Homecoming 2018 Roaring into View

Sept. 13, 2018 – With the fall semester well underway, the Bryan College campus is now gearing up for a much-anticipated Homecoming 2018, and there is still time to register!

Homecoming 2018Festivities begin Friday, Oct. 5, with a special homecoming chapel service given by Pastor Matthew Warren ’93. Friday afternoon is host to many offerings for fun and fellowship, including a business majors and career services meet-and-greet, the casual family Burger Bash, a 25th reunion dinner for the Class of 1993, and the brand-new Big Band Ice Cream Party featuring Michael Smith ’92 crooning with Uptown Big Band as attendees enjoy a bottomless sundae bar!

Saturday continues the Bryan Lion school spirit with a prayer walk, the celebrated annual tailgate lunch, reunion opportunities for the classes of 1998 and 2008, and the Red & Gold Gala. Here alumni can enjoy a delicious, chef-prepared dinner, and celebrate the rich history of Bryan College as the college honors the Alumni of the Year, Young Alumni of the Year, Honorary Alumni of the Year, and Sports Hall of Fame inductions. This evening’s dinner will also celebrate the 100th birthday of “Doc” Anderson, longtime Greek professor at Bryan! Doc Anderson will be presented with a book of memories at the dinner. (If you would like to send a card, letter, story, or picture, please mail them to: Bryan College, c/o Paulakay Hall, 721 Bryan Dr., Dayton, TN 37321, or email to: alumni@bryan.edu by October 1.)

As things wind down Sunday, there will be a special alumni chapel service that the whole Bryan community is encouraged to attend, also led by Pastor Warren.

“This year’s homecoming will be one for the books!” said Director of Alumni Engagement Paulakay Hall ’84. “Relationship is so important to our Lions; and from the Burger Bash to the class reunion celebrations, there will be plenty of precious opportunities to catch up with old friends (and maybe make some new friends along the way). All of us here at Bryan can’t wait to welcome you all back to campus…. It wouldn’t be the same without you!”

Registration is still open online and will also take place on campus at 10 A.M – 6 P.M on Friday, Oct. 5, and 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6. You can view the full schedule here.

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


Bryan College Offers Two Free Spring Concerts

March 26, 2018 – The Bryan College Performing Arts Department is pleased to announce two upcoming spring concerts in early April that will be free and open to the public.

Night at the MoviesThe first of these, “A Night at the Movies,” will feature the Bryan Piano Ensemble students accompanying classic silent films starring such staples as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Audience members are encouraged to wear their favorite 1920s-inspired costume or attire. “The students are adding their own creative touches to this event by incorporating original music, borrowing their favorite classical themes, and more. You will be sure to laugh often and enjoy this event!” remarked Dr. Olivia Ellis. “A Night at the Movies” will take place Friday, April 6, from 7:30-9 P.M.

Community OrchestraThe second concert features the Bryan College Community Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. The performance will include selections in a wide variety of styles, including sacred works, classical transcriptions, and contemporary pieces that feature each of the ensembles, as well as works arranged for the combined groups. In addition to instrumental works, this concert will also feature Ms. Grace Loe, soprano, as a guest artist. Both of these ensembles are directed by Dr. Vaughn Cardona, who said, “This will be a fun evening with a wide variety styles; something for everyone’s taste!”  The Community Orchestra and Wind Concert will take place Monday, April 9, from 7:30-9 P.M.

Both events are free and open to the public! Any questions may be directed to music@bryan.edu.


11th Annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner April 19

Larnelle HarrisMarch 14, 2018 – In less than one month the Eleventh Annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center at 6 P.M. on Thursday, April 19, 2018. This annual dinner benefits and honors the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program (BOSP), which makes Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., accessible to academically qualified Tennessee students with significant financial need.  Since Bryan College’s first BOSP dinner in 2008, this program has enabled 243 low-income Tennessee residents to receive a Bryan education.

The evening’s special guest singer Larnelle Harris has been honored with 5 Grammy Awards, 11 Dove Awards, 3 Male Vocalist of the Year Awards, a Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service, a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts in the state of Kentucky, and is a member of 3 halls of fame. Dinner attendees will enjoy the “larger-than-life stage presence” of the majestic tenor, accompanied by the Bryan College Chamber Singers.

Director of Advancement Janice Pendergrass says, “I’m so excited to have Larnelle Harris coming as our featured guest this year. I love his passion, his stage presence, his majestic tenor voice, and his authentic personality. I pray that his enthusiasm in worshipping Christ will be contagious and that we will all leave a little more intentional about our worship and our service to Christ. And yes, I pray that as our enthusiasm for Christ deepens that our support of students receiving a biblical worldview education broadens. I pray that through this event, Bryan will become even more empowered to educate students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Bryan encourages you to attend this year’s BOSP dinner and enjoy the fellowship and program. Investing in the lives of Tennessee students who just need a little help to pursue their dreams is more than generosity: it is a legacy. For more information and to register, go to www.bryan.edu/dinner or call 423.775.7323 .


