• 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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Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, or "Dr. G," speaks to a group of JROTC students Friday, April 8, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. Castlin-Gacutan received a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Brenau's Norcross campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Rock Star

Dr. G rides shotgun with her linebacker-like driver at the wheel. We’ve just left the Jackson-Olin High School football stadium at 14th and F in Ensley, where 350 uniformed JROTC cadets passed in review before her, the celebrity dignitary. We’re about to hook a left on 20th Street for a quick run through Tuxedo Junction […]

Joyce Lott, WC '59, right, her husband, Tom, and their dog Chloe pose for a photo inside the church and one-room schoolhouse at the village on their farm in Cleveland, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Buffing History

Brenau Alumna Joyce Lott and her husband Tom believe that sometimes it takes a village to see into the pastoral past. You do not need a time machine to travel into Appalachian farm life, circa 1866. You only need to stroll the grounds of Laurel Heritage Farm, a functional micro-village of 20 historic buildings that […]

Clara Martin’s daughters Mary Helen Martin, WC ’84, Elizabeth Martin Carpenter, WC ’80, and Dorothy “Dottie” Martin Corey, WC ’78, with Martin at the Reunion Weekend celebration of her Brenau legacy. Like other Martin students, they admit their mom’s edict against students’ turning in papers with errors made them better writers and reporters. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

‘Matchmaker’ Clara Martin Created Job-oriented Student Experiences

With steely resolve and nurturing spirit, Clara Martin left a triad of indelible marks on the Brenau landscape and the professional psyches of a generation of students. On top of that, she was a pretty good matchmaker. In three decades at Brenau, she birthed a robust mass communications program and public radio station, both which […]

Dulcé Sloan, WC '05, laughs backstage at another comedian's joke. Between shows the group of performers told jokes, reminisced about shared experiences and talked of mutual friends. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Killin’ It in Comedy

Comedians often benefit from the cluelessness of others. Some white women have made the unwitting mistake of petting Dulcé Sloan’s Afro. They pay now for their presumptuousness by appearing live on stage as punch lines. “They don’t stay in the perimeter of the Afro and keep it Christian, no,” the wide-eyed Sloan gushes in a […]

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