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Summer 2016: Where Experience Really Counts

Summer 2016 Issue Cover: Where Experience Really Counts. Alums equipped for tough roles like Birmingham Schools Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan.
Rock Star Dr. G., as Kelley Castlin-Gacutan is known, has her work cut out for her as Birmingham, Alabama's public school superintendent. Those who know her tick off long lists of qualities that will make the job easier. Killin' It in Comedy Dulcé Sloan was a bit of a cut-up as a student at Brenau Women’s College. [...]

The Best Teachers

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)
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 [...]

A Tale of Two Surgeons

U.S. Pacific Fleet Surgeon Capt. Christopher Culp, left, and U.S. 7th Fleet Surgeon Capt. Joel Roos discuss medical requirements with sailors onboard the dock landing ship USS Germantown during an emergency resuscitative surgery system Pacific training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)
Only a handful of doctors can be fleet surgeons, the top medical officers over subdivisions of the world's largest navy, overseeing the medical needs of 750,000 sailors, Marines and reservists. Recently, two Brenau alumni served simultaneously as fleets surgeons. Capt. Christopher Culp: On the Move Throughout Chris Culp’s military career, the Navy has moved him [...]

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: [...]
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