Communications All-Stars

Over the years Brenau produced some extraordinary communications either by design – they majored in one of the communications arts, like journalism, broadcasting, mass communications, public relations and English – or by circumstance – their Brenau foundation helped them move easily into professional communications roles. The following catalog also includes some of those on faculty or staff who have communications experience on their resumes.

This is not a complete list – far from it. It merely salts the mine. Hopefully it will encourage others to tell about themselves or about classmates and others that we’ve omitted. Click here to email our editors and let us know who we missed.


Georgette Babinec “Gigi” Andrews

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Hall County District Attorney
Gainesville, Ga.

A 1980 summa cum laude Women’s College graduate with a double major in journalism/broadcasting and Alpha Chi Omega member sorority, worked at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce as corporate marketing director, in sales at ATC Cablevision Company and The Gainesville Times, and as co-owner of WDGR radio in Dahlonega, Ga. The 1980 May Queen also worked in marketing for the Atlanta Falcons. “My Brenau experiences prepared me for my diverse career achievements and successes,” Andrews says, “and that deep experience is something Brenau still offers everyone.”

Evelyn Asher

Business Services Liaison
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Boone, N.C.

“My current position is all about communication on all levels,” Asher writes of the collaborative effort between Caldwell Community College and the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. The 2004 Brenau graduate with a Master of Business Administration degree and former Brenau employee also teaches online in the mass communications program working primarily with midlevel professionals teaching them communications skills they can use with their bosses.

Sharon Bare Cook

Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications
Federal Home Loan Bank, Atlanta

Cook earned an undergraduate degree in public relations at Georgia State University, but completed an M.B.A. online through Brenau in 2002.  In her job she leads communications strategies and programs to support FHLBank Atlanta’s primary business initiatives and key priorities. Cook, who joined FHLBank Atlanta as a marketing manager in 2008, previously served as vice president of marketing services for the CDC Federal Credit Union in Atlanta. She began her career in marketing at Lockheed Georgia Employees’ Federal Credit Union in Marietta, Ga. She also serves on the marketing committee for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Atlanta, and the communications committee for the National Housing Conference in Washington, D.C.


Samantha Dawkins

Manager of Marketing and Branding
Caesars Corporation, Las Vegas, Nev.

Dawkins, a 2006 mass communications graduate and Phi Mu member, earlier in her career, worked in marketing at AFLAC in Columbus, Ga., and Kraft Foods. Now she is a rising manager on one of the world’s top casino and entertainment organizations. “I’ve got a passion for perfecting my craft, where sweating the small stuff comes standard,” she says. “Being a brand transformation artist requires a trifecta of understanding: what’s now, what’s next and what’s never been done before.”