201444
The athletic training program is sponsoring a guest lecture from Dr. Robert Butler, assistant professor of physical therapy at Duke University on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Blount Chapel.

As a clinical researcher for Duke Health Systems, Butler's research focuses on the role of functional movement outcomes in identifying and addressing movement dysfunction as it relates to reducing injury rick, improving therapeutic outcomes and reducing the rate of joint degeneration. Don't miss an opportunity to learn how motion analysis and function work together for ACL rehabilitation and implications for early knee OA!

201444
Please join us at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Bishop 304 to meet with Lynette Lawson, candidate for the director of community engagement. Lynette currently serves as the program manager at the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. She will do a brief presentation on student and community engagement, followed by a time for questions and discussion.

201444
A summary of the annual report for the Averett Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan for the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 is available here for your information.

201444
We have joined with The Danville Register & Bee to co-sponsor a performance by the United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Pritchett Auditorium.

Tickets are free, but should be requested in advance. They can be picked up in Main Hall 200A, or reserved by calling 791-7184 or emailing Jennifer Hooper to have tickets delivered via inner-office mail. Don't miss this group of talented musicians!

201444
The Schoolfield House Booksellers has new hours as of Sunday, Oct. 26.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, Closed

Please note that the bookstore will open on Sundays during peak seasons.

201444
The Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) plays a critical role in helping Virginia students and families afford a private school like Averett. Every year, the admissions and financial aid departments hold a campaign to get students to write their local government officials so they can continue to receive this important grant. Faculty and staff can also write to show their support! Please help us in our efforts by taking the time to write your own letter in support of VTAG by going to www.capwiz.com/naicu/va/home.

201444
We're halfway through the faculty/staff giving campaign and are halfway to our goal of 65 percent. So far, it looks like Dan Hayes and Buddy Rawley are safe from any confectionary assault.

Please rectify this situation by giving a gift online or filling out this form and turning it in to Diane Gosney in Main Hall. (Every gift, no matter the amount, helps. Everyone who makes a gift between now and Nov. 30 will be entered in a drawing to win an i-Pad mini.)

201443
Faculty and staff are invited to meet Bob Hall, president of the Conflict Literacy Group, for a discussion about Title IX (Federal Sexual Assault Legislation) from its foundation to the present and how it impacts each of us on a university campus. The discussion will be held on Monday, Oct. 27 at 12:15 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Lunch will be included for anyone attending. Please meet in the multipurpose room between noon and 12:15 p.m. before proceeding to the dining hall.

For more information contact Joan Kahwajy-Anderson, M.Ed., L.P.C., CHt, director of counseling services and IMPACT Advisor at 434-791-5624.

201443
The religious studies department is launching a 2015 archaeological field project at Khirbet Ataruz, an ancient site that encloses one of the most magnificent Iron Age temples in the country of Jordan! This is a fascinating and controversial site, where Moabite and Israelite history are intertwined.

Averett students can join the expedition by registering for the spring class, "Archaeology & the Bible" (REL 315). This course can serve as a religion elective or a general education course. An activity fee of $3,400, which can be paid using student loans, a scholarship, or cash, is all-inclusive, and will cover students' air-fare, hotel, travel and everything else in Jordan. Students can find more information at the study abroad office or by clicking here. Juniors and seniors can apply for study abroad scholarships. If you know of students who are looking for an exciting study abroad opportunity, encourage them to consider joining the Khirbet Ataruz expedition!

201443
Please make plans to attend the University-wide staff meeting at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 23) in the Student Center multipurpose room. Come early for coffee and cookies. We will be collecting food for our HOPE project. In addition, there will be a box available for your candy donations for Halloween.

201443
Aramark is conducting their annual yearly survey to better understand our campus lifestyle and preferences. In taking the time to share our thoughts they will gain valuable insight to help improve our overall campus experience. The survey is online and will take five to 10 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential.

Click the link to begin the survey: www.college-survey.com/averett. If you cannot click on the link, copy and paste the URL into your Internet browser address bar and hit enter.

Those who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a $150 Visa e-gift card or one of three $50 Visa e-gift cards.

201442
The AU Alumni and Friends tours will sponsor its first domestic travel program February 20-21, 2015 to Asheville, N.C. In addition to visiting the Biltmore Estate and grounds, there will be a special exhibit of more than 40 costumes from the popular PBS program "Downton Abbey." Details for this overnight bus tour can be found at www.averett.edu/event or email Larry Wilburn.

201442
The next University-wide staff meeting is Oct. 23 at 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center multipurpose room. Come a little early for coffee and cookies. For our first HOPE project, we ask that everyone bring non-perishable food/paper products to the meeting. We will have boxes available for your donations. Thank you for your support and please send in your suggestions for your HOPE project to Donna Benz, Staff Council president at dbenz@averett.edu.

Start thinking now about what you want to be for the Halloween costume contest in the dining hall on Friday, Oct. 31. Prizes will be awarded.

201442
The office of student life is collecting Halloween candy to be distributed to neighborhood children at our annual Halloween celebration. Boxes will be in the Student Center and Main Hall beginning Monday, Oct. 20.

Candy will be given out in front of Main Hall on Oct. 31 beginning at 5 p.m. If you are interested in helping please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201442
This report is produced annually to fulfill the requirements of the federal law known as the Clery Act. It is Averett University's policy to provide this annual report of crime statistics, safety information and procedures. The report is prepared by Averett University's chief of security and is available to anyone.

Any questions regarding this report should be directed to the chief of security Davenport Office, 420 West Main Street, Danville VA 24541 or by telephone (434) 791-5874. To view the report, please click here.

201442
Attention faculty! Please remind your students to take advantage of the Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 17. Some of the businesses that will be there are Marine Corps, NASA, Daly Seven and U.S. Department of State. Hiring does happen for internships, summer jobs and full time jobs. Please explain to them that they should visit all of the tables, we have accounting majors that don't talk to the hospital - which is craziness.

Students who attend will have an opportunity to participate in a drawing for a $50 gift card to the bookstore.

201441
On Thursday, Sept. 25 Eva Doss, president and CEO of the Launch Place visited the entrepreneurship class taught by Dr. Gene Steadman Jr. She explained the vital role the Launch Place is playing in funding new ventures and providing business planning for start-ups in the Southside Region. She gave some feedback from her perspective on the business opportunities that the students are working on, including the completion of a business plan.

Earlier in September, the class was visited by William Gentry, a member of our Board of Trustees, and the owner of Piedmont Precision Machinery and the Golden Leaf Bistro. He discussed how he started out in life, and how he arrived where he is today.

201441
Day to Engage is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16. Please see www.averett.edu/success/engage.php for a complete list of projects. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and to bring their students. Let's make this the best Day to Engage yet!

201441
Writer, Teacher and Pastor Charles Swanson will read from his book, "After the Garden: Selected Responses to the Psalms" on Monday Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in Blount Library. For more information about the library's Coffee Talk series click here.

201441
In less than two weeks - Oct. 19-25 - it will be National Save for Retirement Week. Get started, stay motivated and participate actively in our workplace retirement plan. If you haven't enrolled yet, visit www.tiaa-cref.org/averett to create an account. The financial advisors at TIAA-CREF are available online and by phone to assist you at every step of the way. More information may be found by clicking here.

201441
When the faculty/staff giving campaign commenced last week an email was received regarding the makeup of the pies that would be thrown. Following is Dan Hayes' response to the question.

"This decision was handled by committee and as such the results are vague and obfuscated. My personal preference is to use the whipped chocolate frosting, I think it sticks better and leaves a desirable after-taste. Whipped cream was considered, but all the people who offered that option have never had dairy products stuck up their nose.

I have not talked to Chef Moroni, but there is a chance we will be able to have actual pies, in which case lemon meringue or banana crème are both excellent on impact and follow up."

201440
Our annual 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series opens with a lecture - "Communication: It's the Problem and the Answer" ˗ by Dr. Susan Huckstep on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Make plans to join us as she explores this interesting, and important, topic.

201440
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the second annual Faith & Spiritual Lectureship for free on Friday, Oct. 17 featuring Heather Zempel, discipleship pastor at National Community Church. Zempel is something of a rock-star in the world of discipleship, because she's built such a successful discipleship program in Washington D.C., where the residential mobility rate is higher than any other city in the nation. The lectureship will be held in Blount Chapel, beginning at 10 a.m., and will include three sessions on the following topics: (1) “The Millennial Paradox;" (2) “4 Generation Discipleship” and (3) “Leadership that Connects with Millennials.”

For more information about the lecture, please click here. If faculty or staff would like to attend, please email Wanda Haynes and she will sign you up (faculty and staff registrations do not include lunch or Zempel's book).

201440
Our food collection drive for the HOPE (Help Our People Excel) project will be at the next staff meeting (Oct. 23). We will have boxes at the meeting in the multipurpose room for all donations.

201440
The study abroad office is excited to announce the launch of a new website to accommodate the growing interest in international education. The website links from the current study abroad homepage on Averett's site. Students and advisers will be able to browse programs via an interactive world map, and find links to a variety of resources including country information, visa applications, scholarships and travel options. In addition, students can now apply, submit paperwork, and make deposits online.

Faculty who are planning a study abroad trip will also be able to list their class on the website and track applications in cooperation with the study abroad director. Please contact Dr. Catherine Clark, director of study abroad and assistant professor, English and French, with any comments or questions.

201440
Do you need to reserve a van for your office? It's easy! Just click here for the pdf form that must be submitted. Print it, fill it out and turn it in to Ashley Gayles.

201440
The faculty/staff giving campaign is now underway - your letters should have already arrived. The goal of this year's campaign is to increase participation. By that, we mean you can give a one-time or recurring gift of any size to make a difference. The campaign runs through November 30.

All donors, including those who currently give, will be entered to win an iPad mini. In addition, 10 lucky donors will have the opportunity to throw a pie into the face of Dan Hayes '92 or Buddy Rawley '75.

A special thanks to the 26 percent of faculty and staff who are already giving.

For more information contact Dan Hayes at ext. 17252 or dhayes@averett.edu.

201439
Kelly Cherry, 2010 Poet Laureate of Virginia and author of over 40 works of fiction, poetry and criticism, will read from her recent work at Blount Library on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m.

A former fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Yaddo and recipient of numerous literary awards, Cherry continues to write and publish.

Please encourage students to attend. Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library. For more information, please click here.

201439
The fall date for Day to Engage is Thursday, Oct. 16. Stay tuned for more information.

201439
Staff Council has created a new project on campus called HOPE, which stands for Help Our People Excel. Council members want to be able to help provide support to our students as well as faculty and staff when it is needed. For the first project, which will run through the academic year, Staff Council is asking that nonperishable items or gift cards be dropped off to Sandy Bash in the residence life office. These items can also be brought to the Oct. 23 staff meeting.

Council members also encourage everyone to attend athletics competitions and theatre and arts events to support our students and each other.

If you have an idea for a project, contact Donna Benz or Sandy Bash.

201438
The office of the dean of students is looking for students to serve on the 2014-15 Conduct/Academic Honor Board. This board, which is comprised of faculty, staff and students, is an important part of the University's conduct process and annual review of conduct policies. Serving on the conduct board is a great opportunity for a student to represent the student voice and experience as well as develop critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills.

Please consider recommending students to apply for the board by sending them the application, or send nominations to Marsha Foster. Applications are due by Sept. 24 (next Wednesday) to the dean of students' office on the fourth floor of the Student Center.

201438
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is collecting cans for their annual Cans Across the Conference community service event. The cans will be donated to God's Storehouse. There are boxes located on the fourth floor of the student center, third and fourth floors of Frith Hall, Averett Central and the North Campus.

201438
The Averett theatre department proudly presents its Theatre For Youth production "How I Became a Pirate," a musical. The production will be performed Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 20, at 2:30 p.m.

Just a reminder that all faculty and staff receive two free tickets. So grab your children or your grandchildren and bring them to the show. For more information, give Richard Breen, theatre professor a call at extension 15711.

201438
The offices within student life have completed their moves and are unpacking their boxes. Notable changes that have taken place: the office of housing and residence life is now located on the fourth floor in the old dean's suite; we are working towards creating a new student leader resource room where students from all groups can come to make posters, fliers and learn creative new leadership activities for their students; and counseling services now has an office title on the door: The Office of Peer Education and Wellness.

We are very excited about the positive changes we have made to enhance the student learning process. Please keep a look out for a student life open house at the beginning of October.

201437
The September Staff Meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 11:15 a.m. Coffee and cookies will be available starting at 11 a.m. Please contact Staff Council President Donna Benz if you have any questions or concerns.

201437
The General Education has elected Dr. Jason Robertson as its chair. The committee's goal this year is to start the approval process for all general education courses as soon as possible. For this reason, all courses proposed for spring 2015 and fall 2015 must be submitted no later than Sept. 29. (This is only for courses that were not proposed or approved this spring; or those that a department wishes to amend.) No proposals will be accepted in the fall semester after Sept. 29.

All faculty must submit their proposals to their department chair and then the department chair will pass these on to the gen ed committee. You are no longer required to submit your syllabus along with your proposal. Please submit all proposals to gened@aumail.averett.edu.

If you have questions, please direct them to your representative or the chair. As a reminder, representatives are: Area A, Dr. Chin-Chyuan Tai; Area B, Mrs. Melanie Lewis; Area C, Dr. Jason Robertson; Area D, Dr. David Hoffman (please contact Jason); and Area E, Dr. Simona Kragh.

201437
The TIAA-CREF representative, Michelle Horne, will be meeting participants and prospective participants, in Main 131. *Please note the change in venue from last week's announcement. For more information, please see the flyer.

201437
On Thursday, Sept. 18, we will host local non-profit agencies in an effort to connect them with potential volunteers. Representatives will be outside the Student Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please encourage students to attend.

Faculty and staff also are invited, as we want to promote Averett's community engagement efforts across the University.

201437
Dr. Franks cordially invites faculty and staff to honor our seniors during the annual Senior Pinning Ceremony Thursday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Student Center. There is a reception immediately following the ceremony at the home of Dr. Franks and Joe (500 Hawthorne Drive). RSVP for both events by Sept. 17 by emailing seniorpin@averett.edu.

201437
All faculty and staff are strongly advised to sign up for E2 Campus Alert. E2 Campus Alert sends text messages or emails regarding schools closings, power outages and other campus emergencies. Visit www.averett.edu/safety/signup.php and sign up today.

201437
Faculty and staff now have the opportunity to be the mascot. Discover how hot it gets and learn whether or not you have what it takes to be Ave or Rett! Send an email to Suvi Piipponen '13 at sjpiipponen@averett.edu to schedule a time and a place to be one of the mascots.

201436
The student life team is starting a new series of lectures called Life Enrichment Awareness Program (LEAP). The first lecture, DUI: A Powerful Lesson, will be held tomorrow (Sept. 4) at 7:30 p.m. in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center.

The second lecture will take place Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Lee Sandstead, assistant professor of art, will present Inside the Actor's Studio: A Leadership Lesson.

These events are open to faculty and staff. For more information contact Lesley Villarose, ext. 15627 or Donna Benz at ext. 12454.

201436
The TIAA-CREF financial adviser will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Wednesday Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Main 131. All employees who participate in the University's 403b retirement plan, or those who would like more information, are encouraged to schedule a one-on-one meeting. The flyer outlines how to schedule an appointment or who to call for additional information. You may also contact Kathie Tune's office if you have questions.

201436
The Averett Journal is looking for submissions for the 2014-15 edition. Submissions may be made for the following categories: scholarship and commentary, book reviews and creative pages. The creative pages section includes short stories, poetry, black and white photography and creative nonfiction. Please submit an electronic file in Microsoft Word or similar word-processing software (or, in the case of photographs, jpeg files) to Jane Wiseman via email at jwiseman@averett.edu. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 5.

The Averett Journal features articles, creative writing and photographs by members of the Averett community - faculty, staff, friends of Averett and alumni.

201436
Karen Shields, our Sam's Club representative, will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. A $10 gift card is available for all new accounts and for renewals.

201436
The next University-Wide staff meeting is Sept. 18 in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The meeting will begin at 11:15 a.m. Come early (11 o'clock) for coffee and cookies before the meeting.

201435
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 2.

201435
Averett will have a team participating in this year's CROP Hunger Walk on Oct. 5. The proceeds from the walk will benefit God's Storehouse. Please contact Carianna Beck at ext. 17112 or vista@averett.edu for more information.

201435
Every summer, the Danville Harvest Jubilee hosts Fridays at the Crossing, a series of concerts at the Community Market. The last Fridays at the Crossing is Friday, Sept. 5 and features the band Dirt Road Scholars. WAKG/WBTM has provided free tickets for faculty and staff who wish to attend. Tickets may be picked up from Jennifer Hooper in Main Hall, room 200A. Gates open at 6 p.m., children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket holder.

201435
September 16 & 17 the TIAA-CREF advisor for the University's retirement plan will be on campus to discuss enrollment opportunities, retirement budget planning and answer any questions you might have. These individual counseling sessions will help you review your retirement income options to provide you with the most flexibility possible. Our advisor will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Main 131. Additional information to schedule an appointment will be coming soon.

201435
The residence life office will be moving on Monday, Aug. 25 to unite with the student life office on the fourth floor of the Student Center. Please let all of your students know of the move and to visit residence life office in the Student Center for all of their housing needs and questions.

201435
The holiday schedule for Averett staff is as follows:
Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day
Thursday, Nov. 27 & Friday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, Christmas Holiday Break

201435
Faculty and staff are invited to join us at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 28) for a press conference announcing the establishment of the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness. Please join us on the plaza outside of the Student Center as we make this exciting public announcement.

201434
Now that the school year has started, all faculty and staff are encouraged to wear blue and gold on Fridays in support of all of our student-athletes and to show our school spirit. Our first blue and gold day will be this Friday (Aug. 22).

Those faculty and staff who attended the picnic on Tuesday are invited to wear the t-shirts that were passed out.

Please be reminded that attire is business casual, i.e. no jeans.

201434
This Friday (Aug. 22), the Danville Braves are hosting an Averett Back to School Night. All Averett faculty, staff and students are being offered a $3 general admission ticket for the 7 p.m. game against Johnson City. You must have your University ID in order to receive the discounted ticket.

Come enjoy a fun night of baseball and cheer on the Danville Braves as they finish up their last home stand before the playoffs begin. The D-Braves are currently leading the Appalachian League East Division.

201434
Attention all faculty and staff, meal plans for the dining hall are available for the year. For more information about a meal plan to fit your needs, please click here.

To enroll in a meal plan, please contact Barbara Styons at ext. 17307 or email her at Barbara.Styons@cafebonappetit.com.

201433
Just a friendly reminder that there will be a University-wide staff meeting on Aug. 14 at 1:35 p.m. in Blount Chapel after the opening luncheon. We hope to see you there.

201433
Staff members are invited to participate in the 2014 Opening Convocation academic procession. In order to participate in the exercises, you must have received at least a graduate degree and have the proper regalia. If you would like to participate, please email Marquita Graves by Friday, Aug. 15.

201432
If you have not already done so, please remember to RSVP via the invitation for the reception at the home of Dr. Tiffany Franks and Joe on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 4:30 p.m. by tomorrow (Aug. 7).

If you are unable to attend and need to respond "no," add your name to the guest list and then hit the back button on the invitation to change your response. You will need to submit and confirm it.

201432
Please mark your calendars for the University-wide staff meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 1:35 p.m. in Blount Chapel. This meeting will be the first in our new academic year.

201431
There are two new positions open on campus which have been posted online – men's basketball head coach and student services coordinator (for Averett Central). For more information, or to apply for these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201431
As the library is being refurbished, the old furniture is moving out to make way for more modern, flexible furnishings. There are a variety of pieces available at no cost to other departments, or for bidding by individuals.

The list of available furniture is as follows:
Two solid oak tables (seats four)
Four work tables (wood, various sizes)
Fifteen wood/orange vinyl chairs
Two double study carrels

Please contact Elaine Day this week if you are interested in any of the furniture.

201431
It is hard to believe, but it is almost time to welcome our students back to campus. We are looking for a few good volunteers to be our move-in crew. The dates and times are as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are interested in helping students move-in please contact Lesley Villarose.

201431
In order to complete the phase one renovations to the commons area in the library it will close from Saturday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 10. While the building is closed, librarians and staff will be responding to questions emailed to aclib@averett.edu. They will also be processing interlibrary loan requests. Learn more at http://discover.averett.edu/library.

Before the library closes this weekend, stop by and check out the new paint colors provided by our very own Keith Johnson, who also owns Johnson's Painting in Semora, N.C.

201431
All faculty and staff, as well as their significant other, are invited to attend a reception on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the home of Dr. Tiffany Franks and Joe. Invitations were emailed to faculty and staff this past Friday (July 25). Please RSVP via the invitation no later than August 7.

If you are unable to attend and need to respond "no," add your name to the guest list and then hit the back button on the invitation to change your response. You will need to submit and confirm it.

201430
Wrapping up the annual Summer Series of Something (Triple S) is Assistant Professor of Art Lee Sandstead with a presentation on Preserving Memory in Art and Travel. Sandstead will speak on Thursday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

When Sandstead, an art historian, started traveling to Europe in his early 20s, he did what most of us do - take pictures. But after looking at the pictures from his first adventure abroad he knew that he could do better in not only preserving the myriad of different experiences, but he could also do better artistically. Ever since, Lee's photography has been crucial to not only his memory, but what and how he remembers his trip. Lee will first discuss the use of memory in art in the late 1800s, which is quite considerable, and then discuss his own photography.

201430
The athletics department is in the process of revamping its Faculty Athletic Mentor Program (FAM) and they are looking for mentors. The department is looking for mentors who:
• are interested in the integration of student-athletes and academics
• believe that athletics play an integral role in the mission of the college, and that athletic participation is meaningful and valuable
• will provide another resource for our student-athletes as they balance achieving success in academics and athletics
• will be a person student-athletes and coaches can contact with academic questions
• will attend team practice(s) and/or game(s) when possible

If you are interested in becoming a FAM, email academic committee chair Patrick Henry. If there is a particular sport you would like to mentor, please include that in your email. If you have previously expressed interest in mentoring with a coach or the athletics director, please get in touch with Patrick.

The program will officially begin with a brief session before the opening of fall sports.

201430
Make plans to attend the Fall 2014 Faculty and Staff Opening Meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 in Blount Chapel. During the meeting, new faculty and staff will be introduced and pinned. The meeting will also mark the end of the 2009-14 Strategic Plan and kick-off the 2020 plan.

If you are a new member of our faculty or staff, please plan on sitting close to the front of the chapel.

The schedule for the day is available by clicking here.

201429
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that was scheduled for later this month has been postponed. Once it is rescheduled, there will be an announcement in CoffeeBreak with the new dates. Please stay tuned for more information.

201429
Summer Series of Something (Triple S) continues this Thursday, July 17 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Lisa Stewart, senior accountant, will present Preserving Memories through Scrapbooking. Attendees will need to bring four photos (size 4x6 is best) that are connected/related to each other (not 4 random photos).

201429
In less than a month our first group of students will be moving in. We want to celebrate their return by preparing welcome packets for new and returning students. Please consider donating school supplies, sample size toiletries or candy no later than August 7. All items can be dropped off at Alumni Hall.

In addition, consider adopting a student and invite them into your home for a home-cooked meal. This would be especially welcome for our international students who may not be able to go home due to distance at school holidays.

Support student-athletes by attending games at the North Campus. Averett posts sports schedules in Evince, on our athletics website at www.averettcougars.com. There are wallet-sized copies of the schedule available too.

201429
Averett's admissions office will be participating in Virginia Private College Week July 28-August 2. Information sessions and tours will be held twice a day at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you know of any rising seniors or juniors who may be interested in learning more about Averett in an intimate setting, please encourage them to register online or call 434-791-6880.

201428
New employee orientation is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. E-vites will be coming to your email soon!

201428
The annual Summer Series of Something begins tomorrow (Thursday, July 10). The topic, Preserving your Health with Early Heart Attack Care, will be presented by Bob Anthony, BS, BSN, MBA, administrative director of the Danville Heart and Vascular Center. The discussion will be held in the multipurpose room of the Student Center from 10-11 a.m.

Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event. It is important that we recognize the early signs and symptoms of having a heart attack so that prompt treatment can occur. Please plan on attending the Early Heart Attack Care discussion to learn about those signs and symptoms and what you need to do if you think you are having a heart attack.

201428
This year, the University is increasing its contribution to the 403b retirement plan by 1 percent, for a total of 6 percent. This increase went into effect July 1. (Our plan number is 500352.) If you are not deferring more than 6 percent simply fill out form (see link below), sign and date it, and return to Tammy Wall. If you are electing to contribute more than 6 percent and need help calculating the change in your contribution totals, please email Tammy to request a meeting at twall@averett.edu. Your meeting will allow time to properly address your questions. The deadline for the July deferral is July 15 for the July payroll. Please complete the form prior to July 15.

If you have questions related to opening an account with the Averett University Retirement Plan, please contact Kathie Tune at ktune@averett.edu or go directly to the TIAA-CREF enrollment page at TIAA-CREF.org/averett.

201427
The following information was prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and is being shared with you by the emergency management team.

During a hurricane or other tropical storm system, the greatest threat to life is actually from the water, not from the wind. Short, informative videos on storm surge – what it is and what it can do – are available from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and from the National Hurricane Center.

VDEM/Ready Virginia Storm Surge Video
NHC Video
• Get additional storm surge educational resources from NHC by clicking here.

201427
Averett's emergency management team coordinates periodic CERT trainings with the City of Danville's emergency management staff. In addition to preparing those who participate to help in emergency situations on campus, the information provided in this training can help you in crisis situations in your homes and the greater community.

The next session for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training is:
Monday, July 28, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 29; Wednesday, July 30; and Thursday, July 31, all from 12–5 p.m.

Participants must attend all sessions to prepare for a live simulation during the last day of instruction.

Contact Bill Woodward by noon on Friday, July 18, to sign up.

201425
There's still time to take the 50,000-pound challenge and join Dr. Franks' team! Just commit to losing a minimum of a half a pound by July 4 and sign up to be on her team. If her team loses the most pounds, Averett will earn $5,000 for student scholarships.

To sign up to join Dr. Franks' team, as well as learn more about the challenge, visit www.getfitdanriver.org.

201425
Correction: there will be Coffee and Cookie on Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room immediately prior to the 11:15 University-wide staff meeting on that same day. Many apologies for the error. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend both of these events.

The May 2014 University staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please skim them before the meeting.

201425
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be closed Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6 in observance of Independence Day. Regular summer hours will resume Monday, July 7. Visit the bookstore at this link: www.averettshop.com.

201424
Take the 50,000-pound challenge and join Dr. Franks' team. All you have to do is commit to losing a minimum of a half a pound by July 4 and sign up to be on her team. If her team loses the most pounds, Averett will earn $5,000 for student scholarships. To sign up to join Dr. Franks' team, as well as learn more about the challenge, visit www.getfitdanriver.org.

201424
Mary B. Blount Library is open this summer until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

To enhance safety when there are only two staff in the building, beginning June 23 security will implement key card access on weekends, and from 6 p.m. until closing on week nights.

Faculty and staff whose ID cards have not been reprogrammed in the past two years can make an appointment with Jamie Walker to update ID's for key card access with a PIN number. If you prefer to leave your ID card at the Library circulation desk, staff will bring cards to security for updating, and return them to the library. Please refer questions to Elaine Day.

201424
Clara Fountain, faculty emerita and former librarian at Averett University, has donated a rare artifact to the Averett archives: a small porcelain creamer manufactured by Warwick China and imprinted with the Roanoke Institute logo. Roanoke Institute is what Averett was known as from 1910 to 1917. It is likely this item was part of a larger dinnerware service that graced the tables in the dining room at the campus on West Main Street, which at that time was a brand new building.

Manufactured in Wheeling, W.Va., the creamer bears the mark of Louis Herman (1859-1950), who settled in Danville in 1886. His general merchandise store occupied the four-story L. Herman Building at 515-517 Main Street.

There is another important connection between Louis Herman and Averett. Milton Herman (1887-1968), president of Statesville Cotton Mills, was the middle of three sons of Louis Herman. Milton and his wife Elise lived at 500 Hawthorne Drive. Mrs. A. B. Carrington, Jr. purchased their home in the 1980's and donated it to Averett College. Following extensive renovations, it became Averett's president's home and was first occupied by the family of Dr. Howard Lee. See the library newsletter for details and sources.

201424
Please mark your calendars for the University-wide staff meeting on Thursday, June 19 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Please remember there will not be a Coffee & Cookie at 11:00 before the meeting or lunch afterward. Hope to see you at the staff meeting!

201424
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be closed Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 in observance of Father's Day. It will resume summer hours Monday, June 16. Visit the bookstore's website at www.averettshop.com.

201423
Plans are already under way for the next Alumni and Friends Tour. Make plans to see southern France via a river cruise June 12-23, 2015. Averett was able to secure half price international airfare from RDU. However, the discount only applies from now until August. A $500 per person deposit is required to reserve cabin space. Call or email Larry Wilburn (434-770-3285 or lwilburn@averett.edu for additional information.

201423
If you're away from campus this summer but want to keep up with the construction projects taking place at the North Campus, follow the Averett Cougars on Facebook and Twitter. Pictures are posted regularly. Click here for a story and then bookmark the links.

201423
This spring, Dr. Franks was one of 13 area leaders to take the 50,000-pound challenge issued by Get Fit Dan River Region. Now, we have the opportunity to join her team.

All you have to do is commit to losing a minimum of a half a pound by July 4 and sign up to be on her team. If our team loses the most pounds, we will earn $5,000 for student scholarships. To sign up to join Dr. Franks' team, as well as learn more about the challenge, visit www.getfitdanriver.org.

201421
The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room, followed at 11:15 by the University Staff Meeting. Just a reminder that no lunch will follow the meeting (lunch after staff meetings only runs August through April).

The minutes draft from the April University Staff Meeting has been posted to the Intranet. Please review the draft before the next meeting and contact Linda Lemery with corrections.

The Summer Series of Something has been set with a theme of preserving mind, body, and soul. Bob Anthony, an RN with the hospital, will present a program on heart attack prevention on July 10. Lisa Stewart will present a program on preserving visual memories through scrapbooking on July 17. Lee Sandstead will present a program on preserving historical memories through travel and photojournalism on July 24. Mark your calendars to save the dates. Stay tuned for more information.

201420
Homecoming 2014 is scheduled for October 17-19. Make sure you mark your calendars so you can come celebrate!

As this is the perfect opportunity for Averett to show itself off to the community and alumni, do you have an idea that could help make this year's Homecoming the best ever? If so, stop by Alumni Hall and share your idea with Dan Hayes.

201420
As a reminder, on the following dates we will be hosting new students and their families on campus. Please mark your calendars if you have not already done so.

Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29

Friday, July 18 (Transfer Orientation)

Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20

If you are interested in being a part of a parent lunch and tabletop on the Saturday evenings of orientation, please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201419
The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room, followed at 11:15 by the University Staff Meeting. Just a reminder that no lunch will follow the meeting (lunch after staff meetings runs August through April).

The draft of the minutes from the April University staff meeting has been posted to the Intranet. Please review the draft before the next meeting and contact Linda Lemery with corrections.

201418
For this week's edition of 30 Seconds please click here.

201418
The semester is winding down but there's still a little time left to make a donation to Enactus, one of our student organizations. The group is collecting funds to purchase Lifestraws, a water purification system. Purchase one straw for $10 or three for $25. This is a tax deductible contribution.

The organization is also collecting new or lightly used shoes 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 Enactus and their projects, or to make a donation, contact the group's advisor Dr. Nancy Ryan at nryan@averett.edu.

201418
The next University-wide staff meeting will be Thursday, May 22 at 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center multipurpose room. There will be Coffee & Cookie at 11:00 a.m. prior to the meeting. Please mark your calendars.

Staff, please be 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.

201418
The Faculty/Staff, Retiree Appreciation Luncheon will be held Friday, May 8. Although the RSVP deadline has already passed, please let us know you are coming by responding to the invitation here.

201418
At its spring meeting, the faculty library committee addressed items including access to the New York Times archive, designing an academic commons at Blount Library, and moving to the cloud with OCLC WorldShare Management Services and WorldCat Discovery Services.

Averett students have articulated their dreams for an academic commons by survey, written comments, in focus groups and participation on the planning committee.

