Averett CoffeeBreak 8-8-18

Posted on August 8th, 2018 by Danielle Staub

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. Please submit by Friday, Aug. 10, for a Wednesday, Aug. 15, publication.

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GPS Student Spotlight

Meet Denise Lindsey, a student pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree who is expected to graduate in 2020. To learn more about Denise on the GPS blog, click here.

QUESTION: Why did you choose Averett University’s GPS program?

ANSWER: “I chose Averett’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program for several reasons. The first reason is I can still work and earn a living, but also go to school at the same time. I can take classes online or have face-to-face classes. Also, when I went online to see what was offered and signed up for some information about the program, I received a telephone call. The call was very pleasant and informative.”

CAMPUSengage Training: Need Help? No Problem!

The CCECC is hosting CAMPUSengage Trainings at the Goodwill Industries Career Center Computer Lab located at 512 Westover Dr. today, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, tomorrow, Aug. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. until noon.

In this session you will:
1. Update your agency profile (contacts, agency descriptions, photos etc..).
2. Learn how to sign up for needs.
3. Post needs to your profile page (list the organization’s needs for volunteers).

In order to use this time effectively, we ask that you come prepared with volunteer times, projects and opportunities beginning Sept. 1, 2018. Space is limited to 15 seats. RSVP to Tia Yancey at tyancey@averett.edu for training assistance.

Have you RSVP’d to the New Employee Orientation Invitation (NEO)?

You still have time to join us for the program on Monday, Aug. 13, \from 9 a.m. until noon. Click here to see an agenda for the day. Check your email for an invitation from Punchbowl. We look forward to seeing  you at the NEO! Questions? Contact Kathie Tune, director of HR, at (434) 791.7106 or email ktune@averett.edu.

The August Opening is Next Week!

Tuesday, August 14
2 – 4:15 p.m. Opening of the Year Kick-Off (Informal fellowship time beginning at 1:15 p.m.)
4:15 – 6:30 p.m. Family Picnic and Tours of Newly Renovated Main Hall

Join your fellow faculty and staff as we celebrate the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 14, starting at 1:15 p.m. in the Frith Fine Arts Center Lobby.

The afternoon begins with refreshments and fellowship in the lobby until 2 p.m., followed by our program in Pritchett Auditorium featuring new faculty and staff pinning, “A Student’s Journey through the themes of Averett 2020,” and our honored guest, Dr. Eileen Hulme, a nationally respected educator who will lead an engaging presentation on the cultural, technological, socioeconomic and demographic shifts that are creating unique forces at colleges and universities. Hulme, who brings a wealth of experience as a faculty member, administrator and researcher, frames the “issues and challenges of the day” profoundly well, with the needs of the student always at the center.

Following our Opening of the Year Session, President Franks and Joe will host you and your loved ones for a family picnic in the Carrington Gym (including a “Kids Corner” with bubbles, chalk and more) and everyone will have the opportunity to tour the newly renovated Main Hall.

Sign up now for Danville’s Adult Ultimate Frisbee League!

Hosted by Danville Parks and Rec, the adult co-ed Frisbee league combines good old-fashioned playground competition with a friendly and social atmosphere. Athletic ability is not required, just a willingness to give it your all and have fun! Teams will be formed through a league draft. For more information about the league and minimum requirements, please call (434) 799-5214.

Registration ends this Friday, Aug. 10.League games will be played September through November on Thursday evenings. Sign up online at playdanvilleva.com. Click sign up online, Sports and Athletics, and then Ultimate Frisbee. Any other questions can be directed to Liz Cervantes at lcervantes@averett.edu.

It’s time for Cougar Connection!

The first Cougar Connection, a weekly newsletter to students, of the school year will go out on Monday, Aug. 20. This means all submissions need to be in by Wednesday, Aug. 15. It is extremely important that all submissions are sent via this form and in by Wednesday each week. Please contact Danielle Staub at dstaub@averett.edu with any questions.

Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation is Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 11:15 a.m. Staff who have a master’s degree or higher, as well as the proper regalia, are invited to march in the procession. Please email Mary Sullivan, msullivan@averett.edu by Wednesday, Aug. 15, by 10 a.m. if you would like to be included.

River District Festival Fish Fry

Dine on a delicious dinner of fish and fixin’s to support the River District Festival at the River District Festival Fish Fry on Friday, Aug. 24. Ticket includes a hearty meal of fish, beans, slaw, hushpuppies and tea, along with two drink tickets for beer or wine. A cash bar will also be available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., food begins at 6 p.m., and live music will play until 9 p.m.

Must be 21 to attend. Advance sale tickets are $30 per person. Corporate tables available until Friday, Aug. 17. Contact alumnus Phillip Hayes at info.riverdistrictfestival@gmail.com or RSVP and buy your ticket by clicking here.

Staff Meetings 2018-19

Mark your calendars! Below are the staff meetings dates for 2018-19. All meetings will be held in the multipurpose room at 11:15 a.m. Please direct all questions to the Danielle Staub, staff council chair, at dstaub@averett.edu.

Thursday, Sept. 20.
Wednesday, Oct. 31. (Halloween Costume Contest!)
Thursday, Nov. 15.
Thursday, Jan. 3.
Thursday, Feb. 21.
Thursday, Mar. 21.
Thursday, Apr. 18.
Thursday, May 16.
Thursday, June 13.

We are currently looking for a Golden Bagel nomination for September. If you would like to nominate one of your co-workers for going above and beyond this summer, please send those details in an email to staffcouncil@averett.edu.

Office 365 Email Migration

For those who have not been migrated to the Office 365 email system, over the next three days (Aug 8, 9 and 10), we will be completing our migration of all email accounts to Office 365. This afternoon, we will begin migrating the non-critical email accounts, (essentially, accounts that do not have an associated voicemail mailbox), then on Thursday and Friday will see the rest of the accounts migrated. If your mailbox has not been migrated, you should have received an email yesterday letting you know which day your account will be migrated. Restoring voicemail will take place the following morning.

Please reference the documentation attached in each email for further details. In addition, as mentioned in the emails, Stanford University has a wonderful site dedicated to the configuration for email clients that have been migrated to Office 365. You may access this site at https://uit.stanford.edu/service/office365/configure. You do not have to have a Stanford University account to use this page, and you do not have to log into that page. Wherever you see “Stanford.edu”, just substitute averett.edu.

To those who have been migrated, I sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding through a migration that would be considered “rough,” to put it mildly. I would also like to give a “shout out” to my team, who have performed brilliantly through all of this mess; I am truly blessed to have them. For questions or concerns, contact Kevin Lipscomb at klipscomb@averett.edu.

New Online System for Maintenance Requests

Associated with our housekeeping transition, we’ve switched to a new software system for submitting Maintenance Fixit requests.

First, use the same link from the Averett website, either from the Faculty/Staff rab or from the Intranet. When you click the link, you’ll see a Google login appear. To log in, put in your username and then “@aumail.averett.edu” and submit. Next it will request your password – your regular Averett system login password should work here.

Next you should see the maintenance request form pop up. This is very similar to the prior form, but with a few enhancements. Follow the steps and be sure select a type of request. In step four, describe the issue with some detail so the team can best be prepared to help. Then submit; if a submittal password is requested, use “Averett.”

This new system will increase Facilities Services’ effectiveness even more and the system will give requestors more, and more frequent, feedback as to the status of your request. If you run into errors trying to log in for the first time, please contact IT.

The AU People Directory

Just a reminder to send your departmental directory updates to Kathie Tune, director of HR, at ktune@averett.edu for the AU People web directory. Kathie is working with Travis Dix, webmaster, to make sure the Directory is up-to-date with all new employees.