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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. 29 for a Dec. 4 publication.


coffeebreakLate Night Breakfast
Our annual late night breakfast will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to make or serve breakfast to our students, please email Lesley Villarose at

coffeebreakAttention Education Advisors!
If you advise students who are majoring in education at the undergraduate or graduate level, please let them know about the opportunity to study abroad in Wales for two weeks (May 19-June 2). Scholarship funds will be available. Contact Dr. Pam Riedel, professor of education, for more information at

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“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”—John Locke

coffeebreakOpen Enrollment Ends Friday
Consider this is your friendly reminder to complete your online enrollment for medical/dental benefits by midnight Nov. 30 for the 2014 year. Go to to enroll. If you have questions, feel free to email Chris McFarling at Gateway Health or Nick Gilger at BB&T,

coffeebreakFlexible Spending Account
Enrolling online with Discovery Benefits, our Flexible Spending Account administrator, just got easier! The link for online enrollment will be sent via faculty and staff email on Dec. 2. Enrollment will be open through Dec. 10 for the 2014 account year.



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Janet Schwalenberg-Ezzat, associate director of admissions, will be leaving Averett as of Nov. 27. Please stop by the admissions office and say goodbye. She will be joining her new husband near Richmond. We wish her well!

coffeebreakES Teams Support Free Clinic
The equestrian studies intercollegiate riding teams are supporting the Free Clinic of Danville as part of their community service this year. On Nov. 15, the teams gathered to make "healthcare" themed ornaments to decorate the Free Clinic Christmas tree as part of a fundraiser being held at the Institute. Show your support for the Free Clinic (and the artistic talents of the ES teams!) by going to the Institute and voting for the Free Clinic Tree. The non-profit with the most votes gets all of their money and 25 percent of the total raised. This is a good cause and a good excuse to look at some pretty trees!

A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Christine Thompson, who has joined the admissions staff as our new campus guest coordinator. Christine is from Madison, Wis. She is married to Jonathan Thompson, Averett's assistant men's basketball coach.



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 Brooke Welch, a BBA student. She anticipates graduating in May 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My motivation for finally obtaining my degree was to make a better future for my husband and myself. I just got married a little over a month ago and I am finally ready to finish college. I want to be able to provide the best future possible for myself, my husband and our future family. My bachelor's degree in business administration will be the key to a brighter future for all of us.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
I chose Averett's GPS Program because of the flexibility with my full time work schedule. I work 45 hours per week and I needed a degree program that would allow me to continue to do so in order to provide for my husband and myself.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
One tip I have for my fellow classmates and future AU students would be to not wait, to do it now! For my fellow classmates, do those homework assignments early so that you have time to reflect on what you have learned! For future AU students, if you are nervous about trying to obtain a degree while working full time, taking care of your children, etc., don't be nervous do it now! Averett's GPS Program works so well with any schedule that anyone can get a degree!

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My biggest motivators right now are my husband and my parents. My husband and I work so hard for everything that we have, I want to obtain my degree so that I can be the best that I can possibly be and provide even more for us and our future family. I have been in and out of college for the past five years and my parents have always stood by me. I have finally found a degree program that works for me and I cannot wait to obtain my degree and finally be able to tell my parents that all of the hard work has paid off.

coffeebreakIHSA Team Places Third at Competition
Averett's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team competed at Virginia Intermont College Nov. 16 & 17 against six other schools. After day one, Averett finished third thanks to the following rides:

At Open: Marina da Silva placed fourth at both fences and on the flat. Jessie Hayes placed first over fences.

At Intermediate: Jessie Hayes placed second on the flat. Dana Ellwanger placed second on the flat.

At Novice: Both Hannah Walters and Nicki Conradt-Eberlin placed third over fences. Zuri Lamper placed fifth over fences.

At Advanced Walk Trot Canter: Cary Carrington placed first, Allie Crouse placed second and Emily Hopson placed second.

At Walk Trot: Moustafa Nassar placed second.

On the second day, Averett finished fourth overall thanks to these great rides:

At Open: Marina da Silva placed first on the flat and third over fences. Jessie Hayes placed fourth at Open on the flat

At Intermediate: Jessie Hayes placed third over fences. Dana Ellwanger placed first on the flat and fourth over fences.

At Novice: Hannah Walters placed second over fences and Zuri Lamper placed third. Nicki Conradt Eberlin placed first on the flat.

At Advanced Walk Trot Canter: Allie Crouse placed first, Cary Carrington placed fourth, and Emily Hopson placed fifth.

At Walk Trot: Moustafa Nassar placed third.

Averett's IHSA Team returns to the show scene next semester!

coffeebreakIDA Team Winds up Semester
On Saturday, Nov. 23, Averett's Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team hosted its final competition of the semester. Among the visiting schools were NC State, Longwood University and fierce rival St. Andrews University. At the end of the day, Averett's Team A finished third and Team B finished first.

The following is a list of individuals who placed:

At First Level: Shannon Stone placed first, Jessie Hayes placed fourth and Micah Andrews placed fifth

At Upper Training: Amanda Arnold placed third and Lindsey Baker placed fourth

At Lower Training: Catherine Doane placed first and Nicki Conradt-Eberlin placed eighth

At Intro: Sydney Owen placed first and Kathleen Nettnin placed second

Averett also held four Dressage Seat Equitation classes where the riders were judged on their riding positions. Alex Argentieri placed second, Deanna Beebe placed second, Scnobia Stewart placed fifth, and Natalie Lademan placed first.

Congratulations on a job well done! The IDA team returns to the show ring next semester.






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Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

No events to show at this time.

Please check the AU Calendar for more.

Arts events:

October 25, 2014
Student Art Show

October 25, 2014
Kruger Brothers and The Kontras Quartet

October 26, 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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