Christmas concert promises holiday spirit

ChristmasOnTheHillNov. 21, 2014 – Tickets are now on sale for the Bryan College music department’s annual Christmas concert, Christmas on the Hill, which will be jingling into Rudd Auditorium Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6.

The talented Metropolitan Bells group out of Chattanooga, Tenn., will be joining Bryan’s own soloists, brass and flute ensembles, women’s chorus, Chamber Singers, and chorale for an evening of Christmas spirit. The concert promises traditional carols, fresh tunes, and holiday favorites, such as “Joy to the World,” “African Alleluia,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “White Christmas,” and “Breath of Heaven,” along with many, many others.

“The most interesting piece, and one which will be exciting, is the finale,” said Dr. David Luther, professor of music and director of the Bryan College Chorale and Chamber Singers. This breathtaking finale, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” will be performed by the chorale, along with timpani, trumpet, organ, and the acclaimed Metropolitan Bells.

Dr. Luther, affectionately known to his students and alumni as “Dr. D,” admits that preparing for this year’s Christmas concert is a very emotional process for him. He has been involved in each of Bryan’s Christmas concerts for what is now the 37th year in a row. He said, “This will be the absolute final time I will direct the chorale, which I have directed for the last 28 years – and it has been a wonderful honor to have done so!”

Both nights also feature a special optional event – a dinner or a dessert social. Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 P.M. a holiday dinner with a gourmet flair will be served on the second floor of the library; the $20 dinner ticket includes both the meal and a preferred seating concert ticket. Saturday, Dec. 6, alumni are invited to attend the post-concert “Winter Wonderland” dessert social in Brock Hall. Email the alumni office to RSVP for the dessert social.

“Christmas on the Hill” will take place Dec. 5-6 with show time beginning at 7:30 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

  • Concert – Bryan College community: $5
  • Concert – Non-Bryan College students: $7
  • Concert – Adults: $10
  • Concert and dinner package (purchase online) – adult: $20
  • Concert and dinner package (purchase online) – child: $10

General admission, concert-only ticket sales begin Monday, Nov. 24, at the Lion’s Pride Campus Store, 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday-Friday. Tickets for the concert may also be purchased in the Rudd Auditorium lobby prior to the concert, beginning at 6:30 P.M.

For other questions, call 423.775.7323 or email

Three named Staff Members of the Summer

Three named Staff Members of the SummerThe award of Staff Member of the Summer for 2014 has been presented to Charlene Fonseca, Andrew Smith ’13, and Jeff Eenigenburg. President Stephen D. Livesay expressed the college’s deepest appreciation for and admiration of these individuals for “the great work [they] do day in and day out.”

As an academic advisor for Bryan’s dual enrollment program Charlene Fonseca has played an integral role in drawing new students and parents to the college. Her uplifting attitude and tireless work shows her love for people and for the Lord. One of her nominators commented, “Some people just have that special way that they encourage others. Whether it is via a smile or a kind word, Charlene is one of these.”

Andrew Smith ’13, an admissions counselor, personally counseled more than 70 students from the fall 2014 incoming class (this year’s freshmen). “Many nights he was the last one to leave the office as he would stay late in order to reach students,” noted an unnamed coworker, who also drew attention to Smith’s starting and piloting a personal home visit program, in addition to his spending his week of vacation to speak and counsel campers at the Cedine Bible camp in Spring City, Tenn.

Over the summer Director of Campus Worship Jeff Eenigenburg was asked to plan out all the chapel services for the 2014-2015 academic year, in addition to his normal days’ duties. This sizeable project entailed lining up the speakers, planning out the songs for worship, and making room for announcements, all months in advance. Without hesitation, Eenigenburg gladly agreed to do so and planned out one of the most spiritually challenging and inspiring chapel seasons in Bryan’s recent history.

Each of these three Staff Member of the Summer Award recipients has made an incredible difference in the workplace, and Bryan College is grateful to each for their daily pursuit of excellence.

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

Soccer player wins $10k in tuition

Roars of applause rocked the Bryan College gym on Monday night as the basketball Late Night Roar midnight madness event saw senior soccer player Gustavo Angel Tamayo win $10k in tuition by successfully making a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-pointer, and a half-court shot, all within 30 seconds.

Athletic Director Taylor Hasty ’06 recounted the stellar win: “With a broken left finger, Gustavo took his place at half-court. He made the lay-up and a free throw no problem, got a favorable bounce on the 3-pointer, and banked the half-court shot for the money!”

“That’s an unprecedented contest-winner,” remarked Don Rekoske, head men’s basketball coach, commenting that many college basketball players have difficulty making all of those shots in 30 seconds on the first try, let alone a soccer player who has never played competitive basketball.

