Professional Costumer and Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee to Visit Students Oct. 3

Brenau fashion design and theater students will have the opportunity to meet alumna and Golden Tiger athlete Antonina (Grib) Lerch, who has worked in costuming for various films and television shows including Night at the Museum, Mad Men and Truebloodin the Fashion Lab of the John S. Burd Center on Oct. 3 from 1-4 p.m.  She will discuss her role as a professional cutter/fitter and answer questions for aspiring costume and fashion designers. 

It so happens that Lerch will be on campus to be inducted into the Brenau University Athletics Hall of Fame.  She was a Golden Tigers tennis player from 2000-02, a three-time NAIA All-American selection and a member of both the 2000 and 2001 teams that were NAIA national runners-up and the 2002 National Championship team. In 2001 and 2002, Grib was named the Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player. She will be one of four alumna to be officially recognized during the Athetics Hall of Fame ceremony on Oct. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville. Tickets for the open-to-the-public event are $20 each. To purchase tickets, people can call 770-534-4323 or email

Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Lerch currently splits her time between Tokyo and Los Angeles. After graduating from Brenau in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising, she earned an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia.

Senior Macy Dwyer Travels to Poland for International Canoe Federation Championship


Macy Dwyer displays her trophies from the 2014 International Canoe Federation Championships.

Brenau’s Macy Dwyer, a senior majoring in interior design, was selected for the 24-member U.S. dragon boat team that traveled to Poznan, Poland, for the 2014 International Canoe Federation World Championships this past Aug. 28-30. Her team finished in fourth place in the 2000 meter junior division race, and won the overall women’s division trophy and the overall ranking nations trophy, making them the U.S. World Champions.

“Poland was a beautiful place to race. It had incredible historical architecture, delicious food and the people there were very hospitable,” she said. “Although it was tough and focused racing, each country would make an effort to be friendly with each other. My teammates and I made many friends from Germany, Romania, Canada, Italy and more.”

Macy is a full-time sprint kayaker and she trains at the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, which is at the 1996 Olympic Site for rowing and flatwater kayaking in Gainesville. They have several dragon boats at the club and hold a large festival race with them every year. While preparing for the championship, she had kayak training practice twice a day, along with her dragon boat training twice a week.

Macy also just participated in a race this past Saturday, Sept. 27 in Peachtree City.

New Tiger in Town: Updated Golden Tiger Logo Scores First Points on Campus

There’s a new tiger in town. And it is ready for you to use.

On the heels of installation of the iconic Golden Tiger sculpture on the Gainesville campus, Brenau University Department of Athletics has upgraded and modernized its logo for use by all athletics teams. And the really good news is that the new logo – as well as an interlocking BU emblem – is also available for use throughout the university community.

Junior music education major Rachel McFarland from Ball Ground, Georgia, hams it up while singing praises for the new Golden Tiger visual identity that is beginning to creep onto campus ahead of the "official" rollout next month.

Junior music education major Rachel McFarland from Ball Ground, Georgia, hams it up while singing praises for the new Golden Tiger visual identity that is beginning to creep onto campus ahead of the “official” rollout next month.

The new Brenau trademarks were the creation of Georgia designer Tom Sapp, who after producing one of the most popular depictions of the University of Georgia Hairy Dog mascot, followed suit with dozens of other characters. Sapp’s work includes Pounce of Georgia State, Sparty for Michigan State University, Sluggrrrr of the Kansas City Royals, the FireHawk of Firestone Racing Tires, YouDee, the Blue Hen, for the University of Delaware, as well as characters representing mascots of the Denver Nuggets, the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Mavericks.

“We’ve got first-class intercollegiate teams and now we have first-class graphics to go along with them,” said Athletics Director Mike Lochstampfor.

The new Golden Tiger designs were part of a coordinated campaign to bring all of Brenau’s graphical image a level of consistency and compatibility. For example, for the first time the university materials use the same black and gold from the Pantone color charts.

Ahead of a public roll-out of the emblem in November when the first Golden Tiger merchandise hits the shelves, you can already see evidence of its use around campus. For example, workers on the Gainesville campus installed a bus shelter poster showing one version of the logo. You will see it on the athletics web site, on some publicity materials for upcoming events and in a variety of electronic formats. Various departments around campus are using it on t-shirts and other materials produced for specific events.

Brenau Golden Tiger Primary Mark - with type - white bgAll the artwork for the various applications of both the Golden Tiger and interlocking BU logos, associated “word marks,” and guidelines for how they can be used appear at

Brenau U. Interlocking BU logoSince the university will claim legal trademark, word mark and copyright status for the various images, you will have to get permission for their use in your application: from Athletics Director Mike Lochstampfor for anything related to intercollegiate athletics or athletics departmental use, from CFO David Barnett for commercial licenses and for all other uses from the Design Director Christie Gregory in the Office of Communications & Publications.



Continuation of Care With Blue Cross Blue Shield

Employees and family members with Brenau’s current medical coverage who are in ongoing treatment by a doctor who will be out of network on Oct. 1 may be considered for continuation of care.

If the patient has a chronic illness such as heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes etc., download the Continuation of Care/Transition of Care Form (PDF) and submit for review by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Employees must complete and sign sections 1 and 2. Return to the doctor and request that they complete section 3. Fax the completed Continuation of Care/Transition of Care Form (PDF) to the appropriate number on the top of the form.

Once Blue Cross Blue Shield reviews the form the patient/employee will be notified if extended coverage time is approved. Contact Blue Cross Blue Shield Member Services at 1-855-397-9267 with any questions.

The Continuation of Care/Transition of Care Form (PDF) is available for download at

4,000th Strategic Deterrence Patrol Ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay

Associate Provost Crystal Toombs with Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command

Associate Provost Crystal Toombs with Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S.
Strategic Command

Associate Provost of Adult and Graduate Studies Crystal Toombs, Kings Bay Regional Campus Director Bob North and Kings Bay Campus Assistant Director Alecia Webb attended the 4,000th Strategic Deterrence Patrol ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Sept. 19, 2014.

In addition, they attended the change of command ceremony and retirement ceremony of Captain Harvey Guffey. The incoming base commanding officer at NSBKB is Captain James Jenks. Read more at

Brenau has served the education needs of active duty service members and their dependents through their Kings Bay Campus at NSBKB since 1986. Over 1250 students have graduated Brenau through the Kings Bay Regional Campus.