• 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 […]

  • Olesya Sypchenko teaches a music lesson to a student with autism at Sound of Music school in Buford, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

    Olesya Sypchenko: Universal Language

    Alumna uses music and OT to unlock the genius in children One of the giants of literature, Russia’s Leo Tolstoy, said that music is the shorthand of emotion. Maybe that’s why Russian-born child music prodigy Olesya Sypchenko drawn to using psychology, occupational therapy and music as tools to help children with developmental challenges. Using her [...]
  • Dwayne Johnson's character Davis Okoye with gorilla George in New Line Cinema's action adventure 'Rampage,' which was partially filmed on the Brenau University campus. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Brenau photo illustration.)

    Lights, Camera, Bamboo, Action!

    Almost 100 years ago, a Japanese garden was planted in a secluded spot on the Brenau Gainesville campus. In the summer of 2017, that grove was no longer a forgotten remnant of the university’s history – it found its way into the Hollywood spotlight. Scores of trailers, film equipment and crew members set up camp [...]
  • Fashion, film and a flair for the dramatics

    With alumnae in the industry like Janie Bryant, Emmy Award winner for her work on the HBO series Deadwood and three-time nominee for her work on AMC’s Mad Men, and Antonina Lerch, who worked on Showtime’s popular Dexter and the 2009 Star Trek reboot, Brenau University has built a legacy in costume design. Now, it [...]

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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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