Allison Sparks, class of 2014, created the poster you see at the library entrance. Learn more about Blount Library transitions here.

201418
Last chance before the fall! The University's Sam's Club representative will be on campus Tuesday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Averett dining hall.

201418
A sincere thank you to all who participated in the Great Colleges to Work for Survey! Our overall participation rate was 61 percent this year, exceeding the current average response rate across all participating institutions, which was about 37 percent according to ModernThink.

201418
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is collaborating with Goodwill Industries to provide on-campus collection during the residence hall move-out time. We'll be notifying students, but we also wanted to let faculty and staff know that they can also drop off items.

There will be trucks for larger items on campus on the following dates/times:
Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the corner of West Main and Woodland (to be near the yard sale)
Wednesday, May 7, from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. in both the Fugate and Commons parking lots
Saturday, May 10, from 12:30 p.m.–5 p.m. in the Commons parking lot
(These trucks will be staffed by Goodwill volunteers and employees who can provide forms for tax deduction purposes.)

Smaller bins to donate other items will be on campus from April 30 – May 12 (two at the Commons, two at Fugate lot and one at Bishop/old gym entrance)

Goodwill does take non-working electronics because they work with Dell computers to recycle them.

201418
This Saturday (May 3) from 9 a.m.-noon, the athletics department will hold a yard sale on the front steps of Main Hall. They will be selling old athletics uniforms and equipment. In addition, Goodwill be on site to collect larger donation items (see announcement below for more information). For more information about the yard sale, click here. Questions? Contact Head Men's Soccer Coach Philip Wilson at ext. 15749 or via email at pawilson@averett.edu.

201418
Summer hours will begin on Friday, May 16 and end on Friday, August 1. Our regular office hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) are in effect Monday-Thursday. In order to get a head start on your weekends, Friday hours will be 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Enjoy!

201418
Staff members are invited to participate in the spring Commencement exercises. In order to participate in the exercises, you must have received at least a graduate degree and have the proper regalia. If you would like to participate, please email Marquita Graves by Friday, May 2.

201418
Faculty and staff, as Commencement approaches please remind our students, particularly seniors, that Commencement will be webcast live. A link will be available on the main page of the website that morning.

201417
For this week's edition of 30 Seconds please click here.

201417
Consider this a friendly reminder that the TIAA-CREF financial advisor is on campus to review retirement plan options today (April 23) and tomorrow (April 24) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in room 421 on the fourth floor of the Student Center. Call 866-843-5640 if you would still like to set up an appointment.

201417
The RSVP deadline for the Faculty/Staff, Retiree Appreciation Luncheon on May 8 is this Friday (April 25). If you have not already done so, please respond as soon as possible so we have an accurate head count for food.

201417
Beginning next Monday (April 28) and continuing through the week, four finalists for the vice president of academic affairs (VPAA) position will be visiting Averett for their one-on-one and group interviews. Each day a different candidate will be on campus.

A very important part of the candidates' interview process will be to meet with faculty, staff and students in an open session to allow us to learn more about them and for them to learn more about us. This open session with the campus community will occur daily (April 28-May 1) from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the multipurpose room. This will be your opportunity to help select the best candidate for Averett's new vice president for academic affairs.

A brief profile of each finalist, along with the day they are to be on campus, is available under the People heading below.

201417
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 learning and discussion, with refreshments provided by the Averett Library Friends. For more information, click here.

201417
The next University-wide staff meeting will be Thursday, May 22 at 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center multipurpose room. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Staff, please be 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.

201417
It is time for the Late Night Breakfast and we need your support! The breakfast will take place Thursday, May 1 from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the dining hall. Please email Lesley Villarose if you would like to volunteer to cook or serve at the breakfast.

201416
For this week's edition of 30 Seconds please click here.

201416
Enactus 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 Project Sole, visit their website at projectsole.org.

201416
Enactus, one of our student organizations, is wrapping up their humanitarian projects for the 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.

For more information about Lifestraw visit www.buylifestraw.com. To make a contribution contact Dr. Nancy Ryan, the group's advisor, at nryan@averett.edu.

201416
The minutes for the March 20 University Staff Meeting have been posted to the Intranet. Please read them at your convenience.

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. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

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.

201416
Invitations for the Faculty/Staff, Retiree Appreciation Luncheon on May 8 were emailed last Thursday (April 10). If you did not receive the invitation, check your junk email folder in case it was misdirected. Please RSVP to the invitation by Friday, April 25.

201416
The University's annual Summer Series of Something focuses on preservation this year. Bob Anthony, administrative director of the Danville Heart and Vascular Center, will present a program on Preserving Your Heart on July 10; Lisa Stewart, senior accountant, will host a workshop on Preserving Memories through Scrapbooking on July 17; and Lee Sandstead, assistant art professor, will present Preserving Memory in Art and Travel on Thursday, July 24. All presentations will be held in the multipurpose room.

Additional information is available on the Averett Community Calendar. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

201416
On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the new incidence rate of autism based on a multi-state comprehensive study. Using 11 states' data, the CDC determined a 30 percent increase in the prevalence of autism in 8 year-old children. The numbers increased from 1:88 to 1:68. This, of course, varied among states, as Alabama's rate was 1:175 and New Jersey's rate was 1:45. The 11 states that participated were Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey. This study also showed 1:42 boys were diagnosed and 1:189 girls; indicating boys were 4.5 times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder.

Based on this new information, it is obvious there is a need for more support and awareness of this growing neurological disorder! Help those in our community raise awareness and funds to do just this. Show your support of Averett's Autism Initiative, and participate in the Dan River Autism Awareness 5K! Averett's team name is AU 4 ASD. Let's work together to increase autism awareness! The link to register or support is here.

201416
The Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University will begin its summer hours Monday, May 12. Those hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday 12-3 p.m.

Regular store hours will resume Monday, August 11. Visit the bookstore's website by clicking here.

201416
The Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University will be closed Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 in observance of the Easter holiday.

201416
Beginning Monday, April 28 and continuing through the week, four finalists for the vice president of academic affairs (VPAA) position will be visiting Averett for their one-on-one interviews and group interviews. Each day a different candidate will be on campus. Their schedules will be extremely busy as their visits will likely only be for one (full) day.

A very important part of the candidates' interview process will be to meet with faculty, staff and students in an open session to allow us to learn more about them and for them to learn more about us. This open session with the campus community will occur daily (April 28-May 1) from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the multipurpose room. This will be your opportunity to help select the best candidate for Averett's new vice president for academic affairs.

The candidate will be asked to make brief introductory remarks, followed by time for questions and answers, and then there will be an informal reception that will allow people to talk with the candidate individually. Your contribution to this process is extremely valuable.

* Please note, a brief profile of each finalist can be found below in the People section.

201415
For this week's edition of 30 Seconds please click here.

201415
The March 20 university staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please review the minutes at your convenience.

The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room, followed at 11:15 a.m. by the University staff meeting. Please mark your calendars.

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.

201415
Please remember to complete your survey. Our participation rate is at 53 percent as of April 7 - only 22 percent more to go in order to reach our goal!

201415
An opportunity to meet with a TIAA-CREF financial advisor and review your retirement plan options is coming soon. The attached flyer outlines all information necessary to schedule an appointment or call for additional information.

201415
Invitations for the annual Faculty/Staff, Retiree Appreciation Luncheon will be arriving in your email inboxes soon. Make sure to check your junk email folder in case it is misdirected. Please RSVP to the invitation by Friday, April 25.

201415
Are you offering a new course you want your colleagues to know about? Are you holding workshops, lectures or camps in, and for, the community? Or is there someone new in your department? Please share this information, and more, with the rest of the Averett community by submitting it for CoffeeBreak.

To find the online submission form on the website, go to MyAverett, then click CoffeeBreak News in the dropdown box. That will take you to the CoffeeBreak page where you can not only submit information, but find the latest issue and the archives. Or, just click here and bookmark the page for future reference.

201415
On Saturday, April 12, Averett will be hosting its first Autism Awareness Expo! If you, or someone you know, are affected by autism spectrum disorder stop by the Grant Center on Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to learn about services available in the community. See the flyer for more information.

201414
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 nryan@averett.edu.

201414
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 - (manderson@averett.edu, 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!

201414
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.

201414
There are new positions open on campus which have been posted online. For more information, or to apply for these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201414
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.

201414
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.

201414
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 staffcouncil@averett.edu if you have questions.

201414
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 vhenderson@averett.edu for times and locations.

201413
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.

201413
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.

201413
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.

201413
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!

201413
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.

201413
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.

201413
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 staffcouncil@averett.edu if you have questions.

201413
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 www.danrivercenter.org for more information and to find the complete list of volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, contact Rachel Covington at rcovington@drfonline.org.

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!

201412
For this week's edition of 30 Seconds please click here.

201412
The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center, followed at 11:15 by the University Staff Meeting.

Please think about who you'd like to nominate for the 2014 Faculty/Staff of the Year awards. Nominations are due by April 5 at 4:30 p.m. The forms and rules have been posted to the Intranet. Please email staffcouncil@averett.edu if you have questions.

201412
Your invitation for the Great Colleges to Work for Survey should have arrived in your inbox by now. Please note that the deadline for completing the survey is actually April 14, not April 17, as previously stated. As always, your input is valuable and appreciated.

201412
The spring 2014 Faculty/Staff/Retiree Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 8 in the Averett Dining Hall from 12-1:15 p.m. Please plan to attend as we will be celebrating years of service milestones and recognizing our retirees.

201412
In our final 1859-Coffeehouse lecture of the school year Professor Toni Gazda will present "Service-Learning: A Journey through War Literature" on Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Gazda, an instructor in the English department and coordinator of service-learning, will discuss her service-learning course, "War in Literature" in which Averett students partnered with local veterans to collectively study American literature inspired by war. The event is free and open to the public.

201412
Student organization Enactus 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 Project Sole, visit their website at projectsole.org. For more information about Enactus and their projects contact the group's advisor Dr. Nancy Ryan at nryan@averett.edu.

201412
This year the clubs really wanted to support ONE Averett and host our Club Carnival on Saturday, March 29 at the North Campus. Please come out and be a part of our ONE Averett movement from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and support our softball team afterwards for a double header.

201412
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 several aviation alumni are hosting a golf outing at Danville Country Club to raise some money for the flight team. It's $50 to play. If you would like to join in on the fun, please contact Dan Hayes at dhayes@averett.edu.

201412
In honor of March being Women's History Month, some of our students have put together a small poster session. Please stop by the multipurpose room in the Student Center on Thursday, March 20 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. to see what they have created. The posters will celebrate the significant contributions of women to our society.

201412
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, that will provide pure water to children five and under as well as pregnant women in Haiti. 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.

For more information about Lifestraw visit www.buylifestraw.com. To make a contribution contact Dr. Nancy Ryan, the group's advisor, at nryan@averett.edu.

201411
For this week's edition of 30 Seconds please click here.

201411
The University's Sam's Club representative, Karen Shields, will be on campus Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. She will renew current memberships and have information for new accounts. A membership to Sam's is $45, and a $10 gift card comes with your new account or renewal.

Students are welcome to join the Club as well.

201411
The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center, followed at 11:15 by the University-wide staff meeting.

Please think about who you'd like to nominate 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. Please email staffcouncil@averett.edu if you have questions.

201411
BB&T Insurance Services will host a workshop to provide information about retirement and social security on Thursday, March 20 from 3-5 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

201411
Your invitation for the Great Colleges to Work for Survey will be arriving in your inbox this weekend. As always, your input is valuable and appreciated. For those of you who are new to the survey, or you need a reminder, a brief synopsis has been provided below.

What is it?
It is a 60 question survey that will come to you by email from Modern Think. It is completely confidential and is administered by a third party. It takes 20-30 minutes to complete and will include space for writing in your thoughts.

Why is it important?
What you think is important and we want to know your thoughts and concerns.

Who is administering the survey?
The email will be from Modern Think and is called The Higher Education Insight Survey 2014.

When should I expect to see the survey in my email?
It will arrive Sunday, March 16. You have until April 17 to complete it. Modern Think will send reminders.

If you have any questions, or need more information, contact Kathie Tune.

201411
Averett is sponsoring and participating in the third annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5K. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise money to assist local families/individuals on the autism spectrum. All registration fees for the event go toward the fundraising goal for The Dan River Regional Autism Fund. We encourage you to take part, not only for the personal benefit, but for the overall value of supporting our local community's families!

You do not have to run. Heck, you don't even have to walk in the "timed" walk! It's truly about participation and engagement. Simply fill out the form online, pick AU 4 ASD as your team name and show your investment in our community and Averett University!

If you have any questions/comments contact Jill Hamlin at jhamlin@averett.edu or by calling 434-791-7240. Click here for the online registration form.

201410
Is your inbox out of control? Participate in this one-hour hands-on workshop to enhance your email efficiency and productivity: "Outlook Email Intermediate" at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 12. Register here. You'll learn to: set rules for organizing incoming messages, manage your mail with sorting and conditional formatting, search folders for stored messages, use flags and color categories and send automatic out-of-office replies. See the complete schedule on the intranet for additional workshops or email Kim McMurtry with questions.

201410
The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center, followed at 11:15 by the University staff meeting. Hope to see you there.

Please think about who you'd like to nominate for the 2014 Faculty/Staff of the Year awards. Nominations are due by April 4 at 4:30 p.m. Please email staffcouncil@averett.edu if you have questions.

201410
It is that time of year again! Below are links to the nomination forms for the student leadership awards that are given out at the annual Honors Banquet. They are due to the office of student engagement and leadership development (Lesley Villarose's office, fourth floor of the Student Center) by 4 p.m. Friday, March 7. Please think of students who have been wonderful assets to the Averett community and should be recognized.

Advisor of the Year Award

Outstanding Student Organization Award

Student Leader Award

Unsung Hero Award

201410
The dates have been set for the spring sessions of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training - March 18 and 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 and 13. All sessions will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. At the conclusion of this training, participants will have gained skills to help them assess and respond to an emergency situation. Participants of the training will not only be more prepared to assist the University and Danville communities in the event of a natural or other disaster, but also their families and neighbors.

Participants must commit to all nine dates because the final session is a simulation activity that brings into play all of the skills and information from the previous sessions. If you are interested in taking part in this essential piece of the university's emergency response efforts, please contact Bill Woodward no later than March 11 to reserve your spot.

201410
The University will be participating in the statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 11. We are aware this is during spring break. This provides an opportunity for faculty and staff who are on campus to review our shelter procedures. Stay tuned for more information.

201409
Do you advise students and need a refresher in using PC Self-Service? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry is offering two 30-minute hands-on workshops on the Main Campus at 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., Thursday, March 6. Participants will learn to use PC Self-Service to:
• Manage advisees by viewing their schedules, unofficial transcripts, grade reports, and attendance
• Authorize student registration
• Approve changes to student course schedules

If you plan to attend, please register here. See the intranet for a complete schedule of technology workshop offerings.

201409
Just a reminder that the next Coffee & Cookie will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 in the multipurpose room, followed by the University-wide staff meeting at 11:15 a.m. Hope to see you there! The minutes from the January meeting have been posted to the intranet; please send corrections to llemery@averett.edu prior to the meeting.

Please begin thinking about who you'd like to nominate for the 2014 Faculty/Staff of the Year awards; forms and rules will be available at the meeting. The nominations will be due April 4 at 4:30 p.m. The winners will be revealed at the Faculty/Staff & Retiree Appreciation Lunch on May 8. Please mark your calendars for this important event.

201409
Averett's Black History Month Committee is proud to host a Health Awareness Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26 (today) from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The fair is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. Local and national organizations will both be present. Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either Feleta Morton or Holly Kilby.

201409
The book "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandburg is focused on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions, and changing the conversation from what we can't do to what we can do. Be a part of our own Averett University Lean In group.

This group will be committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. Our Lean In Circle will be a small group that will meet monthly to encourage and support each other in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust.

If you are interested in learning about being a part of Averett University's Lean In Circle, please join us on Thursday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the home of Dr. Tiffany Franks to learn more about purchasing the book and what our circle will entail.

Please RSVP to either Pertina Carter at carterp@averett.edu or Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201409
The University's Sam's Club representative will be back on campus Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Averett dining hall.

201408
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be holding a two-day sale Feb. 20-21. Save 25 percent off all hooded sweatshirts and other items as well as an additional 25 percent off clearance items. Stop by and pick up some Averett gear for your wardrobe!

201408
The February University Staff Meeting will be held Feb. 27 at 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center multipurpose room. At 11 a.m. (same day/same place) Coffee & Cookie will be offered immediately prior to the meeting.

The January meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please review them and send corrections to Linda Lemery prior to the next meeting.

201408
Dr. Ralph Hawkins, associate professor of religious studies, will present an 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture titled "Holy War in Ancient Israel and the Near East" on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The free event is at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

201408
Don't forget to join us tonight at 5:30 p.m. for the women's basketball game as we celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day. During halftime, a 1950's exhibition game will be played by our student-athletes.

Following the women's game will be a men's game at 7:30 p.m.

We hope you'll join us for a night of family fun!

201408
Have you heard about adaptive learning? Adaptive learning uses technology to deepen student engagement with course concepts by providing conditional activities to scaffold learning. For example, a student could watch a video in Moodle and then take a quiz on the concepts presented. Earn a passing score, and the student may proceed to the next video on more complex concepts. Earn a failing score, and the student must engage in another learning activity and another quiz on those concepts before being able to precede further.

Moodle offers multiple adaptive learning features, including the Personalized Learning Designer "PLD." Register for the Moodle Personalized Learning Designer hands-on workshop at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, to learn how to set rules according to specific events, conditions, and actions using PLD. See the complete schedule on the intranet for additional workshops or email Kim McMurtry with questions.

201408
Next Tuesday (Feb. 25) from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center the strategic planning team is hosting a campus-wide opportunity for faculty, staff and students to provide feedback on the draft of the new Strategy Map. Please take time to drop by and share your thoughts on our four themes: academic innovation, student success, building visibility and reputation and strategic growth.

If you have a special interest in one of the four major themes, it's not too late to join a team and share your ideas. Contact one of the chairs to join. Team leaders are Dr. Janet Laughlin, student success; Stacy Gato, strategic growth; Buddy Rawley, building visibility and reputation; Dr. Michael Parsons, academic innovation.

201407
Next Tuesday (Feb. 18) at 3 p.m. the University will celebrate the completion of the phase one renovations of the Pritchett Fine Arts Center with a grand opening event. We hope everyone will join us!

201407
Please note that due to impending inclement weather, the 1950's halftime exhibition game that was to be played tonight during the women's basketball game will be played during halftime of the game against Greensboro College next Wednesday (Feb. 19). The women's basketball team will tip off at 5:30 p.m. at the North Campus.

Following the women's game will be a men's game at 7:30 p.m.

We hope you'll join us for a night of family fun!

201407
The Jan. 23 University Staff Meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please review them and send corrections to Linda Lemery prior to the next meeting.

Please mark your calendars for the February University Staff Meeting, which will be held on Feb. 27 at 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center multipurpose room. At 11 a.m. (same day/same place) Coffee & Cookie will be offered immediately prior to the meeting. We hope to see you at both!

201407
Did you know that Averett faculty, staff and students can read The Chronicle of Higher Education online from any internet location? Begin at the Blount Library home guide, or link directly from here with your Moodle username and password.

If you sign up for Chronicle newsletters and click on a story in the email, simply add ".ezproxy.averett.edu" after "chronicle.com" in your web browser, and the subscribe prompt will go away.

Averett access includes all features, though not the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Questions? Please ask a librarian by calling 800-543-9440 or 434-791-5692.

201407
Do you use a rubric to grade assignments? Moodle offers the option to grade assignments using a rubric - just click in the appropriate cells, and the grade is calculated for you! Register for the Moodle Rubrics workshop at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, to learn how to set up a rubric and grade assignments. See the complete schedule on the intranet for additional workshops or email Kim McMurtry with questions.

201407
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the University's annual Founders' Day celebration, which will be held next Thursday (Feb. 20) at 11:15 a.m. in the newly renovated Pritchett Fine Arts Center.

201407
The Danville Concert Association has made a limited number of tickets available to Averett faculty and staff for the concert by guitarist Ana Vidovic on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at George Washington High School. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Contact Jennifer Hooper at jchooper@averett.edu to reserve your tickets.

201407
Averett's equestrian studies program is pleased to announce the dates for its summer riding camp. Riding camp, which is designed for students ages 7-15, will run May 26-30 at the Equestrian Center off of Gammon Road in Providence, N.C. Applications are now being accepted. Contact Cricket Morris, equestrian associate, at csmorris@averett.edu for an application or more information.

201407
The 1859-CoffeeHouse lecture that was originally scheduled for Jan. 28 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25. Please join us as Dr. Ralph Hawkins, associate professor of religious studies, presents "Holy War in Ancient Israel and the Near East." This event will be at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center and is free of charge.

201407
This month we are celebrating an Averett icon – former Athletics Director and Coach Vesa Hiltunen. Alumnus Rick Roccessano '81 has challenged 100 people to "Show Vesa Some Love" and make a donation of any amount to the new tennis complex. For more information, click here or contact Sam Ferguson, director of annual giving programs, at ext. 17112.

201406
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.

201406
Have you seen the video from the volleyball team's trip to Costa Rica? If not, you can watch it here.

201406
Would you like to enhance your teaching effectiveness? Participate in this spring's Instructional Technology (IT) Book Club, which offers intellectual stimulation in casual, collegial, small-group discussions. Everyone who teaches for Averett, whether full-time, part-time or adjunct, is invited to participate.

The spring book selection is Ken Bain's "What the Best College Teachers Do." Participants will meet in Danville starting the week of Feb. 17 and will determine meeting days and times as well as meeting regularity. A copy of the book will be provided to each participant. Interested? Email Kim McMurtry by Feb. 10. Space is limited.

201406
Join us as we celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Wednesday, Feb. 12 during a women's home basketball game at 6 p.m. During half-time, student-athletes − both men and women − will participate in a 6-on-6 basketball game under the pre-Title IX rules of women's basketball. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

201406
Pam McKirdy, a candidate for the director of institutional research and effectiveness position, will be on campus this Thursday, Feb. 6. Pam will make a presentation and answer questions during an open session from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Frith 403. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

201406
The office of student engagement and leadership development is sponsoring two trips on Feb. 15. One is to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro and the other is to see Les Misérables at a theater in Raleigh. If you are interested in helping or learning more about either of these events please contact Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201405
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.

201405
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.

201405
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 kmcmurtry@averett.edu .

201405
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.

201405
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.

201405
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.

201405
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.

201405
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 pcarter@averett.edu.

201405
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.

201404
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.

201404
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.

201404
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.

201404
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.

201404
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.

201404
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.

201404
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 pcarter@averett.edu.

201404
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 projectsole.org.

201403
A limited number of tickets are available for the Danville Concert Association's next event on Saturday, Jan. 25. River North Dance Chicago will be performing at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at George Washington High School. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling Jennifer Hooper at ext. 17184.

201403
Please mark your calendars for the Thursday, Jan. 23 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.

201403
The fitness center, which is attached to the Galesi Family Student Success Center on the Main Campus, will be open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 12-8 p.m.

Bootcamp is starting up at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. It will be held in the fitness center Monday through Friday. Anyone is welcome to participate. For more information about bootcamp contact Scottie at jspaldin@aumail.averett.edu.


201403
Want your students to submit their assignments to you electronically? Do it easily with Moodle! Register for these hands-on workshops offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on the Main Campus:

*Moodle Gradebook at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 - Set up your gradebook with categories, weights, and manually graded items, and let Moodle do all the calculating!

* Moodle Assignments at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 - Set up an assignment to permit student file submission, and download, grade, and return files without handling paper!

Or if you're brand new to Moodle, register for Moodle Basics at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. See the schedule for details and to register.

201403
Did you know that demonstrating empathy toward your students is a factor in persistence? Two easy ways to show your students that you care about them on a personal level, whether in a face-to-face or an online class, are:

1. Learn and use your students' names. Make a regular habit of addressing your students by name during class, when you see them on campus, when you send emails, when you interact in Moodle discussion forums and when writing feedback on assignments.

2. Keep an eye on the AU website and local news for your students' names so you can recognize their accomplishments. When you find an article, bring it to class to show everyone (use the document camera, if available) or post a link to the article in your Moodle course.

For more about factoring in persistence, read this article by clicking here.

201403
The 2014 payroll calendar is now posted on the Intranet under the business office's link for payroll documents. This calendar lists the period covered, date due to payroll and the pay date. If you have any questions, please contact the business office.

201403
Please note that Founders' Day, which was originally scheduled for this month, 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.

201402
The GPS Program is now offering several new courses of study — an associate's degree in business, a RN to BSN degree, a master of education in curriculum and instruction online, an online degree in criminal justice, a bachelor of business administration degree in healthcare administration, and autism. In addition, there are three programs that will roll out later this year including a degree in special education, a master of accountancy and a master of education in administration and supervision.

201402
Are you teaching in an unfamiliar classroom this semester? Or would you like a refresher on how to use the technology in a classroom? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will offer 25-minute demonstrations of classroom technology next week:

Monday, Jan. 13:
Bishop 301, 9:00 a.m.
Bishop 303, 9:30 a.m.
Bishop 302, 10:30 a.m.
Bishop 304A-B, 11:00 a.m.
Frith 204, 3:30 p.m.
Frith 205, 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 14:
Danville 9A, 9:00 a.m.
Danville 9B, 9:30 a.m.
Frith 206, 3:00 p.m.
Frith 208, 3:30 p.m.
Frith 209, 4:00 p.m.

All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend these demonstrations. If these don't fit your schedule, email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu to plan a different time to meet.

201402
Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry offers a 30-minute weekly webinar, demonstrating a technology tool or Moodle feature using Google+ Hangouts. Would you like to participate in these webinars? Please complete this survey by Jan. 17 to help Kim determine the best day and time to schedule them.

201402
Please mark your calendars for the Thursday, Jan. 23 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.

201402
Our tradition at Averett is to have a special sit down dinner for our traditional graduating seniors. This year's "Countdown to Graduation" dinner will be Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

There are two ways that you can help. First, please consider serving during the meal - this is a great way to show someone you are proud of them. Second, donate a fabulous prize to be given away. Our goal is that all of the seniors leave with a gift.

If you are interested in serving, or you have a gift to donate, please contact Dan Hayes at dhayes@averett.edu.

201351
Earlier this month, GPS students in the central region received a surprise in the form of revamped classrooms. According to Dr. Nancy Atkins, regional director, "it was indescribable and priceless to see the total surprise on students' faces as they entered the classroom area."

Students like the open space and the blue accent walls are the number one hit followed by the break area's new cabinets and blue tile. Several students have said the blue colors made them feel a part of Averett. Dr. Peter Latartara, instructor, and students agreed the space has a "professional atmosphere."

201351
For the convenience of our donors, the office of institutional advancement will be open at the following times during the holiday break to accept contributions before year's end:

Friday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Remember, in order to qualify for 2013 tax purposes, gifts must be received/postmarked by Dec. 31.

201351
Faculty and staff, please note that your net paycheck may be less for December 2013 as compared to November 2013. The decrease is due to the annual Group Term Life (GTL) benefit over $50,000 that must be reported as taxable income in December which increases your tax withholding accordingly. Due to the payroll system configuration, the GTL adjustment is reported each December rather than each month throughout the year. Please contact either Tammy Wall or Andy Fitch if you have any questions or require further information.

201350
The GPS Program in Danville is conducting a food drive campaign for God's Storehouse thru Friday, Dec. 20. Drop boxes are located at our Riverview Campus and the Main Campus.

201350
There are two new positions open on campus which have been posted online – business professor for the traditional program and head football coach. For more information, or to apply for these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201350
Mark your calendars! Dec. 19 will be our last University-wide staff meeting for 2013. There will be Coffee & Cookie at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room, followed at 11:15 by the staff meeting. No lunch will be provided for this meeting (lunch will resume with the January meeting). The November 2013 meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet; please review them and send changes to Linda Lemery at llemery@averett.edu prior to the meeting. Hope to see you there!

201350
Best-selling novels of a certain age are on sale at Mary B. Blount Library through Dec. 20. Drop by to pick up a used stocking stuffer for yourself or a loved one.

Literary fiction has returned to the stacks, interfiled with British, American and other national literature and criticism.

Popular mysteries, romance and adventure stories will remain on sale in the lobby area through early January - if they last!

201350
The Averett men's and women's basketball teams have six games over winter break. With no students on campus, we'd like to encourage faculty and staff to attend and show support of our teams.

Monday, Dec. 16, Men vs. Bridgewater at 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 30, Men vs. Oneonta State at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Women vs. Rochester at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Men vs. Rochester at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11, Women vs. Ferrum at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11, Men vs. Ferrum at 4 p.m.


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Did you miss out on an instructional technology workshop that you wanted to attend this semester? Or do you have a suggestion for a new workshop? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry is planning workshop topics for the spring semester, so send your requests and suggestions now to kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

A list of the 38 workshops currently offered (plus 3 online seminars) is available here.

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We are pleased to announce that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be speaking at our December Commencement ceremony on Saturday.

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Attention all faculty and staff! Please note that the city of Danville will be closing Woodland Avenue Monday, Dec. 16, to make a repair to the water main. They expect to be done by midday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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The 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series will present the "Dr. Betty Heard Christmas Readings for Children" (ages 4-9) on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Linda Lemery, circulation manager at the library, will be the reader for this very special event. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Institute is holding its fourth annual "Decorating the Trees for a Cause" event from now until Dec. 20. Trees representing local causes and charities, including Averett, are on display in the atrium. Stop by the Institute to vote for Averett - $1 per vote and you may vote as many times as you would like. Your vote for Averett's tree will help support our autism programs. The first two voters to stop by Alumni Hall can pick up a free lunch pass to the Cyber Café at the Institute.

There will be an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m. Otherwise votes may be cast anytime between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The tree with the most votes by noon on Dec. 20 wins and all proceeds will be donated to their charity.

For more information, call 434-766-6700.

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A friendly reminder: the Averett Family Holiday Celebration is at the home of Tiffany and Joe Franks on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4:30-7 p.m. If you have not already done so, please remember to RSVP to Jennifer Hooper at jchooper@averett.edu. We hope to see you there!

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If you advise students who are majoring in education at the undergraduate or graduate level, please let them know about the opportunity to study abroad in Wales for two weeks (May 19-June 2). Scholarship funds will be available. Contact Dr. Pam Riedel, professor of education, for more information at priedel@averett.edu.

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Our annual late night breakfast will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to make or serve breakfast to our students, please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

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Please read below for a brief overview of the Accommodations Process:

Accommodations are modifications to ensure the student can demonstrate abilities without the interference of a disability. Accommodations are designed for each individual student on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the documentation submitted.
In order to receive accommodations, the student must:

1. Disclose disability to the Director of Academic Support Services, Holly Kilby.
2. Submit appropriate documentation of disability.
3. Meet with the Director of Academic Support to review accommodations drafted.
4. Sign an accommodations agreement allowing the Director to notify professors/appropriate officials of the accommodations.
5. Meet with the Director at the beginning of every semester/summer session to review accommodations and sign an accommodations agreement.

Listed below are general faculty reminders:

1. (Confidentiality) Students with disabilities do not have to inform professors of the disability, only of the need for accommodations. If a student does share disability information with a professor, confidentiality must be maintained.
2. (Accommodations vs. “Special Privileges”) Providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations should not be regarded as granting a student special privileges. Rather, providing accommodations minimizes the impact of the disability so the student with a disability has the same opportunities as those without disabilities.
3. (Undocumented Students) Professors are not obligated to provide accommodations to students who are not on file with Academic Support. Professors know which students in class are on file and have signed a release because Notices of Accommodations are sent.

For other questions or concerns, please contact Holly Kilby, Director of Academic Support.

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If Kim McMurtry's hands-on workshops don't fit your schedule or if you don't live near the main campus, participate in instructional technology webinars offered every Monday at 4:30 p.m. via Google+ Hangouts. December topics include how to use a rubric to grade assignments in Moodle and demonstrations of Moodle's database and glossary activities. You'll need a webcam and a Google account to participate; see the instructions and complete schedule. No registration is needed--just show up! see the instructions and complete schedule here.

