Vacation time: use it or lose it

Vacation time expires June 30. If an employee has unused vacation time as of June 30, it will be transferred to the employee’s wellness leave, if applicable.

All time off requests for the month of June must be submitted and approved in ADP before June 24.

Play Therapy Room Added to BCCPS at Norcross Campus


ribbon cuttingThe Psychology Department announced the grand opening of its play therapy room at the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS) on the Norcross campus.

On April 18, Gary Bauman, Josh Hall and Lucinda Grapenthin, as well as the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling graduate students, were on hand to formally cut the red ribbon celebrating the new addition. This specially designed room incorporates a center for expressive arts therapy and a space for non-directed play therapy. The room is equipped with therapeutic toys, dolls and activities to help serve the young clients. A two-way mirror allows for clinical supervision and observations while student clinicians are working with children and families. A Play Therapy Specialization is offered to the graduate students while they are pursuing their counseling degree.

Children can be referred to the BCCPS Norcross for play therapy by calling 470-228-8942.

Free to a good home, dining room fixture

light fixture

We freed up one of our dining room light fixtures in our home. We would like to find this nice, functional light fixture a new place.

Email Gale Starich at ude.uanerb@hciratsg if you’d like to claim the fixture.

Sign up for Safety & Wellness Day, June 12

Please join us Wednesday, June 12, for Safety & Wellness Day sponsored by the Wellness Committee and the Office of Safety & Security.

The day begins at 11 a.m. with an Are You Smarter Than a Security Officer? game show in the Student Union Building (SUB) followed by “mocktails” in the Tea Room and a drunk driving simulation experience provided by the City of Gainesville Police Department.

Bring your mobile devices in order to join in the game.

RSVP at by June 3 to participate. Those who register before May 24 will get a free shirt.

Employees will be awarded with one Wellness Activity Point for participation.

Brenau students paint rain barrels for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper fundraiser


barrelStudents from Brenau’s Center for the Arts & Design (CAD) recently painted rain barrels that were sold at silent auction during Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival held Saturday, May 11, at the Brenau Downtown Center.

Members of Kappa Pi art honor society and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority helped paint the barrels, which featured a variety of themes.

The film festival, which was co-sponsored by Brenau, promotes grassroots environmental activism through art and film that illustrate Earth’s beauty, present the challenges facing the planet and highlight the community work around the world to protect our environment.

“Our supporters in the community really appreciate the work Brenau students do for us,” said Dale Caldwell, director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Headwaters office in Gainesville. “It’s also very important to us and something we want to continue and expand upon in the future.”

Funds raised from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival support Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Neighborhood Water Watch program, a community-led effort to assess and improve water quality in urban streams while protecting human health in neighboring communities. To learn more about the program and view water quality data, go to

For more information and to sign up for the CAD newsletter, go to

School of Occupational Therapy Faculty Receive AOTA Commendations

The following faculty members from the School of Occupational Therapy received commendations from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at the annual conference in April.

  • Jenene Craig for Author, Occupational Therapy’s Role in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 2018.
  • Krisi Probert for AOTA Advisor, Innovation in Care Delivery and Payment, 2018.
  • Tamara Mills for AOTA Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development (CCCPD), 2015-2018.

Congratulations to all!

CarFit event for older adults June 4

Brenau’s occupational therapy students will hold a community event for older adults called CarFit from 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 in front of the OT department on Chestnut Street.

CarFit is a national program sponsored by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Brenau students will go through a 12-point checklist to assess the fit of the car to its driver. This includes checking mirror settings, seat belts, head rest heights and car controls. It is not an assessment of the driver’s ability to drive.

The assessment takes about 20 minutes.

If anyone is interested, please have them contact Helene Smith-Gabai at ude.uanerb@iabag-htimsh.

See the PDF flyer for more information on CarFit.

Eugene Williams selected to train as a site visitor chair for GaPSC

Eugene Williams, dean of the College of Education, has been selected to be trained to serve as a site visitor chair for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

During training for the on-site visitor chair, Williams will participate in a series of whole group and small group sessions in addition to simulated review activities, which will allow him to practice taking the lead in an approval review.

The GaPSC peer approval review process assures programs leading to educator certification meets standards designed to provide highly qualified educators for every public school student in Georgia. A critical part of the peer approval review process involves the work of trained volunteers who review approval applications and evidence related to program performance and conduct approval reviews. GaPSC site visitors are knowledgeable of the standards and can apply these standards to the review of educator preparation providers and programs.

Do you want to help new students learn about resources at Brenau?

As you may have heard, Brenau is rolling out many exciting changes fall 2019.

One of those is a new approach to the First Year Seminar program. A new lab course, AS 115 – Resources for College Success, has been created specifically to address the needs of first-year students. This one credit hour, lab style course, will work to supplement the three credit, First Year Experience (FYE) course, and will be required of all Women’s College and Gainesville undergraduate students with less than 24 credit hours.

AS 115 will be taught each Friday in the fall from 12:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m. Class sizes will be small to allow for the formation of a natural support group. Throughout the semester, AS 115 students will be introduced to the various resources available at Brenau to assist their success and will be encouraged to participate in activities and programs that reinforce learning outside of the classroom. This class is intended to be informative and fun.

We are looking for faculty/staff who are interested in becoming involved with AS 115. If you are interested in making a difference, email Amanda Lammers at ude.uanerb@sremmala by June 5. Please include your qualifications and why you are interested in being much more than a lab instructor.

Criteria for consideration include:

  • Must hold a master’s degree in related field
  • Full-time faculty/staff member with at least one year of experience at Brenau’s Gainesville campus.
  • Experience dealing with entry level students and their concerns/needs.
  • Ability to participate in training and orientation sessions with other AS 115 instructors and peer assistants (some of which will occur outside of the nine month contract dates).
  • Familiarity with Gainesville campus services and resources and knowledge of opportunities for student development.
  • Willingness to periodically attend out of class campus events, programs and activities with students in fall semester and have visible presence on campus.
  • Readiness to mentor a small group of students, both in and out of the class environment, to ensure a positive first year transition to college.
  • Demonstrate ability to model and teach life and academic success strategies (effective time management, problem solving skills, stress management, inclusion/diversity, effective communication, positive self-care, etc.).
  • A genuine commitment to work with first-year students and their multifaceted needs.

Call for Contributions for Dominican Republic Display in Library

The library is curating a display on the Dominican Republic to tie into this year’s First Year Experience reading In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, which is set in the Dominican Republic.

We are asking for textiles or artifacts from the Dominican Republic to include with the display that will be up through the fall semester. Any items will be locked in a glass case so they will be protected. We have also utilized a dress form in the past to accompany a display if anyone has any clothing that would tie into the theme.

Please email Dianne Honan at ude.uanerb@1nanohd by the end of May with any possible contributions or questions.