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Brenau Art Emphasis Held ‘in High Regard’

Dimond Leslie, a senior studio art major, looks at the paintings "Man at a Table" by Robert LaHotan, left, and "Self Portrait" by John Heliker, right, on display on April 13, 2016. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau/University)
Patrons look at the work oh John Heliker during the opening of "The Order of Things" in the Sellars Gallery on Brenau's historic Gainesville campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University) Last fall, Brenau Galleries put on one of the several exhibitions it does each year on campus, but this one was a retrospective of the remarkable career [...]

Killin’ It in Comedy

Dulcé Sloan, WC '05, laughs backstage at another comedian's joke. Between shows the group of performers told jokes, reminisced about shared experiences and talked of mutual friends. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Comedians often benefit from the cluelessness of others. Some white women have made the unwitting mistake of petting Dulcé Sloan’s Afro. They pay now for their presumptuousness by appearing live on stage as punch lines. “They don’t stay in the perimeter of the Afro and keep it Christian, no,” the wide-eyed Sloan gushes in a […]

‘Matchmaker’ Clara Martin Created Job-oriented Student Experiences

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)

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 […]

Buffing History

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)

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 […]

Rock Star

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)

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 […]

Welcome (Pronounced Huan Ying)

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A student ambassador program enabled Women’s College students to experience the other side of the world – and build a bridge between Chinese and American educational cultures. In May, eight Brenau University student ambassadors embarked on an 8,000-mile journey to Wuhu, China, to meet some of their future Brenau classmates: about two dozen early childhood education [...]

Winter 2016: Brenau Strong

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The Great Eight If you measure Brenau Strong by brainpower, you can use as an example the eight young women tapped for the Brenau Scholar program. They bring much more to the Women’s College than enviable intellects. Katherine Fuller: Introducing Sen. Fuller Abigail Sandifer: A ‘novel’ survivor Chayla Park: Muscling past intimidation Emma Jaczko: Crunching numbers, making waves Taylor Bennett: [...]

Growing Gold

Brenau University President Ed Schrader welcomes faculty and staff to the opening meeting before the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Hardy souls still discover places in North Georgia between Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier, not too far from the Brenau historic campus in Gainesville, where they can grab shovels and sluice pans then follow the red blazes hacked into pine trees on public lands to a nice, fast-running creek to see if they can hit the alluvial lottery. These ancient […]

Battle Tested

Dr. Julie Battle, chair of Brenau Department of Psychology

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 […]

China Influence Shapes Women’s College, Builds Loyal Global Alumni Base

From left, Jing Chen with fellow alumna Jennifer Lewis, WC ’02, at an alumni gathering in New York; Autumn Zhao with the Abbot of the Buddhist temple she is helping to build near her hometown in China; and U.S. Army Capt. Yao Yao Zhu in Norcross, Georgia, trying to recruit future occupational therapists to military service

When Jing Chen, BU ’99, left her Beijing home 21 years ago for the journey of more than 7,000 miles to start a new chapter in her life, she had no guarantees about the future. The narrative of her story put Chen in 1995 at Brenau University. Three and a half years later she graduated with a degree in business […]

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