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A recent survey of 10,000 college students revealed that students wish their instructors would record lectures so they could be watched later. Want to learn how? Kim McMurtry is offering two hands-on workshops you should attend:

• “CamStudio Basics” at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, shows you how to use free screencasting software to record your audio over whatever’s displayed on your computer. You could demonstrate a math problem or discuss your PowerPoint or Prezi presentation or give an orientation to your course in Moodle—there are all kinds of possibilities!

• “Using YouTube to Record Videos” at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, shows you how to record a video of yourself using your webcam. You could give a lecture or a welcoming introduction to your course or all-class feedback on an assignment or whatever you want to say to your students. And you’ll learn how to embed these in your Moodle course!

Questions? Email Kim. Click Here for more Workshop info.

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Don't forget that next Monday (Nov. 25), Joe Franks will be holding a workshop to make Christmas balls. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

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The University's Red Cross Club is collecting Christmas cards to send to our troops overseas (cards are provided). If you have not already done so, don't forget to stop by Sherry Phelps' office in Averett Central to sign a Christmas card. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 22.

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Open Enrollment continues November 20 - 22, 2013. Stop by and attend one of the sessions to have your questions answered and your concerns addressed.

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Come enjoy our popular annual Averett Celebrates Christmas event on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at West Main Baptist Church. The event is free and open to the public.

Inspired by the world-famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols celebrated annually at King's College, Cambridge, Averett Celebrates Christmas is a candlelit service featuring traditional Christmas carols, inspiring holiday readings, and the Averett University Community Choir, under the direction of Dr. Gail Allen. This year’s service will also showcase the talents of several local/regional musical artists, including cellist Roman Placzek, flutist Janet Phillips (adjunct music faculty member at Averett and flutist for the Danville Symphony Orchestra), soprano Laura Dawalt (also an adjunct music faculty member at Averett and soprano with the Greensboro Vocal Consort), tenor Nathaniel Hartman (a freshman music major at Averett), and pianist Andrew Fitch (Averett’s multi-talented Controller).

Prior to the service, you are also invited to an early Christmas dinner in Averett’s dining hall, which will begin at 5 p.m. Dinner, with tax included, is $10.36 for adults, $7 for children 6-12, and for children five and under, there's no charge.

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The Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett will close Wednesday, November 27 at 4:00 p.m. and will remain closed through Sunday, December 1 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours will resume Monday, December 2, 2013.

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This Thursday, November 21st, the Bookstore will be having a special one-day "Flash Sale." “It will easily be the biggest sale in the history of The Schoolfield House Booksellers,” says Dana Nelson, Director of Operations. All cold weather accessories, t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, all ceramic and metal drinkware, all writing instruments, and memorex flash drives will be 25% off. And many more surprises will be “in store.” “It will be a fabulous time for staff, faculty and students to stock up for winter and begin their holiday shopping,” says Nelson.

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The Averett Athletic Department will be hosting Special Olympic Athletes at the Grant Center Thursday, Nov 21st, from 11am-1pm. The event is being held in conjunction with the DIII/Special Olympics Initiative that was formed "to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes."

All Averett student-athletes have been invited to participate as instructors and individual "buddies" in the event. Any member of the Averett community who would like to stop in to see our AU student-athletes working with this special group of Danville students is welcome to.

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Averett’s GPS staff held their Veterans Day Job Fairs on Monday, November 11th, with events running simultaneously in Tidewater, in Richmond and at the Riverview campus in Danville. At Riverview, Averett hosted 36 employers from Danville, Lynchburg, South Boston and Martinsville. Bridge Street was lined with the 415 "job seekers" who attended the fair. Of those attendees, 150 asked for more information on the various programs at Averett, and one attendee actually applied to the GPS program. Months of planning paid off with many employers asking when the next Job Fair will be held! It was a great event for our communities.

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Faculty, don't forget about next Thursday's (Nov. 14) service-learning focus group at 11:30 a.m. in Davenport 105.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. We are an open forum, drop-ins are welcome. Questions? Contact Toni Gazda at agazda@averett.edu.

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There is a new position open on campus that has been posted online – academic advisor for the GPS Program here in Danville. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

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The next Coffee & Cookie will be Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Come meet your colleagues for 15 minutes over beverage and snack, plus you'll be able to pick any chair you want for the November University Staff Meeting, which begins immediately after Coffee & Cookie at 11:15 in that same room.

The October staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet, please take a minute to read through those before the Nov. 21 meeting. If you have questions, please send a note to staffcouncil@averett.edu .

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Do you provide opportunities for your students to exercise curiosity in your classes? Giving students projects to design invites active learning and engagement in your course content.

Moodle's database activity is a great example; students can build a searchable collection of content related to your course (like websites) or display student-created objects (like photos or poems) for peer comment. Register for Kim McMurtry's Moodle Database workshop, offered at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, to learn how. This article offers more ideas for using technology to encourage active learning.

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Joe Franks will be holding a workshop to make Christmas balls (the large ones that Averett hangs from the trees around campus). The workshop will be held on Monday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-noon in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Come make a Christmas ball for Averett, yourself, or both!

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Please be aware of the following testing procedures for students taking make-up exams through academic support in the Galesi Family Student Success Center:
1. Students taking make-up exams are free to test in the Galesi Family Student Success Center during the following days/times:
• Mondays: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
• Tuesdays: 11:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
• Wednesdays: 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
• Thursdays: 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
• Fridays: 12 p.m.–2 p.m.; 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Students taking make-ups no longer need to schedule in advance if they can begin and complete the examination in the time frame given. An academic support work-study student is the proctor for make-ups, and students need to visit the front-desk for testing assistance.)
2. Make-up exams should be sent to academic support at least a day in advance.
3. Exams are often hand-delivered by a work-study student as soon as possible. If you would like to obtain the exam in a different manner, please inform Holly Kilby.
4. Blank and completed exams are kept under lock and key. Incomplete, blank exams left in the center after testing dates will be shredded.

If you should have questions, please feel free to call Holly Kilby, director of academic support at 434-791-5788.

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The academic catalog for 2013-14 has been converted from a PDF document into an online format. To navigate the catalog in its new format, click here.

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It may be too early to be thinking about Christmas, but not for the American Red Cross. In an effort to support a longstanding Red Cross tradition, the University's Red Cross Club is providing Christmas cards for faculty, staff and students to sign that will be sent to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan this Christmas. Stop by Sherry Phelps' office in Averett Central before Nov. 22 to sign a card and brighten the holiday season for our troops serving overseas.

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Reminder: the annual State of the University address will be held next Tuesday (Nov. 19) at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel.

The faculty will hold their monthly meeting immediately following the joint meeting.

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Faculty, don't forget about next Thursday's (Nov. 14) service-learning focus group at 11:30 a.m. in Davenport 105.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. We are an open forum, drop-ins are welcome. Questions? Contact Toni Gazda at agazda@averett.edu.

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There are two new positions open on campus that have been posted online – assistant/associate professor of nurse education and assistant professor history. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

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What did you do in your classroom today? How much time did you spend lecturing? Use your class time for more valuable and interactive student engagement by recording your lectures for students to view as homework. That's flipping the classroom.

A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that "Students are supplementing their own school's classes with online lectures from rock-star professors at other institutions." Be a rock star. Participate in today's (Nov. 6) hands-on workshop offered by Kim McMurtry on the Main Campus at 3 p.m. on Using YouTube and a Webcam to Record Videos. Register now.

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Xak Bjerken and Miri Yampolsky, duo/solo pianists, will perform as part of The Danville Concert Association's season on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church. Bjerken previously performed in Danville in May 2012 and now returns with his wife. Bjerken and Yampolsky are avid chamber musicians who have performed with major orchestras around the world.

The University has a limited number of free tickets that are available on a first come, first serve basis. To request your tickets, please contact Jennifer Hooper at jchooper@averett.edu.

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Are you looking for a gift for your favorite Cougar fan? The athletics department has exactly what you're looking for! The department is still selling two, top quality knitted blankets for $55 each. A limited number of blankets remain so purchase yours today so you don't miss out.

For more information contact assistant men's soccer coach Philip Wilson at pawilson@averett.edu or 423-557-5844.

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This year, Averett is joining with the local Boys and Girls Club to sponsor an Angel Tree. Beginning, Monday Nov. 11 names of children will be on a tree that will be in the office of student engagement and leadership development. Faculty, staff and students are invited to come and take a name and learn more about this wonderful event.

We ask that participants provide gifts of not more than $50 in value. Presents will be given to the children by Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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Please join us in the dining hall for a festive lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 12 beginning at 11 a.m. Bon Appétit Management Company will prepare a special meal to honor the traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday. The menu will feature carved turkey with all the trimmings, a seasonal salad bar, grilled N.C. trout, traditional pies and much more. We look forward to seeing you there!

This event will have special pricing. All taxes included: adults, $7.83; children 6-12 years of age, $6; children five and under, no charge.

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The 2013 Halloween costume contest filled our dining hall with more than 70 participants from around campus! Prizes were awarded for the top two winners in each category of group, individual and student. Staff Council thanks all of the faculty, staff and students who participated as either a contestant or a voter this year.

Group Winners:
First place: Athletics (Star Wars)
Second place: Institutional Advancement (Despicable Me)

Individual Winners:
First place: Lisa Stewart (Mad Hatter)
Second place: Drew Wilson (C3PO)

Student Winners:
First place: Ashley Rinn (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Second place: Cody Shepherd (Rock of Ages Roadie)

Special thanks to Robbie Hendrix for being our independent vote counter.

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Faculty and staff, please remember to mark your calendars for the president's annual state of the university address at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Blount Chapel.

The faculty will have their monthly meeting immediately following the joint meeting.

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Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks will give her annual state of the University address at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Blount Chapel.

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The annual Halloween costume competition will be held tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 31) at noon in the dining hall (lunch is not provided). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place groups (offices/departments), first and second place individual and the top two student costumes.

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Karen Shields, our Sam's Club rep, will be on the Main Campus Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the dining hall to renew memberships and register new members (Great Christmas Gift idea!).

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The Oct. 17 University-wide staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please skim them at your convenience and send corrections to Linda Lemery at linda.lemery@averett.edu.

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Is there an issue you want to bring before Staff Council, but you're not sure who to contact? As was announced at the Oct. 17 University-wide staff meeting, there's a way to reach Staff Council even if you don't remember who is serving. Email Staff Council with your questions, concerns or issues at staffcouncil@averett.edu.

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Want to learn how to use Prezi or to take your Prezi presentations to the next level? These hands-on workshops are offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on the Main Campus:

* Prezi Basics at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 - create a zooming and panning presentation with text and images to present either online or as a portable Prezi

* Prezi Intermediate at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 - add files (like Word, Excel), audio, and video to a presentation, collaborate with others to develop a presentation together online and embed a presentation in a Moodle course

See the schedule for a complete list of workshop offerings and to register.

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There is a new position open on campus which has been posted online – director of institutional research and institutional effectiveness. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

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Research has demonstrated that student success in online courses is affected by the instructor's intentional engagement of students, and engaging students includes developing relationships (Baran, Correia, & Thompson, 2013; Van Tassel & Schmitz, 2013). Begin that relationship by introducing yourself; let students see and hear you by providing a "welcome to the course" video.

You might also like to record short lectures, which could be used in online courses as well as in face-to-face courses to flip the classroom or to serve as review resources. Want to learn how to record your own video? Register for the hands-on workshop, "Using YouTube to Record Videos," which will be held on the Main Campus at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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Please make plans to attend a service-learning faculty focus group lunch gathering on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Davenport 105 (please note the date change). All interested faculty are invited to share their ideas and experiences, and candidly discuss recent developments in the planning, implementation, and approval processes related to launching and teaching a service-learning course.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. We are an open forum, drop-ins are welcome. Questions? Contact Toni Gazda at agazda@averett.edu.

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During the dinner hour on Tuesday, Nov. 12 please join the Averett community in celebrating food, music and conversation from our diverse student cultures. For more information please contact Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

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Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 at noon in the dining hall (lunch is not provided). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place groups (offices/departments), first and second place individual and the top two student costumes. Come and join the fun!

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On Thursday, Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. in front of Main Hall, we will be passing out candy to children in the Danville area. If you are interested in helping that evening, please contact Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

Every Halloween we have hundreds of children come through so we need a lot of candy! Please donate a bag of candy in the Student Center or Main Hall. Every little bit counts!

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Dr. Jill Hamlin, director of autism studies, will host a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Main 131.

Did you know there are actually seven sensory systems? Did you always wonder what sensory modulation and sensory integration meant? Do you have a co-worker or family member that you liken to Tigger or Eeyore? Maybe you, yourself, could be Taz! Whatever the reason for your interest, join Jill to explore the world of sensory processing and all its quirky glory! Bring your lunch, your enthusiasm and your questions to Main 131.

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Have you set up your Moodle profile? Each instructor has a personal page in Moodle called a profile, where you can provide a little description of yourself, a photo and your contact information. It's important to introduce yourself like this in online classes, but even if you teach only in the face-to-face classroom, providing this information gives students another opportunity to learn about, and connect, with you.

In your introduction, consider sharing your reasons for teaching, like how you enjoy helping students think critically or fulfill their career goals. If you'd like to learn more about Moodle, register for tomorrow's (Oct. 24) workshop at 11:15 a.m. on the Main Campus.

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Join Averett student Xiaomin "Min" Xu, as he takes you on a cycling journey through China on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in Davenport 107. He will discuss tips for doing this yourself and show highlights from his own cycling expedition.

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The library will host a Coffee Talk on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 11:15 a.m. in the academic commons (main floor). Continuing the theme of history and human rights, visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sholpan Gaisina will relate experiences of her family in Kazakhstan under the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin.

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Is there something going on you need to let our students know about? Bill Woodward, dean of students, sends them a weekly email on Tuesdays. Email Bill with your information by Monday and he'll make sure it is shared with students. Please be sure to include all of the pertinent information such as date, time, place and a brief description if necessary.

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The next Coffee & Cookie meet and greet event will be tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 17) at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room, immediately followed at 11:15 a.m. by the University staff.

The September staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet; please review before tomorrow's meeting. Hope to see you there!

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Effective Monday, Oct. 14, the facilities department on the Main Campus will be overseeing all requests for the use of campus vans. Please continue to use the van reservation form that is on the website.

Your new contact persons to assist you with these reservations will be Sheila Smith, who can be reached at 434-791-5780 and Brittany Culley whose phone number is 434-770-6526.

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Do your courses offer students the opportunity to collaborate and work together toward a common goal? Are students engaged in your course topic and practicing effective communication, critical thinking and cooperation? See if you agree with these additional benefits of collaboration from East Michigan State.

Want some ideas for using technology to collaborate? Sign up for the hands-on workshop "Cloud Apps for Storage and Collaboration" on the Main Campus at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, for an introduction to Kim McMurtry's top 10 apps.

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Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 at noon in the Dining Hall (lunch is not provided). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place groups (offices/departments), first and second place individual and first place student. Come and join the fun!

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Are you ready to take your course to the next level with Moodle? Explore Moodle activity options with these new hands-on workshops offered on the Main Campus:

• Moodle Choice, Feedback, & Questionnaire - 3 p.m., Oct. 30
• Moodle Lesson and Wiki - 3 p.m., Nov. 13
• Moodle Database and Glossary - 3 p.m., Dec. 4

And if you're new to Moodle or need a refresher, sign up for Moodle Basics at 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 24. See the schedule to register.

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As Thanksgiving and winter breaks approach, some of our international students who aren't able to go home may be in need of a place to stay. If you are interested in opening your home and being a host family for these students, please contact Bill Woodward. In your email let him know when you'd be able to host and how many students you could accommodate.

We want to open this opportunity up to members of the Averett family first. However, if you know of folks from the Danville community who have expressed an interest in being a host family, feel free to pass those names along to Bill. They can also contact him directly.

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On Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. in front of Main Hall, we will be passing out candy to children in the Danville area. If you are interested in helping that evening, please contact Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

Every Halloween we have hundreds of children come through so we need a lot of candy! Please donate a bag of candy in the Student Center or Main Hall. Every little bit counts!

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Support SAAC and God's Storehouse! Starting Monday, Oct. 14 SAAC will be placing boxes in offices around campus to collect canned goods. The boxes will be collected on Monday, Oct. 21 and will then be delivered to God's Storehouse.

Please help support our student-athletes in this endeavor.

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The next campus-wide Coffee & Cookie break will be Thursday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Student Center multipurpose room. The University staff meeting will immediately follow at 11:15 a.m. Please come and chat with your peers and have a cookie and a beverage. Hope to see you there!

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Aramark is holding their annual campus-wide building services survey now through Oct. 25. By sharing your thoughts, they will gain valuable insight to help improve the overall campus experience. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and responses will be kept confidential. By participating, you register to win a $150 Visa e-gift card or one of three $50 Visa e-gift cards.

To fill out the survey, please click here. If you cannot click on the link, copy and paste the URL (www.college-survey.com/averett) into your Internet browser address bar and hit enter.

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There is a new position on campus that is open and has been posted online – institutional research assistant. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

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Could you use some help with Excel? Two hands-on workshops are offered on the Main Campus in October:

* Excel Basics at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 - learn to create, edit, format, and print basic spreadsheets; insert and delete rows and columns; size, wrap, and orient text; use basic formulas and functions; and freeze rows and columns

* Excel Intermediate at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 - learn to design formulas using absolute and relative cell references and create charts from Excel data

See the workshop schedule to register.

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Consider using online educational videos to engage students in learning. Videos from TED Talks, YouTube and Khan Academy could be used as supplemental resources in an online course or to flip a face-to-face classroom. And you can easily embed videos so they appear to be a part of your Moodle course; watch this how-to video or email Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, with questions. For more information, this article offers great ideas for flipping your classroom as well as a list of video resources organized by subject.

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The Danville Concert Association is hosting the North Carolina Symphony as they present the music of John Williams on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in George Washington High School's auditorium. A limited number of tickets are available to faculty and staff on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Jennifer Hooper at ext. 17184 to get a ticket.

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Join us for the third part of the Summer Series of Something. Barb Kushubar, associate professor of physical education, wellness/sport science, will be presenting a wellness forum: "Move It or Lose It!" on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 3-3:45 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Refreshments will be served.

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The annual International Education Luncheon for faculty and staff will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 12-1 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. This year our theme will be Languages Across the Curriculum as Internationalization. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 23 to Catherine Clark, assistant professor of French and English, director of international education at coclark@averett.edu. This will be a fully catered lunch meeting.

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A draft of the Sept. 19 University-wide staff meeting minutes has been posted to the Intranet. Please review the minutes and send corrections to Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or llemery@averett.edu by Oct. 10 so that she can amend them before the next University-wide staff meeting, which is Oct. 17. Mark your calendars!

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Want to leverage students' cell phones in the classroom and get every student engaged in your subject? Ask a multiple-choice question or lead a brainstorm using Poll Everywhere. Display your prompt on the projection screen and invite students to respond by text message. Poll Everywhere is free for up to 40 responses per poll. View last week's webinar recording for more information or email Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, with questions.

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Faculty and staff are invited to a Lunch & Learn Thursday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Dr. Jill Hamlin, director of autism studies, will be sharing learning strategies for helping students who have ADD/ADHD, Asperger's and Autism. Grab your own lunch and then come pick up some great ideas.

For more information, Jill can be reached at ext. 17240 or jhamlin@averett.edu.

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Google+ Hangouts is a free web conferencing application, which Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, uses to conduct interactive webinars. Faculty can use it to tutor or advise a small group of students (up to nine), show your face with a webcam or show your screen or use a digital whiteboard.

If you missed the first Google+ Hangouts workshop, here's your chance to take it - the Basics workshop will be offered again at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, on the Main Campus. After that, take advantage of advanced workshops: Google+ Hangouts Advanced is offered Oct. 16, and Google+ Hangouts On Air is offered Oct. 23. See the schedule for workshop descriptions and to register.

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Please remember the first service-learning faculty focus group lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Main Hall conference room (131). If you are interested in learning more about teaching a service-learning course, this is the perfect opportunity for you. If you have not already done so, please RSVP by today (Sept. 25) to Toni Gazda.

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"Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963: The Movement, The People, The Stories." is the documentary exhibit by Emma Edmunds and Tom Cogill that is now on display at Blount Library. Join us for a Coffee Talk with Emma Edmunds on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 11:15 a.m. The exhibit will be up through Nov. 15.

Funding for this project was provided by the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust of Danville and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville.

For more information about Coffee Talks, click here.

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In the July/August annual instructional technology survey, the most-requested training topics were how to design and facilitate online courses. All faculty and adjuncts are encouraged to participate in these upcoming online seminars:

* Best Practices for Facilitating Online Courses is a three-week seminar starting Oct. 7. Learn best practices for online pedagogy, including how to enhance student engagement and build online community, plus get some great tips for managing your time while teaching online.

* Effective Online Course Development is a two-week seminar starting Oct. 28. Would you like to transform a face-to-face course for online delivery? Apply the principles of effective online course design while developing learning objectives, instructional strategies and assessments for an online course.

Both seminars are asynchronous and conducted via Moodle, just like an online course. There are no meeting times, but there are required readings and written assignments; work load is less than three hours each week. Register today!

201339
Study art in Italy. Learn how our European counterparts teach in their classrooms. Discover how businesses function on an international level. The GPS Program is opening its 2014 international study programs to faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Come learn more during an information session Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Jut's Café. For more information, contact Michael Parsons, associate vice president of the GPS Program, at mparsons@averett.edu.

201339
TodaysMeet is a free web app faculty can use to engage students in the classroom. Break the class into groups to discuss a question and have each group post a collaborative answer to your TodaysMeet "room" using any mobile device with a web browser. Display the live stream of their answers on the projection screen for further all-class discussion. Archive the transcript of the answers as a PDF in your Moodle course. Read more about it by clicking here or email Kim McMurtry with questions.

201339
Faculty, please encourage your juniors and seniors to attend the Alumni Career Expo on Friday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Alumni from various careers are returning to campus to talk to students about what they need to be doing now to prepare for their chosen careers.

201339
Friday has been declared Blue & Gold Day in celebration of Homecoming. Wear our school colors and show off your Cougar pride!

201339
On Tuesday, Oct. 1 the dining hall will be closed and lunch will be served on the lawn of the Student Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to promote Day to Engage sign-ups. Nappy Roots, an alternative Southern rap group, will be performing. Faculty and staff who want to eat lunch that day will pay as they normally would in the dining hall. For questions, please contact Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu or at ext. 15627.

201339
On Thursday, Oct, 3 we will be working with the Danville Regional Foundation, Danville Community College and Piedmont Community College to sponsor the third annual Day to Engage in our community. Faculty and staff are invited to be a part of this special day. To see some of the activities that took place last year, watch this video. You can sign up here: engage.averett@gmail.com or find a list of projects here: www.engagedrr.org.

201339
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that was scheduled for this semester had to be postponed. If you are interested in participating in this training during the spring semester, please contact Bill Woodward at woodward@averett.edu before Oct. 8.

Please note that the training consists of nine sessions that last two and a half hours each. The final session is a simulation activity that brings into play all of the skills and information from the previous sessions.

To assist in finding the best possible time to schedule the trainings, please include with your email whether you would prefer a morning or afternoon time, as well as your preference for day of the week.

For more information about this nationwide program visit the FEMA website.

201339
If you were planning on attending Senior Pinning tomorrow (Sept. 26), please note there has been a change in location. The event will now be held on the lawn of the Student Center instead of on the steps of Main Hall.

201338
Coffee and cookie in its new format will be offered from 11-11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room prior to the University wide staff meeting, on Thursday, Sept. 19. Come 15 minutes early for coffee & a cookie! Hope to see you there!

The August University staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please review before the Thursday staff meeting. Send issues or corrections to Linda Lemery at llemery@averett.edu. Call her at ext. 15636 if you need help accessing the minutes.

201338
The annual Study Abroad Fair will take place Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Representatives from Averett's affiliates, as well as Averett faculty and students who have studied abroad will be there to answer questions. Refreshments will be served!

For more information about the Study Abroad Program, click here.

201338
Enactus, a student organization on campus, is selling fair trade items from Ten Thousand Villages in an effort to raise money to fund their travel to a regional competition. If you would like to pre-order items, Enactus will provide a 20 percent discount – however, the order must be placed by Sept. 30 to allow time for shipment and delivery. They will also be selling a variety of items at the October faculty meeting.

To preorder your items, go online to tenthousandvillages.com, write down the item number, a brief description and the amount. Email the information on your purchase to Nancy Ryan at nryan@averett.edu or send it via inter-office mail (her office is Davenport 107B). Make sure to include your name and Averett phone number with the information. The discount will be deducted from the total when the items are delivered at the faculty meeting Oct. 15.

Enactus is dedicated to improving the social, economic and environmental quality of life in the Danville community.

201338
This summer, 13 classrooms on the Main and North campuses received a cosmetic and techno-makeover. On the North Campus, Grant 114 now features a 70-inch, interactive touch-screen Aquos Board using Sharp Pen Software, along with a new lectern with multi-connect device, an Apple TV and a recordable document camera. A representative from Office Plus will conduct a one-hour training session of the interactive screen and pen software at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, and all interested faculty are encouraged to participate. Email Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, with any questions.

201338
Who says there's no such thing as a "free lunch?" The first service-learning faculty focus group lunch gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Main Hall conference room, 131. All interested faculty who have either launched a service-learning course or are considering one in the near future are invited. Topics of discussion will be the planning and implementation phase, the newly adopted service-learning rubric, seeking approvals and applying for the service-learning stipend.

Please RSVP to Toni Gazda by Sept. 25 so that we'll be sure to have plenty of space and food available for all.

201338
Want to record your own video lecture? It's easy with YouTube and a webcam. Record an introduction to a course or to the next unit, an introduction of yourself or some all-class feedback on an assignment - the possibilities are endless. Your video can even be embedded to play in your Moodle course. Register for a one-hour, hands-on workshop on the Main Campus at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24. You will learn to:
* Set up a YouTube channel
* Record and save a video to YouTube using a webcam
* Embed the video in a Moodle course

201337
There's a new format to the coffee and cookie time this year. Coffee & cookie will be offered from 11-11:15 a.m. this year in the multipurpose room on the day of the University wide staff meeting, which begins at 11:15 in that same room. The next University wide staff meeting is Thursday, Sept. 19. Come 15 minutes early for coffee & cookie! Hope to see you there!

The August University staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please review before the next staff meeting. Send issues or corrections to Linda Lemery at llemery@averett.edu. Call her at ext. 15636 if you need help accessing the minutes.

201337
This year's 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series leads off with a lecture from Dr. Simona Kragh on "U.S. National Security: The Big Players" on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Her presentation will describe the main players in the American national security establishment, their actual capabilities and their limitations in ensuring the safety of our country.

201337
There is a new position on campus that is open and has been posted online – assistant professor of nurse education. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201337
Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, offers a live Instructional Technology Weekly Webinar (ITW2 for short) at 11:30 a.m. each Friday and again at 4:30 p.m. each Monday using Google+ Hangouts. Each webinar features a 20-minute lesson on a technology tool, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

Participants will need a Google+ account and a webcam to participate in these interactive online sessions; a headset is also recommended. Upcoming topics include TodaysMeet, getting started with Prezi, Poll Everywhere and recording videos with YouTube. Visit the ITW2 page for complete details and to view archived sessions. Email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu with questions.

201337
Through the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), Averett scholars can read thousands of ebooks from premier publishers in STEM-H fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health), with new books added each week. Ebooks selected by students and faculty of any VIVA institution are permanently available to all.

To read STEM-H books in Worldcat, select "Books" and "Virtual Library of Virginia," then enter keywords, such as "clinical psychology" or "pharmacology." Worldcat displays the five most relevant titles from all libraries, followed by VIVA eBooks. In a search of "Libraries Worldwide," you will see the five most relevant titles, followed by Averett books, VIVA eBooks and sources from other libraries. Learn more in the Averett Library news.

201337
President Tiffany Franks cordially invites faculty and staff to honor our seniors during the Senior Pinning Ceremony Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4:00 p.m. on the front steps of Main Hall. There is a reception immediately following the ceremony at the home of President Tiffany and Joe Franks (500 Hawthorne Drive). RSVP for both events by Sept. 16 by emailing seniorpin@averett.edu.

201337
With our continuing partnership with Averett University, Bon Appétit Management Company is pleased to announce that specially priced meal plans are now available for University faculty and staff members. The plans can be purchased in packages of 10 to 30 meals that are available for use at any meal during the semester.

To participate in a Faculty/Staff meal plan please contact Barbara Styons at ext. 17307. She will load the plan you purchase onto your faculty or staff ID for use. For more information, please visit the Averett University Dining webpage and follow the new link to Faculty and Staff Meal Plans.

201336
Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is excited to introduce Averett employees and their dependents to its WellnessWorks At Home program. The program provides complimentary 24/7 access to their service coordination line to schedule any appointments from the simplest sniffle to your annual preventive screenings with one of the DRMC affiliated doctors. This service assists in streamlining all healthcare services for you and allows you to get back to more important things - your family! Call DRMC's service coordination at 1-888-991-3627 for all your medical scheduling needs.

The hospital will be sending out ongoing educational information to assist you in making sure you and your families know about the many benefits of this service. DRMC is on an ongoing quest to create and provide a healthier community and workforce. Wellness Works cards will be coming to you via interoffice mail soon!

201336
If you receive a phone call with questions regarding student health insurance, please forward the call to Averett Central for prompt resolution.

201336
Homecoming is September 27-29. Please make plans to be at portions of our celebration that weekend. Alumni whose lives you have changed come back to see you. The most important events for faculty and staff to attend are the Homecoming Hometown Party on Friday night at the Community Market and Memory Lane on Saturday at the North Campus. If you come to Memory Lane on Saturday, I will buy your lunch, just email me at dhayes@averett.edu if you will be attending.

If you sell tickets in the community to Friday night's event, I can give you a ticket for free.

You may register for other events here.

201336
You asked for it! The third most-requested technology training topic in the 2013 faculty survey was Moodle. Faculty are encouraged to register for these upcoming hands-on workshops on the Main Campus:
* Moodle Basics at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Sep. 5: Learn to set up a course with basic items, including posting your syllabus
* Moodle Assignments at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sep. 11: Learn to add an assignment to your Moodle course to permit students to submit a file, grade it and return the file with comments
* Moodle Gradebook at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Sep. 12: Learn to set up your gradebook in Moodle, including adding weights to grade categories
* Moodle Activities: Chat and Forum at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sep. 18: Explore the 13 activity options and learn to set up a chat and a forum
* Moodle Quizzes at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sep. 25: Set up automatically graded quizzes by importing a question bank or designing your own quiz

See the workshop schedule to register today.

201336
There's a new format to the coffee and cookie time this year. Coffee & cookie time will be offered from 11-11:15 a.m. this year in the multipurpose room on the day of the University wide staff meeting, which begins at 11:15 in that same room. The next University wide staff meeting is Thursday, Sept. 19. Come 15 minutes early for coffee & cookie time! Hope to see you there!

The August University staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please review before the next staff meeting. Send issues or corrections to Linda Lemery at llemery@averett.edu. Call her at ext. 15636 if you need help accessing the minutes.

201336
This year's 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series leads off with a lecture from Dr. Simona Kragh on "U.S. National Security: The Big Players" on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Her presentation will describe the main players in the American national security establishment, their actual capabilities and their limitations in ensuring the safety of our country.

201335
Faculty and staff, you are invited to join us for a lecture series exploring issues of faith and spirituality. Author Gabe Lyons will talk about his book, "The Next Christians," during a series of three lectures on Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at West Main Baptist Church.

Averett will cover the cost of attendance for a limited number of faculty and staff. If you are interested in attending, email Wanda Haynes to register.

Please contact Ralph Hawkins or Alexis Ehrhardt with any questions.

201335
A draft of the minutes from the August University staff meeting has been posted to the Intranet. Please review and send changes to Linda Lemery. These minutes will be an agenda item for the Sept. 19, University staff meeting.

If you need a refresher on how to find the minutes on the Intranet, go to https://myinfo.averett.edu, click the tab labeled "Averett Fac/Staff Login (click here first)," enter your usual username and password and then click "Login." Once you are on the Intranet, click "Groups & Committees" and then click "Staff Council." Once there, click the word "Title" to sort the files by ascending or descending date, then look at the file you want. If you have any questions, please call ext. 15636 or email Linda.

