Staff Needed for Commencement Ceremonies May 4-5

Spring Commencement ceremonies are scheduled at the Gainesville historic campus front lawn at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, for the Women’s College ceremony, and the university ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Event Services is looking to fill support roles for each ceremony beginning Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided to Saturday staffers if the rain plan is executed, as it adds a second ceremony. Available event staff positions are ushers/crowd control, greeters/ticket takers, and parking attendants. Flex schedules or overtime will be permitted for this event. Please contact Danielle Miller at or call 770-297-5456 to participate.

2018-19 Venue and Room Reservation Requests

As this academic year begins to wrap up and plans for 2018-19 begin to take form, please request your event date and venue in advance with this handy form.

The Brenau calendar fills up quickly, so prepare to offer optional dates and locations for the desired departmental event. Please call Event Services at 770-534-8420 after May 7, with any questions regarding the fall 2018 or spring 2019 calendar.

Phi Kappa Phi Meeting Feb. 8

Brenau’s Chapter 301 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society, will meet at Thurmond McRae Lecture Hall immediately following the faculty meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8. Staff please arrive by 1:45 p.m. The agenda includes the open position for an administrative assistant, upcoming awards and grants, and the spring initiation ceremony scheduled for March 15.

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 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

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

Photo of SGA President Jessica Anderson at the White House.
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.