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Spring 2021: Internationalization

Brenau University Board of Trustees Chair Mike Smith, pictured with wife Dixie Truelove, joined the board in 2014. Smith says the work the university does for students and the community “keeps us supporting Brenau.” (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Innovation in Education

Brenau Board of Trustees Chair Mike Smith
guided by an entrepreneurial spirit

Margie Gill, BU ’10, left, associate professor of psychology, and Amanda Lammers, vice president of student services, were tapped by President Anne Skleder to serve as co-chief diversity leaders and co-chairs of the Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Skleder appoints Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

President Skleder appoints Working Group on
Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Brenau University President Anne Skleder and Institute for the Development of Human Resources (IFARHU) Director General Bernardo Meneses sign a partnership agreement between Brenau and IFARHU, Panama’s financial aid agency, Nov. 16 on the historic Gainesville campus. (Photos by AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

‘Our Shared Future’

Internationalization efforts preparing students
for the global world at our doorsteps

Rosi Ponce, executive director of international strategy and partnerships at Brenau, has spent most of her adulthood living and working in countries all over the world. “My experience abroad has touched me deeply and transformed me into who I am today,” she says. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Building bridges

Rosi Ponce brings world of experience to Brenau’s expanding international endeavors

Professor Michael Kleeman reviews presentations by students in Brenau’s undergraduate interior design program. Kleeman says the diversity of cultures in the program, which includes students from Brenau’s partnership with China’s Anhui Normal University, brings a unique perspective to the classroom. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Global perspectives

Cultural diversity drives concepts and ideas in undergraduate interior design program

Brenau University trustee and former Golden Tigers tennis star Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ’03, who is from Minsk, Belarus, won an unprecedented three straight “Super Bowl” titles as the national champion in women’s collegiate singles play. (Brenau University)

Where the world comes to play

International student-athletes key to sustained success of Golden Tigers tennis program

International Spotlights

Board of Trustees

  • Michael H. Smith, Chair
  • Emilie “Emmie” Henderson Howard,
  • Vice Chair, WC ’01
  • James A. Walters, Secretary
  • Pierpont “Pepper” F. Brown III
  • Amelia “Mimi” Collins
  • Carole Ann Carter Daniel, WC ’68
  • Robin Smith Dudley, WC ’78
  • Kathryn “Kit” Dunlap, WC ’64
  • Maria Ebrahimji, WC ’98
  • 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

Trustees Emeriti

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

Brenau Window Staff

  • Benjamin McDade – Editor/Vice President of Marketing & Communications
  • Ashley M. Carter, WC ‘09, BU ‘12 – Director of Alumni & Constituent Engagement
  • Kathryne Davis – Staff Writer and Editor
  • Michael Lowe – Design Director and Writer
  • Michael McPeek – Director of Digital Communications
  • AJ Reynolds – Director of Photography

Contributing Editors

  • Emily Stockton, WC ‘11, BU ‘19
  • Aisa Goforth, WC ‘21

SPRING 2021 | Brenau Window is published by the Brenau University Office of Marketing & Communications, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville, GA 30501. For change of address or feedback, call 800.252.5119, ext. 6160, or 770.534.6167 or email bmcdade@brenau.edu. Brenau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees. Brenau believes in equal opportunity for all.

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