Hilltop Players present Neil Simon’s “Rumors”

The Hilltop Players present "Rumors"Bryan College’s Hilltop Players will present Neil Simon’s hilarious play “Rumors” Oct. 23 – 25.

“‘Rumors’ is a hilarious comedic farce,” said Director Bernie Belisle. “One of Simon’s best!”

In this play four couples are at a deputy NYC mayor’s townhouse to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary. The party never begins because the host has shot himself, and his wife is missing. The cover-up grows progressively more difficult to sustain as more guests arrive and nobody can remember who has been told what. Doors slam and hilarity abounds at the situation gets more and more crazed.

Cast members include Jessica Baskin and Caleb Julin as Chris and Ken Gorman, Erica Wade and Nicholas Wilbanks as Claire and Lenny Ganz, Justin Jones and Katlyn Couch as Ernie and Cookie Cusack, Jeremy Eastwood and Heather Knight as Glen and Cassie Cooper, Elijah Gray as Officer Welch, and Madison Keck as Officer Pudney.

“Rumors” will be presented in Rudd Auditorium on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 23 – 25, at 7:30 P.M. Doors open at 7 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

  • Non-Bryan College Students: $7
  • Adults: $10

Tickets sales begin Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Box Office and Lion’s Pride Campus Store.

  • For cash and check sales visit the Box Office (Rudd 114) during the hours of 11 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday – Friday (no phone orders).
  • For credit card sales, call 423.775.7271 or visit the Lion’s Pride Campus Store, 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday-Friday.


Bryan College Offers Tennessee Promise

Bryan College is pleased to announce participation in the Tennessee Promise scholarship for Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015. The program is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover college costs not met from Pell, HOPE, or TSAA up to the average tuition and mandatory fees at Tennessee public community colleges. Many students will also qualify for Bryan’s other excellent scholarships and grants including the Bryan Opportunity Program, which provides funds up to the cost of tuition, room, and board.

As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization serving their home county and will be provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process.

High school seniors must apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship before November 1, 2014.


Homecoming concert to honor professor

Dr. David Luther

Dr. David Luther

A student and alumni choir (including the talents of the Bryan College Chorale and Chamber Singers) in excess of 100 singers will give a special concert in honor of Dr. David Luther, professor of music and director of the Chorale. The concert will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 5:00 P.M. in Rudd Auditorium on Bryan College’s Dayton, Tenn., campus during the Homecoming 2014 celebration.

Dr. Luther, affectionately known as “Dr. D” to his students and alumni, will soon be retiring after teaching music at Bryan for nearly four decades. During the Voices Uplifted choral concert in March of this year, Drs. David and Sigrid Luther were surprised with the unveiling of a special project generated by the appreciation and love of friends and alumni of the Bryan College music program: a commissioned original painting for Dr. Sigrid Luther and a commissioned original choral work for Dr. D.

This anthem, titled “Hail the Day that sees Him Rise,” is based on Romans 8:31-32: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (ESV)  It was written in Dr. Luther’s honor by Dan Forrest, one of the professor’s favorite composers, “whose works have sold more than a million copies and been sung in Carnegie hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and around the world,” according to officials.

The Oct. 11 concert will be the anthem’s very first performance. The same choir will also perform other favorites, such as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Jesus Paid it All.”

Dr. Luther remarked, “I feel so honored that alumni and friends would not only be involved in participating in the program during Homecoming, but would also donate funds toward the cost of a commissioned anthem by Dan Forrest in my name. God has been gracious in allowing me to train hundreds of wonderful Bryan students over these last 36 years.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.

Bryan boasts affordability in rankings

Bryan boasts affordability in rankingsIn another ranking published this month by U.S. News & World Report annual, arguable the most-cited source for college rankings, recently ranked Bryan College no. 7 in the list of Best Value Schools in the South.

The Best Value Schools is calculated based on three variables: quality-price ratio, need-based aid, and average discount. Bryan College ranked no. 7, with 73.7% of undergraduate students receiving need-based grants and an average post-need-based-grant cost of $17,920.

“Word is out about Bryan—” President Stephen Livesay said about the ranking, “this is not just a great place to study but is also a great value to students and their parents.”