201335
If you're interested in participating in Kim McMurtry's technology webinars or you’d like to conduct your own live online tutorials or study groups, you need to participate in the Google+ Hangouts hands-on workshop, which will be held on the Main Campus at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. In this one-hour workshop, participants will:
• Set up a personal Google+ account
• Join and participate in a Google+ Hangout (a synchronous online meeting with audio and video)
• Conduct a Hangout, including screen sharing and writing on a whiteboard


See the workshop schedule and register today.

201335
If you have questions or concerns regarding our health, vision, dental or life insurance plans, please remember you can contact our health and life insurance broker Randy Lavinder of The Lavinder Group & Associates. They can be reached at (434) 792-4244 or rlav@gamewood.net. They welcome your inquiries.

Randy and his son, Mark, work closely with our Gateway Health representative, Chris McFarling, to ensure our 100 percent customer service satisfaction. They will be on campus the first two weeks of October for our Open Enrollment information sessions.

201334
AUCloud was one of the most-requested topics for staff training. Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, is offering a one-hour, hands-on workshop at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3. AUCloud is Averett's secure cloud storage and allows users to save files there to access via the web from anywhere or to share with other employees. You'll learn to create folders and upload and share files. To see the complete schedule of workshops and register click here.

201334
Thanks to the 76 faculty who completed the annual instructional technology survey! The most-requested topics for training are Moodle and designing and facilitating online courses. The preferred format for training is how-to videos, followed closely by webinars and group workshops. Most faculty consistently incorporate relevant technologies in teaching and most incorporated at least one new teaching/learning strategy as a result of training last year. Congratulations! Let's do that again this year! Complete survey results are posted here.

201334
Averett's Emergency Management Team is working with the city of Danville to provide training for members of the campus community. As was reported earlier in CoffeeBreak, 12 members of the faculty and staff completed the first offering of the Campus Community Emergency Response Team training.

Below are the training dates and times for two more sessions scheduled during the fall semester:

Group 1: (These sessions will all be from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Monday, Sept. 9
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Monday, Sept. 16
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Monday, Sept. 30
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Wednesday, Oct. 2

Group 2: (These are all on Tuesdays and will be from 8:30-11 a.m.)
Sept. 10
Sept. 17
Oct. 1
Oct. 8
Oct. 15
Oct. 22
Oct. 29
Nov. 5
Nov. 12

To complete the training, you must complete all nine modules because the last meeting is a simulation exercise that brings in the skills learned throughout the training.

If you are interested in taking part in these trainings, contact Kathie Tune via email at ktune@averett.edu or Bill Woodward, who can be reached at woodward@averett.edu and indicate whether you are signing up for Group 1 or Group 2.

Please discuss your interest in participating in this training with your department chair and/or supervisor in advance of signing up.

201333
On Thursday, Aug. 15, we will open the 2013-14 academic year with a continental breakfast and opening meeting. The continental breakfast will be served from 7:30-8 a.m. in the breezeway outside Blount Chapel. The opening meeting will be held in Blount at 8 a.m. During this opening meeting, those who are new to the University will be officially welcomed and pinned. If you are new, please sit toward the front of the chapel.

Directly following the University wide meeting, the faculty will hold their opening meeting at 9:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel. Staff will hold their opening meeting at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. A free lunch will be provided for both faculty and staff at noon.

At 4:30 p.m., Dr. Franks and her husband, Joe, will be hosting the Averett Family Opening Celebration.

Directors, chairs and VPs, please encourage new people in your areas to attend our opening activities.

201333
Faculty and staff, you are invited to join us for a lecture series exploring issues of faith and spirituality. Author Gabe Lyons will talk about his book, "The Next Christians," during a series of three lectures on Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at West Main Baptist Church.

Averett will cover the cost of attendance for a limited number of faculty and staff. If you are interested in attending, email Wanda Haynes to register.

Please contact Ralph Hawkins or Alexis Ehrhardt with any questions.

201333
Today (Wednesday, Aug. 14) at 3 p.m., Coffee Talk - Discovering Scholarly Sources in WorldCat with Elaine Day

Aug. 18 through Nov. 15, Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963. An exhibit by Emma Edmunds and Tom Cogill

Sept. 26, 11:15 a.m., Coffee Talk - Journalist Emma Edmunds will address the Danville Civil Rights movement in 1963

Sept. 30, 1:50 p.m., Coffee Talk - Woodrow Wilson Fellow Mike Markovitz, leadership consultant and partner in AchieveMission

For the complete Coffee Talk schedule, click here.

201333
The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) has licensed Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections for participating public and independent institutions. Averett scholars can read works of literature online, including "Early English Prose Fiction, 1500-1700," and 18th, 19th, and 20th century English and American poetry, drama and prose. In addition, we have access to bibliographies of English and American literature, the "Faber Poetry Library," King James Bible and "Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare."

Chadwyck-Healey was an early leader in digitizing works of literature, and an early partner with VIVA. Until recently, Chadwyck-Healey poetry collections were hosted by UVA. Averett readers have access to them for the first time, in addition to texts in Literature Online (LION).

Use your AU web services login to access LION, and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections. Questions? Contact Patrick Wasley.

201333
There are two new positions on campus that are open and have been posted online - chair of nurse education and campus visit coordinator. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201333
The May and June University staff meeting minutes have been posted to the Intranet. Please skim these minutes before the next University staff meeting and send corrections to Linda Lemery at llemery@averett.edu or call her at ext. 15636.

If you need a refresher on how to find the minutes, go to https://myinfo.averett.edu, click the tab labeled "Averett Fac/Staff Login (click here first)," enter your usual username and password and then click "Login." Once you are on the Intranet, click "Groups & Committees" and then click "Staff Council." Once there, click the word "Title" to sort the files by ascending or descending date, then look at the file you want. Any questions? Please call or email Linda.

Mark your calendars! The first campus wide staff meeting of the academic year is Thursday, Aug. 15 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

201333
Thanks to the 37 staff members who completed the annual instructional technology survey! The most-requested topics for training are digital video recording, Excel and AU Cloud. The preferred format for training is group workshops, so keep an eye on the workshop schedule for these topics coming soon! Webinars and how-to videos are also available. Finally, 72 percent of you incorporated at least one technique in your work as a result of technology training last year; congratulations! Let's do that again this year!

Complete survey results are posted here.

201333
The University's Sam's Club representative, Karen Shields, will be on campus Aug. 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. She will register new members and renew current memberships.

201333
A few weeks ago, Aramark announced a new program for submitting work orders. Please note that the new work form is only compatible with Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 9.

To access the new work order form, please click here. Remember to bookmark this site so you can find it easily later.

201333
The Averett cheerleaders will be selling tickets for a brown Patio GlassFyre fireplace to be raffled off on Nov. 16 during the last home football game. This beautiful outdoor fireplace was donated by Davenport Energy of Chatham and is valued at over $1,000.

Tickets are $5 each. The cheerleaders will be selling tickets on campus and at the home football games. You can also see Coach Angie Bowers, whose office is in admissions, to purchase a ticket as well.

201343
Support SAAC and God's Storehouse! SAAC has placed boxes in offices around campus to collect canned goods. The deadline has been extended and boxes will now be collected on Monday, Oct. 28.

Please help support our student-athletes in this endeavor.

201332
If you teach in a classroom, how much do you incorporate technology? As you prepare your next course, consider your audience: are you using the technology tools and resources that your students use every day?

Watch this two-minute video on the digital natives in your classroom and the changing state of higher education. Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, invites you to participate in seminars, webinars, and workshops to explore the integration of technology in your courses to enhance student learning and engagement; see the instructional technology pages for resources available to you.

201332
There is a new position on campus that is open and has been posted online - veterans affairs certifying official (registrar's office). For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201332
Blount Library offers a new, unified search option for Averett scholars to seek and cite credible sources with relative ease - averett.worldcat.org. This website is made possible by OCLC - a nonprofit organization with the world's richest database of bibliographic information, connecting thousands of libraries and digital collections worldwide.

With WorldCat, students, faculty and staff locate and read full text articles and e-books, and stream media from a single interface. They can limit results to peer reviewed sources and export citations. Averett's print and electronic collections are always on top. Learn more about WorldCat and begin your research at discover.averett.edu/library.

201332
Want to enhance your Moodle skills? Need to get your course set up for the fall? Participate in these hands-on workshops on the Main Campus:
• Moodle Quizzes at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13 - learn to set up a quiz and import a quiz bank
• Moodle Basics at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 - get an overview and the basics for setting up your course
• Moodle Gradebook at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 - learn to set up your gradebook so that students always have access to your assessments and feedback

See the upcoming workshops page to register.

If you can't visit campus for technology training, consider participating in ITW2, the weekly instructional technology webinar offered every Monday at 4:30 p.m. Monday's topic is "Introduction to CamStudio," a free screencasting software. See the ITW2 page for details.

201332
Are you an Averett Cougar fan who is looking for ways to show off your Cougar pride? You're in luck! The alumni office is giving away stadium cushions with the old logo at Alumni Hall. Stop by when you have a chance and pick up your cushion (one per person so everyone has an opportunity to get one).

201332
At the start of every academic year we welcome new faculty and staff to campus. Please remember to enter your new hires, graduate assistants, etc. into AU People so that the rest of campus can reach them.

201332
If you have not already done so, please remember to RSVP by tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 8) via the invitation for the Averett Family Opening Celebration at the president's home. We hope to see you there!

(*Remember to check your junk email in case the invitation was diverted there.)

201331
Faculty and staff, you are invited to join us for a lecture series exploring issues of faith and spirituality. Author Gabe Lyons will talk about his book, "The Next Christians," during a series of three lectures - Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at West Main Baptist Church.

Averett will cover the cost of attendance for a limited number of faculty and staff. If you are interested in attending, email Wanda Haynes to register.

Please contact Ralph Hawkins or Alexis Ehrhardt with any questions.

201331
Have you considered developing a course for online delivery? Wonder how to get started? Participate in "Effective Online Course Development," a two-week asynchronous online seminar facilitated by Kim McMurtry via Moodle.

The seminar has no scheduled meeting times, just like an online course, and time commitment is expected to be about three hours each week. You will engage with your peers in learning effective strategies for developing an online course, including designing learning objectives to support course outcomes as well as instructional strategies and assessments, and you'll get a jumpstart on developing your course. See the schedule to register; the next seminar begins August 26.

201331
On Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day) the office of student engagement is taking students to Wet n' Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park in Greensboro for the day. If you are interested in driving the van for this trip and getting a free ticket into the park, please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201331
Aramark is pleased to announce that it will begin using a new program for work orders as of Thursday, Aug. 1. The new program - TMA - will send automated information to the person who placed the work order regarding the time the order was received and processed as well as when the request should be completed.

To access the new work order form, please click here. Remember to bookmark this site so you can find it easily later.

201331
On Thursday, Aug. 15, the University will open the 2013-14 academic year with a continental breakfast and opening meeting. The continental breakfast will be served from 7:30-8 a.m. in the breezeway outside Blount Chapel. The opening meeting will be held in Blount at 8 a.m. During this opening meeting, those who are new to the University will be officially welcomed and pinned. If you are new, please sit toward the front of the chapel.

Directly following the University wide meeting, the faculty will hold their opening meeting at 9:15 in Blount Chapel. Staff will hold their opening meeting at 11:15 in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. A free lunch will be provided for both faculty and staff at noon.

At the end of the day, make plans to join Dr. Franks and her husband, Joe, at their home for the Averett Family Opening Celebration. Invitations were emailed earlier this week. Make sure you check your junk mailbox in case the invite was diverted there.

Directors, chairs and VPs, please encourage new people in your areas to attend all of our opening activities.

201330
Are you interested in teaching online? Participate in "Best Practices for Facilitating Online Courses," a three-week, asynchronous online seminar facilitated via Moodle by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. This seminar gives you not only a great foundation for effective online teaching, but also the opportunity to experience an online course from a student's perspective. Participants learn best practices for teaching online, including applying the theory of andragogy to online teaching strategies, exploring online learning theories and student-centered teaching and enhancing student engagement. Offered monthly, the next seminar starts Aug. 5; click here to register.

201330
Our last Summer Series of Something event has been postponed until October. Please stay tuned for more information at a later date.

201330
Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is an internationally known racing resort in our own backyard and they are offering a special discount to the Averett family for attending the 24-hour ChumpCar race on Sunday, Aug. 11. Register by Aug. 1 to take advantage of the special discounted price of $10 per ticket (which also includes a BBQ dinner). Order online here and use the code CCAU2013.

201330
Danville Regional Foundation history interns, Amelia Grabowski, Katherine Bennett and Evelyn Riley will present their research on "History United," a multi-faceted approach to telling a diverse and inclusive history of the Dan River Region. Join us for their program this Thursday, July 25, 3 p.m., at Blount Library.

Please mark your calendars also for Sept. 26, at 11:15 a.m., when journalist Emma Edmunds will discuss history of the civil rights movement related to her new exhibit: "Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963." The exhibit will be on display at Blount Library Aug. 18 through Nov. 15. For more information about upcoming Coffee Talks click here.

201330
New employee orientation is set for Friday, August 16 from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. The program will begin in the Grousbeck Music Center with a continental breakfast. Invitations to all new University employees will be sent to their email addresses.

Orientation for new employees is a great time for new faculty and staff to learn about the University as well as the services and opportunities available. Contact Kathie Tune at ext. 17106 for additional information.

201330
Let's show our new and returning students how much we care!

Pick up a "Welcome Back Students" lawn sign from the Schoolfield House Booksellers and show our students your support.

201329
Join us for the inaugural lecture in a new annual series exploring issues of faith and spirituality. This year's speaker will be Gabe Lyons, who will talk about his book, "The Next Christians." Lyons will present a series of three lectures on Sept. 26 and 27 at West Main Baptist Church.

Averett will cover the cost of attendance for a limited number of faculty and staff. If you are interested in attending, email Wanda Haynes to register.

Please contact Ralph Hawkins or Alexis Ehrhardt with any questions.

201329
Would you like some guided training in a particular Moodle topic? A variety of one-hour hands-on workshops are offered on the Main Campus in July and August that focus on specific aspects of Moodle, including gradebook, assignments, forums, quizzes and rubrics. It's a great opportunity to spend some time developing your courses for the fall semester. Moodle basics workshops are also available for those new to Moodle. See the workshop schedule and register here. If you have a conflict and would like a workshop scheduled at a different time, just email Kim McMurtry.

201329
The second event in our annual Summer Series of Something is this Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room. This week's presentation - "Why 'Biblical Israel' was not Unique" - will be presented by Dr. John Laughlin, professor emeritus of religion (1979-2011).

The Summer Series seminars are open to all University faculty and staff. Join your coworkers and colleagues to learn more about the work of our faculty who will explore biblical history with us and offer us an opportunity for developing our wellness philosophy.

Light refreshments will be served at all programs.

201328
Would you like some hands-on practice with intermediate features of Word 2007/2010? Register today for Kim McMurtry's one-hour workshop at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, on the Main Campus. You'll learn to:
■ Use mail merge
■ Create, format, and sort numbered and bulleted lists
■ Control text flow with page breaks and columns

See the workshop schedule to register. Additional upcoming workshops include Moodle Basics, Moodle Gradebook, Google+ Hangouts Basics and Outlook Email Basics.

201328
Moodlerooms, which hosts Averett's Moodle site, upgrades its sites twice each year, in December and July. Our Moodle site will be upgraded from 2.3.3 to 2.4.4 on Wednesday, July 10, at 11 p.m.

Moodle student users should notice little change, but Moodle editors will enjoy a variety of minor enhancements such as group assignment grading and setting the number of courses on the "My home" page. Click here for an overview of new major features (also available on the Instructional Technology Training Resources page), and Kim McMurtry will be updating associated how-to videos and guides in the coming weeks.

201328
This is a reminder that Transfer Orientation will be held this Friday (July 12) and New Student Orientation will be held Saturday, July 13 through Sunday, July 14.

Transfer students will check in starting at 8:30 Friday morning in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. From there they will have the opportunity to take care of any business (student ID, meet with financial aid, etc.) before they learn about life as a Cougar.

Please join us in welcoming new and transfer students to campus!

201328
Join us for the inaugural lecture in a new annual series exploring issues of faith and spirituality. This year's speaker will be Gabe Lyons, who will talk about his book, "The Next Christians." Lyons will present a series of three lectures on Sept. 26 and 27 at West Main Baptist Church.

Averett will cover the cost of attendance for a limited number of faculty and staff. If you are interested in attending, email Wanda Haynes to register.

Please contact Ralph Hawkins or Alexis Ehrhardt with any questions.

201328
Summer Series of Something starts this week! Please remember to join us Thursday, July 11 at 9 a.m. in the multipurpose room for a presentation by Dr. Ralph Hawkins on "The Footprints of God: Early Israelite Sanctuary Sites in the Eastern Desert of Manasseh."

The Summer Series Seminars are open to all University faculty and staff. Join your coworkers and colleagues to learn more about the work of our faculty who will explore biblical history with us and offer us an opportunity for developing our wellness philosophy.

Light refreshments will be served at all programs.

201328
Thank you for your work this past year in improving the assessment process of the University. For those who have not entered their assessment plan to Compliance Assist, we would like to take this time to remind you that the assessment findings (findings, analysis of the findings, closing the loop) and assessment report (assessment summary, challenges, etc.) is due by July 30.

You can find the link to Compliance Assist on the IR web page (under the academics link). To access Compliance Assist directly, please click here.

201327
There are new two positions on campus that are open and have been posted online - GPS advisor for the Tidewater region and traditional admissions counselor. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201327
In response to a recommendation from BerryDunn's IT assessment, employee-specific information has now been migrated from the external Averett website to the intranet. If you need to complete a human resources or business office form, register for a technology workshop, review meeting minutes, or access other internal resources, remember to use the new intranet site, https://myinfo.averett.edu. Set the page as a favorite in your browser or click the Faculty/Staff link on the home page.

201327
We have been selected to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Kazakhstan during the 2013-2014 academic year. Professor Sholpan Gaisina is an expert in business and economics at the KIMEP University’s Bang College of Business in Kazakhstan. She will arrive in Danville in mid-August.

201326
The Danville Chapter of the alumni association will be hosting a gathering at Jake's on Main Friday, June 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. We would love to have faculty or staff join us as well.

You can help by letting your local alumni friends know about it. Come have an appetizer on our dime and a drink on yours.

201326
Last week an announcement ran about a workshop for Outlook, the date was incorrect. It is July 2 at 10 a.m.

201326
Kim McMurtry offers a live Instructional Technology Weekly Webinar (ITW2 for short) at 4:30 p.m. each Monday using Google+ Hangouts. Each webinar features a 20-minute lesson on an instructional technology tool, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Participants will need a Google+ account and a webcam to participate in these interactive online sessions. Upcoming topics include setting aggregation in the Moodle gradebook, grading an assignment in Moodle, introduction to Dropbox and recording audio in PowerPoint. Login and visit the ITW2 page for complete details. Email Kim with questions or suggestions for webinar topics.

201326
The Averett youth soccer summer camps were a rousing success this year. A record 79 area youth soccer players attended the June 10-14 camp. The campers learned different skills and techniques while having fun.

201326
If you know of, or have, a graduate assistant who you think would be good to represent GAs on Staff Council, contact Marsha Foster or Linda Lemery with your recommendation.

201325
Is your inbox out of control? Participate in this one-hour hands-on workshop to enhance your email efficiency and productivity. "Outlook 2010 Email Intermediate" is offered at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 2. You'll learn to: set rules for organizing incoming messages, manage your mail with sorting and conditional formatting, search folders for stored messages, use flags and color categories and send automatic out-of-office replies. See the complete workshop schedule and login here.

201325
Presentation files from the Make it Happen - strategic planning meetings can be downloaded from the Averett intranet.

Use the link below to download the presentation files: click here.

201325
There are two new positions that are open and have been posted online - head athletic trainer and systems administrator. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201325
Blount Library now offers "National Geographic" magazine online from 1888 through the latest issue. Access to text, maps, photographs and "National Geographic Traveler" and "People, Animals and World" are also included.

Explore this and other library resources at the library's website from work, home or on the beach with your AU web services login. To access the National Geographic site, please click here.

201325
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a presentation by a candidate for the position of chair and assistant professor of computer science at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, June 20, in the Student Center multipurpose room. The candidate will present a lecture aimed at undergraduates, and then the floor will be open for interview questions. The candidate's application materials were emailed to faculty and staff late Tuesday afternoon for review. Please come!

201325
Two finalists for the position of vice president for enrollment management will be on campus for interviews June 24-27. There will be an open session for faculty and staff who are not involved in the interviews to stop by Jut’s Café to meet each candidate as follows:

Stacy Gato-Monday, June 24, 3:15-4 p.m.
Dr. Sean-Michael Green-Wednesday, June 26, 3:15-4 p.m.

If you would like to review each candidate's résumé, please let Karen Ward know. Dr. Franks is hopeful that many of you will be able to attend the open sessions and welcomes you to email her with your impression of each candidate.

201325
Have questions about the upcoming changes to the retirement program? Several meetings, which will be led by TIAA-CREF financial consultants, have been scheduled for this week for a detailed overview of the important changes that will be taking place.

Thursday, June 20, 11 a.m.-noon & 3-4 p.m. in Blount Chapel
Friday, June 21, 8-9 a.m. & noon-1 p.m. in Blount Chapel

In addition, TIAA-CREF financial consultants can provide personalized, fund-specific advice and planning services using investment choices on the new menu. This service is available at no extra charge. During a one-on-one counseling session, a financial consultant will help you determine if you're saving enough for retirement and create an investment portfolio that's tailored to your financial situation and goals.

The counseling session times are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the conference room and the SGA conference room (fourth floor of the Student Center) on the following dates:

Thursday, June 20
Friday, June 21
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Wednesday, Sept. 18

201324
There is a new position that is open and has been posted online – student financial services counselor for the GPS Program. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201324
Would you like to explore leveraging Moodle to support your face-to-face course? Or are you interested in teaching online and need some guided training in Moodle? Register for Moodle Basics, a 1.5-hour hands-on workshop offered at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 13, and again at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, on the Main Campus. You will practice setting up a course in Moodle with basic items, including file upload (to post your syllabus and other files), discussion forum and gradebook. To register for the workshop, please click here and login.

If you have questions about workshops or have a workshop topic suggestion, please email Kim McMurtry at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

201323
If you need to complete a human resources form, register for a technology workshop, review meeting minutes, or access other internal resources, remember to use the new intranet site, https://myinfo.averett.edu. Set the page as a favorite in your browser or click the Faculty/Staff link on the University's website.

201323
Faculty, would you like to record a video introduction of yourself to post in your Moodle courses? You can do it with a free YouTube account and a webcam. Register today for Kim McMurtry's one-hour, hands-on workshop at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 12. You'll learn how to set up a YouTube channel, record and save a video to YouTube using a webcam, and embed the video in a Moodle course. To register for the workshop, click here and login.

201323
There is a new position that has been posted online - area director-coordinator of residential summer camps and conferences and assistant to the chief financial officer. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201323
All faculty and staff are invited to the parent receptions during New Student Orientation (NSO) on Saturday, June 22 and Saturday, July 13 at 7:15 p.m. in Jut's Café. Please take time to come meet and welcome the parents of our incoming freshmen.

201323
The First Piedmont Shredder Truck will be on campus the morning of Thursday, June 6 for all shredding. If you have not already done so, please send an email to fixit@averett.edu today (Wednesday, June 5) for maintenance to pick up any boxes (no bags, please) of shredding you have.

201322
A workshop - "Creating Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace" - will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Wednesday, June 26 from 12-5 p.m. The keynote speaker is Karen R. Penn, JD, market vice president for diversity at Sodexo Healthcare & Government Division. The cost is $39 person and interested participants may register online at www.ialr.org. (Sponsored by Danville Regional Medical Center, the Danville Pittsylvania County of Commerce, Sodexo and the Institute.)

201322
What? 10,000 volumes for sale!
When? Library hours through July 15
Where? Mary B. Blount Library (lower level): downstairs – fiction; storage room – all subjects; staging area (turn right) – history & genealogy
How much?
Hardbound Books: $1 per volume
Paperbacks: 50 cents each

Please bring purchases to the main floor Circulation Desk for payment.

201322
JSTOR is a not-for-profit digital library with more than 1,700 academic journals. As recommended by the Faculty Library Committee, Averett has licensed JSTOR Arts and Science I, with full content for 179 journals in history, economics and political science. To access JSTOR, please click here.

To view citations for all JSTOR collections, uncheck the box next to "Include only content I can access." Where you see an X in the left column, click on the title, then click on the "Go to Article" button.

Do not pay for access! Blount Library will provide articles not in the Arts & Sciences I collection to you by interlibrary loan.

Questions? Confused? View about.jstor.org/10things or contact a librarian aclib@averett.edu, 791-5692, 800-543-9440.

201322
Beginning Monday, June 10, Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, will offer a live Instructional Technology Weekly Webinar (ITW2 for short) at 4:30 p.m. using Google+ Hangouts. Each week will feature a 20-minute lesson on an instructional technology tool, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Participants will need a Google+ account, a webcam, and a headset with microphone to participate in these interactive online sessions.

If you're interested in participating, email Kim so she can add you to her ITW2 circle and invite you to each webinar; then just login to your Google+ account at the appointed time and accept her invitation to join the webinar.

For the complete ITW2 schedule click here and then login. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email Kim.

201322
If your office or department has documents that need to be shredded, please contact the maintenance department by emailing fixit@averett.edu so that it can be picked up and taken to the locked shred room on the fourth floor of Main Hall. Please make sure what you want shredded is in a box for easy removal. No bagged paper please.

201321
There is a new position that has been posted online – vice president of enrollment management. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201321
The Human Resources Committee is pleased to announce the dates to meet with the TIAA-CREF financial consultants for all those who participate in the retirement plan. Participants should plan to attend a group meeting and/or schedule an individual session with a TIAA-CREF consultant. A letter and prospectus with additional information on how to schedule an individual appointment with a consultant will be sent to home addresses in late May, early June. The letter will also contain important information concerning the transition of our retirement accounts to TIAA-CREF.

• June 20–21 - TIAA-CREF financial consultants will be on-campus for group and one-on-one asset allocation advice sessions.

• September 17–18 - TIAA-CREF financial consultants will be on-campus for group and one-on-one asset allocation advice sessions.

201321
• Thursday, July 11, 9 a.m., multipurpose room - The Footprints of God: Early Israelite Sanctuary Sites in the Eastern Desert of Manasseh. Presented by Dr. Ralph Hawkins, associate professor of religious studies at Averett

• Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m. multipurpose room - Why 'Biblical Israel' was not Unique. Presented by Dr. John Laughlin, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Averett (1979-2011)

• Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m., multipurpose room - Move It or Lose It! Presented by Ms. Barbara Kushubar, associate professor of physical education, wellness & sport science at Averett

The Summer Series Seminars are open to all University faculty and staff. Join your coworkers and colleagues to learn more about the work of our faculty who will explore biblical history with us and offer us an opportunity for developing our wellness philosophy.

Light refreshments will be served at all programs.

201321
The IT department is pleased to announce the availability of a secure site for the sharing of sensitive Averett information among employees: AUCloud at aucloud.averett.edu. AUCloud is housed on an Averett server, so feel free to use it to share documents between campuses, offices, departments, etc. A link is provided on the intranet home page and on the external website under Faculty/Staff, and your usual username and password are required to login. You can also map a drive on your computer to AUCloud - instructions are provided here.

Employees are encouraged to participate in the hands-on workshop "AUCloud Basics" offered June 5 for guided instruction on mapping a drive, creating folders and uploading files, and sharing folders and files; visit this link to register.

201321
It's going to be a busy summer. We are hosting interns from the Danville Regional Foundation, Noblis and Dan Chem.

The Pajulahti Summer Athletic Training Program will be here May 28-June 2

Upward Bound will be on campus June 4-July 3

Passport, Youth Camp with a Mission will be here the weeks of July 8, 15 and 22

Shining Stars will hold their program July 8-11 and 15-18

As you see these various groups around campus this summer, say hello and make them feel welcome.

201321
Faculty and staff interested in exploring the possibilities of using an iPad are encouraged to register for a one-hour, hands-on workshop, "iPad Introduction," at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. You'll get an introduction to the iPad, including a basic orientation, how to find and download apps, and some tips on using the iPad to enhance productivity and teaching and learning. Register here.

201321
Friday, July 5 has been designated a holiday this year so employees may enjoy a four-day weekend.

201320
Reminders to everyone that we have the May Coffee time in Jut's Café on Thursday, May 16, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Come and have a beverage and pastry!

The University Staff Meeting is also on Thursday, May 16, in the multipurpose room. The minutes from the last University Staff Meeting have been posted to the Intranet - please read them and send corrections to Linda Lemery prior to Thursday's meeting.

201320
There is still time to make a deposit for the Alumni Fall Foliage Cruise to New England and Canada Sept. 22-29. The deadline is May 20. Cost is $1545 per person double occupancy, round trip from RDU to Boston. We will be sailing on Royal Caribbean "Brilliance of the Seas." Call Larry Wilburn at 434-770-32850 or email him at lwilburn@averett.edu for additional information.

201320
The University's Sam's Club representative will be on campus Tuesday, May 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Center outside of the multipurpose room.

201320
Back by popular demand, Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will offer more hands-on Prezi workshops. Get started making Prezi presentations with Prezi Basics at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 28. Then in Prezi Intermediate at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 4, learn to add audio and video, collaborate with others online, and embed a presentation in a Moodle course.

Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software, is an alternative to PowerPoint. Its zoomable canvas can allow more nonlinear development of ideas than PowerPoint's slideshow. It also offers real-time online collaboration with up to 10 other people. See the complete workshop schedule and register today by clicking here.

201320
Effective June 3, the University's switchboard will be managed by Rose Holley and Robbie Hendrix in Averett Central. Currently, the switchboard is housed in the office of institutional advancement and handled primarily by Jennifer Hooper.

Approximately 40 percent of the average calls to the University are transferred from the switchboard to Averett Central. Both Jennifer and Marion Breen will provide backup for the switchboard at peak times as needed.

201320
For the next three to four weeks, the Flight Center will be undergoing construction. Due to the extent of the construction, there will be limited internet, email and phone service.

Please be advised emails and phone messages may be delayed in being returned. Your patience is appreciated during this time.

201319
The draft of the April 18 University staff meeting minutes has been posted to the Intranet. Please skim the minutes before our next University staff meeting on Thursday, May 16, and send any corrections to Linda Lemery so as to have posted the most updated draft possible.

201319
The Averett community is invited to attend the parent receptions for new student orientation in Jut's Café at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 and Saturday, July 13.

201319
When you need to schedule a meeting between Averett employees, did you know that you can use Outlook Calendar to check their availability first? Learn this and other tips for enhancing your efficiency and productivity in this one-hour, hands-on workshop on the Main Campus at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 16. This workshop is recommended for those who upgraded recently from Office 2003 to 2010. Register for this workshop and see the schedule of offerings here.

201319
Reminder, there's a Coffee Time from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 16 (the same day as the University staff meeting). Hope to see you there!

201318
The position for the director of athletics has been reopened. For more information about this position, visit Jobs@Averett.

201318
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will have reduced hours for the summer beginning Monday, April 29 through Friday, Aug. 9.
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.-3 p.m.


201318
Staff, do you need to collaborate with others to prepare documents or presentations? Faculty, would you like your students to work together to develop team papers, projects or presentations? Free cloud apps can allow group members to collaborate online by building a wiki, chatting synchronously, sharing files, drawing on a shared whiteboard and more!

Or cloud apps can just be used for storage. Instead of carrying a flash drive to the classroom or from home to the office, access your course presentations and files online from anywhere.

To learn more about cloud apps and gain some firsthand experience, register here for a one-hour workshop - Cloud Apps for File Storage and Sharing at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 9.

201318
The fitness center will re-open on Monday, May 6, and summer hours will be as follows:

Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.
Closed on the weekends

For any questions, please email Carly Pearce at carly.pearce@averett.edu.

201318
Attention emergency coordinators, registration for advanced emergency management training is still open. The training will be held May 20-22, May 28-30 and June 3-5. All sessions will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. in Blount Chapel. Participants must attend all nine workshops as the modules are built on one another - the final workshop serves as the skills certification.

If you have not already done so, send Kathie Tune an email to register for the May-June training program.

201318
The Averett Equestrian Center is happy to announce its first summer camp program, June 17-21, for students age 8-15. Whether your child has ridden before or is a complete beginner, our camp has something for every horse crazy kid out there!

