Alumni to Come Home for Homecoming 2015

Homecoming 2015September 15, 2015 – In less than three weeks Bryan College alumni and their families will flood onto campus for a priceless weekend of fun, fellowship, and festivities for Homecoming 2015 that will stretch from Friday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 4.

The weekend will open with a special alumni chapel service in Rudd Auditorium at 10 A.M. on Friday, featuring alumni Jimmy Davis ’90 and Damon Kelly ’90. Later in the day are several opportunities to mingle at various meet and greets for career services, business alumni, and worldview alumni, all leading up to the celebrated yearly Tuscany in the Triangle dinner, to which everyone is welcome. Offered at the same time is the Class of 1990 25th reunion dinner, hosted on the second floor of the library. Friday night also features several alumni sports games (baseball, basketball, rugby), along with a red-carpet premier of 1996 alumnus Walker Haynes’ film “Hamlet’s Ghost” in Rudd.

Saturday promises to be the “mane” event of the weekend, with the Paw Pounder Extreme 5K and 10K and the Paw Pounder Obstacle Runs, along with the anticipated alumni soccer games and the very first meet and greet for students and alumni of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies. The Tailgate in the Triangle lunch will feature friend chicken, bounce houses and activities for the children, a photobooth, and more.  A special reception that afternoon will honor Dr. John C. Anderson ‘73H, beloved former professor of Greek, who celebrated his 97th birthday this year.

To close out the weekend alumni and their families are welcome to join in a time of worship Sunday morning, featuring Rev. Christopher E. Burcham ’90 and the Bryan College Worship Team.

“We’re looking forward to an awesome year!” said Alumni Director Paulakay Hall ’84. “The campus spirit is fantastic, and we would like to invite everyone back to reminisce the good old days and experience the very best of Bryan College.”

To see a full and detailed calendar of homecoming events, visit Registration is still open – come home to Bryan College this year, alumni!

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

New Prideland Grill Opens in Student Center

September 15, 2015 – Balloons adorned Latimer Student Center as the new Prideland Grill opened its doors for full service during its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 11.

Prideland GrillAs part of the renovations implemented for this semester, the grill features an ample variety of booth and table seating and connects directly to the game room, providing the expanded Lion’s Den with a comfortable, casual feel that has already proven to be a huge draw for the student body.

With a kitchen provided with quality new equipment including an open flame charbroiler, a bun toaster, and a deep fryer, the menu is greatly expanded from what the SubZone – the grill’s forerunner – has provided over the past few years. Now the plentiful offerings include freshly made burgers, milkshakes, mozzarella sticks, curly fries, and more student favorites.

Food Services Director AJ Caudill said, “I’m excited for this space because I know it’s going to be the hub of activity for people to really fellowship instead of just passing each other in the hallway – to actually hang out, play some games, get a bite to eat, have a milkshake. The SubZone was very successful for what it was, but it was pretty tight, restrictive on seating and equipment and space. Expanding this area, in conjunction with the new student life office, which is now more accessible and welcoming, makes it feel like you’re home, maybe in the basement playing ping pong and eating a burger.”

The opening of the Prideland Grill follows on the heels of additional dining hall improvements and are a result of contract renegotiations with food service provider Pioneer College Caterers, which provided funds for upgrades to the dining areas on campus. Tim Wolters, Pioneer’s vice president of operations, noted that he enjoys working with the dining services team at Bryan and that he is excited about the direction the dining hall and Prideland Grill have taken this year.

Pioneer District Manager Sami Elmaasarani, who said that students had already commented how the Prideland Grill improves the atmosphere of the student center, happily concluded, “It’s a whole different dining experience.”

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

Career Services Open House Draws Over 200

September 14, 2015 – Last Thursday, from 10 A.M. until 2 P.M., Bryan College Career Services hosted an open house designed to familiarize students – from freshmen to seniors – with the myriad events and resources the department provides.

