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Class Notes: Design executive to keynote at Brenau womens conference
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Brenau University will host a conference featuring female leaders from across the nation.

The Brenau Women’s Leadership Colloquium is free and open to the public and will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts on the Gainesville campus.

The event is an opportunity to hear from Marissa Kraxberger, the creative vice president for Ivanka Trump’s fashion enterprise and author of the popular blog “Lady & Prince.”

Kraxberger has had a lengthy career in design, including time with fashion powerhouses including Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade New York and Oscar de la Renta.

Speakers will also include Anna Jacobs, Brenau Women’s College alumna and co-manager of the family business Jacobs Media Corp.; Tracy Rhodes, a partner in Evans & Rhodes LLC; Lindsey Nelson, vice president of sales productivity and talent development for CareerBuilder; Kris Orr Brown, a litigation attorney with offices in Gainesville and Atlanta; Carrie Conway, a senior program officer serving the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation; Valerie Simmons-Walston, the dean of students at Brenau University; and Ashley Lee, Brenau alumna and online tutor for the Writing Center.

The purpose of the event is to bring together alumnae, campus and community leaders to discuss the potential and challenges of women’s leadership.

Foreign Language Association of Georgia honors 2 UNG staff

Two University of North Georgia administrators have been recognized for their active role in promoting foreign language.

Dr. Billy Wells, UNG’s vice president for executive affairs, was presented with the Foreign Language Association of Georgia’s Leadership in Foreign Languages post-secondary award.

Dr. John Wilson, director of UNG’s Center for Global Engagement, was presented with the organization’s President’s Award, which recognizes the individual who has had the greatest impact on foreign language learning this year.

Wells said he was humbled by the leadership award.

“Our reputation for innovative language learning both at the state and national levels is a reflection of the dedication and teamwork of all our faculty and staff over the years,” Wells said.

Similarly, Wilson said he was “completely surprised and very honored” to be recognized by his colleagues.

“Languages are my passion,” Wilson said. “With the expansion of our language programs and international opportunities, student achievement remains our focus at UNG. A 21st-century education requires language competencies and cultural understanding, and UNG is constantly working to ensure our students have these skills.”

The awards were presented March 5-7 at the 50th anniversary conference of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching in Atlanta.

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