Bryan Students Graduate with Lower Debt, Says Ranking

Lowest Debt BurdenDecember 15, 2015 – In a recent ranking released by Christian Universities Online, Bryan College placed an astounding no. 2 in “Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden 2016.”

According to Christian Universities Online, this newest ranking “seeks to provide useful data to parents and students who are endeavoring to make an informed decision in choosing the best Christian institution to meet their needs.”

“Understanding that the long term impact which student loan debt can have on a graduate, this ranking attempts to highlight schools that have done an excellent job in caring for their students not only academically, but also financially,” the ranking’s website says.

Vice President of Finance and Enrollment Rick Taphorn noted, “Bryan College is an institution that not only provides students with an excellent education from a biblical worldview, but also does so while empowering students to graduate with a lower debt than many other Christian colleges and universities. We are honored to receive this ranking, which reflects this fact.”

This ranking’s methodology took into account public data from U.S. News & World Report and required schools to be members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Bryan has been included in Christian Universities Online’s “Most Affordable” ranking for two consecutive years.

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Cristian Toledano Selected as Winner of 2017 Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship

May 24, 2017 – JAMAS Capital Management, a leading private investment firm, recently announced that current Bryan College student Cristian Toledano is the winner of the 2017 Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship. He is working towards earning his degree in business with a focus in human resources and information systems.

“It is such an honor knowing my essay was the one chosen amongst hundreds across the nation,” Toledano said. “This is one less financial burden on my parents and me. It’s truly a blessing to be the first recipient of this award.”

Toledano came to the United States when he was 5 and was enrolled in an elementary school where he could not speak or write in English. Being a motivated student from the start, he worked diligently to learn English as quickly as he could, immersing himself in English language books and watching television. By the time he was 8, Christian was translating and speaking on behalf of his parents and other family members. After graduating from high school, Toledano raised money to begin college by organizing a soccer tournament. He is the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college.

“We are extremely proud of Christian’s accomplishment. We know he will continue to build on this success well beyond graduation,” said Dr. Daniel B. Gates, Assistant Professor and Program Director at Bryan College.

“Cristian represents everything the JAMAS Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship is about,” said Ben O. Turnage, founder and CEO of JAMAS Capital Management. “He has demonstrated the motivation to excel in all he does, and he has the success to prove it. We at JAMAS are proud to contribute to the success of such an impressive young man, who has a bright future as a leader in business.”

The $2,500 JAMAS Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship helps students of Hispanic descent become business leaders of the future. For more information on the 2017 scholarship, visit the JAMAS website.

About JAMAS Capital Management

JAMAS Capital Management is a private investment firm providing a unique source of strategic capital to a broad spectrum of industry sectors. For over 30 years, JAMAS Founder/CEO Ben O. Turnage has founded, invested in and profitably grown companies across a variety of businesses; including enterprises in construction, residential/commercial real estate, oil field services and agri-foods. Learn more about JAMAS Capital Management at JAMAS website.


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Bryan’s Marketing Program Ranked No. 4 in the Country

May 22, 2017 – Bryan College’s marketing program was ranked No. 4 in a recent poll of the top 10 marketing programs in the country conducted by Christian Universities Online.

“We are thrilled with this recognition of the quality we have sought to create in the marketing courses in the Department of Business and Economics,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Chair of the Department of Business and Economics. “The depth and breadth of our marketing courses, including some digital certifications, help to keep our marketing graduates on the cutting edge in the ever-changing field of marketing.”

Many students in the marketing program participate in Bryan’s Enactus chapter, a group that helps prepare them with skills and knowledge to help advance their careers in business. The group participates in several regional and national Enactus competitions throughout the year that allow students to network and build relationships with potential employers.

