories about his daily walks on the trail with his English setter, Sadie. To read this past Sunday's story, click here.

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 Diane Granderson who is pursuing an associate degree in business administration. "I was so excited about starting college I really don't know my graduation date. It has to be in 2017. Yeah!"

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
The next level of advancement, at my current employment, requires a college degree. This is my motivation. I've been with my current employer for 19 years and I enjoy working for this company. So I will continue on until I obtain a position I enjoy as much.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
The adult program seemed to fit my schedule. The information provided to me made me feel like I could accomplish anything once I put my mind to it. The encouragement provided by the counselor was want I needed at the time to assist me in making the right decision.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
If obtaining a college degree is your goal, don't let small excuses discourage you. Keep going after your dream until it's accomplished. It will be worth of the extra hours of completing homework assignments.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My motivation is having my daughter see me walk across the stage. All the hard work and dedication I put into my studies to make our lives better.







Academic Support Center Recertified
The University's academic support center has been recertified through the College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor Training Program Certification (CRLA-ITTPC). Congratulations to Holly Kilby, director of academic support, and all of her tutors for their hard work in making this happen! Click here to read more about this accomplishment.

*Special thanks to Marley Anthony, peer tutor, for the picture.






Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

No events to show at this time.

Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

September 24, 2014
Student Art Show

September 25, 2014
Student Art Show

September 26, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

September 23, 2014
Women's Volleyball @ Mary Baldwin College

September 26, 2014
Men's Tennis @ ITA Regionals

September 26, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Methodist University



Random Bursts of Creativity

Averett to Hold Annual SAT Prep Workshop

University Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Averett Earns High Marks from Third Party Reviewers

Artistic Talent Comes Naturally

University Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant from Danville Regional Foundation

Recent Graduates Land Jobs