Condolences to Alecia Webb and family

Mary “Darlene” Mobley, mother of Jacksonville Campus Director Alecia Webb, died Saturday, Dec. 7, in Topeka, Kansas. She was 88.

Darlene married Scott E. Mobley on June 10, 1953 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He preceded her in death in 2017, as did her parents and two siblings, Wanda Hoeferkamp and Kenneth Spain.

Darlene is survived by four children: daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Bill Tallent; daughter and son-in-law Alecia and Don Webb; daughter and son-in-law Monica and Bryan Johnson; and son and daughter-in-law Curt and Vicky Mobley; as well as 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Darlene enjoyed refurbishing antique furniture, counted cross-stitch, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, board games, cards and watching her “stories” on television. Darlene will always be remembered for her sense of humor and for the love and support she gave to her husband and family. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Parker-Price Funeral Home in Topeka, Kansas. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Alecia and her family during this time.

Sustainability Committee announces Solar Table

Staff stands with new solar charging table

From left to right Didi Cassell, Chris Ledbetter, Tommy Smallwood, Cody Lewellen, Jacob Low, Luther Headley, Brian Massey and Brian McAvoy.

The Sustainability Committee is excited to announce the completion of Brenau University’s Solar Table next to the Tea Room.

The Solar Table has four USB ports with two electrical outlets and seats four students. The solar panels on top collect power from the sun during the day and charge a battery housed in the lower part of the base. Cell phones, laptops, portable computers or any device that can be plugged into a 120V outlet can be used and charged at this table. The Solar Table is equipped with LED lights that come on automatically in the evening, which provide a very bright yet warm environment to enjoy in the evening hours.

The people responsible for developing the concept to assembling the final bolt are Didi Cassell and Luther Headley from the Sustainability Committee, as well as Chris Ledbetter, Cody Lewellen, Jacob Low and Brian McAvoy from our maintenance staff.

Brenau University’s Sustainability Committee strives to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. If you have other project ideas please contact ude.uanerb@llessacd. Current members of the Sustainability Committee also include Kevin Mace, Gay Hammond, Thomas Waters, Dana Edge and Blaine Schultz. This project was a collaboration between Brenau University and Aramark.

Welcome Jaxton (James) Finley

Jaxton (James) Finley

Nichole and Jimmy Finley welcomed Jaxton (James) Finley on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3:38 p.m. weighing in at 8 lbs 9 oz and 21 1/4 inches. Both mother and baby are well.

Flu cases on the rise, flu shots available

While flu season usually begins in November, health care professionals are seeing an unusually large number of cases already. Sarah Davis of the Center for Health & Well-Being recommends getting your flu shot now.

Employees can also receive the shot for $15 at the Brenau Center for Health and Well-Being. Any employee receiving the flu shot will be awarded with one activity point. If you choose to get a flu shot at another provider, please let Kelley Maddox know by email at ude.uanerb@xoddamk to receive your activity point.

If you receive official notice that one of your students has the flu, please work with that student while he/she is away from class and extend deadlines for assignments as necessary so that the student can complete coursework without academic penalty.

Blood Drive Sept. 24

The September blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Sellars Gallery. There will be free doughnuts and pizza. Sign up prior to the event, donate and get a $5 gift card to Walmart.

The American Red Cross is making an urgent call for blood and platelet donations of all blood types to help combat a blood shortage. Hurricane Dorian caused blood bank donations to drop by the thousands. Currently there is a critical need for all blood types and we would like to showcase Brenau as a considerable source for blood donations.

Leaptrott Trio Concert Sept. 15

Concert flyerEnjoy a delightful afternoon of classical chamber music presented by the Leaptrott Trio at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15,  at Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

The trio includes Ben Leaptrott, Brenau affiliate assistant professor of music, Kenn Wagner, first violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Charae Krueger, principal cello with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra.

Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance or $15 at the door. Students with ID are admitted for free. To purchase tickets, go to

Jacksonville Campus to Reopen Monday

We are pleased to report our facilities in Jacksonville are operational following Hurricane Dorian. As many of our faculty, staff and students who evacuated are still returning to the coastal regions, we will reopen the campus on Monday, Sept. 9, to allow everyone time to return to their homes and assess over the weekend.

Aug. 20 All-University Meeting and Luncheon Recordings

Brenau University faculty and staff gathered at the Brenau Downtown Center for the all-university meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20, followed by a faculty and staff luncheon celebrating the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. As part of the luncheon, President Anne A. Skleder held a Q&A session, answering questions submitted in writing by faculty and staff after the morning meeting. Faculty and staff may access an audio recording of the morning all-university meeting and view a recording of the Q&A session through the links below.

Listen to the All-University Meeting

Download audio from Google Drive

Watch the Q&A Session

Watch video on Google Drive

Family Day: Past Times, Pastimes Sept. 8

The Northeast Georgia History Center presents its next Family Day, “Past Times, Pastimes,” from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Enjoy this look at entertainment in Georgia from the 18th to 20th centuries with hands-on activities, living history interpretation and demonstrations, and audience participation in games, song and dance that will make the past come alive with fun. Free and open to the public.

For more information: 770.297.5900 or

Northeast Georgia History Center forum Sept. 10

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host its next Tuesday forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. This month’s forum will discuss the life of Dr. Crawford Long of Jefferson, Georgia.

Long became the first physician who used ether for surgical anesthesia in 1842. Vicki Starnes, director of the Crawford Long Museum, will share this remarkable story of a country doctor who created a cutting-edge procedure right here in Northeast Georgia.

Admission is $3 for non-members and free for members. For more information: 770.297.5900 or ude.uanerb@retnecyrotsih.