Caudill Wins Pioneer College Caterers’ President’s Award

May 21, 2015 – On May 19 Bryan College’s own Food Services Director AJ Caudill won the prestigious President’s Award from Pioneer College Caterers for his excellent work serving students, faculty, and staff.

AJ Caudill, left, with Pioneer Disctrict Manager Sami Elmaasarani

AJ Caudill, left, with Pioneer Disctrict Manager Sami Elmaasarani

According to Pioneer College Caterers, the President’s Award is the highest honor a foodservice director can receive. It is presented to the foodservice director who has shown excellence in  the following fields: client relations and satisfaction; menu/program development, innovation, and presentation; adherence to company mission/values statement; compliance with company policies and programs; marketing program development and execution; employee training and development; sanitation and safety; financial performance.

“Ever since his arrival at Bryan College, AJ has endeavored to serve our college community with a Christ-like attitude and a commitment to excellence,” stated Vice President of Student Services and Ministries Tim Hostetler. “Not only has his service and cuisine been exemplary, but he has also connected on a personal level with many of our students and staff.”

Vice President of Finance and Enrollment Rick Taphorn agreed: “Bryan College’s cafeteria hosts many community events, both small and very large. The quality of food at these events has always rivaled and often surpassed any that I have experienced at some of the finest restaurants and convention centers. Every detail of the meal is thought out and planned to perfection.”

“In a close knit community,” remarked President Stephen D. Livesay, “no place is more important as a daily (and multiple times during the day) gathering place than our dining hall.” He continued, “For the first time in my nearly 40 years working in educational institutions, the food item is praised as a positive when students are asked by our Board members! That takes much work, creativity, care, and a listening ear to be able to consistently satisfy both needs and desires of the entire Bryan community.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;

Bryan offers dual enrollment scholarships

May 14, 2015 – The cost of education is rising nationwide, but Bryan College has seen the need to subsidize costs and has responded against the odds to offer scholarship assistance to meet the needs of students interested in its quickly growing dual enrollment program.

Students from last year's dual enrollment trip to Italy

Students from last year’s dual enrollment trip to Italy

Bryan College offers dual enrollment courses both onsite in Dayton and at several partner school sites across the region, in addition to online courses. The dual enrollment opportunity is available to both Tennessee and non-Tennessee students.

Director of Dual Enrollment Janine McCurdy stated that Bryan College is committed to keeping the cost of dual enrollment accessible to students locally, regionally and nationally.  Beginning fall 2015, Bryan College will be offering a $200 dual enrollment scholarship per course for both in-state and out-of-state students. This, coupled with the Tennessee dual enrollment grant, allows Tennessee juniors and seniors the opportunity to take several college courses for free.

Bryan dual enrollment students also have the opportunity to participate in a 16-day-long fine arts tour and course in Italy.

Former dual enrollment student and recent Bryan graduate Andrew Morrison of Pennsylvania commented that he graduated a year early this month because he was able to take Bryan’s dual enrollment courses.

“Having dual enrollment at Bryan helped me complete two-year pre-requisites at our local community college in three semesters,” added another student from Indiana. “The professors cared about their students, and I really appreciated how the courses solidified my Biblical worldview.”

For more information about Bryan College’s dual enrollment program, please visit or contact the dual enrollment office at 423.775.7556.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;

Bryan awards 180 degrees at spring commencement

May 12, 2015 – One hundred eighty students received their well-earned degrees this year at Bryan College’s ninetieth commencement ceremonies on May 9.

Commencement SP15On Friday, May 8, ten members of the Class of 1965 returned to Bryan to celebrate their 50th graduation anniversary as “Golden Grads.”  They enjoyed a time of fellowship at a special luncheon and dinner that afternoon and night. Later that evening the Golden Grads stood out on the third-floor balcony of the Latimer Student Center and prayed over the Class of 2015, who were at their Vespers ceremony in Rudd Auditorium.

