February is a busy month at Brenau. Coming up in the next few weeks are weight loss challenge weigh-ins Feb. 8-10, required Title IX/harassment prevention e-workshops Feb. 10-16 and a campus safety fair Feb. 18. Stay in the loop with this month’s Office of Human Resources newsletter, which fills you in on the details of all the happenings mentioned above plus the latest news on job openings and hirings.

It is available as a PDF at http://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/February-2016.pdf.

ONCE 4x6The Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s February Festival will run Tuesday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 20. The two productions being performed are the spring musical Once on This Island and the play Dracula.

Winner of the 1995 Olivier Award (Britain’s Tony) for Best Musical, Once on This Island is based on the 1985 novel by Rosa Guy and features an invigorating tropical score by Stephen Flaherty and book by Lynn Ahrens. Once on This Island will be performed in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Hosch Theatre. It is rated PG.

DRACULA 4x6Based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel and adapted for the stage by Brenau University Assistant Professor of Theatre Gay H. Hammond, Dracula will be performed at the University of North Georgia’s Ed Cabell Theatre. It is rated PG-13.

Brenau University faculty, staff, and students and in-house family are eligible for free tickets on certain nights of the shows. On all other nights, tickets for faculty, staff and students are $5.

For more information on the productions and for showtimes, visit www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org. To purchase tickets for Brenau faculty, staff, and students, call the box office at (678) 717-3624. Tickets are on sale now!

The Northeast Georgia History Center is commemorating the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm with a special forum Feb. 9.

Attendees will be able to meet and interact with a panel of Desert Shield and Desert Storm veterans of the 1990-91 war against Saddam Hussein.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $3, while History Center members get in for free.


From left, violinist Kenn Wagner, pianist Ben Leaptrott and cellist Charae Krueger make up the Leaptrott Trio.

From left, violinist Kenn Wagner, pianist Ben Leaptrott and cellist Charae Krueger make up the Leaptrott Trio.

The Leaptrott Trio will perform works by Beethoven and Astor Piazzolla in Pearce Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The Leaptrott Trio comprises Ben Leaptrott, Brenau University assistant professor of music, on piano; Charae Krueger on cello; and Kenn Wagner on violin. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (770) 538-4764.

A flier for Jean Toglia’s presentation at Brenau Friday, Feb. 12.

A flier for Joan Toglia’s presentation at Brenau Friday, Feb. 12.

Joan Toglia, dean of Mercy College’s School of Health & Natural Sciences, will speak at the Brenau University Downtown Center’s Theatre on the Square Friday, Feb. 12.

Her presentation, Executive Dysfunction and the Impact of Occupational Performance and Participation, is part of the 9th Annual Occupational Science Scholar Series.

A professional associate at New York Presbyterian-Cornell Weill Medical Center’s Rehabilitative Medicine Department, Toglia has more than three decades of experience in occupational therapy, specializing in neurorehabilitation and acquired brain injuries.

Her contributions to the field of cognitive rehabilitation theory and practice have earned her numerous accolades, including an American Occupational Therapy Association Recognition of Achievement Award in 2001.

The event is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. A reception, which is also free and open to the public, will be held in the theatre lobby after the presentation.

The Arts Council is offering a 50 percent discount on tickets to all Brenau students, faculty and staff for its 31st Arts Council Pearce Series. The performances in this season include:

Feb. 14 – Katie Deal with Chris Wright & Friends Celebrating Love Songs from the Backwoods to Broadway (Pearce Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.) – Tickets are $25 per adult ($12.50 for Brenau), $22 per senior ($11 for Brenau) and $20 per student ($10 for Brenau).

May 24 – An Evening with Comedienne Jeanne Robertson (Pearce Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.) – Tickets are $35 per adult ($17.50 for Brenau), $32 per senior ($16 for Brenau) and $28 per student ($14 for Brenau).

June 18 – The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn, 8 p.m.) – Tickets are $35 per adult ($17.50 for Brenau), $32 per senior ($16.00 for Brenau) and $28 per student ($14.00 for Brenau). In case of rain, this event will be moved to Pearce Auditorium.

Series tickets are only $80 per person ($40 for Brenau) and include all three performances. Tables of eight will be available for The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performance for $320. All tickets are subject to 7 percent tax. To reserve your discounted tickets call (770) 534-2787 and provide your info, including student ID, or identify yourself as faculty or staff. Each request is eligible for up to two tickets.

For more information on these and other performances visit http://www.TheArtsCouncil.net

A poster for the upcoming Phil Bonelli presentation on Feb. 5.

A poster for the upcoming Phil Bonelli presentation on Feb. 5.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a special presentation by motivational speaker Phil Bonelli Friday, Feb. 5.

The Gainesville-based speaker will discuss a litany of teen and young adult-targeted topics, including the importance of soft skills and the value of hard work and personal responsibility.

Drinks and dessert will be provided and there will be a raffle giveaway.

The event is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Jacobs Lobby on the Gainesville historic campus. At another campus or unable to leave your office at that time? You can screen Bonelli’s presentation online at https://livestream.com/brenau.

A flier for the Feb. 9 Mardi Gras mixer.

A flier for the Feb. 9 Mardi Gras mixer.

The Gainesville historic campus celebrates Fat Tuesday Feb. 9 with a fete open to students, faculty and other members of the Brenau community.

The Mardi Gras celebration takes place in the SUB above the Tea Room. Following a brief presentation on the history of Shrove Tuesday and some Zydeco music, the traditional king cake will be carved up, with whoever winds up with the plastic baby figurine being crowned queen or king of the party. And be sure to bring a mask, as the carnival wraps up with a masquerade contest.

The festivities are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and feel free to bring along the kids – the event is open to all ages.

Recent theatre graduates Carly Berg and Haden Rider, artistic directors of the theatre for youth group Play On Players, won big at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta last month.

The Play on Players’ production of Guys and Dolls was awarded “Outstanding Production” at the festival, with the Brenau alumni receiving the Broadway Junior Spirit Award, which is given to individuals deemed to be the most dedicated and whose contributions to the arts have proven the most inspirational and valuable to young performers.

“Carly and Haden are not only two of the most talented performers we’ve had in our musical theatre productions, but also the most dedicated in their mission to offer arts training opportunities to young people in the community and schools,” said Theatre Department Chair Ann Demling. “As a result of their work with founding Play On Players, they have let both these students and their families and communities know the joy and value of ensemble artistic work.”



University photographer Nick Dentamaro and his wife, Georgia, on Monday welcomed into the family Campbell June Dentamaro, who weighed 8 pounds and measured 20.5 inches. Both mom and baby are doing fine and dad, Nick reports that young Campbell “already has a ton of character and personality. We’re beyond excited.”

Dentamaro, who works in the office of Communications & Publications on the Gainesville campus, will be on family leave until about March 1. The office has retained services of a freelance photographer for a limited number of hours each week. Call or email Alison Reeger-Cook (x6160) or Michael McPeek (x5956) with requests for photographic services.