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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
September 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Graham Arader Arts & Sciences Collaborative Opening Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m.
Thurmond-McRae Lecture Hall and Trustee Library

This event will provide students and the community with meaningful connections between artistic works and scientific exploration. The evening will include a presentation of an extensive collection of botanical and aquatic prints and watercolors as well as a short lecture to discuss the artistic value and integration of these pieces into the undergraduate curriculum. During the reception and program, prints and other rare publications will be made available for the public to view. These include Brenau’s extraordinary complete collection of the Abbeville Press double elephant folio of Audubon’s Birds of America and notable selections from Brenau’s collection of Audubon Amsterdam prints. Information: 770.534.6263 or galleries.brenau.edu

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 23, 2019 at 4:11 pm

Retirement Fee Disclosure- TIAA

Brenau TIAA Fee Disclosures are attached. The disclosure provides information about administrative fees, individual transaction expenses, and rights of participants to direct how their contributions are invested and provides information about the plan’s available investment options including their respective performance and expenses. While no action is required at this time, please review the notice as it contains important information regarding the fees and expenses associated with your retirement plan and its investment options. More information about retirement plan fees and expenses is available at TIAA.org/fees, or by calling TIAA at 800-842-2252.

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Tracy Wright
twright5@brenau.edu
September 21, 2019 at 9:32 am

Stretch studio held by Department of Physical Therapy, Sept. 27

Please consider participating in our first-year Department of Physical Therapy student-run stretch studio Friday, Sept. 27. We are inviting employees of Brenau, community members, and former and current Brenau faculty practice patients and their caregivers to participate.

We will have two sessions from 9:45-10:45 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the physical therapy department lobby at the Brenau Downtown Center. Students will be supervised by DPT faculty.

Students will provide basic manual stretching to participants for areas of need and also provide a handout of recommended stretches for participants to perform on their own.

Slots are limited to 10 participants per session. Please use the link below to complete the form if you would like to attend.

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Chelsea Ricks
cricks1@brenau.edu
September 20, 2019 at 2:48 pm

Second annual Carnival Week at the North Atlanta campus

Ice cream van at Carnival Week.With such a great turnout last year, the North Atlanta campus decided to bring back Carnival Week!

From Sept. 18-21, the North Atlanta campus celebrated its second annual Carnival Week. Brenau students and staff members were treated with carnival themed goodies, such as novelty ice cream, cotton candy and assorted popcorn.

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Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
September 20, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Library Game Night Sept 24

Library Game Night flyerThe library is hosting game night from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. We will provide snacks and games, including everything from Mario Kart and Dungeons and Dragons to board games, coloring pages, card games and more.

You are welcome to bring in your own games, including video game consoles. Everyone — students, faculty and staff — is welcome.

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
September 20, 2019 at 10:12 am

Alumni & Friends Reception with President Skleder Oct. 8

Reception flyerThe Alumni & Friends Reception with President Anne Skleder will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.

Join us on the historic Gainesville campus for a chance to meet and get to know our 10th president. You will be able to share what drew you to Brenau in the first place and why you still love it today.

RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 2, at brenau.edu/alum/events. For more information call 770-538-4440.

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
September 19, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Jacksonville campus hosts LifeSouth Blood Drive

The Jacksonville campus hosted a blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 17, through the local LifeSouth Community Blood Center. Five participants were able to donate whole blood, which means up to 15 lives can be saved through their donations!

If you have someone or have ever known someone who required blood for a life threatening condition, you understand how important this can be to that person and their family. We hope you will consider donating blood at the Gainesville campus September blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Sellars Gallery. There will be free doughnuts and pizza. Sign up prior to the event, donate and get a $5 gift card to Walmart.

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Lauren Bell
lbell2@brenau.edu
September 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm

Staff Development Committee is Hosting “De-Stress Cafe” on Sept.26

The beginning of fall semester brings busy schedules and extra stress, but the Staff Development Committee is here to help.

SDC invites all faculty and staff to a “De-Stress Cafe” from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Sellars Gallery. Drop by to enjoy free coffee and tea, coloring activities and a relaxing environment to catch up with colleagues. Feel free to drop in at your convenience and recharge to tackle the rest of the semester!


Tiffany Greene
tgreene4@brenau.edu
September 19, 2019 at 1:41 pm

Please donate to Campus Campaign 2019

Thank you to all who have already participated in the annual Campus Campaign. We need each and every one of you to maintain 100% giving!

For those who have not participated yet, visit the link below to make your contribution, or email Tiffany Greene at tgreene4@brenau.edu or Carrie Williams cwilliams7@brenau.edu with any questions.

Learn about pledge rewards and watch a video of Dr. Skleder talking about the Campus Campaign at docs.google.com/document/d/17vRVb8XqwxPmahrj2L6eicKkS-o7QSIhT50T8MJj_C8/edit?usp=sharing.

Make your Campus Campaign contribution at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpzcouTImRlEhwfKs_ZcuIXX7U6wA_tSKrzGEA3sGzqyk3gQ/viewform


Alexandria Brock
abrock1@brenau.edu
September 19, 2019 at 12:22 pm

Retirement reception for Joseph Greene Sept. 27

Retirement flyerThe Ivester College of Health Sciences and the Department of Math & Science will host a retirement reception honoring Joseph Greene at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.

Greene has given the university over 35 years of his time and talents. He has been an indispensable colleague across all of his years of service to the university and has taught across the curriculum in the department, including multiple levels of chemistry, mathematics and physical science including physics.

His pedagogical approaches focus on critical thinking and problem solving development rather than rote memorization. This approach has both challenged and transformed the many students he has taught over the last 35 years. His winning smile and playful sense of humor have delighted students and flummoxed colleagues for decades. He has remained, throughout his tenure at Brenau, a warm, supportive and kind colleague that we will dearly miss.

We know that his retirement years will be spent surrounded by his family, children and grandchildren along with his ever-present garden.

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Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
September 19, 2019 at 10:44 am

Heather Ross elected for GPT-PAC Board of Trustees

Heather RossHeather Ross, Physical Therapy Department chair, has been named as a trustee to the inaugural Board of Trustees for the Georgia Physical Therapy-Political Action Committee (GPT-PAC).

Ross joins a group of peers to focus on advocacy of the Physical Therapy profession in the state of Georgia.

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
September 18, 2019 at 9:03 am

Four tickets left for Brenau Atlanta United Game Saturday

The alumni office has four tickets that have come available for the Atlanta United Game this Saturday, Sept. 21. Please contact Ashley Carter if you want them at acarter3@brenau.edu.


Amy Goetz
agoetz@brenau.edu
September 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm

Tech Tools Lunch and Learn, Sept. 26

Members of the Committee for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will present “Encouraging Student Collaboration through Tech Tools” at the Lunch & Learn from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Sellars Gallery.  Bring your Canvas-friendly laptops and tablets to learn and practice strategies for optimal collaboration.

Dr. Bryan Sorohan, professor of education, will share tips and tricks for incorporating screencasting into your teaching. Mary Johnson, instructional designer, will provide insights for making the most of Google Drive, while Dr. Laura Carpenter, associate professor of occupational therapy, will demonstrate how to promote student engagement through the use Google Docs in Canvas.

This presentation is appropriate for those who teach both online or in person. During the session, as time allows, faculty attendees will also have an opportunity to share engaging assignments with one another, brainstorming how to incorporate screencasting and Google Docs to improve them further.  Hot pretzels and veggies with various dips will be provided. Those who would like to join us remotely will be able to at brenau.zoom.us/j/904703522.

RSVPs are limited to the first 45 responses; please RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 24, at brenau.formstack.com/forms/rsvplunchandlearn.


Chip Andrews
candrews@brenau.edu
September 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm

How to Mail Merge at Brenau

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Many departments have asked if there is a way to maintain a department newsletters without resorting to paid outside services. The answer is a resounding YES.

Brenau licenses a tool called Yet Another Mail Merge, or YAMM, which allows you maintain a list of email addresses, names, etc., and then send those users customized emails, including tracking so you can see who is opening the emails. If you’d like to learn more about this tool and how it is used, please click this link, which will take you to a collection of videos on how to use the service.

Please try it before looking at outside resources that strain university budgets.

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Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
September 17, 2019 at 9:15 am

Sewing workshop Oct. 12-13

A two-day, intensive skirt-making workshop is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

In this sewing workshop, hosted by Brenau’s Center for the Arts & Design, participants will learn the basics of fitting, pattern reading, how to choose appropriate fabric and garment construction. At the end of the weekend, each participant will go home with a skirt they have made.

Cost is $50 per person and includes all materials. Each day includes a one hour lunch break. Space is limited and the event is open to the public, so reserve your spot today.

For registration and more info, contact Polly Evans-Thomas at 770.534.6240 or pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu.


Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
September 16, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Reminder: RSVP to baby shower for Nichole Finley by Sept. 17

Baby shower flyerIf you plan to attend the baby shower honoring Nichole Finley next week, please RSVP to Allison Lauricella at alauricella@brenau.edu by the end of the day Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The shower will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour. Nichole is registered at Target and Amazon.

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Tiffany Greene
tgreene4@brenau.edu
September 16, 2019 at 9:17 am

Kimberly Dean is the early bird Campus Campaign winner

Congratulations, Kimberly Dean! You are the winner of the $100 Amazon gift card. We will contact you via email within the next 24 hours with your reward.

Thank you to all our early birds who have already participated in the annual Campus Campaign.

For those who have not participated yet, let’s keep the ball rolling! Visit the link below to make your contribution.

Email Tiffany Greene at tgreene4@brenau.edu or Carrie Williams cwilliams7@brenau.edu with any questions.

Learn about pledge rewards and watch a video of Dr. Skleder talking about the Campus Campaign at docs.google.com/document/d/17vRVb8XqwxPmahrj2L6eicKkS-o7QSIhT50T8MJj_C8/edit/

Make your Campus Campaign contribution at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpzcouTImRlEhwfKs_ZcuIXX7U6wA_tSKrzGEA3sGzqyk3gQ/viewform.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Food Truck Friday, Sept. 20 and 27 Menu

Join us for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays in September at the North Hall Lawn adjacent to the Tea Room for Food Truck Friday. Cost for employees is $5 cash.

The menu for Sept. 20 includes street fajitas, and Sept. 27 is barbecue.


Wendi Eck
weck@brenau.edu
September 12, 2019 at 4:21 pm

2019 Friendship Fest, Sept. 21

2019 Friendship Fest on Saturday, Sept. 21, is our reinvented Fall Open House, now outside and fun! New and returning prospective students and their families are invited to come and experience the Brenau Family love.

This is an opportunity for people to connect with new and old friends and interact with booths from departments, organizations, clubs and athletics. Students may meet their admissions recruiters while enjoying carnival food, dancing, games, activities, giveaways, raffles and more — all with a ’70s theme.

Friendship Fest will be from 3-6 p.m. on the front lawn of the historic Gainesville campus. In the event of rain, it will be moved to the Brenau Downtown Center on the Gainesville square.

Guests are invited to dress in tie-dye and register at the following link: brenau.radiusbycampusmgmt.com/ssc/eform/G0SS3JzB0k0kx67c0mc1.ssc.

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Tiffany Greene
tgreene4@brenau.edu
September 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Campus Campaign 2019 Early Birds

It’s not too late to be an early bird! Be sure to submit your Campus Campaign 2019 Contribution by 5 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 13, to be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Contact Tiffany Greene (tgreene4@brenau.edu) or Carrie Williams (cwilliams7@brenau.edu) with any questions about Campus Campaign.

Click here to participate. Thank you for giving back!


Kathy Goodman
kgoodman@brenau.edu
September 12, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Constitution Day: Tuesday, Sept. 17

Constitution Day is Tuesday, Sept. 17, and Brenau is acknowledging it in several ways.

Collection Development Librarian Benji Barton is doing a book/media presentation, featuring the slide above, in the Trustee Library through Sept. 23.

PO 101 American Government class taught by Heather Hollimon will be in the Owens Student Center, the Trustee Library and the entrance of the science building from 9:30-10:50 a.m. giving out red, white and blue baked goods with information about the Constitution.

Student Government Association is hosting a voter registration drive on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Yonah Lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have laptops set up at the table and paper applications for students to self register.

Join us in recognizing the day with the hashtag #ConstitutionDay2019 on social media.

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Jordan Anderson
janderson6@brenau.edu
September 12, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival Sept. 13

Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 13, is the Mid-Autumn Festival in China (中秋节 ). Come and celebrate with us tomorrow afternoon from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Center for Chinese Culture & Language at 406 Academy St. NE. We will have mooncakes for everyone to try. If you have any questions, contact Jordan Anderson at janderson6@brenau.edu.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Last chance to purchase a Spirit Week shirt

The deadline has passed to receive a free shirt, however, if you would like to order a Spirit Week shirt for $13, please register for one at brenau.edu/spirit-week. Shirts will no longer be available for purchase after noon on Friday, Sept. 13.

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Crystal Ball
cball@brenau.edu
September 11, 2019 at 10:13 am

Baby shower for Jen Loggins, Oct. 7

You are invited to a baby shower for Jen Loggins from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.

Please RSVP to Crystal Ball at cball@brenau.edu by Tuesday, Oct. 1. They are registered at Amazon under Jennifer Loggins and Matt Loggins and at Target under Jen Loggins and Matt Loggins. We hope to see you there!


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 10, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Chair massage spots available for Sept. 18

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first come, first served basis for chair massages Wednesday, Sept. 18, on the Gainesville campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Rosanne Short
rshort@brenau.edu
September 10, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Tickets still available for tailgate, Atlanta United game Sept. 21

A few tickets still remain for the Atlanta United Game Experience on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The game begins at 3:30 p.m., and the pregame party opens an hour and a half before the game. There will be free food, including soft drinks and beer, at the Coca-Cola pregame party. This includes a ticket to the game. Cost is $40 per person.

Register at brenau.edu/military-atl-utd before tickets are all gone!

Click here for a PDF of a flyer for the event.

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bwilson
bwilson@brenau.edu
September 10, 2019 at 10:54 am

Farewell for Melissa Drury, Sept. 12

Please join us at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour as we wish Melissa Drury well as she leaves to work at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Melissa currently works in the Registrar’s Office, where she began as the assistant registrar for adult and graduate studies. Then she moved to become the assistant registrar for operations, where she served in many capacities. This is her 13th year at Brenau, and she previously worked with the online programs and with IT. She also served for many years in several officer roles with Phi Kappa Phi. We will miss her.


Angela Graham
agraham2@brenau.edu
September 10, 2019 at 10:12 am

Message from the Payroll Office to supervisors

In order to process the payroll in a timely manner and to avoid any missed pay, please ensure that all time cards for hourly employees are correct and approved on Mondays. If you plan on being out of the office and are not able to approve time cards on a Monday, make sure the approvals are processed before.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 9, 2019 at 11:59 am

Required Title IX training begins today, Sept. 9

Please schedule 45 minutes between Sept. 9-30 to complete the required Title IX training available online in EverFi. Employees required to complete the training will be sent an email invitation from the EverFi Learning System. All faculty and staff must complete this training prior to Monday, Sept. 30.

Compliance training enables Brenau to operate safely and efficiently and to ensure our employees are following laws and regulations. We live and work in an environment where expectations are that learning assignments will be completed and submitted. Participation is expected.


Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
September 6, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Yoga in the Library

Please join us for Yoga in the Library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Quiet Zone. The class will be lead by a yoga instructor from Flip Your Dog Studio here in Gainesville.

Faculty and staff who participate can earn one Wellness Activity point.

Yoga mats and space are limited so show up as close to 5:30 p.m. as possible.

 

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 6, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Register for Spirit Week by Monday for T-shirt

Faculty and staff, register for Spirit Week at brenau.edu/spirit-week before this coming Monday, Sept. 9, to get a free shirt. After that, shirts are $13.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 6, 2019 at 10:59 am

Food Truck Friday, Sept. 13 Menu

Join us for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the North Hall Lawn adjacent to the Tea Room. Cost for employees is $5 cash.

The Boar’s Head Hot Dog Cart will serve hot dogs with chili, slaw and other toppings, black bean veggie burgers, and kettle chips.


Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
September 5, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Annual Brenau Athletics pep rally Sept. 11

Meet us from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the amphitheater for the annual Golden Tigers pep rally. Wear your Golden Tigers gear and/or luau outfit. We are bringing the islands to the historic Gainesville campus.

We’ll provide food, drinks and music, followed by an introduction of all the teams and performances by the Brenau drumline and cheer squad. And since it has been a popular tradition, we are bring back the dance-off. Come show off your best moves!

Click here for a PDF of the pep rally flyer.

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Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
September 5, 2019 at 2:04 pm

Brenau soccer fundraises for a 4-year-old battling cancer

Colton, a 4-year-old diagnosed with cancer.The Brenau University women’s soccer team is teaming up with Vs. Cancer for a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Allen Creek Soccer Complex against Truett-McConnell College to aid in the fight against childhood cancer. We are raising money for a Gainesville child whose been battling cancer since birth. Here is his story:

Colton is a 4-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor at only 11 weeks old. He underwent intensive chemotherapy treatments and many surgeries. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome with causes him to have 1-2 bad seizures a day. We are teaming up with the community to help Colton’s family pay for medical expenses and anything else he needs to live as normal of a life as possible.

We want to invite you to help Colton and donate. Anything and everything helps.

Click on the link to donate today: team.curethekids.org/team/238527.

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
September 5, 2019 at 1:44 pm

Jacksonville Campus thankful for support

The Jacksonville campus staff and faculty would like to thank everyone at Brenau for their support during Hurricane Dorian. Thank you to Dr. Anne Skleder for her special email of support sent to our students, staff and instructors and to all instructors who are making allowances for those students who were impacted by the storm. Your concern and care is greatly appreciated!


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Supporting the REACH Georgia Scholarship Program

Realizing Educational Attainment Can Happen, also known as REACH, aims to provide Georgia’s eligible, academically promising students with the support needed to graduate high school and enter college.

Scholars are identified in the spring of seventh grade and receive academic mentoring, coaching and social support from eighth grade through high school graduation. Upon graduation, they receive a $10,000 scholarship funded in part by the legislature and in part by Hall County and Gainesville City supporters like you.

One hundred percent of your donation will be used for the scholarship. Many colleges are matching or double-matching this award, making your donation even more valuable. Visit www.reachga.org for more information. To donate, please complete the attached form.

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Dawn Marie Bernhard
dbernhard@brenau.edu
September 4, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Fundraising in a Snap!

The External Relations Department in launching a new way to fundraise with the platform Snap!

Snap! allows groups, teams, clubs and departments to fundraise in an effective, crowdsourcing way that plays to each group’s unique audience of supporters.

It’s similar to GoFundMe, except there are no fees taken from the donation. It can be used for small campaigns, such as new uniforms for a team, to larger campaigns, like funding a new position or scholarship. You set the time frame and goal amount.

Because the campaigns are so specific, you will drive the campaign in terms of getting the information out there and crowdsourcing. Some of the campaigns will be featured on various Brenau “official” social media pages, but it is up to you to make sure your campaign is a success.

Know someone who wants to donate to Brenau, but doesn’t know to what? Send them to the landing page for all our campaigns. There they will get to choose what is important to them by seeing all active campaigns!

To set up a campaign, please email Assistant Director of Development Tiffany Greene at tgreene4@brenau.edu.

To see our first campaign, go to supporting.brenau.edu.

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
September 3, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Baby shower for Nichole Finley, Sept. 24

Baby shower flyerThe Office of the President will host a baby shower honoring mother-to-be Nichole Finley at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour. Please RSVP to Allison Lauricella at alauricella@brenau.edu by Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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Whitney Neveils
wfauscett@brenau.edu
September 3, 2019 at 11:37 am

Author Jacquelyn Dowd Hall appearance and book signing Sept. 4

Book coverPlease join us for an author appearance and book signing by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the Quiet Zone of the Brenau Trustee Library. Hall will be reading from her new book Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, the story of Brenau’s most famous — and infamous — alumnae, Grace and Katharine DuPre Lumpkin. A reception will follow and the archives will display items from the period.

The event, hosted by The Women’s College, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 770-534-6179.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 3, 2019 at 11:06 am

The Walking Group starts back Sept. 6

These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

As part of Brenau’s health and wellness initiative, the HR office encourages you to take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the Brenau Walking Group, which meets at 4 p.m. each Friday afternoon on the Gainesville campus.

On the day of the event, participants are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. This can be your first step toward a longer, stronger and healthier life.

Did you know? For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours. The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.

The walking group will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at the entrance to Golden Tiger Way. Participates will earn one Wellness Activity Point. To join the Brenau Walking Group, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Rudi Kiefer
rkiefer@brenau.edu
September 2, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Students enjoy Dr. Haney’s extracurricular workshop on honeybees

Students work with beesA group of students from Dr. Rudi Kiefer’s science classes got a rare treat Saturday, Aug. 31, when Kiefer took them to Wauka Mountain for a workshop in beekeeping.

Dr. William Haney, professor of business administration, tends to beehives and produces honey on his property in Clermont, Georgia.

“I added a demonstration hive that lets students observe every activity of the bees,” Haney said. “Seeing them at work, going out and then returning with their leg bags full of pollen, has taught me incredible respect for the wonders of nature.”

Jiaxue “Chrissy” Li volunteered to suit up for invading the hives. Her fellow students watched as she lifted a frame, crawling with bees, out of the hive.

Dr. Haney teaches students about bees“The purpose is to gently remove the bees, check for pests like varroa mites and beetles, and then scrape the honeycomb off the frames,” Haney explained.

A short time later, the group tasted delicious honey fresh from the hive. Each participant received a sample bottle.

“It’s astounding what these insects can do,” said biology major Yarely Martinez. “They really make the honey for themselves, and in a way we’re stealing it, but at the same time they are the key to helping all the other foods grow that humans need.”

Prof. Kiefer explained that without pollinators like bees, two-thirds of the world’s food would be in decline or disappearing altogether.

“I’m proud to have worked with some real Georgia honey, and learned so much more at the same time,” Li said.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 30, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Take responsibility for your retirement fund

Relying on pension funds and Social Security is no longer sufficient when planning for retirement. To help, here are some tips to help you take charge of saving for retirement:

  • Set a goal: Even if you can only save a small amount, setting aside money each month will get you in the habit of saving.
  • Open an Individual Retirement Arrangement: Most Americans can open and make tax-deferred contributions to an IRA.
  • Learn about Brenau’s retirement plan: If you’re covered under your employer’s retirement plan, be sure to review the summary plan description to learn about your rights under the plan. (This can be found in ADP under Forms Library).
  • Review your benefits statement: TIAA can provide you with a benefits statement, which details your total plan benefits and the amount vested.
  • Sign up for 403(b) contributions: You can select how much money you want taken out of each paycheck to be put into this account.
  • Estimate your Social Security benefits: Use the Social Security Administration’s calculator (ssa.gov/planners/calculators) to do so.
  • Learn about your spouse’s retirement plan: Many plans provide spousal benefits. Be sure to read the plan’s details to see if you are eligible.

Brenau contracts with a financial advisor from Cannon Financial Strategists to come to campus once each month. Should you wish to schedule a meeting, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Claudia Wilburn
cwilburn@brenau.edu
August 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Center for the Arts & Design Batik Workshop

The Center for the Arts & Design is hosting Friday Workshops again this fall.

The first of these workshops is from 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in room 310 of the Burd Performing Arts Center. Please join Assistant Gallery Director Allison Lauricella to learn the basics of the batik, a dyeing process utilizing a wax resist to create designs on fabric. Everyone will have the opportunity to create a unique design with this process in a variety of colors.

This workshop is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information or to let us know you plan to attend please contact Claudia Wilburn at cwilburn@brenau.edu or (770) 534-6248.

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Jessica Bowling
jbowling@brenau.edu
August 30, 2019 at 11:36 am

Support a student, buy a T-shirt

Student Services is selling a few BE FIRST BU Family T-shirts of various sizes.

By purchasing a shirt, you are helping support any Brenau student that may have a sudden challenge during their time at Brenau. Funds will go directly into the Student Services Opportunity Grant, which has helped students continue their educational journey towards graduation.

T-shirts are $10 and are only available for purchase Sept. 3-6 in Owens Student Center. Sizes range from M to 2XL.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 30, 2019 at 8:27 am

Join the fun during Spirit Week, Sept. 30 – Oct. 5

Join the fun and earn wellness activity points during Spirit Week Sept. 30 to Oct. 5. Download the poster here for more information.

Movie Monday

  • Dress as your favorite movie character.
  • Movie Night on the Big Screen: 8 p.m., North Hall Lawn
  • Campus Movie Fest Information Social: 5 p.m., Thurmond-McRae Lecture Hall

Trivia Tuesday

  • Dress as your favorite board or video game piece or character.
  • Lunch and Brenau Trivia Game: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hopkins Dining Hall

Around the World Wednesday

  • Wear your favorite team jersey.
  • Employee Basketball Game: 2-4:30 p.m., Fitness Center
  • Great American Cookie Truck: 3-5 p.m., Fitness Center

Thrifty Thursday

  • Wear a homemade T-shirt.
  • Lunch and Screen Printing Project: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hopkins Dining Hall

Tiger Pride Friday

  • Wear your favorite Brenau shirt or your Spirit Week shirt.
  • Group Photo: 11 a.m., Front Lawn
  • Aramark Food Truck and Hot Dog Cart: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sorority Circle
  • Tiger Paw Painting Project: 3-4 p.m., Fitness Center
  • Softball Tournament: 6-9 p.m., Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park

Hall of Fame Saturday

  • Hall of Fame Luncheon: 12-3 p.m., Downtown Center
  • Golden Tigers Soccer Game: 5 p.m., Allen Creek Soccer Complex

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 29, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Fall Food Truck Fridays

Family time has become a very precious commodity in today’s frenzied world.

Now that school is in full swing, and we embark on a more rigid and intense schedule, it’s the perfect time to make a U-turn in our busy lives and enjoy some uninterrupted fun with our “work family.”

Gather your “work family” and enjoy time together every Friday throughout the month of September at our “Fall Food Truck Fridays” on the historic Gainesville campus. National Family Day is Sept. 26, so there is no greater time than this! Students, employees and guests are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on North Hall Lawn, outside the Tea Room. Employee lunch rate is $5, cash only. Stay tuned for the menu for each week.


Tami English
tenglish1@brenau.edu
August 29, 2019 at 11:17 am

Campus safety reminder

Brenau University’s Gainesville campus is busy place, especially at the start of a new school year. Whether you walk, bike or drive, take time to remember and follow crosswalk safety guidelines.

If you are walking across campus:

  • Always cross at marked crosswalks. Do not step out behind parked cars along the streets as drivers are not able to see you.
  • Obey any pedestrian signals and look “left, right, left”
  • If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver
  • Look before walking past stopped vehicles
  • Watch out for bicyclists

If you are on a bike:

  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Follow the rules of the road; obey traffic signals and laws of the roadways
  • Use extra caution as you transition between bike paths, roads and sidewalks
  • Wear a helmet

If you are driving around campus:

  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections
  • Be prepared to stop
  • Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders
  • Come to a complete stop
  • Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in before resuming travel
  • Never pass another vehicle that is stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk

Thank you for helping make our university community a safe place.


Liz Wayson
lfaucett@brenau.edu
August 28, 2019 at 2:21 pm

The Writing Center opens Sept. 3

The Writing Center will open Tuesday, Sept. 3, for both on-ground and online appointments. Carefully read the instructions on the Writing Center’s website for how to book your appointment, as it is now using WCOnline for its appointment bookings. Students must first register for an account at brenau.mywconline.com before scheduling their appointment.

Students will be able to start booking their appointments Monday, Sept. 2.

If you have any questions, please contact Writing Center Director Liz Wayson at lfaucett@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 28, 2019 at 10:52 am

New program Brenau Be Healthy launched

Do you need to be more active or improve your heath but aren’t sure where to start? Maybe you have been diagnosed with a condition you fear will always be a barrier to being or feeling healthy. Did you know that you hold the key to improving your health, allowing you to live a healthy and productive life?

The Brenau Wellness Committee would like to introduce you to Brenau Be Healthy, an ongoing program to get you engaged in healthy habits. Starting with an opportunity for an on-site breakfast or lunch ‘n learn talk to your school, department or division, you can learn more about your options to get, be or stay healthy.

Learn more about how you can control your options to becoming healthy once again, how to engage in or increase activity, understand and improve nutrition options, handle or reduce stress and improve daily energy.

Good health isn’t automatic; it takes knowledge, participation, effort, support systems and an encouraging environment. If you are in good health, take advantage of your current healthy state and learn how to keep it going no matter who you are or where you live and play.

Contact Jim Lewis at jlewis4@brenau.edu to schedule Brenau Be Healthy for your group this semester.


Mary
mjohnson3@brenau.edu
August 26, 2019 at 3:39 pm

The 2019 Canvas Refresher is live

The 2019 Canvas Refresher is ready for you to view and complete. This year, the focus of the course is “All About Student Engagement.”

If you do not see the invitation to the course, please contact Mary Johnson at mjohnson3@brenau.edu. All faculty and adjuncts will have until Nov. 30 to complete the training. The only exceptions to this requirement are clinical adjuncts and new hires.


dmiller4
dmiller4@brenau.edu
August 21, 2019 at 4:47 pm

David Miller to star in Steve Martin’s ‘Brightstar’ at Holly Theater

David Miller, professor of health care administration in the College of Business & Communication, will play Mayor Josiah Dobbs in the Holly Theater production of Steve Martin’s Brightstar.

As the play’s antagonist, Miller describes his character as “unrepentant and without salvation.” Tickets are on sale at hollytheater.com/2019-theatrical-season.html.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 21, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Wellness Donations needed for Pennie Eddy

Pennie Eddy, assistant professor of accounting and undergraduate chair for business, will be undergoing open heart surgery the first week of September.

Pennie will be out of the office for an extended period of time and will use up all of her wellness leave. If you would like to donate time, please contact Kelly Maddox in HR at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Dawn Marie Bernhard
dbernhard@brenau.edu
August 20, 2019 at 3:31 pm

Join a Small Biz Success Power Session, Aug. 22

Join us as the Business Incubator at Brenau University hosts Home-Based Business Half-Day Power Session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at Brenau East.

Don’t go it alone! Take part in this information-packed power session where focus will be placed on challenges, opportunities and the potential pitfalls of running a business from your home.

Session content will include:

  • Setting Up for Success
  • Insurance, taxes and record-keeping
  • Financing, funding and financials
  • Marketing for the best results

For more information, including costs and discounts, go to smallbizally.com/events.

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Mary Johnson
mjohnson3@brenau.edu
August 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Get a Chinese name in the Chinese Culture Center at the Wages House Aug. 22

Meet with some of our new students from Anhui Normal University at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Chinese Culture Center at the Wages House on Academy Street and they will work with you to craft your new Chinese name.

If you have any questions, contact Mandy Bartell at mbartell@brenau.edu or Mary Johnson at mjohnson3@brenau.edu.


Kathleen Foley
kfoley@brenau.edu
August 15, 2019 at 10:05 am

Condolences to Andi Savage

Winifred Strain, grandmother of occupational therapy office manager Andi Savage, died on Aug. 13. She was 91.

Mrs. Strain, a native of Atlanta, was a graduate of Chamblee High School and was a retired office manager with Perimeter Urology. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Bill Head Funeral Home at the Duluth Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Gideons International at gideons.org/donate. Read her full obituary at billheadfuneralhome.com/notices/Winifred-Strain.


Tami English
tenglish1@brenau.edu
August 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

New student orientation schedule for undergrads on Gainesville campus

We are excited to welcome our incoming undergraduate students to the historic Gainesville campus. Orientation begins with move-in day Wednesday, Aug. 21, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Please see the attached schedule (PDF) for more information. Any questions can be directed to Lauren Bell at lbell2@brenau.edu or Tami English, tenglish1@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 14, 2019 at 12:46 pm

Chair massage spots available for Aug. 21

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages on Wednesday, Aug. 21, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Hannah Ivester
hpoole1@brenau.edu
August 9, 2019 at 8:59 am

Hiring for Welcome Center Coordinator

The Admissions Office is looking for a Welcome Center Coordinator. The position has the primary responsibility of welcoming guests to the campus, coordinating tours, assisting with recruitment efforts, ordering and organizing supplies, keeping multiple schedules and answering phones. We are looking for an experienced professional with three years front desk/customer service experience that can handle heavy phone traffic and unexpected walk-ins. If a current Brenau employee is interested, please email Redenna Poole rpoole@brenau.edu by Tuesday, Aug. 13, for more information and instructions on how to apply.

(Please review the Brenau policy guideline on applying for internal jobs.)


bwilson
bwilson@brenau.edu
August 8, 2019 at 10:53 am

Thank you from Leisa Hudson

Dear Brenau Family,

I’m so thankful and grateful for the love and support that you all have shown me. I really can’t find the right words that express how grateful I am to be part of such a great family.

Thank you for lifting my spirit and blessing me as I travel down this road. I am encouraged by your thoughtfulness. May God bless you all.

Truly blessed,
Leisa Hudson


Kathy Goodman
kgoodman@brenau.edu
August 7, 2019 at 11:17 am

All-University Meeting Aug. 20

All faculty and staff should plan to attend the university-wide meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Downtown Center (Theatre on the Square). Beverages will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 9 a.m.

If you have not submitted your RSVP for the Faculty & Staff Luncheon on Aug. 20, please see the invitation below and complete the RSVP form by Monday,  Aug. 12.

Invitation: To welcome the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, faculty and staff are invited to attend a luncheon with Brenau University President Anne A. Skleder on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at approximately 11:30 a.m., following the All-University meeting. Lunch will include a Q&A session with President Skleder. Please join us as we celebrate the start of an exciting year ahead.


Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
August 6, 2019 at 9:49 am

Free tables From Fine Arts

Fine Arts has two free Ikea tables available for anyone who is willing to pick them up from Simmons Hall. One table is 5′ x 3′ and the other is 3′ x 2′. They both have their legs and necessary hardware. If you would like to come pick one or both up, email Polly Evans-Thomas at pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu.

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Brittany Clements
bclements1@brenau.edu
August 5, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Brenau OT alumna shares international experience in Japan

Shannon Casola, a 2011 graduate of Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy, visited with OT students, faculty and staff on July 31 to discuss her unique career in Okinawa, Japan. As the daughter of missionaries, Casola experienced multiple cultures during her childhood summers that later fueled her interest for international work.

After graduation from Brenau, she gained experience on American soil working in a variety of settings, including school systems and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation.

When she got the chance to move to Japan and serve as an occupational therapist, Casola and her son took it without question. Two years have passed and she now serves pediatric clients on the American military installation in Okinawa. Her primary focus is early intervention with children from birth to age 3, as well as some early intervention in the school system. While the majority of clients are the children of Marines, all branches are represented on the island.

