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; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.

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; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.


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; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.

Bryan boasts affordability in rankings

Bryan boasts affordability in rankingsIn another ranking published this month by U.S. News & World Report annual, arguable the most-cited source for college rankings, recently ranked Bryan College no. 7 in the list of Best Value Schools in the South.

The Best Value Schools is calculated based on three variables: quality-price ratio, need-based aid, and average discount. Bryan College ranked no. 7, with 73.7% of undergraduate students receiving need-based grants and an average post-need-based-grant cost of $17,920.

“Word is out about Bryan—” President Stephen Livesay said about the ranking, “this is not just a great place to study but is also a great value to students and their parents.”

Director of Financial Aid David Haggard was excited about the ranking, but not surprised: “Bryan has been an exceptional value for a long time. It combines academic excellence, a meaningful student experience, low price and generous financial aid that few other colleges can match.”

He continued, “We have attempted to keep tuition low while increasing scholarships and grants to deserving students who want to be a part of this amazing community. It one thing to say you are a great value but it is especially nice to be recognized by a leader in college rankings.”

This news comes on the heels of another positive ranking from U.S. News & World Report, as Bryan was recognized among the South’s top 25 schools overall, ranking no. 22.

To discover how affordable a Bryan education can be, interested students are encouraged to complete a financial aid estimator.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.


*The ratio of quality to price is calculated based on the school’s overall 2015 Best College rankings score, the net cost for the average student receiving needs-based financial aid, and comprehensive fee for tuition, room and board, fees, books, and additional expenses, according to the ranking website.  Need-based aid counts as the percentage of all undergraduate students receiving need-based financial aid.  Average discount is the percent of total sticker costs covered by need-based aid.  All of these factors are calculated based on information from the 2013-2014 academic year.

Homecoming 2014 just around the corner

Homecoming 2014 just around the corner

As the leaves begin turning and the weather takes an autumnal turn, Bryan College is gearing up for Homecoming 2014 on October 10-12, and there is still time to register!

The festivities will begin Friday, Oct. 10, with a special homecoming chapel service given by Dean Ropp ’81.  That afternoon will be filled with meet-and-greets for career services, business majors, and worldview team members, leading up to several celebratory dinners to choose from, including Tuscany in the Triangle, the alumni basketball dinner, and the 25th reunion dinner for the Class of 1989.  The night closes with the Starlight Dessert and Coffee Social in the Triangle and the annual excitement of alumni soccer, rugby, and baseball games.

Saturday has even more offerings for fun and fellowship, from the Paw Pounder races and alumni volleyball and basketball games to the annual tailgate lunch and Alumni Awards Dinner.  Also taking place Saturday is the choir concert honoring Dr. David Luther, when an alumni choir will perform the Dan Forrest choral piece composted especially for “Dr. D,” “Hail the Day that sees Him Rise,” among other favorite songs.

As things wind down Sunday, there will be a special alumni chapel service that the whole Bryan community is encouraged to attend, led by Dr. Danny Campbell ’89.

“We’re so excited to welcome our Bryan Lions home again in 2014,” said Alumni Director Paulakay Hall. “Homecoming is such a special time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and this year’s event will be great!”

Registration is still open online and will also take place on campus at 10 A.M – 6 P.M on Friday, Oct. 10, and 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.

Local SouthEast Bank awards scholarships

SouthEast Bank and Bryan College announce that three students have been selected to receive the SouthEast Bank Scholar award for the 2014-2015 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.

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay accepts SouthEast Bank scholarship check from Randy Wells, Senior Vice President at SouthEast Bank

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay accepts SouthEast Bank scholarship check from Randy Wells, Senior Vice President at SouthEast Bank

President Stephen Livesay said, “We are thrilled for our three students who are the recipients of this generous scholarship from SouthEast Bank.  SouthEast has added a third scholarship this year, and we are very grateful for the Scholars program that provides opportunities for our local students.  The Scholars Awards make it possible for these excellent students to continue their education and upon graduation contribute to the economic health of our community and state.”

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.

The bank’s senior vice president, Randy Wells, remarked, “SouthEast Bank is proud to support Bryan College in awarding scholarships through SouthEast Bank Scholars to help keep our future leaders right here in Tennessee.”

Wells expressed the significance of providing this scholarship to Bryan’s students: “We are a true community bank operated by local employees who live and work alongside the people we serve.  We are committed to reinvesting in our local schools, organizations, and neighborhoods. We at SouthEast Bank are excited to reward outstanding students who demonstrate a combination of academic excellence, community service, and financial need with the opportunity to reach their greatest potential through higher education.”

“On behalf of our students and community,” said Dr. Livesay, “thank you, Monty Montgomery, Randy Wells, and SouthEast Bank, for your vision with this program.”

U.S. News places Bryan no. 22 in south

This week U.S. News has released the 2015 Best Colleges Rankings, the 30th edition of this ranking, and its analytics platform, Academic Insights, placed Bryan College as no. 22 in the Regional Colleges South Rankings.

Bryan ranks no. 22 in southAccording to their website, Academic Insights is a “peer benchmarking and performance assessment tool” that “allows college, university and graduate school administrators the ability to create custom peer groups and compare their relative performance to others.”

The ranking takes many aspects into consideration, including applying, academic life, student life, campus safety, campus services, and cost and financial aid.

In addition to this excellent news, Bryan’s fall enrollment numbers have also been released, boasting an impressive 645 residential undergraduates.  Of these, 187 are new freshmen and 33 are new transfers.

The Class of 2018 is composed of 2.17% international students, 15.76% homeschooled students, 25% private schoolers, and 57.07% public schoolers.  On average, the freshman class had a high school GPA of 3.55, along with an average ACT/SAT conversion score of 23.25.  There are five Presidential Merit Scholars and two National Merit Finalists (one of whom received a perfect ACT score).  The class represents 22 of the United States and eight countries.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.