Faculty and students from Occupational Therapy represent Brenau at UGA Summer Institute

Students and faculty at Summer Institute.

Sixteen students from Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy participated in the University of Georgia’s Preparation of Interdisciplinary Providers (PIPs) Project’s inaugural Summer Institute held May 31-June 2 in Dawsonville, Georgia. Students were accompanied by Brenau OT faculty Irma Alvarado and Laura Carpenter.

The PIPs Project, “Serving Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with High-Intensity Needs Through Evidence-Based Preparation of Interdisciplinary Providers,” is a personnel preparation grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. Over the course of two days, UGA PIPs scholars who are graduate students in Birth Through Kindergarten or Speech-Language Pathology worked with Brenau OT students to build interdisciplinary collaboration skills to learn how to support young children with complex needs and their families using evidence-based practices.

More information about the project can be found at coe.uga.edu/news/2018/12/pips-project-highlighted-by-u-s-department-of-education.

Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act notice

If you are eligible for health coverage from Brenau but are unable to afford the premiums, some states have premium assistance programs that can help pay for coverage.

If you or your dependents are not currently enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Heath Insurance Program (CHIP), and you think you or any of your dependents might be eligible for either of these programs, contact Medicaid, CHIP office, dial 1-877-KIDS-NOW or go to insurekidsnow.gov to find out how to apply.

APTA student membership drive culminates with forum led by PTAG president

person speaking

The Department of Physical Therapy recently completed a student membership drive with the American Physical Therapy Association.

The Reach100 membership drive was successful, resulting in 76% student membership and earning Brenau an honorable mention designation to be placed on banners at national conferences. Reach100 is a call for physical therapy students to demonstrate their commitment to APTA membership.

To celebrate this outcome, Brenau DPT welcomed Daniel Dale, president of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, to speak on the benefits of membership and advocacy within the field of physical therapy.

Brenau Alumni Day at Six Flags

We are hosting an Alumni Day at Six Flags June 15. There are some tickets still remaining. Tickets are $30 each and include lunch plus parking.

Purchase tickets at events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hyqnk7cab&oeidk=a07egbum47f1f38b517.

“President’s Summer Arts Series” reception this Thursday

“Skewed Point of View” by Sara Oakley

Join President Ed Schrader in celebrating the President’s Summer Art Series: A Retrospective from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 6 in the Sellars Gallery of the Simmons Visual Arts Center.

In 2012, President Schrader implemented this annual exhibition highlighting regional artists with close ties to the local community and Brenau University. This year’s exhibition will feature an array of past Summer Art Series artists to pay tribute to Dr. Schrader’s lasting legacy and Brenau’s commitment to supporting local artists.

This year’s featured artists are Judy Black, Christie Gregory, Jane Reynolds Hemmer, John Hemmer, Joyce Hornor, Gregory Johnson and Sara Oakley.

The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call 770.534.6263 or visit galleries.brenau.edu.

The exhibition runs through Thursday, July 11.

Staff personnel evaluations due Friday, June 14

Annual staff performance evaluations are due to the HR Office by Friday, June 14.

Contact Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk or 770-534-6270 with questions.

Jacksonville campus hosts resume writing classes for veterans

students in a classroom

On May 29, staff at Brenau’s Jacksonville campus hosted students from Operation New Uniform (ONU) for a resume writing class.

Veterans often find themselves less competitive in the professional marketplace compared to those on a more traditional path. The ONU program assists veterans by providing them with real opportunities after they transition from the military. They focus on changing strategies, growing confidence, gaining skill, and getting results by offering training and development programs, resources and professional networks in a relentless pursuit of professional success for the veterans they serve.

The Jacksonville campus is proud to serve all ONU students in an ongoing effort as they strive to achieve success in transitioning to civilian careers.

Center for the Arts & Design donates sock monkeys

Art & Design Department Chair and Director of The Center for the Arts & Design Claudia Wilburn presents Gainesville Police Department Officer Maricela Del Rio with sock monkeys made made by Brenau students faculty and staff. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Art & Design Department Chair and Director of the Center for the Arts & Design Claudia Wilburn presents Gainesville Police Department Officer Maricela Del Rio with sock monkeys made made by Brenau students, faculty and staff. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Claudia Wilburn, director of Brenau’s Center for the Arts & Design (CAD), found a way to comfort local children by making sock monkeys.

CAD and the Kappa Pi art honors society hosted a sock monkey workshop for faculty, staff, students and community members in January. Participants were encouraged to make two monkeys: one to keep and one to donate to the Gainesville Police Department.

On Thursday, May 23, Officer Maricela Del Rio picked up about 20 sock monkeys made during the workshop. The Gainesville Police Department is one of many departments that keep stuffed animals in their patrol cars to give to upset children to comfort them during situations such as car accidents or domestic calls.

Wilburn’s husband heard about the stuffed animal program a few years. She has been learning how to make sock monkeys, so she mixed the two together.

“One of the key missions of the Center for the Arts & Design is to build community,” Wilburn said. “It also builds a relationship with the GPD and Brenau. We hope to do something similar again in the future.”

Vacation time: use it or lose it

Vacation time expires June 30. If an employee has unused vacation time as of June 30, it will be transferred to the employee’s wellness leave, if applicable.

All time off requests for the month of June must be submitted and approved in ADP before June 24.

Play Therapy Room Added to BCCPS at Norcross Campus


ribbon cuttingThe Psychology Department announced the grand opening of its play therapy room at the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS) on the Norcross campus.

On April 18, Gary Bauman, Josh Hall and Lucinda Grapenthin, as well as the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling graduate students, were on hand to formally cut the red ribbon celebrating the new addition. This specially designed room incorporates a center for expressive arts therapy and a space for non-directed play therapy. The room is equipped with therapeutic toys, dolls and activities to help serve the young clients. A two-way mirror allows for clinical supervision and observations while student clinicians are working with children and families. A Play Therapy Specialization is offered to the graduate students while they are pursuing their counseling degree.

Children can be referred to the BCCPS Norcross for play therapy by calling 470-228-8942.