She shared with the students that she has recently extended her contract to remain in Japan for two more years and encouraged them to “look beyond the challenge or the disability to the hope, because that’s what you’re going to bring.”

The Brenau School of Occupational Therapy is so thankful for Casola’s visit and are extremely proud of her accomplishments.

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Hannah Ivester
hpoole1@brenau.edu
August 2, 2019 at 11:59 am

Hiring an Office Manager for Physician Assistant Studies

The Brenau University Physician Assistant Studies Department currently has an opening for an Office Manager.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field
  • Office and personnel management experience

Duties and Responsibilities:

Internet

Maintain faculty profiles, post messages from chair/faculty, events and developments, maintain departmental calendar

Budget Management

Purchase order requisitions, Budget Manager, credit card statements, secure receipts for various purchases

Office/Classroom Supply Ordering

Maintain orders for department, instructors, classroom

Faculty Support

Handle travel authorization, sick leave, check requisition, travel voucher, payroll/workloads, standardized test ordering, textbook ordering, maintaining syllabi each semester (electronic filing system), assist in financial preparation for student field trips, make copies of tests/class materials, testing/classroom proctor, Open House, be initial contact for student advisees including communication with faculty, maintaining advising files, and scheduling advisee meetings.

Meeting/Entertainment Organization

Agenda development, communication with faculty and/or staff regarding meetings, specialty meetings (retreats, end of the semester/year, parties)

Work Orders

IT/Media, computer/classroom issues, meeting/event set up, building maintenance

Scheduling

Maintaining Meeting Room Manager

Assisting Department Chair

Maintaining calendar, marking deadlines, maintaining meeting appointments

Maintaining Office

Answering phones/returning calls, communicating appropriate information to faculty/staff, maintaining filing system (order receipts, purchase receipts,  adjunct files), send/retrieve mail, interoffice/departments communications

Supervise Work Study Students

Other duties as assigned

Environmental and Working Conditions:

Normal environment found in an educational setting. Some exposure to outdoors and varying weather conditions may be required.

Physical Demands and Aptitudes:

Some lifting and or carrying objects weighing 10+ pounds may be required. This position requires repetitive usage of arms, legs and eyes and includes standing to a significant degree.

Work Hours:

37.5 hours per week. Work hours designed to meet the needs of the chair, faculty, students and department.

Special Requirements:

Brenau University will conduct criminal background checks on all persons being considered for initial employment. In some circumstances, an FBI fingerprint report may be necessary to satisfy the requirement. Employees must hold and continue to maintain a favorable criminal history background. Credit checks may be performed on employees who are selected for a position that regularly engages in handling credit cards or other company monies. Due to insurance requirements, employees operating university vehicles must be at least 25 years of age, have a valid Georgia driver’s license, and a good driving record. An MVR may be performed during the hiring process. All employees who operate university vehicles or who are employed in a sensitive position may be subject to post-hire drug screening and random drug screenings. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug screening.

Please submit all applications online though ADP.

All internal applicants are required to notify their direct supervisor before applying.


Summer Redmon
sredmon2@brenau.edu
July 30, 2019 at 4:05 pm

A Note of Farewell from Dr. Jenene Craig

Jenene CraigHave you heard the phrase: “Sometimes when you least expect it, good things happen”? Well, in my case, it’s both good and admittedly also sad. The sad part is that I am leaving Brenau and the many friends I have established here.

After 11 years, I reflect on when our OT program was in the “little pink building” on main campus. That building, the proximity of our faculty offices to one another and the proximity we had with our students is what forged so many of my friendships. I have been able to experience the remarkable growth process from that small space and one OT program, into the new space at Brenau East and two programs, and then to the state where we are today with two campus locations, three MSOT programs and a PPOTD program. Wow, what a treasure to have been a part of that journey! Thank you to so many of you, both in the OT program and from other programs, for your partnership in education, your mentoring along the way and, most importantly, for your friendship.

In leaving Brenau, I take with me 11 years of time well-spent, knowledge gained and memories of amazing colleagues, students and alumni. Tuesday, Aug. 13 will be my last official day at Brenau, and I wanted to express my sense of gratitude for this amazing place and for your influence on me and to make sure that our contact does not end here. I will remain local and would love to stay in contact. My new email address is Jenenecraig@gmail.com.

My experience has been immeasurable. Thank you!


Tiffany Wilson
twilson3@brenau.edu
July 30, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Eat at Chipotle, Help Brenau University DPT Club

Calling all burrito lovers! Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 1134 Dawsonville Hwy, Suite 100, in Gainesville for our fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The fundraiser is raising money to support Brenau University DPT Club, so just download the flyer (PDF) or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they’ll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
July 26, 2019 at 9:46 am

Save The Date: Fall Prevention Expo Friday, Sept. 13

Among older Americans, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death from injury. The risk of injury from falls increase with age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people 65 and older report falling in the previous year, yet less than half of those talked to a health care provider about falls. Many falls are preventable with some simple steps such as talking to your doctor and keeping your body strong and active.

To respond to the growing issue, the Northeast Georgia Fall Prevention Coalition is hosting the third annual Fall Prevention Expo. This year’s expo is being brought to you by Brenau University Ivester College of Health Sciences, Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging and Trauma & Acute Care Surgery of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Anyone interested in learning more about preventing and managing falls are invited to attend on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Gainesville Civic Center located at 830 Green St. NE.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and a light breakfast and the program begins at 9 a.m. Join us for education and discussion about preventing falls. Also included will be free screenings, demonstrations, home safety tips, community resources, giveaways and more! You must register to attend and space is limited. This event is free.

Go to www.nghs.com/fpe to register online or call 800-347-1416. See the flyer (PDF) for more information.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
July 26, 2019 at 9:24 am

Wellness Activity Planner 2019

The Brenau Wellness Program list of events has been updated. Click here to see the calendar (PDF).

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Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
July 24, 2019 at 9:40 am

Join the CDC Summer Camp for A Little Bit of Seuss Performance, Thurs. July 25

Please join the children of Brenau Child Development Center’s summer camp in their performance of “A Little Bit of Seuss” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25, in Pearce Auditorium.

These kids have worked all week on a small performance of dance and poetry celebrating author Dr. Seuss. The performance will run 15-20 minutes and is free.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
July 23, 2019 at 11:44 am

Staff Employment Letters

Annual staff employment letters will be processed and distributed to each staff employee prior to Thursday, Aug. 15, via campus mail.


Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
July 22, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Found: One Pyramid

Pyramid with hieroglyphics on a tableThe librarians stumbled upon a pyramid in storage. (You know, like you do.) It is in fine condition and bears the name “Alva (C) 91.”

Is this pyramid yours? Or better yet, do you know somebody who lost a pyramid in the past 28 years? Any information about this errant pyramid is much appreciated.

Please email Micki Waldrop at mwaldrop1@brenau.edu.

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Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
July 22, 2019 at 3:34 pm

First-year DPT students host nursing students for interprofessional experience

On Saturday, July 19, ten first year DPT students volunteered their time to host nursing students for an interprofessional educational opportunity. Physical therapy students shared their human anatomy dissections with nursing students and faculty.

This is the second in an emerging series of interprofessional gross anatomy learning experiences between these two programs.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
July 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Policy Revisions July 2019

Revisions to the Faculty & Staff Guidelines within the Employee Handbook have been posted in ADP for employees to review. Each employee should have messages in their message center notifying them that new policies have been posted and are awaiting review and acknowledgement.

To review and acknowledge policies in ADP, please follow this path: ADP > Company Information > Company Policies > Click on the policy name, review, then click acknowledge. It is each employee’s responsibility to become familiar with the standards, rules and instructions included in our Employee Handbook (FSG), as well as the designated penalties for failure to adhere to these requirements. Questions can be directed to the Human Resources Office.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
July 22, 2019 at 8:16 am

Wellness Donations to Leisa Hudson

Leisa Hudson, transcript evaluator in the Registrar’s Office, is going through very serious health problems. She will be out of the office on FMLA through Sept. 3 and will use up all of her wellness leave. If anyone is willing to donate time, please contact Kelley Maddox in HR at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


IT Helpdesk
helpdesk@brenau.edu
July 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm

Windows 10 computer upgrades and replacements

Replacements
Now that we have reached the new budget year and budgets have been made available, the IT Department will begin a phased process of purchasing and deploying new computers to those designated to receive them. There is no need to contact the IT Department about when you will be getting your replacement. Once we have a computer ready, we will contact you to let you know. Due to security and compliance reasons, you must turn in your old computer at the time that you receive the new one.

Upgrades
Anyone who still needs to have their computers upgraded will need to continue to turn them in to Greg White at the Library Helpdesk, or schedule a time for the IT department to pick them up. The IT department will pick up desktop computers if you are not able to disconnect them and bring them to the helpdesk at the library. You can email helpdesk@brenau.edu to set up a time for them to be picked up. We are still hoping to keep the time for upgrades to a week, however replacements are now taking priority until they are completed.

Back-up files
Please note that you must back up any documents and files stored on your computer before an upgrade or replacement. The IT department will not be able to do this for you due to time constraints. We recommend that all files be moved to your Google Drive via Drive File Stream since they are automatically backed up when stored there.

Please click the link below for guidance on backing up your documents and files to Google Drive File Stream.
brenau.jitbit.com/helpdesk/KB/View/20411847-preparing-for-a-computer-replacement.


Jessi Shrout
jshrout@brenau.edu
July 16, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Condolences to friends and family of Louise Bauck

Brenau friend and former colleague Dr. Louise Astrid Brouwer Bauck passed away Monday, July 15, in Vancouver, British Columbia, following a terminal stomach cancer diagnosis.

Bauck was a faculty member in biology from 2005-2012 and served as chair of the Department of Math & Science from 2008-2010. After moving to Nebraska, she continued to support Brenau’s programs by teaching online and accompanying study abroad trips to the Yucatan from 2013-2018. She was the 2008 Tri-Delta Professor of the Year, 2009 Brenau Adviser of the Year and 2010 Outstanding Professor of the Year.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in marine biology at Simon Fraser University and a Master of Veterinary Science with a specialization in avian medicine — a field that would ultimately lead to her acknowledgement as a global leader in the practice of avian medicine — from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.

Brenau will remember Bauck as a dynamic, optimistic person with a quick smile and an innate talent for teaching. Her passion for biology, conservation, research and travel was unparalleled and evident in her every action. Students as well as faculty describe her as a mentor, a role model and an enthusiastic scientist, and her family remembers her as “our rock, our inspiration, our guide to the enchantments of the natural world.” Over the years, she inspired a whole flock of Brenau Biology alumnae who will continue to spread her wisdom far and wide.

Bauck is survived by her husband, Stewart, her children, Christi and Anje, granddaughter, Everly, cat, Molikini, whippet, Rupert, and albino Nelson’s milksnake, Candy Corn. A small celebration of life event will be held in Vancouver in late August. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Louise’s name to the Nature Conservancy or World Wildlife Fund.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
July 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Dr. Irma Alvarado, alumna Amy Todd present at conference

Amy Todd, class of 2008, and Dr. Irma Alvarado, professor in the school of Occupational Therapy, presented a “Virtual Lighting Talk” session at Twelfth Global Studies Conference held Friday, June 28, at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

The conference has a special focus on “The ‘End of History’ 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now.” Todd and Alvarado’s topic was titled Global Occupational Therapy: Yes, It Can Be Sustainable. It highlighted Brenau University’s School of Occupational Therapy, which has sent 19 students to Merida, Yucatan, in Mexico for level-two fieldwork experiences.

They shared how planning for fieldwork placements with practitioners in Merida and preparing students for culturally relevant practice allows a deeper understanding of occupational therapy.

“With increased global mobility, the U.S. is a rapidly changing cultural community, and this includes health beliefs,” Todd and Alvarado found in their presentation. “The health care system needs to respond to the different values in order to achieve holistic health for those who partake in services. This has resulted in a sustainable partnership with many facilities in the Yucatan in which students gain cultural awareness and knowledge of the role disability plays in a person’s life and community.”


Michael McPeek
mmcpeek@brenau.edu
July 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm

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Angela Graham
agraham2@brenau.edu
July 15, 2019 at 11:15 am

Reception for Holly Reynolds Thursday, July 18

The accounting office will be hosting a reception in honor of Holly Reynolds at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.

Holly has been with Brenau University since Oct. 2, 2000, and will be greatly missed.

Please join us as we extend our appreciation for her service over the past 19 years.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
July 12, 2019 at 9:39 am

Chair massage spots available for July 17

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, July 17, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Danielle Miller
ddifede@brenau.edu
July 9, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Free Concert Friday, July 12

The Times is hosting a free show with the local group Fly Betty Band at the Brenau Amphitheatre on Friday, July 12. Along with the concert, Tap It will be on hand serving drinks and several food trucks will be serving the event. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.


Kathleen Foley
kfoley@brenau.edu
July 9, 2019 at 12:45 pm

OT Faculty Awarded Aromatherapy Certification

School of Occupational Therapy faculty members Dr. Jennifer Allison and Amanda Buono recently received Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner status from RJ Buckle Associates.

This certification, open only to licensed health care professionals, is a year-long process that requires over 375 hours of coursework, 40 case studies, a research study and cumulative exam. Both plan to incorporate their training in aromatherapy into their classroom instruction and clinical practice.

Allison uses aromatherapy to support clients with coping, modulation, addiction and sleep disorders. She is conducting research in the use of aromatherapy to support modulation in adults with developmental disabilities. Buono is researching the use of aromatherapy to support sleep in night-shift workers.


Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
July 1, 2019 at 12:10 pm

Life South Blood Drive at Brenau Downtown Center July 8

Delta Rho Tau Physical Therapy Club invites you to a blood drive hosted by Life South.

Join us from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 8 in the Thomas Atrium of the Brenau Downtown Center. You can schedule your appointment online. Walk-ins are welcome anytime.

One Wellness Activity Point will be awarded to employees for participating.

Collegiate Grill is offering free fries with purchase of burger and a drink for all donors.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
July 1, 2019 at 11:12 am

Sign up For Brenau Kickball, July 13

The Brenau Kickball game will take place at Brenau’s Earnest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and is free for participants.

We need at least 20 people to play in order to make up two teams. All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees plus friends and family members are encouraged to participate. Children ages 7 and up are permitted.

Brenau employees who participate will receive five Activity Points toward Wellness Rewards. Please register by July 11.

Sign up online.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
July 1, 2019 at 10:55 am

New Direct Deposit Change Policy

Effective July 1, all employees wishing to make changes to direct deposit will need to reach out to the HR office to complete the form and HR will process the change. The employee will no longer be able to make changes directly in their ADP portal.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
June 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

Brenau Holiday Thursday, July 4

Offices are closed for the Fourth of July.  We will reopen July 5. Enjoy your holiday and be safe!


Toby Hinton
thinton@brenau.edu
June 26, 2019 at 8:53 am

New travel voucher form

For those faculty and staff who travel for Brenau business and require reimbursement of expenses paid out of pocket, the travel voucher form has been updated to a PDF form. This form can be completed electronically, complete with electronic signature (just click the signature line and follow the instructions to generate your electronic signature). Please note the form will need to be downloaded and opened with Adobe Acrobat, instead of in your browser, in order for the electronic signature to function correctly. Once the form is completed and electronically signed, it can be emailed along with supporting documentation to your supervisor for approval. Hopefully this new form will improve the speed and efficiency of processing reimbursement requests.

The new form can be found on the ADP site under Resources > Forms Library > Travel Voucher or by downloading this PDF.

Also, please remember that if you submit expenses for reimbursement you now have the option of getting those reimbursements deposited directly into your bank account rather than receiving a paper check. Use the following link to indicate your desire to sign up for direct deposit.

https://forms.gle/T3QxXEMxsJSJo3A56

Your information will be provided to Paymerang, and you will receive an email from them with instructions on how to sign up for direct deposit.

Contact Toby Hinton at thinton@brenau.edu with any questions.

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
June 17, 2019 at 10:42 am

Brenau Alumni Sunday at the Atlanta Braves Aug. 18

Alumni Braves game flyerTickets are on sale now for Brenau Alumni Sunday with the Atlanta Braves Aug. 18. Game time is 1:20 p.m. The cost is $50 per person (no matter what age) and includes game admission and access to the Hank Aaron Terrace with all you can eat through the fifth inning. There is also air conditioned and outdoor seating. Tickets will be mailed to your home address.

T-shirts are optional and are $10 each. Register by July 15 to get requested T-shirt size.

Purchase tickets at events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hyqnk7cab&oeidk=a07egdky08n66a1aaba.

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Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
June 13, 2019 at 11:22 am

Brenau student wins ASID Foundation scholarship

Laura Harris was awarded the American Society of Interior Designers’ Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award for $5,000, which recognizes an outstanding interior design research project or thesis project conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student. Laura graduated in May with a Master of Fine Arts in interior design.

Laura’s topic was Designing Educational Facilities for Social Engagement in Adolescent Students. To read Laura’s abstract, please go to the ASID website at asid.org/foundation/scholarship-awardees.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
June 13, 2019 at 8:19 am

Chair massage spots available June 19

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, June 19, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Stacey Hoffman
shoffman@brenau.edu
June 11, 2019 at 11:54 pm

New yoga class offered Thursdays at the Brenau Downtown Center

Brenau Life Enrichment and Wellness Cooperation is offering a new Gentle Yoga class for a limited time only!

Class will be held every Thursday from 11-11:45 a.m. and will end the week of Aug. 8. Class is located at the Brenau Downtown Center in room 152. This class is focused on breathing, stretching and relaxing. All levels are welcome.

Cost is $10 per month with no contract. Membership includes access to the Brenau LEWC gym and all other wellness classes. For more information contact breanuwellness@brenau.edu or call 678-971-1845.

See the PDF of a flyer for the yoga class.

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Chelsea Ricks
cricks1@brenau.edu
June 10, 2019 at 12:40 pm

​North Atlanta campus celebrates Flag Day

In honor of Flag Day, June 14,  the North Atlanta campus decided to put a spin on the upcoming national holiday by celebrating flags from all regions.

Staff, faculty and students are placing a sticker on the world map, showing their place of origin. Our Brenau family comes from all over the world, like New Zealand, Vietnam, Belgium, Ghana and the United States.

We’re proud to acknowledge our roots and learn more from these cultures and we are looking forward to adding more international events like this on the North Atlanta campus.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
June 6, 2019 at 8:42 am

Wellness Program Incentive and Rewards

Brenau’s Wellness Program, funded by Cigna, is designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. The program includes activities during the year which relate to being healthy, whether it be physical, mental, financial, social or emotional health. Employees receive points and/or cash rewards for each activity in which they participate.

Points are added to the Activity Tracker, maintained by HR. At the end of the calendar year, names will be drawn from those who have accumulated Activity Tracker points. The more points you accumulate, the greater chance you have of winning cash prizes.

Motivate-Me is a new wellness initiative program provided through our Cigna insurance. For certain activities for which members participate, gift cards are provided. Employees must be a Brenau Cigna Member to collect Cigna Rewards. Maximum award is $200 per employee, per year.

Please view the PDF of the Wellness Calendar tor upcoming events.

Cigna Members can register online at my.cigna.com to view benefit information.

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu or Hannah Ivester at hpoole1@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
June 4, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act notice

If you are eligible for health coverage from Brenau but are unable to afford the premiums, some states have premium assistance programs that can help pay for coverage.

If you or your dependents are not currently enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Heath Insurance Program (CHIP), and you think you or any of your dependents might be eligible for either of these programs, contact Medicaid, CHIP office, dial 1-877-KIDS-NOW or go to insurekidsnow.gov to find out how to apply.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
June 4, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Staff personnel evaluations due Friday, June 14

Annual staff performance evaluations are due to the HR Office by Friday, June 14.

Contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu or 770-534-6270 with questions.


Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
June 4, 2019 at 9:25 am

“President’s Summer Arts Series” reception this Thursday

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Join President Ed Schrader in celebrating the President’s Summer Art Series: A Retrospective from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 6 in the Sellars Gallery of the Simmons Visual Arts Center.

In 2012, President Schrader implemented this annual exhibition highlighting regional artists with close ties to the local community and Brenau University. This year’s exhibition will feature an array of past Summer Art Series artists to pay tribute to Dr. Schrader’s lasting legacy and Brenau’s commitment to supporting local artists.

This year’s featured artists are Judy Black, Christie Gregory, Jane Reynolds Hemmer, John Hemmer, Joyce Hornor, Gregory Johnson and Sara Oakley.

The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call 770.534.6263 or visit galleries.brenau.edu.

The exhibition runs through Thursday, July 11.

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Laura Carpenter
lcarpenter@brenau.edu
June 4, 2019 at 8:26 am

Faculty and students from Occupational Therapy represent Brenau at UGA Summer Institute

Sixteen students from Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy participated in the University of Georgia’s Preparation of Interdisciplinary Providers (PIPs) Project’s inaugural Summer Institute held May 31-June 2 in Dawsonville, Georgia. Students were accompanied by Brenau OT faculty Irma Alvarado and Laura Carpenter.

The PIPs Project, “Serving Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with High-Intensity Needs Through Evidence-Based Preparation of Interdisciplinary Providers,” is a personnel preparation grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. Over the course of two days, UGA PIPs scholars who are graduate students in Birth Through Kindergarten or Speech-Language Pathology worked with Brenau OT students to build interdisciplinary collaboration skills to learn how to support young children with complex needs and their families using evidence-based practices.

More information about the project can be found at coe.uga.edu/news/2018/12/pips-project-highlighted-by-u-s-department-of-education.

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
June 3, 2019 at 10:14 am

Brenau Alumni Day at Six Flags

We are hosting an Alumni Day at Six Flags June 15. There are some tickets still remaining. Tickets are $30 each and include lunch plus parking.

Purchase tickets at events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hyqnk7cab&oeidk=a07egbum47f1f38b517.


Heather Ross
hross@brenau.edu
May 31, 2019 at 1:56 pm

APTA student membership drive culminates with forum led by PTAG president

The Department of Physical Therapy recently completed a student membership drive with the American Physical Therapy Association.

The Reach100 membership drive was successful, resulting in 76% student membership and earning Brenau an honorable mention designation to be placed on banners at national conferences. Reach100 is a call for physical therapy students to demonstrate their commitment to APTA membership.

To celebrate this outcome, Brenau DPT welcomed Daniel Dale, president of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, to speak on the benefits of membership and advocacy within the field of physical therapy.

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
May 30, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Jacksonville campus hosts resume writing classes for veterans

On May 29, staff at Brenau’s Jacksonville campus hosted students from Operation New Uniform (ONU) for a resume writing class.

Veterans often find themselves less competitive in the professional marketplace compared to those on a more traditional path. The ONU program assists veterans by providing them with real opportunities after they transition from the military. They focus on changing strategies, growing confidence, gaining skill, and getting results by offering training and development programs, resources and professional networks in a relentless pursuit of professional success for the veterans they serve.

The Jacksonville campus is proud to serve all ONU students in an ongoing effort as they strive to achieve success in transitioning to civilian careers.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 23, 2019 at 8:30 am

Vacation time: use it or lose it

Vacation time expires June 30. If an employee has unused vacation time as of June 30, it will be transferred to the employee’s wellness leave, if applicable.

All time off requests for the month of June must be submitted and approved in ADP before June 24.


Kathy Little
klittle1@brenau.edu
May 22, 2019 at 5:17 pm

Play Therapy Room Added to BCCPS at Norcross Campus

ribbon cuttingThe Psychology Department announced the grand opening of its play therapy room at the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS) on the Norcross campus.

On April 18, Gary Bauman, Josh Hall and Lucinda Grapenthin, as well as the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling graduate students, were on hand to formally cut the red ribbon celebrating the new addition. This specially designed room incorporates a center for expressive arts therapy and a space for non-directed play therapy. The room is equipped with therapeutic toys, dolls and activities to help serve the young clients. A two-way mirror allows for clinical supervision and observations while student clinicians are working with children and families. A Play Therapy Specialization is offered to the graduate students while they are pursuing their counseling degree.

Children can be referred to the BCCPS Norcross for play therapy by calling 470-228-8942.

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Gale Starich
gstarich@brenau.edu
May 22, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Free to a good home, dining room fixture

We freed up one of our dining room light fixtures in our home. We would like to find this nice, functional light fixture a new place.

Email Gale Starich at gstarich@brenau.edu if you’d like to claim the fixture.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 22, 2019 at 7:33 am

Sign up for Safety & Wellness Day, June 12

Please join us Wednesday, June 12, for Safety & Wellness Day sponsored by the Wellness Committee and the Office of Safety & Security.

The day begins at 11 a.m. with an Are You Smarter Than a Security Officer? game show in the Student Union Building (SUB) followed by “mocktails” in the Tea Room and a drunk driving simulation experience provided by the City of Gainesville Police Department.

Bring your mobile devices in order to join in the game.

RSVP at forms.gle/rfU6Syv7AZnjHL446 by June 3 to participate. Those who register before May 24 will get a free shirt.

Employees will be awarded with one Wellness Activity Point for participation.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
May 21, 2019 at 1:57 pm

School of Occupational Therapy Faculty Receive AOTA Commendations

The following faculty members from the School of Occupational Therapy received commendations from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at the annual conference in April.

  • Jenene Craig for Author, Occupational Therapy’s Role in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 2018.
  • Krisi Probert for AOTA Advisor, Innovation in Care Delivery and Payment, 2018.
  • Tamara Mills for AOTA Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development (CCCPD), 2015-2018.

Congratulations to all!


alammers
alammers@brenau.edu
May 16, 2019 at 12:34 pm

Do you want to help new students learn about resources at Brenau?

As you may have heard, Brenau is rolling out many exciting changes fall 2019.

One of those is a new approach to the First Year Seminar program. A new lab course, AS 115 – Resources for College Success, has been created specifically to address the needs of first-year students. This one credit hour, lab style course, will work to supplement the three credit, First Year Experience (FYE) course, and will be required of all Women’s College and Gainesville undergraduate students with less than 24 credit hours.

AS 115 will be taught each Friday in the fall from 12:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m. Class sizes will be small to allow for the formation of a natural support group. Throughout the semester, AS 115 students will be introduced to the various resources available at Brenau to assist their success and will be encouraged to participate in activities and programs that reinforce learning outside of the classroom. This class is intended to be informative and fun.

We are looking for faculty/staff who are interested in becoming involved with AS 115. If you are interested in making a difference, email Amanda Lammers at alammers@brenau.edu by June 5. Please include your qualifications and why you are interested in being much more than a lab instructor.

Criteria for consideration include:

  • Must hold a master’s degree in related field
  • Full-time faculty/staff member with at least one year of experience at Brenau’s Gainesville campus.
  • Experience dealing with entry level students and their concerns/needs.
  • Ability to participate in training and orientation sessions with other AS 115 instructors and peer assistants (some of which will occur outside of the nine month contract dates).
  • Familiarity with Gainesville campus services and resources and knowledge of opportunities for student development.
  • Willingness to periodically attend out of class campus events, programs and activities with students in fall semester and have visible presence on campus.
  • Readiness to mentor a small group of students, both in and out of the class environment, to ensure a positive first year transition to college.
  • Demonstrate ability to model and teach life and academic success strategies (effective time management, problem solving skills, stress management, inclusion/diversity, effective communication, positive self-care, etc.).
  • A genuine commitment to work with first-year students and their multifaceted needs.


Dianne Honan
dhonan1@brenau.edu
May 16, 2019 at 9:13 am

Call for Contributions for Dominican Republic Display in Library

The library is curating a display on the Dominican Republic to tie into this year’s First Year Experience reading In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, which is set in the Dominican Republic.

We are asking for textiles or artifacts from the Dominican Republic to include with the display that will be up through the fall semester. Any items will be locked in a glass case so they will be protected. We have also utilized a dress form in the past to accompany a display if anyone has any clothing that would tie into the theme.

Please email Dianne Honan at dhonan1@brenau.edu by the end of May with any possible contributions or questions.


Chip Andrews
candrews@brenau.edu
May 14, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Chrome Extensions Approval Process

Due to the large amount of malware posing as Google Chrome extensions, we now require faculty and staff to do an approval process before they can be added to your Chrome browser. Most of the Google Chrome extensions you might need should already be on the approved list.

Already approved extensions include Virtru, Google Drive, Zoom Scheduler and other ones that are used regularly at Brenau.

If you find an extension is missing and you need it added to the list, you can request it at brenau.formstack.com/forms/software_installation_request_form.


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
May 14, 2019 at 10:55 am

Celeste Alexander Appointed to Three-Year Term on AOTA Commission on Education

Celeste Alexander, assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Commission on Education. Congratulations, Celeste!


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 13, 2019 at 9:24 am

Chair Massage Spots available for May 15

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, May 15, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 9, 2019 at 9:52 am

Safety & Wellness Day, June 12: Are you Smarter Than a Security Officer?

Please join us for Wednesday, June 12, for Safety & Wellness Day sponsored by the Wellness Committee and The Office of Safety & Security.

The day begins at 11 a.m. with an Are You Smarter Than a Security Officer? game show in the Student Union Building (SUB) followed by “mocktails” in the Tea Room and a drunk driving simulation experience provided by the City of Gainesville Police Department.

Bring your mobile devices in order to join in the game.

RSVP at forms.gle/rfU6Syv7AZnjHL446 by June 3 to participate.

Employees will be awarded with one Wellness Activity Point for participation.

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Tami English
tenglish1@brenau.edu
May 8, 2019 at 4:55 pm

Join Brenau in NYC for Fall Break 2019

Brenau University Student Services has once again partnered with Academic Expeditions to offer any interested Brenau student, faculty or staff member an exclusive opportunity to experience New York City during Fall Break 2019.

This exclusive experience will offer highlights of the best taste of “The Big Apple,” taking in views of the Manhattan skyline from the Empire State Building, seeing a Broadway show, marveling at the lights in Times Square, exploring galleries at the Met, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, touring the international headquarters of the United Nations, making a reverent visit to the 9/11 Memorial, visiting the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion), tasting the famous NYC food scene, and taking in the views of Central Park and Greenwich Village!

Check out the PDF flyer with more information about costs, registration and highlights of the trip.

Learn more about the trip and register at academicexpeditions.com/bu2019ny. In order to create an account/register the participants will need to enter the private tour code bu2019ny. A $100 deposit is due at registration and the remaining balance can be set up in monthly payments.

If you have any questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to contact Tami English, assistant vice president of student services for Brenau at tenglish1@brenau.edu.

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Tami English
tenglish1@brenau.edu
May 8, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Early Registration for Incoming Freshmen on the Gainesville Campus

Two early registration events for incoming freshmen who will be attending classes on the historic Gainesville campus will be held June 6 and July 16, in the Brenau Trustee Library. There are two sessions, morning and afternoon, for each early registration date.

Freshmen health science majors will attend the morning session, 9 a.m.-noon, and freshmen majoring in degree programs within business and communications, education, and fine arts and humanities will attend the afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Schedules for early registration June 6, are at the links below.

If your office or department is involved in this event please make plans to be present.

PDF of science majors registration schedule.

PDF of business and communications, education, and fine arts and humanities registration schedule.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Clarification on summer half-day Fridays and dress code starting May 17

President Schrader announced summer half-day Fridays for staff starting Friday, May 17, at the Service Awards Ceremony earlier this week.

Employees are expected to work four hours. Those working normal business hours would work 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People starting work at 9 a.m. would work until 1 p.m., etc. People using vacation on Fridays in the summer would therefore submit the time off request for four hours of vacation time.

Also, staff may wear appropriate casual wear throughout the summer months beginning May 17 and ending Aug. 3. Check with your supervisor for dates on which this is not appropriate.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 8, 2019 at 11:45 am

Congratulations to Our Employee Graduates of 2019

Congratulations to Brenau employees Andi Savage, Dayle Lane, Hannah Poole, Jennifer Deremer, Mary Johnson, Polly Evans-Thomas, Chelsea Ricks and Emily Stockton for receiving their degrees during our 2019 commencement.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 8, 2019 at 8:14 am


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 7, 2019 at 2:10 pm

Summer half-days Friday for employees starting May 17

President Schrader announced today summer half-day Fridays for staff starting Friday, May 17. Normal business hours resume Friday, Aug. 9.


Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
May 6, 2019 at 12:32 pm

End of the Year Faculty Service Awards and SDC Picnic Tomorrow, May 7

Death at the DiscoPlease join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 on Brenau’s Gainesville  campus for the Faculty and Staff Service Awards, Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt and End of the Year Picnic, brought to you by Brenau’s Staff Development Committee.

The Faculty and Staff Service Awards ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Pearce Auditorium.

The picnic and Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt will begin after the awards ceremony and continue until 2 p.m. The murder mystery will begin in Pearce Auditorium immediately after the awards ceremony (around 11 a.m.) and participants will finish at Yonah Hall to enjoy the picnic on the lawn.

Those who will not be participating in the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt are welcome to begin the picnic on the lawn immediately after the awards ceremony.

We have received approval for everyone attending tomorrow’s events to dress down for the day. Remember to wear sunscreen.

HR has provided us with some items to be raffled off to those attending the picnic. Everyone who attends will receive a ticket for a chance to win. We will also be holding a 50/50 raffle, with the winner receiving half of the money we receive for the raffle. Remember to bring some cash with you if you want to enter.


Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
May 6, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Join our PT Students for a Yoga and Back Rub Fundraiser

Brenau Physical Therapy students are raising money for their service trip to Moultrie, Ga to help migrant farmworkers this June. Please help support our students by joining their Yoga and Back Rub fundraiser!
This is a drop-in, donation based ~1 hour class. 10-minute back rubs will be available for $5 before, during and after yoga. Donations accepted via cash, Venmo (@Moutlrie-Fundraiser), or Forever Gold. All ages and Yoga ability levels are welcome! Please bring your own mat. See flyer for more information!!

When: Saturday, May 18th at 11 am
Where: Roosevelt Square outside the Downtown Center

RSVPs encouraged (eblais@tiger.brenau.edu) but not required.

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Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
May 6, 2019 at 10:01 am

Join our PT Students for a Basketball Tournament Fundraiser Friday, May 17

Brenau Physical Therapy students are raising money for their service trip to Moultrie, Georgia, to help migrant farm workers this June.

Please help support our students by joining our first 3-on-3 basketball tournament at noon Friday, May 17 in the Brenau University Gym. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per team.  Payments can be made via Venmo  to @Moultrie-Fundraiser. Register with Fabian Azofeifa at fazofeifa@tiger.brenau.edu. The tournament is open to all Brenau faculty, staff and students.

All ages and levels of basketball skills are welcome!

