Spring 2018 Arts & Events Calendars Now Available

Copies of the Brenau Arts & Events Calendar for January – May 2018 are now available at Walters House, 305 Boulevard, on the Gainesville campus. To request copies for your department or building please contact Alison Reeger Cook at areeger-cook@brenau.edu or 770-534-6160.

Faculty/Staff Guidelines Revisions

FSG 3-01 Hiring Practices/EEO/Faculty Appointments and FSG 5-05 Fringe Benefits have been revised. You can read the revised policies at the URLs below. All policies can be viewed by visiting your ADP portal > Resources > Company Policies.

Revisions include changes that show the 20 percent discount prior to the tuition waiver and the changes in tax withholding, shown in A1 and A10 ii and changes from the Provost’s Office in F1, F2.

3-01 Hiring and Faculty Appt (PDF): https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/3-01-Hiring-and-Faculty-Appt.pdf

5-05 Fringe Benefits (DOC): https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/5-05-Fringe-Benefits.pdf


Join the Gainesville Campus Weight Watchers Group

Are you interested in joining a Weight Watchers group on the Gainesville historic campus during your lunch break so you can still leave campus at your normal time?

The program covers the cost of 17 weeks, plus three free additional weeks, for $186 per person. That works out to $9.30 per week, per person. The program is 20 weeks and meets once a week during lunch on the Gainesville campus. We need 20 people in order to get the group started, so ask a friends or family member to come join you.

Anyone who joins or who can show they are already in a Weight Watchers group elsewhere will receive five activity points toward the Wellness Activity Award, a cash prize at the end of the year.

If interested please contact Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu ASAP.

Donate Sick Leave Hours for Jolie Long Carlton

As Jolie Long Carlton, Department of Dance chair, continues cancer treatment which require her to remain on leave for the spring 2018 semester, she humbly asks Brenau faculty and staff to consider donating sick leave hours to maintain her wellness leave. Email requests to donate leave hours to Angie Graham in the Payroll Office at agraham2@brenau.edu. You can view your current balance of leave hours in the ADP portal at https://workforcenow.adp.com/public/index.htm.

Chair Massage Spots Available for Wednesday, Jan. 17

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis for chair massages Wednesday, Jan. 17, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes. To claim an appointment, be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at kmaddox@brenau.edu.

Research Symposium Now Accepting Abstract Submissions

The Spring Research Symposium will be held in Brenau’s Downtown Center on Friday, April 6, and we are looking for outstanding projects to showcase from both students and faculty. Proposals for both individual and group presentations and projects, as well as full panels, will be considered. The Research Symposium Committee will accept abstract submissions until Friday, Feb. 9.

The theme of this year’s Research Symposium is “Quality: A Quest for Truth and a Basis for Action” and serves as the foundation for this year’s round table discussion “Searching for Truth in the Presence of Bias and in a World of Misinformation.” Abstracts for all research topics will be accepted and considered.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. The submission forms are available on Brenau’s Research Symposium webpage at intranet.brenau.edu/institutional-review-board/research-symposium.

Submission is open to all Brenau students and faculty, however, we request that students submit their abstract proposals to their project faculty advisor for approval (using the Word template at intranet.brenau.edu/download/2018-research-symposium-abstract-submission-form) and that the the faculty advisors submit the final abstract via the Formstack Submission Form at brenau.formstack.com/forms/annual_symposium_research_form.

All Abstract submissions must be received by Feb. 9 to be considered for the Spring Symposium.

We look forward to seeing the variety of quality projects that the Brenau community has in store for us.

Brenau’s Music Ensembles Open to Students, Faculty, Staff and Community

The Brenau University Department of Music has opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to share their talents and love of music by joining any of the three open ensembles: The Gospel Choir, Spectrum Singers and Spectrum Winds. Students may also choose to add these ensembles as a one-credit course.

Brenau University Gospel Choir concert (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Brenau University Gospel Choir concert (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Have you ever wanted to be a part of an ensemble that not only sounded good, but fed your soul as well? The Brenau Gospel Choir is here to satisfy those needs. The Gospel Choir meets every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the choir room on the third floor of the Burd Center (Burd 345). Students may choose to register for the Gospel Choir as a one-credit course (MC 130.01). Please contact director Portia Burns at pburns1@brenau.edu for more information.

Bobby Ivey directs the Vocal Chamber Ensemble at Pearce Auditorium during "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Get Your Passport Ready!" presented by the Brenau University Department of Music.
Bobby Ivey directs the Vocal Chamber Ensemble at Pearce Auditorium during “Concerts Connecting Cultures…Get Your Passport Ready!” presented by the Brenau University Department of Music.

All interested singers are invited to join Spectrum Singers. This non-auditioned mixed choral group is open to Brenau students, faculty, staff and community members who love to sing and want to perform in a choir. Students may choose to register for Spectrum Singers (MC 120.01) to receive one credit. This choral group rehearses Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae. Contact Bobby Ivey at bivey@brenau.edu or 770-534-6234 if you are interested in joining or have any questions.

