Giving Tuesday: Maebry McNeese

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Maebry McNeese

Major: Business Administration, Marketing Option

Thanks to generous donors like you, Maebry is making a difference through the Bryan College ENACTUS team. Join her and others by donating to the Bryan College Scholarship Fund this Giving Tuesday. Together we can make a difference for Christ!

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Why did you choose Bryan College?

When I chose to come to Bryan College I did not know what to expect. I chose to follow in the footsteps my sister as she was currently a sophomore when I became a freshman. I quickly found that the greatest thing about Bryan College is the people and the immediate acceptance into a community of believers who have a common goal: to make a difference in the world for the purpose of Christ.

What impact did scholarships have on your ability/decision to attend Bryan?

Bryan College scholarships have allowed me to reach a potential that I never believed I could. Scholarships have given me the ability to receive an education and have allowed me to better understand and develop the unique gifts that God has granted to me. Bryan College has taught me how to leverage my gifts and utilize them as a means of making a difference in today’s world.

How does ENACTUS make a difference in your life and the the lives of those you served?

Being a part of ENACTUS has not only given me vast experience in the area of business, but it has also given me the opportunity to serve those within the community of Dayton, as well as, the students of Bryan College. By combining the unique abilities of each individual member, ENACTUS provides a space for us to use entrepreneurial action to create a better world.

What has God taught you through ENACTUS?

Through my time in ENACTUS, God has taught me that I can use my education, skills, and passions for kingdom growth.

Why should others give to the Bryan College scholarship fund?

Giving to the Bryan College scholarship fund provides a way for people like myself to discover the potential and plans that God has in store for them. By giving to this fund you are contributing to the cultivation of like-minded individuals who can and will have a great impact on whatever path they are taken.

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Learn more about the Bryan College ENACTUS program below.

Bryan College Announces Online Criminal Justice Degree

Bryan College EntranceCHATTANOOGA, TENN. (October 3, 2017) — Criminal Justice will now be offered as an online degree program by Bryan College. Applications for the program are now being accepted for the Spring 2018 semester.

The online bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice provides students with the understanding of how the criminal justice system operates within various types of cases and scenarios. Students will also receive the opportunity to learn constitutional, procedural, and organizational differentiations between the federal, state and local criminal justice systems. Along with this information, they’ll be able to interact with professionals who work within the criminal justice system on a daily basis.

Bryan College is committed to providing accessible education to those enrolling in their programs. While the program has been on campus for several years, this is the first time for the online offering.

“We are excited to introduce this program at Bryan College.  It’s been a few years in the making, but we are thrilled to see this program come to fruition.  With several courses rooted in constitutional law and public policy, the foundation for this program builds upon the legislative framework of our country and how that knowledge is carried out to enforce the law.  This degree is a great preparation for anyone interested in a profession related to our government’s legal systems,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Adjunct Professor David Taylor who will be teaching in the program notes, “Today’s criminal justice professional utilizes the tools of technology, knowledge of the law and the workings of the legal system in which they work on a daily basis. Our program will provide core competencies that will prepare our students to enter the field confidently as well-prepared professionals seeking to make a difference within the field of criminal justice. As Christians, we can temper the law of the land with the law of Christ by providing mercy, grace and accountability. It’s another great example of the ‘Bryan Difference’.”

Bryan College Fishing Team Heads To Minnesota For National Championship: Bassmaster College Series Set for August 10-12

July 19, 2017 – Bryan College’s Fishing Team is preparing to head to Bemidji, Minnesota next month to compete for a national title at the Bassmaster College Series. The team proved to be a powerhouse in 2017 with the Lions securing a top-10 finish in every tournament this year except two. Three of those were 1st place finishes. This outstanding performance won the team the coveted title of Cabela’s School of the Year, and the team is prepared to continue their success competing for the national title.

Coach Mike Keen noted that the culture the team is building is one of success. “Our team is extremely dedicated in their approach to competition. There may be older more seasoned teams we compete with; however, no one will out-prepare our team for competition. This is part of the culture at Bryan College and something we honor as we compete.”

“We encourage the development of every student to go into the world to make a difference,” said Bryan College President Stephen Livesay. “Whether it’s in competition or in academia, Bryan College students are well-prepared to meet the challenges they face.” He noted that there will be several forthcoming announcements regarding new programs from the College.

“We are focused on offerings that will position Bryan College as a top-of-mind choice for higher education,” he said. “Because of this, we know we have to focus not only on present day needs but also on a future that continues to look exceptionally bright.”

Last year, Bryan College received numerous awards including a $1,200.00 credit toward team jerseys for this year featuring special recognition as Cabela’s School of the Year from 2017. The prestigious award is based on the number of tournaments won throughout the year.

The Bassmaster National Championship will take place on Lake Bemidji, located in Minnesota and hosted in conjunction with Visit Bemidji. After three days of competition, the national champions will be named.


Student Feature: Rosania Burton ’16, ’18

Rosania Burton HeadshotApril 13, 2017 – Undergrad: Business Administration – Human Resource Management; Graduate: Master of Business Administration – Human Resources Specialization

Bryan was an answered prayer. I prayed for an opportunity to go back to school for my Bachelor’s degree without getting into debt. God answered that prayer by providing me a scholarship through my employer. Following graduation in December 2016 with my Bachelor’s God also trumped that blessing by allowing me an opportunity to get my Master’s under “The Bryan Difference Maker.” I am so thankful for this opportunity.

