Rotaract Sherpa Pullover Fundraiser

The Brenau Rotaract club is selling Sherpa pullovers with the Brenau logo for $60 as a fundraiser. They make great Christmas gifts. If you would like to make an order please contact Lila Westmoreland, club sponsor, at Deadline is Dec. 7.

Sherpa pullovers have been the fall rage since 2015 and continues to be one of the most popular products on the planet. If you are looking for something new, the softness can’t be beat!

Attend the free Brenau Holiday Concert

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.

The Departments of Music and Dance will present a Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in Hosch Theatre of the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts.

A unique collaboration of music and dance, the concert will feature a performance of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols performed by the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble, directed by professor Bobby Ivey, and Brenau dancers choreographed by professor Madia Cooper-Ashirifi.

This festive holiday performance will also include the Brenau Spectrum Singers, directed by Ivey, and the Cresswind Community Chorus, directed by Chuck Bridwell. Come join us as we kick off the holiday season with a delightful program of music and dance.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Thank you for a successful 2018 Field Day

We had a great turn out for our first Field Day, which was held at Riverside Military Academy. We had 50 participants and hope to make this an annual event.

Staff Development Committee invites you to Ways to Wellness

The Staff Development Committee is excited to provide wellness activities to help you relax and plan for success! Join us for the following activities the week following Thanksgiving holiday break:

  • Mindfulness Meditation: noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Trustee Library Quiet Zone
  • Let’s Get Organized: noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov 29, at The Sub.

See the 2018 Ways to Wellness flyer (DOCX) for all information.

Condolences to the Lochstampfor Family

Edgar Franklin Lochstampfor, father of Brenau Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, in South Carolina. He was 87.

Born in 1931, Ed Lochstampfor grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia. While making plans to attend law school at the University of Richmond, Ed felt called to pursue foreign missions instead. He enrolled in Columbia Bible College in Columbia, South Carolina, where he met his wife Charlotte.

The young couple moved to Philadelphia, where Ed attended Faith Seminary for a year, during which time he and Charlotte applied to the Sudan Interior Mission, now SIM International. After a year in Paris studying French, Ed and Charlotte flew to French West Africa for what was to be 27 years of church-planting, Bible school teaching and administrative ministry. Over the course of his life, his ministry covered two continents, many countries and touched the lives of innumerable people.

Ed and Charlotte returned to South Carolina in 1992, retiring from active service 1996, but never from ministering to their community. Ed delighted in sharing his love for Jesus to anyone he met, but his greatest delight was his wife of 65 years, his six children, 17 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Our thoughts are with Mike and the entire Lochstampfor family at this time.

Interdepartmental Collaboration: Death and Dying Simulation Experience

Students and faculty in nursing, psychology and theater participated in a one-day, end-of-life simulation experience in the Brenau East simulation lab. The experience, held on Nov. 11, offered junior-level nursing students the opportunity to experience a “realistic” simulated end-of-life scenario. This experience prepares the health care professional students for the process of caring for dying patients and their loved ones.

During the simulation experience, theater professionals Lisa Maliska, a Brenau alumna, and Sydney Stasinos, as well as members of the Brenau PsychED club Savannah Benson and Cheyenne Pitts portrayed the patient’s family members. The family members provided the nursing students with emotional feedback during the loss of their mother. The student nurses practiced providing appropriate care to the dying patient and emotional support and comfort to the family members.

A debriefing session follow the simulation. Graduate psychology students Daphney Predvil, Shaneka Hutchinson, Shena Turner, Xiomara Senior and Kaitlyn McLaughlin discussed each session and the effectiveness of the nursing students’ methods. To provide students with another layer of support, Brenau Counselor Gay Baldwin was also present for all the students during this intense experience.

Faculty members Dr. Gary Bauman, Dr. Ann Demling, Margie Gill, Gay Baldwin and Jane Buffington were responsible for planning and executing this event. Dr. Perry Daughtry was instrumental in providing assistance from the PsychED club members. The simulation performance could not have been conducted without the assistance of Christina VanDenHandel and Kevin Crawford, two of the nursing school’s clinical adjunct instructors.

The next end-of-life simulation event will be held in March 2019.

Brenau Music Department Fall Events

This fall, Brenau’s Music Department participated in several community events:
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Brenau music students performed a recital for the residents of Lanier Village. Ben Leaptrott, affliate professor of music, accompanied the students with help from one of his students, Julie Fowler Brady.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Brenau Music and Dance departments collaborated for an International Week performance, Ceol, damhsa agus craic!, celebrating the Celtic sounds of Ireland with traditional Irish music, singing and dancing.
  • On Sunday, Nov. 4, The Brenau Gospel Choir performed it Highest Praise concert and hosted a workshop for community members and students to teach singing techniques for gospel music.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Bobby Ivey, assistant professor of music education, hosted the Gainesville City Schools Fifth Grade Honor Chorus at Brenau in Pearce Auditorium. The one-day choral intensive brought selected fifth graders together to learn music, culminating with a performance for their teachers and families in the afternoon.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Leaptrott and Jan Grissom, adjunct professor of voice, performed for the Gainesville/Hall County Community on Aging. The Council on Aging was celebrating Lessie Smithgall, 107 year old benefactor of Brenau and other philanthropic venues in and around Gainesville. To learn more, visit
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Barbara Steinhaus, music department chair, took the voice students to the Emory Voice Center. This informative and fun venture allows the students to better understand their voice from the professionals in otolaryngology. To learn more, visit
  • On Friday, Nov. 9, Leaptrott played with Atlanta Symphony violinist Kenn Wagner for a fundraiser benefiting the Waldorf School of Atlanta, in Decatur.

Event Venue Requests for 2019-2020

After the new year, we will be inviting requests for 2019-2020 theater venues, conferences and festivals to be considered on the calendar for the next academic year. Start firming first, second and third date/location options now with your department.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Market Friday and Saturday in Sellars Gallery

Looking for a way to shop small and support local artisans this holiday season? Look no further. The Second Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Market is this upcoming weekend at Brenau’s Sellars Gallery. Stop by to find the perfect handmade gift for everyone on your list! The Brenau Holiday Arts and Crafts Market will be held in the Simmons Visual Arts Center’s Sellars Gallery from 4-6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Artwork for annual holiday sale.Sponsored by the Brenau University Center for the Arts and Design, the event will feature handmade pieces by Brenau students, faculty and staff from jewelry and ceramics to original artwork and handmade crafts. With over 20 vendors, you are sure to find something that you’ll love.

Students will be set up to screen print Brenau-related designs, so bring your shirts and bags to be printed on site for a small fee as a fundraiser for art student organizations.

The Staff Development Committee will be on hand at the Brenau Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair from 4-6 p.m.  Friday to help you gift wrap those special purchases! For a suggested donation of $1-3, they will give you a pretty gift bag and tissue paper. This money goes to help fund professional development and social engagement activities for Brenau faculty and staff.

For more info, contact Allison Lauricella at 770.534.6263 or at

Alumni Association Fall Raffle Fundraiser

Please check out the flyer (PDF) for the Alumni Association Fall Raffle Fundraiser. Proceeds go towards the Alumni Association Endowed Lecture Fund.

Give us a call or stop by the Alumni Office at Walters House to purchase a ticket!