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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 Nov. 1 for a Nov. 6 publication.


coffeebreakA Night of International Culture
During the dinner hour on Tuesday, Nov. 12 please join the Averett community in celebrating food, music and conversation from our diverse student cultures. For more information please contact Lesley Villarose at

coffeebreakService-Learning Faculty Focus Group
Please make plans to attend a service-learning faculty focus group lunch gathering on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Davenport 105 (please note the date change). All interested faculty are invited to share their ideas and experiences, and candidly discuss recent developments in the planning, implementation, and approval processes related to launching and teaching a service-learning course.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. We are an open forum, drop-ins are welcome. Questions? Contact Toni Gazda at

coffeebreakEngage Students Online
Research has demonstrated that student success in online courses is affected by the instructor's intentional engagement of students, and engaging students includes developing relationships (Baran, Correia, & Thompson, 2013; Van Tassel & Schmitz, 2013). Begin that relationship by introducing yourself; let students see and hear you by providing a "welcome to the course" video.

You might also like to record short lectures, which could be used in online courses as well as in face-to-face courses to flip the classroom or to serve as review resources. Want to learn how to record your own video? Register for the hands-on workshop, "Using YouTube to Record Videos," which will be held on the Main Campus at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6.

coffeebreakNew Job Posting
There is a new position open on campus which has been posted online – director of institutional research and institutional effectiveness. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

coffeebreakPrezi Workshops Offered
Want to learn how to use Prezi or to take your Prezi presentations to the next level? These hands-on workshops are offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on the Main Campus:

* Prezi Basics at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 - create a zooming and panning presentation with text and images to present either online or as a portable Prezi

* Prezi Intermediate at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 - add files (like Word, Excel), audio, and video to a presentation, collaborate with others to develop a presentation together online and embed a presentation in a Moodle course

See the schedule for a complete list of workshop offerings and to register.

coffeebreakQuestions for Staff Council?
Is there an issue you want to bring before Staff Council, but you're not sure who to contact? As was announced at the Oct. 17 University-wide staff meeting, there's a way to reach Staff Council even if you don't remember who is serving. Email Staff Council with your questions, concerns or issues at

coffeebreakStaff Meeting Minutes on Intranet
The Oct. 17 University-wide staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please skim them at your convenience and send corrections to Linda Lemery at

coffeebreakSam's Club on Campus
Karen Shields, our Sam's Club rep, will be on the Main Campus Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the dining hall to renew memberships and register new members (Great Christmas Gift idea!).

coffeebreakReminder: Costume Competition
The annual Halloween costume competition will be held tomorrow (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.

coffeebreakSave the Date
Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks will give her annual state of the University address at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Blount Chapel.

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 Shot Reminder
A clinic for flu shots for faculty and staff is this Thursday (Oct. 31) from 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. and Friday (Nov. 1) from 7-10 a.m.

This year's clinic is provided by CVS. 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.

Please help the CVS staff determine the level of interest in receiving the flu vaccine by sending an email to Stephen Rudder at He is the pharmacy supervisor who schedules pharmacy technicians per clinic. He wants to make sure he has enough staff and vaccines available for our faculty, staff and students.



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coffeebreakStevens in NCAA Magazine
Meg Stevens, our new athletics director, has a nice write up about her in the Fall 2013 issue of the NCAA Champions magazine. You can find the article by clicking here and then going to page 79.

coffeebreakHendrix to Perform in Musical
Robbie Hendrix '10, student services coordinator, will be performing in "Purlie the Musical" Nov. 6-10 at Patrick Henry Community College. Hendrix will play the part of Charlie. Also performing in the production is Averett alumnus Walter Bondurant '94, '10 who is playing the part of Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Patrick Henry Community College switchboard at 276-638-8777. More information is available at the musical's Facebook page, which can be found here.

coffeebreakInspiring Future Leaders
On Saturday, Oct. 19, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Marsha Foster facilitated team building initiatives and leadership learning for local high school students participating in the Junior Leadership program through the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce. Junior Leadership is a skills building program for local high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Participants meet monthly to build skills in leadership, communication and business development.

Foster is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Southside XIX.

coffeebreakWoodrow Wilson Fellow Wrap-Up
During the first week of October global leadership expert Mike Markovits , Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, was on campus visiting several classes and giving talks on leadership to various groups. Markovits is a former vice president of leadership at IBM, and currently works as a partner with AchieveMission, where he is responsible for consulting services.

On Oct. 1 Markovits gave an outstanding talk to a large crowd of faculty, students and citizens of Danville and surrounding areas. His talk focused on the six key attributes of leadership.

*Pictured left to right are: Woodrow Wilson Scholar Mike Markovits; Dr. Sholpan Gaisina, our visiting Fulbright Scholar from KIMEP University in Kazakhstan; and Dr. Michael Parsons, associate vice president of the GPS Program and a Fulbright Scholar.

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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 Madlyn White-Winn who is pursuing a bachelor of business administration degree. Madlyn anticipates graduating in the spring.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
There were numerous reasons why obtaining my degree was important to me; however, self-fulfillment and career advancement were my top two motivators.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I looked at various educational options before making a decision. Averett offered an affordable program that fit my work schedule and lifestyle.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Embrace the experience! The road may be long and hard but the end reward is truly worth the many sacrifices.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
What keeps me motivated is the constant encouragement I receive from colleagues, family, friends and my awesome study partners.

coffeebreakMajor in Art
When it comes time to choose a major in college, many people choose to major in something they are passionate about, whether it is theatre, environmental biology or art. Senior Jordan Bay chose to major in art because "it just felt right." She will be displaying the artwork she has created during her four years at Averett as part of her Senior Art Show now through Nov. 25 in Jut's Café. Full Story






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Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 21, 2014
Student Art Show

October 21, 2014
Student Art Show

October 22, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 22, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. Mary Baldwin College

October 24, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. North Carolina Wesleyan

October 24, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Covenant College



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