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.

Fall 2014 semester off to great start

Student leaders help freshmen move in

Student leaders help freshmen move in

Over the past week life has been breathed into the Bryan College campus as new and returning students flooded back, once again filling the dorms, the student center, and the halls of Mercer with conversation, laughter, and spirits ready to start a new academic adventure.

Saturday, August 23, freshmen and new transfers moved in, surrounded by throngs of student leaders rushing to help them settle in.  That afternoon into the rest of the weekend, Orientation Group Leaders, Resident Assistants, members of SGA, and so many more ushered the newcomers into life at Bryan.

Throughout this week registration, yearbook photos, preparing for classes, and getting into the rhythm of campus life have been foremost on the minds of students, as well as the faculty and staff who have been eagerly awaiting their arrival.

Dr. Robby Gallaty speaks in chapel

Dr. Robby Gallaty speaks in chapel

Yesterday, August 27, marked the beginning of the first week of classes for the 2014-2015 school year.  Interim Vice President of Academics Kevin Clauson remarked that the “several new highly qualified faculty members, as well as all of our great returning faculty” are “enthusiastic about mentoring students” this year.  He spoke for all the faculty and staff when he added that in this new semester they have rededicated themselves “to seeking the Lord and following His Word as we engage in our academic endeavors” – to loving the Lord above all else and taking an active role in the academic and spiritual lives of the students in their care.

Wednesday’s chapel program, “Surrender: Living out the Death of Jesus,” led by Dr. Robby Gallaty (Senior Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church), launched this semester’s Spiritual Life Conference – “Gospel Life.”  Rev. Randy Thomas (Silverdale Baptist Church) and Rev. Kevin Smith (New City Fellowship) are giving the next inspiring and challenging installments in the conference today and tomorrow, “Resurrection: Living out the Life of Jesus” and “Christ in You, the Hope of Glory,” respectively.

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

Dr. Livesay, SGA accept ALS challenge

8IceBucketChallenge2Yesterday, Tuesday, August 26, Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay found himself under a cascade of ice water, thanks to an Ice Bucket Challenge by the Student Government Association.

Over the past couple months the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the U.S. by storm, raising awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and funds for research. The movement has resulted in upwards of $88.5 million in donations to the ALS Association nationally as of this week, and that does not factor in the thousands donated to other organizations for awareness and research within the same movement.

The SGA took the challenge en masse on the steps of Mercer, all dumping mixing-bowlfuls of ice water on themselves simultaneously after challenging “the men’s soccer team, the women’s volleyball team and Dr. Livesay himself” – a dare that the President gladly accepted.


Before the bucket of water was poured over him, Dr. Livesay expressed his motives for participating in the challenge: “I do have friends who, unfortunately, have been afflicted by this horrible disease [. . .],” he said, “and I believe that any kind of work that we can do to be able to contribute to some kind of cure, some kind of prevention of this disease, is something we should all be participating in. So I am delighted to be able to do that today.”


The President in turn has challenged the three vice presidents in his cabinet, namely Rick Taphorn, Kevin Clauson, and Tim Hostetler.

Dr. Livesay and Bryan’s SGA have given their donations to Mayo Clinic, which is moving forward with adult (rather than embryonic) stem cell research.

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

Lions overwhelm Eagles in Season Opener

photo_(1)Early cloud cover gave way to a humid afternoon as the Lady Lions of Bryan College took on the Toccoa Falls College Eagles in their 2014 Season Opener.
The game started well for the Lions as they controlled the ball through the midfield and were able to earn a corner just 1:50 into the game. Off the corner kick, the Toccoa Defenders cleared the ball but it fell to the feet of Kristin Bryant (JR/Indialantic, Fla.) who played the ball to Jenn Fortmiller, she played the ball to her right foot and she ripped the shot right at Toccoa keeper, Emily Truelove. Truelove was able to deflect the shot but Bryan Senior Forward Emily Lambert (SR/Morristown, Tenn.) was waiting at the top of the 6-yard box and she slotted the ball past two defenders into the back of the net, giving Bryan a 1-0 lead just two minutes into their season.
The Lion midfield of Fortmiller, Bryant and junior Alex Kuh (JR/Vero Beach, Fla.), continued to pressure the Eagles who didn’t have an answer for the early pressure. Following two more good looks on target by Hannah Mizoguichi and Shannon Mollenhauer (SR/Lake Worth, Fla.), Emily Lambert was again involved in creating another chance for the Lions as Elizabeth Cawthorne (FR/Orlando, Fla.) was waiting to clean-up Lambert’s shot when the ball found Cawthorne’s foot and then quickly found the net.
Toccoa was not to be counted out however, as they fought back on a sharp counter attack down the far side, and Eagle mid-fielder, Olivia Stands, was able to hit a low cross into the box. Bryan keeper, Ariel Greene mishandled the cross and as the ball bounced away from Greene, Toccoa forward, Lizz Rice was waiting in front of an open net. She kicked the ball past a diving Greene to pull the Eagles within 1.
It didn’t take long for Bryan to seek an answer as Mizoguichi again found room in front of the Toccoa net, missing a shot just high off the crossbar. Two subs by Coach Sauve created a lot of energy late in the half, as midfielder Shelby Julian (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) and forward Sara Catherine Baker continued to keep the pressure on the Toccoa Defense. Baker was able to find the net for a third Bryan goal just before half time to give the Lions a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first period.
The hot temperatures only made the Lions hotter as they came out in the second half roaring. Baker, who remained on the pitch after finishing the first half, was able to center a cross to a streaking Mollenhauer who found the back of the net just 3:10 into the second half. The Lions quickly tried to add to their lead as Lambert and Mollenhauer were able to threaten with shots just off frame in the next several minutes.
Once again, Toccoa showed some fight as they were able to play a ball forward on a counter-attack, finding the feet of Gabrielle Ellis, who touched the ball just by the feet of a sliding Cawthorne to pull the Eagles within 2.
Not to be outdone, the Lions continued the pressure, pouring pass after pass into Toccoa’s 18-yard box. The shots kept Toccoa on the defensive and eventually wore them down as Bryant creatively found Mollenhauer on the near side of the box. Mollenhauer deftly touched the ball back to the middle of the 18, where she ripped a shot by a frozen keeper to net Bryan’s 5th goal of the afternoon.
Coach Sauve was proud of the way his girls played, “We put forth a lot of energy and we used the space they gave us to create good looks at the target. Our discipline and communication were key tonight and we did what we needed to do. I thought we looked good and I am excited about the road ahead.”
The Lady Lions head on the road for their next contest as they travel to Suwannee, Tennessee to play the University of the South this coming Friday.

