Thank You from Jody Wall

The Brenau University president’s Chief of Staff Jody Wall shares this message for members of the Brenau family:

“I want to express my sincerest thanks for the letters, cards, email messages and tributes following the loss of my mother. With gratitude, Jody.”

Happy Retirement to David Morrison

Morrison at about this time a year ago sits outside the post office in Telluride, Colorado, waiting in line for the blue grass festival venue to open for the early morning “tarp run” to claim a spot close to the stage. It was 31 degrees at the time, although it got warmer when the music started. He says he hopes in retirement he and his wife, Kathy, can do a lot more stuff like this.

Join us Thursday, June 28, at the Communications & Publications Office (437 Brenau Ave.) as we say thank you to David Morrison for more than 11 years of service at Brenau, and wish him a happy retirement. There will be a party and open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Alison Reeger Cook at if you plan to attend.

Updates to Online Campus Map

screenshot from Brenau campus map

The Office of Communications & Publications is updating our online campus map to reflect recent changes in office locations.

Please check the map at to make sure your office location is up to date. Any corrections can be addressed to Michael McPeek at and Michael Lowe at

Vision 2030 Public Art Block pARTy Friday, May 11

The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee will host the 2018 Block pARTy from 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Hunt Tower, 200 Main St. in Gainesville.

The silent auction includes art donations contributed by Brenau studio art director Claudia Wilburn, as well as artwork by Brenau students Jennifer Benitez, Ayana Daniels, Miriam Murphy Gary and Samantha Corey.

Tickets are $30, and includes admission, food and drinks. To learn more and buy tickets, go to


George Bagel Interviewed in WalletHub’s ‘Ask the Experts’

Brenau University Director of Career Services George Bagel

Director of Career Services George Bagel was recently interviewed by WalletHub for their Ask the Expects article about 2018’s Best and Worst Entry Level Jobs. He provides tips to new graduates in what to look for when applying for entry level work.

You can read the Q&A here:

Thank You to all the Who Dunnit Teams!

The cast of the Atlanta Got Talent Factor for the Whodunnit Murder Mystery event at Brenau University.

Thank you to all of the Who Dunnit Murder Mystery teams who participated on Thursday, April 26, and thank you to the organizers and performers who made this another fun murder mystery game!

Ten teams participated this year to solve the murder at the Atlanta’s Got Talent Factor competition. The winning team of Dan Odom, Eli Carling, Chip Andrews, Anthony Addison and Mary Johnson was able to solve the mystery and report back first. Congratulations!


‘Sharecropper’s Son’ at Brenau Bookstore

James Southerland’s book ‘Sharecropper’s Son’ will be available for purchase from the campus bookstore next week. Be sure to pick up a copy!

You can also find the book at online retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million:


Barnes & Noble:


Brenau Recognizes Students for Academic Excellence at Honors Convocation

Cierra Franklin receives the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Scholarship during the Brenau University Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University recognized 68 students for their outstanding academic achievements during the annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12, in Pearce Auditorium. The ceremony honors the top Brenau scholars across all disciplines, from the arts to health sciences to business majors, and it recognizes the dedicated work of all students and faculty that makes Brenau a great institution of higher education.

“Everyone here today is essential to our vibrant traditions,” said Provost Jim Eck. “We have a distinguished faculty that attracts fantastic students. Today’s ceremony conveys our sense of pride in our Brenau University students.”

To read the full release, see “Brenau Awards Students for Academic Excellence at Honors Convocation” on Brenau’s main website.

Linda Kern and Kimberly Boyd Appointed to New Positions in Trustee Library

Kimberly Boyd, left, will become head of research and instruction and Linda Kern, right, will become dean of library services in the Brenau University Trustee Library administration. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Kimberly Boyd, left, will become head of research and instruction and Linda Kern, right, will become dean of library services in the Brenau University Trustee Library administration. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Effective April 1 Linda Kern will become dean of library services and Kim Boyd will become head of research and instruction of the Brenau University Trustee Library administration.  

Kern, who replaces the retiring Marlene Giguere, has been the research and instruction director at the library since she came to Brenau in 2006. Boyd, promoted from her post as undergraduate research and instruction librarian, replaces Kern.

“Marlene transformed the library to foster collaboration and active learning, and we will always appreciate the work she has done for Brenau,” said Dr. James Eck, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Brenau. “Linda’s expertise, work ethic and dedication to Brenau will ensure that our library continues to gain strength and momentum as an essential on-campus and online resource for our faculty and students. And Kim has the ideal blend of knowledge and customer service skills to meet the ever increasing demands for library research and instruction across Brenau.”


Jazz Cafe in the Tea Room March 27

Join us for a free jazz concert and mini-lecture with Brenau’s Dr. Tamika Sterrs-Howard and Georgia State University’s Dr. Gordon Vernick on Tuesday, March 27, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Tea Room.

Enjoy a hot latte with some cool jazz featuring some of the best musicians around!

For more information, email Dr. Howard at or Barbara Steinhaus at