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Spring 2017

Jessica Fowler, a senior nursing student from Orlando, Fla., right, and Marissa Galan, a senior nursing student from Atlanta, Ga., work with an iStan in the Brenau University Nursing Simulation Lab on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Simulations for Success

Senior nursing student Marissa Galan knows her dream of working side by side with her father can come true with compassion, determination and practice – lots of practice.

Debra Dobkins, dean of The Women's College, poses with magazines created over the last 16 years by her students.The students spend three weeks refining literary critiques from throughout the semester, conceptualizing and designing a magazine as a class. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Write Stuff

Dean Debra Dobkins has supervised the creation of 32 student-published volumes since 2001 as an inventive way for her students to tap into their diverse talents.

Eli Daniel, a freshman from Locust Grove, Ga., at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Prized Diamond

The Golden Tigers softball team is setting records and exceeding expectations as part of their inaugural season at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park.

Brenau Trustee Amy Whitley. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

In the Driver’s Seat

Brenau trustee Amy Whitley knows the value of hard work, having gone from delivery driver to vice president of human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer for UPS.

Sarah Hubaishi, left, and Simone Lewis get a hug from Kelly Castlin-Gacutan during the 4th Annual Women's Leadership Colloquium on Friday, March 17, 2017. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Aspire to Lead

Fourth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium speakers shared their experience as female leaders in the workforce and encouraged students to dynamically engage the world.

Board of Trustees

Peter D. Miller, Chair
Philip A. Wilheit Sr., Vice Chair
James Anthony Walters, Secretary
Carole Ann Carter Daniel, WC ’68, Treasurer
Gale Johnson Allen, BU ’91
Robin Smith Dudley, WC ’78
Kathryn (Kit) Dunlap, WC ’64
Emmie Henderson Howard, WC ’01

M. Douglas Ivester
Anna Alexander Jacobs, WC ’86
Emily Dunlap Lawson
Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ‘03
Ben E. Lilly
James E. Mathis Jr.
Steve McKibbon
James H. Moore
Betty Verson Norton, WC ’52

Frank K. Norton Jr.
Gary L. Riley
Lawrence B. Schrage
Amanda Slavin
Gail A. Smith, WC ’83
Mike Smith
Shay English Stafford, WC ’69
Bob Swoszowski
Amy Whitley
Rear Admiral Patricia E. Wolfe, BU ‘87

Trustees Emeriti

Jane Wood Banks
Raymond H. Burch

Mary Helen Roop Hosch, WC ’35
C.V. Nalley III

Thomas H. Paris Jr.
Lessie Bailey Smithgall


Edward L. Schrader, Ph. D.

Vice President of Communications & Publications

David Morrison

Vice President of External Relations

Matt Thomas


Benjamin McDade

Executive Director, Alumni & Constituent Engagement

Ashley Carter, WC ’09, BU ’12

Associate Editor/Design Director

Michael Lowe

Photographer and Multimedia Editor

AJ Reynolds

Director of Multimedia Publishing

Michael McPeek

Staff Writers

Kristen Oliver
Allison Reeger Cook

Contributing Writers

Kenya Hunter, Karen Rosen, Candice Dyer, WC ’92

Contributing Editors

Emily Stockton, WC ’11

Contributing Photographer

John Roark

Spring 2017, Brenau Window is published three times a year by the Brenau University Office of Communications & Publications, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville, GA 30501.

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