Staff Chat: Vicki Wineland, Director of Event Marketing

Vicki Wineland

Vicki Wineland

Our December Staff Chat feature, Director of Event Marketing Vicki Wineland, marks her five-year anniversary at Brenau this month.

As director of event marketing Wineland works in Event Services, which she said “ involves a tremendous team effort.”

“Our job includes consulting with clients on their needs and expectations for their meetings, conferences, performances and other events,” said Wineland. “This includes internal and external clients. Once we understand what is needed, we enter the reservation, create the contract and coordinate services between various departments including facilities, theater services, housekeeping, catering, security, IT, outside vendors and all of our event staff.”

Wineland said she loves seeing the happiness and excitement on a client’s face when Event Services pulls off a great event. “We aim always to exceed expectations,” she said.​

Vicki Wineland dressed as "How Now Brenau Cow" during the 2016 Halloween Costume Contest.
Vicki Wineland dressed as “How Now Brenau Cow” during the 2016 Halloween Costume Contest.

For each event she creates drawings of the event set-up so facilities knows where to place tables, chairs and other equipment. She also keeps up with changes in Brenau’s reservation software and keeps the Facebook page and the marquee on Jesse Jewell ​Parkway current.

“Our department is constantly striving to ensure that all rentable spaces are utilized to their best capacity,” she said. “In that way, the buildings are hopefully still generating some type of income whether class is in session or not.”

Wineland has been a marketing director for various companies since 2000.​ She was working as manager of the former Georgia Mountains Center for the City of Gainesville when Brenau took over the facility, now known as the Brenau University Downtown Center, which means she has essentially held this position for seven years.

“The university offered to bring the staff for the GMC on board,” she said. “It was an easy decision to make the transition to an organization that offered so many opportunities to share and expand my knowledge.”

Wineland continues to expand her knowledge as a student at Brenau as well, and is working on a second business degree.

Born and raised in Michigan, Wineland said her family of five – including three preschool-age children at the time – “escaped the great frozen North and migrated to the South” in 1987. Today she lives in Clarkesville and has three grown children and eight grandchildren. ​

HR Moved to ADP Employee Portal

The previous HR intranet site has been removed. Everything related to current employees can be found on the ADP employee portal.

Forms and Documents can be found by logging in to ADP, selecting
“Resources” and then “Forms Library.”

Faculty and Staff Guidelines are available by logging in to ADP and selecting “Resources” then “Company Policies.”

The ADP portal is available at

Last call for donations to United Way!

You can donate to the United Way with a one-time payroll deduction, set up a bi-weekly payroll deduction, or a one-time credit card payment.

Please email Kelley Maddox ( and Ashley Carter ( to set up your gift.

Please note that your gift can go towards any United Way. If you live in a county outside of Hall and want your contribution to be directed to that county please email Ashley Carter and let her know how you prefer your gift be designated.

For information about the 2018 Campaign Initiatives, or to donate online please visit Please put “Brenau University” in the notes section if you make your gift online.

Thank you for supporting United Way!

Do you need your employment or income verified?

Do you need your employment or income verified?

We are pleased to announce that Brenau University now uses The Work Number® to provide automated employment and income verifications for our employees.

The Work Number from Equifax is a fast and secure way to provide proof of your employment or income — a necessary step in many of today’s life events including obtaining credit, financing a home or automobile, obtaining a housing lease or securing government benefits or services. The Work Number simplifies the verification process and accelerates qualifying decisions through an online system available to verifiers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hundreds of thousands of credentialed verifiers rely on The Work Number for rapid access to information critical to their decision process, and thousands of employers nationwide have entrusted The Work Number to provide this important service on behalf of their employees.Additionally, the employees who work for organizations that contribute information to The Work Number can access one (1) free Employment Data Report (EDR) each year through The EDR provides complete historical employment and income information, as well as a listing of verifier requests for the past two years.

For additional information about The Work Number or accessing your Employment Data Report, please visit and use the log-in information below.

For Brenau University employees, the default ID and PIN scheme is:
• Employer Code: 104594
• UserID: SSN
• Default PIN: Last 4 of SSN + 4 digit year of birth

Brenau Post Office Holiday Hours

During the holiday break the Brenau Post Office will observe the following hours:

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 22, 27, 28 and 29.
  • 8:30-noon and 1 p.m.-4:45 p.m. on Dec. 14, 15 and 18.

The parking lot behind Owens will be closed for construction, weather permitting, Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

Join the 2018 Weight Loss Challenge

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Brenau’s annual Weight Loss Contest will begin January 2018! At the end of challenge, the employee who lost the biggest percentage of weight will win a cash prize of $500. There is no entry fee required to participate.

Initial weigh-ins will take place Jan. 3, 4 and 5. Halfway-point weight-ins will be Feb. 7, 8 and 9. The participant leading at this point will receive a prize. The final weigh-ins will be March 14, 15 and 16. The final winner will be determined by calculating the percentage of weight lost, and his or her name will be posted in the HR Newsletter.

All weigh-ins will be performed in the Human Resources Office. Email Kelley Maddox at to schedule an appointment. It is preferable to weigh-in on the last day. However, if you cannot make it that day, 2 other days are available, as outlined above. All information will be kept confidential.

Each participant will be required to weigh-in at all three weigh-in points to be eligible for prizes. Only dates listed above will be used as weigh-in dates. Employees from all campus are eligible to participate. Contact Kelley for more information if you are located at a site other than Gainesville and would like to participate.

Each participant will know where they placed in the rankings, and the names of participants will be shared within the group of participants. Each Friday the group will meet at 4:15 p.m. to walk the Brenau Mile on the Gainesville campus.

This is a voluntary program. Each participant will sign a participation agreement.

Employees are encouraged to use the facilities on campus, including the Brenau Fitness Center (free to all employees), the Brenau Mile and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. Also, please take advantage of our on-site Hopkins Dining Hall offering healthy eating options at a great price ($5.00 for employees).

Prizes are as follows and will be awarded in April 2018:
1st place: $500 cash prize
2nd place: $130 cash prize
3rd place: $65 cash prize
Mid weigh-in: $50 cash prize

Fitness Center Holiday Hours and Closures

The Brenau Fitness Center will have different operating hours and closures during the month of December and holiday break:

  • Dec. 11 – 14:  6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 15:  Normal hours
  • Saturday, Dec. 16:   1  – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17:  Normal hours
  • Dec. 18 – 22:  6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 23:  1– 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 to Tuesday, Dec. 26:  Closed
  • Dec. 27 – 29:  6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 30:  1 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31, through Monday, Jan. 1:  Closed
  • Jan. 2 – 4:  6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 5:  Normal hours
  • Saturday, Jan. 6:  1 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 7:  Normal hours

The Fitness Center will resume its usual hours of operation starting Monday, Jan. 8.



Campus Weight Watchers Group

Are you interested in joining a Weight Watchers? Brenau is offering an  opportunity to join a group on the Gainesville historic campus.

The program covers the cost of 17 weeks, plus three free additional weeks, for $186 per person. That works out to $9.30 per week, per person. The program is 20 weeks and meets once a week after work on the Gainesville campus.

We need 20 people in order to get the group started, so ask a friend or family member to come join you.

Anyone who joins or who can show they are already in a Weight Watchers group elsewhere will receive 5 activity points toward the Wellness Activity Award, a cash prize at the end of the year.

If interested please contact Kelley Maddox at asap.

Condolences to Family and Friends of Mary Loretta Watkins Yamilkoski

Mary “Loretta” Yamilkoski, wife of Professor Emeritus Dr. Vince Yamilkoski, died Sunday morning at her home. She was 70.

Yamilkoski was born in Watkinsville, Georgia in 1947. She attended Truett-McConnell College and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1969 with teacher certification in elementary education.

In 1969, Yamilkoski began her teaching career in the post schools of Fort Benning, Georgia where she met her husband while he was attending the Infantry School at Fort Benning.

They married in 1971 at the Watkinsville United Methodist Church and moved to Cleveland, Ohio. She convinced her husband to return to Watkinsville and continue his education at the University of Georgia. In 1979, the couple moved to Gainesville, where she taught at Lakeview Academy. She was awarded Teacher of the Year for the 1989-90 school year.

Throughout her teaching career, Yamilkoski was known as a loving, caring teacher. She loved to travel and to teach her students about nature.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Dec. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. at Ward’s Funeral Home located at 758 Main Street S.W. Gainesville.

Please keep Dr. Vince in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Loretta, both Lakeview Academy Lower School and the Brenau Child Development Center were very close to her heart. You may make a donation in memory of Mary “Loretta” Yamilkoski to either school.

89.1 WBCX Sounds of the Season

WBCX logo in Christmas WreathBeginning Friday, Dec. 8, and continuing through Christmas Day, 89.1 WBCX will air Sounds of the Season. The holiday music mix includes your favorite pop, jazz and classical Christmas standards – plus an extra helping of holiday tunes you won’t hear anywhere else from 6 a.m. to midnight daily.

“WBCX Sounds of the Season is perfect for trimming a Christmas tree, listening in the car while out and about, or online listening no matter where you are. It’s guaranteed to give a little extra boost to get you into the holiday spirit,” said Director of Broadcasting & Digital Communications Jay Andrews. WBCX BBC World News fans will still receive daily doses of international happenings late nights from 12-6 a.m.

Happy Holidays from Brenau’s radio station, 89.1 WBCX!

Listen live to 89.1 WBCX at