Golden Tiger Way Closure Sept. 27

Golden Tiger Way on the Gainesville historic campus will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 1, to accommodate Brenau Homecoming festivities.

All vehicles must be removed from the area – which covers the fronts of Yonah, East and Bailey halls, as well as Pearce Auditorium and the Simmons Visual Arts Center – by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Guest Summer Camps Arriving Sunday and Monday

Three returning residential summer groups move into Brenau housing Sunday and Monday, June 18-19.

Be on the lookout for participants of Camp Jam, alumna Danita Emma’s International Ballet Intensive and the #1 Basketball Camp on campus throughout the week. The International Ballet Intensive is a four-week program that ends with a public performance at Hosch Theatre on Friday, July 14.

Contact Danielle Miller at ddifede@brenau.edu with any questions.

Library Parking Lot Closed May 24 – June 6

The large Trustee Library parking lot on the Gainesville historic campus will be closed Wednesday, May 24, through Tuesday, June 6. There will be no access from the Prior Street entrance. Please enter on Academy street to access parking behind the Tea Room and the spaces in front of the library.

Last Songwriter Series of the Summer, Saturday, Aug. 3

Summer Songwriter Series PosterThe third and final concert in Brenau University’s Summer Songwriter Series is Saturday, Aug. 3,  from 7-9 p.m. at Brenau’s Downtown Center, 301 Main St., SW, Gainesville. Enjoy an intimate performance by Randall Bramblett and Greg Barnhill. Up-and-coming songstresses Mary Jennings and Emily Earle will open the show. Brenau rate tickets are $12 and are available at the door.  Tickets may also be purchased at www.johnjarrardfoundation.com

An Athens resident, Bramblett combines influences of pop, soul, blues and gospel music into his own unique sound, which recently landed him a hit on Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy-winning album “Slipstream.” His songs pull from his extensive career from the 1970s with the Southern band Sea Level, Steve Winwood, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell, Levon Helm, Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule.

Barnhill’s music comes from a similar source — he describes it as “earthy” — with soulful R&B influences and a nod to his native New Orleans in the mix. He’s written hits for Etta James, Martina McBride, Jessica Simpson, Chicago, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack and Leona Lewis. His song “Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, earned him a Grammy nomination.  His work also can be heard on CNN, “Fox and Friends,” “The View” and associated with several professional sports teams. Barnhill is revered in Nashville as a “master vocalist,” performing in the studio and also around the world with other artists and songwriters like McGraw, Womack and Faith Hill.

Opening the concert are two of the music world’s brightest up-and-coming performers. New York-based Jennings is known for her short stature and big voice. Standing just over 5 feet tall, Jennings delivers a robust, heartfelt sound on a large scale. She has several albums out, including her most recent, “Collapse Collide.” Emily Earle found recognition with her performances on season three of NBC’s “The Voice,” but not before cutting her teeth musically on the streets of New York, honing her style in the city’s subways and top clubs. Now a Nashville resident, Earle has performed in Las Vegas with CeeLo Green and the Muppets, and toured with her uncle, legendary singer/songwriter Steve Earle.

New Faces and Different Places in Student Services

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Student Services is located on the main floor of Owens Student Center, 102 Prior St., Gainesville.

Effective Aug. 1, personnel changes allow renewal and restructure within Student Services.

As current Director of Student Life and Leadership Charmaine Gilmore resigns to attend law school, Tami English promotes to assistant dean of student success and retention. Alison Carling becomes the new director of residence life while Jessica Bowling of the Registrar’s Office moves into Student Services as office manager.

New Brenau employee Lauren Bell, who recently received her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University, becomes the Student Activities Coordinator.  Who’s the new voice at the switchboard? Recent graduate, Mycharia Spurling. 

Winter Elliot Attends National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

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Associate Professor of English and Director of Honors Program Winter Elliott studies African-American history in Ga.

For two weeks in June, Brenau Associate Professor of English Winter Elliott was among twenty-three college and university professors chosen to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute hosted by the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) that explored two centuries of African-American life and culture in Savannah and Georgia’s coastal islands. Through scholarly lectures, site visits, community presentations and guided tours, the twenty-three participants examined the centrality of place in the African-American experience in Georgia’s Lowcountry and the larger Atlantic world. 

 “Given that many of my students are native Georgians, I found this opportunity to learn more about Georgia history, particularly African-American history in Georgia, invaluable,” said Elliott.  “This summer institute gave me the chance to be a student again, open to new ideas and experiences.  As with any good learning experience, I’m left with many questions, but these questions leave me with a sense of new avenues for intellectual exploration.  I’m deeply grateful to have had this opportunity.”

Elliot, also Brenau honors program director, was chosen from more than one hundred applicants for the two-week institute, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and selected as an NEH Summer Institute for 2013 which addressed broad themes of race and slavery in American history by focusing on site-specific experiences of communities in and around Savannah from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries.  In addition to lectures from leading academics, participants were taken to Ossabaw and Sapelo Islands, the coastal community of Pin Point, and spent an afternoon at the location of “The Weeping Time,” Savannah’s Ten Broeck Race Course, where one of the largest sales of enslaved persons in U.S. history took place in 1859. 

SGA President Jessica Anderson Attends Leadership Summit

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SGA President Jessica Anderson at the White House.

Student Government Association President, Jessica Anderson, represented Brenau University at the National Campus Leaders Council Summit in Washington, DC June 22-24.  There, student leaders from across the nation gathered to discuss local and state initiatives and collaborate effective approaches to address problems like student debt, campus safety, and youth unemployment.

Jessica said that the amazing experience included great conversations with current policy makers of our great nation and she can’t wait to bring new knowledge back to campus.

The Summit included a cast of major policymakers from in and out of government, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Former Governor (and former student body president) Dirk Kempthorne, in addition to dozens of staffers from the White House, various agencies, and congressional staff from both parties.

Nashville Hit Songwriters at the Downtown Center July 13

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The Summer Songwriters Series continues Saturday, July 13.

Brenau University’s Summer Songwriter Series continues on Saturday, July 13, with an intimate performance by Tony Arata and J. Fred Knobloch. Gainesville musicians Allen Nivens and April Cummings will open the show at 7 p.m.  The concert series brings legendary musicians to Brenau’s intimate auditorium at the Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville, giving the artists a chance to talk about their craft, the songwriting process and just have a good time. For a Brenau discount, call (770) 710-9191 for tickets.  Other tickets can be purchased at the John Jarrard Foundation website, https://www.johnjarrardfoundation.com/.

Garth Brooks has recorded seven of Tony Arata’s songs, including “The Dance,” which won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music, along with several other nominations. Arata also has written songs for Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton and Reba McEntire. Learn more about Tony: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/201/article/85734/

Fred Knobloch has written songs for artists such as Faith Hill, George Strait, Delbert McClinton, Etta James, Ray Charles, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Kenny Rogers. Learn more about Fred: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/201/article/85990/ 

GTA to offer second FREE Staged Reading Thursday, July 18

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Free outdoor Staged reading in Roosevelt Square, next to the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville.

Even with many theatre majors off doing summer stock, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance has assembled a talented cast of alumni and professionals for a free staged reading of Neil Simon’s romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18. 

Bring lawn chairs and a picnic for the reading in the City of Gainesville’s Roosevelt Square, between the Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main Street SW, Gainesville, and the Hall County Courthouse. Free parking is available on the Square and in the parking garage that can be accessed from Main St. 

Rated G, 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Retirement Reception for Sandra Thornton Wednesday, June 19

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Vice President for Financial Services Sandra Thornton retires after 19 years at Brenau.
A reception will be held in Lockett-Mitchell Parlor on Wednesday, June 19, at 4 p.m. to honor Sandra Thornton and her 19 years of commitment and dedication to Brenau University.  

Please join the celebration and wish Sandra a happy retirement.