Love is in the Air (or is it fresh-baked cookies?)On Feb. 16, let your staff and coworkers know how much you love their work with a tray of sweets from the Staff Development Committee. Each tray costs $12 and contains an array of delicious homemade treats serving approximately 10 people. Goodie trays will be delivered to offices as a Valentine’s Day treat.

Fill out the order form online at the URL below or print out the form and send to DeAna Peek via email at or campus mail at Box 22. Payment is due at time of order by cash, check, credit card or G/L Account. Orders must be placed by Friday, Feb. 6.

All proceeds will go into the Staff Development Account and help fund events such as staff service awards, the end of the year picnic and more. Treat faculty and staff and let them know you think their work is pretty sweet.

Order trays here:

Peek behind the scenes of this 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical next Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in Hosch Theatre of the John S. Burd Center on the Gainesville historic campus. The backstage tour of GTA’s production of this groundbreaking 21st century musical and classic American story is free and open to the public.

For more information call 678-717-3624 or visit

Ira E. Shipp last summer following his release from a rehabilitation center. According to his daughter, he didn't take to well to occupational therapy involving his playing bingo, but when they threw him a basketball, he was down with it immediately.

Ira E. Shipp last summer following his release from a rehabilitation center. According to his daughter, he didn’t take to well to occupational therapy involving his playing bingo, but when they threw him a basketball, he was down with it immediately.

Ira E. Shipp, the father of associate professor of French and grants writer in the Office of External Relations Beth Nott, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, of complications related to illness at age 96½. Services for Shipp will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, Tennessee, with burial later that day at Hillcrest Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Marshall County Historical Museum in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Instead of flowers please direct any memorials to the museum, the Church Health Center, or the charity of your choice.

Shipp a World War II and Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was a certified life underwriter in the insurance industry and lay leader in his church in Memphis. He and Elizabeth Cochran wed in Holly Springs on Dec. 12, 1943, and were married for 59 years until her death in 2002. According to Nott, her father led a full and vigorous life. He kept driving until he was 95 and married his surviving spouse, Lois, when he was 90. “He loved hunting and fishing and his hunting dogs,” said Nott, “and, he loved having fish fries with the fish he caught.”

For more information, consult the Memorial Park Funeral Home website at!/Obituary. The facility is located at 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis TN 38119.

Condolences to Danielle and Scott Miller on the loss of Danielle’s nana, Anna T. De Capua, age 94, of Wellington, Florida. She died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. She will be remembered for her faith, her unconditional love and her smile. She was also a really good cook.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at St. Therese De Lisieux Catholic Church, 11800 Lake Worth Rd., Wellington, Florida. Burial will follow at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Royal Palm Beach. Memorial gifts may be sent to: Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Arrangements are under the care of Tillman Funeral Home & Crematory, 2170 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach.

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Jenene CraigOccupational Therapy Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and working musician Jenene Craig will be playing for the Greater Atlanta Christian School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” Jan. 29 – Feb. 1.

Tickets to performances at the Williams Fine Arts Center, Clifton Jones Theater, 1575 Indian Trail Rd., Norcross, may be purchased at

Download the event poster (PDF) at

Brenau’s Annual Research Symposium is Friday, April 10, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Brenau East campus. The deadline to submit abstracts for consideration is Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Download the Call for Abstracts Form at

For further information or questions, please contact the representative members of the steering committee from your college, school or department below.

Kimberly Dean (
Dr. Bonnie Kin (
Prof. Mary Beth Looney (
Dr. David Miller (
Dr. Rosalie Miller (
Dr. Jean Moore (
Dr. Gnimbin Ouattara (
Dr. Gale Starich (
Dr. James Taylor (
Dr. Eugene Williams (

The video of AnMarie Martin’s 2015 MLK Convocation is now available online. Check it out below or on our YouTube and Vimeo channels. Also, read the full story, hear audio and see the photo gallery at


booklaunchCome meet Gainesville author Alison Reeger Cook to celebrate publication and launch of her second young adult fantasy novel, The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Fang of Fenrir at the Walters House, 305 Boulevard, on Thursday, Jan. 22. Doors will be open at 5:30 p.m. with the public reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Copies of both A. R. Cook books, including book one of “The Scholar and the Sphinx” series, will be available for purchase and signing. For more information call 770-534-6160. Free and open to the public.


Monday Jan. 19, 2015 is the Martin Luther King federal holiday, and on that day at 12:05pm 89.1 WBCX will air convocation keynote speaker and Hall county deputy AnMarie Martin’s words at 12:05pm.

Martin spoke Thursday Jan. 15 to Brenau students, faculty, staff and others who attended the school’s annual Martin Luther King convocation held in historic Pearce Auditorium, located on Brenau University’s Gainesville, Ga campus.

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Rory Kennedy, headshotRory Kennedy, who conducted an outstanding lecture in Pearce Auditorium and met with students during to discuss the art of documentary film-making, earlier this week received a nomination for an Academy Award for her film about the fall of Saigon in the last days of the Vietnam War.

Kennedy, the youngest daughter of the former U.S. senator and U.S. attorney general Robert Kennedy, appeared in Gainesville in 2008 courtesy of the late E. Wycliffe “Wyc” Orr Sr., who died last year, and his wife Lyn Harden Orr of Gainesville. The Orrs established the Aileen Grace and Emogene Gaskins Women’s Studies Endowment at Brenau in honor of their mothers to bring prominent or up-and-coming female speakers to campus.

Kennedy’s film, Last Days in Vietnam, received an Oscar nomination for best documentary film. The documentary focuses on Saigon in the waning days of April 1975, when U.S. officials began a final evacuation as North Vietnamese troops barreled southward. The film uses never- seen-before footage that Kennedy wove with familiar images and new footage to create a complex, compelling chronicle of those last chaotic hours of April 29.

Kennedy called the Vietnam War “the ether of my childhood” in a Boston Globe interview when the film opened late last year. Her uncle, President John Kennedy, gets some of the blame for initiating and escalating U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia in the early 1960s, but her father was the leading ant-war candidate in the 1968 presidential campaign before he was assassinated that year.