Among the awards presented at commencement were –

P.A. Boyd Prizes: Robin Harrison and Daniel Katz

Highest Scholastic Record: Kristin Jager and Crystal Passburg

Most Progress: Derek Dunaway

Faithfulness and Loyalty Award: Hannah Mileur

At Saturday morning’s commencement President Stephen D. Livesay said, “To the new graduates: I commend you for persevering in the pursuit of your degrees, for triumphing over many obstacles, to obtain the goal that has been set before you.” He encouraged them, continuing, “You have been chosen by our God for this hour to reason with your peers of this generation with the merit of a Christian worldview as the foundation for every aspect of life, society, culture. You have been chosen to live a life through word and deed that exalts the name of Jesus Christ and gives witness to Him.”

Graduating senior Daniel Katz concluded during his commencement address Saturday morning, “If we slow down enough, we’ll all be overwhelmed with what we’ve experienced; but the richness of our time at Bryan, its heaviness, are only small experiences of the weight of glory, just pointing us to the finer reality of eternity.”

Dr. Scott Jones, who spoke at the commencement for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies Saturday afternoon, said that the pursuit of education glorifies the Lord because of the call to love Him holistically with all of one’s being. “You are to be a light in a dark world that desperately needs the Light,” he challenged the new graduates. “You have received a Christ-centered education at Bryan College; you have been equipped with the training and preparation that you need. Leave this place determined to be a servant of Christ who makes a difference in your world.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;

Commencement to be held in Triangle

May 7, 2015 – Students, faculty, and staff are excited over the fact that, for the first time since 2011, this year’s spring commencement service will be held outside in the Triangle.

The 2015 ceremonies, both on May 9, include the graduation of 115 traditional students from the School of Arts and Sciences, along with 98 students from the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) – including 24 M.B.A. recipients. Graduating senior Daniel Katz will be giving the commencement address for the 9:30 ceremony, and Dr. Scott Jones will be speaking for the 3:00 AGS ceremony.

Also making an appearance on campus this weekend are 10 members of the Class of 1965 celebrating their Golden Anniversary class reunion.  Friday night offers a reunion dinner with special student-led music and door prizes, as well as a special time of mingling and memories.  At commencement these special alumni will come forward as Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay presents them with commemorative diplomas.  Alumni Director Paulakay Hall will welcome the members of the Class of 2015 into the Bryan College Alumni Association.

The commencement ceremony for the School of Arts and Sciences is set to begin at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday in the Triangle, between the Latimer Student Center and Mercer Hall. For graduates from the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, commencement begins at 3 P.M. in Rudd Auditorium.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;


Spring musical showcase benefits anti-trafficking initiative

5.1_SpringMusicalShowcaseMay 1, 2015 — The Bryan College Music Department’s annual Spring Musical Showcase this evening will feature music by faculty, student soloists, and all Bryan’s ensembles. The performances feature ensembles in mostly secular literature, the jazz ensemble, and the exciting addition of two scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s acclaimed The Magic Flute.

This benefit concert is free and open to the public, but voluntary donations will be accepted for the Bryan College Center for Leadership Initiatives: The Justice and Mercy Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. The exciting performance begins at 7:30 P.M. in Rudd Auditorium on Friday, May 1.

For more information, contact Darlene Lestmann at 423.775.7498 or

Men’s golf finishes strong in AAC National qualifier

Men's Golf AAC QualifierApril 29, 2015 — The Bryan Lions Men’s Golf team finished strong at the AAC National Qualifier at the beautiful 6,846 yard Governor’s Towne Club in Acworth, Ga. In the third round Bryan fired a 305 as a team, bettering the overall AAC champion Tennessee Wesleyan, the Fall AAC Champion, Union, and the Spring AAC Champion, Truett-McConnell.

The strong finish in the third round allowed Bryan to finish 4th overall in the National Qualifier. Sophomore, Tom Durbin, led the Lions firing a 73-73-77, totaling 223, to finish in 5th place making the AAC National Qualifier All-Tournament team. Tom also made the AAC All Conference Team for the second year in a row. He became the first Bryan Lion to accomplish this feat. Finishing two strokes behind Durbin was senior, Dean Hoare, who fired a 76-76-73, totaling 225, to finish in the top 10. Dean’s score of 73 was tied for the third lowest score in the third round on the difficult Governor’s Towne Club Course. Dean had finished the fall season ranked in the top 25 in the nation with a 72.50 average. His overall average for the entire year was 73.76, making him the third highest ranked player in the AAC.

