Brenau Launches Metro Atlanta Alumni Group

Aug 25, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Brenau University Atlanta-area alumni will gather at Paizanos Italian Bistro at 7 Jones St. in the historic section of Norcross at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the first open event for the newly created BU Metro Atlanta Alumni Network.

Although the program is aimed primarily at engaging alumni from the university’s online and regional campus programs in what Brenau alumni officials describe as a “mutually rewarding relationship with their alma mater,” it is open to all Brenau graduates from any program.”

“When people earn graduate or undergraduates degrees by attending classes in evenings, on weekends and through online studies, it is very easy to become disconnected from classmates and the university,” said Brenau Alumni Director Melissa Edge. “But we want to extend the same commitment for lifetime camaraderie and support that graduates of the Women’s College at Brenau have established over the past century. No matter what platforms we choose for our educations, we are all Golden Tigers.”

The Women’s College roots in Gainesville, Ga., date to 1878. In the 1970s, however, Brenau trustees established the network of coeducations undergraduate and graduate programs for evening and weekend students in Gainesville and other Georgia cities. Also, Brenau offers fully accredited undergraduate and graduate programs online. And, Brenau Academy, the oldest female boarding school in Georgia for grades 9-12, has been in operation in Gainesville since 1928.

Ironically, Brenau’s data base of more than 17,700 living alumni includes only about 7,000 from the Women’s College. The balance graduated from other university programs, including about 900 from Brenau Academy.

“You will find some incredible individuals in all of those groups,” said Edge. “It will be a great benefit to all of us to bring as many as possible into the network.”

The “host campus” for the Norcross event is Brenau’s North Atlanta/Norcross campus. The leadership team for the event includes Debra Frazier (Class of 2009) of Alpharetta, Dr. Sam Sanders of Snellville; Dr. Renee Love of Decatur, Anji Hollanda, (Class of 2010) of Sugar Hill, and Monique Jones (Class of 2009) of Norcross.

Originally published on 10/20/10