Student Athletes Recognized in Receptions Thursday

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​Brenau Athletics is hosting two recognition receptions this Thursday, April 27, for the swim and track and field teams ​based on their ​recent successes as conference champions.

The swim team is a three-time consecutive champion of the Appalachian Swimming Conference. Additionally, the track and field team won the Southern States Athletic Conference title for the fifth year in a row this past weekend. The swim team celebration will be 11 a.m. Thursday, and the track team celebration will be at 1:30 p.m. Both will be in the Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.

These are informal receptions with some words from Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor and the coaches, and a few gifts for the athletes. Please join us for some celebratory cake and to extend your congratulations to these hard-working athletes. They’ve certainly represented Brenau well, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.

Additionally, the softball team clinched the regular season conference championship this year. However, since they are still competing, we will plan to celebrate and honor them in a future reception once their season is completed. It’s definitely been a great spring for the Golden Tigers!

Jacksonville Alumni & Friends Party May 23

Jacksonville Alumni & Friends Party Invitation

The Brenau Alumni Association and President Schrader will host a Jacksonville Alumni & Friends Party Tuesday, May 23, 7 – 9 p.m. at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, 4972 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville. There will be complimentary cocktails and a meet and mingle.

Register to attend at or call 770.538.4440.

Brenau Keeps ‘Never Less than First’ Record Alive with Fifth Straight SSAC Conference Championship

From left to right, Anita Button, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., Ayana Daniels, a sophomore from Snellville, Ga., and Haley Gill, a sophomore from Dublin, Ga., take second, first and third respectively in the pole vault during the second day of the SSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Mobile, Ala. Brenau won their 5th straight SSAC conference championship. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

From left to right, Anita Button, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., Ayana Daniels, a sophomore from Snellville, Ga., and Haley Gill, a sophomore from Dublin, Ga., take second, first and third respectively in the pole vault during the second day of the SSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Mobile, Ala. Brenau won their 5th straight SSAC conference championship. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Brenau University track and field team accumulated 233 points to win decisively its fifth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Track & Field Championship in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, April 22. The five-year-old team has never failed to capture a conference championship.

Heavily favored going into the meet on the neutral campus of the University of South Alabama, the Golden Tigers from Gainesville, Georgia, outpaced Loyola (Louisiana) University by 56 points and third-place William Carey (Mississippi) University by 85 points to claim their second straight championship under head coach Byron Kramer.

“This was a strong team effort,” said Kramer. “We asked a lot out of many of our athletes, and they stepped up and delivered.”

Read the full story and see a photo gallery at

Golden Tigers Softball is First Undefeated Team in Conference History

Brenau players celebrate as they take the lead against College of Coastal Georgia in Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) at Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletic Park, Friday, April 21, 2017. Brenau defeated Coastal 3-2 sealing their undefeated season. (Photo/ John Roark, for Brenau University)

The Golden Tigers softball team on Friday became the first program to go undefeated in the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the College of Coastal Georgia at Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park.

The doubleheader also gave Golden Tigers freshman Eli Daniel of Locust Grove, Georgia, two more chances to make a case that she is the best pitcher in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics women’s softball. The Tigers ace pitched the entire seven innings in Game 1 and came in for two innings of relief in Game 2, picking up her NAIA-leading 37th and 38th wins and recording 14 strikeouts to move her total for the season to 501, also tops in the nation.

With the perfect 26-0 conference record, the Tigers, ranked No. 2 in the nation, finish regular-season play at 47-5 and 21-4 at home. The team clinched the 2017 regular-season conference championship on Tuesday. The Tigers next travel to Decatur, Alabama, for the SSAC postseason championship Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29.

“I’ve been here 15 years and this year has really been something,” said head coach Devon Thomas. “In this conference, nobody has ever been through undefeated. To have that, to have this great season with a great team that’s now No. 2 in the country, it’s something. I’m so proud of them to finish off the season 26-0, and in such dramatic fashion.”

Read the full story and see a photo gallery from both games at

Tree Planted in Honor of Earth Day, Retiring Provost Dr. Krippel

Brenau Provost Dr. Nancy Krippel reacts as Denise Smith, associate professor of accounting, presents her with a plaque dedicating a tree on campus in her name.

Brenau students, faculty and staff gathered Thursday afternoon on the Sorority Circle with two reasons to celebrate.

A reception was held in honor of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Nancy Krippel, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Denise Smith, associate professor of accounting, presented Krippel with a plaque that dedicates a new Eastern Redbud tree on campus in her name.

