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.

Jan. 3, 4 and 7

Feb. 6, 7 and 8 (The participant who is leading at this point will also receive a prize!)

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.


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

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.

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.

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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.

NEGAHC Family Day: Victorian Christmas Dec. 9

Join the Northeast Georgia History Center Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m. for one of their most popular family programs as they celebrate and illuminate holiday festivities. Photos with Santa Claus, living-history demonstrations, hands-on activities, special musical, vocal and storytelling performances and seasonal refreshments make this one of the most special History Center events of the year. Free and open to the public. For more information: 770-297-5900.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).