Earn $200 in gift cards through the Wellness Program

Did you know that through Brenau’s Wellness Program, you can earn $200 in gift cards to your favorite restaurant or store? Employees who are covered under our Cigna group insurance are eligible to earn up to $200 in gift cards just by getting a flu shot, having an annual physical, etc. Plus, additional gift cards and prizes are given away throughout the year.

Check out the Wellness Events Planner for upcoming events and additional information. Questions about the program can be sent to Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Chair massage spots available for Oct. 16

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, Oct. 16, on the historic Gainesville campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Photos from Spirit Week 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in Spirit Week 2019 either in-person on in their office! We had a great time and we can’t wait to do it again next year.

It’s never to early to start planning for next year’s Spirit Week. If you want to get involved or have ideas for activities contact Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

View the gallery of photos.

Chair massage spots available for Sept. 18

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first come, first served basis for chair massages Wednesday, Sept. 18, on the Gainesville campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Required Title IX training begins today, Sept. 9

Please schedule 45 minutes between Sept. 9-30 to complete the required Title IX training available online in EverFi. Employees required to complete the training will be sent an email invitation from the EverFi Learning System. All faculty and staff must complete this training prior to Monday, Sept. 30.

Compliance training enables Brenau to operate safely and efficiently and to ensure our employees are following laws and regulations. We live and work in an environment where expectations are that learning assignments will be completed and submitted. Participation is expected.

Register for Spirit Week by Monday for T-shirt

Faculty and staff, register for Spirit Week at brenau.edu/spirit-week before this coming Monday, Sept. 9, to get a free shirt. After that, shirts are $13.

Food Truck Friday, Sept. 13 Menu

Join us for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the North Hall Lawn adjacent to the Tea Room. Cost for employees is $5 cash.

The Boar’s Head Hot Dog Cart will serve hot dogs with chili, slaw and other toppings, black bean veggie burgers, and kettle chips.

Supporting the REACH Georgia Scholarship Program

Realizing Educational Attainment Can Happen, also known as REACH, aims to provide Georgia’s eligible, academically promising students with the support needed to graduate high school and enter college.

Scholars are identified in the spring of seventh grade and receive academic mentoring, coaching and social support from eighth grade through high school graduation. Upon graduation, they receive a $10,000 scholarship funded in part by the legislature and in part by Hall County and Gainesville City supporters like you.

One hundred percent of your donation will be used for the scholarship. Many colleges are matching or double-matching this award, making your donation even more valuable. Visit www.reachga.org for more information. To donate, please complete the attached form.

The Walking Group starts back Sept. 6

These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

As part of Brenau’s health and wellness initiative, the HR office encourages you to take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the Brenau Walking Group, which meets at 4 p.m. each Friday afternoon on the Gainesville campus.

On the day of the event, participants are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. This can be your first step toward a longer, stronger and healthier life.

Did you know? For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours. The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.

The walking group will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at the entrance to Golden Tiger Way. Participates will earn one Wellness Activity Point. To join the Brenau Walking Group, please contact Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Take responsibility for your retirement fund

Relying on pension funds and Social Security is no longer sufficient when planning for retirement. To help, here are some tips to help you take charge of saving for retirement:

  • Set a goal: Even if you can only save a small amount, setting aside money each month will get you in the habit of saving.
  • Open an Individual Retirement Arrangement: Most Americans can open and make tax-deferred contributions to an IRA.
  • Learn about Brenau’s retirement plan: If you’re covered under your employer’s retirement plan, be sure to review the summary plan description to learn about your rights under the plan. (This can be found in ADP under Forms Library).
  • Review your benefits statement: TIAA can provide you with a benefits statement, which details your total plan benefits and the amount vested.
  • Sign up for 403(b) contributions: You can select how much money you want taken out of each paycheck to be put into this account.
  • Estimate your Social Security benefits: Use the Social Security Administration’s calculator (ssa.gov/planners/calculators) to do so.
  • Learn about your spouse’s retirement plan: Many plans provide spousal benefits. Be sure to read the plan’s details to see if you are eligible.

Brenau contracts with a financial advisor from Cannon Financial Strategists to come to campus once each month. Should you wish to schedule a meeting, please contact Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.