Category: News

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Brenau welcomes Costa Rican VP as graduation speaker

Dec 02, 2021

Brenau University will hold two graduation ceremonies on Dec. 10 at Pearce Auditorium to celebrate the more than 400 graduates who have completed their degrees this semester. The featured speaker for both ceremonies will be Costa Rican First Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr, who has held the position since 2018. Campbell Barr and U.S. Vice […]

Estefany Ramos performs during Cambiando Vidas - Changing Lives in Panama.

Brenau celebrates, strengthens Panama partnership

Nov 30, 2021

Brenau University celebrated one of its newest international partnerships on Nov. 18 and signed an agreement to strengthen the programs long into the future. As part of the university’s Nov. 15-18 International Week celebration, which focused on Central America and the Caribbean, Brenau welcomed a delegation from Panama to highlight the nation’s 16 students who […]

Hope Lam shakes hands with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Eck during the 2019 Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter earns Circle of Excellence Gold status

Nov 22, 2021

Brenau University’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi earned national recognition after achieving Circle of Excellence Gold status for 2021-22. “We’re very excited about it,” said Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of biology and current Phi Kappa Phi president. “It means that we are doing more than what’s required of us as a […]

Panamanian students, from left, Ana Gabriela Perez, Ibeth Pinto and Hilary Howell participate in a ceramics class over the summer at Brenau. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

International Week Nov. 15-18 to focus on Central America and the Caribbean

Nov 10, 2021

Brenau University will highlight Central America and the Caribbean, including welcoming several Panamanian officials, during the university’s annual International Week from Nov. 15-18. Rosi Ponce, executive director of international strategy and partnerships, said the annual celebration helps build global understanding. “The way for us to embrace other cultures is by learning of those other cultures […]

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Brenau President Anne Skleder accepts a thank you card from preschoolers that featured a dragon made of their fingerprints.

President Anne Skleder promotes literacy by reading to preschoolers

Oct 29, 2021

Dozens of preschool children listened with fascination as Brenau University President Anne Skleder read aloud from Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon. “‘It’s exactly the dragon Amy wanted to make,’” Skleder read in conclusion. “She used her creativity and got help from her family and she made her dragon, not somebody else’s dragon. And that’s […]

A Brenau PT student works with a client during a lab.

Department of Physical Therapy joins national consortium

Oct 28, 2021

The Brenau University Department of Physical Therapy, along with clinical partner Northeast Georgia Health System, recently joined the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy’s National Consortium of Clinical Educators. Heather Ross, PT department chair in the Ivester College of Health Sciences, said the move ensures that Brenau’s program has an active voice in promoting excellence […]

Brenau University students take a selfie during Grrrl PowHer Hour on Thursday, Oct. 21, in Pearce Auditorium. (Photos by AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Alumna Autumn Dodson encourages Grrrl PowHer Hour audience to find ‘joy in doing’

Oct 22, 2021

Brenau University faculty, staff and students filed into Pearce Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 21, for an upbeat, in-person Grrrl PowHER Hour featuring keynote speaker and alumna Autumn Dodson. Dodson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Brenau in 2018 and a doctorate in education in 2021. As an undergraduate student, Dodson was […]

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First international GOLD speaker discusses mental and emotional well-being of women

Sep 30, 2021

The Women’s College of Brenau University, in collaboration with Brenau’s Office of International Strategy and Partnerships, welcomed Argentinian journalist and nonprofit activist Maria Rita Nahum on Thursday, Sept. 30, as the first featured international leader in the GOLD Speaker Series. Addressing the Brenau community and guests from eight countries in her native Spanish — which […]

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Brenau University in the News: Sept. 1-22, 2021

Sep 22, 2021

Brenau University in the News is an ongoing compilation of media coverage highlighting Brenau and members of the Brenau community. Some news sources may require subscriptions.   Nursing students offer message of hope to frontline workers: ‘Help is coming’ Troy Heidesch, director of the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, said Brenau is set to […]

Front of Pearce Auditorium.

On-campus events for outside guests to resume starting Friday, Oct. 1

Sep 21, 2021

In consultation with the COVID-19 Task Force and our Event Services office, the university will allow non-Brenau persons, groups and organizations to host events on campus starting on Friday, Oct. 1. To this point of the academic year, only events that originated from and were hosted by Brenau offices — such as admission tours and […]

Brenau Downtown Campus facade.

