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Where the World Comes to Play

International student-athletes key to Brenau tennis’ sustained success In 11 seasons at Brenau University, Andre Ferreira has led the Golden Tigers tennis program to 140 victories, eight National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship appearances and two conference titles with nine All-American honorees. These achievements have propelled Ferreira through the echelons of the NAIA’s coaching elite. […]

International Spotlights: Sydney Hencil

Sydney Hencil

When it came time to decide which university to attend, Brenau junior Sydney Hencil knew she wanted to go somewhere outside her home country of Zimbabwe. When Hencil was younger, she was a member of the Rotary Youth Exchange program and spent time studying in Germany. Her parents wanted her to do the same after […]

International Spotlights: Mandy Bartell

Mandy Bartell

It’s been a long, strange trip for Mandy Bartell. Last January, the coordinator for Brenau’s Anhui Normal University partnership had just begun what was supposed to be a three-week visit to the Gainesville campus when officials in China — Bartell’s home since 2002 — announced the discovery of a new coronavirus. With so many uncertainties […]

Chinese classmates adjust to American life

While students at Sichuan Modern Art School, in Chengdu, China, Xueyun “Anna” Feng and Junlin “Scott” Wang had thoughts of leaving their home country for college — they just weren’t sure where they would end up. That changed when Brenau University leaders, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Eck and then-President Ed […]

Trustee Jill Mansfield says Brenau international experience ‘changed my life’

For Brenau University alumna and trustee Jill Mansfield, BU ’15, helping others is in her blood. Reflecting on the university’s mission, Mansfield says elements of “personal and professional fulfillment, intellectual accomplishment and global awareness” are echoed in her life experience and a family tradition of providing support. Some of Mansfield’s earliest memories include visiting the […]

Global perspectives

Cultural diversity drives concepts, ideas in interior design program The jump of an eyebrow. The swiftest of smiles. A quiet “ah” that screams success. These “sparks of clarity,” as Michael Kleeman calls them, are the moments the Brenau interior design professor enjoys most when teaching his international students and the culmination of hard work, creativity […]

International Spotlights: Robert Kiss-Mihaly

Nursing School Student Robert Kiss-Mihaly

When deciding where to attend nursing school, Robert Kiss-Mihaly was torn between continuing his education in Georgia or returning to his native Canada. Ultimately, Kiss-Mihaly decided to stay in Georgia, where he is now in his final year of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Brenau University’s Norcross campus. Kiss-Mihaly says he […]

International Spotlights: Jordan Anderson

Jordan Anderson is Brenau University’s Director of International Students and Programs.

Jordan Anderson speaks many languages. In addition to her native English, the Brenau director of international initiatives counts among her linguistic repertoire Spanish, Japanese, German and Mandarin — the last of which has helped her form a special bond with the university’s Chinese students. While Anderson typically helps international students transition to Brenau through support […]

Building bridges

Rosi Ponce brings world of experience to Brenau’s international endeavors Prior to starting her role as executive director of international strategy and partnerships at Brenau in August 2020, Rosi Ponce spent most of her adulthood living in countries all over the world. Growing up in Panama, Ponce’s interests and views were impacted by protests and […]

Our Shared Future

Preparing Brenau students for the global world at our doorsteps Asign at the Georgia Welcome Center on I-85 that reads, “Georgia Welcomes the World,” serves as a great reminder as Brenau University faculty prepare students to live extraordinary lives, including leading and thriving in a global workplace. The world has indeed come to Georgia. According […]

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