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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 April 4 for a April 9 publication.


coffeebreakIDA 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 for times and locations.

coffeebreakFaculty/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 if you have questions.

coffeebreakGreat 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.

coffeebreakBlount 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.

coffeebreakNew 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.

coffeebreakStaff 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.

coffeebreakCommunity 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 - (, 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!

coffeebreakStudents 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, or for more information about Project Sole visit To learn more about Enactus and their projects contact the group's advisor Dr. Nancy Ryan at

healthy solutions

“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”—John Locke

coffeebreakWellness Screenings
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.



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Fac/Staff events:

February 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

March 19, 2015
Staff Meeting

April 23, 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 31, 2015
Men's Basketball @ Methodist University

January 31, 2015
Women's Basketball @ Methodist Univ

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