See attached PDF for more information.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 3, 2019 at 8:19 am

Brenau celebrates No Tobacco Month in May

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Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization celebrates World No Tobacco Day. The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

In the spirit of World No Tobacco Day, Brenau’s Wellness Committee is sponsoring our own tobacco awareness program for the month of May. Stop by the HR office any time in the month of May to sign the Tobacco-Free Pledge. Employees will be awarded with one Activity Point for participation and receive a small gift. Flyers and information on quitting tobacco products are available at the “Be Well Brenau” booth located outside the HR Office.

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on tobacco and lung health.

The campaign will increase awareness on:

  • the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease.
  • the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.

How tobacco endangers the lung health of people worldwide:

  • Lung cancer. Tobacco smoking is the primary cause for lung cancer, responsible for over two-thirds of lung cancer deaths globally. Second-hand smoke exposure at home or in the work place also increases risk of lung cancer. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of lung cancer. After 10 years of quitting smoking, risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
  • Chronic respiratory disease. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition where the build-up of pus-filled mucus in the lungs results in a painful cough and agonizing breathing difficulties. The risk of developing COPD is particularly high among individuals who start smoking at a young age, as tobacco smoke significantly slows lung development. Tobacco also exacerbates asthma, which restricts activity and contributes to disability. Early smoking cessation is the most effective treatment for slowing the progression of COPD and improving asthma symptoms.
  • Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (TB) damages the lungs and reduces lung function, which is further exacerbated by tobacco smoking. The chemical components of tobacco smoke can trigger latent infections of TB. Around a quarter of all people are infected with TB. Active TB, compounded by the damaging lung health effects of tobacco smoking, substantially increases risk of disability and death from respiratory failure.
  • Air pollution. Tobacco smoke is a very dangerous form of indoor air pollution. It contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Though smoke may be invisible and odorless, it can linger in the air for up to five hours, putting those exposed at risk of lung cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and reduced lung function.

Helpful tips and information on how to quit are available in the HR Office or at the “Be Well Brenau” booth outside the HR office.

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Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
May 2, 2019 at 10:47 am

Brenau Summer Soccer Camp June 10-14 and July 22-26

Help your soccer player increase their skill level and sign them up for the Brenau Soccer Camp! Sessions will be led by assistant soccer coach Sierra Monday with the help of the Brenau soccer team. The camp is from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 10-14 and July 22-26 for boys and girls ages 6-14. The cost is $125 per session.

Campers will need cleats, shin guards, a soccer ball, water bottle, sunscreen, indoor soccer shoes or sneakers, and a snack.

Sign up on the Brenau Athletics website at or email Sierra Monday directly with questions at smonday@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
May 2, 2019 at 8:09 am

Staff Personnel Evaluations due June 14

Annual staff performance evaluations are due to the HR Office by Friday, June 14. Contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu or 770-534-6270 with questions.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
April 26, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Track Your Health Metrics

The Brenau Wellness Committee has had a great year and we are currently working on several initiatives to promote health and wellness for all of the Brenau family. One initiative includes a program that allows you to track your health metrics and includes coaching to assist with improving your overall health. Please take this brief survey to determine interest in this opportunity.

We are looking forward to a great upcoming school year and invite you to access our newly designated website. This will be a great resource for your wellness initiatives and we hope you will make this a part of your health and wellness journey! Check it out at intranet.brenau.edu/wellness/.


Dayle Lane
dlane1@brenau.edu
April 26, 2019 at 11:06 am

Restaurants for Rescues April 28-May 3

Brenau’s PSY Club encourages everyone to participate in the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia’s Restaurants for Rescues fundraiser. It’s a delicious way to give something back to the group that brings us puppies for Puppy Therapy during finals week.

Restaurants for Rescues takes place April 28-May 3 and each of the restaurants participating will be donating a percentage of their proceeds. This means dine-in, take out and alcohol sales are included.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Beer Me
  • Tap It
  • Southern Bakes Pie
  • Downtown Drafts
  • Bruster’s Ice Cream
  • Gainesville Seafood Market
  • Chicken Salad Chick
  • Smoke House BBQ
  • Johnny’s BBQ
  • The Inked Pig
  • 2 Dog Restaurant
  • Fajitas
  • Left Nut Brewery
  • Bluefin
  • Locos Grill & Pub
  • Scott’s Lounge
  • The Coffee Shop at Lawrence Pharmacy

You can download this PDF with dates and time for participating restaurants and get more information on the fundraiser at the HSNEGA’s website.

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Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
April 25, 2019 at 10:39 am

Brenau PT Student Selected for House Usher at APTA Conference

[caption id=”attachment_20385″ align=”alignright” width=”213″] Jonathan Casas[/caption]

Jonathan Casas, SPT, in the Department of Physical Therapy has been selected to serve as a House Usher at the 2019 House of Delegates session at the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT Conference. The conference is held June 12-15 in Chicago, Illinois.

This is a special honor for this well-deserving student and an opportunity to provide Brenau University national visibility. Congratulations, Jonathan!

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Chip Andrews
candrews@brenau.edu
April 24, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Upgrades for Windows 7 Users

Faculty and staff will soon receive an email from the IT HelpDesk about Windows 10 upgrades for the people still using Windows 7. Please be sure to read this email, as this will impact many people. Anyone that is using a Brenau computer that still has Windows 7 on it will have their computer upgraded or replaced. Please be sure to read the instructions on how to backup your data.

Instruction on how to backup your data are available at docs.google.com/document/d/1u8UprkA-kqHbSWt3AUq6ZSzTYnzGtUoGJ1sa5dIJyNo/edit

If you aren’t sure whether you have Windows 7 visit the link below.
brenau.jitbit.com/helpdesk/KB/View/20411616-do-i-have-windows–or-windows-


Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
April 24, 2019 at 12:07 pm

End of the Year Faculty and Staff Service Awards and Picnic Tuesday, May 7

Death at the Disco flyerPlease join us from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 on Brenau’s Gainesville campus for the Faculty and Staff Service Awards, Death at the Disco Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt and End of the Year Picnic, brought to you by Brenau’s Staff Development Committee.

The Faculty and Staff Service Awards ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Pearce Auditorium.

The picnic and scavenger hunt will begin after the awards ceremony and continue until 2 p.m. The scavenger hunt will begin in Pearce immediately after the awards ceremony, around 11 a.m. Participants will finish at Yonah Hall to enjoy the picnic on the lawn.

Those who will not be participating in the scavenger hunt are welcome to begin the picnic on the lawn immediately after the awards ceremony.

If you would like to participate in this year’s scavenger hunt, it is not too late to sign up (you just won’t get the free t-shirt). Individuals and teams of up to eight people can still sign up at forms.gle/aBqYV1aVpooW3Ubj8 until Friday, May 3.

In order to make sure we have enough food for everyone, please let us know you’re coming to the picnic at brenau.formstack.com/forms/may_7_picnic_rsvp by Friday, April 26.

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Danielle Miller
ddifede@brenau.edu
April 24, 2019 at 11:34 am

Staff Needed for Commencement Ceremonies May 3 and 4

Spring Commencement ceremonies are quickly approaching.

The Women’s College ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, while the ceremony for the university is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Both ceremonies will be held on the Gainesville campus.

Event Services must fill support roles for each ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided to Saturday staffers if the rain plan is executed, which adds a second ceremony.

Available positions are ushers, greeters, crowd control and parking attendants. Flex schedules or overtime will be permitted for this event.

Please contact Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu or call 770-297-5456 to help make these ceremonies a success.


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
April 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

Condolences to Dr. Krisi Probert and Family

Dr. Krisi Probert, faculty in the School of Occupational Therapy, lost her father-in-law this weekend. Brian John Probert, 73, of McCormick SC, formerly of Michigan, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019, following an extended illness.

He is survived by his wife, two siblings, two children and four grandchildren.
Brian was a subject of the British crown and served in the United States Air
Force during the Vietnam War and became a U.S. citizen upon conclusion
of his service. He retired from both Ford Motor Company and Roush
Steel. He was an avid golfer and boater, devoted husband, loving
father and doting grandfather.

Donations, in memory of Brian John Probert, may be made to the American Diabetes Association at donations.diabetes.org/site/Donation2?df_id=18806&18806.donation=form1.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
April 22, 2019 at 11:32 am

Lower RX Costs and Talking To Your Doctor

Communicating with your doctor is one of the most important parts of getting good heath care. Being prepared can help make the most of your visit.

Download this PDF for suggestions and ways to help lower your prescription cost and what you should bring to a doctor’s appointment.

 

 

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lweaver1
lweaver1@brenau.edu
April 18, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Social and Digital Marketing Workshop, April 23

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce will be presenting on new trends in social and digital marketing from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Brenau Downtown Center. As a sponsor, Brenau employees are invited to attend for free.

Join the Forum Communications team as they discuss the latest digital and social marketing and share proven strategies and tactics to grow your local business. Forum Communications is full service strategic marketing agency offering everything from graphic design and website development to digital marketing, branding and creative communications. They focus on helping businesses and nonprofits build strategies to create their voices in a crowded marketplace.

Four speakers will be on hand to share tips for success. Emmie Howard, Brenau trustee and founder of the Southern Proper clothing line; Caroline Lewallen, marketing director for Jaemor Farms; Maggie Griffin, entrepreneur and creator of Maggie Griffin Design; and Ryan Brackett, a web designer for Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

There will also be door prizes, networking and a light breakfast.

If you have any questions, please contact Lila Westmoreland at lweaver1@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
April 18, 2019 at 4:06 pm

EXTENDED: Free Health Screenings for World Health Wellness Week, April 22-26

The Center for Health and Wellbeing will extend this event to April 22-26.

World Health Day, celebrated in April each year, commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on a subject of major importance to global health. The theme for 2019 is Universal Health Care, which is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them without suffering financial hardship.

Brenau hosts Wellness Week from 8:30-11 and 2-4 p.m. Monday April 22 through Thursday, April 26 at the Center for Health & Well-Being on the Gainesville campus.

Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis will be providing health screens at no charge to employees including:

  • pulse
  • oxygen saturation
  • blood pressure
  • weight/height
  • BMI
  • hemoglobin (anemia screening)
  • A1C (diabetes screening)

At the end of your screening you will receive a health transcript that lists all of your current screening numbers.

Keep this to compare changes in your health between April and November when we have our annual Health and Benefits Expo.

Employees who participate will be awarded with five Activity Points towards Wellness.

If you are unable to attend this event please note you can still get one wellness point if you do your biometric screenings with your physician. Physicals are worth 10 points.


Heather Ross
hross@brenau.edu
April 17, 2019 at 1:55 pm


Heather Ross
hross@brenau.edu
April 17, 2019 at 1:54 pm


Hope Lam
hlam@brenau.edu
April 15, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Norcross Campus Celebrates National Poetry Month

Norcross Campus is celebrating National Poetry Month by spotlighting a different poem each week in April. This week’s poem is Late Fragment by Raymond Carver.

Other highlighted poems include Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman and William Ernest Henley’s Invictus.

Free copies can be picked up in the lobby. Stay tuned for next week’s poem.

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Jennifer Loggins
jloggins@brenau.edu
April 15, 2019 at 2:17 pm

OPEN: Professional Science Tutor Position (Part-Time)

The Learning Center is currently looking to hire a tutor to assist students with chemistry, physics and biology courses at the Gainesville campus.

The tutor may also provide some Zoom tutoring sessions virtually for regional campus/online students. This position is part-time, as needed—no more than 19 hours per week. Tutors provide their own schedule availability.

Many of our tutors are adjunct or retired professors. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Teaching/tutoring experience required.

Please apply online and feel free to refer colleagues: intranet.brenau.edu/human-resources/job-opportunities/


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
April 15, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Sign up for Walking Group and get one Activity Point

As part of Brenau’s health and wellness initiative, the HR office encourages you to take the first STEP to a healthier life by taking part a new program, the Brenau Walking Group. This group is derived from the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. Each Friday participants are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.

To join the Brenau Walking Group, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu. The program will meet for the first time at 4 p.m. April 26 at the entrance to Golden Tiger Way.


Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
April 15, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Adaption: Choreographer’s Showcase, April 16

Brenau Department of Dance Presents Adaptation. April 16, 1 p.m.Freshman dance majors are showcased every spring semester through their Composition I course as a way to present their choreographic ideas as a project. This year’s performance, Adaptation, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the Blackbox Theater.

Their work is preformed by student members of Brenau University’s Department of Dance.

A question and answer session will be held immediately after the performance for dancers to articulate more about their works to the audience. Admission is free.

Information: 770-538-4764 or danceinfo@brenau.edu.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
April 15, 2019 at 11:09 am

Dr.’s Robin Underwood and Wendy Holmes’ Retirement and Farewell Tea is Wednesday, May 1

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The Ivester College of Health Sciences and the School of Occupational Therapy will host a tea honoring the many contributions made by Dr. Robin Underwood, who will be retiring after 23 years of service, and Dr. Wendy Holmes, who will be following her heart for OT and continuing her career with OT practice after serving Brenau for eight years.

Please join us in celebrating these wonderful members of our faculty at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 1 in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.

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Tiffany Wilson
twilson3@brenau.edu
April 15, 2019 at 10:23 am

Who Dunnit Murder Mystery Event Sign Up

In an effort to keep Brenau moving and working together, the Staff Development Committee, along with Brenau’s Wellness Initiative, is once again hosting another Who Dunnit Game Day!

Please join us for this fun adventure and a little fresh air on Tuesday, May 7 after the service awards at approximately 11 a.m. in Pearce Auditorium.

Who Dunnit: Death at the Disco

Death at the Disco flyerThis year’s adventure will take place at the infamous disco hot spot, Studio 54 1/2.

Gather a group of up to eight people to be on your team. Each member should register themselves. If you have a team name please include the name on the registration form or select to be added to a team.

The games will begin immediately following the service awards in Pearce Auditorium.

Grab a seat and listen carefully to the key suspects as they divulge important information surrounding the suspicious disappearance of a popular disco dancer.

Teams will depart from Pearce Auditorium on an adventure to find these suspects as they hangout at their favorite spots on campus.

Find each character and jot down any clues that may help you discover the who and why of this case.

The first team to visit all characters and arrive with the correct suspect name and motive will be deemed the winners and receive the grand prize.

All teams will meet back by noon at the Wilkes Porch to enjoy a free lunch and find out which team won.

The deadline to sign up is April 22 in order to receive a free game T-shirt.

Sign up at https://forms.gle/aBqYV1aVpooW3Ubj8.

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Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
April 11, 2019 at 9:16 am

Net Generation Campus Kids Day, April 14

The Brenau University and Piedmont College women’s tennis teams would like to invite kids and families in the community to experience the sport of tennis on Sunday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at the Brenau University tennis courts.

This is a free event and it will feature a kids tennis clinic, snacks, prizes and college tennis!

Register at form.jotform.com/90865617506161.

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Jill DeMarotta
jdemarotta@brenau.edu
April 11, 2019 at 8:20 am

Upholstery fabric samples available

upholstery fabricThe Interior Design department has a lot of upholstery and drapery fabric samples they no longer need.

The samples range in size, but some are large enough to reupholster a small piece of furniture, make window treatments or throw pillows, etc.

Email pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu for more information.

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Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
April 10, 2019 at 6:58 pm

Dance presents EXHALE, April 11-13

EXHALE, senior thesis and faculty concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 at Hosch TheatreDepartment of Dance presents EXHALE, a senior thesis/guest artist concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 in Hosch Auditorium.

This innovative and engaging concert will showcase works from senior dance majors Megan Watkins and Susan De Witt, faculty and nationally acclaimed guests artists Joshua Blake Carter from Gus Giordano II, Tiffanie Carson from CKM Dance Company and Mallory Baxley from Zoetic Dance Ensemble. The concert will be a showcase of creative excellence, breathtaking performances and versatility from our talented artists.

General admission is $7. For seniors, children under 12, Brenau alumni and college students with a valid ID, admission is $5. Free admission for Brenau faculty, staff and students with a valid ID. For more information call 770-538-4764 or email danceinfo@brenau.edu.

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
April 10, 2019 at 4:55 pm

Faculty and staff are invited to join us for the annual Champagne Brunch and May Day Celebration!

Alumnae Reunion Weekend logoAll faculty and staff are invited to join us on Saturday, April 13, for our annual Champagne Brunch and May Day Celebration. The brunch is from 11-1 and May Day festivities begin at 1 p.m.

All faculty and staff are free of charge with their gold Brenau name badge. However, if you plan to attend please email acarter3@brenau.edu so we can be sure we have accurate numbers.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
April 10, 2019 at 12:35 pm

Free Health Screenings for World Health Wellness Week, April 15-18

World Health Day, celebrated in April each year, commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on a subject of major importance to global health. The theme for 2019 is Universal Health Care, which is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them without suffering financial hardship.

Brenau will host its Wellness Week from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18 at the Center for Health & Well-Being on the Gainesville campus.

Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis will be providing health screens at no charge to employees, including:

  • pulse
  • oxygen saturation
  • blood pressure
  • weight/height
  • BMI
  • hemoglobin (anemia screening)
  • A1C (diabetes screening)
  • anxiety and depression screening available by Brenau Center for Counseling & Psychological Services

At the end of your screening you will receive a health transcript that lists all of your current screening numbers. Keep this to compare changes in your health between April and November when we have our annual Health and Benefits Expo.

Employees who participate will be awarded with five Activity Points towards Wellness.

If you are unable to attend this event please note you can still get one wellness point if you do your biometric screenings with your physician. Physicals are worth 10 points.


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
April 10, 2019 at 11:56 am

Hagerman-Thompson Award nomination deadline extended to Friday, April 12

Brenau University annually honors and recognizes a staff member who demonstrates high standards of performance with the Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award. The award is presented at the faculty and staff service awards ceremony.

All university staff and faculty and are encouraged to nominate a staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Will complete five years of service in 2019.
  • Employed on at least a ¾ time basis.
  • Contributes to the growth and excellence of Brenau University beyond the call of duty.
  • Is well respected.
  • Presents a positive image both on and off campus.
  • Is efficient and effective.
  • Works well as a team member.
  • Demonstrates commitment and dedication to the institution.
  • Has not previously won the award and is not a member of the faculty, Vice Presidents group or the President’s Cabinet.

All Brenau University faculty and staff are eligible to submit one nomination form for a staff member who meets the criteria. The deadline for nominations will be end of the day Friday, April 12.

Please follow the link below to access the Google form to nominate:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSducVgcstJget_tglxcCVsHcQw3E_XLBjaDvbEXehXGquSsVQ/viewform?usp=sf_link


Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
April 10, 2019 at 9:54 am

Lecture by visiting professor Zhou, April 16

Chinese Architecture and the Imperial Palace flyerThe Center for the Arts & Design is hosting a lecture on Chinese Architecture and the Imperial Palace. Professor Yaxin “Elaine” Zhou is an interior design professor visiting from Anhui Normal University. She will be speaking from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Disque Lecture Hall.

This lecture is free and everyone is invited. Space is limited so please email pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu to secure your spot.

 

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Rudi Kiefer
rkiefer@brenau.edu
April 9, 2019 at 6:40 pm

Students learn piano tuning technique in “Music Meets Physics” workshop

[caption id=”attachment_20226″ align=”alignright” width=”262″] Anna Feng, left, and Scott Wang tune a piano.[/caption]

The colorful piano in the Yonah Lobby, recently decorated as part of an art project, was looking fine. However, people trying to play it were greeted by the twangy sound of strings badly out of tune. Last week, music majors Xueyun “Anna” Feng and Junlin “Scott” Wang, along with business major Yuhao “Charlie” Qiu, made the instrument playable in two afternoon workshop sessions.

“We did this once before with the Blackbox piano,” said Dr. Rudi Kiefer, who supplied piano tools and instruction during the project. It involved ear training to let the students hear the physical characteristics of strings in addition to their musical tone, and practice with a professional tuning lever.

After learning the basics of tuning pins, string pressure and reading an electronic strobe display, the three took turns on the 245 strings that needed adjustment.

“It is interesting to train one’s ears to what the strings are doing, instead of concentrating on the music,” Feng said.

Fellow music major Scott Wang agreed, adding “It’s a lot of fun to have an out-of-tune instrument like that and make it so that everyone can play it and enjoy it again.”

Business major Charlie Qiu remarked on the total of five hours spent on the project.

“I see now why it’s expensive to have a piano tuned by a service,” Qiu said. “It was gratifying to learn that we can also do a decent job ourselves.”

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Heather Ross
hross@brenau.edu
April 9, 2019 at 3:02 pm

New Faculty Committee Social, April 18

Please join the New Faculty Committee for year-end social from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Downtown Drafts.

This will be a fun time to drop-in and meet new faculty you have not yet interacted with or to hang out with those you have!


Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
April 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Save the date for Brenau’s year-end festivities, Tuesday, May 7

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The Staff Development Committee is looking for pictures of faculty and staff to include in the year-end slideshow, which will be shown at Brenau’s End of the Year Extravaganza held Tuesday, May 7. Please direct these submissions to Amy Goetz at agoetz@brenau.edu.

The extravaganza will begin at 10 a.m. in Pearce Auditorium. There will be a faculty and staff service award ceremony, including the Hagerman Thompson Award, special presentations and a slideshow.

A separate article will go out about the murder mystery and how to participate in that event. Any questions about that can be directed to Tiffany Wilson at twilson3@brenau.edu. The murder mystery, Death at the Disco, will start at 11 a.m. in Pearce before teams scour the main campus for clues and suspects. Participants will join the picnic immediately following the end of the game.

The picnic lunch with music and games will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the front lawn and Wilkes.

Any questions about this year’s festivities can be directed to either Lainey Kennedy at lwelsch1@brenau.edu or Andi Savage at asavage@brenau.edu.

The Staff Development Committee hopes to see you there!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
April 8, 2019 at 4:03 pm

Chair massage spots available for Wednesday, April 17

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, April 17 on the Gainesville campus.

Each massage lasts 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Ken Frank
kfrank@brenau.edu
April 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Brenau University Competes at UNCC Mediation Tournament

On April 5-6, 2019, eight teams from four universities gathered at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a three round mediation tournament.

After an excellent training session focused on collaborative law, the teams competed in front of judges drawn from mediation professionals in the Charlotte, North Carolina region.

Brenau competitors included Jessica Jarrett, Diamond Wood, Dejah Williams, Maddie Langford and Cassie Childress.

A Brenau University team finished first in the advocate/client category and several of the individuals on the team won awards for their work as mediators or as advocate/client teams.

Diamond Wood is the only graduating senior from this group and will be missed as the other students look forward to participating in fall mediation tournaments including the 17th Annual Brenau Invitational Mediation Tournament, which will be held Oct. 4-5, 2019, on the Brenau campus in Gainesville.

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Whitney Neveils
wfauscett@brenau.edu
April 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Adrian Matejka Poetry Reading Friday, April 12

Adrian MatejkaPlease join us for a poetry reading by Adrian Matejka at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Quiet Zone of the Trustee Library. A question and answer session will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Quiet Zone.

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden, which won the New York/New England Award and Mixology, a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. His third collection, The Big Smoke, focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. It was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book, Map to the Stars, was published by Penguin in 2017.

Matejka teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is the Poet Laureate of Indiana.

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Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
April 4, 2019 at 12:53 pm

Lacrosse Senior Day Saturday, April 6

Join us to cheer on the Brenau lacrosse team in their last home game at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, against Truett McConnell at Bobby Gruhn Field at City Park.

We will be honoring seniors Ashley Spring, Yesenia Chavez, Allie McConnell, Amber Urso and Sejal Patel. We hope to see you there enjoying the spring weather outdoors!

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Dianne Honan
dhonan1@brenau.edu
April 4, 2019 at 10:52 am

Coffee in the Library, April 14

Are your students studying for finals?

We will have free coffee at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the Trustee Library while supplies last. Please pass the word on to your students!

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Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
April 4, 2019 at 10:40 am

EXHALE Dance Concert, April 11-13

The Department of Dance presents EXHALE, a senior thesis/guest artist concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 in Hosch Auditorium.

This innovative and engaging concert will showcase works from senior
dance majors Megan Watkins and Susan De Witt, faculty and nationally acclaimed guests artists Joshua Blake Carter from Gus Giordano II, Tiffanie Carson from CKM Dance Company and Mallory Baxley from Zoetic Dance Ensemble. The concert will be a showcase of creative excellence, breathtaking performances and versatility from our talented artists.

General admission is $7. Cost for seniors, children under 12, Brenau alumni and college students with a valid ID is $5. Admission is free for Brenau faculty, staff and students with a valid ID.

For more information call 770-538-4764 or email danceinfo@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
April 3, 2019 at 12:23 pm

New Faculty and Staff Recognition Tool

Each year, Brenau administration honors our colleagues for their years of hard work, dedication and commitment to Brenau University via a Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon in May. In addition to this, you will now be able to see who is celebrating a milestone anniversary each month throughout the year by viewing the main page on the Brenau Update, similar to the birthday’s section.

Starting this month, employees will be recognized for 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 + years of service.

As you celebrate your service anniversary, please accept our gratitude. We know there are lots of other colleges and universities out there, and we are so happy you are here sharing your time with us at Brenau.


Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
April 3, 2019 at 9:31 am

Please join us for the dedication of “Terpsikhore” next Friday, April 12

Brenau will dedicate a new bronze by Jean Westmacott, “Terpsikhore,” in the lobby of the Burd Center at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 12.

The work was commissioned by Barbara Stockton Perry, class of ’47, and Leeda Stockton Currin, class of ’60, as a way to express their shared passion for Brenau and art. Perry, a former trustee who passed away in early 2016, worked to complete the commissioning of this work with Currin even as she battled terminal cancer.

“Terpsikhore” is named for one of the nine muses in Greek mythology, specifically the Muse of choral song and dancing. Westmacott’s bronze figure depicts a dancer leaning back in mid dance and will be placed on the landing of the stairs entering the bottom floor of Hosch Auditorium.

Any faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend this event.


Jane Anderson-Buffington
jbuffington@brenau.edu
April 2, 2019 at 5:19 pm

Students invited to Join Brenau’s Nursing Honor Society

The Nu Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society would like to recognize the nursing students who have met the rigorous criteria for invitation into this prestigious nursing honor society. Each of the students listed have achieved academic excellence and rank in the top 35 percent of their graduating class. They also meet the expectation of academic integrity as well as professionalism and leadership. Congratulations!

Full-time BSN students:
Katherine Greer
Alyssa Ditty
Allie Duck
Amanda Cabe
Amanda Bowersox
Miranda Dressel
Katelyn Turner
Lauren Lebeda
Sara Simmons
Lauren Bearden
Kayla Priest

Part-time BSN students:
Cindy Camp
Ava Gunby
Juan Cuevas
Chelsey Barrett
Grace O’Kelley
Toni Moore
Michelle Emmorey
Melissa Wales

Graduate nursing students:
Sonya Boags
Nazifa Cultarevic
Courtaney Johnson
Svetlana Kozlova
Jessia Smith
Julie Tiegs
Sandeep Singh
Millie Alexander
Katelyn Goodwin
Danielle Hill
Courtney Voss
Christine Wilson
Amartha Ogburu
Heather Higgins
Yosefa Stokes
Oya Yildirim
LaToya Evans

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Gale Starich
gstarich@brenau.edu
April 2, 2019 at 4:28 pm

Free Thule load bar rack, fork mount bike rack, universal roof top ski and snowboard racks

Thule rack, load bars, bike and univ. rooftop ski and snowboard rackFree to a good home: Thule load bar rack #1260-1-4601, fork mount bike attachment, big mouth upright bike carriage, universal rooftop ski and snowboard racks. Includes keys for lock.

Contact Gale Starich at gstarich@brenau.edu or 706-540-4702 to inquire or arrange pickup.

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Gale Starich
gstarich@brenau.edu
April 2, 2019 at 4:23 pm

Free Thule Weekender cargo box

Thule Weekender cargo boxFREE TO A GOOD HOME: Thule Weekender cargo box with roof attachment straps. Includes keys for lock.

Contact Gale Starich at gstarich@brenau.edu or 706-540-4702 to inquire or arrange pickup.

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Jane Anderson-Buffington
jbuffington@brenau.edu
April 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm

Nursing honor society earns Regional Excellence awards

The Nu Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society at Brenau University received three Regional Excellence awards for fulfilling the Presidential Call-to-Action to build on Sigma’s extraordinary success and heritage by fostering new ways to connect with members and other nurses, collaborate with diverse partners and to catalyze change for advancing world health and global nursing excellence.

Congratulations Nu Gamma Board and Members for your hard work and excellence.

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Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
April 2, 2019 at 11:57 am

Tennis Senior Day Friday, April 5 at 3 p.m.

This Friday, April 5, is both Senior Day and the last match of the 2019 season for our Golden Tiger tennis team!

Help us celebrate their accomplishments and say farewell to seniors Kirsten Dickins and Rebecca Pijls.

We’ll be playing #20 SCAD Atlanta at 3 p.m., so it will make for a great match up!

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
April 1, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Faculty and staff are invited to join us for Alumnae Reunion Weekend!

Please join us for the Champagne Brunch and May Day Celebration on Saturday, April 13. Wear your gold Brenau name badge for free admission.

If you are an alumna and wish to receive the gift and attend other events, please register at brenau.edu/alum/arw.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
April 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm

OT faculty, graduates to present at American Occupational Therapy conference April 4-7

The following Brenau University School of Occupational Therapy faculty and recent graduates will be presenting at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference April 4-7 in New Orleans:

Associate professor Dr. Tamara Mills and 2018 graduate Sara Buggelli will present “A Case Study on the Effectiveness of Two Virtual-Reality Interventions on Improving Upper-Extremity Motor Function in Adults After Stroke,” as well as a Tech Day presentation, “Facilitating Upper- and Lower-Body Neurorehabilitation Using a Customizable Virtual-Reality Application.”

Associate professor Dr. Louise Dunn and 2017 graduates Sydney Bennett and Amanda Litten will present “Map to Happiness: Promoting Health and Well-being for Children’s Palace.”

Assistant professor Dr. Laura Carpenter will present “Strategies to Inform Practice and Pedagogy from and Investigation of OTs’ Clinical Reasoning.”

Associate professor Dr. Kay Graham and 2017 graduate Chris Galati will present “OT and Health Literacy: Current Practices and Recommended Actions.”

OT counselor Dr. Nancy Fowler will present “Upstream Living: Promoting the Health and Well-being of Community-Dwelling Older Adults.”

Professor Dr. Irma Alvarado and adjunct faculty Amy Todd and Mary Shotwell will present “Developing, Sustaining, and Evaluating International Fieldwork in Yucatan, Mexico.”

Assistant professor Dr. Jennifer Allison with Shotwell and 2018 graduates Ben Keeling and Andrew Simon will present “Effects of the Alert Program on Communication, Social Interaction, and Occupational Performance in Adults with Developmental Disabilities.” They will also present “Using the Alert Program to Increase Communication, Interaction Skills, and Occupational Performance in Adults with Developmental Disabilities.”

Finally, director and associate professor Dr. Kathleen Foley and 2018 graduates Jamie Gentry, TraLisa Myers, Lindsay Rankin and Kristin Shepard will present “Activities of Daily Living Strategies to Age in Place.”

Thank you for representing Brenau University!


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
April 1, 2019 at 1:07 pm

Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award, now accepting nominations!

Brenau University annually honors and recognizes a staff member who demonstrates high standards of performance with the Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award. The award is presented at the faculty and staff service awards ceremony.

All university staff and faculty and are encouraged to nominate a staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Will complete five years of service in 2019.
  • Employed on at least a ¾ time basis.
  • Contributes to the growth and excellence of Brenau University beyond the call of duty.
  • Is well respected.
  • Presents a positive image both on and off campus.
  • Is efficient and effective.
  • Works well as a team member.
  • Demonstrates commitment and dedication to the institution.
  • Has not previously won the award and is not a member of the faculty, Vice Presidents group or the President’s Cabinet.

All Brenau University faculty and staff are eligible to submit ONE nomination form for a staff member who meets the criteria. The deadline for nominations will be end of day Wednesday, April 10.

Please follow the link below to access the Google form to nominate:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSducVgcstJget_tglxcCVsHcQw3E_XLBjaDvbEXehXGquSsVQ/viewform?usp=sf_link


Didi Cassell
dcassell@brenau.edu
March 29, 2019 at 11:17 am

Participate in Earth Hour this Saturday, March 30

The Sustainability Committee encourages all members of the campus community to participate in Earth Hour 2019. At 8:30 p.m. local time this Saturday, March 30, join in the global movement to reduce energy consumption by turning off the lights for one hour.

During this time you are encouraged to connect with nature and join the discussion to conserve our natural resources.

More information can be found at www.earthhour.org.

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Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
March 29, 2019 at 10:31 am

Student elected treasurer of statewide Student Physical Therapy Network

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The Brenau Department of Physical Therapy faculty and staff are proud to announce that Peter Chrysosferidis was elected by his student physical therapy peers across the state to the office of treasurer for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia’s Student Physical Therapy Network.

Founded in 1992, the SPTN is a component of PTAG that is organized by and designed for student physical therapists and student physical therapist assistants. Its objective is to identify and respond to areas of concern related to students, promote the role of students in PT practice, promote membership and participation in the American Physical Therapy Association and its many components, and assist PTAG in its objectives and functions.

As the newly elected treasurer, Peter becomes the first Brenau student to be elected as an officer on the SPTN board. Please join us in congratulating Peter!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Sign up For Brenau Kickball, April 27

The Brenau Kickball game will take place at Brenau’s Earnest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27, and is free for participants.

We need at least 20 people to play in order to make up two teams. All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees plus friends and family members are encouraged to participate. Children ages 7 and up are permitted.

All participants will receive a free shirt.

Brenau employees who participate will receive five Activity Points toward Wellness Rewards.

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc4Zco1tY0L9doxn3p0363kMwgBFrueAWE45vGjGLrP2ZIVnw/viewform.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 28, 2019 at 8:58 am

2019 Weight Loss Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Weight Loss Challenge! It was a 10-week challenge with three weigh-in points to see who lost the biggest percentage of weight.

1st place, winning $500: Emily Stockton
2nd place, winning $50: Michelle McGowan
3rd place, winning $25: Lauren Bell


Chelsea Ricks
cricks1@brenau.edu
March 28, 2019 at 8:55 am

President Ed Schrader visits the Norcross campus

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On March 28, President Ed Schrader made his annual visit to the North Atlanta campus in Norcross, Georgia.

The visit is used as a forum for the Brenau family to voice any questions and concerns that they may have. Faculty, staff and students gathered in the atrium to enjoy great food and to listen to Schrader talk about the plans for the current and upcoming programs at the North Atlanta campus.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 28, 2019 at 8:25 am

Free Health Screenings for World Health Wellness Week April 15-18

World Health Day, celebrated in April each year, commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on a subject of major importance to global health. The theme for 2019 is Universal Health Care, which is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

Brenau will host its Wellness Week Monday, April 15, to Thursday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Health & Well-Being on the Gainesville campus.

Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis will be providing health screens at no charge to employees, including:

  • pulse
  • oxygen saturation
  • blood pressure
  • weight/height
  • BMI
  • hemoglobin (anemia screening)
  • A1C (diabetes screening)
  • anxiety and depression screening available by Brenau Center for Counseling & Psychological Services

At the end of your screening you will receive a health transcript that lists all of your current screening numbers. Keep this to compare changes in your health between April and November when we have our annual Health and Benefits Expo.

Employees who participate will be awarded with five Activity Points towards Wellness.

If you are unable to attend this event please note you can still get one wellness point if you do your biometric screenings with your physician and physicals are worth 10 points.

Contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu for more information.


Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
March 27, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Physical Therapy Students to present their Graduation Capstone Projects

The Doctor of Physical Therapy graduating class of 2019 invites all Brenau faculty, staff and students to join them from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Brenau Downtown Center Meeting Room C for the public viewing of their Capstone Posters.

Students will present the research they have completed on topics related to physical therapy in various areas of interest to all Brenau faculty, students and the community. Some subjects include: caregiver burden, animal assisted interventions, adolescent health and fitness, and effects of yoga, among many more.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
March 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Physical Therapy Students Honored at State Meeting

Two Brenau students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program were awarded scholarships during the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia’s imPacT Awards Luncheon held at Georgia State University on March 23.

Jacob Weller received the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy/Team Rehab Scholarship award and Eva Blais received the Early Career/Student Scholarship for ImPacT 2019.

Congratulations Jacob and Eva!

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Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
March 27, 2019 at 11:47 am

Moderators Still Needed for the Research Symposium

Brenau’s Research Symposium is next Friday, April 5, and we are still looking for five more moderators to help us make the presentation sessions run smoothly. Please contact Kelly Peters (kpeters1@brenau.edu) if you are interested in moderating one of the following sessions.

Post-War Fashion in Meeting Room A, 2-2:50 p.m.

  • 1920s Flapper Dress Reinterpreted
  • Practical Women’s Clothing: Comparing the Flapper Look and Utility Look
  • Women’s Daytime Dress 1941-1945

Economics in PT 127, 2-2:50 p.m.

  • Impact of Exports and Imports on Economic Growth
  • Yield Spread as an Indicator of Investment Opportunity

Community Engagement in PT 127, 3-3:50 p.m.

  • Beyond Dementia — Seeing, Caring, Connecting: Education and conversation on how faith communities can support people with dementia and their caregivers
  • Hall County, GA Adult Community Health Snapshot — Phase 2
  • Year Two Results from the Gainesville-area Fall Prevention Expo

20th Century Fashion in Meeting Room A, 4-4:50 p.m.

  • 20th Century Fashion Illustrations
  • Re-Envisioning the Past: A 1930s Fashion Lookbook
  • Skirts of the 1950s: Circle Skirts, Poodle Skirts and Pencil Skirts

Resilience in Meeting Room C, 4-4:50 p.m.

  • Honors Capstone: Career Pathways in the Physical and Psychological Rehabilitation of Amputees
  • Resilience in the Face of Continuous Exposure to Stressful Events: A Study of Israeli Firefighters
  • Resilience: A Mediator in the Development of Eating Disorders Following Adverse Childhood Experiences


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
March 27, 2019 at 11:10 am

Adjunct Instructor Suzanne Pickering receives the 2018 Impact Partner Award

Suzanne Pickering, clinical adjunct instructor in the School of Occupational Therapy, received the 2018 Impact Partner Award by Community Friendship Inc. for her work with occupational therapy students. CFI is a nonprofit mental health organization that serves adults in metro Atlanta.

Pickering has facilitated occupational therapy student-led groups for CFI members on topics such as cultural awareness, health and wellness, money management, relaxation, mindfulness, and community involvement.

The award describes her as having, “an energy and drive to not only teach her students, but to help them learn how to interact and connect with the members on a human level. She is always upbeat and positive and you can tell that comes from her heart. You can’t teach that. She is a joy to be around and we see such a benefit for the members … for us all, really … when Susanne and her students are here.”

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Amy Goetz
agoetz@brenau.edu
March 26, 2019 at 9:40 am

Lunch and Learn Thursday, March 28

Our last professional development Lunch and Learn session of this academic year is Gender in the Classroom: Continuing the Conversation,  led by our own Dr. Heather Hollimon, at 12:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 28, in the library or via Zoom.

We currently have five open seats remaining. The first five people to RSVP will get those seats/lunches. Once those seats are full, Zoom will be the only available option.

Those who RSVP will receive an email from Amy Goetz confirming their place, or they will receive the Zoom link if all seats are full.

This workshop continues the discussion begun in February by Dr. Cynthia Alby. We will work on the fourth component of her handout titled The Learning Environment and compose a list of activities/guidelines for creating an effective “contested space” in our classrooms. In preparation of the launch of The Women’s College, we will also discuss meaningful and innovative ways to meet the criteria of W courses.

Attendees need not have attended the February session to join us on March 28.

Join via Zoom at https://brenau.zoom.us/j/110086074.


Kathy Goodman
kgoodman@brenau.edu
March 26, 2019 at 9:09 am

Outstanding Faculty Awards Nominations due Sunday

Brenau University students, faculty and administrators with faculty rank may nominate one faculty member for each award category: one Ann Austin Johnston, one Vulcan Award and two Outstanding Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty Awards.

You will need to complete a separate submission for each person you nominate by Sunday, March 31.

Use this Formstack link: https://brenau.formstack.com/forms/outstanding_faculty_nomination


Stacey Hoffman
shoffman@brenau.edu
March 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm

Consider a ‘Walk and Talk’ for your next meeting

Brenau’s Wellness Committee wants to promote activity and productivity during your work day. Consider holding your next meeting during a quick walk around our beautiful campus.

According to researchers, just 30 minutes of walking each day can lead to a dramatic reduction in the risk of dementia, breast cancer, colon cancer and heart disease. Studies also show that walking can increase productivity, improve energy and engagement, and promote better communication.

See the attached PDF for more information.

 

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Jessi Shrout
jshrout@brenau.edu
March 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Yucatan Photo Presentation and Contest, March 29

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Please join the Department of Math & Science for an exciting event.

All are invited to attend the Yucatan Photo Presentation and Contest at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 29 in room 10 of the science building.

BY 340L travel abroad students will present their top biological photos from our recent journey to the Yucatan Peninsula.

Cast your vote for the best photo! Winning photo will be printed and framed for permanent display in the science building.

For more information please contact Jessi Shrout at jshrout@brenau.edu.

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Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
March 22, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Call for Research Symposium Moderators

The Research Symposium will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 5, and we are looking for moderators to help run the sessions.

Moderators are responsible for introducing the presenters, making sure they stay within their allotted amount of time, and asking a question or two to get some discussion going if there aren’t any questions coming from the audience.

Most sessions have three presentations and each session is 50 minutes long. Please contact Kelly Peters (kpeters1@brenau.edu) if you are interested in moderating one of the following sessions.

Patient Support PT 127, 1-1:50 p.m.

  • An Examination of the Correlates of Social Media Usage Among Older Adults
  • Cervical Cancer Incidences & Mortality Rates In African-American Women
  • Identifying Caregiver ADL Training Needs

Post-War Fashion Meeting Room A, 2-2:50 p.m.

  • 1920s Flapper Dress Reinterpreted
  • Practical Women’s Clothing: Comparing the Flapper Look and Utility Look
  • Women’s Daytime Dress 1941-1945

Economics PT 127, 2-2:50 p.m.

  • Impact of Exports and Imports on Economic Growth
  • Yield Spread as an Indicator of Investment Opportunity

Fashion Accessories Meeting Room A 3-3:50 p.m.

  • Headwear of the 20th Century
  • The Evolution of Swimwear in the 20th Century
  • Walking Through History: Changes in Women’s Spring and Summer Daytime
  • Shoes Sold in Sears Catalogs 1934-1955

Media PT 122, 3-3:50 p.m.

  • Exploration of Drag in TV and Film
  • Nuka Cola, Tourist’s Delight, and You! Apocalyptic Tourism and Critical
  • Dystopias in Post-9/11 Open World Video Games
  • The Endurance of Game Shows and Reality Tv in Global Media

Community Engagement PT 127, 3-3:50 p.m.

  • Beyond Dementia — Seeing, Caring, Connecting: education and conversation on how faith communities can support people with dementia and their caregivers
  • Hall County, GA Adult Community Health Snapshot — Phase 2
  • Year Two Results from the Gainesville-area Fall Prevention Expo

20th Century Fashion Meeting Room A, 4-4:50 p.m.

  • 20th-Century Fashion Illustrations
  • Re-Envisioning the Past: A 1930s Fashion Lookbook
  • Skirts of the 1950s: Circle Skirts, Poodle Skirts and Pencil Skirts

Environmental PT 122, 4-4:50 p.m.

  • Care and Maintenance Of Medicinal Leeches (Hirudo Medicinalis) Under Controlled Laboratory Conditions
  • The environmental impact of the tourism industry in the Yucatán Peninsula
  • The Plight of the Bumble Bee: What You Can Do to Help Bee and Pollinator Populations Survive

Workplace Environment PT 127, 4-4:50 p.m.

  • Establishing the need for a second victim’s support program at a metropolitan Atlanta hospital
  • Social Engagement in Educational Facility Design
  • The Involvement of Women in Motorsport Media


Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
March 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm

World Dance Showcasing GUMBOOT in Hopkins Dining Hall

The World Dance Class led by professor and Chair of the Department of Dance Madia Cooper-Ashirifi will be showing off their skills performing the South African dance, Gumboot. The showcase will take place at Hopkins Dining Hall at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

Come and enjoy your lunch and some great entertainment!

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Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
March 21, 2019 at 4:44 pm

EXHALE Dance Concert April 11-13

EXHALE flyerThe Department of Dance presents EXHALE, a senior thesis/guest artist concert at 7:30 p.m., April 11-13, at Hosch Auditorium.

This innovative and engaging concert will showcase works from senior dance majors Megan Watkins and Susan De Witt, faculty and nationally acclaimed guests artists Joshua Blake Carter from Gus Giordano II, Tiffanie Carson from CKM Dance Company, and Mallory Baxley from Zoetic Dance Ensemble. The concert will be a showcase of creative excellence, breathtaking performances and versatility from our talented artists.

General admission is $7. For seniors, children under 12, college students with a valid ID and Brenau alumni, it is $5. Free admission for Brenau faculty, staff and students with a valid ID. For more information, call 770-538-4764 or email danceinfo@brenau.edu.

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Rudi Kiefer
rkiefer@brenau.edu
March 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Eggs, organic food plants will be focus of Nutrition and Wellness event March 27

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Did you know that eggs have a nutritional value even after you’re done eating them?

The Brenau University Garden Society (BUGS) will show a creative way to use eggs for preventing blossom end rot and producing better quality fruit. Talks by senior Hannah Rucks-Zaoui and sophomore Aisa Goforth are part of the National Wellness Month “Eggs in the Garden” event at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, in front of Hopkins Dining Hall.

Employees can earn one wellness point by attending. The event is a collaboration between BUGS, Hall County Master Gardeners, the Brenau Wellness Committee and the Office of Human Resources.

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In addition to practical demonstrations of mulching eggshells or even using them as planting vessels, local Master Gardener and dietitian Annette Hinton is showing her technique for preparing healthy egg frittata with organically grown, pesticide-free vegetables contributed by the BUGS garden on campus.

This is an opportunity to meet students of the garden club, chat with Master Gardeners, learn about excellent nutrition and pick up tips for growing food as well as preparing it.

“We’re very excited about showing some of the BUGS products again,” said Rucks-Zaoui, the club’s president. “Producing your own food is a skill that students learn for life. But what’s even better is when you produce it without chemicals, and that’s one of our main rules at the campus garden.”

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Nichole Rawlings
nrawlings@brenau.edu
March 21, 2019 at 11:30 am

“The Hub at the High” Classroom Space for Affiliate Partners at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

The High Museum of Art classroomThe High Museum of Art has finished work on a classroom space attached to the side of the museum on Arts Center Way Northeast in Atlanta.

This space is free for Affiliate Member Institutions like Brenau to use. If you are interested in taking a trip to the High Museum with students, you can arrange to have this classroom space at your disposal 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is equipped with tables, chairs, whiteboards, a restroom and a small kitchenette. It is also available for events, pending approval from the High.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or would like to reserve the space, contact Nichole Rawlings at nrawlings@brenau.edu or 770-534-6181.

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Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
March 20, 2019 at 11:23 am

Competition Cheerleading Showcase Thursday, March 21

Brenau’s competition cheer team will put on a showcase in the fitness center gym on the main campus at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Friends, family, faculty and staff are invited to come see their competition routine for nationals.

They seldom perform at home, so come support this group of talented ladies.

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Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
March 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

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Dianne Honan
dhonan1@brenau.edu
March 19, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Library Game Night March 26

The library is hosting its first ever game night from 6-9 p.m. next Tuesday, March 26. We will provide games and snacks, though you are welcome to bring in your own games, including video game consoles! Everyone is welcome. View the flyer (PDF) for more information.

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Alynne Grace
agrace1@brenau.edu
March 19, 2019 at 9:24 am

Masters in Teaching program Thursday, March 21

The 11th Masters in Teaching: Life Changers at Work event will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Downtown Center.

The program is part of the Master Series founded by Gus Whalen at the Featherbone Communiversity. This year, professor of business ethics James Sennett will be recognized as the Brenau Master Teacher.

All faculty and staff to are welcomed to attend. Please RSVP by email to Joyce Wilson at jwilson5@brenau.edu.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 18, 2019 at 4:31 pm

2019 Dempsey Dash Shirts For Sale for $5

Shirts from the 2019 Dempsey Dash are for sale in the HR Office for $5.

Proceeds benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Shirts are first come, first served.


Ray Lian
rlian@brenau.edu
March 18, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Spring Open House Sunday, April 7

Brenau University open house flyerThe Office of Admissions will be hosting our annual Spring Open House event on Sunday, April 7.

Spring Open House always serves as a great opportunity for not only prospective high school seniors to come visit campus, but for all high school aged students.

This year there will be a focus on the career preparation that Brenau University has to offer through our variety of academic programs. We will be offering campus tours, a Brenau student panel session, a financial aid info session for family, and many opportunities to discuss our academic programs with our wonderful faculty and staff.

Please feel free to encourage any family and friends with high school aged students to attend. We will be happy to welcome them to campus!

If you have any questions, contact Ray Lian at 770-534-6171.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 15, 2019 at 3:01 pm

National Nutrition Month Wellness Event, March 27

March is National Nutrition Month. Join Brenau’s Wellness Committee, along with Brenau Garden Club (BUGS) for a presentation called “Eggs in the Garden,” which emphasizes the importance of good nutrition. This event will be held at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 in front of Hopkins Dining Hall.

Presentation will include:

  • Foods that Help: Eggs for Protein and Fruits and Vegetables for Nutritional Support.
  • Demo of Planting Tomatoes in Eggshells for Calcium by student Aisa Goforth.
  • Composting and Mulching for Healthier Plants by student and club president, Hannah Rucks-Zaoui.
  • Small samples of egg frittata with BUGS Garden Vegetables, prepared by Annette Hinton, a BUGS master gardener advisor and registered dietitian and certified executive chef.

Employees who participate will be awarded with one wellness activity point.


Toby Hinton
thinton@brenau.edu
March 15, 2019 at 2:42 pm

Receive reimbursements via Direct Deposit

As most of you are already aware, the business office has partnered with a Richmond based firm, Paymerang, to offer direct deposit of expense reimbursements and other payments (other than payroll) to employees.

In order to begin receiving payments by direct deposit, you must enroll your bank information with Paymerang. This enrollment process is completed through a simple, secure and confidential site so that your banking information remains protected. You will need to have your bank account and routing numbers available when enrolling.

This enrollment applies solely to expense reimbursement payments. All expense reports/check requests should be completed, approved and submitted for payment, according to existing guidelines.

Attached are step-by-step instructions and screenshots of the process you will need to complete.

If you are interested in signing up for this, please provide your name, email address and cell phone number, which is needed in order to send you a verification code during enrollment, on the Google Form at https://goo.gl/forms/Zuu40ssuzyR0kXu63. The list will be submitted to Paymerang next Friday, March 22.

You will then receive an enrollment email from notifications@paymerang.com to start the enrollment process. Once you receive that email, please be sure to complete the enrollment within five days, or the link will expire.

If you have any questions about the direct deposit process or need assistance enrolling, please email Paymerang’s support team at Support@paymerang.com. If you have general questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact Toby Hinton.

Enrollment in direct deposit is not required. If you wish to continue receiving these payments by check, no action is required.

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Jane Anderson-Buffington
jbuffington@brenau.edu
March 14, 2019 at 11:26 pm

Interdepartmental collaboration highlight of simulation exercise

[caption id=”attachment_19901″ align=”alignright” width=”194″] Lisa Maliska, class of 2017[/caption]

Students and faculty in nursing, psychology and theater participated in a one-day, end-of-life simulation experience at the Brenau East simulation center on March 5. The scenario was an expected death of a hospice patient, which offered the junior nursing students the opportunity to participate in a realistic experience caring for a dying patient and their loved ones.

During the simulated experience a group of theater professionals and students, including Kyle Cantrell, Maggie Todd, Maleah Boyd, Hannah Love, Kathleen Waters and Ty Martin, portrayed the patient’s family members, displaying realistic emotional reactions during the death of their loved one. The objective was for the nursing students to provide quality care for the dying patient while offering emotional support and comfort to the family members.

After each simulated end-of-life experience, a detailed debriefing session was conducted by graduate psychology students Daphney Predvil, Laura Aiken, Michael Taylor, Lashea Hollis and Alexandrea Le. The debriefing sessions provide students with a process to confidentially discuss the experience. Brenau Counselor Gay Baldwin was also in attendance to provide student support during this intense experience. Graduate psychology students Shaneka Hutchinson, Sarah Pratts, and Shena Turner are conducting a thesis study on the impact of a death and dying simulation on nursing students’ levels of empathy, fear of death and attitude toward caregiving.

Brenau faculty responsible for the planning and development of this event include Gary Bauman, Margie Gill, Ann Demling, Gay Baldwin and Jane Buffington, and it could not have been successfully conducted without the assistance of professors Monica Pozowicz and Suzanne Gilmore.

This simulation experience was difficult for the theater department and nursing faculty as we missed one of our own, Lisa Maliska, who died Feb. 21 and was instrumental in the initiation of our first death and dying simulations. She was very dedicated to this experience as she continued as a theater volunteer even after graduating from Brenau in 2017. Thank you Lisa for your dedication and service to this experience. You will never be forgotten.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 14, 2019 at 1:37 pm

Chair massage spots available for March 20

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, March 20, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Whitney Neveils
wfauscett@brenau.edu
March 13, 2019 at 9:51 am

Reminder: The Women’s Leadership Colloquium is This Friday

The sixth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium, brought to you by The Women’s College, is this Friday, March 15, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts’ Hosch Auditorium. A reception will follow.

The keynote speaker is Kimberly R. Powell, principal of ghSMART & Co. Inc. and co-author of New York Times best-seller The CEO Next Door. Featured speakers include Qing Cao, WC ’11, Alumni Association endowed guest speaker and senior marketing analyst at UPS Global Product Innovation and Michele Ozumba, president of the Women’s College Coalition.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register at brenau.edu/wlc.

Please contact Whitney Neveils at wfauscett@brenau.edu or 770-534-6179 with any questions about the event.


Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
March 12, 2019 at 7:24 pm

Creating Team Synergy: More than the sum of its parts!

On Thursday, March 21, the Jacksonville campus will host Creating Team Synergy: More than the sum of its parts!

The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be provided.

Presented by Jacksonville leader and educator Nina Wade, this free workshop will provide attendees innovative techniques to strengthen team performance and create synergy in any team.

Register at: brenau.edu/synergy-jax today!

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
March 12, 2019 at 7:18 pm

Jacksonville Campus to Host Blood Drive

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Did you know one pint of blood saves up to three lives?

The Jacksonville campus will host their semi-annual blood drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Center on Tuesday, March 19, from noon-6 p.m. in the Brenau Jacksonville campus parking lot at 6622 Southpoint Drive, S., Jacksonville FL.

Those who wish to donate may make an appointment at donors.lifesouth.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/586476.

Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
March 12, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Krisi Probert Presented an Alternative Payment System to PTAC

Dr. Krisi Probert, associate professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, presented an alternative payment system to the physician-focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), a subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This model was the first therapist-centered model written and presented for consideration to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Probert partnered in this proposal with Upstream Rehabilitation where she serves as senior vice president of clinical development. This model will increase accessibility to basic wound care services for Medicare beneficiaries in rural communities by allowing provision of those services by physical and occupational therapists.

Her proposal will be presented next to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation for piloting into the Medicare and Medicaid program.

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Ray Lian
rlian@brenau.edu
March 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

The Office of Admissions hosting Brenau Bound March 23

On Saturday, March 23, the Office of Admissions will hold its annual admitted student event called “Brenau Bound.”

This event is an invite-only opportunity for all admitted students attending the historic campus here in Gainesville. There will be a BBQ lunch provided to students and their family members, along with a resource fair, campus tours and a raffle!

Brenau Bound always serves as a great opportunity for students to secure their spot with the incoming freshman class.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ray Lian in the Office of Admissions at 770-534-6171.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 11, 2019 at 9:41 am

Riverside Military Academy’s Attack the Castle Event

Need wellness points? Employees receive five Wellness points for participation in 5K events such as the Riverside Military Academy Attack the Castle, which is a 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. April 27.

See the flyer (PDF) for more information.

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Dianne Honan
dhonan1@brenau.edu
March 10, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Phi Kappa Phi Induction this Thursday

The Spring 2019 Phi Kappa Phi induction will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Brenau Downtown Center in the Theatre on the Square.

Current members are encouraged to attend to show support for our newest members. Regalia is not required for faculty attendance.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 8, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Drug Free Workplace training open until Monday

Please don’t forget to take the Drug Free Workplace training in Canvas, which will be open until this coming Monday, March 11.


Charity Armstead
carmstead@brenau.edu
March 7, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Call for Submissions to Fashion Show

The Brenau University Fashion Show is looking for designers/sewers who would be interested in submitting work for our annual fashion show.

The theme for this year’s show is Defining Moments. Priority will be given to work that links to the theme.

Submissions are due by Monday, March 25. If your work is selected for inclusion in the show, please drop it off to the Art & Design Department at Brenau University no later than April 10. Designs may be submitted at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/r4Hnvp4fNPF7Yh3f1.

The entry fee for each garment submitted is $10 (Brenau students receive a 50 percent discount). Please send your registration fee either as a Venmo payment to Jordyn-DeLaRosa-1 or bring payment in person to Polly Evans-Thomas at Simmons Visual Arts Center, Room 305.

The fashion show is 4:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Pearce Auditorium. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend. If your work is selected, you will receive reserved seating for you and one other person during the show.

For more information, please contact Charity Armstead at 770-534-6252 or carmstead@brenau.edu.

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Portia Burns
pburns1@brenau.edu
March 7, 2019 at 9:47 am

Victorious! Gospel Choir Concert March 12

Let’s join together with the Brenau Gospel Choir for their spring concert entitled, “Victorious!”

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12,  in Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Performing Arts Center on Academy Street.

It is free and open to the public. Come get your second wind to finish your semester with a bang!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 5, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Sign up For Brenau Kickball, April 27

The Wellness Team will be hosting our own kickball game! The game will take place at Brenau’s Earnest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and is free for participants.

We need at least 20 people to play in order to make up two teams. All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees plus friends and family members are encouraged to participate. Children ages seven  and up are permitted.

All participants will receive a free shirt!

Brenau employees who participate will receive five Activity Points toward Wellness Rewards.

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc4Zco1tY0L9doxn3p0363kMwgBFrueAWE45vGjGLrP2ZIVnw/viewform.

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
March 4, 2019 at 4:18 pm

“Southern Pastoral” Art Reception Thursday, March 7

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Looking for something fun to do this Thursday evening? Love art, free wine or both?

Stop by Leo Castelli Gallery in the Burd Center Thursday, March 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. for the opening reception for “Southern Pastoral.”

In this exhibition, Athens-based artist Nate Carlson investigates the relationship between the old, traditionally rural south and new, booming metropolitan growth. The works explore themes of rural gentrification and economic displacement while finding beauty in the colors and forms that create the southern landscape.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Allison Lauricella at 770-534-6263 or at alauricella@brenau.edu.

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Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
March 4, 2019 at 1:12 pm

What is the official animal of Pi Day?

The pi-thon, of course!

The Trustee Library is celebrating Pi Day on March 14. Stop by the library to get your very own moon pie – while supplies last – and possibly hear some more pi puns.

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Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
March 4, 2019 at 11:24 am

Animation Festival Friday, March 8

Brenau University’s Center for the Arts & Design is hosting a free animation festival from 1-10 p.m. this Friday, March 8.

The event begins with workshops, open to Brenau students only, from 1-3 p.m. Students can choose from: Background Illustrations for Animation in the SVAC 302, Writing and Storyboards in Burd 310 or Character Design in the Library Fishbowl.

Afterward, the Brenau community and the public are invited to Pearce Auditorium for a discussion with voice actress Amelia Fischer at 4 p.m. and a 6 p.m. screening of the 2019 Animation Show of Shows, a presentation of 15 of the best animated short films from around the world.

For more information, contact Polly Evans-Thomas at pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu or 770-534-6240.

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Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
March 4, 2019 at 10:36 am


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
March 4, 2019 at 8:56 am

Register today for the Dempsey Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run

Calling all runners and walkers! Register for the Dempsey Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run today on Brenau’s historic campus by visiting https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Gainesville/DempseyDash5K. The Dempsey Dash will start at 9 a.m. this Saturday, March 9.

Employees who participate will receive five Activity Points toward the Wellness Participation Program. For more information about Dempsey Dash, go to brenau.edu/dempsey-dash.

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Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
February 27, 2019 at 9:24 am

Library Book Sale, March 5-6

The annual Library Book Sale will be held next Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Trustee Library.

Stop by and see our fantastic collection of books that can be yours for the low, low price of $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks. All proceeds from the sale will go to enhancing our library collection for you.

Hope to see you there!

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
February 25, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Sonos Wireless Speaker for Sale

White Sonos speaker on deskSonos Play 3 Wireless Speaker in excellent condition for sale. Great sound quality, especially for a compact speaker. Asking $255 or best offer.

Contact Allison Lauricella at alauricella@brenau.edu for more information.

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Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
February 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

Free Functional Fitness Class at the Fitness Center

Our Functional Fitness Training class, at noon Mondays and Fridays in the Fitness Center, still has spots open. The class uses high-intensity lifting techniques while incorporating cardiovascular training to improve both strength and cardiovascular conditioning for higher quality physical activity.

The class is taught by Jack Haire, former owner of Northeast Georgia Crossfit and current Brenau assistant swim coach. Try something new and challenging in a group setting and hit your fitness goals this year!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 22, 2019 at 10:40 am

Market-Proof Your Retirement webinar from TIAA

Join Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America for the Market-Proof Your Retirement webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 15.

Learn how to create your own “personal pension” with TIAA Traditional, offered by TIAA. To sign up, click on this link and click the orange button that says schedule online.

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
February 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm

Jacksonville Campus Presents Quarterly BSEC Workshop

Representing the Jacksonville campus, adjunct professor Maja Zelihic recently presented “How to Build and Grow Successful Teams” at the second quarterly professional development luncheon workshop at Beaver Street Enterprise Center in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The Brenau Jacksonville campus partners with BSEC to provide these quarterly workshops to assist entrepreneurs in building their local businesses effectively.

Thirteen attendees enjoyed learning about best practices in team building and discussed team issues affecting their businesses and ways to resolve them. Theresa Johnson, BSEC director, provided lunch for all attendees. Assistant professor Erick Aguilar and campus director Alecia Webb were on hand to answer questions about Brenau programs.

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Chip Andrews
candrews@brenau.edu
February 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Be aware phishing attacks are on the rise

Scammers have stepped up their efforts to trick Brenau faculty and staff into following malicious links or attachments. These attacks are referred to as “phishing,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “a scam by which an Internet user is duped (as by a deceptive e-mail message) into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly.” Lately, scammers have been reading our website to determine our reporting structures. This helps them target their attacks by sending users an email that pretends to be from a direct supervisor.

When receiving any email, please ask yourself the following questions before clicking on any links:

  • Does the FROM: address (look at the actual email address, not just the display name) end in @brenau.edu?
  • Is the email from a @gmail.com, @hotmail.com, or @yahoo.com account but pose as a Brenau user?

Also look for these indicators:

  • Email addresses designed to “look” like real addresses, such as username.brenau.edu@gmail.com
  • Suspicious spelling or grammar which hint the sender is not a native English speaker
  • Banners from Google saying things like: “This user is not in your domain” or “email is suspicious”

When in doubt, call the sender on the phone and see if they sent the email to you. Unfortunately these types of attacks do not yet have a technical solution. It is up to each of us to use our critical thinking skills to determine what is real and what isn’t.

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
February 21, 2019 at 11:34 am

Faculty & staff are invited to join us for Alumnae Reunion Weekend, April 12 and 13

Please join us for any of the reunion activities throughout the weekend, but the Alumni Office would especially love for you to join us at the traditional Champagne Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and stay for the May Day celebration which begins at 1 p.m. Please wear your gold Brenau name badge for free admission.

If you are an alumna and want to receive a gift bag and join us for other events, please register at brenau.edu/alum/arw where you can also find the full schedule of events.

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
February 21, 2019 at 11:30 am

Don’t forget to order your Yeti cups

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The Alumni Office is selling Yeti tumblers with your choice of color and Brenau logo.

The last day to order will be Friday, March 1. See the order form to the right for more information. Don’t miss out on these!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 21, 2019 at 10:04 am

Reminder: Tomorrow is Heart Smart Dining Day, Feb. 22

Did  you know cardiovascular disease accounted for 27 percent of all deaths in 2017 ages 50-69? And 77-82 percent of coronary heart disease can be attributed to behavioral choices. But, cardiovascular disease can be avoided and in some cases reversed.

Come find out how at the Heart Smart Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jim Lewis, associate professor of physical therapy, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 22, in Hopkins Dining Hall. Employees who attend will earn one point toward Wellness.


Ken Frank
kfrank@brenau.edu
February 20, 2019 at 4:39 pm

Vote for Your Focus Country for International Week 2019

Remember to chose your country of focus for International Week for Fall Semester 2019.

You may vote for one of the seven countries by going to www.surveymonkey.com/r/D5FD9KP.

Remember that voting ends at midnight on Friday, Feb. 22. Thank you for helping to select our country of focus.


Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
February 19, 2019 at 2:31 pm

Did Marie Kondo convince you to declutter your book shelf?

If so, let the Trustee Library take those homeless books off your hands. The library is currently accepting book, DVD and/or audiobook donations for our annual book sale.

The sale is scheduled for March 5-6, so get your donations in soon. If you have questions, please contact Benji Barton at bbarton@brenau.edu.

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Jordan Anderson
janderson6@brenau.edu
February 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm


Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
February 18, 2019 at 10:31 am

Jacksonville Campus Hosts FCHEA Meeting

On Friday, Feb. 15, the Jacksonville campus hosted the First Coast Higher Education Alliance bi-monthly luncheon meeting. Representatives from eleven schools gathered to share lunch, which was provided by FCHEA, and participate in a presentation and Q&A session on the Veteran Administration’s vocational rehabilitation program, by a local VA representative.

FCHEA is comprised of regionally accredited colleges and universities that work in collaboration to increase awareness of the many higher education and professional development opportunities for and within the NE Florida community.

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Ken Frank
kfrank@brenau.edu
February 16, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Make Your Pick for the Focus Country for International Week 2019

The International Committee invites Brenau staff and faculty to make their picks for the official focus country for International Week 2019. This voting window will close at midnight Friday, Feb. 22.

The finalists for this fall’s celebration, which emphasizes Brenau’s focus on internationalism and global awareness, are China, Dominican Republic, India, Japan, Nepal, South Korea and Vietnam.  The focus has been on Brazil, Ghana and Ireland for the past three years.

International Week will be held Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Here is your opportunity to help us select the country we will celebrate. To learn more about the potential focus countries and cast your ballot, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/D5FD9KP.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Mandatory Drug-Free Workplace Training, Feb. 19 – March 8

Brenau is certified as a drug-free workplace.

As a requirement of being a participant in the program, each year employees are required to review the drug free workplace policy and take a short quiz.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming required training that will be available in Canvas for faculty and staff Feb. 19 – March 8. Employees are required to take the training that will be sent as an invitation from the Canvas Learning System on Feb. 19.


Dayle Lane
dlane1@brenau.edu
February 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm

Submit Nominations for The Spirit of Brenau Award 2019

The Spirit of Brenau Award is a special opportunity to recognize a Women’s College freshman, sophomore or junior that exemplifies the Brenau Ideal and contributes to the campus community in a meaningful way. Whether an outspoken leader or an unsung hero, this student has gone above and beyond to make a difference.

If you would like to submit a nomination, email Dayle Lane at dlane1@brenau.edu with the subject Spirit of Brenau Nomination. Please include the student’s name, class standing and a description of why you think she deserves this award. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee, and four finalists will be selected. At Cotillion on Saturday, March 16, the student body will vote and a single winner will be announced. Along with the recognition, the winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming year.

Submissions are open now, and the deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 13, 2019 at 12:11 pm

Want a Dempsey Dash Shirt? Order before Feb. 18

Make sure you register for the race or as a phantom runner before Feb. 18 to confirm your shirt order and encourage friends and family to participate this year. This event is fun for the whole family, with snacks and face painting.

Don’t want to walk or run? We still need volunteers for to help out with the Dempsey Dash.

Sign up to run or volunteer at https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/GA/Gainesville/DempseyDash5K.

 

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Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
February 12, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Upcoming Hunger Awareness Week Events

Please join Brenau’s Staff Development Committee and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority in supporting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank this week at the following events.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Alpha Gamma Delta will be sponsoring a Bowl Painting event in the lobby of in Yonah Hall. We invite you to come paint “empty bowls” for the Empty Bowl Luncheon, an annual fundraiser benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. The cost to paint a bowl is normally $8 each. However, if you are one of the first 33 people, Alpha Gamma Delta will subsidize the cost. You will pay only $5 per bowl, which will end up feeding up to 100 people.

Friday, Feb. 15

From 12-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, we will wrap up the week with a Community Service Event at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, and all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. Faculty and staff will receive 1 Wellness point for participating in the food bank service event, and hourly staff have been given permission to remain clocked in for the event.

