November 19, 2015 — One of the challenges new start-ups face is that of learning how to keep their  finances in order. Lynn Talbott, who earned her MBALynn Talbott from Bryan in 2013, received the 2015 TN SMALL Business Person of the Year Award, in recognition of her commitment to helping new businesses achieve financial success. She also won a 2015 Rising Star award from the TSBDC. Her company, HR Business Solutions, is an established Bookkeeping and Human Resources firm on Chattanooga’s North Shore.

Within the past three years, Lynn’s gone from working solo at home to overseeing 6 employees. Considering this speedy increase, one might ask whether she’s ready to slow down, but not a bit in 2016.  She’ll be expanding by at least two more employees and will be seeking a new location of her own after being part of the SBDC/INCubator since 2013.

Lynn’s generous spirit and compassionate heart make her a great communicator with clients, who are often unsure of their bookkeeping abilities or record-keeping when they first meet with HR Biz. They quickly discover a woman who is seeking the best for others and is willing to meet them where they are.

“I actually decided to start my own business while getting my MBA from Bryan. My professors were great with helping me with the strategic planning and encouraging me to start my own business.”

Teaching is a particular passion for Lynn. She selflessly volunteers her time every month to teach new entrepreneurs about avoiding pitfalls they may encounter when learning how to maintain their financial records. So far this year, over 60 businesses have attended her class.

Business is one of the top three majors for new students at Bryan College. As an alumnus, Lynn has this advice to offer: “Give up on the idea that you can do everything yourself as an entrepreneur. By focusing on what you do best and where your passion is, you will be more successful and less likely to stumble over yourself. 1 Corinthians 12 is a good reminder that God has given each of us different gifts to use for His kingdom. Be teachable in overcoming your weaknesses. Or, outsource your weaknesses as a way to encourage someone else in their areas of giftedness.”

Lynn is thankful that Bryan’s MBA program motivated her to become an entrepreneur, creating local jobs for both HR Business Solutions and other Chattanooga companies.

“Are you a Bryan graduate? We’d love to have you come by and see us in the SBDC/INCubator on Cherokee Boulevard and tell us your story!”

You can reach Lynn at: 423-668-6020 or

Written by Dory George of HR Business Solutions. Photo credit given to Chattanooga State Marketing Department.

Homeschool Visitation Day Encourages Prospective Students

Homeschool DayNovember 19, 2015 — On November 13 Bryan College was flooded with homeschool prospective students and their family members for the first Homeschool Visitation Day event. Hailing from Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, and other states, these high school students were treated to a special day geared specifically toward them and their interests and needs.

The students attended chapel, a special informational meeting in Rudd with their parents, where they were greeted by Bryan College President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay. They then heard from admissions counselors, David Haggard, Dr. Kimmet, Kim Keck, Taylor Hasty,and Jason Glen with Jack Saunders.

The students and parents chose from 12 regularly scheduled classes in addition to 12 classes scheduled just for this event, and all were very pleased with the classes they attended. Over 30 went to Pocket Wilderness with Dr. Jud Davis and Dr. Neal Doran to learn about Genesis and fossils.

“The motto ‘Christ Above All’ displayed at Bryan’s entrance is not a false publicity,” noted one encouraged mother. “The absolute plethora of courses offered that challenge critical thinking and a biblical worldview is a given asset. The vast opportunity for ministry and missions locally and abroad speaks multitudes. But the most prized gem Bryan may have to offer became apparent in our experience with the students at Bryan.”

Morgan Schafer, one of the students who attended, said, “I enjoyed the Homeschool Day so much that Bryan has become a strong possibility for my college choice. The professors in the classes I sat in on taught thoroughly and engagingly.”

This event was well attended and an excellent outreach to homeschoolers and their families. Any questions about future events may be directed to Admissions Homeschool Specialist Pat Wesolowski

Lions Blank St. Andrews 4-0, Advancing to Championship Match

Men's SoccerNovember 13, 2015– The Bryan College Men’s Soccer Team advance to the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game after blanking the Knights of St. Andrews 4-0 in the semifinals Wednesday.

The Championship game is set for this evening, Friday, November 13, at 7 P.M. and will be played in Dayton, Tenn., on the campus of Bryan College.

The Lions jumped out to an early lead when only seven minutes into the match Miles Christian found an open Charlie Clarke, netting the first of his two goals for the match. Bryan kept the momentum going, scoring less than two minutes later from a Jason Ward strike. Kevin Roenpage tallied his 10th assist of the year on Ward’s first goal of the season and in his career.

The Lion’s defense limited the Knights play as Bryan outshot St. Andrews 12-5 in the first half. The Lions took a 2-0 lead into the half.

Clarke kept the offensive display rolling, sending his second strike passed the St. Andrew’s goalkeeper and giving the Lions a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second half. Roenpage added to his stats with his second assist of the match.

