Reminder: Occupation Haiku and Elixir Reading and Reception on Tuesday

The joint Occupation Haiku and Elixir reading and reception will take place Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Quiet Zone.

The event is the culmination of the fourth annual Occupation Haiku Contest hosted by the School of Occupational Therapy and the Department of Humanities to celebrate National Occupational Therapy Month and National Poetry Month.

These poems use the traditional 5-7-5 syllable verse form of the haiku to capture a moment of human occupation or daily life and suggest its significance.

Betty Hasselkus, internationally known occupational therapy and science scholar, judged the entries along with Sandy Brim and Kathryn Locey. Read more on the Occupation Haiku Contest flyer (PDF).

Faculty, Staff Invited to “Adulting” Workshops

April 19 Adulting 101 flyerThe Brenau Wellness Committee & the Staff Development Committee would like to invite all faculty and staff to a couple of workshops regarding personal finances.

From 1-2 p.m. this Thursday, April 19, Brenau’s Financial Advisory Partner will have consultant Kelly Ann Goekjian from Cannon Financial present an “Adulting 101” presentation in Thurmond McRae speaking on the following topics:

  • Budgeting
  • Saving for your first home
  • Student loans and credit card debt
  • How to start saving: bank savings accounts and retirement
  • How Cannon Financial can help

As a follow up, on May 3, “Adulting 102” will be offered from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae. Guest speakers will be Dr. Humnath Panta and Dr. Arun Narayanasamy from the College of Business and Mass Communication. Please mark your calendars and join us for a wealth of information that benefits us all.

Reminder: Special Celebration Saturday for Jolie Long Carlton

Please join the the Department of Dance Saturday evening for the special ceremony honoring Jolie Long Carlton, professor and former chair of the Department of Dance. Jolie is retiring from Brenau after 20 years of dedicated service to the university  to focus on her health. Jolie’s husband and family will be in attendance Saturday, and Jolie herself is planning to attend the concert if she is well enough.

If Jolie is not well enough to attend the concert as she hopes to, the department plans to create a special video with a candid recording of the dancers and audience sending a special message to Jolie.

We hope to see you on Saturday in celebration of Professor Carlton and our senior choreographers!

“Lucent” is the Senior Thesis, Faculty and Guest Artist Concert and will run  through Saturday, April 7, in Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. The evening performance is at 7:30 p.m., and there is a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission; $5 for seniors, children under 12, college students and Brenau alumni with valid ID; free for Brenau faculty staff, and students with ID.

For more information, call 770-538-4764 or email danceinfo@brenau.edu.

Brenau Top 3 Safest Georgia Schools

Brenau is in the top three safest schools in the state of Georgia according to a recent study by yourlocalsecurity.com.

To determine the safest school in each state, yourlocalsecurity.com tallied the crimes reported by universities and divided them into three main sections: violent crime, property crime and violence against women. The crimes were weighed by severity, and the school’s crime score was divided by enrollment to calculate total per-capita crime.

For more information and to see the safety ratings, go to www.yourlocalsecurity.com/blog/2017/04/04/safest-college-campus-by-state. Follow the link to Georgia.

Support H.J. in the AAC Mascot Challenge!

H.J. stands on the Brenau front lawn during a pep rally and dedication ceremony for Golden Tiger Way on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Gainesville, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

H.J. stands on the Brenau front lawn during a pep rally and dedication ceremony for Golden Tiger Way on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Gainesville, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau is one of four vying for arguably the most-prized championship of all: champion of the the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Mascot Challenge.

Duking it out for mascot supremacy are:

  • Our own H.J. the Golden Tiger
  • Brutus the Buffalo (Milligan)
  • Soar the Eagle (Reinhardt)
  • Wesley the Bulldog (Tennessee Wesleyan)

Voting opened today, Friday, April 6 at 8:15 a.m. on the AAC’s Twitter account, @AACSports. Voting ends at noon tomorrow, so vote now!

Vote at https://twitter.com/AACsports/status/982230206902489088.

The AAC winning mascot advances to the NAIA-SIDA National Mascot Challenge.

Drew Ferguson Quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education

Drew Ferguson, interim director of assessment at Brenau University, was recently quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article titled “What Delayed Course Evaluations Might — and Might Not — Reveal.”

In the article, Ferguson noted that later evaluations, versus those offered at the end of a course, might allow colleges to assess student outcomes that can be difficult to measure from a single course. Skills like written or oral communication can be relatively straightforward to evaluate after a course, but attitudinal ones, like global awareness, may take longer to observe, he said. Yet he also noted evaluating attitudes like civic engagement later might not exactly solve the problem either.

“Say a student gets fired up for a given cause during class and starts volunteering that very semester, but a few semesters go by and that zeal has waned,” he said. “In that case, what are we to say of the real, long-term shift in attitude?”

Ferguson was quoted alongside professors and administrators from several prestigious institutions, and we commend him for lending his expertise in the area.