The tree dedication was a surprise for Krippel, and was one of the final events throughout the week in observance of Earth Day Saturday, April 22.

Brenau celebrated Earth Week with a scavenger hunt, viewing of the movie The Lorax, recycling competitions and evenings of early “lights out” to conserve energy. The events were organized by the Environmental Sustainability Committee and the president’s council of student leaders.

Track & Field Aims for 5th Straight Conference Championship Win This Weekend

Brenau Track & Field Team

The Golden Tigers track and field team will compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship this Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, in Mobile, Alabama.

The team has won the conference championship for the last four years, every year Brenau has had a track and field program. Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor said it would be “a significant achievement” for Brenau to continue to win consecutive championships every year since the inception of the program.

Five SSAC track and field teams will compete in the conference finals this weekend: Brenau, Dalton (Georgia) State College, Loyola (Louisiana) University, William Carey (Mississippi) University and University of Mobile (Alabama).

“We feel good about our chances,” Head Coach Byron Kramer said, “but we know that it is not a foregone conclusion, since several of our opponents have improved this year. We have worked hard and will be ready.”

Updates throughout the championship will be posted at Please join us in wishing Coach Kramer and the team good luck this weekend!

Reminder: Reception to Honor Retirees May 2

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A reception will be held Tuesday, May 2, at 4 p.m. in Hopkins Dining Hall to celebrate the accomplishments and service of six members of the Brenau community:

Salli Hutton Administrative Assistant External Relations, 17 years

Nancy Krippel  Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, 6 years

Beth Nott  Associate Professor of French/Grants Writer, 46 years

Debbie Thompson – Director Center for Greek Life & Campus Traditions, 27 years

Patty Webster – Professor of Spanish/Director of the Office of Academic Assessment, 34 years

Vince Yamilkoski – Director of the Learning Center/Professor of Education, 38 years

Join us as we wish them the very best on their next great adventures.

RSVP to by Tuesday, April 25.

Brenau Alumni & Friends Wine Tasting Event at Chateau Elan

The Brenau Alumni and Friends wine tasting event will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Chateau Elan Winery.

Cost is $20 per person including wine tasting, winery tour and a personal cheese plate. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

Register at Brenau faculty and staff can use the discount code BRENAUFS to receive $5 off the registration fee.

There is also a special rate for Brenau University at the Hampton Inn at Chateau Elan. To receive that rate please visit

Please join us for this special event!


No. 2 Brenau Softball Secures Top Spot in Conference Championship

Mason Garland, left, high fives Mackenzie Oliver Mullis and Autumn Conaway before the first game of a doubleheader against Faulkner University.(AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The No. 2 Golden Tigers softball team secured the top seed in the 2017 Southern States Athletic Conference regular-season championship after winning the first game of its doubleheader 3-2 Tuesday against Faulkner University at Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park.

In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Golden Tigers shut out the visiting Eagles 5-0 to remain undefeated in SSAC play at 24-0 and set a new program high for regular-season wins with an overall record of 45-5. No team has ever finished the SSAC regular season undefeated. The Golden Tigers have two conference games remaining on the 2017 schedule.

Brenau celebrated the historic first season at Grindle Park Tuesday with a program thanking Doug and Kay Ivester and the Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation, which provided funding for the construction of the park, as well as Pacolet-Milliken Enterprises, which donated the land.

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Volunteers Needed for Spring Commencement May 5-6

As the end of the semester approaches, we are making preparations for Spring Commencement and need volunteers to help execute a flawless and memorable experience for the graduates and their loved ones.

This prestigious occasion celebrates the accomplishments of the senior class and bids them farewell as they begin the next chapter of their lives. As a capstone to their time at Brenau, it is imperative that the Brenau community rally to the occasion.

Each semester the administration asks Brenau staff to volunteer their time to make both ceremonies run smoothly. Please arrange your schedules to assist with commencement as scheduled below:

Commencement volunteer times are as follows:
Women’s College, Friday, May 5: 2:30-7 p.m.
University, Saturday, May 6: 7:30 a.m. to noon

Rain schedule commencement volunteer times:
Women’s College, Friday, May 5: 2:30-6 p.m.
University, Saturday, May 6: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please contact Kayla Fritz at to confirm which ceremony you will assist with by Thursday, April 27. Volunteer training will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. All volunteers will need to be present at one of the training opportunities.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our students and the Gold Standard of Brenau University.