Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Brenau Window, Fall 2017 cover image, "Government for the Greater Good"
Job of a Lifetime One of South Carolina native Mary Ross’ biggest adventures began as a volunteer experience and led to decades of service working alongside the state’s governors and their families. Not Finished Yet As executive director of the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, Brenau alumna LaSharn Hughes is determined to improve health care [...]

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. […]

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 […]

In Memory: Fall 2017

Carolyne Smith Bryan, WC ’36, of Arlington, Virginia, died May 25. Carolyn Abney, WC ’46, of Greenwood, South Carolina, died May 10. Marguerite Duncan-McFarland Bradford, WC ’46, of Staunton, Virginia, died May 20. Sara White Brown, WC ’46, of Lexington, Kentucky, died June 30. Genevieve Low Stewart, WC ’46, of Pineville, Kentucky, died June 8. […]

Brenau mourns passing of former trustee David Seng

Brenau Trustee David Seng at home in Dahlonega, Georgia in 2014.

Former Brenau University Trustee David Francis Seng of Dahlonega, Georgia, died at his home July 13 after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis for three years. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Erin McCabe Seng, BU ’93, who also served on the university board; a daughter, Shannon Seng Van Horn; sons, Andrew and Matthew; daughter-in-law […]