Kathleen Foley Named Interim Director of the School of Occupational Therapy.

Kathleen Foley, interim director of the School of Occupational Therapy, helps Kati Hilton, a member of the Norcross day cohort who will graduate in 2019, practice homemaking retraining, in which individuals using a wheelchair are instructed on methods for accessing things in the kitchen environment from a wheelchair level, while classmate Courtney Speed looks on. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Kathleen Foley, interim director of the School of Occupational Therapy, helps Kati Hilton, a member of the Norcross day cohort who will graduate in 2019, practice homemaking retraining, in which individuals using a wheelchair are instructed on methods for accessing things in the kitchen environment from a wheelchair level, while classmate Courtney Speed looks on. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau has appointed longtime occupational therapist and Associate Professor Kathleen Foley as interim director of the School of Occupational Therapy.

Since the classes and clinical placements in the 23-year-old School of Occupational Therapy run year-round, Foley is positioned to manage the program without interruption during the next six months while a select committee conducts a nationwide search for a permanent director.

Foley said her immediate goal as interim is to ensure a seamless transition for the students as they continue in their coursework and fieldwork. She also plans to join the faculty in the development of an entry-level doctoral degree in occupational therapy, something the school has been planning for some time.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work alongside the talented and experienced faculty and staff in the School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University to provide a quality professional education to future occupational therapists,” said Foley, whose predecessor left the university in February. “I am honored to be selected to take the lead as the program moves forward in its mission of graduating students who are prepared to be leaders in occupational therapy practice.”

Read more about Foley at www.brenau.edu/news/kathleen-foley-interim-director-occupational-therapy.

Monica Kaufman Pearson to speak March 29

Monica Kaufman Pearson

Monica Kaufman Pearson of WSB-TV’s will be speaking in Jacobs Lobby at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 as part of Media and Business Day, an event hosted by the Office of Admissions and the College of Business & Mass.  Brenau students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend this event.

Each year a guest speaker highlights his or her own experiences in the business and communication world, giving our local high school teachers and students great insight into what it takes to be successful in their career.

If you have any questions, please contact Ray Lian in Admissions at 770-534-6171.

$5 Tickets to Gainesville Ballet Company “Frozen” March 23-25

Brenau University students, faculty and staff with a valid ID are eligible for $5 tickets to this weekend’s Gainesville Ballet “Frozen and Repertory Works” concert.

Celebrating 49 years of dance in Gainesville and Northeast Georgia, the Gainesville Ballet Company presents “Frozen” Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25. Choreographed by award-winning choreographer Kassandra Taylor-Newberry, this is a visual feast that will delight audiences of all ages. GBC will also present original repertory works by renowned guest choreographers.

Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. $5 tickets (with a valid Brenau ID) may be purchased 30 minutes before each show at the box office table set up in Pearce.

For information and tickets: gainesvilleballet.org, gbcboxoffice@gmail.com, 770-532-4241.

B.U.R.D. Project Brings Public Art Awareness to Hall County

Young woman holding golden bird statue

Carmen Garcia-Pitarch Lopez, a sophomore interior design major and member of the Brenau basketball team from Valencia, Spain, poses for a photo with one of the BURDs, a public art project to be placed around Gainesville by Vision 2030. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Center for the Arts & Design at Brenau has partnered with Vision 2030 on a community art project titled the Brenau Urban Rural Discoveries (B.U.R.D.),  named in honor of past Brenau President Dr. John Burd. As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of public art in Gainesville and Hall County, the Vision 2030 Public Art Committee will produce 300 golden resin-cast birds, and 100 will be placed throughout various locations in Hall County, including several on the Brenau main campus. The 2030 B.U.R.D.s can be“discovered” by community members and visitors, who are encouraged to post their discoveries on social media at #2030BURDS.

A contest to select the B.U.R.D.s design was held during the fall 2017 semester, and the jurors selected the winning design created by interior design student Carmen Garcia-Pitarch Lopez.  She will be awarded $500 through Vision 2030 and four other students who participated will receive honorable mention and a $25 prize.

To learn more about Vision 2030 and the B.U.R.D. project, visit https://www.vision2030.org/the-big-ideas/public-art/.

Happy Retirement to Pat Felt

Pat Felt seated at her desk holding a flower.After 14 years of greeting, tending to and connecting with students, faculty and fitness center members, Pat Felt will retire next week.

