Librewery for Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students, Nov. 9

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Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Trustee Library to celebrate our 30th birthday with beer, food and team trivia on Friday Nov. 9, from 5-7 p.m.

We’ll have a selection of beer and wine, delicious bar food fare and team trivia questions that include a number of subjects including history, pop culture, Brenau and more. Watch for an E-vite headed to you soon.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Sidney O. Smith Graduate School, the Office of the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs and WBCX 89.1.

Three-bedroom home for rent

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Summary Annual Report Available for Employees

The Summary Annual Report is available for review on the ADP Employee Portal. You can follow this path to review: ADP > Resources > Company Information > Forms Library. This is for your review only, no action is required.

What is a SAR?

The SAR is a narrative summary of Brenau’s retirement plan’s financial status and summarizes the information on the summary annual report (Form 5500).

The SAR includes the following:

  • administrative expenses incurred by the plan;
  • amount of benefits paid to participants and beneficiaries;
  • total value of plan assets;
  • a pension plan’s compliance with the minimum funding standards; and
  • right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof.

Send-off for Amanda Roper, tomorrow, Oct. 23

A send-off for Amanda Roper

Please join the Brenau Trustee Library for a send-off for Resource Sharing & Library Communications Specialist Amanda Roper in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour from 4-5 p.m., tomorrow, Oct. 23.

Amanda will earn her Master of Library and Information Science in December and has accepted a position at Chattanooga State Community College’s library working with returning adult students and first generation students in the Tennessee Reconnect program.

How to Get Free or Discounted GTA Tickets

Did you know faculty, staff and students can get free tickets to select Gainesville Theatre Alliance weekday performances and $5 tickets to all others? If you’ve ever wondered how to order tickets to a GTA production as a faculty or staff member, here’s what you need to know.

These discounted rates to MainStage shows for faculty and staff open two weeks before the show. The best way to ensure you receive your Brenau faculty/staff discounts is to call the GTA box office at 678-717-3624 when that two-week window opens. This school year, that means you can get your discounted rates to The Wizard of Oz beginning Monday, Oct. 22, Noises off and Men on Boats beginning Jan. 28, and Cabaret beginning March 25 – and since most GTA performances sell out, you should call on those dates, before tickets are gone.

When the two-week window opens, free campus tickets are available for Preview Performances (the day before opening night, usually a Monday), the Wednesday and Thursday performances of the first week of a production, and the Tuesday and Wednesday performances of the second week.  For The Wizard of Oz, free dates are Nov. 5, 7, 8, 13 and 14.

To guarantee seats, especially for high demand weekend performances, faculty and staff can create half-price, custom Season Packages of any two or more shows at any time – totaling about $100 for two tickets to every show.

For more information about this year’s performances, go to

Second Annual Fall Prevention Expo Draws Nearly 200 Community Members

Fall Prevention Expo

Fall Prevention Expo

Fall Prevention Expo
Fall Prevention Expo

Among older Americans, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death from injury; not only that, but falls increase with age, according to the CDC.

The cost of falls is staggering; the CDC reported the total medical costs for falls surpassed $50 billion in 2015. Fall injuries are within the top 20 most expensive medical injuries and the cost increases with age.

To respond to these startling statistics, Brenau University, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging hosted the second annual Fall Prevention Expo in the Hall County area on Friday, Sept. 21.

A core planning subgroup of the Gainesville-area Fall Prevention Coalition recruited volunteer professionals in order to provide select health screenings, exercise and fall recovery demonstrations, and consultation to older adults in the Hall County area during the event. The Medical Center Auxiliary at Northeast Georgia Medical Center sponsored the event providing promotions, breakfast, lunch and snacks for all participants and volunteers, as well as door prizes and giveaways. Walgreens partnered with the event to provide flu shots.

Brenau faculty from the Ivester College of Health Sciences, professionals from the Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging, and a variety of health professionals from Northeast Georgia Medical Center provided fall-related information, education, and screenings to the 197 community participants. Gainesville Parks and Recreation provided the Civic Center for this event.

Other organizations assisting included the Hall County EMS, Hall County Library, Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Service, Georgia Mountains YMCA, and Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

Mental Health First Aid Training Course

Mental Health First Aid FlyerThrough a grant and the hard work of Rosanne Short, director of Military and Veteran Services, Brenau will be offering a Mental Health First Aid Training Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Wilkes Board Room. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited to 20 participants who must be able to stay for the entire duration of the training to receive their certification. In addition to official certification in the course participants will receive professional development credit as well as one Wellness Point.

For more detailed information or questions please contact Rosanne Short,

Join the Staff Development Committee for Halloween Festivities, Oct. 31

Allison Lauricella as Frida KahloThe Staff Development Committee will host it’s annual Halloween Costume Contest and Fall Festivities from 11-1 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 31, at the green space by the gazebo on Sorority Circle. Bring your lunch and come enjoy the beautiful fall weather and fun times. We will even have a Halloween Selfie Booth!

11 a.m. Pre Show Mini Costume Parade featuring the munchkins from Brenau’s Child Development Center. Come cheer them on as they finish up their trick or treating and show off their cool Halloween style!

12:15 p.m. COSTUME PARADE! If you want to participate in our costume contest there will be a booth set up to register and get your number. Please be registered and ready to go by noon. Categories include Best Group Costume, Best Makeup, Scariest Costume and Funniest Costume.

Drew Ferguson and Nichole Rawlings as characters from Rapunzel12:30 p.m. Immediately following the costume parade we will have our first ever Brenau Lip Sync Challenge! Watch faculty and staff go head to head in a battle of lip syncing fun and silliness while we tally the votes for our costume contest.

12:50 p.m. Winners will be announced and everyone dances to “Thriller!”

You can participate in both the Costume Parade and the Lip Sync Challenge, and if interested please let Lainey Kennedy,, know by Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Brenau Music Students Perform for Lanier Village Estates

Alyssa Stowers, soprano, performs for the residents of Lanier Village Estates Oct. 16.

Students from the Brenau Music Department performed a free concert “Il Portale Musicale” at Lanier Village Estates on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The performers included Alyssa Stowers, Suzanna Durand, Arabia Jones, Anna Feng, Brittany Wilson, Julie Fowler Brady, Scott Wang and Jennifer Skidmore.

They performed solo pieces from opera, musical film and theater. Piano accompaniment was provided by Ben Leaptrott and Julie Fowler Brady.


GTA Repertory Company Gives Free Performances to Schools and Community

GTA Repertory Company

Beginning Oct. 15, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance Repertory Company travels the region through March performing two short plays, Dragon Flights and Shakespeare in Action,  for school and community groups.

The GTA Repertory Company performs as a gift to the northeast Georgia community, traveling to schools, libraries, community centers and even children’s hospitals to give free performances. Combining their acting skills with their leadership and devotion to craft, five students work to bring art to life in created spaces and use it not only to tell stories, but to teach young and adult patrons about important themes in the plays.

The Repertory Company is touring northeast Georgia from mid-October through March, offering free performances. For more information on the company or for booking inquiries, check the Rep Company page on the GTA website,  Questions can be directed to Repertory Company Manager Savannah Cathers,