Baseball sweeps on senior day 2015

April 21, 2015 — Following a Friday night loss to Union College, the Bryan College baseball team headed into Senior Day Saturday needing a sweep to keep the Lions in the race for second place in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Standings.  Due in large part to senior contributions, the Lions were able to pull off the sweep and take the series.Baseball sweeps senior day '15Union was the better team on Friday night led by starting pitcher Matt Hasenbeck who moved to 8-0 on the season, tossing seven innings, allowing just three runs on five hits.  Senior first baseman Nelson Price shut the door for the Bulldogs throwing the 8th and 9th innings, striking out the side in the bottom of the 9th.

However, on Saturday a combination of pitching and offense proved to be too much for Union to overcome.  Starting senior right hander, Kenny Knudsen (SR/Sugar Hill, Ga.) was superb throwing a 3 hit, shutout, his 5th shutout of the season.  The offense got going in the bottom of the 3rd inning, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits.  The Lions would add 3 more in the 5th and 2 more runs in the 6th to add to their lead and Knudsen would strikeout the final hitter of the game as Bryan ran away with game 1, final score 11-0.  Senior Kelvin McMiller (SR/Oakland, Calif.) led the Lion offense with a double and a home run to go with 3 RBI.

The second game of the doubleheader proved to be more of the same for the Lions.  Union was able to work a run off Bryan starter, LJ Rowden (JR/Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) in the top of the first but the Lion offense would answer in a big way in the bottom of the inning as they chased Bulldog starter Matt Hamons with 6 runs off 3 hits and 2 Union fielding errors.  The Lions would continue to add to their lead, scoring 1 run in the 2nd, 5th and 6th innings to go with a 2 run homerun by Bryan freshman catcher Jesus Astudillo (FR/Caracas, Venezuela), his second of the day.

Rowden was relieved by freshman right hander, Rex Romero (FR/Windsor, Ontario, Canada), who surrendered a two-run home run to left center by Bulldog first baseman Nelson Price.  Senior reliever, John Cain (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) finished Union off however throwing the final two innings for Bryan, striking out 5.

“Senior day is always a special time around here,” Bryan [Baseball] Head Coach, Taylor Hasty, remarked, “it is even better when we win the way we did.  Our team does a great job cheering for one another and playing together, today was no exception.”

The Lions improve to 34-14 on the year, with a 13-9 mark in the AAC.  They return to action on the road at Lee University tonight.

Hilltop Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”

April 7, 2015 – On April 16 – 18, 2015, Bryan’s Hilltop Players will present “The Diary of Anne Frank,” fully staged and with orchestra.

Anne FrankDirector Bernie Belisle commented, “‘Anne Frank’ is a powerful story of love, labor, and perseverance during WWII. Based on the book ‘The Diary of a Young Girl,’ ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ explores the fears and faith of a Jewish family faced with living in hiding during the German occupation of Amsterdam for 2 ½ years.”

Cast members include Rachel Liebert as Anne Frank, Caleb Julin as Otto Frank, Jessica Baskin as Edith Frank, Danielle Thompson as Margot Frank, Chase Smith as Peter van Daan, Drew Warren as Mr. van Daan, Kaitlyn Couch as Mrs. van Daan, Brandon Lawrence as Mr. Dussel, Martha Powers as Miep Gies, and Elijah Gray as Mr. Kraler.

The play opens on Thursday, April 16 – which coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Day – and runs through April 18. Performances begin at 7:30 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

Non-BC Students: $7

Adults: $9

Tickets sales are now available 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 Lion bounces ball from Russia to Tennessee to Iowa

March 23, 2015 – SIOUX CITY | It doesn’t show much on the stat sheet — the one rebound Dasha Sharova snares for her Bryan College Lions on Thursday as the clock ticks away in a 76-35 loss to Concordia University, an NAIA heavyweight.

Dasha SharovaBut being in the game — and in the game’s official record — means the world to this tournament’s Russian representative.

“I love coming here,” Sharova says.

Sharova, a native of Norlisk, Russia, would love to stay in Sioux City longer. She pledges to return next year, and hopes for a longer visit.

Her stay in the U.S., she predicts, could last a lifetime if things fall just so.

“I don’t want to go back to Russia,” she says. “There isn’t as much chance for me to succeed in my field there.”

Sharova, a health and exercise science major, seeks to become a strength and conditioning coach. She’d prefer to work with a U.S. collegiate basketball team, or an organization elsewhere here or in another country, wherever that path may take her.

The path that leads to the Tyson Events Center for the NAIA Division II Women’s National Basketball Championship is a long and interesting one.

Sharova leaves Russia to attend Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo. She joins her twin sister, Katia Sharova.

Why Northwest? Why Powell, Wyo.?

“It is a school that takes people with zero (English) language,” she says.

The sum total of her English upon arriving in Wyoming was this: “Hello, my name is Dasha.”

“We were pretty good in Russia,” says Sharova, who once scored 36 points in a game. “My sister was the point guard, I was a guard.”

