GAINESVILLE, Ga. – This past weekend, Sept. 29 and 30, Brenau University
hosted Homecoming festivities. On Friday evening, a group of students and alums gathered at
the Burd Center to begin the two hour tour covering the history of Brenau: Agnespalooza. From
history to ghost recordings, the tourists were strongly engaged.
Throughout the night, the tourists were quizzed on their knowledge of when buildings were built when and important figures Brenau’s history. The alums and incoming-freshman were excited to renew their knowledge about their Alma Mater. Everyone was excited to learn more about their Brenau’s rich history. Burd, Pearce, Academy and the Hopkins Dining Hall were the locations that we quizzed
on. The audience was also shown pictures of the previous campus along with important historical personnel such as Dr. Van Hoose and Mr. Wilkes.
After returning to Hopkins dining hall, the tourists wereshown multiple pictures of the original Pearce Auditorium, Hopkins Dining Hall and Bailey Hall. From the current connection of Pearce and Bailey Hall, to the removal of the tower on top of Yonah Hall, Brenau University undergone many renovations over the past century.
As the tour came to an end, the tourists were able to listen to some of the ghost
recordings from Pearce Auditorium. Also, the tourist were able to experience a brief version of
the Gold Refined by Fire Ceremony hosted by the Senior Honor Society. The ceremony brought
back memories for the fellow alums and upperclassmen creating a feeling of nostalgia within the
Brenau community. The tourists were satisfied,yet astonished by the brevity of the ceremony.
Overall, the Brenau community, composed of Brenau alums and current students, truly enjoyed their experience.