Masters in Teaching program Thursday, March 21

The 11th Masters in Teaching: Life Changers at Work event will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Downtown Center.

The program is part of the Master Series founded by Gus Whalen at the Featherbone Communiversity. This year, professor of business ethics James Sennett will be recognized as the Brenau Master Teacher.

All faculty and staff to are welcomed to attend. Please RSVP by email to Joyce Wilson at ude.uanerb@5nosliwj.

Litfest volunteers still needed

LitFest will be here next weekend but we still need your help! Please volunteer an hour (or a few) of your time next Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at the Downtown Center where we’ll welcome some amazing presenters and have activities for children.

Email Alynne Grace at ude.uanerb@1ecarga or call her at +1-770-534-6220 to volunteer or for more information.

Volunteers Wanted for LitFest on Saturday, Sept. 22

Brenau celebrates the arts and literature at LitFest 2018, but we need your help to make it a roaring success. LitFest will be held at the Downtown Center on Sat., Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Full of children’s activities, readings, workshops and panels, we’re looking for volunteers to serve as greeters, session timekeepers and general helpers. We can make sure you have ample time to enjoy the festivities when you’re not scheduled to volunteer.

Are you interested? Please email Alynne Grace at ude.uanerb@1ecarga. Learn more about Brenau LitFest at

Condolences to Family and Friends of Mary Loretta Watkins Yamilkoski

Mary “Loretta” Yamilkoski, wife of Professor Emeritus Dr. Vince Yamilkoski, died Sunday morning at her home. She was 70.

Yamilkoski was born in Watkinsville, Georgia in 1947. She attended Truett-McConnell College and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1969 with teacher certification in elementary education.

In 1969, Yamilkoski began her teaching career in the post schools of Fort Benning, Georgia where she met her husband while he was attending the Infantry School at Fort Benning.

They married in 1971 at the Watkinsville United Methodist Church and moved to Cleveland, Ohio. She convinced her husband to return to Watkinsville and continue his education at the University of Georgia. In 1979, the couple moved to Gainesville, where she taught at Lakeview Academy. She was awarded Teacher of the Year for the 1989-90 school year.

Throughout her teaching career, Yamilkoski was known as a loving, caring teacher. She loved to travel and to teach her students about nature.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Dec. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. at Ward’s Funeral Home located at 758 Main Street S.W. Gainesville.

Please keep Dr. Vince in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Loretta, both Lakeview Academy Lower School and the Brenau Child Development Center were very close to her heart. You may make a donation in memory of Mary “Loretta” Yamilkoski to either school.

Condolences to the Friends and Family of Charles “Chuck” MacDonald

Former Director of Field Services for Student Teaching Charles Milton “Chuck” McDonald (Coach Mac) died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Gainesville, Georgia.

McDonald was born on Nov. 26, 1940, in Columbus, Georgia. After retiring from 33 years in the Gainesville City School System, McDonald joined Brenau University as Director of Field Services for Student Teaching where he coordinated placements for Brenau education majors for 10 years. Well-regarded by his former students and co-workers, Chuck MacDonald will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ministry of Caring at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. Gainesville, GA. 30501.

Read his full obituary at

Condolences to Jill Goforth and Family

Condolences to Brenau’s College of Education Director of Clinical Experiences Jill Goforth. Her mother, Enid Eloise McKinley Hastings, died on Feb. 11. She was 90. A member of First Baptist Church on Green Street for 65 years, Hastings volunteered regularly in the Gainesville community and served as a substitute teacher in Gainesville City Schools for many years.

Hastings will be honored and lovingly remembered at a memorial service at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. in Gainesville, Georgia, on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church. Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at