Category: News

Brenau University President Anne Skleder, left, shakes hands with Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta Javier Diáz de León. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau signs grant to make scholarship funds available for Mexican students

Jul 26, 2021

Brenau University signed a grant agreement with the Government of Mexico on Thursday, July 22, that will help students of Mexican origin offset tuition costs. This marks the third consecutive year Brenau has received the grant funded via the Institute for Mexicans Abroad scholarship program, or IME Becas. The program was created to support Mexican […]

Brenau physical therapy students Savina Patheja, left, and Bailey Metcalf treat a farmworker in Moultrie, Georgia. (Laura Cantu for Brenau University)

Brenau physical therapy and psychology students treat farmworkers and their families in Georgia

Jun 30, 2021

This June, faculty and students in Brenau University’s Ivester College of Health Sciences traveled to a farming community near Moultrie, Georgia, to provide vital health care to workers and their children. This marked the third time Brenau’s Department of Physical Therapy has participated in the Farmworker Family Health Program, having previously visited in 2018 and […]

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Brenau in the News: June 5-25, 2021

Jun 29, 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.   Charity Clark named director of personnel services for Forsyth County Charity Clark, who earned her MBA from Brenau, has been appointed to the position of director of the […]

Brenau mourns the loss of community icon Lessie Smithgall

Jun 28, 2021

Celestia “Lessie” Bailey Smithgall, longtime Brenau University trustee emerita and Gainesville icon whose philanthropy and devotion to the arts, education and conservation helped shape the North Georgia landscape for generations, died at her Gainesville home Friday, June 25. She was 110 years old. Smithgall was born in East Point, Georgia, and grew up in Atlanta. […]

Junior music major Lainie Ewers performs during Brenau University's Honors Convocation on April 15. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Music major Lainie Ewers wins Georgia Symphony Orchestra talent competition

Jun 25, 2021

For Brenau University junior music major Lainie Ewers, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual to Center Stage talent competition has been a rollercoaster of crescendos — and a rollercoaster she initially didn’t even know she was on. On Friday, June 18, Ewers was named the winner of the competition, which includes a top prize of performing […]

Ashely Murchison, a student in Brenau University’s Physician Assistant Studies program, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Gnimbin Ouattara, associate professor of history, during a vaccination clinic March 17 on Brenau’s Gainesville campus. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau, community partners offering free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on June 26

Jun 22, 2021

Brenau University has partnered with the city of Gainesville, Gainesville Park and Recreation, St. Paul United Methodist Church Summit Street and Grace Episcopal Church to offer a free walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic for all community members 18 and older. The first dose of the free Moderna vaccines will be administered from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June […]

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Ann Sullivan named Golden Tigers golf coach

Jun 17, 2021

Ann Sullivan grew up on a farm in rural College Grove, Tenn., whacking golf balls against the family barn. “I can proudly say I never broke a window,” jokes Brenau University’s new head golf coach. Sullivan, 27, reflects fondly about a journey that started in the backyard, took some turns but never strayed from a […]

Carysa Mattlin, assistant professor of nursing in Brenau University's Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, observes as Cappreese Crawley administers a COVID-19 vaccine to fellow nursing student Ernestina Ayamba at Brenau’s Norcross, Georgia, campus on Jan. 19, 2021. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing programs receive coveted 10-year accreditation

Jun 11, 2021

Brenau University has been granted 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and post-master’s certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner programs. The reaccreditation of the BSN and MSN programs and new accreditation of the post-master’s certificate comes after […]

Brenau University dance major Katie Watkins performs with the university's Spectrum Singers during Brenau's 2019 holiday concert in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts' Hosch Theatre. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Music and dance join the Center for the Arts & Design

Jun 07, 2021

Brenau University recently announced the addition of its Music and Dance departments to the Center for the Arts & Design, an interdisciplinary initiative promoting the university’s highly regarded art and design programs through student-centered education and community outreach. CAD launched in spring 2018 as a collaboration of Brenau’s Art & Design Department — which includes […]

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Brenau in the News: May 18-June 3, 2021

Jun 07, 2021

Brenau in the News is an ongoing compilation of media coverage highlighting Brenau and members of the Brenau community. Some news sources may require subscriptions.   Gainesville celebrates new cottages for first-time homeowners Brenau nursing student Jennifer Mendoza has a new home and a shorter commute to class thanks to the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation […]

