Green Zone stickers appearing around campus

Have you seen the Green Zone stickers appearing on office doors? They indicate the person in that office has completed the Brenau University Military and Veteran Diversity and Sensitivity training. It is super easy and once complete, you too can have a Green Zone Sticker for your office.

Just go to https://brenau.instructure.com/enroll/GGD76L.

You can stop and start the training as needed. When you finish please send a note to Rosanne Short, director of military and veteran services, at ude.uanerb@trohsr to receive a door sticker.

Brenau Night with the Hawks, Feb. 9

Brenau University Night shirtHurry, tickets are going fast!

Students, faculty and staff are invited to Brenau Night with the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Admission is $24 per person and includes a ticket and a custom T-shirt for the first 100 to register.  Children under age 2 who don’t require a seat are free.

Sign up at hawks.com/brenau.

Military and veteran students and their families receive an additional discount. Register online using the Brenau Military & Family Special Offer form.

Limited tickets so act quickly! Contact ude.uanerb@trohsr for more info.

Please send your items for Operation Gratitude

Clarence Hicks talks with other veterans and active duty military members inside the Veteran's Lounge on Brenau's Jacksonville campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Send over your handmade hats, scarves, cool ties, or paracord bracelets for the Military and Veteran Services packets for our service members. The First Year Experience classes will be stuffing bags, making thank you notes, and creating paracord bracelets as a part of their class service project.

If you would like to purchase sample size items, below is a list of preferred items:

  • Wet Wipes (single & 30 count packs or less)
  • Batteries (AA/AAA)
  • Foot Powder (travel size)
  • Hand Warmers
  • Playing Cards
  • Puzzle Books (7″x10″ preferred size)
  • Sewing Kits (travel size)
  • Socks (black crew length)

Rosanne Short has also prepared an Amazon wishlist of the items as well if you would like to have them drop-shipped directly to her.  View the wishlist at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/FY2O3UG2PNSG/ref=cm_sw_su_w

All items must be sent to:

Rosanne Short / Operation Gratitude
Brenau University
102 Prior St., SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3447

Please have these to Rosanne Short in the Owens Student Center By Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Contact ude.uanerb@trohsr for questions.

Learn more at https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/

Do You Know an Outstanding Veteran?

Do you know of a distinguished veteran service member who deserves recognition? Perhaps one who was wounded and earned a Purple Heart for his or her service?

We would like to honor an outstanding veteran with a connection to Brenau University in 2018-2019. Please send suggestions to Rosanne Short at ude.uanerb@trohsr.

Successful White Water event for adult students and families

Brenau graduate student Randy Jones and his family at the White Water event.

Brenau Student Services recently hosted a day at the Six Flags White Water park for 33 adult students and their families.

Online students from as far south as Valdosta and Augusta made the drive north for a day of fun in the sun.

“It was great to meet some of our online students who have only connected with the university via the internet,” said Rosanne Short, director of military and veteran services. “We opened the event to all of our adult students, not only our veteran students. It was a great turn out and fun for all.”

Watch your Brenau Tiger email for more upcoming events for our Brenau families!

Claudia George receives Outstanding Veteran Award

Outstanding Veteran glass trophy with Claudia George on it.Claudia George, Helpdesk /Database Administrator in Brenau’s IT department, was awarded the Brenau University Outstanding Veteran Award by her veteran peers. Vern Smedley, the first recipient, presented the award to Claudia highlighting that she is always there when you need her, and is always willing to help with a smile and a laugh.

The award was presented at the annual Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Nov. 9, 2017. Claudia served in the Army Reserves.

Golf Team honors fallen veteran

Golf bearing a tag honoring deceased veteran Purple Heart recipient Ronald Graham.

Brenau’s golf team carries a tag on each bag that honors a deceased veteran. This year they are honoring a Purple Heart recipient Ronald Eskew Brown, the grandfather of Jeff Graham that often drives the athletic bus, and is the spouse of Angie Graham in Accounting. Jeff’s grandfather died four days before his mother was born in WWII. Jeff’s mother gave them his death certificate signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his purple heart, a military hat and a book on the history of a combat regiment for the 104th infantry with his name in it , among those who were killed.

