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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 […]

Daniel Pavilion and Pearce Auditorium.

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 A. “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 […]

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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 […]

Brenau University President Anne Skleder, left, and Lanier Tech Interim President Tim McDonald sign a program articulation agreement between the two institutions. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau signs articulation agreement with Lanier Technical College

Mar 18, 2021

Brenau University and Lanier Technical College signed a program articulation agreement on Thursday, March 18, in an effort to make it easier for Lanier students majoring in business to transfer to Brenau. With the agreement, which starts in the fall of 2021, students in Lanier’s business management program can transfer to Brenau to earn their […]

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Women’s Leadership Colloquium to be held virtually

Mar 12, 2021

The Brenau University Women’s Leadership Colloquium is back with three successful women sharing their stories, advice and innovative vision for others who lead or aspire to lead. Brenau President Anne Skleder and alumnae Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ’03, and Dr. Jessica Herrera, WC ’05, will be speaking at the event at 1:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, March […]

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Brenau University President Skleder discusses school’s navigation of pandemic on WABE NPR Atlanta

Mar 03, 2021

Listen to Dr. Skleder on WABE’s Closer Look Listen to the MP3 file. Brenau University President Anne Skleder made an appearance on National Public Radio’s Atlanta affiliate WABE’s Closer Look with Rose Scott on Monday, March 1, to share how Brenau University leadership, faculty, staff and students have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It has […]

Students work on chalk art project for Black History Month

Brenau community celebrates Black history, artists and voices

Feb 17, 2021

Brenau University’s celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Black History Month continues this February with several events, activities and resources highlighting the impact of King and the Civil Rights Movement. “Now more than ever, Dr. King’s example of ‘unarmed truth and unconditional love’ needs to be widely celebrated,” said Jim Eck, provost […]

Tiger Toons animation festival

Tiger Toons connects students with animation industry leaders

Feb 16, 2021

Michael Lowe Nearly 50 Brenau students and guests tuned in on Feb. 17 for the Center for the Arts & Design’s virtual Tiger Toons event, which featured a panel of industry leaders who offered career advice and insights into the world of animation. The second installment of CAD’s biennial animation festival included speakers from companies […]

Vittoria Bell brings food to customers.

Brenau Catering holds fundraiser for Wesley Warriors and the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta

Feb 05, 2021

Brenau University’s catering service offered curbside pickup meal deals with the added value of helping children in need on Thursday, Feb. 4. All cash proceeds from the meals are going to the Wesley Warriors Foundation Fund at the North Georgia Community Foundation to provide financial assistance to nonprofits and initiatives that support children and families […]

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccination.

Brenau nursing students receive vaccine to help community

Jan 25, 2021

Brenau held the first of several COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students in the Ivester College of Health Sciences’ Mary Inez School of Nursing on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to train those who are willing to volunteer their time to help vaccinate the larger community. At the clinic on Brenau’s Norcross campus, students volunteered to be vaccinated […]

Physician Assistant Studies students participate in their first lab.

Brenau’s new Physician Assistant Studies program begins first day of classes

Jan 12, 2021

After years of planning and preparation, Brenau University’s new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program officially launched Monday, Jan. 11, as students began classes in the recently renovated Brenau Downtown Center. The latest addition to the Ivester College of Health Sciences’ slate of graduate degree offerings features an inaugural cohort of 33 students […]