• 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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David Miller, Lumpkin County Commissioner. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

David Miller: A professor and a politician

David Miller is a Brenau professor of health care management and a Lumpkin County Commissioner. The two positions may seem random, but Miller uses his experiences to the benefit of Brenau students and his constituents. David Miller had never considered running for political office. Yet the Brenau professor of health care management is about half […]

Gainesville Chief of Police Carol Martin, WC '88, talks with some attendees during a Coffee With A Cop event. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Hail to the Chief, Carol Martin

Brenau alumna Carol Martin improves the beat for women in law enforcement At 21 years old, Carol Martin, WC ’88, became a Gainesville police officer because of the retirement benefits. “My dad was big on that,” she says. “But I also wanted to join this department because it’s always been busier than other agencies, and […]

LaSharn Hughes, executive director of the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, BU '98, BU '04 poses for a photo with the Georgia State Capital in the background at her office in Atlanta. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

LaSharn Hughes is not finished yet

Brenau alumna LaSharn Hughes aims to improve health care access in Georgia’s underserved areas Soft-spoken and poised, LaSharn Hughes, BU ’98, ’04, keeps a giant map of Georgia above her desk so she can visualize her projects. She points to Echols County in south Georgia and says, “See that town called Needmore? Well, they do, [...]
Brenau University alumna Darnisha Coverson, Class of 2012, poses for a July 19, 2017 portait at the Denver Crime Laboratory where she works in the forensic biology and DNA unit. Photo by Andy Colwell/andycolwell.com

Darnisha Coverson: Career Chemistry

For Brenau grad, science and service is the perfect formula Darnisha Coverson, WC ’12, describes the broad outlines of her life almost as if it were all foretold. “Growing up, I had a chemistry set,” Coverson says with a quick laugh. And like that, she gives all the setup to her story you need – […]

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