Faculty-Staff Summer News Update
July 23, 2010

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Mr. Bernie Belisle (photo at left) performed in the summer Tennessee Valley Theatre (TVT) production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The cast consisted of 30+ local talented actors, directors, and technical personnel. Bernie played the part of Emile Debeck for a total run of seven performances. The production made TVT history in its attendance with more than 600 persons patronizing the performances.

Dr. Jeffrey Boyce
played the role of William Jennings Bryan in the July 16-17 Scopes Festival's production entitled "One Hot Summer."  Dr. Boyce attended the May 17-18 Annual Conference on Biblical Entrepreneurship co-hosted by the Nehemiah Project and Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.
Dr. Daryl Charles' recent publications are as follows:
  • Book with co-author Timothy Demy (May):  War, Peace, and Christianity: Questions and Answers from a Just-War Perspective (Crossway).
  • Journal Essay: "Saving a Bad Marriage: Political Liberalism and the Natural Law," Modern Age (Winter 2010).
  • Journal Essay: Protestant Bias against the Natural Law," Journal of Lutheran Ethics (March 2010).

Ms. Elaine Davis, adjunct instructor, presented at the National Art Education Association conference in Baltimore in April. The presentation was titled "Arts in Bloom: Student Chapter Community Involvement with Special Needs Students." As a member of the NAEA Student Chapter while at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Elaine had the opportunity to help design two art booths for the annual "Very Special Arts Festival," a program that provided over 400 special needs students a day to enjoy the arts during the Dogwood Arts Festival. The artwork was then displayed on a float in the Dogwood Arts Parade that was designed by UTK student chapter members.

Dr. Ed Fickley, adjunct in the Education Department, presented on "Integrated Reading Strategies in the Content Areas" at the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools' Annual Conference in June. This summer he also consulted for National Evaluation Services to create benchmarks in middle grades social studies for a nationwide assessment for beginning teachers.

The Bryan College Library and the Appalachian College Association's Bowen Central Library of Appalachia
co-sponsored the May 25 workshops entitled  "ACRL Scholarly Communications 101: 'Starting with the Basics' Road Show" and "How to Start Your Library's E-Publishing Program: Developing an Action Plan." In addition Director of Library Services Dr. Gary Fitsimmons  attended the June 24-29 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC, where he chaired a Library Leadership and Management Association section committee and attended several informative presentations and discussion groups on library issues.  On June 29, Dr. Fitsimmons participated in the Library Advocacy Day festivities, including a rally and meetings with Tennessee senators and congressional representatives (Dr. Fitisimmons is pictured second from left in above photo).

Dr. Jeff Myers' speaking schedule:
  • May 4 – Keynote speaker for Portland Christian Schools Fundraising Banquet
  • May 13-15 – Keynote speaker for Information Network of Christian Home Educators Conference, Lansing, MI
  • May 21-22 – Participant in the Council for National Policy, Washington, DC
  • May 24-June 1 – Speaker for Summit Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO
  • June 3-5 – Keynote speaker for New York Loving Educators at Home Conference, Rochester, NY
  • June 11-12 – Keynote speaker for Coastal Carolina Homeschool Conference, Hilton Head, SC
  • June 14-17 – Speaker for Summit Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO
  • June 21-22 – Speaker for Summit Ministries at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • June 28-July 1 – Speaker for Summit Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO
  • July 7 – Guest on Frank Pastore Talk Radio Show – call in
  • July 7-9 – Speaker for Summit Ministries at Bryan College
  • July 12-13 – Keynote speaker for Momentum Youth Conference at Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH
  • July 15-17 – Keynote speaker for California Home Education Association Conference, Pasadena, CA
  • July 21-23 – Speaker for Summit Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO

The Office of Admissions staff and admissions counselors' summer accomplishments and activities include the following:
  • Caleb Fendrich, Chris Henderson, Dennis Scheidt, and Lindsey Wolfe represented Bryan College at camps and college fairs throughout Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida.
  • The staff visited the campus of Maryville College in Maryville, TN on June 3. During the visit they met with admissions personnel and were led on a campus tour.
  • The Office of Admissions held their first annual Planning Retreat in Sevierville, TN, June 3-5. Fourteen staff members participated in the retreat during which the team worked on defining the core values of the team. These core values form the foundation for the mission, vision, and future strategic plan for the Office of Admissions.
  • Director of Admissions Dr. Michael Nichols together with Admissions Counselors Dennis Scheidt and Hannah Lee visited the campus of High Point University, in High Point, NC, on June 9, During the visit they met with the Vice President for Enrollment, admissions personnel and were led on a campus tour.
  • Dennis Scheidt and Hannah Lee visited the campus of Lee University in Cleveland, TN, on June 14. During the visit they met with admissions personnel and were led on a campus tour.
  • Dennis Scheidt and Hannah Lee visited the campus of Tusculum College in Greenville, TN, on July 14. During the visit they met with admissions personnel and were led on a campus tour.
  • Caleb Fendrich, Chris Henderson, Dennis Scheidt, and Lindsey Wolfe attended the TACRAO Summer Workshop in Nashville, TN, July 22-23.
  • Dr. Michael Nichols successfully defended his dissertation in June and received his Ed.D. degree from Liberty University.  In addition, Dr. Nichols was involved in the following activities:
    • Attended the TICUA Enrollment Officer meeting at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN, on May 11.
    • Attended with Database Administrator Luke Hathaway the CAMS Conference in St. Louis, MO, June 21-23.
    • Spoke for the Student Gathering at Silverdale Baptist in Chattanooga, TN, on July 11.
    • Attended the Noel-Levitz National Conference in Atlanta, GA, July 20-23.

