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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

Health Care and Sciences Initiative

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 [...]

Fashion, film and a flair for the dramatics

With alumnae in the industry like Janie Bryant, Emmy Award winner for her work on the HBO series Deadwood and three-time nominee for her work on AMC’s Mad Men, and Antonina Lerch, who worked on Showtime’s popular Dexter and the 2009 Star Trek reboot, Brenau University has built a legacy in costume design. Now, it [...]

Class of 2021 Brenau Scholars

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The Brenau Scholars Program recognizes those who, as the Brenau Ideal states, “find satisfaction in being rather than in seeming” and “find joy in doing rather than in dreaming.” The young women chosen for this program epitomize these standards, using their talents, ambition and brilliance daily to pursue their goals and to excel in academics, [...]

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 [...]
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