Free Functional Fitness Class at the Fitness Center

Our Functional Fitness Training class, at noon Mondays and Fridays in the Fitness Center, still has spots open. The class uses high-intensity lifting techniques while incorporating cardiovascular training to improve both strength and cardiovascular conditioning for higher quality physical activity.

The class is taught by Jack Haire, former owner of Northeast Georgia Crossfit and current Brenau assistant swim coach. Try something new and challenging in a group setting and hit your fitness goals this year!

Market-Proof Your Retirement webinar from TIAA

Join Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America for the Market-Proof Your Retirement webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 15.

Learn how to create your own “personal pension” with TIAA Traditional, offered by TIAA. To sign up, click on this link and click the orange button that says schedule online.

Jacksonville Campus Presents Quarterly BSEC Workshop

Representing the Jacksonville campus, adjunct professor Maja Zelihic recently presented “How to Build and Grow Successful Teams” at the second quarterly professional development luncheon workshop at Beaver Street Enterprise Center in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The Brenau Jacksonville campus partners with BSEC to provide these quarterly workshops to assist entrepreneurs in building their local businesses effectively.

Thirteen attendees enjoyed learning about best practices in team building and discussed team issues affecting their businesses and ways to resolve them. Theresa Johnson, BSEC director, provided lunch for all attendees. Assistant professor Erick Aguilar and campus director Alecia Webb were on hand to answer questions about Brenau programs.

Be aware phishing attacks are on the rise

Scammers have stepped up their efforts to trick Brenau faculty and staff into following malicious links or attachments. These attacks are referred to as “phishing,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “a scam by which an Internet user is duped (as by a deceptive e-mail message) into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly.” Lately, scammers have been reading our website to determine our reporting structures. This helps them target their attacks by sending users an email that pretends to be from a direct supervisor.

When receiving any email, please ask yourself the following questions before clicking on any links:

  • Does the FROM: address (look at the actual email address, not just the display name) end in
  • Is the email from a,, or account but pose as a Brenau user?

Also look for these indicators:

  • Email addresses designed to “look” like real addresses, such as
  • Suspicious spelling or grammar which hint the sender is not a native English speaker
  • Banners from Google saying things like: “This user is not in your domain” or “email is suspicious”

When in doubt, call the sender on the phone and see if they sent the email to you. Unfortunately these types of attacks do not yet have a technical solution. It is up to each of us to use our critical thinking skills to determine what is real and what isn’t.

Faculty & staff are invited to join us for Alumnae Reunion Weekend, April 12 and 13

Please join us for any of the reunion activities throughout the weekend, but the Alumni Office would especially love for you to join us at the traditional Champagne Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and stay for the May Day celebration which begins at 1 p.m. Please wear your gold Brenau name badge for free admission.

If you are an alumna and want to receive a gift bag and join us for other events, please register at where you can also find the full schedule of events.

Don’t forget to order your Yeti cups

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The Alumni Office is selling Yeti tumblers with your choice of color and Brenau logo.

The last day to order will be Friday, March 1. See the order form to the right for more information. Don’t miss out on these!

Reminder: Tomorrow is Heart Smart Dining Day, Feb. 22

Did  you know cardiovascular disease accounted for 27 percent of all deaths in 2017 ages 50-69? And 77-82 percent of coronary heart disease can be attributed to behavioral choices. But, cardiovascular disease can be avoided and in some cases reversed.

Come find out how at the Heart Smart Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jim Lewis, associate professor of physical therapy, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 22, in Hopkins Dining Hall. Employees who attend will earn one point toward Wellness.

Vote for Your Focus Country for International Week 2019

Remember to chose your country of focus for International Week for Fall Semester 2019.

You may vote for one of the seven countries by going to

Remember that voting ends at midnight on Friday, Feb. 22. Thank you for helping to select our country of focus.

Phi Beta Kappa reception in Sellars Gallery March 7

Brenau is planning to apply for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter when the opportunity is available again in three years. Lessie Smithgall, a long-time Brenau supporter and friend, has offered to host a reception to celebrate both the university’s intention to have a chapter and the long legacy of PBK in Northeast Georgia at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in Sellars Gallery.

The event will include light refreshments, a few comments and some time to interact with each other. Smithgall, a PBK member from UGA who will turn 108 on April 1, is planning to attend the gathering. We will also host representatives from UGA and the Atlanta PBK alumni group at the event.

Please consider joining us to celebrate this initial step toward being a PBK institution and to find out how you can assist during the application process. If you would like to attend, please email Matt Thomas at

Did Marie Kondo convince you to declutter your book shelf?

If so, let the Trustee Library take those homeless books off your hands. The library is currently accepting book, DVD and/or audiobook donations for our annual book sale.

The sale is scheduled for March 5-6, so get your donations in soon. If you have questions, please contact Benji Barton at