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Shatrela Washington-Hubbard appointed interim dean of College of Business & Communication

Jun 04, 2021

The Brenau University Provost’s Office announced on Thursday, June 3, the appointment of Shatrela Washington-Hubbard to serve as interim dean of the College of Business & Communication during the 2021-22 academic year. Washington-Hubbard currently serves as program director and assistant professor of human resource management at Brenau. In her interim dean role, Washington-Hubbard will collaborate […]

Brenau Professor Kelley Brock-Simmons speaks at webinar on dissertation support

May 26, 2021

Kelley Brock-Simmons, chair of graduate education programs, Doctor of Education coordinator and associate professor at Brenau University, spoke May 25 at an Inside Higher Education-hosted webinar addressing low retention and graduation rates in doctoral programs due to difficulties with dissertations. The webinar, Dissertation Support and its Positive Effect on Grad Outcomes, was presented with support […]

Brenau mourns passing of Trustee Emerita Jane Wood Banks

May 25, 2021

Jane Wood Banks, Brenau University trustee emerita and longtime supporter of the university’s nursing program, died Sunday, May 23. She was 94 years old. Banks, who served on Brenau’s Board of Trustees from 1989-2005, took a personal interest in the medical and nursing professions because of the work of her husband, Dr. Rafe Banks Jr. […]

Princess Marshall, a student in the new Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program, learns how to change hospital beds. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University launches new Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program

May 21, 2021

Mae Tyndell’s nursing career has been nearly two decades in the making. Tyndell, a student in the new Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program in Brenau University’s Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, has dreams of becoming a nurse practitioner and working in the geriatric field. Although Tyndell got her bachelor’s degree in […]

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Brenau in the News: May 5-13, 2021

May 18, 2021

Brenau in the News is an ongoing compilation of media coverage highlighting Brenau and members of the Brenau community. Some news sources may require subscriptions.   Sen. Raphael Warnock tours construction of Gainesville Renaissance project Sen. Raphael Warnock’s May 5 visit to Northeast Georgia included a stop at the Gainesville downtown square, where he was […]

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Brenau mourns passing of professor, colleague and friend David Miller

May 12, 2021

David Miller, professor in Brenau University’s College of Business & Communication, died Sunday, May 9. Miller came to Brenau in 2012 and most recently served as lead faculty for the university’s MBA in health care management and B.S. in health care administration programs. He previously served on the medical school faculties of Emory University as […]

Art Evans, Art Evans, professor of mathematics, reacts to winning an award for outstanding part-time faculty. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Faculty awards ceremony highlights outstanding faculty, commitment to students

May 05, 2021

Several Brenau University faculty members were recognized for their service to the university and its students during the Faculty Appreciation Awards ceremony held April 29 on the Front Lawn of the Gainesville campus. “Today we wanted to celebrate our faculty, a group of individuals uniquely suited to support Brenau during this past academic year,” said […]

The 2020-2021 Elixir features a cover photo, "Whispering Wheat Field," by recent studio art graduate Hope Vigil-Shuck.

Brenau students publish first digital ‘Elixir’ literature and arts magazine

May 04, 2021

With another academic year in the books, Brenau University students recently unveiled a book of their own to add to your summer reading list. The first fully digital edition of The Elixir, Brenau’s annual student-produced literature and arts magazine, hit the web on May 1. The super-sized issue, which features a cover photo by recent […]

Laura Hylton celebrates at Brenau's commencement ceremony on May 1. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University holds first in-person commencement ceremonies since 2019

May 01, 2021

Brenau University graduates and their guests gathered Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1, on the Front Lawn of the university’s historic Gainesville campus for a series of four commencement ceremonies celebrating the classes of 2020 and 2021. The ceremonies, held for The Women’s College on Friday and all other undergraduate and graduate students […]

Brenau University President Anne Skleder selected these three oil paintings by senior art major Mirella Reily for this year’s Presidential Purchase Award. The pieces will become part of Brenau’s Permanent Art Collection. For more photos from this year’s Brenau Collaborative exhibitions, visit

Brenau Collaborative showcases art, design and fashion work of students and alumni

Apr 29, 2021

With the spring semester winding down, the Brenau University community gathered virtually on Thursday, April 22, for the annual Brenau Collaborative, highlighting the art, design and fashion work of talented students and recent graduates. This year’s event, hosted by Brenau’s Center for the Arts & Design in an online format after being postponed in 2020, […]