Join the Northeast Georgia History Center at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27, for a special presentation by noted aviation historian Dr. Daniel Haulman titled “The Tuskeegee Airmen: Myths, Facts, and Legends,” on this famed group of flying men.

The Tuskeegee Airmen, known formally as the 332nd Fighter Group, were African Americans who served in a segregated US military during World War II. Despite popular expectations to the contrary, they overcame adversity and proved to be one of the hardest-fighting and most effective fighter groups of the war.

Dr. Daniel L. Haulman has authored several books on the Tuskeegee Airmen and serves as the Chief of the Organizational History Division at the Air Force Historical Research Agency, where he has worked since 1982.

Admission to the presentation is $5. NEGA Members get in free! For more information contact 770-297-5900.

Spelling Bee Team 2015The Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy is hosting the 24th Annual Spelling Bee at Pearce Auditorium Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. This annual event features local teams in costume, audience participation, great door prizes and a witty emcee, our own Gay Hammond. Students Marissa Stephens, Meg Bronaugh, Rebecca Jarrett and Emily Bruce will be competing as the Brenau Bellas.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information call 770-531-4337 or visit Support Brenau’s team and help everyone in our community know the joy of reading.

CEO of CatalystCreativ Amanda Slavin will deliver the commencement address to Brenau University graduates.

CEO of CatalystCreativ Amanda Slavin will deliver the commencement address to Brenau University graduates.

Amanda Slavin, the Las Vegas-based entrepreneur who made this year’s Forbes magazine list of  top marketing and advertising professionals who have not yet celebrated their 30th birthdays, will address more than 600 Brenau University graduates at commencement exercises May 1 at 4:30 p.m. and May 2 at 9:30 a.m. on the Gainesville historic campus front lawn.

Slavin, 28, who holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Connecticut, is founder and CEO of CatalystCreativ, an organization that develops creative approaches, which it calls “experiences,” to help corporations and institutions tell their brand stories in more impactful ways – particularly to the highly desirable “millennials” market sector. The start-up company received major funding from Downtown Project, the venture-support organization established by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, the online world’s largest online shoe and apparel shop that Amazon acquired in 2009 for $1.2 billion.

Slavin will deliver the commencement address for the 167 Brenau Women’s College graduates who earned undergraduate diplomas during the academic year at a 4:30 p.m. ceremony Friday, May 1, on the front lawn of the historic Brenau campus in Gainesville. On Saturday, May 2, she will deliver the commencement address for Brenau’s 150 other undergraduates, from nonresidential programs on all Brenau campuses and online, and for the 358 receiving graduate degrees.

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A reception will be held on Tuesday, May 12, at 4 p.m. in the Trustee Library on the Gainesville historic campus to celebrate the retirement of Executive Assistant to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jo Ann Hause.

Jo Ann is excited to embark on her next great adventure; retirement. Join us for a party to wish her the very best.

In a low-key ceremony earlier this week, Brenau library staff and others dedicated the new “Ray of Light” garden outside the recently-remodeled “Quiet Zone” in the Trustee Library on the Gainesville campus. The name for the plantings and landscaping, the view of which through large floor-to-ceiling windows enhance the restful, contemplative nature of the library study area, refer to the area’s chief instigator and benefactor, retired provost and vice president of academic affairs Helen Ray. Ray served the university from 1993 until her 2008 retirement, but she continued working on various projects for the Rare Books Room at the library.

Marlene Giguere, the dean of library services, said the particular thought was placed in the name of the garden: The word “Ray” is often associated with sunlight and the name Helen in Greek means “light.” Giguere said the dedication also was specifically scheduled to occur on Earth Day, 2015. However, she added that, at Ray’s request, the library staff kept the ceremony small and informal. To see more images, click here.


Please consider volunteering to assist at Brenau University Commencement ceremonies. An important volunteer position may require nothing more than knowing where the restrooms are located. If weather cooperates, both ceremonies take place on the Gainesville historic campus front lawn. Women’s College commencement is Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m., and Brenau University undergraduate/graduate commencement is Saturday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. Rain location is the First Baptist Church of Gainesville.

Contact Jo Ann Hause at or Kathy Goodman at if you are able to offer some help.

Congratulations to Brenau faculty Honorable Mention and student cash award winners in the Occupational Haiku Contest sponsored by Dr. Barbara Schell, School of Occupational Therapy and Drs. Kathryn Locey and Sandy Brim of the English program. The winners were chosen by Dr. Betty Hasselkus, internationally known occupational therapy and science scholar.

1st Honorable Mention – Nancy Fowler, OT Admissions Counselor, Instructor
No birds singing yet
Early darkness is deep, still
Rest falls on my heart

2nd Honorable Mention – Lori Gann-Smith, Program Director, Fashion Design
Sis, thread my needle.
Stitches dim and dart away;
I can still help baste.

3rd Honorable Mention – Rudi Kiefer, Professor of Physical Science, Director of Sustainability
Putting my shoes on
Is no longer a problem.
Thank God for Oh-tee

1st Place: Sara Propes, OT Doctoral Program
My feet pound the sand
The earth is calm and quiet
I watch the sun rise

2nd Place: Leigh Anne Viswanathan, OT Day Program, Norcross
The mountain is high
And the folding unending
I hate laundry day

3rd Place: Kelley Cohron, Health Sciences, Women’s College
This wine was on sale
And the shoes that I’m wearing
Sweet satisfaction

With the Golden Tigers softball team winding down the 2015 season, players joined athletics from soccer, track and field, swimming and other sports in an unofficial ground-breaking ceremony for Brenau University’s new athletics park that is now under construction in mill town New Holland located about two miles from the historic campus.

The site will be developed as the “home field” location for Golden Tigers intercollegiate teams: softball, soccer, and track and field. However, only the softball portion of the park is under construction now. The rest depends on successful fundraising in the university’s $40 million ForeverGold capital campaign or some alternate financing in the future.

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Centennial Circle on the Gainesville historic campus will close Sunday night, April 26, to prepare for commencement on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2. Please plan to park in another location for the week.

EarthDay2015_flyerDon’t miss the activities on the Gainesville historic campus front lawn Wednesday, April 22. A large number of student groups will be celebrating Earth Day 2015 with displays, information and an opportunity to judge a photo contest as well as buy a young dogwood tree. The theme of Earth Day 2015 is “Recycle!” Water Conservation Specialist with the City of Gainesville Jennifer Flowers will give a brief talk around noon at the Earth Day Fair location, titled “All Water Is Recycled.”

The event, planned by a collaboration with the Hall County Green Alliance, begins at 11 a.m. and officially ends at 2 p.m., although no one will be chased out of the park for staying around longer.