August 18, 2016 – As the new school year approaches, faculty and staff gathered together Tuesday afternoon for the annual State of the College luncheon and presentation by President Livesay. The President spoke about several of the accomplishments made by Bryan College students, faculty, and staff over the summer as well as his vision for the school for 2017 and beyond.
“I’m so thankful for Bryan College and all of our wonderful faculty and staff who make this school a light to proclaim God’s goodness and faithfulness,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, president of Bryan College. “We continue to be in great position to fulfill our mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”
Here are some of the highlights from the President’s presentation:
The Operations department was certainly busy this summer with multiple renovation projects completed throughout campus. Projects include: new fitness center on the third floor of Latimer, new flooring and Starbucks kiosk on the first floor of the library, upgrades to Brock Hall, new weightlifting equipment and turf in the practice gym, Polyclinic repairs, LED lighting conversion, and new garages for the fishing team’s boats.
The Information Technology (IT) department implemented several technology upgrades that will benefit students, faculty, and staff. Upgrades include: Windows 10 operating system for all campus computers, rewiring of Huston Hall, server improvements, and backend work that will allow for a new campus phone system.
Class of 2020 Statistics:
Dr. Livesay shared his enthusiasm for the incoming Class of 2020 and the impressive achievements they’ve already made in high school. Eight students were recognized as Presidential Merit Scholars and received the highest academic merit scholarship available from Bryan. Other statistics include:
Total number of students: 255
Average high school GPA: 3.67
Average ACT/SAT conversion score: 24
States represented: 20
Countries represented: 5
International Service Ministries:
Several students from Bryan spent their summer serving at various international ministries to make a difference in today’s world and put their faith into action. Fourteen students served as part of the Acts Project in 10 different countries including: Ireland, Jordan, Moldova, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Spain, Cambodia, Israel, Italy, and India. Another group of 14 students participated in the Center for International Development at five project locations in Central Europe. These included: the Central European Entrepreneurship Project (Slovakia), the Central European Women and Children’s Issues Internship Program (Slovakia), the Raiffeisen Bank International Internship Program (Slovakia), the Austrian Red Cross (Austria), and the Pro Mente Burgerland (Austria). All students had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their faith and share the Gospel through word and deed.
Fort Bluff Camp Acquisition:
Dr. Livesay announced that Bryan College is now the official owner of the Fort Bluff Camp property located in Dayton, just six miles away from campus. Under the new agreement, Bryan College will own all of the land and building assets while leasing the camp’s day-to-day management and operation to the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA), which is headquartered at Fort Bluff and hosts several athletic tournaments and events at the camp.
The property is used year-round and includes a wide array of facilities such as an air-conditioned gymnasium, 600-seat auditorium, 250-foot water slide, four football fields and housing for more than 800 campers which includes a beautiful 250-bed lodge. Fort Bluff is seated on Dayton mountain overlooking the Tennessee River Valley and located roughly six miles from Bryan’s campus.
“This is an exciting day and opportunity for Bryan College,” Livesay said. “With this comes responsibility to faithfully continue the camp’s mission of sharing the Gospel through many venues.”
Written by Curtis Jolley, social media and communications coordinator