1. What is “ARW?”
ARW stands for Alumnae Reunion Weekend. This is the three-day event hosted by the Office of Alumni & Events which bring alumnae from the Women’s College and the Academy/Early College program back to campus for milestone class reunions, sorority open houses, and of course, May Day.
2. What is May Day?
May Day, formerly known as Spring Festival, is one of the oldest and most beautiful traditions at Brenau… The celebration takes place on Front Campus, highlighted by the presentation of the May Court, crowning of the May Queen, and wrapping of the May Pole. The Queen is joined by the Princess, Prince, and four members from each class. All are elected by the student body. (Excerpted from “Brenau University Women’s College Traditions,” pg. 15, 2009.)
3. Why is “May Day” in April?
Conventional wisdom and tradition tell us that “May Day” should fall on the 1st of May, with many celebrations observed the first weekend of May. This was true of Brenau’s May Day celebration for many years when students were on the quarter system. Now that the University has moved to a semester system with an earlier Fall start date, “May Day” must move, too. The current academic calendar places graduation on the first weekend of May.
4. How do you choose which weekend in April is ARW and May Day?
Again, the semester system dictates this date for us. Alumnae Reunion Weekend and May Day are now scheduled to fall two weekends prior to Spring semester Final Exams. This schedule allows Women’s College students to participate in all the festivities of May Day without the pressure of preparing for exams immediately following May Day. This schedule also provides the latest (and hopefully, warmest) possible weekend each Spring.
5. Who plans the events?
The Office of Alumni & Events organizes all activities of Alumnae Reunion Weekend — activities specifically designed for alumnae. Students Services organizes all activities of Class Day and May Day — activities specifically designed for students. Individual sororities organize their own Open Houses with support from both the Alumni & Events Office and the Greek Life Office. In addition, various academic departments may choose to host receptions, exhibits, and productions in conjunction with this busy weekend.
6. How can I make sure my Class has a great reunion?
The success of reunions relies heavily on alumnae participation in the planning process. Each year, we see that the most well-attended reunions are those that have a dedicated group of 2-5 alumnae encouraging their classmates to attend through personal invitations and interaction. The Office of Alumni & Events will always plan the three Milestone Reunions — 50-year, 25-year, and 10-year — for Women’s College alumnae. (Beginning in 2015, we will also do this for Academy classes.) Our Office will also assist with any other reunions in 5-year increments if alumnae leadership presents itself.
Download our Reunion Planning Guide and our Sorority Anniversary Guide, both of which will walk you through the planning process. Please contact Alumni Relations at (770) 534-6164 or firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in planning your next reunion.
7. Where can I stay in Gainesville?
Each year, our Office negotiates discounted rates at the following three hotels. These rates are available for booking from January 1 through March 31. Mention Brenau Alumnae.
400 E.E. Butler Parkway
Gainesville, GA 30501
Hilton Garden Inn
1735 Browns Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30501
450 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SW
Gainesville, GA 30501
8. What is the Class Giving Challenge and how does my Class participate?
The Class Giving Competition was created to increase alumnae participation in annual giving to Brenau and provide an opportunity for alumnae to earn some “bragging rights.” Each year, silver trays with the winning Class years are awarded for highest Class participation rate and most dollars donated by a Class. All gifts made between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 will be counted for the 2015 competition. To make a gift, please contact Pam Fountain, Assistant Director of Development, at email@example.com. or (770) 718-5333. Or give securely online here. (Be sure to designate your Class year in the “In Honor of” box.)