Listen to Gainesville Ghost Stories in Podcast

lit window at the top of Pearce Auditorium against the night sky

If you haven’t heard the many ghost stories from campus or are interested in others in the community, the Gainesville Times recently released a podcast about the “Ghosts of Gainesville” with a special guest, our very own Kathy Amos.

You can read more and listen online here:, or download the podcast from the iTunes store here:

Give it a listen to hear about Agnes and several other specters reportedly haunting Gainesville!

How to Get Free or Discounted GTA Tickets

Did you know faculty, staff and students can get free tickets to select Gainesville Theatre Alliance weekday performances and $5 tickets to all others? If you’ve ever wondered how to order tickets to a GTA production as a faculty or staff member, here’s what you need to know.

These discounted rates to MainStage shows for faculty and staff open two weeks before the show. The best way to ensure you receive your Brenau faculty/staff discounts is to call the GTA box office at 678-717-3624 when that two-week window opens. This school year, that means you can get your discounted rates to The Wizard of Oz beginning Monday, Oct. 22, Noises off and Men on Boats beginning Jan. 28, and Cabaret beginning March 25 – and since most GTA performances sell out, you should call on those dates, before tickets are gone.

When the two-week window opens, free campus tickets are available for Preview Performances (the day before opening night, usually a Monday), the Wednesday and Thursday performances of the first week of a production, and the Tuesday and Wednesday performances of the second week.  For The Wizard of Oz, free dates are Nov. 5, 7, 8, 13 and 14.

To guarantee seats, especially for high demand weekend performances, faculty and staff can create half-price, custom Season Packages of any two or more shows at any time – totaling about $100 for two tickets to every show.

For more information about this year’s performances, go to

Reminder: Please join us for the ForeverGold Celebration

Dear faculty and staff,

A warm reminder that you are welcome to join us for the ForeverGold Celebration the evening of Saturday, Oct. 20, on the front lawn of the historic Gainesville campus.

Thanks in great part to your participation over the last several years in the campus campaign and your support of other issues and events, we have reached the culmination of the ForeverGold campaign. You are part of the donor base that allowed us to exceed the goal. We would love for you to join us as well celebrate the campaign at the ForeverGold Celebration!

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling 770.534.6163.

Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing in Thurmond McRae Oct. 10

The 14th annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing will be held from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Thurmond McRae Auditorium. This year, the briefing will feature domestic violence survivor Christy Sims.

A native of Atlanta, Sims is a public speaker, author, nationally certified clinical mental health counselor and a survivor of and advocate against domestic violence. The mother of two was forever changed on April 28, 2013, when her ex-boyfriend severely disfigured her by dousing her with sulfuric acid. She sustained third and fourth degree burns to over 20 percent of her body, including her entire face, neck, chest and arms. After the incident, she remained in an induced coma for two months and endured numerous life-saving surgeries at the Grady Burn Unit in Atlanta. She emerged from the coma with a resolve to survive, to return to her children and to pursue the prosecution of her abuser. Due to her diligence, her abuser was finally brought to justice on July 17, 2015 after a two-year fight.

Sims was the first reported case of an acid attack in the state of Georgia. To date, she has undergone 13 surgeries to reconstruct her disfigured face and body, and her personal struggle has propelled her to advocate and support other survivors of domestic violence. Her story has touched the lives of millions around the world and possibly prevented other cases of domestic violence. The Christy Sims Foundation was founded in 2014 and is focused upon the prevention, education and awareness of domestic violence.

The event is presented each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the Hall County Domestic Violence Task Force. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and the briefing will being at 8 a.m.

Downtown Gainesville Shuttle Now Available

Beginning today, Monday, Sept. 24, the city of Gainesville and Brenau have partnered to start running the Main Street Shuttle as an answer to the parking limitations around the Brenau Downtown Center and the city square.

More than 1,000 public parking spaces have been identified in and around downtown Gainesville, and the free shuttle will make stops at specific locations every 15 minutes. Click here to view the map (PDF) of the parking lots and shuttle stops. All the locations are clearly marked with “Downtown Shuttle” signage.

