Thank you from Vernon Smedley

I will be departing Brenau today after 14.5 years of service. I want to thank everyone for your support and friendship throughout my years of service. It has been my pleasure and honor to serve you.

You know, I was told during my 21 years in the Marine Corps that if the Corps wanted you to have a wife, they would issue you one. Well, I’m glad they let me meet the one that has been with me for 54 years. She is a rock. Without her, I would be nothing. Or dead. She stood by me through thick and thin and all of my deployments. My children were moved too many times to count. They were troopers. I love you, my family.

I was also told that you do not have friends in the service. Just military acquaintances. Guess what? Even though I lost some of my friends while in combat together, we still have friends in every state in the union and worldwide. I hope I have made friends here at Brenau.

Thank you Dr. Barnett for all you have done. Lorene Pharr: you are absolutely the best. I wish everyone could have you as their supervisor. Michael McPeek and staff: you guys do an awesome job, as others on campus do. My relationship with student services has been outstanding. Thank you Amanda and staff. Alison: thanks for your help with the residential student listing. Jordan with the international students. Rose with the military and Sue for all of your help and knowledge. I wish I could mention each and every one of you, but the list is too long. I will miss you and miss working for Brenau. I hope I served you well.

Semper fi….

Demographic information

Rather than change or modify your demographic information directly on a carrier site such as MiBenefits, please instead make sure your information is showing correctly on ADP. Any changes you make to ADP will auto feed over to the carriers weekly through the file feed.

Dual enrollment event Jan. 22

The campus is invited to a dual-enrollment event on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Conversation Corner of the library. This is an opportunity to meet our dual enrollment students.

This event is being hosted by multiple offices on campus that work directly with our dual enrollment students. Please join us to welcome these new students!

Place your Valentine’s Day bake sale orders!

Have a coworker who always goes the extra mile? Want to do something sweet for your staff? Do you want to give your sweetheart at home a variety of home-baked treats instead of a standard box of chocolates? The Staff Development Committee is here to help and do the baking for you!

The Staff Development Committee will be taking orders again this year for Valentine’s Day Trays. Orders need to be placed no later than Feb. 7. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Friday, trays will be delivered on Feb. 13 to give you and your coworkers extra time to enjoy the treats!

We are offering small, medium and large trays. Small trays are $6 and are good for an individual or 2-3 people. Medium trays are $12 and will serve up to 10 people. Large trays are $24. They are twice the size of medium trays and should serve up to 20 people. Due to the expected high volume, we are unable to take special requests this year.

Place your order using the form provided at or contact Angie Graham at ude.uanerb@2maharga if you have any questions.

Distribution of W-2 forms

All W-2 tax forms will be mailed via the U. S. Postal Service today. Please note that you will also be able to view an electronic version of your W-2 form in ADP soon.

Calling all Girl Scouts

The Office of the President would like to know who among our faculty and staff considers themselves a Girl Scout or which faculty and staff have worked with the Girl Scouts. Please let the Office of the President know if you fit either of these categories by emailing Nichole Finley at ude.uanerb@yelnifn by Monday, Feb. 3.

Performance for the Animals is this evening

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Burd Atrium, Performance for the Animals will benefit Society of Humane Friends of Georgia.

Students from the vocal studio of Jan Grissom will be performing musical theater pieces as part of a class project to benefit animal rescue.

Admission is free and there will be light refreshments following the performance. We hope to see you there! Please see the flyer to the right for additional information.

Children and their caregivers asked to participate in OT/PT exercise

We are seeking babies, toddlers and preschoolers who can come with their caregivers to play with OT and PT students. This gives our students a great chance to observe developmental milestones.

Known around Gainesville as “Baby Lab,” the exercise with children under 12 months will be the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 22. New this year, we are also inviting toddlers and preschoolers to come play with OT and PT students in the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 28, and morning of Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Please use the following link to sign up for either or all days

Learning Cafe: Google Drive and Forms

The Staff Development Committee is hosting its first Learning Cafe of 2020 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Sellars Gallery.

After hearing from you on what topics you were most interested in, we are excited to offer this hour to go over the basics of Google Drive and Google Forms, as well time to ask specific questions about these tools. Coffee and snacks will be provided!

Click here for the event flyer.