• Physician Assistants in masks and face shields gather around display

    Physician Assistant Studies Program welcomes first students to campus

    After years of planning and preparation, Brenau University’s new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program officially launched Jan. 11 as students began classes in the recently renovated Brenau Downtown Center. The latest addition to the Ivester College of Health Sciences’ slate of graduate degree offerings features an inaugural cohort of 33 students from […]

  • Brenau Executive VP and CFO elected to SACSCOC Board

    David Barnett, executive vice president and CFO at Brenau University, is one of the newest members of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees, having been elected during the board’s recent December meeting. The 77-member board oversees the accreditation of colleges within the Southern region, which includes Alabama, […]

  • Science and art take flight in virtual talk

    The Brenau community learned about the relationship between art and science thanks to “The Evolution of Scientific Bird Art with Dr. Michael Stubblefield,” a virtual event held in October. Stubblefield, an avid nature photographer and art collector, presented some images from his art collection depicting the natural world and, more specifically, birds. Originally scheduled to […]

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    Virtual baccalaureate service celebrates 2020 graduates

    To honor the graduates of 2020, Brenau held a virtual baccalaureate ceremony on Dec. 11, in a mostly empty Pearce Auditorium to celebrate the more than 700 new alumni. The baccalaureate ceremony — Brenau’s first since 1994 — was not intended to take the place of commencement, but was instead an opportunity for the university […]

  • Chinese classmates adjust to American life

    While students at Sichuan Modern Art School, in Chengdu, China, Xueyun “Anna” Feng and Junlin “Scott” Wang had thoughts of leaving their home country for college — they just weren’t sure where they would end up. That changed when Brenau University leaders, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Eck and then-President Ed […]

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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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Class of 2021 Brenau Scholars

The Brenau Scholars Program recognizes those who, as the Brenau Ideal states, “find satisfaction in being rather than in seeming” and “find joy in doing rather than in dreaming.” The young women chosen for this program epitomize these standards, using their talents, ambition and brilliance daily to pursue their goals and to excel in academics, [...]
Brenau Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs James Eck speaks during the White Coat Ceremony for members of the Brenau Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2020. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau ‘multiversity’ extends vibrant mission

Laurence Veysey’s book The Emergence of the American University reminds us that contemporary and innovative postsecondary institutions serve more than one purpose. Veysey’s reference to the “multiversity” signals a more complex learning paradigm that meets the needs of students across the lifespan. At many colleges and universities, inertia and stagnation cause significant challenges, but Brenau [...]
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