Mindful Meditation Class Tuesdays at Noon

Stress Reduction for the Holidays: Mindfulness Meditation FlyerJoin us for small group mindfulness meditation practice on Tuesdays at 12 noon (or whenever you can get there) at the Brenau Downtown Center, Dept. of Physical Therapy, room 134.

Mindfulness meditation is the ability to be fully present in the moment and not being reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us.

Mindfulness practice can help:

  • decrease stress
  • decrease blood pressure
  • decrease chronic pain
  • reduce stomach problems
  • reduce depression and anxiety
  • improve sleep
  • improve sense of well-being

Anyone can do mindfulness practice and benefit from even 15 minutes a day.

This group is sponsored by the Life Enrichment and Wellness Program in the Department of Physical Therapy.


Claudia George receives Outstanding Veteran Award

Outstanding Veteran glass trophy with Claudia George on it.Claudia George, Helpdesk /Database Administrator in Brenau’s IT department, was awarded the Brenau University Outstanding Veteran Award by her veteran peers. Vern Smedley, the first recipient, presented the award to Claudia highlighting that she is always there when you need her, and is always willing to help with a smile and a laugh.

The award was presented at the annual Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Nov. 9, 2017. Claudia served in the Army Reserves.

Retirement Party for Raedelle Smith Nov. 30

After 20 wonderful years of service, Raedelle Smith is retiring.  Her final day will be Dec. 1. The facilities department would like to invite everyone to join them in the Tea Room on Thursday, Nov. 30, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for a drop-in farewell for her.

Her smile, love and friendship will be missed on a daily basis and we hope that she will return to visit us on the occasion. There will be cake and snacks as we celebrate her dedication to us and the university.

Holiday Concert Monday, Nov. 27

Bobby Ivey directs the Vocal Chamber Ensemble at Pearce Auditorium during "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Get Your Passport Ready!" presented by the Brenau University Department of Music.

Bobby Ivey directs the Vocal Chamber Ensemble at Pearce Auditorium during "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Get Your Passport Ready!" presented by the Brenau University Department of Music.

Spectrum Singers, directed by Bobby Ivey, will present a Holiday Concert featuring “Gloria” by Randal Bass and other Christmas favorites on Monday, Nov. 27, at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Hosch Theatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Staff Needed for Commencement Saturday, Dec. 16

Winter Commencement ceremonies are scheduled at Pearce Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 16, with graduates at 10 a.m. and undergraduates at 1:30 p.m. Event Services is now casting for support roles of two four-hour shifts, 8 a.m. to noon, and/or 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided to those who choose to be scheduled all day.

Indoor event staff positions available are ticket takers, ushers and greeters.  Outdoor roles are also available, assisting with parking and directions to Hosch Theatre, the overflow venue for guests without tickets.

Flex schedules or overtime will be permitted for this event. Please contact Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu or call 770-297-5456 to sign up.

Thanksgiving Hours and Thankfulness Turkeys at the Library

Thankfulness turkeys at the information desk.

Fill out a thankfulness turkey for the information desk.

Paper turkey sculpture made by library student-worker Michaela Beckham.
Paper turkey sculpture made by library student-worker Michaela Beckham.

We’re in full Thanksgiving mode at the library this week. You can fill out a thankfulness turkey for the front desk, checkout some holiday cookbooks for omnivores and herbivores, and pick up an autumn book or two for the Thanksgiving break. We will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.

One Week Left to Order Your Brenau Embroidered Clothing

The deadline to place your order for Brenau logo-embroidered jackets, sweaters, polos and more from Brenau’s Staff Development Committee is fast approaching. The sale ends in one week, on Nov. 21.

A portion of the proceeds from these sales will help support the Staff Development Committee to hold functions such as Service Awards, the End of the Year Picnic, Staff & Faculty Training and more.

Garment options are listed in the PDF at https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/2017-SDC-Shirts-for-purchase-FINAL.pdf.

To order please fill out the PDF order form at https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/2017-Brenau-shirt-order-forms.pdf.

Please submit your order form and payment to Tiffany Wilson at twilson3@brenau.edu or Gainesville campus mailbox #7 by Nov. 21. Ordered items should arrive by Dec. 15.

Autumn Dodson Eclipses 1,000 Career Points

Brenau’s Autumn Dodson, a senior guard from Jefferson City, Tenn.,

Brenau’s Autumn Dodson, a senior guard from Jefferson City, Tenn.,

The Brenau basketball team kicked off the 2017-18 season with a 73-45 victory over Voorhees (South Carolina) College on Tuesday in Gainesville.

The game was highlighted by senior guard Autumn Dodson’s career-high 32-point performance, which helped her eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career. The Golden Tigers shot 59 percent in the second half for their first win of the season.

“Autumn had a really great performance tonight,” said head coach Kris Stewart. “She works so hard to improve her game and it showed tonight. Her induction into the 1,000 point club is well-deserved.”

Dodson shot a blistering 13-25 (52 percent) from the field, including 6-14 (43 percent) from three-point range to become only the eighth Golden Tiger to join the 1,000-point club. She joins former standouts Brittany Wiley (2010-2014), Ashley Hagans (2008-10), Paige Cooper (2006-10), Sarah Ledford (2006-10), Vicky Wilson (2006-10), Nikki Reed (2009-13) and Kalin Williams (2013-16) as the only Golden Tigers to achieve this mark.

Brenau (2-1 overall) next hosts Truett-McConnell College at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Condolences to the Friends and Family of Charles “Chuck” MacDonald

Former Director of Field Services for Student Teaching Charles Milton “Chuck” McDonald (Coach Mac) died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Gainesville, Georgia.

McDonald was born on Nov. 26, 1940, in Columbus, Georgia. After retiring from 33 years in the Gainesville City School System, McDonald joined Brenau University as Director of Field Services for Student Teaching where he coordinated placements for Brenau education majors for 10 years. Well-regarded by his former students and co-workers, Chuck MacDonald will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ministry of Caring at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. Gainesville, GA. 30501.

Read his full obituary at http://www.littledavenport.com/notices/CharlesChuck-McDonald

Math, Writing and SAT Prep Tutor Needed

Tutor needed in math, writing and SAT prep for two high school boys. Available hours are after 4 p.m., evening and/or weekends. Must have references and own transportation to North Hall area. Pay is $15 per hour. Please contact Stacey Hoffman 352-256-9757.