Gustavo Angel Tamayo has had “zero basketball experience,” in his words, but has closely watched technique since he was introduced to the sport. He said that he had entered his name in the drawing for the contest at the beginning of the night, but was then doing video for the event when his name was selected to try for the $10k win. When the final half-court shot slammed through the net as the buzzer sounded, he was rushed by screaming friends, teammates, and classmates, who lifted him up in the air with cheers. “It was just a great feeling, especially to share it with everyone in the Bryan community,” he said.

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

Bryan College board selects new chair and vice-chair

Delana Bice '74On Friday, Oct. 24, the board of trustees of Bryan College unanimously selected Delana Bice ‘74 as its new chairperson. Bice takes on the position following fourteen years on the board, the last six as vice-chair. Her soon-to-be predecessor Col. John Haynes (ret.) is retiring as chairman but will remain on the board. Bice is co-founder of BICE & Associates Real Estate Services, a brokerage and consulting firm in Houston, Texas.

Stepping into the role of vice-chair is J. Wayne Cropp ‘74, a trustee since 2007. Cropp is a prominent attorney in Chattanooga.

“I’m honored and humbled to have been elected chairperson of the Bryan College board of trustees,” said Bice. “I’m passionate about what God is doing in and through Bryan and I look forward to a prosperous future for the college.”

J. Wayne Cropp '74Bryan College President Stephen Livesay praised the board’s choice for its new chair and vice-chair.

“Delana Bice and Wayne Cropp are excellent choices to provide the next wave of leadership to the Bryan board of trustees,” said Livesay. “I’m excited to continue working closely with both of these accomplished individuals. At the same time, I offer my sincere thanks to Col. Haynes for his dedicated leadership and service to the Bryan community. I’m thrilled that he will continue to contribute to Bryan through his ongoing board participation.”

The trustees also voted to add Ronald D. Messer of Lebanon, Ohio, to the board, effective immediately. Ron is the president and CEO of a successful business, an active member of his community, a devoted husband and father (of a Bryan alum), and a devout Christian.

U.S. Army Field Band to come to Bryan

U.S. Army Field Band to come to BryanOn Sunday, Oct. 26, the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus will be coming to Dayton, Tenn., to perform a free concert in Bryan College’s Rudd Auditorium.

According to the Army Field Band’s website, the group of talented musicians travels worldwide each year, and it “fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.”

President Stephen D. Livesay said, “We are so grateful for all the men and women serving in the military who give of themselves so that we may remain free. We are pleased to partner with The Herald-News to sponsor the U.S. Army Band and Chorus.”

This free concert, sponsored by Bryan College and the Herald-News, will take place Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 P.M. in Rudd Auditorium on Bryan’s Dayton campus. For ticket information, contact the Rhea Herald-News at P.O. Box 286, Dayton, TN, or stop by the office at 3687 Rhea County Hwy, Dayton, TN.

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

Tickets on sale for Fall Musical Showcase

Tickets are now on sale for the Bryan College Music Department’s annual Fall Musical Showcase, to take place Friday, Oct. 31.

The featured work will be the first movement of Robert Schumann’s “Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54,” performed by new piano and theory professor Olivia Ellis. From devotional and praise pieces such as Michael W. Smith’s “Shine on Us” and Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G” to operatic selections from Wolfgang Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and everything in between, the concert will showcase the incredible talents of the music department.

Music Department Head Dr. Mel Wilhoit called this year’s showcase “a real Halloween treat,” commenting, “Our Fall Musical Showcase has something for everyone, from exciting orchestral works featuring familiar songs to works for chorus and piano concertos. The concert features our students and musical ensembles in an amazing variety show that’s a musical highlight of the semester.”

This concert begins at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, Oct. 31, in Rudd Auditorium on Bryan’s Dayton, TN, campus.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

Non-Bryan College Students: $7

Adults: $10

Tickets are available Monday through Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 4 P.M. by calling the Lion’s Pride Campus Store at 423.775.7271. Tickets may also be purchased in the lobby 30 minutes prior to show time.

Alumni make Homecoming ’14 roaring success

On October 10-12, the weekend of Bryan College’s Homecoming 2014 celebration, over 5oo Bryan alumni and their families filled the campus with joyous reunion and sweet memories. The Lord’s faithfulness held off the storms, and this year’s homecoming proved to be one of the most memorable in Bryan’s recent history.

Friday’s chapel service (by Dean Ropp ’81), meet-and-greets, and dinners made for a great opening to a fantastic weekend. Even though the celebrated Tuscany in the Triangle dinner was moved due to late afternoon rain, the Mercer Hall atrium gave a welcoming feel to the meal as the lights were dimmed, music queued, and candles lit.

