Fashion, film and a flair for the dramatics

With alumnae in the industry like Janie Bryant, Emmy Award winner for her work on the HBO series Deadwood and three-time nominee for her work on AMC’s Mad Men, and Antonina Lerch, who worked on Showtime’s popular Dexter and the 2009 Star Trek reboot, Brenau University has built a legacy in costume design. Now, it [...]

Chandy Henson’s Long Journey

It’s been quite a decade for Chandy Henson. The Atlanta resident enlisted in the Army, served seven years as a medic, left military service and, finally, began to pursue her dozen-year-old dream of becoming a physical therapist. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Henson, a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Physical Therapy […]

Sandra Greniewicki: Pliable Heart

Sandra Greniewicki, Anne Warren Thomas Professor of Nursing & Health Policy, poses for a photo inside the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy tapped into that nascent mother lode of good old American faith and chutzpah when he declared that the veritable global laughing stock of a U.S. space program would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. A year earlier, a group of Gainesville, […]

Brenau mourns passing of longtime supporter of health care programs

George Thomas, husband, father, brother, businessman, church leader, woodworker and longtime supporter of Brenau University, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville following an extended illness. He was 87. At Brenau, Thomas and his wife, Anne Warren Thomas, are perhaps best known as the Gainesville benefactors who helped sustain and grow […]

Class of 2021 Brenau Scholars

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The Brenau Scholars Program recognizes those who, as the Brenau Ideal states, “find satisfaction in being rather than in seeming” and “find joy in doing rather than in dreaming.” The young women chosen for this program epitomize these standards, using their talents, ambition and brilliance daily to pursue their goals and to excel in academics, [...]

Brenau Scholar Olivia Pelton

Olivia Pelton, Brenau Scholar

From the moment you meet Olivia Pelton, with her golden Rapunzel hair and delicate cat-eye makeup, you might imagine she is straight out of a Disney fairy-tale musical. It’s no surprise, then, that she started her own business at age 14 called Party Princess, in which she dressed up as Disney princesses to attend community […]

Brenau Scholar Olivia Eafano

Olivia Eafano Brenau Scholar

Olivia Eafano has had an interesting relationship with music from an early age, not only because she loves it, but because it helped distract her from a childhood medical issue. She started taking voice and piano lessons at age 5, which was about the time she was diagnosed with uveitis, an autoimmune disorder that tricks […]

Brenau Scholar Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller, Brenau Scholar

Nicole Miller’s favorite words of wisdom come from acclaimed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.: “Be soft, do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” This reflects much of […]

Brenau Scholar Nichole Hart

Nichole Hart, Brenau Scholar

Nichole Hart’s life was changed by a bright orange flier. “My parents didn’t want to push anything on me, and they encouraged me to tell them what I wanted to do,” says Hart, a theater acting major at Brenau. “I saw an orange flier at school that said ‘Drama Kids.’ I said, ‘I’m gonna do […]

Brenau Scholar Mirella Reily

Mirella Reily, Brenau Scholar

The seed for Mirella “Mel” Reily’s passion for theater was first planted while in middle school, homeschooled in Marietta, Georgia. Her parents, wanting her to have a social outlet, encouraged her to take theater classes at Marble House Arts Center. It presented her new opportunities to make friends and express herself – the first step […]

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