Category: News

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Shatrela Washington-Hubbard appointed interim dean of College of Business & Communication

Jun 04, 2021

The Brenau University Provost’s Office announced on Thursday, June 3, the appointment of Shatrela Washington-Hubbard to serve as interim dean of the College of Business & Communication during the 2021-22 academic year. Washington-Hubbard currently serves as program director and assistant professor of human resource management at Brenau. In her interim dean role, Washington-Hubbard will collaborate […]

Brenau Professor Kelley Brock-Simmons speaks at webinar on dissertation support

May 26, 2021

Kelley Brock-Simmons, chair of graduate education programs, Doctor of Education coordinator and associate professor at Brenau University, spoke May 25 at an Inside Higher Education-hosted webinar addressing low retention and graduation rates in doctoral programs due to difficulties with dissertations. The webinar, Dissertation Support and its Positive Effect on Grad Outcomes, was presented with support […]

Brenau mourns passing of Trustee Emerita Jane Wood Banks

May 25, 2021

Jane Wood Banks, Brenau University trustee emerita and longtime supporter of the university’s nursing program, died Sunday, May 23. She was 94 years old. Banks, who served on Brenau’s Board of Trustees from 1989-2005, took a personal interest in the medical and nursing professions because of the work of her husband, Dr. Rafe Banks Jr. […]

Princess Marshall, a student in the new Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program, learns how to change hospital beds. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University launches new Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program

May 21, 2021

Mae Tyndell’s nursing career has been nearly two decades in the making. Tyndell, a student in the new Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program in Brenau University’s Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, has dreams of becoming a nurse practitioner and working in the geriatric field. Although Tyndell got her bachelor’s degree in […]

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Brenau University in the News: May 5-13, 2021

May 18, 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.   Sen. Raphael Warnock tours construction of Gainesville Renaissance project Sen. Raphael Warnock’s May 5 visit to Northeast Georgia included a stop at the Gainesville downtown square, where he was […]

David Miller

Brenau mourns passing of professor, colleague and friend David Miller

May 12, 2021

David Miller, professor in Brenau University’s College of Business & Communication, died Sunday, May 9. Miller came to Brenau in 2012 and most recently served as lead faculty for the university’s MBA in health care management and B.S. in health care administration programs. He previously served on the medical school faculties of Emory University as […]

Art Evans, Art Evans, professor of mathematics, reacts to winning an award for outstanding part-time faculty. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Faculty awards ceremony highlights outstanding faculty, commitment to students

May 05, 2021

Several Brenau University faculty members were recognized for their service to the university and its students during the Faculty Appreciation Awards ceremony held April 29 on the Front Lawn of the Gainesville campus. “Today we wanted to celebrate our faculty, a group of individuals uniquely suited to support Brenau during this past academic year,” said […]

The 2020-2021 Elixir features a cover photo, "Whispering Wheat Field," by recent studio art graduate Hope Vigil-Shuck.

Brenau students publish first digital ‘Elixir’ literature and arts magazine

May 04, 2021

With another academic year in the books, Brenau University students recently unveiled a book of their own to add to your summer reading list. The first fully digital edition of The Elixir, Brenau’s annual student-produced literature and arts magazine, hit the web on May 1. The super-sized issue, which features a cover photo by recent […]

Laura Hylton celebrates at Brenau's commencement ceremony on May 1. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University holds first in-person commencement ceremonies since 2019

May 01, 2021

Brenau University graduates and their guests gathered Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1, on the Front Lawn of the university’s historic Gainesville campus for a series of four commencement ceremonies celebrating the classes of 2020 and 2021. The ceremonies, held for The Women’s College on Friday and all other undergraduate and graduate students […]

Brenau University President Anne Skleder selected these three oil paintings by senior art major Mirella Reily for this year’s Presidential Purchase Award. The pieces will become part of Brenau’s Permanent Art Collection. For more photos from this year’s Brenau Collaborative exhibitions, visit

Brenau Collaborative showcases art, design and fashion work of students and alumni

Apr 29, 2021

With the spring semester winding down, the Brenau University community gathered virtually on Thursday, April 22, for the annual Brenau Collaborative, highlighting the art, design and fashion work of talented students and recent graduates. This year’s event, hosted by Brenau’s Center for the Arts & Design in an online format after being postponed in 2020, […]

Softball Head Coach Devon Thomas, left, and Eric Clanton hold a framed jersey for Mike Clanton, longtime athletic trainer, at a ceremony held in Mike's honor. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau athletics honors longtime Athletic Trainer Mike Clanton

