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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Lady Lions Roar to 2017 AAC Tournament Title

Women's Basketball AAC ChampionsFebruary 27, 2017 – KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Sixth-seeded Bryan College completed an amazing run with a 72-47 win over No. 5 seed Tennessee Wesleyan University to win the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

Bryan becomes the first women’s team in conference history to win four games in four days to win the tournament title. One men’s team has accomplished this feat – the 2005 Tennessee Wesleyan squad.

The Lady Lions (18-14 overall) had a balanced scoring attack and dominated the glass, outrebounding the Lady Bulldogs (18-14 overall) 49-34. A trio led Bryan in scoring with Erisha Talley (SR/Alexandria, Va.), Megan Billingsby (SR/Dickson, Tenn.), and Tristan McClellan each scoring 16 points apiece. Talley also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for a double-double.

For the most part, Bryan was in control from the outset. The Lady Lions jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first, but the Lady Bulldogs rallied and took an 18-16 late in the frame. Bryan, though scored the final four points of the first to take a 20-18 lead.

Bryan would not trail again.

Tennessee Wesleyan tied the score three times in the second; the last time coming at the 7:51 mark when Hunter Simpson scored in the paint to make it 25-all. But Bryan closed the half on a 16-4 run to take a 41-29 halftime lead.

In the second half, Tennessee Wesleyan could not make up any ground. Bryan led 55-40 after three and outscored Tennessee Wesleyan 17-7 in the fourth to lock up the 72-47 victory and the tournament championship.

Brandi Whitted (SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) scored 12 points for Bryan, which finished the game shooting 44.6 percent (29-of-63 shots) from the field.

Simpson paced Tennessee Wesleyan with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Gina Dick chipped in 10 points.

“I am so proud of these girls for never giving up,” remarked Bryan Head Coach, Jason Smith. “We started slow this year but never stopped working. Our seniors really stepped up leading us late in the season. Megan and Erisha were special in the tournament, and Tristan really controlled the tempo. ‘One more day’ was our mantra, and these ladies delivered!”

Making the All-Tournament Team are: Sarah Robinson (Milligan College), Jaleya Mosley (Reinhardt University), Simpson, Dick, Talley, Amber Levi (SO/Dayton, Tenn.), and Billingsby, who was also named the Tournament MVP.

With the tournament crown, Bryan receives an automatic berth to the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, joining Milligan, which earned a berth for winning the regular-season championship. The bracket will be announced Wednesday, March 1. The national tournament takes place March 8-14.

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Rosaria Butterfield To Speak in Chapel March 8

Rosaria Profile Photo 2016February 23, 2017 – Christian author and speaker Dr. Rosaria Butterfield will speak in chapel service on Wednesday, March 8 at 10 a.m in Rudd Auditorium. Butterfield was once a tenured professor of English who identified as a lesbian and worked to advance the cause of LGBT equality. After her conversion to Christ in 1999, she came to see the sinfulness of having any identity apart from Him.

“Rosaria’s story is a powerful testimony of God’s grace that set her free,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, President of Bryan College. “She speaks to today’s controversial issues with passion, wit and love.”

Dr. Butterfield’s chapel presentation is open to the public along with a Q and A session to be held in the campus library the prior evening, Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. This event is free.

About Rosaria Butterfield

Rosaria is married to Kent Butterfield, pastor of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Durham, and is a home-school mother, pastor’s wife, author, and speaker. She is helping Christians to better understand their LGBT neighbors and loved ones so that we can lovingly look past labels of sexual identity and share the gospel effectively.

In 2012, she published her conversion memoir, “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey to Christian Faith.” Her second book, “Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ” was released in the summer of 2015. She writes about sexuality, identity, Christian community, and seeks to encourage all in faithful Christian living and service.


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Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

U.S. Army Field Band to Present Free Concert at Bryan College

Army Band PhotoFebruary 22, 2017 – The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at Bryan College’s Rudd Auditorium on March 21 at 7 p.m. The Army Field Band’s concert in Dayton, Tenn., is sponsored by The Herald-News and Bryan College.

