Debra Dobkins Speaks at Womens College Coalition Conference

Debra Dobkins, dean of the Brenau Women’s College, spoke Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Women’s College Coalition Annual Conference, held at her alma mater Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

The WCC Annual Conference was Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21-22, and focused on “Women Creating Change” through education, leadership and philanthropy. Georgia’s four women’s colleges – Agnes Scott, Brenau, Spelman and Wesleyan – were the hosts for the 2017 event, which brought together women’s college presidents, provosts, deans, advancement officers and trustees, as well as key stakeholders and partners in women’s leadership and philanthropy.

Brenau, as a host university, had a large contingent of female faculty and staff present. Dobkins in particular was part of the Leadership Panel that asked: “How do we work together to connect the multi-sector women’s leadership efforts to accelerate women’s progress?”

“For decades we have done great work at Brenau in terms of the co-curricular leadership piece,” Dobkins said. “Our student services team has been amazing in this. We have had a very strong group of servant leaders for years and years. They’ve done great work, and in the last few years, we’ve tried to take this to another level.”

Dobkins said one way the university has done this is through the undergraduate women’s leadership certificate at Brenau, which is 12 credit hours. “We’ve tried to do this by involving more faculty and a more academic focus,” she explained. “These leadership initiatives require a strong partnership between the academic side of the house and student services. We really worked hard to build something that we thought would be viable and workable for our students to prepare them to lead beyond our institution.”

Dobkins was joined on the panel by Sally Kenney, executive director of the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University; Kathryn Kolbert, director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College; and Elaine Meyer-Lee, associate vice president for global learning and leadership at Agnes Scott. The panel was moderated by Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss.

Brenau Celebrates Constitution Day with Voter Registration

Kaiya Walker, a sophomore psychology major, checks to make sure she is registered to vote during an event organized by Brenau's Student Government Association. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Kaiya Walker, a sophomore psychology major, checks to make sure she is registered to vote during an event organized by Brenau's Student Government Association. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

In celebration of National Constitution Day, which fell on Sunday, Sept. 17, Brenau Student Government Association held a voter registration drive Monday in Yonah Lobby.

“We are given the right to be able to vote, and I think everyone should exercise that right,” said Amari Banks, senior health sciences major and SGA parliamentarian. “It’s really important for us today particularly because we had a big freshman class just come in, and they’re all between the ages of about 17-19. So a lot of them probably have not registered to vote yet. It’s good for us to catch them now, and it’s convenient for them to be able to register here at school.”

The drive was open to the public and made possible by federal funding. As Sunday marked the 230th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention, Brenau President Ed Schrader also signed a proclamation declaring the entire week Constitution Week 2017.

Send Your Favorite Quotes for Brenau LitFest

Brenau LitFest, Sat. Oct. 14, 2017

What about literature inspires you?

As part of our first annual Brenau LitFest on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Brenau Downtown Center, we will be creating a Wall of Inspiration with quotes submitted by you.

Share your favorite quotes from books, about books, about writing as an art form and anything else literature-related on social media with the hashtag #BrenauLitFest.

Enjoy Weekend Events on Lake Lanier

After days of severe weather and storms, are you ready to get out of the house?

Come out to Lake Lanier Olympic Park on Friday, Sept. 15, from 5-8 p.m. for Food Truck Friday. An assortment of food trucks, music, drinks and water sports will be available at this beautiful lake setting.

Or partner with the park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Saturday, Sept. 23, for a volunteer opportunity in the 29th Annual Shore Sweep. This event is crucial in helping keep Lake Lanier clean. Volunteers are assigned to one of 12 locations along the lake, from Dawson County to Gwinnett, Forsyth and Hall.

For more information, check out the park on Facebook at

Julie Battle Speaking at Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing

Julie Battle, chair of Brenau University’s psychology department, will be part of a panel discussion at the 13th Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

The event is presented each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the Hall County Task Force Against Domestic Violence.

