2013 Campus Speakers

April 24, 2013
Dr. Jeff Myers, Summit Ministries, Passing the Baton International
Chapel Speaker

In the last 20 years Jeff Myers has become one of the most respected authorities on youth leadership development, having trained millions of young adults in the art of culture-shaping leadership. Jeff recently became President of Summit Ministries, a youth leadership and worldview training program based in Colorado, after serving as a professor at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, for 14 years, teaching undergraduate and MBA courses in leadership and communication. In 2006, Dr. Myers founded a mentoring-focused non-profit organization, Passing the Baton International, and has since trained more than 200,000 people in 1,500 schools, churches, non-profits and political groups in the United States, Asia, Europe and Africa. Jeff now lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Danielle, and their four children. See details about Jeff's visit here »

April 22, 2013
Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends
Chapel Speaker

Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged painting with a brush between her teeth, and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. In addition to hosting a daily radio program and writing a television series, Joni has written over 70 books and numerous magazine articles, including her best-selling autobiography and feature film Joni. Among many other significant advisory roles, Joni has served on the National Council on Disability under two presidents and is Senior Associate for Disability Concerns for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. Joni has been awarded several honorary degrees, and numerous other awards and honors. She was the first woman to be named "Layperson of the Year" by the National Association of Evangelicals in 1986, and was named "Churchwoman of the Year" in 1993 by the Religious Heritage Foundation. Joni and her husband, Ken Tada, have been married since 1982. See details about Joni's visit here»

April 18, 2013 
Jeffrey W. Ryan
Career Services

Jeff Ryan is a 1984 graduate of Bryan College. After graduating from Bryan, he earned his J.D. from Baylor University in 1990. He practice areas include General Litigation Practice including Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, Health Care Litigation, Employment Litigation, Non-subscriber Litigation, and Products Liability Defense. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas Association; American Bar Association; Texas Association of Defense Counsel; Texas Association of Non-Subscribers; Texas Association of Business; Texas Motor Transportation Association; American Trucking Association; Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Jeff is also an author and speaker on a number of legal topics and issues related to litigation. He was named to the Texas Super Lawyer list in Texas Monthly Magazine for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. For details about Mr. Ryan's visit click here»

April 10, 2013
Jonathan D. Eisenback, Professor of Plant Pathology
Chapel Speaker

Dr. Jon Eisenback received a B.A. in Biology from Bryan College and taught ninth grade science in Rhea County Consolidated High School. He received a Ph.D. in plant pathology from North Carolina State University for his work on the morphology and taxonomy of the root-knot nematodes. Dr. Eisenback is currently a Professor of Plant Pathology at Virginia Tech where he serves as Director of the Virginia Tech Nematode Diagnostic and Assay Laboratory and teaches graduate courses in Plant Nematology and Seminar. Jon's research concentrates on nematode morphology and taxonomy, especially the root-knot nematodes, on which he has published numerous refereed research articles and book chapters. He has received international recognition for his award winning photomicrographs. Dr. Eisenback was honored by the Society of Nematologists with several awards for his scientific research, and is currently serving the society as President Elect. He is a Board Member of CAST, the N.A. Cobb Foundation, a representative of Society Presidents on the Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences, and was selected as a EUMANE scholar by the University of Ghent in Belgium. See details about Dr. Eisenback's visit here»

April 8, 2013
Jennifer Gruenke, Professor of Biology, Union University
Chapel Speaker

Jennifer Gruenke majored in biology at Bryan College and graduated in 1996.  She studied the interaction between cells and the influenza virus in grad school, and earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia in 2002.  She has taught at various institutions of Christian higher education over the past 10 years, and is currently a professor at Union University in Jackson, TN.  She also serves as the director of the Hammons Center for Scientific Studies at Union.  She is interested in science, philosophy, theology, and the intersection of the three. See details of Dr. Gruenke's visit here»

March 18, 2013
Dr. Mariano Croce 
Center for International Development

Research of finance professor Mariano Massimiliano Croce focuses on asset pricing in general equilibrium models in which there is uncertainty about the long horizon perspectives of the economy. Projects include the study of international asset prices and exchange rates; the interaction between asset prices, investment decisions, and fiscal policy uncertainty in the United States; and links between investors’ information and asset prices. Dr. Croce teaches courses in macroeconomics at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC at Chapel Hill. He has been appointed visiting assistant professor at  the Wharton School of Business and Indian School of Business. He served as a research intern at Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. He received his PhD in economics from New York University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from L. Bocconi University, Milan. See details about Dr. Croce's visit here»


