Averett CoffeeBreak 9-19-18

Posted on September 19th, 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, Sept. 21, for a Wednesday, Sept.26, publication


Lauren Horsley photoMeet Lauren Horsley, a student pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Sociology & Criminal Justice degree who is expected to graduate in 2020. To learn more about Lauren on this GPS blog, click here.

Why did you choose Averett University’s Graduate & Professional Studies program?

“I chose Averett’ s GPS program because it seemed like the best fit for my active life. Being a full-time parent and having a career is very time-consuming. The GPS program is designed for people with busy lifestyles and is geared towards preparing adults for success.”

Campus Store Sale!

Averett’s Campus Store sale continues, and today is the last day! Stop by to get 25 percent off select apparel, drinkware, hats, backpacks, notebooks/binders, headphones, earbuds and an additional 50 percent off clearance!

Shop 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., or anytime online at www.averettshop.com.

Staff Meeting

The September staff meeting is tomorrow, Sept. 20, at 11:15 a.m. in the MPR. Please join us for announcements, a Homecoming program, the Golden Bagel and more. It will be followed by lunch in the café!

If you would like to nominate someone for the Golden Bagel award, please send your nomination to staffcouncil@averett.edu.

Remember, all questions, comments or concerns can always be sent to staffcouncil@averett.edu. We want to hear from you. See you tomorrow!

Fall Cookout

The Criminal Justice Club will hold a Fall “Fish Fry, Hamburger, Hot Dog Cookout” tomorrow, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m until 2 p.m. outside the Student Center.

Menu includes: fish, french fries, hamburgers, hot dogs/chili dogs, condiments and coleslaw. Fish plate is only $2.50. Fish, fries, coleslaw and a soda is $5. Hamburgers or hot dogs/chili dogs are $1.50 each. Sodas and water will also be available for sale for $.75 each.

This fundraiser is helping to generate conference and travel expenses for the October 25-27 ACJA-LAE Region IV conference in King of Prussia, Pa. For further details, call advisor John Wilt at (434) 770-8822.

“Pinkalicious” Rescheduled

“Pinkalicious” has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium.

Students get in FREE with their student I.D. Faculty and staff get two free tickets. Regular tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/senior citizens (60+).

Arts@Averett Presents: Flute and Piano Recital

Averett University’s Arts@Averett series invites you to a flute and piano recital by Janet Phillips, assistant professor of music, and Michael Rowland, pianist and organist from Salisbury, N.C. The recital will take place this Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at West Main Baptist Church, 450 W. Main St. Admission is free.

This modern program is comprised of all American composers except for one novelty piece. Most of the composers are current, living and working in the United States right now. The 20th and 21st century pieces/composers featured include Aaron Copland (one of the art music “creators” of the “American sound”), Rhonda Larson (flutist and composer), Gary Schocker (flutist and composer), Daniel Dorff (prolific composer who writes for many instruments and large ensembles as well).

Senior piano major Emily Myers will join Phillips for the flashy Carnival of Venice during the second half of the program. This will be an evening filled with lovely melodies and acrobatic technical passages.

Danville Concert Association Tickets

The University has a limited number of tickets available for this Friday’s Danville Concert Association event.

If you are interested in attending the Morgan State University Concert Choir performance at 7:30 p.m. at George Washington High School’s auditorium on Friday, Sept. 21, contact Marion Breen in Alumni Hall at mbreen@averett.edu or call (434) 791-5675.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is an initial limit of two tickets per person.

Senior Pinning

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the Senior Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. at the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center. A reception will follow the ceremony at the President’s House.

Please respond to Mary Sullivan, msullivan@averett.edu, by this Friday, Sept. 21, if you plan on attending.

Get your Free T-Shirt!

Day to Engage is this Saturday, Sept. 22!

Sign up on campusengage.org , click on the DAY TO ENGAGE, sign up and Walk to end Alzheimer’s.

You don’t want to walk? Grab some friends and lead a station. See you there!

Homecoming is Next Week!

Do you have your spirit day outfits picked out? The spirit days are as follows:

Monday – Jersey
Tuesday –Tourist
Wednesday – Woke up like this (You can wear your PJ’s!)
Thursday – Decades
Friday – Blue and Gold

Join your fellow faculty and staff from Sept. 28-30 for all of our Homecoming festivities. We are kicking off our “Welcome Home” weekend with Blue and Gold Day on Friday, followed by a full day of events that leads into a packed weekend!

