Faculty-Staff February news update

June 3, 2014

stoker jpgOutstanding Service Award Recipient: Coach Rodney Stoker Rodney Stoker received the Outstanding Service Award as the Staff Member of the Fall. He is in his sixth year as Bryan College’s Head Coach for men’s and women’s cross country, while in his fifth year with the track and field program. Vice President for Finance Vance Berger presented Stoker with the award during the Chapel service on January 26.

Mr. Vance Berger (left) and Coach Rodney Stoker Coach Stoker has been very successful during his short stint with the college. In 2007, 2009, and 2010 he was named the AAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year as his team won the AAC Championship those three years. His teams have produced 7 NAIA All-Americans and 61 All-Conference awards along the way. Coach Stoker has been a great asset not just to the athletic department but to the entire college. He strives to be excellent in all aspects of life and pushes his student-athletes and the students in his classes to do the same. The energy and joy that he brings to campus is contagious and affects everyone that comes into contact with him throughout each and every day.

Other News

Dr. Bob Andrews spoke to the Chattanooga Tax Practitioners at the Chattanooga Trade Center on business ethics on January 19. The title of his presentation was “Socrates and the Potter Box: A Thumbnail Sketch and Quick Review of Business Ethics.” Chattanooga Tax Practitioners is a local, nonprofit continuing education provider that has been in existence for over 20 years. They are a multi-discipline organization with attorneys, CPS’s, trust officers and CLU’s, comprising a membership of 175 tax professionals. Approximately 100 members attended the presentation.

Dr. Daryl Charles has contributed the Foreword to Natural Law: A Lutheran Appraisal, ed. R.C. Baker (Concordia Publishing House, 2011) and the essay “Bad Ideas and Their Consequences” to the journal Touchstone (January/February 2011).

Mrs. Corinne Livesay attended the Society for Human Resource Management workshop entitled “Driving Capacity: HR’s Strategic Role in Developing Leaders” held at The Chattanoogan on January 11. She recently received her recertification as a SPHR with the HR Certification Institute.

Dr. Ron Petitte was the only American to attend a by-invitation-only conference focused on advancing the fight against child trafficking sponsored by the London Metropolitan Police on December 6 at New Scotland Yard, London, England. This cooperative effort between the United Kingdom and Romania, the largest source for child trafficking in Europe, was attended by 160 European government and police representatives. On December 7,

Dr. Jeff Myers‘ speaking schedule:

  • February 5 – Participant on a panel on media influence at the Council for National Policy, Manalapan, Florida
  • February 19 – Workshop presenter on Passing the Baton to Berean Church, Auburn, California
  • February 21 – Workshop presenter on The Cultivate Project to Lawton Christian School, Colorado Springs, Colorado


Dr. Petitte had a private tour of the Houses of Parliament and attended a closed door session in the House of Commons, where Scotland Yard detectives briefed a delegation of Members of Parliament on the efforts of the joint investigative teams, comprised of officers from Scotland Yard and the Romanian National Police Forces, fighting the influx of Roma children being trafficked to London.

Mrs. Kathryn Saynes and Mrs. Jennifer Travis (coordinator of field experiences and education specialist) took a group of 21 education majors to the annual Association of Christian Schools International Birmingham Educator Convention on January 27-28. The event featured several workshops related to teaching in a Christian school environment. The students who attend this annual conference each year come away with valuable information they use in their coursework and eventually in their own classrooms.

Dr. Mel R. Wilhoit’s article “You Can’t Make a Monkey Out of Me: Scopes Trial Songs,” appears in Jubilate, Amen: A Festschrift in Honor of Donald Hustad (Pendragon Press, December 2010); his review of the Chattanooga Symphony’s latest concert was published in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press on January 15. For the Chattanooga Day of Collaborative Music, Dr. Wilhoit directed the Bryan College Flute Ensemble in a concert and also performed a solo trumpet program of popular music at Northgate Mall on January 22.