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14 Decades of the Women’s College

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The Women’s College of Brenau University may be adding new signature programs, but it is also retaining and supporting its rich 140-year history, legacy and traditions. Take a look back at all 14 decades of Brenau women through these moments captured in the Brenau University Archives.

The ‘new’ Women’s College of Brenau University

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The ‘new’ Women’s College of Brenau University New signature programs will retain and enhance the 140-year legacy of The Women’s College Story by Kristen Bowman | Photos by AJ Reynolds Story by Kristen BowmanPhotos by AJ Reynolds First, some unfinished business It started in the summer of 2017. Brenau University President Ed Schrader was firming […]

Ed Schrader: Legacy of a leader

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Legacy of a Leader Ed Schrader came to Brenau University as president in January 2005 for two simple reasons: a strong appreciation for the university’s rich history and a burning vision for what it could become.This year, he will retire as president. Former President Jimmy Carter, left, discusses his book A Call to Action, which […]

Student Access and Experience Initiative

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Brenau focuses first and always on our students and their personal Brenau experiences. Through the ForeverGold campaign, we have increased scholarship support, expanded hands-on research and provided global opportunities for all students – traditional and nontraditional, graduate and undergraduate, male and female, residential and online.

Women’s Education Initiative

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Research clearly demonstrates the continued value of women’s colleges. Alumnae of women’s colleges are more likely than their peers to earn advanced degrees, become CEOs, run for elected office or own their own business. Women’s college alumnae also report higher levels of self-confidence, engagement in critical thinking and overall satisfaction with their college experiences. We have enhanced the Brenau Women’s College by raising $6.8 million for priorities that emphasize leadership and the residential experience for our female undergraduate students.

Health Care and Sciences Initiative

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Brenau is strategically growing our educational offerings to respond to Georgia and the nation’s great need for health care professionals. Our College of Health Sciences has continued to improve to its coeducational graduate and undergraduate programs, including adding additional labs, the establishment of a community clinic, the development of multidisciplinary clinical facilities and the construction of a human anatomy lab.

Creative culture: Bacterial art project combines art and science

Art majors are usually easy to spot by the paint splatters and clay smudges on their clothes. Not Sam Roper, though. His medium demands strict neatness. He is creating works of art from bacteria. “I have to take certain steps to make sure that I’m not contaminating it and that it is not contaminating me,” […]

Olesya Sypchenko: Universal Language

Olesya Sypchenko teaches a music lesson to a student with autism at Sound of Music school in Buford, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Alumna uses music and OT to unlock the genius in children One of the giants of literature, Russia’s Leo Tolstoy, said that music is the shorthand of emotion. Maybe that’s why Russian-born child music prodigy Olesya Sypchenko drawn to using psychology, occupational therapy and music as tools to help children with developmental challenges. Using her [...]

The Art of History

In almost half a century in the classroom, Jim Southerland used whatever tools he could find to make history come alive for his students. At Brenau, the arts always seemed to be just the thing. My role as a teacher was merely a continuation of my lifelong role as a student. It is a fitting [...]

Lights, Camera, Bamboo, Action!

Dwayne Johnson's character Davis Okoye with gorilla George in New Line Cinema's action adventure 'Rampage,' which was partially filmed on the Brenau University campus. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Brenau photo illustration.)
Almost 100 years ago, a Japanese garden was planted in a secluded spot on the Brenau Gainesville campus. In the summer of 2017, that grove was no longer a forgotten remnant of the university’s history – it found its way into the Hollywood spotlight. Scores of trailers, film equipment and crew members set up camp [...]
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