• Efain Diaz, Derek Segovia and Jesuan Jackson play a clapping game during the 2015 RISE graduation at the Brenau Downtown Center Friday, July 24, 2015.

    Faculty Research Project Highlights Childhood Health Problems, Suggests Solutions

    Gale Starich, dean of the College of Health Sciences, gives a presentation about the RISE Program during the Brenau University Research Symposium. Each spring for the past six years, Brenau students and faculty have showcased the university’s continually growing focus on research at the annual Research Symposium. Dean Gale Starich heads the College of Health [...]
  • Dennis Campay paints in his studio in Jacksonville, Fla. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

    Art.​ ​Art​ ​everywhere.​ Drink​ ​it​ ​in.

    One of the Southeast’s best-kept secrets, Brenau University’s Permanent Collection includes more than 6,500 artworks from artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Jasper Johns, to name a few. The three galleries on the Gainesville historic campus – Sellars Gallery, Castelli Gallery and Presidents Gallery – host exhibitions that change each […]

  • Stefanie Diaz , WC '05 and BU '07, is the founder and CEO of Mastermind Your Launch. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

    Diaz Becomes Business Mastermind

    Stefanie Diaz takes the stage in Pearce Auditorium. She has a tough act to follow, as the student-filled audience is still buzzing from the lively performance by Tau Sigma dancers. Little do they know, Diaz once danced in their shoes. Diaz, founder of the company Mastermind Your Launch, graduated from the Women’s College in 2005 […]

  • Cathy and Pete Miller pose for a portrait on the front lawn of Brenau's Historic Gainesville Campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

    Fun Makes the Difference for Trustee Pete Miller

    Peter D. Miller, the 13-year veteran chair of the Brenau Board of Trustees, started his career in the Georgia banking world in the early 1970s when it was a relationships-based, person-to-person business. Bankers did deals with people they knew virtually on handshakes and promises – letting all the paperwork catch up later. Like the saying […]

  • Frank Norton Jr., chairman and CEO of the Norton Agency, poses for a portrait inside his office. Norton recently joined the Brenau Board of Trustees. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

    Tending the Roots

    Frank Norton Jr. bridges a legacy of art, business and education as a new university trustee Frank Norton Jr. graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, but he spent most of his 60 years in and around Brenau University. “While my mother has been a longtime member of the Board of Trustees, my grandmother also […]

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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 […]

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