Carnival week at the North Atlanta campus

Snacks in Norcross

From July 11-14, the North Atlanta campus is celebrating “Carnival Week.” Brenau staff are providing delicious carnival themed treats, such as kettle corn, cotton candy and specialty ice cream to students and faculty. The purpose of this week was not only to indulge in delicious treats, but also to encourage more interaction among the student body. The campus is looking forward to creating more interactive programs for the Brenau family!

Norcross staff and students during carnival week

Forms Library Available in ADP

A new payroll check request form has been posted for use.

Please be sure to check the ADP site under Forms Library for the latest forms rather than storing paper copies of forms.

Brenau students, alumni and staff featured in community theater production

Hunchback of Notre Dame image

The Historic Holly Theater in Dahlonega will perform “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” next month and will feature several Brenau community members, including the show’s choreographer and alumna of Brenau’s Dance Department Laurin Trudeau Dunleavy; stage manager and GTA veteran Sean Newman; acting majors sophomore Olivia Eafano and junior Darian Payne; Director of Assessment Drew Ferguson; and GTA veterans Ryan Krygier, Asa Stephens and Austin Sweatman.

While the show features classic Disney music, the plot follows closer to the original Victor Hugo novel and should be considered “PG.” Performances run Aug. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets available at – come out and support local theater and these members of the Brenau Community!

“These people have done a whiz-bang job of breathing new life into a timeless story, and the music will knock your socks off! Bring extra socks to the theater.”
-Victor Hugo* (decd)

“From the Academy Award-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.”

*Not an actual quote, more a paraphrasing of what the author might have said. Well, but in French.

Deans Assistant Job Opening

The College of Fine Art’s & Humanities has an opening for Dean’s Assistant/Office Manager in Gainesville.

Refer to ADP Requisition ID # 1077 for full description.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required
  • Must have excellent writing skills and computer skills
  • Work experience in an academic setting is preferred

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative support for the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities and the Dean of the Undergraduate School and serves as the Office Manager for the Department of Dance, the Department of Music, and the Department of Theater
  • Maintains accurate records; assists with budgeting functions (such as ordering supplies and developing purchase orders)
  • Assists with editing the web pages
  • Uses the Calendar of Arts and Events to populate the Master Calendar
  • Other duties as assigned

Updated Paymerang Instructions

Paymerang has provided a newer, updated version of the enrollment instructions previously provided in the Update. Please download the updated instructions (PDF) below at and don’t hesitate to reach out to Toby Hinton at with any questions.

Download the revised instructions (PDF) at

Condolences to Family of Trustee Emeritus Ray Burch

Brenau Trustee Emeritus Ray Burch

Longtime Brenau University Trustee Raymond “Ray” Headley Burch, Jr., 89, of Gainesville, died Thursday, June 28.

A Kentucky native, Burch was the only child of Catharine Wagner and Raymond H. Burch, Sr. He graduated from University of Kentucky in 1951, and on Dec. 27, 1952, he married Madge Hunter Farra. The newlyweds moved to Clark Air Force Base, Philippine Islands, in January 1953, where Burch reported for duty as Second Lieutenant of the US Air Force. Following a five-year tour with the US Air Force, he worked with Ralston Purina in St. Louis, Missouri, and then accepted a transfer to Gainesville in 1957.

Ray made a move to business development and sales with Twin Oaks Hatchery in 1959. In 1961 he joined CWT Farms and was responsible for developing the export and international sales for that company. Burch would be president of CWT for more than three decades, eventually becoming chairman of the board.

He served on the Georgia Poultry Leaders Round Table starting in 1978, and was Georgia Poultry Federation president for 1966-67. He also served as state vice-president and director of South-Eastern Poultry and Egg Association for seven years.

Burch was selected to the Brenau University Board of Trustees in the late 1980s, until he recently retired and was named a trustee emeritus. He also served as the chairman for the Hall County Development Authority from 1983-86. As Chattahoochee Country Club president in 1984, Ray was instrumental in the construction of the current CCC facilities. Ray was also active in Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club, the latter of which he was director.

He was the patriarch of a large family, including his wife, four children, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who were the source of his greatest happiness.

The Brenau community extends heartfelt condolences to all of Ray Burch’s family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Gainesville First United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. next Tuesday, July 10.

Water Aerobics in the Heat of the Summer

Join water aerobics class, hosted by Brenau’s Life Enrichment and Wellness Co-op, Mondays at 6 p.m. The class is held at Brenau University’s pool in the Fitness Center. Our water aerobics class is unique and perfect for the summer because the water is a cool temperature, allowing you to cool off after a hot summer’s day.

You can  join Life Enrichment for $10 a month (cash or check) with no start up fees or contracts. This membership includes unlimited access to our gym in the Downtown Center, unlimited fitness classes and exercise consultations with Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Please contact us at or 678-971-1845.

Direct Deposit of Reimbursement Checks

The business office proudly announces direct deposit of reimbursement checks!

To accomplish this, Brenau has partnered with a Richmond-based firm, Paymerang. Employees who have received multiple reimbursement checks from Brenau in the past year will receive an enrollment email from, within the next week or so. This enrollment process is completed through a simple, secure and confidential site so that your banking information remains protected. You will need to have your bank account and routing numbers available when enrolling.

Employees who do not receive the enrollment email now, will be emailed if/when they submit another expense for reimbursement.

This enrollment applies solely to expense reimbursement payments. All reimbursement requests should continue to be completed and approved according to existing procedures.

You can download the step-by-step instructions and screenshots of the process (PDF) you will need to complete. If you have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact Toby Hinton.

If you have any questions about the direct deposit process or need assistance enrolling, please email Paymerang’s support team at If you have general questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact Toby Hinton,

Download the setup instructions at

Condolences to Professor James Sennett and Family

On Monday, Brenau University Professor of Business Administration James Sennett’s daughter Gina Henderliter died at age 36 in Illinois, where she resided, after battling breast cancer for several years.

Dr. Sennett’s coworkers in the College of Business & Communication and the entire Brenau community extend heartfelt condolences to Dr. Sennett, Gina’s husband Shawn, and the entire family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to:

1783 Forest Drive, #184
Annapolis, MD 21401

METAvivor is dedicated to the women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. While more and more people have taken up the cry for additional stage 4 research, METAvivor remains the only U.S. organization dedicated to raising funds specifically for stage 4 breast cancer research.

Donations specifically in memory of Gina may be made at

Northeast Georgia History Center Family Fun on Saturday

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host Riding the Rails: Family Fun at Engine #209 on Saturday, June 30, from 12-4 p.m.

Join the History Center for a day of family fun at Gainesville Midland Engine #209. There will be guided tours of the grounds, living history interpretation, and hands-on activities for all ages. See if you have what it takes to drive a railroad spike or switch a freight train. All Aboard!

Parking is available at 320 Maple Street or at the Public Parking Deck on the Gainesville Square. View a map with the event location marked at,+Gainesville,+GA+30501/@34.2968045,-83.829806,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88f5f6929428b45f:0x81b8e363acc74a75!8m2!3d34.2968045!4d-83.8276173?hl=en.

Admission is free. Please note the History Center itself will be closed during this special event.