Winter 2018

Winter 2018: Investing in Tomorrow’s Health Care Professionals

Winter 2018: Investing in Tomorrow's Health Care Professionals
‘Multiversity’ on a mission Provost James Eck says Brenau is the perfect example of a “multiversity” – poised to meet the needs of current and future students and prepare graduates for leadership roles in their “generation of creativity.” From horse to water Occupational therapist Nicole Walker, BU ’01, offers a unique approach for her clients [...]

2017 Alumni Awards & Homecoming

Attendees gather on the Wilkes Lawn for homecoming celebrations at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Eight outstanding alumni were honored during Brenau University’s fall Homecoming Weekend on Sept. 29-30. They include: COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD Michele Hood, BU ’12 PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Amber Simmons, WC ’03 SERVICE TO BRENAU AWARD Terry Capers, BU ’14 ACADEMY ALUMNA OF THE YEAR AWARD Sherrie Devries, A ’59, WC ’60 YOUNG ALUMNA AWARD Stefanie Diaz, WC ’05 [...]

Chandy Henson’s Long Journey

It’s been quite a decade for Chandy Henson. The Atlanta resident enlisted in the Army, served seven years as a medic, left military service and, finally, began to pursue her dozen-year-old dream of becoming a physical therapist. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Henson, a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Physical Therapy […]

Sandra Greniewicki: Pliable Heart

Sandra Greniewicki, Anne Warren Thomas Professor of Nursing & Health Policy, poses for a photo inside the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy tapped into that nascent mother lode of good old American faith and chutzpah when he declared that the veritable global laughing stock of a U.S. space program would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. A year earlier, a group of Gainesville, […]

In Memory: Winter 2018

Jonette “Jo” Helms Shelton, WC ’42, of Covington, Louisiana, died Sept. 13. Betty Stansbury Ambrose, WC ’44, of Atlanta, died July 14. Althea Bergtholdt, WC ’44, of West Hyannisport, Massachusetts, died Sept. 6. Carmen Cowart Noel, WC ’46, of Atlanta, Georgia, died July 17. Nell Gilder, WC ’51, of Glenwood, Georgia, died Aug. 16. Joan […]

Brenau mourns passing of longtime supporter of health care programs

George Thomas, husband, father, brother, businessman, church leader, woodworker and longtime supporter of Brenau University, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville following an extended illness. He was 87. At Brenau, Thomas and his wife, Anne Warren Thomas, are perhaps best known as the Gainesville benefactors who helped sustain and grow […]

Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future

Ashley Carter, director of alumni and constituent engagement. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau truly has a rich history, and I love to flip through old annuals and read about the traditions that have made our alma mater what it is today and the alumni who have left lasting legacies. My favorite piece to read is the Brenau Ideal written by H.J. Pearce: To find satisfaction in being […]

Class of 2021 Brenau Scholars

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The Brenau Scholars Program recognizes those who, as the Brenau Ideal states, “find satisfaction in being rather than in seeming” and “find joy in doing rather than in dreaming.” The young women chosen for this program epitomize these standards, using their talents, ambition and brilliance daily to pursue their goals and to excel in academics, [...]

Brenau Scholar Olivia Pelton

Olivia Pelton, Brenau Scholar

From the moment you meet Olivia Pelton, with her golden Rapunzel hair and delicate cat-eye makeup, you might imagine she is straight out of a Disney fairy-tale musical. It’s no surprise, then, that she started her own business at age 14 called Party Princess, in which she dressed up as Disney princesses to attend community […]

Brenau Scholar Olivia Eafano

Olivia Eafano Brenau Scholar

Olivia Eafano has had an interesting relationship with music from an early age, not only because she loves it, but because it helped distract her from a childhood medical issue. She started taking voice and piano lessons at age 5, which was about the time she was diagnosed with uveitis, an autoimmune disorder that tricks […]