Security cameras ​being ​added to the historic Gainesville ​campus

In an effort to continue to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff and students, security cameras with 24-hour monitoring are being placed in 46 locations on the historic Gainesville ​campus.​

The feed will be shared with the Gainesville Police Department and monitored by Brenau security staff. According to Brenau Executive Vice President David Barnett, the response time for Gainesville PD is ​about five minutes, and the new cameras will add an additional level of security for those on campus.

​Installation teams will be working over the next 90 days on the project around campus. ​

Condolences to Family of Trustee Emeritus Ray Burch

Brenau Trustee Emeritus Ray Burch

Longtime Brenau University Trustee Raymond “Ray” Headley Burch, Jr., 89, of Gainesville, died Thursday, June 28.

A Kentucky native, Burch was the only child of Catharine Wagner and Raymond H. Burch, Sr. He graduated from University of Kentucky in 1951, and on Dec. 27, 1952, he married Madge Hunter Farra. The newlyweds moved to Clark Air Force Base, Philippine Islands, in January 1953, where Burch reported for duty as Second Lieutenant of the US Air Force. Following a five-year tour with the US Air Force, he worked with Ralston Purina in St. Louis, Missouri, and then accepted a transfer to Gainesville in 1957.

Ray made a move to business development and sales with Twin Oaks Hatchery in 1959. In 1961 he joined CWT Farms and was responsible for developing the export and international sales for that company. Burch would be president of CWT for more than three decades, eventually becoming chairman of the board.

He served on the Georgia Poultry Leaders Round Table starting in 1978, and was Georgia Poultry Federation president for 1966-67. He also served as state vice-president and director of South-Eastern Poultry and Egg Association for seven years.

Burch was selected to the Brenau University Board of Trustees in the late 1980s, until he recently retired and was named a trustee emeritus. He also served as the chairman for the Hall County Development Authority from 1983-86. As Chattahoochee Country Club president in 1984, Ray was instrumental in the construction of the current CCC facilities. Ray was also active in Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club, the latter of which he was director.

He was the patriarch of a large family, including his wife, four children, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who were the source of his greatest happiness.

The Brenau community extends heartfelt condolences to all of Ray Burch’s family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Gainesville First United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. next Tuesday, July 10.

Condolences to Professor James Sennett and Family

On Monday, Brenau University Professor of Business Administration James Sennett’s daughter Gina Henderliter died at age 36 in Illinois, where she resided, after battling breast cancer for several years.

Dr. Sennett’s coworkers in the College of Business & Communication and the entire Brenau community extend heartfelt condolences to Dr. Sennett, Gina’s husband Shawn, and the entire family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to:

1783 Forest Drive, #184
Annapolis, MD 21401

METAvivor is dedicated to the women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. While more and more people have taken up the cry for additional stage 4 research, METAvivor remains the only U.S. organization dedicated to raising funds specifically for stage 4 breast cancer research.

Donations specifically in memory of Gina may be made at

Brenau to operate new Business Incubator at Brenau University

Brenau University will effectively July 1 acquire the former Manufacturing Development Center, an entity of Lanier Technical College at Featherbone Communiversity, and operate the new Business Incubator at Brenau University.

“We at Brenau University are appreciative of the robust foundation Lanier Technical College established for this center,” said President Ed Schrader. “Our vision for what will be known as the Business Incubator at Brenau University is to create maximum opportunity for business and education partnerships addressing complex ideas and information and discovering innovative applications of technology, best practices and creative trends in business formation, wealth building and job creation. These entrepreneurial efforts ultimately will all support the economic development of Gainesville and Hall County, Georgia.”

Brenau will partner with Lanier Tech and continue to offer shared resources through the incubator. The Manufacturing Development Center served as a business incubator and accelerator through providing clients rental space, and access to business management resources since 2007.

Schrader said the mission of the Business Incubator at Brenau University will be to provide direct assistance to small and startup companies in the establishment of their business enterprise in a rapidly changing world. The incubator is made possible as a result of the successful $40 million ForeverGold campaign.

Brenau Athletics Hosting Two Summer Soccer Camps

Brenau Athletics will host two session of soccer camp this summer. June 25-29 and July 23-27, Brenau soccer coaches and players will lead half-day soccer camp for boys and girls ages 6-14.

These high-quality camps will teach players soccer techniques, tactics, skills and more. Competitive matches will be held throughout the week of camp held at Wallis Field on Brenau’s Gainesville campus.

Cost is $125 per week. Registration is available online at For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Sierra Monday at and view the Soccer Camp Brochure (PDF).

Heather Ross Becomes Chair of Physical Therapy as Founding Chair Kathye Light Begins Sabbatical

Heather Ross shows Sarah Frey a sample on a slide during a research project for Dr. Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Heather Ross, associate professor of physical therapy, studying rat brains that have been carefully frozen and preserved for the purpose of studying the effects of stem cells in repairing brain tissue and subsequent function. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Following a successfully campaign to receive full accreditation for its newest doctoral program, Brenau University today named Dr. Heather Ross as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.

Ross replaces Dr. Kathye Light, the founding chair of the department who in the past five years has steered it from its early planning stages, through the graduation of its first cohort of 37 doctors of physical therapy earlier this month, to full recognition by the national Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

In recognition of and appreciation for her technical leadership through the accreditation process, Light will be on sabbatical until August 2019. At that time, it is planned that she will return to Brenau as the Roslyn Wallace Distinguished Research Professor to build and execute multi-disciplined applied research projects involving physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, gerontology and other Brenau academic branches.