The breakfast will feature a keynote address from domestic violence survivor April Ross. Ross will share her powerful story and present the “Domestic Violence Officer of the Year.” The panel discussion will immediately following the program to include Battle, Ross, Gateway Domestic Violence Center Executive Director Jessica Butler, Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard, and Georgia Commission on Family Violence Executive Director Jennifer Thomas.

The event will be held in the Brenau Downtown Center theater, 301 Main St. NW in Gainesville.

Register for e2Campus System

Brenau University has an emergency notification system that enables the school to send urgent news to you in the form of text, email and voice messages at no cost, except for any text messaging charges from your cell phone plan.

The e2Campus service is available to all current students, faculty, and staff. All Brenau students are required to register to ensure they receive emergency notifications such as closures for national emergency, weather, etc. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to register. Once you sign up for the service, the school will be able to contact you with timely information about critical events on or near your respective campus.

To learn more or to sign up, visit or find it in the Popular Places menu on the Brenau Intranet. Click “sign up” to create and account and start receiving updates.

Please keep the following in mind when you sign up for the e2Campus service:

  • When you first sign up, your account is verified by sending a code to your cell phone via a text message. If you would prefer to register using an email address, just click the “Click here to sign up using email only” link at the bottom of the sign-up page.
  • Maintaining your e2Campus account data is your responsibility. If your cell number or email address changes, it is your responsibility to update them via the e2Campus system.
  • Once you create an account, please register your Brenau email address and any non-Brenau email addresses that you may use outside of the university.
  • When you sign up for the service, you will also be asked for an “opt-out date.” For students, this would the expected graduation date. Please keep in mind that you may change this date at any time.

New Payroll System Moves to Biweekly Pay Schedule

As Dr. David Barnett, executive vice president and chief financial officer, announced at the faculty and staff meeting Tuesday morning, Brenau will soon move to an ADP payroll processing system beginning Oct. 1.

This system means both salaried employees, who are currently paid monthly, and hourly employees, who are currently paid weekly, will soon be paid every two weeks.

For salaried employees, the new system start Friday, Oct. 6, when they receive their first paycheck. Hourly employees will see the change the following week, on Friday, Oct. 13. Also for hourly employees, the work week will no longer be recorded as Tuesday through Monday, but will reflect the standard work week of Monday through Friday.

The new payroll system should also simplify the relevant paperwork process. All employees will have an online employee portal, where they will record their time, make time-off requests and view their benefits.

Dr. Barnett also said “sick time” will become “wellness time” to reflect a more versatile and applicable use of those hours.

All employees will receive training on the new system in the coming months. Please check Update for more information from Kelley Maddox regarding these changes.

Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends Watch Eclipse

New students from Anhui Normal University view the solar eclipse on Owens front lawn Monday. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

New students from Anhui Normal University view the solar eclipse on Owens front lawn Monday. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

a sliver of the sun can be seen during the solar eclipse
A sliver of the sun can be seen during the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

There was a good turnout of students, faculty, staff and friends of Brenau on the Owens front lawn today at 2:15 p.m. to view the solar eclipse.

The moon covered about 99.5 percent of the sun at the peak of the eclipse, which occurred at about 2:37 p.m.

Check out later this week for more pictures!

Brenau University Receives Seven Seals Award

Brenau President Ed Schrader receives the Seven Seals Award from the Georgia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve from Maj. Gen. David Bockel (Ret.), left, and Major General Joe Jarrard at the organizations Annual Awards Banquet in Marietta. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

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.”

Jefcoat Piano Duet Concert Aug. 31

Keith and Priscilla Jefcoat invite you to join them for a piano duet concert in Pearce Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Admission is free.

The husband and wife duo will perform works by Mozart, Brahms and Barber. In honor of Dr. Priscilla Jefcoat’s retirement, the Department of Music invites the audience to stay for a reception to help celebrate her more than 25 years teaching at Brenau University.