If you haven’t registered, you still can! (Yes, as an Averett employee and an alumnus you can still register and receive fun goodies!) All alumni are reminded to check in at the alumni tent on Saturday, available from 2:30 p.m. until half-time, for fabulous prizes!

For the full schedule of events with details, to see the list of award recipients and inductees and to register online, visit Averett.edu/homecoming. Don’t forget your blue and gold Averett gear! Shop the Averett Campus Store, The Schoolfield House Booksellers, at www.averettshop.com.

TIAA Representative on Campus

Our TIAA representative Matt Meade will be on campus on Monday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Main 131.  The last appointment is scheduled at 3 p.m.

No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with Matt Meade can help you create a plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan.

You’ll get answers to these questions and more:
Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

Any member of the retirement plan or anyone interested in joining the plan may set an appointment with Meade. All full-time and part-time (non-student) employees are eligible to enroll in the plan. Additional information concerning the Universal Availability Notice is available here and on the intranet. You can sign up for an appointment by clicking here.

ERT Updates: National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and here are some ways the Emergency Response Team (ERT) is continuing to work with faculty, staff and students to prepare the campus for emergencies:

  1. An emergency procedures poster has been placed in most areas on Main Campus. In the coming weeks, they will be hung at the other local campuses. To view the comprehensive image of all emergency procedures, click here.
  2. Tornado shelter locations have also been placed in most areas, with the full completion by the end of October. A comprehensive tornado shelter locations can be found here.
  3. Over the summer there were 13 door locks installed in classrooms. By October, all Frith Hall doors will have the locking system. To learn more about the locks and how they work, click here.
  4. A new phone number has been created to add an additional layer of communications tools for emergency communications and alerts. To get the most recent alerts, call (877) 327-1217 at any time.

Finally, the ERT would like to thank everyone for their flexibility throughout the course of the most recent weather event, Tropical Depression Florence. These major events are fluid and unpredictable, and the team worked hard to make the best choices to keep our students and employees safe with the information we unfolding at the time, and we thank everyone for their cooperation. During these events, please continue to follow all communications from LiveSafe, use the new emergency communications phone line, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and regularly check averett.edu/safety for alert updates and information on how to download the LiveSafe app.


Averett’s Turnitin.com software is functional and ready to use! In the coming days/next couple of weeks, we will have available a local online venue for Turnitin support materials, but in the meanwhile, you can access them below:

Video Tutorial:

Our agent custom-made this tutorial using our own Moodle software. All the functionality you see demonstrated is available through your Moodle login and course shells, and you can use as much or as little of it as you like. The video focuses on the key areas of Turnitin philosophy, creating assignments, interpreting originality/similarity results, and marking papers. It also touches upon how students can use the software to improve their written work. The video is barely over half an hour long, and you’ll find much information packed into it in an accessible manner.

Handbooks and Instruction Manuals: https://guides.turnitin.com/03_Integrations/Turnitin_Partner_Integrations/Moodle/03_Moodle_Direct_V2/03_Instructors

If you’d like to dig deeper into the software’s functionality, you can refer to the full user guides at this link. Guides are available for both instructors and students.

Turnitin Division Liaisons:
David Hanbury (Psych/Health Professions)
Marc Muneal (Arts/Humanities)
Gary Tucker (Math/Sciences)
Brian Turner (Business/Applied)

The Curriculum Committee members for the respective divisions have agreed to be points of first contact for sharing and collecting information regarding the software’s use at monthly division meetings. Adjunct faculty members should report concerns or questions to their direct supervisors. GPS and off-site faculty members may channel queries or feedback through Marietta Sanford at marietta.sanford@averett.edu. As always, technology questions should be addressed to the IT Helpdesk.

Fall Screenings and Flu Clinic

Fall Health Screenings will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18, from 7 a.m. until noon in the MPR. Please sign up by clicking here. This is for Health Plan Participants only!

ALSO: The flu clinic will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18, in the MPR. Please bring a copy of your health insurance card and photo ID. This is open to everyone.


Open Enrollment: Health Insurance Vendor Day

Please save the date for the Health Insurance Vendor Day. It will be Friday, Oct. 26, in the MPR from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. More to come regarding open enrollment dates.