Donald Strand, adjunct instructor of music, conducts the Spectrum Winds. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Donald Strand, adjunct instructor of music, conducts the Spectrum Winds. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Finally, Spectrum Winds is a wind ensemble consisting of woodwinds, brass and percussion. The ensemble is open to students, faculty, staff and community members of all levels and performs a wide range of popular, multi-cultural and traditional styles of music. Check out Spectrum Winds on “That Mancini Magic” on YouTube. Students may also choose to register for Spectrum Winds as a one-credit course (MC 160.01). The ensemble meets Mondays from 7-8:59 p.m. in Banks Recital Hall in the Burd Center. For more information, contact Don Strand at dstrand@brenau.edu or 404-915-1480.

“More than Meets the Eye” Opening Reception Thursday, Jan. 18

Eric Forstmann, "Legends of a Fall"
Eric Forstmann, “Legends of a Fall”

Join Brenau Galleries on Thursday, Jan. 18, in Sellars Gallery for a special evening celebrating the opening of “More than Meets the Eye: Works by Eric Forstmann.”

Forstmann elevates common household objects and settings to a higher status in his engaging paintings. The works in this exhibition focus on boxes, shelves and stacks of objects, all of which prove there’s more to a traditional still life than meets the eye. For more information, call 770-534-6263 or visit galleries.brenau.edu.

The exhibition dates are Thursday, Jan. 18 to Thursday, March 15.

History Center Forum Tonight, Jan. 9, and Family Day Sunday, Jan. 14

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events within the next week, starting with a forum, “The People, Laws, and Cases of the Indian Removal Act” tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 9, and “Family Day: Music in the Mountains” on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Tonight, join the History Center at 7 p.m. to hear the organization’s own David French speak on the timeline, legal context, characters and court cases surrounding the Indian Removal Act and the subsequent Trail of Tears. Learn how one of the most divisive laws in American History came to pass.

General admission is $3; members enter free.

History Center Forums will run January through June on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Family Day Music imageThis upcoming Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1-4 p.m. the History Center will present “Family Day: Music in the Mountains,” which will provide a look and listen at the music traditions and instruments of North Georgia from the early 19th century, when if you wanted music you made it, through the 1940s, when the transition to music readily available through technology was complete. Live music and dance performances, living history interpretation, and hands-on activities make for a great way to start the New Year!

Family Days run January through April on the second Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m. Family Days are free of admission.

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu, or visit negahc.org.

Planning an Event this Semester?

With the new year comes a calendar of new events. Make sure your event is a stress-free success! See the information below to streamline your event planning at Brenau.

Booking Internal Brenau Events

Internal bookings which require staffing, room set-ups, catering and/or additional AV equipment must be requested through the Events Services Department a minimum of three weeks in advance.

Internal class/conference room reservations (with the exception of Downtown Center and performance venues) are to be scheduled through the designated office manager in the building where the event will take place. Security must be notified by the office manager of events in their buildings.

For internal room reservations at the Downtown Center, contact Event Services at 770-534-8420. For internal room reservations in performance venues contact Multi-Media and Theater Services at 770-534-6751.

For all internal events which will require security, staffing, catering, AV or set-up, contact the Department of Event Services at 770-534-8420.

Checklist for academic entities booking internal events in buildings other than the Downtown Center or performance venues:

● Reserve room through appropriate office manager
● Notify security, regardless of event size
● Contact ARAMARK catering/Dining Services
● Submit a work order to Multimedia Services for AV needs
● Submit a work order to Housekeeping
● Contact Event Services at 770-534-8420 to submit a work order to Facilities for set-up and breakdown

Brenau Students Booking Events

All students wishing to book space for events must first gain approval from the assistant director of student life who will contact Event Services to reserve the space. The student or student organization is responsible for payment of any fees involved in the reservation including any damages or loss of university property during or after the event.

Booking External, or non-Brenau, Events

External bookings must be requested a minimum of six weeks in advance. Room reservations for all external bookings are to be scheduled through the Department of Event Services at 770-534-8420. Reservation inquiries may be submitted through www.brenau.edu/about/eventservices. The Department of Event Services will arrange personnel, security, housekeeping, set-up and AV needs and advise the client of attendant costs for these services prior to the creation of the contract. The external group booking the event is responsible for contacting Brenau Catering at 770-538-4600, and arranging for catering service if food is to be provided at the event.

Contact Event Services staff Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu or Vicki Wineland at vwineland1@brenau.edu. for coordinating set-ups and personnel, if needed.

For more information regarding Brenau Event Services Policies, go to https://archive.brenau.edu/policywonk/uploads/20171109163447.EVP.CFO.EV.200.01%20Event%20Services.General%20Policy.pdf?polID=100326&admAdministrativeDivision1Dir=Asc&admAdministrativeDivision1PageSize=10&s_admindiv=1013&s_respoff=29.