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Killin’ It in Comedy

Dulcé Sloan, WC '05, laughs backstage at another comedian's joke. Between shows the group of performers told jokes, reminisced about shared experiences and talked of mutual friends. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Comedians often benefit from the cluelessness of others. Some white women have made the unwitting mistake of petting Dulcé Sloan’s Afro. They pay now for their presumptuousness by appearing live on stage as punch lines. “They don’t stay in the perimeter of the Afro and keep it Christian, no,” the wide-eyed Sloan gushes in a […]

‘Matchmaker’ Clara Martin Created Job-oriented Student Experiences

Clara Martin’s daughters Mary Helen Martin, WC ’84, Elizabeth Martin Carpenter, WC ’80, and Dorothy “Dottie” Martin Corey, WC ’78, with Martin at the Reunion Weekend celebration of her Brenau legacy. Like other Martin students, they admit their mom’s edict against students’ turning in papers with errors made them better writers and reporters. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

With steely resolve and nurturing spirit, Clara Martin left a triad of indelible marks on the Brenau landscape and the professional psyches of a generation of students. On top of that, she was a pretty good matchmaker. In three decades at Brenau, she birthed a robust mass communications program and public radio station, both which […]

Buffing History

Joyce Lott, WC '59, right, her husband, Tom, and their dog Chloe pose for a photo inside the church and one-room schoolhouse at the village on their farm in Cleveland, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Alumna Joyce Lott and her husband Tom believe that sometimes it takes a village to see into the pastoral past. You do not need a time machine to travel into Appalachian farm life, circa 1866. You only need to stroll the grounds of Laurel Heritage Farm, a functional micro-village of 20 historic buildings that […]

Rock Star

Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, or "Dr. G," speaks to a group of JROTC students Friday, April 8, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. Castlin-Gacutan received a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Brenau's Norcross campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Dr. G rides shotgun with her linebacker-like driver at the wheel. We’ve just left the Jackson-Olin High School football stadium at 14th and F in Ensley, where 350 uniformed JROTC cadets passed in review before her, the celebrity dignitary. We’re about to hook a left on 20th Street for a quick run through Tuxedo Junction […]

Brenau Strong

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As the episode unfolds, our mild-mannered protagonist arrives on campus and, in an attempt to conceal her true identity, she tries to blend into the background. However, something happens that compels her to strip away her façade. She's no longer the timid, somewhat bookish freshman. Revealing her super powers, she's able to be anything she [...]

The Doctor is In (and On the Air)

Jay Andrews and David Miller talk about health care on a weekly radio show.

Doctor of psychology David Miller’s radio broadcasts produce none of the comic hijinks of fictional radio shrink Frasier Crane in the old TV sitcom. On the air, the Brenau professor is all business. By Candice Dyer David Miller, a Brenau faculty member who has a doctorate in clinical psychologist, often quotes Groucho Marx: “A hospital bed […]

Battle Tested

Dr. Julie Battle, chair of Brenau Department of Psychology

Brenau psychology professor Julie Battle brings a special strength to the war on child abuse: empathy. She helps victims understand what has happened to them and more effectively communicate their stories in a quest for justice. By James Swift In his seminal work, Beyond Good and Evil, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche sternly warned those […]

Student Profile: Mary Katherine Jabbia

Mary Katherine Jabbia

MK Jabbia, Senior from Slidell, Louisiana Strength and Discipline: Started swimming at age 6 and has not stopped; trains year-round; four years as varsity swimmer in breaststroke and relays and major contributor to No. 2-ranked Golden Tigers’ contention for national championships; six-time All-America honoree in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Mind: Biology major with plans to attend pharmacy school in Savannah or New Orleans; […]

Body of Work

Fitness Center Director and Softball Coach Gary Hatfield

A legendary football coach once said that success follows speed. Brenau’s intercollegiate athletes have discovered that good old-fashioned muscle also plays into that equation. At the gym, Lammy Sokunbi, batting spiky eyelash extensions and wearing a flashy headband that restrains an elaborate coil of hair, looks primped just right for her major – fashion design […]

No Exceptions

Brenau Trustee Patty Wolfe, a retired two-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, has a thing or two to say about the recent Pentagon edict that all combat jobs in the military will be open to women. Mainly, she wonders what took so long. By David Morrison Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Patricia E. Wolfe, who […]