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Pamela Castillo Barahona gets a standing ovation following her GOLD Speaker Series talk.

Pamela Castillo Barahona receives a standing ovation after her GOLD Speaker Series presentation. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Castillo Barahona challenges women to ‘unite, not compete’ 

Oct 04, 2022

A Costa Rican activist for gender equity and the environment challenged Brenau students, faculty and staff to join together to seek a better, more inclusive world. “We, women, need to be united and not compete,” Pamela Castillo Barahona said during The Women’s College GOLD Speaker Series on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and was met with applause.  […]

Ashely Boyce with other students at the PA Summit.

Ashely Boyce, center, at the Represent! Summit. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Boyce)

Graduate student attends inaugural diversity summit for PA studies

Sep 27, 2022

A Brenau University graduate student was among a select group chosen for an inaugural summit on diversity in the physician assistant field this month. Ashely Boyce, who is set to graduate in 2023 with her Master of Science in physician assistant studies, took part in the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants’ Represent! Summit […]

WonderQuest presents The Pirate Queen by Gay H. Hammond

Brenau, GTA welcomes all ages to experience first WonderQuest show in two years

Sep 21, 2022

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will put on its first WonderQuest show in two years this October in Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium on the historic Gainesville campus. The Pirate Queen was written by Brenau Theatre Associate Professor Gay H. Hammond, WC ’82, and was inspired by the folklore of Irish brigand Grace O’Malley. Because the stories can be […]

Ribbon cutting for Renaissance Park

Among other events to celebrate the Downtown Campus, Brenau University hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Renaissance Park on Sept. 17. From left to right: Mike Smith, chair of Brenau Board of Trustees; Sam Couvillon, mayor of Gainesville; Doug Ivester, Brenau trustee and former chair of Coca-Cola Corp.; and Brenau President Anne Skleder.

Events celebrate Brenau’s Downtown Campus

Sep 19, 2022

Brenau University celebrated its expanded Downtown Campus with three days of events Sept. 15-17 focused on science and the arts that evoked the spirit of Renaissance in honor of the university’s newest space. “Part of Brenau’s strategic plan includes the creation of inspiring spaces for learning and living and the Downtown Center and the Gainesville […]

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GOLD Speaker Series welcomes equity, environmental activist

Sep 15, 2022

A Costa Rican activist for equity and the environment will talk about “Unlocking Our Unseen Power” this month as part of Brenau University Women’s College GOLD Program “D Year,” which focuses on diversity and global perspectives. Pamela Castillo Barahona will address students, faculty and staff at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Hosch Theatre […]

Pete Miller at the podium during the fall 2022 convocation at Brenau

Pete Miller (Richard Hamm)

Brenau supports global education at annual fall convocation

Sep 09, 2022

Hundreds of Brenau University students, faculty and staff gathered on the historic Gainesville campus Thursday, Sept. 8, to celebrate the Miller Institute for Global Education and the international efforts in motion. Brenau’s fall formal convocation is held at the beginning of each academic year. Longtime Brenau trustee Pete Miller, whose donation funded the creation of […]

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Brenau installs modern artwork at Downtown Campus

Sep 06, 2022

Visitors walking around Gainesville’s downtown area may notice a shiny new addition near Gainesville Renaissance and Brenau’s Downtown Campus. On Friday, Sept. 2, Forsyth County artist Greg Johnson installed a piece called Nucleus, a modern, 7-foot stainless steel sculpture. Created in 2017, the piece is “simple and elegant geometry, meant to radiate energy from a […]

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Brenau University’s Center for Health and Well-being provides a variety of services including vaccines and student physicals.

Center for Health and Well-being announces new hours, services

Sep 06, 2022

Brenau University’s Center for Health and Well-being now is a unit of the Ivester College of Health Sciences and will be overseen by Dr. Gale Starich, dean of the college. “We look forward to serving the Brenau community and I’m pleased that Dr. Jeff Terry remains as the medical director for the center,” Starich said. […]

Students walking to class with coffee on the first day of fall semester 2022.

(AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

New academic year begins with ‘energy and enthusiasm’

Sep 01, 2022

Brenau University welcomed students on Monday, Aug. 29, for the start of the traditional fall semester, and has exceeded its goals for new students and the retention of returning students. “Brenau is filled with energy and enthusiasm as we return to a robust university experience,” President Anne Skleder said. “While it’s only the first week […]

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Brenau University celebrates expanded Downtown Campus

Aug 25, 2022

In September, Brenau University will celebrate its expanded Downtown Campus, featuring the Downtown Center and the Gainesville Renaissance, with events focused on science and the arts. “Brenau is expanding its footprint in downtown Gainesville to coalesce into a true downtown campus location focused on health sciences,” Brenau President Anne Skleder said. “The university’s revitalization of […]

Dining stations in Hopkins Dining Hall

Some of the dining stations in Hopkins Dining Hall. (Aramark Collegiate Hospitality)

Campus eateries feature refreshed menu, new branding

Aug 23, 2022

Brenau University students, faculty and staff will have a fresh menu to order from in redesigned spaces this fall when they grab a bite at Hopkins Dining Hall or the Tea Room on the historic Gainesville campus. “Food brings people together,” Danielle Miller, executive director for Administrative Services, said. “We’re excited to see connections happening […]

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Bralee Housworth (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau names Bralee Housworth as new head cheer coach

Aug 16, 2022

The Brenau Golden Tigers Cheer Team hired a familiar face as their new head coach: Bralee Housworth. She will oversee both the competitive and spirit teams.  “She is the perfect fit for our program as both our most recent assistant cheer coach and as a former Brenau cheer team member,” Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor said. […]

Board of Trustees welcomes two new members

Aug 11, 2022

The two newest members of the Brenau University Board of Trustees are a longtime Hall County-area community leader and a former financial services CEO and current executive coach. Hart Wilheit Payne and John Addison will begin their three-year terms in November 2022. “With the addition of these two new trustees, Brenau continues its tradition of […]

Linda Kern presents at a roundtable in Oxford, England.

Brenau University Dean of Library Services Linda Kern speaks at a roundtable discussion at Oxford University's St Catherine's College as part of the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute in Oxford, England, on Friday, July 29, 2022. (Ed Nix/For Brenau University)

Brenau dean of library services presents paper at C.S. Lewis Summer Institute 2022

Aug 09, 2022

Linda Kern, Brenau University’s dean of library services, was among over a dozen presenters from around the world at the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxford University in Oxford, England, from July 28–Aug. 5.  Kern was initially selected to present her paper at the 2020 conference, which was postponed until this summer. She resubmitted her […]

Giselle Lucas Delacruz, Javier Díaz de León, Anne Skleder, Corinna Mendieta Jimenez

Senior Giselle Lucas Delacruz, Mexican Consulate General Javier Díaz de León, Brenau President Anne Skleder and junior Corinna Mendieta Jimenez at the IME Becas signing Friday, Aug. 5. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau, Mexican Consulate renew grant agreement

Aug 05, 2022

Brenau University has received a grant renewal from the government of Mexico that allows first-generation Mexican-American students to pursue higher education at the university. Brenau hosted Consulate General Francisco Javier Díaz de León and Gabriela Cobos Uribe from the Mexican Consulate for a signing ceremony formalizing the grant Friday, Aug. 5, on the historic Gainesville […]

Lux choir singers practicing

Music Department supports new choir co-founded by professor

Jul 27, 2022

The Brenau University Music Department is supporting a new local choir that was co-founded by Ashley Conway, WC ’08, Brenau choral director and music education coordinator. Lux will perform its first concert on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public. The theme is […]

Heather Ross

Ross appointed assistant dean of the Ivester College of Health Sciences

Jul 26, 2022

Dr. Heather Ross has been appointed to serve as assistant dean of the Ivester College of Health Sciences. She will continue to serve as the program director and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. “The university is thankful for Dr. Ross’ visionary leadership of shared faculty governance, and her direction of the physical therapy […]

Students walking to an event on Brenau's Gainesville campus during ROAR.

(AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Overnight registration event welcomes incoming students to campus

Jul 21, 2022

More than 150 incoming students took part in the first ROAR summer orientation on Brenau University’s historic Gainesville campus July 15-16. ROAR, which stands for Readiness, Orientation, Advising and Registration, is a new overnight event in which new and transfer students register for classes and get a taste of the Brenau experience. “ROAR helps aid […]

Mandi Bell in front of the Brenau pool

Mandi Bell joins Brenau as new swim coach

Jul 11, 2022

In June, the Brenau University swim team welcomed Mandi Bell as the new head coach. With 41 years of experience in swimming, including 34 as a coach, Bell plans to take Brenau’s team to the next level. Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor said he is excited to welcome Bell to Brenau. “Mandi brings a wealth of […]

In 2013, Brenau University graduated the first five students in its Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program; Maureen Frances Vidrine of Monroe, Georgia, Angela Ann Simmons-Butler of Clarksville, Georgia, Ann Marie Peck of Gainesville, Georgia, LaChaka S. Coffee of Atlanta, Georgia, and Shelia T. Campbell of Ellenwood Georgia.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice program earns accreditation

Jul 05, 2022

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice program in the Ivester College of Health Sciences at Brenau University has been granted its initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Brenau started the DNP program in 2009 and was one of the first in the nation to start one. “Because it has been focused on nursing […]