Medical Benefit Summaries now available for 2020 plans

Click here to view the 2020 Medical Benefit Summaries PDF. To view the dental and vision summaries and more information, refer to the Update post from Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Farewell celebration for Lauren Bell on Dec. 2

Lauren Bell

Student Services invites students, faculty and staff to wish farewell to Director of Student Engagement Lauren Bell. Her last official day will be Friday, Dec. 6, and a drop-in reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 in the Wheeler House. Please stop by and wish her well!

Bell has been an asset to Student Services for the past six years, demonstrating an excellent work ethic and joyful spirit to her work. She has played a critical role in planning and implementing many significant events across campus that have directly and positively impacted student engagement and added to the sense of community. She is a wonderful individual and dedicated professional who has done an exceptional job in her work with, and advocating for, students. We are certainly going to miss her smiling face and positive attitude, but we know she will continue to do great things in her new role at Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, which is more aligned with her career and family goals.

“Brenau welcomed me with open arms six years ago,” Bell said. “Since that time, I have been surrounded by passionate and dedicated individuals that inspire me. It has been a pleasure to learn from and work with all of you, and I am thankful for the support, wisdom and friendship you have generously shared with me over the years.”

Malt-Chi seeks loving home

This cute malt-chi (Maltese-chihuahua) is looking for a loving home. She is 6 years old. She gets along well with other dogs but is afraid of small children. If you want to welcome her into your home, please contact Hope Lam at ude.uanerb@malh for more information.

Event staff needed Friday, Dec. 13

Brenau University winter commencement ceremonies are scheduled at Pearce Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 13; graduates at 10 a.m. and undergraduates at 1:30 p.m. The Burd Center is the overflow location for guests without tickets. Your participation is essential to help our commencement ceremonies become a memorable experience for our graduates and guests.

Event Services needs support roles of two four-hour shifts, 8 a.m. to noon, and/or 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Indoor event staff positions and outdoor roles such as assisting with parking and directions to venues are available. Training will be offered. Lunch will be provided to those who choose both shifts.

If you only have time to step outside of your building to assist with directions for a few minutes pre-ceremony, your help would be greatly appreciated. Just make a note on the form.

Please sign up at Contact Danielle Miller for more information at ude.uanerb@edefidd or call 770-297-5456.

New strength and endurance class offered at the LEW

The Life Enrichment and Wellness Cooperative is offering a new strength and endurance class.

Benefits include increased strength, endurance, balance, stability, improved quality of life and sleep, and decreased stress and anxiety. This is a great way to get back into shape or keep yourself fit!

Come on over from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Brenau Downtown Center. Classes at the LEW usually costs $10 a month with no contract, but we are offering a free trial to anyone who is interested.

Please email Nader Baaklini at ude.uanerb.regit@inilkaabn with any questions.

Brenau Holiday Arts and Crafts Market this Friday and Saturday

Arts and Crafts Market flyer

Join us from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 16, at the John S. Burd Center for the Holiday Arts and Crafts Market.

Support the artisans and artists of Brenau University this weekend as they feature and sell handmade pieces by Brenau students, faculty and staff. From unique jewelry and original artwork to local honey and homemade bath products, you are sure to find something you love. For information, contact Allison Lauricella at 770.534.6263 or at ude.uanerb@alleciruala.

Participating vendors include Blake Barnes, the Brenau Fashion Network, Jordyn De La Rosa and Jordyn Ashley Designs, Lynn Demling, Bill Haney Bee Honey, Suzanne Hinton, Lainey Kennedy and Lunarcat Paper Company, Kadaija James, Michael Lowe and Polly Evans-Thomas, Jessie Maddox and Southern Silhouettes, Sheik Nause, Whitney Neveils and Fleece & Flora, Summer Redmon, Claudia Wilburn and Bound by Tradition, Emily Zank and Ephemera Aesthetic, and more students in the Center for the Arts & Design.

