Free tables From Fine Arts

two blonde wood-finish tables leaning against the wall

Fine Arts has two free Ikea tables available for anyone who is willing to pick them up from Simmons Hall. One table is 5′ x 3′ and the other is 3′ x 2′. They both have their legs and necessary hardware. If you would like to come pick one or both up, email Polly Evans-Thomas at ude.uanerb@1samoht-snavep.

Brenau OT alumna shares international experience in Japan

Shannon Casola with members of Brenau OT.

Shannon Casola, a 2011 graduate of Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy, visited with OT students, faculty and staff on July 31 to discuss her unique career in Okinawa, Japan. As the daughter of missionaries, Casola experienced multiple cultures during her childhood summers that later fueled her interest for international work.

After graduation from Brenau, she gained experience on American soil working in a variety of settings, including school systems and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation.

When she got the chance to move to Japan and serve as an occupational therapist, Casola and her son took it without question. Two years have passed and she now serves pediatric clients on the American military installation in Okinawa. Her primary focus is early intervention with children from birth to age 3, as well as some early intervention in the school system. While the majority of clients are the children of Marines, all branches are represented on the island.

She shared with the students that she has recently extended her contract to remain in Japan for two more years and encouraged them to “look beyond the challenge or the disability to the hope, because that’s what you’re going to bring.”

The Brenau School of Occupational Therapy is so thankful for Casola’s visit and are extremely proud of her accomplishments.

Hiring an Office Manager for Physician Assistant Studies

The Brenau University Physician Assistant Studies Department currently has an opening for an Office Manager.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field
  • Office and personnel management experience

Duties and Responsibilities:


Maintain faculty profiles, post messages from chair/faculty, events and developments, maintain departmental calendar

Budget Management

Purchase order requisitions, Budget Manager, credit card statements, secure receipts for various purchases

Office/Classroom Supply Ordering

Maintain orders for department, instructors, classroom

Faculty Support

Handle travel authorization, sick leave, check requisition, travel voucher, payroll/workloads, standardized test ordering, textbook ordering, maintaining syllabi each semester (electronic filing system), assist in financial preparation for student field trips, make copies of tests/class materials, testing/classroom proctor, Open House, be initial contact for student advisees including communication with faculty, maintaining advising files, and scheduling advisee meetings.

Meeting/Entertainment Organization

Agenda development, communication with faculty and/or staff regarding meetings, specialty meetings (retreats, end of the semester/year, parties)

Work Orders

IT/Media, computer/classroom issues, meeting/event set up, building maintenance


Maintaining Meeting Room Manager

Assisting Department Chair

Maintaining calendar, marking deadlines, maintaining meeting appointments

Maintaining Office

Answering phones/returning calls, communicating appropriate information to faculty/staff, maintaining filing system (order receipts, purchase receipts,  adjunct files), send/retrieve mail, interoffice/departments communications

Supervise Work Study Students

Other duties as assigned

Environmental and Working Conditions:

Normal environment found in an educational setting. Some exposure to outdoors and varying weather conditions may be required.

Physical Demands and Aptitudes:

Some lifting and or carrying objects weighing 10+ pounds may be required. This position requires repetitive usage of arms, legs and eyes and includes standing to a significant degree.

Work Hours:

37.5 hours per week. Work hours designed to meet the needs of the chair, faculty, students and department.

Special Requirements:

Brenau University will conduct criminal background checks on all persons being considered for initial employment. In some circumstances, an FBI fingerprint report may be necessary to satisfy the requirement. Employees must hold and continue to maintain a favorable criminal history background. Credit checks may be performed on employees who are selected for a position that regularly engages in handling credit cards or other company monies. Due to insurance requirements, employees operating university vehicles must be at least 25 years of age, have a valid Georgia driver’s license, and a good driving record. An MVR may be performed during the hiring process. All employees who operate university vehicles or who are employed in a sensitive position may be subject to post-hire drug screening and random drug screenings. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug screening.

Please submit all applications online though ADP.