Freshman of the Year and Golden Boot Winner, Rafael Mentzingen, gave the Lions their fourth and final goal of the match, sealing the semifinal victory and sending the Bryan College Lions to the title match. Roenpage made the connection with Mentzingen, producing three assists in the match.

The goal by Clarke gives him the #1 spot outright in the AAC, as he now is the AAC individual stats leader in total goals, compiling 15 this year. Mentzingen is now ranked third in the total goals column, bringing his total to 13. Roenpage’s three-assist outing earns him the #1 position as the AAC total assists leader with 12 this season.  

The dominating play by Bryan was easily recognizable as the Lions outshot the Knights 25-13, and only two shots managed to be shots on goal for St. Andrews. Lion’s goalkeepers Josue’ Fernandez and Alex Horton each earned one save, respectively.

The win brings the Lion’s overall record to 13-4-2, and now the Lions have their full attention on the Championship game, which will be against No. 16 Union College Bulldogs (Ky.) after they topped Truett-McConnell College (Ga.) 2-0 yesterday in their semifinals match.

After a well-constructed performance by the Lions and siginificant win, Head Bryan College Lions Men’s Soccer Coach and AAC Coach of the Year, Drew Courtney said, “I thought Kevin played very well for us tonight and helped set the tone early. We still had stretches of inconsistent play but we were able to keep a clean sheet and move onto the finals.”

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Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.

Stamper, Enochs, Mattoch Earn All-Conference Honors

Volleyball Honors

(L to R) Shelby Grace Enochs, Ashley Mattoch, and Kara Stamper.

November 12, 2015 – The conference announced Wednesday night the post-season awards and the Bryan College Lions Volleyball team had two players that earned Appalachian Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference honors in Kara Stamper and Shelby Enochs, while Ashley Mattoch was named to Second Team All-Conference.

Stamper leads the AAC in total kills with 474, and has separated herself from the player ranked second in total kills by a margin of 100 (374). She also leads the AAC in kills per set with 3.7. These impressive numbers rank Stamper 12th in Division I in total kills and 27th in Division I in kills per set. As a junior, she looks to break the all-time total kills record for Bryan College during the AAC Volleyball Tournament this week taking place in Kingsport, Tenn. Stamper earned Player of the Week honors four times this year as Attacker of the Week.

Enochs is the AAC individual stats leader in assists (1,262) and assists per set (9.7).  She ranks 13th in Division I in total assists and 32nd in Division I in assists per game. She has also proven to be a threat on defense, finishing third on the team this season in total blocks (88), putting her sixth in the AAC in total blocks. By collecting 364 total digs, she was second on the Lion’s team in the total digs column and 11th in the AAC in total digs. Enochs earned Player of the Week honors four times this year as Setter of the Week.

Mattoch ranks 13th in the AAC in both total kills (288) and kills per set (2.5). She is second on the Lion’s squad in both categories. Mattoch collected double-digit kills in three of the last four regular season matches, with back-to-back 18-kill outings.

Hope Burnett was the Bryan Lion’s representative to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team, as well as being named to the All-Freshman Team. Burnett finished fifth on the Lion’s team in total kills with 171, second on the team in assists with 33, and compiled 72 total blocks and 17 aces.

Five members from the Lion’s team earned All-Academic honors: Ashley Mattoch, Jessie Sokol, Meghan Wallace, Kristen Parrish, and Kara Stamper.

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Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.

Tickets on Sale for Fine Arts Concert Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis PacemNovember 3, 2015 – Yesterday ticket sales were opened for the upcoming fine arts concert Dona Nobis Pacem next Friday evening, November 13 at 7:30 P.M.

This concert promises to enchant attendees with selections from throughout the years and as far back as the 18th century. It will be performed by soloists and choral ensemble, accompanied by orchestra, performing a variety of lovely pieces, such as Craig Courtney’s “Festival Gloria,” “If I Can’t Love Her” from Menkin and Rice’s Beauty and the Beast, selections from Edward Elgar’s Dream Children, and Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major.” After intermission the evening transitions into the concert’s namesake with a stunning rendition of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Dona Nobis Pacem (Latin for “grant us peace”).

Dona Nobis Pacem will be presented on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

Non-BC Students: $8

Adults: $10

Tickets sales are now available and may be purchased online, over the phone through the Box Office at 423.775.7500, or in person in Rudd 303 with check, cash, or credit card. Further information available at 423.775.7498.

Lady Lions Basketball Opens Season, Topping Oakwood 90-40

Lady LionsOctober 30, 2015 – On Wednesday night (Oct. 28th) the Bryan College Women’s Basketball team hosted the Ambassadors of Oakwood University (Ala.) in their home season opener, and topped Oakwood in an overwhelming 90-40 victory.

