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Brenau ‘multiversity’ extends vibrant mission

Brenau Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs James Eck speaks during the White Coat Ceremony for members of the Brenau Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2020. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Laurence Veysey’s book The Emergence of the American University reminds us that contemporary and innovative postsecondary institutions serve more than one purpose. Veysey’s reference to the “multiversity” signals a more complex learning paradigm that meets the needs of students across the lifespan. At many colleges and universities, inertia and stagnation cause significant challenges, but Brenau [...]

From horses to pools, Walker Therapy uses a variety of techniques to help children

Nicole Walker, BU ’01, occupational therapist and owner of Walker Therapy in Gainesville, Georgia, leads a horse while fellow therapist Nolina Varley, BU ’01, helps make sure a client maintains his balance during an equine therapy session. (Photos by AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

About 15 years ago, Brenau alumna Nicole Walker went into business with a couple of her old classmates to provide an unusual form of therapy for children in North Georgia. Today, Walker Therapy is a multicounty operation providing equine-based therapy, aquatic therapy and classic, clinical, physical and occupational therapy to children in need. Emily Moss, BU’ 16, supports her 10-year-old client with the help […]

Student Counselors Address a Need

Ivie Hall, a graduate student in clinical counseling psychology and Brenau University alumna from Gainesville.

Each of the past five years, the Brenau University Department of Psychology has received a grant from the United Way of Hall County to place student counselors in agencies that don’t have a mental health counselor on staff, yet have a need for it in their clientele. But the partnership has proven to benefit more […]

Doug and Kay Ivester: Changing Lives, Strengthening Community

Brenau health sciences students Bethany Green, Chandy Henson, Savannah Blalock, Dean of the Ivester College of Health Sciences Gale Starich, Ivie Hall and Martis Ferguson unveil renderings of the future letterings of Brenau's Downtown Center and Brenau East in Gainesville during an event announcing the naming of the Brenau University Ivester College of Health Sciences. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Ivester College of Health Sciences dedicated The Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation continues to leave indelible marks across the greater Gainesville community through its most recent gift of $3.5 million in support of health sciences at Brenau. This gift, in addition to a legacy of personal generosity prior to the establishment of the [...]

Slice of Life: Brenau Makes its Mark in Stem Cell Research

Mason Garland works to place a cover slip on a slide during a research project for Dr. Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Heather Ross, associate professor of physical therapy, studying rat brains that have been carefully frozen and preserved for the purpose of studying the effects of stem cells in repairing brain tissue and subsequent function. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Heather Ross is Brenau’s resident expert on neuroregeneration and neural injury. For years, she has been working on stem cell and rehabilitation research that is instrumental to her students and the field of research. Now partnered with certified cytotechnologist Jessi Shrout on a study of stem cells in rat brains, Ross is continuing a five-year […]

The Brave, The Bold, The Brilliant

Header text "The Brave, The Bold, The Brilliant"
Brenau University is proud to help its students begin new chapters armed with the skills to succeed in their chosen careers. For active-duty and veteran students, beginning a second career is perhaps more challenging, but Brenau aims to help ease the transition. Brenau University is ranked one of the Best Colleges for Veterans in the [...]

Christopher Russell: Motivated to Succeed

Navy veteran Christopher Russell, BU ’98, with office manager Crystal Rogers at the Jacksonville, Fla., offices of Hunter & Associates, where Russell works as a certified public accountant.

After 10 years of service in the Navy, Christopher Russell, BU ’98, knew he wanted something more. He grew up in rural New Hampshire, and following in the footsteps of his father – a petty officer who had been in the Navy eight years – he enlisted at age 18. Although Russell scored well on […]

Sandy Strong: Giving Back

Sandy Strong, BU '15, BU '17, at Brenau's South Atlanta Campus in Fairburn, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

It was the combination of convenience and military-friendly benefits that led Sandy Strong, BU ’15, ’16, to study early childhood education at Brenau’s Fairburn campus, where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Today, Strong teaches second grade at Edmonds Elementary School in Forest Park, Georgia. An Atlanta native, he aspires to help the underprivileged […]

Randal Robison: A new calling

Randal Robison with his 13-year-old son Nolen at their home in Cumming, Ga. Robison is pursing a MAT degree after 21 years as a chaplain in the U.S. Army (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

With a generous discount on tuition rates for military personnel and their families, student lounges specifically for veterans on every campus, flexible online classes and other benefits, Brenau provides easy accessibility to education for students of the armed forces. Randal Robison, a current student and retired Army chaplain, takes classes at both the Gainesville and […]

RISE Program Continues to be a Summer Success

Itzel Islas smiles while she walks to receive her diploma during the commencement ceremony for the RISE Program on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Fair Street School. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Children in the Real Interactive Summer Learning Experience, RISE, program graduated Friday, July 14, at Fair Street International Academy among friends, family and their summer camp teachers. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with these students the last six weeks,” said Chelsey Brown, WC ’16, one of the leads of the RISE Program. […]

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