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 surveys@modernthink.net.

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

Please review your Form W-4

The IRS has completed updating its online withholding calculator that individual taxpayers can use to determine how many withholding allowances they should claim for 2018. The IRS also issued a new 2018 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Download the new form at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf (PDF) and use the calculator at www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-withholding-calculator.

The new calculator and Form W-4 are designed to implement the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed at the end of 2017, which increased the standard deduction, removed personal exemptions, increased the child tax credit, limited certain other deductions and changed the tax rates and brackets.

All employees are strongly encouraged to review and submit a new Form W-4 in ADP, if necessary, in order to avoid possible over or under withholding for 2018. To update your W-4 in ADP, login and go to: Myself/Pay/Tax Withholdings then click the “Edit” buttons.

Join Event Services as an Onsite Coordinator

Event Services is looking to fill an open position for a part-time Onsite Event Coordinator at the Brenau Downtown Center.

In this position, the individual oversees events such as conferences, meetings, social events and performances from move-in until move-out of each client. He/She acts as an event coordinator on behalf of clients to ensure a smooth and successful event. He/She also acts as the liaison between Brenau University and outside vendors and clients to ensure university policies and procedures, and public safety guidelines are followed during an event.

Additionally:

  • He/she may need to provide services such as moving the facility’s tables, chairs or other equipment according to the needs of the client.
  • He/She should have a basic understanding of audio-visual equipment to make sure the facility’s AV is in working order for the duration of the client’s event.
  • He/she must be receptive to the public, faculty, staff and students.
  • He/she must be able to work as a team and alone as needed.
  • He/she must work with minimal supervision once trained.
  • He/she must be willing to work various shifts to include early mornings, nights, weekends, and/or holidays as assigned.

To apply for this position, log into ADP Workforce and go to https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BRENAU&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US#.

Heart Smart Dining Day Tomorrow, Feb. 23. Bring your Recipes!

Don’t forget to bring your recipes tomorrow and meet at Hopkins Dining Hall at noon for our Heart Smart Dining Day! Join us for a demonstration of how to prepare healthy meals and sample heart healthy foods.

Eating a heart-healthy diet is important for managing your blood pressure and reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke and other health threats.

Lunch in the dining hall is available for faculty and staff for the discounted price of $5.

Employees who participate will receive one Activity Point toward the Wellness Participation Program for a chance to win a cash prize at the end of the year.

Mandatory Drug-Free Workplace Workshop, Feb. 16 – Mar. 16

Brenau is certified as a drug-free workplace. As a requirement of being a participant in the program, each year employees are required to review the drug free workplace policy and take a short quiz.

Supervisors are also required to review the supervisor presentation and take the supervisor quiz, in addition to the employee quiz.

The workshop and quiz are available electronically via Canvas until March 16. Invitations to take the course will be sent via Canvas to your Brenau email account. This training is a requirement for continued employment at Brenau for all current and active employees.

Canvas Login Instructions:

  1. Navigate your Web Browser to intranet.brenau.edu and click the link in the upper right for Canvas
  2. Enter your username
    1. Your username is your first initial followed by your last name & @brenau.edu
    2. If you have a common last name you may be assigned a number after your last name. Example: jsmith5@brenau.edu
  3. Enter your Password
    1. Your password is the first letter of your first name, plus the MMDD digits of your birthday, plus the first letter of your last name, plus “1!” (a number 1 plus an exclamation point). For example, if your name is Jane Smith and your MMDD is 0402 then your password would be “j0402s1!”
    2. If you have changed and forgotten your CANVAS password you can always click the FORGOT PASSWORD link at the login page to have a link sent to you to change your password.

    For assistance with Canvas please contact the IT Helpdesk at helpdesk@brenau.edu or 770-538-4774.

Heart Smart Dining Day, Feb. 23

February is American Heart Health Month! Brenau’s Wellness Team and Brenau Dining are teaming up to bring you Heart Smart Dining Day.

Eating a heart-healthy diet is important for managing your blood pressure and reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke and other health threats. Come join us in Hopkins Dining Hall on Friday, Feb. 23, at noon for a demonstration of how to prepare healthy meals and sample heart healthy foods.

Faculty and staff receive a discount lunch rate of $5.

Brenau is also trying to put together a Brenau cookbook. Be one of the first 50 to bring a copy of a recipe with you to this event and you will receive a free Healthy Eating Recipe Book.

Employees who participate will receive one Activity Point toward the Wellness Participation Program which awards a cash prize at the end of the year.