Faculty-Staff May news update

June 3, 2014

Dr. Matt Benson, Mr. Ben Norquist, Ms. Danielle Rebman, and Dr. Ken Turner attended the International Justice Mission’s Global Prayer Gathering in Washington, D.C., April 7-10, taking 46 students in the Missions and CLF: Social Justice and the Gospel classes. Dr. Turner presented a paper entitled “Does the Bible Endorse Slavery?” at Student Learning and Global Justice, a CCCU/IJM co-sponsored conference for students and faculty attending the Global Prayer Gathering.

Dr. Matt Benson, Dr. Peter Held, Mr. Ben Norquist, and Ms. Danielle Rebman attended the Q Gathering conference in Portland, Oregon, April 26-29, joining a group of 600 other Christian leaders to discuss the role of the church in society.

Dr. Matt Benson and Ms. Bonnie Marie Yager led a Christian Life Formation class field trip to L’Abri in Hampshire, England, March 2-13. The group of eight Bryan students studied and worked with L’Abri tutors and an international gathering of students and visitors.

The L’Abri class at the Manor House, Greatham, UK

Front: Liz Van Eram, Emily Mckeehan, Jonathan Benson, Amanda Elswick,
Kristen Phelps, Joshua Benson, Mrs. Melody Benson, Ms. Bonnie-Marie Yager
Back: Andrew Schaale, Deryk Rankin, Dr. Matt Benson
with Emilyn Benson, Aaron Heidorn, Jonathan Goff
Dr. Paul Boling and Dr. Jud Davis attended the southeast regional meetings of the Evangelical Theological and Evangelical Philosophical Societies March 25-26. Dr. Davis read a paper titled “Nakedness in the Bible” and Dr. Boling read a paper titled “The Nature of the Moral.”

Mr. John Carpenter took six journalism students to the National College Media Convention, hosted by College Media Advisers and Associated Collegiate Press, March 13‑17, in New York City.

Public Services Librarian Mrs. Vonnie Johnson attended the Appalachian College Association Central Library’s Professional Development conference in Mars Hill, NC, April 28-29.

Mrs. Kim Keck took three students to the University of Kentucky in Lexington on April 8 for regional competition in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, where Mrs. Keck also served as a judge. There were 350 singers competing with 67 voice teachers represented.

Drs. David and Sigrid Luther performed a musical program of show tunes and light classics for the Lions Club State Convention Banquet at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on April 16.

Dr. Jeff Myers‘ speaking schedule:

  • May 5 – Speaks at the Manitou Springs Day of Prayer luncheon, Manitou Springs, CO
  • May 6-7 – Chairs the Summit Ministries board meeting, Manitou Springs, CO
  • May 8-13 – Participates in the Summit Oxford tour, Oxford, England
  • May 15-17 – Summit Ministries Colorado Session I – Manitou Springs, CO
  • May 20-21 – Participates in the Council for National Policy tri-annual meeting, Tysons Corner, VA
  • May 29-June 10 – Summit Ministries Colorado Session II, Manitou Springs, CO

Reference Librarian Mrs. Keri-Lynn Paulson attended “Giving Undergraduate Research a Worldwide Voice: Institutional Repositories as Publishers,” march 15 at Kennesaw State University.

Dr. Ron Petitte’s March 22-April 4 trip to England was a busy one:

  • He met with the International Justice Mission (IJM) UK Director to brief him on Bryan’s national and international conferences that have focused public attention on the need to monitor and combat human trafficking (HT).
  • He met with representatives of New Scotland Yard (NSY) that have been featured speakers in Bryan’s past HT conferences. They discussed NSY’s future involvement in Bryan HT initiatives, and Dr. Petitte facilitated a connection between IJM and NSY related to IJM’s desire to have a presence in Romania with NSY’s ongoing work in that country.
  • He spent a week at Oxford University’s Round Table where he attended sessions and presented his paper entitled “Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife; Freedom from Persecution, a Human Right in a Threat Environment of Nationalism, Religion, and Nuclear Weapons.”
  • He met with the directors of two Oxford University Programs in which Bryan students participate: The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Scholar’s Semester and the Oxford Summer Program. These two programs as well as the Summit Program at Summit Oxford provide outstanding opportunities for our students and faculty, and Dr. Petitte serves as the campus liaison to encourage participation in these outstanding study abroad programs.

Library Information Technologist Mrs. Polly Revis attended an online webinar entitled “Connexion Enhancements” on April 19. It detailed changes in functionality of the library’s Connexion cataloging software.

Dr. Clark Rose presented his sabbatical work, “Christianity and Psychology: A Journey not a Destination,” at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference on April 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Archivist Mrs. Stephanie Wood attended a webinar on Disaster Planning from the Northeast Document Conservation Center on April 28