Sandy Strong: Giving Back

Sandy Strong, BU '15, BU '17, at Brenau's South Atlanta Campus in Fairburn, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

It was the combination of convenience and military-friendly benefits that led Sandy Strong, BU ’15, ’16, to study early childhood education at Brenau’s Fairburn campus, where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Today, Strong teaches second grade at Edmonds Elementary School in Forest Park, Georgia. An Atlanta native, he aspires to help the underprivileged […]

Randal Robison: A new calling

Randal Robison with his 13-year-old son Nolen at their home in Cumming, Ga. Robison is pursing a MAT degree after 21 years as a chaplain in the U.S. Army (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

With a generous discount on tuition rates for military personnel and their families, student lounges specifically for veterans on every campus, flexible online classes and other benefits, Brenau provides easy accessibility to education for students of the armed forces. Randal Robison, a current student and retired Army chaplain, takes classes at both the Gainesville and […]

RISE Program Continues to be a Summer Success

Itzel Islas smiles while she walks to receive her diploma during the commencement ceremony for the RISE Program on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Fair Street School. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Children in the Real Interactive Summer Learning Experience, RISE, program graduated Friday, July 14, at Fair Street International Academy among friends, family and their summer camp teachers. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with these students the last six weeks,” said Chelsey Brown, WC ’16, one of the leads of the RISE Program. […]

Faculty members earn emeritus honors

Two longtime Brenau professors were awarded the title of emeritus/emerita upon their retirements earlier this year. Vince Yamilkoski, recently retired professor and director of the Learning Center at Brenau, was named professor emeritus, and Patricia Webster, professor of Spanish, was given the title of professor emerita. The honor of emeritus/emerita comes upon the recommendation of […]

Brenau student Julia Zhu receives statewide design award

Lynn Jones, Qingyuan Julia Zhu and Brenau President Ed Schrader pose for a photo with Zhu's honorable mention from the American Society of Interior Designers

Qingyuan “Julia” Zhu, a Master of Interior Design student, received an honorable mention for Best Commercial Design Concept for her commercial office studio project in the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ Design Excellence Awards. “Her concept guided her design for the 7,000-square-foot facility,” noted Lynn Jones, chair of interior design and […]

Brenau mourns passing of former trustee David Seng

Brenau Trustee David Seng at home in Dahlonega, Georgia in 2014.

Former Brenau University Trustee David Francis Seng of Dahlonega, Georgia, died at his home July 13 after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis for three years. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Erin McCabe Seng, BU ’93, who also served on the university board; a daughter, Shannon Seng Van Horn; sons, Andrew and Matthew; daughter-in-law […]

David Miller: A professor and a politician

David Miller, Lumpkin County Commissioner. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

David Miller is a Brenau professor of health care management and a Lumpkin County Commissioner. The two positions may seem random, but Miller uses his experiences to the benefit of Brenau students and his constituents. David Miller had never considered running for political office. Yet the Brenau professor of health care management is about half […]

Hail to the Chief, Carol Martin

Gainesville Chief of Police Carol Martin, WC '88, talks with some attendees during a Coffee With A Cop event. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau alumna Carol Martin improves the beat for women in law enforcement At 21 years old, Carol Martin, WC ’88, became a Gainesville police officer because of the retirement benefits. “My dad was big on that,” she says. “But I also wanted to join this department because it’s always been busier than other agencies, and […]

LaSharn Hughes is not finished yet

LaSharn Hughes, executive director of the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, BU '98, BU '04 poses for a photo with the Georgia State Capital in the background at her office in Atlanta. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Brenau alumna LaSharn Hughes aims to improve health care access in Georgia’s underserved areas Soft-spoken and poised, LaSharn Hughes, BU ’98, ’04, keeps a giant map of Georgia above her desk so she can visualize her projects. She points to Echols County in south Georgia and says, “See that town called Needmore? Well, they do, [...]

Competition Without Conflict

Ken Frank and Mary Lou Frank pose for a portrait. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

For more than 15 years, Brenau has had a competitive team unlike any other on its campus. Vying to be the best peacemakers in the nation, students on the mediation team practice their conflict resolution skills in national and international tournaments. This fall, Brenau will host mediation teams from across the globe in two international […]