Kickin’ Cancer Kickball Game Oct. 14

Brenau is organizing a kickball team to play a game on Saturday, Oct. 14 to support the American Cancer Society and the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Children At Play Fund.

The game will take place at Candler Field at City Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 and is free for participants who register by Oct. 1. To register, email Kelley Maddox at All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees, friends and family members are encouraged to participate.

All participants will receive a free shirt and each Brenau employee participant will receive three activity points toward the Wellness Participation Award.

Staff Changes in the Provost Office

Dr. Jim Eck, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Crystal Toombs, associate provost for regional campuses and academic support services, and Kelley Maddox, assistant vice president for human resources are pleased to announce the following staff have been appointed to positions recently vacated by Kayla Fritz.

Amy Goetz has assumed the Administrative Assistant for Academic affairs responsibilities supporting the Provost and Associate Provost on the Gainesville campus. Amy will maintain her current position as Campus Assistant on the Norcross Campus on Saturdays.

Hannah Ivester has assumed the Adjunct Faculty Coordinator position. The position will move to Human Resources and be renamed Part-time Faculty Coordinator. She will become the university specialist for any part-time instructors teaching as an adjunct.

Dayle Lane Joins Student Services

Dayle LanePlease join Dr. Amanda Lammers and Student Services in welcoming Dayle Lane, Brenau’s new assistant director of student engagement. In this newly created position, Dayle will primarily assist with student activities, Servant Leader Scholars, and residence life. Dayle is a Women’s College alumna, and since her graduation, has traveled nationwide as a chapter consultant for Alpha Chi Omega sorority. A fun fact about Dayle is that she was a featured extra and stand-in for the recent blockbuster film, Guardians of the Galaxy II.

Get Faculty and Staff Flu Shots This Week

If you were one of the 50 faculty and staff members to sign up for a flu shot please make plans to get your free vaccination this week or by Monday afternoon, Oct. 2.

As a reminder, this year the clinic is open Monday thru Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is closed on Fridays.

Turn in Overdue Absence Request Forms

In preparation of our switch to ADP, all salaried employees need to turn in any outstanding absence request forms dated July 1 though Oct. 14 to the Payroll Office as soon as possible.

Chair Massage Spots Available for Oct. 4

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Oct. 4 on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please email Kelley Maddox at

Bike Racks for Sale

For sale:

Yakima King Joe Pro 3 Bike Rack: $70 or best offer.
This rack holds three bikes and can fit on either a trunk or hatchback. Rubber straps make it easy to throw your bikes on the rack and go. Rack can be folded down for storage. Used only a couple of times. Price negotiable.

Allen Sports 103 DN Bike Rack: $20 or best offer.
This trunk rack holds three bikes. Used only a few times. Price negotiable.

If you are interested in either bike rack, contact Allison Lauricella at

Flu Shots Back in Stock at Health Services

Flu shots are back in stock. If you have reserved a flu shot with the health center, please drop by the clinic on Tuesday Sept. 26, to get your injection.

We still have seven FREE flu shots for faculty and staff. To reserve your free flu shot email Once the seven shots are claimed, Health Services will be offering flu shots for $15.

Thursday Lunch & Learn for all Faculty, Adjuncts and Staff Oct. 5

Thursday Lunch & Learn is back next month, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

The topic of this Lunch & Learn is “Assisting Students with Non-Academic Needs,” and is open to all faculty, adjuncts and staff. It will be presented via Zoom by Cindy Perry, a professor from University of Tennessee Knoxville. It can be viewed in person at the Bistro in the Trustee Library.

If you cannot attend in person, you can log into the Zoom meeting at Free lunch will be provided to on-site participants.

RSVP by Monday, Oct. 2, to Amy Goetz at
Walk-ins will also be welcomed.

For more information, refer to the flier here: Oct 5 Lunch and Learn Flyer.

Debra Dobkins Speaks at Womens College Coalition Conference

Debra Dobkins, dean of the Brenau Women’s College, spoke Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Women’s College Coalition Annual Conference, held at her alma mater Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

The WCC Annual Conference was Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21-22, and focused on “Women Creating Change” through education, leadership and philanthropy. Georgia’s four women’s colleges – Agnes Scott, Brenau, Spelman and Wesleyan – were the hosts for the 2017 event, which brought together women’s college presidents, provosts, deans, advancement officers and trustees, as well as key stakeholders and partners in women’s leadership and philanthropy.

Brenau, as a host university, had a large contingent of female faculty and staff present. Dobkins in particular was part of the Leadership Panel that asked: “How do we work together to connect the multi-sector women’s leadership efforts to accelerate women’s progress?”

“For decades we have done great work at Brenau in terms of the co-curricular leadership piece,” Dobkins said. “Our student services team has been amazing in this. We have had a very strong group of servant leaders for years and years. They’ve done great work, and in the last few years, we’ve tried to take this to another level.”

Dobkins said one way the university has done this is through the undergraduate women’s leadership certificate at Brenau, which is 12 credit hours. “We’ve tried to do this by involving more faculty and a more academic focus,” she explained. “These leadership initiatives require a strong partnership between the academic side of the house and student services. We really worked hard to build something that we thought would be viable and workable for our students to prepare them to lead beyond our institution.”

Dobkins was joined on the panel by Sally Kenney, executive director of the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University; Kathryn Kolbert, director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College; and Elaine Meyer-Lee, associate vice president for global learning and leadership at Agnes Scott. The panel was moderated by Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss.