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Personal hygiene begins and ends with our hands. And though we’re taught as youngsters to wash our hands before dinner, it’s important to remember that germs don’t care what time of day it is.

Clean hands prevent sickness. It’s especially important to learn the basics about hand hygiene so that you, too, can become a champion hand washer! Let’s examine some “handy” tips and in honor of National Hand-Washing Awareness Week, which takes place each year during the first week of December.

This month, pick up your free hand sanitizer in the Human Resources Office while supplies last!

Giving Tuesday is tomorrow Dec. 3

Brenau is participating in Giving Tuesday and we need your help!

We are committed to raising $5,000 in 24 hours for our annual scholarship fund. You can help by sharing our event on your social media.

You can go to the Brenau University Alumni Facebook page to share our event or share the link to support Brenau University.

Open enrollment is extended to Dec. 2

Open enrollment is extended to 11:59 p.m., Dec. 2. Please be aware if you do not go into ADP to enroll in coverage by end of day Monday, Dec. 2, you will not have insurance for 2020.

General information about Open Enrollment:

Health Savings Accounts
This benefit will not automatically renew. You must actively enroll for 2020. If you have an HSA and will soon be eligible for Medicare, it is important to understand how enrolling in Medicare will affect your HSA. If you enroll in Medicare Part A and/or Part B, you can no longer contribute pre-tax dollars to your HSA.

Brenau’s contribution to your HSA (available only if High Deductible Health Plan is elected) is $600 for an individual and $1200 for a family. In order to get the Brenau contribution, you must also contribute (even if it is only a penny per pay period).

Flexible Spending Accounts
This benefit will not automatically renew. You must actively enroll for 2020.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance Age Reduction Limit:
At age 70, benefits will reduce by 35% of the original amount
At age 75, benefits will reduce by 55% of the original amount

You may elect Life Insurance in any $10,000 increment. Coverage is subject to a minimum of $10,000 and an overall maximum of $500,000.

Life Insurance Guarantee Issue Amount:

  • Employee Voluntary Life: $150,000 approved (without having to do medical paperwork)
  • Spouse Voluntary Life: $30,000 approved (without having to do medical paperwork)

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk or Hannah Ivester at ude.uanerb@1elooph. Representatives from Turner, Wood and Smith are also available: Anna Hewell at moc.ecnarusniswt@lleweh.anna and Megan Hulsey at moc.ecnarusniswt@yesluh.nagem.

Click here to view the FAQ Powerpoint Presentation. Go to for the recording of the meeting today, Nov. 26.

Workplace survey next week

We would like to hear how you feel about working at Brenau University so we are conducting an employee 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. 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 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 “Energage Survey.” To open the survey invitation, you may first need to mark the email as not spam.
  • If you accidentally delete the survey email, 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 1-800-749-0187 or reply to your survey email. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Sustainability Committee announces Solar Table

Staff stands with new solar charging table

From left to right Didi Cassell, Chris Ledbetter, Tommy Smallwood, Cody Lewellen, Jacob Low, Luther Headley, Brian Massey and Brian McAvoy.

The Sustainability Committee is excited to announce the completion of Brenau University’s Solar Table next to the Tea Room.

The Solar Table has four USB ports with two electrical outlets and seats four students. The solar panels on top collect power from the sun during the day and charge a battery housed in the lower part of the base. Cell phones, laptops, portable computers or any device that can be plugged into a 120V outlet can be used and charged at this table. The Solar Table is equipped with LED lights that come on automatically in the evening, which provide a very bright yet warm environment to enjoy in the evening hours.

The people responsible for developing the concept to assembling the final bolt are Didi Cassell and Luther Headley from the Sustainability Committee, as well as Chris Ledbetter, Cody Lewellen, Jacob Low and Brian McAvoy from our maintenance staff.

Brenau University’s Sustainability Committee strives to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. If you have other project ideas please contact ude.uanerb@llessacd. Current members of the Sustainability Committee also include Kevin Mace, Gay Hammond, Thomas Waters, Dana Edge and Blaine Schultz. This project was a collaboration between Brenau University and Aramark.

Required Threat Preparedness Training to be completed Dec. 2-17

Threat Preparedness Training begins Monday, Dec. 2, and is due Tuesday, Dec. 17. Please schedule a few minutes between the two dates to complete the required training available online in Canvas. Employees required to complete the training will be sent an email invitation from the Canvas Learning System.

Compliance trainings enable 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. 100% participation is expected.

Open Enrollment information session Tuesday, Nov 26

In order to better assist our employees, Brenau’s insurance brokers from Turner, Wood and Smith, and Veracity will be on campus for an information session at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 26, in Thurmond McRae. You may attend (or zoom in) and ask any questions you have regarding the new insurance options.

Just a reminder, you must actively enroll in all benefits for 2020. No benefits from 2019 will roll over into the new plan year for 2020.

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Open Enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 29

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

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

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

Academic affiliate partnership with the High Museum of Art renewed

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

How do you benefit from this partnership?

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

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

Timers needed for this weekend’s swim meet

Brenau v Converse College Swim Meet held at Brenau University Fitness Center, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Gainesville Ga.

We need timers for the Brenau Swim Invitational this weekend, Nov. 22-23, at Francis Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville. Three timers are needed for the Saturday morning session which will go from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Four timers are requested for the Saturday afternoon session which will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. If you can volunteer please email ude.uanerb@ssogr. We are asking timers to be on deck 30 minutes prior to the start of the meet.