Dr. Cornelius, beloved professor, joins his Lord

Picture 1Simultaneous rejoicing and grief have filled the hearts of Bryan College’s family since the news that beloved alumnus, former English professor, army veteran, and professor emeritus Dr. Richard M. Cornelius ‘55 passed from this world into the presence of his Lord and Savior Thursday morning (August 21, 2014).

Dr. Richard M. Cornelius Dr. Cornelius earned his B.A. in English from Bryan in 1955. After receiving his M.A. in English and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, he returned to Bryan as Professor of English from 1961 until 1999, when he retired. He was named Alumnus of the Year in 1971 and also acted as the college’s archivist and liaison for Scopes trial information for over 40 years. According to his obituary, Dr. Cornelius was also an elder at Grace Bible Church in Dayton.

Christopher Burcham ’90, senior pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Clemmons, N.C., and former student of Dr. Cornelius’, reflected that the interest this professor showed not only in the alumnus’ academic life but also in his spiritual life has had an incredible influence over him even to this day. “His primary concern always seemed to be that I find fulfillment in serving the Lord,” Burcham said, noting that Dr. Cornelius maintained regular contact with him until entering a care facility some 20 years after Burcham had graduated. “ I will carry his influence forever and can’t wait for the opportunity to tell him that again in person!”

Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay praised this professor’s work ethic, precision of language, and passion for Bryan. He said, “Dr Cornelius modeled a spirit of excellence for all of his students in his dedication to Bryan College. The hours he put in and all the lives he touched are a great testimony to his love for his Lord and his college. We all greatly admire and will greatly miss Dr. Richard Cornelius.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’14, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.

Good time had by all at Family Fun Night

DSC_0940Bryan College faculty and staff and their families gathered together the evening of Monday, August 18, for a night of fellowship, food, introductions, and activities before school starts next week.

Family Fun Night attendees chat A total of 183 people (64 different families) attended the Family Fun Night, including several new faculty and staff members. Many activities awaited the attendees, including corn hole, a bounce house, and face painting. Red and gold balloons adorned the tables where they ate the spread of picnic food provided by Pioneer College Caterers.

DSC_0931Margie Legg and Alice Gray, who both work in the President’s office, planned the event. Legg said, “The children loved the games, the bouncy house, and the face painting offered by the Bryan cheer team,” noting the relaxed food-and-fellowship setting the event provided.

Cheer Team members paint children’s faces One particular highlight for the children who came was the cheer team, who welcomed them with smiles and offered to paint faces. Head Cheerleading Coach Janice Perron commented, “Besides leading the crowd in cheers for the men’s basketball team, the cheer team at Bryan is also in the business of service. The team was excited to be asked to help with the Family Fun Night – they love kids and had a great time seeing their faces light up when they saw their faces painted!”

This evening was truly a wonderful way for many in the Bryan Family to start off the 2014-2015 school year in fellowship with one another.

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

Dr. Livesay praises faculty, staff at college address

8.21_PresidentAddressWith a new academic year about to begin, Bryan College faculty and staff gathered today to listen to President Stephen Livesay’s 12th annual State of the College address.

Throughout his message, Dr. Livesay praised the faculty and staff on their dedication to excellence and their tremendous impact on the lives of students and alumni, in addition to the large role they played in helping Bryan end the year solidly in the black financially.

