Condolences to the family of Sandra Lutters

Brenau adjust instructor Sandra Jean Lutters, 68, died on Saturday Dec. 15, at her residence in Gainesville after a brief battle with cancer. She was working for the Brenau music and theater departments.

Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be made at Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

Brenau Mobile App Gets a Facelift

screen shot of menu in my brenau appThe Brenau Mobile App has been upgraded to include a more modern appearance and can now access your single sign-on (SSO) applications via the “” link. With SSO capability, the app can now be used to access all Brenau systems, which was a serious limitation of the previous version of the app.

Please let us know if you have additional questions or give us suggestions for new features at You can find the app by searching for “brenau mobile” at either the Apple App Store or Google Play.

President Ed Schrader offers graduates advice for successful futures

Stephanie Lynn Burns laughs from her seat during the Brenau University Graduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 in Gainesville, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

During Brenau University’s winter commencements on Friday, Dec. 14, President Ed Schrader challenged the graduates to go out and change the world by keeping in mind a few simple rules.

Schrader, a known dog lover and owner of chocolate lab Jake, told the audience to keep in mind the tips of renowned dog trainer Cesar Millan.

“Cesar has good and sound information to offer any of you who want to train a dog, because that’s what he does,” Schrader said. “But he suggests the three basic rules of dog training are really basic core truths and are necessary for successful human relationships as well. These three universal truths are consistency, discipline and affection. I don’t need to tell you how you can successfully apply those three things in your own human relationships.”

Approximately 350 degrees were conferred Friday, including 249 graduate degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in Pearce Auditorium on the Gainesville campus and 101 undergraduate degrees at the following 1:30 p.m. ceremony.

Graduates received diplomas for degrees ranging from doctorates in occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing to master’s degrees in business administration, accounting and interior design, plus a wide array of bachelor’s degrees in disciplines such as the arts, education, sciences and business administration.


The Women’s College announces plans for new signature programs

For 140 years, The Women’s College of Brenau University has supported, educated and prepared young women to become the professional thought leaders of their generations. On Thursday, Dec. 13, the university announced plans to strengthen The Women’s College with the addition of new signature programs.

The new programs underpinning this revisioning of The Women’s College were developed by a committee of trustees, administrators, faculty members, alumnae and staff appointed by President Ed Schrader. After two years of strategic planning, the committee developed programming that will redefine and reconceptualize The Women’s College student experience through two key undergraduate programs: GOLD and The Ideal Collective.

GOLD will be an integrated, cocurricular program for all Women’s College students focusing on gender awareness, personal and professional development, service, leadership skills, global perspective, and the advancement of women. Each letter represents one year of a Women’s College student’s experience, which will focus on:

  • Gender: a year committed to women’s empowerment
  • Ownership: a year focused on personal responsibility
  • Leadership: a year dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s leaders
  • Diversity: a year concentrating on global citizenship

The program will launch in fall 2019 by implementing the first G year with a focus on celebrating women.

The Ideal Collective, meanwhile, will be an immersive, living-learning community grounded in the principles of the Brenau Ideal — penned by early Brenau President H.J. Pearce — and focused on transformative leadership through collaborative, project-based service learning. This exclusive two-year program will be open to juniors and seniors only by competitive application.

The newly reimagined Women’s College will incorporate academic enhancements as well, including gender-focused training for faculty, individual career planning, portfolio development and mentoring for each student, along with speakers, capstone courses, seminars and more.

The flagship program of the redesign, however, will be an Executive Women’s MBA, the inaugural graduate program incorporated completely within The Women’s College and reflecting its focus. The first cohort of this graduate program is scheduled to begin in January 2020 and will be directed by Juli Clay, assistant vice president for executive graduate studies.

The all-female executive program is specifically designed to empower and promote uniquely talented women who are currently successful in the workplace but looking to advance to the CEO suite. It will be provided through a flexible platform combining online experiences with extended weekend residencies at the most significant financial and commercial centers in the world.

Read more about these plans and watch the accompanying video at

Holiday Payroll Schedule

Employees who are paid on the salaried payroll need to have all of their time off requests for the year entered and approved by Friday, Dec. 14.

Employees and supervisor of employees paid on the hourly payroll, be sure to have the time cards for THIS WEEK’S time approved either before you leave on Friday, Dec. 14, or by 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. The time cards for the time worked over the break that would typically be due on Jan. 1 will need to be corrected and approved no later than 9 a.m. on Dec. 31 to ensure timely processing.

Failure to correct and approve may result in employees not being paid the correct time. Any adjustments will not be made until the next scheduled pay period.

Please understand that your cooperation with getting all these time off requests and time cards updated when needed ensures that you and/or your employees are paid timely and accurately.

The Accounting Office wishes you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

Parking Reminder for Friday, Dec. 14

Please remember that due to Brenau Winter Commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, you are asked to kindly park on the outskirts of campus upon your arrival to easily showcase parking spaces convenient to Pearce Auditorium for graduates and guests.

Suggested areas for faculty and staff lots (if you don’t have a private lot at your office) include the Jacobs Building, Math SPA at 611 Spring St., tennis courts, and New Hall at Prior and Perry streets.

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Spreads Holiday Cheer

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Sings Carols at NEGMCThe Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor Bobby Ivey, sang Christmas carols and other holiday songs at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center before the 39th Annual Love Light Celebration on Monday, Dec. 3.

It was a welcomed break for these students who were studying for their final exams to go sing and share their musical gifts. The temperatures were cold but the holiday spirit was warm and festive.

Reminder: All-University Meeting Thursday, Dec. 13

There will be an all-university meeting from 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Pearce Auditorium. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.

The meeting will serve as an opportunity for the Brenau community to become aware of an exciting new vision for The Women’s College. Our presentation will also serve as an invitation for you to assist us in the development of curricular and co-curricular experiences that will lead to ever greater levels of transformation.

Please add this meeting to your calendar, and plan to share with us in the joy of creating the premier women’s college in the United States, educating responsible women for leadership and executive roles throughout the world.

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Brenau Closures for Upcoming Holidays

Brenau offices are closed for winter break starting Wednesday, Dec. 19, and will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2. Due to nature of work, specific departments operate under an alternate holiday schedule. Please check with your immediate supervisor regarding holidays for your department and skeleton crew days.

Chair Massage Spots available for Wednesday, Dec. 12

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Dec. 12, 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