Faculty-Staff July news update

June 3, 2014

Mr. Bernie Belisle and Mr. Jared Cole took part in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which played the weekends of June 17 and 24 at the Tennessee Valley Theatre in Spring City. Mr. Belisle was the director, and both he and Mr. Cole had acting roles in the production. Three current students, Emily Moon, Emilie Belisle, and Ariel Bollant, and incoming freshman Jay Carpenter all had roles; Admissions Counselor Lindsey Wolfe ran the lights and sound.

Dr. Mike Chase, Dr. Adina Scruggs, and Dr. Jeff Bruehl attended Innovative Learning Solutions Seminar May 2-3, in Knoxville, TN. They are now certified to teach the Marketplace Live Simulation Game, which will be used in the MBA Strategy Course.

Dr. Phil Lestmann attended the eighteenth biennial conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, June 1-4. Dr. Lestmann participated as a panelist for a discussion of the topic “Mathematics and Computer Science: Divide and Conquer or Merge and Multiply?”

Mr. David Montgomery, Knoxville regional director, was recently appointed as a member of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Economic Community and Community Development Committee.

Office for Spiritual Formation: Dr. Matt Benson, Jonathan Doran, Benjamin Norquist, and Jeff Eenigenburg attended the Summer Institute for Campus Ministry on Whidbey, Washington, from June 2-6. Keynote speakers included Steve Garber, author of Fabric of Faithfulness.

Office of Student Life: Bruce Morgan, Tim Shetter, Karie Harpest, Kim Crowe-Tuttle and Jon Slater attended the annual conference for the Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD) June 6-9. The conference was co-hosted by Evangel University and Central Bible College in Springfield, MO, with the theme of “Diverse Callings, Unified Purpose.” In addition to being encouraged and challenged by speakers such as J. P. Moreland, Jeanne Mayo, Tim Elmore, Greg Smalley, and Donna Freitas, and networking with several hundred student life personnel, the Bryan contingent was also able to spend time with Bryan alumni Matt Jones, Michael Hansen, and Sam Barrick.

Dr. Travis Ricketts and four students attended the Purpose & Prosperity: Exploring the Confluence of Faith, Economics, and Public Policy conference hosted by the Values and Capitalism Project at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, June 9-11. Students and faculty members from 15 colleges gathered in the nation’s capital to discuss Christian perspectives on issues such as environmental policy, social security, how trade works, and the morality of democratic capitalism. In addition, Dr. Ricketts received a grant this summer from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) for the development of a course this Fall entitled History of Free Market Thought.

Dr. Bradford Sample provided consultation for the Doctorate of Organizational Leadership Division of Indiana Wesleyan University on June 6 concerning the inclusion of historical methods in leadership research.

Dr. Roger Sanders submitted in May a formal application to the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) for Bryan’s Arboretum to receive Level 1 certification. Dr. Douglas Airhart, from Tennessee Tech and representing the TUFC, came to Bryan on June 13 and inspected the Aboretum, after which TUFC approved the certification of the Arboretum. Read more »

Dr. Adina Scruggs will be traveling with four MBA students to the Czech Republic July 30 – August 7. The group will be touring local businesses, talking with executives, and learning about international business through these and other experiences during their visit. The students will present their observations at the MBA International Lecture Series August 8 – 11. Read about past international experiences led by Dr. Scruggs by clicking here.

Dr. Rick Sharp is preparing to travel to Siberia in October and November to teach and minister at the Tyumen Presbyterian Bible College located east of the Yural Mountains (1300 miles east of Moscow) in a community of over 500,000 people. Having taught there in 2006, Mr. Sharp is returning to teach an undergraduate course entitled “The History of the Holy City of Jerusalem.” He will lecture with a translator for four hours a day for two weeks. During the third week, he will be in Bangkok, Thailand, where he will preach the gospel and teach pastors from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.