Additional enhancements coming to the Brenau Downtown Campus

Sep 16, 2021

Brenau University, in the continuing development of its campus location in downtown Gainesville, will invest over $1.95 million for exterior construction to the Downtown Center facility. This project will create a new main entrance, easily accessible via the Gainesville and Roosevelt Squares, in addition to other improvements at various entrances around the entire facility. Continuing […]

The exterior of Pearce Auditorium seen through fall foliage.

Brenau University receives national best workplace recognition for sixth time

Sep 14, 2021

For the sixth time, Brenau University was recognized this week as one of the best higher education institutions to work for in the United States. Brenau was among about 70 universities and colleges listed in ModernThink’s 2021 Great Colleges to Work For rankings. The university also earned honor roll status for the second time, excelling […]

GOLD speaker Phillippa Lewis Moss shares tips on how to be a leader in the 21st century

Sep 01, 2021

The Women’s College of Brenau University kicked off the third year of its GOLD Speaker Series on Wednesday, Sept. 1, with community leader Phillippa Lewis Moss presenting 21 Leadership Lessons for the 21st Century. Moss currently serves as director of the Gainesville-Hall County Community Services Center, which provides programs and support to uplift and strengthen […]

Panamanian students from Brenau’s first cohort in partnership with IFARHU are welcomed to campus by faculty and staff members.

Celebrating our accomplishments and looking ahead to more

Aug 26, 2021

As we begin the 143rd year in the history of Brenau with the return of residential students to campus this week, it is important to pause a moment and reflect back on all that we accomplished during the past year. The following is only a small sampling of the achievements of the entire Brenau community […]

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Brenau University in the News: Aug. 5-25, 2021

Aug 25, 2021

Brenau University in the News is an ongoing compilation of media coverage highlighting Brenau and members of the Brenau community. Some news sources may require subscriptions. Meet the new principal: Christy Rich of Macedonia Elementary School Christy Rich, who earned her education specialist degree from Brenau, joins Macedonia as principal after three years as assistant […]

Euphrasie N’guessan, left, a member of Ivory Coast's parliament, meets with Brenau University President Anne Skleder on Monday, Aug. 23. (Kelsey Podo/Brenau University)

Ivory Coast parliament member speaks to students, meets with President Skleder on first day of classes

Aug 23, 2021

As Brenau University students returned to the classroom for the start of the new academic year on Monday, Aug. 23, they were greeted by a special guest who traveled more than 4,000 miles to speak about the increasing importance of female leadership and representation. The visit by Euphrasie N’guessan — a pharmacist, businesswoman and a […]

Students react to first day of classes on Gainesville campus

Aug 23, 2021

Brenau University’s historic Gainesville campus was abuzz with excitement on Monday, Aug. 23, as students returned to the classroom on the first day of the new academic year. A few students shared their experiences between classes. Enrollment will continue to fluctuate as registration continues, but Brenau is expected to welcome more than 800 new students […]

Members of the Brenau University soccer team help move new students into their dorms during Move-in Day. (Kyle Hess for Brenau University)

Brenau University welcomes students to campus for the start of new school year

Aug 19, 2021

Brenau University welcomed new arrivals to its historic Gainesville campus on Thursday, Aug. 19, during its annual Move-in Day for first-year and transfer students. The campus welcome celebration, which was also the first day of orientation, marks the unofficial start of the academic school year with most of the university’s classes set to begin on […]

Panamanian students, from left, Ana Gabriela Perez, Ibeth Pinto and Hilary Howell participate in a ceramics class over the summer at Brenau. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Students from Brenau’s partnership with Panama spend the summer learning and exploring

Aug 12, 2021

Since arriving at Brenau University in April, the first cohort of students in the university’s partnership with Panama’s Institute for the Development of Human Resources have spent their time studying English and learning more about their new home for the next five years. During their first few months in the United States, the Panamanian students […]

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Brenau University names Margie Gill interim executive director for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Aug 05, 2021

Margie Gill has been named the interim executive director for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives at Brenau University for the 2021-2022 academic year. The newly established role reports directly to President Anne Skleder and is based on the recommendations of the university’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence. While the Working Group […]