Faculty-Staff May news

June 4, 2014

Bryan College LogoDavid Luther directed the Chamber Singers in a mini-concert for the opening of the new Life Care Center facility in Dayton on February 28. This is in addition to seven off-campus Chamber Singer church concerts this semester.

Bruce Morgan has been appointed to the Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD) Committee on Diversity. He participated in a meeting of the committee March 10-12 at Eastern University in Philadelphia. The ACSD Committee on Diversity is tasked with strategizing ways to help ACSD develop and maintain a biblical perspective on ethnic matters and aid in the organization’s efforts to become more culturally diverse. ACSD is an organization designed to professionally develop followers of Christ who work in Student Affairs whether at faith-based or non-faith based institutions.

Samuel Youngs published a book review of Polydoxy: Theology of Multiplicity and Relation. His review was published in Reviews in Religion and Theology (Wiley-Blackwell), Vol. 20.2, 2013: pp. 261-264. He attended the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on Friday, May 22, and presented a paper at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on Friday, May 22, entitled, “Creation ex amore Dei: Creation out of Nothing and God’s Relational Nature.”

Dr. Michele Pascucci presented a paper entitled “José Juan Tablada y la lengua japonesa: una revaluación según los documentos de su Archivo Gráfico y biblioteca personal” at the XII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 13-15. On March 22-23, Dr. Pascucci and a group of five Bryan students attended the North American Christian Foreign Language Association’s annual conference, held this year at Covenant College, and Dr. Pascucci gave a talk entitled “Lessons Learned from a Sabbatical Spent on Salsa: Dance as a Metaphor for Language Learning, Faith and Life.”

Dr. Mel R. Wilhoit attended the TN Music Educators’ Association Conference in Chattanooga on April 11 at the Convention Center. He took trumpet student Jonathan Creasy who performed with the Intercollegiate Honors Band; Dr. Wilhoit also helped judge auditions for chair placements. On April 14 he sang with the Chattanooga Bach Choir at their spring concert held at Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga.

Dr. Dwight Page spoke at the annual spring meeting of the Huguenot Society of Tennessee on Saturday, April 6, at the Fairyland Club on Lookout Mountain. The subject of his presentation was, “The French Huguenots during the Reign of Louis XIV.

Drs. David and Sigrid Luther performed in the Easter Choral Service at Walker State Prison on April 8. They will be part of a music ministry team to Belarus June 10-21. Sigrid was installed as President of the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association on May 9.

Vonnie Johnson attended the annual Tennessee Library Association Conference in Chattanooga on April 25-26.

David Haggard, Bruce Morgan, Aaron Porter, Mike Sapienza, Mark Sauve, Rick Taphorn, and Tim Shetter attended the Chick-fil-A Leadercast event “Simply Lead” at Rock Point Community Church in Chattanooga on May 10. Rock Point was one of over 700 sites that simulcast the event that was held in Atlanta. The focus of the event was ways to simplify leadership. Featured among the speakers who talked about some of the important things that they have learned about leading were Andy Stanley, John C. Maxwell, Mike Krzyzewski, and Condoleezza Rice.

Sally Powell, Adjunct Faculty in the Music Department, was awarded “2013 Teacher of the Year” by the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association on Thursday, May 9.

Michael Palmer visited and taught at Palacky University in the city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic. Several communication courses were taught, which were coupled with meetings and conversations designed to consider future collaborations between the two schools. These include, for example, the possibility of faculty and student exchanges.

He taught Intercultural Communication in the Bryan program in Italy which was an experience that was further confirmation on how beneficial the Italy program is for the college. Mr. Palmer advised and oversaw the debate team, which had another successful season of classes and tournaments, including participating in the national tournament hosted this year by John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Mr. Palmer also enjoyed advising and overseeing the rugby club for another good competitive season where the team competed against a number of schools and clubs. The Bryan men played and conducted themselves admirably.

Jeff Eenigenburg and six students on the Worship Leadership Team attended the Inspire Worship Conference at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN on May 2-3.