Busy start to 2023 showcases Brenau’s good works

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Brenau's Gospel Choir performs during winter convocation to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy new year to everyone in the Brenau community and welcome back!

A new semester began last week for some of our degree programs like physician assistant studies, and all classes are in full swing this week.

I’ve just spent several days meeting fellow university presidents at the annual conference of the Council of Independent Colleges. Now, I’m on my way to visit local alumni and friends in the Los Angeles area. Keep your eyes open for a video update coming soon about both of these important opportunities to share the good works of Brenau.

January is filled with events and opportunities for engagement across the university. I’m proud of the themes of partnership and community support that are common in so many of the things that we do at Brenau.

  • We’re excited about the return of our student exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta – a special opportunity thanks to our unique partnership with the museum. A reception is planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, and members of the Brenau community get free admission to view the remainder of the High after the reception. What a great celebration of our talented students!
  • We also celebrate diversity and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with our annual Convocation set for Thursday, Jan. 19, and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Brenau will be closed for the MLK holiday on Monday, Jan. 16.
  • If you haven’t yet secured your tickets for the Brenau Alumni at the Hawks on Friday, Jan. 20, there are still a few left. Your ticket also supports the university.
  • On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Brenau’s Leadership Team and I will be participating in Brenau Day at the JA Discovery Center at North Georgia in Cumming. We have a great partnership with Junior Achievement, and there are a couple of slots left to join us in this great volunteer opportunity with sixth-graders from Gainesville. Click the “Sign Up” button on the JA Georgia volunteer hub to register.
  • We wrap up January with our annual Winter Weekend on Jan. 27-28. This is a fun time when we invite prospective students and their families to visit the historic campus and learn more about Brenau. I cannot wait to meet them!

I appreciate all that each of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends do to contribute to the good works of the university. I’m honored to work alongside you all and take every opportunity to brag about your accomplishments near and far!

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