Play Therapy Continuing Education Workshop, Feb. 1

The Psychology Department will present the continuing education workshop “Healing Trauma: Strengthening Resiliency and Attachment Through Play Therapy” on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Downtown Center Room AB from 9 a.m. to noon with check-in at 8:30 a.m.

The speaker will be assistant professor of psychology and Certified Theraplay Practitioner Lucinda Grapenthin,. This program is intended for licensed professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, psychologists, play therapists, pediatric nurses, teachers and others working with children and families impacted by trauma and adverse experiences. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how traumatic events alter the sense of self and the ability to self-regulate thus precluding healthy attachments. Therapeutic activities will be introduced that will assist practitioners in understanding the value of play and its relationship with promoting self-regulation, resiliency and healthy attachments.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of trauma from a neurobiological and physiological perspective
  2. Demonstrate how playful interventions help to restructure psychosocial orientation
  3. List effective playful strategies to help children begin their own healing.

Registration is required and no payments accepted at the door. Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) CE Approval Number 7964-18; Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) Approved; Association for Play Therapy (APT) — APT Approved Provider #18-972. Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Register online at

The Library Seeks Book Donations

Book Donation 2019 Library FlyerIt is almost time for the Annual Library Book Sale (and there was much rejoicing)!

We are currently seeking book/dvd/audiobook donations for the sale. You can drop your donations off at the library’s reference desk during operating hours.

For more information, view the Book Donation 2019 Library Flyer. If you have any questions please contact Benji Barton

Brenau’s Access to The Chronicle Now Officially Open

Brenau University has purchased a site license to The Chronicle of Higher Education, and individuals with a email address now have full online access to The Chronicle through any device and at any location. Please see the access instructions (PDF) to learn more.

If you have an individual subscription to The Chronicle and have questions regarding prorating your subscription, please contact Hend Azargui at

The Office of the President in partnership with the Office of the Provost have provided this access to The Chronicle.

Singing for the Sugar Snouts Concert Jan. 18

Come join the students of Brenau adjunct professor Jan Grissom for a vocal recital “Singing for the Sugar Snouts” performed in the atrium of the John S. Burd Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Enjoy a variety of musical theater and opera repertoire, and support the needy shelter animals of Frankie and Andy’s Place. Free and open to the public, although donations are greatly appreciated.

Create Your Own Sock Monkey Workshop, Jan. 26

Please join us on Saturday, Jan. 26, for a sock monkey workshop.

In this special workshop, participants will learn how to make their own sock monkeys. Each participant will make two sock monkeys: one to take home and one that will be donated to a local charity. This event is free and open to everyone, although a suggested donation of $5 to the student organization Kappa Pi is welcome.

For more information call 770.534.6240 or view the flyer( PDF). This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fashion lab (Room 302) of the John S. Burd Center.

Financial Aid Bids Farewell to Shelby McClain

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Office of Financial Aid bids a fond farewell to our Verification Specialist Shelby McClain, whose last day at Brenau will be Friday, Jan. 18. Shelby has been a wonderful colleague and friend, not only within the Financial Aid Office, but also throughout the Brenau community. Her sunny disposition and trademark smile have served to lift others up on a regular basis and earned her a special place in the hearts of so many of her fellow Brenau family – both employees and students.

We will miss her dearly, but wish her every happiness as she starts a new chapter in her life with her husband, in Lincolnton, North Carolina.

Brenau Access to The Chronicle of Higher Education

Brenau University has purchased a site license to The Chronicle of Higher Education and soon all individuals with a email address will receive online access to The Chronicle through any device and at any location. If you have previously subscribed to The Chronicle and are considering renewing your subscription, you are encouraged to take advantage of the Brenau site license instead.

The Office of the President in partnership with the Office of the Provost have provided this access to The Chronicle. A followup announcement will be made via Update to confirm access availability.

OT calls for volunteer babies for pediatric baby lab

This semester, the School of Occupational Therapy is doing “the baby lab” as an informal interprofessional education event with physical therapy students at the Brenau Downtown Center.

Laura Carpenter, assistant professor of occupational therapy, is seeking babies who are up to 1 year old to come from either 9-10 a.m. or 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, with their caregiver and demonstrate their reflexes and movement skills in small groups with the students.

Email Carpenter at if you or anyone you know can attend — you’re welcome to share her email address with friends at church, neighbors, etc. who might be available. Babies will receive a gift card for participating.

Also, let Carpenter know if any faculty are interested in volunteering to help by floating among groups to answer students’ questions and generally control the chaos. Feel free to email with any questions.

The Office of Admissions hosts Winter Weekend, Jan. 26-27

Winter Weekend at Brenau University

On Jan. 26-27 the Office of Admissions will host their annual Winter Weekend event. This is a wonderful opportunity for local and out of state high school seniors to come and spend the night here on our historic campus with current Brenau students.

Through spending the night in our sorority houses, attending academic showcases, watching “Brenau’s Got Talent” and having a blast at our after party, these prospective students are able to get an incredible experience of what life is like at Brenau.

Again, this event is for high school seniors that are thinking about making Brenau University their future home. We encourage any faculty and staff to spread the word to family and friends. Students can sign up on our website, and please feel free to contact Ray Lian at 770.534.6171 if there are any questions.

Now Accepting Abstract Submissions for the 2019 Research Symposium

The Research Symposium Committee would like to announce that we are now accepting abstract submissions for the 2019 Research Symposium.

This year’s Research Symposium will take place on Friday, April 5, in Brenau’s Downtown Center.

Our theme this year is “Expand Your Horizons” and faculty members from the Trustee Library and each of the colleges will open the symposium with a round table discussion about their experiences with interdisciplinary research and teaching and how moving out of their comfort zone to collaborate with others outside of their field has influenced them.

While we encourage submissions that touch on this year’s theme, it is not a requirement to be considered for inclusion. All students and faculty are encouraged to submit an abstract to be reviewed for this year’s research symposium.

Students need to complete the abstract submission word document found on the Research Symposium Intranet web page and give it to their project advisor for review and final submission using the Formstack submission form by Friday, Feb. 15.

If you have any questions regarding the Research Symposium please contact Kelly Peters at