Holiday Concert on Monday, Nov. 25

Brenau University Holiday Concert

Holiday concert flyerThe Departments of Music and Dance will showcase their talents in a collaboration guaranteed to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The annual Holiday Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Hosch Theatre of the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts.

Enjoy musical selections by Spectrum Singers, the Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Winds Jazz Ensemble along with the incredible talent of dancers from the Gainesville Ballet Company and Brenau Dance Department. Admission is free and open to the public.

VIRTOUSITY, an Evening of Dance Nov. 1-2

Virtousity flyerThe Department of Dance presents VIRTUOSITY, an Evening of Dance event at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2 in Pearce Auditorium. This is a moving production showcasing works from student choreographers Madison Freeman, Tatyana Hunter-Henley, Shania McAmis, Mockia Vaughn and Dejah Williams.

The concert will showcase works for guest artists Nicholas Palmquist, Allyne Gartrell and Tiffanie Carson. General admission is $7; for seniors, children under 12, Brenau alumni and college students with a valid ID, it is $5. Free admission for Brenau faculty, staff and students with a valid ID. Information: 770.538.4764 or ude.uanerb@ofniecnad.

Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing students attend Homeland Security training

Students learning how to help a patient in protective gear.Thirty-four nursing students and two faculty members, Dr. Amy Malcom and Angela Wheat, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Alabama. There are only two nursing schools in Georgia that have a long-standing relationship with the center and are invited to attend. This relationship was first formed and has been maintained by our very own resident public health expert, Dr. Betty Daniels.

Brenau has been taking nursing students to the CDP for several years. The two courses taken were Emergency Response Awareness for CBRNE Incidents and Healthcare Emergency Response Operations for CBRNE Incidents. Students were placed in simulation experiences that will supplement their learning.

Students in line for decontamination.The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the nation. The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments. Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital dedicated to training health care professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

DPT student Peter Chrysosferidis helps organize state’s first Student Conclave

On Sept. 28, the Student Focused Interest Network (SFIN) of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) hosted the first-in-Georgia Student Conclave at Emory University School of Medicine. The Student Conclave covered topics such as how to thrive in the workplace, resume building and mock interviews, financing and student loan repayment plans, and State Board updates.

Brenau DPT student Peter Chrysosferidis serves as treasurer along with DPT students from UGA and Mercer on the SFIN board of officers, which promotes student involvement in PTAG and APTA. Congratulations to Peter for his efforts on the Student Conclave and supporting his fellow PT and PTA students statewide!

EXHALE Dance Concert, April 11-13

The Department of Dance presents EXHALE, a senior thesis/guest artist concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 in Hosch Auditorium.

This innovative and engaging concert will showcase works from senior
dance majors Megan Watkins and Susan De Witt, faculty and nationally acclaimed guests artists Joshua Blake Carter from Gus Giordano II, Tiffanie Carson from CKM Dance Company and Mallory Baxley from Zoetic Dance Ensemble. The concert will be a showcase of creative excellence, breathtaking performances and versatility from our talented artists.

General admission is $7. Cost for seniors, children under 12, Brenau alumni and college students with a valid ID is $5. Admission is free for Brenau faculty, staff and students with a valid ID.

For more information call 770-538-4764 or email ude.uanerb@ofniecnad.

World Dance Showcasing GUMBOOT in Hopkins Dining Hall

World Dance Class students performing

The World Dance Class led by professor and Chair of the Department of Dance Madia Cooper-Ashirifi will be showing off their skills performing the South African dance, Gumboot. The showcase will take place at Hopkins Dining Hall at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

Come and enjoy your lunch and some great entertainment!

EXHALE Dance Concert April 11-13

EXHALE flyerThe Department of Dance presents EXHALE, a senior thesis/guest artist concert at 7:30 p.m., April 11-13, at Hosch Auditorium.

This innovative and engaging concert will showcase works from senior dance majors Megan Watkins and Susan De Witt, faculty and nationally acclaimed guests artists Joshua Blake Carter from Gus Giordano II, Tiffanie Carson from CKM Dance Company, and Mallory Baxley from Zoetic Dance Ensemble. The concert will be a showcase of creative excellence, breathtaking performances and versatility from our talented artists.

General admission is $7. For seniors, children under 12, college students with a valid ID and Brenau alumni, it is $5. Free admission for Brenau faculty, staff and students with a valid ID. For more information, call 770-538-4764 or email ude.uanerb@ofniecnad.

Interdepartmental collaboration highlight of simulation exercise

Lisa Maliska, class of 2017

Students and faculty in nursing, psychology and theater participated in a one-day, end-of-life simulation experience at the Brenau East simulation center on March 5. The scenario was an expected death of a hospice patient, which offered the junior nursing students the opportunity to participate in a realistic experience caring for a dying patient and their loved ones.

During the simulated experience a group of theater professionals and students, including Kyle Cantrell, Maggie Todd, Maleah Boyd, Hannah Love, Kathleen Waters and Ty Martin, portrayed the patient’s family members, displaying realistic emotional reactions during the death of their loved one. The objective was for the nursing students to provide quality care for the dying patient while offering emotional support and comfort to the family members.

After each simulated end-of-life experience, a detailed debriefing session was conducted by graduate psychology students Daphney Predvil, Laura Aiken, Michael Taylor, Lashea Hollis and Alexandrea Le. The debriefing sessions provide students with a process to confidentially discuss the experience. Brenau Counselor Gay Baldwin was also in attendance to provide student support during this intense experience. Graduate psychology students Shaneka Hutchinson, Sarah Pratts, and Shena Turner are conducting a thesis study on the impact of a death and dying simulation on nursing students’ levels of empathy, fear of death and attitude toward caregiving.

Brenau faculty responsible for the planning and development of this event include Gary Bauman, Margie Gill, Ann Demling, Gay Baldwin and Jane Buffington, and it could not have been successfully conducted without the assistance of professors Monica Pozowicz and Suzanne Gilmore.

This simulation experience was difficult for the theater department and nursing faculty as we missed one of our own, Lisa Maliska, who died Feb. 21 and was instrumental in the initiation of our first death and dying simulations. She was very dedicated to this experience as she continued as a theater volunteer even after graduating from Brenau in 2017. Thank you Lisa for your dedication and service to this experience. You will never be forgotten.

Brenau Babies Help OT and PT Students in Lab

OT and PT Students learn with the babies of Brenau community members

Kelly Peters's son, William, helping some students become more comfortable with their first pediatric evaluation.

Students from the departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy came together Jan. 18 to learn pediatric motor development. Families from the Brenau community brought their infants to help provide an experiential learning moment for 58 students. The day was a collaborative effort by professors Celeste Alexander, Tammy Buck, Laura Carpenter and Stacey Hoffman.

OT and PT Students learn with the babies of Brenau community members

OT and PT students analyzing DPT student Lee Parker’s son, Dru.

Attend the free Brenau Holiday Concert

Bobby Ivey directs the Vocal Chamber Ensemble at Pearce Auditorium during "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Get Your Passport Ready!" presented by the Brenau University Department of Music.

The Departments of Music and Dance will present a Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in Hosch Theatre of the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts.

A unique collaboration of music and dance, the concert will feature a performance of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols performed by the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble, directed by professor Bobby Ivey, and Brenau dancers choreographed by professor Madia Cooper-Ashirifi.

This festive holiday performance will also include the Brenau Spectrum Singers, directed by Ivey, and the Cresswind Community Chorus, directed by Chuck Bridwell. Come join us as we kick off the holiday season with a delightful program of music and dance.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.