Category: InMotion

Jonathan Thomas in dance studio.

Brenau Voices: Jonathan Thomas

Jan 21, 2022

This student is finding his purpose through dance When Jonathan Thomas learned his first dance routine his sophomore year of high school, something sparked within him. The then football player said he was asked to dance in a production of “Cinderella,” thinking he’d be used only to lift female dancers. After learning a few turns […]

The Brenau Dance Department smiles for a photo.

Brenau Dance Department receives donation from Gainesville Newcomers Club

Dec 14, 2021

Brenau’s Dance Department received a $1,600 donation from the Gainesville Newcomers Club during the university’s Evening of Dance student choreography concert on Nov. 5. The donation will go toward students’ travel costs and fees for the American College Dance Association Conference at Florida State University on March 12-15. This year, 30 students will attend the […]

Aisa Goforth, BUGS president

Brenau Voices: Aisa Goforth

Dec 02, 2021

Aisa Goforth, BUGS’ president who has a knack for gardening If you’ve visited Brenau’s garden, you’ve probably seen Aisa Goforth.  Each week, the senior interior design major can be found hunched over, hands in the dirt,  tending to the tomatoes, okra, strawberries and other blossoming plants within the fenced space.  “It’s a lot of fun […]

Kellsey Kloker, OT graduate

Brenau Voices: Kellsey Kloker

Nov 19, 2021

Inspired by her sister, this OT student strives to change lives By her senior year of high school, Kellsey Kloker knew what she wanted to do with her life — become an occupational therapist.  “I have a little sister (Shannon) who has special needs,” Kloker said. “She has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. She’s definitely my inspiration for […]

Group of Native Americans in traditional clothing

Dan Akee, WWII Veteran, Navajo Code Talker, Diné Nation, talks with members of the Dishchii' Bikoh' Apache Group from Cibecue, Arizona. -- Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Nov 11, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month and while enjoying the change of seasons, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the rich culture, traditions, history, significant contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans. To celebrate these remarkable people, consider visiting one of these places: The Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North […]

Brenau students write encouraging letters to community members in need as a part of the Women's College GOLDen Grams initiative.

Brightening lives one GOLDen Gram at a time

Nov 04, 2021

With the stroke of a brush and a few kind words, Brenau students, faculty and staff are making the season a little brighter for those in need this Thanksgiving. The Women’s College GOLD Program recently relaunched its GOLDen Grams community-based service initiative with plans to distribute 300-500 letters to Meals on Wheels recipients during the […]

Dhara Patel, a student in Brenau's occupational therapy program, helps attendees at the Caregiver Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Occupational therapy students gain experience and confidence while assisting at health fair

Sep 16, 2021

Students from Brenau University’s Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program offered their services to attendees at the Caregiver Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair on Sept. 10-11 at Sexton Hall Enrichment Center in Cumming, Georgia. During the event, which was hosted by Forsyth County Senior Services, students provided balance screenings for attendees mostly in their […]

Students in The Women's College of Brenau University take a selfie with mascot HJ during the GOLDen Picnic on Sept. 8. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Women’s College holds GOLDen Picnic celebration

Sep 13, 2021

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, The Women’s College of Brenau University held a GOLDen Picnic at the amphitheatre on Brenau’s historic campus. The picnic was part of the “L” year, which focuses on leadership, in The Women’s College’s GOLD Program. This follows the “G” year dedicated to gender awareness and the “O” year, which was about […]

Juneteenth Flag

Juneteenth celebrations in metro Atlanta

Jun 10, 2021

Juneteenth Festival at Stone Mountain Village In-person Saturday, June 19, from 6-9 p.m. Plans include a festival on Main Street featuring local dignitaries, live music, choirs, vendors, African drummers and dancers, a cultural exhibit and fireworks. For more information, send an email to Find the event on Facebook and Eventbrite. Atlanta History Center Virtual […]

BSN class president Sarah Hodge unveils the nursing photos of her classmates. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University honors newest nursing graduates with annual pinning ceremony

May 07, 2021

The Brenau University Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing held its annual pinning ceremony for senior undergraduate students on April 28 at the amphitheater on the Gainesville campus. “This pinning is that bridge from being a student to becoming a colleague and a nurse,” said Troy Heidesch, director of the school of nursing. “This is […]