Tickets are available at The Herald-News’ office, located at 3687 Rhea County Highway in Dayton, or by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope and the desired number of tickets to The Herald-News at P.O. Box 286, Dayton, TN 37321.

The tickets can also be obtained by filling out the form that will appear in editions of The Herald-News accompanying an advertisement for the event. A total of 800 tickets will be available while supplies last.

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All- American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

For more information about the United States Army Field Band, please visit their website.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Research from Bryan College featured in Upcoming Film “Is Genesis History?”

genesis historyFebruary 16, 2017 – Research conducted by Bryan College will be featured in an upcoming documentary film titled “Is Genesis History?” The film will be shown one-night-only on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Carmike theaters in Cleveland, Hixson, and East Ridge.

“The inspiration for nearly every scientific idea in the movie came from Bryan’s Center for Origins Research and Education (CORE), beginning in the 1990s,” said Dr. Neal Doran, biology professor at Bryan College.

“Is Genesis History?” features interviews with top creation scientists, including several who have conducted research at Bryan. Some of the documentary’s scenes were also shot at Pocket Wilderness in Dayton.

“Whether you are a scientist or a high school student, ‘Is Genesis History?’ will provide insight into the history of our planet and the solar system,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, President of Bryan College. “From geology to genetics to astronomy to linguistics, the big question for the history of the world is not the data–it’s the paradigm by which we interpret it. For students of the Bible, the book of Genesis gives the history of the world from God’s perspective; for the evolutionist, the paradigm is billions of years of self-creation without a master planner.”

Bryan College will take a group of students to see the film and provide complimentary tickets. Students will receive more information about joining this group through their school email.

“From a biblical paradigm, Is Genesis History explains questions that we all have, such as accounting for the fossil record of dinosaurs, the ice age, the Tower of Babel, the Big Bang, and so much more,” Livesay said. “Beautifully filmed on location throughout the country, this film is a must see for all.”

To learn more about the film, please visit here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Amber Levi Earns Multiple Player of the Week Awards

31472776846_5c667af9ec_k (1)February 10, 2017 – Women’s basketball player Amber Levi garnered two player of the week honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) and the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). Levi averaged 31 points and 5 rebounds with 12 total 3-pointers in a pair of wins for the Lions this week.

The Dayton, Tenn., native started the week with a 20-point effort on the road at Columbia [SC] College, hitting 6-of-17 from the field and 6-for-8 at the foul line. The sophomore guard then exploded for 42 points along with nine rebounds and five assists in a 90-81 victory over St. Andrews University, connecting on 13-of-25 shots overall with 10 3-pointers. She was also 6-for-6 at the foul line.

Levi set a single-game school record for made 3-pointers and her 42-point effort ranks as the third most in a contest in Bryan history. She leads the Lions with 15.8 points and pulls down 4.8 rebounds per game.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Women’s Soccer to Host ID Camp Apr. 1

Women's Soccer ID Camp Flyer 2017 EditedFebruary 1, 2017 – The Bryan College Women’s Soccer team announced they will host an ID Camp on April 1, allowing high school students to visit campus and experience what it would be like to play for the Lions. Campers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and receive collegiate level coaching.

During the camp, the student-athletes will participate in two training sessions, have lunch with the coaching staff, take a campus tour, and have a question and answer time with Head Coach Paul Babba.

To register, either:

Email Coach Babba ( or Assistant Coach Daniel Branley (


Download the registration form and return it prior to the start of camp.

**ID members must bring their own cleats, shin guards, and training gear. Bryan Soccer will provide water, Gatorade, training equipment, and facilities.


