BE FIRST. BU July 19-20

Brenau Student Services will host its first ever First Generation Student event July 19-20 marketed as BE FIRST. BU.

This includes inviting our first generation students enrolling in the day program to attend Brenau for an overnight stay so they can connect and learn more about life at Brenau and its campus. A first generation student is defined as a student where neither parent/guardian holds a bachelor’s degree.

If you are a staff member or faculty member that is a first generation student, please contact Jessica Bowling so you can receive a first generation t-shirt. We ask that you wear your shirt on Thursday, July 19. Students will have different activities throughout the day as well as visit various departments on campus. We want them to be inspired by our very own Brenau family that are first gen!

Help Send Our Physical Therapy Students to Moultrie Farm

Brenau University’s Department of Physical Therapy has been accepted to be a part of a medical service trip for the week of June 24-29 of this year. The program is a multi-disciplinary trip to provide much needed medical services to migrant farm workers and their families in the Moultrie, Georgia area.

Twelve doctoral students will be going as part of a physical therapy team and will be joined by students from other universities in other disciplines such as nursing, dental hygiene and pharmacy. All the teams are supervised by qualified faculty.

The student team is soliciting donations to help defray the cost of the trip and are asking you to consider donating to this effort. All donations will go directly to defraying student costs such as lodging, meals and transportation. We are looking to raise $3500 and are about half-way there.

Please strongly consider supporting our team in this endeavor. All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

If you would like to donate please follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Fill out the Donation Information form.
  3. Under the ‘Apply my donation to’ drop-down menu, select the last option titled ‘other designation (please specify in Additional Notes below).
  4. In ‘Additional Notes for Gift,’ type PT SERVICE TRIP.

This will specify that your donation will be used for our trip.

Thank you!

June Camps at Brenau

Beginning this weekend, over 150 participants in the North Georgia School of Gospel Music and more than 50 dancers with the Brenau Dance Intensive and Gainesville Ballet move onto campus through June 22. Camp classes and activities are scheduled in Pearce Auditorium, the Burd Center, Owens Building, Thurmond McRae Auditorium, the SUB, gymnasium, amphitheater and all dance studios. Camp Jam and the International Ballet Intensive arrive June 24. Brenau Athletics will host tennis and soccer day camps as well.

Please be aware of first-time residential guests and foot traffic on campus.

Condolences to Jody Wall and Family

Dorothy Pritchett York, mother of Brenau Chief of Staff Jody Wall, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the age of 89.Dorothy Pritchett York, mother of Brenau Chief of Staff Jody Wall, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, at the age of 89.

Funeral services will be Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m., at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, in Demorest, Georgia. Interment will follow in Habersham Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 9, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

“She was my example in life,” Wall said of her mother. “She taught me everything.”

Those wishing to express condolences to the family online may do so by visiting

For the full obituary, visit AccessWDUN.

Lori Gann-Smith has Furniture for Sale

Recently retired Lori Gann-Smith and her husband are downsizing before their move to Tennesee and have the following items for sale:

  • Sofa and two matching chairs – $250 OBO
  • Craftsman-style coffee table and end table – $150 OBO
  • various bookcases… contact for details.
  • Washer and dryer… old but still work – FREE
  • King Mattress and box springs – FREE
  • 2 Twin mattresses and box springs – FREE
  • 2 adjustable bed frames – FREE

There will be a yard sale on Friday, June 8 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. with these and other household items.

For more information contact Lori at

Jacksonville campus hosts seminar: Workforce Issues in the 21st Century

Panelists at the Jacksonville campus seminar provide insight on workplace issues in the 21st century.

Dr. Maja Zelihic introduces the panelists.

On June 1, the Jacksonville campus hosted a seminar, Workplace Issues in the 21st Century, for area HR and business professionals. Through a panel discussion and multiple breakout sessions, Brenau instructors and business and education partners from the Jacksonville community addressed the topics of Building a Strong Workforce: Trends and Challenges; Workplace Harassment – Then and Now; Managing the Multi-generational Workforce; Challenges of an Educated Workforce; and Truths About Unconscious Bias in the Workplace. The well-attended event received excellent reviews.

Condolences to Family of Trustee Emeritus Mary Helen Hosch

Brenau Trustee Emeritus Mary Helen Hosch died May 15 in Gainesville, Georgia, at the age of 103.Brenau Trustee Emeritus Mary Helen Roop Hosch died on May 15 at her home in Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, Georgia. She was 103 years old.

A special memorial service for Mary Helen will be held at the Gainesville First United Methodist Church Chapel on Monday, June 11, at 11 a.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Brenau University and Lanier Village Estates Samaritan Fund. Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at


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 CHIP, and you think you or any of your dependents might be eligible for either of these programs, contact your State Medicaid or CHIP office or dial 1-877-KIDS NOW or to find out how to apply.

Meet With Retirement Consultant June 14

Kelly from Cannon Financial will be on the Gainesville historic campus for her monthly retirement meetings on Thursday, June 14. She is also available to meet via phone for employees who work at other campus locations. To set up a time to meet with Kelly, please contact Kelley Maddox at

All new hires are encouraged to meet with Kelly the first month of hire.