The Brenau Gospel Experience on March 29-30

The Ivester Programming Series Brenau Gospel Experience logo

Are you a fan of gospel music? If so, please join us Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, at the Brenau Gospel Experience.

The two-day event will include an instructive panel and workshop, as well as two evening performances from special guests Karen Peck and New River, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Madison and Shannon Easter, and Ty Scott King, along with the Spectrum Winds: New Music Ensemble, the Brenau Gospel Choir, and Brenau music education student Arabia Jones, winner of the 2018 Brenau Gospel Experience soloist audition.

The Brenau Gospel Experience is part of the Douglas and Kay Ivester Programming Series, which provides high-caliber educational experiences to Brenau students and the community.

The workshops and performances are all free, but seating is limited at all events. For more information and to RSVP for the Brenau Gospel Experience, go to

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.

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


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:

Formstack Abstract Submission link:

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

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.

Upcoming Hunger Awareness Week Events

Bowls painted by the Brenau community against the Brenau logo

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 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!

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 or 770.534.6240.

Basketball Senior Night Saturday, Feb. 16, vs Milligan College

Senior Night 2019 flyer

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.

Spectrum Winds New Music Ensemble seeking faculty, staff who play instruments

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)

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

Hope to see you there!

GTA Presents February Festival of Theatre

For the 11th year, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance is preparing its February Festival of Theatre, serving up not one but two productions: Noises Off and Men On Boats.

Noises Off brings nonstop laughs when a company of second-tier actors stumble through their final rehearsal of “Nothing On,” a silly sex romp, and can’t even get through the first act without serious and hilarious problems. Playwright Michael Frayn’s comedy has enjoyed three Broadway runs and is rated PG13.

Men on Boats is the true(ish) story of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition, when the one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Ten men and four boats take on the Grand Canyon and the American wilderness in this witty, boldly written adventure. The catch? The cast is all female.

Noises Off opens on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Men on Boats opens on Friday, Feb. 15, both running through Feb. 23, with matinee performances on Sunday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 23. Patrons can purchase tickets and select their own seats at the GTA website,, or by calling the GTA Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays at 678.717.3624.

GTA is an acclaimed collaboration between Brenau, the University of North Georgia, theater professionals and the North Georgia community.