Debate Team Racks up More Awards

Debate TeamFebruary 9, 2018 — Four debate team members and Debate Coach Liz Absher recently traveled to the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville to compete in a two-day tournament.

This tournament featured one-on-one style IPDA debate. While new to most of our team, they forged ahead with great can-do attitudes. Other teams represented Union University, UTK, UTC, and Middle Tennessee State University. Approximately 60 debaters in 4 divisions competed.

In the Junior Varsity Division Spencer Baker and Emily Weber captured the 2nd and 4th place Speaker Award, respectively.  To put these awards in to perspective, Bryan College received 2 of the 5 speaker awards presented at the tournament in this division! Emily finished 7th in debate while Spencer claimed the #3 spot. Emily servers as the team captain and Spencer is the resident professor. Both Emily and Spencer had impressive preliminary round records of 6 and 1, respectively.

In the Novice Division Alex Daniels was only a few speaker points away from entering Quarterfinals. That is a fantastic outcome for his first time at bat in IPDA debate and only his third  tournament. First time debater Glorianna Sapp garnered a winning ballot in two of her rounds. Her finish is even more astonishing when considering that she had attended only two team meetings.

The team looks forward to other team members traveling to the Tennessee State Championship Tournament on February 17th at MTSU. They welcome students who are interested in debate to travel with the team to the tournament in order to observe “live” rounds.

The Bryan Debate Team meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 in Mercer 111.

Written by Debate Coach Liz Absher.


Rachel Pacurari Awarded Staff Member of the Fall

Pacurari and LivesayFebruary 7, 2018 – Last week Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay awarded the Staff Member of the Fall Award to Director of Counseling Services Rachel Pacurari. Supervisors and colleagues nominate staff members who have modeled exemplary service to the college. Nominees display characteristics that enhance the Bryan College mission.

One individual who nominated this year’s recipient said, “Rachel is an exceptional counselor and mentor to many. Since she is an RD’s wife, her role does not end when she returns home. She is constantly pouring herself out for students. I have seen her commitment to students and Bryan’s counseling center firsthand. Rachel has a confidence about her that is rooted in Jesus Christ. I have grown to deeply respect her as a leader, counselor, mom, and wife. She is an amazing model of living out emotionally healthy spirituality for many young women. One of the main reasons I believe she should be recognized for such an award is her faithfulness to those in need.”

“I am incredibly honored by this gracious reward,” Pacurari commented. “I am blessed to work alongside many wise and godly individuals who help carry me and support the counseling ministry at Bryan. To God be the glory for all that is done through counseling services.”

Bryan College is grateful to Rachel for her dedication, service, leadership, and compassion.


Spring 2018 Semester in Full Swing, Opens with Engage Conference

January 19, 2018 – The spring 2018 semester has taken Bryan College by storm – or perhaps by flurry with the spattering of snow to hit East Tennessee this month. Students have returned to campus and class amid miniature snowmen and chilly winds. Everywhere there is the fresh energy and promise of a new year.

The semester officially began on January 10, although many student leaders and athletes arrived the week prior. To kick off the new year, the Engage Conference encouraged students to consider the role of the church in today’s increasingly post-Christian society. These sessions were hosted by keynote speaker Greg Darley.

Darley serves as a mobilization and generosity consultant with Generis, helping non-profits, schools, and churches fully fund their kingdom visions. He has authored multiple books, including Wasted Prayer. Darley is also IJM’s former director of college mobilization, the founder of Backstage Leadership, the executive director of World Causes, and a founding member of The Good Society.

During his talks Darley spoke about how “in a post-Christian society, our job is still the same” and encouraged students to deeply and practically consider their role in influencing culture for Christ. The method he proposed was not for listeners to view uncertain futures through “me-centered” lenses, but rather through the lens of asking God what He is currently doing in the world and how one can help further those causes: preaching the Gospel, compassion, justice, love, charity, generosity, and so on.

He said, “The journey God takes people on starts with invitation, and before they get to activation, in the center there’s a season of preparation.” In this current world of “hacks” and “shortcuts,” Darley pointed out, the idea of the hard (sometimes grueling) work of preparation is not a popular one – but vital to future success: “My encouragement is to start now!”


Hilltop Players to Present Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap

January 19, 2018 – The Hilltop Players will be presenting Agatha Christie’s acclaimed murder mystery The Mousetrap on January 25-27 and February 1-3. This dessert theatre production will take place in the newly renovated Brock Hall with doors opening at 7 P.M. each evening.

This classic mystery includes a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the owners of the boarding house, a spinster, and architect, a retired army major, a strange little man, and a judge. Into their midst comes a policeman, and he no sooner arrives and the judge is killed. Two down and one to go. To get the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. Attendees should come expecting a famous Agatha Christie finish!

Reserve Your Ticket Now!

Tickets are available in the Box Office (Rudd 114) Monday-Friday from 11 A.M. to 4:30 P.M..

  • Non-Bryan Students: $8
  • Adults: $11

Call the Box Office with any questions at 423.775.7500.