From the article:

“In the fields of Marketing and Communication, Bryan College offers five undergraduate degree programs, namely the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication; the Bachelor of Arts in Marketing; the Bachelor or Sciences in Business Administration with a Marketing option; the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies; the Bachelor of Science in Communication, Media & Culture with a Corporate Communication option. Bryan College’s Marketing (B.A.) major is offered through the Department of Economics and Business and is a small, focused major designed to enhance and complement another major. Meanwhile, the College’s Communication Studies (B.A.) major is a much broader program and offers a variety of options or concentrations for students to pursue.”


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Ken Ham Receives Honorary Doctorate at Spring Graduation Ceremony

Ken Ham (72 dpi)May 8, 2017 – Bryan College welcomed its newest group of graduates on Saturday as the Class of 2017 turned their tassels and walked the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.

Christian author, Ken Ham, served as the ceremony’s featured speaker and received an honorary doctoral degree from Bryan College in science. Ham serves as the President of Answers in Genesis as well as founder of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.

“During Commencement, Ken Ham delivered a powerful challenge for Bryan graduates to be over-comers and well-diggers enabling the water of life to quench the spiritual barrenness of our culture,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, President of Bryan College. “It was an honor to present the man I consider the foremost spokesman in the world for biblical Creationism with a Doctor of Science degree from Bryan.”

In total, the morning ceremony honored 101 undergraduate students. The school held a ceremony later in the day to honor 67 graduates from its Adult and Graduate Studies programs.

The College also honored members of the Class of 1967 to commemorate their 50 year reunion as part of an annual “Golden Grads” tradition during commencement ceremonies.


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Bryan’s Master’s in Human Resources Alignment with SHRM Guidelines Renewed

SHRM News PictureMay 4, 2017 – Bryan College recently announced that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that its Master’s in Human Resources has renewed its alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

“SHRM is recognized nationally as playing a vital role in setting quality standards in HR programs. It is the global professional organization for HR practitioners,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies. “When Bryan College introduced the Human Resources concentration in 2012, we quickly sought to align our coursework with the expectations of SHRM.”

Throughout the world, 448 programs in 337 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The guidelines — created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 — are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

“This recent recognition of continued alignment keeps Bryan’s MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management in an elite circle of institutions offering similar programs,” Scruggs said.


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Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Surpasses $2 Million in Donations

BOP LogoApril 28, 2017 – Bryan College announced that its Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program has now surpassed more than $2 million in donations throughout the program’s 10-year history.

Established in 2008, the program seeks to raise funds to provide qualified, low-income students from Tennessee with scholarships to attend Bryan College. To date, more than 200 students have benefited from Bryan Opportunity Scholarships, which vary in amount depending on each student’s need.

“We are so grateful for the men, women, and organizations that God is using to provide the means for these students to become both academically and spiritually prepared to go out into the world and make a difference,” said Janice Pendergrass, Director of Advancement at Bryan College. “Students that were afraid to dream of coming to a private Christian college are being blessed beyond imagination to do just that.”

Each year, the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program hosts a fundraising dinner that highlights Bryan students making an impact on campus, thanks in part to the scholarships they receive and the generosity of others. This year, current junior Cullen Royston shared his testimony and how this program has impacted his life.

“I am grateful to those who have given financially, and it is moving to see the hearts of those who genuinely care about providing a way for me to further my education at Bryan College and fulfill my plans of attending pharmacy school after graduation,” Royston said. “This scholarship has opened many doors for me, and I am looking forward to one day sitting in one of these seats as a donor.”

Christ Above AllIf you are interested in donating to the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program, gifts may be mailed to: Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program, 721 Bryan Drive; Dayton, TN; 37321. Donations can also be made online at Donors should select Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program from the drop-down fund list.

“We greatly appreciate the generosity of everyone who has given to this program and investing in our students and the mission of Bryan College,” said Chuck Baker, Vice President of Advancement. “As we look towards the future, it’s our vision to increase our capacity to provide students the opportunities and resources to make a difference for Christ in today’s world.”


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Students, Faculty, and Staff Recognized at Honors Chapel

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Dr. Livesay presents Tim Hostetler with an award commemorating his 30 years of service to Bryan College.

