Spring 2021

Virtual baccalaureate service celebrates 2020 graduates

People well spaced on a stage.

To honor the graduates of 2020, Brenau held a virtual baccalaureate ceremony on Dec. 11, in a mostly empty Pearce Auditorium to celebrate the more than 700 new alumni. The baccalaureate ceremony — Brenau’s first since 1994 — was not intended to take the place of commencement, but was instead an opportunity for the university […]

International Spotlights: Grace Walker

Portrait of Grace Walker

As liaison for Chinese partnerships at Brenau, Grace Walker makes things happen. Among her myriad responsibilities in support of the university’s international relationships, Walker communicates with administrators and government representatives, arranges travel, assists in obtaining visas, organizes delegation visits, supports visiting scholars from China, and manages the daily operations and budget of Brenau’s China program. […]

International Spotlights: Eugene Williams

Dr. Eugene Williams, Dean, College of Education, poses for a portrait on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.(AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Eugene Williams knows a thing or two about being prepared. Prior to being named dean of the College of Education in 2016, Williams was instrumental in cultivating Brenau’s burgeoning collaborative education partnership with China’s Anhui Normal University. In 2015, he and Brenau colleague Bryan Sorohan traveled to China, where the two developed — and trained […]

Where the World Comes to Play

International student-athletes key to Brenau tennis’ sustained success In 11 seasons at Brenau University, Andre Ferreira has led the Golden Tigers tennis program to 140 victories, eight National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship appearances and two conference titles with nine All-American honorees. These achievements have propelled Ferreira through the echelons of the NAIA’s coaching elite. […]

International Spotlights: Sydney Hencil

Sydney Hencil

When it came time to decide which university to attend, Brenau junior Sydney Hencil knew she wanted to go somewhere outside her home country of Zimbabwe. When Hencil was younger, she was a member of the Rotary Youth Exchange program and spent time studying in Germany. Her parents wanted her to do the same after […]

International Spotlights: Mandy Bartell

Mandy Bartell

It’s been a long, strange trip for Mandy Bartell. Last January, the coordinator for Brenau’s Anhui Normal University partnership had just begun what was supposed to be a three-week visit to the Gainesville campus when officials in China — Bartell’s home since 2002 — announced the discovery of a new coronavirus. With so many uncertainties […]

Chinese classmates adjust to American life

While students at Sichuan Modern Art School, in Chengdu, China, Xueyun “Anna” Feng and Junlin “Scott” Wang had thoughts of leaving their home country for college — they just weren’t sure where they would end up. That changed when Brenau University leaders, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Eck and then-President Ed […]

Trustee Jill Mansfield says Brenau international experience ‘changed my life’

For Brenau University alumna and trustee Jill Mansfield, BU ’15, helping others is in her blood. Reflecting on the university’s mission, Mansfield says elements of “personal and professional fulfillment, intellectual accomplishment and global awareness” are echoed in her life experience and a family tradition of providing support. Some of Mansfield’s earliest memories include visiting the […]

Global perspectives

Cultural diversity drives concepts, ideas in interior design program The jump of an eyebrow. The swiftest of smiles. A quiet “ah” that screams success. These “sparks of clarity,” as Michael Kleeman calls them, are the moments the Brenau interior design professor enjoys most when teaching his international students and the culmination of hard work, creativity […]

International Spotlights: Robert Kiss-Mihaly

Nursing School Student Robert Kiss-Mihaly

When deciding where to attend nursing school, Robert Kiss-Mihaly was torn between continuing his education in Georgia or returning to his native Canada. Ultimately, Kiss-Mihaly decided to stay in Georgia, where he is now in his final year of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Brenau University’s Norcross campus. Kiss-Mihaly says he […]

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