Director of Financial Aid David Haggard was excited about the ranking, but not surprised: “Bryan has been an exceptional value for a long time. It combines academic excellence, a meaningful student experience, low price and generous financial aid that few other colleges can match.”

He continued, “We have attempted to keep tuition low while increasing scholarships and grants to deserving students who want to be a part of this amazing community. It one thing to say you are a great value but it is especially nice to be recognized by a leader in college rankings.”

This news comes on the heels of another positive ranking from U.S. News & World Report, as Bryan was recognized among the South’s top 25 schools overall, ranking no. 22.

To discover how affordable a Bryan education can be, interested students are encouraged to complete a financial aid estimator.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.


*The ratio of quality to price is calculated based on the school’s overall 2015 Best College rankings score, the net cost for the average student receiving needs-based financial aid, and comprehensive fee for tuition, room and board, fees, books, and additional expenses, according to the ranking website.  Need-based aid counts as the percentage of all undergraduate students receiving need-based financial aid.  Average discount is the percent of total sticker costs covered by need-based aid.  All of these factors are calculated based on information from the 2013-2014 academic year.

Homecoming 2014 just around the corner

Homecoming 2014 just around the corner

As the leaves begin turning and the weather takes an autumnal turn, Bryan College is gearing up for Homecoming 2014 on October 10-12, and there is still time to register!

The festivities will begin Friday, Oct. 10, with a special homecoming chapel service given by Dean Ropp ’81.  That afternoon will be filled with meet-and-greets for career services, business majors, and worldview team members, leading up to several celebratory dinners to choose from, including Tuscany in the Triangle, the alumni basketball dinner, and the 25th reunion dinner for the Class of 1989.  The night closes with the Starlight Dessert and Coffee Social in the Triangle and the annual excitement of alumni soccer, rugby, and baseball games.

Saturday has even more offerings for fun and fellowship, from the Paw Pounder races and alumni volleyball and basketball games to the annual tailgate lunch and Alumni Awards Dinner.  Also taking place Saturday is the choir concert honoring Dr. David Luther, when an alumni choir will perform the Dan Forrest choral piece composted especially for “Dr. D,” “Hail the Day that sees Him Rise,” among other favorite songs.

As things wind down Sunday, there will be a special alumni chapel service that the whole Bryan community is encouraged to attend, led by Dr. Danny Campbell ’89.

“We’re so excited to welcome our Bryan Lions home again in 2014,” said Alumni Director Paulakay Hall. “Homecoming is such a special time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and this year’s event will be great!”

Registration is still open online and will also take place on campus at 10 A.M – 6 P.M on Friday, Oct. 10, and 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.

Local SouthEast Bank awards scholarships

SouthEast Bank and Bryan College announce that three students have been selected to receive the SouthEast Bank Scholar award for the 2014-2015 academic year. This scholarship will provide each student with $7,000 annually to offset the cost of tuition and assist in accomplishing academic and personal goals.

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay accepts SouthEast Bank scholarship check from Randy Wells, Senior Vice President at SouthEast Bank

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay accepts SouthEast Bank scholarship check from Randy Wells, Senior Vice President at SouthEast Bank

President Stephen Livesay said, “We are thrilled for our three students who are the recipients of this generous scholarship from SouthEast Bank.  SouthEast has added a third scholarship this year, and we are very grateful for the Scholars program that provides opportunities for our local students.  The Scholars Awards make it possible for these excellent students to continue their education and upon graduation contribute to the economic health of our community and state.”

The program is designed to recognize and reward outstanding students seeking higher education in Tennessee, underwriting tuition expenses for qualified incoming freshmen at participating colleges and universities statewide. SouthEast Bank, with total assets in excess of $500 million, operates full service banking offices throughout the regions of East and Middle Tennessee.

Recipients of the SouthEast Bank Scholars include a prestigious group of incoming students from Tennessee chosen by participating post-secondary institutions for their exceptional character and academic commitment. In addition to meeting the minimum criteria of achieving a 3.25 high school grade point average or a 23 ACT score, students who are awarded this distinct honor have also demonstrated financial need and community involvement.

The bank’s senior vice president, Randy Wells, remarked, “SouthEast Bank is proud to support Bryan College in awarding scholarships through SouthEast Bank Scholars to help keep our future leaders right here in Tennessee.”