Career Services Open House“We also had the goal of relieving some stress from the first two weeks of class and students’ syllabus shock,” said Director of Career Services Beverley Meadows. “We asked visitors to complete a short survey on what services and events they have found most helpful, along with suggestions on how we can improve our services. All in all, we had over 170 students and over 30 faculty and staff members attend, and it was a great success.”

Students, faculty, and staff who filled out the surveys were entered into drawings for door prizes, including gift cards and gift baskets. Another draw for this event was the availability of complimentary 5-minute chair and hand massages offered by local Christian spa Graceworks. In addition, the first 50 students received free stress balls.

The open house was so well-received that nearly 50 surveys had been submitted before the event even began at 10 A.M. Meadows is thrilled at the number of students the career services department was able to reach through the open house and is confident that the feedback received from the surveys will continue to strengthen the department’s ability to aid students in preparing for future internships and careers.

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

Bryan Ranked No. 15 in Most Affordable Christian Colleges

Most AffordableSeptember 10, 2015 – At the beginning of the month another ranking was released by Christian Universities Online (CUO) revealing the “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities of 2015-2016.” Bryan College placed at an impressive no. 15.

Director of Financial Aid David Haggard commented, “Private college tuition continues to increase every year.  The average private institution was priced at over $31,000 last year. Bryan is 30% more affordable than other similar schools. Choosing one of over 40 programs at Bryan allows a student to earn a valuable degree and saves their family over $36,000 even before generous scholarships and grants are factored in.”

According to CUO editor Michael Templeton, “The ranking was based upon publicly available ‘net price’ tuition data. Average net price is defined as ‘subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance.’”

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

The Bryan Difference Maker Unveiled in Chapel

Bryan Difference MakerSeptember 2, 2015 – Today students cheered as Bryan College has unveiled an exciting new program: The Bryan Difference Maker allows every future first-time freshmen and currently enrolled on-campus student who maintains continuous enrollment and graduates with a 3.5 GPA the opportunity to earn a master’s degree at Bryan tuition-free.

Director of Admissions Joshua Hood, who made the announcement during chapel this morning, said, “For 85 years our faculty and staff have been helping our students connect the dots between a classroom experience and life after college; we want you to be a difference maker! At Bryan you receive a first-class education and earn a bachelor’s degree that will equip you for your future. In this highly competitive global marketplace, a master’s degree can provide an even greater advantage.”

Vice President of Enrollment Rick Taphorn said, “We have spent the past eight months developing this revolutionary, difference-making program, and it is the first of its kind in the country.” Currently Bryan offers three master’s degrees interested and eligible students can select from: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Arts in Christian Studies (M.A.C.S.).

Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay remarked, “As higher education costs continue to rise and often put graduate programs out of financial reach for many families, The Bryan Difference Maker addresses that need providing world-class curricula built on the foundations of a Christian worldview.  Bryan College is delighted to offer this opportunity to our students.”

“I believe that The Bryan Difference Maker will greatly increase our academic profile,” added Dr. Kevin Clauson, the vice president of academics, “meaning it has the real potential to attract increasing numbers of highly qualified (high test scores, high GPAs, etc.) students to the traditional campus, as well as highly-motivated students to our graduate programs – especially as the master’s degree becomes to an increasing extent the new bachelor’s degree. In short, it expands our ability to ‘educate students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.’”

As always, Bryan College alumni can receive a 10% discount on their master’s program tuition.

A question-and-answer session will be held today, Sept. 2, at 4:30 P.M. in the Rhea County Room. All are invited.

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

Bryan Ranked no.3 in Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities

Best Value Christian CollegesAugust 21, 2015 — Bryan College has again scored high on a recent ranking published by Christian Universities Online, an online guide to Christian colleges and universities worldwide.

Bryan ranked no.3 in “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities,” four steps higher than last year’s ranking at no.7, beating out Covenant College (no.34), Union University (no.36), and Lipscomb University (no.45).

“We are honored and thrilled to have such a high ranking of our academic programs by Christian Universities Online,” remarked Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay. “All of our courses reflect our mission statement with a strong commitment to a biblical worldview. The ranking is a wonderful tribute to our outstanding faculty and staff and their commitment to Christian higher education.”