ID Camp Schedule

8:30-9:00am Check-in Soccer Field
9:15-11:00am Session 1 Soccer Field
11:00-12:00pm Lunch Bryan Cafeteria
12:00-12:45pm Campus Tour Starting from Cafeteria
1:00-2:20pm Session 2 Soccer Field
2:20-2:45pm Q&A Time Soccer Field


College Address:

Bryan College Women’s Soccer

721 Bryan Drive

Dayton, TN 37321


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director


David Carroll Visits Bryan College

IMG_1004January 27, 2016 – Faculty and staff at Bryan College were treated to a guest visit from Chattanooga broadcasting icon David Carroll at a recent college luncheon.

Carroll, known for his School Patrol reports on WRCB TV, opened his presentation by thanking Bryan College for preparing several teachers and administrators currently serving in Hamilton County schools, including Zac Brown ‘01, who currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent. He also shared humorous excerpts from his recent book, “Volunteer Bama Dawg” that chronicles life in the South as well as stories about how his career was impacted by Chattanooga radio icon Luther Masingill.

At the end of his presentation, Bryan College President Dr. Stephen Livesay thanked Carroll by presenting him with some Bryan clothing and a coffee mug.

Carroll joined WRCB TV in 1987 and currently co-anchors Channel 3 Eyewitness News Live at 5 and Channel 3 Eyewitness News at 6 as well as election coverage. He is also the author of “Chattanooga Radio and Television.”


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Lions Open 2017 Baseball Season On Feb. 3

Baseball ScheduleJanuary 30, 2017 – Bryan College Head Baseball Coach & Athletic Director, Taylor Hasty, announced the 2017 Lions Baseball schedule, which is slated to have the first pitch thrown out on Feb. 3 at Senter Field against River States Conference opponent, University of Rio Grande (Ohio). Both teams received votes in the 2017 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, with Bryan earning 89 votes and Rio Grande picking up 7.

The Lion’s schedule consists of 54 games in all, with 32 taking place at home and 22 on the road. The Lions will be challenged by five teams currently ranked in the top-25 and three others who received votes. The ranked opponents include Tennessee Wesleyan (No. 4), Georgia Gwinnett (No. 5), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (No. 6), Missouri Baptist (No. 9), and Campbellsville (Ky.) (No. 14).

“This time of year is always filled with excitement as we get started, and this year is no different,” Hasty said. “I am proud of the way our team has prepared throughout the fall and the past few weeks. They have worked very hard, and I look forward to the challenges we have in front of us. We play some very good teams who will also have prepared at a high level, and the competition is the best part of our game.”

Along with receiving votes in the national top-25 poll, the Lions are also projected to finish 2nd in a highly competitive AAC conference. Tennessee Wesleyan, 2016’s regular-season champ, garnered 78 total voting points to claim the top spot. Bryan picked up one first-place vote and 63 voting points to land 2nd, while Point got one first-place vote and 60 points to come in third. Union (53 points) is 4th, and both Milligan (36 points) and Reinhardt (36 points) tied for 5th.

The Lions finished the 2016 season with a no. 15 ranking and a 38-18 overall record while going 18-9 in conference play. Bryan finished with an AAC-best batting average at .324, was 2nd in runs batted in per game averaging 5.96, 3rd in earned run average at 4.20, 4th in opposing batting average at .265, and 1st in fielding percentage at .962.

To view the complete baseball schedule for this season, please visit here.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Fishing Team Places 5th in FLW Southeastern Conference Opener on Seminole

Matt Brown and DJ Barber FLW 5th PlaceJanuary 26, 2017 – In this year’s first regular-season qualifying tournament, the Bryan College Lions Fishing team did just that and qualified with a 5th place finish at the YETI College Fishing Southeastern Conference opener on Lake Seminole on Jan. 14. The team of Matt Brown and DJ Barber punched their ticket to the 2018 FLW National Championship and cashed in $500 after bagging a weight of 15 pounds, 9 ounces.

