• 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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‘The right place for us’

Brenau business incubator a hub for COVID testing Nancy Benitez, WC ’17, has seen two sides of the coronavirus. The Women’s College of Brenau University alumna and adjunct professor was hired in mid-May by Pro-GeneX, a Gainesville-based pharmacogenetics company, as a lab technician tasked with testing COVID-19 samples. About a month later, Benitez found out […]

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Two quality education systems

Since 2014, Brenau University has operated successful partnerships with colleges and universities in China. In this story, students and professors from Brenau and its partner institutions dig into the similarities and differences between these two world leaders in higher education. The results are in and clear: Studying alongside peers from another culture jump-starts careers, enhances […]

The head and the heart

Thanks to a burgeoning collection of naturalist artworks, Brenau University connects its students and community to the arts and sciences in new ways   More than 30 years ago, Talladega, Alabama, native William Wood donated a collection of his artwork in honor of his parents to a relatively small, private college in Gainesville, Georgia, not […]

The art of giving

Brenau’s Center for the Arts & Design creating a community of caring Surrounded by a clay menagerie of geometric pottery and chiseled torsos, Huy Chu talks about bowls with an earnest excitement that echoes throughout the dusty ceramics studio in Simmons Visual Arts Center. The bowls — glazed in earthy hues of green, brown and […]