Admissions Director Joshua Hood ’01 said, “Our higher ranking is representative of the great relationships our faculty and staff have with our students! We help our students ‘connect the dots’ between the classroom experience and life after college; to become men and women who love Jesus Christ, serve people, and succeed in their careers.”

“BC is no stranger to our rankings with its highest prior ranking being in the top 10 of our affordability ranking,” said the rating’s author Michael Templeton. “BC has also earned spots in our overall best and lowest debt rankings. BC brings strong results to the table when considering our overall best categories such as percentage of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving financial aid, overall retention rate and a healthy overall graduation rate. The selectivity of the BC admission process earned them the most points and served to push them over the top in earning them their highest ranking to date.”

This ranking takes into consideration overall discount value with information from the National Center for Education Statistics. According to their website, Christian Universities Online website “is an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education.”

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

Bryan to Act as First Beta Testing Center for New ARC Entrance Exam

August 19, 2015 – One month from today, on September 19, 2015, Bryan College will become the very first beta testing center in the nation for the new ARC college entrance exam.

ARC Entrance ExamThe knowledge-based exam covers topics similar to the commonly used ACT exam, including English, reading, mathematics, history, and science. It has been developed with those students from educational backgrounds rejecting Common Core and will therefore not be Common Core-aligned.

The beta test will take place at Bryan’s Dayton, Tenn., campus on September 19 at an event called the “Day of Encouragement for Homeschoolers.” High schoolers can take the test at one of two times, 8:30 A.M. or 12:30 P.M., while their parents enjoy provided complimentary workshops led by veteran homeschooling authors and speakers, including many Bryan faculty members. In addition, there will be  a meet and greet session with available online professors. Although the event and workshops are geared toward homeschoolers, anyone is welcome to attend.

Both the ARC beta test and the Day of Encouragement for Homeschoolers are free of charge, but registration is necessary. For more information, please contact Admissions Homeschool Specialist Pat Wesolowski at

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

SouthEast Bank in Dayton Awards Scholarships

August 14, 2015 — SouthEast Bank and Bryan College announce that four students have been selected to receive the SouthEast Bank Scholar Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. This scholarship will provide each student with $7,000 annually to offset the cost of tuition and assist in accomplishing academic and personal goals.

SouthEast Bank ScholarshipsPresident Stephen D. Livesay remarked, “We appreciate the investment SouthEast Bank is making in our community through these students.” He said that these four students would not be able to further their education at Bryan without this scholarship from SouthEast Bank. “It’s amazing to see what this bank is doing in the community, and that means so much to these students, who wouldn’t be able to come to Bryan otherwise,” he said. “The encouragement is a wonderful blessing.”

“We’re excited and proud of Bryan College,” commented SouthEast Bank Senior Vice President Randy Wells. He mentioned how the Scholars Awards enable the selected students to continue their education and contribute to Rhea County and Tennessee’s economic health; many have remained in Rhea County after graduation and are now full members of the community. “They come from all over the nation, and the number that stay in Dayton amaze me,” he said, referencing  the impact they have in every area of the community, from education to real estate.

The program is designed to recognize and reward outstanding students seeking higher education in Tennessee, underwriting tuition expenses for qualified incoming freshmen at participating colleges and universities statewide. SouthEast Bank, with total assets in excess of $500 million, operates full service banking offices throughout the regions of East and Middle Tennessee.

Recipients of the SouthEast Bank Scholars include a prestigious group of incoming students from Tennessee chosen by participating post-secondary institutions for their exceptional character and academic commitment. In addition to meeting the minimum criteria of achieving a 3.25 high school grade point average or a 23 ACT score, students who are awarded this distinct honor have also demonstrated financial need and community involvement.

Director of Financial Aid David Haggard added that he had the honor of bearing the good news to one of the scholarship recipients this year, who was prepared to have to decline coming to Bryan due to finances: “I was able to say, ‘Through SouthEast Bank we have a scholarship they want to give to you for your hard work and the generosity of the bank,’ and they were ecstatic! They went from not being able to come to Bryan to being able to make it happen. To every one of these students, that’s the difference maker for them.”