Wells expressed the significance of providing this scholarship to Bryan’s students: “We are a true community bank operated by local employees who live and work alongside the people we serve.  We are committed to reinvesting in our local schools, organizations, and neighborhoods. We at SouthEast Bank are excited to reward outstanding students who demonstrate a combination of academic excellence, community service, and financial need with the opportunity to reach their greatest potential through higher education.”

“On behalf of our students and community,” said Dr. Livesay, “thank you, Monty Montgomery, Randy Wells, and SouthEast Bank, for your vision with this program.”

U.S. News places Bryan no. 22 in south

This week U.S. News has released the 2015 Best Colleges Rankings, the 30th edition of this ranking, and its analytics platform, Academic Insights, placed Bryan College as no. 22 in the Regional Colleges South Rankings.

Bryan ranks no. 22 in southAccording to their website, Academic Insights is a “peer benchmarking and performance assessment tool” that “allows college, university and graduate school administrators the ability to create custom peer groups and compare their relative performance to others.”

The ranking takes many aspects into consideration, including applying, academic life, student life, campus safety, campus services, and cost and financial aid.

In addition to this excellent news, Bryan’s fall enrollment numbers have also been released, boasting an impressive 645 residential undergraduates.  Of these, 187 are new freshmen and 33 are new transfers.

The Class of 2018 is composed of 2.17% international students, 15.76% homeschooled students, 25% private schoolers, and 57.07% public schoolers.  On average, the freshman class had a high school GPA of 3.55, along with an average ACT/SAT conversion score of 23.25.  There are five Presidential Merit Scholars and two National Merit Finalists (one of whom received a perfect ACT score).  The class represents 22 of the United States and eight countries.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.

Fall 2014 semester off to great start

Student leaders help freshmen move in

Student leaders help freshmen move in

Over the past week life has been breathed into the Bryan College campus as new and returning students flooded back, once again filling the dorms, the student center, and the halls of Mercer with conversation, laughter, and spirits ready to start a new academic adventure.

Saturday, August 23, freshmen and new transfers moved in, surrounded by throngs of student leaders rushing to help them settle in.  That afternoon into the rest of the weekend, Orientation Group Leaders, Resident Assistants, members of SGA, and so many more ushered the newcomers into life at Bryan.

Throughout this week registration, yearbook photos, preparing for classes, and getting into the rhythm of campus life have been foremost on the minds of students, as well as the faculty and staff who have been eagerly awaiting their arrival.

Dr. Robby Gallaty speaks in chapel

Dr. Robby Gallaty speaks in chapel

Yesterday, August 27, marked the beginning of the first week of classes for the 2014-2015 school year.  Interim Vice President of Academics Kevin Clauson remarked that the “several new highly qualified faculty members, as well as all of our great returning faculty” are “enthusiastic about mentoring students” this year.  He spoke for all the faculty and staff when he added that in this new semester they have rededicated themselves “to seeking the Lord and following His Word as we engage in our academic endeavors” – to loving the Lord above all else and taking an active role in the academic and spiritual lives of the students in their care.

Wednesday’s chapel program, “Surrender: Living out the Death of Jesus,” led by Dr. Robby Gallaty (Senior Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church), launched this semester’s Spiritual Life Conference – “Gospel Life.”  Rev. Randy Thomas (Silverdale Baptist Church) and Rev. Kevin Smith (New City Fellowship) are giving the next inspiring and challenging installments in the conference today and tomorrow, “Resurrection: Living out the Life of Jesus” and “Christ in You, the Hope of Glory,” respectively.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu

Dr. Livesay, SGA accept ALS challenge

8IceBucketChallenge2Yesterday, Tuesday, August 26, Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay found himself under a cascade of ice water, thanks to an Ice Bucket Challenge by the Student Government Association.

Over the past couple months the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the U.S. by storm, raising awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and funds for research. The movement has resulted in upwards of $88.5 million in donations to the ALS Association nationally as of this week, and that does not factor in the thousands donated to other organizations for awareness and research within the same movement.

The SGA took the challenge en masse on the steps of Mercer, all dumping mixing-bowlfuls of ice water on themselves simultaneously after challenging “the men’s soccer team, the women’s volleyball team and Dr. Livesay himself” – a dare that the President gladly accepted.

