Funeral services for Klate Wehunt, the 14-year-old son of Security Officer Shannen Wehunt, will be at 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega, Ga. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 23, 6 to 9 p.m., and twice on Thursday, April 24: 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

Klate died Monday after complications during an open-heart aortic replacement surgery.

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Brenau administration and the Staff Development Committee invite faculty and staff to attend the 2014 Service Awards Recognition Ceremony & Luncheon on May 7 to honor employees who have served Brenau for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and over 30 years.

The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. in Pearce Auditorium followed by a catered lunch in Yonah Hall. Please click on the link to RSVP. https://docs.google.com/a/brenau.edu/forms/d/198tSg9nDxYsfGEHvHPXvZbWmbjmH1Vw66VintNxgUN8/viewform?usp=mail_form_link

Over the past few months, new technology and furniture upgrades were performed in the library and computer lab area. New chairs have been added to Redwine labs and carrels, an instructional technology studio carrel was installed, MondoPads were installed in Rooms 114 and 115 and computer terminals were installed on the Prior Street side of the building.

All active library carrels are now technology-enabled and not just those in the Redwine technology area. For details and images, download the IT Upgrades Announcement (PDF) at http://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/ITUpgrades-Library-Announcement-1.pdf.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 22, Brenau’s Student Government Association is conducting special Earth Day activities on campus. Following an outdoor dinner at the Amphitheater, SGA members will plant six trees at the Bioscience Field Station, next to the greenhouse and the Bamboo Forest.

The students are planning dinner at 5 p.m., and the tree planting at 6 p.m. Faculty and staff are also invited to stop by the greenhouse and watch the new trees go into the ground.

“We wanted to do something special on Earth Day,” said Jessica Anderson, SGA president. “So we’ll be planting three apple trees and three peach trees. We’ll also seed the new plant beds with plants that are likely to make it through the summer, even if it turns out to be a dry one.”

The apple tree has a special significance because it is also the symbol of the Celebrate Healthy North Georgia alliance, which is based on an initiative of the District II Health Administration of Georgia. It spans a 13-county area and unites healthcare officials, government administrators and higher learning institutions such as Brenau. For more information, see http://www.celebratehealthynorthgeorgia.com.

“We’re proud to start these young trees at Brenau,” said Byronica Banks. “By the time they produce food, we’ll probably be alumnae, but they will be around for people to enjoy.” The trees will become part of a landscape layout designed by professor Teri Nye.

Current leaders of the SGA are Jessica Anderson, WC ’14, Byronica Banks, WC ’15, and Ayana Williams-Dyce, WC ’17.

Employee flexible spending account enrollment is now open through May 6. To elect this option, complete the Election Form (PDF) and return it to Director of Human Resources Kelley Maddox before May 6. Please note that this will be a short plan-year; from June 1 – Dec. 31. 

Some frequently asked questions:
What is a flex account? The Health Care FSA is designed to help you pay for your family’s health care expenses that are not covered by a health, dental or vision insurance policy by allowing you to use tax-free dollars to pay those expenses. The plan will reimburse you for qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses for all members of your dependent family regardless of whether they are covered by your employer’s insurance plan.

How much can I contribute? $2,500 for medical expenses and $5,000 for childcare expenses.

When will benefits begin? June 1, 2014 (and continue through December 31, 2014.)

What about carryover? It rolls over to the following plan year even if the participant does not make an election for the following plan year. The rollover amount is up to $500.00. Any unused amount above $500.00 will be forfeited.

What about money in the current plan year? You have until May 31, 2014 to incur the expense and 90 days after that to file the claim (August 31, 2014.)

Additional questions should be directed to Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

POSTR_earthday_14The Hall County Green Alliance Earth Day reception and program, Changing Climate and Georgia’s Future, will take place at the Brenau Downtown Center, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. with the main event at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Brenau University President Ed Schrader will introduce the speakers for the evening: Marshall Shepherd, professor of geography and the director of atmospheric science program at the University of Georgia; William Coates Jr., pastor of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville; and James W. Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia.

For more information visit www.hallcountygreenpages.org

Klate Wehunt, 14, son of Security Officer Shannen Wehunt, passed away Monday, April 21, at 10:02 a.m. after complications during an open heart aortic replacement surgery.

Please keep the Wehunt family in your hearts and prayers as it deals with the terrible loss.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at this posting. Update will share information as it is available.

POSTR_earthday_14The Hall County Green Alliance Earth Day reception and program, Changing Climate and Georgia’s Future, will take place at the Brenau Downtown Center on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. with the main event at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Brenau University President Ed Schrader will introduce the speakers for the evening: Marshall Shepherd, professor of geography and the director of atmospheric science program at the University of Georgia; William Coates Jr., pastor of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville; and James W. Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia.

For more information visit www.hallcountygreenpages.org

The Brenau family extends condolences to WBCX National Production & Compliance Coordinator Chet White for the loss of his brother Lawrence Matthews Sr. of Willingboro, N.J., age 71, on April 7. 

Braselton-BULLI-logoBrenau University Learning and Leisure Institute opens its doors for summer registration on Thursday, May 1, at 4 p.m. in the Thurmond McRae Auditorium for the June 6 – July 11 term. Extended registration runs through Wednesday, May 7 at the BULLI House, 406 Academy Street, Gainesville.

For more information about the BULLI Program, classes, registration and schedules call 770.538.4705 or visit http://www.brenau.edu/lifetimestudy/.