Risk Taker

Debra Kolasienski, an alumn of the Fairburn campus, poses for a portrait in her home in Newnan, Ga.

Some undergraduates interrupt their college careers to spend their junior years abroad. You might say Debra Kolasienski did that – if your count a medical discharge from the Army after spending 10 months in one of the hottest Iraq war zones as a year abroad. Debra Kolasienski took a gamble when she joined the Army […]

Nationally Fashionable

Image from the 2013 Brenau Collaborative Fashion Show

Two leading Web publications that help match students with colleges and universities named Brenau University’s fashion design and fashion merchandising programs among the top in the nation – listings that include some of the 900-pound gorillas in the industry like Parsons, Fashion Institute of Technology and Rhode Island School of Design., the national online […]

Tennis Finishes 6th in National Polls with 4 All-America Selections

The Golden Tigers tennis team finished the 2013 season ranked 6th nationally in the NAIA Top 25 coaches poll with four players on the All-America list – all of whom return for the 2014 campaign. Junior Dominika Josova of Kosice, Slovakia, ranked previously as the top junior college player in the United States, made first […]

Pop Star

There is an age-old debate among aficionados of the iconic beverage as to whether Coca-Cola’s purest taste comes from a bottle, a can or, properly mixed, straight from the soda fountain. But, for those of us at Brenau, the vote should unanimously go to the bottle. Hands down. We can give you at least 3.4 […]

Terminal Women

Two Georgia women claimed a place in the Brenau history books on May 4 as the first graduates to receive terminal degrees from the university. Cynthia Bertoia from Lawrenceville, Ga. and Lauren Holland from Vidalia, Ga. received diplomas for Brenau’s Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design. “This is a big, big deal for them […]

A Man’s Work

Marco Coelho is an Occupational Therapy alumnus from the Brenau University Norcross campus.

Marco Coelho made a good first impression on the profession when he spearheaded organization of a student occupational therapy association. Now, with his diploma in hand, he is off to make his mark on the world. Occupational therapy from some has long been regarded as profession for women, a stereotype re-enforced to some degree because […]

Walking Boss

Brenau Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President David Barnett

Throughout his career Brenau Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President David Barnett has addressed needs of nontraditional students. He now oversees the biggest expansion project the university has seen in decades: the $6.7 million development of the Downtown Center. But what often keeps him awake nights is a leaky roof. At his home in […]

Practical Science

Dr. Rebecca Cooper is the department chair for graduate education at Brenau University and works out of the Norcross, Ga. campus.

Rebecca Cooper prepared for her current role as a leading professor in the College of Education at Brenau’s North Atlanta/Norcross campus with a lot of education and experience in marine biology. Now she teaches the teachers of those who will become America’s next generation of scientists. Many of her nontraditional students not only are changing […]

Higher Ed 101

A continual irritant for me as a university president is reading in a publication like The Wall Street Journal a headline that says something like “Is a Four-year College Degree Really Worth It?” In these pieces some higher education expert (often “self-appointed”) seizes on a bit of data about unemployment rates among recent graduates or anecdotal […]

Semper Fi

Perhaps Brenau's most visible face in the past two years, 2013 graduate Erik Nemecek connected the dots between Marine, cop, fireman, EMT, carpenter, welder, husband, father, matchmaker and motorbike wanderer to a degree in nursing and a future doing what he's always done best: helping other people.

Three years before that winter’s night on the mean streets of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1998, police officer Erik Nemecek, fresh out of training, squeezed all the slack off the trigger with the hammer cocked half-way back. At the last minute, however, he quickly holstered his weapon and body tackled the suspect who had been refusing […]