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

Pardon Our Dust – Exciting Campus Renovations

August 11, 2015 – With students already returning and faculty and staff preparing for the school year, exciting renovations are readying the Bryan College campus for the Fall 2015 semester close at hand.

Office of Student LifeThe largest and perhaps the most exciting of these improvements is a revamping of the main spaces of the Latimer Student Center. The Office of Student Life now enjoys more space, taking up the room left by the transition of the Lion’s Den to the opposite rooms – formerly the campus store and the SubZone café.

As a result of contract renegotiations with food service provider Pioneer, funds were provided for upgrades to the dining areas on campus. The dining hall on the first floor of the student center will boast upgraded flooring, new eye-catching full-color signage, and four digital signboards kept up to date with the latest meal offerings, including two separate hot lines and a designer salad “tossed entrée bar.”

This funding also made possible the expansion of the Lion’s Den area, which now offers twice as much open space with attractive new flooring, a small raised stage platform, a new Prideland Grill with an exciting menu, various casual seating options with pendant lighting, and the pool and ping-pong tables students have always loved. Bryan College memorabilia will line the walls and provide an ambience of school spirit.

Lion's Pride Campus StoreTo make room for the improvements to the Lion’s Den, the Lion’s Pride Campus Store has moved to its new convenient central location on the first floor of Mercer Hall, between the mailroom and the welcome center. On the third floor of the same building students will be able to take advantage of increased study space near the science labs. An additional music practice area will offer the Worship Arts Team ample space to practice and store equipment in Rudd Auditorium.

The Bryan Lions athletes also benefit in this summer’s campus renovations in the form of additional improved drainage and smooth laser-graded fields for both soccer and baseball (infield), and a safety net between the soccer fields and adjacent parking lot, along with concrete pads for the team benches to rest on. One floor in the practice gym has been replaced with turf floor bought from Finley Stadium.

These impressive improvements are set to be largely completed by the time classes begin, enabling students to enjoy them immediately.

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

Bryan Athletics Acquires Three New Staff Members

July 31, 2015 — Bryan College Athletics is honored to have recent Bryan College Graduate Wesley Sanders join the staff as the new Sports Information Director, Brian Nelson become the current Head Athletic Trainer, and TJ Zinke take on the role as the new Assistant Athletic Trainer.

Wesley SandersWesley Sanders joins the Bryan College Athletic Staff as the Sports Information Director. Sanders graduated from Bryan this past spring with a degree in Exercise Health Science, with minors in Business and Biblical Studies.

During his senior year, Sanders did an internship in the Athletic Department working directly with Athletic Director Taylor Hasty. “It was a natural transition for us,” remarked Coach Hasty, “Wes is a wonderful young man who is full of ideas and passion. He will do a great job for us because he cares deeply about Bryan College, Lion Athletics, and the local community. I am thankful to have him on staff as our ambassador for all we do here.”

“I am so excited to be serving at my alma-mater,” said Sanders, “I am thankful to work alongside our incredible athletics staff and support them in any way that I can.”

Sanders and his wife, Tabitha (also a Bryan graduate), were married this past June and currently reside in Dayton, Tenn.

Brian NelsonBrian Nelson began his tenure as Head Athletic Trainer at Bryan College in June of 2015.  Having received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Toledo, Brian comes to Bryan College after a three year stint at Houghton College (NY) as the Assistant Athletic Trainer.  Brian has established a residence in Dayton, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and daughter, Kaylee.

TJ Zinke (photo unavailable) will be joining the Athletic Training Staff as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.  TJ is a wonderful young man who has a passion for our Savior and a servant’s heart for our student athletes.  He is a graduate of Wheaton College in 2011 with a B.S. in Applied Health Science and a minor in Philosophy.  He then completed his graduate degree in Athletic Training at UTC in the spring of 2014.  TJ is coming from Covenant College.  He will begin working on August 3.