All internal applicants are required to notify their direct supervisor before applying.

Eat at Chipotle, Help Brenau University DPT Club

Calling all burrito lovers! Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 1134 Dawsonville Hwy, Suite 100, in Gainesville for our fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The fundraiser is raising money to support Brenau University DPT Club, so just download the flyer (PDF) or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they’ll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

Free Office Items to Good Home

If anyone would like free filing items and equipment, Dean of Fine Arts & Humanities Andrea Birch’s office is giving away office supplies to a good home! Items include:

  • multicolored folders
  • hanging organizer folders
  • metal file dividers
  • three-hole binder dividers
  • folder labels
  • a drawer organizer

Contact Alison Reeger Cook at ude.uanerb@kooc-regeera if any items interest you.

Save The Date: Fall Prevention Expo Friday, Sept. 13

Among older Americans, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death from injury. The risk of injury from falls increase with age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people 65 and older report falling in the previous year, yet less than half of those talked to a health care provider about falls. Many falls are preventable with some simple steps such as talking to your doctor and keeping your body strong and active.

To respond to the growing issue, the Northeast Georgia Fall Prevention Coalition is hosting the third annual Fall Prevention Expo. This year’s expo is being brought to you by Brenau University Ivester College of Health Sciences, Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging and Trauma & Acute Care Surgery of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Anyone interested in learning more about preventing and managing falls are invited to attend on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Gainesville Civic Center located at 830 Green St. NE.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and a light breakfast and the program begins at 9 a.m. Join us for education and discussion about preventing falls. Also included will be free screenings, demonstrations, home safety tips, community resources, giveaways and more! You must register to attend and space is limited. This event is free.

Go to to register online or call 800-347-1416. See the flyer (PDF) for more information.

Condolences to friends and family of Louise Bauck

Louise Bauck

Brenau friend and former colleague Dr. Louise Astrid Brouwer Bauck passed away Monday, July 15, in Vancouver, British Columbia, following a terminal stomach cancer diagnosis.

Bauck was a faculty member in biology from 2005-2012 and served as chair of the Department of Math & Science from 2008-2010. After moving to Nebraska, she continued to support Brenau’s programs by teaching online and accompanying study abroad trips to the Yucatan from 2013-2018. She was the 2008 Tri-Delta Professor of the Year, 2009 Brenau Adviser of the Year and 2010 Outstanding Professor of the Year.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in marine biology at Simon Fraser University and a Master of Veterinary Science with a specialization in avian medicine — a field that would ultimately lead to her acknowledgement as a global leader in the practice of avian medicine — from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.

Brenau will remember Bauck as a dynamic, optimistic person with a quick smile and an innate talent for teaching. Her passion for biology, conservation, research and travel was unparalleled and evident in her every action. Students as well as faculty describe her as a mentor, a role model and an enthusiastic scientist, and her family remembers her as “our rock, our inspiration, our guide to the enchantments of the natural world.” Over the years, she inspired a whole flock of Brenau Biology alumnae who will continue to spread her wisdom far and wide.

Bauck is survived by her husband, Stewart, her children, Christi and Anje, granddaughter, Everly, cat, Molikini, whippet, Rupert, and albino Nelson’s milksnake, Candy Corn. A small celebration of life event will be held in Vancouver in late August. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Louise’s name to the Nature Conservancy or World Wildlife Fund.

Join the CDC Summer Camp for A Little Bit of Seuss Performance, Thurs. July 25

Please join the children of Brenau Child Development Center’s summer camp in their performance of “A Little Bit of Seuss” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25, in Pearce Auditorium.

These kids have worked all week on a small performance of dance and poetry celebrating author Dr. Seuss. The performance will run 15-20 minutes and is free.

First-year DPT students host nursing students for interprofessional experience

On Saturday, July 19, ten first year DPT students volunteered their time to host nursing students for an interprofessional educational opportunity. Physical therapy students shared their human anatomy dissections with nursing students and faculty.

This is the second in an emerging series of interprofessional gross anatomy learning experiences between these two programs.