The 2017 Children’s Health Insurance Program Notice provides information on who to contact regarding your state’s premium assistance program that may help pay for health coverage for you or your children who are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Download the 2017 Children’s Health Insurance Program Notice (PDF) at

Tomyka ChaneyTomyka Chaney, executive director of Best BOOM! Strategies, will be the keynote speaker for Brenau’s January 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation. This year’s theme is “United Toward the Dream.” Chaney, a Brenau alumna, is a well-respected Decatur entrepreneur whose business focuses on communication and career transition workshops along with seminars and best practices modules. She motivates sales and sports teams, transitional workers, current and prospective college students. Chaney is also a visiting professor and lecturer at several area colleges. She received the Vanguard Award for her business leadership and community service in South DeKalb County.

Chaney will discuss the life and legacy of Dr. King, and BOOM Strategies in relation to unity and inclusion. She will also share success tips with students on utilizing BOOM strategies to make their hopes and dreams come true.

The Brenau University Jacksonville campus will continue to accept donations for Toys for Tots through Thursday, Dec. 15. If you wish to contribute, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to our location at 6622 Southpoint Drive S. Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida. Collection boxes are available in front of the elevators on all four floors.

20161202_101132Student Services announced Dean of Students Valerie Simmons-Walston has been appointed as the new associate vice president for student affairs and director of residence life at the University of Toledo in Ohio.

Amanda Lammers, vice president for student services, said that Simmons-Walston “for the past 11 years has passionately served the university. To say she will be missed within our division is a true understatement. I am not only losing a valued employee, but also the privilege of getting to work alongside one of my very best friends. I could not be more proud of her, though.”

The good news is Simmons-Walston will be here briefly into the new year, at which time Student Services will host a grand send off. Please watch your calendars.

Lammers said that, as a result of this transition, she will consider some restructuring in the department.

All departments using Mailworks, Haynes or other services to send bulk mail, please send the amount, permit number used, date, and piece count to Brenau Post Office Manager Vern Smedley at the Brenau historic campus post office so he can make the correct charges.

Music major and trombonist Kory Stringer will perform his senior recital  at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Pearce Auditorium in Gainesville.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Brenau Galleries is now selling notecard sets featuring early American artwork from the Brenau University Permanent Art Collection. Each set contains eight distinct designs and costs only $10.70 (including tax) per package. These card sets make great gifts and are a wonderful way to show off our impressive art collection. Notecards can be purchased at the front desk in Sellars Gallery on the Gainesville historic campus via check or credit card.

The notecards are a collaborative project between the Brenau University Galleries and the Brenau University Gallery Docent Program. The docent program began in 2013 as the result of a community Wisdom Project initiative. Since then, the group of volunteers has grown and become a vital part of gallery operations.

All proceeds from sales of this project will benefit the Brenau University Galleries and its educational programming.

Aramark Brenau Facilities is happy to announce the launch of a new work order system going live Thursday, Dec 1. After that point you will not be able to place a facilities work order through the university’s JitBit system used by IT. Instead JitBit will display a link to the facilities work order system, which is a separate system available at

When submitting a ticket, please note the following:

  • Please include all relevant information in your request, such as room number, issue and the date of move, if moving.
  • Include your contact email (you will be prompted for this).
  • Any setup requests must be submitted through Brenau Event Services two weeks in advance. If you are not already working with Danielle Miller, or Vicki Wineland, on the event, please email or call 770-534-8420 to properly schedule the event and someone will submit the work order.

Please see the Quick Guide for more information. Thank you, and we look forward to continuing to support your needs.

Crystal Toombs is looking to purchase a gently used stationary exercise bike for her mother. Please send a picture and the price of the stationary bike to her email,

She is also seeking old magazines for a 2017 Vision Board workshop. Send the magazines via campus mail to Crystal Toombs, Assoc. Provost – AGS.

Gainesville Ballet - The NutcrackerThe Gainesville Ballet Company presents its annual performance of “The Nutcracker” from Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4 in Pearce Auditorium.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.  Tickets are $20-28 for adults, $16-24 for seniors, and $14-20 for children and students.

For more information, call 770-532-4241 or visit