All 3/4-time and full-time employees will receive an email with a link to participate in an online survey Dec. 1. The survey is conducted by independent research company WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, to better gauge how Brenau employees feel about the university’s work environment.

Individual responses will not be disclosed to Brenau administration, and group or department scores will only be disclosed if six or more people within your group or department takes the survey. Managers, however, may be able to view written comments posted on the final page of the survey. To ensure anonymity, employees are asked to refrain from writing anything that would directly identify them.

Please check your spam or junk filters if you don see the survey email in your inbox. If you accidentally delete the email, no worries; another reminder will be sent to you a few days later. Do not forward the email to colleagues, though – each email has a unique code to prevent multiple employee responses.

If you have any questions or concerns, WorkplaceDynamics can be contacted at (800) 749-0187.

Dr. Rudi Kiefer speaks at the annual Phi Kappa Phi social on Nov. 19.

Dr. Rudi Kiefer speaks at the annual Phi Kappa Phi social on Nov. 19.

About two dozen students participated in the annual Brenau Honors program social on Nov. 19. During the Phi Kappa Phi presentation, Dr. Rudi Kiefer discussed upcoming courses and scholarship opportunities. Research and instruction librarian Kimberly Boyd, who often assists PKP students with their projects, also spoke and the event was capped off by students in the communication and language fluency and artistic and creative imagination Honors seminars receiving their commemorative fall semester  t-shirts.

In addition to celebrating current PKP members, the yearly event is also meant to inform other students about upcoming honors opportunities. Those interested in participating next semester are asked to contect Dr. Winter Elliot, at, for more information.

Brenau’s South Atlanta campus in Fairburn, Georgia, was undamaged in last Wednesday’s severe weather, although a radar-confirmed tornado did get dangerously close to the facility. “The funnel cloud actually touched down about three blocks from the campus,” said Russell Willis, campus director. “It just missed us.”

Willis said no injuries were reported during the Nov. 18 storm and all students are accounted for. Tornado sirens sounded around 5 p.m. All scheduled classes for the remainder of the evening were cancelled shortly thereafter.

Eight faculty and staff were present, along with two students, during the worst of the weather. Despite 95 mph winds pounding the surroundings, no structural damage occurred and electricity was never lost.

The harrowing incident, Willis said, is a reminder for all Brenau staff and faculty to be well-versed on their campus’ critical incident management plans. “It clearly outlines the steps to take in an emergency,” Willis said, “and it is crucial to be prepared.”

When Brenau marketing partner Helix Education floated some ideas earlier this year for an advertising and marketing campaign that would be directed at adult and graduate student prospects, the company’s creative team suggested that parts of it might also be useful to other aspects of Brenau marketing. University officials agreed. Now, the creative staff of the Salt Lake City-based Helix and marketing professionals on the Brenau staff are working collaboratively to prepare for applying those ideas across the board in what could become the first major overhaul of the university brand identity in close to a decade.

“We saw this as an excellent opportunity for leveraging some great ideas for an advertising and marketing campaign that Helix was going to be doing anyhow for the benefit of the whole university,” said David Morrison, vice president for communications and publications at Brenau. “It is also an ideal situation for developing and strengthening a uniform Brenau brand for everything that the university does.”

The idea started at the university vice presidents’ retreat that occurred this summer in Young Harris, Georgia. Helix conducted a one-day workshop at the direction of President Ed Schrader to help the university leadership sharpen and articulate a clear, concise statement of what makes Brenau such a unique institution in higher education. When the Helix team came back to the VP group six weeks later in Gainesville to present a draft statement with research findings, the members also presented the proposed campaign, focused primarily on its specific charter for the university – marketing the online and graduate programs and undergraduate programs for nontraditional students.

The group plans to try to start rolling out some of the work product by late spring with the full rollout occurring throughout 2016. The idea is to incorporate the branding into all print, broadcast and internet advertising, publications, university web sites and social media activities, campus signage and a wide range of other materials.

Brenau faculty, staff and trustees got a peek at some of the early designs and concepts during the university’s annual trustees meeting at the Brenau University Downtown Center in Gainesville on Nov. 6.

“I think that Helix Education brings with it a myriad of talent, and as they continue to learn more about Brenau, they can help better serve us in their role,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Ray Tatum. “If we are collaborative and continue to educate one another on our desired results, we can be successful.”


The decorated door for the class of 2015 Brenau alum Bertha Osorio-Torres, who now teaches at Campbell Elementary School in Fairburn, Georgia.

The decorated door for the class of 2015 Brenau alum Bertha Osorio-Torres, who now teaches at Campbell Elementary School in Fairburn, Georgia.

Four members of the faculty and staff of the Brenau South Atlanta Campus in Fairburn were invited by Campbell Elementary School to be the judges for a schoolwide competition. The various classes and departments decorated their doors and hallways for the theme “College is in my Future!”, informing the students of the various higher education options open to them. Dr. Janet Grier, Education Programs Coordinator; Dr. James Sennett, Business Programs Coordinator; Ms. Telease Clark, AGS Enrollment Specialist; and Ms. Tesa Satcher, AGS Student Adviser, spent the morning of Nov. 20 reviewing the creative and delightful efforts of students and teachers to encourage young people to begin thinking about the possible paths their education could take.

One highlight of the day was a chance to visit with 2015 Brenau South Atlanta alum Bertha Osorio-Torres, who is in her first year of teaching second grade at Campbell. As you can see, Bertha decorated her door in true Golden Tiger spirit!

Vice President of Enrollment Management Ray Tatum is pleased to announce that admissions specialist Annie Johnston has been named the new Director of Freshman Admissions.

Formerly the university’s transfer admissions specialist, Johnston graduated from the Women’s College in 2012 with a B.A. in Mass Communication and obtained an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Brenau in 2014.

“I’m very excited to be working with incoming freshman students and helping them start their Brenau journey,” Johnston said. “Having been through the journey myself, I know how exciting and rewarding it is.”


Volunteers are much-needed to assist with the Dec. 12 graduation ceremonies.

Faculty and staff interested in offering their time and services are asked to contact Kayla Fritz at or call the Provost Office at (770) 534-6215 by Monday, Nov. 30.

Full-time and 3/4-time staff and faculty have until Monday, Nov. 23, to enroll in 2016 benefits packages.

More information and instructions on signing up for health coverage and other plans is online at

The impressive C.S. Lewis collection, on display at the Brenau Trustee Library throughout Nov. 2015.

The impressive C.S. Lewis collection, on display at the Brenau Trustee Library throughout Nov. 2015.

The Brenau Trustee Library recently acquired a premier collection of titles written by and about the iconic British writer C.S Lewis. More than 100 books were donated by Dr. Warren Jones, who presented the generous donation in honor of Bobbie Jean Collins Jones (WC ’64).

The collection will be on display throughout the remainder of November to celebrate the birthday of the beloved author, whose work ranges from allegorical fantasy epics The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to pioneering Christian apologist works such as The Great Divorce.

More information on the C.S. Lewis collection is available at

The Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, Nov. 30.

This year, staff and faculty have two options for submitting nominations.

You can download the PDF form at the link below. Review the eligible staff members, read the criteria and vote. Those forms should be sent to Holly Reynolds at Campus Box 22 or e-mailed to no later than Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Nominations can also be submitted online using the Google form at
agerman-Thompson Award Nomination PDF form: