Join us for the 2018 Spring Research Symposium on April 6

Please join us for the Spring Research Symposium from 12-5 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Brenau Downtown Center. Come hear about some of the exciting research being done by our undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members as they present on a variety of topics ranging from bacteria to yoga.

This year the theme of the symposium is “Quality: A Quest for Truth and a Basis for Action.” It will open at noon with a roundtable discussion featuring professors from each college talking about “Searching for Truth in the Presence of Bias and in a World of Misinformation.”

The schedule for the symposium is as follows, and a full copy of the Symposium Booklet, including a detailed schedule and abstracts for each presentation, can be found at intranet.brenau.edu/institutional-review-board/research-symposium.

Thank You To Everyone Who Participated in Hunger Awareness Week!

The Brenau Staff Development Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in Hunger Awareness Week, March 5-9. Together we collected 713 pounds of food for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, painted 11 bowls for their annual Empty Bowl Lunch (which will help provide up to 1,650 meals), and broke down two pallets worth of food to be distributed in the community.

We would also like to thank everyone who participated in our Food Drive Competition. The team from the library won the competition with the most points, 238, while the accounting office came in second, just edging the library out in volume with 134 items (equaling 189 points) to the library’s 128.

Here are the final team totals as of the final count on Friday, March 9. Additional items not included were brought in over the weekend before the bins were collected and some items that were brought directly to the food bank.

Large Teams
• Library – total items 128 (238 Points)
• Accounting – total items 134 (189 Points)
• College of Business and Mass Communication – total items 65 (116 Points)
• Student Services – total items 55 (99 Points)
• Occupational Therapy – total items 59 (99 Points)

Small Teams
• Executive Administration & Human Resources – total items 34 (52 Points)
• Registrar – total items 34 (44 Points)
• Communications – total items 5 (10 Points)

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this week possible and to bring a little more awareness to the Brenau community about the hunger many of our neighbors face every day.

Moderators Still Needed for the 2018 Research Symposium

The Research Symposium Committee is still looking for faculty volunteers to help moderate sessions at this year’s Research Symposium.

The 2018 Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 6, from 12 to 5 p.m. in Brenau’s Downtown Center. Participants will give 53 presentations scheduled over 18 one-hour concurrent sessions.

Please contact Kelly Peters at kpeters1@brenau.edu by Friday, March 23, if you are interested in being a moderator for any of the sessions listed below.

Our sessions this year are as follows:

  • 1-1:55 p.m. Education and Health
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Bacteria
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Shakespeare Panel
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Print Making
  • 1-1:55 p.m. Corporate Workplace
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Care of Older Adults
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Self Awareness
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Awareness in Global Interaction
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Applied Art
  • 2-2:55 p.m. Legality Issues
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Cognitive and Sensory Issues
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Adolescence
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Cross Cultural Perspectives
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Fashion Design
  • 3-3:55 p.m. Support in an Educational Environment
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Honors Panel
  • 4-4:55 p.m. Cultural Awareness

Moderators Needed for the 2018 Research Symposium

The 2018 Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 6, from 12 to 5 p.m. in Brenau’s Downtown Center. This year we have 53 presentations scheduled over 18 one-hour concurrent sessions and we are looking for faculty volunteers to help moderate the sessions.

Once moderators have been assigned to a session they will be sent copies of the abstracts and presenter contact information for the presentations along with simple guidelines for moderating the session.

Please contact Kelly Peters at kpeters1@brenau.edu if you have any questions or if you are interested in being a moderator for any of the sessions listed below.

Our sessions this year are as follows:

1 – 1:55 p.m. Education and Health
1 – 1:55 p.m. Bacteria
1 – 1:55 p.m. Shakespeare Panel
1 – 1:55 p.m. Print Making
1 – 1:55 p.m. Corporate Workplace
2 – 2:55 p.m. Care of Older Adults
2 – 2:55 p.m. Self Awareness
2 – 2:55 p.m. Awareness in Global Interaction
2 – 2:55 p.m. Applied Art
2 – 2:55 p.m. Legality Issues
3 – 3:55 p.m. Cognitive and Sensory Issues
3 – 3:55 p.m. Adolescence
3 – 3:55 p.m. Cross Cultural Perspectives
3 – 3:55 p.m. Fashion Design
3 – 3:55 p.m. Support in an Educational Environment
4 – 4:55 p.m. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
4 – 4:55 p.m. Honors Panel
4 – 4:55 p.m. Cultural Awareness

Participate in Brenau Hunger Awareness Week Events

The Staff Development Committee is hosting a number of events this week in partnership with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and in recognition of Hunger Awareness Week.

A competitive food drive for small or large groups is taking place all week. Sign up your group by Tuesday, March 6, on the Google Sheets document located at docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M1oklZr0QiBhQod4CF5RRGssbabYhxIOyvKItzFeIf8/edit?usp=sharing, or email kpeters1@brenau.edu with your team’s information. Let’s see who can collect the most food for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank!

