Mason Garland works to place a cover slip on a slide during a research project for Dr. Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Heather Ross, associate professor of physical therapy, studying rat brains that have been carefully frozen and preserved for the purpose of studying the effects of stem cells in repairing brain tissue and subsequent function. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Slice of Life: Brenau Makes its Mark in Stem Cell Research

Heather Ross is Brenau’s resident expert on neuroregeneration and neural injury. For years, she has been working on stem cell and rehabilitation research that is instrumental to her students and the field of research. Now partnered with certified cytotechnologist Jessi Shrout on a study of stem cells in rat brains, Ross is continuing a five-year […]

Itzel Islas smiles while she walks to receive her diploma during the commencement ceremony for the RISE Program on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Fair Street School. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

RISE Program Continues to be a Summer Success

Children in the Real Interactive Summer Learning Experience, RISE, program graduated Friday, July 14, at Fair Street International Academy among friends, family and their summer camp teachers. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with these students the last six weeks,” said Chelsey Brown, WC ’16, one of the leads of the RISE Program. […]

Eli Daniel, a freshman from Locust Grove, Ga., at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park Dedicated Amid Record Shattering Softball Season

Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park reached completion with the start of 2017 and opened on a sunny February afternoon. The park was dedicated in mid-April, after the Golden Tigers softball team spent the first weeks of its season setting records and exceeding expectations. It’s a whole new ballgame at Brenau. Brenau University junior Mackenzie Oliver […]

Nita Tammarine reacts as she crosses the finish line during the Dempsey Dash 5K, a race celebrating the memory of Brenau's longtime Executive Vice President and CFO Wayne Dempsey, on Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Inaugural Dempsey Dash 5K Celebrates Esteemed Former Brenau Executive

A beloved member of the Brenau family was remembered at the inaugural Dempsey Dash 5K on March 10. The event celebrated the life of longtime Brenau Executive Vice President and CFO Wayne Dempsey, who died in 2014. Proceeds benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance for students seeking a better life […]

Cynthia Fuller Jackson receives an Outstanding Alumni Award during the 2017 Alumnae Reunion Weekend at Brenau University, Saturday, April 08, 2017. (Photo/ John Roark for Brenau University)

2017 Alumni Awards Winners

Brenau University honored 13 outstanding alumni during the 2017 Alumnae Reunion Weekend on April 7-8. The women – among them a stand-up comic, a senior manager at Coca-Cola, an award-winning film director and a second-generation chiropractor – were recognized for their many personal accomplishments, contributions to their local communities and leadership roles in their chosen [...]
Paige Houseman, WC '66, gets a hug from Judy Davis Alexander, WC '67, before the dinner for the dinner for the 50th anniversary with the Brenau Trustees. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Alumnae Reunion Weekend & May Day 2017

Even on a Chilly Early April Morning, Brenau Alumnae Warm at Traditional ‘May Day’ Reunion Photos by AJ Reynolds and John Roark More than 200 Brenau University Women’s College alumnae returned to their historic campus this weekend to keep alive the tradition that dates to the early days of the 139-year-old institution of celebrating May […]

Sarah Hubaishi, left, and Simone Lewis get a hug from Kelly Castlin-Gacutan during the 4th Annual Women's Leadership Colloquium on Friday, March 17, 2017. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Success Expert Leads All-Star Panel of Women at Leadership Colloquium

Catherine Dixon has seen it all: colossal failure, bland mediocrity and soaring triumph. The principal at ghSMART was keynote speaker for the fourth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium Friday, March 17. The event, organized by Brenau Women’s College, was held in the Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts and featured successful [...]
From left, Crystal Wang, Cathy Wu, Daisy Qiu and College of Education Dean Eugene Williams walk into the arrivals area at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Welcome Home!

The first wave of junior year students from China’s Anhui Normal University arrived Aug. 19 on Brenau’s Gainesville campus. The 18 students are part of a special agreement between Brenau and ANU that permits the students to complete the first two years of their college careers in China and graduate from Brenau after completing their […]

Cassidy Buck, a freshman special education major and dance minor, works with her grandmother Phyllis 'Mama' Engebretson to make up her room inside Van Hoose Hall. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

On the Move

Brenau University welcomed more than 400 new Women’s College students, including 130 first-year residential students, this fall as it kicked off the 2016-17 academic year with its residential hall “Move-In Day” on Aug. 24.

Brenau's new residence hall for upperclassman students.

New Hall to Call Home

A $3.3 million, three-story residence hall situated along Prior Street on Brenau’s Gainesville campus opened in fall 2016, housing more than 70 upper-level students. The construction project was in the planning stages for some time and marked the end of a $6.5 million ForeverGold improvement project, which began in 2014 and included construction of four new […]

Brenau President Ed Schrader moderates while Kristen Soltis Anderson, a Republican pollster and strategist, , left, and Maria Teresa Kumar, Democratic commentator and CEO of Voto Latino, discuss political issues during Beyond the Talking Points: What Election 2016 Really Means to Women. The discussion was a part of the Douglas and Kay Ivester Programming Series at the university. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)Beyond the Talking Points: What Election 2016 Really Means to Women. The discussion was a part of the Douglas and Kay Ivester Programming Series at the university. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Election Takes Center Stage at Brenau

In the tensest moments of the 2016 presidential election, two national political experts with diverse points of view agreed: Donald Trump was unlikely to win the presidency. Republican pollster and strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder and partner at Echelon Insights, and Democratic organizer and commentator Maria Teresa Kumar, CEO of Voto Latino, were part of […]

Diana Eden takes measurements on Brandon Thompson during The Art of Costume Design workshop presented by Diana Eden. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

A Feel for Design

A decade ago, Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ’03, thanked her mentor in Hollywood’s costume design industry for her tutelage, her guidance and for providing a roof over her head. Lerch asked the renowned costume designer and Emmy Award nominee, Diana Eden, how she could ever repay her. “Her answer was very simple,” says Lerch. “Just […]

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