Open Enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 29

Just a reminder that open enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 29. Please log in to your ADP employee portal at, and begin the process of enrolling in or waiving benefits. Keep in mind Nov. 29 is during holiday break, so please refer any questions you may have to Human Resources before Tuesday, Nov. 26, to ensure you receive a response prior to the close of open enrollment.

You must actively enroll in all benefits for 2020. No benefits from 2019 will roll over into the new plan year for 2020.

Below are the medical, dental and vision benefit summaries for the new plans, starting January 1:

Academic affiliate partnership with the High Museum of Art renewed

Brenau University has entered into a renewed three-year partnership with the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The affiliate relationship, begun in 2010 between President Emeritus Ed Schrader and past High Museum Director Michael Shapiro, has been renewed by President Anne Skleder and High Director Rand Suffolk. It is reviewed and renewed after each three-year term.

How do you benefit from this partnership?

  • Free museum admission for students and discounted admission for faculty and staff (Brenau ID required); discounted High Museum memberships may also be purchased
  • Free group visits for university-sponsored student groups and classes, which can be tailored to the interests of the group (curator tours, marketing behind-the-scenes, etc.)
  • Opportunities to host High Museum staff for lectures or programs on campus
  • Opportunity for students to exhibit work at the High Museum through the annual winter student exhibition on the Greene Family Education Center
  • Free use of the new “Hub at the High” work space for meetings or classes, upon request
  • And more!

If you have questions about how to utilize the partnership in your classroom, feel free to reach out to Nichole Rawlings, Brenau’s partnership liaison, at ude.uanerb@sgnilwarn. She can assist you in brainstorming or scheduling something for your class or group.

PsyClub Stuffed Animal Drive

PsyClub is doing a stuffed animal drive for their philanthropy, the Edmondson-Telford Child Advocacy Center through Friday, Dec. 6. Any new or gently used stuffed animals would be greatly appreciated.

The department or sorority house that donates the most stuffed animals will receive several gift cards as a prize. Collection boxes are located in the Psychology Department, Owens Student Center, Yonah Dining Hall, Trustee Library, Tea Room and sorority houses. Contact Jessica Brannam at ude.uanerb.regit@mannarbj if you have any questions.

Reminder: Campus Post Office for business purposes only

As the holidays approach, please be reminded that all personal packages and mail should be directed to your home address. The Campus Post Office is not equipped to handle personal deliveries. There is limited storage space for packages and all of it is needed to meet university business needs and the needs of our residential students.

Also, please use campus box numbers when addressing items for interoffice delivery via the Campus Post Office, as well as using your box number when giving your departmental address to others. This will enhance the accuracy and speed of sorting mail and will be much appreciated by the PO staff! If you need a list of campus mailbox numbers, please contact Vern Smedley at ude.uanerb@yeldemsv.

Support the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation at Moe’s Thursday

Moe's flyerBrenau Greek Life is hosting a fundraising night at the Moe’s Southwest Grill located at 333 Shallowford Road in Gainesville on from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, to support the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation.

Circle of Sisterhood is an organization that brings together sorority women to help women and girls access education in under served areas around the world. The foundation will receive 20% of proceeds from participating diners. All you have to do is order your favorite meal and drop your receipt in the designated bucket at the cash register. You can visit to learn more!

Week of Thanks Food Drive happening now

Phi Kappa Phi and the Freshman Honor Society are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive this week, benefiting Hall County families through the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

The most needed items include: no-sugar-added canned fruit; peanut butter; low-sugar jelly; canned meals; canned meat; wholegrain pasta; canned, low-sugar spaghetti sauce; low-sugar cereal; oatmeal; and canned vegetables.

Look for donation bins on campus. If you have any questions, please view the flyer or contact Ellen Goodman at ude.uanerb@1namdooge.

Charles Webster Hawthorne works on display

Hawthorne paintings

Artworks from our ongoing special exhibition “Charles Webster Hawthorne: Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Ivester” are on display for all to view at the Theatre on the Square Lobby in the Brenau Downtown Center.

On loan from the collection of Doug and Kay Ivester are 29 oil paintings and watercolors by American artist Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872-1930). Renowned for his portraits and genre paintings, Hawthorne was instrumental in the founding of the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899. This ongoing exhibition highlights a selection of works representative of Hawthorne’s style.

Brenau Galleries was joined by the Ivesters, Brenau’s Ivester College of Health Sciences and friends of the university for a wonderful reception celebrating this exhibition on Nov. 8. You can continue to view the works during normal business hours at the Downtown Center, too. For more information call 770.534.6263 or go to

Go to for photos from the reception.

Don’t be a turkey! Be a blood donor.

Please consider donating to the Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  this Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Sellars Gallery.

There will be Jersey Mike’s coupons for all who contribute! Donuts and pizza will also be provided. Those who preregister and donate will be entered into a drawing for a 60-minute massage. Go to to register.

Help those who are in need of blood and be thankful this holiday season. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community and across the country!

Student art gallery opening this Thursday, Nov. 21

Student art flyerPlease join us for the opening of our student art gallery space in the library’s Conversation Corner. It is a great chance to check out the newly updated space and see some great work by Brenau Studio Art students.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a reception with light refreshments from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

Embroidery Workshop this Friday, Nov. 22


The Center for the Arts & Design is hosting an embroidery workshop this Friday, Nov. 22. Participants will learn basic hand embroidery techniques as well as how to design their own pattern. Embroidery can be used for embellishment, creative mending and artwork.

The workshop will be held in Burd 302 from 1-3:30 p.m. All materials will be provided. It is free and open to anyone who wants to participate. Space is limited, so email Polly Evans-Thomas ude.uanerb@1samoht-snavep to reserve your spot.