2018-19 Venue and Room Reservation Requests

As this academic year begins to wrap up and plans for 2018-19 begin to take form, please request your event date and venue in advance with this handy form.

The Brenau calendar fills up quickly, so prepare to offer optional dates and locations for the desired departmental event. Please call Event Services at 770-534-8420 after May 7, with any questions regarding the fall 2018 or spring 2019 calendar.

DPT Capstone Poster Presentation, April 19

The Department of Physical Therapy invites students, faculty and staff to review the capstone project posters of the first graduating physical therapy class. Some of the research included low-back pain, post-stroke rehab, obesity and caregiver health.

They will be on display at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, meeting room B, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Faculty, Staff Invited to “Adulting” Workshops

April 19 Adulting 101 flyerThe Brenau Wellness Committee & the Staff Development Committee would like to invite all faculty and staff to a couple of workshops regarding personal finances.

From 1-2 p.m. this Thursday, April 19, Brenau’s Financial Advisory Partner will have consultant Kelly Ann Goekjian from Cannon Financial present an “Adulting 101” presentation in Thurmond McRae speaking on the following topics:

  • Budgeting
  • Saving for your first home
  • Student loans and credit card debt
  • How to start saving: bank savings accounts and retirement
  • How Cannon Financial can help

As a follow up, on May 3, “Adulting 102” will be offered from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae. Guest speakers will be Dr. Humnath Panta and Dr. Arun Narayanasamy from the College of Business and Mass Communication. Please mark your calendars and join us for a wealth of information that benefits us all.

Nu Gamma Induction Ceremony

On Sunday, April 15, the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing’s Nu Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society inducted 15 undergraduate and graduate nursing students. The induction speaker, Dr. Shena Gazaway, is a Brenau alumna as well as the Region 7 Coordinator for STTI.

Gazaway provided an inspirational message to the new Nu Gamma members. She also presented Dr. Dina Hewett, director of the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, with a plaque for Nu Gamma’s 25-year anniversary as a chapter with STTI. Dr. Sandra Greniewicki, who was unable to attend, was honored as one of the original founders of the Nu Gamma Chapter. The school of nursing will proudly post this 25th year plaque at Brenau East with the Nu Gamma Charter certificate.

Reminder: BOTSA Bruster’s Percentage Night, April 16

The Brenau Occupational Therapy Student Association (BOTSA) is hosting a fundraising percentage night at Bruster’s in Gainesville on Monday, April 16, from 6 -9 p.m. Coupon books will also be available at Bruster’s that night for $10. Please come enjoy ice cream and support BOTSA.

Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble Concert Tuesday, April 17

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

The Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble, directed by Bobby Ivey, will perform songs of unity and freedom in the final Department of Music concert of the semester, “One Nation, One People.”

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in Pearce Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Collaborative Gallery and Dance Event on Saturday, April 14

As part of Alumnae Reunion Weekend & May Day the Department of Dance’s Composition 1 choreographers will perform during the opening reception of the Brenau Collaborative at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

The Brenau Collaborative combines the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition and Senior Projects and Portfolios Exhibition of the Art & Design and Interior Design Departments with the Senior Exhibition Fashion Show from Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising students.

The first dance performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the President’s Gallery; the second presentation will begin immediately after the first at approximately 5:50 p.m. in Sellars Gallery.

This collaborative event is free and open to the public.

Brenau Senior Fashion Show Saturday, April 14

Brenau University Collections 2018 flyer

Brenau’s Department of Art & Design invites you to attend the Senior Exhibition Fashion Show this Saturday, April 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium.  Brenau students will model apparel designed and created by Brenau’s senior fashion design and fashion merchandising students.

Senior Day Tennis Match April 14

Student serves in tennis

Maya Mammetgulyyeva, a junior from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, prepares to serve during a match between the Brenau Golden Tigers and Coastal Georgia in the SSAC tournament. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Our No. 14 Golden Tigers tennis team plays No. 4 SCAD at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Lessie Smithgall Tennis Center on the Gainesville campus. And it’s Senior Day!

To celebrate our seniors and our 2018 AAC championship tennis team, we are giving away Chick-fil-A breakfast biscuits to the first 50 fans in attendance. Come out and show our seniors your appreciation for their years of hard work and dedication to the gold and black!

Brenau On a Worldwide Rampage! Starting April 11

four heads appear from behind a rock against bamboo

Screenshot from the movie trailer, one of the scenes of Rampage filmed on the Brenau campus.

Starting tomorrow, April 11, millions of people around the globe will have an opportunity to see the Brenau University campus when the major motion picture Rampage opens its worldwide distribution in the United Kingdom, followed by early screenings Thursday, April 12, in locations throughout the United States including Gainesville, before finally opening in theaters worldwide on Friday, April 13.

The film, starring Dwayne ‘“The Rock” Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, features several scenes that were shot in and around the bamboo forest on the Gainesville campus – converted by the magic of Hollywood set designers to double as an urban zoological research park’s sophisticated natural habitat for a silverback gorilla. The Brenau scenes are prominent early in the movie. Without spoiling anything beyond what the title does, the plot is not limited to the bonding that occurs between human and animal.

The film production unit picked Brenau because of the bamboo forest and other considerations after several scouting missions by various members of the crew. They started work last spring making some extensive modifications to the area, and started actual filing in the area shortly after graduation last May. Although it was a closed set, scores of personnel – including “The Rock” himself mingling with nearby residents and onlookers – dozens of trailers and trucks, signage and other highly visible temporary additions to the public streets and parking lots around campus sort of blew the cover. When they finished filming a couple weeks later, the production folks put everything back the way it was – with some nice improvements.

Brenau frequently gets requests from film and television companies that want to do all or part of their productions at Brenau. Most do not come to fruition because of scheduling or financial considerations. Some are very small operations with the entire crew working out of an SUV, but many can be quite impactful. The university has to make certain that any production does not open it for liability, cause irreparable damage to facilities, cost it money or frustrate the central mission of teaching students.

The Rampage project “was by far the most extensive – and the most professional – that we’ve worked with,” said events and facilities director Danielle Miller, who is usually the university’s point person for filming. “Everyone involved was very respectful and easy to work with. It was a great experience.”