bloodwater_1392514367_140Brenau student-athletes Tyana Luna and Madison Strickland are leading efforts for the Blood:Water initiative to help raise money to supply clean and healthy drinking water to Africa. Luna, a cross country runner, and Strickland, a softball player, serve as representatives of the Southern States Athletic Conference Leadership Council, which is made up of student-athletes from each member institution.

Each SSAC school has been tasked with raising $1,000 for the Blood:Water campaign and each member school is running their own fundraising efforts for the cause. Brenau will begin advertising next week with donation jars located throughout campus. Other activities are planned and will include a Gainesville historic campus-wide event and athletic team participation.

For more information on the Blood:Water program, please email either representative at tluna@tiger.brenau.edu or mstrickland1@tiger.brenau.edu or visit http://www.bloodwater.org.

Merit Logo, black on whiteThe Merit program, implemented by Brenau University’s Office of Communications & Publications in 2012 as an upgrade to the hometown news release program, allows the university to create and publish personalized stories about student achievements, such as an initiation, academic award or participation in an event. Faculty and staff achievements may also be featured.

Once a person has been granted an achievement, they can customize their online profile with a photo, activities, work experience, awards and affiliations. Merit makes it easy to share these achievements with family and friends on social media. Consider it a virtual résumé.

OC&P staff requires a completed spreadsheet of key data fields to generate releases for Merit. To get a spreadsheet, download  the Hometown Merit News Template or contact Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu.

What is Merit anyway? Watch a short video. http://vimeo.com/66591963

Check out Brenau’s Merit page: http://brenau.meritpages.com/.

Pearce Auditorium Ghostwalk FeatureCheck out The Times weekly video promoting upcoming weekend activities in the area for some great shots of Pearce Auditorium at http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/multimedia/2771/.

The video promotes, among other things, the very popular Ghost Walk in the Halloween season sponsored by the Northeast Georgia History Center and featuring Brenau locales as well as some faculty and staff as ghost storytellers.

Brenau Fairburn has joined with Keep South Fulton Beautiful, Inc. in a Shoe Reuse/Recycling Project. Please donate your new and gently used shoes, which will be collected by KSFB and serve a humanitarian purpose as they will be donated to needy individuals, organizations or businesses worldwide.

Please place donated shoes in the collection box located in the building entrance across the hall from the American flag. Shoes will be collected until Dec. 31. Contact South Atlanta/Fairburn Campus Director Russell Willis for details at rwillis1@brenau.edu or 678-827-7300 ext. 102.

Download the flyer: http://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/SOLESFORSOUTHFULTON-FINAL-page-1.pdf

The Office of Human Resources has made some minor corrections to the 2014-2015 faculty and staff directory. Please download the DOCX file at the URL below to maintain current information. http://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Directory-Changes-1.docx.

As you know, Brenau University was named a “great place to work” in 2008, 2009 and 2011 by the Great Colleges to Work For Program due to information submitted by Brenau employees. We will be participating in a workplace survey again this year.

To hear how you feel about working at Brenau, the administration will be conducting a workplace survey. You will receive an email with a link to an online survey within the next week. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide feedback. The survey is being conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, an independent research company. To protect confidentiality, WorkplaceDynamics will not disclose individual responses to Brenau University. Your department or group scores will only be disclosed if there are at least 6 survey takers in your group. Note that managers at Brenau may see the optional written comments on the final page of the survey. If you wish to make a comment please do not write anything that will identify you as an individual.

If you do not receive the survey email within the next week, check your spam or junk email folder. To open the survey invitation, you may first need to mark the email as not spam. Please do not forward the survey email to a colleague, as each email has a unique code to prevent multiple responses from a single person.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Contact WorkplaceDynamics directly at (800) 749-0187 with any questions or reply to the survey email.

With over 1,500 athletes competing in bocce, cycling, long distance running and walking, golf and softball, over 50 members of the Golden Tigers athletic teams helped facilitate activities at the 2014 Special Olympics State Fall Games in Gainesville, Georgia Oct. 10-12. Part of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, Brenau athletes participate in community service, like the Special Olympics, to promote the five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

“It was a wonderful experience,” said Head Tennis Coach Andre Ferreira. “I want to thank Stephen Sparks from the Special Olympics Georgia for the opportunity to volunteer and for running such a well-organized event. And thank all the student-athletes and coaches that participated in this meaningful, memorable experience. On top of all, we now have about 55 new Bocce enthusiasts on campus!”

Echoing Ferreira’s sentiments, junior softball player Cheyenne Marsh said, “It was truly inspiring to watch the athletes show such passion throughout the day. Even though the weather cancelled some events, the athletes were positive and enjoyed the day.”

The Special Olympics Georgia was incorporated in 1970 to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports events for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. The number of active athletes has grown to over 26,000 participants in 25 sports.

 

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History Center LunchHave lunch with the First Ladies of Georgia at the First Baptist Church Banquet Hall  Thursday, Oct. 23, at 11: 30 a.m. Call the Northeast Georgia History Center for tickets or a table at 770-297-5900.

Mrs. Betty Russell Vandiver, Mrs. Betty Foy Sanders, Mrs. Shirley Carver Miller, Mrs. Marie Dobbs Barnes and Mrs. Sandra Dunagan Deal will reminisce about their time in the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta recalling some of the entertaining anecdotes encountered while their husbands held the office of Governor.

Debbie North, spouse of Bob North, campus director of Brenau Kings Bay, is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She was first diagnosed in July 2013 and is being treated at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Although currently in remission, she is waiting on a bone marrow transplant and a donor is needed soon. Please consider becoming a donor.

The first step to being someone’s cure is to join Be The Match Registry®. If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, patients like Debbie need you. Doctors choose registry members between 18 and 44 more than 90% of the time. Take the first step today by logging in to BeTheMatch.org. For thousands of critically ill blood cancer patients, there is a cure. Be The Match® connects patients with their life-saving bone marrow match  and it could be you. Contact Alecia Webb at awebb@brenau.edu for more information.