Signage Installed for Ivester College of Health Sciences and Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing

Signage for the Ivester College of Health Sciences is installed at the Brenau University Downtown Center. The Downtown Center is home to the Brenau University Department of Physical Therapy. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Signage for the Ivester College of Health Sciences is installed at the Brenau University Downtown Center. The Downtown Center is home to the Brenau University Department of Physical Therapy. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Signage for the Ivester College of Health Sciences installed at Brenau East.
Signage for the Ivester College of Health Sciences installed at Brenau East. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Earlier this week Brenau completed the naming process for the Ivester College of Health Sciences and the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing by installing outside signage at the Brenau Downtown Center and Brenau East, respectively.

The namings of the college and school followed a series of significant gifts designated for support of health science programs from the foundation created by Gainesville area natives Doug and Kay Ivester, the Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation.

The Ivester-related largess also includes earlier contributions to the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park, the establishment of a scholarship endowment for health science students and a programming endowment that supports bringing internationally renowned speakers and thought leaders to Brenau campuses. Ernest Grindle was Kay Ivester’s father and “Miss Inez” was her mother.

Be sure to check out the signs when you pass the Downtown Center on Jesse Jewell Parkway and Brenau East on EE Butler Parkway!

Staff Chat: Brenau Security Officer Eddie Harwell

Security Officer Edwin Harwell (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Eddie Harwell is a familiar face on the Brenau campus. You can find him patrolling the historic campus or monitoring some of the many events taking place after hours at the Downtown Center.

Originally from Clermont, Harwell has lived in Georgia for most of his life. He is a father to two grown children, one living in Tilatoba, Mississippi, and the other in Gainesville, Georgia. The rest of his family lives nearby, including three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and another great-grandchild on the way.

Prior to working at Brenau, Harwell was the Director of Security at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for over 19 years. He had recently retired when he was made aware of a temporary position available at Brenau during the 1996 Olympics. He had been hired to work only two weeks during the height of the Olympic events, but after the crowds went home, the university asked him to stay on.

In addition to patrolling campus, Harwell investigates accidents, follows up on the rare reports of disturbances, locks and unlocks doors, and is trained in a variety of emergency procedures.

“I enjoy the satisfaction of doing a job well,” he said. “As a security officer I am responsible for the safety of a lot of people on campus. The faculty and staff at Brenau are great. The students are mature and we have very few disturbance calls here.”

In his personal life, Harwell likes to take his motorcycle on long weekend trips to the mountains where he enjoys hiking and camping. He lives in Gainesville with his black cat, Smudge.

Brenau Partners with North Georgia Leaders to Present Town Hall Meeting Discussing Climate Change

Brenau will partner with the University of North Georgia and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby to present Climate Change: A Common Sense Approach and Free Market Solution at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre, 429 Academy St.

The event is a public, town hall-style event that organizers hope will be enlightening for citizens of all ages, backgrounds and political designations. Speakers include Dr. Mark Farmer, professor of biology at the University of Georgia; Rev. Dr. Bill Coates, pastor of Gainesville First Baptist Church; Rev. John Cromartie, retired pastor of Cumming United Methodist Church; and Dr. Vernon Dixon, retired psychiatrist and member of Citizens Climate Lobby.

Each speaker will present a different aspect or view of climate change, with Farmer presenting recent data on the implications of changing climate, Coates and Cromartie discussing the moral and conservative aspects of climate change, and Dixon outlining a plan to encourage a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.

The public is invited to attend what is sure to be a productive evening of education and cultural enrichment.

Kathleen Foley Named Interim Director of the School of Occupational Therapy

Kathleen Foley, interim director of the School of Occupational Therapy, helps Kati Hilton, a member of the Norcross day cohort who will graduate in 2019, practice homemaking retraining, in which individuals using a wheelchair are instructed on methods for accessing things in the kitchen environment from a wheelchair level, while classmate Courtney Speed looks on. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Kathleen Foley, interim director of the School of Occupational Therapy, helps Kati Hilton, a member of the Norcross day cohort who will graduate in 2019, practice homemaking retraining, in which individuals using a wheelchair are instructed on methods for accessing things in the kitchen environment from a wheelchair level, while classmate Courtney Speed looks on. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau has appointed longtime occupational therapist and Associate Professor Kathleen Foley as interim director of the School of Occupational Therapy.

Since the classes and clinical placements in the 23-year-old School of Occupational Therapy run year-round, Foley is positioned to manage the program without interruption during the next six months while a select committee conducts a nationwide search for a permanent director.

Foley said her immediate goal as interim is to ensure a seamless transition for the students as they continue in their coursework and fieldwork. She also plans to join the faculty in the development of an entry-level doctoral degree in occupational therapy, something the school has been planning for some time.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work alongside the talented and experienced faculty and staff in the School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University to provide a quality professional education to future occupational therapists,” said Foley, whose predecessor left the university in February. “I am honored to be selected to take the lead as the program moves forward in its mission of graduating students who are prepared to be leaders in occupational therapy practice.”

Read more about Foley at www.brenau.edu/news/kathleen-foley-interim-director-occupational-therapy.