Professor of Mathematics Art Evans

Art Evans

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. This year, our one of our mathematics professors, Dr. Art Evans, will serve as a Grand Awards judge at this year’s Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13.

Millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs. The top students win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF. More than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions and territories receive the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $5 million in prizes on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.


Delta Delta Delta’s five-sorority dance competition “DDD Dance Off” will take place in Pearce Auditorium on the Gainesville historic campus on April 1, at 7 p.m. Admission is $3, all of which will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Anybody who enjoys artistic modern dance will have a great time watching the dance off. We have a great variety of styles and groups on the schedule and all of them are reflective of popular culture during the past two decades,” said Monika Nwajei, philanthropy chair assistant of Delta Delta Delta.

The program styles are similar to what you see at nationwide competitions, including serious themes as well as fun hip-hop and some laugh-out-loud pieces.

The participating sororities are members of the National Panhellenic Council, which is an organization of 26 national and international fraternities and sororities. Judging from the enthusiasm and dance experience of the participants, the Golden Shoe awarded to the winning sorority will be a hotly contested prize.

Free and confidential HIV testing is available by appointment to faculty, staff and students Monday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. at Health Services, 205 Boulevard, on the  Gainesville historic campus. Call 770-534-6135 to schedule an appointment.

This service is sponsored by the Center of Health & Well-being in partnership with David Donalson, BSN, RN HIV Health Educator from District 2 Public Health.

Army Capt. Lori W. Maggioni, MS, RD, passes out information about working as an occupational therapist in the military.

Army Capt. Lori W. Maggioni, MS, RD, passes out information about working as an occupational therapist in the military.

On Friday and Saturday March 20 and 21, Brenau School of Occupational Therapy hosted presentations from Capt. Lori Maggoni, and Capt. Yao Yao Zhu, a 2008 graduate of Brenau’s OT program. Both women discussed the role of Occupational Therapy in the U.S. Army, where OTs serve a combat role dealing with mental health, and orthopedic and brain injuries. Military OTs also help do the work traditionally done by physicians; ordering certain medications and diagnostic tests that their civilian counterparts cannot.

While she attended Brenau Dr. Mary Shotwell and Dr. Robin Underwood served as mentors to Zhu. After her graduation from the Women’s College with her MSOT in 2008 Zhu entered the military and went on to earn a doctorate from Baylor while doing a residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She was later certified to work with military members who have experienced traumatic brain injuries and was deployed to Afghanistan.

Zhu is currently stationed in the Washington, D.C. area and is serving as a recruiter for the Army Medical Specialist Corps, which consists of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Registered Dietitians and Physician Assistants.

“I think I speak on behalf of the entire university when I say that we are proud of our graduates who are serving or have served in the military” said Professor and Department Chair of North Atlanta/Norcross OT Programs Mary Shotwell, who is herself a former Army occupational therapist.

Capt. Lori Maggioni is an Army Healthcare Recruiter for the Atlanta area and welcomes any questions. Contact her at (877) 682-8357 /

Please encourage your students to take advantage of the free advice about their career paths, resumes, interviewing skills, attire, networking and more during Professional Development Week March 30-April 1 hosted by the College of Business & Mass Communication, the College of Art & Design and the Office of Career Services.

The week begins with a panel discussion on getting and keeping a job, with a focus on young women’s issues on March 30 from 12:30-2 Thurmond McRae Lecture Hall on the Gainesville historic campus. The panel consists of  Leadership Consultant Diane M. Fennig, from the Human Capital Group, Educational Consultant and Behavior Specialist Joanne S. Nelson, alumna Patricia (P.J.) Lott, a manager at Kohl’s, alumna Connie Davis, an etiquette consultant and educational specialist, Director of Career Services George Bagel, and Dean of Students Valerie Simmons-Walston.

The etiquette dinner, facilitated by Connie Davis Tuesday, will be March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center.

