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More than a year into the largest fundraising initiative in Brenau history, the ForeverGold campaign has exceeded 63% of its $40 million goal. How did we get to this point, and where do we go from here? The news was not merely good. It was great. Brenau University President Ed Schrader and members of the […]

Lighting a Candle

Lighting A Candle

America faces a shortage of health care professionals across the board. Nowhere is the problem more pronounced than in the rural south. Brenau nursing practice graduate Myron Faircloth is doing something about it. THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES estimates that by 2020, there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians with demand […]

Meeting Mr. Carter

Meeting Mr. Carter

Women’s College First-year Seminar Shakes Students from Comfort Zones In the spring of 2014, the seemingly indefatigable former President Jimmy Carter published his latest book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power – a well-documented indictment of persecution and prejudice that women still endure around the world. Since the Georgia-based Brenau Women’s College assigns […]

Lasting Art

Lasting Art

Jean Westmacott spent 16 years helping catapult Brenau University into a North Georgia oasis for painting, sculpture and other works in a region that a satirist once referred to as ‘The Sahara of the Bozarts.’ Her work in bronze, marble and other media now helps tell the Brenau story in a way that is destined […]

Home Field Advantage

Softball Players at MIlliken Plant

Donations from Pacolet Milliken and Ivester organizations put the ball in play for development of a $4.4 million, multi-use athletics park that preserves the community spirit of the historical New Holland mill village.  In 1903 it appeared as though Capt. John H. Montgomery’s dream of an idyllic North Georgia community in which all the residents […]

The Song Leader

At the undergraduate and graduate commencement this past spring, the person in full academic regalia chosen to “lead the singing” of the Brenau University alma mater and the university’s praise anthem was 27-year-old Gabriel Lopez, BU ’14. Ironically, a sixth-grade music theory class almost derailed Lopez’s long journey to a musical performance degree from Brenau. […]

The Sound of Both Hands Clapping

The soldier, the redhead and the simple gesture that signaled a lifetime of meaning for both of them.  The man at the bar, Frank Barroqueiro, had one of those Duck Dynasty beards. At age 38, he stood surrounded by family and friends to celebrate his retirement from the U.S. Army. Some had flown in from […]

Bluegrass and Books to Benefit RISE

Jordan Wallace, Bluegrass and Books

“I bet you’ve never heard a drum part played on a banjo,” said Carly Burruss of The Sawnee Mountain Train Wreck before the band broke into a bluegrass cover of Kacey Musgrave’s Smoke. Burruss, a student at Kennesaw State University, Jordan Wallace, a biology senior at Brenau University, and Wallace’s sister Patience Bryant, a local high school […]

It’s Not All Sequins and Fun

Genetically, it made sense early on that Cole Spivia would choose a nexus of costume design and theater as her chosen form of self-expression and career path. Her mother is a painter and sculptor who always kept a trove of interesting old clothes, shoes and purses around the house. Her father arguably was singularly responsible […]

2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement

Brenau University awarded the first doctoral degrees in the university’s 135-year history on Saturday.

Those doctorates, presented at the second of two commencement exercises on the front lawn of the historic campus, were among more than 735 undergraduate and graduate diplomas Brenau awarded for 2014.

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