• 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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Brenau University occupational therapy graduate student Meredith Burgamy, top, and Shepherd Center occupational therapist Katie Kimball, right, laugh with former patient Toy Wix while practicing techniques to help people living with impairments and disabilities. Wix, injured while working on a construction job site, plans to go to Switzerland soon for a stem cell treatment in hopes of regaining some movement in his hands. (Phil Skinner for Brenau University)

The Best Teachers

Above: Brenau University occupational therapy graduate student Meredith Burgamy, top, and Shepherd Center occupational therapist Katie Kimball, right, laugh with former patient Toy Wix while practicing techniques to help people living with impairments and disabilities. Wix, injured while working on a construction job site, plans to go to Switzerland soon for a stem cell treatment [...]
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Brenau Strong

As the episode unfolds, our mild-mannered protagonist arrives on campus and, in an attempt to conceal her true identity, she tries to blend into the background. However, something happens that compels her to strip away her façade. She's no longer the timid, somewhat bookish freshman. Revealing her super powers, she's able to be anything she [...]
Jay Andrews and David Miller talk about health care on a weekly radio show.

The Doctor is In (and On the Air)

Doctor of psychology David Miller’s radio broadcasts produce none of the comic hijinks of fictional radio shrink Frasier Crane in the old TV sitcom. On the air, the Brenau professor is all business. By Candice Dyer David Miller, a Brenau faculty member who has a doctorate in clinical psychologist, often quotes Groucho Marx: “A hospital bed […]

Dr. Julie Battle, chair of Brenau Department of Psychology

Battle Tested

Brenau psychology professor Julie Battle brings a special strength to the war on child abuse: empathy. She helps victims understand what has happened to them and more effectively communicate their stories in a quest for justice. By James Swift In his seminal work, Beyond Good and Evil, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche sternly warned those […]

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