Baseball sweeps on senior day 2015

April 21, 2015 — Following a Friday night loss to Union College, the Bryan College baseball team headed into Senior Day Saturday needing a sweep to keep the Lions in the race for second place in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Standings.  Due in large part to senior contributions, the Lions were able to pull off the sweep and take the series.Baseball sweeps senior day '15Union was the better team on Friday night led by starting pitcher Matt Hasenbeck who moved to 8-0 on the season, tossing seven innings, allowing just three runs on five hits.  Senior first baseman Nelson Price shut the door for the Bulldogs throwing the 8th and 9th innings, striking out the side in the bottom of the 9th.

However, on Saturday a combination of pitching and offense proved to be too much for Union to overcome.  Starting senior right hander, Kenny Knudsen (SR/Sugar Hill, Ga.) was superb throwing a 3 hit, shutout, his 5th shutout of the season.  The offense got going in the bottom of the 3rd inning, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits.  The Lions would add 3 more in the 5th and 2 more runs in the 6th to add to their lead and Knudsen would strikeout the final hitter of the game as Bryan ran away with game 1, final score 11-0.  Senior Kelvin McMiller (SR/Oakland, Calif.) led the Lion offense with a double and a home run to go with 3 RBI.

The second game of the doubleheader proved to be more of the same for the Lions.  Union was able to work a run off Bryan starter, LJ Rowden (JR/Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) in the top of the first but the Lion offense would answer in a big way in the bottom of the inning as they chased Bulldog starter Matt Hamons with 6 runs off 3 hits and 2 Union fielding errors.  The Lions would continue to add to their lead, scoring 1 run in the 2nd, 5th and 6th innings to go with a 2 run homerun by Bryan freshman catcher Jesus Astudillo (FR/Caracas, Venezuela), his second of the day.

Rowden was relieved by freshman right hander, Rex Romero (FR/Windsor, Ontario, Canada), who surrendered a two-run home run to left center by Bulldog first baseman Nelson Price.  Senior reliever, John Cain (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) finished Union off however throwing the final two innings for Bryan, striking out 5.

“Senior day is always a special time around here,” Bryan [Baseball] Head Coach, Taylor Hasty, remarked, “it is even better when we win the way we did.  Our team does a great job cheering for one another and playing together, today was no exception.”

The Lions improve to 34-14 on the year, with a 13-9 mark in the AAC.  They return to action on the road at Lee University tonight.

Hilltop Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”

April 7, 2015 – On April 16 – 18, 2015, Bryan’s Hilltop Players will present “The Diary of Anne Frank,” fully staged and with orchestra.

Anne FrankDirector Bernie Belisle commented, “‘Anne Frank’ is a powerful story of love, labor, and perseverance during WWII. Based on the book ‘The Diary of a Young Girl,’ ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ explores the fears and faith of a Jewish family faced with living in hiding during the German occupation of Amsterdam for 2 ½ years.”

Cast members include Rachel Liebert as Anne Frank, Caleb Julin as Otto Frank, Jessica Baskin as Edith Frank, Danielle Thompson as Margot Frank, Chase Smith as Peter van Daan, Drew Warren as Mr. van Daan, Kaitlyn Couch as Mrs. van Daan, Brandon Lawrence as Mr. Dussel, Martha Powers as Miep Gies, and Elijah Gray as Mr. Kraler.

The play opens on Thursday, April 16 – which coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Day – and runs through April 18. Performances begin at 7:30 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

Non-BC Students: $7

Adults: $9

Tickets sales are now available at the Box Office and Lion’s Pride Campus Store.

For cash and check sales visit the Box Office (Rudd 114) during the hours of 11 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday – Friday (no phone orders).

For credit card sales, call 423.775.7271 or visit the Lion’s Pride Campus Store, 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday-Friday.

Bryan Lion bounces ball from Russia to Tennessee to Iowa

March 23, 2015 – SIOUX CITY | It doesn’t show much on the stat sheet — the one rebound Dasha Sharova snares for her Bryan College Lions on Thursday as the clock ticks away in a 76-35 loss to Concordia University, an NAIA heavyweight.

