Featherbone Academy for 2020
Featherbone Academy for 2020

Featherbone Communiversity Academy

We are all teachers. We are all students.

Our Objectives

  • To grow personally and professionally
  • To discover future community builders
  • To encourage “giving back” to the community
  • To understand the concepts of “Communiversity”
  • To better understand career mastery in all careers

About Featherbone Communiversity Academy

Featherbone Academy Medal LogoIn 2005, former Warren Featherbone Company CEO and philanthropist Gus Whalen founded the Featherbone Communiversity. Communiversity is more than a place to become educated; it is an evolutionary way of learning. At Featherbone Communiversity, people from all walks of life and ages come together to collaborate, to engage in the flow of ideas, and to make discoveries that ultimately extend benefits outside the walls of a building.

The Communiversity is a partnership of local schools and businesses. Featherbone Communiversity is home to the Brenau University Department of Nursing, the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK), Lanier Technical College Manufacturing Development Center, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, and the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Mr. Whalen also began the Masters Series at the Communiversity to honor and recognize teachers, entrepreneurs, nurses, craftsmen, and public servants in the community for their dedication and excellence. He believed that we are all teachers and that we are all students. Featherbone Communiversity Academy was established to connect local high school students with career Masters.

Featherbone Communiversity Academy Members

East Hall High School

Gainesville High School

Lakeview Academy

Featherbone Academy Orientation
Featherbone Academy Orientation



Academy Orientation will be held on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 in Thurmond McRae Lecture Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Learning Soft Skills Leads to
Featherbone Academy Orientation
Featherbone Academy Orientation

Featherbone Communiversity Academy Sponsors

Warren Featherbone Foundation Logo

Jackson EMC, Patron Level Gala Sponsor

Featherbone Communiversity Masters Series

Master Craftsmen... Builders of America logoMasters Craftsmen… Builders of America

Wednesday, October 24, 2019 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
at the Lanier Technical College Oakwood Campus Lecture Hall Room 301
More information at www.laniertech.edu/mastercraftsmen2018

Entrepreneurs... Masters of Innovation logoEntrepreneurs… Masters of Innovation

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
at the Rotunda in Brenau Incubator at Featherbone Communiversity

Masters of Nursing Logo

Masters in the Healing Arts… Healers Among Us

Returning in Fall 2020

Masters in Teaching Logo

Masters in Teaching… Life Changers at Work and Academy Graduation/Luncheon

Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
at the Northeast Georgia History Center

Masters of Safety Logo

Masters of Safety… Builders of Community Trust

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
at the Downtown Center

Georgia Food Bank logo

Georgia Mountain Food Bank Visit

Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Featherbone Communiversity Academy Faculty

Dr. Lisa McCoy – Brenau University, Co-Director
Dr. Brandi Worsham – Brenau University, Co-Director
Dr. Laura Cantu – Brenau University, Co-Director
Dr. Suzanne Erickson – Brenau University

Elizabeth Hinton – East Hall High School
Helen Perry – Gainesville High School
Steve Lewallen – Lakeview Academy
Lila Weaver – Brenau University

Gus Whalen, Founder of Featherbone Communiversity

In Memoriam

Gus Whalen, Founder of Featherbone Communiversity

As another academy class begins their journey, we would like to remember Mr. Gus Whalen for his dedication to inspiring others, thinking creatively, and celebrating masters in their fields. We hope that we embody his ideals and spark passion within these Academy students, our future leaders within their own communities.

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Contact Information

For further information about Featherbone Communiversity Academy, please contact:

Dr. Lisa McCoy, Co-Director
ph. (770) 531-3141

Dr. Brandi Worsham, Co-Director
ph. (770) 531-3142


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