Thanks for making Halloween spook-tacular!

PT Student Danielle Manry dressed as the Mask
PT Student Danielle Manry

This year’s Halloween Festival was another huge success! The Staff Development Committee would like to thank everyone who came out and participated or simply stopped in for the fun. We’re also thrilled to share the winners of the 2019 costume contest:

  • Best Make-Up: Harley Quinn (Andi Savage – OT)
  • Creepiest: Scary Clown (Vernon Smedley – Brenau Post Office)
  • Most Creative: The Mask (PT student Danielle Manry)
  • Funniest: Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy (PT students Amanda Demma and Katie Anderson)
  • Best Group: Forrest Gump (PT Department)

And a big congratulations to the winner of the Paint Your Pumpkin Pink contest: Ellen Goodman from the College of Education.

Thank you to Lainey Kennedy and PT faculty, staff and students for a highly entertaining lip-sync battle and to the Wellness Fund for providing gift cards for our contest winners! For more pictures from the event, go to

Ready for the holidays? Shop the SDC shirt sale by Oct. 31

If you haven’t begun your holiday shopping, the Staff Development Committee apparel catalog is a great place to start! Check out a wide variety of shirts, vests, cardigans and more to suit every taste. Each item will be embroidered with the Brenau logo so you can show Tiger pride anytime. But you have to hurry. The deadline to order is Thursday, Oct. 31. For questions or to submit your order form, please email Tiffany Wilson at ude.uanerb@3nosliwt.

Halloween Festivities: Deadline to sign-up for Lip-Sync Battle is Oct. 24

As a reminder, the Halloween Festival is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the sorority circle. Join us for a fajita and hot dog food truck lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the famed costume contest and lip-sync battle!

If you are interested in participating in either contest, please sign-up via the Google form by the end of the day Thursday, Oct. 24.

Those participating in the lip sync battle will need to provide their music to Lainey Kennedy (ude.uanerb@1hcslewl) by Monday, Oct. 28, or you won’t be able to perform.

Feel free to contact Brittany Clements (ude.uanerb@1stnemelcb) or Alex Brock (ude.uanerb@1kcorba) with any questions.

We hope to see everyone there!

Join SDC for trivia Oct. 22 to kick off annual Halloween festivities

The Staff Development Committee is excited to host another round of themed trivia to start the annual Halloween festivities!

We invite you to join us from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Hopkins Dining Hall as you’re quizzed on a variety of Halloween topics from TV, movies, traditions and candy. Grab your colleagues and we hope to see you there.

Save the Date for Brenau’s Annual Halloween Festival!

The Staff Development Committee is excited to invite all faculty and staff to our annual Halloween activities!

Start by getting in the spooky spirit on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with Halloween trivia in the dining hall from noon-1 p.m. Then Halloween week officially kicks off with pink pumpkin painting in honor of breast cancer awareness on Monday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Tea Room porch.

Pumpkins will be judged during the Halloween Festival, which will be held at sorority circle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. A food truck will be selling fajitas and hot dogs starting at 11:30 a.m., so you can have lunch before the costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for costumes in categories such as scariest, best makeup, best group and funniest.

After the costume contest, it is time to channel your inner superstar for the lip sync battle! Participants can fly solo or sing as a group and winners will be chosen by applause. Interested in participating in the lip sync or costume contest? Fill out the sign-up sheet here. We hope to see you there!

Shop the SDC Apparel Fundraiser

The Staff Development committee is selling a wide variety of Brenau apparel (PDF) including polos, button downs, fleece jackets and more! Buy a few for yourself or get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping. You also have a chance to purchase a Death at the Disco shirt from last year’s murder mystery while supplies last. View items available in the catalog (PDF).

Please return the 2019 Brenau shirt order forms (PDF) to Tiffany Wilson  at ude.uanerb@3nosliwt by Oct. 31.

Brenau OT alumna shares international experience in Japan

Shannon Casola with members of Brenau OT.

Shannon Casola, a 2011 graduate of Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy, visited with OT students, faculty and staff on July 31 to discuss her unique career in Okinawa, Japan. As the daughter of missionaries, Casola experienced multiple cultures during her childhood summers that later fueled her interest for international work.

After graduation from Brenau, she gained experience on American soil working in a variety of settings, including school systems and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation.

When she got the chance to move to Japan and serve as an occupational therapist, Casola and her son took it without question. Two years have passed and she now serves pediatric clients on the American military installation in Okinawa. Her primary focus is early intervention with children from birth to age 3, as well as some early intervention in the school system. While the majority of clients are the children of Marines, all branches are represented on the island.

She shared with the students that she has recently extended her contract to remain in Japan for two more years and encouraged them to “look beyond the challenge or the disability to the hope, because that’s what you’re going to bring.”

The Brenau School of Occupational Therapy is so thankful for Casola’s visit and are extremely proud of her accomplishments.