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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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Fac/Staff events:

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

April 23, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

February 5, 2015
AndJam Jazz Trio

February 10, 2015
1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series

February 17, 2015
"A Long Civil Rights Movement"

Sports events:

January 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ

February 4, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Ferrum College



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Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

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Floyd & Marietta Smith Scholarship Awarded to Martinsville Resident