Third Annual Rhea County Evening with Bryan Opens 2016

January 14, 2016

Evening with Bryan January 14, 2016 – On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Bryan Scholarship Fund’s Rhea County regional volunteers hosted the first Evening with Bryan dinner of 2016, sponsored by First Bank of Tennessee, on the upper floor of the Bryan College library.

This dinner, the first of 10 such events to be held this year, enabled donors and friends of the college to see firsthand the incredible difference their contributions have made to students. Lebron Purser of the Dayton Rotary Club emceed the event.

Michael PalmerAttendees heard Michael Palmer, a beloved Bryan communications professor, talk on the importance of communication, community, and empathy in every aspect of life. Robinson Manufacturing’s human resources director Nathan Snyder ‘91, spoke to the significance of his own time at Bryan, particularly the relationships formed with coaches, professors, and peers. He encouraged the faculty present that the relationships they foster with their students last a lifetime. To close, he said, “What’s true of what I’ve talked about is true about the people I see here now. I see them investing in and being a part of the student body, being passionate about caring about the students.”

College president Stephen D. Livesay thanked First Bank for sponsoring the evening and in doing so supporting the students of Bryan. He said, “On behalf of them, thank you so much,” he said, and continued, “The thing that I like about Bryan College is that I believe that Bryan College, through all her agencies, is that which fully prepares young people in a completeness – in a way that is going to make them truly successful in the game of life.”

1.14_EWB3Bryan Scholarship Fund Director David Holcomb expressed the school’s joy at and appreciation of donors and volunteers who “are seed for the Scholarship Fund, who believe in the idea of gathering people together to see the worth of Bryan College and how they can get involved”; he noted that “it is a pleasure to have First Bank as one of our partners.”

The next Evening with Bryan event will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 28. For more information contact David Holcomb at

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, assistant director of public information, 423.775.7206;