Beginning July 1 Aetna is adding the option to use Teladoc to our medical plan. The Teladoc service connects members with a doctor 24/7 through the convenience of phone or online video consultations. This helps members navigate and deal with everyday illnesses. As an affordable alternative to emergency room and urgent care facility visits Teladoc also helps you and Brenau save money.

Using Teladoc, members can resolve many of their common medical issues with a national network of board-certified, state-licensed physicians. These doctors can diagnose, treat and prescribe medication, when appropriate, for many common medical issues.

At a cost of $40 or less, depending on member cost share, a Teladoc consultation costs less than a walk-in clinic or emergency room visit. Members pay their primary care physician office visit cost and the plan pays the balance. Members do not need a referral from their primary care physician to receive services from Teladoc.

Participants in Brenau’s health insurance will receive a Teladoc Welcome Kit mailed to their homes around July 1. You can read the Teladoc FAQ (PDF) at

Want to learn more? Visit or view the promotional flyer (PDF) at


The retirement representative from Cannon Financial will be on the Gainesville historic campus Tuesday, Aug. 11. If you have questions regarding your current retirement plan or wish to enroll, contact Kelley Maddox at to schedule a meeting.

Former Warren Featherbone Company CEO and philanthropist Gus Whalen died Sunday, June 21, 2015, at age 70.

A long-time champion of education in the Gainesville community, Whalen started the Featherbone Communiversity in 2005, which is home to the Brenau University East Campus, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids and the Lanier Technical College Manufacturing Development Center, a collaborative effort with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center and Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Whalen also sought to recognize outstanding individuals in the community through the Masters Series, which includes the Masters of Teaching, Masters of Innovation and Masters in the Art of Nursing.

Services will be held Wednesday, June 24, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St NW, Gainesville.

The family will be receiving friends in the banquet hall of First Baptist Church, Tuesday, June 23, from 6-8 p.m.

Check the Little and Davenport website for a full obit and any changes to times.

For more information about the life and contributions of Gus Whalen please see the articles in the Gainesville Times ( and AccessWDUN (

Military and Veteran Affairs Director Rosanne Short presented at the Regional & Branch Campus Administrators Leadership Conference June 14-17 at the Longboat Key Club and Resort in Longboat Key, Florida.  Her presentation focused on what higher education institutions can do to provide support for first-gen (first generation in their families to attend college) adult students who may lack the experience or information that more traditionally aged college students have from parents who received higher education. Short points out that first-gen adult students who have previously served in the Armed Services face several barriers upon entrance into higher education, and are often overlooked in college and university’s efforts to support traditionally aged first-gen students.

The RBCA conference seeks to identify the recruitment strategies, needs, expectations, academic programming, curricular designs, delivery methods, support systems, and best practices to meet the current and future demand for non-traditional students, such as veterans.

Please join Brenau Athletics as they give a special farewell to Swim Coach Blaire Bachman and Track & Field Coach Rick Ludwig on Tuesday, June 16th, at 4:00 pm in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlor on the Gainesville historic campus.

Coach Bachman is leaving to pursue an assistant swim coach position with NCAA Division I Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Bachman has been the ASC Coach of the Year four straight years in a row. In 2014, Bachman was named NAIA Co-Coach of the Year for her team’s fourth place finish at the NAIA National Championships, and in 2015, her squad earned a third place – the highest in program history. During her tenure, Bachman has coached 16 individual All-Americans and six All-American relay teams.

Coach Ludwig has been at the helm of training an excellent track & field program since it’s 2013 inception. Under his leadership, the team has won the SSAC Championship three years in a row, and Ludwig has been named SSAC Coach of the Year all three years as well. The team was also awarded its first NAIA All-American in program history with junior Olamide “Lammy” Sokunbi’s eighth place finish in the 100 meter dash (12.06) at the 2015 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ludwig will be moving to Texas to be closer to family.

“Both coaches have done a phenomenal job of elevating their individual programs to be recognized on a regional and national level, and I am certainly appreciative of all their hard work these past years developing some extraordinary athletes,” said Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor. “They will be greatly missed by many on this campus, and we wish them both well in their new pursuits.”

