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.

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

Event Request Form for President Skleder

It is the president’s desire to successfully engage in as many events as possible. In an effort to manage multiple requests for President Skleder to participate in events, the Office of the President shares the following link: Event Request Form for President Skleder.

Please complete the questionnaire as it relates to your event and the president’s attendance. Please keep in mind that the president’s calendar fills up quickly. The earlier you submit your request, the earlier your event will be considered and a response given.

Keeping Jacksonville in our hearts

Outside Views of Brenau's Jacksonville Campus.

Florida remains under a state of emergency due to Hurricane Dorian, and accordingly, Brenau’s Jacksonville campus was closed late last week. Of course, the university’s No. 1 goal is safety. Many students and faculty have been evacuated from their homes. Last week President Anne Skleder reached out to all the Jacksonville students and faculty with a message of support to let them know that their Brenau colleagues are with them in spirit. Skleder also assured them that that the Jacksonville campus will not reopen until the state of emergency is lifted and there is time for safe return travels. For up-to-date information about Hurricane Dorian in Florida visit

While the path is unpredictable and dynamic, all of our Brenau Family who are in Dorian’s path, or have family, friends or homes in the path, are in our hearts. Please stay safe and stay in touch.

Students enjoy Dr. Haney’s extracurricular workshop on honeybees

Students work with beesA group of students from Dr. Rudi Kiefer’s science classes got a rare treat Saturday, Aug. 31, when Kiefer took them to Wauka Mountain for a workshop in beekeeping.

Dr. William Haney, professor of business administration, tends to beehives and produces honey on his property in Clermont, Georgia.

“I added a demonstration hive that lets students observe every activity of the bees,” Haney said. “Seeing them at work, going out and then returning with their leg bags full of pollen, has taught me incredible respect for the wonders of nature.”

Jiaxue “Chrissy” Li volunteered to suit up for invading the hives. Her fellow students watched as she lifted a frame, crawling with bees, out of the hive.

Dr. Haney teaches students about bees“The purpose is to gently remove the bees, check for pests like varroa mites and beetles, and then scrape the honeycomb off the frames,” Haney explained.

A short time later, the group tasted delicious honey fresh from the hive. Each participant received a sample bottle.

“It’s astounding what these insects can do,” said biology major Yarely Martinez. “They really make the honey for themselves, and in a way we’re stealing it, but at the same time they are the key to helping all the other foods grow that humans need.”

Prof. Kiefer explained that without pollinators like bees, two-thirds of the world’s food would be in decline or disappearing altogether.

“I’m proud to have worked with some real Georgia honey, and learned so much more at the same time,” Li said.

Probable pertussis case on Gainesville campus

We at Brenau are committed to the health of our community. Out of an abundance of caution and a commitment to your health and safety, we are alerting you to the possibility of a probable case of pertussis (whooping cough) at Brenau University’s Gainesville campus beginning the week of Aug. 16. We have identified a group that was directly exposed to the initial carrier, and we are in communication directly with that group. For more information visit

Join a Small Biz Success Power Session, Aug. 22

Business Incubator at Brenau University

Business Incubator at Brenau University

Join us as the Business Incubator at Brenau University hosts Home-Based Business Half-Day Power Session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at Brenau East.

Don’t go it alone! Take part in this information-packed power session where focus will be placed on challenges, opportunities and the potential pitfalls of running a business from your home.

Session content will include:

  • Setting Up for Success
  • Insurance, taxes and record-keeping
  • Financing, funding and financials
  • Marketing for the best results

For more information, including costs and discounts, go to

Matthews stationery price list

All standard Brenau University stationery should be ordered from Matthews Printing.

The attached Matthews stationery price list (PDF) includes prices for different amounts of business cards, envelopes, mailing labels and folded note cards. Click the link for more information.

It’s Amazon Prime Day! So remember to SMILE

Alumnae Reunion Weekend and May Day women holding daisy change

From left, Sarah Rooker, Brittany Arthur, Jondell Taylor, Kassandra Thomas and Alyssa Walawender smile for a photo as they hold onto the daisy chain below the Crow's Nest during class day on Brenau University's Gainesville campus.

Many of us will be making purchases from Amazon today and tomorrow during Amazon Prime Day. Did you know Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to charities and nonprofits, including Brenau University? You get the same shopping experience while supporting Brenau, so it’s an easy way to give back as you load up your shopping cart.

To select Brenau University as your charity visit this link and click Brenau University, Inc.

Help support Brenau University while knocking out holiday gifts or just treating yourself.