World Dance Showcasing GUMBOOT in Hopkins Dining Hall

World Dance Class students performing

The World Dance Class led by professor and Chair of the Department of Dance Madia Cooper-Ashirifi will be showing off their skills performing the South African dance, Gumboot. The showcase will take place at Hopkins Dining Hall at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

Come and enjoy your lunch and some great entertainment!

EXHALE Dance Concert April 11-13

EXHALE flyerThe Department of Dance presents EXHALE, a senior thesis/guest artist concert at 7:30 p.m., April 11-13, at Hosch Auditorium.

This innovative and engaging concert will showcase works from senior dance majors Megan Watkins and Susan De Witt, faculty and nationally acclaimed guests artists Joshua Blake Carter from Gus Giordano II, Tiffanie Carson from CKM Dance Company, and Mallory Baxley from Zoetic Dance Ensemble. The concert will be a showcase of creative excellence, breathtaking performances and versatility from our talented artists.

General admission is $7. For seniors, children under 12, college students with a valid ID and Brenau alumni, it is $5. Free admission for Brenau faculty, staff and students with a valid ID. For more information, call 770-538-4764 or email

Interdepartmental collaboration highlight of simulation exercise

Lisa Maliska, class of 2017

Students and faculty in nursing, psychology and theater participated in a one-day, end-of-life simulation experience at the Brenau East simulation center on March 5. The scenario was an expected death of a hospice patient, which offered the junior nursing students the opportunity to participate in a realistic experience caring for a dying patient and their loved ones.

During the simulated experience a group of theater professionals and students, including Kyle Cantrell, Maggie Todd, Maleah Boyd, Hannah Love, Kathleen Waters and Ty Martin, portrayed the patient’s family members, displaying realistic emotional reactions during the death of their loved one. The objective was for the nursing students to provide quality care for the dying patient while offering emotional support and comfort to the family members.

After each simulated end-of-life experience, a detailed debriefing session was conducted by graduate psychology students Daphney Predvil, Laura Aiken, Michael Taylor, Lashea Hollis and Alexandrea Le. The debriefing sessions provide students with a process to confidentially discuss the experience. Brenau Counselor Gay Baldwin was also in attendance to provide student support during this intense experience. Graduate psychology students Shaneka Hutchinson, Sarah Pratts, and Shena Turner are conducting a thesis study on the impact of a death and dying simulation on nursing students’ levels of empathy, fear of death and attitude toward caregiving.

Brenau faculty responsible for the planning and development of this event include Gary Bauman, Margie Gill, Ann Demling, Gay Baldwin and Jane Buffington, and it could not have been successfully conducted without the assistance of professors Monica Pozowicz and Suzanne Gilmore.

This simulation experience was difficult for the theater department and nursing faculty as we missed one of our own, Lisa Maliska, who died Feb. 21 and was instrumental in the initiation of our first death and dying simulations. She was very dedicated to this experience as she continued as a theater volunteer even after graduating from Brenau in 2017. Thank you Lisa for your dedication and service to this experience. You will never be forgotten.

Brenau Babies Help OT and PT Students in Lab

OT and PT Students learn with the babies of Brenau community members

Kelly Peters's son, William, helping some students become more comfortable with their first pediatric evaluation.

Students from the departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy came together Jan. 18 to learn pediatric motor development. Families from the Brenau community brought their infants to help provide an experiential learning moment for 58 students. The day was a collaborative effort by professors Celeste Alexander, Tammy Buck, Laura Carpenter and Stacey Hoffman.

OT and PT Students learn with the babies of Brenau community members

OT and PT students analyzing DPT student Lee Parker’s son, Dru.

Attend the free Brenau Holiday Concert

Bobby Ivey directs the Vocal Chamber Ensemble at Pearce Auditorium during "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Get Your Passport Ready!" presented by the Brenau University Department of Music.

The Departments of Music and Dance will present a Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in Hosch Theatre of the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts.

A unique collaboration of music and dance, the concert will feature a performance of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols performed by the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble, directed by professor Bobby Ivey, and Brenau dancers choreographed by professor Madia Cooper-Ashirifi.

This festive holiday performance will also include the Brenau Spectrum Singers, directed by Ivey, and the Cresswind Community Chorus, directed by Chuck Bridwell. Come join us as we kick off the holiday season with a delightful program of music and dance.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

An Irish Halloween full of ghost stories, food and fun

It’s no trick and only a treat that Brenau University will be presenting Halloween festivities featuring hauntingly good tales by Kathy Amos in celebration of Halloween. Enjoy some food and fun as we celebrate Ireland on All Hallow’s Eve as part of International Week. We will be enjoying food and pastries while hearing Halloween stories.

Join us from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Thurmond McRae Hall as part of International Week at Brenau and a Halloween celebration. Come learn about the Irish traditions that make up our modern holiday!

All ages are welcome. The event is free. Read more information on the flyer.

Highest Praise: Brenau Gospel Choir Workshop and Solo Competition, Nov. 4

Highest Praise flyerJoin the Brenau Gospel Choir and community members, under the direction of Portia Burns, for High Praise, a celebration of praise and worship music, at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 in Pearce Auditorium. The event will feature a gospel choir workshop concert, as well as the final solo auditions for the Brenau Gospel ExperienceAmerica’s Got Talent finalist The CraigLewis Band will be guest judges. Admission is $5 for all attendees.

Lip Sync Challenge for Halloween!

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The Staff Development Committee’s Halloween Costume Contest and Fall Festival will be Oct. 31 on the lawn by the Tea Room. Please come join the fun!

Jacksonville Campus To Host LifeSouth Blood Drive – Sept. 18

Did you know, one pint of whole blood can save up to three lives? The Brenau University Jacksonville campus will host a LifeSouth Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. All donors will receive a recognition item and free cholesterol screening.

Brenau University Center for Counseling and Psychological Services Norcross Fall Hours

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, the Brenau University Center for Counseling and Psychological Services in Norcross will be operating on its fall schedule.

The Norcross Center will be open:
Monday and Tuesday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 470.228.8942

How would you schedule a counseling session? Call the center, provide some basic information and your assigned counselor will set up an appointment.

How much does it cost?
Students: $5 at intake; $5 per session
Alumni/faculty/staff: $25 intake; $15 per session
Community: $25 intake; $20 per session