April 26, 2017 – On Monday, students, faculty, and staff gathered for Bryan College’s annual Honors Chapel award service to recognize outstanding accomplishments made during the 2016-2017 academic year. Several scholarships were also awarded to students based on academic merit and achievement.

Highlights of this year’s recipients include:

Staff Member of the Year award: Kimberly Tuttle, Resident Director of Robinson Hall and commonly known to students as “Mama Tutt”

“I deeply respect Kim for the time and energy she has invested in the students of Bryan College,” said Dr. Livesay, President of Bryan College. “Since arriving to campus, she has been 100 percent sold on Bryan College’s mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world. Her love for Bryan is only topped by her love for Christ, which permeates each part of her life on campus.”

Administrative Faculty of the Year Award: Vonnie Johnson, Library Services/Asst. Prof. of Library Science

Scholar of the Year Award: Dr. Whit Jones and Dr. Dwight Page

Citation of Merit Awards:

5 Years Service:

Bob Barger, Database Administrator

Lorraine Doran, Assistant Professor of Education

David Holcomb, Scholarship Fund Director

Eric McEachron, Director of Outreach Ministries

Angie Price, Human Resources Director

Britney Wyatt, Director of Marketing

10 Years Service:

Donna Belisle, Business Office Assistant

Dr. Scott Jones, Professor of Christian Ministry

Kimberly Keck, Assistant Professor of Music/Chair, Department of Fine & Performing Arts

15 Years Service:

Teresa King, Environmental Services Assistant

Dr. T. Drew Randle, Professor of Christian Ministry

Dr. Clark Rose, Professor of Psychology/Chair, Department of Psychology

20 Years Service:

Leta Dyer, Environmental Services Supervisor

Janis Green, Campus Store and Mail Services Assistant

Polly Revis, Technological Services Manager

25 Years Service:

Dr. Jeffrey Bruehl, Professor of Business

Dr. Wendell M. Jones, Jr., Professor of English/Vice Chair of the Faculty

30 Years Service:

Tim Hostetler, Vice President of Student Services & Ministries

LaVonne Johnson, Public Services Librarian/Assistant Professor of Library Science

40 Years Service:

Patricia Kinney, Business Office Manager

Brenda Wooten, Associate Registrar

To view a complete list of awards, please visit the document below.

Honors Chapel Awards 2017
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Steve Green Featured at 10th Annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Banquet

BOP Dinner RecapApril 25, 2017 – On April 20, a total of 540 alumni and friends of Bryan College attended the 10th annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The dinner was hosted by the college and Host Co-Chairs Bob and Nan Coddington and Leighton and Jan LeBoeuf, to raise funds for scholarships for low-income Tennessee students.

Featured at the dinner was acclaimed Christian singer and songwriter Steve Green, who has been honored with four Grammy nominations, eighteen no. 1 songs, and seven Dove awards. Green has sold over three million albums worldwide.

Green performed many beloved songs over the course of the evening, including “Total Praise,” “I Can See (The Emmaus Road),” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “In Christ Alone,” and “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.” The Bryan College Chamber Singers (under the direction of Dr. David Luther) had the unforgettable opportunity to accompany Green during four of his songs.

“We are here this evening as ones who support what God is doing around the world, particularly in the lives of these students,” said Green. “What a great testimony to hear of God raising up the next generation of young people who will serve for God’s glory wherever He places them! If we are here, we are here by the grace of God.”

Current Bryan student Cullen Royston, a sophomore exercise health science major and baseball player, gave his moving testimony to God’s provision through the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program. He said, “Because my mother was a full-time stay-at-home parent and teacher, my siblings and I had a fun-filled childhood with her constant support and guidance. However, this also made our lives more difficult financially as the only source of income was from my father, an independent contractor.” Finances tightened even more when his beloved little brother, Caleb, was diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

“These events in my life have taught me to rely completely on God and to trust that He will always provide, and this Opportunity scholarship has become yet another example of His provision,” Cullen told the attendees. “I am grateful to those who have given financial donations, and it is moving to see the hearts of those who genuinely care about providing a way for me to further my education at Bryan College and fulfill my plans of attending pharmacy school after graduation. This scholarship has opened many doors for me, and I am looking forward to one day sitting in one of these seats as a donor.”