The shuttle will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The city anticipates that shuttle passengers will be more heavily concentrated in the city employee lots from 7 to 7:45 a.m., so those stops will be frequented more often until the Brenau students start to arrive at the other stops.

There will be a learning curve in this new service, but we are pleased to be able to offer a solution during the construction on the Main Street parking deck.

New Prices for Brenau Business Cards

New prices for Brenau business cards, effective Sept. 1, are:

$20 for 250
$30 for 500
$40 for 1,000

For business card orders, contact Rhonda Conner at Matthews Printing, 770-536-3439 or

Kali Shultz Rehabbing After Traumatic Brain Injury

In May, Brenau Golden Tiger softball player Kali Shultz suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling off her skateboard and hitting her head. Shultz was in a coma but is since recovering well.

Last week, she shared to her recovery Facebook page a video of her practicing in the yard with her dad. We’re so proud of Kali as she continues to recover!

Go to the Praying For Kali / 7:42 Strong Facebook page to watch the video.

Please join us for the ForeverGold Celebration

Dear faculty and staff,

As we are returned to campus and catching our breath at the end of the first week, we ask you to mark your calendars for the ForeverGold Celebration the evening of Saturday, Oct. 20, on the front lawn of the historic Gainesville campus.

Thanks in great part to your participation over the last several years in the campus campaign and your support of other issues and events, we have reached the culmination of the ForeverGold campaign. You are part of the donor base that allowed us to exceed the goal. We would love for you to join us as well celebrate the campaign at the ForeverGold Celebration.

You will receive a formal invitation within the next few weeks, but please save the date for this great event!

Register soon for select Spirit Week activities

Spirit week 2018 flyerMark your calendar to participate in these fun activities and themed days during Spirit Week, Sept. 24-28. Please note the activities that have an early registration deadline and let us know soon if you would like to participate!


  • Dress as your favorite movie, literary or historical
    character or a person who inspires you.
  • “Moment Maker” craft and lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; register by Sept. 10.


  • Wear mismatched clothes or patterns.
  • Taco Tuesday lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tiger Territory Tennis mini-matches, Leslie Smithgall Tennis Court, 3:30-5 p.m. (3 Wellness points); register by Sept. 14.


  • Wear animal print or Western wear.
  • Old-timey photos and cowboy-themed lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; register by Sept. 14.


  • Dress from your favorite decade.
  • Retro, reggae, rock and rap music during lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


  • Wear your favorite Brenau shirt or Spirit Week shirt.
  • Aramark Food Truck lunch (cash only), Sorority Circle lawn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tiger Pride Path celebration, Fitness Center, 4 p.m.
  • Dinner and softball mini-tournament, Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park, 7:30 p.m. (3 Wellness points); registration required. Faculty/staff playing softball should email Ashley Carter,, for registration code.

Register for events at Faculty and staff who register before Sept. 6 will receive a free Spirit Week T-shirt!

Important information about the Office of Marketing & Communications

As of July 1, the former Office of Communications & Publications has been renamed the Office of Marketing & Communications with Vice President Ben McDade at the helm. OMC exists as a resource for every office, department and school at Brenau. As we enter another academic year, here are a few reminders about working with OMC:

Web and social media: Assistance with external websites and website form building is one of the most common requests in our office. Most requests require three weeks notice. Michael McPeek handles all of these projects and will do his best to help you develop the right project or format for your needs as quickly as possible. McPeek also handles social media policy. Reach out to him if you have a social media question or request!

Graphic design: OMC offers departmental design services for posters, flyers, postcards, brochures, invitations, T-shirts, business cards/stationery, event programs, banners and more. While some of these projects can be printed in-house at little or no cost, we can help with pricing on any outsourced items. Most requests require three weeks notice. We also ask that any items not designed by OMC, such as T-shirts, be shared with Michael Lowe, design director, prior to printing to ensure they meet Brenau’s branding standards (colors, fonts, etc.) for external audiences.

Content and media relations: As you work on projects with McPeek and Lowe, Kristen Bowman can help you tell your story with photos and/or video from AJ Reynolds. Additionally, we ask that anyone on campus who is contacted by the media for an interview let Bowman or McDade know prior to giving the interview. We are happy to share the great work we do with the media. We just want to ensure you are prepared as you represent the university.

Thank you!