The day camp will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and focuses on riding and horse care skills. Space is limited, so please contact Cricket Morris at (434) 770-2941 for a registration packet or more information.

201317
Plans are underway for the annual Summer Series of Something in July. Stay tuned for more information.

201317
The Main Campus will be buzzing this summer with a variety of projects taking place and visitors staying in the residence halls.

In addition to the renovations at Pritchett, various classrooms and residence halls will be renovated.

PASSPORT, youth camp with a mission, will be on campus during the month of July. Please help make these youth feel welcome - who knows, they might be an Averett cougar one day!

201317
Randy Lavinder of the Lavinder Group will be visiting the Richmond GPS office on Wednesday, May 1 from 3-5 p.m. and the Tidewater GPS campus on Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m.-noon. He is prepared to answer questions, address concerns, and discuss all of the University's insurance plans with you - dental, health, life and vision. You may email him in advance if you cannot meet with him on May 1 or May 3 at rlav@gamewood.net.

201317
The athletics department is hosting their annual summer camps beginning in June. To see the schedule of camps being offered, please click here.

201317
Tiffany Mitchell, academic advisor for the GPS Program, attended a Youth Empowerment event Saturday, April 20 to talk about education. Tiffany had the opportunity to talk to students about the traditional and IDEAL programs in addition to speaking with several adults about the GPS Program and our online offerings. Way to go, Tiffany!

201317
The 2013 Senior Class is in the midst of a senior class gift campaign. If you would like to make a gift to honor or recognize a senior, please contact Sam Ferguson, director of annual giving, for more information.

201317
Summer hours were announced during the campus-wide staff meeting Thursday, April 18. Beginning Friday, May 3 offices may close at 12:30 p.m. (there will be no lunch break since offices are closing early). Monday through Thursday are regular work hours. The last day for the reduced hours is Friday, July 26.

201317
Two positions are opening up on Staff Council this year and nominations are needed. If there is a staff member you would like to nominate, please check with them and make sure it's okay before doing so. All nominations should be submitted to Staff Council President Marsha Foster at marsha.foster@averett.edu by Friday, May 3.

201317
There will be a senior dinner on Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. on the lawn outside the Student Center. Please join the University as we celebrate our seniors for all of their accomplishments.

201317
The faculty/staff and retiree luncheon is tomorrow (April 25) at 12 p.m. in the dining hall. For those who will be recognized for their years of service, please sit toward the front to make it easier to reach the stage to receive your gift. Retirees will have a table reserved for them and their guests.

201316
There are two new staff positions that have been posted online - network administrator and mailroom assistant. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201316
The Senior Class wants to purchase a bronze cougar statue to be placed on the Main Campus. Please support them by going to Sweet Frog on Friday, April 19, and tell them you are supporting the Averett Senior Class! A portion of the proceeds from that day will support the senior class' efforts.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of a senior, please send it to Sam Ferguson, director of annual giving, noting 2013 Senior Gift and the name of the senior you are honoring.

201316
Thank you all for completing the Great Colleges to Work For survey. If you have not yet had a chance to complete the survey, please do so this week. The deadline is Friday, April 19. If you need to have it resent to you, contact Kathie Tune at ktune@averett.edu.

201316
Sam's Club representative Karen Shields will be on campus on Thursday, April 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall.

201316
A reminder to all designated emergency coordinators - if you have not selected your session (April 18 at 10 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.; April 19 at 10 a.m.), please contact Kathie Tune at ktune@averett.edu by Wednesday afternoon.

201316
Just a reminder the next University-wide staff meeting will be Thursday, April 18 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Hope to see you there.

The minutes from the staff meeting have migrated to the Intranet. If you haven't located them already, here are step-by-step directions on how to find them:
1. Go to myinfo.averett.edu
2. Click Averett Fac/Staff Login (click here first)
3. Enter your usual login and password
4. Click Groups & Committees
5. Click Staff Council
6. Click the meeting minutes you want to read
7. When you're finished, click Logout (upper right corner)

If the March 21 meeting minutes have not yet been posted by the time this issue of Coffee Break is published, they should be posted shortly.

201316
Nancy Clark's quilt exhibit in the library will conclude on May 1. Come and see these quilts while you still have the chance. In addition to the quilts in the display case, there is one quilt hung on the back wall of the library. Please congratulate Nancy on creating these lovely works!

201316
Please remember to RSVP by Thursday, April 18 (tomorrow) via the invitation for the Faculty/Staff and Retiree Appreciation Luncheon that will be held Thursday, April 25. We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate members of the Averett family.

201316
Need a break from grading and the office routine, or just any excuse to stroll in fine spring weather? Visit Blount Library on your walk and browse our continuous book sale. Books recently removed from academic and leisure reading collections, plus duplicate gift books are available for $1 per hardbound volume and 50 cents per paperback. Book sale proceeds enhance library resources for Averett students.

Please share information about this opportunity with your students. The sale starts April 17 and continues until our storage room is empty. We look forward to seeing you!

201316
Faculty, have you started using Moodle to support your face-to-face traditional courses yet? If not, explore the possibilities of leveraging our learning management system to enhance teaching and learning:
• Eliminate paper handouts completely by providing your syllabus and learning materials online.
• Extend class discussion and get students writing by using an online discussion forum as a homework assignment.
• Have students submit their assignments electronically and grade them online using a rubric.

Begin by registering for hands-on Moodle workshops. During the two weeks following Commencement, workshops are offered on the Main Campus in Moodle Basics, Gradebook (which includes setting up an assignment), Activities (with a focus on Chat and Forum), Rubrics and Quizzes. See the workshop schedule and register today by clicking here.

201316
New Student Orientation is right around the corner. Remember, the dates are:
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
Friday, July 12, Transfer Orientation
Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14

201316
The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, will host the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Program (ASIST) at Averett on May 8 and 9.

ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help people recognize risk for suicide, intervene to prevent immediate harm and link "at-risk" people to appropriate levels of care. ASIST is considered suicide prevention "first aid," and is used on university campuses by counselors, case managers, campus security, residence hall directors, campus ministry and all those (including faculty) who provide direct service to others within the campus community.

Due to the support of the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Injury and Violence Prevention, this training is being offered at Averett at no cost to participants. If you would like to register for the ASIST training, you may do so by clicking here. If you have questions about this training, please contact Joan Kahwajy-Anderson at extension 15624 or at jkahwajy@averett.edu.

201315
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the groundbreaking for the renovations at Pritchett Auditorium Thursday, April 18 at 12:45 p.m.

201315
The next campus-wide coffee break will be Thursday, April 11 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Mark your calendars! Hope to see you there.

201315
After participating in a city-wide day of community service last semester our students wanted to do it again. This semester The Day to Engage is Thursday, April 11 (tomorrow). Students can review a list of community partners, ask questions, and sign up by visiting the Success Center or going to www.danrivercenter.org/day-to-engage. A picnic will be held from 5-8 p.m. on the lawn outside the Student Center at the end of the day to celebrate.

201314
• Wellness Screenings: 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center Wednesday, April 3; Thursday, April 4; and Friday, April 5 for all eligible health plan participants. Register for an appointment time by logging in at www.gatewayhealth.com.

• The Lavinder Group will be available for your questions and concerns on Thursday, April 4 from 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. in the SGA Conference Room of the Student Center.

• The Great Colleges Survey is still open (reminders from ModernThink were sent on Friday, March 28) and available to anyone who has not completed their survey to date. For more information, or to have the survey resent to your email address, contact Kathie Tune, HR director, at ktune@averett.edu or (434) 791-7106.

• Karen Shields, Sam's Club representative, returns on April 9 and 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. Renewing with Karen allows members to pay the membership fee and receive a $10 gift card.

201314
Just a reminder that the next campus-wide coffee break will be on Thursday, April 11 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Hope to see you there!

201314
The office of institutional advancement has hired a photographer to take pictures for an upcoming capital campaign publication. The photographer, who should be a familiar face to many, is Bobby Carlsen, a former Averett professor. He will be on campus Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 10. Remember to smile big and look pretty for the camera!

201314
We are delighted to announce that the GPS Program now has its own Twitter and Facebook pages! Please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook today! We hope you enjoy connecting with the GPS team, our students and alumni in these new communities.

201314
The Schoolfield House Booksellers has expanded its clearance section! Select merchandise has been marked 25-75 percent off — including T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, gloves, winter hats, leggings, socks, umbrellas and much, much more! New items are added weekly! Bring your faculty/staff ID for an additional 10 percent off.

201314
The Gregory Career Services Center will hold a Career Fair on Wednesday, April 10 from 1-4 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Some of the companies attending include Infinity Global, Goodyear, BB&T, Lynchburg Police and Virginia State Police. Please encourage students in your classes to attend dressed professionally and to bring their résumés. For more information, please contact Petrina Carter pcarter@averett.edu.

201314
Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry offers a hands-on workshop in Prezi Basics at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 17. Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software, is an alternative to PowerPoint. Its zoomable canvas can allow more nonlinear development of ideas than PowerPoint's slideshow. It also offers real-time online collaboration with up to 10 other people. See the complete workshop schedule and register today.

201314
The deadline for submissions for the annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff awards is fast approaching. If you have not yet nominated someone, and you want to, you have until 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 to do so.

The nomination form, along with the criteria, can be found by clicking here.

201314
Did you know?
• Two service-learning classes are underway this semester: ENG299/War in Literature (Toni Gazda); and PE 304/Secondary School Physical Education (Michelle Liu)
• Prospective service-learning classes for the fall semester: education (Aimee Brenner), freshmen IDS (Joan Kahwajy-Anderson) & business (Nancy Ryan)
• Thanks to the generosity of the Danville Regional Foundation, Averett senior Samantha "Sam" Lupo has been appointed student ambassador and works on our campus to develop the presence and programs connected to community engagement and service-learning. Visit Sam at the front desk of the Student Success Center on MWF from 1-4 p.m. and ask her about upcoming events in our newly-launched initiatives!
• More than 80 Averett students volunteered last semester in a city-wide day of community service and enthusiastically asked for a similar opportunity this semester! Get the word out: The Day to Engage is Thursday, April 11. Students can review a list of community partners, ask questions, and sign up by visiting Sam in the Success Center or going to www.danrivercenter.org/day-to-engage. A picnic will be held from 5-8 p.m. on the lawn outside the Student Center at the end of the day to celebrate. Please encourage your students to ENGAGE!

201313
Just a reminder that the minutes from the University Staff Meeting will be migrating to the Intranet. Stay tuned for more information.

201313
Please remember to submit nominations for the annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff awards. Nominating a faculty or staff member for this award is a great way to recognize a co-worker, instructor, peer or mentor who has had a significant impact on Averett. As you are writing up your nomination, please remember to give a detailed explanation as to why you are nominating this person. This will help the nominating committee in their deliberations.

The awards will be presented on April 25 during a luncheon for faculty, staff and retirees. Visit the faculty/staff page for the criteria and nomination form.

All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Everyone is encouraged to participate!

201313
A Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) from Argentina will visit Averett Monday, April 1. Take some time to come meet our visitors from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the dining hall. For more information about the group from Argentina, please click here.

The Rotary GSE program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40. For four to six weeks, team members study the host country's institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.

201315
There is a new position that has been posted online – instructor of mathematics. For more information, or to apply for this or other available positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201315
The Southside Virginia Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is hosting the Administrative Professionals' Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24 from 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center. The luncheon costs $25 and Charles Majors, chairman of American National Bankshares, Inc. and chairman of American National Bank and Trust Company will be the guest speaker.

If you're interested in attending, please register here by April 19.

201313
Le Triomphe de l'Amour (The Triumph of Love): the internationally acclaimed Ensemble Chaconne and the Ken Pierce Baroque Dancers will perform Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium as part of the Arts@Averett Series. The concert is free and open to the public.

Prepare to be transported to the glittering court of Versailles, with music and dance from the court of Louis XIV. Join the group for exquisite dance sets in period costumes and music by the great French composers Marin Marais, François Couperin and Jean-Baptiste Lully.

201315
Puppypalooza is back by popular demand on Thursday, April 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Student Center lawn. The Danville Area Humane Society is bringing the puppies. Playing with, and petting a puppy, is a great way to release stress. And with exams right around the corner, what better to let go of some of that tension?

201315
It is that time again! Our annual late night breakfast will take place on Thursday, April 18 at 10 p.m. We need people to cook, serve and clean-up for this event. If you are interested in helping, please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201315
Invitations went out by email last week for the faculty/staff and retiree luncheon on Thursday, April 25. Please remember to RSVP by April 18 via the invitation. If you did not receive the invitation, make sure you check your junk email folder.

201315
On Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. our student organizations are hosting our second annual club carnival on the lawn of the Student Center.

This year we are incorporating a yard sale and swap that staff and faculty are invited to participate in. If you are interested in selling or swapping any items please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201313
Staff Council has taken the bulletin board outside Jut's Café and turned it into a place for Averett faculty, staff and students to post items they are looking to sell or give away. This bulletin board is not for use by outside vendors or for an employee's secondary or side business, craft business, business cards or any other posting that would constitute an employee's conflict of interest. The purpose and rules are posted on the bulletin board.

All posting have to have the "poster approved" stamp from the dean of students' office or the residence life office.

201313
One of the hot topics in higher education is mobile learning technology, which is fueled by the availability of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. (See this quick comparison of 1963 and 2013 educational technology in "EdTech" magazine. Today's college students have cell phones with at least texting capability, and many have smartphones; a 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 75 percent of 12 to 17 year olds own cell phones (you can view the study by clicking here). How could you leverage cell phones in the classroom?

If you would like to learn how to leverage cell phones in the classroom, register for a demonstration and hands-on workshop that is being offered Thursday, April 4 at 11:15 a.m. Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will explore activities like brainstorming, polling, and interviewing in the classroom using basic cell phones and smartphones. Don't miss it! (And bring your phone!)

201313
Join your colleagues at the next campus-wide coffee break on Thursday, April 11 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Have a cup of coffee or tea and a pastry, and chat with others for a few minutes. Hope to see you there!

201313
We are hosting this year's College and Career Readiness Summit on Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - this year's theme is Opening Doors to Opportunity. This one day summit will bring together 150 K-12 educators, college faculty, and other education professionals to create a shared regional vision for college and career readiness. Attendees will expand their current networks and learn about low-cost strategies to promote college and career readiness.

The conference is free, but will be limited to the first 150 individuals who register. Breakfast and lunch are included and there will be prize drawings for two Kindle Fires (must be present to win). The conference agenda and registration form, along with session descriptions and speaker profiles, can be found by clicking here.

201313
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be closed Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 in observance of the Easter holiday.

201312
The University's Sam's Club representative, Karen Shields, will be on campus today, Wednesday, March 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. She will return Tuesday, April 9; and Wednesday, April 17. She will be renewing current memberships as well as have information for new accounts. A membership to Sam's is $40, and a $10 gift card comes with your new account or renewal. If you are renewing your membership or opening a new account, bring your payment in either cash or check, the debit machine is not available this week.

201312
In an ever-changing global economy, knowledge of other cultures is becoming more and more important. On Tuesday, March 26, Dr. Catherine Clark and Dr. Larry Wilburn will discuss international study as part of Averett's 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series. Wilburn will present the history of study abroad at Averett – its founding and initial programs. Clark will share the University's future goals, including the importance of international education in the 21st century and options for internationalizing the curriculum at small liberal arts colleges. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.

201312
It's time to honor our colleagues with the annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff awards. Nominating a faculty or staff member for this award is a great way to recognize a co-worker, instructor, peer or mentor who has had a significant impact on Averett. As you are writing up your nomination, please remember to give a detailed explanation as to why you are nominating this person. This will help the nominating committee in their deliberations.

The awards will be presented on April 25 during a luncheon for faculty, staff and retirees. Visit the faculty/staff page for the criteria and nomination form.

All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Letters should be sent in confidence via email to awards@averett.edu. Everyone is encouraged to participate!

201312
The Faculty, Staff & Retiree Appreciation Luncheon will be held April 25 at noon in the Student Center dining hall. Be on the lookout for invitations, which will be arriving in your inboxes the first week of April (Make sure you check your junk mailbox too in case it goes there). We hope to see you there!

201312
We have partnered with Strategic Marketing Affiliates, Inc. (SMA) to help us better protect and promote our fast-growing brand. SMA is a leader in the collegiate licensing industry, representing more than 280 colleges and universities throughout North America.

The new partnership will enable us to establish and manage a responsive and profitable licensing program for all of our promotional merchandise, on all 12 of our campuses and beyond. It will also help us protect the integrity of our institutional logos, and empower Averett to sell our trademarked merchandise more aggressively through local, regional and national retailers, as well as via e-commerce.

201312
Faculty, would you like your students to work together to develop team papers, projects or presentations? Staff, do you need to collaborate with others to prepare documents or presentations? Free cloud apps can facilitate collaboration online, allowing group members to build ideas using a wiki, chat synchronously, share files, draw on a shared whiteboard and more.

Or just use cloud apps for storage. Instead of carrying a flash drive to the classroom or from home to the office, access your course presentations and files online from anywhere.

To learn more about cloud apps and gain some firsthand experience, register here for a one hour workshop - Top 10 Cloud Apps for File Storage and Sharing – taught by Kim McMurtry at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, March 28.

201312
Just a reminder that the next University-wide staff meeting is Thursday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Hope to see you there!

Stay tuned for more information - the minutes from the University-wide staff meetings are migrating to the intranet.

201312
All Averett faculty, staff and students are allowed to play golf at South Hills Golf Club for cart fees (18 hole cart fee per person - $15; 9 hole cart fee per person - $10). Greens fees will be waived if playing after 11 a.m. on any day except holidays. You must present your Averett ID for the offer to be valid. Tee times are requested, but not required.

201312
During phase two of our intranet development process, content editors representing departments, offices, groups and committees are adding content to their pages so that internal employee information can be removed from the public website. Take a look at their progress here.

The purpose of the Averett intranet is to share resources specific to employees, so employees will need to log into the site:
1. Click the "Averett Fac/Staff Login (click here first)" button
2. Type in your regular Averett username and password
3. Click the "login" button
If your login fails, it might be because you didn't select "Averett Fac/Staff" first, so just click "Home" and try again.

201311
Keep on eye on your inbox, the Great Colleges to Work For survey sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education is coming soon! Kathie Tune, director of human resources, will be sending an introductory email from the human resources committee on Friday. The survey will be administered by ModernThink.

201311
J. Calvin McCray, professor emeritus at Michigan State University, will discuss his book, "Ebb Tide: Nancy Astor's Greatest Challenge" on Thursday, March 14 at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Library. The event is free and open to the public.

While traveling abroad in 1958, McCray and his wife met Lady Astor, the first woman elected to the British House of Commons. The couple became life-long friends with Danville native, Nancy Langhorne Astor.

In addition to the Coffee Talk at Averett, McCray will be at the Langhorne House on Saturday, March 16, from 2-5 p.m. for a book signing and discussion.

For the complete list of upcoming Coffee Talks, please click here.

201311
To help Averett students maximize their course opportunities and to make the registration process smoother for everyone involved, the University is instituting a new late registration fee policy. The new policy applies to all full-time, continuing degree-seeking students, and the details are as follows:

If returning students have not registered for 2013 fall semester courses and had them approved by their advisor by April 24 they will be charged a late registration fee of $50, which will be added to their next tuition payment statement.

Returning students registering for 2014 spring semester courses are required to have their course registrations approved by their academic advisor by Dec. 4. If students are not registered by this time they will be charged a late registration fee of $50, which will be added to their next tuition payment statement.

Please note: the new policy does not apply to students who are returning from leaves of absence, or students who are starting their first semester at Averett.

201311
Just a reminder you can access the University staff meeting minutes via Moodle. The draft version of the Feb. 21 minutes have been posted. Here's how to access them:

Go to the Averett web page www.averett.edu; click MyAverett, then click Moodle; the Login is in the upper right corner of the screen; select login and fill in your user name and password (the usual ones for network access); click administrative updates and scroll down; click the staff folder, followed by the University staff meeting minutes file you want to read (agenda on the first page, followed by minutes); then logout when finished (upper right corner).

If you need help accessing the minutes, please contact Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105 or dmehalko@averett.edu) or Linda Lemery (ext. 15636 or llemery@averett.edu).

201311
Come and join other faculty and staff at the next Campus-Wide Coffee Break on Thursday, March 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Jut's Cafe. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a muffin and socialize for a few minutes. Hope to see you there!

201311
A stunning display of quilts by Nancy Clark, senior financial aid counselor, is currently on display at Blount Library. A seamstress from the age of four, Nancy joined the White Oak Mountain Quilt Guild in 1995, and has been quilting ever since.

Please visit the library to view Nancy's first "one-woman quilt show." If it peaks your interest, join Guild members for National Quilt Day, Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

201311
You know those nifty little how-to videos on the instructional technology site? Would you like to make tutorial videos like that? Or you could record your voice over a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation and provide it for your students through Moodle either for an online course or as a flipping-the-f2f-classroom lecture. It's easy, and the software is free!

Visit camstudio.org to download CamStudio, an open source screencasting software, and register here for a one-hour hands-on workshop offered by Kim McMurtry at 3 p.m. March 13, or 11:15 a.m., March 14. Questions? Email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

201311
The dean of students office is now accepting applications from students who are interested in serving on the university's conduct board during the 2013-2014 academic year. In the past we received a great response from students who were nominated by faculty and staff members.

Please consider recommending students you advise, teach, or otherwise work with who you think would contribute positively to this aspect of campus life. You may either encourage students to stop by the dean of students' office for an application, or send their names to Bill Woodward and he'll reach out to them with the application materials.

Students selected to serve on the board will be responsible for upholding community standards through the university's conduct process. The student board members also will review the current code of conduct and provide insight regarding the policies and procedures of Averett's discipline process.

Feel free to direct students with questions to Bill on the fourth floor of the Student Center or have them contact him at woodward@averett.edu. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29.

201311
Two new positions that are open at Averett have been posted online - a revised position for the director of autism studies and head tennis coach. Application review begins March 25. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201311
Thank you for participating in the state-wide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 12. Drills like this provide us the opportunity to implement elements of our critical incident plan and see where we still need to make improvements.

In an effort to be sure we are addressing this type of situation in the most effective and efficient way, the critical incident response team would like your feedback. Please send an email to Bill Woodward (woodward@averett.edu) with your responses to the following questions:
1. Did you receive enough information prior to the drill to know what was expected of you during the drill? If not, what additional information would have been helpful to you?
2. Was your designated shelter space sufficient in terms of space for the number of people? If not, what was lacking to make it a good shelter space?
3. Is there an alternate area on your floor or in your building that would serve as a better shelter location than the one designated to your area? If so, please explain the shelter location and where your office or classroom is located.
4. What about the drill went well from your perspective?
5. In what ways are you able and/or willing to help with the training programs as we continue to move forward with educating the campus community about our critical response protocols?

201311
Help AU's SAAC raise money for Danville's elementary schools now through March 22. Bring in your pennies and other loose change to support this great cause. Jars will be located throughout campus – the dining hall, Alumni Hall, admissions office, library, the bookstore and Pritchett Auditorium.

In addition to jars being placed around campus, SAAC will also be raising money via a pie in the face competition. From March 18-22, jars with pictures of staff members and coaches (Carly Pearce, Joanne Spalding, Jamie Williford, Steve Hydas, Mike Dunlevy, Danny Miller, Ed Goodhines, Lesley Villarose, Phil Wilson and Liz Hickey) will be placed in the cafeteria during lunch. The person who raises the most money will receive three pies in the face on March 26 during SAAC's annual corn hole tournament on the lawn.

201310
Don't forget about the upcoming event hosted by the Women's Leadership Circle on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Lenora Billings-Harris, international diversity expert, will be speaking on "Women Leaders: Removing Barriers to Success." She will explore strategies, best practices and more from examples of powerful women making a difference.

201310
Staff can now access the University staff meeting minutes via Moodle. Here's how to access them:

Go to the Averett web page www.averett.edu; click MyAverett, then click Moodle; the login is in the upper right corner of the screen; select login and fill in your user name and password (the usual ones for network access); click administrative updates and scroll down; click the staff folder, followed by the University staff meeting minutes file you want to read (agenda on the first page, followed by minutes); then logout when finished (upper right corner).

201310
The equestrian studies department has several events coming up over the next two months that are open to the public. If you've always wanted to learn more about our equestrian studies department, this is your opportunity to see them in action.

• March 16, Dressage and Combined Test Show - open to the public for spectating and competing

• April 3-5, United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Instructor Certification Workshop, these workshops are for instructors preparing to sit for certification exams from the USDF. The workshops are also open to auditors who wish to increase their overall depth and breadth of theory in dressage. USDF faculty and examiners will be coming from around the country and around the globe. Participants in this year's workshop, along with AU students, are from California, North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut.

• April 13, Dressage and Combined Test Show – open to the public for spectating and competing

201310
The instructional technology web pages have moved and are now incorporated into the new intranet site. If you had set any bookmarks or favorites, they will need to be updated. In addition, since the intranet is password-protected, you will need to log in with your Averett username and password. The new intranet is located at myinfo.averett.edu.

Visit the instructional technology pages for software how-to videos and register for hands-on workshops. Upcoming workshops include CamStudio (March 13 & 14), Moodle Gradebook (March 19), Moodle Activities (March 20) and Cloud Apps for File Storage and Sharing (March 28).

201310
Consultant BerryDunn conducted a comprehensive IT assessment at Averett last year, and one of the recommendations was that an intranet website should be established to improve internal communications and disseminate employee-specific information. The IT department has established an intranet site at myinfo.averett.edu using a content management system, which allows content editors in various departments and offices to edit their own content.

The site is in its first phase of development. The President's Council has identified content editors for offices and departments, and this week, the content editors are receiving training and are beginning to add content to their pages.

The intranet is password-protected, so employees will need to log in with their usual Averett username and password to view the site. Any issues related to the intranet should be reported to the IT HelpDesk using the category labeled "intranet."

201310
During the Honors Banquet, the student life office will be honoring members of the Averett community with their awards. They are looking for nominations in the following categories:
Student leader of the year
Advisor of the year
Organization of the year
Unsung Hero

Please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu if you have questions or you would like to fill out a nomination form.

201310
If you have not already done so, please sign up for the e2Campus Emergency Alert System. If you are signed up, make sure that your information is up to date to ensure that you receive any alerts.

The University's emergency alert system is designed to send users a message via email and/or mobile phone in the case of a campus emergency.

201309
Averett is sponsoring a team in Bowl for Kids' Sake, the largest fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Petrina Carter, director of career services, is collecting donations to put the Averett team over the top. Stop by the Gregory Career Services Center to help support a great cause. Donations will be accepted through April 8.

Some other ways to help:
* volunteer to be a mentor to a child of your choosing
* volunteer to assist BBBS staff, or with special events
* host a mentoring moment meet and greet in your home

201309
The next University-wide staff meeting will be Thursday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Please mark your calendars!

Just a reminder: the minutes from the staff meetings have been posted on Moodle in the staff folder. Please access and read the minutes, and send any corrections to Linda Lemery. In future meetings, we will vote to approve or modify the minutes at the beginning of the meeting. This is a new procedure.

If you don't regularly use Moodle and need a refresher on how to access the minutes, don't panic! Here's the refresher:
Go to the University's web page and click on MyAverett, from there click the Moodle icon to login (the login is in the upper right corner). One you have logged in with your user name and password (the usual ones for network access) click administrative updates and scroll down to the staff folder. Click the file for the staff meeting minutes you want to read (agenda on the first page, followed by minutes beginning on the second page). Make sure you logout when you are finished (upper right corner).

If you inadvertently delete this issue of Coffee Break and don't remember how to access Moodle, you can find the directions published in previous CB issues by going to the CB archive and clicking the announcements link.

Contact Linda Lemery (ext. 15636) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105) if you have trouble accessing the minutes.

201309
If you're having computer trouble, fill out the online help desk form for all IT requests/issues. Chris Hanks, coordinator of internet accounts, is now the help desk supervisor. If your issue has not been resolved in a timely manner, contact Chris for additional help.

201309
A new position has been posted online for a graphic designer. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201309
The University's Sam's Club representative, Karen Shields, will be on campus on Tuesday, March 19; Tuesday, April 9; and Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall. She will renew current memberships and have information for new accounts. A membership to Sam's is $40, and a $10 gift card comes with your new account or renewal.

201309
Mark your calendars -- the next campus-wide coffee break will be March 14 at Jut's Café. (This is the Thursday after Spring Break.) The exact time will be announced later. See you there!

201309
All offices/departments need to include their postal code on all outgoing envelopes if the office/department is not already printed on the envelope.

If mailing something internationally, sort that separately from mail that is staying stateside.

For departments/offices with their own campus (Riverview, North Campus, etc.) use that mailing address if having something shipped to you. This will help prevent delay of the package arriving in a timely manner.

If sending a package through UPS, it must be at the mailroom before 2:30 p.m. - 2:30 is the last pick up for the day.

201309
The Alpha Chi (AX) Honor Society is holding a book drive Feb. 20 through March 8 in support of literacy at local elementary schools. Please support this drive by donating new or very gently used books appropriate for first through fifth grade reading levels.

Collection boxes are in Frith (on the third floor) and the library. AX students are also willing to collect books from any faculty or staff member at their offices. If you wish to have your donation collected from your office, please contact Dr. Gretchen Cohenour at gcohenour@averett.edu or call ext. 15767. We appreciate your support!

201309
The Women's Leadership Circle will host Lenora Billings-Harris, international diversity expert, on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Billings-Harris will speak on "Women Leaders: Removing Barriers to Success," and will explore strategies, best practices and more from examples of powerful women making a difference. The event is free and open to the public.

201309
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Averett University for one night - March 26. The Globetrotters are offering an exclusive discount to Averett faculty, staff, students and their friends and family. For a list of discounted ticket prices, please click here.

For more information on ticket prices, group experience packages or how to order, please contact:
Ashley Murry, group ticket sales specialist, or via phone at 602-707-7010.

201309
The dining hall and Jut's Café will have shortened hours during the week of spring break.
Hours for the dining hall:
Saturday, March 2, brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; dinner, 5-7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, brunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; dinner, 5-7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 4-Friday, March 8, continental breakfast, 8-10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; dinner, 5-6 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, brunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; dinner, 5-6 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m.

Hours for Jut's Café:
Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday, March 3-Saturday, March 9, Closed
Sunday, March 10, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

201309
The University will be participating in the statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. Stay tuned for more information.

201308
Hello, Staff
The next University wide staff meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

A draft of the Jan. 24 staff meeting minutes has been posted on Moodle in the staff folder. Please access and read the minutes, and send corrections to Linda Lemery by Monday, Feb. 18. We will vote to approve or modify the minutes at the beginning of the Feb. 21 meeting. (This is a new procedure.)

If you don't regularly use Moodle and need a refresher on how to access the minutes, don't panic! Here's the refresher:
Go to the Averett web page and click on MyAverett, then click Moodle login on the upper right side of the screen, select login and fill in your user name and password (the usual ones for network access), click administrative updates, scroll down and click the staff folder then click the University staff meeting minutes file that you want to read (agenda on the first page, followed by minutes beginning on the second page). Make sure that you logout when finished (upper right corner).

Contact Linda Lemery (ext. 15636) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105 or dmehalko@averett.edu if you have trouble accessing the minutes.

201308
Joan Kahwajy-Anderson, director of counseling, will host a DVD presentation and discussion on "Depression: mild, moderate or severe and what you can do about it" on Monday, Feb. 25, from 3-4:30 p.m. on the second floor of Blount Library.

See discover.averett.edu/coffeetalk, library hours or the Averett comprehensive calendar for spring 2013 Coffee Talks on research databases and topics of interest to the Averett community.

201308
Short how-to videos are available on the instructional technology website. All employees are encouraged to make use of the videos either as refreshers of hands-on workshops you attended or to learn something new. Video topics include Excel, Moodle, Outlook Email, Outlook Calendar, PC Self-Service, PowerPoint, Word, Windows 7 and Multimedia Projector. New videos are added regularly, so check back often!

While you're there, check out the schedule of technology workshops and seminars workshops and seminars. Plus, if you missed a technology presentation at a faculty or staff meeting, the presentations are archived there.

