Submit Nominations for The Spirit of Brenau Award 2019

The Spirit of Brenau Award is a special opportunity to recognize a Women’s College freshman, sophomore or junior that exemplifies the Brenau Ideal and contributes to the campus community in a meaningful way. Whether an outspoken leader or an unsung hero, this student has gone above and beyond to make a difference.

If you would like to submit a nomination, email Dayle Lane at with the subject Spirit of Brenau Nomination. Please include the student’s name, class standing, and a description of why you think she deserves this award. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee and four finalists will be selected. At Cotillion on Saturday, March 16, the student body will vote and a single winner will be announced. Along with the recognition, the winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming year.

Submissions are open now, and the deadline is 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

Christy Brimmer Nominated as Faculty Contact for APTA Student Assembly

Dr. Christy Brimmer has been nominated by Dr. Heather Ross to serve as the Brenau Department of Physical Therapy’s faculty contact to American Physical Therapy Association’s Student Assembly.

The APTA works with faculty and student contacts in DPT programs nationwide to facilitate professional communication between many stakeholders. Working with Brimmer will be Brenau’s first student representative, Mackenzie Mullen, physical therapy student in the class of 2021.

Brenau University Hunger Awareness Week Feb. 11-15

The Staff Development Committee and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority invite you to participate in Hunger Awareness Week, the week of Feb. 11. Events are scheduled throughout the week, including a speaker, documentary screening, food drive competition, bowl painting event and a community service day at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

All Week

Brenau Library staff celebrating food donationsThere will be a weeklong food drive competition between the students and faculty and staff. Two donation bins (one for student donations and one for faculty/staff donations) will be available from Monday, Feb. 11, through Friday, Feb. 15, at the following locations:

  • The Lobby of Yonah Hall
  • The Main Lobby of the Downtown Center
  • The Nursing Department at Brenau East
  • The Occupational Therapy at Brenau East.

3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in Thurmond McRae

Georgia Mountain Food Bank logoThe week will kick off with a talk by Phil Dennis, community engagement coordinator for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, followed by a screening of the documentary “Hunger in America” at 3:30 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Yonah Hall lobby

Bowls painted by the Brenau community against the Brenau logoAlpha Gamma Delta will sponsor a bowl painting event, during which you can come paint “empty bowls” for the Empty Bowl Luncheon, an annual fundraiser benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. The cost to paint a bowl is normally $8 each. However, if you are one of the first 33 people, Alpha Gamma Delta will subsidize the cost, so you pay only $5 per bowl. Those $5 will feed up to 100 people.

12-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15

The week will wrap up with a Community Service Event at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. Faculty and staff will receive 1 Wellness point for participating in the food bank service event, and hourly staff have been given permission to remain clocked in for the event.

Sign up by Tuesday, Feb. 12, to participate in the Georgia Mountain Food Bank volunteer event on Friday, Feb. 15, using the following link. List “Brenau University” as the group name.

The Staff Development Committee and Alpha Gama Delta thank you for your support of these important events during Hunger Awareness Week!

Women’s Leadership Colloquium Returns March 15

The sixth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium, brought to you by The Women’s College, is set for 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts’ Hosch Auditorium. A reception will follow.

The keynote speaker is Kimberly R. Powell, principal of ghSMART & Co. Inc. and co-author of New York Times best-seller The CEO Next Door. Featured speakers include Qing Cao, WC ’11, Alumni Association endowed guest speaker and senior marketing analyst at UPS Global Product Innovation; and Michele Ozumba, president of the Women’s College Coalition.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register at

Please contact Whitney Neveils at or 770.534.6179 with any questions about the event.

Tickets to Terminus Ballet Dance Concert Feb. 9

The High School Dance Festival will take place this weekend, Feb. 9-10, at the Brenau Downtown Center and Gainesville campus, and will include a guest performance by Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre.

One of their dancers, Heath Gill, created a dance piece titled Confronting Genius that will be presented at the 7:30 p.m. dance concert in the Theatre in the Square. Additionally, Brenau Dance Department will present Joshua Blake Carter’s work Genesis. The Gainesville Ballet and other works will be performed by pre-professional companies from Atlanta.

Tickets are available at the door for $10. Less than 100 tickets remain. To learn more about Terminus, visit their website.

Corrected 1095 Forms Coming to ADP

The 1095s previously generated were incorrect. ADP has generated new 1095s and they will be available in your ADP Employee Portal in 48 hours or so. They will also mail paper copies for us to send out.

Green Zone stickers appearing around campus

Have you seen the Green Zone stickers appearing on office doors? They indicate the person in that office has completed the Brenau University Military and Veteran Diversity and Sensitivity training. It is super easy and once complete, you too can have a Green Zone Sticker for your office.

Just go to

You can stop and start the training as needed. When you finish please send a note to Rosanne Short, director of military and veteran services, at to receive a door sticker.

Juliana Gray Poetry Reading Feb. 6

Juliana GrayPlease join us for a poetry reading by Juliana Gray at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Quiet Zone of the Trustee Library. A Q&A session will be held at 3:30 p.m..

Juliana Gray is the author of three poetry collections — Honeymoon Palsy, Roleplay, and The Man Under My Skin— as well as the chapbook Anne Boleyn’s Sleeve. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, 32 Poems and other journals, and her humor writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and elsewhere. An Alabama native, she lives in western New York and teaches at Alfred University.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 770-534-6179.

The MotivateMe Program within Brenau’s Wellness Program

Through Cigna’s MotivateMe Program, Brenau provides you with financial rewards for the healthy actions you take. The goal is to keep you motivated to get your annual checkup, know your key health numbers and, ultimately, take control of your health.

Below are some of the simple activities you can complete to start earning rewards.

  1. Get your annual preventive checkup. 
    Your annual preventive checkup can help catch health issues before they become more serious. Cigna medical plans cover annual checkups at 100 percent when received from an in-network physician.
  2. Complete your online health assessment. 
    The online health assessment is an easy-to-answer, online questionnaire that provides a snapshot of your health and recommends steps for improvement. It takes very little time to complete.

Refer to the dark gold-colored activities on the Wellness Planner (PDF) for all the events you can do to be rewarded with a gift card through the MotivateMe Program. Refer to the attached Web User Guide (PDF) for additional information and instructions on how to get started.

Blood Drive Battle, Feb. 6

The Heart of Heroes trophy.

The Brenau University’s Blood Drive Battle wages on! Make your donation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Sellers Gallery.

Currently the College of Business and Communication is running neck-and-neck with Student Services for possession of the Heart of Heroes for 2019.   Can your department steal the Heart of Heroes?

There is a critical need for all blood types and we would like to show the world that Brenau is a giving community.  Let’s show our school spirit and give life by giving blood.

There will be free donuts and pizza and if you signup prior to the event. You will receive a $5 gift card when you donate.

Sign up at