Apr 28, 2021

Brenau University honored one of the most well-known athletic trainers in the Gainesville community, Mike Clanton, during a softball doubleheader on Saturday, April 17. Clanton passed away in July 2020. Clanton came to Brenau in 2005 and spent the next 15 years caring for athletes and coaches. Before Clanton arrived at Brenau, there was no […]

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Virtual Alumni Reunion brings together Brenau graduates from across the globe

Apr 26, 2021

Brenau University’s 2021 Virtual Alumni Reunion, held on April 23-25, included three days of opportunities for former classmates to reconnect, meet new alumni and celebrate the success of this year’s Alumni Award winners. The virtual event, which has stood in for Brenau’s annual Alumnae Reunion Weekend for the past two years, included a Lunch and […]

From left, Melissa Currin Heard, Melissa Cannady Howard, Dr. Michael Stubblefield and Mary Kathryn Wells-Winsett are the newest members of the Brenau University Board of Trustees. Their three-year terms began in March. (Photos courtesy of trustees).

Brenau University Board of Trustees welcomes four new members

Apr 26, 2021

The four newest members of the Brenau University Board of Trustees are three alumnae and a physician and avid art collector from New Jersey. Melissa Currin Heard, The Women’s College class of 1992; Melissa Cannady Howard, The Women’s College class of 1997; Mary Kathryn Wells-Winsett, The Women’s College class of 2000; and Dr. Michael Stubblefield, […]

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Brenau University hosts first virtual Research Symposium

Apr 15, 2021

Brenau University’s annual Research Symposium was held virtually on Friday, April 9, and included more than 100 presentations by students and faculty members. This year’s event featured pre-record presentations, and presenters were on hand to answer questions from audience members. Unlike previous years, this Research Symposium did not have a theme the students had to […]

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The Baxter-Bryan finalists applaud Haley Bartoletta as she is named the Baxter-Bryan Scholarship recipient.

Haley Bartoletta awarded 2021-22 Baxter-Bryan Scholarship

Apr 14, 2021

Haley Bartoletta shook with excitement after finding out she was the 2021-22 recipient of the Baxter-Bryan Scholarship, Brenau University’s highest academic honor. “I’ve been going here for four years, and every year that I’ve been here, I’ve grown to love the community more and more,” Bartoletta said. “To be in this position where I get […]

Panamanian students from Brenau’s first cohort in partnership with IFARHU are welcomed to campus by faculty and staff members on Friday, April 9, 2021. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau welcomes first students from Panama partnership

Apr 09, 2021

Brenau University welcomed 16 new students from Panama on Thursday, April 8, as part of its new partnership with the Institute for the Development of Human Resources (IFARHU), Panama’s financial aid agency. The students’ arrival to the university’s historic Gainesville, Georgia, campus follows the signing of an agreement between Brenau and IFARHU in November. Students […]

A student receives their vaccination.

Brenau holds clinics on Gainesville campus to vaccinate faculty, staff and students

Apr 06, 2021

Over the past month, Brenau has held multiple clinics at the John S. Burd Center in Gainesville to help its community get vaccinated and help stop the spread of COVID-19. With anyone over the age of 16 now able to get a vaccine in Georgia, many Brenau faculty, staff and students have taken advantage of […]

Charles D. Walters Theatre on the Square

Brenau’s Theatre on the Square named for James “Big Jim” Walters’ brother Charles

Mar 26, 2021

Brenau University recently announced the naming of the Charles D. Walters Theatre on the Square, made possible through a generous gift from the late Gainesville businessman and philanthropist James A. “Big Jim” Walters in honor of his younger brother, Charles. The elder Walters passed away on Feb. 22 after an extended illness. Charles Walters died […]

Swinton A. Griffith III Deanship of the College of Business & Communication at Brenau University

Ivester Foundation funds the Swinton A. Griffith III Deanship of the College of Business & Communication at Brenau University

Mar 26, 2021

The newly named Swinton A. Griffith III Deanship of the College of Business & Communication at Brenau University is made possible through a generous gift of the Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation. The naming honors the long friendship with both Doug and Kay and in recognition of Swinton’s work as a founding board […]

Women's Leadership Colloquium speakers

The Women’s College of Brenau University hosts first virtual Women’s Leadership Colloquium

Mar 25, 2021

Three successful women shared their personal and professional achievements and advice to more than 500 virtual guests from 16 countries during the seventh annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium on Friday, March 19. The colloquium, hosted by The Women’s College, part of Brenau’s comprehensive university, featured Anne Skleder, Brenau’s 10th president; Antonina Lerch, a 2003 graduate of […]