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Brenau University in the News: Aug. 5-25, 2021

Aug 25, 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. Meet the new principal: Christy Rich of Macedonia Elementary School Christy Rich, who earned her education specialist degree from Brenau, joins Macedonia as principal after three years as assistant […]

Euphrasie N’guessan, left, a member of Ivory Coast's parliament, meets with Brenau University President Anne Skleder on Monday, Aug. 23. (Kelsey Podo/Brenau University)

Ivory Coast parliament member speaks to students, meets with President Skleder on first day of classes

Aug 23, 2021

As Brenau University students returned to the classroom for the start of the new academic year on Monday, Aug. 23, they were greeted by a special guest who traveled more than 4,000 miles to speak about the increasing importance of female leadership and representation. The visit by Euphrasie N’guessan — a pharmacist, businesswoman and a […]

Students react to first day of classes on Gainesville campus

Aug 23, 2021

Brenau University’s historic Gainesville campus was abuzz with excitement on Monday, Aug. 23, as students returned to the classroom on the first day of the new academic year. A few students shared their experiences between classes. Enrollment will continue to fluctuate as registration continues, but Brenau is expected to welcome more than 800 new students […]

Members of the Brenau University soccer team help move new students into their dorms during Move-in Day. (Kyle Hess for Brenau University)

Brenau University welcomes students to campus for the start of new school year

Aug 19, 2021

Brenau University welcomed new arrivals to its historic Gainesville campus on Thursday, Aug. 19, during its annual Move-in Day for first-year and transfer students. The campus welcome celebration, which was also the first day of orientation, marks the unofficial start of the academic school year with most of the university’s classes set to begin on […]

Panamanian students, from left, Ana Gabriela Perez, Ibeth Pinto and Hilary Howell participate in a ceramics class over the summer at Brenau. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Students from Brenau’s partnership with Panama spend the summer learning and exploring

Aug 12, 2021

Since arriving at Brenau University in April, the first cohort of students in the university’s partnership with Panama’s Institute for the Development of Human Resources have spent their time studying English and learning more about their new home for the next five years. During their first few months in the United States, the Panamanian students […]

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Brenau University names Margie Gill interim executive director for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Aug 05, 2021

Margie Gill has been named the interim executive director for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives at Brenau University for the 2021-2022 academic year. The newly established role reports directly to President Anne Skleder and is based on the recommendations of the university’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence. While the Working Group […]

The Brenau basketball team cheers before a game against Milligan University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University earns 12th straight Champions of Character Five-Star honor

Aug 03, 2021

For the 12th year in a row, Brenau University has been named a Champions of Character Five-Star institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Golden Tigers were also one of the 60 schools to achieve silver-level status. The 157 institutions recognized as award winners earned points in character training recognition and promotion, and […]

Pinxuan "Erik" Wang teaches professor Barbara Steinhaus different Chinese words and sentences during their weekly virtual meetings. (Photo provided by Wang)

Virtual Chinese lessons brings together Chinese students and Brenau community

Aug 02, 2021

While students in Brenau University’s Anhui Normal University partnership have been learning remotely from China over the past year, many have found a way to stay connected to the campus community by teaching free virtual Chinese lessons to faculty, staff and fellow students in the United States. Mandy Bartell, Brenau’s coordinator for the ANU partnership, […]

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Brenau University in the News: July 1-29

Jul 30, 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. Designer Q+A with Brenau alumna Brenda Regan Brenda Regan, who earned her Master of Interior Design from Brenau, was recently featured in Coastal Illustrated, where she discussed her design […]

From left, Savannah “Maeve” Auchmoedy, Brenau President Anne Skleder and Jennifer Elias stand together during a reception to honor the two scholarship winners. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Scholar, first Brenau Dreams Scholarship recipient recognized at reception

Jul 27, 2021

Two incoming freshmen in The Women’s College of Brenau University were recognized as the first Brenau Dreams Scholarship recipient and the next Brenau Scholar during a reception Thursday, July 22, on the university’s historic Gainesville campus. Jennifer Elias, a graduate of Gainesville High School, was awarded the Brenau Dreams Scholarship, which was created for first-generation […]

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 University 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 University 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 […]