AU CoffeeBreak 11-9-16

Posted on November 9th, 2016 by Cassie Jones

CoffeeBreak is an e-newsletter distributed to Averett faculty and staff to keep them up-to-date on campus activities and information.

Please send information you would like included in CoffeeBreak via this form by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, for a Wednesday, Nov. 16, publication.


Flag_of_Virginia.svgDear Averett Family,

I am writing to all of you to provide an important time-sensitive update on the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG). TAG is a grant that is given to every one of our students who live in Virginia. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the estimated TAG undergraduate award is $3,200 (and graduate students in health professions are expected to receive $1,600). At Averett, 502 of our current students will receive a TAG award this year.

It is critical that we convey to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and members of the Virginia General Assembly how vital TAG funding is to our students, families, colleagues and communities and why TAG funding should be a priority for the Governor in the budget he introduces in December. Gov. McAuliffe will make final budget decisions at the end of November. I feel sure TAG is important to you, and would ask you to please send an email as quickly as possible to Gov. McAuliffe and members of the General Assembly to ask that they do everything possible to increase the award to $3,400. It is important that your voice is heard by the Governor and state legislators.

For almost 45 years, TAG has helped make higher education more affordable for approximately 200,000 Virginians. Like many other programs, TAG was impacted by the economic downturn and funding was cut several years ago. Please urge the Governor and General Assembly to increase the TAG funding in the budget in order to increase the award amount. For many students at Virginia’s private colleges, the TAG award makes the difference between being able to afford college or not.

Averett is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV). CICV has a web page that will make it very easy for you to send an email or written letter to Gov. McAuliffe and your state legislators. The web page will also help you determine who represents you in the Virginia General Assembly. Please visit http://www.capwiz.com/naicu/va/home/.

The TAG award is critical to Averett students. I urge you to please take a few moments to send an email to the Governor.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Tiffany M. Franks

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Averett Live and Learn: Women’s Health and ED – It’s Not What You Think!

WomanBeing a woman in the 21st century is certainly a high-risk profession. Navigating through this hazardous profession is not easy. In the past 40 years, we have seen a dramatic rise in female-related illnesses never seen before in history. Join Dr. Lynise Anderson on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room as we explore the common thread in many female health complaints. Find out how estrogen dominance (ED) may be affecting your health and what you can do about it! Refreshments and door prizes will be available, so click here to register.

Open Enrollment Reminder

BenefitsThe open enrollment period for health, vision, dental and flexible spending and health savings accounts has begun and ends at midnight Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The open enrollment benefits portal is now available to all eligible faculty and staff, and the official 14-page open enrollment memo will be placed in the Benefitsolver.com Reference Center and the Averett intranet.

Representatives from Anthem (medical) and UniCare UniView (vision), LD&B (flexible spending account/FSA), Health Savings Administrators (HSA), AFLAC, Bankers Insurance, California Casualty and Colonial Life will be available for the Enrollment Benefits Fair today, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the multipurpose room. They each will be stationed at a table for you to come anytime during the fair hours to ask questions pertaining to plan options and respective coverage.

Boys & Girls Club Angel Tree

boys-and-girls-clubThe CCECC is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area to host the Angel Tree Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m.

If you would like to sponsor an Angel this year, stop by the CCECC today, Nov. 9, to choose your Angel’s wishlist!

Click here to see the guidelines for purchasing gifts. All gifts must be wrapped and returned to the CCECC before Thanksgiving break. If you have any questions, please contact Cierra Gunter at ccgunter@averet.edu.

Estate Planning Information Session

lambeth-bio-picAverett University will host an estate planning information session with keynote speaker, Robert B. Lambeth, Jr., president of Virginia Private Colleges, on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 4-5:30 p.m., at the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. Attendees will learn how to make the most of investments and maximize wealth and security during retirement.

Lambeth has served as president of Virginia Private Colleges since 1983, where he oversees the coordination of collaborative projects for its member institutions, including government relations, marketing and business and purchasing activities. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. and studied at Wroxton College in Banbury, England. He earned a law degree from the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and has also done graduate work in government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia.

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) was founded in 1971 and currently operates as Virginia Private Colleges, a nonprofit, 501(c)(6) organization representing 28 accredited nonprofit independent colleges and universities in Virginia.

This is not a solicitation, but rather an educational event.

 “Education Improv”

main_hallAll faculty are invited to join the “Averett 2020” Strategic Plan’s Engaged Teaching and Learning Team on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11:15 a.m. in Frith 208 for “Education Improv.” Dr. Stephen Davidson will lead a discussion on “what works well in our classrooms.” Bring your ideas and your lunch (if you like) and enjoy connecting with your colleagues.

 

Military Appreciation Day and Senior Day at Football Saturday

danaskydiveAs part of Averett University’s Military Appreciation Day, we are thrilled to bring Sgt. First Class (Ret.) Dana Bowman to campus November 11-14. After parachuting into the Saturday, Nov. 12 football game from the airplane flyover and landing on his two prosthetic legs to deliver the game ball, he will be available at multiple times to talk with students, faculty and staff about his inspiring story.

While the Cougars face off against Huntingdon College at 1 p.m. Saturday, join us at half time or immediately following the game in the Frank R. Campbell Stadium for a meet-and-greet with Bowman. All faculty, staff and students get in free with and Averett ID card, and for this game, all active and retired military will receive free general admission. For more information on tickets and tailgating, click here for the full flyer. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 13, all are invited to hear his address to the Averett University community at 6 p.m. in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center.

