Bryan College Fishing Team Heads To Minnesota For National Championship: Bassmaster College Series Set for August 10-12

July 19, 2017 – Bryan College’s Fishing Team is preparing to head to Bemidji, Minnesota next month to compete for a national title at the Bassmaster College Series. The team proved to be a powerhouse in 2017 with the Lions securing a top-10 finish in every tournament this year except two. Three of those were 1st place finishes. This outstanding performance won the team the coveted title of Cabela’s School of the Year, and the team is prepared to continue their success competing for the national title.

Coach Mike Keen noted that the culture the team is building is one of success. “Our team is extremely dedicated in their approach to competition. There may be older more seasoned teams we compete with; however, no one will out-prepare our team for competition. This is part of the culture at Bryan College and something we honor as we compete.”

“We encourage the development of every student to go into the world to make a difference,” said Bryan College President Stephen Livesay. “Whether it’s in competition or in academia, Bryan College students are well-prepared to meet the challenges they face.” He noted that there will be several forthcoming announcements regarding new programs from the College.

“We are focused on offerings that will position Bryan College as a top-of-mind choice for higher education,” he said. “Because of this, we know we have to focus not only on present day needs but also on a future that continues to look exceptionally bright.”

Last year, Bryan College received numerous awards including a $1,200.00 credit toward team jerseys for this year featuring special recognition as Cabela’s School of the Year from 2017. The prestigious award is based on the number of tournaments won throughout the year.

The Bassmaster National Championship will take place on Lake Bemidji, located in Minnesota and hosted in conjunction with Visit Bemidji. After three days of competition, the national champions will be named.


Student Feature: Rosania Burton ’16, ’18

Rosania Burton HeadshotApril 13, 2017 – Undergrad: Business Administration – Human Resource Management; Graduate: Master of Business Administration – Human Resources Specialization

Bryan was an answered prayer. I prayed for an opportunity to go back to school for my Bachelor’s degree without getting into debt. God answered that prayer by providing me a scholarship through my employer. Following graduation in December 2016 with my Bachelor’s God also trumped that blessing by allowing me an opportunity to get my Master’s under “The Bryan Difference Maker.” I am so thankful for this opportunity.

My favorite part about Bryan College is developing relationships with many of the faculty and staff members that were there to guide me through different stages and steps in helping me succeed in my academic program.


Alumni Feature: Katherine Fraizer ’16

Kathryn Fraizer in Soccer Uniform with Soccer ballApril 13, 2017 – Major: Christian Ministry: Youth Ministry; Minor: Biblical Studies

When it came to my undergraduate studies, I chose Bryan College, because I fell in love with the campus and atmosphere when I visited for the first time during Scholarship Weekend. Plus, who wouldn’t love looking at the mountains all the time?

I have too many favorite things about Bryan to pick just one. Some of my top choices would be the friends, professors, opportunities to go on mission trips, play soccer, and pursue photography.

I currently work as the Discipleship Coordinator at Brown Missionary Baptist Church. After my interview for the job, they actually customized the job for me because of my degree and the experiences I had during my time at Bryan.

I’m currently part of the AGS program and working towards an MBA with a Ministry specialization with my anticipated graduation in 2018.

Alumni Feature: Donna Commers ’16

Donna Commers HeadshotApril 13, 2017 – Major: Business Administration

I chose Bryan College because I wanted a Christian education and Bryan has an excellent reputation. Numerous colleagues recommended Bryan because they had attended Bryan and had a good experience. I liked the way that Bryan tied a Christian worldview into all of the lessons as well.

My favorite part about Bryan College was the availability of the instructors. Any time that I had a question or needed assistance, the instructors responded promptly. They were always very helpful and seemed to really care. I also loved the fact that while attending the onsite classes, the instructors always opened class with prayer.

Bryan made it easier to accomplish obtaining my bachelor’s degree, because the faculty and staff were so supportive every step of the way. I feel that by attending Bryan College I was able to grow spiritually as well as academically.

Alumni Feature: Adam Abbott ’15, ’17

Adam Abbot HeadshotApril 13, 2017 – Undergrad: Business Administration; Graduate: Business Administration – Human Resources specialization

With a family of five and full-time job, finding a school that offered flexibility was key for Adam Abbott’s search to finish and continue his education.

Adam currently works at Whirlpool and has received two promotions since he graduated from Bryan.

“I appreciated that the school shared morals that were very close to my own, yet offered tuition at a much lower price than that of the other schools in the area that might offer the same,” Abbott said.

“The staff has been nothing, but friendly and responsive. While I completed my MBA online, I completed my BS in the classroom. The faculty was always very familiar with the curriculum, and encouraged participation in the classroom. Through the adult studies program, this took place in 4 hour blocks once a week, but the involvement in the classroom made the time pass very quickly, and the material interesting.

Student Feature: Michael Newton ’17

April 13, 2017 – Major: Applied Psychology

With the demands of a full-time job with the Chattanooga Police Department, Michael Newton knew the school he would choose to finish his education would have to offer flexible scheduling. He also wanted a school that aligned with his Christian values and worldview. When he discovered Bryan College, he found a school that offered both.

“My favorite part about Bryan is the helpful culture and friendly atmosphere within the online classes,” Newton said. “With a six-week interval, I’m able to complete courses quickly and have those finished if or when something arises.”

Michael currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Chattanooga Police Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team as well as the President of the local International Brotherhood of Police Officers #673. His education with Bryan was part of his recent promotion to Sergeant.

“I chose Bryan, because it supports my Christian values and lifestyle. Bryan offers a very comprehensive online degree completion program that provides a better selection of majors than the competitors I previously looked into.”


Alumni Feature: Jubilee Lofgren ’17

Jubilee Lofgren HeadshotApril 7, 2017 – Major: Christian Studies – Bible

The great community and low professor to student ratio helped me choose Bryan College. My favorite part is how I have been challenged in and outside the classroom to grow spiritually, relationally, and mentally.

I have been an intern with the Worldview Initiative for the last two years and on the Worldview Initiative team for three years. Being on the Worldview Initiative team has grown me in so many ways. I have learned what it means to love people, to be confident in who God has made me to be, and how think and discuss complex ideas. I would not be the same person I am today if it were not for the Worldview Initiative!

After I graduate, I want to be a Bible Translator and translate the Bible for groups of people that don’t have a Bible in their mother tongue.

Student Feature: Shania Rogers ’18

Shania Rogers HeadshotApril 1, 2017 – Major: Business Management and Marketing; Minor: Honors and Bible from the Saints Bible Institute
SGA President

For Shania Rogers, finding a college with a great sense of community was high on her list of priorities. After visiting Bryan College on a tour and interacting with the campus community first-hand, she knew she had found the school for her.

Since she arrived on campus, Shania has made many lasting friendships through being actively involved in intramural sports, leading a discipleship class, and serving in the Career Services center. She also discovered some of her spiritual gifts by joining Enactus, a business-oriented club that partners with the Dayton community, where she currently serves as the group’s social media coordinator.

“The business department has so many opportunities for students, and also a fantastic Business Advisory Board that helps with things we should incorporate in class as well as internship opportunities. Enactus is a great way to meet new friends, gain insightful business information, and even acquire jobs and internships from the career fair held at Nationals.”

Shania also spent a semester abroad in Italy at the Saints Bible Institute where she earned a minor in Bible. It was a life-changing experience that she recommends to everyone if they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone.

“College is more enjoyable when you take the time to join a club or step out of your comfort zone. It took me a semester to realize this, and I wish I would have done it from the start.”

During her senior year, Shania will serve as the Student Government Association (SGA) President.

Retraction: [Psychology 3+2 Program with Richmont Receives Accreditation]

August 25, 2016 – It was recently brought to the attention of Bryan College that an article published recently by the college might have contained misleading or unintentionally inaccurate statements. We apologize for the inconvenience of the inaccuracies contained within the original publication. The official news release published by Richmont Graduate University may be read on Richmont’s website. More information about CACREP can be found at Below are clarifications to the statements made within Bryan College’s original article.

·      The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) is a graduate-level counseling program accrediting agency. The Richmont Graduate University Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program is the specific program that received CACREP accreditation. The Psychology program at Bryan College was not part of the accreditation review and is not included in the CACREP accreditation status.

·      The Marriage and Family Therapy and any additional programs offered by Richmont Graduate University are separate from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and were not included in the CACREP review process.  The Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling programs are not included in the CACREP accreditation.

·      The article indicated that the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to meet professional standards set by the psychology profession. CACREP Standards are representative of the counseling profession, not the psychology profession.

·      The article misstated CACREP’s retroactive recognition policy. The terms of the policy for retroactive recognition of program graduates applies to graduates of Richmont Graduate University’s CACREP accredited version of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program going back 18 months from accreditation; specifically to January 7, 2015.

·      The article mistakenly stated that graduates will earn a “CACREP-certified degree.” Accreditation and certification are different processes overseen by different agencies. Certification generally applies to individuals, whereas accreditation applies to academic programs. CACREP accreditation does not provide or include certification of any kind to graduates.

Written by Britney Wyatt, director of marketing

Best online business administration program

July 25, 2016 – Bryan College was recently ranked the no. 15 Best Online Program for its online bachelor’s degree in business administration by This is the fourth of similar rankings that Bryan College has received in the past two months.2016 Best Online Bachelor's in Business Award assembled the list based on schools that “have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, positive learning outcomes, diverse course offerings and a positive online classroom experience for web-based students.”

Benton Jones, director of Bryan’s online bachelor of business administration program, contributes the Christian worldview teaching style for the program’s national recognition, even though the list was not specifically created for Christian institutions.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a leader in online business education,” Jones said. “We have students from all industries who see the value in an accredited degree taught from a Christian worldview.”

The online bachelor’s in business administration at Bryan College was started in 2011 and consists of a six-week accelerated class schedule that allows working adults to focus on one subject at a time while juggling a busy schedule. The program also allows students to increase their earning potential, qualify for the next promotion opportunity and develop an ethical framework while integrating Christian principles into the workplace.

For more information about the bachelor’s degree in business administration or other online programs, please visit our Adult and Graduate Studies

Written by: Drew Morrison, marketing communications coordinator