Extended Library Hours Begin on Monday, Nov. 27

Extended Library Hours (as indicated in copy)The Trustee Library will begin extended hours on Monday, Nov. 27. The library will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the Redwine Technology Center will be open 24/7.

On Friday, Dec. 8, we will close at 5 p.m. and begin our winter business hours. During this time the library will be closed on weekends and open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Condolences to friends and family of Lyn Orr, Brenau benefactor and supporter

Lyn Orr
Lyn Orr

Marvilyn “Lyn” Harden Orr, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 18, in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a former member of the Brenau Board of Advisors and she and her husband, Eston Wycliffe “Wyc” Orr, Sr., were longtime supporters of the university.

The Orrs established the Aileen Grace and Emogene Gaskins Women’s Studies Endowment at Brenau in honor of their mothers. Proceeds from the endowment were first used in 2008 to bring to the Gainesville campus the documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of former U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was also appointed U.S. Attorney General in the cabinet of his brother, President John F. Kennedy.

In 2015, Orr dedicated the Brenau Women’s Leadership Colloquium in her husband’s memory, accepting a proclamation alongside their daughter, Kris Orr Brown.

Orr was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia, the daughter of Aileen Grace Harden and Oren Hall Harden, Sr. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, who consistently noted, “Lyn is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

In addition to her service to Brenau, Orr was a 43-year member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church, was president of the Gainesville-Hall County League of Women Voters and the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing. She was active in the Gainesville-Hall County Junior League.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church and a private burial will follow.

Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, P.O. Box 907401, Gainesville, GA 30501, or Family Promise of Hall County, 1001 Riverside Drive Suite B, Gainesville, GA 30501.

BOTSA hosting Blood Drive with American Red Cross on Tuesday

Keep calm and give BloodThe Brenau Occupational Therapy Student Association is hosting a blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 11-4 p.m. in Room 143, the Pediatrics Lab, of the Brenau East Occupational Therapy Building. The students have set a goal of collecting at least 15 pints of blood!

Sign ups are preferred, but not required, and can be done online at www.redcrossblood.org. Use the Sponsor ID “BrenauOT.” Bethany Ray will also be taking appointment requests at bray2@tiger.brenau.edu.

Please consider donating and sharing the blood drive information with your friends and colleagues. Thank you for your participation and support!

Mindful Meditation Class Tuesdays at Noon

Stress Reduction for the Holidays: Mindfulness Meditation FlyerJoin us for small group mindfulness meditation practice on Tuesdays at 12 noon (or whenever you can get there) at the Brenau Downtown Center, Dept. of Physical Therapy, room 134.

Mindfulness meditation is the ability to be fully present in the moment and not being reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us.

Mindfulness practice can help:

  • decrease stress
  • decrease blood pressure
  • decrease chronic pain
  • reduce stomach problems
  • reduce depression and anxiety
  • improve sleep
  • improve sense of well-being

Anyone can do mindfulness practice and benefit from even 15 minutes a day.

This group is sponsored by the Life Enrichment and Wellness Program in the Department of Physical Therapy.


Claudia George receives Outstanding Veteran Award

Outstanding Veteran glass trophy with Claudia George on it.Claudia George, Helpdesk /Database Administrator in Brenau’s IT department, was awarded the Brenau University Outstanding Veteran Award by her veteran peers. Vern Smedley, the first recipient, presented the award to Claudia highlighting that she is always there when you need her, and is always willing to help with a smile and a laugh.

The award was presented at the annual Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Nov. 9, 2017. Claudia served in the Army Reserves.

Retirement Party for Raedelle Smith Nov. 30

After 20 wonderful years of service, Raedelle Smith is retiring.  Her final day will be Dec. 1. The facilities department would like to invite everyone to join them in the Tea Room on Thursday, Nov. 30, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for a drop-in farewell for her.

Her smile, love and friendship will be missed on a daily basis and we hope that she will return to visit us on the occasion. There will be cake and snacks as we celebrate her dedication to us and the university.

Holiday Concert Monday, Nov. 27

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.

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.

Spectrum Singers, directed by Bobby Ivey, will present a Holiday Concert featuring “Gloria” by Randal Bass and other Christmas favorites on Monday, Nov. 27, at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Hosch Theatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Staff Needed for Commencement Saturday, Dec. 16

Winter Commencement ceremonies are scheduled at Pearce Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 16, with graduates at 10 a.m. and undergraduates at 1:30 p.m. Event Services is now casting for support roles of two four-hour shifts, 8 a.m. to noon, and/or 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided to those who choose to be scheduled all day.

Indoor event staff positions available are ticket takers, ushers and greeters.  Outdoor roles are also available, assisting with parking and directions to Hosch Theatre, the overflow venue for guests without tickets.

Flex schedules or overtime will be permitted for this event. Please contact Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu or call 770-297-5456 to sign up.

Thanksgiving Hours and Thankfulness Turkeys at the Library

Thankfulness turkeys at the information desk.

Fill out a thankfulness turkey for the information desk.

Paper turkey sculpture made by library student-worker Michaela Beckham.
Paper turkey sculpture made by library student-worker Michaela Beckham.

We’re in full Thanksgiving mode at the library this week. You can fill out a thankfulness turkey for the front desk, checkout some holiday cookbooks for omnivores and herbivores, and pick up an autumn book or two for the Thanksgiving break. We will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.

One Week Left to Order Your Brenau Embroidered Clothing

The deadline to place your order for Brenau logo-embroidered jackets, sweaters, polos and more from Brenau’s Staff Development Committee is fast approaching. The sale ends in one week, on Nov. 21.

A portion of the proceeds from these sales will help support the Staff Development Committee to hold functions such as Service Awards, the End of the Year Picnic, Staff & Faculty Training and more.

Garment options are listed in the PDF at https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/2017-SDC-Shirts-for-purchase-FINAL.pdf.

To order please fill out the PDF order form at https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/2017-Brenau-shirt-order-forms.pdf.

Please submit your order form and payment to Tiffany Wilson at twilson3@brenau.edu or Gainesville campus mailbox #7 by Nov. 21. Ordered items should arrive by Dec. 15.