One for the Books

Fun Makes the Difference for Trustee Pete Miller

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

Peter D. Miller, the 13-year veteran chair of the Brenau Board of Trustees, started his career in the Georgia banking world in the early 1970s when it was a relationships-based, person-to-person business. Bankers did deals with people they knew virtually on handshakes and promises – letting all the paperwork catch up later. Like the saying […]

Actually, Four for the Books

1945 Alpha Chi Omega sisters
Betty Rose Hutson, WC ’45, experienced one of those bittersweet moments that certainly included some sadness but also bubbled with joy. She told how she and her three closest Brenau sorority sisters and classmates enjoyed the gift of best friends who actually communicated regularly for more than 70 years. “I just think it is great [...]

Early Adopters

Margaret May Franklin House

One interesting aspect of higher education philanthropy lore is that married couples historically tended to give more to the husband’s alma mater than the wife’s. It has been said that the couple may donate a set of encyclopedias in the wife’s honor to the library at the school she attended, then donate millions of dollars to build the library at […]

Let’s Do The Numbers

John Cleveland spends his days examining troves of data, which he applies to his studied economic principles to make decisions managing his family investments. He knows from firsthand experience that investments in a community and a university pay big dividends. By David Morrison A few days before the Federal Reserve Bank would make its long-awaited […]

Heavy Hitter

When you read about 2014 Brenau Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Antonina Grib Lerch’s days as the top U.S. collegiate singles tennis player, her competitors share one common denominator. Whether they played on NAIA or NCAA Division II or III players, she generally beat them all. Since then the tennis champ has continuously moved up […]

Exit Strategy: Wayne Wright Dempsey Sr., 1948-2014

Wayne Dempsey

For almost 66 years Wayne Dempsey provided a practical illustration of how to live well. In the last three of those years, he taught us how to die well, too.  The remarkable life ended May 2, 2014, where it began, in the northwest Georgia community at the confluence of three rivers surrounded by seven hills […]

What’s the Big Idea?

On a fall day a couple of years ago, a group of Brenau students found themselves on a long car ride to North Carolina with one of the university deans, Bill Lightfoot. En route to participating in the social entrepreneurship session with representatives from other colleges and universities in the Appalachian region, they brainstormed things they […]

Twinkle in the Eyes

In 1936 the Gainesville Rotary Club asked local artist and Mark Trail comic strip illustrator Ed Dodd to do some pen and ink drawings of its members. Dodd complied, adding limericks. On the caricature of Hugh Hosch (pronounced like “shush”), owner of a textile mill that made denim clothing, he wrote: “Hugh Hosch had plenty […]

Pop Star

There is an age-old debate among aficionados of the iconic beverage as to whether Coca-Cola’s purest taste comes from a bottle, a can or, properly mixed, straight from the soda fountain. But, for those of us at Brenau, the vote should unanimously go to the bottle. Hands down. We can give you at least 3.4 […]

Grand Plan

Detail of Brenau's new Steinway

A year ago on these pages we announced Brenau’s grand plan to raise $1.5 million to replace worn-out, unserviceable pianos on campus. Today we can say that the fundraising continues, but that the first piano, Number 481, a handmade Steinway & Son’s Model D Concert Grand, arrived on campus Dec. 4 and now resides in Pearce Auditorium. President Ed Schrader announced the instrument’s imminent arrival at a surprise ceremony during the fall trustees’ dinner when he revealed that it would be named for former Executive Vice President Wayne Dempsey, who retired at the end of 2012.

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