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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 Dec. 13 for a Dec. 18 publication.


coffeebreakWoodland Drive Closing
Attention all faculty and staff! Please note that the city of Danville will be closing Woodland Avenue Monday, Dec. 16, to make a repair to the water main. They expect to be done by midday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

coffeebreakGovernor Speaking at Commencement
We are pleased to announce that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be speaking at our December Commencement ceremony on Saturday.

coffeebreakWorkshop Suggestions Invited
Did you miss out on an instructional technology workshop that you wanted to attend this semester? Or do you have a suggestion for a new workshop? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry is planning workshop topics for the spring semester, so send your requests and suggestions now to

A list of the 38 workshops currently offered (plus 3 online seminars) is available here.

coffeebreakHome Basketball Games
The Averett men's and women's basketball teams have six games over winter break. With no students on campus, we'd like to encourage faculty and staff to attend and show support of our teams.

Monday, Dec. 16, Men vs. Bridgewater at 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 30, Men vs. Oneonta State at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Women vs. Rochester at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Men vs. Rochester at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11, Women vs. Ferrum at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11, Men vs. Ferrum at 4 p.m.

coffeebreakLibrary Book Sale
Best-selling novels of a certain age are on sale at Mary B. Blount Library through Dec. 20. Drop by to pick up a used stocking stuffer for yourself or a loved one.

Literary fiction has returned to the stacks, interfiled with British, American and other national literature and criticism.

Popular mysteries, romance and adventure stories will remain on sale in the lobby area through early January - if they last!

coffeebreakDecember 19 Coffee & Cookie
Mark your calendars! Dec. 19 will be our last University-wide staff meeting for 2013. There will be Coffee & Cookie at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room, followed at 11:15 by the staff meeting. No lunch will be provided for this meeting (lunch will resume with the January meeting). The November 2013 meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet; please review them and send changes to Linda Lemery at prior to the meeting. Hope to see you there!

coffeebreakNew Job Postings
There are two new positions open on campus which have been posted online – business professor for the traditional program and head football coach. For more information, or to apply for these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

coffeebreakCanned Food Drive
The GPS Program in Danville is conducting a food drive campaign for God's Storehouse thru Friday, Dec. 20. Drop boxes are located at our Riverview Campus and the Main Campus.



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coffeebreakThank You
I want to thank everyone who signed a card for my Nanny's 90th birthday. I collected 90 birthday cards from Averett for her birthday, which fell Thanksgiving Day. She was so excited and overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who took the time to sign a card for her. It was truly a day to be thankful.

Sandy Isom and family

coffeebreakFall Fun Day
Thank you to the Averett community for helping make the Special Olympics Fall Fun Day a huge success! The athletics department hosted more than 100 Special Olympic Athletes at the Grant Center on Thursday, Nov. 21. Each athlete was paired up with an AU athlete to complete various stations that were being run by the different sports teams.

Articles on the event can be found at:
Danville Register & Bee

WSET Ch. 13

Danville City TV

A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Kevin Lipscomb, who has joined us as the new systems administrator in IT. Kevin was formerly the network administrator for Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. He is married and has three adult children and two younger stepchildren. Welcome, Kevin!



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 David Dunfee, a BBA student at Quantico. He anticipates graduating in the summer of 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My intent with seeking a degree has several layers. First, I want to be more competitive in the marketplace and open up greater opportunities in the future for myself and my family. Second, I made a promise many years ago to my father, that I would get my degree on my own. My military service benefit allows for me to be able to accomplish both goals.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
After analyzing the degree's that would have the most benefit to me and my current position within the government civil service, a degree in business was the best fit. Fortunately, Averett had a tailor made curriculum for me to achieve my degree with the BBA program. One of the best moves I ever made was to walk into the Averett admissions office in Quantico.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
The one piece of advice that I could give is to remain true to your goals. If you focus on the end, which is the accomplishment of your educational goals, you will finish what you start. Time is irrelevant. I started my goal as an 18-year-old right out of high school. My service in the military helped to mature and develop me for this opportunity mentally and financially. Opportunities exist from the effort we put in.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
Discipline; it's the one thing that I did not have coming out of high school. Additionally, I did not have the courage to see that I could accomplish a higher education. I felt I wasn't smart enough. Both of course are mental reservations that can only be distractors if you allow them to be. College is a new way of learning, but not something that is unattainable. As long as you truly exert the effort you will succeed.






Alumna Starts New Business
When she was enrolled in the strategic management class Maryellen Cosby-Smalls '10, and her classmates, "purchased" a franchise for their final project. Her team studied Fresh Coat Painters. She was so impressed with the business opportunity that she bought the franchise for the Hampton Roads area. To read the rest of Maryellen's story, please click here.






Fac/Staff events:

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
Staff Meeting

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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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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