Join us Wednesday, March 28, in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour as we say thank you and wish Pat happy retirement. The gathering will take place from 4-5 p.m. and cake, snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Moderators Still Needed for the 2018 Research Symposium

The Research Symposium Committee is still looking for faculty volunteers to help moderate sessions at this year’s Research Symposium.

The 2018 Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 6, from 12 to 5 p.m. in Brenau’s Downtown Center. Participants will give 53 presentations scheduled over 18 one-hour concurrent sessions.

Please contact Kelly Peters at kpeters1@brenau.edu by Friday, March 23, if you are interested in being a moderator for any of the sessions listed below.

Our sessions this year are as follows:

  • 1-1:55 p.m. Education and Health
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Bacteria
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Shakespeare Panel
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Print Making
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Corporate Workplace
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Care of Older Adults
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Self Awareness
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Awareness in Global Interaction
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Applied Art
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Legality Issues
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Cognitive and Sensory Issues
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Adolescence
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Cross Cultural Perspectives
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Fashion Design
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Support in an Educational Environment
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Honors Panel
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Cultural Awareness

Georgia Poetry Circuit Reading Wednesday, March 28, 12:30 p.m.

The Georgia Poetry Circuit will present its final poetry reading for the academic year with poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil on Wednesday, March 28, in the Trustee Library Quiet Zone at 12:30 p.m.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish (2011); At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), winner of Balcones Prize; and Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award and the Global Filipino Award. Her most recent collection is Lace and Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems written in collaboration with poet Ross Gay, and her collection of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonder, will be published in 2018. Her poetry has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Boatwright Prize from Shenendoah and the Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, and it appears in a wide range of literary journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Tin House and the Best American Poetry Series. Nezhukumatathil is the editor of Orion magazine and a professor in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi.

The reading is free and is open to all Brenau faculty, staff, students and community members.

Jacksonville Campus Hosts Life South Blood Drive

Woman giving blood in Life South mobile donation unit
Jacksonville student Danielle Purdy donates blood which will be used by hospitals in Florida and Georgia.

Did you know…

  • Just one pint of donated blood can help save as many as three people’s lives.
  • Approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.
  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Brenau’s Jacksonville campus students and staff as well as employees from local organizations helped save lives by donating whole blood and plasma at the Life South Community Blood Mobile on March 20, 2018. The Jacksonville campus hosts two Life South donation events per year as part of their commitment to the Jacksonville, Florida community. The next event will be held in September 2018.

President Ed Schrader visits the North Atlanta campus

Students, staff and administrators gather food from a buffet line and eat at tables, socializing at the North Atlanta campus

At least once a year, Brenau President Ed Schrader visits each of Brenau’s campuses in Norcross, Fairburn, Augusta and Jacksonville. Tuesday, March 20, marked the annual visit of Schrader, Executive Vice President David Barnett and Provost Jim Eck to the North Atlanta/Norcross campus.

According to representatives of the Norcross campus, students and staff enjoyed barbecue and socialized with the visiting administrators in the Student Center, while discussing how to further advance the campus.

Schrader was specifically looking to hear feedback from students regarding all aspects of Brenau University. His annual visit is an opportunity for these students to visit with the president and give him any thoughts on Brenau.

Last Chance to Participate in Size North America Research

The Size North America trailer will be here through Friday, so this week is your last chance to participate in the project and get a $20 Visa gift card for participating.

In case you missed the last announcement, Size North America is holding a nationwide survey to get a better look at body measurements of citizens across North America, and you can be a part of it. From now until Friday, March 23, the Art & Design Department is hosting a Size North America scan event at Brenau University.

The purpose of the survey is to help industries make products that better reflect the varying and body shapes and sizes today. It uses new 3D technology housed in its mobile Size North America bus, which will be on the Brenau campus behind the Trustee Library, 625 Academy St., from  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to scan people ages 6-75.

To get more information on the company and what is involved in the survey, visit SizeNorthAmerica.com. To sign up for an appointment, visit the website or scan the QR code on the flyer, fill out the questionnaire that is emailed to you, and choose what time and date best fits your schedule. The survey appointment takes about 15 minutes and is done to benefit industries and companies everywhere. Each participant will receive a $20 Visa gift card upon completion of the survey.