Condolences to Andi Savage

Winifred Strain, grandmother of occupational therapy office manager Andi Savage, died on Aug. 13. She was 91.

Mrs. Strain, a native of Atlanta, was a graduate of Chamblee High School and was a retired office manager with Perimeter Urology. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Bill Head Funeral Home at the Duluth Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Gideons International at Read her full obituary at

Brenau named to Best in Southeast list by Princeton Review

We are very proud to share that for the 15th consecutive year, Brenau University was named to The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” section of its 2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

The feature placed Brenau in the top 22% of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges, and it considered colleges throughout the Southeast, Midwest, Northeast, West and international regions.

The methodology for the rankings includes building scores on a scale from 60-99. Brenau specifically excelled thanks to its high-quality academics — with a score of 87, esteemed and accessible professors — score of 83 — and student quality of life, which also scored 83. Factors in these ratings included how many hours students study outside of the classroom, the quality of students the school attracts, how happy students are with their lives outside of the classroom and more. The university also scored a perfect 99 in fire safety.

Students’ quality of life is measured through surveys, polling and feedback from Brenau students. The Brenau profile on the Princeton Review site includes student comments, including one that said Brenau professors are “very supportive and understanding and are always available when you need them,” and another said “they care about their students and want to help them succeed.” One student mentioned the family-like atmosphere by saying, “We are really big on getting to know people, especially incoming freshmen.”

Read more about the feature at

New student orientation schedule for undergrads on Gainesville campus

We are excited to welcome our incoming undergraduate students to the historic Gainesville campus. Orientation begins with move-in day Wednesday, Aug. 21, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Please see the attached schedule (PDF) for more information. Any questions can be directed to Lauren Bell at ude.uanerb@2llebl or Tami English, ude.uanerb@1hsilgnet.

Chair massage spots available for Aug. 21

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages on Wednesday, Aug. 21, on the Gainesville historic campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Please make note of campus improvement projects

As students and faculty return to campus for fall semester, you will notice a few improvement projects currently in progress:

  • New roofs are being installed on portions of Bailey Hall, Pearce Auditorium, Simmons Visual Arts and Geiger Hall. This project has an estimated completion date of Sept. 15. Golden Tiger Way is closed during this project.
  • The City of Gainesville is replacing the storm water drainage system on Boulevard between Academy Street and Washington Street. At various times during August and September, portions of Boulevard will be closed to vehicle traffic. Throughout the project, parallel parking on Boulevard is not available.
  • The remainder of the second floor of the Downtown Center will be built out to provide learning and work space for the students and faculty of the new Physician’s Assistant program. This project is scheduled to begin in September and be completed by the end of the spring 2020 semester.

Please use caution surrounding these projects and follow signage.

All-University Meeting Aug. 20

All faculty and staff should plan to attend the university-wide meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Downtown Center (Theatre on the Square). Beverages will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 9 a.m.

If you have not submitted your RSVP for the Faculty & Staff Luncheon on Aug. 20, please see the invitation below and complete the RSVP form by Monday,  Aug. 12.

Invitation: To welcome the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, faculty and staff are invited to attend a luncheon with Brenau University President Anne A. Skleder on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at approximately 11:30 a.m., following the All-University meeting. Lunch will include a Q&A session with President Skleder. Please join us as we celebrate the start of an exciting year ahead.

Hiring for Welcome Center Coordinator

The Admissions Office is looking for a Welcome Center Coordinator. The position has the primary responsibility of welcoming guests to the campus, coordinating tours, assisting with recruitment efforts, ordering and organizing supplies, keeping multiple schedules and answering phones. We are looking for an experienced professional with three years front desk/customer service experience that can handle heavy phone traffic and unexpected walk-ins. If a current Brenau employee is interested, please email Redenna Poole ude.uanerb@eloopr by Tuesday, Aug. 13, for more information and instructions on how to apply.

(Please review the Brenau policy guideline on applying for internal jobs.)

Thank you from Leisa Hudson

Dear Brenau Family,

I’m so thankful and grateful for the love and support that you all have shown me. I really can’t find the right words that express how grateful I am to be part of such a great family.

Thank you for lifting my spirit and blessing me as I travel down this road. I am encouraged by your thoughtfulness. May God bless you all.

Truly blessed,
Leisa Hudson

New Gainesville Chautauqua: Andrew Jackson Aug. 13

The Northeast Georgia History Center presents its next New Gainesville Chautauqua series performance at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13. This presentation will follow the life of President Andrew Jackson, portrayed by Ken Johnston.

Andrew Jackson, the man perceived in the popular imagination as being almost single-handedly responsible for the Indian Removal Act and the resultant Trail of Tears. Jackson could be ambivalent regarding Native Americans, treating the Red Stick Creek as enemies at Horseshoe Bend, while the Cherokee and Choctaw as allies at Horseshoe Bend and New Orleans, respectively. Whether Jackson viewed Indian Nations as enemies or allies, though, his first and overriding priority was white settlement and expansion; and as Jackson saw it the Nations had best accommodate Removal for their own good – regardless of how the Native American Nations themselves saw it.

Tickets are $6 for non-members, free for members, and may be purchased at the door with cash or card. For more information, call 770-297-5900 or visit

A Note of Farewell from Dr. Jenene Craig

Jenene CraigHave you heard the phrase: “Sometimes when you least expect it, good things happen”? Well, in my case, it’s both good and admittedly also sad. The sad part is that I am leaving Brenau and the many friends I have established here.

After 11 years, I reflect on when our OT program was in the “little pink building” on main campus. That building, the proximity of our faculty offices to one another and the proximity we had with our students is what forged so many of my friendships. I have been able to experience the remarkable growth process from that small space and one OT program, into the new space at Brenau East and two programs, and then to the state where we are today with two campus locations, three MSOT programs and a PPOTD program. Wow, what a treasure to have been a part of that journey! Thank you to so many of you, both in the OT program and from other programs, for your partnership in education, your mentoring along the way and, most importantly, for your friendship.

In leaving Brenau, I take with me 11 years of time well-spent, knowledge gained and memories of amazing colleagues, students and alumni. Tuesday, Aug. 13 will be my last official day at Brenau, and I wanted to express my sense of gratitude for this amazing place and for your influence on me and to make sure that our contact does not end here. I will remain local and would love to stay in contact. My new email address is moc.liamg@giarceneneJ.

My experience has been immeasurable. Thank you!