Brenau’s 2015 Campus Campaign wraps up Saturday, Oct. 17. Please join your fellow employees by making a gift to benefit our many departments and ongoing programs.

With 100 percent employee support last year, the campaign raised almost $100,000 for initiatives like athletics programming, library investments and scholarships. Unrestricted gifts are especially needed to help the university fund technological upgrades, campus improvements and faculty and staff development.

To renew your gift from last year with no changes in amount or fund, please e-mail Pam Fountain at

New employees making their first Campus Campaign gift or current employees who wish to change the amount or designated fund for their gift should fill out a new pledge form and return it to Pam Fountain at Walters House, 305 Boulevard, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. Forms can also be placed at Campus Box 16, and online donations can always be made online at

Employees who make a gift are entered automatically into a drawing for prizes during the campaign. As Brenau employees, we make a great team and we know we can count on you to help us achieve 100 percent again this year.

A poster for the 2015 Halloween Costume contest.

2015 Halloween costume contest poster (click to view larger)

The Brenau Staff Development Committee will host their annual Halloween costume contest Friday, Oct. 30 at noon in Yonah Lobby at the historic Gainesville campus.

Prizes will be given out for the most creative, creepiest and funniest costumes, as well as the costume incorporating the best hair and makeup.

Even if you’re not too keen on dressing up, you can still participate by casting your ballot for wackiest wardrobe. The annual Halloween parade follows, with a dedicated 12:10 p.m. start time.


The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce named Brenau one of the area’s healthiest employers at their 2015 Most Fit Company Awards.

The honor was bestowed upon the university at the ninth-annual HealthSmart Expo held at the Gainesville Civic Center on Oct. 7.

Brenau received kudos for its fitness center, employee safety training, weight-loss programs and multidisciplinary employee and student services, such as the Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Life Enrichment and Wellness Center.

Then there’s the renowned “Brenau Mile,” which loops around the historic Gainesville campus.

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kit Dunlap – a 1964 Women’s College graduate who currently sits on the Brenau Board of Trustees – said the amenity is a great resource, not only for the university but the entire Gainesville community.

“I know of several business people and other individuals outside of Brenau who regularly take that walking route,” she said. “It encourages wellness for the Brenau family, its students and the public.”

Dr. Jenene Craig of the School of Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Jenene Craig of the School of Occupational Therapy.

School of Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and assistant professor Dr. Jenene Craig was voted onto the National Perinatal Association Board of Directors earlier this month.

Craig, who specializes in neonatal intensive care, has practiced OT since 1982. She is the only occupational therapist to sit on the board, which largely consists of neonatologists.

The multidisciplinary organization supports prenatal and postnatal education and research.

“In terms of initiative or programs that I will be promoting, I will most certainly be interested in opportunities that elevate the standards of care within the NICU,” Craig said, “starting at antepartum and delivery and extending out through post NICU discharge.”

Craig also has two articles appearing in the Journal of Perinatology later this year. “Recommendations for Family-Centered Development Care” and “Recommendations for NICU Discharge and Beyond” will be published in December.

A dozen students from Gainesville’s Children of Grace Preschool visited the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University on Thursday, Oct. 8, to donate a pair of scarecrows they made in class.

They helped curator of education Ken Johnston set them up in the center’s victory garden to keep feathered trespassers from feasting on its beets, blackberries and blue lake pole beans this autumn. One of the scarecrows is modeled after Brenau’s beloved mascot, Lucile the Tiger.

The kids certainly had a blast, exploring the rows and rows of romaine lettuce, Georgia collards and Swiss chard. They even got a few impromptu science lessons from Johnston on popcorn and ant colonies.

That’s precisely the kind of educational – and entertaining – experience the center provides week in and week out for wide-eyed youngsters and well-versed history buffs alike, Johnston said.

“Here at the museum, we really seek out these kinds of community activities,” he said. “We’re just as much in the guest experience as we are the history experience.”

More information on center events and outreach opportunities is online at:

Administrators, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students for the 2016 Miss Brenau Ideal Scholarship Competition.

All candidates must be freshmen, sophomore, or juniors enrolled full-time in the Women’s College, and be in good academic and judicial standing. In addition to receiving the scholarship, Miss Brenau Ideal will also participate in various university receptions, campus enrichment programs and alumni events.

Nomination forms are due Friday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Debbie Thompson at or (770) 538-4422.

The students, faculty and staff at Brenau’s Augusta campus are now collecting bottled water donations to aid flood relief efforts in and around Columbia, South Carolina.

Brenau employees and members of the local community alike are encouraged to drop off donations at the first floor lobby of the 111 Davis Road facility in Martinez, Georgia.

The drive will continue throughout October. Andy Allen, an Adult and Graduate Studies enrollment counselor, said the drive may be expanded to include other items, like canned foods and toiletries.

“We’re 50 minutes down the road, so it felt like a very neighborly thing to do,” Allen said. “We really appreciate the community involvement that we are allowed to have in Augusta. We want people to know Brenau is here, and we are about serving our surrounding communities.”

For more information on collection efforts, please contact Allen at (706) 619-2513.

Before fall break begins, the Brenau University Bookstore at 510 Washington St. in Gainesville hosts “De-Stress Fest” on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Find Your Center Yoga founder Emilie Cook will offer a free yoga session and ample hot tea and snacks will be available. If downward dogs, warrior poses and warm chai isn’t your thing, you can still relax with some mellow music and even a little coloring book therapy.

On top of that? All clearance merchandise will be marked down 50 percent.

For more information on the event, call (770) 534-6208 or send an e-mail to

Download the flyer (DOCX) at

Find Your Center Yoga’s website:

Congratulations to the Brenau Golden Tigers swim team, who have been ranked at the top of the Appalachian Swimming Conference’s preseason coaches poll.

The 2015 ASC champs also begin the 2015-16 season ranked No. 3 in the country by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

For a preview of the upcoming season and comments from head coach Nate Rhoads, be sure to check out

The Tea Room, one of the most popular hangout spots on the historic Gainesville campus, has been fully renovated and rechristened as P.O.D. – Provisions on Demand.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the all-in-wonder shop took place Wednesday, October 7.

With a redecorated student lounge, the new facility serves as something of a miniature convenience store, complete with refrigerated sodas, deli meats, frozen snacks and microwavable meals. There is even a newfangled F’real milkshake and smoothie maker on tap.

There are also plenty of daily essentials stocked, so students no longer have to venture off campus for chips, candy, detergent, air freshener spray, lip balm, batteries or trash bags.

Count senior history major Quanesha Davis as a fan. “It’s a nice upgrade, and much needed,” she said.

Express restaurants Grille Works, Field of Greens and Brewed Awakenings remain in the same building. The new shop is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Saturdays.