Bryan College recorded its largest-ever entering class this month, Vice President for Enrollment Management Michael Sapienza has reported.
New students and their families are surrounded for prayer by
faculty, staff, and students at the conclusion of
their orientation meeting. The 296 freshman and transfer students who arrived on campus before classes began Aug. 24 topped the previous record of 288, set in 2007.
Dean of Community Life Bruce Morgan said new students come from 27 states and five countries.
President Stephen Livesay told the students and their families, “Today is the most thrilling day of the year for us.” He complimented admissions and financial aid staff members for their efforts to help new students with the enrollment process, particularly in light of the fact the college was without an admissions director for much of the previous year.
He told the students that in light of troubling conditions in the world today, God “has chosen each one of you to be the ones He works through. Like the disciples and the little boy with just a few loaves and fish, see what you have in your hand. That’s what He expects from us.”
Students also were welcomed by Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent, who said, “You have chosen well. The educational path here is second to none.”
Vincent Smith, student body president, challenged new students to “make the most out of every day. Find out why God brought you here. Look to find out what you can give to people, and what you can gain.”
And Alumni Director David Tromanhauser challenged the students to follow the path forged by Bryan alumni who have gone on to establish records of significant achievement in a variety of fields.