Category: News

A student walks through campus on the first day of classes on Aug. 24. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Students share thoughts on first day of the 2020 fall semester

Aug 25, 2020

Monday, Aug. 24, marked the first day of classes for Brenau University students. Though many students are excited to be on campus, due to COVID-19, the day was different from usual. Students wore masks and had to social distance inside and outside of the classroom. As of Tuesday, Aug. 25, total enrollment across all Brenau […]

GOLD Speaker Series to feature Norma Hernandez and Justice Leah Ward Sears

Aug 10, 2020

The Women’s College of Brenau University will host two highly accomplished and trailblazing women in September as part of its GOLD Speaker Series. The free online talks will feature Norma Hernandez, president of the Northeast Georgia Latino Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 12:45 p.m., and former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward […]

A student receives a backpack.

RISE Summer Program creates new opportunities for 2020

Jul 29, 2020

The Real Interactive Summer Learning Experience (RISE) program may have been put on hold this year due to COVID-19, but that did not stop Brenau University and its RISE partners from supporting children who otherwise would have been involved in the annual program. After the 10th year of the program — developed by Brenau University […]

David Barnett with his wife, Kimberly. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau CFO David Barnett speaks at forum on how private colleges are navigating coronavirus

Jul 17, 2020

David Barnett, executive vice president and CFO at Brenau University, was among a panel of national experts and campus leaders to speak during a recent virtual forum on best practices in college finance amid the uncertainties of COVID-19. The June 15 forum was hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and higher education financial writer […]

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Second GOLD Series speaker Brenau Academy alumna Janie Bryant shares experiences in costume design

Jul 16, 2020

Brenau Academy alumna and Hollywood costume designer Janie Bryant shared her story of success in the competitive field of costume design during a virtual Zoom talk Tuesday, July 14. “From the Academy to the Emmy: Janie Bryant’s Design for Success” was the second installment of The Women’s College of Brenau University’s GOLD Speaker Series. Bryant […]

Laura McPhie Oliveira serving as Brenau University’s Interim VP of Enrollment Management

Jul 10, 2020

Brenau University recently named Dr. Laura McPhie Oliveira as its Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management for the 2020-21 academic year. Oliveira is taking a leave of absence from Ruffalo Noel Levitz, where she served as senior associate consultant since 1999. Consulting with Brenau since October, Oliveira conducted a comprehensive audit of enrollment practices and […]

A student and President Skleder pose for a picture.

Year-end reflections on Brenau’s accomplishments

Jul 09, 2020

Friends, I am grateful and energized that Brenau University finished the 2019-20 academic year with an array of accomplishments and a host of reasons for celebration. Our achievements are centered around student support and success because our students are the reason we exist. From the moment of my first interview with the presidential search committee, […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]