Chair Massage Spots Available for Feb. 20

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

Make Your Pick for the Focus Country for International Week 2019

The International Committee invites Brenau staff and faculty to make their picks for the official focus country for International Week 2019. This voting window will close at midnight Friday, Feb. 22.

The finalists for this fall’s celebration, which emphasizes Brenau’s focus on internationalism and global awareness, are China, Dominican Republic, India, Japan, Nepal, South Korea and Vietnam.  The focus has been on Brazil, Ghana and Ireland for the past three years.

International Week will be held Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Here is your opportunity to help us select the country we will celebrate. To learn more about the potential focus countries and cast your ballot, please visit

Il Portale Musicale Feb. 19

Come for a night of sweet music at the Il Portale Musicale student recital Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. The evening will present a repertoire of classical and modern songs performed by Brenau’s music majors.

The event is free and open to the public.

Jacksonville Campus Hosts FCHEA Meeting

On Friday, Feb. 15, the Jacksonville campus hosted the First Coast Higher Education Alliance bi-monthly luncheon meeting. Representatives from eleven schools gathered to share lunch, which was provided by FCHEA, and participate in a presentation and Q&A session on the Veteran Administration’s vocational rehabilitation program, by a local VA representative.

FCHEA is comprised of regionally accredited colleges and universities that work in collaboration to increase awareness of the many higher education and professional development opportunities for and within the NE Florida community.

Music Majors Perform at Lanier Village Feb. 12

Sophomore music education major Lloyd Burkes performs for the residents of Lanier Village Estates Feb. 12.

Brenau music majors presented a concert for the residents of Lanier Village Estates on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The theme of the concert centered around love for Valentine’s Day, with songs presented in a variety of languages. Sophomore Lloyd Burkes performed “Give a Man A Horse He Can Ride,” freshman Anna Feng sang “Pur dicesti, o bocca bella (O Beautiful Mouth),” and senior Jennifer Skidmore sang “Liebst du um Schönheit.” Piano accompaniment was provided by Ben Leaptrott and Julie Brady.

The concert provided the music majors a wonderful reason to aim for high quality performance as they prepare for the Il Portale Musicale concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Pearce Auditorium.

Mandatory Drug-Free Workplace Training, Feb. 19 – March 8

Brenau is certified as a drug-free workplace.

As a requirement of being a participant in the program, each year employees are required to review the drug free workplace policy and take a short quiz.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming required training that will be available in Canvas for faculty and staff Feb. 19 – March 8. Employees are required to take the training that will be sent as an invitation from the Canvas Learning System on Feb. 19.

Submit Nominations for The Spirit of Brenau Award 2019

The Spirit of Brenau Award is a special opportunity to recognize a Women’s College freshman, sophomore or junior that exemplifies the Brenau Ideal and contributes to the campus community in a meaningful way. Whether an outspoken leader or an unsung hero, this student has gone above and beyond to make a difference.

If you would like to submit a nomination, email Dayle Lane at with the subject Spirit of Brenau Nomination. Please include the student’s name, class standing and a description of why you think she deserves this award. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee, and four finalists will be selected. At Cotillion on Saturday, March 16, the student body will vote and a single winner will be announced. Along with the recognition, the winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming year.

Submissions are open now, and the deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

The Brenau Gospel Experience on March 29-30

The Ivester Programming Series Brenau Gospel Experience logo

Are you a fan of gospel music? If so, please join us Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, at the Brenau Gospel Experience.

The two-day event will include an instructive panel and workshop, as well as two evening performances from special guests Karen Peck and New River, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Madison and Shannon Easter, and Ty Scott King, along with the Spectrum Winds: New Music Ensemble, the Brenau Gospel Choir, and Brenau music education student Arabia Jones, winner of the 2018 Brenau Gospel Experience soloist audition.

The Brenau Gospel Experience is part of the Douglas and Kay Ivester Programming Series, which provides high-caliber educational experiences to Brenau students and the community.

The workshops and performances are all free, but seating is limited at all events. For more information and to RSVP for the Brenau Gospel Experience, go to

Heart Smart Dining Day, Feb. 22

Did  you know cardiovascular disease accounted for 27 percent of all deaths in 2017 ages 50-69? And 77-82 percent of coronary heart disease can be attributed to behavioral choices. But, cardiovascular disease can be avoided and in some cases reversed. 

Come find out how at the Heart Smart Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jim Lewis, associate professor of physical therapy, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in Hopkins Dining Hall. Employees who attend will earn one point toward Wellness.

Want a Dempsey Dash Shirt? Order before Feb. 18

Make sure you register for the race or as a phantom runner before Feb. 18 to confirm your shirt order and encourage friends and family to participate this year. This event is fun for the whole family, with snacks and face painting.

Don’t want to walk or run? We still need volunteers for to help out with the Dempsey Dash.

Sign up to run or volunteer at