constitution dayTo celebrate Constitution Day, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will host Voter Registration 411 in Hopkins Dining Hall in Gainesville on Sept. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Students can get information on how to register to vote in their hometown or locally in Gainesville.

Brenau Student Government Association will also offer a spin-the-wheel trivia game with prizes. Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite person that had a significant part writing the constitution. According to Assistant Director of Student Life Lauren Bell, both groups are aiming to have 50 active participants.


Centennial Circle will be closed for parking on Friday, Sept. 19 after 5 p.m. to prepare for the 13th Annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert on Saturday, Sept. 20. Please make arrangements in advance to remove your vehicle by that time.

aitslogonoanniversaryExperience more than 100 of the Southeast’s most talented professional and amateur artists at Art in the Square, this Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. sponsored by Main Street Gainesville.

This juried art show features fine art, from oils to watercolors and mixed media. Marvel at the designs of hand painted jewelry and raku firing. See folk artist Bob McGill from Nashville as he creates one-of-a-kind pieces with oil and a razorblade. Step back to enjoy the buzzing of the chainsaw carvings with Carl Pirone. Be sure to check out the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Youth Artists Market as well as the sidewalk chalk art show.

Enjoy a free concert on the square at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 compliments of the John Jarrard Foundation. The Tyler Hammond Band will be opening for Blackboard.

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Join Brenau’s College of Business and Mass Communication and College of Health Sciences as they co-sponsor the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event this month by hosting a wine reception and art gallery tour of Brenau’s Manhattan Gallery. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Downtown Center in Gainesville. For more information please download the flyer (PDF) at

ColdCalling1011-e1315342303889Brent Westmoreland, co-owner of Go Green Destruction Services, will host a cold calling workshop for students, alumni and general public at the Jacobs Building on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 5-5:30 p.m.  Learn how to make effective phone calls to communicate with potential employers, clients or customers at this brief session. Fall Phone-a-thon volunteers who sign in and attend will receive a prize. For more information call Assistant Director of Development Pam Fountain at 770-718-5333.

Cold calling is soliciting a positive response from someone who was not expecting interaction. The term ‘cold’ refers to the fact that the caller has not set any groundwork for the call. Westmoreland will discuss techniques on how to inspire the person on the receiving end of the phone call to talk with the caller and give that job, appointment or Phone-a-thon gift.  As a Phone-a-thon volunteer, Brenau students make cold calls twice a year to ask Women’s College alumnae for gifts to the scholarship fund.

The Senior Honor Society welcomes all faculty and staff to a breakfast in the Lockett Mitchell Parlor on Tuesday, Sept. 23.  The drop-in event is scheduled from 8-9 a.m. and is to honor all Brenau faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication. Lockett Mitchell Parlor is located in Yonah Hall at 206 Boulevard in Gainesville. Please stop by.

Brenau moved up five spots to No. 43 on the U.S. News & World Report 2015 listings of the best universities in our region and to No. 12 on the list of the best colleges for veterans.

The two new rankings, posted Tuesday, Sept. 9, add to the previously published rankings that show how the university’s graduate programs stack up against others around the nation:

In occupational therapy, Brenau actually achieved two national rankings – the Gainesville-based program ranked No. 36, but the newer program on the North Atlanta/Norcross campus came in at No. 58.

Brenau’s fast-growing and 6th-largest-in-Georgia M.B.A. programs helped push the university’s online business programs to No. 95 in the nation, which is a great showing in the highly competitive field. Online graduate education programs ranked No. 107.

The nursing program was ranked at 411 out of more than 1,000 survey throughout the nation.

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Guest pianist poster, Dr. Jerico VasquezWinner of numerous awards, Dr. Jerico Vasquez has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Philippines and soon at Brenau’s Hosch Theatre at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Currently Artist in Residence and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, Vasquez has been described as a pianist “of intelligent ardor and exceptionally clear and bright technique.” For more information call 770-534-4764.

In recognition of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the next free Family Day at the Northeast Georgia History Center held Sunday, Sept. 14, 1-4 p.m., will remember Georgia’s Civil War soldiers and those they left behind.Living history interpreters will present interactive programs, featuring soldiers’ everyday lives on and off the battlefields, with activities such as weaponry, drilling and setting up camp.

Guests may also learn about the role of the Confederate Navy from Ken Johnston, director of the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, and make a Civil War iron-clad battleship as one of the hands-on activities. Local Civil War history will be presented in an exhibit by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.The General James Longstreet Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy exhibit plus the interactive Women’s Roles During the Civil War exhibit addresses the important roles women and families played during the war.

Admission is complimentary, courtesy of  North Georgia Eye. For more information, call 770-297-5900 or email

John Jarrard Concerts on campus this weekendThe 13th Annual John Jarrard Songwriter Festival concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the front lawn of Brenau’s main Gainesville campus. Jim Collins, Jason Matthews, Max T. Barnes, Donnie Fritts and Dan Penn will share hit songs from every decade to celebrate the life of the late John Jarrard. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Tables of eight can be purchased by calling 770-710-9191.

A free songwriting seminar wakes up Saturday’s festivities with Brenau Executive in Residence Bruce Burch at Recess Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW in Gainesville, 10:30 a.m.

The concert supports a number of Jarrard’s favorite charities and in the past has benefitted Good News at Noon Clinics, Good News Shelter and Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. The 2014 concert will add to this list as the show supports the “Think About It” program of the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, which brings awareness and education about drug abuse. The festival will also benefit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and Challenged Child & Friends.

Expect to hear hit songs Saturday night such as “Big Green Tractor,” written by Collins and sung by Jason Aldean, “One for the Money,” sung by Kris Kristofferson and written by Fritts, and Luke Bryan’s “Muckalee Creek Water,” written by Matthews.

The festival kicks off with a free concert at the downtown Gainesville square Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. featuring music by Blackhawk and the Tyler Hammond Band.