Summer 2016

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 […]

Barb Schell’s Dead Solid Perfect Legacy

Dr. Barbara Schell, who helped bring Brenau's School of Occupational Therapy to national prominence as its director, is retiring after more than four decades in the profession. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

University of Florida freshman Barbara Schell changed majors no fewer than four times before following the advice of a dorm mate and looking into occupational therapy. Now, after a four-decade run in the profession, Schell concludes her service at Brenau University, where she founded and built one of the best clinical-based OT programs in North […]

Growing Need

Graduate psychology students at the clinic in Norcross gain clinical experience by lending a hand to children in need through the newly established Brenau Center for Counseling & Psychological Services. Although the clinic serves patients of all ages, a large segment of the clientele are children with learning and behavioral disorders. The second-year clinical counseling […]

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 […]

A New ‘Old’ Sport

Lacrosse is coming to Brenau.

Although lacrosse historically has been a sport relegated to northern climes where it originated among Native American peoples in the Great Lakes, New England and Mid-Atlantic seaboard regions, folks around the north Georgia town of Ball Ground, about 40 miles from Gainesville, will quickly remind you that the place got its name from the surrounding […]

Actually, Four for the Books

1945 Alpha Chi Omega sisters
Betty Rose Hutson, WC ’45, experienced one of those bittersweet moments that certainly included some sadness but also bubbled with joy. She told how she and her three closest Brenau sorority sisters and classmates enjoyed the gift of best friends who actually communicated regularly for more than 70 years. “I just think it is great [...]

Boundless Energy: Martha Carolyn Edens, 1928-2015

Martha Edens poses with Strom Thurmond at a GOP Reception.

Above: Martha Edens poses with Strom Thurmond at a GOP Reception. When Martha Carolyn Edens of Columbia, S.C., died on Oct. 9, 2015, Brenau University lost an ardent supporter, Zeta Tau Alpha lost a guiding light and the modern South Carolina Republican Party lost a pioneering founding member. Brenau, her Zeta sisters and S.C. GOP […]

Cousins for iStan

Kaelan Schultz, from left, Alicia Koredjian and Elizabeth Huff treat a trauma patient in the Brenau Nursing Sim Lab on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Gainesville, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Above: Undergraduate nursing students from Georgia Kaelan Schultz from Gainesville, Alicia Koredjian and Elizabeth Huff, both from Buford, experience patient care with an iStan simulator. A gift by Gainesville residents Anne and George Thomas helped Brenau in 2008 become one of the first nursing schools in the region to have its own iStan human simulation […]

Five Great Years

Jenny Dell

Since 2011, I have had the honor and pleasure of serving the Brenau alumni body as executive director. I have met thousands of amazing Brenau women and men who are doing extraordinary things all around the world. Each of you has shaped my life in wonderful ways, so it is with sadness that I announce […]

In Memory: Summer 2016

Margaret Smith Sudderth, WC ’35, of Atlanta, Georgia, died April 24. Lucille Jenness Busenlener, WC ’37, of Metairie, Louisiana, died March 6. Esther “Sherry” Sherrod Sandlin, WC ’40, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died March 7. Truscilla Drane Reynolds, WC ’41, of Miami, Florida, died Feb. 8. Anne Upchurch Gribble, WC ’43, of Lakeway, Texas, died [...]