Katia Sharova transfers after one year and ends up enrolled at Montreat College in Asheville, N.C. She begins playing for the Cavaliers. Dasha finds her way to tiny Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., enrollment 750. Like Montreat, the Bryan Lions compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

The identical twins play against one another in college. Twin sisters from Russia opposing one another.

I ask if she’s ever played against her sister before.

She smiles and in perfect English delivers a slam dunk for a response. “I played against my sister at home all the time growing up!”

The twins find themselves cheering for one another as collegiate foes. Dasha laughs, recalling how a teammate gently gave her an elbow to the ribs as they sat on the bench in a game versus Montreat. “I cheered for my sister when she scored against us,” she says.

Katia did the same when Dasha scored.

The memories remain vivid, a shared experience in the Applachians. Such bonds may work to keep both on U.S. soil once their playing days end. Dasha, for her part, seeks to enter graduate school after graduating from Bryan next spring.

In addition to limited work opportunities back home, she doesn’t have family left in her home country. Her father, Sergei, died 10 years ago; her mother, Inessa, died two years ago. Both were in their 40s, far too young.

“It’s just me and my sister now,” Dasha says moments after her national tournament experience ends in defeat. “I get to see her when we play and a few other times.

“I’ve made many friends here.”

She then talks about improvements she must make to help her Lions roar a little louder in Sioux City one year from now.

“I need to read the game better,” she says.

And then she hops on the team bus and readies for a 15-hour ride back to the mountains and Dayton, Tenn. She’ll spend time reading on the bus, preparing for an English paper and homework that’s due for her minor.

Her minor? “It’s Spanish,” she says. “I have a bunch of it to get done now.”

Original article published by the Sioux City Journal March 13, 2015; text by Tim Gallagher; photo by Jim Lee. Text and photo used with the kind permission of the Sioux City Journal.

Eighth Annual Bryan Opportunity Program Dinner April 16

BOP special guest Luke Zamperini

BOP special guest Luke Zamperini

March 20, 2015 –The Eighth Annual Bryan Opportunity Program Dinner will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center at 6 P.M. on Thursday, April 16, 2015. This annual dinner benefits and honors the Bryan Opportunity Program (BOP), which makes Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., accessible to academically qualified Tennessee students with significant financial need.  Since Bryan College’s first BOP dinner in 2008, this program has enabled 205 low income Tennessee residents to receive a Bryan education.

Special guest Luke Zamperini, son of WWII war hero Louis Zamperini, will share his father’s story of survival, resilience, and redemption as told in the book and recent movie Unbroken.

Bryan encourages you to attend this year’s BOP 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 or call 423.775.7323 or 1.800.552.7926.

Community National Bank supports scholarship fund

March 19, 2015 – Yesterday local Community National Bank presented a generous donation for the Bryan Scholarship Fund.

3.19_CNBBSFCollege president Dr. Stephen D. Livesay formally received the check from the bank’s vice presidents Vaughn Berger and Diane Riggs. “We are grateful for Community National Bank and their long-time support for Bryan College,” said Dr. Livesay. “Their gift to the Bryan scholarship fund helps those students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Bryan College.”

“Community National Bank appreciates Bryan College and all they do in the community. We’re supporters of Bryan College,” remarked Berger when the check was given. Riggs agreed and added, “We have been supporters for 30 years or more.”

The Bryan Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to deserving students. The college business office credits recipients’ tuition and fee expenses each semester. The award selection is made by the College Scholarship Committee. Of the entire student body, 95% require financial assistance to receive a Bryan education, and the Bryan Scholarship Fund assists in this need.


“Voices Uplifted” choral concert this Friday

March 18, 2015 — This Friday, March 20, the Bryan College music department presents “Voices Uplifted,” an annual concert given by the college’s various gifted choral groups.

3.18_VoicesUpliftedFor the very first time the concert will feature three different directors, Sally Powell with the Women’s Chorus, Dr. David Luther with the Chamber Singers, and Kim Keck with the Chorale. The groups will perform nearly two dozen favorites, including “There is a Fountain,” “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” “He Never Failed Me Yet,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

Dr. David Luther, director of the Chamber Singers and also one of the concert directors, said, “The evening will include a variety of choral styles such as anthems, gospel songs and spirituals with instrumental and keyboard accompaniments. There is something for everyone and should be an inspiration to all those who attend.”

“I am very excited about Friday’s performance,” added Chorale Director Kim Keck. “The students have put in a great effort to make the concert both memorable and meaningful, and the music department is proud of what they have to offer.”

“Voiced Uplifted” begins on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Rudd Auditorium.  This breathtaking performance is free and open to the public.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;

Bryan Offers Services as Teach-Out for Temple-Piedmont Merger

Bryan Serves as Teach-Out

March 4, 2015 * – Bryan College has agreed to serve as an optional “teach-out” college for the recent merger between the nearly 70-year-old Tennessee Temple University (TTU) in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Piedmont International University (PIU) in Winston-Salem, N.C. This merger will take place April 30, 2015, and Temple students who do not wish to continue their education at PIU will have the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees at Bryan College, or at Shorter University in Rome, GA.

