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Graduates in front of Pearce Auditorium

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Brenau honors Women’s College, University graduates at spring commencement

May 11, 2022

Brenau University celebrated spring 2022 graduates Friday and Saturday at commencement ceremonies held on the historic Gainesville campus. Brenau awarded some 370 degrees during the spring semester for a total of about 775 for the 2021-22 academic year. Brenau President Anne Skleder was the commencement speaker at both ceremonies. She highlighted some of the key […]

Students wrap the May Pole at Alumni Reunion Weekend 2022

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Brenau alumni celebrate annual reunion weekend on historic Gainesville campus

May 05, 2022

Hundreds of Brenau alumni returned to the historic Gainesville campus April 28-30 to celebrate the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, recognize milestone reunions and honor alumni award winners. Saturday afternoon, Brenau President Anne Skleder gave a State of the University Address that was live-streamed and attended by alumni, faculty and staff. “The state of Brenau University, […]

Brenau graduates in front of Pearce Auditorium

Brenau Women’s College, University to award 370 degrees this spring

Apr 29, 2022

Commencement ceremonies for Brenau University and The Women’s College will take place Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, to celebrate some 370 degrees awarded this spring.  Brenau President Anne Skleder, 10th president of the university, will serve as the keynote speaker for ceremonies on both days.  “It is my honor to speak to this […]

nursing students at simulator

High school seniors accepted into the nursing program at Brenau University through the new direct-entry program will start learning to be a nurse two years earlier than the traditional BSN route.

Brenau offers direct undergraduate admissions into nursing program

Apr 28, 2022

Thanks to a new direct-entry option at Brenau University, high school seniors with strong academic records can gain acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing of the Ivester College of Health Sciences. Previously all students applied to the nursing program after four semesters of study, […]

Katie Watkins recognized as the Baxter-Bryan Scholar for 2022.

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Katie Watkins named Baxter-Bryan Scholar for 2022-23

Apr 26, 2022

Katie Watkins of Sharpsburg, Georgia, was named the Baxter-Bryan Scholar for the 2022-23 school year during Brenau University’s spring Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 21. The award is Brenau’s highest academic recognition, and the accompanying scholarship covers the winner’s tuition, room and board for her senior year. Watkins is a junior pursuing degrees in dance […]

Hannah Brown models a design by Sidi Jones during the Brenau Fashion Show on April 14, 2022.

Hannah Brown models a design by Sidi Jones during the Brenau Fashion Show on April 14, 2022. (Credit: Hope Vigil-Shuck, WC '21)

Students showcase talent, creativity in annual Brenau Collaborative

Apr 25, 2022

Each spring, Brenau students put their creativity on display during the Brenau Collaborative. The Collaborative is a series of art events featuring work from concentrations in the Center for the Arts & Design, which includes the Arts and Design Department, Interior Design, Music and Dance departments as well as the Brenau University Galleries.  On Thursday, […]

Anne Skleder and Rebecca Alexander shake hands

Brenau President Anne Skleder and Gwinnett Technical College Vice President of Academic Affairs Rebecca Alexander shake hands after signing the agreement. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau, Gwinnett Tech sign interior design credit transfer agreement

Apr 18, 2022

Brenau University has entered an agreement with Gwinnett Technical College that makes it easier for students who earn associate degrees in interior design from the technical college to transfer credits to Brenau toward a bachelor’s degree. “We are delighted to partner with Gwinnett Technical College because articulation agreements like the one we’ve signed today strengthen […]

Pinwheels in the ground outside the Owens Student Center honor Brenau's veteran and active duty military students.

Rosanne Short places a pinwheel in the ground outside the Owens Student Center in 2016 to honor Brenau's veteran and active duty military students. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau designated a Military Friendly college for 2022-23

Apr 15, 2022

Brenau University has been named a Military Friendly college for the 2022-23 school year by Military Friendly Schools, a designation it has held consistently during the last 10 years. Brenau exceeded all standards and was awarded gold status this year. Director of Military and Veteran Services Rosanne Short said the distinction is not just a […]

Reignite the Flame: Alumni Reunion Weekend & May Day, April 28-30, 2022

Brenau prepares to Reignite the Flame for return to in-person Alumni Reunion Weekend

Apr 12, 2022

Brenau University alumni will “reignite the flame” April 28-30 on Brenau’s historic Gainesville campus with the first in-person Alumni Reunion Weekend since March 2020. “This year’s reunion is going to be so special after two years of virtual gatherings,” said Director of Alumni Engagement Ashley Carter, WC ’09, BU ’12, ’22. “Reunion weekend is by […]

ribbon-cutting Darby School

Brenau University celebrated the new home of the Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling in the Gainesville Renaissance on the Brenau Downtown Campus From left: Doug and Kay Ivester, Julie Battle, Lynn and Diane Darby, Anne Skleder and Mike Smith.

