Posted: Sunday, April 13th 2014 at 11:30am
Brenau hosts Alumnae Reunion Weekend, May Day activities
From left, Women’s College juniors Jessica Anderson, Hannah Scheel, Anna Claire Dover, Amber Durden, Amber Boyd, Katey Kibler and Jackie Willis carry the ivy chain from Brenau’s fountain to the Crow’s Nest during the Class Day portion of Alumnae Reunion Weekend.
GAINESVILLE - In a traditional showcase for spring millinery, more than 400 Brenau Women’s College and Brenau Academy alumnae plus families and friends converged on the Brenau University campus the past two days for the annual day of class, reunions and the “May Day” celebration.
The Brenau Alumni Association also inducted five into the Alumni Hall of Fame, which recognizes career and community service accomplishments of men and women who earned diplomas and degrees from the preparatory academy, the Women’s College and all other programs of the university. Other awards were given to "exceptional" alumnae who have made a lasting impact on the university and the community.
The weekend also featured two major milestones for sororities on campus: Delta Delta Delta celebrated the national sorority’s 100th year on campus – the sixth Brenau sorority to pass the centennial milestone – and Alpha Kappa Alpha celebrated its 20th year.
“This year, alumnae reunion weekend serves as the capstone of Brenau’s celebration of 135 years of educating women,” said Jenny Dell, executive director of alumni and events at the university.
To strengthen the connections, Dell said the alumni association added several new features to the program: “Back to Class” seminars for alumnae showcasing things that are on campus now, a wine and cheese opening reception on Friday, and a fountain dedication to honor the memory of Grace Hooten Moore on the campus’ front lawn on Saturday.
In the past, activities for the annual reunion weekend primarily occurred on the main campus. This year, however, activities branched out all around Gainesville, as various class reunions and parties were be held at Scott’s Downtown, Recess, Chattahoochee Country Club, the Gainesville Civic Center, Mellow Mushroom, El Sombrero and even as far as Walter’s Barn in Lula.
Otherwise, most events will remained true to tradition, including the annual champagne brunch on Saturday, for returning alumnae.
That was followed immediately by the “May Day” celebration – another tradition from bygone eras that remains alive and well at Brenau, very much the same as it has been since at least the early 1900s with young women representing each class, from all walks of life, wrapping the Maypole and cheered their sisters who are members of the May Court.
The link between the past and present for the 135-year-old institution also included special activities on Friday for members of the Class of 1964, who were inducted into the university’s 24 Karat Club for alumnae who graduated at least 50 years ago. Other class year reunions took place at different locations around Gainesville.
Saturday afternoon festivities also included open houses for various sororities on campus. Public programs featured a runway-style fashion show of work by students in the university’s fashion design and fashion merchandising departments, and an opening reception in Brenau’s art galleries for student exhibitions in various arts and design disciplines.
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