Winter 2016

’Tis the Season … for Diplomas!

Friends and family of graduates take to the front lawn on Brenau's historic Gainesville campus for photos after the first winter graduate commencement at the school.

Brenau awarded 455 undergraduate and graduate diplomas at the institution’s first winter commencement exercises in its 137-year history.

Winter 2016: Brenau Strong

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The Great Eight If you measure Brenau Strong by brainpower, you can use as an example the eight young women tapped for the Brenau Scholar program. They bring much more to the Women’s College than enviable intellects. Katherine Fuller: Introducing Sen. Fuller Abigail Sandifer: A ‘novel’ survivor Chayla Park: Muscling past intimidation Emma Jaczko: Crunching numbers, making waves Taylor Bennett: [...]

Introducing Sen. Fuller

Brenau Scholar Katherine Fuller

At 19, Brenau Scholar Katherine Fuller has mapped out a 30-year course to the U.S. Senate. At Harris County High School, the Ellerslie, Georgia, native was state governor in Key Club International. She worked in campaigns for State Sen. Josh McCoon and U.S. Sen. David Perdue. The political science and legal studies major is Student Government Association freshman class […]

‘Nothing can take me down’

Brenau Scholar Jihae Stanfield

Brenau Scholar Jihae Stanfield from Lawrenceville, Georgia, attended Berkmar High – a school that posted a 58 percent graduation rate in 2014. “I am one of those kids who were on free and reduced lunch,” the 18-year-old says reflectively, without self-pity. “I wouldn’t say I grew up in poverty, but I certainly wasn’t as privileged as some.” That experience motivated […]

Taking it to the next stage

Brenau Scholar Hannah Skelton

Eighteen-year-old Brenau Scholar Hannah Skelton from Cleveland, Georgia, applied a simple strategy for deciding where she would go to college: attend as many college plays and musicals as she could and pick the school that put on the most impressive stage production. Brenau beat all contenders. “They were amazing,” the musical theater major said. “I wanted to be a part […]

A different kind of therapist

Brenau Scholar Allie McConnell

Brenau Scholar Allie McConnell, 18, a Forsyth Central High grad from Cumming, Georgia, already has racked up considerable experience working with mentally and developmentally disabled children. She has helped special education children in school, and she spent two high school years helping students with severe disabilities. She volunteered at a hometown gym to teach special needs kids. She frequently cared for […]

Muscling past intimidation

Brenau Scholar Chayla Park

Brenau Scholar Chayla Park from Peachtree City, Georgia, played four years of varsity soccer at 2014-15 Class AAAAA state championship Starr’s Mill High School team. Although there probably was no question as to what the 18-year-old Park would choose as an extracurricular activity, she knew Brenau had launched a physical therapy program, and that profession is where she wants to […]

Growing Gold

Brenau University President Ed Schrader welcomes faculty and staff to the opening meeting before the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Hardy souls still discover places in North Georgia between Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier, not too far from the Brenau historic campus in Gainesville, where they can grab shovels and sluice pans then follow the red blazes hacked into pine trees on public lands to a nice, fast-running creek to see if they can hit the alluvial lottery. These ancient […]

The Doctor is In (and On the Air)

Jay Andrews and David Miller talk about health care on a weekly radio show.

Doctor of psychology David Miller’s radio broadcasts produce none of the comic hijinks of fictional radio shrink Frasier Crane in the old TV sitcom. On the air, the Brenau professor is all business. By Candice Dyer David Miller, a Brenau faculty member who has a doctorate in clinical psychologist, often quotes Groucho Marx: “A hospital bed […]

Battle Tested

Dr. Julie Battle, chair of Brenau Department of Psychology

Brenau psychology professor Julie Battle brings a special strength to the war on child abuse: empathy. She helps victims understand what has happened to them and more effectively communicate their stories in a quest for justice. By James Swift In his seminal work, Beyond Good and Evil, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche sternly warned those […]

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