• Practicing for her people

    Alumna Marshirl Locklear serving the Lumbee Tribe one patient at a time By Mark Ray Robeson County, North Carolina, ranks dead last among the Tar Heel State’s 100 counties for health outcomes and health factors like smoking and obesity. Diabetes, cancer, poverty and a lack of local medical specialists make it hard for the rural […]

  • Giving peace a chance

    Brenau’s mediation leaders awarded honorary doctorates from Tbilisi, Georgia, university By Dashiell Coleman In March 2020, Brenau University’s Ken and Mary Lou Frank were in Chicago doing what they do best: helping guide the world’s future peacemakers.  Ken Frank, director of Brenau’s Conflict Resolution & Legal Studies program, and wife Mary Lou Frank, adjunct instructor […]

  • A lifetime of service

    By Dashiell Coleman Finding a passion and following where it leads. Answering the call for help when it comes. Taking action instead of just hoping for change.  Those may sound like lofty ambitions, but at 102, Brenau alumna Holly Frederick Reynolds, WC ’39, has this advice for anyone pursuing their goals: “Go for it.”  She […]

  • Reading, writing and a whole lot more

    Brenau alumna Autumn Dodson teaches a powerful lesson By Mark Ray Despite the many challenges of the past year, Autumn Dodson, WC ’18, BU ’21, was an unstoppable force. More or less simultaneously, she wrote the dissertation for her Doctor of Education at Brenau University and a children’s book, My Teacher Looks Like Me. Both […]

  • Living and learning

    Brenau students a big part of Champions Place success Over the past year, occupational therapy students in Brenau University’s Ivester College of Health Sciences have been getting hands-on experience thanks to a partnership with Champions Place, an accessible residence where physically challenged young adults can live independently.  The partnership began after Windy Cruz, adjunct instructor […]

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Dwayne Johnson's character Davis Okoye with gorilla George in New Line Cinema's action adventure 'Rampage,' which was partially filmed on the Brenau University campus. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Brenau photo illustration.)

Lights, Camera, Bamboo, Action!

Almost 100 years ago, a Japanese garden was planted in a secluded spot on the Brenau Gainesville campus. In the summer of 2017, that grove was no longer a forgotten remnant of the university’s history – it found its way into the Hollywood spotlight. Scores of trailers, film equipment and crew members set up camp [...]

Fashion, film and a flair for the dramatics

With alumnae in the industry like Janie Bryant, Emmy Award winner for her work on the HBO series Deadwood and three-time nominee for her work on AMC’s Mad Men, and Antonina Lerch, who worked on Showtime’s popular Dexter and the 2009 Star Trek reboot, Brenau University has built a legacy in costume design. Now, it [...]
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Class of 2021 Brenau Scholars

The Brenau Scholars Program recognizes those who, as the Brenau Ideal states, “find satisfaction in being rather than in seeming” and “find joy in doing rather than in dreaming.” The young women chosen for this program epitomize these standards, using their talents, ambition and brilliance daily to pursue their goals and to excel in academics, [...]
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)

Brenau ‘multiversity’ extends vibrant mission

Laurence Veysey’s book The Emergence of the American University reminds us that contemporary and innovative postsecondary institutions serve more than one purpose. Veysey’s reference to the “multiversity” signals a more complex learning paradigm that meets the needs of students across the lifespan. At many colleges and universities, inertia and stagnation cause significant challenges, but Brenau [...]
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