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LeKeisha Jones, left, and April Brown. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau graduate students receive American Psychological Association fellowships

Jul 02, 2020

When Atlanta’s Argosy University closed its doors in March of 2019, LeKeisha Jones was not sure how and where she would finish her graduate degree in psychology. After weighing her options, she decided Brenau University’s Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling was the best fit to help her succeed in her future […]

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Brenau University's Ivester College of Health Sciences in downtown Gainesville, Georgia. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Ivester gift elevates psychology to a school at Brenau University

Jun 29, 2020

The Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling is the newest addition to Brenau University’s Ivester College of Health Sciences made possible through a generous gift of Doug and Kay Ivester. The naming honors a lifelong friend of both Doug and Kay, going back to their days working together at Ernst and Ernst, […]

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Janie Bryant

Brenau Women’s College GOLD Speaker Series to feature Emmy winner Janie Bryant

Jun 22, 2020

Brenau Academy alumna and Emmy Award-winning Hollywood costume designer Janie Bryant will share her story of challenges and successes in a highly competitive creative profession during a virtual Zoom talk Tuesday, July 14, from 4-5 p.m. “From the Academy to the Emmy: Janie Bryant’s Design for Success” is the second installment of The Women’s College […]

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Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, dance department chair, uses Zoom to teach a West African dance class during Brenau's Summer Dance Workshop. The event moved online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Virtual dance workshop gives incoming students a taste of Brenau life

Jun 22, 2020

For Brenau University’s Department of Dance, virtually anything is possible — or possible virtually, that is. With its annual Summer Dance Intensive postponed due to social-distancing measures, the department held a Summer Dance Workshop on June 8-12 with a series of online sessions taught by Brenau faculty and guest choreographers from around the country. The […]

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Drs. Margie Gill, left, and Amanda Lammers will lead the development of short- and longer-term strategies for diversity, equity and inclusive excellence at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau commits to leading in diversity, equity and inclusive excellence

Jun 19, 2020

I have been writing and creating video messages over the past few weeks to communicate to the Brenau community how I see, hear and stand with our black students, faculty, staff and alumni during this very difficult time. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and far too many more have […]

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Georgia Army National Guard Sgt. Quantez Harper, left, a junior interior design major at Brenau, at Albany's Pheobe Putney Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Quantez Harper)

Brenau University students called to military duty in fight against virus

Jun 16, 2020

When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp activated medical personnel to assist at Albany’s Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a COVID-19 hotspot, Georgia Army National Guard Sgt. Quantez Harper said he felt compelled to go. Though the Brenau University junior interior design student is a combat medic experienced in dealing with battlefield trauma — having deployed to Kosovo […]

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Brittany White, left, is a medical social worker at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She earned her B.S. in Health Science in 2012 and M.S. in Applied Gerontology in 2013 from Brenau. (Photo Courtesy Brittany White)

Brenau faculty, students and alumni providing COVID-19 education and support

Jun 02, 2020

In the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Brenau University students, faculty and alumni are working hard to provide education and support for those in quarantine or who are transitioning from hospital to home. That includes Brenau alumna Brittany White, WC’12, BU ’13, a medical social worker at Emory University, who educates and assists patients […]

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Close-up detail of a stone marker engraved with the Brenau Ideal

“Love Deeply, Fear Nothing, Hate Never.”

Jun 01, 2020

The recent events around our country and in our own communities are weighing heavily on my heart and mind. While I am aware that I do not have the lived experience to say that I begin to know how those — especially our students, staff and faculty — feel as they continue to face racial […]

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Brenau has experience holding 5Ks with the annual Dempsey Dash. Justin Chan, a Brenau student, crosses the finish line during the second annual Dempsey Dash on Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University virtual 5K to benefit student assistance fund

May 28, 2020

This summer, Brenau University is offering a fun and safe opportunity for people everywhere to join together while also supporting students with the Arm’s Length Virtual 5K on June 27. Proceeds from the event, organized by Brenau’s Office of External Relations, will benefit the Emergency Student Assistance Fund, which helps students impacted by the novel […]

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Brenau University announces Augusta area shift to all remote learning, reflecting student learning preferences

May 26, 2020

As more students migrate to remote learning and support to meet their learning preferences and busy lifestyles, Brenau University plans to end its physical Augusta location operations effective Dec. 31. The number of students in the region who are taking classes remotely has increased significantly in recent years among the Augusta campus students. All current […]

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Pearce Auditorium seen from the front lawn.

