Featherbone Academy Class of 2016
Featherbone Academy Class of 2016

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 7, 2016 at the Brenau University Downtown Center from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learning Soft Skills Leads to
  • a Strong Work Ethic.
  • a Positive Attitude.
  • Communication Skills.
  • Time Management.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Learning to be a Team Player.
  • Flexibility.
Featherbone Academy Orientation
Featherbone Academy Orientation

Featherbone Communiversity Academy Sponsors

Robin Smith, BB&T
BB&T logo

David Lee, Jackson EMC
Jackson EMC, Patron Level Gala Sponsor

Featherbone Communiversity Masters Series

Masters in the Art of Nursing Logo

Masters in the Art of Nursing… Healers Among Us

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 8:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
Whalen Auditorium — Brenau East School of Nursing

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

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mike Moye Rotunda — Lanier Tech Business Incubator

Masters in Teaching Logo

Masters in Teaching… Life Changers at Work and Academy Graduation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Whalen Auditorium — Brenau East School of Nursing

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

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Brenau East Whalen Auditorium
Mike Moye Rotunda — Lanier Tech Business Incubator

Featherbone Communiversity Academy Faculty

Dr. Lisa McCoyBrenau University, Co-Director
Dr. Brandi WorshamBrenau University, Co-Director
Dr. Suzanne Erickson – Brenau University

Elizabeth Hinton – East Hall High School
Helen Perry – Gainesville High School
John Simpson – Lakeview Academy

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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General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100