• MLK Convocation 2022

    Creating lasting change together

    By Margie Gill, BU ’10 Dr. Margie Gill is an associate professor of psychology and Brenau’s interim executive director for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives. She graduated cum laude from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2008 with a B.S. in psychology and received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Brenau, where she received the […]

  • The Brenau woman sculpture near Pearce Auditorium

    Planning with purpose

    Planning ahead is vital for the success of any business or organization, but what makes that roadmap to the future strategic? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “strategic,” is an adjective that means “relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them.” “Plan” is a noun defined […]

  • A vision realized: Brenau Downtown Campus takes shape with Renaissance expansion

    Brenau University is expanding its footprint in downtown Gainesville to coalesce into a true downtown campus location focused on health sciences. The university’s revitalization of the former Georgia Mountains Center and the addition of the Gainesville Renaissance are changing the look of downtown. Brenau’s expansion in a prime location contiguous to the Brenau Downtown Center […]

  • ‘Passion and talent’: Thompson family donates extensive art collection to Brenau

    The estate of Claire Thompson, who died in September 2021, has donated an extensive collection of work by her late husband, William J. Thompson, to Brenau University Galleries.  The Thompson collection, valued at more that $270,000, consists of 68 works by the renowned sculptor and printmaker that span the artist’s career from the 1950s to […]

  • Brenau President Anne Skleder, Pete and Cathy Miller, and students

    Expanding international efforts: Brenau establishes Miller Institute for Global Education

    Brenau University has established the Miller Institute for Global Education to guide its internationalization plans that aim to increase students’ global awareness, an initiative key to the university’s mission and its strategic plan. The institute is funded by an estate gift from Pete Miller, who has been a Brenau trustee since 1998, and his wife, […]

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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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