Winter 2017

In Memory: Winter 2017

Richard Murphy, BU ’91, of Augusta, Georgia, died July 15. Frances Turpen Ellington, A ’35, WC ’39, of Jefferson, Georgia, died July 14. Caroline Smith Lanier Longest, WC ’35, of Raleigh, North Carolina, died Aug. 16. Helen Akins Atkinson, WC ’36, of Tallahassee, Florida, died Aug. 26. Louise Fraser Cook, A ’38, of Gainesville, Georgia, […]

Living Maps to Brenau’s Treasures

Docent points out details in painting to visiting patrons.

Did you know that one of the most interesting pieces in Brenau’s permanent art collection is a tissue drawing by a famous artist in which he explains another of his pieces in the collection? There are some people around who can tell you all about it. During the past quarter century Brenau University amassed one […]

A Feel for Design

Diana Eden takes measurements on Brandon Thompson during The Art of Costume Design workshop presented by Diana Eden. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

A decade ago, Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ’03, thanked her mentor in Hollywood’s costume design industry for her tutelage, her guidance and for providing a roof over her head. Lerch asked the renowned costume designer and Emmy Award nominee, Diana Eden, how she could ever repay her. “Her answer was very simple,” says Lerch. “Just […]

Alice Miller Phillips, Author

Alice Miller Phillips, WC ’04, released her historical thriller set in Paris in 1888, The Eighth Day Brotherhood, in August with Black Rose Writing.

Alice Miller Phillips, WC ’04, published her first novel, The Eighth Day Brotherhood, in August with Black Rose Writing, an independent publishing house based in Castroville, Texas. Critics have praised the novel as “intense and heart-rending,” as well as “beautiful writing with an encapsulating story combining history, art, religion and the imagination.” Originally from Richmond, […]

Fun Makes the Difference for Trustee Pete Miller

Cathy and Pete Miller pose for a portrait on the front lawn of Brenau's Historic Gainesville Campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Peter D. Miller, the 13-year veteran chair of the Brenau Board of Trustees, started his career in the Georgia banking world in the early 1970s when it was a relationships-based, person-to-person business. Bankers did deals with people they knew virtually on handshakes and promises – letting all the paperwork catch up later. Like the saying […]

Nelson Rodriguez, BU ’08

Nelson Rodriguez, BU ’08, a Chicago-based actor, writer of Puerto Rican descent and, since August 2012, an ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays, has been named the company’s first artistic director.

Rhonda Patjens Francis, WC ’04

Rhonda Patjens Francis, WC ’04, has moved from Roswell, Georgia, to Mountain View, California, with her husband and two daughters. Francis recently accepted a job with Google as planning operations manager. The family is enjoying their new location and loving the sunny California weather.

Ashley Patterson Ivester, WC ’12

Ashley Patterson Ivester, WC ’12, and husband Wes welcomed their first child, Xander Weston, on June 11 at 3:20 p.m. Wes weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 1/4 inches.

Melinda Jeffers, BU’96, BU ’99

Melinda Jeffers, BU’96, BU ’99, of Cave Spring, Georgia, won election in November to an open seat on the Floyd County Board of Education with more than 75 percent of the vote. The veteran educator currently teaches at the Cave Spring Vocational Rehabilitation Center as an education instructor to deaf and hard-of-hearing young adults. She […]

Brooke Bargeron Statham, WC ’00

Brooke Bargeron Statham, WC ’00, and husband Chris welcomed daughter Sloane on Aug. 22. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

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