The public records online search utility BackgroundChecks.org named Brenau University one of the safest colleges in Georgia in its 2016 annual report that was published earlier this week. To compile the report, BackgroundChecks.org combined data from recent Department of Education Reports, natural language analysis, social media sentiment analysis and its own research to create a ranking.

“This is a true achievement, which is a result of college administration, faculty, students and police working together to create a safe atmosphere that fosters a great academic environment,” said Jason Quimby, outreach director for BackgroundChecks.org.

Brenau – with locations in four Georgia cities – ranked No. 6 behind Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Shorter University in Rome, Covenant College in Lookout Mountain and the University of North Georgia, Gainesville (formerly Gainesville State College).

The rankings publication occurred just as Brenau released its annual filings under requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, the 1990 federal law that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. The Brenau filings, which anyone can access at https://intranet.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/09/2015-annual-report.pdf (PDF) include statistics in all four Georgia locations over the past three years. The Jacksonville campus was not open in time for this current filing period.

“The information shows that Brenau University operates extremely safe campuses, due in part to combined efforts of students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Campus Security Director Paul Dampier.

Brenau Security serves to protect life and safeguard property. It is our responsibility to provide law enforcement deterrence and response to violations of state law and applicable local ordinances. Brenau Security provides continuous patrols of the Gainesville campus. These patrols are performed to deter acts of crime and to detect and intervene when criminal activity occurs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This annual report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Brenau University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report includes university policies concerning campus security.

Download the a PDF of the report at https://intranet.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/09/2015-annual-report.pdf.

Exactly two weeks before the historic 2016 presidential election, Brenau University will host a public program with two of the nation’s most visible experts on the impact women, minorities and younger people now have on American politics.

The Oct. 25 program will feature Republican pollster and strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson and Democratic organizer and commentator Maria Teresa Kumar in a special program at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium on the historic campus. Titled “Beyond the Talking Points: What Election 2016 REALLY Means to Women,” the program is part of the Douglas and Kay Ivester Programming Series at the university. It is free and open to the public, but because of limited seating, reservations are required. (Register at brenau.edu/ivester-series/, by calling 770-534-6160 or by emailing info@brenau.edu.)

To read the full article go to https://www.brenau.edu/news/october-25-program-goes-beyond-the-talking-points-with-kristen-soltis-anderson-and-maria-teresa-kumar/.

Free Flu ShotFree flu shots will be available for faculty and staff Monday, Sept. 26, in the Health & Well-Being Center on the Gainesville historic campus.
Please sign in upon arriving at the Center. University Nurse Practitioner Sheryl Olson will administer the shots.  Shots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis with thirty shots available Sept. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. Additional shots can be obtained at a later date if requested by employees. A total of 100 free shots will be given out.
Flu shots are being provided as a wellness initiative thru our partnership with Cigna.
“Mirage” from Hannah Israel’s exhibition Lacuna: The Space Between Us.

“Mirage” from Hannah Israel’s exhibition Lacuna: The Space Between Us.

Two vastly different Southern abstract artists will discuss their work Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at an opening reception for their exhibitions at Brenau University Galleries. The event is free and open to the public.

“Lacuna: The Space in Between” features the art of Hannah Israel in Sellars Gallery, and “Quiddity” presents the art of Erin Tapley in Presidents Gallery, both located at the Simmons Visual Arts Center, 200 Boulevard. Both artists will be in attendance to discuss their work.

“Both exhibits present mostly abstract and process-driven works, yet there is a distinctly different feel to each of them,” said Brenau Galleries Director Nichole Rawlings. “Viewers can interpret these two collections of art in a wide variety of ways. Having an opportunity to actively engage with artists always creates a wonderful sense of connection to an exhibition and provides ‘behind-the-scenes’ information about their work.”

Both exhibits are on display now through Nov. 17. For more information about the art shows, contact 770.534.6263 or visit the Brenau Galleries website at http://galleries.brenau.edu.

Read the full article at https://www.brenau.edu/news/brenau-hosts-opening-reception-lacuna-quiddity-exhibits-sept-22/.

mermaid-song-gta-script-cover-artThe Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents a stage tour of its fall WonderQuest production Mermaid Song on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. Get a free sneak peek behind the scenes of this play for young audiences. The stage tour is free and open to the public.

Mermaid Song will run from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2. Public performances will be on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. There will be a free meet-the-actors reception following the Sept. 30 performance and a free ice cream social following the Oct. 2 performance. On Oct. 7 and 8, there will be an Octopus’ Garden Party (a pre-show sea bash for ages 6-12; tickets sold separately).

In this classic fairy tale of love, sacrifice and discovery, a princess from beneath the waves risks everything in a strange new world of hope and adventure. Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” – romantic, funny, and fantastical – endures on land and sea, teaching us the power of beauty of a selfless heart. Written by Gay H. Hammond and based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Rated G.

Tickets: adults and seniors $10-12; students and children $7-8, depending on seat location.

For information, call 678-717-3624 or visit www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.

Our deepest condolences to Ambriah Griggs, a Women’s College student, who lost nine family members in a tragic Memphis house fire the morning of Sept. 12. A memorial fund for the family has been set up at First Tennessee Bank.

Contributions may be sent in care of:
Hollingsworth-Jett Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 753103
Memphis, TN 38175

For more information please contact Sue Johnston at sjohnston1@brenau.edu.

brashearsJohn Brashears, a student of Music Professor Ben Leaptrott, received a scholarship from the Atlanta Steinway Society in honor of Robert Geer. The award was presented on Sept. 18 at a scholarship winners recital, held in the Kellett Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

One of four recipients, Brashears received a trophy and a check for $1000 to pursue further studies.

Whenever you admire the layout of an issue of the Brenau Window, marvel at the lamppost banners around campus or take in any of the visually stunning posters and advertisements on the Brenau campuses, you can thank Michael Lowe, who joined Brenau as its new design director in the Office of Communications & Publications in May.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Lowe earned a B.A. in studio art/graphic design and also studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He worked as a copy editor and page designer at The Tuscaloosa News right out of college, and then worked for newspapers in Dothan, Alabama, and Savannah, Georgia. He has done copy editing, design and writing for almost 15 years.

His first experience working in higher education was as a graphic designer at Armstrong State University in Savannah, where he led the creative efforts that earned his team two CASE grand awards for best branding campaign and best fundraising piece.

For Lowe, the move from newspapers to higher education was “life-changing.”

“It wasn’t just working a normal schedule and getting to spend holidays with my family, but it was so rewarding working with students and interns and actually making a difference in their lives.”

Lowe enjoys going to sports events, traveling, fishing and hiking, and has been discovering all the events at Brenau – living only a few streets away from campus, he likes rooting on the Golden Tigers sports teams. He is also deeply impressed by the Brenau art collections and theaters.

“For a small campus, there’s so much art and culture,” Lowe said. “After touring the galleries and Pearce Auditorium during my first visit here, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I’m glad I’m here and getting to be a part of big things.”

libquallibguidegraphicOnline, on-site and everywhere in-between, the Trustee Library is here to help. Let us know how we’re doing and what you’d like to see. Please take five minutes to answer our brief survey so we can better support our Brenau community. You’ll be entered into a drawing for one of several gift cards. The survey opens Monday, Sept. 19. Visit http://libguides.brenau.edu/TeamLibrary to access the survey.

Questions about the survey? You can contact us at library@brenau.edu.