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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



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!



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.



SORRY, there are no new Student Spotlights this week. If you have an student to add to our next issue, please send us this form!






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Fac/Staff events:

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

No events to show at this time.

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 28, 2015
Women's Basketball vs. Greensboro College

January 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ



Arts@Averett Series to Host AndJam Trio

Student Creates Publication for Cardiology Patients

Floyd & Marietta Smith Scholarship Awarded to Martinsville Resident

Graduate has her Dream Come True