Faculty-Staff February News Update
February 12, 2010

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Mr. Bernie Belisle and musical theatre and acting students spent part of their fall break (October 7-11, 2009) in the Big Apple attending theatrical productions, museums, and an acting workshop at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Dr. Mel Wilhoit and Mr. Belisle were the coordinators and faculty sponsors of this semi-annual field trip.

Dr. Jeff Boyce reports that the SIFE team has completed three service projects working with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce the weeks of February 1 and 8. Twenty-two SIFE team members each spent at least five hours helping the Chamber present their Reality Check educational program to over 450 ninth graders at three different high schools in Hamilton County. In this program, students learn hard lessons about the financial issues of life and the value of education to their lifetime earning potential. In addition, students learn about making choices and the differences between wants and needs.

Dr. Steve DeGeorge and Mrs. Katy Saynes took a group of 19 education majors to the annual Birmingham, AL, ACSI Conference on February 11-12. This is a conference featuring several workshops relating to teaching in a Christian School environment. Bryan students always come away with valuable information they can use in their coursework and eventually the classroom. In addition, Dr. DeGeorge provided consultation services at Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, NJ. His first visit was in November, and he spent a week there January 4-8.

Dr. Gary Fitsimmons attended the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, January 15-18, where he chaired the Risk Management and Insurance committee of the Library Leadership & Management Association’s Library Organization & Management Section. He also visited with library vendors and publisher representatives.

Dr. Whit Jones
  • Received the favorable outside reader response at Louisiana State University Press on his manuscript “Double-Edged Sword: The Triumph and Failure of Southern Stoic Honor with the Fictional Worldview of Walker Percy.” He plans to submit the revised manuscript for publication this summer.
  • Will be meeting on February 23 with representatives of Apologia, a respected publisher of texts for home-school students, about writing an American literature tenth-grade textbook for this company.
  • Will be a responder for a paper conference session at the Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature at Montreat-Anderson College April 8-10.

Mrs. Kim Keck gave a Vocal Master Class on January 30 for the Bryan College Community Music School. She also judged the district vocal competition for Tennessee Association of Christian Schools in January. 

Dr. Sigrid Luther accompanied the choral workshop of the Chattanooga Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on January 17.  In addition, three of Dr. Sigrid's students will be performing in a Chopin Celebration Concert to be held at Bryan and and also at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga February 26-27.  More info...

Dr. Jeff Myers' schedule is as follows:
  • January 29 – Keynote speaker for the St. Cloud Christian School banquet, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • February 1 – Guest on the Frank Pastore Talk Radio Show, a call-in show, on KKLA, Los Angeles, California
  • February 1-2 – Participant in the ACSI Headquarters strategy meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • February 5-6 – Keynote speaker for ACSI Administrator Conference, Chicago, Illinois
  • February 11-12 – Keynote speaker for the National Catholic Educators Association Deans Conference, San Francisco, California
  • February 15 – Sunday morning services at New Testament Baptist Church, Miami, Florida

Dr. Travis Ricketts and eight students, through the Federal Seminar course, were in Washington, D.C., January 18-22, meeting with Congressmen and various NGOs.  More info...

Mr. Rocky Stinson attended the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NGCA) National Convention in Nashville, TN, December 9-12.

Dr. Mel R. Wilhoit is the classical music critic for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. His music reviews for two Chattanooga Symphony concerts appeared in the paper on January 16 and February 5.