Brenau students, faculty and staff members join together to produce a video for 'Falcons Friday' and celebrate the Atlanta Falcons who will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Approximately 150 students, faculty and staff members joined together to film a video and cheer on the Atlanta Falcons as they prepare to play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The project, headed up by Juli Clay, chair of the mass communications department, and Annie Johnston, director of freshman admissions, featured contributions for the Jacksonville, North Atlanta, and Gainesville campuses. On the Gainesville campus, a large group gathered on the front lawn at noon to film portions of the video and show their support.
Brenau Golden Tigers swimmers gather together and listen to head coach Nathan Rhoads after a meet against Converse College. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America this week named the Brenau University Golden Tigers swim team a Scholar All-America Team for its sixth-best academic performance.
The award recognizes teams that achieved a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2016 fall semester. The Golden Tigers’ GPA for the semester was 3.42, above the all women’s teams’ average of 3.336.
Brenau had the sixth highest GPA out of the 29 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics women’s swim teams. Only 10 NAIA teams received the honor.
“I’m so proud of my team and their commitment to succeeding in the classroom,” said Head Coach Nathan Rhoads. “They work hard in the pool and in the classroom, and it is an honor to work with them and to see their efforts recognized.”
Brenau's Olamide Sokunbi runs during the final day of the SSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Jaguar Track at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. Brenau won the 2016 SSAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Eight Brenau student-athletes competed at the 2016 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with two seniors earning All-American honors.
Olamide Sokunbi of Marietta, Georgia, made Brenau history by finishing second in the triple jump. She earned a second All-American recognition after finishing fifth in the 100-meter dash.
Deishane Honeycutt of Stone Mountain, Georgia, put in another All-American performance, finishing sixth in the 400 meters.
With 15 points – the most in the four-year history of the program – Brenau’s outdoor track and field team finished ahead of all other SSAC teams and placed 24th overall.
Coach Byron Kramer said the Golden Tigers’ impressive showing in Gulf Shores bodes well for the future of the program, which has already won four consecutive conference championships. “It’s a good first step toward real national prominence,” he said.
School of Nursing Assistant Professor Elizabeth Conoley was named a member of the 2016 All-SSAC Faculty team for her contributions to Brenau’s athletics programs.
Conoley, who is the Golden Tigers’ faculty athletics representative and a member of the Brenau University Athletics Committee, was recognized at a Southern States Athletic Conference awards banquet June 1 in Montgomery, Alabama.
The honor is much deserved, said Athletic Director Mike Lochstamfpor. “She works diligently to assist student-athletes with issues that impact their academic success while being a strong advocate for their athletics participation.”
From left to right: outfielder Allison Gunn, a junior from Toccoa, Georgia; infielder Mason Garland, a sophomore from Hoschton, Georgia; outfielder Lauren Sanders, a sophomore from Maysville, Georgia; infielder Cheyenne Marsh, a senior from Richmond Hill, Georgia; infielder Sarah Peery, a sophomore from Auburn, Georgia; catcher Savannah Moore, a sophomore from Soddy Daisy, Tennessee; infielder Lexi Cash, a freshman from Toccoa, Georgia; catcher and infielder Elizabeth Schneider, a senior from Smyrna, Georgia; outfielder Victoria Fontana, a junior from Jackson, Georgia; pitcher Jessica Rathje, a freshman from Glencoe, Alabama; catcher Courtney Kenney, a sophomore from McDonough, Georgia; pitcher Taylor Causey, a senior from Covington, Georgia; pitcher Gracie Dorr, a freshman from Canton, Georgia; infielder Emily Hunsucker, a freshman from Dawsonville, Georgia; pitcher Megan Wolinsky, a sophomore from Chickamauga, Georgia; outfielder Chelsea Dale, a freshman from Gainesville, Georgia; infielder and outfielder Kelsey Payne, a sophomore from Chattanooga, Tennessee; and infielder and outfielder Landon Farrow, a senior from Martin, Georgia.
The Brenau University Golden Tigers softball team made the final cut of qualifying squads for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championships opening round.