Before the bucket of water was poured over him, Dr. Livesay expressed his motives for participating in the challenge: “I do have friends who, unfortunately, have been afflicted by this horrible disease [. . .],” he said, “and I believe that any kind of work that we can do to be able to contribute to some kind of cure, some kind of prevention of this disease, is something we should all be participating in. So I am delighted to be able to do that today.”

The President in turn has challenged the three vice presidents in his cabinet, namely Rick Taphorn, Kevin Clauson, and Tim Hostetler.

Dr. Livesay and Bryan’s SGA have given their donations to Mayo Clinic, which is moving forward with adult (rather than embryonic) stem cell research.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.

Lions overwhelm Eagles in Season Opener

photo_(1)Early cloud cover gave way to a humid afternoon as the Lady Lions of Bryan College took on the Toccoa Falls College Eagles in their 2014 Season Opener.
The game started well for the Lions as they controlled the ball through the midfield and were able to earn a corner just 1:50 into the game. Off the corner kick, the Toccoa Defenders cleared the ball but it fell to the feet of Kristin Bryant (JR/Indialantic, Fla.) who played the ball to Jenn Fortmiller, she played the ball to her right foot and she ripped the shot right at Toccoa keeper, Emily Truelove. Truelove was able to deflect the shot but Bryan Senior Forward Emily Lambert (SR/Morristown, Tenn.) was waiting at the top of the 6-yard box and she slotted the ball past two defenders into the back of the net, giving Bryan a 1-0 lead just two minutes into their season.
The Lion midfield of Fortmiller, Bryant and junior Alex Kuh (JR/Vero Beach, Fla.), continued to pressure the Eagles who didn’t have an answer for the early pressure. Following two more good looks on target by Hannah Mizoguichi and Shannon Mollenhauer (SR/Lake Worth, Fla.), Emily Lambert was again involved in creating another chance for the Lions as Elizabeth Cawthorne (FR/Orlando, Fla.) was waiting to clean-up Lambert’s shot when the ball found Cawthorne’s foot and then quickly found the net.
Toccoa was not to be counted out however, as they fought back on a sharp counter attack down the far side, and Eagle mid-fielder, Olivia Stands, was able to hit a low cross into the box. Bryan keeper, Ariel Greene mishandled the cross and as the ball bounced away from Greene, Toccoa forward, Lizz Rice was waiting in front of an open net. She kicked the ball past a diving Greene to pull the Eagles within 1.
It didn’t take long for Bryan to seek an answer as Mizoguichi again found room in front of the Toccoa net, missing a shot just high off the crossbar. Two subs by Coach Sauve created a lot of energy late in the half, as midfielder Shelby Julian (JR/Knoxville, Tenn.) and forward Sara Catherine Baker continued to keep the pressure on the Toccoa Defense. Baker was able to find the net for a third Bryan goal just before half time to give the Lions a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first period.
The hot temperatures only made the Lions hotter as they came out in the second half roaring. Baker, who remained on the pitch after finishing the first half, was able to center a cross to a streaking Mollenhauer who found the back of the net just 3:10 into the second half. The Lions quickly tried to add to their lead as Lambert and Mollenhauer were able to threaten with shots just off frame in the next several minutes.
Once again, Toccoa showed some fight as they were able to play a ball forward on a counter-attack, finding the feet of Gabrielle Ellis, who touched the ball just by the feet of a sliding Cawthorne to pull the Eagles within 2.
Not to be outdone, the Lions continued the pressure, pouring pass after pass into Toccoa’s 18-yard box. The shots kept Toccoa on the defensive and eventually wore them down as Bryant creatively found Mollenhauer on the near side of the box. Mollenhauer deftly touched the ball back to the middle of the 18, where she ripped a shot by a frozen keeper to net Bryan’s 5th goal of the afternoon.
Coach Sauve was proud of the way his girls played, “We put forth a lot of energy and we used the space they gave us to create good looks at the target. Our discipline and communication were key tonight and we did what we needed to do. I thought we looked good and I am excited about the road ahead.”
The Lady Lions head on the road for their next contest as they travel to Suwannee, Tennessee to play the University of the South this coming Friday.