The beloved annual tailgate lunch was held not in the soccer fields, as in previous years, but in the Triangle, which many agreed was an excellent change and provided an even better atmosphere for fun and fellowship. To the delight of the “Lion Cubs” the bounce houses and face painting booths were set up beside Mercer, and chalk and outdoor toys provided in front of the Latimer Student Center.

Several alumni athletic games and the Paw Pounder races – both the Extreme and this year’s special Glow Run – provided ample opportunities to pursue on-the-move fellowship, whether reuniting with former teammates or making new memories bolting down Bryan Drive with glow sticks in hand.

During the Alumni Awards Dinner Saturday night several notable alumni were honored, including Alumnus of the Year Eugene Bengston ’65, Honorary Alumna of the Year Darlene Bruehl ’14, and Young Alumni of the Year Pete and Jenn Parks Schottleutner ’05. This year Danny Campbell ’89 (soccer) and the Bass twins – Sarah Bass Henke ’05 and Liz Bass Edwards ’05 (basketball) – were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

Another major highlight of this year’s event was Saturday’s concert, which (in addition to treasured favorites) featured long-anticipated performance of the Dan Forrest choral work commissioned for Dr. David Luther by alumni and friends of the Bryan College Music Department. “Hail the Day that sees Him Rise” was performed by a combined student and alumni choir and made a lasting impression on all who attended the concert. “It was a great honor to hear this piece performed not only by current music students but also by our cherished music department alumni,” remarked Dr. Luther. “They have meant so much to me and Sigrid over the years, and the concert was truly moving. I was overwhelmed by the power and majesty of ‘Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise.’”

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


Hilltop Players present Neil Simon’s “Rumors”

The Hilltop Players present "Rumors"Bryan College’s Hilltop Players will present Neil Simon’s hilarious play “Rumors” Oct. 23 – 25.

“‘Rumors’ is a hilarious comedic farce,” said Director Bernie Belisle. “One of Simon’s best!”

In this play four couples are at a deputy NYC mayor’s townhouse to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary. The party never begins because the host has shot himself, and his wife is missing. The cover-up grows progressively more difficult to sustain as more guests arrive and nobody can remember who has been told what. Doors slam and hilarity abounds at the situation gets more and more crazed.

Cast members include Jessica Baskin and Caleb Julin as Chris and Ken Gorman, Erica Wade and Nicholas Wilbanks as Claire and Lenny Ganz, Justin Jones and Katlyn Couch as Ernie and Cookie Cusack, Jeremy Eastwood and Heather Knight as Glen and Cassie Cooper, Elijah Gray as Officer Welch, and Madison Keck as Officer Pudney.

“Rumors” will be presented in Rudd Auditorium on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 23 – 25, at 7:30 P.M. Doors open at 7 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

  • Non-Bryan College Students: $7
  • Adults: $10

Tickets sales begin Wednesday, Oct. 15, 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 College Offers Tennessee Promise

Bryan College is pleased to announce participation in the Tennessee Promise scholarship for Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015. The program is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover college costs not met from Pell, HOPE, or TSAA up to the average tuition and mandatory fees at Tennessee public community colleges. Many students will also qualify for Bryan’s other excellent scholarships and grants including the Bryan Opportunity Program, which provides funds up to the cost of tuition, room, and board.

As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization serving their home county and will be provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process.

High school seniors must apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship before November 1, 2014.


Homecoming concert to honor professor

Dr. David Luther

Dr. David Luther

A student and alumni choir (including the talents of the Bryan College Chorale and Chamber Singers) in excess of 100 singers will give a special concert in honor of Dr. David Luther, professor of music and director of the Chorale. The concert will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 5:00 P.M. in Rudd Auditorium on Bryan College’s Dayton, Tenn., campus during the Homecoming 2014 celebration.

Dr. Luther, affectionately known as “Dr. D” to his students and alumni, will soon be retiring after teaching music at Bryan for nearly four decades. During the Voices Uplifted choral concert in March of this year, Drs. David and Sigrid Luther were surprised with the unveiling of a special project generated by the appreciation and love of friends and alumni of the Bryan College music program: a commissioned original painting for Dr. Sigrid Luther and a commissioned original choral work for Dr. D.

This anthem, titled “Hail the Day that sees Him Rise,” is based on Romans 8:31-32: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (ESV)  It was written in Dr. Luther’s honor by Dan Forrest, one of the professor’s favorite composers, “whose works have sold more than a million copies and been sung in Carnegie hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and around the world,” according to officials.

The Oct. 11 concert will be the anthem’s very first performance. The same choir will also perform other favorites, such as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Jesus Paid it All.”

Dr. Luther remarked, “I feel so honored that alumni and friends would not only be involved in participating in the program during Homecoming, but would also donate funds toward the cost of a commissioned anthem by Dan Forrest in my name. God has been gracious in allowing me to train hundreds of wonderful Bryan students over these last 36 years.”

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