Dasha SharovaBut being in the game — and in the game’s official record — means the world to this tournament’s Russian representative.

“I love coming here,” Sharova says.

Sharova, a native of Norlisk, Russia, would love to stay in Sioux City longer. She pledges to return next year, and hopes for a longer visit.

Her stay in the U.S., she predicts, could last a lifetime if things fall just so.

“I don’t want to go back to Russia,” she says. “There isn’t as much chance for me to succeed in my field there.”

Sharova, a health and exercise science major, seeks to become a strength and conditioning coach. She’d prefer to work with a U.S. collegiate basketball team, or an organization elsewhere here or in another country, wherever that path may take her.

The path that leads to the Tyson Events Center for the NAIA Division II Women’s National Basketball Championship is a long and interesting one.

Sharova leaves Russia to attend Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo. She joins her twin sister, Katia Sharova.

Why Northwest? Why Powell, Wyo.?

“It is a school that takes people with zero (English) language,” she says.

The sum total of her English upon arriving in Wyoming was this: “Hello, my name is Dasha.”

“We were pretty good in Russia,” says Sharova, who once scored 36 points in a game. “My sister was the point guard, I was a guard.”

Katia Sharova transfers after one year and ends up enrolled at Montreat College in Asheville, N.C. She begins playing for the Cavaliers. Dasha finds her way to tiny Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., enrollment 750. Like Montreat, the Bryan Lions compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

The identical twins play against one another in college. Twin sisters from Russia opposing one another.

I ask if she’s ever played against her sister before.

She smiles and in perfect English delivers a slam dunk for a response. “I played against my sister at home all the time growing up!”

The twins find themselves cheering for one another as collegiate foes. Dasha laughs, recalling how a teammate gently gave her an elbow to the ribs as they sat on the bench in a game versus Montreat. “I cheered for my sister when she scored against us,” she says.

Katia did the same when Dasha scored.

The memories remain vivid, a shared experience in the Applachians. Such bonds may work to keep both on U.S. soil once their playing days end. Dasha, for her part, seeks to enter graduate school after graduating from Bryan next spring.

In addition to limited work opportunities back home, she doesn’t have family left in her home country. Her father, Sergei, died 10 years ago; her mother, Inessa, died two years ago. Both were in their 40s, far too young.

“It’s just me and my sister now,” Dasha says moments after her national tournament experience ends in defeat. “I get to see her when we play and a few other times.

“I’ve made many friends here.”

She then talks about improvements she must make to help her Lions roar a little louder in Sioux City one year from now.

“I need to read the game better,” she says.

And then she hops on the team bus and readies for a 15-hour ride back to the mountains and Dayton, Tenn. She’ll spend time reading on the bus, preparing for an English paper and homework that’s due for her minor.

Her minor? “It’s Spanish,” she says. “I have a bunch of it to get done now.”

Original article published by the Sioux City Journal March 13, 2015; text by Tim Gallagher; photo by Jim Lee. Text and photo used with the kind permission of the Sioux City Journal.

Eighth Annual Bryan Opportunity Program Dinner April 16

BOP special guest Luke Zamperini

BOP special guest Luke Zamperini

March 20, 2015 –The Eighth Annual Bryan Opportunity Program Dinner will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center at 6 P.M. on Thursday, April 16, 2015. This annual dinner benefits and honors the Bryan Opportunity Program (BOP), which makes Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., accessible to academically qualified Tennessee students with significant financial need.  Since Bryan College’s first BOP dinner in 2008, this program has enabled 205 low income Tennessee residents to receive a Bryan education.

Special guest Luke Zamperini, son of WWII war hero Louis Zamperini, will share his father’s story of survival, resilience, and redemption as told in the book and recent movie Unbroken.

Bryan encourages you to attend this year’s BOP dinner and enjoy the fellowship and program. Investing in the lives of Tennessee students who just need a little help to pursue their dreams is more than generosity: it is a legacy. For more information and to register, go to or call 423.775.7323 or 1.800.552.7926.