Ranked No. 4 in the Southern States Athletic Conference, the Golden Tigers open play in the double-elimination tournament with a four-team match-up May 16-18 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Brenau (29-22) faces Georgia Gwinnett College (41-17) Monday, May 16, in the first game.
“The team is a little bit younger in terms of player personnel,” said Brenau Athletics Director Mike Lochstampfor. “The players have a lot of determination, fight and heart. We match up well with Georgia Gwinnett, and given the proximity to our campus, it almost feels like a home game.”
Brenau University’s Outdoor Track & Field team celebrate the university’s fourth consecutive SSAC championship in Mobile, Alabama, on April 23.
The accolades keep coming for the 2016 Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Champion Golden Tigers, including the conference 2015-16 Coach of the Year title for Brenau head track coach Byron Kramer.
The first-year head coach led the team to its fourth consecutive conference championship in Mobile, Alabama, where the Golden Tigers wrapped up the SSAC title with a 138-point lead over the second place finisher, New Orleans-based Loyola University, on April 23. This also marks the fourth consecutive Coach of the Year title for Brenau since Kramer’s predecessor, Richard Ludwig, won the three previous titles.
The SSAC also recognized junior Aubrey Fearnow from Arnoldsville, Georgia, as the 2016 SSAC Field Athlete of the Year and freshman Ayana Daniels from Snellville, Georgia, as the 2016 SSAC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year. Fearnow won both the hammer throw and shot put competitions in Mobile and Daniels won the pole vault event.
Junior Aubrey Fearnow, left, and senior Deishane’ Honeycutt have been named SSAC athletes of the week for their performances at the conference championships in Mobile, Alabama.
The Southern States Athletic Conference earlier this week announced two Brenau student-athletes have been selected as conference athletes of the week for April 18-24.
Deishane’ Honeycutt, a senior biology major from Stone Mountain, Georgia, was named SSAC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, and Aubrey Fearnow, a junior middle grades education major from Arnoldsville, Georgia, was named SSAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week.
Both student-athletes turned in impressive performances at last week’s SSAC Women’s Track & Field Championships in Mobile, Alabama, where the Golden Tigers claimed their fourth consecutive conference crown.
Honeycutt placed first in the 400 meters and 400 meter hurdles competitions and was an instrumental part of Brenau’s victory in the 4 X 400 and 4 X 800 team relays, while Fearnow finished first in the hammer throw and shot put, came in second in the javelin toss and placed third in the discus.
Brenau finished the conference championship 138 points ahead of second-place Loyola (La.) University. Combined, the individual performances of Honeycutt and Fearnow produced 63.5 of the Golden Tigers’ cumulative 249 points.
The Brenau Track & Field team celebrates winning the 2016 SSAC championship in Mobile, Alabama, on April 23.
The Brenau Athletics Department would like to cordially invite students, faculty and staff to a reception honoring the Golden Tigers Track & Field team for winning their fourth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Championship over the weekend.
A reception will be held in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlor on Wednesday, April 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Nick Burnett, Gainesville traffic operations superintendent, installs the new Golden Tiger Way signs on at the ends of the former Centennial Circle on Brenau's Gainesville historic campus.
With the #6-in-the-nation Golden Tigers tennis team and three-time Southern States Athletic Conference champ Golden Tigers track and field team headed for end-of-season championship competitions in Alabama, the university will formally dedicate Golden Tiger Way Thursday, April 21, at 11:30 a.m. by the Crow’s nest on the Gainesville front campus.
The brief ceremony will feature Brenau President Ed Schrader, Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan and others who were instrumental in the renaming of the semi-circular drive that for the past 38 years has been known as Centennial Circle. However, starting at about 11:10 a.m., the pep band and cheerleaders, aided by Golden Tigers intercollegiate athletes and coaches, will conduct a rousing pep rally to send off the two teams to their respective SSAC championship tournaments that start Friday in Mobile, Alabama. The event is open to all faculty, staff and students who will be making their way to the annual Brenau University Women’s College Honors Convocation celebrating student academic achievements.