Please stop by on Tuesday to give best wishes to these veteran coaches.

A familiar voice is gone from the Gainesville Campus. Capt. Lawrence “Larry” Eschen died on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at age 94.

“Larry was a well-liked visitor to Walters House,” said Matt Thomas, Vice President for External Relations. “ We could always hear him coming down the hall, because he liked to stop at every desk on the way and spread some good cheer and little gifts. His support of our students and programs was exemplary, making learning projects possible that enriched our regular curricular offerings.”

Eschen’s many years of military service made him a keen student of European history. At the end of World War II, he was stationed in Wiesbaden and Cologne, Germany. It was the same time, and the same region, where another Brenau legend was also serving: the late John Jacobs jr., former chair of the Brenau Board of Trustees. Just like Jacobs, Eschen took great pleasure in sharing his experiences of the reconstruction period in postwar Germany.

“Many were the times that he brought a stack of yellowed prints from 1945 to my office,” said Rudi Kiefer, who was director of multimedia publishing at the time. “We would scan and enlarge them, clean them up digitally, and thereby create new documentation of the days that began the deep friendship between the U.S. and Germany. Larry’s pictures provided views that were never seen anywhere else.”

But such small favors couldn’t begin to return the support that Eschen provided to Brenau University, and to the Academy in its final years. Whether it was supporting an athletic team by donating the funds for their t-shirts, or giving to a new initiative of the theatre program, or purchasing office equipment that didn’t make it into the official budget, he never hesitated to show where his heart was. “We enjoyed his regular workout visits at the Fitness Center,” said receptionist Elizabeth Chappelle. “He never arrived empty-handed. Often he’d stand in the lobby and hand out lollipops to the younger students and the little kids.”

Pat Felt, administrative assistant at the Fitness Center, agreed. “He was more than a customer. He was a good friend. Being a people person, Larry never met a stranger. Every time his booming voice was heard from the entrance, we know there would be some humorous anecdotes, and presents for everybody.”

Eschen leaves behind a daughter last known to be living in Mexico, and two grandsons. A guest book and condolence list are available at

Theater Professor Fred Lloyd has recently retired from Brenau in order to pursue projects in the costume and film industry. His house at 1109 Dixon Circle in Gainesville is for sale.

This house is a great 3 bedroom,  2 ½ bath home with the master suite on the main floor.  Hardwood floors and carpeting; vaulted ceiling and plantation shutters throughout, the house is just over a mile from campus and has a full basement that is partially finished for massive storage and a workshop.  There is a 2 car garage on the main level.  The kitchen is a cook’s kitchen: granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a generous pantry and a professional Jenn-Air stove.

See the listing and additional photos at

Father’s Day is June 21. As you think about how to thank the Dads in your life, consider shopping at AmazonSmile. When you select Brenau University as your charity a portion of your purchase goes directly to Brenau. Your Dad will appreciate it and so will our students. Learn more at

Jacksonville Brenau Sign Install 6/10/2015Coming ever closer to opening our doors for students in the Jacksonville, Florida area, we now have our logo and name up on our new Jacksonville campus.

Workers from General Sign Service installed the sign on the office building at 6622 Southpoint Drive South that will be home to the school’s first out-of-state campus Wednesday, June 10.

The sign will be set and fully illuminated tonight, June 11.Brenau Jacksonville Sign Installation 6/10/2015

The John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts turns into a “school of rock” now through Friday, June 19, for Camp Jam, a summer music collaboration for musicians ages 11 to 17. Split into two weekly sessions of nearly 40 students each week, campers and staff are housed in Yonah Hall and enjoy meals with Brenau Dining. Participants form a band, learn recording skills and perform in addition to all the joys a summer camp experience may offer.

Dancers are also on campus through June 19 studying with the Gainesville Ballet Company’s Summer Intensive at the Brenau Fitness Center dance studios. Several college-aged dancers are staying at the Parklane Apartments during this program. Most guests from both groups leave campus for the weekend.

The Brenau summer camp coordinator headquarters is located at the Burd Center ticket office. Please direct any wandering parents to the Burd Center, call the camp office at 770-531-3185, or contact Danielle Miller at and 770-297-5456 with any questions.