The Brenau softball team celebrates winning the AAC championship. (Cheryl Gray for Brenau University)

Brenau softball wins 2021 AAC tournament, punches ticket to NAIA postseason

May 03, 2021

Senior starting pitcher Cameron Dillard from Lawrenceville, Georgia, pitched a complete game while the Brenau University bats pounded out 12 hits to defeat Reinhardt University from Georgia 10-0 in five innings and capture the 2021 Appalachian Athletic Conference championship on Friday, April 30. Brenau entered the tournament as the eight seed and went 5-1 en […]

Junior Tamia Francis reacts after finishing first in the 4x100 meter race. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University wins 2021 outdoor track and field title

Apr 26, 2021

The Brenau track and field team used six first-place finishes and a host of other top performances to capture the 2021 Appalachian Athletic Conference Women’s Track and Field Championships on April 22-23. The squad amassed 188 points to outpace second place Columbia College in South Carolina by 37 points to win the program’s second Appalachian […]

Savannah Jones puts on her white coat during the Physician Assistant Studies program ceremony. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Physician Assistant Studies program holds first white coat ceremony

Apr 23, 2021

The Brenau University Physician Assistant Studies program held its first white coat ceremony on March 26 at the Brenau Downtown Center. While the first ceremony looked differently without family members present, Julie Keena, chair of the Physician Assistant Studies program, and her team worked hard to make sure the students still had the opportunity to […]

May Queen Amber Simmons watches as the rest of the May Court wraps the maypole during Brenau's Evening of Class. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University’s Evening of Class highlights resilience of students in The Women’s College

Apr 22, 2021

Braving the cold and wind on Wednesday, April 21, students from The Women’s College of Brenau University gathered on the historic campus Front Lawn for Evening of Class, an event celebrating many of the traditions normally observed during Brenau’s annual Class Day and May Day. Like the traditional May Day celebration, which dates back to […]

Sophia Casey elbow bumps with Brenau President Anne Skleder after receiving the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award during Brenau’s honors convocation. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau students honored at annual Honors Convocation

Apr 16, 2021

Brenau University recognized its students for their academic achievements during the annual spring Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 15, at the Amphitheatre on the Gainesville campus. The ceremony honors the top scholars of Brenau across all disciplines and recognizes the hard work of all students throughout the year. “I am so incredibly proud of each […]

Students help build the peacock.

(Aisa Goforth/Brenau University)

Brenau students help create art at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville

Apr 01, 2021

Photos by Aisa Goforth and Kathryne Davis for Brenau University. On March 22-23, Brenau University students joined artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, known as the Myth Makers, as they added the finishing touches on their upcoming exhibition Wings of Wonder: Towering Works of Nature at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville. The outdoor installation, […]

Chloe Bennett makes a card during the GOLDen Gram workshop.

The Women’s College helps community with new projects

Nov 25, 2020

The Women’s College of Brenau University’s GOLD Program recently initiated two community-based service projects, including a food drive and pen pal project. The food drive for the Salvation Army collected 10 bins full of canned goods, along with $300 in cash donations. Most of the collected food goes to the local bilingual pantry. Greek Life […]

The Brenau soccer team celebrates scoring a goal.

Brenau University earns Champions of Character honor

Oct 07, 2020

For the 11th year in a row, Brenau University was named a Champions of Character Five Star institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Golden Tigers also achieved gold medal status for the second time in as many years. The 181 institutions on the list earned points in character training, character recognition, character […]

Anna Feng, a student from China, carries a box of her things out of the Owens Student Center. Feng had to store her things on campus after Brenau transitioned to digital learning in the spring (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Students move onto Gainesville campus under new guidelines ahead of school year

Aug 18, 2020

Move-in day is an exciting time for Brenau students. Some are leaving home for the first time, while others are preparing for their final year as a university student. This year’s move-in day looked different from years past due to the safety measures to protect students and their families from COVID-19. Students were given an […]

Screenshot for “Hesitate” Dance Comp 1 Prescribed Solo by Tiffany Kovash

Brenau Dance goes digital for outreach, academics

Apr 29, 2020

Even a global pandemic can’t stop Brenau from dancing — for a good cause, that is. On April 16-18, Brenau University’s Delta Eta Pi dance honor society and Department of Dance held a virtual dance marathon to benefit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, whose mission is to address hunger, health and quality of life by […]