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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. 22 for a Nov. 27 publication.


coffeebreakGPS Job Fair a Huge Success
Averett’s GPS staff held their Veterans Day Job Fairs on Monday, November 11th, with events running simultaneously in Tidewater, in Richmond and at the Riverview campus in Danville. At Riverview, Averett hosted 36 employers from Danville, Lynchburg, South Boston and Martinsville. Bridge Street was lined with the 415 "job seekers" who attended the fair. Of those attendees, 150 asked for more information on the various programs at Averett, and one attendee actually applied to the GPS program. Months of planning paid off with many employers asking when the next Job Fair will be held! It was a great event for our communities.

coffeebreakSpecial Olympics Fall Fun Day
The Averett Athletic Department will be hosting Special Olympic Athletes at the Grant Center Thursday, Nov 21st, from 11am-1pm. The event is being held in conjunction with the DIII/Special Olympics Initiative that was formed "to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes."

All Averett student-athletes have been invited to participate as instructors and individual "buddies" in the event. Any member of the Averett community who would like to stop in to see our AU student-athletes working with this special group of Danville students is welcome to.

coffeebreakOne-Day “Flash Sale” at the Schoolfield House
This Thursday, November 21st, the Bookstore will be having a special one-day "Flash Sale." “It will easily be the biggest sale in the history of The Schoolfield House Booksellers,” says Dana Nelson, Director of Operations. All cold weather accessories, t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, all ceramic and metal drinkware, all writing instruments, and memorex flash drives will be 25% off. And many more surprises will be “in store.” “It will be a fabulous time for staff, faculty and students to stock up for winter and begin their holiday shopping,” says Nelson.

coffeebreakThanksgiving Hours for Bookstore
The Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett will close Wednesday, November 27 at 4:00 p.m. and will remain closed through Sunday, December 1 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours will resume Monday, December 2, 2013.

coffeebreakTidings of Joy: Averett Celebrates Christmas
Come enjoy our popular annual Averett Celebrates Christmas event on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at West Main Baptist Church. The event is free and open to the public.

Inspired by the world-famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols celebrated annually at King's College, Cambridge, Averett Celebrates Christmas is a candlelit service featuring traditional Christmas carols, inspiring holiday readings, and the Averett University Community Choir, under the direction of Dr. Gail Allen. This year’s service will also showcase the talents of several local/regional musical artists, including cellist Roman Placzek, flutist Janet Phillips (adjunct music faculty member at Averett and flutist for the Danville Symphony Orchestra), soprano Laura Dawalt (also an adjunct music faculty member at Averett and soprano with the Greensboro Vocal Consort), tenor Nathaniel Hartman (a freshman music major at Averett), and pianist Andrew Fitch (Averett’s multi-talented Controller).

Prior to the service, you are also invited to an early Christmas dinner in Averett’s dining hall, which will begin at 5 p.m. Dinner, with tax included, is $10.36 for adults, $7 for children 6-12, and for children five and under, there's no charge.

coffeebreakOpen Enrollment for Health and Dental Benefits Con
Open Enrollment continues November 20 - 22, 2013. Stop by and attend one of the sessions to have your questions answered and your concerns addressed.

coffeebreakChristmas Cards to Troops
The University's Red Cross Club is collecting Christmas cards to send to our troops overseas (cards are provided). If you have not already done so, don't forget to stop by Sherry Phelps' office in Averett Central to sign a Christmas card. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 22.

coffeebreakChristmas Ball Workshop Reminder
Don't forget that next Monday (Nov. 25), Joe Franks will be holding a workshop to make Christmas balls. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

coffeebreakEngage Students with Your Videos
A recent survey of 10,000 college students revealed that students wish their instructors would record lectures so they could be watched later. Want to learn how? Kim McMurtry is offering two hands-on workshops you should attend:

• “CamStudio Basics” at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, shows you how to use free screencasting software to record your audio over whatever’s displayed on your computer. You could demonstrate a math problem or discuss your PowerPoint or Prezi presentation or give an orientation to your course in Moodle—there are all kinds of possibilities!

• “Using YouTube to Record Videos” at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, shows you how to record a video of yourself using your webcam. You could give a lecture or a welcoming introduction to your course or all-class feedback on an assignment or whatever you want to say to your students. And you’ll learn how to embed these in your Moodle course!

