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 ddifede@brenau.edu 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 www.TheArtsCouncil.net.

Florida Developer Enhances Art Collection with Gift of 17th-century Painting

Rebecca Pijls, a junior majoring in marketing and human resource management from The Netherlands, talks with Galleries Director Nichole Rawlings recently donated painting by Dutch painter Paulus Potter from 1647. The painting, a study for Potter's famous "The Bull," which hangs in the Mauritshuis in The Hague, was donated by Dave Gonzales of Jacksonville, Fla. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Rebecca Pijls, a junior majoring in marketing and human resource management from The Netherlands, talks with Galleries Director Nichole Rawlings recently donated painting by Dutch painter Paulus Potter from 1647. The painting, a study for Potter's famous "The Bull," which hangs in the Mauritshuis in The Hague, was donated by Dave Gonzales of Jacksonville, Fla. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Jacksonville, Florida, businessman David Gonzales enhanced the Brenau University Permanent Art Collection with the gift of a 1647 preliminary painting that led to the creation of one of the most famous works by the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age artist, Paulus Potter.

Titled Landscape with Cows, the 19 3/4-inch by 23 1/2-inch study reflects the pastoral images incorporated in the 92 1/2-inch by 133 1/2-inch finished work The Young Bull (The Dutch version of the name is De jonge stier), which hangs in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Netherlands.

“I think Dave really liked the university philosophy that we, as much as possible, like to share our art with the world instead of keeping it locked away in a vault,” Schrader said. “We have really enjoyed the relationship that we’ve formed in the past three years and are extremely grateful that he is sharing this great work of art with us.”

Read the rest of the press release at https://www.brenau.edu/news/florida-developer-enhances-art-collection-gift-painting/

‘Evening of Dance: Flux’ Nov. 3 and 4

Evening of Dance Image

Brenau Department of Dance presents “Evening of Dance: Flux” 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, in Pearce Auditorium.

The production features works by student choreographers Nia Byrd, Susan De Witt, Mary Rose Gibson and Megan Watkins and a guest performance by Atlanta-based Zoetic Dance Ensemble.

Tickets available at the door: $7 general admission, $5 seniors, children under 12, college students with a valid ID and Brenau faculty and staff with valid ID are free.

For more information please call +1-770-538-4764 or email danceinfo@brenau.edu.

Ice Cream Party Teaches Games, New Words to Anhui Students

Tatum explains the vocabulary as the CHURN winners display the result.

Forty students from Anhui Normal University, enrolled in Brenau’s 2+2 Program, enjoyed frosty treats as Ray Tatum, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Profs. Rudi Kiefer and Bryan Sorohan held an ice cream party at the SUB Saturday, Oct. 28.

VP Tatum shows his “coins changing hands” trick to Dean Zhang and senior Xining “Rachel” Pei.
VP Tatum shows his “coins changing hands” trick to Dean Zhang and senior Xining “Rachel” Pei.

“We had initially scheduled it at Longwood Park, at the shore of Lake Lanier,” Tatum said. “But when heavy rain entered the forecast, we decided to keep it on campus.”

“Maybe we should have held it in Wuhu,” Kiefer joked. “The temperature is the same, but it’s not raining there right now.”

Visiting ANU faculty, including Deputy Dean Xiaorong “Cole” Zhang and Xiaobo Lee, agreed. With five ice cream churns running to produce home-made flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, games got under way. Tatum handed out door prizes to students guessing the letters for the word “churn.” Brenau teachers WeiWei Hu (Physics) and Khalid Ibrahim (ESL) busily engaged the students with backgammon and Chinese checkers. The stage piano as well as the ping-pong and futbol table games also got a work-out.

Ibrahim challenges students to a Chinese checkers game.
Ibrahim challenges students to a Chinese checkers game.

“I’m very excited about this party,” said junior Qianyu “Crystal” Zhu. “We never had home-made ice cream before.”

Amid the socializing that helped the two years of Anhui groups get acquainted with one another, a consensus emerged to do this again.

 

 

Two High Museum of Art Events During International Week

International week is coming, bringing two free opportunities to participate in events related to the High Museum of Art. Please join us and spread the word to students and to the Brenau community!

A High Museum of Art Presentation featuring Carol Thompson, curator of African Art, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Sellars Art Gallery in the Simmons Visual Art Center.

For folks who can’t travel to the museum, this is a great opportunity to hear from High staff, learn from them and ask questions.

For those interested in traveling to the museum, Omar Victor Diop will give a lecture  at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the High, with transportation provided and leaving the Gainesville campus by 3:30 p.m.

Diop is from Dakar, Senegal in West Africa.  He uses his art to capture the influence and diversity of modern African culture. His work is interrogative and intriguing, prospective, yet a tad vintage and draws inspiration from Diop’s international uplifting, as well as his african visual heritage.

This is a great opportunity to hear from a modern African artist who is experiencing great success with his work, and a chance to get a better understanding about the “Making Africa” exhibit at the High.

The event Thursday is open to the public, but Friday’s event has limited space. RSVP to Nichole Rawlings at 770-534-6181 or nrawlings@brenau.edu with any questions.

‘Evening of Dance: Flux’ Nov. 3 and 4

Evening of Dance Image

Brenau Department of Dance presents “Evening of Dance: Flux” 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, in Pearce Auditorium.

The production features works by student choreographers Nia Byrd, Susan De Witt, Mary Rose Gibson and Megan Watkins and a guest performance by Atlanta-based Zoetic Dance Ensemble.

Tickets available at the door: $7 general admission, $5 seniors, children under 12, college students with a valid ID and Brenau faculty and staff with valid ID are free.

For more information please call +1-770-538-4764 or email danceinfo@brenau.edu.

Mischief Managed: Potterpalooza, Friday Oct. 27

Potterpalooza, Fri. Oct. 27, 12:30-2 in TMAC. Join us for food, prizes and a Horcrux hunt! Event counts for AS100, but all witches, wizards and muggles are invited.All witches, wizards and muggles are invited to the Trustee Library for Potterpalooza on Friday, Oct. 27, from 12:30-2 p.m. We’ll start the festivities in Thurmond McRae lecture hall where you’ll be sorted into your house. Then you’ll travel through Platform 9 3/4 to the library and enjoy some magical treats and hunt for Horcruxes in the library.

This event is targeted towards students, but we know we have some Potterheads in our faculty and staff ranks who will enjoy the fun.

Flu Shots Available Thursday

The Center for Health and Well-Being will give flu shots from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 in Yonah lobby for $15.

Please stop by to get your flu shot!