201307
The equestrian department is trying to raise money to send its dressage and hunt seat teams to the nationals this year. The teams will be selling Paracord bracelets in Averett's traditional blue and gold colors for $10 each. All proceeds will go toward the team's travel and entry fee expenses on its road to the National Championships. Bracelets will be sold Feb. 25-28 on the second floor of the Student Center during lunch hours. For more information about the teams' fundraising efforts, read the story on the athletics website.

201307
The admissions office will welcome more than 130 prospective students and their families on Saturday, Feb. 16, during Scholarship Day. This prestigious day showcases those students who have been awarded the Presidential or Deans scholarships - the University's top two merit awards.

If you see any of these students on campus, please make them feel welcome and assist them in any way since more than 60 percent of these students will enroll and join us on campus this fall.

201307
To help Averett students maximize their course opportunities and to make the registration process smoother for everyone involved, the University is instituting a new late registration fee policy. The new policy applies to all full-time, continuing degree-seeking students, and the details are as follows:

If returning students have not registered for 2013 fall semester courses and had them approved by their advisor by April 24 they will be charged a late registration fee of $50, which will be added to their next tuition payment statement.

Returning students registering for 2014 spring semester courses are required to have their course registrations approved by their academic advisor by Dec. 4. If students are not registered by this time they will be charged a late registration fee of $50, which will be added to their next tuition payment statement.

Please note: the new policy does not apply to students who are returning from leaves of absence, or students who are starting their first semester at Averett.

201307
Come one, come all, to the next Cup of Joe event on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Hope to see you there!

201307
Karen Shields, the University's Sam's Club representative, will be in the dining hall next Friday, Feb. 15, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. She will renew memberships and offer new registrations as well.

201307
Hello, Staff
The next University wide staff meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

A draft of the Jan. 24 staff meeting minutes has been posted on Moodle in the staff folder. Please access and read the minutes, and send corrections to Linda Lemery by Monday, Feb. 18. We will vote to approve or modify the minutes at the beginning of the Feb. 21 meeting. (This is a new procedure.)

If you don't regularly use Moodle and need a refresher on how to access the minutes, don't panic! Here's the refresher:
Go to the Averett web page and click on MyAverett, then click Moodle login on the upper right side of the screen, select login and fill in your user name and password (the usual ones for network access), click administrative updates, scroll down and click the staff folder then click the University staff meeting minutes file that you want to read (agenda on the first page, followed by minutes beginning on the second page). Make sure that you logout when finished (upper right corner).

Contact Linda Lemery (ext. 15636) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105 or dmehalko@averett.edu) if you have trouble accessing the minutes.

201307
The support services assessment (SSA) committee has two new members - James Thurnes from the admissions office and Jeff Hubbard from facility management office. The other members of the committee are Elaine Day, Dana Mehalko and Metta Alsobrook. The SSA Committee is responsible for setting up the support services assessment due dates and assessing the unit/department assessment.

There is an assessment webinar that has been created by Dr. Eric Moore, a professor at Longwood University. The webinar focuses on the critical thinking competency rubric, which was designed to assess critical thinking of students across the disciplines. In this session, Moore reports on his successful adaptation of the rubric for use in an honors ethics class. This session provides an explanation of how the rubric, with fairly simple modifications, can be easily adapted as an efficient grading tool in any class that teaches critical thinking. He also examines the question of whether honors students perform at a higher standard for critical thinking. To view the webinar, click here.

201307
The AU Cheerleader's will be selling homemade cupcakes, chocolate candy and long stem roses for Valentine's Day in the Student Center during lunch and dinner on Thursday, Feb. 14. Each item is $1 or you can purchase all three (cupcake, chocolate and rose) for $5. Please come out and support our cheerleaders.

201306
The next Cup of Joe will be Thursday, Feb. 14, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. Mark your calendars now. Hope to see you there!

201306
Each year faculty and staff are asked to nominate students they feel are eligible to receive the Whos Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges acknowledgement. This acknowledgement is based on academic ability, community participation, academic and co-curricular leadership, citizenship, service, and future achievement potential. Students who have earned a 3.0 or higher and have 80 or more academic credits are eligible for nomination.

There are two ballots – one for traditional undergraduate and IDEAL students and the other for GPS undergraduates. Instructions are included on the forms. Completed forms must be returned to Bill Woodward, dean of students, by Friday, Feb. 8.

Nominated students will receive an invitation to complete the application for recognition. The completed applications will be reviewed by the Student Life committee for selection to receive this acknowledgement.

Thank you for your participation in selecting students for this annual award.

201306
The cold of winter might seem like it will never leave. But summer isn't that far away. And summer means that it's time for the annual Summer Series of Something for staff and faculty.

If you have an idea for this year's series, contact Kathie Tune, director of human resources at ktune@averett.edu or ext. 17106, and share your thoughts.

201306
Are you interested in teaching an online course at Averett? Participate in "Best Practices for Facilitating Online Courses," a three-week, asynchronous online seminar facilitated via Moodle by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. Participants will apply Knowles' theory of andragogy to online teaching strategies, explore online learning theories and student-centered teaching, learn to enhance student engagement and build online community and understand how to establish virtual presence in online courses.

Offered monthly, the next seminar begins Feb. 25. Please click here to register today. If you have questions about this seminar or other technology workshops, email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

201306
Every day, we have students who are at risk of leaving our University for a variety of reasons. Many times these students are simply seeking solutions to issues, assistance, resources, or support and advice in order to persist. Each of us has an opportunity to help our students stay (remember, it takes a village).

For any student you encounter who may be struggling, please contact Dr. Mary Vanderlinden, director of student success, immediately to share the student's name and information (ext. 15754 or mvanderlinden@averett.edu). We can't help a student if we don't know and can't intervene. Thank you for helping our students stay!

201306
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the office of student engagement will be sponsoring a trip to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C. We are looking for a chaperone to attend this with the students and to drive the Averett van. We'll leave Averett at 12 p.m. and return at 5 p.m.

Please email Lesley Villarose if you would like to help, lvillarose@averett.edu.

201305
Two new positions have been posted online – academic advisor for the GPS Program in Richmond and an associate dean of student success for the GPS Program. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201305
The Lavinder Group & Associates, our insurance brokerage company, will be on campus Friday, Feb. 1 from 8-10 a.m. and again from 3-5 p.m. in the SGA conference room (fourth floor of the Student Center) to answer any questions about health, dental and life insurance.

The Lavinder Group will be visiting campus quarterly - this meeting being their first. They welcome individual appointments as well. Contact them at rlav@gamewood.net or mark.lavinder@averett.edu or call 434-792-4244.

201305
There are several dates from the registrar's office you need to be aware of in case students have questions.

March 22 is the last day for seniors to order their caps and gowns for spring Commencement. It is also the day that pre-registration begins for the fall 2013 semester. The last day students will be able to pre-register for classes is April 24.

The last day for seniors to apply for graduation is March 28.

Please keep these dates in mind in case students have questions.

201305
If you are mailing something to someone off campus, there is a rule you need to keep in mind. All outgoing mail should contain one of the following on each envelope, postcard or mailing label:
1. Two digit account number (contact Rod Henderson if you do not know your number)
2. Your name
3. Department name

Should any of your outgoing mail be returned, this information will enable the mail room to deliver the returned mail to the appropriate person/department. Remember that it is your responsibility to handle your mail correctly.

201305
Mark your calendars! Free cup of coffee/tea and muffin, in Jut's Café from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Thursdays listed below for faculty, staff and graduate assistants. How can it get any better than free?

February 14
March 14
April 11
May 16
(None in June, 2013)

Come one, come all! Hope to see you there!

201305
Each year, faculty and staff are asked to nominate students they feel are eligible to receive the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges acknowledgement. This acknowledgement is based on academic ability, community participation, academic and co-curricular leadership, citizenship, service, and future achievement potential. Students who have earned a 3.0 or higher and have 80 or more academic credits are eligible for nomination.

There are two ballots – one for traditional undergraduate and IDEAL students and the other for GPS undergraduates. Instructions are included on the forms. Completed forms must be returned to Bill Woodward, dean of students, by Friday, Feb. 8.

Nominated students will receive an invitation to complete the application for recognition. The completed applications will be reviewed by the Student Life committee for selection to receive this acknowledgement.

Thank you for your participation in selecting students for this annual award.

201305
If you missed the PowerPoint Basics hands-on workshop last fall, here's your second chance; register today for the one-hour workshop offered at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6. Participants will learn to create a slideshow presentation with transitions, design an effective presentation (how to choose appropriate colors, fonts, etc.), insert images, apply themes and print handouts. You'll also get tips in using PowerPoint to enhance your message without compromising content.

201305
Faculty and staff are encouraged to register today for a one-hour workshop on iPad Apps, offered at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 7. Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will share her top ten apps for education and productivity. Bring your iPad to download them during the workshop and share your favorites, too. To register for the class, please click here.

201304
Greetings from the Residence Life Department,
Resident assistants (RA) selection for the 2013-14 academic school year is right around the corner. RA selection is always a very exciting time of the year for us.

We would like to extend an invitation to all faculty and staff to play an active role in the March 2013 RA selection process by submitting recommendations for possible candidates. Please nominate Averett students who excel in and out of the classroom and who possess strong leadership skills. All nominations need to be submitted by Feb. 4 to Rowland Tolliver at rtolliver@averett.edu.

201304
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Averett theatre professors will present "Exploring the Present: Creating Theatre" as part of Averett's 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series. The event will be held in the Student Center multipurpose room and is free and open to the public.

201304
Dear Colleagues:
On Friday, Jan. 25, you will receive your first paycheck of the new calendar year. Because of several changes between December 2012 and January 2013, it is very likely that your net check for January 2013 will be different from your net check for December 2012.

As we all know, Congress narrowly avoided the "fiscal cliff" and as a result, there were some minor changes to the Federal Withholding Tax Tables. But there was also one item within the Congressional negotiations that has generally been overlooked. In 2010, Congress enacted a "tax holiday" which reduced the employee portion of the Social Security Tax from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent. Congress allowed the tax holiday to expire on December 31, 2012, so you will see an increase to the FICA line on your paystub.

If you have any questions regarding your January 25 paystub, please contact Tammy Wall, Pam Paynter or Andy Fitch in the business office. We will be more than happy to review it with you.

201304
Hear-ye, hear-ye! Come one, come all to the University-wide staff meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

201304
The University's Counseling Center will offer a suicide prevention program for faculty, staff and students on Jan. 23, at noon in Frith 204; Jan. 24 at 4:45 p.m. in Frith 206; and Jan. 25 at 6:45 a.m. in Frith 205. *Please note that the times reported in last week's announcement were incorrect.

The program features an informative documentary on college students who have attempted suicide and the effects of these attempts on family members and friends. Important suicide prevention information will be available, including a free faculty handbook (while the supply lasts).

For further information, contact Joan Kahwajy-Anderson, director of counseling, at extension 15624 or at jkahwajy@averett.edu.

201304
The University's winter coat drive is underway! Now through Monday, Feb. 4, bring your new or gently used coats to the office of student engagement (fourth floor of the Student Center) to be donated to a local homeless shelter and the Salvation Army.

201304
Good news for those who made a New Year's resolution to exercise more. Averett is starting a Boot Camp! Boot Camp will be held Monday through Friday and is open to all faculty, staff and students. Interested participants should meet inside the Fitness Center on the Main Campus at 7 a.m.

201304
Look for more information to come.
New Student Orientation: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
Transfer Orientation: Friday, July 12
New Student Orientation: Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14
Move-in for students who did not attend summer orientation: Friday, Aug. 16. All other new students move-in Saturday, Aug. 17.

201304
The Women's Leadership Circle at Averett is proud to welcome Danville native Gayle Goodson Butler, editor-in-chief of "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine, on Monday, Feb. 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Blount Chapel. Butler will deliver a talk on women, national media and her journey in publishing.

There will be an opportunity to discuss her life, publishing, gardening and HG-TV. To RSVP, please email Debbie Flinn.

201303
Averett employees are invited to become a member of the Danville Family YMCA under a corporate membership. Danville employees who want to take advantage of this opportunity need to show their Averett ID or payroll stub to receive 100 percent off the joiner fee (a $50 savings) as well as 15 percent off the membership fees.

Membership costs $27 a month for one adult, 18 and over ($300 annually); $44 for a family ($504 annually); and $27 for a senior, 60 and over, ($300 annually). The Men's Health Club is an additional $10 per month.

201303
Averett will celebrate one of this country's most influential dreamers on Monday, Jan.21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - during an admissions open house event from 9-9:45 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium.

This special program will feature the Averett Singers combined with the Averett Gospel Choir, Civil Rights era music and poems read by Averett students, the "I Have A Dream" address by Dr. King on video, and special words from Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. With permission from your supervisor please plan to attend and celebrate Dr. King's life, dream and legacy.

201303
Dear Averett Community,
During the faculty meeting scheduled for Jan. 22, we will begin with a combined meeting for all faculty and staff in Blount Chapel from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. that will set the stage for our Sun Porch 2.0 sessions. Joanne Soliday, partner/owner of Credo (formerly Performa Higher Education), who has consulted with more than 200 independent colleges and universities, will share the results of her recent research on "thriving colleges."

These findings will provide a helpful backdrop and framework for our upcoming Sun Porch sessions where all faculty and staff will be invited to "imagine the future" for Averett. Just as the Sun Porch sessions in 2009 were foundational to the development of our current strategic plan and to the University's progress these past four years, Sun Porch 2.0 will be instrumental in planning for the next five to seven years as we begin preparation of the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan. Everyone's involvement from the beginning will be so valuable to the planning process and to our combined efforts that facilitate continued success for Averett.

Following Joanne's remarks, staff will depart and the faculty will remain to conduct their regular January faculty meeting business. The January staff meeting will still be held on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Gratefully,

Tiffany

201303
During the Christmas holiday, Moodle was upgraded. Minimum browser requirements for the new version are: Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 10, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11 or Opera 9. Improvements to Moodle include:
-File picker: offers icons, table, and list views; drag and drop files; images display as true thumbnails
-Blocks: can be dragged and dropped around the course page
-Course resources: can be dragged and dropped around the course page; new editing icon allows quick editing of the title directly on the course page; to add a file, drag and drop it onto the course section; to add a folder of files, zip the folder and then drag and drop it onto the course section
-Assignment module: has been significantly upgraded to combine the previous assignment types (upload a single file, advanced uploading of files, online text, offline activity) into a single assignment with editable settings
-Course topics/weeks: can be dragged and dropped around the course page
-Marking guide: a new grading method
For more details and hands-on practice, participate in the What's New in Moodle 2.3.3 workshop offered at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, on the Main Campus. Additional upcoming Moodle workshops include sessions on Basics, Gradebook, Forum and Chat, and Rubrics. To see the complete workshop schedule and register for workshops, please click here.

201303
Due to Founders' Day, the University wide staff meeting has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 24. This month's meeting will be held in the multipurpose room of the Student Center at 11:15 a.m.

201303
Have you ever said, "Why didn't they ask me about Homecoming? I had a great idea." Dan Hayes would like to hear all of your ideas about Homecoming. Those ideas may or may not be tied to your desire to help out.

Choose one of three times to come and share your ideas, or to ask how you can help! On Jan. 17 stop by Jut's Caf during Cup a Joe from 7:30-9:30 a.m., or come by Alumni Hall at 3:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. Bring your ideas!

201303
To help Averett students maximize their course opportunities and to make the registration process smoother for everyone involved, the University is instituting a new late registration fee policy. The new policy applies to all full-time, continuing degree-seeking students, and the details are as follows:

If returning students have not registered for 2013 fall semester courses and had them approved by their advisor by April 24 they will be charged a late registration fee of $50, which will be added to their next tuition payment statement.

Returning students registering for 2014 spring semester courses are required to have their course registrations approved by their academic advisor by Dec. 4. If students are not registered by this time they will be charged a late registration fee of $50, which will be added to their next tuition payment statement.

Please note: the new policy does not apply to students who are returning from leaves of absence, or students who are starting their first semester at Averett.

201303
The University's Counseling Center will offer a suicide prevention program for faculty, staff and students on Jan. 23, at 11:45 in Frith 204, Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Frith 206 and Jan. 25 at 6:30 a.m. in Frith 205.

The program features an informative documentary on college students who have attempted suicide and the effects of these attempts on family members and friends. Important suicide prevention information will be available, including a free faculty handbook (while the supply lasts).

For further information, contact Joan Kahwajy-Anderson, director of counseling, at extension 15624 or at jkahwajy@averett.edu.

201303
Faculty and staff are invited to attend this year's Founders' Day celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 11:15 in Pritchett Auditorium. Two of our retiring faculty, Dr. Steve Ausband and Dr. Bill Trimyer, will be speaking. In addition, the University will recognize faculty and staff for their years of service.

201302
Averett's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program has launched an exciting new multi-media campaign aimed at the working adult market. The campaign, proudly "starring" Averett's own GPS students, was created and produced in conjunction with Averett's new marketing partner, Synergis Education. Elements of the campaign include 11 new billboards, targeted direct mail and online banner ads, and a new 30-second TV commercial. (To see the new TV commercial, please click here).

The TV spot will run in staggered flights for a total of nine weeks in the Central Virginia (greater Richmond) market, and will air on early morning news (e.g. "Good Morning America," CBS "This Morning" and the "TODAY Show"), early evening news, and in prime time (e.g. the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, "Survivor," "The Amazing Race" and "Undercover Boss").

In addition to its new multi-media campaign, GPS is also launching several exciting new programs – again, in partnership with Synergis Education. Currently in the pipeline are: an accelerated masters of accountancy program to be offered on-campus as well as online; an RN to BSN program offered by Averett's nurse education department for working nurses; a BBA in health care administration; an MEd in administration and supervision; a bachelor of public administration; and more. To find out more about the programs GPS currently offers, please click here.

201302
Winter is upon us and that means there's a possibility for class delays or the University's closure. To stay abreast of Averett's schedule during any inclement weather, all faculty and staff (as well as students) are encouraged to sign up for campus alerts, which can be delivered via text message, email or both. Even if you've signed up in the past, your information needs to be updated every year. To access the form, please click here.

Averett uses a variety of ways to inform faculty, staff and students about any delays or closings. To read more about the University's notification plan during inclement weather, please click here.

201302
Averett employees are invited to become a member of the Danville Family YMCA under a corporate membership. Danville employees who want to take advantage of this opportunity need to show their Averett ID or payroll stub to receive 100 percent off the joiner fee (a $50 savings) as well as 15 percent off the membership fees.

Membership costs $27 a month for one adult, 18 and over ($300 annually); $44 for a family ($504 annually); and $27 for a senior, 60 and over, ($300 annually). The Men's Health Club is an additional $10 per month.

201302
Averett will celebrate one of this country's most influential dreamers on Monday, Jan.21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - during an admissions open house event from 9-9:45 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium.

This special program will feature the Averett Singers combined with the Averett Gospel Choir, Civil Rights era music and poems read by Averett students, the "I Have A Dream" address by Dr. King on video, and special words from Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. With permission from your supervisor please plan to attend and celebrate Dr. King's life, dream and legacy.

201302
There are three new jobs posted online - aerobics instructor, business professor for the traditional program and an adjunct position in English. For more information, or to apply for one of these positions, visit Jobs@Averett.

201302
The next Cup of Joe will be held Thursday, Jan. 17 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Jut's Cafe. Hope to see you there!

201302
Did you recently receive a new PC and/or Windows upgrade? Could you use an orientation to Windows 7 to help you manage your files and folders and use the interface efficiently? Register for a hands-on workshop offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22. Upon completion of this one-hour workshop, participants will be able to manage windows, navigate and manage folders, and locate, copy and delete files. To see the complete workshop schedule and to register click here.

201302
Want to exercise, but don't want to do it alone? Linda Lemery is looking for an exercise partner(s) to either work out in the Main Campus Fitness Center or to walk during lunch, from about 11:40 a.m. to about 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, some Thursdays and Fridays. There is also the option of walking most days after work. If anyone is interested, call Linda at ext. 15636 or email her at linda.lemery@averett.edu.

201302
The University has several free tickets to the Saturday, Jan. 19 performance of the Harlem Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. The tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Jennifer Hooper at ext. 15600 to reserve your tickets today.

201302
The softball team is holding its annual fundraiser. This year they are selling navy hoodies and crew neck sweatshirts adorned with the new Cougar softball logo. The hoodies are $20 and the crew necks are $15.

Please help support the program and in return you will be warm when you cheer them on at their games! To place your order, or for more information, email softball@averett.edu.

201302
Seniors have given four years of their lives to learning at Averett. Eighty-seven days before graduation the alumni office holds its annual Senior Dinner to thank them for choosing Averett and to introduce them to what a good graduate is and prepare them for the next step. This year's dinner will be held Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

The meal is served by faculty and staff, which is one of the ways to help out. The second way to help is by encouraging seniors who graduating either this spring or fall to attend. Thirdly, the alumni office is looking for fabulous prizes to give away that evening. If you are interested in helping serve, or have a prize to donate, please contact Dan Hayes, director of alumni relations, at ext. 17252.

201302
Dear Averett Community,
During the faculty meeting scheduled for Jan. 22, we will begin with a combined meeting for all faculty and staff in Blount Chapel from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. that will set the stage for our Sun Porch 2.0 sessions. Joanne Soliday, partner/owner of Credo (formerly Performa Higher Education), who has consulted with more than 200 independent colleges and universities, will share the results of her recent research on "thriving colleges."

These findings will provide a helpful backdrop and framework for our upcoming Sun Porch sessions where all faculty and staff will be invited to "imagine the future" for Averett. Just as the Sun Porch sessions in 2009 were foundational to the development of our current strategic plan and to the University's progress these past four years, Sun Porch 2.0 will be instrumental in planning for the next five to seven years as we begin preparation of the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan. Everyone's involvement from the beginning will be so valuable to the planning process and to our combined efforts that facilitate continued success for Averett.

Following Joanne's remarks, staff will depart and the faculty will remain to conduct their regular January faculty meeting business. The January staff meeting will still be held on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Gratefully,

Tiffany

201301
Averett will celebrate one of this country's most influential dreamers on Monday, Jan.21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - during an admissions open house event from 9-9:45 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium.

This special program will feature the Averett Singers combined with the Averett Gospel Choir, Civil Rights era music and poems read by Averett students, the "I Have A Dream" address by Dr. King on video, and special words from Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. With permission from your supervisor please plan to attend and celebrate Dr. King's life, dream and legacy.

201251
Tony Robbins, self-help author and motivational speaker, said, "By changing nothing, nothing changes."

Whose life are you trying to change? There are people around you every day whose life can be changed for the better with a college education. Please be an instrument of positive change for those persons and encourage them to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett University (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones, our vice president for enrollment management.

We want to share the story of the life you are trying to change, so please remember to email Stuart at sdjones@averett.edu about your efforts to change a life.

201251
A special thanks to everyone for their work this year in improving the University's assessment process. For those who have not completed their 2012 assessment plan, the mission, goals, objectives and strategies should be entered into Compliance Assist as soon as possible (they were originally due Aug. 31).

The fiscal year 2013 assessment plan, must be entered into Compliance Assist by Dec. 20.

To enter your information into Compliance Assist, click here.

201251
Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will hold an open lab for faculty from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 in Frith 109. Faculty are encouraged to visit the lab during this time for assistance with any course-related software (Moodle, PowerPoint, DropBox, etc.).

If you wanted to attend a hands-on workshop but missed it, this is a great opportunity to learn something new, ask questions and get ready for spring courses. Registration is not needed, just drop by!

201250
The Danville Chapter of the Alumni Association is hosting a Christmas Party on Monday, Dec. 17 at the Conway House from 5-7 p.m. If you are an alumnus who also works at Averett, please come by and meet other alumni and join us for some Christmas cheer! Bring a favorite snack or drink with you. For more information, contact Dan Hayes at ext. 17252.

201250
Dec. 10-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dec. 16, 12-3 p.m.
Dec. 17-21, 9 a,m,-4 p.m.
Dec. 22-25, closed
Dec. 26-28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dec. 29-Jan. 1, closed

Regular business hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

201250
You never know where prospective students lurk! Recently while shopping at Carytown in Richmond, Stuart and Terri Jones ran across a former Danvillian working in retail sales. The conversation led to her husband's desire to get a bachelor's degree in business. Stuart and Terri connected him to GPS admissions in Richmond. Fast forward a little, he is now enrolled in our BBA program at the GPS campus in Innsbrook.

Whose life are you changing? Like Stuart and Terri, please tell someone about Averett (adult or high school student) or simply forward their name, address and phone number to Stuart himself so enrollment can contact them. Remember to also tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story today so it can be included in the next Coffee Break.

201250
There is a new position open - director of annual giving programs - on the Main Campus. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201249
Averett employees are invited to become a member of the Danville Family YMCA under a corporate membership. Danville employees who want to take advantage of this opportunity need to show their Averett ID or payroll stub to receive 100 percent off the joiner fee (a $50 savings) as well as 15 percent off the membership fees.

Membership costs $27 a month for one adult, 18 and over ($300 annually); $44 for a family ($504 annually); and $27 for a senior, 60 and over, ($300 annually). The Men's Health Club is an additional $10 per month.

Membership to the Danville YMCA includes, at no extra cost - group exercise (land and water); yoga, prenatal yoga and pilates classes; group cycling, extreme interval, ZUMBA and African dance; indoor 25 yard heated pool; fitness center with cardio theatre (brand new state-of-the-art life fitness treadmills, ellipticals and bikes); weight room; babysitting service; two racquetball courts; gymnasium; outdoor running/walking track; outside playground; steam rooms; and free fitness orientations and 12-week fitness program with certified trainers.

Swimming lessons, birthday party rentals, sports classes and personal training are fee-based programs. Members pay half the cost of non-members.

For more information, check out www.ymcadanville.org.

201315
Are you interested in teaching online? Participate in Best Practices for Facilitating Online Courses, a three-week, asynchronous online seminar facilitated via Moodle by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. Participants learn best practices for teaching online, including applying the theory of andragogy to online teaching strategies, exploring online learning theories and student-centered teaching and enhancing student engagement. Not only does this seminar give you a great foundation for effective online teaching, but it also gives you the opportunity to experience an online course from the student's perspective.

Offered monthly, the next seminars begin May 6 and June 3. Please click here to register today. If you have questions about this seminar or other technology workshops, email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

201249
Don't forget to join us next Tuesday night (Dec. 11) at 7 p.m. for our 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture. We are hosting "Christmas Readings for Children" (ages 4-9) in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. In addition to Christmas stories, there will be a surprise visit from Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public.

201249
Incoming new and transfer students will participate in new student orientation Jan. 6-7. There are about 30 students who will be joining the Averett family in January.

201249
Have you forgotten when the next basketball game is? Or you're wondering if there's a flu clinic scheduled? Check the University's online comprehensive calendar for holiday closings, deadlines, athletic events, Arts@Averett events, etc.

201249
Due to the Christmas holiday, full time faculty and staff will be paid early in the month of December. Paychecks will be deposited on Dec. 21.

201249
Due to the growing number of graduate assistants on campus, Staff Council has made the decision to include graduate students on Staff Council to help serve this segment of the Averett family. This year, John Parkin, a hall director for residence life, and Molly Bateman, assistant women's basketball coach, have agreed to serve.

201249
In our humble opinion, Kim Prosser, GPS academic advisor at our Innsbrook campus, is raising her children right! Pictures of her children (ages 13 and 6) in Averett apparel reveal that she is already engraining into their psyche that fact that they will one day be Averett University students. In fact, she tells them they will be! We love it!

Whose life are you changing? Like Kim, please encourage family members or friends to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student) or simply forward their name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones. Remember to also tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story today.

201248
Reminder, our Sam's Club representative will be on the Main Campus tomorrow (Nov. 29) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall.

201248
Remember, our monthly Coffee Time will be this Friday, Nov. 30, from 7:30-9 a.m. in Jut's Café. If you'd like to display a craft, please contact Charlotte Wilson (ext. 17147 or charlotte.wilson@averett.edu) or Linda Lemery (ext. 15636 or llemery@averett.edu) to reserve a space.

201248
Tiffany and Joe Franks cordially invite you and your spouse or guest to an Averett Family Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m. at their home (500 Hawthorne Drive).

Please RSVP to Jennifer Hooper at jchooper@averett.edu or 434-791-5600 by Thursday, Nov. 29.

201248
If your family is a fan of Christmas stories, our 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture next month is sure to be a delight. Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 as we host "Christmas Readings for Children" (ages 4-9) in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. In addition to Christmas stories, there will be a surprise visit from Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public.

201248
Faculty interested in honing their skills using Moodle and learning to use more Moodle features are encouraged to participate in hands-on workshops offered on the Main Campus Dec. 11-13. Choose from workshops covering Moodle basics, the gradebook, and the chat and forum activities. See the schedule for details and to register.

201248
Maybe you have a family member who would benefit from an Averett education! Wanda Haynes, administrative assistant to faculty, believes that to be the case. She recently referred her daughter-in-law to the admissions office as someone they could recruit. Thank you, Wanda, for trying to change a life!

Whose life are you changing? Like Wanda, please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student) or simply forward their name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones. Remember to also tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story today.

201248
The bookstore will be hosting its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 12-5 p.m. As a token of their appreciation, there will be a 20 percent total discount on select merchandise. Refreshments will be served.

201247
Tiffany and Joe Franks cordially invite you and your spouse or guest to an Averett Family Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m. at their home (500 Hawthorne Drive).

Please RSVP to Jennifer Hooper at jchooper@averett.edu or 434-791-5600 by Thursday, Nov. 29.

201247
Averett employees are invited to become a member of the Danville Family YMCA under a corporate membership. Danville employees who want to take advantage of this opportunity need to show their Averett ID or payroll stub to receive 100 percent off the joiner fee (a $50 savings) as well as 15 percent off the membership fees.

Membership costs $27 a month for one adult, 18 and over ($300 annually); $44 for a family ($504 annually); and $27 for a senior, 60 and over, ($300 annually). The Men's Health Club is an additional $10 per month.

Membership to the Danville YMCA includes, at no extra cost - group exercise (land and water); yoga, prenatal yoga and pilates classes; group cycling, extreme interval, ZUMBA and African dance; indoor 25 yard heated pool; fitness center with cardio theatre (brand new state-of-the-art life fitness treadmills, ellipticals and bikes); weight room; babysitting service; two racquetball courts; gymnasium; outdoor running/walking track; outside playground; steam rooms; and free fitness orientations and 12-week fitness program with certified trainers.

Swimming lessons, birthday party rentals, sports classes and personal training are fee-based programs. Members pay half the cost of non-members.

For more information, check out www.ymcadanville.org.

201247
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22-Sunday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

201247
If you want to renew your membership to Sam's Club, establish a membership or have a question, the University's Sam's Club representative will be on the Main Campus Thursday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the dining hall.

201247
Karen Nelson, staff member, recently referred a local area high school senior to the traditional admissions office. With some encouragement from Karen, the student has applied for admission to Averett and the admissions team is now connected with her and assertively recruiting her. It was that simple! Thank you, Karen!

Whose life are you changing? Like Karen, please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story today.

201247
The next monthly Coffee Time will be Friday, Nov. 30, from 7:30-9 a.m. in Jut's Café. Please mark your calendars to come and enjoy coffee and a roll with your colleagues. If you'd like to display a craft, please contact Charlotte Wilson (ext. 17147 or charlotte.wilson@averett.edu) or Linda Lemery (ext. 15636 or llemery@averett.edu) to reserve a space.

201247
Short how-to video clips are available on the instructional technology website. All employees are encouraged to make use of the videos either as refreshers of hands-on workshops or to learn something new. Videos are available in Excel basics, Moodle basics, Moodle gradebook, Outlook Email basics and intermediate, Outlook Calendar basics, PC Self-Service basics for faculty, PowerPoint basics, PowerPoint audio and video, Word intermediate and Multimedia Projector basics. New videos are added regularly, so check back often!

While you're there, check out the schedule of technology workshops and seminars at myinfo.averett.edu/InstructionalTechnology/UpcomingWorkshops. Upcoming workshop topics include Outlook Calendar and Moodle.

201247
Meaghan Byrne '08, one of our new equestrian studies associates, along with several students in the equestrian studies department have created a newsletter they will be publishing four times a year. The newsletter will feature news on upcoming events, exciting changes and additions in the department, show results and more. To view the first edition,
click here.

