07428979_GAMLS-1$334,900 Cleveland, Georgia: All the bells and whistles situated on 3.48 acres of scenic North Georgia countryside. Quality abounds in this large country home. With a luxurious master suite on the main and 2 large bedrooms upstairs there is room for all, but if you need more space the full unfinished basement is waiting, stubbed with plumbing and electrical outlets.

07428979_GAMLS-1-1A large custom kitchen, new stainless steal appliances, solid surface counter tops, two-story stacked rock fireplace, vaulted ceilings, the list goes on! Outside is plenty of space to play, garden or watch the wildlife. And to top it off, a huge custom workshop/garage (60×40–2,400 sq ft), big enough to store your RV, boat and all of your outdoor toys! For more information contact Agent Cassandra Gunby at 706-319-6957 or Leslie Brock at lbrock1@brenau.edu.

Niche, an organization that provides millions of rankings and reviews on colleges, K-12 schools, and neighborhoods, has ranked Brenau University at No.4 in the safest colleges in Georgia and one of the safest campuses in the country. Brenau earned A+ scores in the two security categories: campus health and safety and drug safety.

Niche Safest Campus ranks 1,127 colleges based on crime statistics and more than 330,000 opinions from 82,000 students. A high ranking indicates that there is little or no crime on campus and low drug and alcohol usage and students report that the college provides a safe and healthy environment for students.

The rating is a testament to the effectiveness of the 18-officer security team under chief Paula Dampier and Associate Director Marty Lee, who just received an award for 35 years of service to Brenau. “Other members have been here for years as well,” said Dampier. “Collectively, we have more than 300 years of police experience. We have members who are retired police captains and sheriff’s deputies as well as members who held various positions in law enforcement or security.”

Brenau also gets high marks for its on-campus health services in the survey.

The rankings also underscore the hard work that actually started several years ago to improve all aspects of health and safety for students, faculty and staff throughout all facilities on all Brenau campuses overseen by CFO David Barnett and his staff. Barnett’s predecessor, the late Wayne Dempsey, for example, was “Mr. Risk Management” on campus, getting the ball rolling with initiatives like retrofitting buildings with up-to-date fire sprinkler and alarm systems. It continues with adding new security features in facilities as warranted and including appropriate safety and security features in the new construction and renovation projects.

Post a comment below to give a shout out to all who work so tirelessly in campus security, facilities and maintenance, the Brenau University Safety Committee and other departments to make Brenau a safe, secure, healthy and just plain comfortable place to be.

APO ConcertBrenau University assistant professor of music, Ben Leaptrott, and his Leaptrott Trio are performing Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Sunday, May 31, at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd., in Decatur. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. with the performance beginning at three. A reception will follow.

Tickets are $20 adult, $15 student and senior. Discounted advance tickets may be purchased online by going to www.atlantaphilharmonic.org.

Summer is a difficult time for a student garden club. The Brenau University Garden Society members are dispersed all over the country until August, and one is traveling in China for a few weeks. But summer is the growing season for most crops and the fall semester offers much more limited opportunities due to the change in the weather. So last summer the “crop” consisted only of maintenance-free wildflowers to keep the soil busy.

Last week Hall County Master Gardeners stepped up to the plate providing a huge service to the BUGS garden on the Gainesville historic campus. Assisted by club secretary Natalie Gainey Rowe (WC’14), Don Linke of the HCMG Society moved fresh soil into the beds and planted tomatoes, strawberries, peppers and a purple basil plant.

“One of the crucial elements of gardening is to plant at the right time,” Linke said. “Natalie is a great worker. She even went to the Gainesville city garage area and got leaf compost and added it to the garden. Soon we are going to make tomato cages and add special watering tubes that will direct water to the roots of the tomatoes.”

Earlier in the spring, BUGS members planted a few rows of potatoes, with the seed nodes also donated by the Master Gardeners.

“We are delighted that there’s such a good connection between these experts and our students at Brenau,” said Rudi Kiefer, the club adviser. “We’re a long stretch away from supplying the campus kitchens with potato salad. But I hope that come August, BUGS members will return to a rich learning experience as they work with fresh food produced right here on campus for the first time.”

