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The Great Communicator

The Great Communicator John W. Jacobs Jr. launched his media career in the 1930s when he was a boy, publishing a newspaper on the street where he lived. Now, a year after his death, he has ensured that future generations of Brenau students will have technical training and an intellectual foundation to function effectively in the multimedia world. by David Morrison

John W. Jacobs Jr. was well into his late 80s when he bought his first iPhone. Although plenty of stories exist about grandkids’ having to show him how the thing worked, the operative part of the scenario is that Jacobs deliberately acquired the iPhone on his own. And, at a trustees meeting a month or […]

Dr. Blakley Tells What’s Next On TV

Walter Cronkite may have been the most trusted man in America, but it was technology and people working on the ‘production’ side of broadcasting that made Cronkite seem like a member of your family every night. Brenau’s Mass Communication Chair Stewart Blakley can’t wait to see what comes next in the world of broadcast media […]

News Happens

Kalina Haynes

You probably will never see Brenau alum Kalina Haynes on your television screens delivering the news or ever know about the pivotal role she has as an invisible behind-the-scenes player in television news, and that’s just fine with her. By David Morrison On April 20, 1999, her first day of work in the newsroom at […]

Students Present at Research Interior Design Conference

Brenau Interior Design

Cindy Bertoia and LaJuana Gill, students in Brenau’s Master of Fine Arts in interior design program, presented a joint research project during the past academic year at regional Interior Design Educator’s Conference (IDEC) at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. The program, titled “Defining Meaningful Categories of the Body of Knowledge,” traces the expansion in knowledge […]

‘Communicator’ Dobkins Steers Women’s College

New Women's College Dean, Debra Dobkins

At the alumni reunion last April, Brenau President Ed Schrader, speaking from the terrace outside Hopkins Dining Hall, introduced to the assemblage of mostly Women’s College graduates a person whom he described as “someone you are all going to want to meet.” Actually, many – particularly those who had graduated in the past decade and […]

Talking with the other side of the world

Talking with another side of the World by Candice Dyer. At Brenau, language and how we use it, is the heart of human communication.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Walburn, the venerable former editor of Atlanta Magazine, once described the distinctive northeast Georgia mountain twang of his star writer Candice Dyer, WC ’92, as sounding like the verbal utterances of the love child of country singer Loretta Lynn and NASCAR icon Bill Elliott. With that sort of credential, there was really […]

Brenau’s ‘Best and Brightest’

Honorable Mention by Rudi Kiefer

In front of the Academy building on the Gainesville campus a Women’s College student group huddles in clusters of three, each collectively molding handfuls of sand and water into shapes. Some insert little sticks of wood and pat the goop with their hands to solidify it. Others pour more water into the low spots, cheering […]

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