Sign up today, Tuesday, Feb. 12, to participate in the Georgia Mountain Food Bank volunteer event on Friday, Feb. 15, at www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=386706330. List “Brenau University” as the group name.

The Staff Development Committee and Alpha Gamma Delta thank you for your support of these important events during our Hunger Awareness Week!


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 12, 2019 at 12:07 pm

Review and Update your Emergency Contact Info

Employee emergency contact information is just that: the identity of the person to call in case of emergency. Unfortunately, emergencies happen at work more than companies would like. Emergency contact forms should be completed as part of an employee’s on-boarding paperwork but also needs to be reviewed and updated annually or as situations may change.

Please take the time to enter your Emergency Contact Information in ADP by following this path: ADP > Myself > My Information > Profile.


Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
February 12, 2019 at 11:46 am

Research Symposium Abstract Submissions Due Friday, Feb. 15

Remember to submit your abstracts for Brenau’s Research Symposium by this Friday, Feb. 15. All students and faculty are encouraged to submit an abstract to be reviewed for this year’s symposium.

Students need to complete the Abstract Submission Word document found on the Research Symposium Intranet site and give it to their project advisor for review and final submission using the Formstack submission form by Friday, Feb. 15.

Student Abstract Submission Word document link:
https://intranet.brenau.edu/download/2019-research-symposium-abstract-submission-form

Formstack Abstract Submission link:
https://brenau.formstack.com/forms/annual_symposium_research_form

The symposium will be held in Brenau’s Downtown Center on Friday, April 5. If you have any questions regarding the Research Symposium, please contact Kelly Peters at kpeters1@brenau.edu.


Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
February 12, 2019 at 11:26 am

Basketball Senior Night Saturday, Feb. 16, vs Milligan College

The Golden Tiger basketball team will celebrate senior night at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, versus Milligan College.

We are honoring seniors Kaylyn Brooks, Lia Thomas, Jalyn Brown, Madison Phillips and Kayla Mitchell. Students will also be grilling and selling hamburgers prior to the game to raise money for Brenau’s FCA chapter and recognizing the swim and dive team for their recent AAC Conference Championship win at half time.

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Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
February 12, 2019 at 10:48 am

Center for the Arts & Design Open House, Feb. 17

The Center for the Arts & Design is hosting an Open House from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 17. This event showcases all that the Center for the Arts & Design at Brenau has to offer.

All three gallery spaces — Presidents Gallery, Sellars Gallery and Leo Castelli Gallery — will be open for visitors to immerse themselves in Brenau’s impressive exhibitions. We will also have open studio spaces with interactive demonstrations in our ceramics studio and fashion lab. North Georgia Scissor will be on hand to sharpen shears at a price of $5-$20.

Students and faculty will be on hand to answer any questions. If you have any questions prior to the event, feel free to contact us at pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu or 770.534.6240.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 12, 2019 at 9:33 am

Heart Smart Dining Day, Feb. 22

Did  you know cardiovascular disease accounted for 27 percent of all deaths in 2017 ages 50-69? And 77-82 percent of coronary heart disease can be attributed to behavioral choices. But, cardiovascular disease can be avoided and in some cases reversed. 

Come find out how at the Heart Smart Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jim Lewis, associate professor of physical therapy, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in Hopkins Dining Hall. Employees who attend will earn one point toward Wellness.


Tamika Sterrs-Howard
tsterrs-howard@brenau.edu
February 8, 2019 at 2:53 pm

Spectrum Winds New Music Ensemble seeking faculty, staff who play instruments

Brenau University’s Spectrum Winds is featuring a New Music Ensemble. This young, New Music Ensemble plays jazz, classical and popular music with a special emphasis on jazz and has concert dates this spring.

We invite all faculty, staff, alumni and community members who play instruments to be a part! We rehearse on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in Banks Hall located in the Burd Center on Academy Street. For more information please contact Dr. Howard at tsterrs-howard@brenau.edu.

Hope to see you there!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm

Retirement Adviser on Campus Feb. 21

Kelly from Cannon Financial will be available to meet employees on Feb. 21. To set up a time to meet with Kelly, please visit https://cannonfinancialstrategists.com/brenau/.


Drew Ferguson
dferguson1@brenau.edu
February 8, 2019 at 10:17 am

‘Forever Plaid’ opening at the Historic Holly Theater

​What happens when a 1960s singing group never makes it to their first major performance because the car they were in was struck by a bus of Catholic school girls who were on their way to see the Beatles make their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show?

Forever Plaid takes you on a journey to answer just that! Bringing back popular “Golden Oldies” such as “Three Coins In A Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons,” and “Heart and Soul.” The Plaids attempt to finally move on through to the afterlife, which cannot happen until they finally do what they were put on Earth to do: sing in harmony!

The gala opening will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. Friday, 15. Shows run Feb. 16-17, Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. The show is ​rated PG.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.hollytheater.com/forever-plaid.html: Adults $25, Students & Military $15.

 

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Jessica Bowling
jbowling@brenau.edu
February 7, 2019 at 4:23 pm

One Love Foundation Coming to Brenau Feb. 13

One Love logoThe One Love Escalation Workshop is coming to the Gainesville historic campus at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Pearce. This engaging, emotional workshop transforms the way students view and discuss relationship abuse. Be on the lookout for stickers and pens so that your department can help support healthy relationships among students on our campus.

To learn more about the One Love Foundation and its story, visit www.joinonelove.org.

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Nichole Rawlings
nrawlings@brenau.edu
February 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

High Museum Student Internship Application is Live

Information on summer internships at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is now available on their website. Brenau University is given one guaranteed summer internship spot as a part of our affiliate agreement. Please share this with your students who may be interested and encourage them to apply.

Please note the deadline for submitting an application is Friday, March 22.

Some other important things to note:

  • Brenau is guaranteed one summer internship spot. All students are welcome to apply, and additional Brenau students past the one selected may still be considered within the general application pool.
  • Students should fill out a separate application for each department they are interested in, and Nichole Rawlings recommends selecting their top two or three departments. Students should tailor their personal statement to each department in the respective application.
  • This year, each intern will receive a stipend of $1,500 to help with parking, transportation, etc.
  • The opportunity is open to rising juniors and seniors and graduating seniors.
  • Students must have a resume, personal statement and one letter of recommendation. The letter must be emailed directly from the writer to High staff (indicated on the application page).

For any questions, contact Nichole Rawlings at nrawlings@brenau.edu.


Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
February 7, 2019 at 9:06 am

Jewelry Making Workshop, Jan. 8

The Center for the Arts & Design is hosting a five-Friday mini series on jewelry making. Participants will learn the foundations of jewelry design, construction and embellishment.

The first workshop is from 1-3 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 8, in the Geiger painting and sculpture studio. It will focus on chain making and penny enameling and is free and open to Brenau staff, faculty and students. Please contact Polly Evans-Thomas at pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu if you have questions or would like to reserve your spot.


Hope Lam
hlam@brenau.edu
February 6, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Norcross Campus Celebrates Black History Month

Presidential advisors, poets, musicians and more: For Black History Month, the Norcross campus is celebrating African-Americans who have left their stamp on the world.

Pick up blank stamps in the lobby and tell us how you will leave your stamp on the world.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
February 6, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Final Day to Order a Valentine’s Day Tray from the Staff Development Committee

Thursday, Feb. 7, is the final day to order your Valentine’s Day tray from the Staff Development Committee.

This year, we have included an order option for gluten-free/diabetic friendly treats as well! You will need to order a separate tray if you would like this option.

Have a coworker who always goes the extra mile? Want to do something sweet for your staff? Do you want to give your sweetheart at home a variety home-baked treats instead of a standard box of chocolates? The Staff Development Committee is here to help and will do the baking for you!

We are offering small, medium and large trays. Small trays are $6 and are good for an individual or 2-3 people. Medium trays are $12 and will serve up to 10 people. Large trays are $24. They are twice the size for medium trays and should serve up to 20 people. The gluten-free/diabetic-friendly trays will be the size of a small tray, and will cost $12. This cost is to accommodate the higher cost for the ingredients needed!

Place your order using the form provided at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvS0l4JmC9pgmTaxb5BiHeljrOKFOjltziIUuGKrjHqS661Q/viewform?usp=sf_link or contact Andi Savage at asavage@brenau.edu or Angie Graham at agraham2@brenau.edu, if you have any questions.


Dayle Lane
dlane1@brenau.edu
February 6, 2019 at 9:56 am

Submit Nominations for The Spirit of Brenau Award 2019

The Spirit of Brenau Award is a special opportunity to recognize a Women’s College freshman, sophomore or junior that exemplifies the Brenau Ideal and contributes to the campus community in a meaningful way. Whether an outspoken leader or an unsung hero, this student has gone above and beyond to make a difference.

If you would like to submit a nomination, email Dayle Lane at dlane1@brenau.edu with the subject Spirit of Brenau Nomination. Please include the student’s name, class standing, and a description of why you think she deserves this award. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee and four finalists will be selected. At Cotillion on Saturday, March 16, the student body will vote and a single winner will be announced. Along with the recognition, the winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming year.

Submissions are open now, and the deadline is 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 5, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Lunch and Learn: Have a Heart? Make It a Healthy One

February 27th in the Dining Hall. More details to follow soon


Tiffany Wilson
twilson3@brenau.edu
February 5, 2019 at 11:07 am

Christy Brimmer Nominated as Faculty Contact for APTA Student Assembly

Dr. Christy Brimmer has been nominated by Dr. Heather Ross to serve as the Brenau Department of Physical Therapy’s faculty contact to American Physical Therapy Association’s Student Assembly.

The APTA works with faculty and student contacts in DPT programs nationwide to facilitate professional communication between many stakeholders. Working with Brimmer will be Brenau’s first student representative, Mackenzie Mullen, physical therapy student in the class of 2021.


Whitney Neveils
wfauscett@brenau.edu
February 5, 2019 at 9:47 am

Women’s Leadership Colloquium Returns March 15

The sixth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium, brought to you by The Women’s College, is set for 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts’ Hosch Auditorium. A reception will follow.

The keynote speaker is Kimberly R. Powell, principal of ghSMART & Co. Inc. and co-author of New York Times best-seller The CEO Next Door. Featured speakers include Qing Cao, WC ’11, Alumni Association endowed guest speaker and senior marketing analyst at UPS Global Product Innovation; and Michele Ozumba, president of the Women’s College Coalition.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register at brenau.edu/wlc.

Please contact Whitney Neveils at wfauscett@brenau.edu or 770.534.6179 with any questions about the event.


Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
February 4, 2019 at 4:05 pm

Brenau University Hunger Awareness Week Feb. 11-15

The Staff Development Committee and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority invite you to participate in Hunger Awareness Week, the week of Feb. 11. Events are scheduled throughout the week, including a speaker, documentary screening, food drive competition, bowl painting event and a community service day at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

All Week

Brenau Library staff celebrating food donationsThere will be a weeklong food drive competition between the students and faculty and staff. Two donation bins (one for student donations and one for faculty/staff donations) will be available from Monday, Feb. 11, through Friday, Feb. 15, at the following locations:

  • The Lobby of Yonah Hall
  • The Main Lobby of the Downtown Center
  • The Nursing Department at Brenau East
  • The Occupational Therapy at Brenau East.

3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in Thurmond McRae

Georgia Mountain Food Bank logoThe week will kick off with a talk by Phil Dennis, community engagement coordinator for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, followed by a screening of the documentary “Hunger in America” at 3:30 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Yonah Hall lobby

Bowls painted by the Brenau community against the Brenau logoAlpha Gamma Delta will sponsor a bowl painting event, during which you can come paint “empty bowls” for the Empty Bowl Luncheon, an annual fundraiser benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. The cost to paint a bowl is normally $8 each. However, if you are one of the first 33 people, Alpha Gamma Delta will subsidize the cost, so you pay only $5 per bowl. Those $5 will feed up to 100 people.

12-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15

The week will wrap up with a Community Service Event at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. Faculty and staff will receive 1 Wellness point for participating in the food bank service event, and hourly staff have been given permission to remain clocked in for the event.

Sign up by Tuesday, Feb. 12, to participate in the Georgia Mountain Food Bank volunteer event on Friday, Feb. 15, using the following link.
www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=386706330. List “Brenau University” as the group name.

The Staff Development Committee and Alpha Gama Delta thank you for your support of these important events during Hunger Awareness Week!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 4, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Corrected 1095 Forms Coming to ADP

The 1095s previously generated were incorrect. ADP has generated new 1095s and they will be available in your ADP Employee Portal in 48 hours or so. They will also mail paper copies for us to send out.


Whitney Neveils
wfauscett@brenau.edu
February 4, 2019 at 10:05 am

Juliana Gray Poetry Reading Feb. 6

Juliana GrayPlease join us for a poetry reading by Juliana Gray at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Quiet Zone of the Trustee Library. A Q&A session will be held at 3:30 p.m..

Juliana Gray is the author of three poetry collections — Honeymoon Palsy, Roleplay, and The Man Under My Skin— as well as the chapbook Anne Boleyn’s Sleeve. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, 32 Poems and other journals, and her humor writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and elsewhere. An Alabama native, she lives in western New York and teaches at Alfred University.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 770-534-6179.

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Rosanne Short
rshort@brenau.edu
February 1, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Green Zone stickers appearing around campus

Have you seen the Green Zone stickers appearing on office doors? They indicate the person in that office has completed the Brenau University Military and Veteran Diversity and Sensitivity training. It is super easy and once complete, you too can have a Green Zone Sticker for your office.

Just go to https://brenau.instructure.com/enroll/GGD76L.

You can stop and start the training as needed. When you finish please send a note to Rosanne Short, director of military and veteran services, at rshort@brenau.edu to receive a door sticker.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
February 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm

The MotivateMe Program within Brenau’s Wellness Program

Through Cigna’s MotivateMe Program, Brenau provides you with financial rewards for the healthy actions you take. The goal is to keep you motivated to get your annual checkup, know your key health numbers and, ultimately, take control of your health.

Below are some of the simple activities you can complete to start earning rewards.

  1. Get your annual preventive checkup. 
    Your annual preventive checkup can help catch health issues before they become more serious. Cigna medical plans cover annual checkups at 100 percent when received from an in-network physician.
  2. Complete your online health assessment. 
    The online health assessment is an easy-to-answer, online questionnaire that provides a snapshot of your health and recommends steps for improvement. It takes very little time to complete.

Refer to the dark gold-colored activities on the Wellness Planner (PDF) for all the events you can do to be rewarded with a gift card through the MotivateMe Program. Refer to the attached Web User Guide (PDF) for additional information and instructions on how to get started.

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bsteinhaus
bsteinhaus@brenau.edu
January 31, 2019 at 3:34 pm

National Academy of Medicine Art Project in Intro to Arts in Health

Brenau University students in Intro to Arts in Health recently participated in the Young Leaders Visualize Health Equity Art Project sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine.

In class, they shared presentations about social determinants and the elements that affect health equity. Then, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, they either painted their own visions of what the world might look like when everyone has the same chance to be healthy, safe, and happy, or they painted how the social determinants of health shape their own lives.

The painting session was led by community artist Haley Jordan. Each painting is accompanied by an artist statement and then uploaded to the national website. The project gave these students the opportunity to wrestle with new ideas concerning what it takes to stay safe and healthy.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
January 31, 2019 at 8:35 am

1095 Forms

1095 Forms for tax filing purposes will be distributed to campus mailboxes today. Off-site employees will have theirs mailed to their home address. This information is also available in your ADP Employee Portal under Pay and Annual Statements.


Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
January 30, 2019 at 12:09 pm

New Strength and Conditioning Classes Available at the Fitness Center

Brenau Fitness Center is happy to announce two new strength and conditioning classes led by Gary Hatfield, Fitness Center Director and Brenau Athletics Strength Coach, and Jack Haire, Assistant Swim Coach and former owner of Northeast Georgia Crossfit. Combined, the two have over 50 years of experience in strength training and conditioning.

Classes began this week and meet in the second floor elevator lobby of the Fitness Center. Both classes are available at no cost. The Brenau Fitness has locker rooms and showers for your use.

The first class, for both beginner and intermediate levels, is called Functional Strength Training. This class will be led by Hatfield and will be adapted to your level of experience. The goal of the beginner level is to familiarize you with strength techniques that combat age-related loss of muscle and strength, while the intermediate level will incorporate increased intensity levels and more advanced lifting techniques and exercises. Both levels of this course will focus on activity/sports improvement such as being able to play tennis longer or being able to play golf without fatigue related declines, as well as how to incorporate exercise to help maintain and/or reshape body composition. This class meets from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The second class for more advanced lifters is called Functional Fitness Training and will be led by Haire. The goal of this class is to use high-intensity lifting techniques while incorporating cardiovascular training to improve both strength and cardiovascular conditioning for higher quality physical activity. Much of this class will be in a group format while making adjustments to meet each individual’s needs. This class meets from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Sign up is available in the first floor lobby and at the Welcome Desk and is limited to 12 participants per class. Participants will earn 1 wellness point per class. For more information, contact Hatfield at 678-617-5051 or ghatfield@brenau.edu.


Drew Ferguson
dferguson1@brenau.edu
January 30, 2019 at 11:03 am

Gainesville Rugby Club’s first game of the season

Gainesville Rugby Club crestCome watch the Gainesville Spartans — your local rugby club — play the first game of their season at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 2, and cheer them to victory over Columbus!

The match will be on the lower track field at the North Hall Community Center, located at 4175 Nopone Road in Gainesville. Never watched a rugby match before? You won’t be alone! Rugby combines the gripping physicality of American football, the nonstop, fast-paced action of soccer and the short shorts of 1970s basketball (you know the ones). While it’s a thrilling sport to watch, it may be just as entertaining theorizing how the game works, what the rules might be, and how to know whether or not your team is doing well (and sharing these theories with other spectators).

So bring a folding chair (and a blanket) to the track field of the North Hall Community Center this Saturday and cheer on your Spartans!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
January 30, 2019 at 9:11 am

Third annual Dempsey Dash 5K March, 9

On March 9, Brenau will host its third annual Dempsey Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run in memory of long-time executive vice president and CFO Wayne Dempsey. The event benefits the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund, first funded in Dempsey’s memory in 2014 by an anonymous donor.
Volunteers are needed to help with race day registration, organization and direction. The race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Brenau University Amphitheatre, 102 Prior Street. Volunteers are needed beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Please consider helping us put on this great event in honor of a great man. For more information about volunteering, contact visit the volunteer section of the RunSignUp page.

For those interested in running/walking the 5K or 1K Fun Run, online registration is available at https://runsignup.com/DempseyDash5K.

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Stacey Hoffman
shoffman@brenau.edu
January 28, 2019 at 9:52 pm

Gentle Chair Yoga Class at LEWC

Gentle Chair Yoga is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday in the Brenau Downtown Center. Chair yoga is a great way to start your week off feeling relaxed in your body and your mind. It is only $10 per month and includes all other fitness classes offered by Life Enrichment and Wellness.

For more info contact brenauwellness@brenau.edu or 678-971-1845. We hope to see you there!

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Rudi Kiefer
rkiefer@brenau.edu
January 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Annette Hinton Instructs BUGS Students in Healthy Nutrition, Chinese Cooking

The Math SPA kitchen filled with Asian aromas as Hall County Master Gardener and dietician Annette Hinton was instructing students of the BUGS garden club on Jan. 24. Hinton showed the characteristics of different Chinese foods from eight different regions with special consideration for the Provinces of Anhui, Sichuan and Shandong.

“We’re very fortunate to have a workshop held by a professional chef who is also a dietician as well as a Master Gardener,” said Rudi Kiefer, faculty advisor to BUGS.

Following the presentation, students and guests gained hands-on experience with authentic Chinese vegetables. Visiting Master Gardeners assisted with the cooking, and soon everybody enjoyed a large variety of dishes that are normally available only in upscale Chinese restaurants. “Every last bit is organically grown and free of chemicals,” said Hinton. “It’s important for students to learn about healthy nutrition at a young age.”

“It’s fascinating to see foods from our home province prepared by a Master Chef,” junior Liang Yuan said. Yuan is in the 2+2 program between Brenau and Anhui Normal University. The meals were accompanied by Chinese green tea that Kiefer brought back from his last teaching stay in Anhui Province.

Hannah Rucks-Zaoui, Brenau senior and president of the garden club, said “the most exciting part is that the students got to choose which Asian vegetables we’re going to start growing now in the campus garden. Come fall, we’ll have home-cooked meals with food grown right here at Brenau.”

The next BUGS “Healthy Living” event will feature local beekeeper Bob Bradbury with a presentation about the production of raw, additive-free honey, along with taste samples. The presentation is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Science-21 and is open to the public.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
January 25, 2019 at 1:58 pm

Reminder: Place your SDC Valentine’s Day Bake Sale Order by Feb. 7

The Staff Development Committee is accepting orders for Valentine’s Day Trays by Thursday, Feb. 7.

This year, we have included an order option for gluten-free/diabetic friendly treats as well! You will need to order a separate tray if you would like this option.

Have a coworker who always goes the extra mile? Want to do something sweet for your staff? Do you want to give your sweetheart at home a variety home-baked treats instead of a standard box of chocolates? The Staff Development Committee is here to help and will do the baking for you!

We are offering small, medium and large trays. Small trays are $6 and are good for an individual or 2-3 people. Medium trays are $12 and will serve up to 10 people. Large trays are $24. They are twice the size for medium trays and should serve up to 20 people. The gluten-free/diabetic-friendly trays will be the size of a small tray, and will cost $12. This cost is to accommodate the higher cost for the ingredients needed!

Place your order using the form provided at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvS0l4JmC9pgmTaxb5BiHeljrOKFOjltziIUuGKrjHqS661Q/viewform?usp=sf_link or contact Andi Savage at asavage@brenau.edu or Angie Graham at agraham2@brenau.edu, if you have any questions.


Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
January 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Updates to the Brenau University IRB Website

As reported at the January faculty meeting, the IRB committee has implemented a few new changes, including revisions to the IRB protocol form and the review process for IRB submissions.

You can find information about these new changes on the updated IRB intranet site and in Faculty Commons.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Tamara Mills, IRB Chair at tmills@brenau.edu or Kelly Peters, IRB Administrator at irb@brenau.edu.


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
January 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Condolences to Irma Alvarado and Family

Ricarda Hernandez Alvarado, 88, mother of Irma Alvarado, professor of occupational therapy, passed away in her home in Hitchcock, Texas on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Ricarda Alvarado was born on February 7, 1930, in Cañada Verde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico and came to the United States in 1955 in Texas where she lived until her death.

You can read the full obituary the  website for Carnes Funeral Home.


Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
January 24, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Brenau Babies Help OT and PT Students in Lab

Students from the departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy came together Jan. 18 to learn pediatric motor development. Families from the Brenau community brought their infants to help provide an experiential learning moment for 58 students. The day was a collaborative effort by professors Celeste Alexander, Tammy Buck, Laura Carpenter and Stacey Hoffman.

OT and PT Students learn with the babies of Brenau community members

OT and PT students analyzing DPT student Lee Parker’s son, Dru.

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Dayle Lane
dlane1@brenau.edu
January 24, 2019 at 11:17 am

Wear Red For Heart Health on Feb. 1

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is proud to join the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease. On Feb. 1 the Rho Eta chapter would like the Brenau community to join us in wearing red for the day to raise awareness. Please post pictures using #brenaugoesred and tag us on Instagram @rhoetaaka!


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
January 24, 2019 at 11:03 am

Beyond Dementia Coalition in partnership with NGHS, Feb. 12

Join Brenau’s Department of Physical Therapy and School of Occupational Therapy for an educational event about how faith communities can support
people with dementia and their caregivers in partnership with Northeast Georgia Health System.

From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Brenau Downtown Center, the Brenau OT and PT will partner with the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Hospice, Gardens of Gainesville and Legacy Link to provide conversation and education about dementia care and interaction with family members and loved ones for members of all faith communities.

Please see the Beyond Dementia flyer (PDF) for more information. Also, enjoy this short video explaining the importance of this amazing event.

Please register at www.nghs.com/hospice-events.

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Rachel Goss
rgoss@brenau.edu
January 24, 2019 at 9:49 am

New Strength and Conditioning Classes Available Fitness Center, Jan. 28

Brenau Fitness Center is happy to announce two new strength and conditioning classes led by Gary Hatfield, Fitness Center director and Brenau athletics strength coach, and Jack Haire, assistant swim coach and former owner of Northeast Georgia Crossfit. Combined, the two have over 50 years of experience in strength training and conditioning.

Classes begin the week of Monday, Jan. 28, and will meet in the second floor elevator lobby of the Fitness Center. Both classes are available at no cost. The Brenau Fitness has locker rooms and showers for your use.

The first class, which has both beginner and intermediate levels, is called Functional Strength Training. This class will be led by Hatfield and will be adapted to your level of experience. The goal of the beginner level is to familiarize you with strength techniques that combat age-related loss of muscle and strength, while the intermediate level will incorporate increased intensity levels and more advanced lifting techniques and exercises. Both levels of this course will focus on activity/sports improvement such as being able to play tennis longer or being able to play golf without fatigue related declines, as well as how to incorporate exercise to help maintain and/or reshape body composition. This class meets from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The second class for more advanced lifters is called Functional Fitness Training and will be led by Haire. The goal of this class is to use high-intensity lifting techniques while incorporating cardiovascular training to improve both strength and cardiovascular conditioning for higher quality physical activity. Much of this class will be in a group format while making adjustments to meet each individual’s needs. This class will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Sign up is available in the first floor lobby and at the Welcome Desk and is limited to 12 participants per class. For more information, contact Hatfield at 678-617-5051 or ghatfield@brenau.edu.

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Kathy Goodman
kgoodman@brenau.edu
January 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Lunch & Learn on Gender Awareness in Education: Thursday, Jan. 31

Cynthia Alby, professor of teacher education at Georgia College’s John H. Lounsbury College of Education, will provide an introduction to the implications of gender in higher education instruction in the Lunch & Learn from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Library 116,

Alby is lead instructor for the Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program and an expert in the scholarship of teaching and learning. In this workshop, Alby will present content about pedagogy informed by gender awareness, a topic especially relevant to our relaunching of The Women’s College. Faculty will engage in conversations and exercises designed to employ consideration of gender for positive impact in the classroom.

Zoom attendance will also be available, but you must register for the event to receive your Continuing Professional Education one clock hour and toward the FLDOE-required training.

Use this link to register for the Lunch & Learn: https://brenau.formstack.com/forms/lunch_learn_registration


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
January 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Place Your Valentine’s Day Bake Sale Orders Now

The Staff Development Committee is accepting orders for Valentine’s Day Trays by Thursday, Feb. 7.

This year, we have included an order option for gluten-free/diabetic friendly treats as well! You will need to order a separate tray if you would like this option.

Have a coworker who always goes the extra mile? Want to do something sweet for your staff? Do you want to give your sweetheart at home a variety home-baked treats instead of a standard box of chocolates? The Staff Development Committee is here to help and will do the baking for you!

We are offering small, medium and large trays. Small trays are $6 and are good for an individual or 2-3 people. Medium trays are $12 and will serve up to 10 people. Large trays are $24. They are twice the size for medium trays and should serve up to 20 people. The gluten-free/diabetic-friendly trays will be the size of a small tray, and will cost $12. This cost is to accommodate the higher cost for the ingredients needed!

Place your order using the form provided at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvS0l4JmC9pgmTaxb5BiHeljrOKFOjltziIUuGKrjHqS661Q/viewform?usp=sf_link or contact Andi Savage at asavage@brenau.edu or Angie Graham at agraham2@brenau.edu, if you have any questions.


Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
January 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Jacksonville Campus Attends DreamWeek JAX 2019 Inaugural Event

Members of the Jacksonville campus staff and faculty attended the inaugural VIP Reception for DreamWeek Jax 2019 on Saturday, Jan. 19. DreamWeek Jax, a celebration of the City of Jacksonville, Florida as the city of dreamers, occurs each January during the week of the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and National Day of Service.

The mission of DreamWeek Jax is to showcase Jacksonville as the Dream City of the Millennia in culture, arts, business and social progress. It was co-founded by Brooks Dunbar, a Brenau adjunct instructor, and her husband, ret. Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Roy Dunbar Jr., U.S. Air Force, as a way to elevate individuals, groups and organizations in the area by promoting community engagement and cross-communication.

DreamWeek Inc. is a registered 501 (c)3 nonprofit agency with a mission to promote social progress and community engagement through the lens of Dr. King’s dream. Although social progress themes may change each year, this year’s program themes include youth, education, health, women, entrepreneurship and community safety. Brenau’s Jacksonville campus is the featured partner for education. Associate professor Erick Aguilar and adjunct instructor Maja Zelihic will participate in the education panel of the DreamWeek Summit on Friday, Jan. 25, and Jacksonville campus director Alecia Webb will serve as the summit facilitator.

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Kathy Little
klittle1@brenau.edu
January 18, 2019 at 11:43 am

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 https://www.brenau.edu/healthsciences/psychology/play-therapy/.


Nichole Finley
nfinley@brenau.edu
January 17, 2019 at 3:12 pm

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 brenau.edu 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 hend.azargui@chronicle.com.

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

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Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
January 17, 2019 at 11:46 am

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 bbarton@brenau.edu.

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Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
January 16, 2019 at 9:44 am

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.

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Nichole Finley
nfinley@brenau.edu
January 15, 2019 at 1:50 pm

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 brenau.edu 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.


Robin Aiken
raiken@brenau.edu
January 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm

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.


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
January 14, 2019 at 1:41 pm

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 lcarpenter@brenau.edu 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.


Ray Lian
rlian@brenau.edu
January 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

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

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.

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Kelly Peters
kpeters1@brenau.edu
January 14, 2019 at 9:20 am

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 kpeters1@brenau.edu.


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
January 11, 2019 at 9:52 am

2019 Boyt Schell Visiting Scholar: Dr. Kristine Haertl

Dr. Kristine Haertl, professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University, will present as the first speaker in the Boyt Schell Visiting Scholar Series at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Downtown Center Theatre on the Square.

Haertl will present “The Therapeutic Dance: Creating Healthy Client Practitioner Relationships.” She is active in research related to peer-supported mental health housing models, writing in the development of the self, and the lived experience of autism spectrum disorder. Her research in these areas have lead to legislative changes regarding evidence-based mental health practice in her home state of Minnesota. She is the co-founder and co-chair of Occupational Therapy for the Advancement of Minnesota Mental Health Services and also maintains her own private practice that serves individuals with psychiatric disorders and developmental disabilities.

The presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. For specific details and full bio, please see the attached flyer (PDF).

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
January 10, 2019 at 8:45 am

Dempsey Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run Saturday, March 9

Dempsey Dash t-shirtJoin us for Brenau’s third annual Dempsey Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run in memory of Wayne Dempsey at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the amphitheater on the historic Gainesville campus.

This event is open to employees, their families and the general public.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund, first funded by an anonymous donor in 2014 in Dempsey’s memory.

Faculty, staff and student discounts for registering are available this year.

Employees who participate will receive 5 Activity Points toward the Wellness Participation Program.

You may register on the Dempsey Dash page on runsignup.com.

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Heather Ross
hross@brenau.edu
January 9, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Tammy Buck collaborates with University of Florida endocrinologist Jennifer Miller

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Dr. Tammy Buck will travel to Orlando, Florida on Thursday, Jan. 10 to collaborate with Dr. Jennifer Miller, an endocrinologist with the University of Florida Division of Endocrinology, whose focus is the research and treatment of children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Miller’s families are running the Disney World Half Marathon to raise funds in support of the UF-based program Running for Research. Miller has invited Buck to join efforts and provide a special give-back clinic for these children and their families. Buck will assess participating athletes, which will expedite their access to care. This clinic will open the door for future opportunities for Buck’s initiative, Together We Run, which is based out of south Atlanta but recently launched here in Gainesville.

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Danielle Miller
ddifede@brenau.edu
January 9, 2019 at 9:08 am

Limited Time Offer: Discount Tickets for Shenandoah and Poet Voices Concert Friday, Jan. 11

Shenandoah and Poet Voices flyerThe producer of the Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour with Poet Voices is offering $20 tickets to Brenau employees and alumni for the show at Pearce Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. To get tickets at this special price, email Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu with the number of requested tickets by noon Thursday, Jan. 10. Tickets must be picked up and paid for with cash or credit card at Will Call in Pearce Lobby on Friday by 6:30 p.m.

Doors open at opens at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets must be picked up 6:30 p.m. or they will be released.

Learn more about the show at Poet Voices’s website.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
January 8, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Chair Massage Spots Available for Jan. 16

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Jan. 16, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
January 4, 2019 at 9:59 am

Brenau Contributions to HSA Accounts

Just a reminder if you signed up for the High Deducible Health Plan (HDHP) with HSA option for medical for 2019 you will need to contribute to your HSA in order for the Brenau contribution to be deposited correctly.

Please contact Kelley Maddox at 770-534-6270 (ext. 6270 on campus) with questions.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
January 4, 2019 at 8:29 am

Monday, Jan. 7 final weigh-in day for 2019 Weight Loss Challenge

Need a new year’s resolution? Brenau’s annual Weight Loss Challenge begins January 2019! At the end of challenge, the employee who lost the highest percent body weight will win a $500 cash prize. There is no entry fee required to participate.

INITIAL WEIGH-IN:
Jan. 3, 4 and 7

MID WEIGH-IN:
Feb. 6, 7 and 8 (The participant who is leading at this point will also receive a prize!)

FINAL WEIGH-IN:
March 13, 14 and 15

All weigh-ins will be performed in the Human Resources Office. Email Kelley at kmaddox@brenau.edu to schedule an appointment. It is preferable to weigh-in on the last day. However, if you cannot make it that day, two other days are available, as outlined above. All information will be kept confidential.

Additional Information:

  • Each participant will be required to weigh in at initial weigh-in, mid weigh-in and the final weigh-in to be eligible for prizes. Only dates listed above will be used as weigh-in dates.
  • Employees from each campus are eligible to participate.
  • Each participant will know where they placed in the rankings (i.e. you were fourth place out of 13).
  • Names of participants will be shared with the participant group.
  • Each Friday the group will meet at 4:15 p.m. to walk together as a group.
  • The name of final winner will be posted in the Update.
  • The winner will be determined by calculating the percent of total body weight lost.
  • This is a voluntary program. Each participant will sign a participation agreement.

Employees are encouraged to use the facilities on campus. The Brenau Fitness Center (which is free to all employees), the Brenau Mile and the Center for Health & Well-Being are all great options! Also, please take advantage of our on-site Hopkins Dining Hall offering healthy eating options at a great price: $5 for employees.

