Dr. Irma Alvarado, alumna Amy Todd present at conference

Amy Todd, class of 2008, and Dr. Irma Alvarado, professor in the school of Occupational Therapy, presented a “Virtual Lighting Talk” session at Twelfth Global Studies Conference held Friday, June 28, at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

The conference has a special focus on “The ‘End of History’ 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now.” Todd and Alvarado’s topic was titled Global Occupational Therapy: Yes, It Can Be Sustainable. It highlighted Brenau University’s School of Occupational Therapy, which has sent 19 students to Merida, Yucatan, in Mexico for level-two fieldwork experiences.

They shared how planning for fieldwork placements with practitioners in Merida and preparing students for culturally relevant practice allows a deeper understanding of occupational therapy.

“With increased global mobility, the U.S. is a rapidly changing cultural community, and this includes health beliefs,” Todd and Alvarado found in their presentation. “The health care system needs to respond to the different values in order to achieve holistic health for those who partake in services. This has resulted in a sustainable partnership with many facilities in the Yucatan in which students gain cultural awareness and knowledge of the role disability plays in a person’s life and community.”

Windows 10 computer upgrades and replacements

Now that we have reached the new budget year and budgets have been made available, the IT Department will begin a phased process of purchasing and deploying new computers to those designated to receive them. There is no need to contact the IT Department about when you will be getting your replacement. Once we have a computer ready, we will contact you to let you know. Due to security and compliance reasons, you must turn in your old computer at the time that you receive the new one.

Anyone who still needs to have their computers upgraded will need to continue to turn them in to Greg White at the Library Helpdesk, or schedule a time for the IT department to pick them up. The IT department will pick up desktop computers if you are not able to disconnect them and bring them to the helpdesk at the library. You can email ude.uanerb@ksedpleh to set up a time for them to be picked up. We are still hoping to keep the time for upgrades to a week, however replacements are now taking priority until they are completed.

Back-up files
Please note that you must back up any documents and files stored on your computer before an upgrade or replacement. The IT department will not be able to do this for you due to time constraints. We recommend that all files be moved to your Google Drive via Drive File Stream since they are automatically backed up when stored there.

Please click the link below for guidance on backing up your documents and files to Google Drive File Stream.

It’s Amazon Prime Day! So remember to SMILE

Alumnae Reunion Weekend and May Day women holding daisy change

From left, Sarah Rooker, Brittany Arthur, Jondell Taylor, Kassandra Thomas and Alyssa Walawender smile for a photo as they hold onto the daisy chain below the Crow's Nest during class day on Brenau University's Gainesville campus.

Many of us will be making purchases from Amazon today and tomorrow during Amazon Prime Day. Did you know Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to charities and nonprofits, including Brenau University? You get the same shopping experience while supporting Brenau, so it’s an easy way to give back as you load up your shopping cart.

To select Brenau University as your charity visit this link and click Brenau University, Inc.

Help support Brenau University while knocking out holiday gifts or just treating yourself.

Reception for Holly Reynolds Thursday, July 18

The accounting office will be hosting a reception in honor of Holly Reynolds at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.

Holly has been with Brenau University since Oct. 2, 2000, and will be greatly missed.

Please join us as we extend our appreciation for her service over the past 19 years.

Chair massage spots available for July 17

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, July 17, 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.

Purchase bows to support family of fallen Hall County deputy

Hall County Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon, a 28-year-old husband and a father of two young boys, was shot and killed on Sunday.

Any offices or departments that would like to show support for the Dixon family can purchase black and blue bows to display on their office doors from Joyce Merck Florist, located at 403 Broad St. SE in downtown Gainesville. Call 770-534-6691 to order. The cost is $10 per bow, $5 of which will go to Deputy Dixon’s family.

Brenau sends its heartfelt condolences to Dixon’s family and friends.

OT Faculty Awarded Aromatherapy Certification

School of Occupational Therapy faculty members Dr. Jennifer Allison and Amanda Buono recently received Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner status from RJ Buckle Associates.

This certification, open only to licensed health care professionals, is a year-long process that requires over 375 hours of coursework, 40 case studies, a research study and cumulative exam. Both plan to incorporate their training in aromatherapy into their classroom instruction and clinical practice.

Allison uses aromatherapy to support clients with coping, modulation, addiction and sleep disorders. She is conducting research in the use of aromatherapy to support modulation in adults with developmental disabilities. Buono is researching the use of aromatherapy to support sleep in night-shift workers.

Free Concert Friday, July 12

The Times is hosting a free show with the local group Fly Betty Band at the Brenau Amphitheatre on Friday, July 12. Along with the concert, Tap It will be on hand serving drinks and several food trucks will be serving the event. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Anne A. Skleder, Brenau’s 10th president

Anne A. Skleder

Today Brenau University embarks on the next chapter of our 141-year history. We are thrilled to welcome Anne A. Skleder as our 10th president.

“As I have prepared to become the 10th president of Brenau University, I’ve found myself feeling overwhelmingly grateful and energized.”

Read a message from President Skleder on Brenau’s main website.

Life South Blood Drive at Brenau Downtown Center July 8

Delta Rho Tau Physical Therapy Club invites you to a blood drive hosted by Life South.

Join us from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 8 in the Thomas Atrium of the Brenau Downtown Center. You can schedule your appointment online. Walk-ins are welcome anytime.

One Wellness Activity Point will be awarded to employees for participating.

Collegiate Grill is offering free fries with purchase of burger and a drink for all donors.