Questions? Email Kim. Click Here for more Workshop info.

coffeebreakInstructional Technology Webinars Offered
If Kim McMurtry's hands-on workshops don't fit your schedule or if you don't live near the main campus, participate in instructional technology webinars offered every Monday at 4:30 p.m. via Google+ Hangouts. December topics include how to use a rubric to grade assignments in Moodle and demonstrations of Moodle's database and glossary activities. You'll need a webcam and a Google account to participate; see the instructions and complete schedule. No registration is needed--just show up! see the instructions and complete schedule here.

coffeebreakAcademic Accommodations Process and Faculty Remind
Please read below for a brief overview of the Accommodations Process:

Accommodations are modifications to ensure the student can demonstrate abilities without the interference of a disability. Accommodations are designed for each individual student on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the documentation submitted.
In order to receive accommodations, the student must:

1. Disclose disability to the Director of Academic Support Services, Holly Kilby.
2. Submit appropriate documentation of disability.
3. Meet with the Director of Academic Support to review accommodations drafted.
4. Sign an accommodations agreement allowing the Director to notify professors/appropriate officials of the accommodations.
5. Meet with the Director at the beginning of every semester/summer session to review accommodations and sign an accommodations agreement.

Listed below are general faculty reminders:

1. (Confidentiality) Students with disabilities do not have to inform professors of the disability, only of the need for accommodations. If a student does share disability information with a professor, confidentiality must be maintained.
2. (Accommodations vs. “Special Privileges”) Providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations should not be regarded as granting a student special privileges. Rather, providing accommodations minimizes the impact of the disability so the student with a disability has the same opportunities as those without disabilities.
3. (Undocumented Students) Professors are not obligated to provide accommodations to students who are not on file with Academic Support. Professors know which students in class are on file and have signed a release because Notices of Accommodations are sent.

For other questions or concerns, please contact Holly Kilby, Director of Academic Support.



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coffeebreakBass Takes the Stage
Brad Bass, artist in residence in the Theatre department, will be performing in "Forever Plaid Tidings" at The Prizery in South Boston. Brad will perform the role of Sparky. Songs from the show include “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The show will be performed December 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and December 14, 15, 18, 21, and 22 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from The Prizery box office at 434-572-8339, or online at

coffeebreakReligion Professor to Teach in India
Mark Nickens will teach at the Allahabad Bible Seminary, Allahabad, India, during the week of Thanksgiving. While there, he will visit Varanasi. The Ganges River flows through Varanasi and is the place where many Hindus go to worship, bathe (for the purposes of karma), or even have their ashes scattered after cremation. He will also visit Sarnath. This is the location of the first sermon by the Buddha which basically began Buddhism.

coffeebreakFoster to Present Featured Workshop at State Confe
Assistant dean of students Marsha Foster has been selected to present one of the featured workshops at the Virginia Student Services Conference. Foster and her co-presenter Stacy Ballinger, Director of Calling and Career at Lee University, will be presenting on strengths-based leadership and development.

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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 Ian Watson.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
As a former military member, using the training that I received in the Marine Corps to transfer it to Averett's educational program (degree completion program). Not wasting the opportunity to better myself. Receiving monies to pay 100% of my education.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Convenience. For what I wanted to accomplish, Averett had a solution. They were able to work around the commitments I already had in my life.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
Fellow classmates, find a good work partner.
Future students, use ALL your previous transcripts to transfer credits and shop online for books.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Self-sacrifice now, benefits later. Family.

What is your anticipated Date of Graduation?
Summer 2015







Averett Grad Lands Job with Xerox at Tidewater Job
Jessica Childers graduated with her BBA degree last August and attended Tidewater's Community Job Fair on Nov 11. She connected with Xerox Corporation and was offered a position the very next day.


John Ayers (current BBA student)
John Ayers has quickly climbed the ranks of management at Walmart. His rapid climb to level 2 management is very impressive.






Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

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Arts events:

October 21, 2014
Student Art Show

October 21, 2014
Student Art Show

October 22, 2014
Student Art Show

Sports events:

October 22, 2014
Women's Volleyball vs. Mary Baldwin College

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

October 24, 2014
Men's Soccer @ Covenant College



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