Office of Student Life: Vice President for Enrollment Management Michael Sapienza, Dean of Community Life Bruce Morgan, and Resident Directors Matt Williams and Kim Crowe-Tuttle attended the annual conference of the Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD), at Messiah College, Grantham, PA. The theme of the June 7-10 conference was "What’s Your Story?" The focus was on the great amount of learning that occurs outside the classroom by the sharing of stories. The group from Bryan also spent time with incoming Resident Director Beth Hale.  An interesting side note about this conference: former Bryan College Dean of Students, the late Kermit Zopfi was one of the people who was instrumental in establishing ACSD 30 years ago. As part of the 30th anniversary celebration, a video was shown that included photos from past conferences; and Mr. Zopfi was featured in a couple of the photos. 

Onsite Dual Enrollment: This summer the following professors are adapting the course content of their regular classroom courses to be used in the Onsite Dual Enrollment program to be delivered at such schools as Chattanooga Christian School, Christian Academy of Knoxville, and others. The professors produce for each course a syllabus with detailed guidelines and lecture notes for the instructor, homework assignments, sample tests, computer labs, and the like:
  • Dr. Bob Andrews: CT 113 Christian Worldview
  • Dr. Steve Barnett: PHYS 112 Astronomy
  • Dr. Jeff Boyce: MATH 211 Elementary Statistics
  • Dr. Kevin Clauson: ECFN 211 Introduction to Political Economy
  • Dr. Jud Davis: BIB 224 NT Literature and Interpretation
  • Dr. Brian Eisenback: BIO 115 Environmental Science
  • Mr. Bill Harle: ENG 111 Freshman English
  • Dr. Phil Lestmann: Math 114 Algebra and Geometry
  • Dr. Clark Rose: PSY 111 General Psychology
  • Dr. Bradford Sample: HIS 221 History of the United States I
  • Dr. Dana Wilson: EHS 111 Concepts of Physical Fitness
Dr. Michele Pascucci attended the XI Encuentro Práctico de Profesorado de ELE (XI Practical Meeting of Professors of Spanish as a Foreign Language), hosted by the Instituto Cervantes in conjunction with International House Madrid and Editorial Edinumen, May 28-29, in Madrid, Spain. She also received a grant from the Appalachian College Association to participate in the LearnChicago faculty study trip to the city of Chicago and the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, July 19-24.

Dr. Adina Scruggs was a guest lecturer (pictured at right) in April at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, speaking on the following topics to applied economics and language arts students:
  • Marketing : An Essential Business Discipline
  • The Importance of Leadership
  • Leadership: The Crucial Need in Administration
  • The Unique Challenges of Promoting Charity in the US
  • SWOT: An Overview for Future Analysis
Four MBA students traveled with Dr. Scruggs to the Czech Republic and participated in an international internship pilot program.  Read more >>

In  June Dr. Scruggs gave a presentation to regional vice presidents of sales at the Executive Meeting of Dover Corporation, hosted by Heil Trailer, Athens, TN.  Her talk was entitled "Effectively Growing in a Challenging Market: The Importance of Market Orientation."

Dr. Mel R. Wilhoit accompanied the Bryan Chorale on their two-week Missions Tour to Europe in May (read more >>).  Dr. Wilhoit's summer performance schedule included the following:
  • He performed a variety of popular tunes on the trumpet and flugelhorn at the Community Arts Center in Danville, KY, for the Gallery Hop during the Great American Brass Band Festival on June 11.  See picture at right.
  • He performed with a brass quintet and as soloist for the Chattanooga First Presbyterian Church Noontime Concert Series. 
  • On July 25 he will perform in a concert with the Tabernacle Symphony of Praise at Ridgedale Baptist Church in Chattanooga.