There are numerous new rules this season for collegiate basketball, one of which is playing four 10-minute quarters instead of what used to be two 20-minute halves. The Lady Lions seemed unfazed with the changes, and jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter scoring 12 points and only allowing the Ambassadors a 3-pointer in the first 6 minutes of play. A pair of free throws knocked down by Lion’s Faith Van Ruden (FR/Clarkrange, Tenn.) gave Bryan their largest lead of the first period (17), bringing the score to 23-6. With 19 seconds left in the first period, Oakwood found the basket to close the score at 23-8.

A free throw from Keila Formont (SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) and three straight scores from Cheyenne Shaver (FR/Grimsley, Tenn.) gave the Lions the push needed to build onto their lead, going up 30-11. Minutes later a Taylor Neuharth (SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) steal led to a Shaver 3-pointer, proving she is a threat from anywhere on the court. The Lions took a 41-20 lead into the half.

Bryan outscored Oakwood 21-5 in the third quarter as Megan Billingsby (JR/Dickson, Tenn.) tallied 9 points in the quarter, dominating under the basket and proving why she was a leading scorer for the Lions team last year. In the last two minutes of play in the quarter, the Lions ended on an 8-0 run with Erisha Talley (JR/Alexandria, Va.) collecting 6 of those points and finding an open Tonesha Allison (FR/Shelbyville, Tenn.) for the easy score. Bryan ended the quarter up 62-25.

Less than one minute into play during the fourth and final quarter, Billingsby added to her total for the contest with another bucket and Shaver stayed hot behind the arc, knocking down another long-range shot. A key element in the final quarter was the success Bryan found behind the free throw line, going 10-12. The Lions proved too much for the Ambassadors, earning the 90-40 win in the season opener.

Shaver led the Lions in scoring, finishing with 18 points and 5 rebounds, going 3-4 behind the arc. Billingsby followed close behind with 13 points and 3 rebounds. Allison made quite an impact on the court as she collected a double-double in her first career collegiate basketball game, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Bryan went 32-68 from the field, shooting 47% while Oakwood shot 23%. 21 of Bryan’s points came from the free throw line. Bryan had a plethora of talent on display as the bench scored 52 points compared to Oakwood’s 18 points coming off the bench. Bryan also led in rebounding with 52, and Oakwood managed 34.

The Lions move to 1-0 on the season and continue play Nov. 4th at 5:30pm at home against Hiwassee College (Tenn.). For the full Bryan College Women’s Basketball schedule, click here.

Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.

Psychology Program Places No. 45 in Recent Ranking

October 29, 2015 – In a recent ranking put out by the Online Psychology Degree Guide, Bryan College placed no. 45 out of 50 in “Best Small Colleges 2015.”

No. 45“Aspiring psychology students must use discretion when choosing a school and program of study that provides the knowledge as well as the opportunities they’ll need to achieve their long-term goals,” said the ranking’s website, noting that the editors “have researched scores of small college undergraduate psychology programs and selected 50 that stand out amongst the rest in terms of program features and opportunities afforded students.”

Rating and ranking methodology took several factors into consideration, some of which included presence of master’s and doctoral degree programs, research opportunities, study abroad opportunities, internship and scholarship opportunities, and a “wow factor.”

Dr. Clark Rose, professor of psychology, remarked, “Bryan’s psychology program has the best to offer from a Christian worldview, and we are proud to have placed in this ranking. Our students have scored in the 99th percentile in the ETS Major Field Exam in Psychology for the past six years, and we have been told that their work in the annual Bryan College Undergraduate Research Conference was especially noted by the editors. It is an honor for the program to receive this recognition.”

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

Brandon Cole Scores 2000th Career Point

B.Cole 2000th PointOctober 29, 2015 — Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) came into the 2015-16 Bryan College Lions Basketball season opener last night against the Ambassadors of Oakwood University (Ala.) with 1,984 career points and reached the 2,000th point milestone less than two minutes into the second half.

To say this young man has had a remarkable career to this point is an understatement. A 6’0″ post player from Crossville, Tenn., has become a highly decorated player at Bryan College. He was the “Freshman of the Year” after his first season at Bryan.

As a sophomore he earned First-Team All-Conference and Runner-Up Most Valuable Player. As a junior he was the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Most Valuable Player and worked his way to Third-Team National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American. He also had the remarkable accomplishment last year of leading the NAIA Division II in both scoring and rebounding (29.2 PPG and 11.4 RPG).

As a high school senior, many people saw Cole as the best high school player in the state of Tennessee. Cole was Runner-Up Mr. Basketball and was the 2nd All-Time Leading Scorer and All-Time Leading Rebounder in Cumberland County history. His records still stand in both the scoring and rebounding categories at Stone Memorial High School. During his junior and senior years as a Panther at Stone Memorial, he helped lead his team to the TSSAA State Tournament.

