Chair massage spots available June 19

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, June 19, on the Gainesville historic 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 ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Brenau student wins ASID Foundation scholarship

Laura Harris was awarded the American Society of Interior Designers’ Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award for $5,000, which recognizes an outstanding interior design research project or thesis project conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student. Laura graduated in May with a Master of Fine Arts in interior design.

Laura’s topic was Designing Educational Facilities for Social Engagement in Adolescent Students. To read Laura’s abstract, please go to the ASID website at

New yoga class offered Thursdays at the Brenau Downtown Center

Brenau Life Enrichment and Wellness Cooperation is offering a new Gentle Yoga class for a limited time only!

Class will be held every Thursday from 11-11:45 a.m. and will end the week of Aug. 8. Class is located at the Brenau Downtown Center in room 152. This class is focused on breathing, stretching and relaxing. All levels are welcome.

Cost is $10 per month with no contract. Membership includes access to the Brenau LEWC gym and all other wellness classes. For more information contact ude.uanerb@ssenllewunaerb or call 678-971-1845.

See the PDF of a flyer for the yoga class.

Free swimming and water safety classes scheduled at Lake Lanier Olympic Park

Lake Lanier Olympic Park Foundation, Swim Gainesville and Jackson EMC are excited to announce a series of swimming and water safety classes to be held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park beach June 22, July 20 and Aug. 17. The classes will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. and are free to attend. Preregistration is required.

Sessions will be conducted by experienced swim instructors for both adults and children. All workshop sessions will include handouts and checklists to help participants integrate the information. Registration is available online at

Learn more from the Lake Lanier Olympic Park Water Safety Series (PDF).

New Gainesville Chautauqua: Cherokee Leader John Ross June 11

The Northeast Georgia History Center presents the first of a three-part New Gainesville Chautauqua series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.

This year’s Chautauqua series explores the decade of the 1830s.

The first figure to take the Chautauqua stage is Cherokee leader John Ross, portrayed by actor Alex Morse. In his youth, Chief Ross fought with Andrew Jackson against the Red Stick Creek and later caused Jackson considerable trouble by fighting Indian removal vigorously and vehemently.

Price of admission is $6 or free for history center members. Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or card. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

​North Atlanta campus celebrates Flag Day


In honor of Flag Day, June 14,  the North Atlanta campus decided to put a spin on the upcoming national holiday by celebrating flags from all regions.

Staff, faculty and students are placing a sticker on the world map, showing their place of origin. Our Brenau family comes from all over the world, like New Zealand, Vietnam, Belgium, Ghana and the United States.

We’re proud to acknowledge our roots and learn more from these cultures and we are looking forward to adding more international events like this on the North Atlanta campus.

Wellness Program Incentive and Rewards

Brenau’s Wellness Program, funded by Cigna, is designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. The program includes activities during the year which relate to being healthy, whether it be physical, mental, financial, social or emotional health. Employees receive points and/or cash rewards for each activity in which they participate.

Points are added to the Activity Tracker, maintained by HR. At the end of the calendar year, names will be drawn from those who have accumulated Activity Tracker points. The more points you accumulate, the greater chance you have of winning cash prizes.

Motivate-Me is a new wellness initiative program provided through our Cigna insurance. For certain activities for which members participate, gift cards are provided. Employees must be a Brenau Cigna Member to collect Cigna Rewards. Maximum award is $200 per employee, per year.

Please view the PDF of the Wellness Calendar tor upcoming events.

Cigna Members can register online at to view benefit information.

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk or Hannah Ivester at ude.uanerb@1elooph.

Condolences to Lisa Shaw, Kathy Little and their families

Weldon Spinks (Don) Gurley Jr., father of Kathy Little, Brenau’s office manager in the Psychology Department, and Lisa Shaw, assistant registrar in the Registrar’s Office, passed away Tuesday, June 4. He was 74.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia.

Don was born on Oct. 6, 1944 in Macon, Georgia, to the late Weldon S. Gurley Sr. and Margery (Woodall) Gurley.

His wife, Judy, was the assistant to the president at Brenau under John S. Burd.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, his two daughters, and his grandchildren Lindsey Little, Hayden Little, and McKenna Shaw. Don is also survived by his sister, Gina Gaines.

Find the full obituary at

Faculty and students from Occupational Therapy represent Brenau at UGA Summer Institute

Students and faculty at Summer Institute.

Sixteen students from Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy participated in the University of Georgia’s Preparation of Interdisciplinary Providers (PIPs) Project’s inaugural Summer Institute held May 31-June 2 in Dawsonville, Georgia. Students were accompanied by Brenau OT faculty Irma Alvarado and Laura Carpenter.

The PIPs Project, “Serving Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with High-Intensity Needs Through Evidence-Based Preparation of Interdisciplinary Providers,” is a personnel preparation grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. Over the course of two days, UGA PIPs scholars who are graduate students in Birth Through Kindergarten or Speech-Language Pathology worked with Brenau OT students to build interdisciplinary collaboration skills to learn how to support young children with complex needs and their families using evidence-based practices.

More information about the project can be found at

Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act notice

If you are eligible for health coverage from Brenau but are unable to afford the premiums, some states have premium assistance programs that can help pay for coverage.

If you or your dependents are not currently enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Heath Insurance Program (CHIP), and you think you or any of your dependents might be eligible for either of these programs, contact Medicaid, CHIP office, dial 1-877-KIDS-NOW or go to to find out how to apply.