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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 March 28 for a April 2 publication.


coffeebreakSignup for Day to Engage
This semester's Day to Engage is Thursday, April 3 and the focus is on health. There are several ways for people to participate. Visit for more information and to find the complete list of volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, contact Rachel Covington at

Following "Play to Engage," the main project for the day, there will be a celebration for college students from 6-8 p.m. at the Carrington Pavilion. Whether they were able to volunteer that day or not, everyone (students, faculty and staff) is invited to celebrate. There will be music, food and a "healthy" competition!

coffeebreakFaculty/Staff Award Nominations
If you have not already done do, please consider nominating one of your colleagues for the 2014 Faculty/Staff of the Year awards. Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The forms and rules have been posted to the intranet in the same area as the university staff meeting minutes. Please email if you have questions.

coffeebreakStaff Council Announcements
It's time to think about professional service in the form of service on Staff Council. Please begin to think about whether you would like to serve or if there is someone you would like to nominate, talk to them and see if they're open to the idea. Four members are finishing their terms so their positions will need to be filled. The election will be held during the May staff meeting.

coffeebreakAverett Singers Spring Concert
The Averett Singers will perform their spring concert on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church. The concert will feature both sacred and secular choral music; and Janet Phillips, adjunct professor of music, will perform several pieces for flute. The concert is free and open to the public.

coffeebreakUse Good Email Etiquette
Do you receive too many unnecessary or ineffective emails? The following etiquette guidelines will help you communicate more effectively as well as help limit the number of unnecessary messages you send and receive:

• Always use a subject.
• Use a subject that communicates the specific point and purpose of your message, not a generality like "Help" or "Question."
• Keep messages brief and limited to one topic.
• Don't mark your message "High Importance" unless it's really urgent.
• When forwarding one person's message to someone else, change the subject as needed to communicate the point of your message.
• When replying to one portion of a message, change the subject to communicate that.
• When replying, don't use "Reply All" unless everyone really needs to read your reply.
• Always use a signature that includes at least your name, title and phone number.
• Immediate reply is not expected; aim to reply within 24 hours and allow others the same time to respond.
• Avoid sending informational messages to all faculty/staff; use CoffeeBreak instead!

coffeebreakSave the Date!
New Student Orientation dates are set. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29; Friday, July 18 (transfer orientation); Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20.

coffeebreakPoetry Reading
Dr. John Guzlowski, the author of "Lightning and Ashes" and "Third Winter of War: Buchenwald" will read from his work during a Blount Library Coffee Talk, Thursday, April 3, at 4 p.m. Danville resident and professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, Guzlowski was born in a refugee camp after World War II, and came with his family to the United States as a displaced person in 1951. His parents had been Polish slave laborers in Nazi Germany.

Growing up in the immigrant and refugee neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, Guzlowski met hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead comrades and women who had walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. His poetry, fiction and essays recall them and their voices. Follow him on his blog by clicking here.

coffeebreakFilms on Demand
Films on Demand offers a 30-Day streaming video trial to Averett students, faculty and staff through April 20. Use your Averett web services (Moodle) login to view educational videos in art & architecture, business, criminal justice and many other disciplines.

The library has options for licensing subject collections or leasing individual titles for a limited period. To access Films on Demand, click here and send feedback to Elaine Day.



coffeebreakWilson Named Head Coach
Congratulations to Philip Wilson '13, who has been named head coach of the men's soccer team. Philip has been with Averett since 2011 as the assistant coach. Read the full announcement on the athletics website by clicking here.

coffeebreakBest Wishes
It is with deep regret that we announce Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, is leaving Averett as our full-time instructional technologist as of March 28 to devote her time to her doctoral studies. Kim is willing to provide professional development for new online instructors, and you will be hearing more about that in the future. All of Kim's materials will continue to be available on the intranet under instructional technology. Kim has done an outstanding job at Averett, and we wish her every success.

Between March 28 and the end of the semester, if you have a specific question about instructional technology, Dr. Aimee Brenner has graciously offered to answer your questions. Since she is teaching and observing student teachers in the schools, please leave her a phone or email message if she's not in – (434) 791-5048 or Any classroom technology-related issues should be directed to the IT helpdesk.

If you have a specific need for instructional technology workshops during the summer, please contact Dr. Janet Laughlin (434) 791-5630 or

coffeebreakFerguson Takes AD Position
On Monday, Sam Ferguson '97, our annual fund director, was named director of athletics at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He will begin his new career in west Texas on May 1 and will work his last day at Averett on April 25. We wish Sam the best as he begins this new adventure in his life.

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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 Felicia Perry, a BBA student, who looks forward to graduating in August 2015.

What was your original motivation for obtaining your degree?
My motivation for obtaining my degree was realizing I had not done for myself what I had encouraged others to do; and to be an example for my two sons.

Why did you choose Averett's GPS Program?
Averett was recommended to me by a friend, but my final decision was based on the curriculum and the five to six week class schedule.

Please share one tip for your fellow classmates and future AU students:
My tip for current and future AU students would be to keep focused on your goal and realize you are important enough to accomplish this for yourself.

What helps to keep you motivated while you are in the program?
My motivation comes from family/friends who regularly check in on me and having motivation talks with my son, who is a freshman at Old Dominion University. I can't expect something from him that I am not doing myself.






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Fac/Staff events:

October 23, 2014
Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014
Staff Meeting

December 18, 2014
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