Faculty-Staff News
September 09, 2009

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Mrs. Kim Keck performed with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Master Chorale as a soloist on June 19, at Second Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga.

Dr. Phil Lestmann attended the 17th biennial conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences at Wheaton College on May 27-30. He presented a talk based on one he had done earlier at Bryan entitled “Are Mathematical Entities Real?”

Dr. Jeff Myers had/has the following schedule:
  • August 8 – Keynote speaker for the Church of God of Prophecy Central American National Leadership Conference
  • August 12-18 – Speaker for Summit Ministries/Vacation at Manitou Springs, CO
  • Augut 14 – Faculty Workshop speaker at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • August 21 – Faculty Workshop speaker at Grand Rapids Bible College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • August 24 – Keynote speaker for Ohio Passing the Baton invitational in-service workshop, Tree of Life Christian School, Columbus, OH
  • September 1-3 – Chapel and faculty workshop speaker at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL;
  • September 6-7 – Speaker for Transform World Summit, New York City, NY
Dr. Michele Pascucci went to Spain in June to pick up her doctoral diploma from the University of Salamanca, and spent about a month traveling around the country visiting numerous important historical/cultural sites (Córdoba, Sevilla, Mérida, Cáceres, Cuenca, el Valle de los Caidos) and museums (el Prado, Reina Sofia, Museo de América, Museo Arqueológico, Archivo de Indias).

On July 10, Dr. Pascucci and May 2009 graduate Hayley Abernathy presented a poster at the annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Bill Harle was also a key contributor to the poster, which outlined the creation and activities of Bryan College’s Academic Support Center for Spanish.

From August 1-12, Dr. Pascucci participated in the Latin American Studies Program study tour for professors, organized by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Dr. Bradford Sample, newly appointed Academic Vice President, officially assumed his responsibilities on September 1.

Dr. Roger Sanders and his research student Jeremy Blaschke published the article “Preliminary Insights into the Phylogeny and Speciation of Scalesia (Asteraceae), Galapagos Islands” in the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, July 15.

Dr. Jack Traylor completed training and qualifications as a brakeman/conductor on the Tennessee Valley Railroad in Chattanooga on July 7. His training over a four-month period included passing rules and job performance examinations and completing 267 hours of on-the-job experience. His final examination involved his serving as conductor on a train during a simulated emergency inside the railroad’s 986-foot-long Missionary Ridge tunnel and responding correctly to a series of pre-determined steps the conductor is expected to take in such a situation. He intends to work for the railroad primarily during the summer months.

Dr. Mel Wilhoit attended the international Bach Festival in Leipzig, Germany, for one week in June (also visiting locations specific to Martin Luther). He returned to sing with the Chattanooga Bach Choir in a concert for the Tennessee Choral Director’s Association meeting in Chattanooga. In July, he provided evening entertainment on trumpet for the opening of his wife Susan’s art exhibition, “The Magnificent Fifty” at the Danville, KY, Community Arts Center.

Dana Wilson attended her third residency July 19-25, at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis toward earning her Ph.D. in Public Health. She has one more week-long residency to complete next summer. Dr. Wilson is currently ABD.

This summer Dr. Wilson entered her first competitive running event in 25 years—the “Alligator Trot,” a USATF-certified 5K (3.1 mile) run in Florala, AL, June 20. She won the Female Grandmaster Division (50+years) and overall, placed 57th out of a total 177 entries.
Mrs. Marlene Wilkey attended the Strategic Business Conference in Chattanooga on July 23. This conference was entitled “Effective Networking through Linkedln, Facebook and Twitter and Customers and Communication.”


The Eighth Annual Conference of the BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group held in Louisville, KY, July 29-31, was well represented by Bryan College. The conference included a day-long symposium “Genesis Kinds: Creationism and the Origin of Species," co-sponsored by Bryan College. The symposium papers are published in the monograph series “CORE Issues in Creation No. 5” edited by Dr. Todd Wood and Paul A. Garner.

In the symposium Dr. Ken Turner presented the Biblical perspective in his paper “The Kindness of God: A Theological Reflection of Min, ‘Kind.’” Dr. Roger Sanders addressed the minimum numbers of species expected to originate within Genesis Kinds in his paper “Oceanic Islands and their Plants as a Test of Post-Floor Speciation.” Dr. Todd Wood examined whether the Genesis Kind encompasses whole families of animals and plants in “Natura Facit Saltum: The Case for Discontinuity.”

Abstracts and research talks were contributed by Dr. Jud Davis ("Theological Reasons for Negative Elements in Pre-Fall Creation? God’s Use of Negative Elements in a “Very Good” Creation"), Dr. Roger Sanders ("Pentacyclic Triterpenes of Lantana: Co-occurrence of Liver Toxins and Liver Protectants"—coauthored with Dr. Todd Wood ("Odontochelys as an Intermediate Form").

Stephanie Mace, CORE Research Assistant, provided logistical and technical support.