• 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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Nicole Walker, BU ’01, occupational therapist and owner of Walker Therapy in Gainesville, Georgia, leads a horse while fellow therapist Nolina Varley, BU ’01, helps make sure a client maintains his balance during an equine therapy session. (Photos by AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

From horses to pools, Walker Therapy uses a variety of techniques to help children

About 15 years ago, Brenau alumna Nicole Walker went into business with a couple of her old classmates to provide an unusual form of therapy for children in North Georgia. Today, Walker Therapy is a multicounty operation providing equine-based therapy, aquatic therapy and classic, clinical, physical and occupational therapy to children in need. Emily Moss, BU’ 16, supports her 10-year-old client with the help […]

Brenau health sciences students Bethany Green, Chandy Henson, Savannah Blalock, Dean of the Ivester College of Health Sciences Gale Starich, Ivie Hall and Martis Ferguson unveil renderings of the future letterings of Brenau's Downtown Center and Brenau East in Gainesville during an event announcing the naming of the Brenau University Ivester College of Health Sciences. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Doug and Kay Ivester: Changing Lives, Strengthening Community

Ivester College of Health Sciences dedicated The Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation continues to leave indelible marks across the greater Gainesville community through its most recent gift of $3.5 million in support of health sciences at Brenau. This gift, in addition to a legacy of personal generosity prior to the establishment of the [...]
Mason Garland works to place a cover slip on a slide 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)

Slice of Life: Brenau Makes its Mark in Stem Cell Research

Heather Ross is Brenau’s resident expert on neuroregeneration and neural injury. For years, she has been working on stem cell and rehabilitation research that is instrumental to her students and the field of research. Now partnered with certified cytotechnologist Jessi Shrout on a study of stem cells in rat brains, Ross is continuing a five-year […]

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The Brave, The Bold, The Brilliant

Brenau University is proud to help its students begin new chapters armed with the skills to succeed in their chosen careers. For active-duty and veteran students, beginning a second career is perhaps more challenging, but Brenau aims to help ease the transition. Brenau University is ranked one of the Best Colleges for Veterans in the [...]
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