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Tennis, swimming win conference championships

Brenau University wrapped up its first year in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with championships in tennis and swimming and diving. The Golden Tiger tennis team won both the regular-season and conference tournament titles with a 5-3 victory over SCAD Atlanta to cap an extra-effort quest because members of the team, as head coach Andre Ferreira […]

Board of Trustees welcomes three to its ranks

Betty Norton named trustee emerita The Brenau University Board of Trustees experienced some change through the last season, as three new members joined its ranks and longtime trustee Betty Verson Norton was made a trustee emerita. The three newest members are Brenau alumna Jill Mansfield, president of Ramsey Properties, Fiftyeight Interiors and Jill Mansfield Interiors; […]

Dance department faculty, students remember Jolie Long Carlton

Jolie Long Carlton, longtime Brenau University professor and former chair of the Department of Dance, died Tuesday, May 1, surrounded by family at her home in Gainesville, Georgia. Carlton joined Brenau’s Dance Department in 1998, bringing thoughtful and technical skills along with what her former coworkers describe as artistic passion and deep friendship. Madia Whillette […]

Olesya Sypchenko: Universal Language

Olesya Sypchenko teaches a music lesson to a student with autism at Sound of Music school in Buford, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Alumna uses music and OT to unlock the genius in children One of the giants of literature, Russia’s Leo Tolstoy, said that music is the shorthand of emotion. Maybe that’s why Russian-born child music prodigy Olesya Sypchenko drawn to using psychology, occupational therapy and music as tools to help children with developmental challenges. Using her [...]

BURDs take flight

BURD statuette in grass in front of Pearce Auditorium

Brenau Center for the Arts and Design and Chamber of Commerce partner on public art project As part of a mission to increase awareness of public art in Hall County, Brenau University and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2030 public art committee announced in March the Brenau Urban Rural Discoveries, or BURDs. The […]

One Ballsy Burd

The mild-mannered former president of Brenau University strikes no one at first blush as a shoot-first-ask-questions-later gunslinger. However, when he set out to corral an extraordinary art collection for the school, he relentlessly took no prisoners. In about his second year, Brenau President John S. Burd initiated development of the Permanent Art Collection at Brenau [...]

The Art of History

In almost half a century in the classroom, Jim Southerland used whatever tools he could find to make history come alive for his students. At Brenau, the arts always seemed to be just the thing. My role as a teacher was merely a continuation of my lifelong role as a student. It is a fitting [...]

Lynn Jones leaves a legacy of design

A 140-year-old institution like Brenau University is, naturally, known for the historic structures that dot its campus, from Walters House and its ornate fireplaces to Pearce Auditorium and its remarkable painted ceiling. What few who walk these halls know is nearly every historic Brenau building has been maintained with the help of one woman and […]

Q&A with ‘Rampage’ location manager John Latenser

Scores of trailers, film equipment and crew members set up camp in the Brenau University Trustee Library parking lot in summer 2017, piquing the curiosity of Gainesville locals. Even though the project was to remain confidential during filming, eventually Brenau students and community members caught glimpse of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on set to film [...]

Lights, Camera, Bamboo, Action!

Dwayne Johnson's character Davis Okoye with gorilla George in New Line Cinema's action adventure 'Rampage,' which was partially filmed on the Brenau University campus. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Brenau photo illustration.)
Almost 100 years ago, a Japanese garden was planted in a secluded spot on the Brenau Gainesville campus. In the summer of 2017, that grove was no longer a forgotten remnant of the university’s history – it found its way into the Hollywood spotlight. Scores of trailers, film equipment and crew members set up camp [...]
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