Happy Retirement to Pat Felt

Pat Felt seated at her desk holding a flower.After 14 years of greeting, tending to and connecting with students, faculty and fitness center members, Pat Felt will retire next week.

Join us Wednesday, March 28, in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour as we say thank you and wish Pat happy retirement. The gathering will take place from 4-5 p.m. and cake, snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Moderators Still Needed for the 2018 Research Symposium

The Research Symposium Committee is still looking for faculty volunteers to help moderate sessions at this year’s Research Symposium.

The 2018 Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 6, from 12 to 5 p.m. in Brenau’s Downtown Center. Participants will give 53 presentations scheduled over 18 one-hour concurrent sessions.

Please contact Kelly Peters at kpeters1@brenau.edu by Friday, March 23, if you are interested in being a moderator for any of the sessions listed below.

Our sessions this year are as follows:

  • 1-1:55 p.m. Education and Health
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Bacteria
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Shakespeare Panel
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Print Making
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Corporate Workplace
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Care of Older Adults
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Self Awareness
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Awareness in Global Interaction
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Applied Art
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Legality Issues
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Cognitive and Sensory Issues
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Adolescence
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Cross Cultural Perspectives
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Fashion Design
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Support in an Educational Environment
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Honors Panel
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Cultural Awareness

Georgia Poetry Circuit Reading Wednesday, March 28, 12:30 p.m.

The Georgia Poetry Circuit will present its final poetry reading for the academic year with poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil on Wednesday, March 28, in the Trustee Library Quiet Zone at 12:30 p.m.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish (2011); At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), winner of Balcones Prize; and Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award and the Global Filipino Award. Her most recent collection is Lace and Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems written in collaboration with poet Ross Gay, and her collection of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonder, will be published in 2018. Her poetry has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Boatwright Prize from Shenendoah and the Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, and it appears in a wide range of literary journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Tin House and the Best American Poetry Series. Nezhukumatathil is the editor of Orion magazine and a professor in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi.

The reading is free and is open to all Brenau faculty, staff, students and community members.

Jacksonville Campus Hosts Life South Blood Drive

Woman giving blood in Life South mobile donation unit
Jacksonville student Danielle Purdy donates blood which will be used by hospitals in Florida and Georgia.

Did you know…

  • Just one pint of donated blood can help save as many as three people’s lives.
  • Approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.
  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Brenau’s Jacksonville campus students and staff as well as employees from local organizations helped save lives by donating whole blood and plasma at the Life South Community Blood Mobile on March 20, 2018. The Jacksonville campus hosts two Life South donation events per year as part of their commitment to the Jacksonville, Florida community. The next event will be held in September 2018.

President Ed Schrader visits the North Atlanta campus

Students, staff and administrators gather food from a buffet line and eat at tables, socializing at the North Atlanta campus

At least once a year, Brenau President Ed Schrader visits each of Brenau’s campuses in Norcross, Fairburn, Augusta and Jacksonville. Tuesday, March 20, marked the annual visit of Schrader, Executive Vice President David Barnett and Provost Jim Eck to the North Atlanta/Norcross campus.

According to representatives of the Norcross campus, students and staff enjoyed barbecue and socialized with the visiting administrators in the Student Center, while discussing how to further advance the campus.

Schrader was specifically looking to hear feedback from students regarding all aspects of Brenau University. His annual visit is an opportunity for these students to visit with the president and give him any thoughts on Brenau.

Last Chance to Participate in Size North America Research

The Size North America trailer will be here through Friday, so this week is your last chance to participate in the project and get a $20 Visa gift card for participating.

In case you missed the last announcement, Size North America is holding a nationwide survey to get a better look at body measurements of citizens across North America, and you can be a part of it. From now until Friday, March 23, the Art & Design Department is hosting a Size North America scan event at Brenau University.

The purpose of the survey is to help industries make products that better reflect the varying and body shapes and sizes today. It uses new 3D technology housed in its mobile Size North America bus, which will be on the Brenau campus behind the Trustee Library, 625 Academy St., from  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to scan people ages 6-75.

To get more information on the company and what is involved in the survey, visit SizeNorthAmerica.com. To sign up for an appointment, visit the website or scan the QR code on the flyer, fill out the questionnaire that is emailed to you, and choose what time and date best fits your schedule. The survey appointment takes about 15 minutes and is done to benefit industries and companies everywhere. Each participant will receive a $20 Visa gift card upon completion of the survey.

Faculty & Staff are Invited to Alumnae Reunion Weekend & May Day April 13-14

Alumnae Reunion Weekend Flyer: Alumnae Reunion Weekend and May Day Save the Date, April 13-14, 2018Faculty and staff are invited to join in our Alumnae Reunion Weekend activities. As in prior years, you are invited to attend the Champagne Brunch on Saturday, April 14 at no charge. The brunch begins at 10 a.m. Please wear your gold Brenau  name badge for your free entry to brunch.

If you are an alumna of the Academy or Women’s College and want to attend the other events throughout the weekend and receive the gift bag, please register at brenau.edu/alum/arw. We are strongly encouraging pre-registration online to ensure we have accurate numbers for the weekend.

Wellness Participation Activity Tracker Now Available Online

Brenau’s Wellness Program, funded by Cigna, is designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. Our program includes activities during the year which relate to being healthy physically, mentally, financially, emotionally, etc.

Employees receive points for each activity or program they participate in. Points are added to the Activity Tracker, maintained by Human Resources, and are used to determine recipients for periodic special awards.

Now you can keep track of how many activity points you have earned throughout the year. The Wellness Participation Activity Tracker is now posted on your ADP portal. You can review by following this path: ADP > Resources > Company Information > Forms Library > Wellness Participation Activity Tracker.

During the open enrollment meeting in November, a name will be drawn from those who have accumulated Activity Tracker points. The more points you accumulate, the greater chance you have of winning a cash prize.

Upcoming Events Include:

  • Financial Wellness Workshop: April 19 (1 point)
  • Scavenger Hunt: April 18 (2 points)
  • Walking Group: April 9 (1 point for each week)
  • No Tobacco Day: May 25 (1 point)
  • Heart Walk: September (5 points)
  • Flu Shots: September (1 point)
  • Kickin’ Cancer Kickball: October (3 points)
  • Heath Fair/Benefits Expo: November (1 point)

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

Interprofessional Education Event at the Norcross campus

students working in groups at tables

The College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education (IPE) task force offered its first IPE event at the Norcross campus on Friday, March 9. Participants included 59 students from the Norcross day occupational therapy program, clinical counseling psychology program and family nurse practitioner program. The students met in interprofessional groups facilitated by 11 faculty facilitators from the School of Occupational Therapy and Department of Psychology to discuss their roles in response to a client case presented by video.

Jazz Cafe in the Tea Room March 27

Join us for a free jazz concert and mini-lecture with Brenau’s Dr. Tamika Sterrs-Howard and Georgia State University’s Dr. Gordon Vernick on Tuesday, March 27, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Tea Room.

Enjoy a hot latte with some cool jazz featuring some of the best musicians around!

For more information, email Dr. Howard at tsterrs-howard@brenau.edu or Barbara Steinhaus at bsteinhaus@brenau.edu.