Don’t be a turkey! Be a blood donor.

Please consider donating to the Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  this Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Sellars Gallery.

There will be Jersey Mike’s coupons for all who contribute! Donuts and pizza will also be provided. Those who preregister and donate will be entered into a drawing for a 60-minute massage. Go to to register.

Help those who are in need of blood and be thankful this holiday season. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community and across the country!

Brenau University Annual Security and Fire Report

A PDF of Brenau University’s Annual Security and Annual Fire Report is now available at

These reports include statistics and information for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus and important information regarding fire safety in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Brenau University, as well as on public property within or immediately adjacent to land accessible from the campus. These reports include statistics from all Brenau campuses. The security web page on the intranet also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters.

You may obtain a printed copy of the crime statistics report by contacting Campus Security at 520 Washington St. or by calling Paula Dampier, security director, at 770-297-5896.

Free flu shots in September

Fifty free flu shots will be available for faculty and staff at the Center for Health & Well-Being on the historic Gainesville campus. The free shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, provided by Cigna as part of our Wellness Program.

After the 50 free shots have been accounted for, employees will be able to receive the shot for $15. Any employee receiving the flu shot will be awarded with one activity point toward the Wellness Participation Award. Email Health Services at ude.uanerb@secivreshtlaeh to sign up for your free shot today. The vaccine should arrive this week and you will notified when you can drop in the clinic for your shot.

Free swimming and water safety classes scheduled at Lake Lanier Olympic Park

Lake Lanier Olympic Park Foundation, Swim Gainesville and Jackson EMC are excited to announce a series of swimming and water safety classes to be held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park beach June 22, July 20 and Aug. 17. The classes will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. and are free to attend. Preregistration is required.

Sessions will be conducted by experienced swim instructors for both adults and children. All workshop sessions will include handouts and checklists to help participants integrate the information. Registration is available online at

Learn more from the Lake Lanier Olympic Park Water Safety Series (PDF).

Correction: Death at the Disco, May 7

Death at the DiscoThrough the fault of… let’s say an internet gremlin, the date of the Staff Development Committee’s Who Dunnit Murder Mystery event was inexplicably changed to ‘Friday,’ May 8. The correct date for the Death at the Disco is Tuesday, May 7 after the service awards at approximately 11 a.m. in Pearce Auditorium.

The deadline to sign up and receive a free “Death at the Disco” shirt is April 22. Sign up at

Tennis Kids Clinic Canceled, April 14

The Net Generation Kids Clinic scheduled for Sunday, April 14 at the Brenau tennis courts is canceled due to inclement weather. All are still welcome to come watch the Brenau tennis team play their match verses Piedmont College at 2 p.m.

Blood Drive Battle, Feb. 6

The Heart of Heroes trophy.

The Brenau University’s Blood Drive Battle wages on! Make your donation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Sellers Gallery.

Currently the College of Business and Communication is running neck-and-neck with Student Services for possession of the Heart of Heroes for 2019.   Can your department steal the Heart of Heroes?

There is a critical need for all blood types and we would like to show the world that Brenau is a giving community.  Let’s show our school spirit and give life by giving blood.

There will be free donuts and pizza and if you signup prior to the event. You will receive a $5 gift card when you donate.

Sign up at

Presidential Search Process

FROM: Mike Smith, Presidential Search Committee Chair

As chair of the Presidential Search Committee, I thank you for your interest and participation as the search for Brenau University’s next president begins. Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to participate in the open forums held in October.

While this will be the first of many communications during the search, I want to share with you the process that will be followed to select the next president of Brenau. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has appointed the following committee members to conduct the search under the guidance of Cheryl Hyatt of Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search:

Trustees – Mike Smith (Chair), Carole Ann Daniel, Robin Dudley, Emmie Howard, Anna Jacobs, Pete Miller, Frank Norton, Jr., Amy Whitley, Philip Wilheit

Campus Community – Mike Lochstampfor, Athletic Director; Redenna Poole, Assistant VP, Enrollment Management & Director, Admissions Operations; Heather Ross, Associate Professor & Chair, Physical Therapy; James Sennett, Professor of Business Ethics & Coordinator of Business Programs Fairburn Campus; Jody Wall, Chief of Staff; Eugene Williams, Dean, College of Education

Student – Sommer Stockton, Student Government Association Executive President

Advisor – Dr. Ed Schrader, President

The Presidential Search Committee has been charged as follows:

“The Executive Committee, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, has appointed a Presidential Search Committee. This committee, working alongside of Hyatt-Fennell (our Search Firm), is charged with evaluating the pool of qualified candidates assembled; selecting a short-list of semifinalists for ‘airport interviews’ conducted by the Search Committee; and proposing approximately 3 candidates to the Executive Committee for the selection of a potential new president to be voted on by the Board of Trustees. While this will be a closed search, the process shall remain transparent to the Board while protecting the confidentiality of the candidates.”

Please pay special attention to the last sentence. This will be a closed search, and the candidates will remain confidential throughout the majority of the process. After the airport interviews, and subject to the confidentiality requirements of the individual candidates, campus interviews will be scheduled. I will, on behalf of the committee, continue to keep the rest of the process very transparent.

The search committee has met to review the position profile, which is posted on the Brenau website at, and the advertisement for the position. Advertising for the position has begun, and applicants have already reached out to Hyatt-Fennell. A PDF of the posting from the Chronicle of Higher Education is included below. Our expectations are to receive 60 or more applications by the Dec. 10 cutoff date. Hyatt-Fennell will vet the pool of applicants, as they are received, to verify that they meet our posted requirements.

As the committee moves through the process, I will keep you posted on developments. We do expect this to be a desirable position and should see a great pool of candidates! We are looking for the best person to fill some big shoes, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity.

Dr. Schrader has Brenau University on a great path for success. We want to continue that path and accomplish our mission to transform our students’ lives.

Cheryl Hyatt, Hyatt-Fennell, will be the point of contact for the campus community. Please use moc.llennef-ttayh@ttayhc to reach Cheryl Hyatt.

I look forward to bringing you continual positive news throughout this process.

Download the Chronicle ad (PDF)

Flu Shots Available at Health Services

The best flu prevention is vaccination, and the CDC recommends that people get a vaccine by the end of October. Health Services still has flu vaccines available for $15, no appointment needed.
 Fight Flu

Correction: Heart Smart Dining Day, Friday, Feb. 23

Brenau’s Wellness Team and Brenau Dining are teaming up to bring you Heart Smart Dining Day on Friday, Feb. 23, not Feb. 16 as stated previously. For full event details please see