Prizes:

1st place: $500 cash prize
2nd place: $50 cash prize
3rd place: $25 cash prize
Mid weigh-in: $25 cash prize

Payout to winners: Awarded in April 2019


Russell Willis
rwillis1@brenau.edu
January 3, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Russell Willis Receives Educator of the Year Award

The South Fulton Chamber of Commerce awarded the 2018 Educator of the Year Award to Fairburn Campus Director Russell Willis at their Annual Awards Luncheon held on Dec. 20, 2018.

Willis has been an active participant in the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations in the area for over five years.

Congratulations, Russell!

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Rosanne Short
rshort@brenau.edu
January 2, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Brenau Night with the Hawks, Feb. 9

Brenau University Night shirtHurry, tickets are going fast!

Students, faculty and staff are invited to Brenau Night with the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Admission is $24 per person and includes a ticket and a custom T-shirt for the first 100 to register.  Children under age 2 who don’t require a seat are free.

Sign up at hawks.com/brenau.

Military and veteran students and their families receive an additional discount. Register online using the Brenau Military & Family Special Offer form.

Limited tickets so act quickly! Contact rshort@brenau.edu for more info.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
January 2, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Carol Eggerding Retires from School of Occupational Therapy after 8 Years of Service

The School of Occupational Therapy celebrated Operations Manager Carol Eggerding at their holiday retreat in December. Eggerding (pictured with Andi Savage, Brittany Clements and Summer Redmon) retired at the end of the fall 2018 semester after eight years of service to Brenau.

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Chip Andrews
candrews@brenau.edu
December 17, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Brenau Mobile App Gets a Facelift

screen shot of menu in my brenau appThe Brenau Mobile App has been upgraded to include a more modern appearance and can now access your single sign-on (SSO) applications via the “my.brenau.edu” link. With SSO capability, the app can now be used to access all Brenau systems, which was a serious limitation of the previous version of the app.

Please let us know if you have additional questions or give us suggestions for new features at helpdesk@brenau.edu. You can find the app by searching for “brenau mobile” at either the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Holly Reynolds
hreynolds@brenau.edu
December 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Holiday Payroll Schedule

Employees who are paid on the salaried payroll need to have all of their time off requests for the year entered and approved by Friday, Dec. 14.

Employees and supervisor of employees paid on the hourly payroll, be sure to have the time cards for THIS WEEK’S time approved either before you leave on Friday, Dec. 14, or by 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. The time cards for the time worked over the break that would typically be due on Jan. 1 will need to be corrected and approved no later than 9 a.m. on Dec. 31 to ensure timely processing.

Failure to correct and approve may result in employees not being paid the correct time. Any adjustments will not be made until the next scheduled pay period.

Please understand that your cooperation with getting all these time off requests and time cards updated when needed ensures that you and/or your employees are paid timely and accurately.

The Accounting Office wishes you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!


Danielle Miller
ddifede@brenau.edu
December 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

Parking Reminder for Friday, Dec. 14

Please remember that due to Brenau Winter Commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, you are asked to kindly park on the outskirts of campus upon your arrival to easily showcase parking spaces convenient to Pearce Auditorium for graduates and guests.

Suggested areas for faculty and staff lots (if you don’t have a private lot at your office) include the Jacobs Building, Math SPA at 611 Spring St., tennis courts, and New Hall at Prior and Perry streets.


Robert Ivey
bivey@brenau.edu
December 11, 2018 at 11:51 am

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Spreads Holiday Cheer

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Sings Carols at NEGMCThe Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor Bobby Ivey, sang Christmas carols and other holiday songs at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center before the 39th Annual Love Light Celebration on Monday, Dec. 3.

It was a welcomed break for these students who were studying for their final exams to go sing and share their musical gifts. The temperatures were cold but the holiday spirit was warm and festive.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
December 10, 2018 at 9:27 am

Brenau Closures for Upcoming Holidays

Brenau offices are closed for winter break starting Wednesday, Dec. 19, and will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2. Due to nature of work, specific departments operate under an alternate holiday schedule. Please check with your immediate supervisor regarding holidays for your department and skeleton crew days.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
December 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

Chair Massage Spots available for Wednesday, Dec. 12

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Dec. 12, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

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Emily Stockton
estockton1@brenau.edu
December 6, 2018 at 3:22 pm

There’s Still Time to Buy Raffle Tickets

Alumni Association RaffleIf you haven’t picked up your tickets for the Brenau Alumni Association Fall Raffle Fundraiser, there’s still time! Tickets are $20 and proceeds go towards the Alumni Association Endowed Lecture Fund.

The drawing will be next Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Call Carrie Williams at 770-534-6163 to purchase your tickets.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
December 6, 2018 at 12:35 pm

2019 Weight Loss Challenge

Need a New-Year’s Resolution? Brenau’s annual Weight Loss Challenge will begin January 2019! At the end of challenge, the employee who lost the highest percent body weight will win a $500 cash prize. There is no entry fee required to participate.

INITIAL WEIGH-IN:
Jan. 3, 4 and 7

MID WEIGH-IN:
Feb. 6, 7 and 8 (The participant who is leading at this point will also receive a prize!)

FINAL WEIGH-IN:
March 13, 14 and 15

All weigh-ins will be performed in the Human Resources Office. Email Kelley at kmaddox@brenau.edu to schedule an appointment. It is preferable to weigh-in on the last day. However, if you cannot make it that day,  two other days are available, as outlined above. All information will be kept confidential.

Additional Information:

  • Each participant will be required to weigh in at initial weigh-in, mid weigh-in and the final weigh-in to be eligible for prizes. Only dates listed above will be used as weigh-in dates.
  • Employees from each campus are eligible to participate.
  • Each participant will know where they placed in the rankings (i.e. you were fourth place out of 13).
  • Names of participants will be shared with the participant group.
  • Each Friday the group will meet at 4:15 p.m. to walk together as a group.
  • The name of final winner will be posted in the Update.
  • The winner will be determined by calculating the percent of total body weight lost
  • This is a voluntary program. Each participant will sign a participation agreement.

Employees are encouraged to use the facilities on campus. The Brenau Fitness Center (which is free to all employees), the Brenau Mile and the Center for Health & Well-Being are all great options! Also, please take advantage of our on-site Hopkins Dining Hall offering healthy eating options at a great price: $5 for employees.

Prizes:

1st place: $500 cash prize
2nd place: $50 cash prize
3rd place: $25 cash prize
Mid weigh-in: $25 cash prize

Payout to winners: Awarded in April 2019


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
December 6, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

If you or your children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP and you’re eligible for health coverage from your employer, your state may have a premium assistance program that can help pay for coverage using funds from their Medicaid or CHIP programs. If you or your children aren’t eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, you won’t be eligible for these premium assistance programs but you may be able to buy individual insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov. If you or your dependents are already enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP and you live in a state listed below, contact your state Medicaid or CHIP office to find out if premium assistance is available.

If you or your dependents are not currently enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, and you think you or any of your dependents might be eligible for either of these programs, contact your state Medicaid or CHIP office or dial 1-877-KIDS NOW or www.insurekidsnow.gov to find out how to apply. If you qualify, ask your state if it has a program that might help you pay the premiums for an employer-sponsored plan. If you or your dependents are eligible for premium assistance under Medicaid or CHIP, as well as eligible under your employer plan, your employer must allow you to enroll in your employer plan if you aren’t already enrolled. This is called a “special enrollment” opportunity, and you must request coverage within 60 days of being determined eligible for premium assistance. If you have questions about enrolling in your employer plan, contact the Department of Labor at www.askebsa.dol.gov or call 1-866-444-EBSA (3272).


Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
December 6, 2018 at 11:25 am

Staff Development Committee Seeking Silent Auction Gifts

The Staff Development Committee is looking for gifts to be auctioned off at the Holiday Party Tuesday Dec. 18. Items such as handmade crafts, artwork, tickets, gift certificates or gift baskets make excellent donations. Money raised by this silent auction goes to help the Staff Development Committee fund events and professional development opportunities for Brenau faculty and staff throughout the year.

If you have any questions regarding a donation please contact Carrie Williams at cwilliams7@brenau.edu or Lainey Kennedy at lwelsch1@brenau.edu.


Kathy Goodman
kgoodman@brenau.edu
December 5, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Reminder: All-University Meeting Thursday, Dec. 13

There will be an all-university meeting from 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Pearce Auditorium. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.

The meeting will serve as an opportunity for the Brenau community to become aware of an exciting new vision for The Women’s College. Our presentation will also serve as an invitation for you to assist us in the development of curricular and co-curricular experiences that will lead to ever greater levels of transformation.

Please add this meeting to your calendar, and plan to share with us in the joy of creating the premier women’s college in the United States, educating responsible women for leadership and executive roles throughout the world.

Join the Zoom link as follows:

https://brenau.zoom.us/j/851637514

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Meeting ID: 851 637 514
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adC9NoydSc

Join by Skype for Business
https://brenau.zoom.us/skype/851637514


Danielle Miller
ddifede@brenau.edu
December 5, 2018 at 9:45 am

Parking Lot Closures Starting Dec. 9

Due to commencement, Golden Tiger Way will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Sorority Circle and the Senior Hall parking lot on Washington Street will also be closed by end of day Tuesday, Dec. 11.

To allow centralized parking availability to graduates and guests for commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 14, faculty and staff who utilize main lots are kindly encouraged to park on the outskirts of campus in areas such as the Fitness Center, Jacobs Building, the Math SPA at 611 Spring St., and the new residence hall at Prior and Perry streets.


Kathy Goodman
kgoodman@brenau.edu
December 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm

All-University Meeting Thursday, Dec. 13

There will be an all-university meeting from 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Pearce Auditorium. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.

The meeting will serve as an opportunity for the Brenau community to become aware of an exciting new vision for The Women’s College. Our presentation will also serve as an invitation for you to assist us in the development of curricular and cocurricular experiences that will lead to ever greater levels of transformation.

Please add this meeting to your calendar, and plan to share with us in the joy of creating the premier women’s college in the United States, educating responsible women for leadership and executive roles throughout the world.

Join the Zoom link as follows:

https://brenau.zoom.us/j/851637514

One tap mobile
+16468769923,,851637514# US (New York)
+16699006833,,851637514# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 851 637 514
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adC9NoydSc

Join by Skype for Business
https://brenau.zoom.us/skype/851637514


Nichole Finley
nfinley@brenau.edu
December 3, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Tea Room Hours December 10-14

The Tea Room will be open every day next week, December 10-14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starbucks and the grill will be open during those hours.

Please note, students’ Flex Bucks should be used by the end of the current week and will not be accepted the week of Dec. 14.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 30, 2018 at 9:46 am

Medicare Part D Information for Employees age 65+

The information below is regarding Medicare that employers are required to send out each year to employees 65 years of age and older. There is no action needed on your part unless you would like to enroll in Medicare.

Please read this notice carefully and keep it where you can find it. This notice has information about your current prescription drug coverage with Brenau University and new prescription drug coverage for people with Medicare. It also explains the options you have under Medicare prescription drug coverage, and can help you decide whether or not you want to enroll. At the end of this notice, it also tells you where to find more information to help you make decisions about your prescription drug coverage.

  1. Medicare prescription drug coverage became available in 2006 to everyone with Medicare. You can get this coverage if you join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or join a Medicare Advantage Plan. All Medicare prescription drug plans provide at least a standard level of coverage set by Medicare. Some plans may also offer more coverage for a higher monthly premium.
  2. Brenau University has determined that the prescription drug coverage offered by Employee Benefit Plan is, on average for all plan participants, expected to pay out as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage will pay and is considered Creditable Coverage.

Because your existing coverage is on average at least as good as standard Medicare prescription drug coverage, you can keep this coverage and not pay extra if you later decide to enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Individuals can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan when they first become eligible for Medicare and each year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 31. Beneficiaries leaving employer/union coverage may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period to sign up for a Medicare prescription drug plan.

If you decide to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan and drop your Brenau University prescription drug coverage, be aware that you may not be able to get this coverage back.

If you drop your coverage with Brenau University and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan, you may not be able to get this coverage back later. You should compare your current coverage, including which drugs are covered, with the coverage and cost of the plans offering Medicare prescription drug coverage in your area.

You should also know that if you drop or lose your coverage with Brenau University, and don’t enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage after your current coverage ends, you may pay more (a penalty) to enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage later. If you go 63 days or longer without prescription drug coverage that is at least as good as Medicare’s prescription drug coverage, your monthly premium will go up at least 1 percent per month for every month that you did not have coverage. For example, if you go 19 months without coverage, your premium will always be at least 19 percent higher than what most other people pay. You’ll have to pay this higher premium as long as you have Medicare coverage. In addition, you may have to wait until the following November to enroll.

For more information about this notice or, your current prescription drug coverage, contact Human Resources. You may receive this notice at other times in the future such as before the next period you can enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage, and if this coverage changes. You also may request a copy.

More detailed information about Medicare plans that offer prescription drug coverage will be available in the “Medicare & You” handbook. You’ll get a copy of the handbook in the mail from Medicare. You may also be directly contacted about Medicare prescription drug plans. You can get more information about Medicare prescription drug plans by:

• visiting www.medicare.gov for personalized help,
• calling your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (see your copy of “Medicare & You” handbook for their telephone number)
• calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

For people with limited income and resources, extra help paying for Medicare prescription drug coverage is available. Information about this extra help is available from the Social Security Administration online at www.socialsecurity.gov, or call them at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).


Nichole Rawlings
nrawlings@brenau.edu
November 30, 2018 at 9:25 am

High Museum Student Opportunity for Learning about Museum Careers

Do you know of a student who may be interested in a career in museums or curatorial work?

Two special, funded opportunities for undergraduates in Georgia interested in learning more about museums and museum careers are available at the High Musem of Art, Atlanta. The High Museum is now recruiting for their 2019 Mellon Curatorial Summer Academy and Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship. These programs are open to first-, second- and third-year undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, with interests in art, art history or the museum field. Students in any major, including art history, can apply.

The High will recruit fifteen exceptional undergraduate candidates to participate in a weeklong Summer Academy that will take place the week of June 2-8, 2019. The academy is designed to offer participants an overview of the curatorial profession. From the Summer Academy, two participants will be selected to continue on as MUCF fellows for two years.

Last summer, Brenau student Jennifer Benitez was selected as a participant. You can read about her experience here: www.brenau.edu/artsdesign/student-perspective-jennifer-benitezs-experience-as-part-of-the-mellon-curatorial-fellowship-at-the-high-museum-of-art.

The application deadline for the 2019 Mellon Summer Academy is Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Students can apply now at High.org/MellonFellowship.

Please encourage any students you feel may benefit from this opportunity. For questions, contact Nichole Rawlings at nrawlings@brenau.edu.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 30, 2018 at 9:14 am


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 30, 2018 at 9:10 am

Forms Available in the ADP Forms Library

The updated faculty timeline, evaluation forms and guides for all faculty, department chairs and deans can be accessed on ADP under Forms Library.

The 2017 Summary Annual Report for our group retirement plan has also been added to ADP under Forms Library for review.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 30, 2018 at 9:03 am

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act of 1998

Do you know that your health plan, as required by the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, provides benefits for mastectomy-related services including all stages of reconstruction and surgery to achieve symmetry between the breasts, prostheses, and complications resulting from a mastectomy, including lymphedema?

Questions may be directed to the Human Resources Office.


Ray Lian
rlian@brenau.edu
November 30, 2018 at 6:27 am

The Office of Admissions hosts “Holiday Open House,” Dec. 2

On Sunday, Dec. 2, the Office of Admissions will host their second annual Holiday Open House. This event will take place in Wheeler House, with many members from our faculty and staff participating. Holiday Open House is an event that is much more personal and less formal that your typical open house. It will be a brief two hours from 2- 4 p.m., but it will be filled with opportunities to discuss our academic majors with faculty and staff, learn more about financial aid through one on one meetings, and enjoy a campus tour!

If you are a faculty member and would like to attend this event, please contact your dean or office manager, as they will have more information regarding this event. We received great feedback from this event last year, so we hope to have many more wonderful conversations with students and their families this Sunday! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ray Lian at 770.534.6171.

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Danielle Miller
ddifede@brenau.edu
November 28, 2018 at 10:27 am

Event Staff Needed for Day Commencement Friday, Dec. 14

Two Brenau University Winter Commencement ceremonies are scheduled at Pearce Auditorium Friday, Dec. 14; the ceremony for graduates will be at 10 a.m. and the ceremony for undergraduates at 1:30 p.m. Event Services is now casting for support roles of 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.

Available indoor event staff positions are ticket takers, ushers and greeters. Outdoor roles are also available, including assisting with parking and directions to venues. The John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts is the overflow location for guests without tickets. Training will be offered.

Talk with your supervisor. If you choose to work the morning shift, you should be permitted to leave 30 minutes early. Please contact Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu or call 770-297-5456 to sign up.


Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
November 28, 2018 at 9:53 am

Faculty and Staff Ways to Wellness Event, Tomorrow, Nov. 29

Please join the Staff Development Committee from 12 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the SUB for a relaxing break; mellow music, coloring pages and hot chocolate will let you take a mental break from the rigors of the end of the semester. Bring your planners, to do lists and handy organizational tips to share as we also look ahead to the new year and how to lower stress by getting organized!

You will receive Wellness points for attending this activity.

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Michael McPeek
mmcpeek@brenau.edu
November 28, 2018 at 7:47 am


Michael McPeek
mmcpeek@brenau.edu
November 28, 2018 at 7:44 am


Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
November 27, 2018 at 11:02 am

Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Event

On Friday, Oct. 26, the Ivester College of Health Sciences hosted its fourth annual student Interprofessional Education event at the Brenau Downtown Center. The purpose of the event is to educate students about the importance of teamwork in different health care professions. Over 200 students and faculty members attended from the Ivester College of Health Sciences occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, family nurse practitioner, clinical counseling psychology and applied gerontology programs.

Faculty and students from the Brenau College of Fine Arts & Humanities and the University of Georgia School of Social Work also participated along with health care professionals from the Gainesville community.

During the event, students discussed a case within their interprofessional teams guided by faculty facilitators. The goal was to learn about the various professions and the contributions of each discipline to the patient’s care. New to the event this year, student representatives from each discipline served on a committee to plan an interactive activity. Student teams at each table developed a word cloud representing the meaning of interprofessional practice. The student committee members also served on a panel to answer questions about the morning’s activities and ways to continue developing competencies for interprofessional practice.

This event is an important step for students to gain knowledge and skills for successful collaboration on health care teams.

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Fassil Fanta
ffanta@brenau.edu
November 26, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Fanta Graduates from Georgia Academy for Economic Development

Dr. Fassil Fanta, associate professor of economics, was among the the six people from Hall County who graduated this month from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development’s regional training program.

Read more at accesswdun.com/article/2018/11/735995/six-from-hall-county-among-latest-graduates-from-the-ga-academy-for-economic-development.

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lweaver1
lweaver1@brenau.edu
November 20, 2018 at 11:57 am

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 lweaver1@brenau.edu. 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!

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Robert Ivey
bivey@brenau.edu
November 20, 2018 at 9:02 am

Attend the free Brenau Holiday Concert

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.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 20, 2018 at 8:04 am

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.

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Katie Schaefer
kbuchan@brenau.edu
November 19, 2018 at 3:55 pm

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.

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Jane Anderson-Buffington
jbuffington@brenau.edu
November 16, 2018 at 10:57 am

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.

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Danielle Miller
ddifede@brenau.edu
November 14, 2018 at 11:26 am

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.


Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
November 14, 2018 at 10:02 am

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 alauricella@brenau.edu.

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Ashley Carter
acarter3@brenau.edu
November 14, 2018 at 9:07 am

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!

https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/Brenau-Assoc-Fall-2018-Raffle-1.pdf


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 13, 2018 at 8:31 am

Food Truck Friday, Nov.16

Save the Date for the last Fall Food Truck Friday of the year, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16. Aramark will be having a Bake Potato Bar with all the “fixins,” hotdogs and a hot chocolate station on the lawn of Sorority Circle during lunch.

Students can sign in as usual. Faculty, staff and guests pay $5, cash only. If it rains, lunch will be moved to the Dining Hall.


Hope Lam
hlam@brenau.edu
November 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Norcross Students Write Letters for Operation Gratitude

Students on our Norcross campus wrote thank you cards for veterans and active service members through Operation Gratitude as part of the observance of Veterans Day.

Operation Gratitude is a nonprofit organization on a mission to thank every American who serves or has served.

Thank you to all the veterans and active service members in our Brenau family!

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Holly Reynolds
hreynolds@brenau.edu
November 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Early Approval Needed for Thanksgiving Week Payroll

If you are on the hourly payroll or approve time for someone who is, please be sure to have time cards updated and approved by 9 a.m. Monday morning, Nov. 19.

With the short work week, payroll must be submitted on Monday. Failure to approve time cards by the requested time and date may result in your hours being short for the pay period. If this occurs, any required adjustments will not be made until the Dec. 7 pay date.

As always, your cooperation is appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving from the Accounting Office!


lwilliamson
lwilliamson@brenau.edu
November 12, 2018 at 9:29 am

Aramark Holiday Catering

Let Aramark make your holidays simple. Place your order soon for holiday catering!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 9, 2018 at 8:57 am

Chair Massage Spots available for Nov. 14

Nature's healing Path logoThere are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Nov. 14, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Health Insurance and Benefits Open Enrollment, Nov. 8-26

Open enrollment for 2019 benefits starts today and runs through Nov. 26.

During open enrollment you can add or opt out of health plan coverage, choose new plan options, enroll eligible family members in your plans, or add, drop or change the level of your insurance coverage.

Please review your options and costs carefully. You can make any changes you like at home or at work until the end of the enrollment period on Nov. 26, 2018.

Once the enrollment period has ended your choices will be final until the next enrollment period or until you have a qualifying life event.

You may view today’s benefits presentation at https://brenau.zoom.us/recording/share/BvNnrUGwIG5nJdaJ2GDvMbSG9-rWwRsSrQmkoieNtmawIumekTziMw.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Introduction & Rates: David Barnett
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA, FSA, Life Insurance: Rob Fowler
  • Wellness Program: Kelley Maddox
  • Motivate Me Incentive Program: Amanda Robinson
  • Wellness Committee: Jim Lewis
  • United Way: Phil Bonelli
  • Women’s College: Debra Dobkins, Amanda Lammers, Juli Clay
  • Retirement: Kelly Goekjian

Benefit Summaries:

Handouts:

Health Savings Accounts (HSA):

This benefit will not automatically renew, you must actively enroll for 2019. If you are currently enrolled in the HSA plan with Cigna and you wish to continue for 2019, you will need to re-enroll. Brenau’s Contribution to your HSA: Individual: $600/ Family: $1200.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA):

This benefit will not automatically renew, you must actively enroll for 2019. If you are currently enrolled in the flexible spending plan with Admin America and you wish to continue for 2019, please keep your debit cards as they will be used for the upcoming plan year as well.

Life Insurance:

During open enrollment, current employees may elect to increase voluntary life insurance by $20,000 (in increments of $10,000). Anything requested over $20,000 will be subject to EOI by completing an additional medical questionnaire. For example, if you currently have $10,000 of voluntary life insurance, you may increase up to $20,000 or $30,000. Anything above that would need to be approved through the EOI process.

Wellness Program:

Brenau’s Wellness Program, funded by Cigna, is designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. The program includes activities during the year which relate to being “healthy,” whether it be physical, mental, financial, social, or emotional health. Employees receive points and/or cash rewards for each activity in which they participate. Points are added to the Activity Tracker, maintained by HR. At the end of the calendar year, names will be drawn from those who have accumulated Activity Tracker points; the more points you accumulate, the greater chance you have of winning cash prizes. In 2019 we are adding an Incentive Program. Motivate-Me is a new wellness initiative provided through our Cigna insurance. For certain activities for which members participate, gift cards are provided. Employees must be a Brenau Cigna Member to collect Cigna Rewards. Maximum award is $200 per employee, per year.
Cigna

Members can register online at https://my.cigna.com/ to view benefit information.

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu or Hannah Ivester at hpoole1@brenau.edu if you have questions.


Sue Johnston
sjohnston1@brenau.edu
November 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Condolences to Lauren and Andrew Hinton

Geraldine Hinton, mother-in-law of Health Services employee Lauren Hinton, and grandmother of Brenau student Andrew Hinton, passed away Wednesday Nov. 7.

Visitation will be this evening from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Park North. A memorial service will be held at the same location at noon tomorrow, Nov. 9.

Our condolences go out to to Lauren, Andrew, and family.


Nichole Rawlings
nrawlings@brenau.edu
November 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

‘Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors’ Order Form is Now Live!

You may have seen on social media or in the news that the High Museum’s advanced tickets have SOLD OUT for “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” coming up in November. Thanks to our Academic Affiliate Agreement with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Brenau has a limited number of tickets to the exhibition available for purchase. This is a special viewing opportunity for our Brenau group on Friday, Jan. 18, with time slots from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets are $8 per person (compared to $29 if purchased as a non-member through the museum). The full ticket price goes back to the High Museum of Art in support of the exhibition.

Please visit brenau.edu/kusama for FAQs and to buy your ticket. Don’t wait. Tickets are going fast. They are available to faculty, staff and students on a first come first served basis. You may buy up to two tickets.

Please check your email for a Faculty/Staff Distribution email that includes this message and the password. The password is not included in this Update post to make sure tickets are available for our Brenau community. Please do not share the password.

Faculty and staff, please encourage students to find this information in tomorrow’s TWAB and purchase their tickets!

If you have questions, reach out to Gallery Director Nichole Rawlings at nrawlings@brenau.edu.

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alammers
alammers@brenau.edu
November 8, 2018 at 10:12 am

Brenau Day at Junior Achievement Discovery Center, Nov. 16

Junior Achievement of Georgia’s state of the art Discovery Center is just a few miles away in Forsyth County. On Nov. 16 Brenau has the opportunity to staff the center and help middle-schoolers learn life skills through hands on experiences. This is a wonderful way for the university to give back to the community and get our name out to young people.

The day runs from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and lunch is provided. Volunteers are trained on site. Please sign up for for Brenau Day at Junior Achievement at https://jageorgia.volunteerhub.com/lp/brenau/event/index/6629640.

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
November 7, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Jacksonville Campus Hosts “Increase Your Deserved Worth” Free Workshop on Nov. 19

Join us on the Jacksonville campus for a free workshop called “Increase Your Deserved Worth” on Monday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Increase Your Deserved Worth FlyerThe financial environment is unforgiving. Those that learn to apply effective asset strategies increase their opportunities to meet their goals. At this workshop, Dr. Erick Aguilar, Brenau University assistant professor and lead in project management and cybersecurity, will reveal what hidden worth you may have in this hyper-competitive environment. You will learn about economic changes, sources of income, financial strategies, stock and retirement investments, and maximizing your deserved return of investment on assets.

Register today at brenau.edu/jax-worth!

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
November 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Jacksonville Campus Celebrates Non-traditional and Veteran Student Week

The Jacksonville campus celebrated Non-traditional Student Week and Veteran Student Week on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with pizza and wings for on-ground students and faculty. Students from the MK 715 graduate course also received a goody bag with Brenau gifts.

Terrance Holmes (far left in the image above) said he planned to take his gifts to work to promote Brenau and let his coworkers know about Brenau’s awesome programs. Also pictured are students Kay Smith and Chris Reynolds and instructor David Rogers.

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Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
November 7, 2018 at 10:12 am

Hop over to Librewery at the Trustee Library Friday, Nov. 9

Librewery Flyer

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Trustee Library to celebrate its 30th anniversary with beer, food and team trivia this Friday, Nov. 9, from 5-7 p.m. Food and drinks will be served starting at 5, and trivia will start at 5:20.

There will be a selection of beer and wine, delicious bar food fare and team trivia questions that include a number of subjects, including history, pop culture, Brenau and more. While the winners of team trivia will get to take home a delightful trophy, there will also be a prize for the best team name of the night.

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Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
November 6, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Join the Dance Department for World Dance Class

In the spring 2019 semester, faculty and staff are encouraged to join students registered for DA 118 World Dance, which meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Studio 108 at the Fitness Center. This is an opportunity for anyone in the Brenau community to learn various dance styles from around the world and get a great workout in at the same time!

This course will explore several varieties of dance from around the globe as they appear on six continents. We will examine these dances as encoded forms of a society’s religious, artistic, political, economic and familial values and come to understand the different language and movement systems of that culture. We will read contemporary writings and view videos on their culture and grapple with questions of globalization, fusion and authenticity. We will also see how migration, missionaries, trade routes and the diaspora have led to the creation of new dance forms like “Bollywood” and “Azonto” that are a synthesis of earlier forms.

After a brief warm-up, the class will learn simple steps, floor plans and rhythms from the music and dance of the culture being studied. We will move with the particular energy and movement style of a culture and gain identity with the culture through its physical language. It is important to remember that the body itself is a source of information – of memory, instinct, impulse and deep expression. Dance has always had transformative and trance-like powers; in this class the students themselves become researchers, performers and creators of new forms.

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Rosanne Short
rshort@brenau.edu
November 6, 2018 at 11:12 am

Please send your items for Operation Gratitude

Send over your handmade hats, scarves, cool ties, or paracord bracelets for the Military and Veteran Services packets for our service members. The First Year Experience classes will be stuffing bags, making thank you notes, and creating paracord bracelets as a part of their class service project.

If you would like to purchase sample size items, below is a list of preferred items:

  • Wet Wipes (single & 30 count packs or less)
  • Batteries (AA/AAA)
  • Foot Powder (travel size)
  • Hand Warmers
  • Playing Cards
  • Puzzle Books (7″x10″ preferred size)
  • Sewing Kits (travel size)
  • Socks (black crew length)

Rosanne Short has also prepared an Amazon wishlist of the items as well if you would like to have them drop-shipped directly to her.  View the wishlist at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/FY2O3UG2PNSG/ref=cm_sw_su_w

All items must be sent to:

Rosanne Short / Operation Gratitude
Brenau University
102 Prior St., SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3447

Please have these to Rosanne Short in the Owens Student Center By Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Contact rshort@brenau.edu for questions.

Learn more at https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/

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Jessica Bowling
jbowling@brenau.edu
November 5, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Celebrate National First-Generation College Student Day Nov. 8

Join Student Services at noon on Thursday, Nov. 8, in honoring all students, faculty and staff who are the first generation in their family to attend college. Drop by the dining hall for cake and free t-shirts to the first five people to attend.

Congratulations, first-generation students! We’ll see you there!

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
November 5, 2018 at 10:19 am

2nd Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Market, Nov. 16 and 17

Holiday Arts and Crafts Market flyerIf you are interested in finding one of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, there’s no need to leave campus. The Brenau Holiday Arts and Crafts Market will be held in the Simmons Visual Arts Center, Sellars Gallery,  from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Brenau University Center for the Arts and Design, the event will feature handmade pieces by Brenau University 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.

For more info, contact Allison Lauricella at 770.534.6263 or at alauricella@brenau.edu.


Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
November 5, 2018 at 10:10 am

Brenau Galleries Open House This Weekend

Visitors view artwork in Brenau University Seller's GalleryIf you haven’t had a chance to see Brenau Galleries’ Fall exhibitions, stop by Leo Castelli Gallery, Presidents Gallery and Sellars Gallery Sunday, Nov. 11, between 1 and 4 p.m. Typically only open on weekdays, this free public event offers visitors a great opportunity to immerse themselves in Brenau’s galleries. For more info, call 770.534.6263 or visit galleries.brenau.edu.

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
November 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Brenau University/Beaver Street Enterprise Center hosts first professional development workshop

In response to the partnership between Brenau University’s Jacksonville campus and a northeast Florida business incubator, Beaver Street Enterprise Center, Brenau conducted the first professional development workshop, “Business Communications: Essential Skills” on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Dr. Michael Hilley, Jacksonville admission specialist , presented the workshop to 21 BSEC tenants, pointing out that all relationships thrive through a variety of effective communication methods. Workshops will be conducted on a quarterly basis. Participants agreed to provide input regarding future workshop topics to aid them in developing their businesses. Lunch was provided for participants by BSEC director, Theresa Johnson.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Last Chance to Register for Field Day Event at Riverside

Brenau’s Wellness Team is sponsoring its first free Field Day and Team Building Event from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, where teams will compete on a 3-mile obstacle course.

Field day t-shirtTo be on a team, Brenau employees, families and friends can sign up at goo.gl/forms/egA1ByWsk7yajCL73 by midnight Sunday, Nov. 4. Teams will be made up of five or six members, and employees who participate will be awarded 10 activity points.

Those who register by this Sunday, Nov. 4, will receive a free shirt that can be personalized to add a team name or nickname to the back of the shirt. A lunch will also be provided after the event at the Family Pavilion on the Riverside campus.

Field Day participants should wear comfortable clothes and boots or tennis shoes, and will be required to sign a Riverside waiver form.

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Dianne Honan
dhonan1@brenau.edu
November 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Archives Open House, Nov. 6

The library is partnering with the Student Government Association to host an Archives Open House for Remember All The Traditions Week, also known as R.A.T.T. Week.

We ask that you please encourage all students to attend, as this is a great opportunity for them to learn about Brenau’s history and traditions!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

Reminder to Attend The Open Enrollment Meeting on Nov. 8

The annual open enrollment meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, and will discuss changes in benefits, etc. The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae.

If you wish to view your record of what benefits you currently have, you may do so by following this path: ADP > Myself > Benefits > Enrollments > view/print Benefit Statement at the top right corner of the screen.

If you’re unable to attend in person please join us online following the instructions below.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://brenau.zoom.us/j/998514382

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16468769923,,998514382# or +16699006833,,998514382#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 998 514 382
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aegbaXQvq7

Or Skype for Business (Lync):
https://brenau.zoom.us/skype/998514382


Tami English
tenglish1@brenau.edu
November 1, 2018 at 11:20 am

Join Brenau in D.C. and NYC for Spring Break

Join Brenau in Washington D.C. and New York City for spring break, Friday through Wednesday, Feb. 22-27.

Brenau University Student Services has once again partnered with Academic Expeditions to offer any Brenau student, faculty or staff member who is interested an exclusive opportunity to experience D.C. and New York City during Spring Break 2019. Let someone else do the driving so that you and your fellow Brenau community members can simply enjoy the food, fun and fellowship, while taking in the history and culture that only D.C. and New York can offer

This exclusive experience will offer highlights of our nation’s capital: taking a picture at the White House, visiting amazing exhibits of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, learning more about the First Amendment while tracing the evolution of communication at the Newseum, and visiting the must see Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials. In addition, you will have the best taste of the Big Apple, taking in views of the Manhattan skyline from the Empire State Building, seeing a Broadway show, marveling at the lights in Times Square, exploring galleries at the Met, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, touring the international headquarters of the United Nations, making a reverent visit to the 9/11 Memorial, tasting the famous NYC food scene and taking in the views of Central Park, to name a few!

