Faculty-Staff August news update
August 20, 2010

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Media Specialist David Beisner filmed and produced two videos for the Dayton Rotary Club this summer. The first was used as a special welcome for the installation of their new president, and the second was a highlights video of the proceedings of one of their July meetings.

Dr. Brian Eisenback was lead author on a paper published in the August issue of The Journal of Economic Entomology. The paper, based on Dr. Eisenback's doctoral dissertation work at Virginia Tech, is entitled "Lethal and sublethal effects of imidacloprid on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and two introduced predator species."

Dr. Gary Fitsimmons submitted another article in his column “The Small Library Perspective: Library Leadership” published in The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances. He has published articles quarterly in this column since issue 4 of volume 20 (2007). 

Dr. David Luther performed as a soloist at First Presbyterian Church Chattanooga in their community outdoor concert series in May, performed as soloist at Hillside Covenant Church in Walnut Creek, California, in July; and attended Hinshaw Celebration Music Conference in Raleigh, N.C., the first week of August.

Dr. Sigrid Luther attended the Tennessee Music Teachers Association Conference
June 5-8 in Chattanooga, adjudicating auditions, presiding at two master classes she had organized, and giving the keynote speech at the banquet. She accompanied a soloist concert on June 16 as part of the summer lunch outreach of First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga. She also attended the Board of Directors meeting of the Music Teachers National Association July 8-10 in Cincinnati. As Vice-President, she completed a handbook for national performance competition coordinators and is directing the Membership Committee in a recruitment and retention initiative.

From the Office of Admissions:
  • Admissions Counselors Caleb Fendrich, Chris Henderson, Dennis Scheidt, and Lindsey Wolfe attended the NACAAP Admissions Counselor workshop at Anderson University, South Carolina, August 2-6
  • On August 9, Director of Admissions Dr. Michael Nichols was elected to serve on the Board of Directors and named executive director of Engage International. Dr. Nichols will serve as an advisor to the board and direct projects and operations in the United States.
Dr. Michele Pascucci
attended the Tennessee State Court Interpreter Ethics and Skill Building Workshop in Nashville, August 7-8.  

Dr. Drew Randle was a chapel speaker in July at the Cumberland Springs Bible Camp in Dayton, Tennessee, where he spoke to the campers on “Choices.” 

Dr. Roger Sanders received an ACA fellowship and has traveled to New York, the Smithsonian, the Chicago Field Museum and the Missouri Botanic Garden to conduct research on Lantana. Dr. Sanders also presented a paper entitled, "Baraminic Status of the Verbenaceae (Verbena Family") at the July 28-30 Annual Joint conference of the BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group and the Creation Geology Society.

Dr. Todd Wood attended the Evolution 2010 Conference in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Wood also presented two papers at the July 28-30 Annual Joint conference of the BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group and the Creation Geology Society:
  • Species and Genus Counts for Terrestrial Mammal Families Reveals Evidence for and against Widespread Intrabaraminic Diversification
  • A Re-evaluation of the Baraminic Status of Australopithecus sediba Using Cranial and Postcranial Characters

Ms. Yager, center back row, pictured with some of
the missionaries she worked with in India.
Ms. Bonnie-Marie Yager was in India for three weeks this summer working with Acts Project interns and Bryan’s partners at Word for the World. On June 29 she was a speaker at the Mumbai Christian Workers Seminar and shared ways to minister and engage youth in the midst of a growing generation divide. She joined the Acts Project interns in ministry and helped lead a week-long missionary training session in Pondicherry, India, for Word for the World. The team also visited leper colonies and hospitals and village schools.  In addition, Ms. Yager was the guest speaker for the Chattanooga Scenic City Women’s Network at their July luncheon. She spoke about vocation and how Christian community helps us discover God’s greater calling for our lives. Ms. Yager shared about various Bryan College initiatives, including SSTOP, PCI and the Acts Project.