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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. 15 for a Nov. 20 publication.


coffeebreakState of the University Address
Reminder: the annual State of the University address will be held next Tuesday (Nov. 19) at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel.

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

coffeebreakSend Christmas Cards to Troops Overseas
It may be too early to be thinking about Christmas, but not for the American Red Cross. In an effort to support a longstanding Red Cross tradition, the University's Red Cross Club is providing Christmas cards for faculty, staff and students to sign that will be sent to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan this Christmas. Stop by Sherry Phelps' office in Averett Central before Nov. 22 to sign a card and brighten the holiday season for our troops serving overseas.

coffeebreakAcademic Catalog Online
The academic catalog for 2013-14 has been converted from a PDF document into an online format. To navigate the catalog in its new format, click here.

coffeebreakMake-Up Testing Procedures
Please be aware of the following testing procedures for students taking make-up exams through academic support in the Galesi Family Student Success Center:
1. Students taking make-up exams are free to test in the Galesi Family Student Success Center during the following days/times:
• Mondays: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
• Tuesdays: 11:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
• Wednesdays: 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
• Thursdays: 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
• Fridays: 12 p.m.–2 p.m.; 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Students taking make-ups no longer need to schedule in advance if they can begin and complete the examination in the time frame given. An academic support work-study student is the proctor for make-ups, and students need to visit the front-desk for testing assistance.)
2. Make-up exams should be sent to academic support at least a day in advance.
3. Exams are often hand-delivered by a work-study student as soon as possible. If you would like to obtain the exam in a different manner, please inform Holly Kilby.
4. Blank and completed exams are kept under lock and key. Incomplete, blank exams left in the center after testing dates will be shredded.

If you should have questions, please feel free to call Holly Kilby, director of academic support at 434-791-5788.

coffeebreakChristmas Ball Workshop
Joe Franks will be holding a workshop to make Christmas balls (the large ones that Averett hangs from the trees around campus). The workshop will be held on Monday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-noon in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Come make a Christmas ball for Averett, yourself, or both!

coffeebreakEngage Students in Learning
Do you provide opportunities for your students to exercise curiosity in your classes? Giving students projects to design invites active learning and engagement in your course content.

Moodle's database activity is a great example; students can build a searchable collection of content related to your course (like websites) or display student-created objects (like photos or poems) for peer comment. Register for Kim McMurtry's Moodle Database workshop, offered at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, to learn how. This article offers more ideas for using technology to encourage active learning.

coffeebreakStaff Council Announcements
The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Come meet your colleagues for 15 minutes over beverage and snack, plus you'll be able to pick any chair you want for the November University Staff Meeting, which begins immediately after Coffee & Cookie at 11:15 in that same room.

The October staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet, please take a minute to read through those before the Nov. 21 meeting. If you have questions, please send a note to .

coffeebreakNew Job Posting
There is a new position open on campus that has been posted online – academic advisor for the GPS Program here in Danville. 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



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coffeebreakThe Dean Is Now A Doctor
Bill Woodward, Averett’s Dean of Students, now has three new letters after his name: Ph.D.

Bill recently earned his doctorate in Educational Studies: Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

His dissertation is entitled “Qualitative Exploration of Mattering and Belonging in the Transfer Student Experience.” Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bill!

A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Kristi Phillips, who joined the GPS accounting staff in October. She comes to us from Boxer Property/Hull Storey Gibson Co. She is married to Chris and she has two handsome boys, Thomas and Caylen. In her spare time, she is building a house.


April McCubbins, who also joined the GPS accounting staff in October. She comes to us from the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has two beautiful girls, Logan and Ireland. In her spare time, she is busy taking her oldest daughter, Logan, to horse shows.



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 Neal Edmonds, a master of business administration student who looks forward to completing the program next October and graduating in December.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
I've wanted to pursue a graduate degree for years to better myself professionally and personally. I finally asked myself, "If not now, then when?"

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
It is a challenging program with a good reputation, as well as being convenient for my schedule.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Work well with your teammates and learn from their diversity … and don't fall behind in your work (stick to your personal schedule)!

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Remembering my short-term goals of making the best grades I possibly can, and my long-term goal of completing my degree on time!






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Join Danville United

The city of Danville has created a coalition - Danville United Community Relations Coalition, otherwise known as Danville United. The coalition's purpose is to engage interested persons in working together to make Danville a more tolerant, friendly, and welcoming community to everyone regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, ethnicity, nationality or economic status. For more information about Danville United, or to formally join the coalition, visit

The coalition will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The keynote speaker will be Birmingham, Alabama attorney Jim Rotch, author of "The Birmingham Pledge". Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.






Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

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Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 23, 2014
Art History Presentation

October 24, 2014
Student Art Show

October 24, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

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

October 24, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Covenant College

October 24, 2014
Women's Soccer @ Covenant College



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