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.

Bryan Ranked Among Most Affordable Colleges in Eastern U.S.

July 28, 2015 — In a recent ranking published last month by Great Value Colleges, Bryan College placed no. 66 in the list of 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi.

Great Value CollegesThis ranking is calculated out of traditional four-year schools of 4,000 or fewer students. Out of the more than 400 qualifying schools east of the Mississippi River, 100 were determined as the most affordable and ranked according to average net price* and annual cost. Bryan College placed an impressive no. 66, in addition to being called “one of the best small colleges in Tennessee.”

“I love being able to spread the word about what a wonderful value Bryan is,” commented Director of Financial Aid David Haggard. “We are a small school that offers so much at an amazing price. Our tuition is one of the lowest among private schools in the nation, and we offer generous scholarships and grants to most of our students. Rankings like this make it clear that we truly desire to be an affordable option for Christian higher education.”

According to their website, Great Value Colleges boasts “years of demonstrable expertise and skill at helping students and their families successfully choose from among only those colleges and universities that truly are aptly-suited to provide them with the highest level of education possible and the most diverse and comprehensive package of student assistance, support, and services.”

To see what scholarships they are eligible for and to apply for scholarships, prospective students are encouraged to visit Bryan’s financial aid page here.

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


*According to the ranking’s methodology, “’Net Price’ refers to an adjusted price that considers both annual tuition costs and added fees as well as the average financial aid package per student. College Navigator, a component of the National Center for Education Statistics, calculates these figures primarily from self-reported institutional information. Understandably, the actual cost for your education will depend on the length of your degree program, your personal economic situation, your ability to attain scholarships, school-imposed tuition changes, and other factors.”


Three Bryan Lion Teams Receive NAIA Scholar-Team Honors

NAIA Scholar-TeamsJuly 17, 2015 — On Wednesday, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the winners of their Scholar-Teams for 2014-15. The Bryan Lions Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s Basketball teams are honored by their hard work in the classroom and their academic success.

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

All three teams are impressive, but the Volleyball team finished in front of the pack with the highest grade point average, 3.20. The Lady Lion’s Soccer Team followed not too far behind with a 3.18 team GPA, and the Men’s Basketball team earned a solid 3.05 GPA.

There is a total of 1,502 teams that have been given the distinction of Scholar-Teams for the 2014-15 academic year.

For more information on NAIA awards, including the Scholar-Team honor, click here.

AmazonSmile Purchases Benefit Bryan College

AmazonSmileJuly 3, 2015 — Bryan College is pleased to announce that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of each eligible AmazonSmile purchase to Bryan. Signing up is easy:

  • Visit on your computer or mobile device
  • Select Bryan College as your chosen charitable organization before shopping
  • Then shop for all your Amazon purchases

Benefiting Bryan College has never been so simple. Sign up today!

Dates Set for Free Campus Visits, Homeschoolers Welcome

June 30, 2015 – Dates have been set for several eye-opening campus visitation days at Bryan College, absolutely free of charge. Middle and high school students from public and private schools, as well as the homeschool community, are welcome and encouraged to come to campus and see what Bryan is all about.

Campus VisitsComing up in less than two weeks, the first of these events is the Summit Visitation Day during the annual intensive Summit Student Worldview Conference in July. On Saturday, July 11, from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., prospective students will have the chance to hear respected author and speaker Josh McDowell present on “Bible: Fact, Fiction or Fallacy,” as well as tour campus, eat in the dining hall, and attend several workshops on topics such as worldview and the significance of Dayton, Bryan, and the Scopes Trial. This event is free for teens age 15 and up, and parents are welcome – but registration is limited, so those interested should sign up soon!

September 7 Bryan welcomes students to a special Labor Day on the Hill, offering yet more opportunities for students to tour campus, eat a meal in the dining hall, attend class and chapel, and talk with an admissions representative.

Campus Preview Day, October 22-23, features an exciting overnight visit that shows prospective Bryan Lions what it is like to live in the dorms, as well as attending class and chapel. The uniqueness of this event – one of Bryan’s most popular – lies in the students’ ability to experience the Bryan College campus community firsthand, and this event is also free of cost.

These campus visits are open to students of all academic backgrounds, and Admissions Homeschool Specialist Pat Wesolowski encourages homeschoolers, as well as public- and private-schoolers, to take advantage of these hands-on opportunities to get to know Bryan College.

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