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|IDA Team Hosting Nationals|
Please come out and support our equestrian department as it hosts the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships! Teams from across the United States will be descending on the Olde Dominion Agriculture center in Chatham for two days of competition – Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12. Averett has four individuals competing on Saturday and a team on Sunday. For a full schedule of events click here.
If you would like to support the team you can purchase a "cactus flower" for $10 and include a message of support for a student or the team. The cactus will be on display throughout the competition as a way to support and motivate our riders. Anyone wishing to volunteer on either day, set up on Wednesday or Thursday, or purchase a flower, can contact Ginger Henderson at email@example.com for times and locations.
|Faculty/Staff Award Nominations|
Final reminder! 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. this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
|Great Colleges to Work for Survey|
If you have received an email reminder from ModernThink for the Great Colleges Survey, please make sure to complete the survey as soon as possible. Our goal is to reach a 75 percent participation rate this year, which is bit higher than last year at 70 percent.
Thank you to everyone who has participated thus far as your feedback is important.
|Blount Library Coffee Talks|
Dr. John Guzlowski, the author of "Lightning and Ashes" and "Third Winter of War: Buchenwald" will read from his work at a Blount Library Coffee Talk, on Thursday, April 3, at 4 p.m.
On April 24, at 4 p.m., visiting Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Sholpan Gaisina will discuss her research on small farming in Kazakhstan and comparisons with U.S. agriculture.
Join us for conversation and refreshments provided by the Averett Library Friends. For more information about the Coffee Talks, click here.
|New Job Posting|
There are new positions open on campus which have been posted online. For more information, or to apply for these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.
|Staff Council Announcements|
Staff, please start thinking about professional service and consider serving on Staff Council. 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 next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center, followed at 11:15 a.m. by the University Staff Meeting.
|Community Job Fair|
The GPS Program is excited to announce that we will be hosting our fifth Richmond Job Fair on Thursday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year's event will be held at the West End Assembly of God (401 N. Parham Road). Currently, there are more than 40 employers confirmed to participate in the fair. There will also be three professional workshops for our job seekers: résumé writing and interview skills, utilizing electronic media for job searches and Virginia Employment Commission benefits.
We are still accepting employer registrations for May's event, so if you know of any business owners or contacts who may be interested, please put them in touch with Melissa Anderson - (email@example.com, 804-887-8611) - and she will reach out with additional information.
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Job Fair. Our events are quite festive and full of Cougar pride, and we would love to see you there. Please also visit the GPS' Facebook page to keep up with the latest news about the Job Fair and the GPS Program!
|Students Participating in Projects|
Enactus, one of our student organizations, has two humanitarian projects they are working on this semester. The group is collecting funds to purchase Lifestraws, a water purification system. For each Lifestraw purchased, one child will have clean water for a year. Purchase one straw for $10 or three for $25. This is a tax deductible contribution.
The group also continues to collect new or lightly used shoes through the end of the semester for Project Sole, now known as Shoe Good. Boxes are placed on the third and fourth floors of Frith Hall, in Jut's Café, the fitness center, the North Campus gym, the Student Success Center, Averett Central and Davenport Hall.
For more information about Lifestraw visit www.buylifestraw.com, or for more information about Project Sole visit projectsole.org. To learn more about Enactus and their projects contact the group's advisor Dr. Nancy Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”—John Locke
The Gateway Health Nursing Staff will be on campus for Wellness Screenings on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. These screenings are for any individual participating in the Averett University Health Plan.
Participation in a Wellness Screening meets the criteria for the Wellness Premium Incentive. Additional information on how to register for a screening will be coming soon.
|Burton Changing Roles|
Dr. Lee Burton, professor in the physical education, wellness and sport science department and director of the athletic training program, will be transitioning to a new role within the University. Starting in July he will take on a consulting and instructional role with the athletic training program as sports medicine scholar in residence. To read more about the upcoming change, click here.
|Hendrick Named AT Director|
Dr. Carrie Hendrick, head athletic trainer, has been selected as the new director of the athletic training program beginning July 1. Carrie has served as the University's athletic trainer since July 2013. Congratulations, Carrie! To read more about her new role, click here to read the story on the athletics website.
|Underwood Named Head Athletic Trainer|
Alumnus and Assistant Athletic Trainer Thomas Underwood '08 has been named head athletic trainer. Thomas has worked at Averett since September 2011. Congratulations, Thomas! For the full story, click here.
|Christmas in England|
Husband-and-wife team Rebecca Raab and Lee Sandstead traveled through England over Christmas, and now, Lee is presenting his research and photography to various groups in Danville as part of his outreach series.
This past Thursday Lee led a talk about the trip at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. "To date, my journey to England is the greatest adventure through history and culture that I have been on."
His next two outreach talks will be:
* Thursday, April 3, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., at Ballou Park Recreation Center, "Hiking 600 Miles through France, Portugal and Spain for Art-Part I." It is free and open to the public.
* Tuesday, April 29, 11 a.m.-12p.m., at Ballou Park Recreation Center, "Hiking 600 Miles through France, Portugal and Spain for Art-Part II." It is free and open to the public.
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