• 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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Skleder appoints Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

For more information about the Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence please contact email them at diversity@brenau.edu. Brenau University is taking tangible steps to ensure it becomes a leader in diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. During the tumultuous days of last summer as the country was reeling from the senseless deaths of George […]

Innovation in Education

Entrepreneurial spirit guides Brenau’s board chair By Ben McDade As one of the principal partners of a thriving business, new Brenau University Board of Trustees Chair Mike Smith understands the rewards of taking a chance and managing risks and says those same dynamics are at play every day at Brenau. Smith is president of SteelCell, […]

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A Legacy of Leadership and Service

Have passion for the mission. Be knowledgeable. Do your homework. Ask the right questions. Stay involved and keep your fingernails dirty. These are some of the valuable lessons longtime Brenau trustee and former board chair Pete Miller says he has learned over his 20-plus years on the board — 16 of them as chair — […]

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First Class

Executive Women’s MBA students find friendship, support through the program As the Executive Women’s Master of Business Administration at The Women’s College of Brenau University wraps up its inaugural year this fall, the trailblazing women in the program’s first cohort already know they have made lifelong friends. The catalyst for those friendships came during the […]