201246
Exams are just around the corner and so is our annual late night breakfast. If you've never participated before, it's a great time to interact with our students. Volunteers are needed Thursday, Nov. 29 from 10-11:30 p.m. to flip pancakes, pass out food and clean-up!

If you are interested in participating, please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201246
Reminder: Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks will give her annual state of the university address next Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 11:15 in Blount Chapel prior to the regularly scheduled faculty meeting.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

201246
It's basketball season! Come cheer on the men's team for their first home game on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. as they take on Montreat College. Then on Saturday, Nov. 17, there are back to back games with the men's team competing against Virginia University of Lynchburg at 3 p.m. Then the women take the court for their first home game at 5:30 p.m. against Montreat College. Faculty and staff can attend the games for free.

201246
Bon Appétit began their winter hours of operation on Monday, Nov. 12. The dining hall is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Breakfast is served from 7:30-10 a.m.; lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and dinner from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the dining hall is open from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Brunch is served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

201245
On Wednesday, Oct. 31 the lunch hour was filled with the excitement of the Annual Halloween Costume Contest. This year the event drew approximately 50 participants from around campus. Prizes were award in the following categories: 1st and 2nd Place - Best Group (Faculty/Staff), 1st and 2nd Place Individual (Faculty/Staff) and Best Student Costume. Staff Council wants to thank all faculty, staff and students who participated, making the event one to remember.

2012 Halloween Costume Contest Winners
1st Place - Best Group
Toy Story - Institutional Advancement

2nd Place - Best Group
Scooby Doo and Gang - Riverview Campus


1st Place - Best Individual
MC Wonderbread - Drew Wilson

2nd Place - Best Individual
Aladdin - Robbie Hendrix


Best Student Costume
Cat Woman - Julisa Walters

201315
Just a reminder the next University-wide staff meeting will be Thursday, April 18 at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Please mark your calendars.

The minutes from the staff meeting have migrated to the Intranet. If you haven't located them already, here are step-by-step directions on how to find them:
1. Go to myinfo.averett.edu
2. Click Averett Fac/Staff Login (click here first)
3. Enter your usual login and password
4. Click Groups & Committees
5. Click Staff Council
6. Click the meeting minutes you want to read
7. When you're finished, click Logout (upper right corner)

If the March 21 meeting minutes have not yet been posted by the time this issue of Coffee Break is published, they should be posted shortly.

201245
The dining hall will host its annual Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The lunch price for faculty and staff is $10.11 (tax included).

This year's menu will feature herbed rubbed rotisserie turkey with rich turkey gravy, cornbread and regular bread stuffing, farmed rainbow trout filet with garlic beurre blanc, cheese ravioli with a spiced butternut squash cream sauce and toasted walnuts and a variety of homemade desserts.

201245
This month, Averett will interview two candidates for the director of autism studies position. Please join us for open sessions for faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. in Frith 205 and Friday, Nov. 16, 3-3:45 p.m. in Frith 406.

To view a copy of the candidate's CV in advance of each meeting, contact Elaine Day. If you are unable to attend the open session, please refer interview questions to any member of the search committee - Dr. Janet Laughlin, Dr. Pamela Riedel, Dr. Stephen Ausband, Dr. Jean Hatten or Elaine.

201245
Shawn Dolph, a GPS student in Lynchburg pursuing his BBA, loves his Averett experience so much he has successfully recruited two friends to join him in the program. Two lives are being changed…make that three, counting Shawn.

Whose life are you changing? Like Shawn, please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story today.

201245
Do you use a projector in your classroom and have difficulty with it? Or do you need to connect your computer to a projector for presentations and you're not sure how to do it? Register now for a 30-minute workshop offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry, at 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 13 and again on Nov. 15. See the schedule here for complete details and to register.

201245
The academic support services office and its tutor training program have received certification from the College Reading and Learning Association's (CRLA) – International Tutor Training Program. There are about 820 institutions world-wide that have achieved this distinction.

The approval from CRLA signifies that the work of academic support meets internationally recognized standards of quality, and tutors may now become CRLA certified para-professional tutors once they've completed their training.

Be sure to congratulate Holly Kilby, director of academic support, and her team of tutors when you see them.

201245
Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks will give her annual state of the university address on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 11:15 in Blount Chapel prior to the regularly scheduled faculty meeting.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

201244
Dr. Matt Penney, a historian for the CIA, will give a lecture Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Blount Chapel. Penney will be speaking about the agency's activity since WWII and will discuss myths versus reality when it comes to the CIA's activity.

201244
Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at noon in the dining hall (lunch is not included). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for department and individual. There will also be a new category, for best student costume. Come and join the fun. If you have any questions, please contact staff council representatives Lisa Stewart (ext. 17186) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105).

201244
One of the goals of the student life and engagement strategic planning committee is to ensure that student voices are being heard on various university committees.
Here are a few ways you can help achieve this goal:
1. If you are the chair of a campus committee, please consider the ways in which you seek student input for the topics being discussed - especially if they directly impact the student experience on campus.

2. Please notify Dean of Students Bill Woodward by Nov. 12 (woodward@averett.edu), of the names of students who are currently serving on your committees. This will help show how many students are already involved in this way on campus.

3. As you work with students through your classes, offices and/or teams, encourage them to get involved in the committees on which you serve.

4. If you know of students who would be great additions to committees, but aren't sure what the options are for them, feel free to forward their names to Bill by Nov. 12 and he will meet with them to identify a good match.

5. If you are looking for students to join your committee, you can reach out to either the other faculty and staff in your area, or Bill, who will work with the student leaders on campus to share the committee assignments with them.

Giving our students an opportunity to serve on university-wide committees is mutually beneficial. Averett can grow according to the needs and expectations of our students, and the students will gain valuable experience by seeing how decisions are made.

201244
Do you need technology training? What kind of technology workshop would you like to attend? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry is planning offerings for the spring semester. If you have a suggestion, please email her today at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

The schedule of upcoming hands-on workshops is available here, and short how-to video refreshers of previous workshop topics can be found here.

If you missed a workshop and would like training, please contact Kim to schedule another workshop or a personal training session.

201244
Attention all faculty and staff! Please be aware that on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the nurse education department will be in the multipurpose room to share information regarding the proposed nursing program. If you know of a student who is interested in pursuing a degree in nursing, please share this information with them.

201244
Kathy Ross is trying to change a life! Kathy, administrative assistant in the department of education, recently referred the daughter of one of her friends. Admissions has already contacted this prospective student thanks to Kathy!

Whose life are you changing? Like Kathy, please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story today.

201244
On Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7-10 p.m. several of our student organizations will host a pep rally in the Old Gym to celebrate our sports teams. During the rally, there will be two basketball games versus our student-athletes. We are looking for faculty and staff to participate on two teams. If you are interested in playing, please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201244
Faculty are invited to attend a service learning workshop Monday, Nov. 5 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The workshop, How to Craft and Draft a Service-Learning Syllabus, will be led by Dr. Barbara Jacoby, the faculty associate for leadership and community service-learning at the University of Maryland. For questions about the workshop contact Rachel Covington at 799-2176 or rcovington@drfonline.org.

201244
During the Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 20, fans were encouraged to bring canned goods to support God's Storehouse. The cans, which totaled 186 and weighed 270 pounds, were delivered Oct. 22. Thanks to all who supported this great cause!

201244
How can you help Averett's Virginia students afford the cost of attending our university? Send an email to our state legislators and the governor thanking them for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) and asking for it to be funded for next year at $3,200. As our faculty and staff, you can share the successes of our students and how this money replaces some loan debt for the students and their families.

This fall, students were awarded $2,800 for the 2012-13 academic year. It is critical for next year that we show Governor McDonnell how vital VTAG funding is to our students, families, colleges and communities and why VTAG funding should be increased in his budget.

Use this web link to send your emails: http://www.capwiz.com/naicu/va/home

Raise up Averett University and let your voices be heard!

Thank you!
The Admissions and Financial Aid Teams

201243
The University has 10 tickets available for a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at George Washington High School. The tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling the switchboard at ext. 15600.

201243
A new position has been posted online for a student financial services counselor. For more information, or to apply for this position, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201243
The University is now collecting candy for the annual Halloween extravaganza on Oct. 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in front of Main Hall. Boxes have been set up in the Student Center by the dining hall as well as outside of the switchboard office in Main Hall. Candy may also be dropped off at Lesley Villarose's office on the fourth floor of the Student Center. All candy is appreciated!

If you are interested in helping pass out candy to the neighborhood children, please contact Lesley at lvillarose@averett.edu or at ext. 15627.

201243
The University is once again hosting a morning coffee period for faculty and staff once a month. This month, make plans to grab a cup of coffee any time between 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 in Jut's Café.

If you would like to display a craft that morning, please contact Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147 or via email charlotte.wilson@averett.edu or Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or via email linda.lemery@averett.edu as soon as possible.

201243
Dr. Nancy Atkins, regional director for GPS academic services, recently shared "the good word" about Averett during her participation at a community "We Care" event in Richmond. She collected five names (count them...FIVE) of prospective students and gave them to the enrollment team. She's trying to change lives!

Whose life are you changing? Like Nancy, please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones, just like Nancy did. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story.

201243
Bon Appétit Management Company is pleased to announce that it is now offering an easier way for you to reconcile bills from catering events. They are now accepting Averett issued purchase cards and credit cards as payment for catering invoices.

All it takes is a phone call to bookkeeper, Barbara Styons, at ext. 17307, and she will take your information over the phone. It's that easy.

201243
Considering using Moodle next semester? Or need a refresher course? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry is offering a Moodle Basics hands-on workshop at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30. Participants will work through the basic steps in setting up a course in Moodle, including uploading a syllabus and other resources, setting up a discussion forum, and using the gradebook. See the complete workshop schedule and register here.

201243
Living in the Heart of Virginia on WSET Ch. 13 recently caught up with Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment management. Watch the segment here.

201243
Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at noon in the dining hall (lunch is not included). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for department and individual. There will also be a new category - best student costume. Come and join the fun. If you have any questions, please contact staff council representatives Lisa Stewart (ext. 17186) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105).

201243
Aramark is conducting their yearly survey of campus. This survey will help them better understand our campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, they can gain valuable insight that will help improve our overall campus experience.

If you have not already taken the survey, please take a few minutes to do so before Friday, Oct. 26. You could win a $150 Visa virtual gift card or one of three $50 Visa virtual gift cards.

201242
The University is now collecting candy for the annual Halloween extravaganza on Oct. 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in front of Main Hall. Boxes have been set up in the Student Center by the dining hall as well as outside of the switchboard office in Main Hall. Candy may also be dropped off at Lesley Villarose's office on the fourth floor of the Student Center. All candy is appreciated!

If you are interested in helping pass out candy to the neighborhood children, please contact Lesley at lvillarose@averett.edu or at ext. 15627.

201242
The University is once again hosting a morning coffee period for faculty and staff once a month. This month, make plans to grab a cup of coffee any time between 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 in Jut's Café.

If you would like to display a craft that morning, please contact Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147 or via email charlotte.wilson@averett.edu or Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or via email as soon as possible.

201242
Dr. Nancy Atkins, regional director for GPS academic services, recently shared "the good word" about Averett during her participation at a community "We Care" event in Richmond. She collected five names (count them...FIVE) of prospective students and gave them to the enrollment team. She's trying to change lives!

Whose life are you changing? Like Nancy, please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones, just like Nancy did. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story.

201242
Bon Appétit Management Company is pleased to announce that it is now offering an easier way for you to reconcile bills from catering events. They are now accepting Averett issued purchase cards and credit cards as payment for catering invoices.

All it takes is a phone call to bookkeeper, Barbara Styons, at ext. 17307, and she will take your information over the phone. It's that easy.

201242
Considering using Moodle next semester? Or need a refresher course? Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry is offering a Moodle Basics hands-on workshop at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30. Participants will work through the basic steps in setting up a course in Moodle, including uploading a syllabus and other resources, setting up a discussion forum, and using the gradebook. See the complete workshop schedule and register here.

201242
Living in the Heart of Virginia on WSET Ch. 13 recently caught up with Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment management. Watch the segment here.

201242
Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at noon in the dining hall (lunch is not included). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for department and individual. There will also be a new category - best student costume. Come and join the fun. If you have any questions, please contact staff council representatives Lisa Stewart (ext. 17186) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105).

201242
Aramark is conducting their yearly survey of campus. This survey will help them better understand our campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, they can gain valuable insight that will help improve our overall campus experience.

If you have not already taken the survey, please take a few minutes to do so before Friday, Oct. 26. You could win a $150 Visa virtual gift card or one of three $50 Visa virtual gift cards.

201242
As of Jan. 1, 2013, Averett will be a corporate sponsor of the Danville YMCA courtesy of the Lavinder Group.

This means there are no joiner fees for any Averett employee, and there is a 15 percent discount off your monthly membership fee. An Averett ID is required to take advantage of these benefits.

201242
Antoinette Gazda, a visiting instructor in the English department and the coordinator of service-learning, will host a Q&A session on her experiences as a professional actor in "How to Break into the Film Business." Topics will include (but are not limited to) getting an agent, the importance of headshots and résumés, on (and off) set protocols, auditioning in the 21st century and more. You ask questions, she'll provide answers based on her wild 15-year roller coaster ride in the business.

For more information, contact Elaine Day or visit the website.

201242
In response to interest from staff, Staff Council has found a way to provide staff members access to the minutes from the campus-wide monthly staff meeting. The minutes from the Sept. 20 meeting have been posted to Moodle for any staff member who is interested in reading what was discussed.

To access the information, go to Moodle Login under the faculty and staff link; login in the right hand corner at the top of the page using the login you use to log into your computer; and then, once you're logged in, click "administrative updates" and scroll down to "staff council."

201242
Are you interested in teaching online for Averett? Register here for a three-week online seminar in best practices for facilitating online courses conducted by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry.

The seminar will be conducted via Moodle and requires approximately three hours of commitment each week. Topics include developing online community and engaging adult online students. This seminar is offered Nov. 5-24 and again Nov. 26-Dec. 15. See the complete schedule for all seminar and hands-on workshop opportunities.

201242
Dr. Matt Penney, a historian for the CIA, will give a lecture Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Blount Chapel. Penney will be speaking about the agency's activity since WWII and will discuss myths versus reality when it comes to the CIA's activity.

201242
Come one, come all! The annual Halloween costume competition will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at noon in the dining hall (lunch is not included). Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for department and individual. There will also be a new category, for best student costume. Come and join the fun. If you have any questions, please contact staff council representatives Lisa Stewart (ext. 17186) or Dana Mehalko (ext. 17105).

201242
Feleta Morton, associate registrar, is trying to change a life by recruiting a student - actually it's her daughter. She recommended we contact her daughter about enrolling in the MBA program at Averett - and that's exactly what we are doing.

Whose life are you changing? Please encourage someone to consider enrolling for a degree program at Averett (adult or high school student). Recruiting for Averett is as easy as forwarding a name, address and phone number to Dr. Stuart Jones, just like Feleta did. Or even simpler, send your friend to the Averett website. Remember to tell Stuart about your efforts to change a life by emailing him your story.

201315
The Danville Speech and Hearing Center's annual golf tournament now honors one of Averett's own - Dr. Betty Heard, professor emeritus of English. The Greenberg/Overcash/Heard Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 7 at Caswell Pines Golf Club.

Heard was an active supporter of the Speech and Hearing Center, serving as a member of the board, as treasurer and helping with the golf tournament.

Anyone interested in supporting or participating in the tournament can call the Danville Speech and Hearing Center at 793-8255.

201241
This year, the University is sponsoring a banner competition in celebration of Homecoming for clubs, organizations and offices. Interested parties can come to the office of student engagement and leadership development beginning Monday, Oct. 15 to pick up pre-cut banner paper.

Groups are encouraged to create a banner that incorporates Cougar spirit. The banners will be hung at the North Campus on Saturday, Oct. 20 to be judged by a panel. The winning club will get $100 towards a program, and the winning office will receive a free breakfast.

Both awards are courtesy of the office of alumni relations.

201241
Would you like to create more engaging slideshow presentations with audio and video? PowerPoint Audio & Video hands-on workshops will be offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry Oct. 23-25. Click here to see the complete workshop schedule and to register.

201241
The ability to cast a ballot for the President of the United States for the first time can be a truly exciting time for our students who have recently turned 18. To vote in the Nov. 6 elections, individuals must be registered to vote by October 15.

Please help spread the word to our students about the process for registering to vote. To register in Virginia, visit the State Board of Elections website at www.sbe.virginia.gov.

201241
Congratulations are in order for the recently elected Student Government Association (SGA) senators!

The four first-year students who were elected by their peers to represent their voices in SGA are:
Kevin Jang
David Kelly
Kayla Sanon
James Watson-Dare

They join the executive board of:
President Alexander Hattwick
Vice President Lesley Cole
Treasurer Ashley Monroe
Secretary Joshua Taylor

Pictured left to right: Kayla Sanon, James Watson-Dare, Joshua Taylor, Kevin Jang, Lesley Cole, Alex Hattwick, Ashley Monroe and David Kelly in the front.

As you see these students around campus, please show your appreciation for their efforts to serve the Averett community.

201241
The University is hosting a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in Blount Library as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the life of Frederick Delius. Faculty and staff are invited to attend this free event.

During his short time in Danville, Delius met Robert Phifer, who taught in the music department at what was then Roanoke Female College (now Averett University), and Phifer recruited Delius as an instructor.


201241
The University is now collecting candy for our annual Halloween extravaganza on Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in front of Main Hall. Beginning this week, boxes have been set up in the Student Center by the dining hall as well as outside of the switchboard office in Main Hall. In addition, staff may bring their contributions to the campus wide staff meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18. All candy is appreciated!

If you are interested in helping pass out candy to the neighborhood children, please contact Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu or at ext. 15627.

201241
Aramark is conducting their yearly survey of campus. This survey will help them better understand our campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, they can gain valuable insight that will help improve our overall campus experience.

Take the facility services survey by Oct. 26 and you could win a $150 VISA virtual gift card or one of three $50 VISA virtual gift cards.

201241
As we continue our efforts to provide outstanding service to our students and constituents please remember two important things so that they don't get the "run around."
1) If you don't know the answer to a question, don't send the customer someplace else. Bookmark the Averett Central WIKI site, which provides answers to the majority of student/parent questions you may receive. Please refer to it in order to answer questions "then and there" for your customers.
2) If you still need assistance with answers to customer questions, call Averett Central at ext. 15614 and let them help.

It's that easy...and it's that important.


201201
This week, Chaplain Jamie Williford talks about new transitions and how they are often overwhelming. New Transitions

201201
The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a customer service workshop on Thursday, Sept. 13 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center (149 Piney Forest Rd.). The cost to attend is $20 per person and includes lunch.

If you would like to attend register online or call the Chamber at (434) 836-6990.

201201
Karen Shields, the University's Sam's Club representative, will be on campus Monday, Sept. 24 and Thursday, Sept. 24 to register new customers and renew memberships expiring in September or October 2012. She will be set up in the dining hall from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

201201
Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry invites you to register for a hands-on workshop on Moodle activities, Sept. 11 and 13 at 11:15 a.m. on the Main Campus. This one-hour workshop provides an overview of each of the 11 activity options in Moodle 2.2, with in-depth focus and practice on Chat and Forum. See the schedule of upcoming workshops to register. If you're interested but can't attend, contact Kim to schedule an extra workshop or a personal training session.

201201
The Downtown Danville Association, Danville Regional Foundation, Danville Industrial Development Authority and the City of Danville are conducting a community opinion poll to engage the community in making plans for the old Downtowner site. They want to hear from you. Please take the time to offer your opinion. Survey

201201
The GPS Program here in Danville is collecting school supplies in support of the Fill the Bus Campaign conducted by First State Bank. A collection box will be located at the Riverview Campus next to the security desk until Thursday, Aug. 30. Items requested include Ziploc bags, paper, pencils, rulers, tissues, erasers, scissors, notebooks, hand sanitizer, crayons, Clorox wipes and glue sticks.

Please help us fill our box to help area children have the school supplies they need for this year. The school supplies will be delivered to First State Bank on Aug. 30.

201201
The dean of students' office is searching for students to serve on the Averett University Conduct Board. Please consider recommending students you advise, teach, coach, or otherwise work with whom you think would contribute positively to this aspect of campus life. You can send the names to Bill Woodward by Wednesday, Sept. 5 and he will send them application materials. Ideally, there will be a board of students who represent the entire student body - even students who have previously made their way through the conduct system are eligible to apply.

Students selected to serve on the board will be responsible for upholding community standards through the University's conduct process. The student board members also will work with the faculty and staff serving on the board to review the current code of conduct and provide insight regarding the policies and procedures of Averett's discipline process.

Staff members who are interested in serving on the conduct board should contact Bill by the above date, as well.

201201
University offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. Classes and office hours will resume Tuesday at their regularly scheduled time.

201235
Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in Moodle hands-on workshops offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. August and September workshops focus on Moodle Basics, Moodle Gradebook and Moodle Activities. See the schedule for workshop descriptions and registration.

201235
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, we officially opened our 154th academic session. It's going to be a great year, and already exciting things are planned that you'll want to make note of. Make sure you watch the calendar for upcoming events.

For those of you who are new, and as a refresher for those who have been here a while, Coffee Break is a newsletter for faculty and staff that comes out on Wednesdays. The deadline for each issue is the Wednesday before you want your announcement to run. All non-emergency announcements (births, new people in your department, workshops, etc.) should be submitted via the online form.

201234
This is a special edition of Coffee Break to introduce new members of the Averett family. As you pass these people around campus, please introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.

201233
Always wanted to be crafty and creative? Start with something easy, like making puzzle pins and earrings. There will be a class held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 22 in the multipurpose room in the Student Center. Participants need to bring a bottle of tacky glue (not super glue), a pair of tweezers and a small towel. The class is $15, and the kit is $4. To register for the class, call Gloria Robertson at ext. 15638.

201233
Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry will hold an open lab for faculty from 1:30-3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20 in Frith 207. Faculty are encouraged to visit the lab during this time for assistance with any course-related software (Moodle, PowerPoint, DropBox, etc.).

201233
Just a reminder to all faculty and staff: Averett Central is the one stop shop for any and all visitors to campus. If there is a parent, student, faulty, or staff member who doesn't know where a location on campus is, where a class is being held, or just has general questions, please direct them to Averett Central.

Also, please be reminded that we are only as efficient as the information we receive. If there are any updates to your policies and procedures please inform Robbie Hendrix or Rose Holley.

201232
Faculty are invited to a free Service Learning Workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to learn about embedding service learning into course content and syllabi. The workshop will be held at Danville Community College in Oliver Hall (Temple 110) and will be facilitated by Barbara Jacoby of Barbara Jacoby Consulting.

A light lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m., with the workshop offered from 1-4 p.m. Please RSVP to Rachel Covington by Friday, August 10. This workshop is made possible by the Danville Regional Foundation.

201232
On Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. the University will celebrate the opening of our new Health Sciences Innovative Practice Center at the Riverview Campus. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this exciting event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Hooper by Aug. 10.

201232
Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of hands-on Moodle workshops offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. Staff who support faculty are also welcome to attend the training. See the schedule for dates and registration.

In addition, there will be an Open Lab for Faculty, 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, in Frith 207. Faculty are invited to visit the lab during this time for assistance with any course-related software (Moodle, PowerPoint, DropBox, etc.).

201232
The last day to RSVP for opening events is Aug. 9 via the invitation. On Thursday, Aug. 16, a breakfast buffet will be served from 8-9:15 a.m. During the breakfast we will welcome new members of the Averett family and hear important campus updates. Following the breakfast there will be a faculty meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room and then a staff meeting will be held there beginning at 1:15 p.m. At the end of the day Dr. Franks and Joe Franks will host a reception at their home (500 Hawthorne Drive) for faculty and staff and their spouses or guests.

201232
We are still looking for volunteers to be a part of our move-in crew for our returning students.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you are interested in helping our students move-in, please contact Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu with times that you are available.

201231
If you expect to receive a fax in the Business Office, (fax number 791-5601), please tell the sender to include your name on the cover sheet. Without your name we may not be able to figure out where the fax should go.

Thank you!

The Business Office

201231
Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of hands-on workshops offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. August workshop topics include Outlook Email and Moodle. Schedule and registration

201231
The Summer Series of Something wraps up Thursday, Aug. 2, at noon when Petrina Carter, director of career services presents “Diversity Initiatives at Averett University” in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. A boxed lunch will be available.

201231
Attendance is strongly encouraged for a meeting and workshop for hiring managers and administrative assistants scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The workshop agenda will include hiring processes for part-time employees (student and non-student), time sheets, required documents, payroll law and timetables and new employee orientation.

Email your questions in advance to Tammy Wall at twall@averett.edu in order to add them to the roundtable discussion session. The workshop will be presented by Andy Fitch, controller and Kathie Tune, VP for human resources and facilitated by Tammy Wall, senior accountant.

Please note that updated versions of the part-time agreement and tuition benefit form have been posted to the web.

201231
Please remember to RSVP by Aug. 9 for opening events on Thursday, Aug. 16 via the invitation. A breakfast buffet will be served from 8-9:15 a.m. During the breakfast we will welcome new members of the Averett family and hear important campus updates. Following the breakfast there will be a faculty meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room and then a staff meeting will be held there beginning at 1:15 p.m. At the end of the day Dr. Franks and Joe Franks will host a reception at their home (500 Hawthorne Drive) for faculty and staff and their spouses or guests.

201231
All new faculty and staff members are invited to attend the New Employee Orientation Program on Friday, Aug. 17, from 8:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Please plan on joining us for the day's events. A full schedule of the day can be found under new employees and hiring on the human resources human resources web page.

Supervisors and department chairs, please encourage all of your faculty and staff to attend.

201231
On Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. the University will celebrate the opening of our new Health Sciences Innovative Practice Center at the Riverview Campus. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this exciting event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Hooper by Aug. 10.

201230
Please note that Friday, July 27 is the last day for summer hours. Regularly scheduled hours return on Friday, Aug. 3.

201230
In the July Make it Happen meeting the new Community Outreach and Enrollment co-chair, Joel Nester, presented their new objectives, one of which is enrollment. In order to reach the traditional goal of 1,000 students by fall 2013 they have set a goal of having 390 quality freshmen students enrolling. In order to reach this goal, the University will offer a new nursing program, hire a Baptist General Association of Virginia ambassador, hire additional admissions counselors and increase international student enrollment through cooperative programs.

New Sun Porch sessions will start in November.

201230
Always wondered where the Equestrian Center is? This week, you have a chance to find out. The Summer Series of Something will be held at the Equestrian Center Thursday, July 26 from 9-10 a.m. Ginger Henderson, assistant professor and chair of the equestrian studies program, and Kit Oakes, facilities manager, will serve as tour guides. Van transport from the Student Center parking lot will be provided. Plan to board the van by 8:45 a.m.

201230
The GPS Program is hosting a number of networking opportunities Wednesday, July 25 in Forest at 315 Brook Park Place. There is a lunch and learn hosted by Marietta Sanford from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Later that evening from 5:30-7 p.m. Lynchburg City Manager Kimball Payne will speak. For more information contact Lee Ann Mahan at 797-8458 or email her at leeann.mahan@gps.averett.edu.

201230
Last week, the University received approval from SACS to offer the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The approval was granted with no stipulations or concerns, which is testimony to all of the hard work that has been put forth to reach this milestone. Averett will begin offering the BSN degree to registered nurses, and the first class will launch Aug. 22.

We are still awaiting approval from the Virginia Board of Nursing to offer a full baccalaureate nursing program for students entry-level into practice and we anticipate a decision by January.

201229
Senator Mark Warner will be on campus Friday, July 20 from 2-3 p.m. in the dining hall of the Student Center for a roundtable discussion. Warner will give updates on his efforts to promote job creation and economic recovery by encouraging more startup businesses and expanding the reach of broadband into rural regions. He will also take time to answer questions.

Due to space limitations, RSVP’s are required. Please RSVP with your name, organization or business address, phone and email to Drew Densmore with the senator’s office at Drew_Densmore@warner.senate.gov or by calling 540-857-2676.

201229
Two new positions have just been posted online: staff accountant/payroll and benefits and systems administrator. For more information, or to apply for one of these positions, visit: Jobs@Averett.

201229
The open position for the administrative assistant in the education department has been filled. Thank you to all who expressed interest.

Dr. Pam Riedel, education professor

201229
Following a charge from president’s council, the leadership forum is in the process of drafting a grant proposal related to an issue identified at a retreat this spring - promoting a liberal arts education in the marketplace.

Please join us for a Library Coffee Talk Series on this topic at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, Tuesday, July 24 and Monday, Aug. 6. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate in one or all three sessions. Prior to attending the talk, there is a recommended reading for more about this initiative. For more information contact Elaine Day via email at elaine.day@averett.edu.

201229
The office of student engagement and leadership development is looking for volunteers to attend and help with the following events:

Trip to the North Carolina Zoo
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glow Casino Night
Friday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.-Midnight

Trip to Scarowinds
Friday, October 26

If you are interested in being a part of these events please email Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu.

201229
Full-time and adjunct faculty are encouraged to participate in upcoming Moodle workshops in basics and gradebook offered by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry. Staff who support faculty or use Moodle are also welcome. See the schedule for workshop descriptions and registration.

If you cannot attend a scheduled workshop, email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu to request an additional workshop or a personal training session.

201229
The Summer Series of Something continues Thursday, July 19 at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel with a presentation by Dr. David Hoffman, professor of English and communications studies. Hoffman will present his photo journal of Danville’s River Walk Trail. Light refreshments will be available.

201228
This year’s Summer Series of Something starts off with a word from motivational speaker Dr. Joey Faucette, who will be sharing from his #1 Amazon bestseller “Work Positive in a Negative World” at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, July 12 in Blount Chapel.

Facuette is the founder of Listen to Life, a company that coaches people to redefine their reality and fulfill their business dreams. He is the host of the syndicated radio show, Listen to Life, writes a syndicated newspaper column of the same name, and blogs from www.ListentoLife.org, which is read in more than 50 countries.

201228
Hello Cougars! Can you believe that our students will be coming back to campus in just a few weeks? We are looking for volunteers to be a part of our move-in crew for our athletes and our returning students. The dates and times are:

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - football players
Sunday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - returning students

If you are interested in helping our students move-in, please contact Lesley Villarose at lvillarose@averett.edu with times that you are available.

201228
Having trouble figuring out some of your computer programs? You’re in luck! Over the next two months hands-on workshops are being offered on a variety of programs including Outlook email: basics, Outlook email: intermediate and Moodle: basics. See the complete schedule for workshop descriptions and registration.

If you cannot attend a scheduled workshop, email Kim McMurtry, instructional technologist, at kmcmurtry@averett.edu to request an additional workshop or a personal training session.

201228
Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting will speak on “Workforce Trends and Bridging the Generation Gap” during a breakfast Wednesday, July 18 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Institute. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required and must be made by Friday, July 13.

Ryan is a former professional basketball player and an Entrepreneur of the Year. Her firm, Next Generation Consulting, has conducted interviews, focus groups and surveys with more than 40,000 young professionals since 1998.

To register for the breakfast, click here.

201226
The assessment report for fiscal year 2011-12 needs to be completed by Saturday, June 30. Please enter the information into Averett’s Compliance Assist. If you have any questions, please contact Metta Alsobrook.

201226
Each year we look forward to publication of the Averett Journal, and this year's journal again has met our expectations of being a success! If you have never submitted to the Averett Journal, this is your chance to shine, as we are now taking submissions for short stories, essays, poetry and photography for the next volume. To submit, please email Alana Baker for guidelines. We look forward to reading your submissions!

201226
On Thursday, June 28, Lone Star Steakhouse will be holding a fundraiser during lunch and dinner to support Habitat for Humanity. Present a Habitat flyer to your server and 15 percent of the sales will go to the nonprofit organization.

For a copy of the flyer, contact Alexis Ehrhardt or Michael Parsons.

201226
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be closed Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. Happy Independence Day!

201225
The opening of fall semester for faculty and staff will begin with a breakfast on Aug. 16 at 8 a.m. in the dining hall. More information to come later this summer.

201225
Upward Bound is on campus now through June 29

Softball camp is on campus June 26-27 (overnight)

Passport, Youth Camp with a Mission, will be here during the month of July - 300 youth a week

Shining Stars will be on campus July 16-26

201225
Summer Series of Something begins July 12 with an inspirational message from Dr. Joey Faucette of Listen to Life. Then on July 19, Dr. David Hoffman will share pictures from his walks on the Riverwalk Trail; on July 26 there will be a visit to the equestrian center; and on Aug. 2 Petrina Carter will give a talk about diversity.

