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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. 31 for a Feb. 5 publication.


coffeebreakGrand Opening
On Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. the University will hold a grand opening to celebrate the completion of the phase one renovations of the Pritchett Fine Arts Center. All faculty and staff are invited to join the University for this exciting event.

coffeebreakLooking for a Few Good Men and Women!
If you care about kids and are looking for a way to do some team building at the office, then Bowl for Kids' Sake is right up your alley (pun intended)! Bowl for Kids' Sake has been Big Brothers Big Sisters' signature fundraising event around the country for more than 20 years.

Petrina Carter, director of career services, is looking to form a few teams from Averett. Teams, which consist of four people, bowl for free and receive a T-shirt. Bowl For Kids' Sake will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 1-4 p.m. If you are unable to bowl you can still help by making a donation! For more information please contact Petrina at ext. 15629 or

coffeebreakPoetry Reading
John Guzlowski, professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, will offer a poetry reading at Blount Library on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 11:20 am. Guzlowski's work, including "Lightning and Ashes" and "Third Winter of War: Buchenwald: Poems" recalls the voices of his parents, who survived their slave labor experience in Nazi occupied Poland, and of other civilians and soldiers who immigrated to Chicago after the war. For more information, please click here.

coffeebreakNursing Program Update
In addition to welcoming two new members to the department (see this week's NKOTB), the nursing program currently has five students enrolled in the first class, which will graduate in December 2015. The second class of nine students will complete their studies in May 2016. There is also have a RN-BSN program with a projected graduation date in April 2015.

The department's faculty and staff are excited and feel fortunate to have its current team on board. They look forward to great success and "bold futures" for our students through the Averett School of Nursing.

coffeebreakMoodle Gradebook Workshop
Would you like to learn more about using Moodle's gradebook? Register today for a one-hour, hands-on workshop on the Main Campus at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4. You'll practice setting up a gradebook with categories and weights and learn how to grade assignments electronically in Moodle. Former participants who need a refresher are always welcome! Email Kim McMurtry with any questions. To register for this workshop, please click here.

coffeebreakRetirement Workshop
BB&T Insurance services representatives will be on campus Thursday, March 20 from 3-5 p.m. to present a workshop on Social Security benefits. Additional details will be coming soon.

coffeebreakEnhance Your Online Teaching
Would you like to explore the possibility of teaching online, convert a face-to-face course to online or get some tips for enhancing your online teaching effectiveness? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry offers three asynchronous seminars in Moodle (conducted just like an online class):

• Best Practices for Facilitating Online Courses, a 3-week seminar offered Feb. 3
• Effective Interaction in Online Courses, a 2-week seminar offered Feb. 24
• Online Course Development, a 2-week seminar offered March 3

See the seminar schedule for details about each seminar and to register. Questions, need more information? Email Kim at .

coffeebreakEmployment Application
A 2014 version of the part-time employment application is now available on the intranet in the human resources section. Please discard any old versions you have on file and use only the new application form.

coffeebreakSave the Date!
The Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Luncheon will be held Thursday, May 8 in the dining hall from noon to 1:15 p.m. Watch your email for the E-vite, which will be sent out closer to the date.



A warm Averett welcome is extended to:


Dr. Darnell Cockram, who has been named interim dean of the school of nursing. She is the former director of the Danville Regional Medical Center School of Nursing, where she served for 25 years. A native of Patrick County, she makes her home in Martinsville with her prized cat, Richie. Darnell brings a wealth of experience to Averett and is a welcome addition to our school of nursing.

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Fac/Staff events:

January 29, 2015
Staff Meeting

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

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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 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ

February 4, 2015
Men's Basketball vs. Ferrum College