October 2012 HR Newsletter is out!

The October 2012 edition of the Human Resources newsletter is available here.  In this issue: Dining hall prices, Halloween costume contests and MORE!

Nominations For Alumni Awards Due October 31

The Office of Alumni Relations is excited to reestablish the five annual alumni awards given historically to some of Brenau’s brightest graduates. Nomination forms are now available online for each of these awards, or call (770) 534-6164 to request a hard copy via campus mail. Nominations are due October 31, 2012.

The award categories are:

  •  Service to Brenau Award
  • Professional Achievement Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Young Alumnae Awards
  • Alumni Hall of Fame

To learn more about qualifications for each award, and to nominate a deserving alumnus, visit http://www.brenau.edu/alum/awards-scholarships/.

Tomorrow Night! Opening Reception & Artist Talk: 6 p.m Castelli Gallery

Exhibit: The Retrospective of Lenn Redman

Lenn Redman Celebrity Caricaturist

Primarily known as a caricaturist, Lenn Redman also worked as an entertainer, artist, animator, author and civil rights activist. His body of work extends far beyond a single skill set and shows the true evolution of a working artist. Lenn Redman was one of the most prolific American caricaturists of the 20th century, creating over 200,000 caricatures of people from life, as well as thousands of other pieces of art during his 50+ year career. Redman was a self taught animator working on early classics like Disney´s Fantasia and Schlesinger´s Porky the Pig and later in his career animated various Hanna-Barbera and Filmation Associates cartoon classics. He used his art to amuse, enlighten and educate viewers. Len´s work also tackled subjects such as the controversial civil rights movement.

With the dedicated assistance of Brenau Studio Art majors Mekenna Cipres and Amanda Summer Wilson, the artist´s son Mark Redman uncovered the seemingly lost collection and prepared for this exhibit. Experience works of Lenn Redman through his son, Mark Redman on Thurs. Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m. Leo Castelli Gallery at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. 770.534.6263

Fall Into A Healthy Lifestyle Oct. 9. And win valuable prizes!

Brenau´s Staff Development Committee will hosts its annual health fair for all university employees on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby and Castelli Gallery at the Burd center on the Gainesville campus.

“I can’t,” one imaginary friend said when exposed to this news. “That is during my lunchtime.” The response: No problem! Get a healthy lunch, provided by Aramark, at the Health Fair for just $4 (cash only).

“But, I just can’t leave the office,” another claimed. Yes, you can! In fact, leaving the office for the Health Fair now may prevent your staying out of the office later because you´re sick. So, stop by and learn what´s available for your wellness. There will be displays from local businesses and Brenau departments; Zumba demonstrations, blood pressure testing, osteoporosis testing , total cholesterol testing, glucose testing, chair massage, water bottle giveaway, and a drawing for an iPod Nano.

Purchase a ticket in advance for the Grand Prize drawing and you will get a free ticket at the door to double your chances. Buy your $1 tickets from any Staff Development Committee member.

Best-selling Teen Sci-Fi Romance Novelist Ally Condie Appears at Brenau

Ally Condie "Matched"

Ally Condie, the author of one of the hottest teen book series since the Twilight and The Hunger Games sagas, will appear at a special presentation at Brenau´s Pearce Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Brenau University´s historic Pearce Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Condie, whose dystopian saga Matched became an international best-seller when it was published in 2010, has been characterized in publicity as a cross between Brave New World and The Handmaid´s Tale. In the series all aspects of life are controlled by “The Society,” a system in which everything from the food people eat to the music they hear has been pre-selected. It is the story of Cassia, a 17-year-old girl who´s spent her life waiting to learn who “The Society” will select as her ideal mate, only to find herself falling in love with someone else.

The second book in the series, Crossed, also reached best-seller lists after its Nov. 1, 2011, publication. The trilogy concludes with Reached, scheduled to hit bookstores in November 2012.

Dr. Ken Frank, chair of the humanities department at Brenau, says that Condie´s first novel was selected as the “common reader” as part of the first-year seminar required read for all freshmen at the Brenau Women´s College. “In addition to her meeting with Brenau students, it is our good fortune that Ms. Condie has also agreed to appear at the public presentation for entire community.”

Condie is part of a string of best-selling authors, including Kathryn Stockett (The Help) and Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) who have appeared on campus through their involvement in the first-year seminar series.

In addition to her auditorium talk, Condie will also sign books, which will be available for purchase, at the public event. Frank said that anyone can attend the event, including school groups and classes, but that non-reserved seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Condie, a favored speaker on college campuses and libraries around the country, received a degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and upstate New York. She lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City.

Disney optioned motion picture rights for Matched and signed David Slade (30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) to direct. Kieran and Michelle Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes 2) wrote the script. The company has not announced any casting or release date for the movie.

For more information on the event call 770-534-6179 or e-mail ude.uanerb@slievenw.