Mandatory Drug-Free Workplace Training, Feb. 19 – March 8

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.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming required training that will be available in Canvas for faculty and staff Feb. 19 – March 8. Employees are required to take the training that will be sent as an invitation from the Canvas Learning System on Feb. 19.

Want a Dempsey Dash Shirt? Order before Feb. 18

Make sure you register for the race or as a phantom runner before Feb. 18 to confirm your shirt order and encourage friends and family to participate this year. This event is fun for the whole family, with snacks and face painting.

Don’t want to walk or run? We still need volunteers for to help out with the Dempsey Dash.

Sign up to run or volunteer at


Retirement Adviser on Campus Feb. 21

Kelly from Cannon Financial will be available to meet employees on Feb. 21. To set up a time to meet with Kelly, please visit

Corrected 1095 Forms Coming to ADP

The 1095s previously generated were incorrect. ADP has generated new 1095s and they will be available in your ADP Employee Portal in 48 hours or so. They will also mail paper copies for us to send out.

The MotivateMe Program within Brenau’s Wellness Program

Through Cigna’s MotivateMe Program, Brenau provides you with financial rewards for the healthy actions you take. The goal is to keep you motivated to get your annual checkup, know your key health numbers and, ultimately, take control of your health.

Below are some of the simple activities you can complete to start earning rewards.

  1. Get your annual preventive checkup. 
    Your annual preventive checkup can help catch health issues before they become more serious. Cigna medical plans cover annual checkups at 100 percent when received from an in-network physician.
  2. Complete your online health assessment. 
    The online health assessment is an easy-to-answer, online questionnaire that provides a snapshot of your health and recommends steps for improvement. It takes very little time to complete.

Refer to the dark gold-colored activities on the Wellness Planner (PDF) for all the events you can do to be rewarded with a gift card through the MotivateMe Program. Refer to the attached Web User Guide (PDF) for additional information and instructions on how to get started.

1095 Forms

1095 Forms for tax filing purposes will be distributed to campus mailboxes today. Off-site employees will have theirs mailed to their home address. This information is also available in your ADP Employee Portal under Pay and Annual Statements.

Dempsey Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run Saturday, March 9

Dempsey Dash t-shirtJoin us for Brenau’s third annual Dempsey Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run in memory of Wayne Dempsey at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the amphitheater on the historic Gainesville campus.

This event is open to employees, their families and the general public.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund, first funded by an anonymous donor in 2014 in Dempsey’s memory.

Faculty, staff and student discounts for registering are available this year.

Employees who participate will receive 5 Activity Points toward the Wellness Participation Program.

You may register on the Dempsey Dash page on

Chair Massage Spots Available for Jan. 16

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Jan. 16, on the Gainesville historic 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.

Monday, Jan. 7 final weigh-in day for 2019 Weight Loss Challenge

Need a new year’s resolution? Brenau’s annual Weight Loss Challenge begins January 2019! At the end of challenge, the employee who lost the highest percent body weight will win a $500 cash prize. There is no entry fee required to participate.

Jan. 3, 4 and 7

Feb. 6, 7 and 8 (The participant who is leading at this point will also receive a prize!)

March 13, 14 and 15

All weigh-ins will be performed in the Human Resources Office. Email Kelley at ude.uanerb@xoddamk to schedule an appointment. It is preferable to weigh-in on the last day. However, if you cannot make it that day, two other days are available, as outlined above. All information will be kept confidential.

Additional Information:

  • Each participant will be required to weigh in at initial weigh-in, mid weigh-in and the final weigh-in to be eligible for prizes. Only dates listed above will be used as weigh-in dates.
  • Employees from each campus are eligible to participate.
  • Each participant will know where they placed in the rankings (i.e. you were fourth place out of 13).
  • Names of participants will be shared with the participant group.
  • Each Friday the group will meet at 4:15 p.m. to walk together as a group.
  • The name of final winner will be posted in the Update.
  • The winner will be determined by calculating the percent of total body weight lost.
  • This is a voluntary program. Each participant will sign a participation agreement.

Employees are encouraged to use the facilities on campus. The Brenau Fitness Center (which is free to all employees), the Brenau Mile and the Center for Health & Well-Being are all great options! Also, please take advantage of our on-site Hopkins Dining Hall offering healthy eating options at a great price: $5 for employees.


1st place: $500 cash prize
2nd place: $50 cash prize
3rd place: $25 cash prize
Mid weigh-in: $25 cash prize

Payout to winners: Awarded in April 2019

Brenau Contributions to HSA Accounts

Just a reminder if you signed up for the High Deducible Health Plan (HDHP) with HSA option for medical for 2019 you will need to contribute to your HSA in order for the Brenau contribution to be deposited correctly.

Please contact Kelley Maddox at 770-534-6270 (ext. 6270 on campus) with questions.