Online Business Program Places High in Rankings

January 19, 2018 – Bryan College’s online business program geared toward adult learners has recently received the distinction of placing in two national rankings.

The college has placed #6 in The Best Colleges’ “Top 25 Online Associate in Business Administration Programs for 2018” and #23 in Best College Reviews’ “Top 24 Associate’s Degree Programs in Business Online 2017-2018.” Both of these rankings looked at colleges and universities from all over the country, including Indiana Wesleyan University, Belhaven University, Liberty University, and University of Phoenix (among many others). Rankings were based on factors such as tuition, customization options, and graduation rate.

Bryan’s program boasts 6-week accelerated online classes, a Christian worldview, and competitive tuition rates with financial aid available to those who qualify. Graduates of the program complete all general education requirements for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, which allows for a seamless transition into the bachelor’s degree program later.

According to TheBestColleges.org, “The skills obtained through an online associate degree in business will prepare you for a career in many different industries. Organizational, interpersonal communication, budgeting, and marketing expertise will make you a competitive candidate for jobs as an administrative or executive assistant within corporations, healthcare organizations, and technology firms.”

Daniel Gates, an assistant business professor at Bryan, remarked, “As a professor at Bryan College it is gratifying to hear that our hard work is recognized. We do our best as instructors to bring in our own academic, real world, and Christian worldview into the classroom; I know it is the unique experiences of our faculty that allow Bryan College to deliver a quality education that focuses on a biblical worldview.”

To learn more about Bryan’s Associate of Science in Business online degree program, visit the website here!

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


Bryan Confers 100 Degrees at December Commencement

December 18, 2017 – On Friday, Dec. 15, new graduates of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) and the School of Arts and Sciences celebrated as Bryan College conferred 100 degrees on them, with 12 candidates for the Master of Business Administration degree; 2 for the Master of Arts degree; 8 for the Master of Education degree; 76 for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Business Administration degrees; and 2 for the Associate of Science degree. In addition, 18 August graduates walked that night.

During the service Dr. Vaughn Cardona led the audience and graduates in singing “Joy to the World” and Mrs. Kim Keck sang “May the Road Rise Up.” Afterward, commencement speaker Chief Master Sergeant Mark A. Harris (senior enlisted leader for the Tennessee National Guard) spoke to the graduates. CMSgt Harris shared his testimony, a life story of God’s provision, comfort, and healing. He began, “I’d like to say how much I deeply respect and appreciate Bryan College as an institution of higher learning, for providing our community with a Christian worldview education. The mission statement of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world sets the tone and expectation and standards – not only for the faculty, but also for the students and community.”

CMSgt Harris went on to applaud the Class of 2017 for their perseverance and their ability to overcome life’s obstacles. “Thank you for keeping the course as you accomplished this degree of higher education! I also would push you to not stop now,” he said. “Never stop trying to produce and develop your professional skill sets, your educational background, and your leadership skills. Never stop.” He then pointed out that believers never “graduate” from serving the Lord, then challenged the graduates to go out with the goal of reaching others for Christ.

Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay remarked, “The fear of the Lord, the Scripture says, is the beginning of wisdom. My congratulations to you! I pray God’s best for you in the days to come.”

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


Admissions Announces Winner of Great Commoner Essay Competition

December 14, 2017 – Bryan College’s admissions department has officially announced the winner of the Great Commoner Essay Competition: Laurel McLaughlin.

The Great Commoner Essay Competition is held as part of the invitation-only Bryan College Scholarship Weekend. Prospective students from all over the country convene on Bryan’s Dayton campus to see the college for themselves and to compete for valuable scholarship opportunities. One of these opportunities comes through an essay that interested students are required to write on campus during the weekend. According to the admissions webpage, “Students participating in this competition will receive an essay prompt developed by Bryan College faculty and have two hours to develop and complete their essay response.” The essay topic is kept secret until writing time comes, making this a true test of skill and clear thinking.

And the prize? A full-tuition scholarship to Bryan College.

This year’s winner is Laurel McLaughlin of Little Rock, Ark.. Laurel says that after being notified, her first reaction was disbelief. “I am certainly honored to have been chosen as the winner of this contest,” Laurel reflects. She explains, “I did not expect to win. Once past the initial shock, I just felt extremely grateful for such a generous award from Bryan, for the years of training in writing from my wonderful teachers, and most of all for God’s gracious providence in giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Although Laurel has not yet decided on a major, she is considering English or liberal arts as her field of study when she attends Bryan. She is enthusiastic about studying her interests – such as history, music, and English – in greater depth than she was able to during high school. She says, “I look forward to growing spiritually alongside fellow believers, growing in maturity by taking on new responsibilities, making new friends, and (of course) learning!”

Laurel’s hobbies include reading, knitting, creating art, and playing video games; one of her very favorite pastimes is music – listening, composing, singing, and developing her piano and cello performance skills.

“Calling the essay winner has become a highlight of my year!” exclaimed Admissions Director Joshua Hood. “Laurel is a very deserving winner and will no doubt succeed in every academic endeavor. We are excited to welcome her as a Bryan Lion in 2018!”

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


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