For students, faculty and staff who are in other locales or otherwise will not be able to make it to Pearce Auditorium in Gainesville at 7:30 on Tuesday evening, Beyond the Talking Points: What Election 2016 REALLY Means to Women will be available via the live high definition video feed at

If you will be in the area we encourage you to join us in person, but no matter where you watch you can join in the conversation on social media with the hashtag #beyondtalkingpoints.

The program features Republican pollster and strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson and Democratic community organizer and commentator Maria Teresa Kumar – both of whom have been prominent fixtures on network television political programs throughout the 2016 election cycle.

Moderated by Brenau President Ed Schrader, the two will discuss and debate their ideas about what this historic 2016 election means to women and will share their expertise on the pivotal roles being played by younger voters and the fastest-growing demographic sections of the U.S. population.

Please share this link with Facebook friends and others that you think might be interested.

For the Concerts Connecting Cultures series, the Department of Music has collaborated with the Department of Dance to present “Lindo Maravilhoso,” a program during International Week celebrating Brazil. Under the direction of Bobby Ivey, assistant professor of music, and Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, visiting assistant professor of dance, students will perform the music and dance of Brazil. This delightful midday program will be Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 12:45 p.m. in the Atrium of Burd. This event is free and open to the public.

For information, contact 770.538.4764 or

The annual open enrollment meeting regarding upcoming insurance changes will occur on Thursday Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae on the Gainesville historic campus. Campus directors will receive instructions for offsite viewing shortly. The program will also be recorded for those who are unable attend.

The Department of Dance presents “Whimsical Weavings,” a site-specific dance work, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.

The performance by Brenau dance majors is in conjunction with Patrick Dougherty’s stick work creation “Woven Whimsy” and takes place as part of the garden’s Wine in the Woodlands event. Admission is $8 for adults, free for Botanical Garden members and features a cash bar and light refreshments.

For more information on the performance please contact Nichole Finley at 770-538-4764. To learn more about the Wine in the Woodlands event please visit

halloween-flyerBrenau’s annual faculty and staff Halloween costume contest will be held this Monday, Oct. 31, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Yonah Lobby on the Gainesville historic campus.

A slate of prizes will be handed out at the event, with awards given for the most creative, creepiest and funniest costumes, as well as best hair and makeup and best group costumes.

Register to enter the costume contest early and you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a special prize. Email Kayla Fritz at for a registration form.

Mysteries Unveiled at 2011 Ghost Walk in Gainesville

The annual ghost walk around the Gainesville historic campus is set for Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m.  Lasting for 1 hour, the Ghost Tour focuses on some of Brenau’s most famous – and infamous – fables, folk tales and amazingly true stories. Among other tidbits, tourists will learn which Brenau president literally rolled up his shirtsleeves to build Yonah Hall’s top floor, why Lessie Southgate Simmons has special significance for the university, and of course, precisely who was (or still is?) Brenau’s purported poltergeist Agnes?

The walk will be led by Kathy Amos, executive director of Brenau’s Center for Lifetime Study. please contact Kelly Maddox at to reserve a spot To participate in the inaugural tour, .

As a part of Brenau’s International Week celebrating Brazil, the Vocal Chamber Ensemble and the Department of Dance will present “Lindo Maravilhoso,” a collaborative program featuring “beautiful, marvelous” music and dance of Brazil Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 12:45 p.m. in the John S. Burd Center atrium. The program is directed by Bobby Ivey and Madia Cooper-Ashirifi and is free and open to the public.

Amid a news cycle dominated by polarizing rancor and divisive rhetoric, Brenau President Ed Schrader today posted his strong support of the university-wide goal for the 2016-17 academic year and beyond to encourage “conversation, not confrontation.”

As a preview of the president’s column in the next issue of Brenau Window, you can read the full message that Schrader sent to students today at

'Day of Dance: PHOENIX' posterThe Department of Dance’s fall production, “Evening of Dance: PHOENIX” features student-choreographed pieces showcasing each dancer’s unique artistic prowess. Performances will be Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium in Gainesville.

The student compositions were created as part of a composition class and explore themes of beauty, communication, loss, addiction, and Chinese storytelling. Each work is emerging and is a work-in-progress.

The program is produced by Madia Cooper-Ashirifi and includes student choreographers Nia Byrd, Anne Fox, Sara Sharples, Michaela Taylor, Asia Welch and Tianyangzi Zhang.

Tickets are available at the door only and are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors citizens. Admission is free for children 12 and under, students with valid ID and Brenau faculty and staff.

Office of the Executive Vice President & CFO has posted a new policy on the policies section of the Intranet regarding university-sanctioned travel involving students. Please review this policy, which covers both domestic and international travel involving students, as you make plans for the school year. All forms referred to in the policy are included following the policy and can be printed from the site.

Policy regarding travel on the part of faculty or staff members only, without students, is located on the Human Resources webpage of the Intranet under the faculty/staff guidelines.

If you have any questions regarding the new travel policy, please contact Lorene Pharr at or Dr. David Barnett at

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