New Prices for Brenau Business Cards

New prices for Brenau business cards, effective Sept. 1, are:

$20 for 250
$30 for 500
$40 for 1,000

For business card orders, contact Rhonda Conner at Matthews Printing, 770-536-3439 or

Kali Shultz Rehabbing After Traumatic Brain Injury

In May, Brenau Golden Tiger softball player Kali Shultz suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling off her skateboard and hitting her head. Shultz was in a coma but is since recovering well.

Last week, she shared to her recovery Facebook page a video of her practicing in the yard with her dad. We’re so proud of Kali as she continues to recover!

Go to the Praying For Kali / 7:42 Strong Facebook page to watch the video.

Please join us for the ForeverGold Celebration

Dear faculty and staff,

As we are returned to campus and catching our breath at the end of the first week, we ask you to mark your calendars for the ForeverGold Celebration the evening of Saturday, Oct. 20, on the front lawn of the historic Gainesville campus.

Thanks in great part to your participation over the last several years in the campus campaign and your support of other issues and events, we have reached the culmination of the ForeverGold campaign. You are part of the donor base that allowed us to exceed the goal. We would love for you to join us as well celebrate the campaign at the ForeverGold Celebration.

You will receive a formal invitation within the next few weeks, but please save the date for this great event!

Register soon for select Spirit Week activities

Spirit week 2018 flyerMark your calendar to participate in these fun activities and themed days during Spirit Week, Sept. 24-28. Please note the activities that have an early registration deadline and let us know soon if you would like to participate!


  • Dress as your favorite movie, literary or historical
    character or a person who inspires you.
  • “Moment Maker” craft and lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; register by Sept. 10.


  • Wear mismatched clothes or patterns.
  • Taco Tuesday lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tiger Territory Tennis mini-matches, Leslie Smithgall Tennis Court, 3:30-5 p.m. (3 Wellness points); register by Sept. 14.


  • Wear animal print or Western wear.
  • Old-timey photos and cowboy-themed lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; register by Sept. 14.


  • Dress from your favorite decade.
  • Retro, reggae, rock and rap music during lunch, Hopkins Dining Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


  • Wear your favorite Brenau shirt or Spirit Week shirt.
  • Aramark Food Truck lunch (cash only), Sorority Circle lawn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tiger Pride Path celebration, Fitness Center, 4 p.m.
  • Dinner and softball mini-tournament, Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park, 7:30 p.m. (3 Wellness points); registration required. Faculty/staff playing softball should email Ashley Carter,, for registration code.

Register for events at Faculty and staff who register before Sept. 6 will receive a free Spirit Week T-shirt!

Important information about the Office of Marketing & Communications

As of July 1, the former Office of Communications & Publications has been renamed the Office of Marketing & Communications with Vice President Ben McDade at the helm. OMC exists as a resource for every office, department and school at Brenau. As we enter another academic year, here are a few reminders about working with OMC:

Web and social media: Assistance with external websites and website form building is one of the most common requests in our office. Most requests require three weeks notice. Michael McPeek handles all of these projects and will do his best to help you develop the right project or format for your needs as quickly as possible. McPeek also handles social media policy. Reach out to him if you have a social media question or request!

Graphic design: OMC offers departmental design services for posters, flyers, postcards, brochures, invitations, T-shirts, business cards/stationery, event programs, banners and more. While some of these projects can be printed in-house at little or no cost, we can help with pricing on any outsourced items. Most requests require three weeks notice. We also ask that any items not designed by OMC, such as T-shirts, be shared with Michael Lowe, design director, prior to printing to ensure they meet Brenau’s branding standards (colors, fonts, etc.) for external audiences.

Content and media relations: As you work on projects with McPeek and Lowe, Kristen Bowman can help you tell your story with photos and/or video from AJ Reynolds. Additionally, we ask that anyone on campus who is contacted by the media for an interview let Bowman or McDade know prior to giving the interview. We are happy to share the great work we do with the media. We just want to ensure you are prepared as you represent the university.

Thank you!

Brenau Hosts Jiangxi University of Science and Technology

Brenau President Ed Schrader and Dr. Luo, Sihai, of Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding in Brenau's Rare Books Room on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau President Ed Schrader and Dr. Luo, Sihai, of Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding in Brenau's Rare Books Room on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University received visitors from Jiangxi University of Science and Technology on campus Friday, Aug. 24. The delegation met with Brenau President Ed Schrader and both signed a memorandum of understanding to explore potential partnership viability.

The day-long visit was very successful and included a signing ceremony in the Brenau Trustee Library’s Rare Books Room.

We look forward to what may come of this partnership!

Important Information about Parking and Traffic Downtown

In just a few weeks, construction to the downtown Gainesville parking deck adjacent to the Brenau Downtown Center will begin. The City of Gainesville and its community partners, including Brenau, have worked out some temporary solutions to resolve the parking shortage while two levels are added to the deck.

Deck construction preparation will begin Monday, Aug. 27. The following timeline is dependent upon weather and other variables:

  • Demolition on level 4 of the parking deck is scheduled to begin Sept. 4.
  • Main Street will be closed to through-traffic beginning Sept. 17, while Carroll Daniel Construction installs a crane that will be in place until major construction finishes in late November.
  • The parking deck will be fully closed on Sept. 24, when prefabricated concrete pieces of the new levels 5 and 6 begin to arrive.
  • Parking deck levels 1-3 will reopen after Thanksgiving in late November.
  • All six levels of the parking deck will be open by the end of January 2019, according to plans.

The Main Street entrance to the Brenau Downtown Center will be closed Sept. 24 until the deck reopens in late November. The city government is working with Brenau to identify external parking lots where students, faculty and patients can park and take public transit to the Downtown Center. City government employees will park offsite to open up space for us and for downtown customers.

When the project is complete in about six months, another 180 spaces will be added to the parking deck’s current 419 spaces.

We thank everyone for their patience during this process!

Learn more in the Downtown Center Parking Plan (PDF).

Important Information about Brenau Logos

Brenau is discontinuing its use of the BU interlocking logo on its apparel, promotional materials, social media and website.

To see the selection of downloadable Brenau University and Brenau Golden Tigers logos, view our Press Kit.

Condolences to family of Dr. Billy Hardman

Dr. Billy Starr Hardman, a well-known physician who was instrumental in building the nursing school at Brenau and the medical community in Gainesville, died Monday at 98.

Hardman was born July 13, 1920 at the old Downey Hospital in downtown Gainesville. He graduated from the University Of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, now known as the Medical College of Georgia. After medical school graduation, with World War II underway, Hardman joined the United States Army and served his country as a physician in military hospitals from Florida to California.

After the war, Hardman received a fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1948 he returned to Gainesville to open his medical practice at the age of 28. Hardman became the 13th doctor in Gainesville.

He was instrumental in lobbying for a new hospital in Gainesville, serving as chief of staff for Northeast Georgia Medical Center in the 1950s.  He would later help found the Hall County School of Nursing, which became our Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5-8 p.m. at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel.

To read Hardman’s full obituary, go to

Troy Heidesch selected for AACN executive leadership program

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recently selected Troy Heidesch, Richards Graduate Chair in the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, as one of just 30 academic nursing leaders from across the nation to participate in the 2018 AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program, which will be held Aug. 6-9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Presented at the University of Pennsylvania, the program is taught by Wharton faculty whose presentations are designed to help advance academic administrators to a higher level of leadership. According to the AACN, the curriculum is designed to provide the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills that are essential to thrive and move forward strategically.

Congratulations, Dr. Heidesch!