March 6, 2013
Mark Stuart, Hands and Feet Project
Chapel Speaker

Mark Stuart, founding member and Executive Director of the Hands and Feet project, has been passionately connected to Haiti for over 25 years. Mark visited Haiti for the first time during high school with his father and fell deeply in love with the nation and its people. In 1991, Mark founded Audio Adrenaline with band mates Bob Herdman and Will McGinniss and went on to win two Grammys over a 17 year career as the lead singer. Mark currently resides with his wife Aegis and two children, Journey and Christela, in Franklin, TN. Read about Mark's visit here» See details about Mark's visit here»

March 6, 2013
Dr. Obi Ebbe
Center for International Development

Dr. Obi Ebbe, a Nigerian criminologist and author of several books, including Broken Back Axle: Unspeakable Events in Biafra, will look at two major national issues facing the nation of Nigeria during his time at Bryan College. Dr. Ebbe is a full professor at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga in the department of sociology, anthropology, and geography. He received his PhD in Sociology from Southern Illinois University, with emphases in criminology, criminal justice systems, penology and corrections, deviance, classical and contemporary theories, research methods, and statistics. He holds a master's degree in sociology from Western Michigan University, and a bachelor's degree in sociology and law, also from Western Michigan University. 

March 1, 2013
Todd Green
Performance Arts

Todd Green began studying guitar at the age of ten. He has been writing and performing his own music professionally since the age of fifteen. He studied composition and arrangement at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Mass. At the same time he was studying privately with Mick Goodrich, jazz guitar legend at New England Conservatory of Music, Pat Metheny, Grammy Award winning guitarist and George Benson, international recording star. After spending five years in Boston, he moved to New York City where he performed with the top echelon of studio musicians and toured with bands throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. While in New York, he began studying Western Flute, East Indian Bansuri Bamboo Flute (with Steve Gorn), and Tablas (Indian hand drums) with Ray Spiegel. At the time that he relocated to Western Montana, Todd decided to stop playing the electric guitar and concentrate on acoustic music. After spending 10 years there his next move was to Northern Nevada near Lake Tahoe where he has lived since 2001. Recently the electric guitar has reappeared and will once again be part of his musical landscape. Todd now performs nationally as a multi-instrumental solo artist in the college and fine arts markets. Frequently, along with his concerts, Todd conducts college master classes and interactive school clinics and assemblies. His columns on improvisation have been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. See details about Todd's visit here»

February 25, 2013
alo Milkoff
Center for International Development

Kalo Milkoff has spent over 12 years building knowledge and implementing business solutions for clients in North America, the Middle East and Europe. In 2010-2011 Mr. Milkoff led the technology operations of Polaris Project, one of the leading organizations in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Kalo has a broad experience in project management, technology and senior management advisory. Most recently he has been involved with emerging markets entrepreneurship, establishing technology and educational start-ups in Eastern Europe, strengthening strategy and operations, business plan development, negotiations and project finance. Mr. Milkoff speaks Bulgarian, English and Russian and holds an undergraduate degree in Information Technology. He has completed an International Management program at the University of Oxford and has graduated with an MBA from Georgetown University. Kalo is an avid chess player and amateur astronomer.

February 22, 2013
Kay Arthur, Precept Ministries International
Chapel Speaker & Career Services Speaker 

Kay's passion for teaching people to discover the Bible's Truth for themselves began in 1970, when she and husband Jack founded Precept Ministries International. What began as a fledgling ministry for teens is now a worldwide outreach organization whose mission is to establish people in God's Word, helping them Discover Truth for themselves, Go Deeper in their relationship with God, and Disciple others. Now Precept is in nearly 185 countries and 70 languages, including various Bible schools, colleges and seminaries throughout the world. Kay was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University for her outstanding biblical knowledge. She has written 100-plus books and Bible studies, with four awarded the prestigious Gold Medallion, including The International Inductive Study Bibleand Lord, I Need Grace to Make ItSee details of Kay's visit here»

February 20, 2013
Katherine Chon, Department of Health and Human Services 
Chapel Speaker

Katherine Chon, President and co-founder of Polaris Project, began combating human trafficking after reading a newspaper article that described the enslavement of women in a brothel a few miles from her home. She identified 400 potential victims in her community, which led to one of the first transitional housing and service programs for victims, and community-wide Human Trafficking Task Force. Katherine has testified before U.S. Congress and interviewed with the Washington Post, ABC News, Marie Claire, and Newsweek. Widely recognized for her leadership, social entrepreneurship, and executive management, Katherine was presented the Do Something BRICK award by President Bill Clinton and the People’s Voice award at the United Nations. Read about Katherine's visit here» See details of Katherine's visit here»