Since the program’s inception in 2008, over $2,000,000 has been raised to make a Bryan education a possibility for over 200 students whose total annual family income is less than $35,000. The donors at this year’s dinner raised nearly $215,000, making a Christ-centered college experience possible for students in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Vice President of Advancement Chuck Baker remarked, “We are truly grateful for God’s provisions and the generous support of our alumni and friends for the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program. As Cullen reminded us in his testimony tonight, this scholarship continues to help deserving students with the financial assistance needed, often in the midst of a family crisis. Only time will reveal the eternal impact of this scholarship as we educate these students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”


Written by Chloe Ann Townsend

Bryan College Selected as a Best Value School Award Recipient

Landes WayApril 17, 2017 – Bryan College was recently honored with the distinction as a Best Value School out of nearly 8,000 eligible postsecondary schools. The award is issued by University Research & Review (URR), a company dedicated to improving the process of how a student selects a postsecondary.

“We hope current students and alumni take pride in this honor, and anyone searching for a quality, reasonably priced college education strongly considers Bryan College,” said Joseph Schmoke, founder of URR.

The committee that reviewed eligible schools was made up of former university presidents, CEOs, provosts and professors. Schools cannot pay to receive the award; it must be earned through the nomination and committee evaluation process. Bryan College was chosen by the committee because it passed rigorous standards including a combination of cost, accreditation, variety and quality of school programs, and student satisfaction with the institution.

“Our committee prides itself on combining our extensive experience, knowledge of postsecondary education and insight into what provides students with good value when selecting a Best Value award recipient,” Schmoke said.

Bryan College will retain the Best Value School designation for one year. Award recipients must re-qualify every year.

Annual Service Day Makes a Difference in Local Community

Washing Windows (72 dpi)April 11, 2017 – On March 30, more than 700 students, faculty, and staff from Bryan College rolled up their sleeves and set out to help make a difference in the Dayton community and surrounding areas.

In total, there were 46 project sites that ranged in skills from painting and picking up trash to playing with children and landscaping. Highlights of this year’s projects included work at the First Christian Community Church, Dayton Library, Dayton City School, Life Care Center of Dayton, and many others. Several projects were also completed in nearby Spring City and Athens, Tenn., at businesses and residential homes.

“We want to make a difference just by bonding with the kids and being good role models. We also want to promote healthy habits for them in the future,” said Helen Cannon, a student who worked with children at the Dayton City School field day.

This annual event serves as a meaningful way for students, faculty, and staff to live out Bryan College’s mission to make a difference in today’s world. Service Day also provides a way for Bryan to build and maintain relationships with the local community.

“I love Service Day every year, because it gives us a chance to connect with where we live, what we’re about as a College, and we also always meet great people. We’re so thankful to be able to do this.”

To view photos from this year’s Service Day, please visit here.


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Bryan Hosts Service Day March 30

Service DayMarch 22, 2017 – Bryan College will host its annual Service Day on March 30 as students, faculty, and staff go out into the Dayton community to complete various service projects. The event supports the college’s mission of making a difference in today’s world through Christian service.

“Bryan College cancels classes for Service Day to provide the students hands on experience working alongside their mentors to make a difference in the community we live in,” said Mariah Goodwin, a senior at Bryan and coordinator of this year’s Service Day.

Highlights of service projects slated for this year include:

  • Field Day at Dayton City School
  • Richland Creek Clean-up
  • Work at Blazing Hope Ranch
  • Painting and landscaping at Cedine Camp Missions
  • Teaching students about the concepts of money at Rhea County High School

To stay connected with updates on Service Day, follow Bryan College on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@bryancollege), and Snapchat (bryancollege).

Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator