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,

Searching for a Vehicle to Assist Nonprofit Organization

Crystal Toombs’ mother, Gloria Frazier, is looking for a mid-size car or small SUV to aid in the work of her nonprofit organization, Prodigal Sons & Daughters Ministries, Inc. Please send pictures, car specs and asking price to ude.uanerb@sbmootc.

Brenau Dancers to Perform at Church Service, Friday, March 30

Madia Cooper-Ashirifi at podium on stage

Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, visiting assistant professor of dance, introduces a musical and dancer performance of "Fanga Alafia" during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation.

Under the direction of Professor Madia Cooper-Ashirifi Brenau dance students will showcase an original liturgical piece during a Friday evening church service at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at New Gainesville Church, 1813 Floyd Road in Gainesville. This event is free and open to the public.

Fairburn Campus Director Wins Forever Gold Award

Fairburn Campus Director Russell Willis received this year’s Forever Gold Award, presented to AGS staff members who set the gold standard in service and dedication to Brenau.

Here are some examples of Willis’ excellence noted by his coworkers:

  • He has created a family culture on the Fairburn campus. His office door remains open, and it is common for professors, custodians, support staff, students and Helix staff to seek him out for support and advice. We are fortunate to have a leader who is consistently available and committed to this campus. The respect and admiration he has for the campus and his people is genuine; it reinforces our commitment to Brenau University because we feel extremely appreciated by him as our campus director.
  • He throws a birthday celebration for everyone who works in the building regardless of their office. When his budget was cut, he supplemented the celebrations from his own pocket.
  • When the City of Fairburn needs to show dignitaries around town or the campus, city officials call him to be an ambassador, and he willingly agrees to assist them.
  • When the College of Business could not find anyone to come to our campus to teach BA 500, he taught it on multiple occasions without hesitation.
  • He has no problem proctoring make-up exams for professors who cannot be present.
  • When security officers need to take days off and the company cannot find coverage, he volunteers to cover the shift without pay.
  • Finally, Willis is a behind-the-scenes networker for students and graduates, willing to make a phone call to his extensive network to assist our alumni with employment opportunities.

These are just a few examples of Willis going above the scope of his job description. He does not crave the limelight or ask for special recognition, but he certainly deserves it. He loves his job, and we are grateful to have him as a campus leader and representative of Brenau University.

​Donate Time and Resources to Kelly Spain and Family

Kelly Spain's family

Kelly Spain’s husband, Cedric Spain, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the young age of 39. They have 3 precious children.

Recently, Cedric’s symptoms worsened, leaving him unable to drive. He is unable to work, which has impacted their family financially.

​Please consider donating wellness time to assist the Spains. Email requests to donate leave hours to Angie Graham in the Payroll Office at ude.uanerb@2maharga.

Cash gifts can also be made directly to the Spains at$TheSpainFamily.

All gifts will go directly to the Spain family to help with medical bills and other financial obligations during this time.

Singers Wanted for Church Program

New Gainesville Seventh Day Adventist church is seeking the talented Brenau student, faculty and staff singers who are interested in performing in a Good Friday program at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30.

If interested, please come to the weekly rehearsals starting on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at New Gainesville Church, 1813 Floyd Road, Gainesville.

If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Toombs at 678-359-2117.

Lunch & Learn Workshop for Faculty, Adjuncts and Staff, Jan. 30

Lunch and Learn Flyer (PDF)
Click to download PDF Flyer

The next Lunch and Learn will be 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 in Sellars Gallery. The topic, “Conflict Resolution is the Solution,” will be presented by Dr. Ken Frank, political science and legal studies professor.

RSVP at or watch via Zoom at

On-site participants will receive free lunch, and all participants receive a certificate and a training hour.

Thursday Lunch & Learn for all Faculty, Adjuncts and Staff Oct. 5

Thursday Lunch & Learn is back next month, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

The topic of this Lunch & Learn is “Assisting Students with Non-Academic Needs,” and is open to all faculty, adjuncts and staff. It will be presented via Zoom by Cindy Perry, a professor from University of Tennessee Knoxville. It can be viewed in person at the Bistro in the Trustee Library.

If you cannot attend in person, you can log into the Zoom meeting at Free lunch will be provided to on-site participants.

RSVP by Monday, Oct. 2, to Amy Goetz at ude.uanerb@zteoga.
Walk-ins will also be welcomed.

For more information, refer to the flier here: Oct 5 Lunch and Learn Flyer.

Need to Purchase: AT&T iPhone 5 or higher

Looking to purchase one or two iPhone 5’s or higher. Must be AT&T, in excellent working condition and no cracks. Please send price and photo(s) to Crystal Toombs at ude.uanerb@sbmootc or via cell 404-414-2554.