Gnimbin OuattaraGnimbin Ouattara, professor of history and international studies, was recognized at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research conference on Oct. 12-14 in Las Vegas as the winner of the Best Paper Award in Social Sciences. Dr. Ouattara won for his abstract titled “Portugal and the Curse of Cain: The Birth of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.”

Excerpt from: “Portugal and the Curse of Cain: The Birth of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” 

David Brion Davis, a “history dean” on the question of slavery in the Western world, once argued that, “It was the discoverer of America who initiated the transatlantic slave trade, which moved originally from west to east.” Recently James Rawley and Stephen Behrendt have insisted that, “It was the Portuguese who first opened the Atlantic Ocean, started the Atlantic slave trade [in 1444], and established the first European overseas empire.” This paper agrees that Portugal initiated the transatlantic slave trade but points to a different date, 1441, as the year in which this traffic began. Moving the beginning date of the transatlantic slave trade to this year does not just highlight an episode of this trade previously neglected by historians; it also helps uncover the fundamental reason why the Portuguese initiated this trade: the biblical “Curse of Cain.”

Learn more about the IOSSBR here:

Dr. Stephen M. Gower

Dr. Stephen M. Gower

Internationally acclaimed professional speaker and Northeast Georgia native Stephen M. Gower presents a leadership event: “What Do They See When They See You Coming? Celebrate and Polish the Leader within You.”

Experience Dr. Gower live on Monday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main Street, SW, Gainesville. The tickets range from $65.00 to $85.00 (depending on date of purchase and quantity purchased). Brenau students and faculty receive a special rate upon inquiry. Seating is limited.

Dr. Gower has given more than 5,000 presentations and is a bestselling author of 21 books.

Register now at or call 706.244.1906.

blood waterBrenau Athletics is joining with the Southern State Athletic Conference to help provide Africa with clean drinking water. We’re challenging every student to donate at least $1 and every faculty or staff member to drink only water instead of their favorite beverages and donate the money saved to Blood:Water’s project to fight the water crisis in Africa.

Each SSAC campus is working to raise $1,000 per campus. All donations will be used to fund the installation of a water well to provide clean drinking water and equip communities in Africa with latrines and washing stations.

Jerry cans for collecting donations will be located in the Tea Room and Dining Hall of Brenau’s Gainesville campus until Nov. 25. Help us spread the word and make a difference!

Download the flyer (DOCX) at

Brenau Mobile Ap ScreenshotThe Brenau Mobile app provides quick access to important resources for current and potential students, faculty, staff and alumni. It offers access to Brenau events, emergency contacts, news feeds, videos, Brenau social media, maps, and important updates related to our Brenau Golden Tigers sports. This is a vital resource for anyone attending, has attended, or is considering Brenau University!

Download the app at the iTunes App Store or on Google Play. The app is called “Brenau Mobile.”

Rotary student Adriana Acosta speaks to the Hall County Rotary club about fundraising during Monday's meeting.

Rotary student Adriana Acosta speaks to the Hall County Rotary club about fundraising during Monday’s meeting.

Rotary Club of Hall County in Gainesville, Georgia, which participates in sponsorship of a scholarship program that brings international students to Brenau and other North Georgia institutions each year, is conducting its annual fundraising holiday wreath sale through Nov. 2. The wreaths are beautiful 24-inch North Carolina fir available with a bow for $30 or without a bow for $25. Expected delivery date is Tuesday, November 25, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The current Rotary Scholar at Brenau is Adriana De La Paz Acosta, a freshman interior design major from Barranquilla, Colombia.

Delivery or pickup arrangements may be made to any address. To place an order contact David Stovall at or 770-595-0702. To learn more about Rotary Club visit the Hall County club web site.

cuttino coverBrenau Director of Research and Planning Dr. Robert Cuttino has published his debut novel, For Goodness’ Sake: Principles of an Ecotheology. Initially begun with his senior thesis when he attended Furman University, the book was a project about 19 years in the making, and explores how religion has affected our relationship with the environment.

Synopsis: There seems to be a huge disconnect between religion and the environment. In For Goodness’ Sake: Principles of an Ecotheology, author Robert Cuttino challenges hyperindividualized, self-absorbed, contemporary theology that insists on our favored status. He proposes an “ecotheology.” Cuttino considers, among other things, that individuals are not the greatest good, despite what we might think. He shows we may be, in fact, secondary in importance to the health of all environmental systems that make life possible. And individual humans are likely second in importance to the health of those economic systems that provide decent livelihoods and quality of life to all. Readers will also learn why just “greening” the Bible will not work. For Goodness’ Sake: Principles of an Ecotheology isn’t only about what will not work. Cuttino shows that especially for restoring the health of the most important system of all—the ethical sphere—there may be an imperative for Christianity.

The book is now available at


IMG_9359Brenau University students attended the fourth annual Conflict Resolution Symposium at Georgia State University on Friday, Oct. 24. As part of that event, the students participated in a two-round mediation tournament with teams from several local colleges and universities. Brenau’s team composed of Staricka Cummings, Suzette Meza and Jamie Zheng finished first in the team mediation competition with Staricka Cummings named as the top mediator at the tournament. These students are looking forward to participating in the upcoming International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament to be held on the Brenau campus Nov. 6-8, 2014. That tournament will feature 50 mediation teams from across the U.S. and abroad who will compete in several rounds of mediation.

Costume Contest Flyer

The Brenau Staff Development Committee  reminds all faculty and staff to attend the annual Halloween Costume Contest Friday, Oct. 31 in Yonah Hall located on the Gainesville campus.

Those participating in the competition, arrive early to get registered for the event. For those who would just like to enjoy the parade of costumes please don’t be late. The parade begins promptly at 12:15 p.m.

Everyone gets to vote for their favorite costume this year. Winning categories are:

1.) Least Recognizable
2.) Most Creative & Original
3.) Creepiest
4.) Funniest
5.) Best Hair & Makeup
6.) Weirdest Superhero

So even if you don’t compete, be sure to join us and cast your vote.

Click play to hear the WBCX radio spot for the event:

Event poster for VCE In Praise of MusicThe Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble performs Monday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the John S. Burd Center for Performing Arts. Under the direction of Bobby Ivey, enjoy songs from Baroque and beyond highlighting the importance of music in our lives.

The event is free and open to the public. For information call 770.538.4764 or visit

The People’s Republic of China and Anhui Province have approved an agreement between Brenau University and Anhui Normal University for a joint degree program in early childhood teacher education that is designed to bring scores of Chinese students to Georgia starting in 2016, as well as provide study abroad opportunities for American students and faculty exchanges from both institutions.

Read the full release and see more photos at here