• 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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Early Adopters

One interesting aspect of higher education philanthropy lore is that married couples historically tended to give more to the husband’s alma mater than the wife’s. It has been said that the couple may donate a set of encyclopedias in the wife’s honor to the library at the school she attended, then donate millions of dollars to build the library at […]

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The Great Eight

Brenau Strong means brainpower – raw, energetic intellect and mental agility. To fully understand what that means, take a look at any one of the crop of students the Women’s College has recruited into its freshman class since 2009 through the prestigious Brenau Scholar program. Each was ranked high on the academic scale among college-bound [...]
WomenCan International, an organization working to get equal representation of women’s canoe sporting events in the Olympics, says that sprint canoe/kayak debuted at the 1924 Olympics as an exhibition sport with three events each, but of the 12 events now in the Olympics, nine are kayak events and three are canoe events – all three of which are men’s.

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New Residence Halls Helps Attract Potential Olympics Athletes for 2016 Pan American Paddling Competition By Karen Rosen In May, 250 athletes and coaches from throughout North, Central and South America will come to the historic campus in Gainesville for the last qualifying event for kayakers seeking spots in the 2016 Olympic Games. Doubling as a […]

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Hitting the Reset Button

We’ve all heard stories about children following their parents to the same college. But here’s a twist on that tale, thanks to a pair of women enrolled in Brenau’s health sciences programs. Sit for a first meeting with Yvonne and Whitney Chappell and it is almost like you’ve interrupted a coffee klatch with a pair of BFFs. […]

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