logoThe WomenSource Summer Evening Series is hosting a women’s networking event on Tuesday, July 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Regions Bank on the corner of Jesse Jewell Parkway & E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville.

Join WomenSource for door prizes, appetizers and a fun evening of networking. This event is free.

Call 770-503-9060 or register online at http://www.womensource.info/index.php?src=forms&ref=Summer_Series_Registration_Form.


Brenau’s 403(b) retirement plan provides employees the opportunity to take an active role in retirement planning. The Brenau administration seeks to make plans available that provide employees a full array of investment options, a competitive fee structure and excellent service.

To give participants a better understanding of the plan’s investment options, including fee and expense information, TIAA-Cref will be emailing all current and former Brenau employees a fee disclosure. The disclosure provides general plan information, fees and expenses and investment-related data. The disclosure also includes comparative charts that display each investment option available under each of the plans.

There is no action necessary on your part; this information is being provided for your reference only.

Questions may be directed to the TIAA-Cref National Contact Center at (800) 842-2776.

The retirement representative from Cannon Financial will be on the Gainesville campus Aug. 19. Contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu to schedule a meeting for that day if you have questions regarding your current retirement plan or wish to enroll.

Brenau offers life insurance to employees who are ¾-time or more at a rate of 2 ½ times the annual salary. However, at age 70 the benefit is reduced by 35% and at age 75 it is reduced by 50%. The premiums for this benefit are paid by Brenau. IRS regulations require that the employee be taxed on the premium for any amount that exceeds $50,000. We have recently amended our plan allow employees the option to opt-out of this paid-benefit and therefore not pay those taxes. Should you wish to opt out of the Brenau-paid life insurance please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Brenau believes that caring for the community is an important part of its mission. One of the ways that Brenau does this is through United Way. Why United Way? Your gift to United Way addresses the root causes of the most pressing human needs in our community. To that end, Brenau allows you to donate to the United Way of Hall County (or whichever county you specify) via payroll deduction, cash or check. If you would like to contribute, please complete the form (PDF) and return to the Office of Human Resources via campus mail. Download the PDF at http://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/United-Way-Pledge-Form.pdf.

All employees who are currently making payroll deductions and wish to continue making deductions at the same level do not need to take action. If you wish to increase or cancel your payroll deduction please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

At the July Board of Directors for the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution, Kenneth Frank was elected as the U.S. domestic vice president for the coming year. The Academy is made up of lawyers, judges, professors, and other professionals, all having an abiding conviction that mediation is a better way. As the Academy has grown, it has become the umbrella organization of three distinct student organizations – the InterNational ADR Society, the International Law School Mediation Tournament and the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament, which will be held at Brenau Nov. 6-8, 2014.

Long before Cumming, Georgia-based sculptor Gregory Johnson created our beautiful bronze golden tiger, Lucile, he wanted to be a painter. Like many artists though, he found that painting would not pay the bills. Read the whole story of Gregory Johnson’s journey to being one of Northeast Georgia’s most prolific bronze artists in Chelsey Abercrombie’s article Artist Sculpts Out His Life’s Work in the Gainesville Times at http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/199/article/102334/.

Mr. Harold Stone Lanier, father of Brenau Occupational Therapy Admissions Counselor and Instructor Nancy Fowler, of Clermont, Georgia, passed away on Friday, July 18, at age 92. Lanier was a WWII veteran, having enlisted in the 445th Army Air Corps bombardment group of the 8th Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Cheston Cline Lanier, his two siblings, three children and 15 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Strickland Funeral Home, 260 Main St., Clermont, on Tuesday, July 22, from 5 – 7 p.m., and funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5622 Clarks Bridge Rd., Clermont.

A complete obituary is available at http://www.wrstricklandandsonsfh.com/obits/obituary.php?id=485847.

In a few weeks, construction will begin to take place on Sorority Circle. A temporary fence will surround the construction zone closing off Sorority Circle to all non-construction related vehicle traffic. Prior Street will remain open for normal traffic.

A designated walkway will run through the center of Sorority Circle, perpendicular to Prior Street, to allow foot traffic from the Owens Student Center side of the street through to the rear entrance of the Main Complex. Only construction related personnel will be permitted to enter the construction zone.

Construction will take place at the current locations of the Alpha Chi Omega House, Zeta Tau Alpha House, the former Learning Center at 223 Prior St., and Alpha Kappa Alpha House located at 225 Prior St. Look for future updates as the project progresses from the Office of Communications and Publications. Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining a safe campus.

Douglas Alexis Franco, the oldest son of  long-time Aramark Dining employee Dora Brizuela, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center at the age of 25.  Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, July 21, at 2 p.m. and to be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1440 Pearce Cir., in Gainesville. The family will receive friends at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Saturday, July 19,  from 4 – 7 p.m.

The funeral home is located at 2030 Memorial Park Rd., in Gainesville. Condolences may be conveyed online at http://www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.

Aramark invites people to donate  funds for Dora through July 23 to help with expenses. Please contact Kari Lewallen at 770-538-4600 or aramark@brenau.edu to contribute.