Spring 2018

In Memory: Spring 2018

Mary Helen Roop Hosch, WC ’35, of Gainesville, Georgia, died May 15, 2018. Betty Rose Hutson, WC ’45, of Durham, North Carolina, died April 15, 2018. Mary Murphy Reiser, WC ’46, of Savannah, Georgia, died Nov. 21, 2017. Glenn Hoggard-Autrey, WC ’47, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, died March 2, 2018. Cathryn Cook, WC ’49, […]

Olesya Sypchenko: Universal Language

Olesya Sypchenko teaches a music lesson to a student with autism at Sound of Music school in Buford, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Alumna uses music and OT to unlock the genius in children One of the giants of literature, Russia’s Leo Tolstoy, said that music is the shorthand of emotion. Maybe that’s why Russian-born child music prodigy Olesya Sypchenko drawn to using psychology, occupational therapy and music as tools to help children with developmental challenges. Using her [...]

One Ballsy Burd

The mild-mannered former president of Brenau University strikes no one at first blush as a shoot-first-ask-questions-later gunslinger. However, when he set out to corral an extraordinary art collection for the school, he relentlessly took no prisoners. In about his second year, Brenau President John S. Burd initiated development of the Permanent Art Collection at Brenau [...]

The Art of History

In almost half a century in the classroom, Jim Southerland used whatever tools he could find to make history come alive for his students. At Brenau, the arts always seemed to be just the thing. My role as a teacher was merely a continuation of my lifelong role as a student. It is a fitting [...]

Lynn Jones leaves a legacy of design

A 140-year-old institution like Brenau University is, naturally, known for the historic structures that dot its campus, from Walters House and its ornate fireplaces to Pearce Auditorium and its remarkable painted ceiling. What few who walk these halls know is nearly every historic Brenau building has been maintained with the help of one woman and […]

Q&A with ‘Rampage’ location manager John Latenser

Scores of trailers, film equipment and crew members set up camp in the Brenau University Trustee Library parking lot in summer 2017, piquing the curiosity of Gainesville locals. Even though the project was to remain confidential during filming, eventually Brenau students and community members caught glimpse of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on set to film [...]

Lights, Camera, Bamboo, Action!

Dwayne Johnson's character Davis Okoye with gorilla George in New Line Cinema's action adventure 'Rampage,' which was partially filmed on the Brenau University campus. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Brenau photo illustration.)
Almost 100 years ago, a Japanese garden was planted in a secluded spot on the Brenau Gainesville campus. In the summer of 2017, that grove was no longer a forgotten remnant of the university’s history – it found its way into the Hollywood spotlight. Scores of trailers, film equipment and crew members set up camp [...]

Fashion, film and a flair for the dramatics

With alumnae in the industry like Janie Bryant, Emmy Award winner for her work on the HBO series Deadwood and three-time nominee for her work on AMC’s Mad Men, and Antonina Lerch, who worked on Showtime’s popular Dexter and the 2009 Star Trek reboot, Brenau University has built a legacy in costume design. Now, it [...]
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