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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.



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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.



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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



Theatre Department to Hold Auditions for "Sweet Charity"

Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

Student Creates Publication for Cardiology Patients

Floyd & Marietta Smith Scholarship Awarded to Martinsville Resident