There are two things that Bryan Head Fishing Coach, Mike Keen, said that are end-goals for the season: national championships and Cabela’s School of the Year. With the help of Brown and Barber, Bryan already has a shot at next year’s FLW National Championship. With less than 100 teams competing in this year’s FLW National Championship, the Lions have an edge with four teams that will be fishing for the crown: Nathan Bell and Dylan Kear, Cole Sands and Connor Cohran, Jake Lee and Jacob Foutz, and Dylan Pritchett and Connor Thompson. The tournament will take place from May 31-June 2 at Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Alabama. Along with an opportunity to win it all for FLW, the Lions also have three boats in Cabela’s National Championship in May 2017 at Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama.

Bryan anticipates moving into the top-3 in the running for Cabela’s School of the Year, currently sitting No. 8, after the impressive finish at Seminole. In order to total the points earned, of the 140 boats that participated, you must subtract your top place finisher which is 5th, and than add one. The 136 points should bump Bryan ahead of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, sending them back to 4th. The amount of boats fishing a tournament determines the number of points that will be awarded, which works out in the Lion’s favor since their region and participation is sizeable.

Cabela’s School of the Year may better be explained comparing it to the collegiate football rankings leading up to the national championship, except the winner of school of the year gets to take home expensive gift cards towards Cabela’s and Abu Garcia, credit towards next year’s jerseys, and have a camera crew from NBC Sports spend a day on campus to prepare a 30-minute television show of the school and the anglers.

“I was very proud of this particular team,” said Coach Keen. “Because this is the first tournament, they have fished as a team. They had different partners in the fall, so this was their first time together, and I’m pleased with how well they performed.”

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2018 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:          University of Alabama – Anderson Aldag, Birmingham, Ala., and Lee Mattox, Bremen, Ala., five bass, 21-15, $2,000 Club Scholarship

2nd:         Mississippi State University – Caleb Hebert, Poplarville, Miss., and Jack Stegall, Carriere, Miss., five bass, 18-4, $1,000 Club Scholarship

3rd:          Calhoun Community College – Jordan Reeves, Hillsboro, Ala., and Denver Satterlee, Athens, Ala., five bass, 16-7, $500 Club Scholarship

4th:          University of West Alabama – Charles Lewis, Linden, Ala., and Andrew Warbington, Coker, Ala., five bass, 15-13, $500 Club Scholarship

5th:          Bryan College – DJ Barber, Gardendale, Ala., and Matt Brown, Corbin, Ky., five bass, 15-9, $500 Club Scholarship

6th:          University of Central Florida – Jacob Romani, Orlando, Fla., and Cole Hewett, Orange Park, Fla., five bass, 14-12          

7th:          Auburn University – Cameron Mercer, Deatsville, Ala., and Cole Burdeshaw, Newville, Ala., four bass, 12-14  

8th:          University of Tennessee-Chattanooga – Gavyn Bridges, Thompson Station, Tenn., and Dylan Anderson, Mount Juliet, Tenn., four bass, 12-3 

 9th:          University of South Carolina – Tyler All, Dorchester, S.C., and Patrick Walters, Summerville, S.C., five bass, 12-2  

10th:        Mississippi State University – Andrew Brown, Gordo, Ala., and Cody Peak, Centreville, Miss., four bass, 11-15

Complete results can be found at

The next event for Southeastern Conference anglers is a tournament scheduled for Feb. 25 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook and on Twitter.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Two New MBA Options Announced

MBA ConcentrationsJanuary 13, 2017 – Beginning in the fall of 2017, Bryan College will offer two new specializations for its Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program including healthcare administration and sports management. 

The healthcare administration option is targeted towards students who wish to or already are working in the healthcare or healthcare administration fields. The concentration will feature new courses that cover topics including healthcare systems, ethics, and operations management.

The sports management option will prepare students for careers in the sports and entertainment industry. Courses will cover topics including sports marketing, facility management, and finance.

These new specializations, in addition to all of Bryan’s graduate programs, will be available completely online and offer flexible scheduling for working adults. To learn more about Bryan’s graduate programs, please click here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator