Free Eight-Week Exercising Safely Course

Brenau student physical therapists are hosting “This is My Health: Exercising Safely,” a free eight-week course of basic health knowledge and supervised exercise to help you exercise safely. Coordinated and led by Dr. Kathye Light, this course will be two hours once a week on Wednesdays, beginning with a basic education section followed by supervised aerobic, strength and flexibility training.

The program starts Wednesday, June 6, 1-3 p.m. The course will be held at the Brenau University Downtown Center. You can park in the free parking deck and enter in the front doors.

If interested, please email Emily Stamps at

Brenau Hosts No Tobacco Day on May 24

Join us on Thursday, May 24, in the Human Resources Office for No Tobacco Day.

Across the globe people observe World No Tobacco Day every May. The program encourages an international 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption.

In the spirit of World No Tobacco Day, Brenau’s Wellness Program is sponsoring our own tobacco awareness program called “Breathe Fresh, Smoke Less.” Join the Breathe Fresh, Smoke Less Campaign on Thursday, May 24, in the Human Resources Lobby to sign the Tobacco-Free Pledge.

After signing the pledge, those who are already tobacco-free, and those who plan to quit tobacco products will receive a gift. Lets see how many names we can get on the pledge board!

Brenau University Life Enrichment and Wellness Cooperative

The Brenau Life Enrichment and Wellness Cooperative re-opened on Monday, May 14, and has new hours for the summer semester. The student staffed hours are Monday-Thursday from 3:30-7 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For first-time members, you must come during these hours for your initial visit. Once you have been verified to exercise independently, you can use the gym whenever the Downtown Building is open, typically 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

We also offer fitness classes including Yoga, Tai Chi, Mindfulness Meditation, Water Aerobics and Exercise Consultation with Dr. Freddy Solis, DPT. All of these activities are included in a $10 per month membership with no contract.

For any further questions, contact us at and check the flyer.

Amanda Lammers selected for CIC presidential vocation program

Amanda Lammers, vice president for student services

Amanda Lammers, vice president for student services, is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a year-long Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents.

The seminar-based program is designed to help individuals with the potential to serve as university presidents align their personal and professional goals and the missions of institutions that they might lead in the future. The program aims to produce presidencies that are long lasting, highly effective and satisfying to both the individual and the institution. Lammers was nominated by President Schrader to participate in the program.

I became interested in the program because I aspire to be a college president one day,” she said. “I realized this was within the realm of possibility as I pursued my doctorate in higher education administration. I’m so passionate about what I do that I want to make certain my values align with the role of president.”

Participants will engage in two seminars, consultations with experienced facilitators, and a series of readings about the vocation of college presidents and the role of vision and mission in institutional leadership.

Jessi Shrout and Juli Clay selected to Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program

Brenau’s Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of biology, and Juli Clay, associate professor of mass communication, have been selected for the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program.

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by then-Gov. Zell Miller to provide Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. The program is offered through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

Governor’s Teaching Fellows may participate in academic year symposia; an intensive summer symposium; or an academic-year residency at the University of Georgia. Past symposia have addressed numerous topics in using technology in the classroom and other pedagogical innovations.

This year’s summer program runs this week and next, May 14-18 and May 21-25. For more information, go to

Congratulations to Jessi and Juli!

Alumna Mary Helen Roop Hosch dies Tuesday at 103

Pictured here in 2013 at 98-years-old Mary Helen Hosch, WC '35, was one of the oldest living Brenau Women's college graduates. Hosch majored in French while she was at Brenau but also studied piano and still plays to this day.

Pictured here in 2013 at 98-years-old Mary Helen Hosch, WC '35, was one of the oldest living Brenau Women's college graduates. Hosch majored in French while she was at Brenau but also studied piano.

Mary Helen Roop Hosch, one of the longest-lived alumna of the Brenau Women’s College, died Tuesday. She was 103.

A member of the class of 1935, Hosch is best remembered for her support of the performing arts and donation of the Hosch Theatre. Opened in 2002, it is the largest performance space in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts located at 429 Academy Street on the historic Gainesville campus.

Brenau President Ed Schrader said he remembers Hosch for her one-of-a-kind style and elegance.

“I remember her wearing a beautiful crystal spider brooch, which now just stands out to me as a symbol of her unique twist on style and grace,” Schrader said. “She was not afraid to do or try what others might be afraid of if she found it appropriate. She was sharp as a tack, 100 years intellectually ahead of her time, chic, and artistically unique – a distinctive Brenau woman. She is the perfect example of an independent Southern female who would be a role model and a standout leader in any decade, in any century. Beautiful inside and out.”

Hosch was born in Carrollton, Georgia, the only child of Superior Court Judge Charles E. Roop and Lula Long Roop. She attended Carrollton High School and was an honor graduate of Brenau Women’s College, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

In 2013, Hosch was interviewed by then-student Katie Barth, WC ’14. Barth asked Hosch why she picked Brenau, to which she replied, “I had to go to a women’s college in the state of Georgia, and it was the only one with sororities!”

As a student, Hosch majored in French and studied abroad, visiting dozens of destinations including Naples, Italy, Lisbon, Portugal, even Algeria in North Africa. But she was long known for her excellence on the piano, which she started playing at age 3, continued playing at Brenau and still played as a centenarian.

“I took piano forever,” she said in 2013 as she banged out It Had to Be You on the keys of her own baby grand. “And I still play every day.”

She was an active member and supporter of the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, as well as an ardent benefactor of Brenau, being a generous contributor to various Brenau projects and a member of the Brenau Board of Trustees.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, Brenau University and Lanier Village Estates Samaritan Fund.  A special memorial service for family and friends will be held at Lanier Village Estates Chapel, date and time pending.


2018 Dempsey Dash Shirts For Sale for $5

Dempsey Dash Banner

Shirts from the 2018 Dempsey Dash are for sale in the HR Office for $5.00. Proceeds benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contact Kelley Maddox at for information.

Jacksonville Campus to Host Free Seminar June 1

Brenau University’s Jacksonville campus, in collaboration with SHRM-Jacksonville, is hosting a free seminar for business professionals on Friday, June 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workplace Issues in the 21st Century will cover a variety of topics pertinent to today’s organizations, including a panel discussion on Building a Strong Workforce: Trends and Challenges and concurrent breakout sessions on subjects including Managing the Multi-generational Workforce; Workplace Harassment – Then and Now; Truths About Unconscious Bias in the Workplace; and Challenges of an Educated Workforce.

Interested parties may register for the event at

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, May 12

wild and scenic film festival flyer

Brenau University is a proud co-sponsor of the Chatahoochee Riverkeeper’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival from 5:30-9:30 p.m. this Saturday, May 12, at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville.

Join us to witness environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic will inform you about the state of the world and inspire you to take action.

The Environmental Expo will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Local groups and organizations including Hall County Master Gardeners, Georgia Forest Watch, and Northeast Georgia Locally Grown, will be showcasing their current projects and successes. This is also your chance to check out the raffle items and buy tickets. Prizes include a kayak from Outside World Outfitters, a north Georgia cabin trip, boat rentals and more.

From 7-9:30 p.m. the carefully curated selection of environmental and adventure films will be presented. The festival is a natural extension of CRK’s efforts to encourage people to act on behalf of the environment. Funds raised through this event will be used to help expand the Headwaters’ Neighborhood Water Watch program. The NWW program helps increase public awareness of water quality in neighborhood streams and provides tools and training for neighborhood groups, schools and others to monitor and protect their local waterways.

All advance (online) ticket sales will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to the Lake Lanier Sunset Cruise event on the Chota Princess II.

Go to for tickets.

For more information, contact Hannah Warner at or 678-696-8866.

Team Fearless Benefit Concert for Cedric Spain and the Spain Family May 24

From 4-6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, the Team Fearless Benefit Concert will be held at St. John Baptist Church, 757 E E Butler Parkway, in Gainesville.

The special guest for the event is Ingrid Arthur, a Gainesville native and talented singer known as the modern “goddess of soul.”

The concert is free, but donations are welcome for Cedric Spain, husband of Brenau’s own Kelly Spain, director of the Augusta campus. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the young age of 39. The event also aims to raise awareness about this disease.

If you cannot attend but would like to donate to the Spain family, donations can be made to Kelly’s PayPal account,