Preventing Flu in the Workplace

In order to prevent the spread of seasonal flu, the CDC has issued the following list of basic precautions. Since the state of Georgia has been particularly hard hit with flu, the university advises everyone to follow these CDC recommendations in order to curtail the spread of the disease in the workplace.

  • If you have not already done so, get vaccinated. The Center for Health & Well-Being still has the vaccine and will accept appointments to administer the vaccination to employees. The cost is $15. You can reach them at 770-534-6135. The Center’s supply of flu tests has been severely depleted in serving the student population, however several local pharmacies are still able to offer flu tests and can prescribe medication via their on-site clinics.
  • Sick workers are asked to stay home. The CDC recommends that workers who have a fever and respiratory symptoms stay at home until 24 hours after their fever ends (100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37.8 degrees Celsius, or lower) without the use of medication. Not everyone who has the flu will have a fever.  Other symptoms could include a runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. The flu can remain contagious for 10-14 days after symptoms subside; CDC advises wearing a surgical mask if you are returning to work within this time frame.
  • If you become ill while at work, seek assistance from the Center for Health & Well-being. Supervisors should consider how to separate ill workers from others, or give them a surgical mask to wear, if possible and if they can tolerate it, until they can go home.
  • Promote hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
    • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or coming into contact with mucus or contaminated objects and surfaces. Apply soap and water: rub soapy hands together for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry completely. Or, use alcohol-based hand rubs; apply liquid to palm of hand, cover all surfaces of the hands, and rub hands together until dry.
    • Cough Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeves(s). Dispose of used tissues in “no touch” wastebaskets.
  • Keep the workplace clean. Aramark Housekeeping is assisting in this effort by taking additional steps to assure the workplace is clean.  However, each employee can help by frequently cleaning all commonly touched work surfaces, work areas, and equipment (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, lunch areas, countertops, copiers, etc.).
  • Address travel concerns. Reconsider business travel to areas with high illness rates. If employees become ill while traveling, notify your supervisor and seek medical attention. Employees are urged to check themselves for fever and any other signs of flu before starting travel and to notify their supervisors and stay home if they feel ill.

Campus Offices on the Move!

Several campus offices will be changing physical locations over the upcoming weekend.  Beginning on Monday, May 13 you should expect to find people in their new locations.  Hopefully, most of their phone numbers will remain the same but if that changes we will let you know.  Please help us direct students and visitors appropriately until everyone settles into the new campus setup.

New physical addresses for campus offices are:

  • All Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions personnel (except for the Processing Group) will be housed in the Wheeler House at 500 Washington St. SE.
  • The Admissions Processing Group, headed by Redenna Poole, will be located in the current security building at  212 Prior St.
  • Aramark Housekeeping is moving to 620 Academy St.
  • Danielle Miller is now located at 305 Boulevard in an office with Michael McPeek and Nick Dentamaro. Her new phone number is 770-297-5956.
  • The Financial Aid and Registrar’s Offices will be housed in the Academy Building at 620 Academy St.
  • IPD personnel will begin occupying space in campus buildings on Brenau Ave. and as they settle in and expand we will keep everyone informed about their names/functions/locations.
  • Jewell Holtzclaw will move to an office in the Downtown Center (upstairs near the main desk) at 301 Main St SW.
  • Kimberly Willis will move to a new space adjacent to Roseanne Short in the office/lounge on the main floor of the Owens Student Center at 102 Prior St.
  • Mike Butler will move to the previous Academy Art Room at 620 Academy St.
  • Physical Assets & Logistics is moving to 301 Main St.
  • The Registrar will be located at 620 Academy St.
  • Security will be moved to the current offices for Jewell Holtzclaw (Physical Assets & Logistics) and Mike Butler (Aramark Housekeeping) at 520 Washington St.

Downtown Center Staff and Management Changes

As the University assumes possession of the new Downtown Center (former Georgia Mountains Center), the EVP’s office announces changes instituted to better serve our increasing needs in accommodating special events for external and internal clients.  Beginning January 2, 2013 Jewell Holtzclaw will serve as the Director of Physical Assets & Logistics. Jewell, and her staff, will have primary responsibility for the support and set up of special events on the main campus and in the Downtown Center. In addition, Jewell will manage office moves, the campus inventory, trash removal and general campus appearance concerns, and the organization of university assets to make the best use of space within our facilities. Mike Hollimon, Director of Facilities, and his staff will assume primary responsibility for repairs, renovations and additions to campus facilities and equipment in all Brenau locations.

Work orders should continue to be submitted via the current work order system for requests to either of these areas. Changes will be made shortly enabling you to submit a work order to one of these two divisions directly; in the meantime, manual sorting will assure that your work order is sent to the appropriate office. Telephone numbers will remain the same, and both Mike and Jewell will continue to operate from their current offices on the main campus.

We appreciate the fine work done by both of these Directors and hope that these changes will enable the university to better streamline our operations as we move into our new location on the Gainesville square.