Ross joined the Brenau faculty in May 2015 – just as the first PT students arrived on campus. Like Light, she came from the University of Florida, where she had been on its PT faculty since 2009. She earned a Ph.D. in anatomy and neurobiology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006 and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow for Dr. Eric Laywell in the University of Florida’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

The John Jarrard Foundation’s Annual Lake Show on Saturday, June 9

4th Annual Lake Show FlyerFrom 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 9, enjoy an evening of great music, dancing, beer and wine, food trucks, boats and a spectacular fireworks show overlooking beautiful Lake Lanier Olympic Venue at the fourth Annual Lake Show.

Event tickets are $25 and benefit the John Jarrard Foundation and will be held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, in Gainesville.

For more information, go to or view the flyer (PDF).

Jessi Shrout and Juli Clay selected to Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program

Brenau’s Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of biology, and Juli Clay, associate professor of mass communication, have been selected for the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program.

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by then-Gov. Zell Miller to provide Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. The program is offered through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

Governor’s Teaching Fellows may participate in academic year symposia; an intensive summer symposium; or an academic-year residency at the University of Georgia. Past symposia have addressed numerous topics in using technology in the classroom and other pedagogical innovations.

This year’s summer program runs this week and next, May 14-18 and May 21-25. For more information, go to

Congratulations to Jessi and Juli!

Alumna Mary Helen Roop Hosch dies Tuesday at 103

Pictured here in 2013 at 98-years-old Mary Helen Hosch, WC '35, was one of the oldest living Brenau Women's college graduates. Hosch majored in French while she was at Brenau but also studied piano and still plays to this day.

Pictured here in 2013 at 98-years-old Mary Helen Hosch, WC '35, was one of the oldest living Brenau Women's college graduates. Hosch majored in French while she was at Brenau but also studied piano.

Mary Helen Roop Hosch, one of the longest-lived alumna of the Brenau Women’s College, died Tuesday. She was 103.

A member of the class of 1935, Hosch is best remembered for her support of the performing arts and donation of the Hosch Theatre. Opened in 2002, it is the largest performance space in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts located at 429 Academy Street on the historic Gainesville campus.

Brenau President Ed Schrader said he remembers Hosch for her one-of-a-kind style and elegance.

“I remember her wearing a beautiful crystal spider brooch, which now just stands out to me as a symbol of her unique twist on style and grace,” Schrader said. “She was not afraid to do or try what others might be afraid of if she found it appropriate. She was sharp as a tack, 100 years intellectually ahead of her time, chic, and artistically unique – a distinctive Brenau woman. She is the perfect example of an independent Southern female who would be a role model and a standout leader in any decade, in any century. Beautiful inside and out.”

Hosch was born in Carrollton, Georgia, the only child of Superior Court Judge Charles E. Roop and Lula Long Roop. She attended Carrollton High School and was an honor graduate of Brenau Women’s College, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

In 2013, Hosch was interviewed by then-student Katie Barth, WC ’14. Barth asked Hosch why she picked Brenau, to which she replied, “I had to go to a women’s college in the state of Georgia, and it was the only one with sororities!”

As a student, Hosch majored in French and studied abroad, visiting dozens of destinations including Naples, Italy, Lisbon, Portugal, even Algeria in North Africa. But she was long known for her excellence on the piano, which she started playing at age 3, continued playing at Brenau and still played as a centenarian.

“I took piano forever,” she said in 2013 as she banged out It Had to Be You on the keys of her own baby grand. “And I still play every day.”

She was an active member and supporter of the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, as well as an ardent benefactor of Brenau, being a generous contributor to various Brenau projects and a member of the Brenau Board of Trustees.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, Brenau University and Lanier Village Estates Samaritan Fund.  A special memorial service for family and friends will be held at Lanier Village Estates Chapel, date and time pending.


Dance Department Faculty, Students Remember Jolie Long Carlton

Jolie Long Carlton

Jolie Long Carlton, longtime Brenau University professor and chair of the Department of Dance, died Tuesday, May 1, surrounded by family at her home in Gainesville, Georgia.

The service for Carlton will be held at 11 a.m. next Wednesday, May 9, in the new Free Chapel cathedral located at 1290 McEver Road in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all wear her favorite color, purple, that day.

Carlton joined Brenau’s Dance Department in 1998, bringing thoughtful and technical skills along with what her former coworkers describe as artistic passion and deep friendship.

Madia Whillette Cooper-Ashirifi, department chair, assistant professor of dance and a 2004 Brenau graduate, was both Carlton’s student, mentee and coworker.

“I am reminded how I landed here working side-by-side with an extraordinary woman like Jolie,” said Cooper-Ashirifi. “As her student, I recall her keen eye for detail and logistics, the way she articulated instructions and gave feedback, and her loving nature that penetrated through the whole department. Now, I appreciate our friendship as co-workers and as sisters in faith. She was everything one could look for in a great mentor.”

The entire Brenau community extends heartfelt condolences to Carlton’s family, including her husband, Dennis, and will forever remember the impact she had on countless students during her time here.

To read more about Carlton, see Brenau Dance Department Faculty, Students Remember Longtime Professor Jolie Long Carlton on the Brenau main website. Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent online to