Please view the flyer and itinerary with more information about costs, registration and highlights of the trip. Participants can expect a memorable experience! Access to the online registration is now open if you would like to go ahead and hold a space. Full payment does not need to be submitted to hold a space. A $200 deposit is due by Dec. 1, 2018, with the remaining account balance to be paid in two equal installments: two months and one month prior to the trip. If interested or to read more information, log on directly to  academicexpeditions.com/bu2019dcny to review information and complete your registration.

If you have any questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to contact Tami English, Assistant Vice President of Student Services for Brenau, at tenglish1@brenau.edu. Questions regarding registration, payment and insurance should be directed to Kara Williams Mawyer, director of finance for Academic Expeditions, at kwilliams@academicexpeditions.com.

We hope you will decide to join us for this amazing opportunity!

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Polly Evans-Thomas
pevans-thomas1@brenau.edu
November 1, 2018 at 9:57 am

Intro to Ceramics Workshop on Friday

This Friday, Nov. 2, the Center for the Arts and Design will be hosting an introduction to ceramics workshop.

Participants will get a brief introduction to a few hand-building techniques using clay taught by Professor Huy Chu. This workshop will take place in the ceramics lab (on the first floor) of the Simmons Visual Arts Center, from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
November 1, 2018 at 8:32 am

Brenau University Workplace Survey

We would like to hear how you feel about working at Brenau University, and so we are conducting our annual workplace survey. You will receive an email with a link to an online survey within the next week. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback.

The survey is being conducted by Energage, an independent research company. To protect your confidentiality, Energage will not disclose your individual responses to Brenau University. Furthermore, your department or group scores will only be disclosed if there are at least five survey takers in your group. However, please note that managers at Brenau University may see the optional written comments on the final page of the survey. If you wish to make a comment, please do not write anything that will identify you as an individual.

Please note:

  • If you do not receive the survey email within the next week, then please check your spam or junk email for a message from “Workplace Survey.” To open the survey invitation, you may first need to mark the email as not spam.
  • If you accidentally delete the survey email, then you will receive a reminder email a few days later that will allow you to take the survey.
  • Please do not forward the survey email to a colleague, as each email has a unique code to prevent multiple responses from a single person.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Energage directly at 800-749-0187 or reply to your survey email.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Brenau closed Nov. 21-23

Brenau offices will be closed Nov. 21, 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 31, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Annual Retirement Limits

Employees contributing the maximum amount to retirement may need to adjust contribution percentages. Annual limits for 2018 are: $18,500 (under age 50) or $24,500 (age 50 and over). Limits shown are the allowable employee contribution only. The IRS limit does not take into account the Brenau matching funds.

Should you wish to adjust your contribution you may do so by following this path: ADP > Myself > Benefits > Enrollments > Start > 403B Enrollment.

You can also view how much YTD you have contributed by following this path: ADP > Myself > Pay > Pay Statements > Click on Check > Review 403B Under Other Deductions. As a safety net, ADP is set up to stop employee contributions once employees reach the limit.


Shelton Bellew
sbellew@brenau.edu
October 31, 2018 at 6:49 am

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
October 30, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Free Recycled Folders and Hanging Files

The gallery has an excess of previously used, but perfectly good, file folders and hanging files. If you are in need of folders, look no further. Please contact Allison Lauricella at alauricella@brenau.edu or at 770-534-6263 to claim your stash.


Robert Bellew
sbellew@brenau.edu
October 30, 2018 at 9:37 am

An Irish Halloween full of ghost stories, food and fun

It’s no trick and only a treat that Brenau University will be presenting Halloween festivities featuring hauntingly good tales by Kathy Amos in celebration of Halloween. Enjoy some food and fun as we celebrate Ireland on All Hallow’s Eve as part of International Week. We will be enjoying food and pastries while hearing Halloween stories.

Join us from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Thurmond McRae Hall as part of International Week at Brenau and a Halloween celebration. Come learn about the Irish traditions that make up our modern holiday!

All ages are welcome. The event is free. Read more information on the flyer.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 29, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Field Day and Team Building Event on Saturday, Nov. 17

Brenau’s Wellness Team is sponsoring its first free Field Day and Team Building Event from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, where teams will compete on a 3-mile obstacle course.

To be on a team, Brenau employees, families and friends can sign up at goo.gl/forms/egA1ByWsk7yajCL73 by midnight Sunday, Nov. 4. Teams will be made up of five or six members, and employees who participate will be awarded 10 activity points.

Those who register by this Sunday, Nov. 4, will receive a free shirt that can be personalized to add a team name or nickname to the back of the shirt. A lunch will also be provided after the event at the Family Pavilion on the Riverside campus.

Field Day participants should wear comfortable clothes and boots or tennis shoes, and will be required to sign a Riverside waiver form.

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R. Shelton Bellew
sbellew@brenau.edu
October 29, 2018 at 10:22 am

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
October 26, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Lacemaking Exhibition Reception Thu. Nov. 1

Stop by Presidents Gallery between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, to enjoy a reception and bobbin lacemaking demonstration in celebration of “Lacemaking in Georgia and Beyond.” This exhibition brings together garments and artifacts from the Brenau University Historic Clothing Collection with work done by local hand lacemakers, including the Gainesville and Athens Lacers, to demonstrate the versatility of lace.

This event is free and open to the public. For more info, call +1-770-534-6263 or visit galleries.brenau.edu.

The exhibition runs Thursday, Sept. 27, through Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
October 26, 2018 at 9:36 am

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Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
October 26, 2018 at 9:35 am

Departments of Dance and Music Presents ‘Ceol, damhsa agus craic!’

Brenau University’s Dance and Music Department are collaborating to celebrate the Celtic sounds of Ireland with an exciting concert, “Ceol, damhsa agus craic!” filled with traditional music, singing and dancing.

This concert is a part of International Week celebrated across Brenau’s campus with lectures, workshops, food tasting and so much more. It is free and open to the public.

For more information call +1-770-538-4764 or email danceinfo@brenau.edu.

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Chelsea Ricks
cricks1@brenau.edu
October 25, 2018 at 8:28 am

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at North Atlanta campus

Brenau’s North Atlanta campus is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women; therefore, it is vital to educate ourselves about the disease. North Atlanta staff has provided the Brenau family with brochures on how to conduct breast self-examinations at home.

Additionally, to honor survivors and loved ones that have lost their battle with breast cancer, individuals are encouraged to add their names to the memory wall placed in the lobby.

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Toby Hinton
thinton@brenau.edu
October 24, 2018 at 4:34 pm

Reminder about Purchase Orders

As a reminder, purchase orders are required for ALL purchases/expense reimbursements of $50 or more. POs should be approved BEFORE making the purchase.

For budgeted accounts, POs should be entered in Budget Manager.

For non-budgeted accounts (restricted accounts or club/agency accounts) POs should be entered in Formstack at brenau.formstack.com/forms/non_budgeted_purchase_order.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

Oct. 26 Food Truck Friday cancelled due to rain

Food Truck Friday on Oct. 26 is cancelled due to rain.

Our next Fall Food Truck Friday is scheduled for Nov. 16 with a Baked Potato Bar and more. More details to follow once finalized.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 24, 2018 at 10:14 am

Faculty and staff ghost walk set for Oct. 30

The faculty and staff ghost walk around the Gainesville historic campus focuses on some of Brenau’s most famous – and infamous – fables, folk tales and amazingly true stories. Among other tidbits, tour goers will learn which Brenau president literally rolled up his shirtsleeves to build Yonah Hall’s top floor, why Lessie Southgate Simmons has special significance for the university, and of course, precisely who was (or still is?) Brenau’s purported poltergeist Agnes?

The walk will be led by Kathy Amos, executive director of Brenau’s Center for Lifetime Study, will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and is expected to last one hour.

To participate in the inaugural tour, please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu to reserve a spot.

Employees will earn one Activity Point for participation.

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Whitney Neveils
wfauscett@brenau.edu
October 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Grrrl PowHER Hour Returns Thursday, Oct. 25

Brenau University alumna Darnisha Coverson, Class of 2012, poses for a July 19, 2017 portrait at the Denver Crime Laboratory where she works in the forensic biology and DNA unit. Photo by Andy Colwell/andycolwell.comGrrrl PowHER Hour returns this Thursday, Oct. 25. This lively annual Women’s College event from 12:30-2 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium brings our community together in a spirit of sisterhood and celebration. Our guest speaker, the extraordinary Darnisha Coverson, WC ’12, a forensic scientist with the Denver Police Department, will share her inspiring story. The event also features student speakers and performers, refreshments and special surprises to commemorate Brenau’s 140th anniversary.

Wear your favorite Brenau spirit gear and black and gold casual clothing. Convocation is required for Women’s College students, but the entire campus community is cordially invited. If you could use some motivation and encouragement, this event is for you! We look forward to seeing you there.

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William Haney
whaney@brenau.edu
October 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

International Week’s Kick-Off Concert Monday, Oct. 29

At 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, the entire campus community is invited to hear some wonderful traditional Irish music in Pearce Auditorium during the kick-off event for International Week. The band “Ah Surely” will be entertaining everyone with their lively music and dance.

We ask that you make sure your students know about this event by making announcements in your classes about this and all the International Week events coming up next week!

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Ray Lian
rlian@brenau.edu
October 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm

Brenau Admissions Counselor Workshop, Oct. 23

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Brenau University Office of Admissions will host their annual Counselor Workshop for local area high school counselors and graduation coaches.

With high school counselors acting as the gate keepers in many way for our prospective students, it is crucial to make an effort in recruiting them as well. Through campus tours, student panels and academic information sessions, these counselors will leave campus with an excellent picture of the benefits of attending Brenau University!

If you see a tour of adults around campus, feel free to extend a friendly Brenau hello! If you have any questions about this event or any admissions event, please contact Ray Lian at 770-534-6171.


C.C.
ccamboia@brenau.edu
October 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm

REMINDER – Brenau Admissions to Roll Out 2018 Recruitment Films, Oct. 24

Please join the Admissions Department for the first official viewing of our 2018 Womens College and 2+2 Initiative recruitment films at 4:30 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Thurmond McRae Lecture Hall.

We are exceedingly grateful for all those who volunteered for these two projects this past August, and we hope you will enjoy watching the fruits of your labor unfold on the wide screen in TMAC. Feel free to bring a friend!


Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
October 22, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Send-off for Amanda Roper, tomorrow, Oct. 23

Please join the Brenau Trustee Library for a send-off for Resource Sharing & Library Communications Specialist Amanda Roper in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour from 4-5 p.m., tomorrow, Oct. 23.

Amanda will earn her Master of Library and Information Science in December and has accepted a position at Chattanooga State Community College’s library working with returning adult students and first generation students in the Tennessee Reconnect program.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Summary Annual Report Available for Employees

The Summary Annual Report is available for review on the ADP Employee Portal. You can follow this path to review: ADP > Resources > Company Information > Forms Library. This is for your review only, no action is required.

What is a SAR?

The SAR is a narrative summary of Brenau’s retirement plan’s financial status and summarizes the information on the summary annual report (Form 5500).

The SAR includes the following:

  • administrative expenses incurred by the plan;
  • amount of benefits paid to participants and beneficiaries;
  • total value of plan assets;
  • a pension plan’s compliance with the minimum funding standards; and
  • right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof.

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Amanda Roper
aaddison@brenau.edu
October 22, 2018 at 10:21 am

Librewery for Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students, Nov. 9

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Trustee Library to celebrate our 30th birthday with beer, food and team trivia on Friday Nov. 9, from 5-7 p.m.

We’ll have a selection of beer and wine, delicious bar food fare and team trivia questions that include a number of subjects including history, pop culture, Brenau and more. Watch for an E-vite headed to you soon.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Sidney O. Smith Graduate School, the Office of the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs and WBCX 89.1.

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Andi Savage
asavage@brenau.edu
October 17, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Second Annual Fall Prevention Expo Draws Nearly 200 Community Members

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Among older Americans, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death from injury; not only that, but falls increase with age, according to the CDC.

The cost of falls is staggering; the CDC reported the total medical costs for falls surpassed $50 billion in 2015. Fall injuries are within the top 20 most expensive medical injuries and the cost increases with age.

To respond to these startling statistics, Brenau University, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging hosted the second annual Fall Prevention Expo in the Hall County area on Friday, Sept. 21.

A core planning subgroup of the Gainesville-area Fall Prevention Coalition recruited volunteer professionals in order to provide select health screenings, exercise and fall recovery demonstrations, and consultation to older adults in the Hall County area during the event. The Medical Center Auxiliary at Northeast Georgia Medical Center sponsored the event providing promotions, breakfast, lunch and snacks for all participants and volunteers, as well as door prizes and giveaways. Walgreens partnered with the event to provide flu shots.

Brenau faculty from the Ivester College of Health Sciences, professionals from the Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging, and a variety of health professionals from Northeast Georgia Medical Center provided fall-related information, education, and screenings to the 197 community participants. Gainesville Parks and Recreation provided the Civic Center for this event.

Other organizations assisting included the Hall County EMS, Hall County Library, Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Service, Georgia Mountains YMCA, and Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.


Amanda Roper
aaddison@brenau.edu
October 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

Three-bedroom home for rent

My family and I are moving this week and our landlord is searching for new tenants. We have absolutely adored this home. This is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home located at 3617 Oliver Crest Road, Gainesville GA 30506, 10 minutes from Brenau. The home has a fully fenced in yard and a recently updated kitchen and is zoned for Riverbend Elementary. Our utility bills are also very low.

Simo is a fantastic and very responsive landlord and I would highly recommend him. If you have questions, please contact me at sroper0219@gmail.com or visit Zillow to see more pictures. Contact Simo Lashgar directly at +1-678-887-5371 or via Zillow.

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Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
October 17, 2018 at 10:22 am

Mental Health First Aid Training Course

Mental Health First Aid FlyerThrough a grant and the hard work of Rosanne Short, director of Military and Veteran Services, Brenau will be offering a Mental Health First Aid Training Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Wilkes Board Room. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited to 20 participants who must be able to stay for the entire duration of the training to receive their certification. In addition to official certification in the course participants will receive professional development credit as well as one Wellness Point.

For more detailed information or questions please contact Rosanne Short, rshort@brenau.edu.

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Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
October 17, 2018 at 10:11 am

Join the Staff Development Committee for Halloween Festivities, Oct. 31

Allison Lauricella as Frida KahloThe Staff Development Committee will host it’s annual Halloween Costume Contest and Fall Festivities from 11-1 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 31, at the green space by the gazebo on Sorority Circle. Bring your lunch and come enjoy the beautiful fall weather and fun times. We will even have a Halloween Selfie Booth!

11 a.m. Pre Show Mini Costume Parade featuring the munchkins from Brenau’s Child Development Center. Come cheer them on as they finish up their trick or treating and show off their cool Halloween style!

12:15 p.m. COSTUME PARADE! If you want to participate in our costume contest there will be a booth set up to register and get your number. Please be registered and ready to go by noon. Categories include Best Group Costume, Best Makeup, Scariest Costume and Funniest Costume.

Drew Ferguson and Nichole Rawlings as characters from Rapunzel12:30 p.m. Immediately following the costume parade we will have our first ever Brenau Lip Sync Challenge! Watch faculty and staff go head to head in a battle of lip syncing fun and silliness while we tally the votes for our costume contest.

12:50 p.m. Winners will be announced and everyone dances to “Thriller!”

You can participate in both the Costume Parade and the Lip Sync Challenge, and if interested please let Lainey Kennedy, lwelsch1@brenau.edu, know by Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Free Brenau Shirts Available in HR

Human Resources has extra Brenau shirts available, first come, first served. Whoever shows up at the HR Office first gets the freebies.

IN STOCK:
Kickball: (1) XL, (1) M
Heart Walk: (5) S, (1) M, (1) L
Spirit Week: (1) S, (3) M
Dempsey Dash: (12) S, (14) M


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 15, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Field Day/Team Building Event, Nov. 17

Field day flyerBrenau’s Wellness Team is sponsoring its first free Field Day/Team Building event from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, where teams will compete on a 3-mile obstacle course.

To be on a team, Brenau employees, families and friends can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/egA1ByWsk7yajCL73 by midnight Sunday, Nov. 4. Teams will be made up of 5 or 6 members, and employees who participate will be awarded 10 activity points.

Those who register by Nov. 4 will receive a free shirt that can be personalized to add a team name or nickname to the back of the shirt. A lunch will also be provided after the event at the Family Pavilion on the Riverside campus.

Field Day participants should wear comfortable clothes and boots or tennis shoes, and will be required to sign a Riverside waiver form.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 15, 2018 at 10:09 am

Friday Walking Group Begins

Now that the weather is cooling down a bit, join the Walking Group on Fridays at 4:15 p.m. at the entrance to Golden Tiger Way on the Gainesville campus. Employees who participate are awarded one Wellness Activity Point for each time they attend.


Portia Burns
pburns1@brenau.edu
October 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Highest Praise: Brenau Gospel Choir Workshop and Solo Competition, Nov. 4

Highest Praise flyerJoin the Brenau Gospel Choir and community members, under the direction of Portia Burns, for High Praise, a celebration of praise and worship music, at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 in Pearce Auditorium. The event will feature a gospel choir workshop concert, as well as the final solo auditions for the Brenau Gospel ExperienceAmerica’s Got Talent finalist The CraigLewis Band will be guest judges. Admission is $5 for all attendees.

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Danielle Miller
ddifede@brenau.edu
October 12, 2018 at 10:59 am

Golden Tiger Way Closure

Golden Tiger Way will close for upcoming events late Sunday night, Oct. 14. Please move any vehicles by 7 p.m. Sunday.


Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
October 12, 2018 at 9:22 am

Lip Sync Challenge Details

Now that we have caught your attention here are some more details about the Staff Development Committee’s Lip Sync Challenge for Halloween:

  1. We need anyone interested to contact Lainey Kennedy at lwelsch1@brenau.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 24.
  2. The Lip Sync Challenge will happen directly after the Costume Contest Parade and will be the entertainment while votes are being tallied. You can participate in both!
  3. You will need to prepare the song of your choice and provide the track to Lainey Kennedy no later than Monday, Oct. 29. If you are doing a partial song she can assist in cutting the track to length.
  4. Costume Contest parade will be at noon, with the Lip Sync Challenge immediately following. Even if you aren’t participating in the parade you must be present by noon to perform.

Thank you and we look forward to having a good time!


Micki Waldrop
mwaldrop1@brenau.edu
October 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

Send-off for Amanda Roper, Oct. 23

Please join the Brenau Trustee Library for a send-off for Resource Sharing & Library Communications Specialist Amanda Roper in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 23.

Amanda will earn her Master of Library and Information Science in December and has accepted a position at Chattanooga State Community College’s library working with returning adult students and first generation students in the Tennessee Reconnect program.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 11, 2018 at 8:21 am

Chair Massage Spots available for Oct. 17

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Oct. 17, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

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Nichole Rawlings
nrawlings@brenau.edu
October 10, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Free Plastic Department Mail Holders

Galleries has six dark plastic mail holders available for free to any interested departments. Contact Nichole Rawlings at nrawlings@brenau.edu or Allison Lauricella at alauricella@brenau.edu to claim them and set a time for pickup!

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Carol Eggerding
ceggerding@brenau.edu
October 10, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Dr. Jennifer Allison wins GOTA Outstanding Occupational Therapy Practitioner of the Year Award

At this year’s annual Georgia Occupational Therapy Association conference, Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer Allison won the prestigious Outstanding Occupational Therapy Practitioner of the Year Award. This is an award of excellence to honor an occupational therapist licensed in Georgia, who has made outstanding contributions to the profession. Dr. Allison was recognized for utilizing her special skills and knowledge in therapeutic practice, education and research.


Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
October 10, 2018 at 12:46 pm

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Madia Cooper
mcooper3@brenau.edu
October 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Department of Dance Presents FOCUS

The Department of Dance presents, FOCUS, an Evening of Dance production, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. The concert in Pearce Auditorium will feature work from senior Mary Rose Gibson and student choreographers Lathan Roberts, Sarah Meyer and Miles Jones. Come and be immersed in a variety of works ranging for traditional Fosse jazz to contemporary.

Admission is free for Brenau faculty, staff and students. General admission is $7 and the cost for seniors and alumni is $5.

For more information, email Madia Cooper-Ashirifi at mcooper3@brenau.edu.

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Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
October 10, 2018 at 11:50 am

Technology Refresher Course

Please join the Staff Development Committee, Thursday Oct. 11, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Thurmond McCrae for the first of several Technology Refresher Courses.

In this course Eli Carling, HelpDesk Technician, will be sharing and demonstrating Drive File Stream which is a new desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync.

He will also go over a new feature of Google Calendar that allows you to create appointment slots to share with others. Please bring a laptop, if you are able, to follow along with the demonstration for real time practice. Time permitting, Eli will be on hand to answer questions related to Google and it’s features.


Lainey Kennedy
lwelsch1@brenau.edu
October 10, 2018 at 10:03 am

Lip Sync Challenge for Halloween!

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To join in the fun please email lwelsch1@brenau.edu.

The Staff Development Committee’s Halloween Costume Contest and Fall Festival will be Oct. 31 on the lawn by the Tea Room. Please come join the fun!


Toby Hinton
thinton@brenau.edu
October 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

Reminder: Timecard Approval

As a reminder to all supervisors, timecards in ADP need to be approved by noon every Monday. Please be sure to approve all pending leave (vacation, sick, etc) requests by that time, too.

Thank you for your continued cooperation. Please contact Angie Graham if you have any questions.


C.C. Camboia
ccamboia@brenau.edu
October 8, 2018 at 11:20 am

Brenau Admissions to Roll Out 2018 Recruitment Films

Please join the Admissions Department for the first official viewing of our 2018 Womens College and “2+2” Initiative recruitment films at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Thurmond McRae Lecture Hall.

We are exceedingly grateful for all those who volunteered for these two projects this past August, and we hope you will enjoy watching the fruits of your labor unfold on the wide screen in TMAC. Feel free to bring a friend!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 8, 2018 at 10:11 am

Second Fall Food Truck Friday will be Friday, Oct 26

Friday, Oct. 26, Aramark Food Truck will be serving hotdogs and BBQ with all the “fixins” (vegetarian option available) on the lawn of Sorority Circle during lunch.

Lil Ice Cream Dude is scheduled to appear from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free ice cream to the first 150 guests.

Cost for faculty, staff and guests is $5 cash. Students can sign in as usual. If it rains, lunch will be moved to the Dining Hall.

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Nichole Rawlings
nrawlings@brenau.edu
October 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

Save the Date: Brenau at the High’s “Infinity Mirrors” Exhibition Jan. 18

You may have seen that the High Museum’s advanced tickets have SOLD OUT for Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors.” Thanks to our Academic Affiliate Agreement with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Brenau will have a limited number of tickets to the exhibition coming up at the High available for purchase!

The High Museum has assigned the Brenau group a private time slot to visit the exhibition on Friday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets will be $8 per person (compared to $29 if purchased as a non-member through the museum!). The full ticket price goes back to the High Museum of Art in support of the exhibition.

This is a reminder to save the date. An online ordering form will be made available in the coming weeks to accept credit card payment only for tickets. Please note that there will be a two ticket maximum per order due to the limited number of tickets.

For questions, contact Nichole Rawlings at nrawlings@brenau.edu.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 8, 2018 at 8:19 am

Thanks for Participating in Kickball 2018

Thanks to all who participated in the Kickball event on Saturday, Oct. 6. Brenau took home the second place trophy! Employees who participated were awarded five Wellness Activity Points. Another opportunity to play will be coming up in February or March of 2019.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 5, 2018 at 1:34 pm


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 5, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Recent policy updates from HR

FSG 1-08 update

The policy 1-08 G. Classroom Relocation has been updated to say, should classes need to be temporarily relocated, Event Services must be contacted to maintain an accurate class schedule within the Event Management Software.

FSG 3-04 update

The policy FSG 3-04 Americans with Disabilities Act has been revised to include information on Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals. Employees should review and acknowledge in their ADP Employee Portal.


Kathy Little
klittle1@brenau.edu
October 5, 2018 at 11:18 am

Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing in Thurmond McRae Oct. 10

The 14th annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing will be held from 7:45-9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Thurmond McRae Auditorium. This year, the briefing will feature domestic violence survivor Christy Sims.

A native of Atlanta, Sims is a public speaker, author, nationally certified clinical mental health counselor and a survivor of and advocate against domestic violence. The mother of two was forever changed on April 28, 2013, when her ex-boyfriend severely disfigured her by dousing her with sulfuric acid. She sustained third and fourth degree burns to over 20 percent of her body, including her entire face, neck, chest and arms. After the incident, she remained in an induced coma for two months and endured numerous life-saving surgeries at the Grady Burn Unit in Atlanta. She emerged from the coma with a resolve to survive, to return to her children and to pursue the prosecution of her abuser. Due to her diligence, her abuser was finally brought to justice on July 17, 2015, after a two-year fight.

Sims was the first reported case of an acid attack in the state of Georgia. To date, she has undergone 13 surgeries to reconstruct her face and body, and her personal struggle has propelled her to advocate and support other survivors of domestic violence. Her story has touched the lives of millions around the world and possibly prevented other cases of domestic violence. The Christy Sims Foundation was founded in 2014 and is focused upon the prevention, education and awareness of domestic violence.

The event is presented each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the Hall County Domestic Violence Task Force. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and the briefing will being at 8 a.m.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 4, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Thank you for showing your Tiger Pride!

Last week employees participated in several events to celebrate Spirit Week at Brenau.

On Tuesday, we held our first employee Tennis Tournament., which had a wonderful turnout. Friday afternoon included a celebration of the new Tiger Pride Path, which is a path of Golden Tigers leading from Owens Student Center to the Fitness Center. We also held our first faculty, staff, student and alumni Softball Tournament, which was a huge success. We hope to make some of these events recurring in the future!

Thanks to all who participated and a big thank you to Facilities for helping with this project in so many ways!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 4, 2018 at 9:42 am

Wellness Activity Tracker Updated

The Wellness Activity Tracker has been updated with recent wellness activities. Employees can check how many points they have by following this path: ADP > Resources > Company Information > Forms Library > Wellness Participation Activity Tracker.

Check out new upcoming events that have been added to the wellness schedule (PDF).

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Hope Lam
hlam@brenau.edu
October 3, 2018 at 6:10 pm

North Atlanta’s Get Out The Vote Event

Brenau North Atlanta is encouraging students to be civic-minded citizens by registering to vote in the upcoming elections on Nov. 6. Register by Tuesday, Oct. 9, to vote at https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do or pick up an application in the lobby.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 3, 2018 at 10:57 am

Important information about your retirement plan

The enclosed information, Fee Disclosure Notice 2018, is being provided to help you make informed decisions when managing your account and planning your financials goals for retirement.

While no action is required at this time, please review the notice as it contains important information regarding the fees and expenses associated with your retirement plan and its investment options.

More information about retirement plan fees and expenses is available at www.TIAA.org/fees or by calling TIAA at 800-842-2776

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Open Enrollment Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 8

The annual open enrollment meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, and will  discuss changes in benefits, etc. The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
October 2, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Faculty and staff ghost walk set for Oct. 30

The ghost walk around the Gainesville historic campus focuses on some of Brenau’s most famous – and infamous – fables, folk tales and amazingly true stories. Among other tidbits, tourists will learn which Brenau president literally rolled up his shirtsleeves to build Yonah Hall’s top floor, why Lessie Southgate Simmons has special significance for the university, and of course, precisely who was (or still is?) Brenau’s purported poltergeist Agnes?

The walk will be led by Kathy Amos, executive director of Brenau’s Center for Lifetime Study and will begin at 4 p.m. (expected to last 1 hour) on Oct. 30.

To participate in the inaugural tour, please contact Kelly Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu to reserve a spot.

Employees will earn one Activity Point for participation.

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
October 2, 2018 at 11:05 am

Dominique Labauvie Artist Talk and Reception this Thursday, Oct. 4

Join Brenau Galleries for the reception and artist talk for “Love’s Vacuum: Works by Dominique Labauvie” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Leo Castelli Gallery. The exhibition runs from Thursday, Aug. 23, through Thursday, Nov. 15.

Dominique Labauvie’s sculptures create an elegant and fragile dialogue between the raw power of the artist’s hand within the forged steel line and the precarious element of balance in space that these sculptures master. In this exhibition, color has become a new addition to this conversation about line,  balance, and space. Free and open to the public. For more info, call 770.534.6263 or visit galleries.brenau.edu.

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Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
October 1, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Brenau and Beaver Street Enterprise Center announce partnership

Beaver Street Enterprise Center recently partnered with the Brenau Jacksonville campus to provide Professional Development Workshops to resident business owners. The first workshop, Business Communication: Essential Skills, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, following a tenant meet and greet with Brenau personnel. Lunch will be provided.

“This is a first for Beaver Street Enterprise Center,” said Director Theresa Johnson. “Brenau is focused on graduate level business expertise and we are so grateful that they are willing to share that expertise to help our companies succeed.”

Alecia Webb, director of Brenau’s Jacksonville campus, says it’s an opportunity to increase Brenau’s community footprint in Jacksonville and to align with what they see as one of their primary student markets, working adults and those seeking business education and knowledge.

All sessions will be held at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, a nonprofit business incubator that has helped launch more than 100 new businesses, created more than 2,000 new jobs, generated more than $300 million in economic impact, earned acclaim as Business Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubator Association in 2010, and produced companies that are included on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing businesses in America.

Brenau offers business programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels with a variety of concentrations. Brenau University has been serving the Jacksonville, Florida, community for three years and is pleased to offer this additional service in partnership with Beaver Street Enterprise Center.


Whitney Neveils
wfauscett@brenau.edu
October 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Save the Date: Grrrl PowHER Hour Oct. 25

Grrrrl PowHer Hour LogoSave the date for Grrrl PowHER Hour on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. This year’s keynote speaker is Darnisha Coverson, class of 2012, and the theme is “Defining Moments.”

This informal convocation is required for Women’s College students. Brenau community welcome.

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Ray Lian
rlian@brenau.edu
October 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Health Professions Day is Friday, Oct. 5

The Office of Admissions along with the Ivester College of Health Sciences will be partnering together this Friday, Oct. 5, to host the first annual “Health Professions Day.”

This event will be for all Hall County high schools and will consist of juniors and seniors interested in our health science programs. We will have sessions revolving around nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, exercise science, psychology, etc. This event will mostly be held in the Brenau Downtown Center, but the students will be coming to the historic campus for lunch and a tour. If you see these students walking around campus, be sure to wave and give a friendly Brenau “Hello!”

We hope to have many of these students back on campus again soon.

If you have any questions about this event or anything else pertaining to recruitment events, please contact Ray Lian at 770-534-6171.


Dianne Honan
dhonan1@brenau.edu
September 28, 2018 at 11:27 am

Trustee Library Selling T-Shirts

Trustee Library T-shirt image, front.The Trustee Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this fall, and in true Brenau fashion, there’s a t-shirt for that!

The library is collaborating with Ashley Jou, a Women’s College Junior and the campus representative for University Tees, on the design and order. The shirt design was inspired by an original sketch of the library used as part of the fundraising campaign to construct the building in the late-1980’s. Brenau Trustees largely funded that campaign and thus the Trustee Library was born!

Trustee Library T-Shirt back linkThe shirt is a Gildan brand uni-sex, light grey t-shirt with the image in shades of navy and will sell for $12.15 each. We would be delighted if you would join us in purchasing a shirt. If you’re interested, please send Dianne Honan your size(s) at dhonan1@brenau.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 3. Checks can be made out to Brenau University or you can bring exact change to the library for payment. We will deliver shirts to offices on campus upon arrival.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 28, 2018 at 10:32 am

Complete Required Annual Training for Compliance Requirements by Oct. 12

Brenau University requires all active employees to complete annual training sessions on a variety of topics throughout the year to demonstrate institutional compliance with federal and state laws and/or liability insurance requirements.

This training session on Compliance Requirements covers the topics of Data Security, FERPA, and ADA and is required for all active employees. Completion of the training will be recorded in the employee’s ADP personnel record for reference and future compliance reporting requirements.

The training program is available electronically through Canvas starting Oct. 1 and will close Oct. 12.

The first 75 employees who complete the training will be entered into a drawing to win one of two gift cards. All employees who are required to take the training will be sent an invitation to participate to their Brenau email account.

HOW TO LOGIN to CANVAS:

Canvas Login Instructions:

  1. Go to my.brenau.edu
  2. Click on the Canvas Icon
  3. Enter your user name and password.
  4. If you’ve never logged into your my.brenau.edu account before) Click “First Time User” (you will be asked for your PERSONAL email and Student ID). If valid you can set your network password. This can only be done once for security reasons. If it says you are not a first time user, proceed with the “Forgot Password” option and enter your USERNAME (not your email address – just the part before the @ symbol) to reset your password (an email will be sent to you with a verification code – don’t forget to check spam folder). The email can be sent to either your personal email or Brenau email if you can still access it. You are allowed to choose which. If the system does not recognize your username then your account is not active and you should check with Admissions/Registrar to inquire as to the status of your registration.
  5. Click Courses on the Left Hand Toolbar and find Compliance Requirements 2018.

For assistance with Canvas please contact the IT Helpdesk at  helpdesk@brenau.edu or 770-538-4774.

All employees should complete this training by Oct. 12.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Attend the Hall County HealthSmart Expo on Oct. 17 and Receive One Activity Point

The HealthSmart Expo begins at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17 at the Gainesville Civic Center and is free and open to the public.  Brenau University employees will be awarded one activity point for attending the event. There are no fees or appointments needed and free shuttle service is available.

The HealthSmart Expo features:

FREE Community Health Screenings by Longstreet Clinic with professionals on hand to conduct screenings, review your written report and answer questions. (Fasting prior to screenings is recommended).

FREE Health Screenings Include:
Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Cholesterol, Triglyceride & Glucose Testing, Carotid Artery Screening, Vision & Hearing Screening, Spine Screenings, and Free Flu Shot (with proof of ID and insurance card).

FREE Wellness Seminars Wednesday, Oct.17 at the Gainesville Civic Center

10–11 a.m. “Farm to Table Living”
Join Tim and Tina Roberts, owners of 2 Dog Cafe for their take on Farm to Table Living. Tim and Tina use an abundance of local, fresh ingredients in their restaurant and will discuss the benefits in their business and how to transition this healthy eating and meal planning for meals at home for your family.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Exercising for the Health of It”
Holli Lee, certified AFFA trainer in personal fitness, will share a variety of exercises that everyone can do to stay healthy, no matter your age! Holli has been in the fitness industry for 10 years and instructs classes as well as private sessions at the YMCA, Frances Meadows Center and Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

The expo also includes great door prizes and free McDonald’s salads to the first 100 screenings.

