Successful White Water event for adult students and families

Brenau graduate student Randy Jones and his family at the White Water event.

Brenau Student Services recently hosted a day at the Six Flags White Water park for 33 adult students and their families.

Online students from as far south as Valdosta and Augusta made the drive north for a day of fun in the sun.

“It was great to meet some of our online students who have only connected with the university via the internet,” said Rosanne Short, director of military and veteran services. “We opened the event to all of our adult students, not only our veteran students. It was a great turn out and fun for all.”

Watch your Brenau Tiger email for more upcoming events for our Brenau families!

Troy Heidesch selected for AACN executive leadership program

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recently selected Troy Heidesch, Richards Graduate Chair in the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, as one of just 30 academic nursing leaders from across the nation to participate in the 2018 AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program, which will be held Aug. 6-9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Presented at the University of Pennsylvania, the program is taught by Wharton faculty whose presentations are designed to help advance academic administrators to a higher level of leadership. According to the AACN, the curriculum is designed to provide the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills that are essential to thrive and move forward strategically.

Congratulations, Dr. Heidesch!

Synergy Wellness to host open house at BIBU

Synergy Wellness will host an open house at the Business Incubator at Brenau University (BIBU) from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, July 26.

BIBU is at the same location as Brenau East in Gainesville, and the open house will be in the rotunda next to Hop’s Kitchen.

Breakfast will be served and complimentary health screenings offered. To schedule a screening, go to

LitFest 2018 Open to Workshop Proposals

The LitFest 2018 proposal form is live! We are looking for folks to submit ideas for workshops, panels, discussions and performances.  The form will only be open through Tuesday, July 31, so please share with anyone you know who might want to be a part of Brenau’s second literary festival. We will put the schedule together during August and will notify those we choose as soon as possible.

Go to to fill out the form. If you have any questions, you may contact Lainey Kennedy at

Security cameras ​being ​added to the historic Gainesville ​campus

In an effort to continue to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff and students, security cameras with 24-hour monitoring are being placed in 46 locations on the historic Gainesville ​campus.​

The feed will be shared with the Gainesville Police Department and monitored by Brenau security staff. According to Brenau Executive Vice President David Barnett, the response time for Gainesville PD is ​about five minutes, and the new cameras will add an additional level of security for those on campus.

​Installation teams will be working over the next 90 days on the project around campus. ​

Join the Staff Development Committee for fun summer treats

Please come join the Staff Development Committee from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, on the green space by the Tea Room to celebrate a wonderful summer with music, games and free Kona Ice.

Chair massage spots available for July 18

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, July 18, on the historic Gainesville campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at

2018 Fall Prevention Expo to be held Sept. 21

According to the CDC, falls are the highest cause of injuries and death from injury among older Americans. Not only that, but falls increase with age, as does their cost. The CDC reported the total medical costs for falls surpassed a staggering $50 billion in 2015. Fall injuries are within the top 20 most expensive medical injuries.

To respond to these startling statistics, Brenau University, Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging hosted the first Fall Prevention Expo in the Hall County area last September. A core planning group 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 community turnout for a first time event was excellent with over 150 people attending the expo.

The energy from the 2017 Falls Expo inspired community professionals to join together to form the Gainesville Fall Prevention Coalition in 2018. This network of professionals and passionate community members got to work, meeting monthly to take action on falls. The Gainesville Fall Prevention Coalition is a partnership between area community and healthcare organizations with a mission to connect the community with services, awareness preventing falls and injuries from falls.

The coalition, along with the core planning group is working to plan the second annual Fall Prevention Expo on Friday, Sept. 21.

This year’s Falls Prevention Expo is being held jointly with the Getting Older & Better Workshop, sponsored by The Medical Center Auxiliary and brought to you by Brenau University Ivester College of Health Sciences, Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging and Trauma & Acute Care Surgery of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Seniors and caregivers are invited to attend the event on Sept. 21 at the Brenau Downtown Center, located at 301 Main St SW in Gainesville. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 8:45 for registration).

Join us for education about preventing a fall and how to reduce your risk of injury from a fall. Included also will be free screenings, demonstrations, home safety tips, community resources, giveaways and more! Registration is required and space is limited! This event is free and includes lunch and a complimentary gift. Go to to register online or call 800-347-1416.

BE FIRST. BU, first-generation student meeting July 19

Brenau will host the first BE FIRST. BU event for first-generation students this Thursday, July 19, at 1 p.m. in the Brenau Trustee Library, where we will welcome 21 of our incoming students and their families to campus. These incoming students are the first in their families to attend college, and we’re excited that they’ve chosen Brenau.

Through the Be First. BU program these students will have the opportunity to connect through various events, including a painting party, a ghost tour of Pearce and staying overnight in the new dorms. Dr. Jim Eck and Dr. Amanda Lammers will welcome the students and their families, and Dr. Crystal Toombs will highlight all of the support services offered to help them succeed at Brenau.

First-generation faculty and staff have been given T-shirts that will be distributed early this week. If you requested one, be sure to wear it on Thursday and welcome your fellow first generation students!

Carnival week at the North Atlanta campus

Snacks in Norcross

From July 11-14, the North Atlanta campus is celebrating “Carnival Week.” Brenau staff are providing delicious carnival themed treats, such as kettle corn, cotton candy and specialty ice cream to students and faculty. The purpose of this week was not only to indulge in delicious treats, but also to encourage more interaction among the student body. The campus is looking forward to creating more interactive programs for the Brenau family!

Norcross staff and students during carnival week