Brenau Named a ‘Great College to Work For’

Daniel Pavilion. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau was recognized Monday as one of the best higher education institutions to work for in the country.

It was among about 80 universities and colleges – and one of only three from Georgia – listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2017 “Great Colleges to Work For” rankings.

This is the fifth year Brenau has earned the distinction. Specifically, the university won honors in three categories: respect and appreciation, teaching environment and supervisor-department chair relationship.

The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For survey is the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education. It recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies.

The results are based on demographics, workplace policies, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition is the employee feedback.

“We continuously strive to make Brenau a great place to work,” said Kelley Maddox, assistant vice president of human resources. “These recognitions demonstrate this university’s commitment to excellence.”

Read more in the release on our website.

Employee Training on Workers’ Compensation Policy and Safety Protocol

Please review the employee training regarding Workers’ Compensation Policy and Safety Protocol attached at

This is a review to ensure employees know what to do in the event of an injury on campus.

Pool Closed This Week

Due to re-roofing, the pool will be closed this week, July 17-21, and possibly after that. Please call before you plan to swim next to ensure the pool has reopened.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Condolences to the Family of Former Trustee David Seng

Brenau Trustee David Seng at home in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Former Brenau University Trustee David Francis Seng of Dahlonega, Georgia, died at his home July 13 after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis for three years. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Erin McCabe Seng, a Brenau alumna who also served on the university board; a daughter, Shannon Seng Van Horn; sons, Andrew and Matthew; daughter-in-law Celeste Hannah, son-in-law Jason Van Horn; and six grandchildren.

David Seng graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1963 and earned an MBA from Northwestern University. After service as a U.S. Navy lieutenant, he worked for a major Chicago financial institution as portfolio manager, a Southeast bank in pension and profit sharing management, and Wall Street investment banking firms. David retired in 1998 as a major stakeholder and executive in Atlanta-based investment firm Montag & Caldwell.

The Sengs, who settled in Georgia in 1973, began their contact with Brenau in 1993 when Erin enrolled i the interior design program. She was already on the board when another board member, who had a financial services background, stepped down. David seemed the obvious choice to fill it.

“Erin and I were both raised in families where contributing to the greater good was taught and practiced,” David Seng said in a 2015 interview for Brenau Window magazine (see “The Other Half of We” in the web edition). “We are both ‘cradle Catholics,’ and like many people of faith, we were raised to understand our role in life is to do what we can for our community.”

St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church celebrated Seng’s life with a funeral mass on Monday, July 17. See for additional information.

Chair Massage Spots available for July 19

There are 15 morning appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, July 19 on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please email Kelley Maddox at

Congratulations to Alumna, Trustee Antonina Lerch on Birth of Daughter Ellie

Antonina Lerch, right, and her husband Michael Lerch, left, hold their newborn daughter Ellie.

Brenau alumna and trustee Antonina Lerch gave birth to her second daughter, Ellie Lerch, at 7:19 a.m. Friday, July 7.

Ellie weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches long. The entire family is doing well.

Congratulations to the Lerch family!

Tickets On Sale Now for Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s 38th Season

Tickets are on sale now for the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s 2017-18 season, which will take patrons from adventures in deepest, darkest India, to war zones in ancient Greece and into a fantasy kingdom.

Last season, more than 97 percent of the performances sold out. Unforgettable storytelling and high production values were made possible by this hybrid professional company and theater training program. The upcoming season promises nothing less, with resident and guest theater professionals directing, acting and designing alongside GTA’s theater students.

Seats can be purchased to an individual show or custom ticket packages can be built with discounts for two shows or more by choosing the shows, dates and preferred seats. For tickets, go to or by calling the GTA Box Office at +1-678-717-3624.

International Ballet Intensive Gala Performance Friday, July 14

The International Ballet Summer Intensive Program, under the artistic direction of Brenau alum Danita Emma, WC ’01, and Momchil Mladenov, will present a Gala dance performance in honor of the program’s fifth anniversary in the Hosch Theatre of the John S. Burd Center Friday, July 14, 7 p.m.

The evening will include delightful excerpts from the classical ballet “Coppelia,” set to the emotionally complex music of Leo Delibes, as well as the equally popular ballet “Flower Festival.”

Tickets for general seating are $12 for adults, $9  for seniors and students, and children under age 7  are free. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before performance.

Temporary Irregular Gallery Hours July 10-13

The Sellars Gallery on the Gainesville historic campus will have irregular hours the week of Monday, July 10, through Thursday, July 13. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Temporary irregular hours:

  • Monday, July 10, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 11, closed.
  • Wednesday, July 12, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 13, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Campus Weight Watchers Group

Are you interested in joining a Weight Watchers group on the Gainesville historic campus? If so contact Kelley Maddox at before July 11. Friends and family are welcome as well.