Want more opportunities to earn activity points? See the updated PDF list of events and activities planned for the year.

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Holly Reynolds
hreynolds@brenau.edu
September 27, 2018 at 9:53 am

New Vendor Setup Form

Have you ever wondered how to set up a new vendor for payment? Wonder no more! The Accounting Office has a new Formstack form to simplify the process and ensure that all the information needed is captured. Direct new vendor questions to Ann Kilpatrick, Portia Clark or Holly Reynolds and visit the form at https://brenau.formstack.com/forms/new_vendor_form.


Stacey Hoffman
shoffman@brenau.edu
September 26, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Brenau University Life Enrichment & Wellness Cooperative Fall Hours

Brenau Life Enrichment & Wellness Cooperative flyerThe Life Enrichment & Wellness Cooperative will have open, supervised gym hours this fall at the Downtown Center Monday-Thursday, 12:30-3 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

There will be unsupervised gym hours every week day from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Membership is $10 per month with no contract commitment.

Brenau faculty and staff earn 1 Wellness point for attendance in classes, or using the wellness center. We offer weekly classes including Mindfulness Meditation, Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, EZ Tai Chi, and Intermediate Yoga. We also provide exercise consultation and physical therapy students are available to supervise workouts. For more information please email us at brenauwellness@brenau.edu or leave us a voicemail by calling 678-971-1845.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 26, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Celebration of Tiger Pride Path Sept. 28

Tiger Pride Path Celebration ImageMark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 28 to join the Celebration of the Tiger Pride Path, the new, painted tiger pathway leading from the Owens Student Center to the Fitness Center. Employees and students will be able to “put their mark” on Brenau during a painting activity at 4 p.m. at the Fitness Center.

Everyone should meet at the entrance of Tiger Pride Path in the Owens parking lot at 4 p.m. We will walk the path as a group to the activity area.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Extra Spirit Week Shirts Available

Human Resources ordered a few extra spirit week shirts. Stop by HR to pick one up if you forgot to register. They are available on a first come, first served basis. Employees will be wearing them on Friday to celebrate Tiger Pride Day during Spirit Week.

The following shirts are available:

2XL (2 extra shirts)
3 XL (2 extra shirts)
L (5 extra shirts)
M (5 extra shirts)
S (6 extra shirts)

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 25, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Food Truck Friday is almost here!

Hot dog cartOur first Fall Food Truck Friday will be held Friday, Sept. 28 on the lawn of Sorority Circle. The Aramark Food Truck will be serving Tacos and Hot Dogs (vegetarian taco options available). Lil’ Ice Cream Dude will be on campus giving out free ice cream to the first 150 guests.

Come out and join us to celebrate Spirit Week!

Students: sign in as usual

Faculty, staff and guests: $5, cash only

If it rains, lunch will be moved to the Dining Hall.

Next Food Truck Friday is scheduled for Oct. 26! See you there!

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
September 25, 2018 at 10:42 am

Calling Artists and Crafters: Vendors Needed for Holiday Arts and Crafts Market

All Brenau faculty, staff and student makers are invited to participate in the second annual Holiday Arts and Craft Market on Friday, Nov. 16, from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10-4 p.m. in Sellars Gallery. All handmade items are eligible to be sold — from original artwork to jewelry, ceramics, etc. There is no fee for participation and all profits go directly to the seller.

For more information or to register, please contact Allison Lauricella at alauricella@brenau.edu or 770-534-6263.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 25, 2018 at 9:25 am

Sign Up for ‘Feed Your Potential’ Healthy Emails

Aramark, as part of its Healthy for Life initiative, is working with the American Heart Association to improve the health of Americans. Through their joint website, Feed Your Potential 365, you have access to healthy recipes, health awareness and education programs, as well as tips to make healthy food, nutrition and lifestyle choices.

To check out the website, go to fyp365.com. Each post is both educational and health-oriented. You can also subscribe to the website’s emails to receive healthy recipes and other information. Click here to subscribe: https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1831882/1785755.74147739/.


Sue Johnston
sjohnston1@brenau.edu
September 24, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Marco’s Pizza Discount Expired

In June we let you know about a 30 percent discount being offered to all Brenau faculty and staff members by the Thompson Bridge Marco’s Pizza. Sadly the manager who offered the discount is no longer with the company, and this discount has been discontinued.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Wednesday is last chance to register for Kickin Cancer Kickball tournament

Brenau will be playing kickball on Saturday, Oct. 6, to support the American Cancer Society and Gainesville Parks and Rec Children At Play Fund.

The game will take place at Candler Field (City Park) at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and is free for participants who register online before Wednesday, Sept. 26.

All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees plus friends and family members are eligible to participate. Children ages 8 and up can play.

All participants will receive a free shirt and each Brenau employee participant will receive 5 activity points toward the Wellness Participation Award as well.

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Amy Goetz
agoetz@brenau.edu
September 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

RSVP for the Retention Lunch and Learn on Sept. 27

Please RSVP by tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, Sept.  25, for the Retention Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Sept. 27.

If you RSVP after the deadline we cannot guarantee lunch will be available.

If you’re unable to join us in person you can join us online at https://brenau.zoom.us/j/881556772.

RSVP for by Tuesday, Sept. 25 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIGjbzoceym1iAU-8ALAqFzKbPzFWv02n2qSPzeZSEBOnj6w/viewform

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Register for the Hall County Heart Walk on Gainesville Campus, Oct. 13

The Hall County Heart Walk will be on Brenau’s Historic Campus this year at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Registration is free. If you want to walk and get a free shirt, please email Kelley Maddox by Sept. 23. See the 2018 Hall County Heart Walk Flyer for more details. Employees who participate will be awarded with 5 Activity Points.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 20, 2018 at 8:41 am

Let’s all show our Tiger Pride by participating in Spirit Week next week!

Spirit week 2018 flyerSpirit Week begins this coming Monday, Sept. 24, and we encourage everyone to participate. Each day next week is a different theme. Dress up to show your school spirit!

  • Monday, Sept. 24: Dress as your favorite movie, literary or historical character or a person who inspires you.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25: Wear mismatched clothes or patterns.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26: Wear animal print or western wear.
  • Thursday, Sept. 27: Dress from your favorite decade.
  • Friday, Sept. 28: Wear your favorite Brenau shirt or Spirit Week shirt.

Don’t forget the crafts and activities each day, particularly if you signed up in advance. See the Spirit Week poster for more details.


Nichole Finley
nfinley@brenau.edu
September 19, 2018 at 8:44 am

Presidential Search Forums for Faculty and Staff on Tuesday, Oct. 2

The Office of the President will host open forums on the upcoming presidential search for all Brenau faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The forums will led by Cheryl Hyatt, CEO and partner of Hyatt-Fennell, the firm conducting the executive search.

The faculty forum will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae, and the staff forum will be held from 4-5 p.m., also in Thurmond McRae. Feel free to attend either forum as your schedule will allow.

We encourage everyone to participate in the open forums on Oct. 2, either through Zoom or in person, to share your thoughts and suggestions related to university leadership. Participants using Zoom may direct their questions and comments during the forums through the chat feature. IT will be on hand at the sessions to assist with facilitating the needs of Zoom participants.

In an effort to include all Brenau constituents in the presidential search, Cheryl Hyatt will also be leading forums for Brenau students and alumni.

Zoom meeting information and links to presidential search forums on Oct. 2:

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH: FACULTY FORUM
Topic: Presidential Search: Faculty Forum
Time: Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. EST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://brenau.zoom.us/j/362233244
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16468769923,,362233244# or +16699006833,,362233244#
Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 362 233 244
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aYww7T3Tr
Or Skype for Business (Lync): https://brenau.zoom.us/skype/362233244

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH: STAFF FORUM
Topic: Presidential Search: Staff Forum
Time: Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. EST

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://brenau.zoom.us/j/702792691
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,702792691# or +16468769923,,702792691#
Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 702 792 691
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/adDLlViRoY
Or Skype for Business (Lync): https://brenau.zoom.us/skype/702792691


Amy Goetz
agoetz@brenau.edu
September 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Retention Lunch and Learn, Sept. 27

Please join us for a Lunch and Learn on Sept. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Language Bistro. Our topic for this event is retention. Please be prepared to participate in discussions and activities.

You will receive credit for one hour of professional development training for your participation.

Register by Sept. 25 using this Google form. Contact Amy Goetz at agoetz@brenau.edu with any questions.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 14, 2018 at 11:51 am

Kickin’ Cancer Kickball: Get Your Pink On Oct. 6!

Brenau will be playing kickball on Saturday, Oct. 6, to support the American Cancer Society and Gainesville Parks and Rec Children At Play Fund.

The game will take place at Candler Field (City Park) at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and is free for participants who register online  before Wednesday, Sept. 26.

All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees plus friends and family members are eligible to participate. Children ages 8 and up can play.

All participants will receive a free shirt and each Brenau employee participant will receive 5 activity points toward the Wellness Participation Award as well.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 14, 2018 at 9:47 am

Brenau’s First of 3 ‘Fall Food Truck Fridays’

Boar's Head hot dog cartBrenau’s first of three “Fall Food Truck Fridays” will be held Friday, Sept. 28, starting at 11 a.m. on the lawn of Sorority Circle. Come and enjoy tacos and hot dogs from the Aramark Food Truck and ice cream from “Lil Ice Cream Dude.”

Faculty, staff and guests should be sure to have cash ready. Students will be able to sign in for payment. No lunch will be served in the dining hall on this day unless the event is rained out.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 14, 2018 at 9:31 am

Title IX Training closing today, Sept. 14

Today is the last day for employees to take the Title IX Training. If you have not yet completed the training, please do so before 5 p.m. today.

HOW TO LOGIN:

Login for Returning Employees:

  1. Go to http://www.everfi.com/login and enter your login information.
  2. In the upper right corner, enter registration code c6a9297d, then add by clicking “Add a Course” in the top right corner of the dashboard.
  3. Register with your first name and last name the way it appears in ADP, then click “next.”
  4. On the next screen, click “get started.”

Login for New Employees:

  1. Go to http://www.everfi.com/login and click “Register.”
  2. Under Student/Learner, enter the Registration Code c6a9297d.
  3. Click “Next” to create your account. Note: When prompted, you will enter your Brenau 6-digit faculty/staff ID number to receive credit for completion. If you do not know your 6 digit ID number, you can look it up in CampusWeb, review your ADP portal at www.workforcenow.adp.com or you may contact the Human Resources Office or Payroll Office.

All employees should complete Part 1 of the training for faculty and staff by Friday, Sept. 7.


Chip Andrews
candrews@brenau.edu
September 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm

Please Keep Technology Items Off of Floors

The recent flooding in the Occupational Therapy department is a reminder of why it is critical to keep all power strips, power bricks, computers, printers and other technology-related items off of the floor. Once these items have been underwater (even partially), they cannot be used again due to the risk of electrocution or fire. Georgia fire code recommends all electrical/electronic items be at least three feet off the floor if at all possible, although even a foot off the ground would be helpful. Thank you for helping to keep us all safe!


Claudia Wilburn
cwilburn@brenau.edu
September 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Indigo Dyeing Workshop with the Center for the Arts & Design

From noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, the Center for the Arts & Design will host an Indigo Dyeing Workshop in the Amphitheater on the Gainesville historic campus.

Indigo dying in a tie-dye patternParticipants will be shown several methods for folding fabric to create patterns while using a non-toxic indigo dying technique. It is a fascinating process and you are welcome to participate or stop by to watch the festivities. This event is free and open to all Brenau University faculty, staff and students.

We have plenty of materials for those who just want to stop in and dye a small fabric item without having to attend the entire workshop. In addition, we will be setting up earlier for anyone who has additional fabric that they would like to dye. Anyone who wants to come early with additional fabric needs to meet at the amphitheater at 11 a.m. to prepare the fabric.

In the case of rain, this workshop will be held in L3 or the Simmons Visual Arts Center. Contact Claudia Wilburn at cwilburn@brenau.edu for questions or for additional information on this workshop.

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Drew Ferguson
dferguson1@brenau.edu
September 12, 2018 at 10:26 am

Rugby anyone?

What’s the difference between a scrum-down and a line-out? What about “kicking to touch” vs “kicking a grubber”? You’ve heard of a quarterback, but what is a halfback or fullback? Where does the term “touchdown” come from? When does a hooker need props and locks?

For the answers to these questions and more, join the men’s Gainesville Rugby Football Club for their start-of-season interest meeting at 6:30 PM, Thursday Sept. 13 at Left Nut Brewery in Gainesville. Feel free to attend whether you’re already interested in playing, you’re looking for a fun and competitive way to get or stay in shape, or you just want to learn more about this adrenaline-filled sport – no prior experience is required!

Contact Drew Ferguson at dferguson1@brenau.edu for more details.


Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
September 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Leading With Confidence Workshop Series – Jacksonville Campus

Leading with Confidence workshop flyerDr. Valecia Brooks-Dunbar, President and CEO of The Center for Confidence and originator of the Confidence Commander brand, will facilitate a Leading With Confidence Workshop Series at the Brenau University’s Jacksonville campus on Sept. 20, 27, and Oct. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Workshop participants will learn how to master the skills, behaviors and mindset of confident leaders. The workshops are free with registration. We hope you can join us for one, two, or all three events! Register today at brenau.edu/jax-leadership.

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Alynne Grace
agrace1@brenau.edu
September 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Litfest volunteers still needed

LitFest will be here next weekend but we still need your help! Please volunteer an hour (or a few) of your time next Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at the Downtown Center where we’ll welcome some amazing presenters and have activities for children.

Email Alynne Grace at agrace1@brenau.edu or call her at +1-770-534-6220 to volunteer or for more information.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 11, 2018 at 11:07 am

Updated holidays added in ADP

Holidays in ADP have been updated for 2018-2019 academic year. Holidays are listed in two locations of ADP: on the home page, and on the calendar icon at the top of your employee portal.

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Allison Lauricella
alauricella@brenau.edu
September 11, 2018 at 9:40 am

Reception for ‘Donald Sultan: Lantern Flowers and Poppies’ this Thursday

[caption id=”attachment_18265″ align=”alignright” width=”300″] “BIG RED, SEPT 14, 2014” by Donald Sultan[/caption]

Stop by Brenau’s Sellars Gallery this Thursday evening, Sept. 13, between 5:30 and 7 p.m. for an artsy evening out! Enjoy a glass of wine and other refreshments while viewing the works of Donald Sultan and mingling with fellow art-lovers.

This exhibition features both prints and sculptures by Sultan. In his recent works, Sultan draws inspiration from the natural beauty of flowers in his colorful and graphic depictions of lantern flowers (derived from the decoration of Japanese lanterns) and poppies. The works are on loan from Lococo Fine Art Publisher. The reception is free and open to the public. For more info, call 770.534.6263 or visit galleries.brenau.edu.

The exhibition dates are Thursday, Aug. 16, to Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 11, 2018 at 8:36 am

Chair Massage Spots available for Sept. 19

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Sept. 19, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

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Sue Johnston
sjohnston1@brenau.edu
September 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Calling All Crocheters and Knitters

Calling all crocheters and knitters! Student Services in conjunction with Operation Gratitude invites you to make a scarf or hat for a service member in celebration of Veterans Day. Free yarn is available at the switchboard in Owens Student Center. Any pattern will do; we just need your finished contribution by Wednesday, Nov. 7 for shipping. Please contact Rosanne Short at rshort@brenau.edu or Sue Johnston at sjohnston1@brenau.edu for more information.


Stacey Hoffman
shoffman@brenau.edu
September 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm

New Gentle Chair Yoga Class on Mondays 5:30-6 p.m.

Join us for our new Chair Yoga class. Yoga is an exercise that promotes strength, balance and flexibility. This class is intended for beginners of yoga to come relax and stretch while being safely seated. Chair Yoga meets Mondays from 5:30-6 pm in the Brenau Downtown Center.

As always, the Life Enrichment and Wellness Co-op is available for members of the community to experience physical and mental growth while having social support. Membership costs $10 a month, cash or check, with no contract. It includes unlimited fitness classes, exercise consultation and open gym hours for independent exercise. For more information, please contact us at brenauwellness@brenau.edu. We look forward to meeting you!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 10, 2018 at 8:33 am

Hall County Heart Walk on Brenau Historic Campus, Oct. 13

2018 Hall County Heart Walk ShirtsThe Hall County Heart Walk will be on Brenau’s Historic Campus this year, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. Registration is free. If you want to walk and get a free shirt, please email Kelley Maddox by Sept. 23. See the 2018 Hall Co. Heart Walk Flyer (PDF) for more details. Employees who participate will be awarded with 5 Activity Points towards Wellness.

https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/2018-Heart-Walk-Flyer_Hall-Co.pdf


Alecia Webb
awebb@brenau.edu
September 7, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Jacksonville Campus To Host LifeSouth Blood Drive – Sept. 18

Did you know, one pint of whole blood can save up to three lives? The Brenau University Jacksonville campus will host a LifeSouth Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. All donors will receive a recognition item and free cholesterol screening.

https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/LifeSouth-Brenau-Digital-Flyer.pdf


Lindsey Simms
lsimms@brenau.edu
September 7, 2018 at 11:58 am

South Atlanta Campus Held Open House Events

This week, Brenau University’s South Atlanta campus hosted its second open house of the year. On Thursday, Sept. 6, prospective undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to learn about their program of interest, speak with our program coordinators and participate in a campus tour.

Open house events are currently scheduled monthly at the South Atlanta campus to allow non-traditional prospective students and working adults the chance to learn how Brenau University can assist them in reaching their academic potential.

Future open house events will occur from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, Thursday, Nov. 8, and Tuesday, Dec. 4. Please share these engaging opportunities with your family and friends. If you have any questions about how individuals may register, please contact Lindsey Simms at 678-827-7306.

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 7, 2018 at 8:57 am

Order Your Free Spirit Week Shirt By Saturday, Sept. 8

Don’t forget if you want to get a free Spirit Week shirt you need to register for one by Saturday, Sept. 8, at brenau.edu/spirit-week.

Only employees who pre-register will receive a shirt. Click here to view the design (PDF)!

https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/spirit_week_2018_shirt.pdf


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 6, 2018 at 10:21 am

Brenau Blood Drive on Monday, Sept. 10

As a way to honor and give respect to those affected by 9/11, Health Services is hosting a Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 in the Sellars Gallery. Let’s honor those who lost their life by giving blood and saving another life. The American Red Cross has an emergent need for blood donors.

Health Services would like to challenge the Brenau community to make this a record drive. Over the last three years, our record for pints donated is 36. We challenge YOU to help us get to 40 pints!

Please sign up to reserve your spot at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

Employees who donate will be awarded 1 Wellness Activity Point.


Ray Lian
rlian@brenau.edu
September 5, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Fall Open House – Sept. 15

The Office of Admissions is getting ready to host their first campus event for the year, Fall Open House on Sept. 15, 2018. This event is for prospective Brenau students, including both high school and transfer students. The event mainly focuses on attracting high school seniors.

Fall Open House is an opportunity for students and their families to come and learn more about their academic interests, talk to financial aid representatives, sit through a student panel and enjoy a campus tour!

Please feel free to spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to your friends and family. We hope to have a large turnout this year, and if you have any questions about how students can sign up, please contact Ray Lian at 770-534-6171.


Mike Lochstampfor
rgoss@brenau.edu
September 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm

2018 Back to School Pep Rally

Get out, show your school spirit and connect with the rest of campus at the 2018 Back to School Pep Rally from 9-11 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 12, in the gym. Enjoy free pizza and beverages while your 2018-2019 Golden Tiger Athletic Teams are introduced. Then join in or be entertained by the Dance Off where teams will compete for prizes. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Title IX Training Deadline Extended

With the technical difficulties we have encountered, the deadline for Title IX training has been extended to next Friday, Sept. 14.


Claudia Wilburn
cwilburn@brenau.edu
September 4, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Learn to Knit: Knitting workshop Sept. 7

The Center for the Arts & Design is hosting several workshops this fall and the first one is open to all Brenau faculty, staff and students. We are partnering with Brenau Student Services and the Director for Military & Veteran Affairs for a knitting workshop.

This workshop will be lead by the Fashion Design Program Director Dr. Robin Carufel. She will be focusing on two elements; How to Knit a Scarf and How to Knit a Hat. Our hope is that once you learn how to knit, you would will knit a scarf and/or a hat that will be donated this November to Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude is a service that sends care packages filled with entertainment, hygiene and handmade items, non-perishable snacks, and personal letters of appreciation to U.S. troops, first responders, veterans, military families and wounded heroes and their caregivers. Learn more at operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/handmade-with-love.

The knitting workshop is this Friday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and will be held in the Fashion Lab on the Gainesville campus. The Fashion Lab is in the Burd Center and is room 302. How to Knit a Scarf will begin at 9:30 a.m. and participants are encouraged to participate in the full workshop. How to Knit a Hat will be taught starting at 10:30 a.m. If you have never knit before please come to the 9:30 a.m. demo; if you are a pro or dabble in the craft, we would love to have the extra guidance for the beginners at the 9:30 demo. Dr. Carufel will work with the participants who have some knowledge and want to improve by discussing knitting patterns.

How to Knit a Hat will be geared towards participants who already have some knowledge of knitting. If you have your own knitting needles, please bring them. The Center for the Arts & Design will provide a small variety of knitting needles for the workshop, but you will need to acquire your own set to finish a hat or scarf for donation.

This workshop is free and open to all Brenau faculty, staff and students. There is no registration required for this event.


Sue Johnston
sjohnston1@brenau.edu
September 4, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Sympathy and Condolences to Crystal Ball

Our hearts go out to Coordinator of Disability Services Crystal Ball and her family on the death of her son, Nicholas Kicklighter. Nick was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning. In lieu of flowers Student Services will be taking a monetary collection for the family. Please contact Sue Johnston at sjohnston1@brenau.edu if you would like to contribute.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 4, 2018 at 11:45 am

Brenau Phone/Office Directory in ADP

Did you know HR manages a phone/office directory? This document is updated monthly on the ADP Portal at ADP > Resources > Forms Library.


Whitney Neveils
wfauscett@brenau.edu
September 4, 2018 at 10:53 am

Seeking Sponsors for Empty Bowl Fundraiser

Two of Dr. Sandra Brim’s classes are painting bowls for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank Empty Bowl fundraiser.  Supplies cost $8 per bowl (tax deductible) and her students are looking for sponsors.

If you would like to sponsor a student by donating $8 for supplies, please email Dr. Brim at sbrim@brenau.edu. She will have the student contact you and come to your office to collect the donation at your convenience.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
September 4, 2018 at 8:31 am

Fall Wellness Activities – Save the Dates!

The Brenau Wellness Team has many upcoming opportunities for you to be awarded with wellness points in the fall semester! The more points you are awarded the better chance you have to win a cash prize at year end! Upcoming Wellness Events and Activities for the fall semester:

Blood Donation, Monday, Sept. 10 (1 point)
As a way to honor and give respect to those affected by 9/11, Health Services is hosting a Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. Let’s honor those who lost their life by giving blood and saving another life. The American Red Cross has an emergent need for blood donors. Health Services would like to challenge the Brenau community to make this a record drive. Over the last three years our record for pints donated is 36. We challenge YOU to help us get to 40 pints! Please sign up to reserve your spot at redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive.

Flu Shots, Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 11-14 (1 point)
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Center for Health & Well-Being on the Gainesville campus is offering flu shots. The free shots provided by Cigna through our Wellness Program were all claimed within the first few hours, however employees are still eligible to receive the shot at a cost of $15. Email Health Services at healthservices@brenau.edu to sign up.

Tiger Territory Tennis Match, Tuesday, Sept. 25 (3 points)

During our inaugural Spirit Week, the Tennis Match will be a fun challenge for all faculty, staff and student participants including beginner, intermediate or advanced players. The match will be held at the Leslie Smithgall Tennis Center from 3:30-5 p.m. Register at brenau.edu/spirit-week.

Softball Game, Friday, Sept. 28, (3 points)
Softball Mini-Tournament for faculty, staff and student players is a great way to meet new co-workers and their families. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Earnest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park. Students register at brenau.edu/spirit-week and faculty and staff email Ashley Carter at carter3@brenau.edu for the registration code.

Kickin Cancer Kickball, Saturday, Oct. 6, (5 points)
Brenau will be participating in the Kickin Cancer Kickball Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6, to support the American Cancer Society and Gainesville Parks and Rec Children At Play Fund. The game will take place at Candler Field (City Park) at 10 a.m. and is free for participants who pre-register. All participants will receive a free shirt.

Heart Walk, Saturday, Oct. 13, (5 points)
On Saturday, Oct. 13, will be the Hall County Heart Walk on Brenau’s Historic Gainesville Campus (starting at the Amphitheater and walking the Brenau Mile). Brenau will be sponsoring a team this year. All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees and their families are eligible to participate. Participants who register and show up on race day will receive a free T-shirt.

Ghost Walk, Tuesday, Oct. 30, (1 point)
The ghost walk around the Gainesville historic campus focuses on some of Breanu’s most famous – and infamous – fables, folk tales and amazingly true stories. Among other tidbits, tourists will learn which Brenau president literally rolled up his shirtsleeves to build Yonah Hall’s top floor, why Lessie Southgate Simmons has special significance for the university, and of course, precisely who was (or still is?) Brenau’s purported poltergeist Agnes? The walk will be led by Kathy Amos, executive director of Brenau’s Center for Lifetime Study and will begin at 4 p.m. (expected to last 1 hour).

Field Day/Ropes Course at Riverside Military Academy, November (10 points)
More information to come once finalized.

Health Expo, November (1 point)
Staff Development Committee will be hosting a Health and Benefits Expo in November. Screenings and special offers will be available to faculty and staff.

See the attached Wellness Flyer 2018 for all events! More detailed information to come as soon as more information is available. For now, save the dates!

https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/Wellness-Flyer-2018-1.pdf


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Title IX Training Technical Issues Resolved

The glitch in the Title IX Workshop in Haven has now been fixed. Employees should now be able to login and complete the training. Original instructions how to access the system are listed below, should you need them.

The training program became available Aug. 21 and will close this Friday, Sept. 7.

HOW TO LOGIN:

Login for Returning Employees:

  • Go to http://www.everfi.com/login, enter your login information
  • In the upper right corner, enter registration code c6a9297d, then “add”
  • by clicking Add a Course in the top right corner of the Dashboard
  • Register with your First Name and Last Name the way it appears in ADP, then “next”
  • On the next screen, click “get started”

Login for New Employees:

  • Go to http://www.everfi.com/login and click to Register.
  • Under Student/Learner, enter the Registration Code c6a9297d.
  • Click “Next” to create your account.

Note: When prompted, you will enter your Brenau 6-digit faculty/staff ID # to receive credit for completion. If you do not know your 6 digit ID# you can look it up from CWEB, review your ADP portal at www.workforcenow.adp.com or you may contact the Human Resources Office or Payroll Office.

All employees should complete Part 1 of the training for Faculty and Staff by Friday, Sept. 7.

Other Important Information:

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • To avoid technical issues, please use any major web browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome).
  • You may take the course in multiple sittings.
  • The course may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure learners’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the employee body as a whole and will never see individual employee’s answers.
  • After 30-45 days you will receive an invitation to complete Part 2 of Title IX Training which must be completed by March 17. The 2nd section is optional, not required.
  • All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the participant group as a whole and will never see individual answers.

Experiencing Technical Difficulty? Should you experience problems, technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the “Help” link within the course.

Thank you in advance for completing this training session.


Alynne Grace
agrace1@brenau.edu
August 31, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Volunteers Wanted for LitFest on Saturday, Sept. 22

Brenau celebrates the arts and literature at LitFest 2018, but we need your help to make it a roaring success. LitFest will be held at the Downtown Center on Sat., Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Full of children’s activities, readings, workshops and panels, we’re looking for volunteers to serve as greeters, session timekeepers and general helpers. We can make sure you have ample time to enjoy the festivities when you’re not scheduled to volunteer.

Are you interested? Please email Alynne Grace at agrace1@brenau.edu. Learn more about Brenau LitFest at brenau.edu/litfest.


Nichole Rawlings
nrawlings@brenau.edu
August 31, 2018 at 11:52 am

Brenau at the High’s “Infinity Mirrors” Exhibition Jan. 18 – Save the Date!

Thanks to our Academic Affiliate Agreement with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Brenau will have a limited number of tickets to the Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition coming up at the High available for purchase!

The High Museum has assigned the Brenau group a private time slot to visit the exhibition on Friday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets will be $8 per person (compared to $29 if purchased as a non-member through the museum!). The full ticket price goes back to the High Museum of Art in support of the exhibition.

More details about purchasing and day-of logistics will be coming, and an online ordering form will be made available in October. Please save the date if you are interested in this amazing opportunity.

For questions, contact Nichole Rawlings at nrawlings@brenau.edu.

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Amanda Roper
aaddison@brenau.edu
August 31, 2018 at 11:04 am

Welcome from the Trustee Library

Welcome to a new school year from the Trustee Library! We want to let you know about some exciting updates.

Our new graduate instruction librarian, Emily Thornton, will arrive next week. In addition to teaching graduate level information literacy classes, Professor Thornton will also be our Norcross campus librarian. She will be there multiple times a week and will be available for research consultation for our Norcross students.

This fall the Trustee Library presents: Zombies in the Library. Bring your Brains.

The historic Gainesville campus will be infected with zombies soon! Next week begins our First Year Experience information literacy courses. Students will end each class with playing “Zombies in the Library” and employing library research skills to escape the zombie horde. Zombies, NERF guns and FYE students will be zipping through the library stacks every Monday and Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. beginning on Sept. 5.

This semester you’ll see an increase in librarian availability for instruction and research help. We’ve spent the summer prepping research tools and instruction, ordering and processing new materials, streamlining workflows, and even planning some fun activities. To request instruction or book a research appointment, please visit our website at https://library.brenau.edu/. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up with all the action.

We will be closed for the Labor Day holiday weekend from Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7:45 a.m. Our hours for the semester are Monday – Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1–10 p.m.

Keep up with us on social media:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brenau_library/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brenau_Library
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrenauUniversityLibrary/

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 30, 2018 at 8:53 am

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Free Flu Shots in September

Fifty free flu shots will be available for faculty and staff starting Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Center for Health & Well-Being on the historic Gainesville campus. Be one of the first 50 to sign up as the free shots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, provided by Cigna, as part of our Wellness Program.

After the 50 free shots have been accounted for, employees continue to be eligible to receive the shot at a cost of $15. Any employee receiving the flu shot will be awarded with one activity point toward the Wellness Participation Award. Email Health Services at healthservices@brenau.edu to sign up for your free shot today.


Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm


Claudia
cwilburn@brenau.edu
August 29, 2018 at 11:29 am

Position Opening: Office and Lab Manager for Art & Design and Interior Design

Office and Lab Manager for Art & Design and Interior Design
Full-time Staff

Position Content:

This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an “all inclusive” list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, Brenau University reserves the right to modify, and/or remove duties and assign duties as necessary.

Job Duties and Responsibilities: Coordinates administrative duties for the chairs of the Art & Design and Interior Design departments and assists departments’ students. Provides administrative support for faculty and adjuncts of the departments; monitors and resolves issues with departments’ labs/resources at the Gainesville and Norcross campuses; manages work study students and building needs. Provides general office duties. Maintains professional appearance and is responsible and discreet. This position is located primarily at the Gainesville campus, but does require occasional travel to the Norcross campus and occasional later hours for department events.

Minimum Requirements:

This position requires a proactive attitude; participation in a variety of campus events; excellent writing and computing skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel); excellent office management and organizational skills; excellent interpersonal skills, including strong telephone manners and the ability to work with diverse groups such as administrators, students and faculty; and knowledge of the higher education structure. The manager must be able to provide secretarial services, maintain accurate records, complete tasks in a timely manner, maintain confidentiality and be willing and able to learn new skills related to the position. College degree and a minimum of two years’ experience as an office and lab manager are preferred.

For the full description, please refer to the listing posted at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=eb269387-5359-4445-aeb7-9c9331227f69&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US.


gstarich
gstarich@brenau.edu
August 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm

ICF Dragon Boat Volunteers Needed

The local organizing committee for the ICF World Dragon Boat Championships needs volunteers to help make this event great! Faculty, staff, students and family members are invited to register to become volunteers for the Sept. 11-16 events.

Volunteer at https://www.lanierdragonboat2018.com/volunteers/ and we’ll see you at Lake Lanier Olympic Park!

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Sue Johnston
sjohnston1@brenau.edu
August 28, 2018 at 11:35 am

Brenau Kindness Shirts for Sale

We have a limited number of “Keep Brenau Kind” shirts available for $10 each. All proceeds will go directly to the Student Services Opportunity Grant, which is a fund to assist students for short term, emergency needs that may impact their academic success.

If you are interested in a purchasing one of these cool shirts and supporting our students, please contact Sue Johnston at sjohnston1@brenau.edu. All checks ​should be payable to Brenau University. Thanks for doing your part to “Keep Brenau Kind​.​”

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Kelley Maddox
kmaddox@brenau.edu
August 27, 2018 at 10:22 am

Complete Required Annual Training for Title IX by Sept. 7

Brenau University requires all active employees to complete annual training sessions on a variety of topics throughout the year to demonstrate institutional compliance with federal and state laws and/or liability insurance requirements. This training session on Title IX is one that is required for all employees. Completion of the training will be recorded in the employee’s ADP personnel record for reference and future compliance reporting requirements.

The training program is available starting Aug. 21 and will close Sept. 7.

The first 75 employees who complete the training will be entered into a drawing for a Visa gift card.

All employees who are required to take the training were sent an email with the notification.

HOW TO LOGIN:

Login for Returning Employees:

  • Go to http://www.everfi.com/login, enter your login information
  • In the upper right corner, enter registration code c6a9297d, then “add”
  • by clicking Add a Course in the top right corner of the Dashboard
  • Register with your First Name and Last Name the way it appears in ADP, then “next”
  • On the next screen, click “get started”

Login for New Employees:

  • Go to http://www.everfi.com/login and click to Register.
  • Under Student/Learner, enter the Registration Code c6a9297d.
  • Click “Next” to create your account.

Note: When prompted, you will enter your Brenau 6-digit faculty/staff ID # to receive credit for completion. If you do not know your 6 digit ID# you can look it up from CWEB, review your ADP portal at www.workforcenow.adp.com or you may contact the Human Resources Office or Payroll Office.

All employees should complete Part 1 of the training for Faculty and Staff by Friday, Sept. 7.

Other Important Information:

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • To avoid technical issues, please use any major web browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome).
  • You may take the course in multiple sittings.
  • The course may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure learners’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the employee bo