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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. 8 for a Nov. 13 publication.


coffeebreakState of the University Address
Faculty and staff, please remember to mark your calendars for the president's annual state of the university address at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Blount Chapel.

The faculty will have their monthly meeting immediately following the joint meeting.

coffeebreakHalloween Costume Contest Winners
The 2013 Halloween costume contest filled our dining hall with more than 70 participants from around campus! Prizes were awarded for the top two winners in each category of group, individual and student. Staff Council thanks all of the faculty, staff and students who participated as either a contestant or a voter this year.

Group Winners:
First place: Athletics (Star Wars)
Second place: Institutional Advancement (Despicable Me)

Individual Winners:
First place: Lisa Stewart (Mad Hatter)
Second place: Drew Wilson (C3PO)

Student Winners:
First place: Ashley Rinn (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Second place: Cody Shepherd (Rock of Ages Roadie)

Special thanks to Robbie Hendrix for being our independent vote counter.

coffeebreakCelebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday
Please join us in the dining hall for a festive lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 12 beginning at 11 a.m. Bon Appétit Management Company will prepare a special meal to honor the traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday. The menu will feature carved turkey with all the trimmings, a seasonal salad bar, grilled N.C. trout, traditional pies and much more. We look forward to seeing you there!

This event will have special pricing. All taxes included: adults, $7.83; children 6-12 years of age, $6; children five and under, no charge.

coffeebreakAngel Tree
This year, Averett is joining with the local Boys and Girls Club to sponsor an Angel Tree. Beginning, Monday Nov. 11 names of children will be on a tree that will be in the office of student engagement and leadership development. Faculty, staff and students are invited to come and take a name and learn more about this wonderful event.

We ask that participants provide gifts of not more than $50 in value. Presents will be given to the children by Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

coffeebreakAverett Blankets for Sale
Are you looking for a gift for your favorite Cougar fan? The athletics department has exactly what you're looking for! The department is still selling two, top quality knitted blankets for $55 each. A limited number of blankets remain so purchase yours today so you don't miss out.

For more information contact assistant men's soccer coach Philip Wilson at or 423-557-5844.

coffeebreakFree Concert Tickets
Xak Bjerken and Miri Yampolsky, duo/solo pianists, will perform as part of The Danville Concert Association's season on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church. Bjerken previously performed in Danville in May 2012 and now returns with his wife. Bjerken and Yampolsky are avid chamber musicians who have performed with major orchestras around the world.

The University has a limited number of free tickets that are available on a first come, first serve basis. To request your tickets, please contact Jennifer Hooper at

coffeebreakEngage Students: Flip the Classroom
What did you do in your classroom today? How much time did you spend lecturing? Use your class time for more valuable and interactive student engagement by recording your lectures for students to view as homework. That's flipping the classroom.

A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that "Students are supplementing their own school's classes with online lectures from rock-star professors at other institutions." Be a rock star. Participate in today's (Nov. 6) hands-on workshop offered by Kim McMurtry on the Main Campus at 3 p.m. on Using YouTube and a Webcam to Record Videos. Register now.

coffeebreakNew Job Posting
There are two new positions open on campus that have been posted online – assistant/associate professor of nurse education and assistant professor history. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

coffeebreakReminder: Service-Learning Focus Group
Faculty, don't forget about next Thursday's (Nov. 14) service-learning focus group at 11:30 a.m. in Davenport 105.

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

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

coffeebreakOpen Enrollment Schedule Announced
Open enrollment for the University's health plans begins Nov. 12 and ends Nov. 30 - it will be online this year. Information sessions regarding the online enrollment tool will be held on the Main Campus (and one at the Riverview Campus). Additional information concerning changes to the health plan will also be discussed at that time.

Packets of information via email and hard copy will be forthcoming.

Specific dates and times for open enrollment sessions are as follows:

Nov. 12, 7-7:45 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; MP Room

Nov. 13, 7-7:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.-Noon; MP Room

Nov. 14, 7-7:45 am; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; 3-4 p.m.; MP Room

Nov. 15, 7-7:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.-Noon; 3-4 p.m.; MP Room

Nov. 19, 10-11 a.m.; 3-4 p.m.; MP Room

Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-Noon; Riverview Board Room

Nov. 21, 10-11 a.m.; MP Room

Nov. 22, 3-4 p.m.; MP Room

The online tool will continue to be available through Nov. 30.



