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Brenau hosts gospel music workshop

Brenau University Gospel Choir Director Portia Burns, WC '12, leads the mass choir performance in Brenau's Pearce Auditorium on Nov. 5, 2017. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau hosted its first community workshop and mass gospel choir performance on Nov. 4-5, 2017. The workshop enabled community singers to learn new gospel-style techniques and practices before joining the Brenau Gospel Choir in a performance titled All God’s People. Gospel choir director Portia Burns, WC ’12, and members of the Brenau ensemble taught vocal […]

2017 Alumni Awards & Homecoming

Attendees gather on the Wilkes Lawn for homecoming celebrations at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Eight outstanding alumni were honored during Brenau University’s fall Homecoming Weekend on Sept. 29-30. They include: COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD Michele Hood, BU ’12 PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Amber Simmons, WC ’03 SERVICE TO BRENAU AWARD Terry Capers, BU ’14 ACADEMY ALUMNA OF THE YEAR AWARD Sherrie Devries, A ’59, WC ’60 YOUNG ALUMNA AWARD Stefanie Diaz, WC ’05 [...]

Faculty members earn emeritus honors

Two longtime Brenau professors were awarded the title of emeritus/emerita upon their retirements earlier this year. Vince Yamilkoski, recently retired professor and director of the Learning Center at Brenau, was named professor emeritus, and Patricia Webster, professor of Spanish, was given the title of professor emerita. The honor of emeritus/emerita comes upon the recommendation of […]

Brenau student Julia Zhu receives statewide design award

Lynn Jones, Qingyuan Julia Zhu and Brenau President Ed Schrader pose for a photo with Zhu's honorable mention from the American Society of Interior Designers

Qingyuan “Julia” Zhu, a Master of Interior Design student, received an honorable mention for Best Commercial Design Concept for her commercial office studio project in the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ Design Excellence Awards. “Her concept guided her design for the 7,000-square-foot facility,” noted Lynn Jones, chair of interior design and […]

Inaugural Dempsey Dash 5K Celebrates Esteemed Former Brenau Executive

Nita Tammarine reacts as she crosses the finish line during the Dempsey Dash 5K, a race celebrating the memory of Brenau's longtime Executive Vice President and CFO Wayne Dempsey, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

A beloved member of the Brenau family was remembered at the inaugural Dempsey Dash 5K on March 10. The event celebrated the life of longtime Brenau Executive Vice President and CFO Wayne Dempsey, who died in 2014. Proceeds benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance for students seeking a better life […]

Success Expert Leads All-Star Panel of Women at Leadership Colloquium

Sarah Hubaishi, left, and Simone Lewis get a hug from Kelly Castlin-Gacutan during the 4th Annual Women's Leadership Colloquium on Friday, March 17, 2017. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Catherine Dixon has seen it all: colossal failure, bland mediocrity and soaring triumph. The principal at ghSMART was keynote speaker for the fourth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium Friday, March 17. The event, organized by Brenau Women’s College, was held in the Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts and featured successful [...]

Art.​ ​Art​ ​everywhere.​ Drink​ ​it​ ​in.

Dennis Campay paints in his studio in Jacksonville, Fla. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

One of the Southeast’s best-kept secrets, Brenau University’s Permanent Collection includes more than 6,500 artworks from artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Jasper Johns, to name a few. The three galleries on the Gainesville historic campus – Sellars Gallery, Castelli Gallery and Presidents Gallery – host exhibitions that change each […]

Golden Tigers join Appalachian Athletic Conference

AAC - Appalachian Athletic Conference logo

Starting next year, Brenau becomes a member of the Asheville, North Carolina-based Appalachian Athletic Conference, which gives the Golden Tigers a wide range of intercollegiate sports options, including lacrosse. In the AAC, Brenau will compete in cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, softball, tennis, golf, track & field and lacrosse. The Tigers will move from […]

New Hall to Call Home

Brenau's new residence hall for upperclassman students.

A $3.3 million, three-story residence hall situated along Prior Street on Brenau’s Gainesville campus opened in fall 2016, housing more than 70 upper-level students. The construction project was in the planning stages for some time and marked the end of a $6.5 million ForeverGold improvement project, which began in 2014 and included construction of four new […]

A Feel for Design

Diana Eden takes measurements on Brandon Thompson during The Art of Costume Design workshop presented by Diana Eden. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

A decade ago, Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ’03, thanked her mentor in Hollywood’s costume design industry for her tutelage, her guidance and for providing a roof over her head. Lerch asked the renowned costume designer and Emmy Award nominee, Diana Eden, how she could ever repay her. “Her answer was very simple,” says Lerch. “Just […]

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