Summer 2016 Issue Cover: Where Experience Really Counts. Alums equipped for tough roles like Birmingham Schools Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan.

Summer 2016: Where Experience Really Counts

Dr G speaks with a JROTC student at Olin High School before a pass in review ceremony. She grew up in the Birmingham suburb of Hueytown. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Rock Star

Dr. G., as Kelley Castlin-Gacutan is known, has her work cut out for her as Birmingham, Alabama’s public school superintendent. Those who know her tick off long lists of qualities that will make the job easier.

Dulcé Sloan, WC '05, performs during the Best of Atlanta Comedy showcase. She recently performed a featured segment on 'Conan'. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Killin’ It in Comedy

Dulcé Sloan was a bit of a cut-up as a student at Brenau Women’s College. Now, she has taken her show on the road as one of the nation’s hottest young comedians.

The U.S. Navy hospital ship, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), anchored off of the coast of Jolo City. Since its arrival, Mercy's staff has assisted thousands of local citizens with medical and dental care. During its stay, this care was provided by a portion of Mercy's staff working side by side with their Filipino counterparts at several medical centers in the city, as well as patients being given care on the ship itself. Mercy is on a five month humanitarian deployment to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The ship is able to rapidly respond to a range of situations on short notice and is capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs with special medical equipment and a multi-specialized medical team, providing a range of services ashore as well as aboard the ship. The medical staff is augmented with an assistance crew, many of whom are part of nongovernmental organizations that have significant medical capabilities. (U.S. Navy/Chief Photographer's Mate Edward G. Martens)

A Tale of Two Surgeons

Only a handful of doctors serve as U.S. Navy fleet surgeons, the top medical officers over subdivisions of the world’s largest navy. Two of them, Captains Joel Roos and Christopher Culp, are Brenau alumni.

Brenau University occupational therapy graduate student Meredith Burgamy, top, and Shepherd Center occupational therapist Katie Kimball, right, laugh with former patient Toy Wix while practicing techniques to help people living with impairments and disabilities. Wix, injured while working on a construction job site, plans to go to Switzerland soon for a stem cell treatment in hopes of regaining some movement in his hands. (Phil Skinner for Brenau University)

The Best Teachers

As Brenau occupational therapy graduate students have learned through work at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, those with the most experience to share about what health care providers need to know to help patients are often the patients themselves.

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)

Buffing History

Brenau Alumna Joyce Lott and her husband Tom believe that sometimes it takes a village to see into the pastoral past.

Clara Martin smiles as her daughter Dorothy “Dottie” Martin Corey, WC ’78, sits behind her during an event celebrating her during the Brenau University Alumnae Reunion Weekend on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Gainesville, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

‘Matchmaker’ Clara Martin Created Job-oriented Student Experiences

Four decades ago, Brenau entered what is known in journalism and mass communications as “the Clara Martin” era that saw the launch of Brenau’s WBCX-FM radio station and put many students on the path to outstanding media careers.

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

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

Trustees Emeriti

Jane Wood Banks
Raymond H. Burch
Mary Helen Roop Hosch, WC ’35

Henry S. Jennings Jr., M.D.
C.V. Nalley III

Thomas H. Paris Jr.
Lessie Bailey Smithgall


Edward L. Schrader, Ph. D.


David Morrison

Associate Editor/Design Director

Christie Gregory

Photographer and Multimedia Editor

AJ Reynolds

Director of Multimedia Publishing

Michael McPeek

Staff Writers

Allison Reeger Cook
James Swift

Contributing Writers

Candice Dyer
Ben McDade
David McNeill
Hob Osterlund
Karen Rosen
William Sanders

Contributing Editors

Emily Stockton, WC ’11
Michael Lowe

Executive Director, Alumni & Constituent Engagement

Jenny Dell, BU ’15

Summer 2016, 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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