Eugene Williams selected to train as a site visitor chair for GaPSC

Eugene Williams, dean of the College of Education, has been selected to be trained to serve as a site visitor chair for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

During training for the on-site visitor chair, Williams will participate in a series of whole group and small group sessions in addition to simulated review activities, which will allow him to practice taking the lead in an approval review.

The GaPSC peer approval review process assures programs leading to educator certification meets standards designed to provide highly qualified educators for every public school student in Georgia. A critical part of the peer approval review process involves the work of trained volunteers who review approval applications and evidence related to program performance and conduct approval reviews. GaPSC site visitors are knowledgeable of the standards and can apply these standards to the review of educator preparation providers and programs.

Do you want to help new students learn about resources at Brenau?

As you may have heard, Brenau is rolling out many exciting changes fall 2019.

One of those is a new approach to the First Year Seminar program. A new lab course, AS 115 – Resources for College Success, has been created specifically to address the needs of first-year students. This one credit hour, lab style course, will work to supplement the three credit, First Year Experience (FYE) course, and will be required of all Women’s College and Gainesville undergraduate students with less than 24 credit hours.

AS 115 will be taught each Friday in the fall from 12:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m. Class sizes will be small to allow for the formation of a natural support group. Throughout the semester, AS 115 students will be introduced to the various resources available at Brenau to assist their success and will be encouraged to participate in activities and programs that reinforce learning outside of the classroom. This class is intended to be informative and fun.

We are looking for faculty/staff who are interested in becoming involved with AS 115. If you are interested in making a difference, email Amanda Lammers at ude.uanerb@sremmala by June 5. Please include your qualifications and why you are interested in being much more than a lab instructor.

Criteria for consideration include:

  • Must hold a master’s degree in related field
  • Full-time faculty/staff member with at least one year of experience at Brenau’s Gainesville campus.
  • Experience dealing with entry level students and their concerns/needs.
  • Ability to participate in training and orientation sessions with other AS 115 instructors and peer assistants (some of which will occur outside of the nine month contract dates).
  • Familiarity with Gainesville campus services and resources and knowledge of opportunities for student development.
  • Willingness to periodically attend out of class campus events, programs and activities with students in fall semester and have visible presence on campus.
  • Readiness to mentor a small group of students, both in and out of the class environment, to ensure a positive first year transition to college.
  • Demonstrate ability to model and teach life and academic success strategies (effective time management, problem solving skills, stress management, inclusion/diversity, effective communication, positive self-care, etc.).
  • A genuine commitment to work with first-year students and their multifaceted needs.

Call for Contributions for Dominican Republic Display in Library

The library is curating a display on the Dominican Republic to tie into this year’s First Year Experience reading In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, which is set in the Dominican Republic.

We are asking for textiles or artifacts from the Dominican Republic to include with the display that will be up through the fall semester. Any items will be locked in a glass case so they will be protected. We have also utilized a dress form in the past to accompany a display if anyone has any clothing that would tie into the theme.

Please email Dianne Honan at ude.uanerb@1nanohd by the end of May with any possible contributions or questions.

Faculty updates

Debra Dobkins, dean of The Women’s College, was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in Decatur, Georgia. She also gave the keynote address.

Didi Cassell, instructor of science, is going to teach in Duke’s Talent Identification Program from June 4 to July 28 at Austin College in Texas. She will be focusing mainly on forensic chemistry and biology, with some emphasis on anthropology and psychology during the course. The Duke TIP programs are “designed specifically for gifted students.”

Chrome Extensions Approval Process

Due to the large amount of malware posing as Google Chrome extensions, we now require faculty and staff to do an approval process before they can be added to your Chrome browser. Most of the Google Chrome extensions you might need should already be on the approved list.

Already approved extensions include Virtru, Google Drive, Zoom Scheduler and other ones that are used regularly at Brenau.

If you find an extension is missing and you need it added to the list, you can request it at

Celeste Alexander Appointed to Three-Year Term on AOTA Commission on Education

Celeste Alexander, assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Commission on Education. Congratulations, Celeste!

28th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee Tuesday, May 14

The 28th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee presented by the Alliance for Literacy will take place 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts’ Hosch Theatre. Adult teams try to out-spell each other to raise funds to support literacy programs in Hall County. Open to the public. Tickets at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children. There will be family fun and great door prizes.

For more Information: 770.531.3358 or

Chair Massage Spots available for May 15

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

Family Day – The End of the 1830s

The Northeast Georgia History Center presents Frontier No More from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

As the 1830’s draw to a close, the sad chapter of Indian Removal ends in North Georgia, and what white settlers called “the frontier” has become their homesteads. This special Saturday Family Day explores the 1830s with living history demonstrations and activities. Presented as part of the Ada Mae Ivester Education Center.

Free and open to the public.

Join Brenau in NYC for Fall Break 2019

Brenau University Student Services has once again partnered with Academic Expeditions to offer any interested Brenau student, faculty or staff member an exclusive opportunity to experience New York City during Fall Break 2019.

This exclusive experience will offer highlights of the best taste of “The Big Apple,” taking in views of the Manhattan skyline from the Empire State Building, seeing a Broadway show, marveling at the lights in Times Square, exploring galleries at the Met, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, touring the international headquarters of the United Nations, making a reverent visit to the 9/11 Memorial, visiting the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion), tasting the famous NYC food scene, and taking in the views of Central Park and Greenwich Village!

Check out the PDF flyer with more information about costs, registration and highlights of the trip.

Learn more about the trip and register at In order to create an account/register the participants will need to enter the private tour code bu2019ny. A $100 deposit is due at registration and the remaining balance can be set up in monthly payments.

If you have any questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to contact Tami English, assistant vice president of student services for Brenau at ude.uanerb@1hsilgnet.