Don’t Just Give Your Heart this February, Give Blood

Brenau Health Services will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We would like to have a “Blood Drive Battle” between departments. A bejeweled heart trophy will be awarded to the department with the greatest percentage of participation.

Please email if your department wishes to participate in the “Blood Drive Battle.” Each participant needs to sign up for a time slot thru the American Red Cross. To sign up, go to

With all the natural disasters in 2017 there is a desperate need for blood donations. Our hope is that Brenau University faculty, staff and students will rally together to make this year the biggest blood collection in Brenau history.

The Highjacked Brain Forum Jan. 23

The Partnership for Drug Free Hall presents the second forum in the “Not My Family”  series is “The Highjacked Brain” Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center. Attendees will learn how alcohol and other drugs damage the growing adolescent brain.

The featured speaker is Dr. Merrill Norton, PHARM. D.Ph., ICCDP-D. A professor at the University of Georgia, he is an expert on the developing brain and the damage incurred from the use of substances.

The venue opens at 5 p.m. for the Resource Fair, with the official program beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Judy Brownell at or visit

Join the 2018 Weight Loss Challenge

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Brenau’s annual Weight Loss Contest will begin January 2018! At the end of challenge, the employee who loses the biggest percentage of weight will win a cash prize of $500. There is no entry fee required to participate.

Initial weigh-ins will take place Jan. 3, 4 and 5. Halfway-point weight-ins will be Feb. 7, 8 and 9. The participant leading at this point will receive a prize. The final weigh-ins will be March 14, 15 and 16. The final winner will be determined by calculating the percentage of weight lost, and his or her name will be posted in the HR Newsletter.

All weigh-ins will be performed in the Human Resources Office. Email Kelley Maddox at to schedule an appointment. It is preferable to weigh-in on the last day. However, if you cannot make it that day, 2 other days are available, as outlined above. All information will be kept confidential.

Each participant will be required to weigh-in at all three weigh-in points to be eligible for prizes. Only dates listed above will be used as weigh-in dates. Employees from all campus are eligible to participate. Contact Kelley for more information if you are located at a site other than Gainesville and would like to participate.

Each participant will know where they placed in the rankings, and the names of participants will be shared within the group of participants. Each Friday the group will meet at 4:15 p.m. to walk the Brenau Mile on the Gainesville campus.

This is a voluntary program. Each participant will sign a participation agreement.

Employees are encouraged to use the facilities on campus, including the Brenau Fitness Center (free to all employees), the Brenau Mile and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. Also, please take advantage of our on-site Hopkins Dining Hall offering healthy eating options at a great price ($5.00 for employees).

Prizes are as follows and will be awarded in April 2018:
1st place: $500 cash prize
2nd place: $130 cash prize
3rd place: $65 cash prize
Mid weigh-in: $50 cash prize

Condolences to Bryan Sorohan and Family

Dr. Lawrence Joseph Sorohan, father of Brenau Professor of Education Dr. Bryan Sorohan, died Friday, Dec. 15, at the age of 85.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Dahlonega. Family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 18, from 3-6 p.m. at Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Road.

More information may be found at

HR Moved to ADP Employee Portal

The previous HR intranet site has been removed. Everything related to current employees can be found on the ADP employee portal.

Forms and Documents can be found by logging in to ADP, selecting
“Resources” and then “Forms Library.”

Faculty and Staff Guidelines are available by logging in to ADP and selecting “Resources” then “Company Policies.”

The ADP portal is available at

Fitness Center Holiday Hours and Closures

The Brenau Fitness Center will have different operating hours and closures during the month of December and holiday break:

  • Dec. 11 – 14:  6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 15:  Normal hours
  • Saturday, Dec. 16:   1  – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17:  Normal hours
  • Dec. 18 – 22:  6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 23:  1– 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 to Tuesday, Dec. 26:  Closed
  • Dec. 27 – 29:  6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 30:  1 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31, through Monday, Jan. 1:  Closed
  • Jan. 2 – 4:  6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 5:  Normal hours
  • Saturday, Jan. 6:  1 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 7:  Normal hours

The Fitness Center will resume its usual hours of operation starting Monday, Jan. 8.



Improved Update Emails: Rollout, Dec. 1

On Friday, Dec. 1, you will begin to notice changes to Update that we hope will make it easier to use.

Currently, there are two email schedules for Update posts: daily and weekly. To reduce confusion and to better inform the Brenau community, we are eliminating the weekly digest and focusing on better, daily emails for everyone. These daily emails will be more concise than the weekly emails, having fewer items and saving you time as you read your Update items.

“The new, streamlined Update emails should be less confusing for everyone. A lot of people don’t realize there is a daily option,” said Michael McPeek, long-time Update nerd. “People are getting word about events after they’ve happened. This should make life easier for them and for people scheduling events and trying to get the word out. We’re also going to try and make it a little prettier.”

Retirement Party for Raedelle Smith Nov. 30

After 20 wonderful years of service, Raedelle Smith is retiring.  Her final day will be Dec. 1. The facilities department would like to invite everyone to join them in the Tea Room on Thursday, Nov. 30, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for a drop-in farewell for her.

Her smile, love and friendship will be missed on a daily basis and we hope that she will return to visit us on the occasion. There will be cake and snacks as we celebrate her dedication to us and the university.

Staff Needed for Commencement Saturday, Dec. 16

Winter Commencement ceremonies are scheduled at Pearce Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 16, with graduates at 10 a.m. and undergraduates at 1:30 p.m. Event Services is now casting for support roles of two four-hour shifts, 8 a.m. to noon, and/or 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided to those who choose to be scheduled all day.

Indoor event staff positions available are ticket takers, ushers and greeters.  Outdoor roles are also available, assisting with parking and directions to Hosch Theatre, the overflow venue for guests without tickets.

Flex schedules or overtime will be permitted for this event. Please contact Danielle Miller at or call 770-297-5456 to sign up.

‘A South Hall Evening of Intimate Jazz’ Saturday, Nov. 18

The Arts Council proudly presents A South Hall Evening of Intimate Jazz, featuring Blair Crimmins and the Hookers Quartet at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, inside the Historic Depot in Flowery Branch on Main Street. Tickets are $30 plus 7 percent tax.

The performance will be preceded by a free screening of multiple Oscar award-winning film La La Land sponsored by Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau. The film will be screened outdoors at dusk and the jazz performance will take place indoors at 8:30 p.m.

For tickets call 770-534-2787 or visit