Heritage Week to look back, ahead
March 16, 2010

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Bryan College will look back and look ahead during its annual Heritage Week celebration Monday and Wednesday, March 22 and 24.

On Feb. 6, 2000, fire gutted the third floor of Mercer Hall, sparking a process which forever changed the appearance of the college.

Flames engulf classrooms on the third floor of Mercer Hall
(then known as the "Administration Building") on Feb. 6, 2000.
Three years later, Dr. Stephen D. Livesay became Bryan's seventh president, bringing with him a vision to develop Bryan's position as a leading Christian liberal arts institution, anchored to its motto of Christ Above All while expanding its size and its academic offerings.

The Heritage Day chapel on March 22 will look back at the fire, with a video produced by Prof. Chris Clark's film class and remarks by members of the Bryan family who experienced the fire. Vice President for Student Life Dr. Peter Held will speak about how the fire changed Bryan. Dr. Brian Eisenback and Mrs. Keri-Lynn Paulson, who were students when the fire happened, will discuss their memories of the event. Andrew Davis, a senior from Dayton, will reminisce about students—including his sister—who came to his home to spend the night off-campus because of the uncertainties created by the blaze.

On March 24, Dr. Livesay, Academic Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample, and faculty Chair Mr. William Harle will answer questions presented by Student Government Association President Evan Johnson about Bryan's future. A growing student body, new academic initiatives, and developments such as graduate programs and online learning are expected to be among topics raised for discussion.

Chapel programs will be held in Rudd Auditorium beginning at 11 a.m. both days.