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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.

2014 Women’s College Commencement

On a day when news broke that the number of U.S. single-gender female institutions had diminished to 45, Brenau University today conferred 190 undergraduate diplomas to members of the Brenau Women’s College Class of 2014. “The Women’s College is strong, thriving and the heart of our institution,” Brenau President Ed Schrader told graduates and guests […]

What’s the Big Idea?

On a fall day a couple of years ago, a group of Brenau students found themselves on a long car ride to North Carolina with one of the university deans, Bill Lightfoot. En route to participating in the social entrepreneurship session with representatives from other colleges and universities in the Appalachian region, they brainstormed things they […]

The Brenau Scholar Pattern

Brenau Scholars 2013

As part of a gemstone program of institutional aid, paid from annual giving to the university, four 2013 Brenau University Women’s College freshmen recently joined the ranks of a select group of students who excel – not only academically but also as contributing members of their communities. The full scholarship, valued at about $22,000 per […]

Exceedingly Rare: Brenau at 135

Brenau Window, Fall 2013 Vol. 7, No. 3

Brenau celebrates its 135th anniversary during the 2013-14 academic year. In addition to the planned special activities that you can read about elsewhere in this magazine – and other yet-to-be-announced events to be publicized on the www.brenau.edu Web site – you will encounter articles throughout this anniversary issue that highlight different parts of the Brenau journey. When an […]

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