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 tsterrs-howard@brenau.edu or Barbara Steinhaus at bsteinhaus@brenau.edu.

 

 

Colossal Prints Event Friday, March 23

Brenau’s Center for the Arts & Design, Kappa Pi Honors Art
Fraternity and Brenau art & design students will present a colossal prints demonstration Friday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Jacobs Building parking lot.

This event is organized by Studio Art Program Director Claudia Wilburn, around her printmaking class this spring. Brenau students, faculty and staff have been developing and carving large format woodblocks, which will be used to create giant inked prints with a steamroller.

Local schools and organizations have also been invited to participate, including West Hall High School, Gainesville High School, Gainesville Middle School, North Forsyth High School, South Forsyth High School, The Boys and Girls Club and the Georgia Art League.

From 1 – 4 p.m. community guests are invited to bring a T-shirt and have the Colossal Prints logo screen-printed by Brenau students. Shirts must be provided by the guest, but the printing is free. There will be black and white ink only.

For more information, contact Professor Wilburn at cwilburn@brenau.edu. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, April 6, at the same time and location.

Dr. Gale Starich Receives Healthcare Education Award

Gale Starich, dean of the College of Health Sciences, gives a presentation about the RISE Program during the Brenau University Research Symposium. Each spring for the past six years, Brenau students and faculty have showcased the university’s continually growing focus on research at the annual Research Symposium.

Gale Starich, dean of the College of Health Sciences, gives a presentation about the RISE Program during the Brenau University Research Symposium. Each spring for the past six years, Brenau students and faculty have showcased the university’s continually growing focus on research at the annual Research Symposium.

Congratulations to Brenau’s Dr. Gale Hansen Starich, dean of the Sidney O. Smith, Jr. Graduate School and Ivester College of Health Sciences, on receiving the Healthcare Education Award from the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The award is part of the Chamber’s Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence Program.

Read more about the awards presentation at http://accesswdun.com/article/2018/2/641755/area-healthcare-workers-honored-for-outstanding-achievements.

Brenau Wins Four CASE District III Awards

Bobbu Ivey, director of the Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble, and Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, assistant professor of dance, acknowledge the audience at the end of a performance celebrating the cultural music and dance of Brazil as part of Brenau's International Week. This, and nine other photos, made up AJ Reynolds' portfolio submission.

Bobbu Ivey, director of the Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble, and Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, assistant professor of dance, acknowledge the audience at the end of a performance celebrating the cultural music and dance of Brazil as part of Brenau's International Week. This, and nine other photos, made up AJ Reynolds' portfolio submission.

Brenau University took home four awards at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III annual conference awards ceremony Feb. 13 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The awards competition, which included entries from 125 public and private higher education institutions from nine Southeastern states, coincided with the four-day CASE District III annual conference Feb. 11-14 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

Director of Photography AJ Reynolds’ portfolio submission won an Award of Excellence in the Platinum Awards category for photography. Platinum Awards recognize the very best in university and collegiate marketing and advancement nationwide.

View the winning portfolio here: https://photos.brenau.edu/gallery/CASE-III-Portfolio/G00005imyYDyXbZ0/C00000Xp..Ju87oY

In other District III competition, Reynolds’ softball photo series also earned an Award of Excellence in the Graphic Design-Photography Series category.

Admissions graphic design specialist Nelli Martirosyan’s full-page Brenau Art & Design ad, which was featured in Johnson High School’s literary magazine, won an Award of Excellence for Individual Print Advertisement.

Brenau’s China recruitment series, a collaboration of the offices of Communications & Publications and Enrollment Management & Marketing, won a Special Merit Award in the Recruitment Publication Series category.

Congratulations to everyone who put in the time, effort and talent to make it possible to win these awards.

To see the full list of 2018 CASE award winners, go to http://www.casethree.org/awards/2018-award-winners/.

Spring 2018 Arts & Events Calendars Now Available

Copies of the Brenau Arts & Events Calendar for January – May 2018 are now available at Walters House, 305 Boulevard, on the Gainesville campus. To request copies for your department or building please contact Alison Reeger Cook at areeger-cook@brenau.edu or 770-534-6160.

Submit Event Information for January – July 2018 Arts & Events Calendar

If your department has public events during the January – July 2018  semester be sure to submit your event information to the Brenau University Calendar of Arts & Events. Any events that will be open to the public and occur on the Brenau campus should be submitted.

Submit items at  https://www.brenau.edu/calendar/arts-cal-submission.

To meet our printing and publication deadlines, complete your submissions by Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. If you need a little more time, please contact Alison Reeger Cook at areeger-cook@brenau.edu.

Grrrl PowHER Hour Speaker Invites Students to ‘Step into Somebody Else’s Story’

Rachel McGowan, program director with I AM THAT GIRL, speaks during GRRRL PowHER Hour, an informal Women's College Convocation. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University students heard powerful stories during the fourth annual Grrrl PowHER Hour Thursday, Oct. 26, in Pearce Auditorium. Keynote speaker Rachel McGowan, program director of I AM THAT GIRL in Santa Monica, California, challenged the Women’s College students to think about themselves in an open, new way and to be authentic to themselves.

“I think being authentic means to really sit with yourself and allow yourself to be all that you are,” said McGowan to the packed auditorium of Brenau students, faculty and staff. “All of the good things you’ve done and all of the mistakes as well. I believe all those things can co-exist; I can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress. We are not ‘human doings,’ we are human beings.”

The theme of this year’s PowHER Hour was empathy, which McGowan defined as “choosing to step into somebody else’s story in order to experience it.” She described empathy as a superpower, a tool to connect with others, and the key to overcoming division and isolation. McGowan also encouraged the students to be in tune to one’s own sensitivity and to pick up on injustice and the social “toxins” of the world.

To read the full story, go to https://www.brenau.edu/inmotion/grrrl-powher-hour-step-into-somebody-elses-story.

Volunteers Needed for Brenau LitFest Oct. 14

The Brenau LitFest committee is looking for volunteers to help as greeters, workshop timekeepers and theater ushers for Saturday, Oct. 14. There are three four-hour shifts between 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  to choose from.  We are also looking for performance artists and people who would like to dress-up as literary-themed characters to interact with guests around the venue.

If interested, you may fill in your name, email and phone number for a time slot on the Google Doc at  https://docs.google.com/a/brenau.edu/spreadsheets/d/1bzm4EcQeaDzKoknDP7J1o4DBbP9bV6U5RqZbcTe1hDg/edit?usp=sharing.

For more information about volunteering contact Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu. If you are interested in being a performance artist at LitFest, contact Lainey Kennedy at lwelsch1@brenau.edu.