Bryan College president Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said, “We hope to be able to serve those students who desire to take advantage of this opportunity. Tennessee Temple has a long history serving students through their schools equipping them to serve our Lord in many different vocations, and we wish to help them in whatever ways we are able.”

Vice President of Finance and Enrollment and Tennessee Temple alum, Rick Taphorn, said, “Our hearts go out to the TTU students so we are making it possible for these students to transfer to a regionally accredited institution and pay a comparable cost of what the students were paying at TTU.”

Tennessee Temple University students interested in transferring to Bryan College can email or call 423.775.7570.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;

*Edited 3/9/15 for revisions.


Hilltop Players present Shakespeare’s “Tempest”

The TempestFebruary 9, 2015 — Bryan’s Hilltop Players will present William Shakespeare’s fantastic spectacle “The Tempest” in a dessert theater Feb. 13 – 14 and 18 – 21.

Of the seniors of the theater department, who have been organizing the performance for over 10 months, Director Bernie Belisle remarked, “These five seniors have labored tirelessly from the embryonic stages of talking about doing ‘The Tempest’ to its final completion.” He said they should all be proud of their work, noting, “I have never let a group of students take full charge of a major production but this group has proven themselves time and again. They are a special group of young people.”

This later Shakespeare play is precisely the right mixture of fantasy, philosophy, spectacle, and humor that has delighted audiences for centuries. “The Tempest” reflects the new style of drama that had gained popularity on the London Stages of the early 17th century.

Cast members include Jusin Jones as Prospero, Jessica Baskin as Ariel, Rachel Liebert as Miranda, Elijah Gray as Ferdinand, Crystal LaPlue as Trinculo, Matthew Smith as Stephano, Caleb Julin as Caliban, Erica Wade as Alonsa, Nicholas Wilbanks as Antonio, Katelin Lowe as Sebastia, Deanna Kobel as Gonzala, Andrew Warren as the boatswain, and Grace Loe as the sprite.

“The Tempest” will be presented in Brock Hall on Fri. – Sat., Feb. 13 – 14, and Wed. – Sat., Feb. 18 – 21, at 7 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

Non-BC Students: $7

Adults: $10

Tickets sales are now available 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.

Baseball sweeps opening weekend

Baseball SweepsFebruary 2, 2015 — For the first time in recent Bryan baseball history, the Lions hosted an opening weekend series in January.  Despite the overcast skies and windy weather, the crowds were out to see Bryan take on the Screaming Eagles of Toccoa Falls. The Lions were victorious, winning 3-1 and 6-3, respectively, in the games, which are recorded in detail on the Bryan College athletics’ site.

With the sweep of the Eagles, the Lions start 3-0 for just the second time in Bryan baseball history.  The Lions return to Senter Field next Friday as they take on the visiting Red Storm of the University of Rio Grande.  The Friday doubleheader begins at 3 P.M.

Second annual Rhea County Evening with Bryan kicks off 2015

January 29, 2015 — The Rhea County Evening with Bryan dinner on January 13 opened up another exciting and hopeful year for the Bryan Scholarship Fund as 110 attendees came, eager to use their time, talent, and treasure to provide a quality education for potential Bryan college students.

Evening With BryanFrom 2013 to 2014 the Bryan Scholarship Fund has grown from $461,007 to $524,079 through a concerted effort to draw attention to the need for scholarships. The Rhea County dinner specifically supports the Rhea County Scholarship. “This is about people,” explained Bryan Scholarship Fund Director David Holcomb, “our community coming together to see the vision of students being educated in a godly environment and trained educationally and spiritually.”

Keynote speak at this dinner was Jerry Levengood, Rhea County’s Director of Schools, who graduated from Bryan in 1976 and whose grandfather A.J. Levengood founded local Cumberland Springs Bible Camp. “We do not need to ask for God’s will for our lives — we need to seek God’s working every day of our lives,” said Levengood. He continued that the only reason many local students can enroll at Bryan, “and that reason is because of the Rhea County Scholarship. It bridges the gap, and it finds a way.”

Generously sponsored by 1st Bank of Tennessee and hosted by the Rhea County region volunteers Paul Ardelean, Rick Farney, Ralph Green, Chris Horton, Lebron Purser, and Nate Snyder, the January 13 dinner was the sixth Evening with Bryan. It marked the beginning of the second full cycle of Evening with Bryan scholarship events, with 11 more to come this year. The annual Rhea County dinner has a much larger scope than simply raising awareness and scholarship funds: it celebrates and strengthens the vital relationship between Bryan College and the Rhea County community.

“We want to be a resource to this community that they’re proud of,” noted Holcomb. “Evening with Bryan is a way for us to share what’s happening, and we want Rhea County to be proud of what they have right here.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ‘13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;