After watching Cole’s performance for the first time, Head Bryan College Men’s Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske explained, “I was instantly amazed when I saw him play as he went for 36 points and 22 boards at the state tournament. He immediately became our top recruit for our fall 2012 recruiting class”

Cole’s high school coach, Mike Buck said, “The best thing about Brandon is he is a better person than player. He brought integrity and character to our program day in and day out.”

Cole has established himself as a top student academically at Bryan, and he is an Academic All-American with close to a 3.9 GPA and has had a 4.0 GPA the last five semesters.

He has spent time outside of school volunteering to work with the Y-CAP Program in Dayton. Y-CAP is an intervention/prevention program that works with students between the ages of 10-14 and includes tutoring, mentoring, and counseling.

Rekoske is thankful the opportunity he has had to work with and invest in Cole. “Brandon is the most extraordinary kid I have ever watched play the game of basketball in my 29 years of coaching,” said Rekoske. “It has been a privilege to coach this young man.”

Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.

Bryan Lions AAC Champs

October 27, 2015 — On a cold, rainy senior night, the Lions of Bryan College played host to the Truett-McConnell Bears.  The Lions came into the contest with an opportunity to win the outright Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship, and they were up to the task.

AAC ChampionsThe first half began slowly for the Lions as both teams adjusted to difficult weather conditions as well as a later than expected start.  Possession went back and forth as both teams sought to find consistency.  Several early shot attempts by the Lions fell away and the Bears earned 2 late corner kicks to test the mettle of senior goalkeeper Josue Fernandez, who got the start in his final regular season match at Bryan College.

However, the 2nd half was a different story for the Lions as the pressure provided by the midfield combination of Rafael Mentzingen, Joe Goreham, and Kevin Roenpage created all kinds of problems for the Bears.  In the 53rd minute Bryan finally broke through on creative passing through the midfield by Stephen Ricketts, who targeted a streaking Mentzingen.  Mentzingen smartly played the ball across the face of goal, finding a waiting Roenpage, who slotted the ball into the side netting past a diving keeper.  The goal really opened the game as it wasn’t much later when the aforementioned Ricketts came diving across the 6-yard box on a free-kick taken by Roenpage to find the net with a beautiful header.

Momentum remained with the Lions and in the 70th minute, freshman forward Charlie Clarke found the back of the goal for his AAC leading 12th goal of the season.  Joe Goreham played a ball to the feet of Clarke, who caught the Truett keeper off his line and smartly chipped the ball just out of the keeper’s reach.

Lion Head Soccer Coach Drew Courtney was ecstatic after the win but also looked ahead: “I’m very happy for our guys, especially our seniors!  It is rewarding for us to win the regular season championship as we have worked hard all year to improve and get to this point.  Now we must look ahead to the opportunity before us.  Postseason play presents a new challenge for us and we realize the importance of each game.”

The Lions finish the season with a record of 11-4-2 and an 8-0-1 record in Appalachian Athletic Conference earning the title of Regular Season Conference Champions.

Appalachian Athletic Conference play begins on Wednesday, November 4th with the play-in games and the Lions will place host in the quarter-final round at Bryan College on Saturday, November 7.  Stay tuned to as well as Twitter (@bryanathletics) and Facebook (Bryan College Athletics) for all the up-to-date information.

Written by Taylor Hasty ’06, athletic director.

Tickets on Sale for Hilltop Players’ Misanthrope

October 20, 2015 — Bryan’s Hilltop Players will present Moliere’s clever comedy “The Misanthrope” Oct. 29-31.

MisanthropeOutraged and disheartened by the vain flattery and calculated duplicity of his fellow men, Alceste declares that henceforth he will speak only the truth—no matter what offense this might give; he can no longer tolerate the conventions of saying one thing to a person’s face and another behind his back. Ironically, Alceste is enamored of the young widow Celimene, whose malicious tongue and unceasing coquetry make her the embodiment of the very situation he professes to detest. “The Misanthrope” is a classic French comedy that will prove to both entertain and educate.

Cast members include Caleb Julin as Alceste, Grace Loe as Celimene, Nathan Reiher as Philinte, Heather Knight as Eliante, Austin Marsh as Oronte, Shelbi Metts as Arsinoe, Josh Liebert as Acaste, Nicholas Wilbanks as Clitandre, Caleb Morgan as Du Bois, Rebekah Runner as the Basque, and Gage Goddard as the guard.

“The Misanthrope” will be presented in Rudd Auditorium Oct. 29-31 at 7:30 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

Non-BC Students: $8

Adults: $10

Tickets sales are now available and may be purchased online, over the phone through the Box Office at 423.775.7500, or in person in Rudd 303 with check, cash, or credit card. Further information available at 423.775.7498.