Effective June 1, Kathy Goodman assumes new responsibilities in the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office. As the Senior Administrative Assistant, she will be responsible for, but not limited to, supporting full-time faculty, maintaining faculty files, graduations and convocations, and assisting the Provost in all matters relevant to University business.

Kayla Moore assumes responsibilities as the Administrative Assistant and Adjunct Faculty Coordinator. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, issuing all overload/adjunct contracts and payroll for courses taught (both term and AGS), adjunct service awards, maintaining faculty qualification records, and adjunct development.

Nallie Xiong is the new Administrative Assistant in the Adult and Graduate Studies department. She is responsible for all aspects of AGS coordination and assistance to the Associate Provost, advisors, students, and staff.

Nallie holds a B.S in Health Science and MBA in Human Resource Management from Brenau.


Cecil Welch, former lead trumpeter for The Henry Mancini Orchestra, will perform “That Mancini Magic” with the Brenau University Spectrum Winds on Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. on Brenau’s historic Gainesville campus in Pearce Auditorium. Director Don Strand has put together an evening of music featuring compositions by Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong and Mancini himself, who composed the film scores to “The Pink Panther” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Film clips will highlight the music during the free and open to the public performance.

Read the full press release at http://brena.us/1KkEWwI.

The Tea RoomThe Brenau Tea Room on the Gainesville historic campus is open throughout the summer, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The menu includes grill items, as well as chicken salad, pasta salad. Brewed Awakenings will continue serving Starbucks coffee. The Tea Room is located  at 220 Sorority Circle on the Gainesville historic campus. Stop on in, it’s the perfect place for a quick snack or lunch with friends and coworkers.

Due to server upgrade for the http://www.brenau.edu website, all IT managed Brenau computers will require a full reboot for the site to appear properly on your machine. The website has remained active and accessibly to all outside users without a break in service. Only Brenau IT machines are affected.

Dr. John Schell’s oldest brother, David Walter Schell, passed away May 15 at his home in Selma, Alabama, after a five-year struggle with colon cancer. To honor David and his long-time career as a child psychologist working with abused and neglected children please consider making a donation to the United Children’s Methodist home at umch.net or by mail at United Children’s Methodist Home, 3140 Zelda Court, Montgomery, Alabama, 36106.

For the past couple of years, all Brenau employees have received almost daily messages via email containing articles published that day on the Brenau Update online faculty/staff newsletter at http://update.brenau.edu. As long-standing policy, Update is the official university vehicle for broadcast communication of non-emergency, non-confidential information to faculty and staff.

Starting Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, you will receive an email only once a week with a digest of all the articles published in Update the previous week. Each item in the email will link to the full article in Update. You may still click on the link to the full article and go directly to it to read it and, if you choose, comment or respond to the article.

There are TWO MAJOR DIFFERENCES with what you have been seeing:

  • The frequency: You will only get one email per week beginning May 25.
  • The length of the items in the email. Since there will likely be dozens of articles posted to Update each week, it will no longer be practical to copy the full article in the email.


  • The Office of Communications & Publications will continue posting articles to the website http://update.brenau.edu throughout the week in a timely fashion and you will be able to read them at any time.
  • You can still submit items to Update by going to http://update.brenau.edu and clicking the SUBMIT button at the top-right corner.
  • You can still RESPOND to or discuss any article by clicking on the headline, or title, of the article and going to the LEAVE A REPLY box at the bottom.
  • You can still print items or share them on social media.
  • You can still receive summaries via email more than once a week, if you choose. To do that just select “Weekly” or “Daily” in the “update your subscription preferences” dialog in the sidebar on http://update.brenau.edu.

However, you will not be able to “unsubscribe” to Update or the weekly feed. For accreditation and legal reasons the university has to demonstrate that it provides information uniformly to all employees, so when you are assigned a @brenau.edu email address, you are automatically subscribed. It is your responsibility as an employee to keep up with what is going on at your workplace.

The university created Update for efficiency and uniformity in sharing information in a timely fashion. It not only eliminated costly, time-consuming, and often untimely print or PDF newsletters, but it also became a deterrent to employees’ clogging the email system with messages broadcast to a wide group of people who often created “reply to all” responses that clogged the system more.

If you have suggestions for improving Update or want to share your ideas about this change, please do so at the LEAVE A REPLY box on this item.