Faculty and staff are invited to join us for the annual Champagne Brunch and May Day Celebration!

Alumnae Reunion Weekend logoAll faculty and staff are invited to join us on Saturday, April 13, for our annual Champagne Brunch and May Day Celebration. The brunch is from 11-1 and May Day festivities begin at 1 p.m.

All faculty and staff are free of charge with their gold Brenau name badge. However, if you plan to attend please email ude.uanerb@3retraca so we can be sure we have accurate numbers.

Chair massage spots available for Wednesday, April 17

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, April 17 on the Gainesville campus.

Each massage lasts 10 minutes. To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Lecture by visiting professor Zhou, April 16

Chinese Architecture and the Imperial Palace flyerThe Center for the Arts & Design is hosting a lecture on Chinese Architecture and the Imperial Palace. Professor Yaxin “Elaine” Zhou is an interior design professor visiting from Anhui Normal University. She will be speaking from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Disque Lecture Hall.

This lecture is free and everyone is invited. Space is limited so please email ude.uanerb@1samoht-snavep to secure your spot.


Hagerman-Thompson Award nomination deadline extended to Friday, April 12

Brenau University annually honors and recognizes a staff member who demonstrates high standards of performance with the Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award. The award is presented at the faculty and staff service awards ceremony.

All university staff and faculty and are encouraged to nominate a staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Will complete five years of service in 2019.
  • Employed on at least a ¾ time basis.
  • Contributes to the growth and excellence of Brenau University beyond the call of duty.
  • Is well respected.
  • Presents a positive image both on and off campus.
  • Is efficient and effective.
  • Works well as a team member.
  • Demonstrates commitment and dedication to the institution.
  • Has not previously won the award and is not a member of the faculty, Vice Presidents group or the President’s Cabinet.

All Brenau University faculty and staff are eligible to submit one nomination form for a staff member who meets the criteria. The deadline for nominations will be end of the day Friday, April 12.

Please follow the link below to access the Google form to nominate:

Free Health Screenings for World Health Wellness Week, April 15-18

World Health Day, celebrated in April each year, commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on a subject of major importance to global health. The theme for 2019 is Universal Health Care, which is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them without suffering financial hardship.

Brenau will host its Wellness Week from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18 at the Center for Health & Well-Being on the Gainesville campus.

Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis will be providing health screens at no charge to employees, including:

  • pulse
  • oxygen saturation
  • blood pressure
  • weight/height
  • BMI
  • hemoglobin (anemia screening)
  • A1C (diabetes screening)
  • anxiety and depression screening available by Brenau Center for Counseling & Psychological Services

At the end of your screening you will receive a health transcript that lists all of your current screening numbers. Keep this to compare changes in your health between April and November when we have our annual Health and Benefits Expo.

Employees who participate will be awarded with five Activity Points towards Wellness.

If you are unable to attend this event please note you can still get one wellness point if you do your biometric screenings with your physician. Physicals are worth 10 points.

Students learn piano tuning technique in “Music Meets Physics” workshop

Anna Feng, left, and Scott Wang tune a piano.

The colorful piano in the Yonah Lobby, recently decorated as part of an art project, was looking fine. However, people trying to play it were greeted by the twangy sound of strings badly out of tune. Last week, music majors Xueyun “Anna” Feng and Junlin “Scott” Wang, along with business major Yuhao “Charlie” Qiu, made the instrument playable in two afternoon workshop sessions.

“We did this once before with the Blackbox piano,” said Dr. Rudi Kiefer, who supplied piano tools and instruction during the project. It involved ear training to let the students hear the physical characteristics of strings in addition to their musical tone, and practice with a professional tuning lever.

After learning the basics of tuning pins, string pressure and reading an electronic strobe display, the three took turns on the 245 strings that needed adjustment.

“It is interesting to train one’s ears to what the strings are doing, instead of concentrating on the music,” Feng said.

Fellow music major Scott Wang agreed, adding “It’s a lot of fun to have an out-of-tune instrument like that and make it so that everyone can play it and enjoy it again.”

Business major Charlie Qiu remarked on the total of five hours spent on the project.

“I see now why it’s expensive to have a piano tuned by a service,” Qiu said. “It was gratifying to learn that we can also do a decent job ourselves.”

New Faculty Committee Social, April 18

Please join the New Faculty Committee for year-end social from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Downtown Drafts.

This will be a fun time to drop-in and meet new faculty you have not yet interacted with or to hang out with those you have!

GTA Discovery Series: The Kiss April 11-15

A poster for "The Kiss"The Gainesville Theatre Alliance Discovery Series presents The Kiss, a world premiere show, 7:30 p.m. April 11-15 in the Theatre on the Square, Brenau Downtown Center.

Set in a museum in front of Gustav Klimt’s beloved painting The Kiss, this play invites the audience to share in moments of compassion and comedy as pairs of characters experience this famous painting and find the courage to connect, with differing levels of success. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. April 12-15 with a preview at 7:30 p.m. April 11. Free and open to the public.

For more information, call 678-717-3624 or visit www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.

Save the date for Brenau’s year-end festivities, Tuesday, May 7

Brenau's End of the Year Extravaganza flyer
Click to view a larger, printable image of flyer.

The Staff Development Committee is looking for pictures of faculty and staff to include in the year-end slideshow, which will be shown at Brenau’s End of the Year Extravaganza held Tuesday, May 7. Please direct these submissions to Amy Goetz at ude.uanerb@zteoga.

The extravaganza will begin at 10 a.m. in Pearce Auditorium. There will be a faculty and staff service award ceremony, including the Hagerman Thompson Award, special presentations and a slideshow.

A separate article will go out about the murder mystery and how to participate in that event. Any questions about that can be directed to Tiffany Wilson at ude.uanerb@3nosliwt. The murder mystery, Death at the Disco, will start at 11 a.m. in Pearce before teams scour the main campus for clues and suspects. Participants will join the picnic immediately following the end of the game.

The picnic lunch with music and games will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the front lawn and Wilkes.

Any questions about this year’s festivities can be directed to either Lainey Kennedy at ude.uanerb@1hcslewl or Andi Savage at ude.uanerb@egavasa.

The Staff Development Committee hopes to see you there!

GTA presents Cabaret, April 9-20

"Cabaret" posterThe Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents Cabaret Tuesday, April 9, through Saturday, April 20, in the Ed Cabell Theatre of University of North Georgia, Gainesville campus.

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish master of ceremonies tells the fantastically lush tale of two pairs of star-crossed lovers struggling to pursue their dreams as the Third Reich takes over Germany.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance brings this R-rated musical to life this spring. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 9-13 and April 16-20, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. April 14 and 20 and a preview performance at 7:30 p.m. April 8. Tickets are $28-30 for adults, $26-28 for seniors and $18-20 for students. For more information call 678-717-3624 or visit www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.