Students can meet with potential employers and find out about internship opportunities in Gainesville and the surrounding areas at the career and internship fair at the Brenau Downtown Center on April 1 from 3-6 p.m.

Students and potential employers may register for the career fair at

Download the flyer, designed by mass communication student Kayla Madsen, at

For more information contact Lila Weaver at

kcohron blooddrive flyerBrenau Athletics is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive at Banks Recital Hall in the John S. Burd Center for Performing Arts on the Gainesville historic campus Tuesday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact event coordinator Brenau tennis senior Kelley Cohron, who was selected as a member of the 2014 American Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program, with any questions at

Twenty percent of all blood donations come from high school and college students and each donation can save up to three lives. Donors must bring a photo I.D. and are encouraged to eat iron-rich foods and drink non-caffeinated fluids prior to donation.  Visit and enter sponsor keyword: Brenau or call 1-800-Red-Cross to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Jan Grissom Faculty Recital PosterEnjoy the Department of Music’s Jan Grissom performing an evening of soprano arias for her faculty recital in Pearce Auditorium on the Gainesville historic campus Monday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m with Ben Leaptrott on piano. This recital is free and open to the public.

Kelly Norman, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful

Kelly Norman, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful

Sense & Sustainability’s scheduled guest talk on Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. in the Senior Dining Room of Hopkins Dining Hall on the Gainesville historic campus will feature Kelly Norman, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful. Her talk, titled “Keeping Hall County Beautiful,” is free and intended for students, but faculty and staff are also cordially invited.

As director of the KHB organization, Norman coordinates public service programs designed to educate local residents about ways to protect the natural beauty and cleanliness of the greater Gainesville area. One of KHB’s signature programs is the Great American Cleanup. This is an annual nationwide initiative in which the national chapter of Keep America Beautiful requests all its affiliates to participate. The program consists of using community volunteers to conduct litter pickups, community cleanups, graffiti removal, clothes collections, illegal dumpsite cleanups and beautification projects such as planting gardens, trees and flowers.

“We request that faculty consider granting a small amount of extra credit to students for attending, for which I can provide verification,” said Rudi Kiefer, organizer of the Sense & Sustainability series. “The topic of the March 31 presentation will show students how to develop closer ties with the Hall County community.”

Norman is an active member and supporter of the Hall County Green Alliance (, with which Brenau University is also affiliated.

“We are hoping to get more Brenau students to participate in some of our events and cleanups,” Norman said. “It’s a great way to meet people, take part in a fun group activity, and at the same time do something useful for the local environment.”

Brenau Business Professor, Dr. David Miller.

Brenau Business Professor, Dr. David Miller.

It started as an idea from four Brenau University students. It caught the attention of Georgia lawmakers who thought it would be a good bill. It has now been approved by the General Assembly and could soon be signed into law.

The Georgia Senate voted 35-8 Tuesday to pass House Bill 62, a bill that helps special needs children whose parents are on active military service obtain state scholarships to attend private schools that specialize in educating these students.

HB 62 was initially developed last year as a class project in a public policy course taught by Gainesville, Georgia-based Brenau University business professor, Dr. David Miller, as part of the curriculum in Brenau’s occupational therapy graduate studies. All Georgia residents, Allison Guisasola of Braselton, Ashley McCoy of Maysville, Rachel Strazynski of Atlanta and Shelby Wrenn of Clarkesville took the course as part of the requirement for an occupational therapy master’s degree, which they completed in May 2014.

HB 62 had already been passed by the House of Representatives, so the measure goes to Gov. Nathan Deal to either sign into law or veto.

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Sandra Shaw Alderman, 75, of Gainesville, Georgia, died peacefully after a brief illness on March 24, 2015. She was born on Nov. 7, 1939 in England.

Ms. Alderman taught drama at Brenau and was active in the Gainesville Theater Alliance. She was a talented costume designer and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the theater. She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville, Georgia. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church.

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