Winter 2018: Investing in Tomorrow's Health Care Professionals

Winter 2018: Investing in Tomorrow’s Health Care Professionals

Brenau Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs James Eck speaks during the White Coat Ceremony for members of the Brenau Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2020. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

‘Multiversity’ on a mission

Provost James Eck says Brenau is the perfect example of a “multiversity” – poised to meet the needs of current and future students and prepare graduates for leadership roles in their “generation of creativity.”

Emily Moss, BU '16, occupational therapist at Walker Therapy, works with a client in an aquatic therapy session. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

From horse to water

Occupational therapist Nicole Walker, BU ’01, offers a unique approach for her clients through a combination of equine, aquatic and traditional therapies at a growing business that employs four other Brenau OT graduates.

Stained samples on slides during a research project for Dr. Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Heather Ross, associate professor of physical therapy, studying rat brains that have been carefully frozen and preserved for the purpose of studying the effects of stem cells in repairing brain tissue and subsequent function. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Using their brains

Two Brenau professors are providing undergraduates in the Women’s College with hands-on experience in a stem cell research project that involves the study of rat brains with the aim of neurological rehabilitation.

Cathy and Pete Miller pose for a portrait on the front lawn of Brenau's Historic Gainesville Campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

A life-changing legacy

A $3.5 million gift from the Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation will transform health sciences education at Brenau, positioning it at the “forefront of reducing human suffering here and across the globe.”

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The Class of 2021 Brenau Scholars

These 10 young women who epitomize the Brenau Ideal are finding “joy in doing rather than in dreaming” as they pursue their goals and excel in academics, community service and extracurricular activities.

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

Tim Knight
Emily Dunlap Lawson
Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ‘03
Ben E. Lilly
Jill R. Mansfield, BU ’15
James E. Mathis Jr.
Steve McKibbon
James H. Moore
Betty Verson Norton, WC ’52
Frank K. Norton Jr.

Frank K. Norton Jr.
Gary L. Riley
Lydia J. Sartain
Lawrence B. Schrage
Amanda Slavin
Gail A. Smith, WC ’83
Mike Smith
Shay English Stafford, WC ’69
Bob Swoszowski
Amy Whitley
Ret. 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.

Vice President of Communications & Publications

David Morrison

Vice President of External Relations

Matt Thomas


Benjamin McDade

Director of Alumni & Constituent Engagement

Ashley Carter, WC ’09, BU ’12

Associate Editor/Design Director

Michael Lowe

Photographer/Multimedia Editor

AJ Reynolds

Director of Multimedia Publishing

Michael McPeek

Staff Writers

Kristen Oliver
Allison Reeger Cook

Contributing Editors

Emily Stockton, WC ’11

Winter 2018, 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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