Faculty and staff, he said, helped win Bryan’s place in the recent national rankings by BestColleges.com and Christian Universities Online. The college also expects a successful season in sports, having ranked high in AAC pre-season polls, Dr. Livesay said – no. 1 in volleyball and no. 2 in men’s soccer, with the cross country poll to be released August 26.

The President expressed the college’s gratitude to the IT and operations staff for the several exciting improvements that will greet new and returning students as they arrive on campus in the next week and a half. With 120 new dormitory wireless access points, greater eStudent functionality, a new softball batting cage, and a make-your-own health drink area, students will have more opportunities than ever to live life to the fullest on campus.

“We’re very excited about this year’s freshman class,” Dr. Livesay noted, thanking the admissions, enrollment, and financial aid staff that helped draw in these new students. It is projected that this year’s freshman class will be greater than last year’s. The Class of 2018 boasts an average 3.55 GPA, with 22 states and eight countries represented. Bryan is also welcoming its first-ever National Merit Finalist with a perfect ACT score.

During the address, Director of Gift and Estate Design Steve Keck announced a $350,000 gift from an anonymous alumnus to fund a 5% contribution to faculty and staff retirement accounts. This gift was made in deep appreciation for faculty and staff and their influence on the alum’s life.

Near the close of his message, Bryan’s president encouraged listeners to remember and praise the Lord for His faithfulness over this past year. Dr. Livesay acknowledged that Bryan has weathered a difficult season, and he reminded those gathered that Bryan is in safe hands—the Lord’s.

“God desires to do an incredible work,” he said, “and we’ve been chosen to be a part of that.”

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

Community choirs to hold auditions

8.7_Children and youth choirs hold auditions_1Area students in grades 4-12 are invited to audition for the Bryan College Community Children’s Choir (grades 4-8) or Youth Choir (grades 9-12) for the coming 2014-2015 academic year.

Children’s Choir auditions will take place Monday, August 25, at 4 p.m. in the chorale room of Rudd Auditorium. Youth Choir auditions are to be held Thursday, August 28, at 4:30 p.m. Students selected through the audition process will practice weekly and perform at a number of events throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.

Directors for Bryan’s community choirs are Ms. Angie Stumbo for the Children’s Choir and Mr. Randy Bright for the Youth Choir.

The Children’s Choir will rehearse on Mondays from 4:15 to 5 p.m., starting September 8. Choir members work on sight reading skills, vocal production, blend, and balance as they learn and memorize music for concerts. Their repertoire includes classical, spiritual, and traditional sacred music.

The Youth Choir will learn music in a variety of styles, developing musicianship in the context of ensemble performance. They will rehearse Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Both choirs have a $25/semester fee, and the Youth Choir has a one-time uniform fee of $10 for new members. Practices will be held in the chorale suite, room 109, on the lower level of Rudd Auditorium.

Stumbo said, “There’s such a wonderful energy in the enthusiasm of a child when singing, playing, dancing and performing. I am so blessed and fortunate to be a conductor of that energy, and I am thrilled to be able to have to opportunity to work with the youth of Rhea County in this choral program. Come be a part of the fun!”

Also looking forward to the new academic year, Bright said, “We are excited for another great year of music. Students will have wonderful opportunities to grow as musicians and make new friends within the choir. Invite your friends, and come out to audition for this great group!”

For more information, please contact Mrs. Kim Keck, Assistant Professor of Music, at 423.775.7464, or by email at kim.keck@bryan.edu; Ms. Stumbo at 706.347.6499, or by email at jandastumbo@gmail.com; or Mr. Bright at 865.807.0737, or by email at rbright8548@bryan.edu.

Bryan no. 7 and no. 16 in new rankings

8.7_Rankings(1)Bryan College has recently scored high on the two most recent rankings put out by Christian Universities Online, an online guide to Christian colleges and universities worldwide.

Bryan ranked no. 7 in “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges in the U.S.,” which took into consideration average financial aid in addition to tuition with information from the National Center for Education Statistics.

In the ranking of “50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S.” Bryan came in at no. 16, beating out such institutions as Geneva College (no. 24), Cedarville University (no. 21), and Union University (no. 18). This tally focused on degree of personal attention, acceptance rate, financial assistance, and overall student satisfaction as shown in retention and graduation rates.

“Our recent rankings by Christian Universities Online show how Bryan College shines as a Christian institution of higher learning,” commented Vice President of Enrollment Rick Taphorn. “We are honored to have received such accolade as we continue in our work to give students a top-quality education while helping them develop spiritually.”

Joshua Hood ’01, Bryan’s Director of Admissions, said, “Our top rankings accurately reflect our passion to produce students who ‘make a difference in today’s world. Our faculty’s commitment to Christ-centered education, together with our intentional affordability, allows us to graduate men and women who will contribute at high levels in their respective fields and engage culture through a Biblical worldview.”

According to their website, Christian Universities Online website “is an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education” where consumers can find “rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, and many other resources to help students.”

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