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
Randell Fultman, institutional research analyst, will be leaving Averett to return to Dallas, Texas. His last day will be Nov. 15. Please stop by Randell's office, Main 10, to wish him well!

coffeebreakThank You
Words cannot describe how much your flowers, cards, phone calls and emails have meant to me while I have been home recovering from surgery. Each of you holds a dear place in my heart. I am so thankful to work with a team that cares so much for one of its own. I am hopeful to be back soon. Thank you all again for your thoughtfulness.

Tammy Wall, senior accountant

A warm Averett welcome is extended to:

 Charlette Hardy, who joined Averett in September as academic advisor for the GPS Program in the Tidewater region. She brings to Averett a solid background in higher education and federal grants administration, community program development and secondary education. Charlette holds a bachelor of arts in journalism broadcasting and has worked for two major news stations as a news editor and freelance reporter. She also holds a master of education degree.

In her spare time she is an American Red Cross volunteer.



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 Felicia Glick, an online sociology/criminal justice student. She anticipates graduating in 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
In January 2012 I was faced with searching for a job after 20 years with a local law enforcement agency. I wanted to continue in law enforcement and was fortunate to join the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Fisher and Captain Hanger are very supportive of continuing education. Augusta County also offers a continuing education reimbursement program. I have wanted to complete my degree for a very long time, but with two children and working full time the thought of traveling the short five minutes to the nearby community college and sitting in a classroom for several hours even one night a week was not appealing. While representing the Augusta County Sheriff's at a health, safety, career fair I met Rosemary (Parsells) with Averett who told me about the adult degree program Averett offers. Rosemary quickly connected me with Trish (Nicol) who guided me through the enrollment process, acquired my transcripts from Blue Ridge Community College and Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Academy and quickly presented me with a schedule that works great with other obligations in my life.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
The GPS Program allows me to work on class assignments at home or while traveling for work related obligations or visiting our daughter who is three hours away at the College of William and Mary. The support and encouragement from Averett counselors and staff made Averett the perfect choice for accomplishing my goal of completing my degree.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Education is something that can never be taken from you; work hard, set goals and stay focused.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Courses thus far have given me additional perspective in my career. The length of each course has been perfect. I find myself able to stay engaged with others in the class and the anticipation and receipt of the final grade creates an increased desire to continue moving forward.

coffeebreakNew Student Organization Forms
A new organization has come to Averett and many faculty and staff have been asking: what is The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)? The purpose of the society, which was founded in 2001, is to create lasting positive change. According to its website, the society encourages "community action, volunteerism, personal growth, and strong leadership." It has members and chapters all over the world.

The group is advised by Marsha Foster, assistant dean of students and director of residence life and Dr. Jason Robertson, assistant professor of biology. Additional leadership for the organization includes:

AU Chapter Executive Board Roster
Eboni Allen, president
McKenzie Pickareal, secretary
Monti Gould, vice president
Linda Silva, treasurer
Michael Williams, SNT coordinator
Kelsey Flowers, fundraising chair
Jawoin Williams, publicity chair
Jewel Dale, welcome chair/membership coordinator
Mercedes Key, social events chair
Alex Hattwick , social events co-chair
Breanna Jones, society events chair
Jessie Gomes, community service chair

If you know students interested in learning more about the organization, please connect them to any of the organizations' leadership listed above. For more information about NSLS, visit their website at To learn why Eboni Allen, president, decided to start the organization on campus, please click here.






coffeebreakResults from IDA Competitions
The University's Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team has competed for the last two weekends. The first weekend (Oct. 26 & 27) they placed first and second overall. This past weekend (Nov. 2) they placed third overall.

For individual results from both competitions click here and here.

As you see members of the team around campus, make sure to congratulate them on a job well done.






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 27, 2014
Student Art Show

October 27, 2014
Student Art Show

October 28, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 27, 2014
Men's Golf O'Briant-Jensen Memorial

October 28, 2014
Men's Golf O'Briant-Jensen Memorial

October 29, 2014
Men's Soccer vs. William Peace University



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