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this form by Dec. 6 for a Dec. 11 publication.
A friendly reminder: the Averett Family Holiday Celebration is at the home of Tiffany and Joe Franks on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4:30-7 p.m. If you have not already done so, please remember to RSVP to Jennifer Hooper at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
|Trees for a Cause|
The Institute is holding its fourth annual "Decorating the Trees for a Cause" event from now until Dec. 20. Trees representing local causes and charities, including Averett, are on display in the atrium. Stop by the Institute to vote for Averett - $1 per vote and you may vote as many times as you would like. Your vote for Averett's tree will help support our autism programs. The first two voters to stop by Alumni Hall can pick up a free lunch pass to the Cyber Café at the Institute.
There will be an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m. Otherwise votes may be cast anytime between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The tree with the most votes by noon on Dec. 20 wins and all proceeds will be donated to their charity.
For more information, call 434-766-6700.
|Christmas Readings for Children|
The 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series will present the "Dr. Betty Heard Christmas Readings for Children" (ages 4-9) on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Linda Lemery, circulation manager at the library, will be the reader for this very special event. The event is free and open to the public.
“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”—John Locke
|Enrollment in the FSA|
Enrollment in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is now available online via the Discovery Benefits website. Directions for creating an account, logging in, and enrolling in the plan were attached to an email sent on Monday. We do offer debit cards as noted in question 9 in the attachment. Please note, if you signed up for the High Deductible/Health Savings Account, you cannot enroll in the Flexible Spending Account with the exception of the dependent care option. Additional information on how the Flexible Spending Account works is located at www.discoverybenefits.com. Booklets are available in the HR office.
Ted Hunt, our broker, will be available on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Blount Chapel from 3-6 p.m. to answer any questions concerning the FSA option as well as any other insurance concerns. Feel free to drop in before you enroll or re-enroll in the plan. You must enroll in the FSA plan every year.
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|AU 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 Denise Dye, a BBA student. She anticipates graduating in December 2015 or May 2016 depending upon her completion of elective courses. "I look forward to Commencement!"
What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My original motivation for obtaining a degree from Averett University stems from the fact I had never completed my educational goals, since attending J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College back in 1977-78. Since 1978, I've been busy raising a family, ensuring my children received adequate education, and working as a presidential assistant in one of Virginia's state institutions of higher learning.
Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Frankly, I chose Averett's GPS Program, because of a recommendation from a fellow employee who received her degree from Averett. Averett University has very dedicated and persistent enrollment management staff members who never give up on recruiting potential students, especially nontraditional students like me. Amanda Yager (enrollment representative) was relentless in encouraging me to show up for our initial meeting, and the rest is history.
Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
One tip I can share with my fellow classmates and future AU students is to never give up. You can do this program and can complete this program to earn your degree. I honestly believe God has guided me to this University and allowed me to be a successful student here at Averett.
What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
The one constant motivating factor while I've been in this program is one of my classmates, who started the program with me. She and I have formed a relationship of encouragement for one another, as we are not as young as most students who attend college today. We motivate one another and support one another, because we know in the end, we will march across the stage together in just a few short years.
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