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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 […]

Skleder represents Brenau on diversity and inclusion panel

Screenshot of Zoom conversation among 5 university presidents.

Brenau University President Anne Skleder participated in a panel as part of the Focus Atlanta Official Virtual Launch Conference in November on the topic of Inclusive Education: Diversity and its impact on upward mobility. Skleder was one of four Georgia college presidents to serve on the panel moderated by Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern […]

Skleder appoints Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

For more information about the Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence please contact email them at diversity@brenau.edu. Brenau University is taking tangible steps to ensure it becomes a leader in diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. During the tumultuous days of last summer as the country was reeling from the senseless deaths of George […]

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