Brenau University Receives Seven Seals Award

The U.S. Department of Defense organization that nurtures the support of military reservists from their private- and public-sector employers recently presented Brenau with a Seven Seals Award for its encouragement and support for reservists.

Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Melissa Tavilla, who is human resource adviser for the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base near Knoxville, Tennessee, nominated the university for the prestigious Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve award. Tavilla is office manager and administrator for the Brenau physical therapy doctoral program.

“I’m glad that Brenau was recognized with this award,” Tavilla said. “I hope we continue to acknowledge the unique contributions that veterans can add to the classroom and work environment.”

At the ceremony Aug. 11, Brenau President Ed Schrader accepted the Seven Seals Award – named for the collection of emblems of the various U.S. military reserve organizations the ESGR organization represents.

“Brenau University is grateful for this recognition,” said Schrader, “but we are extremely grateful for all our men and women – students, faculty and staff – who serve their country through active military duty and duty in reserves and National Guard units around the country. Just as they are doing their duty to the country, so are we doing our duty by providing any measure of assistance to them that we can provide.”