Bowman is a retired First Class Sergeant with the U.S. Army, where he was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. The double amputee lost both of his legs in an accident during an annual training in 1994. Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army, which he did airborne style – skydiving with his commander into the ceremony. After his re-enlistment, he became the U.S. Parachute Team’s lead speaker and recruiting commander before retiring in 1996. Since then, he has delivered more than 1,000 speeches all over the country, and has been featured by top media outlets. For more information, visithttp://www.danabowman.com/.

Averett Women’s Network to Host Program on Negotiation

baggerly_christineOn Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Averett Women’s Network will host Christine Baggerly, vice president at First Piedmont Corporation, as she returns to Averett to discuss the ins and outs of professional negotiation. Join us at 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room for an interactive session on why negotiation is so important, and how you can be your best advocate. Contact Alexis Ehrhardt at (434) 791-7212 or aehrhardt@averett.edu with any questions.

Sam’s Club Representative on Campus Next Week

Sams_ClubKaren Shields from Sam’s Club will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 17. She will be in the dining hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to enroll new members and renew current memberships. Memberships can be renewed up to five months in advance.

New HR and Payroll Additions to Averett Website

Payday

Your Human Resources and Payroll teams have created several new pages on the Averett University website. Please visit and take a look at some of the resources available here. Information about benefits, the new timesheet (effective November 11), the biweekly payroll schedule, and more is now available 24/7 online. New resources will be added over the coming weeks that address what it means to be exempt or nonexempt, what is work time, and other topics related to timekeeping and payroll.

In the meantime, please join us for an information session to learn the how and why of the changes relating to overtime and timekeeping that become effective December 1. The new timesheet and deduction schedule will be presented, so bring your questions on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. You can also submit questions to HRPayFLSA@averett.edu.

Celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday

PTurkeylease join us in the dining hall for a festive lunch on Thursday, Nov. 17, 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, traditional pies and other holiday favorites. We look forward to seeing you there!

This event will have special pricing. All taxes included: adults, $8.25; children 6-12 years of age, $6.25; children five and under, no charge; $3 surcharge for faculty and staff with meal plans.

New Student Orientation Leaders

orientation1The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership Development is working to hire their 2017 New Student Orientation Staff. If you have any students that you think would be energetic, fun, and ready to meet our incoming class, email their names and email addresses to averettorientation@gmail.com or tell them to come by our office on the fourth floor of the Student Center for an application packet. Applications are due by Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Cans Across the Conference

Food driveThe Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is currently in a competition with the other SAAC organizations in the USA South to see which college can raise the most non-perishable food items. We will be donating any food we receive to God’s Storehouse. We are almost half-way to our goal of 13,000 cans, and we need your help!

There will be SAAC members at the staff meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, to collect any non-perishable food items or money you would like to donate to the cause, as well as boxes placed on the third and fourth floors of Frith and at North Campus for can donations. If you have questions or would like another way to donate to the cause, contact Sam Chandler at schandler@aumail.averett.edu. Thank you so much for all of your support!

Coat and Winter Clothing Drive

CoatCan’t participate in the Angel Tree? You can still make a difference!

Hannah Mattson, a resident assistant in Main Hall, is collecting winter coats and clothing for children and youth in Cardinal Village. Winter coats are the biggest need, but you can also donate hats, scarves, gloves, etc. Donation boxes are located in the CCECC and the following residence halls: Fugate Lobby, Mountain View Apartment Lobby and third floor Main Hall.

** If you are donating a winter coat, please stop by one of the donation locations to choose a specific size before you buy! ** If you have any questions, click here or contact Hannah Mattson at hgmattson@aumail.averett.edu.

Faculty and Staff Giving Contest Winners

give1Winners of our annual faculty and staff giving campaign have been drawn, and are as follows:

1st Place: Dr. Sue Davis – iPad Mini
2nd Place: Lisa Stewart – FitBit
3rd Place: Dr. George Odongo – $50 gift card to Averett Dining Hall

We haven’t yet reached our goal of 87 percent, but are still committed to hitting it. It’s not about how much you give, but rather that everyone gives something – the percentage of employees who give is what counts most! Contact Dan Hayes at dhayes@averett.edu or (434) 791-7252 for more information on how to still give.

Alpha Sigma Phi Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Yankee CandleIt’s fundraising time for Alpha Sigma Phi at Averett University and this holiday season we are doing something really special. Yankee Candle has agreed to give us a portion of all sales through this link so that we can help fund the travel of our brothers to Saint Louis this winter for Better The Man Weekend. This is a big deal and a great opportunity for our brothers to start networking with other leaders in the fraternity from all over the country. Thank you for your support in Averett’s national fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi.

How to Order:

  1. Go to yankeecandlefundraising.com
  2. Enter our group number 990105478
  3. Start shopping!

SACSCOC Visit in February

Module 1: Overview of AccreditationAverett is approaching its reaffirmation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The site visit from the SACSCOC review team will be February 20-23, 2017. While the team is on campus, we will need all hands on deck to make sure things are running smoothly. This is an incredibly important visit, and essential to Averett’s operations and continued success for our students. You will be learning more soon, but please mark your calendars and do not plan to be off during this time.