Chair Massage Spots Available for April 18

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, April 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

Now Accepting Hagerman-Thompson Award Nominations

Since fall 2004, Brenau University has been annually honoring a staff member who meets a high standard of performance with the Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award. All university staff and faculty and are encouraged to nominate a staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Completed at least 5 years of continuous service through May 31
  • Employed on at least a ¾ time basis
  • Contributes to the growth and excellence of Brenau University beyond the call of duty
  • Is well respected
  • Presents a positive image both on and off campus
  • Is efficient and effective
  • Works well as a team member
  • Demonstrates commitment and dedication to the institution
  • Has unquestionable integrity
  • Has not received the award previously, is not a member of the faculty and is not a member of the vice presidents’ group

All Brenau University faculty and staff are eligible to submit one nomination form for a staff member who meets the criteria.

Please use the following link to submit your nomination form:

Walking Group Starts April 13

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 a new program, the Brenau Walking Group, derived from the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.

The kick-off of this program will be held Friday, April 13, at 4:15 p.m. 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. To join the Brenau Walking Group, please contact Kelley Maddox at

Wellness Participation Activity Tracker Now Available Online

Brenau’s Wellness Program, funded by Cigna, is designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. Our program includes activities during the year which relate to being healthy physically, mentally, financially, emotionally, etc.

Employees receive points for each activity or program they participate in. Points are added to the Activity Tracker, maintained by Human Resources, and are used to determine recipients for periodic special awards.

Now you can keep track of how many activity points you have earned throughout the year. The Wellness Participation Activity Tracker is now posted on your ADP portal. You can review by following this path: ADP > Resources > Company Information > Forms Library > Wellness Participation Activity Tracker.

During the open enrollment meeting in November, a name will be drawn from those who have accumulated Activity Tracker points. The more points you accumulate, the greater chance you have of winning a cash prize.

Upcoming Events Include:

  • Financial Wellness Workshop: April 19 (1 point)
  • Scavenger Hunt: April 18 (2 points)
  • Walking Group: April 9 (1 point for each week)
  • No Tobacco Day: May 25 (1 point)
  • Heart Walk: September (5 points)
  • Flu Shots: September (1 point)
  • Kickin’ Cancer Kickball: October (3 points)
  • Heath Fair/Benefits Expo: November (1 point)

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at

Drug Free Workplace Workshop for Faculty and Staff

The Drug Free Workplace Workshop for Faculty and Staff was available in Canvas from February 16-March 16. If you are a permanent employee and did not get the invitation to take the EMPLOYEE quiz, please email Kelley Maddox at

If you are a supervisor, you are required to take the employee quiz in addition to the supervisor quiz. If you did not get the invitation to take the SUPERVISOR quiz, please email Kelley Maddox at

Dempsey Dash Shirts For Sale

Shirts from the 2018 Dempsey Dash are for sale in the HR Office for $10.00. Proceeds benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund.

2018 Weight Loss Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Weight Loss Challenge! It was a 10-week challenge with three weigh-in points to see who lost the biggest percentage of weight.

1st place of the $500 prize: John Thompson
2nd place of the $130 prize: Holly Reynolds
3rd place of the $65 prize: Dana Edge

Other prizes were awarded throughout the challenge.

Cigna to Aquire Express Scripts

On Thursday, March 8, Cigna announced an agreement to acquire Express Scripts, a leading pharmacy services company that makes the use of medicine safer and more affordable for more than 80 million people throughout the United States. Together the two companies we will serve millions and have more than one billion customer touch points per year.

Read more in the press release (PDF).

Training and Professional Development Submission Form

All professional training should be documented and maintained in your Brenau personnel file. The VPAA Office has created a new Formstack form to be used to simplify the submission process. Faculty and staff are encouraged to self-identify professional training or workshops attended throughout the year by using this form. In addition, the form allows you to upload your supporting documentation (certificate or proof of attendance). The “Training and Professional Development Submission Form” can be found in your ADP employee portal by following this path: ADP > Resources > Forms Library.

Training may include professional seminars or courses that you have attended conferences, webinars and professional licensing requirements, (apart from those required trainings and meetings held by Brenau University).

The HR office will continue to record university sponsored required trainings from attendance rosters. Therefore, you would not include Canvas 20 and Canvas 21 (CV 20/CV 21), Canvas Refresher, Zoom courses, Brenau Lunch and Learn events, Drug-Free Workplace, FERPA, Safety, Title IX, IT training, etc. trainings.

Employees identified as an administrator, faculty or staff member with the Florida Department of Education are required to complete eight (8) clock hours of training each calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Those of you who fall into this category will be notified by Alecia Webb.

Should you wish to review your own training record, you may do so by following this path: ADP > Myself > Personal Information > Talent Profile > Training.

Questions should be directed to Human Resources at 770-534-6758 or VPAA at 770-534-6215.

The Chronicle’s ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ Survey

Brenau is participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” program, a national survey designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. Regardless of whether or not we are recognized, the data we receive will be helpful as we continue the process of creating the best workplace possible.

On March 12 a random selection of our employees will receive an email  invitation at your Brenau email address with details about the program and how to access the survey. If you receive an invitation, please take a moment to complete the survey.

This is a chance to make your voice heard, and a high response rate helps ensure an accurate representation of our community. At the close of the program, we will receive topline reports that summarize the organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence our culture. The survey is voluntary and completely confidential; our institution will not be able to trace results back to individuals.

Your survey will be processed by ModernThink LLC, an independent management consulting firm focusing on workplace quality in higher education. You can contact them by phone at 1-888-684-4658 or email at

We encourage everyone’s participation and hope you will take this opportunity to share your honest feedback! Thank you in advance for your participation.