Karin Traylor '64

Major Spanish

Favorite

Course

One of my favorites was student teaching.  In 1966 I student taught first grade at City School under the direction of a 1964 Bryan graduate, which allowed me to add a teaching certification to my Spanish degree.
Favorite Professor Dr. Jensen (Bible courses)

   


Although most alums share similar memories of their four years at Bryan, few can boast of having spent nearly the same length of time at their alma mater as has Karin de Rosset Traylor.

“I got the faithfulness and loyalty award,” Karin said, referring to one of the awards presented to seniors at graduation. “Who would have ever thought!” Little did anyone know how prophetic that award would prove to be as Karin has spent nearly 50 years working at Bryan.

Although Karin’s time at Bryan is extensive, her family has an even longer legacy with the institution. Her parents met at Bryan College, where her father graduated in ’39, and her mother graduated the following year. The connection with Bryan began even earlier, however. Traylor’s mother was one of six children, four of whom attended Bryan. Her mother’s father, a pastor, was an avid supporter of the college. “He preached Bryan to everyone he knew,” Karin explained. Her grandfather’s strong support influenced more than 100 students from their church to attend Bryan over the years.

Karin and her husband, Dr. Jack Traylor, pictured
when they received Bryan service awards for 45 years
and 30 years, respectively.
Karin’s own experience began when she transferred to Bryan from Cedarville University. Initially she was resistant to the idea of attending the small Christian college, but her grandfather’s influence won out and she arrived on campus in 1961. She chose to major in Spanish as she was “already fluent in the language.”

Karin remembers her student years at Bryan fondly. “I have some lifetime friends from that experience,” she shared; “and in my senior year, I was chosen to be an RA. There were no dorms when I came here, our dorms were upstairs” in Mercer Hall, then know as the Administration Building. “I guess the big event of my experience was they finished Long in January and then they finished Huston in March,” Karin remembers. “It was this big thing making the huge move a few yards from this building [Mercer] to Huston.” Although Huston and Long may now be considered the “old” dorms, to Karin and her peers “it was like moving to the Hilton.”

After graduating in 1964, Karin turned down a teaching job from a different institution and instead accepted the offer to serve as assistant to the dean of women at Bryan. “I came right back and I never left,” Karin said. She served in this capacity until 1971, earning a Master's degree in education along the way, when she was asked to fill the role of dean of women herself. It was during her time as dean that she met her now husband and beloved former history professor Jack Traylor. In the summer of 1979, Bryan was in the market for a new history professor. People from all over the United States had been interviewed, but none had been the perfect fit. All that changed when 32-year-old Jack Traylor showed interest in the position. “He came for an interview and they hired him,” Karin explained. Despite the many attempts of others to set up the new professor with several single women working on campus, Jack “wasn’t interested in anyone else” other than Karin. They were married in December of 1980 and recently celebrated 30 years of marriage.

In 1982, Karin resigned as dean of women and became assistant to the academic dean (now the academic vice president), a position she continues to fill. For a year, 1987-88 she was assistant to then-President Ken Hanna.

Karin in her office in Mercer Hall.
Karin’s influence at Bryan extends far and wide; her helping hands having touched many lives. She fondly remembers the special bond she has had with students. “When I think of students, I think of the basketball team,” Karin said. Karin and her husband have worked closely with both the women’s basketball and the volleyball teams during their years at Bryan. “We’ve worked with the women’s basketball team for 24 years,” Karin recalled, “For 22 of those years we traveled with them on all road trips.” Although both Karin and her husband did logistical work for the team, their relationship with the students went much deeper than that. “It was just like family,” Karin said, “and they still keep in touch with us.”

Karin shared the things she is thankful for in her years at Bryan: “The exceptional people I worked for and what I’ve learned from them and the wonderful relationships you form with people over the years” are blessings she prizes highly. Although she might deny the impact she has had on Bryan College, her impressive fifty years of service speak for themselves. True to her humility, Karin stated, “I don’t feel like I’ve done much.” As Karin expressed, “who would have ever thought” that what started out as resistance to the idea of even attending could lead to such an inspiring fifty-year (so far!) legacy at Bryan College?