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Walking Boss

Brenau Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President David Barnett

Throughout his career Brenau Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President David Barnett has addressed needs of nontraditional students. He now oversees the biggest expansion project the university has seen in decades: the $6.7 million development of the Downtown Center. But what often keeps him awake nights is a leaky roof. At his home in […]

Semper Fi

Perhaps Brenau's most visible face in the past two years, 2013 graduate Erik Nemecek connected the dots between Marine, cop, fireman, EMT, carpenter, welder, husband, father, matchmaker and motorbike wanderer to a degree in nursing and a future doing what he's always done best: helping other people.

Three years before that winter’s night on the mean streets of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1998, police officer Erik Nemecek, fresh out of training, squeezed all the slack off the trigger with the hammer cocked half-way back. At the last minute, however, he quickly holstered his weapon and body tackled the suspect who had been refusing […]

Miss Brenau Contest Turns 75

“Miss Brenau,” in all of her well-groomed incarnations over the past 75 years, could illustrate a timeline of how women’s roles in society have changed, along with their hairstyles and hemlines.

She first bounded on to the campus lawn as an Olympian “goddess” and then became a “beauty queen” and a “pageant winner” before her current reign, in snappy business attire, over what is now termed a “scholarship competition.”

Turning Pro

Brenau plans to start doctorates in physical therapy and occupational therapy in the next two years. In the process it will invest $6.5 million to round out its collection of professionally oriented graduate health care programs. The lineup of clinical doctorates in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy, coupled with other health-related master’s-level programs, also […]

The Communications Legacy

The Communications Legacy

The verb “to communicate” over the centuries evolved in its most dominant use to mean something a bit one-sided: to impart information. However, trace its roots to the original Latin and the meaning clearly is “to share,” which is more than a strong indication that communication is a two-way street. Certainly that etymology fits with […]

The Great Communicator

The Great Communicator John W. Jacobs Jr. launched his media career in the 1930s when he was a boy, publishing a newspaper on the street where he lived. Now, a year after his death, he has ensured that future generations of Brenau students will have technical training and an intellectual foundation to function effectively in the multimedia world. by David Morrison

John W. Jacobs Jr. was well into his late 80s when he bought his first iPhone. Although plenty of stories exist about grandkids’ having to show him how the thing worked, the operative part of the scenario is that Jacobs deliberately acquired the iPhone on his own. And, at a trustees meeting a month or […]

Dr. Blakley Tells What’s Next On TV

Walter Cronkite may have been the most trusted man in America, but it was technology and people working on the ‘production’ side of broadcasting that made Cronkite seem like a member of your family every night. Brenau’s Mass Communication Chair Stewart Blakley can’t wait to see what comes next in the world of broadcast media […]

News Happens

Kalina Haynes

You probably will never see Brenau alum Kalina Haynes on your television screens delivering the news or ever know about the pivotal role she has as an invisible behind-the-scenes player in television news, and that’s just fine with her. By David Morrison On April 20, 1999, her first day of work in the newsroom at […]

New Mommy on Wheels

I always wanted to have children. And, although I knew there would be unknowns and unique challenges because of my spinal cord injury, I also knew that I was destined to be a mommy. Doctors told me it was possible and that was all I needed to hear. Today, it’s almost unreal that it’s a dream […]

‘Communicator’ Dobkins Steers Women’s College

New Women's College Dean, Debra Dobkins

At the alumni reunion last April, Brenau President Ed Schrader, speaking from the terrace outside Hopkins Dining Hall, introduced to the assemblage of mostly Women’s College graduates a person whom he described as “someone you are all going to want to meet.” Actually, many – particularly those who had graduated in the past decade and […]