Nancy Benitez wearing a cloth mask with the Brenau University logo

Fall 2020: Brenau Alumni, Faculty and Students on the Front Lines of the COVID Fight

Communications All-Stars

Over the years Brenau produced some extraordinary communications either by design – they majored in one of the communications arts, like journalism, broadcasting, mass communications,

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Women stand side-by-side with arms in front of them to create equals sign.

First Class

Executive Women’s MBA students find friendship, support through the program As the Executive Women’s Master of Business Administration at The Women’s College of Brenau University

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Brenau Cares

Alumni, faculty and students on the front lines of pandemic By Michael Lowe and Kathryne Davis Brenau University alumni, faculty and students have been hard

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‘The right place for us’

Brenau business incubator a hub for COVID testing Nancy Benitez, WC ’17, has seen two sides of the coronavirus. The Women’s College of Brenau University

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  • Michael H. Smith, Chair
  • Emilie “Emmie” Henderson Howard,
  • WC ’01, Vice Chair
  • James. A. Walters, Secretary
  • Pierpont “Pepper” F. Brown III
  • Carole Ann Carter Daniel, WC ’68
  • Robin Smith Dudley, WC ’78
  • Kathryn (Kit) Dunlap, WC ’64
  • Robert “Rob” L. Fowler Jr.
  • M. Douglas Ivester
  • Anna Alexander Jacobs, WC ’86
  • Tim Knight
  • Emily “Sissy” Dunlap Lawson
  • Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ‘03
  • Jill R. Mansfield, BU ’15
  • Peter D. Miller
  • James H. Moore
  • Frank K. Norton Jr.
  • Lydia J. Sartain
  • Lawrence “Lorry” B. Schrage
  • Gail A. Smith, WC ’83
  • Shay English Stafford, WC ’69
  • Bob W. Swoszowski
  • Amy Whitley
  • Rear Admiral Patricia E. Wolfe,
  • BU ‘87, retired
  • President Emeritus
  • John S. Burd
  • Edward L. Schrader, Ph.D.


  • Jane Wood Banks
  • C.V. Nalley III
  • Betty Verson Norton
  • Gary Riley
  • Lessie Bailey Smithgall
  • Philip A. Wilheit Sr.

Contributing Staff

Editor/Vice President of
Marketing & Communications
Benjamin McDade

Director of Alumni &
Constituent Engagement
Ashley M. Carter, WC ‘09, BU ‘12

Design Director
Michael Lowe

Director of Photography
AJ Reynolds

Staff Writer and Editor
Kathryne Davis

Director of
Digital Communications
Michael McPeek

Emily Stockton, WC ‘11, BU ‘19
Aisa Goforth, WC ‘21
Polly Evans-Thomas

On the cover: Nancy Benitez, WC ’17, is a lab technician at Pro-GeneX, which conducts COVID-19 testing at the Business Incubator at Brenau University. Mask provided by J Geyer Advertising.

Brenau University’s Mission: Brenau University challenges students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment. As students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees or non-degree programs at Brenau campuses and online, each prepares for a lifetime of intellectual accomplishment and appreciation of artistic expression through a curriculum enriched by the liberal arts, scientific inquiry and global awareness.

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