The week will kick off with a talk by Kay Blackstock, executive director of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in Thurmond McRae, followed by a screening of the documentary “Hunger in America” at 6:30 p.m.

From 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, and from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, opportunities will be available to paint “empty bowls” for the Empty Bowl Luncheon, an annual fundraiser benefiting the food bank. The cost is $8 per bowl, which will feed up to 100 people.

Finally, from 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 9, Brenau will hold a Community Service Event at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, and all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate.

Sign up by Wednesday, March 7, for this volunteer opportunity at www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=386706330. List “Brenau University” as the group name.

The Staff Development Committee thanks you for your support of these important events during our Hunger Awareness Week! Please email Kelly Peters at kpeters1@brenau.edu if you have questions about any of these events.

Special Screening of “Hunger in America” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

As part of Brenau’s Hunger Awareness Week, the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and the Staff Development Committee will be hosting a screening of the documentary “Hunger in America” this Tuesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae. This event is free and open to the public and follows a talk by Kay Blackstock, executive director of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank at 5 p.m.

“Hunger in America” is a powerful and eye-opening documentary tackling the hunger epidemic in America, that will change your whole perception of what hunger looks like. The description states, “50 million Americans will go hungry tonight. This is their story.” Narrated by James Denton.

This award-winning film by Zac Adams sheds light on the true stories and misconceptions about the nation’s hungry population.

Kay Blackstock Speaks About Fighting Hunger

Georgia Mountain Food Bank logoThis Tuesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. in Thurmond McRae, Kay Blackstock, executive director of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, will speak about  fighting of hunger in North Georgia.

Blackstock oversees the distribution of food and product received from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, local donations and food drives. Since beginning operations, the Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB) has processed over 35 million pounds of food to agencies in Hall, Lumpkin, Dawson, Forsyth and Union counties. In addition, Kay is actively involved in agency/community/programs relations and development within the five counties served by GMFB.

Today, the GMFB distributes an average 200,000 pounds of food each month and reaches around 30,000 people monthly through the partner agency network, community partnerships and programs.

Join us Tuesday to hear how you can help fight hunger in North Georgia.

Brenau University Hunger Awareness Week

Brenau’s Staff Development Committee would like to invite you to participate in our Hunger Awareness Week, taking place the week of March 5. Events are scheduled throughout the week, including a speaker, food drive competition, Bowl Painting events and a community service day at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

The week will kick off with a talk by Kay Blackstock, Director of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in Thurmond McRae, followed by a screening of the documentary “Hunger in America” at 6:30 p.m.

From 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, and from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, opportunities will be available to paint “empty bowls” for the Empty Bowl Luncheon, an annual fundraiser benefiting the food bank. The cost is $8 per bowl, which will feed up to 100 people.

Finally, from 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 9, Brenau will hold a Community Service Event at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, and all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate.

Sign up by Wednesday, March 7, for this volunteer opportunity at www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=386706330. List “Brenau University” as the group name. Some transportation will be available.

The Staff Development Committee thanks you for your support of these important events during our Hunger Awareness Week!

University-wide Competitive Food Drive

Georgia Mountain Food Bank LogoBrenau’s Staff Development Committee will be holding a food drive competition from Monday, March 5, through Friday, March 8, leading up to our Community Service Day at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank on Friday, March 9.

We will have small group (eight or fewer people) and large group (more than eight people) categories, so sign up by department, sorority, organization or create your own team. Let’s see who can collect the most food for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank!

Team registration will be open from Thursday, Feb. 22, through Tuesday, March 6.

Enter your team’s information on the Food Drive Sign up sheet at docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M1oklZr0QiBhQod4CF5RRGssbabYhxIOyvKItzFeIf8/edit?usp=sharing or email Kelly Peters at kpeters1@brenau.edu with your team’s details and preferred collection location.

Teams will receive points based on their contributions. Most food item donations will receive one point each. Any donations of items on the Georgia Mountain Food Banks’ most needed list will receive two points each, and each package of ramen noodles will cost the team one point.

Most Needed Food Items

  • Canned fruit (no sugar added)
  • Oatmeal (low sugar)
  • Cereal (low sugar)
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly (low sugar)
  • Canned meat [chicken, tuna, roast beef]
  • Canned meals [i.e. Chef Boyardee]
  • Pasta (wholegrain preferred)
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • Beans
  • Rice

Information is also available on the food drive flyer (PDF). Please contact Kelly if you have any questions about this event.

Zombie Outbreak Volunteers Needed March 14

The Ivester College of Health Sciences needs volunteers for a Zombie Outbreak field day from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14  as part of its Medical Scholars program.  We are looking for faculty and student volunteers to help out as zombies as well as station managers and staff.

Please contact Kelly Peters  at kpeters1@brenau.edu if you are interested in helping out with this event.