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Alumnae, trustees perform in production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’

Aug 16, 2019

A packed Pearce Auditorium shook with laughter and cheers as Brenau University alumna Nairika Kotwal Cornett talked about the meaning — and lack thereof — of her short skirt. Cornett was one of the stars of The Vagina Monologues, a powerful play about women and their bodies, relationships and experiences. The play was performed in […]

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Trustee’s foundation donates $2.2 million to support early college program

Aug 13, 2019

On Monday, Aug. 12, the Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation announced a $2.2 million contribution to the early college program in the local Hall County School District. Doug Ivester, the director of the foundation, a former executive of The Coca-Cola Co. and a Hall County native, is a longtime Brenau University supporter and […]

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Women’s College launches Executive Women’s MBA

Aug 12, 2019

The Women’s College of Brenau University recently announced the first graduate degree program in its 141-year history: an Executive Women’s Master of Business Administration. The Executive Women’s MBA is designed to catapult the careers of talented, driven women who are currently successful in the workplace but looking to advance to the C-suite. With its first […]

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Jason DeJiacomo named head golf coach

Aug 01, 2019

Brenau University recently named Jason DeJiacomo head coach of its Golden Tigers golf team. DeJiacomo is entering his fourth season with Brenau, having previously served as a volunteer assistant coach. He replaces Damon Stancil, who started the program in 2013. DeJiacomo said he is looking forward to his first season as Brenau head coach. “I […]

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President Skleder kicks off listening and learning tour

Jul 29, 2019

In her new role as president of Brenau University, Anne Skleder has two immediate objectives: to listen and to learn. So intent is she to get to know the people who make a difference in the lives of Brenau students that Skleder recently kicked off what she dubbed Anne’s Listening and Learning Tour. She is […]

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Center for Lifetime Study hires executive, community coordinators

Jul 25, 2019

The Center for Lifetime Study at Brenau University, which is home to the Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute, recently filled two positions on the university’s Gainesville, Georgia, campus. Tim Bryant assumed the position of executive coordinator of the Center for Lifetime Study in July, while Bill Coates was recently hired in a part-time position […]

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Women’s Leadership Colloquium features three guest speakers and one good witch

Mar 19, 2019

Three remarkable women shared their stories of professional and personal success with hundreds of guests on Friday, March 15, at the Hosch Theatre at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts at Brenau University. The Women’s Leadership Colloquium, hosted by The Women’s College of Brenau University, brought together Kim Powell, bestselling author and […]

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Third annual Dempsey Dash 5K draws more than 180 registered runners

Mar 11, 2019

Despite storms in the forecast, the third annual Dempsey Dash 5K and Fun Run went off without a hitch on Saturday, March 9, at Brenau University. The event celebrates the memory of Brenau’s long-time executive vice president and CFO, Wayne Dempsey, who died May 2, 2014, at 65. For the first time this year it […]

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Nursing simulation lab completed at Norcross campus

Mar 11, 2019

Brenau University recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory on its campus in Norcross, Georgia. Program officials say the lab will offer future nurses the best possible preparation before they enter the field. The simulation lab will be utilized primarily by students in Brenau’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a 16-month, […]

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Medical Scholars Program wraps up with ‘zombie outbreak’

Mar 08, 2019

The Brenau University Medical Scholars Program wrapped the 2018-2019 academic year with a full day of activities, including a graduation ceremony, campus scavenger hunt and “zombie outbreak.” The zombie game involves an outbreak in the Fitness Center at Brenau — with Brenau faculty, staff and students in the Ivester College of Health Sciences dressed and […]

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Brenau hosts reception announcing intention to form Phi Beta Kappa chapter

Mar 07, 2019

Brenau University and Lessie Smithgall, a long-time Brenau supporter and friend, hosted a reception on Thursday, March 7, to celebrate the university’s intention to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in America. “Today, Brenau University formally announces our intention to seek a Phi Beta Kappa chapter during its next […]

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Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing holds white coat ceremony

Feb 20, 2019

Brenau University held a special white coat ceremony for its Family Nurse Practitioner and full-time Bachelor of Science in Nursing soon-to-be graduates on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Pearce Auditorium. The Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing holds a white coat ceremony annually for the upcoming graduates of the FNP program, but the 2019 ceremony was […]

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Swim team wins second-straight AAC Championship

Feb 11, 2019

The Brenau swim team earned12 first-place finishes to help clinch its second consecutive Appalachian Athletic Conference Swimming Championship on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Golden Tigers swim team now looks ahead to the 2019 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Swimming and Diving Championships from Feb. 27 to March 2 at the Columbus Aquatic Center in Columbus, […]

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Competitive cheer and dance perform in Super Bowl LIII

Feb 07, 2019

The Brenau University competitive cheer and dance teams had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Approximately 35 current and alumni student-athletes, along with head cheer coach Krista Britt, head dance coach Ashley Kastner and assistant coach Kaylynn Samples, performed during both the […]

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Faculty, staff, students and friends tour ‘Infinity Mirrors’ at the High

Jan 25, 2019

The big news out of the Atlanta art scene toward the end of 2018 was that the High Museum of Art sold out its advanced tickets for “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at a record pace. Thanks to Brenau’s Academic Affiliate Agreement with the High, the university had a limited number of tickets to a special […]

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Women’s College focuses on theme of ‘United Front’ at annual MLK Jr. Convocation

Jan 22, 2019

The 2019 winter convocation in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held Thursday, Jan. 17, in Pearce Auditorium, a program which keynote speaker Victor Wilson called “powerful.” Wilson is vice president of student affairs at the University of Georgia. He spoke at the convocation, which is an annual tradition within the Women’s College […]

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Brenau President Ed Schrader offers graduates advice for successful futures

Dec 14, 2018

During Brenau University’s winter commencements on Friday, Dec. 14, the institution’s President Ed Schrader challenged the graduates to go out and change the world by keeping in mind a few simple rules. Schrader, a known dog lover and owner of chocolate lab Jake, told the audience to keep in mind the tips of renowned dog […]

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The Women’s College announces plans for new signature programs

Dec 13, 2018

For 140 years, The Women’s College of Brenau University has supported, educated and prepared young women to become the professional thought leaders of their generations. On Thursday, Dec. 13, the university announced plans to strengthen The Women’s College, reinforcing its prominence in the education and development of outstanding women for the next 140 years. “Since […]

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Interior design students help decorate historic Atlanta home

Nov 27, 2018

Brenau University interior design students recently decorated for Christmas one of the most visually notable and historic structures in Atlanta. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, built between 1917 and 1921, was the home of the family of Charles Howard Candler from 1920 until 1959. Candler was the oldest son of Asa Griggs Candler, the Atlanta pharmacist […]

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Annual Kay and Douglas Ivester Scholarship supports health science students

Nov 01, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of Doug and Kay Ivester, eight health science students at Brenau University are one step closer to working in the industry. The Kay and Douglas Ivester Scholarship, awarded annually, goes to deserving students in the Ivester College of Health Sciences. Nursing student Lauren Bearden, who will graduate in May 2019 with […]

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