Brenau cuts ribbon on new downtown home for Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling

Apr 06, 2022

Brenau University celebrated the opening of the new home of the Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling in the Gainesville Renaissance on the Brenau Downtown Campus on Thursday, April 7, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new building, which completes the fourth side of Gainesville’s downtown square, was developed by Gainesville native Doug […]

Michael Kleeman speaks during a panel at the opening session of the research symposium.

Michael Kleeman speaks during a panel at the Research Symposium. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Research Symposium brings people, information together

Apr 04, 2022

Students, faculty and guests joined together for Brenau University’s annual Research Symposium on Friday, March 25, to present, share and engage in varying types of research. The event, held in a hybrid format at the Brenau Downtown Center and via Zoom, included about 60 presentations. “We’re trying to create this experience where the students are […]

The Secret Garden. Music and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon. Adapted from the novel by Fances Hodgson Brunett.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents first musical on Brenau campus since 2020

Mar 31, 2022

For the first time in two years, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance is returning to the stage on Brenau University’s historic Gainesville campus for performances of The Secret Garden. The show will take place April 8-16 in the Hosch Theatre and is GTA’s first at Brenau since Pippin in February 2020. Tracey Brent-Chessum, GTA associate artistic […]

Brenau President Skleder and Women's Leadership Colloquium

Women's Leadership Colloquium

Hundreds find joy, inspiration at Women’s Leadership Colloquium

Mar 18, 2022

Some 200 people, both in-person and via livestream, participated in Brenau University’s eighth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium on Friday, March 18, to learn about the power of female leadership. The colloquium celebrated the “L” year of The Women’s College GOLD Program, which focuses on “Leadership: The Joy in Doing.” Conversations examined the unique potential and […]

Anne Skleder and Tim McDonald shake hands

Brenau, Lanier Tech sign articulation agreements for interior design, business courses

Mar 16, 2022

Brenau University has inked two articulation agreements with Lanier Technical College to smooth the process of transferring associate degree credits for students who wish to continue their education. “Brenau University is pleased to partner with Lanier Technical College to broaden higher education opportunities for students in our region,” Brenau President Anne Skleder said. “Brenau’s new […]

Washington-Hubbard selected as dean of College of Business & Communication

Mar 07, 2022

The Brenau University Provost’s Office announced on Monday, March 7, Shatrela Washington-Hubbard, Ph.D., will be the Swinton A. Griffith III Dean of the College of Business & Communication, effective immediately. Washington-Hubbard previously had served as interim dean since August 2021. James Eck, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs at Brenau, praised Washington-Hubbard for […]

From left, Brenau Women's Leadership Colloquium speaker Belle S. Wheelan, Robin Dudley and Cay Drew; and Dean of The Women's College Debra Dobkins

Women’s Leadership Colloquium focuses on the ‘joy in doing’

Mar 01, 2022

The power of female leadership will be discussed at Brenau University’s eighth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium on Friday, March 18. The colloquium celebrates the “L” year of The Women’s College GOLD Program, which focuses on “Leadership: The Joy in Doing.” Conversations will examine the unique potential and challenges of women in leadership positions and feature […]

Trustee shares love of bird art and birdwatching with gallery guests

Feb 25, 2022

Visitors to the Feb. 24 gallery talk for Bird Art in the Age of Discovery and Beyond: Works from the Stubblefield Collection were treated to a history of avian art and ornithology, punctuated with humorous personal stories from Brenau trustee Dr. Michael Stubblefield. Circling the Sellars Gallery in Brenau University’s Simmons Visual Arts Center, Stubblefield […]

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Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble featured at music conference

Feb 23, 2022

The Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble was one of just three featured choirs chosen to sing in the lobby of the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference on Jan. 28. Requiring an audition for acceptance, VCE is a select student ensemble with a repertoire that includes vocal chamber music […]

Brenau establishes Miller Institute for Global Education

Feb 17, 2022

Brenau University has established the Miller Institute for Global Education to guide its internationalization plans that aim to increase students’ global awareness, an initiative key to the university’s mission and its strategic plan. The institute is funded by an estate gift from Board Secretary Pete Miller, who has been a Brenau trustee since 1998, and […]

Brenau leaders holding hands

Dr. Margie Gill and President Anne Skleder, center, join hands at the end of the convocation. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau recognizes Black history, MLK Jr. legacy at winter convocation

Feb 14, 2022

Brenau University celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and honored Black History Month at its annual winter convocation on Thursday, Feb. 10. Dr. Margie Gill, BU ’10, interim executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Brenau and associate professor of psychology, was the keynote speaker. The event was co-sponsored by the […]