201225
There will be a diaper shower at 4:30 p.m. June 25 for Marquita Graves, administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, right behind the Student Center at the home of Metta Alsobrook (310 Townes St.). Please RSVP to Randell Fultman. Marquita is registered at Wal-Mart and Target.

201225
If you would like to have a work study in your office in the fall, get your request in to Petrina Carter as soon as possible.

201225
Bill Woodward is working on three newsletters for the month of July – parent, new student and returning student. If you have information you would like to be included please email it to him by the end of June.

201224
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a hands-on workshop by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on Excel 2003, 2007 and 2010: Basics. Participants will explore how to use Excel to enhance efficiency and productivity in their work, from maintaining a department budget to creating a grade book.

This one-hour workshop will be offered June 20-28 in the Frith 207 computer lab. Visit the instructional technology page to register for this workshop or upcoming ones. If you have questions about this workshop, email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

201224
Library Coffee Talks continue with:
ARTstor Digital Library (Dr. Patrick Wasley), Wednesday, June 20, 2:30 p.m.
American History in Video (Kevin Harden), Tuesday, June 26, 2:30 p.m.

Please join us for coffee, tea, scones, and stimulating conversation. For information, email Elaine Day, elaine.day@averett.edu.

201224
New Student Orientation is approaching quickly! Please join us in welcoming our new students to Averett. Summer orientation dates are: Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24; Friday, July 13 (transfer students); and Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15.

For the tentative June schedule, click here.

201224
Join the alumni office for one of its summer events. If you were thinking about going to one of the following places, you can save some money and meet some new Averett folks, too.

Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., picnic in Chesapeake - details on the alumni page. Please RSVP to alumni@averett.edu so that we have food for you!

Saturday, June 30, Averett Day at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg - register here

Saturday, July 21, Little Island Park in Virginia Beach on the Sandbridge, Free - register here

Saturday, Aug. 11, Averett Day at Emerald Pointe Water Park in Greensboro, N.C. - register here.

201223
I hope everyone is having a lovely summer! Just a reminder the bookstore is operating on summer hours, which are listed below. Also, we will be closed Saturday June 16 - Sunday June 17 in observance of Father's Day.

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Cari McGregor
Bookstore Manager

201223
Faculty, staff and students are invited to the first ever Blount Library Coffee Talks. The talks will be held in the library and will last 20 minutes (coffee, tea and scones are provided courtesy of Averett Library Friends).

Thursday, June 7, 2:30 p.m., "Children's and Young Adult Literature" (Jennifer Robinson)

Monday, June 11, 2:30 p.m., "Collection Development, or The Great Purge and Renewal of 2012" (Jim Verdini)

Wednesday, June 20, 2:30 p.m., "ARTstor Digital Library" (Patrick Wasley)

Tuesday, June 26, 2:30 p.m., "American History in Video" (Kevin Harden)

Weekly Coffee Talks will continue throughout the year, with topics and dates announced in CoffeeBreak. Guest speakers are welcome! For more information, contact Elaine Day.

201223
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in a hands-on workshop by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on Excel 2003, 2007 and 2010: Basics. Participants will explore how to use Excel to enhance efficiency and productivity in their work, from maintaining a department budget to creating a grade book.

This one-hour workshop will be offered June 19-28 in the Frith 207 computer lab. Visit the instructional technology page to register. If you have questions about this workshop, email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

201223
The offices of institutional advancement, along with enrollment, have contracted to work with the Averett Social Media Group (ASMG) - created and led by William Sehlin, an AU student. The group will shoot a series of videos over the course of the next year for Averett's website and YouTube. These videos will be important marketing pieces for the University designed to attract prospective students and potential donors.

Please know that you will see William and other ASMG members across campus video taping various activities. We hope you will give them your full cooperation, including interviews they may want to do with you on camera. Thank you.

201223
A Cougar Challenge Camp for fourth graders is being held June 4-15 at the North Campus. The day begins at 9 a.m. with students working on physical fitness and personal/social responsibility in the morning and then in the afternoon they will spend time working on engineering challenges and problem-based learning.

201222
There are several new positions open at Averett including director of autism studies and two positions in nurse education. For more information, go to www.averett.edu/jobs.

201222
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in a hands-on workshop by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on Outlook: Calendar Basics. Participants will explore how to use Outlook Calendar to enhance efficiency and productivity.

This one-hour workshop will be offered June 5-14 in the Frith 207 computer lab. Visit the instructional technology page to register.

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to suggest topics for future workshops, email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

201221
Averett's Less is More Team came in first in Danville in both weight loss and in activity minutes for the 2012 Live Health America initiative! Go, team!

201221
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in a hands-on workshop by Instructional Technologist Kim McMurtry on Outlook: Calendar Basics. Participants will explore how to use Outlook Calendar to enhance efficiency and productivity.

This one-hour workshop will be offered in the Frith 207 Computer Lab on:
Outlook 2003: Calendar Basics, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 30
Outlook 2003: Calendar Basics, 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 5
Outlook 2007: Calendar Basics, 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 6
Outlook 2007: Calendar Basics, 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 7
Outlook 2007: Calendar Basics, 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12
Outlook 2010: Calendar Basics, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13
Outlook 2010: Calendar Basics, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14

Limited seating is available, but should these workshops fill up, additional dates will be offered. Please register here to reserve your seat.

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to suggest topics for future workshops, please email Kim at kmcmurtry@averett.edu.

201221
With Averett's enrollment goals in mind, our Webmaster Amelia Brantley and a team of five set out to redesign the admissions portion of the website to better serve online visitors.

Launched on Friday, May 11, the new site features a self-identifying navigational structure that guides prospective students through the admissions process in a more personal way. In addition, there are new graphics and videos made commercially and in-house and a new online 'map to admission.'

We invite you to visit the new admissions site and check out the changes.

201220
The Cougars will have two new opponents to compete against during the 2013-14 academic year. To see who our new opponents will be click here.

201220
Opera Experience Southeast, based out of Rock Hill, S.C., will perform La Bohème at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20 in the auditorium at George Washington High School. Tickets, which will be sold starting at 2 p.m. on the day of the performance, are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

201220
The Fitness Center is open this summer through July 27. The hours are:

Monday-Thursday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

201220
The regularly scheduled campus staff meeting will be held Thursday, May 17 at 11:15 a.m. in Blount Chapel. Lunch will be provided afterwards.

201218
The University has two positions open that it is looking to fill - a faculty position in the equestrian studies department and a staff position in admissions. For more information about these positions visit JOBS@Averett.

201218
The Danville Concert Association is hosting a performance by the Los Angeles Piano Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 in Pritchett Auditorium. A limited number of free tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please contact Jennifer Hooper if you are interested in attending.

201218
Crystal Harris from the health and life services division of BB&T will host a webinar discussing the how to's of Social Security and Medicare May 10 from 9-10 a.m. in the conference room on the fourth floor of the Student Center. Harris will provide a timeline for anyone planning to retire, applying for Social Security and Medicare benefits.

201218
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be closed Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 in observance of the Mother's Day holiday. It will also be closed Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

As a reminder, summer hours begin Monday, May 14 and are as follows:

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.


201217
April is awareness month for elder abuse, sexual assault and child abuse. In an effort to bring awareness to these causes, the YWCA of Central Virginia and HAVEN of the Dan River Region will hold an Awareness Walk to End Violence this Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The walk will start downtown in front of the Courthouse and up Main Street to Averett where walkers will rest and have a snack before heading back to the courthouse.

Anyone interested in walking or volunteering during the event should contact Karen Ingram, Danville/Pittsylvania County domestic violence victim's advocate, at kingramywca@yahoo.com.

201217
Recently, a number of our students participated in a national survey (NSSE) that asked them about their college experience, how much time they spend studying and the types of interactions they have with faculty.

To gain information on the faculty perspective on these issues, Averett will be participating in the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE), which is designed to measure faculty expectations for student engagement.

The web version of the survey will be available at www.fsse.org in a few weeks. For more information about FSSE, including copies of the surveys, please visit www.fsse.iub.edu.

201217
The alumni office and Liberty Mutual are hosting a breakfast for Averett alumni who work at the University on Friday, April 27 from 8-9:30 a.m. in Jut's Café. This is a chance to recognize those who serve Averett as both an employee and an alumnus.

201216
If you have not already done so, and thanks to those who have, please RSVP by tomorrow (April 19) for the Faculty, Staff & Retirees Appreciation Luncheon on April 26 at noon.

201216
Lewis Giles, our AFLAC representative, will be available for questions, answers and enrollments on Thursday, May 17 from 1-5 p.m. in the Student Center. Mark your calendars now!

201216
Crystal Harris from the health and life services division of BB&T will host a webinar discussing the how to's of Social Security and Medicare May 10 from 9-10 a.m. in the conference room on the fourth floor of the Student Center. Harris will provide a timeline for anyone planning to retire, applying for Social Security and Medicare benefits.

201216
During the March Make It Happen meeting the community outreach and enrollment committee as well as the student life committee gave their reports. The community outreach and enrollment committee is researching the effectiveness of four-year guaranteed tuition on enrollment and retention at universities comparable to Averett and whether this would be an effective tool to use here. In addition, they will be surveying faculty, staff and students to determine their involvement in community activities.

The student life committee reported that a website is being created for SGA that includes an online feedback form for program suggestions. In addition, the SGA is working with the communications office to develop a newsletter similar to Coffee Break. The committee will also be conducting a survey of students to evaluate their involvement on University committees.

There will be a strategic planning workshop for sub-committee co-chairs and members on April 19.

201216
Pay dates for the second quarter of 2012:

April 10 - Semi-Monthly Payroll
April 25 - Semi-Monthly and Full- time Faculty and Staff
May 10 - Semi-Monthly Payroll
May 25 - Semi-Monthly and Full- time Faculty and Staff
June 8 - Semi-Monthly Payroll
June 25 - Semi-Monthly and Full-time Faculty and Staff
All timesheets are due by the fifth of each month.

201216
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be open Friday, April 27 until 8:00 p.m. for graduates and their families.

Its hours for the summer will be reduced beginning Monday, May 14. Their regularly scheduled hours will resume Monday, Aug. 6. The summer hours are listed below.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday Noon-3 p.m.


201215
On Saturday, April 14 Averett, along with the Center for Pediatric Therapies, Inc., will hold Zumba for Autism at the Grant Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will benefit the Dan River Autism Awareness 5K, which is being held April 21. For more information about Saturday's event visit www.averettcougars.com.

201215
Reading Day is fast approaching and so is the late night breakfast, which will be held Thursday, April 19 from 10-11:30 p.m. in the dining hall. If you are interested in cooking or serving at the breakfast contact Lesley Villarose to volunteer.

201215
The Southside SHRM group (affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management) will host a luncheon in recognition of Administrative Professionals Day on Friday, April 27 at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center.

There will be door prizes and a special gift for each guest. The cost for the program and lunch is $25 per person. Register by contacting Ellen McGregor at ellen.mcgregor@goodyear.com.

201215
After Averett's staff was called out at the March meeting for an abysmal showing in last year's efforts to raise money for Pennies for a Purpose, the Institutional Advancement team rose to the challenge this year, collecting $76.28 for the Special Olympics. All total, the campus community raised $231.10 for this special cause. Way to go everyone!

201215
Last week, invitations were emailed to faculty and staff regarding the Faculty, Staff & Retirees Appreciation Luncheon on April 26 at 12 p.m. If you have not already done so, please remember to RSVP by April 19 to awards@averett.edu.

201214
The bookstore will be closed Sunday April 8 in observance of the Easter Holiday.

201214
The intramural sports department invites all staff and faculty to participate in the second annual Staff and Student Softball Game Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. on the women's softball field. The first fifteen staff and faculty members to sign-up will be placed on the team roster. The team will also need assistant coaches. To sign-up or for more information please contact Rowland Tolliver or Carl Bradsher.

The faculty and staff team will practice April 18 and 19 at 6 p.m. If it rains on game day, the game will be made up on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

After the game there will be a reception with food and refreshments. All staff and faculty members are encouraged to bring their families and lawn chairs to cheer on the team.

201214
The Southside SHRM group (affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management) will host a luncheon in recognition of Administrative Professionals Day.

The luncheon is open to the public and will be held on Friday, April 27 at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Tiffany M. Franks will be the guest speaker.

There will be door prizes and a special gift for each guest. The cost for the program and lunch is $25 per person. More details to come.

201213
A community blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be parked in the Dining Hall parking lot. For more information, contact Lesley Villarose, ext. 15627.

201214
On Tuesday, April 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the Danville Area Humane Society will have puppies on the Student Center lawn for a bit of de-stressing, ball throwing fun. AU employees can also join the festivities by bringing their own canine friends to campus for the day.

If you're interested in participating and/or bringing your own pooch, contact Mary Vanderlinden.

201214
Author Dr. Casey Clabough will conduct a reading from his forthcoming historical novel "Confederado: A Novel of the Americas" in Blount Chapel, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Clabough is an associate professor of English at Lynchburg College. The event is free.

A book signing will follow the reading. Please encourage all students to attend.

201214
Be on the lookout for your invitation to the Faculty, Staff & Retirees Appreciation Luncheon which is Thursday, April 26. Invitations will arrive via email from punchbowl later this week.

201214
The annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff awards will be issued on April 26, during a luncheon for faculty, staff and retirees. Nominating a faculty or staff member for this award is a great way to recognize a co-worker, instructor, peer or mentor who has had a significant impact on Averett University. Visit the faculty/staff page for more information about the award.

All nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6. Nominations should be sent in confidence via e-mail to awards@averett.edu.

Everyone is encouraged to participate!

201213
Amelia Brantley, web master, and Harrison Francis '09, web assistant, are working to create a website that is mobile friendly. In order for them to develop a mobile site that will serve everyone they have created a survey to best determine everyone's mobile needs.

Please take a moment to complete the survey, which will be available through April 15.

201213
Ten students from our musical theatre class will sing and dance 15 Broadway songs numbers including "Hairspray," "Les Miserables," "Wicked" and "Spamalot" on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. The performance costs $5.

Guest director for the production are alumnus' Corbin Campbell '01, and guest musical director is Greyson Clifton '07.

201213
There is a new job posting on our website for a networks and systems administrator. For more information about qualifications and duties please visit Jobs@Averett.

201213
The deadline to submit textbook orders is Monday, April 2. If you have already turned in your information - THANK YOU! Any orders received on or by this date will be entered to win a fabulous prize, so please get your orders in as soon as possible.

You may submit textbook orders to Dana Nelson, via fax (434-791-4988), interoffice mail, carrier pigeon or just drop the order by the bookstore. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

201213
Averett is participating in "The Chronicle's" Great Colleges to Work For Program, a study designed to gather benchmarking data within higher education and recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. Part of the program involves an employee survey that was emailed by Modern Think with a unique login code to everyone's Averett email on March 18. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, April 13.

If you have any questions please contact Kathie Tune.

201213
Holly Kilby, director of academic support, is looking for tutors for the fall. If you have a student you can recommend, please contact her at ext. 15788 or by email.

201213
It is time to begin thinking about who the newest members of Staff Council will be. This year, JoAnne Francisco, Diane Gosney, Angie Bowers and Joey Wilkerson will rotate off. Remaining members are Marsha Foster, Petrina Carter and Matt Nidiffer.

If you would like to nominate yourself or anyone else, please contact Joey Wilkerson at ext. 17112 or mwilkers@averett.edu. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, April 19. Voting will begin following the April staff meeting.

201213
April is Autism Awareness Month and Averett is celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 by "Lighting It Up Blue." Averett's Main Hall columns will feature blue spotlights to help shine a light on autism.

Light It Up Blue, in its third year, is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will Light It Up Blue to show their support and Averett is proud to be a part of this movement.

201212
Mark your calendars for the University's final 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series event of the semester, which will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Jut's Café. Dr. Bill Trakas will present "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Crusades" and Dr. William Trimyer will present "Customs and Definitions of Religions." The event is free and open to the public.

201212
The last campus-wide Coffee Break and Craft Display will be on Wednesday, April 4. This is your last chance to showcase your craft skills. If you'd like to exhibit, register here.

Thanks to the exhibitors at the first three displays - you have amazing skills! We've really enjoyed learning more about all of you.

201212
The University has a standard template for all external letters. You can find this template on the University's website under Faculty/Staff Forms >Other >Letter Template. Please use this format for all external letters.

201212
The annual Averett Student Art Show opens Saturday, March 24 in the multipurpose room of the Student Center and will be on display through April 14. Stop by and see what our art students creating.

201212
If you've always been curious about the opera, but haven't been sure about sitting through a long concert, tonight's Arts@Averett event might be right for you. This evening, at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium the Virginia Opera will perform "An Evening of Opera and Broadway." The concert features soaring opera arias and popular Broadway melodies. It is free and open to the public.

201212
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is raising money for Danville's Special Olympics. They have placed "Pennies for a Purpose" jars around campus to collect loose change. Last year, the admissions office raised the most money – about $40. Money will be collected and counted by March 31.

In addition to collecting money in the jars, SAAC is holding a corn hole tournament on March 23 at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Averett Commons Apartments. It costs a dollar per-player per-game. All money goes towards "Pennies for a Purpose." Free food will be provided. Faculty and staff are invited to attend and show off their skills.

201212
Career Services will sponsor a Polished by Professionals mock interview and résumé review program on Tuesday, March 27, in the Student Center's multipurpose Room from 1-4 p.m. This program utilizes alumni and community members to conduct résumé reviews and mock interviews for students as well as provides a networking opportunity.

Then on March 28, the Career Premiere Job & Internship Fair will take place at the Salem Civic Center from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Averett, in collaboration with other schools including Radford University, Ferrum College and Bridgewater College, is hosting the event, which is open to students from these schools only. More than 40 employers are signed up, although more are expected. For more information on companies attending the fair, log on to www.careerpremierefair.com. Transportation will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Students may sign up in Career Services or by emailing Petrina Carter.

201212
As part of our "One Averett" strategy, Dr. Stuart Jones will now manage all of Averett's enrollment efforts, including those for Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) and the Individually Designed Education for the Adult Learner (IDEAL) programs. The GPS enrollment team members around the state will report to Jones. This restructuring also enables Dr. Michael Parsons and his team to focus more on innovative program development and student services, which will be key to increasing enrollment in Averett's adult learner programs in the long term. Parson's team will now include the IDEAL program as part of the strategic effort to expand Averett's already strong array of off-campus, accelerated and distance education programs.

For more information about the change click here.

201211
The aviation program has two events coming up later this month that faculty and staff are invited to attend and participate in.

At 4 p.m. Friday, March 23 The Flight Operations Center will be named in honor of Dr. George J. Falk who served as the director of financial aid for many years and is credited with being the driving force behind starting the aviation program. Please join us for the ceremony and open house at the flight center.

In addition to the dedication of the Dr. George J. Falk Flight Operations Center on Friday, several alumni from the program will be on campus to pass on their knowledge to current students in the program.

At 1 p.m. at the Goodyear Golf Course on Saturday, March 24, several Averett alumni are hosting a golf tournament to support the Averett flight team's trip to the national NIFA competition. If you are interested in joining, please call Dan Hayes at ext. 17252 for details.

201211
There's a new job posting for the GPS Program in Richmond. For details on the academic advisor position click here.

201211
Liberty Tax Service is holding "Educator Appreciation Days" during the month of March. They are offering educators and school employees free tax preparation for new customers, and 30 percent off for all returning customers until March 31, 2012. Call 434-793-1090 or 434-797-1036 for more information.

201210
On Tuesday, March 13, pianist William Chapman Nyaho will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. Chapman Nyaho is the featured performer for the Julian and Elnora Light Memorial Concert Series.

For more information about Chapman Nyaho's performance click here.

201210
A reminder to exhibit your crafts as part of the Averett Craft Display at the next campus-wide coffee break on Wednesday, March 14, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Register as an exhibitor using this form. Contact Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147 with questions.

If you cannot exhibit, come by for coffee and a snack! Hope to see you there.

201210
Karen Shields, our Sam's Club representative, will return to campus on Monday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 21 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the dining hall.

201210
In an effort to support The Flying Cougars' trip to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) competition, a group of aviation alumni are hosting a golf tournament Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at the Goodyear Golf Course. The cost of the tournament is $50, which covers a cart and a donation to the team. If you would like to participate, please contact Jeff Gilliam '89 at jeffkris4@verizon.net or Dan Hayes at dhayes@averett.edu by March 9.

201209
We only have two more campus-wide coffee breaks with the accompanying Averett Craft Displays left for this whole semester! The next coffee break/craft display is March 14 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Please consider exhibiting -- just complete this registration form to display your crafts.

Questions? Contact Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147. Hope to see you there!

201209
The Schoolfield House Booksellers will be open the following hours for spring break (March 5-11):

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Have a wonderful spring break!

201209
The academics strategic plan committee presented at the monthly Make it Happen meeting Feb. 14. Brian Turner, chair of the faculty development committee, is drafting the faculty development process to have it completed by April.

The committee is creating in-house professional development opportunities for faculty, including seminars or workshops.

The committee also proposed a web page devoted to faculty resources. The committee will be working with Elaine Day to create the faculty online resources web page because the library already has the ability to create a web resource center.

Danny Miller asked committee co-chairs to think about next year's objectives, and Dr. Franks said that the next sun porch sessions will begin this fall.

The community engagement and enrollment, building and properties and student affairs committees will present next month.

201208
The previously advertised search for an administrative assistant position in the office of the vice president for academic affairs has been closed with no hire and the job description has been rewritten and reposted.

Dr. James Caldwell, chair of the department of biological and physical sciences, has posted a position opening for an assistant professor.

For additional information on both of these positions visit JOBS@Averett.

201208
Want to exhibit your work in the next Averett Craft Display? It'll be March 14 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the campus-wide Coffee Break in Jut's Café. Register Here

Questions? Contact Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147. Hope to see you there!

201208
If you need to reserve a room in the Galesi Family Student Success Center contact Holly Kilby, director of academic support, at ext. 15788 or hkilby@averett.edu.

201208
The office of institutional research and effectiveness has a new form available online for submitting data requests. To submit your request using the new form click here.

201208
Nominations are now being sought for several student leadership awards. The awards are:
Advisor of the Year Award
Student Leader of the Year Award
Outstanding Student Organization Award
Unsung Hero Award

Nomination forms are available in the office of student engagement and leadership development, room 417, in the Student Center (fourth floor). The forms are due Thursday, March 1 and may be returned to Lesley Villarose.

201208
Wrapping up its Black History Month activities, the University will hold a gospel music night at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in Pritchett Auditorium. There will be a variety of performances including Shekinah's Judah, an African dance ministry by a group comprised of Averett students; "Still I Rise," a poem read by Averett student Taylor Harris and an interpretative dance performed by Shaundra Thomas; the Averett Gospel Choir; and Shiloh Baptist Church Praise Dance Ministry.

201207
Are you preparing a contract that needs to be certified? Or perhaps it's a deed? Good news, you don't have to go downtown to have a document notarized.

Here is the list of University employees you can contact for notary services:
Angie Bowers - ext. 15669
Donna Gourley - ext. 15678
Terri Jones - ext. 15650
Karen Nelson - ext. 17269
Karen Ward - ext. 15671

201207
The office of undergraduate admissions will host its Annual Scholarship Day on Saturday, Feb. 18. This year's scholarship competition will feature more than 150 presidential and dean scholarship winners, up significantly from last year. With help from Dr. Franks, the president's council and faculty and staff, we will have more than 350 students and parents on our grounds to make sure Averett is the right fit. A big thanks goes out to all of those involved with making this event great!

201207
A hiring fair for veterans, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members and eligible spouses at the Richmond Raceway Complex is planned for Feb. 21, from 9 a.m.-Noon. The event is free but requires pre-registration. To register, go to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes or for information email: hiringourheroes@uschamber.com.

201207
Apostle Lawrence G. Campbell Sr. '73 founder and pastor of Bible Way Cathedral in Danville will give a presentation on the Danville Civil Rights Movement on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in Blount Chapel. Campbell will speak of his personal experiences during that turbulent time and his hopes for the community now and in the future.

201207
The University will hold a health awareness day on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. General health information will be distributed. The Sickle Cell Anemia Association is providing a free screening while supplies last from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

201207
The University is hosting a variety of activities this month in celebration of Black History Month. On Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6-8 p.m. in Blount Chapel Nguzo Saba, an African American drum and dance troupe in Danville will perform. Nguzo Saba performs a variety of selections from West African and American drumming and dance.

Also that evening, Emma C. Edmunds, a Civil Rights historian, will give a presentation on the Danville Civil Rights Movement. The presentation will include interviews and discussion in a Power Point format. Edmunds is the principal researcher for "Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va. 1945-75."

201207
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, The Schoolfield House Booksellers will close at 4 p.m. due to its end of the year inventory.

201206
Once again, the Danville area is holding a Community Read. This year there are two books, "Letters to a Young Sister" and "Letters to a Young Brother," both by Hill Harper. The books are $10 for both at The Schoolfield House Booksellers.

Harper will speak at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24.

201205
Remember that the campus-wide coffee break is today from 8-9:30 a.m. Come take a break and browse the Averett Craft Display while you're at it!

If you'd like to exhibit during the March 14 Averett Craft Display, please contact Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147 or charlotte.wilson@averett.edu or Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or llemery@averett.edu.

201205
Last call for anyone interested in participating in the 2012 Live Healthy America 100-Day Wellness Challenge. To join a team contact Linda Lemery.

201205
The counseling center staff is offering a four week stress relief program. It begins Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 12:10 p.m. in the counseling center.

This program includes breathing exercises, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, gentle stretching and more. To register call ext. 15624 or email Joan Kahwajy-Anderson. Participation is limited to eight individuals. Additional dates may be made available if needed.

201205
It might seem presumptuous to be talking about Homecoming in February, but it will be here before you know it. This year Homecoming will be October 19-21.

If you would like to see something added to the schedule or invite a group of alumni with whom you share something special, please call or email Dan Hayes.

201205
Tickets for the Dailey & Vincent bluegrass concert on Monday, March 26 are now available for pre-order. Tickets are $7.50 and there is a limit of 10 tickets per person. Tickets will be released at 6:45 p.m. if they have not been picked up before then. Seating is general admission. To pre-order your ticket call Ashley Gayles at ext. 15620.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

201204
The Jan. 11 Averett Craft Display was a terrific success. Thanks to the 12 exhibitors who displayed their amazing work! If you'd like to exhibit your crafts at the next campus-wide coffee break on Feb. 1, click here for the registration form. For more information, call Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147.

201204
Interested in losing weight or increasing your physical activity? Join Live Healthy America and take on the 100-day challenge! If you're interested in joining a team, please contact Linda Lemery at ext. 15636. For more details, check the January 11 issue of Coffeebreak or read about the program at www.livehealthyamerica.org.

201204
Join your Averett colleagues at Jake's on Main, Friday, Jan. 27 from 4 p.m. until . . .

201204
Karen Shields, a Sam's Club representative, will be in the dining hall on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for membership renewals and registrations. They take cash, check, Discover, Mastercard, Sam's Club and Visa Debit.

If you have any questions, or problems with your card or gift card, please call Karen at 434-797-3029.

201204
Make plans to attend the third lecture in the 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in Jut's Café. Vince Kania will present "Federal Taxation - The Real Story" and Dr. Becky Clark will present "Letting Their Hair Down: Community in the Barber Shops and Beauty Salons of Film."

201204
There are a limited number of free tickets for a performance by the Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, whose appearance is sponsored by the Danville Concert Association. The concert is Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at George Washington High School. For tickets, please contact Jennifer Hooper at ext. 15600.

201204
Many thanks for your contribution of 496 pounds of food to God's Storehouse! Your kindness and generosity is helping us reach out to those in need. May God bless you!

Becky Wales, director

201204
Averett Central is where students request, retrieve and receive information pertaining to the campus. We are here to represent your department and give students accurate information. However, we are only as accurate as the information we receive. Please notify us of any policy changes, events (including times/dates) and any other changes you may have within your department. Both Averett Central and students thank you for up to date information.

201203
The office of residence life needs help. It is time for them to hire resident advisors (RAs) for 2012-13. They are soliciting nominations of students who have the maturity, time management/organizational and leadership skills to be great student leaders for our residential students.

Please submit your nominations (names) to Marsha Foster or contact the office of residence life at ext. 15622.

201203
Dr. Janet Laughlin invites qualified applicants to apply for the newly added full-time administrative assistant position in the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) office. For more information, visit Averett Jobs.

201203
The Jan. 11 Averett Craft Display was a huge success. Thanks to the 12 exhibitors who displayed an amazing span and depth of work! If you'd like to exhibit your crafts at the next event, registration forms (scroll toward the bottom of the link) are now being accepted for the Feb. 1 craft display during the campus-wide coffee break from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, call Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or Charlotte Wilson at ext. 17147. See you there!

201203
If you're interested in joining Averett's Live Healthy America team, please contact Linda Lemery at ext. 15636 or llemery@averett.edu. For more details, check the Jan. 11 issue of Coffeebreak or read about the program at Live Healthy America.

201203
It's been four long years and the end is finally in sight. At 6 p.m. on Feb. 1 the alumni office will host a senior dinner, celebrating the countdown to graduation. As is the tradition, the alumni office is looking for faculty and staff who have worked with the students to act as servers for the dinner.

If you are willing to help, please email Dan Hayes.

Note: The date in last week's Coffee Break was incorrect.

201203
On Thursday, January 19, Averett will introduce a redesigned web site. The new site is vastly improved in several key areas, and is designed to make a positive visual impression on all site visitors. Thank you, for your support of our improved site. You will find most of the information you use on a daily basis under the “Fac/Staff” heading in the top navigational menu. Please submit any feedback (compliments, questions, etc.) about the new page online at: www.averett.edu/coffeebreak/feedback.php.

For more information about the new website click here.

201203
Please make plans to join us Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11:15 a.m. in Pritchett Auditorium for the University's annual Founders' Day celebration. The Rev. John Upton Jr. '74, will be this year's featured speaker. Along with recognizing faculty and staff for their years of service, there will be an exciting announcement during the event.

201202
Mark your calendars now for upcoming spring staff events!
Jan. 11 - Campus Coffee Break
Jan. 19 - Founders' Day
Jan. 26 - University Staff Meeting
Feb 1 - Campus Coffee Break
Feb 16 - University Staff Meeting
March 14 - Campus Coffee Break
March 15 - University Staff Meeting
April 4 - Campus Coffee Break
April 19 - University Staff Meeting

Details about each event can be found on the University's online calendar.

201202
From Jan. 17 to Jan. 27 the office of student engagement and leadership development will be collecting new and gently used winter coats to deliver to a local homeless shelter. Please bring your coats to the office, which is located on the fourth floor of the Student Center. For more information, please contact Lesley Villarose at ext. 15627.

201202
The Live Healthy America 100-day challenge involving weight loss and/or increased physical activity will run January 23 through May 1. This year, Linda Lemery is captaining the Averett Less is More team, and there are eight team member slots open. If you're interested please contact Linda at ext. 15636 or llemery@averett.edu.

"Being a part of this loose network of support really helped me move toward achieving my own weight loss and physical activity goals over the past two years," Linda said. "It helps to have support."

Cost of participation is $20. Members get a t-shirt, access to the website and team support. The entire $20 goes to the Live Healthy America initiative.

201202
Each year the alumni office hosts a senior dinner for traditional students. This year's dinner will be Feb. 2. During the dinner we plan to give out fabulous prizes to the seniors as they prepare for their final 87 days of being a student. If you have a fabulous prize you would like to donate to the cause (a giftcard to a local business, something Averett related, etc.), please contact Dan Hayes at ext. 17252 or stop by Alumni Hall. Students will be receiving invitations to come if they are graduating in 2012.

201202
The newly designed Averett website is scheduled for a Jan. 19 launch. The new site will feature a much improved navigational system, a more organized and clean directory structure along with a whole new look!

NOTICE: There will be a quiet period for changes to the web from close of business on Wed., Jan. 11 – Jan. 18. Any requests for website changes submitted after 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 through Jan. 18 will NOT go into effect until AFTER the launch on Jan. 19.

See next week's Coffee Break for a preview of the redesign.

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