Brenau’s Office of Enrollment Management has an immediate opening for the administrative assistant position. Minimum qualifications include a two-year degree and at least five years of experience in an administrative assistant position. Please contact Ray Tatum at by Friday, July 1, if you are interested in applying.

An itinerary for the October Women's College NYC trip.

An itinerary for the October Women’s College NYC trip.

Brenau Women’s College students will get a taste of the Big Apple next semester, thanks to a partnership between the university and Academic Expectations, Inc.

This October, students will be able to experience the historic neighborhoods of New York, where they will actively engage with the past, the present and the future of America’s most iconic city. The trip ties into this year’s First Year Seminar class, which focuses on the cultural impact of the Greenwich Village community.

Participation is limited only to students enrolled in Brenau University Women’s College and spaces are filling up fast. If you would like to know more about the upcoming trip or would like to register, please contact Tami English at or Elitsa Somleva at

Two very familiar faces will take over as the new campus directors in Augusta and Jacksonville next month.

King’s Bay Campus Assistant Director and Adjunct Instructor of Business Administration Alecia Webb starts as the new director of the Jacksonville campus July 1. Department of Mathematics and Science Office Manager and Advising Coordinator Kelly Spain’s first day as the Augusta campus director is July 25.

Associate Provost for Adult & Graduate Studies Crystal Toombs said the two certainly possess the leadership qualities necessary to continue the growth and success of their respective campuses.

“Alecia demonstrates an understanding of best practices in leadership, works collaboratively and has excellent communication skills,” Toombs said, “and Kelly embodies a natural knack to motivate others to reach their fullest potential, personally and professionally.”

When temperatures on the Brenau Gainesville campus smolder into the 90s, it can mean only one thing: It is time to film the latest installment in the continuing saga of Brenau’s famous Dare Stones. Although this year’s version is not as big a production as last year’s, which aired nationwide in the fall as a two-hour special on the cable network History, essentially the same core crew showed up again this week to begin work on a segment that is planned for possible fall broadcast. We can’t tell you a lot about it at this time because it is secret. We will say, however, that it features the university’s plans to pick up on some earlier historical, geological and architectural research into the origins of the original Dare Stone.

Schrader on camera in his office explains to the Vieira brothers the geological nature of the first stone which he says should drive future inquiries.

Schrader on camera in his office explains to the Vieira brothers the geological nature of the first stone which he says should drive future inquiries.

For those not in the know, the original stone, purportedly containing a hand-carved message from colonist Eleanor Dare, surfaced in the late 1930s bearing possible chiseled-in-stone evidence regarding the fate of the so-called “Lost Colony” that disappeared from Roanoke Island on the North Carolina coast in the later 1580s.

The story last year – which included actors in 1930s attire, some arriving and departing in vintage automobiles, filmed on the hottest day of the year – focused in docudrama style on how Brenau came to own the first stone and its companions of dubious value and authenticity. It was a huge production. The front campus looked like a film set because it was. The final production you can see at

Let's do the science: Schrader and the company in a geology lab at the University of North Carolina in Asheville prepared for the real work of determining the origin of the initial stone.

Let’s do the science: Schrader and the company in a geology lab at the University of North Carolina in Asheville prepare for the real work of determining the origin of the initial stone.

That program, along with some extreme advances in geology and other research, convinced Brenau President Ed Schrader that the time could be ripe for the university to move beyond housing rocks valuable only as periodic cable TV curiosities and to lay out a plan for some serious and beneficial scientific and academic research. Schrader, who is a geologist-turned-university president, suggested something of a Mayo Clinic-type approach – bringing in people from a wide variety of academic, scientific and research disciplines to investigate the stones collaboratively rather than in one-off inquiries in their own fields of interest. The idea, as Schrader pointed out in an article in The Wall Street Journal earlier this year, is to keep the focus as much as possible on real science- and fact-based research instead of chasing diverse bits of unconnected “evidence” related to the host of myths and conjecture that have emerged.

However, TV’s still interested. Indeed, just as the History-sanctioned crew was scheduled to arrive on campus, we received a call from a producer of yet another program on another network who is interested in the Dare Stones as well.

The History production crew spent virtually the whole day Monday, June 20, in and around the president’s office. As the photos here suggest, you may have noticed. In addition to camera, sound, lighting and location personnel, we had a couple of producer/directors and the on-air “talent,” including the Massachusetts-based stone-cutting brothers Jim and Bill Vieira who were featured in last year’s program. Then, the next day the whole bunch – including Schrader and some of the stones – decamped for Asheville, North Carolina, for some pretty full days of shooting on Tuesday and Wednesday as the scientific analysis of the stones commenced.

We will provide details on the broadcast schedule, probably in mid to late fall, as we can.

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics listed Brenau as the fourth highest rated Southern States Athletic Conference program in its 2015-16 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup final rankings.

Brenau collected 242 points from the performances of its swimming, softball, tennis and track and field teams last season. The placement is even more noteworthy considering the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup rankings include the final point tallies across six men’s programs and six women’s programs; with just four out of the 12 sports factored into the scorecards, Brenau still managed to outrank dozens of schools with coed athletics programs.

“It demonstrates a commitment across the board for all of our sports,” said Brenau Athletics Director Mike Lochstampfor. “We’re not just very good at one or two sports. We have a consistent degree of performance in everything we compete in.”

Phi Kappa Phi officers for the upcoming academic year were recently announced. Below is a list of the new honor society positions:

President: Danielle Miller, Event Services
President Elect: Linda Kern, Library Services
Vice President: Jessi Shrout, Department of Science
Secretary: Bill Laing, School of Business Administration
Treasurer: Beth Nott, Department of Humanities/External Relations
Public Relations Officer: Andrea Birch, College of Fine Arts and Humanities
Awards & Grants Coordinator: Melissa Drury, Adult and Graduate Studies
Administrative Assistant: Kelly Peters, College of Health Sciences

The fall initiation ceremony is scheduled Nov. 17 at the Brenau Downtown Center’s Theatre on the Square.

Robert Edward “Bob” Cuttino, father of Brenau Director of Research and Planning Robert Cuttino, died June 23 at the age of 86.

A memorial service will be held at the Baptist Church of Beaufort, 600 Charles St., in Beaufort, South Carolina, on June 25 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Baptist Church of Beaufort, online at

More information on the life and times of Cuttino is online at



The John Jarrard Foundation presents two upcoming concerts at Brenau later this summer.

The Summer Songwriter Show, which features top hit-makers performing “in the round” just like in Nashville, is planned Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center theater.

The John Jarrard Foundation’s 15th annual concert, featuring a slate of outstanding songwriters performing on the front lawn of Brenau University, is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

For more information on sponsorships and tickets, please visit

Retired United States Navy Program Analyst for Strategic Systems Programs Don Cross spoke at Brenau’s Jacksonville campus June 15.

Cross’ presentation, the first of four guest speaker presentations planned in Jacksonville this summer, focused on the fundamentals of successful project management.

You can read more about the upcoming speaker series presentations at

An ice cream social is planned July 21 on the Gainesville campus.

An ice cream social is planned July 21 on the Gainesville campus.

The Staff Development Committee will host an ice cream social for faculty and staff Thursday, July 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the S.U.B. Step away from the office for a little while to enjoy sundaes and board games with your coworkers. Whether you stay to play or just stop by for a few minutes to mingle, don’t miss this chance to take a break and enjoy the company of fellow employees.