Trustee Anna Jacobs among honorees Wednesday

Anna Jacobs and Juli Clay hugging.

Trustee and alumna Anna Jacobs, her husband and friend of Brenau Jay Jacobs, and five other local business owners were honored during the annual Entrepreneurs – Masters of Innovation presented by the Featherbone Communiversity on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Business Incubator at Brenau University.

Masters of Innovation is part of the Featherbone Communiversity’s Masters Series, which annually honors people working in various professions and industries in the community.

This year’s honorees included Jay Jacobs, owner and chairman of Jacobs Media Corporation and his wife, Anna, who serves on the board of Jacobs Media and is a Brenau trustee and Women’s College alumna; Elizabeth Thompson, founder of House Dressing Interior Design; Sheila Sanchez, State Farm agent; Teryl Worster, spa director and owner of The Spa on Green Street; Terry Richards, owner of Sherry’s Bait & Barbecue; and Tim Bunch, owner of Longstreet Cafe.

Read more about the event at

Open enrollment for 2020 benefits is open in ADP through Nov. 29

You must actively enroll in all benefits for 2020. No benefits from 2019 will roll over into the new plan. During enrollment you can:

  • Add or opt out of health plan coverage
  • Choose your new plan option
  • Enroll eligible family members in your plans
  • Add, drop or change the level of your insurance coverage
  • Enroll or re-enroll in a consumer Health Savings Account (HSA) OR Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for day care or health expenses with pre-tax dollars

Please review your options and costs carefully. You can make any changes you like at home or at work until the end of the enrollment period, which is Nov. 29. Once the enrollment period has ended, your choices will be final until the next enrollment period or until you have a qualifying life event.

Health Savings Account (HSA):
This benefit will not automatically renew, so you must actively enroll for 2020. If you have an HSA and will soon be eligible for Medicare, it is important to understand how enrolling in Medicare will affect your HSA. If you enroll in Medicare Part A and/or Part B, you can no longer contribute pre-tax dollars to your HSA.
Brenau’s Contribution to your HSA (available only if High Deductible Health Plan is elected):
Individual: $600/ Family: $1200
In order to get the Brenau contribution, you must also contribute, (even if it is only a penny per pay period).

Flexible Spending Account (FSA):
This benefit will not automatically renew, so you must actively enroll for 2020.

Life Insurance:
You may elect life insurance in any $10,000 increment. Coverage is subject to a minimum of $10,000 and an overall maximum of $500,000.
Life Insurance Guarantee Issue Amount:
Employee Voluntary Life: $150,000 approved (without having to do medical paperwork)
Spouse Voluntary Life: $30,000 approved (without having to do medical paperwork)

Life Insurance Age Reduction Limit:

  • At age 70, benefits will reduce by 35% of the original amount
  • At age 75, benefits will reduce by 55% of the original amount

Wellness Program:
Brenau’s Wellness Program is designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. The program includes activities during the year which relate to being “healthy,” whether it be physical, mental, financial, social or emotional health. Employees receive points for each activity in which they participate. Points are added to the Activity Tracker, maintained by HR. At the end of the calendar year, names will be drawn from those who have accumulated Activity Tracker points; the more points you accumulate, the greater chance you have of winning gift card prizes.

Click here to view the open enrollment presentation, and for the dental benefit summaries PDF click here, and for the vision benefit summaries click here. Medical Benefit Summaries are still being produced by EBMS. They will be sent in Update when available. Deductibles will show in ADP by clicking on the option for view plan comparison.

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk or Hannah Ivester at ude.uanerb@1elooph.

Chair massage spots available for Nov. 20

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, Nov. 20, on the Gainesville 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.

Welcome to the world Gloria Hope Loggins!

Jen Wilson Loggins, director of the Learning Center, and spouse Matt Loggins welcomed Gloria Hope on Nov. 9 at 8:33 a.m. Mom and baby are healthy and happy!