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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 Jan. 24 for a Jan. 29 publication.


coffeebreakCollecting Tennis Shoes
Enactus, a student organization, is partnering with Project Sole in a humanitarian effort to collect and distribute tennis shoes to less fortunate people. If you have new or lightly used tennis shoes, please consider donating them. Boxes will be placed at nine locations around campus beginning on Monday, Jan. 27 through February. Those locations are:

* The North Campus lobby
* In front of Jut's Café
* In the Student Success Center
* Main area of third floor Frith
* Main area of fourth floor Frith
* Main area of Davenport Hall
* In front of the residence life office in Davenport
* In front of student life in the Student Center
* In Averett Central

For more information about Project Sole, visit their website at

coffeebreakInternship Information Session
Do you have students who are looking for a summer internship? Encourage them to stop by the Student Success Center room A/B at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 to meet with Wendi Goods-Everson, who will be on campus to discuss the requirements to land a summer internship with the Danville Regional Foundation.
In addition, recent and soon to be graduates can come by and learn about the Foundation's DR Year Fellows program, which offers employment and housing for up to two years.

For more information about this opportunity, contact Petrina Carter at

coffeebreak1859-Coffeehouse Lecture
Please make plans to join us for the next 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Dr. Ralph Hawkins, associate professor of religious studies, will take an in-depth look at the term "Holy War" in his lecture "Holy War in Ancient Israel and the Near East." This free event will be held in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

coffeebreakSam's Club
The Sam's Club representative will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Thursday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the dining hall. Karen Shields, our Sam's Club representative, will be available for renewals and new memberships. A $10 gift card will be yours with a renewal or a new membership.

If you need to renew in January please call Karen at 434-250-4303 for your renewal process and gift card.

coffeebreakDanville Utility Customers
If you are a customer of Danville Utilities, Womack Electric Supply on Newton Street has a deal for you! Bring your utility bill by their store on Newton Street and you will have the opportunity to purchase high efficiency light bulbs at a discounted price. For example, a 60w bulb which normally costs $1.88 is 38 cents during this special promo.

**Note, there is a 20 lamp limit per household.

coffeebreakStaff Meeting Thursday
Please remember that tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 23) is Coffee & Cookie at 11 a.m. followed at 11:15 by the University staff meeting. Both will be held in the multipurpose room.

The December 2013 meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet; please review and send corrections to Linda Lemery prior to the meeting.

coffeebreakWinter Coat Drive
The office of student engagement and leadership development will be collecting new and gently used coats from Monday, Jan. 27 to Monday, Feb. 3. Drop-off locations will be in the Student Center and in Main Hall.

coffeebreakFounders' Day Rescheduled
REMINDER: please note that Founders' Day, which was originally scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 23), has been rescheduled due to the continued construction at the Pritchett Fine Arts Center. The event will now be held Feb. 20. Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

coffeebreakBenefits Q&A Session
An employee benefits consultant from BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. (our new broker) will be available from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Carrington Conference room, (fourth floor Student Center).

There is no set agenda for this session, so please bring questions and concerns to be addressed. If you would prefer a one-one session, feel free to ask the representative who will coordinate a time and date with you.



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Shyla Lessington Hairston, our new academic advisor for the GPS Program. No stranger to Averett, Shyla received her MEd from the University in 2008. While attending Averett, she served as an intern graduate athletic trainer, and she was a graduate assistant in the dean of students office. She received her bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Mars Hill College in 2002. After graduating from Averett, she continued to gain experience in the higher education field through positions in residence life, student affairs and academic advising at various collegiate institutions.

A native of Columbia, S.C. she now resides in Greensboro, N.C. with her husband Demond Hairston '08 and their dog Bruno T. Hairston. She is an active member in her church, enjoys time with her family and friends, watching sports and eating cheesecake!

"I am very happy to return to my alma mater," Shyla said. "I am excited and am looking forward to witnessing the amazing things that are happening at Averett University. It feels great to be home!"






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Fac/Staff events:

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

Academic events:

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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