• Historical notes

    Historical Notes and other treasures from the Brenau University archives Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. “To Our Best Piano Pupil” from 1899 Brenau Bulletin What’s in a name? Though founded in 1878 as the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary, Brenau has never been […]

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    President Anne Skleder: focused on students

    Anne Skleder Focused on Students Anne Skleder Focused on Students An unwavering commitment to community, excellence and student success is one of the key traits that fueled the mutual attraction between Brenau’s presidential search committee and Anne Skleder, the 141-year-old university’s newly minted 10th president. Anne Skleder, with a vitae spangled with student-focused initiatives, is […]

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    Year one of the GOLD program

    Year one of the GOLD Program GOLD, one of the new signature programs of the reimagined Women’s College, began this fall at Brenau University. W Courses GOLD curriculum features W courses, open exclusively to students in The Women’s College, designed to focus on the expertise and experience of women. Students entering in fall 2019 take […]

  • Follow-up: Randal Robison, MAT

    In August of 2017 we did a story in the Brenau Window about Randal Robison and his son Nolen. Randal is a retired Army chaplain who was inspired to begin a second career in special education by his experience raising his four children, and especially his son Nolen, who has Down syndrome. On May 5, […]

  • This is how we roll: Claudia Wilburn organizes community colossal prints event

    It was a crisp, clear spring morning as Studio Art Program Director Claudia Wilburn sat perched atop a steamroller – just another day at Brenau. Wilburn and her students organized Brenau University’s first Colossal Prints event on March 23 along Brenau’s Green Street side of the Gainesville campus, outside the John W. Jacobs Jr. Business […]

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The Ghostess With the Mostest

If Agnes does not exist, we probably would have invented her. Brenau’s legendary campus ghost makes too attractive of a scapegoat for the creaks and groans in the eaves of Brenau’s old, atmospheric buildings, and among the many exceptional women who have disturbed the peace here, she inspires the most curiosity. For decades students have […]

The Second President Pearce

Lucile Townsend Pearce was not the typical Southern belle of the early 1900s. More at home on her horse than at a ball, she was demonstrably uncomfortable with the role society had created for women. Although she never held the top title as the university’s chief executive, she definitely shaped its evolution in the first […]

Mama Makes Up Her Mind

Mama was stubborn. “Set in her ways,” is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her, especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew […]

Twinkle in the Eyes

In 1936 the Gainesville Rotary Club asked local artist and Mark Trail comic strip illustrator Ed Dodd to do some pen and ink drawings of its members. Dodd complied, adding limericks. On the caricature of Hugh Hosch (pronounced like “shush”), owner of a textile mill that made denim clothing, he wrote: “Hugh Hosch had plenty […]

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