Information about CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds

May 19, 2020

The recently enacted CARES Act created Emergency Relief Funds for some college students who experienced a disruption in on-campus instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brenau has been designated to receive a limited amount of these funds to distribute to students. Eligibility requirements were set by the U.S. government to identify which students […]

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Brenau fountain goes blue for health care workers.

The Grace Hooten Moore Memorial Fountain is lit blue in support of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau fountain goes blue for health care workers

May 14, 2020

Grace Hooten Moore Memorial Fountain on Brenau University’s historic Gainesville, Georgia, campus was recently illuminated in blue in support of health care professionals on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Electrician Chris Ledbetter of Brenau’s Aramark facilities staff came up with the idea. “Being so close to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, I just […]

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Martis Ferguson participates in a fall prevention workshop at Brenau's Downtown Center. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University at forefront of fight against COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, faculty, students and alumni of Brenau University’s Ivester College of Health Sciences have been on the front lines of the battle against the pandemic. That includes Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing graduate Martis Ferguson, BU ’19, an ICU nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Georgia. Ferguson, […]

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Hall County Master Gardeners, including Guy and Annette Hinton, above, have repurposed Brenau University’s teaching garden for food production to support local charities. (Photo courtesy of Don Linke/Hall County Master Gardeners)

Master Gardeners give Brenau garden a new purpose

May 07, 2020

When Brenau University students left campus in late March to finish the spring semester via remote learning, they left behind more than empty classrooms. Situated near the Lessie Smithgall Tennis Center on the northwest edge of the university’s historic Gainesville campus, a teaching garden — built in 2013 by the Brenau University Garden Society, or […]

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Anne A. Skleder

Anne A. Skleder reacts to a standing ovation in Pearce Auditorium as she is introduced as the 10th president of Brenau University on Friday, April 12, 2019. Skleder will begin work at Brenau on July 1, 2019. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

President Anne Skleder Q&A session from Alumni Reunion Weekend

May 07, 2020

Q: What have you enjoyed most about your first year at Brenau? A: Oh my gosh, the people. It’s just all about the people, and that’s why I’m doing this, right? It’s about meeting Brenau folks in Gainesville on the historic campus, and every other campus. My rule has been if I’m traveling for Brenau […]

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Jordyn De La Rosa, a senior fashion design major, makes medical masks to donate to local health care workers. (Photo courtesy of Jordyn De La Rosa)

Brenau gets creative for a good cause

May 04, 2020

Since the coronavirus outbreak, Brenau University senior fashion design major Jordyn De La Rosa has been busy — not only finishing up classes to graduate but also participating in the Million Mask Challenge. A grassroots effort that began in the Washington, D.C., area, the Million Mask Challenge has become a national movement aimed at addressing […]

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Tara Lynch (Photo Courtesy of Tara Lynch)

Tara Lynch (Photo Courtesy of Tara Lynch)

Brenau supporting mental and behavioral health on ‘invisible front lines’

Apr 30, 2020

Tara Lynch, WC ’14, works on what she calls the “invisible front lines” of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brenau University Women’s College alumna is a psychiatric mental nurse practitioner for Salveo Integrative Health, which provides behavioral and mental health services throughout North Georgia as well as statewide through community and organizational partnerships. She also works […]

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Screenshots from the Virtual Alumnae Reunion on Friday and Saturday April 24-25, 2020. The Zoom sessions replaced the traditional Alumnae Reunion Weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online Alumni Reunion is a virtual success

Apr 27, 2020

We are Brenau University, and our future is bright. That is the message alumni and friends of the university sent loud and clear for the world to hear as they gathered on the internet April 24-25 for Brenau’s Virtual Alumni Reunion, which took the place of the postponed Alumnae Reunion Weekend. During a time of […]

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President Anne A. Skleder

State of the University address transcript from Dr. Anne Skleder, President

Apr 24, 2020

Editorʼs Note: This transcript has been lightly edited from a Zoom gathering for Brenau Universityʼs Alumni Reunion Weekend. One of the things I hoped for this year is that we were going to have a lot of opportunities for students, alumni and alumnae to come together and learn from each other and get to know […]

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Occupational therapy doctoral program granted candidacy status

Apr 21, 2020

Brenau University is on its way to adding to its growing list of doctoral degree offerings with Georgia’s first entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program. The Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education has granted candidacy status for the three-year program at Brenau’s Norcross campus, and students can be admitted beginning August 2020. This is the first […]

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