Department of Interior Design Personnel Changes

Jill DeMarotta
Jill DeMarotta will be assuming the role of chair of interior design.

As of Jan. 14, Lynn M. Jones will step down as chair of interior design and Jill DeMarotta will assume the helm. Lynn will continue as an interior design professor in the role of an affiliate faculty member working with the current MFA students through the end of spring term. She will maintain her role on Graduate Council this spring and will retire at the end of the spring term.

Jan Wehby has been hired as an affiliate faculty member in interior design. She received her BFA in Interior Design from Brenau in 1991 and her Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2011. She will be teaching classes in both the Women’s College Day program and at the North Atlanta location. Please welcome Jan aboard!

The program will be conducting a national search this spring for an assistant/associate professor of interior design to begin in the fall of 2018. Please give Jill your support and congratulate her on her new role as chair of interior design!

Brenau Student Sommer Stockton Awarded Broadcasting Scholarship

Sommer Stockton, station manager, poses for for a photo during a radio practicum in the new WBCX studio in the Jacobs Building. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Congratulations to Sommer Lee Stockton for being awarded one of five E. Lanier Finch Scholarships from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. She is a mass communications major and serves as student station manager for Brenau’s campus radio station, 89.1 WBCX. Way to go, Sommer!

Listen Live to 89.1 WBCX at

Fighting the Flu starts with YOU!

Flu wants you informational posterWe are entering peak flu season. Here are a few tips from Health Services.
To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

The flu is different from a cold. It usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea

If you or someone else is experiencing any of these symptoms, please come to the clinic ASAP. Health Services offers free flu testing, no appointment needed.

Payroll: Inclement Weather

Attention supervisors: ​when adjusting your employee’s time for this morning’s inclement weather, please use the regular pay code, not holiday​​.

If you have a full-time employee starting work at 8:30 a.m., regular hours should be entered from 8:30-11:30 a.m. This will provide your employee the 3 hours needed to make up for the inclement weather and their lunch break. When they clock in at 12:30 p.m. the remaining hours worked during the day will bring them up to 7.5 hours.

If your employee does not have an 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule or if you have part-time employees, you should consider the hours worked from 12:30 p.m. until their time out for the day and adjust the morning hours accordingly.​ ​

It is your responsibility to ensure that your employee’s hours are entered in the system correctly.

Please contact Angie Graham at with any additional questions.

Get Up and Move Mondays!

Move Monday Flyer.
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Feeling like hibernating with all this cold weather? Shake off the winter blues with Get Up and Move Mondays! Come join the Event Services team in Ballroom A at the Brenau University Downtown Center the second Monday of every month from 12-1 p.m. for music, company and even some dancing (Who doesn’t like the Electric Slide?).

For the more adventurous, Lainey Kennedy will be leading a walking group from the Admissions House over to the Downtown Center and back.

Get out of your break room, out of your head and get up and move!

Dempsey Dash 5K Saturday, March 10

Join us for Brenau’s second annual Dempsey Dash 5K in memory of Wayne Dempsey on Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m. at the amphitheatre on the historic Gainesville campus. This event is open to employees, their families and the general public. Register at

Proceeds from the event benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund, first funded by an anonymous donor in 2014 in Dempsey’s memory.

Discounts on registration are available for faculty, staff and student this year. Employees who participate will receive five Activity Points in the Wellness Participation Program, which will feature a cash prize at the end of the year.

Don’t Just Give Your Heart this February, Give Blood

Brenau Health Services will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We would like to have a “Blood Drive Battle” between departments. A bejeweled heart trophy will be awarded to the department with the greatest percentage of participation.

Please email if your department wishes to participate in the “Blood Drive Battle.” Each participant needs to sign up for a time slot thru the American Red Cross. To sign up, go to

With all the natural disasters in 2017 there is a desperate need for blood donations. Our hope is that Brenau University faculty, staff and students will rally together to make this year the biggest blood collection in Brenau history.

Meet With Retirement Consultant Jan. 19

Kelly from Cannon Financial will be on the Gainesville historic campus for her monthly retirement meetings on Jan. 19. 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.

The Highjacked Brain Forum Jan. 23

The Partnership for Drug Free Hall presents the second forum in the “Not My Family”  series is “The Highjacked Brain” Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center. Attendees will learn how alcohol and other drugs damage the growing adolescent brain.

The featured speaker is Dr. Merrill Norton, PHARM. D.Ph., ICCDP-D. A professor at the University of Georgia, he is an expert on the developing brain and the damage incurred from the use of substances.

The venue opens at 5 p.m. for the Resource Fair, with the official program beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Judy Brownell at or visit

Join the 2018 Weight Loss Challenge

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Brenau’s annual Weight Loss Contest will begin January 2018! At the end of challenge, the employee who loses the biggest percentage of weight will win a cash prize of $500. There is no entry fee required to participate.

Initial weigh-ins will take place Jan. 3, 4 and 5. Halfway-point weight-ins will be Feb. 7, 8 and 9. The participant leading at this point will receive a prize. The final weigh-ins will be March 14, 15 and 16. The final winner will be determined by calculating the percentage of weight lost, and his or her name will be posted in the HR Newsletter.

All weigh-ins will be performed in the Human Resources Office. Email Kelley Maddox at to schedule an appointment. It is preferable to weigh-in on the last day. However, if you cannot make it that day, 2 other days are available, as outlined above. All information will be kept confidential.

Each participant will be required to weigh-in at all three weigh-in points to be eligible for prizes. Only dates listed above will be used as weigh-in dates. Employees from all campus are eligible to participate. Contact Kelley for more information if you are located at a site other than Gainesville and would like to participate.

Each participant will know where they placed in the rankings, and the names of participants will be shared within the group of participants. Each Friday the group will meet at 4:15 p.m. to walk the Brenau Mile on the Gainesville campus.

This is a voluntary program. Each participant will sign a participation agreement.

Employees are encouraged to use the facilities on campus, including the Brenau Fitness Center (free to all employees), the Brenau Mile and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. Also, please take advantage of our on-site Hopkins Dining Hall offering healthy eating options at a great price ($5.00 for employees).

Prizes are as follows and will be awarded in April 2018:
1st place: $500 cash prize
2nd place: $130 cash prize
3rd place: $65 cash prize
Mid weigh-in: $50 cash prize