Brenau celebrates Veteran’s Appreciation Week with several events!

Clarence Hicks talks with other veterans and active duty military members inside the Veteran's Lounge on Brenau's Jacksonville campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Between our five campuses and online, Brenau University has about 150 students who are veterans. This week, we’ll celebrate these students as well as our faculty and staff veterans in observance of Veterans Day. Honorific events include:

  • Brenau has placed 442 patriotic pinwheels on Owens Student Center lawn, each one signifying a Brenau University student that has a military affiliation. This figured represents approximately 9 % of Brenau students.
  • The College Republicans sponsored an event for students to sign holiday cards to be sent to service members who are outside the continental United States.
  • Veteran employees will be honored with a formal invitation-only luncheon on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Yonah Board Room. This year’s Brenau Outstanding Veteran Award will be presented at the luncheon. If you are a veteran employee and did not get an invitation please contact ude.uanerb@trohsr as soon as possible.
  • The College Republicans are co-hosting a flag ceremony with in conjunction with Military and Veterans Services. The ceremony will demonstrate  the proper way to dispose of a flag. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.
  • Friday, Nov. 10, on the federal Veteran’s Day federal holiday, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join in a bipartisan show of respect and support for our veterans. Wear red white and blue, or any combination your wardrobe allows in order to help honor the veterans.  Please meet on the steps of Owens at 11 a.m. to take a group picture.
  • Our campuses will be honoring veterans in conjunction with their Adult Student Appreciation week festivities this week. Wendy’s donated 100 free Frosty coupons for our online veterans.
  • 90 veterans and their families will join the Alumni Association at a Hawks Game at Phillips Arena on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, to honor their service to our country. The $25 admission includes your ticket, tee shirt and $10 in concessions. There may be a few tickets available if any veteran students or faculty/staff would like to join us. Contact ude.uanerb@trohsr first come first served.

Remember, even if you hate the idea of war, as our 2016 recipient of the Brenau Outstanding Veteran award Brenau Post Master Vern Smedley,  said “Service members and vets also hate war, but we were sworn to serve. We do. Many still do.” Please help us thank them.

Send a Thank You to a Soldier for Thanksgiving

There was such an excellent turnout of letters submitted last year that Brenau’s Military and Veteran Services, a division of Student Services, is once again participating in The Bert Show’s Big Thank You.

We need handwritten letters of gratitude to military service members deployed outside of the U.S. that will be delivered for the Thanksgiving holiday. Write as many as you like and ask family and friends, kids’ classes and groups to join in!

Please write letters on one sheet of 8.5″ by 11″, letter size paper. There is no need to put them in envelopes, we will have them delivered in bulk to the Bert Show. Please only include positive messages. See more info at http://thebertshow.com/big-thank-submission-guidelines/.

Please have letter to Sue Johnston at the Student Services Switchboard before the end of business on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

Write Letters to Thank Active Duty Service Members

Top row from left: Director of the Center of Career Services, and Navy veteran, George Bagel, Assistant Director for Student Life Lauren Bell and Antoinette Steward, a health sciences, pre-OT student. Below: Student Services Switchboard Operator, and coordinator of this project, Sue Johnston.

From left to right, Director of the Center of Career Services, and Navy veteran, George Bagel, Assistant Director for Student Life Lauren Bell and Antoinette Steward, a health sciences, pre-OT, and Student Services Switchboard Operator, and coordinator of this project, Sue Johnston, write letters to active duty service members.

The Office of Military and Veteran Services, a division of student services, is participating in The Bert Show’s Big Thank You and we need your help. We need handwritten letters of gratitude to military service members deployed outside of the U.S. to be delivered for the Thanksgiving holiday. Write letters as many as would you like, and feel free to ask family and friends, children and their classes and groups to join in.

There is no need to put your letters in envelopes, we will have them delivered in bulk to the Burt Show. Please send your letters on 8.5 x 11 paper, not in an envelope to Sue Johnston at the Student Services Switchboard before the end of business on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.

Please only include positive messages.

For more information see the PDF at http://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/Big-Thank-You-Flyer-1.pdf