My favorite part about Bryan College is developing relationships with many of the faculty and staff members that were there to guide me through different stages and steps in helping me succeed in my academic program.


Alumni Feature: Katherine Fraizer ’16

Kathryn Fraizer in Soccer Uniform with Soccer ballApril 13, 2017 – Major: Christian Ministry: Youth Ministry; Minor: Biblical Studies

When it came to my undergraduate studies, I chose Bryan College, because I fell in love with the campus and atmosphere when I visited for the first time during Scholarship Weekend. Plus, who wouldn’t love looking at the mountains all the time?

I have too many favorite things about Bryan to pick just one. Some of my top choices would be the friends, professors, opportunities to go on mission trips, play soccer, and pursue photography.

I currently work as the Discipleship Coordinator at Brown Missionary Baptist Church. After my interview for the job, they actually customized the job for me because of my degree and the experiences I had during my time at Bryan.

I’m currently part of the AGS program and working towards an MBA with a Ministry specialization with my anticipated graduation in 2018.

Alumni Feature: Donna Commers ’16

Donna Commers HeadshotApril 13, 2017 – Major: Business Administration

I chose Bryan College because I wanted a Christian education and Bryan has an excellent reputation. Numerous colleagues recommended Bryan because they had attended Bryan and had a good experience. I liked the way that Bryan tied a Christian worldview into all of the lessons as well.

My favorite part about Bryan College was the availability of the instructors. Any time that I had a question or needed assistance, the instructors responded promptly. They were always very helpful and seemed to really care. I also loved the fact that while attending the onsite classes, the instructors always opened class with prayer.

Bryan made it easier to accomplish obtaining my bachelor’s degree, because the faculty and staff were so supportive every step of the way. I feel that by attending Bryan College I was able to grow spiritually as well as academically.

Alumni Feature: Adam Abbott ’15, ’17

Adam Abbot HeadshotApril 13, 2017 – Undergrad: Business Administration; Graduate: Business Administration – Human Resources specialization

With a family of five and full-time job, finding a school that offered flexibility was key for Adam Abbott’s search to finish and continue his education.

Adam currently works at Whirlpool and has received two promotions since he graduated from Bryan.

“I appreciated that the school shared morals that were very close to my own, yet offered tuition at a much lower price than that of the other schools in the area that might offer the same,” Abbott said.

“The staff has been nothing, but friendly and responsive. While I completed my MBA online, I completed my BS in the classroom. The faculty was always very familiar with the curriculum, and encouraged participation in the classroom. Through the adult studies program, this took place in 4 hour blocks once a week, but the involvement in the classroom made the time pass very quickly, and the material interesting.

Student Feature: Michael Newton ’17

April 13, 2017 – Major: Applied Psychology

With the demands of a full-time job with the Chattanooga Police Department, Michael Newton knew the school he would choose to finish his education would have to offer flexible scheduling. He also wanted a school that aligned with his Christian values and worldview. When he discovered Bryan College, he found a school that offered both.

“My favorite part about Bryan is the helpful culture and friendly atmosphere within the online classes,” Newton said. “With a six-week interval, I’m able to complete courses quickly and have those finished if or when something arises.”

Michael currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Chattanooga Police Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team as well as the President of the local International Brotherhood of Police Officers #673. His education with Bryan was part of his recent promotion to Sergeant.

“I chose Bryan, because it supports my Christian values and lifestyle. Bryan offers a very comprehensive online degree completion program that provides a better selection of majors than the competitors I previously looked into.”


Alumni Feature: Jubilee Lofgren ’17

Jubilee Lofgren HeadshotApril 7, 2017 – Major: Christian Studies – Bible

The great community and low professor to student ratio helped me choose Bryan College. My favorite part is how I have been challenged in and outside the classroom to grow spiritually, relationally, and mentally.

I have been an intern with the Worldview Initiative for the last two years and on the Worldview Initiative team for three years. Being on the Worldview Initiative team has grown me in so many ways. I have learned what it means to love people, to be confident in who God has made me to be, and how think and discuss complex ideas. I would not be the same person I am today if it were not for the Worldview Initiative!

After I graduate, I want to be a Bible Translator and translate the Bible for groups of people that don’t have a Bible in their mother tongue.

Student Feature: Shania Rogers ’18

Shania Rogers HeadshotApril 1, 2017 – Major: Business Management and Marketing; Minor: Honors and Bible from the Saints Bible Institute
SGA President

For Shania Rogers, finding a college with a great sense of community was high on her list of priorities. After visiting Bryan College on a tour and interacting with the campus community first-hand, she knew she had found the school for her.

Since she arrived on campus, Shania has made many lasting friendships through being actively involved in intramural sports, leading a discipleship class, and serving in the Career Services center. She also discovered some of her spiritual gifts by joining Enactus, a business-oriented club that partners with the Dayton community, where she currently serves as the group’s social media coordinator.

“The business department has so many opportunities for students, and also a fantastic Business Advisory Board that helps with things we should incorporate in class as well as internship opportunities. Enactus is a great way to meet new friends, gain insightful business information, and even acquire jobs and internships from the career fair held at Nationals.”

Shania also spent a semester abroad in Italy at the Saints Bible Institute where she earned a minor in Bible. It was a life-changing experience that she recommends to everyone if they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone.

“College is more enjoyable when you take the time to join a club or step out of your comfort zone. It took me a semester to realize this, and I wish I would have done it from the start.”

During her senior year, Shania will serve as the Student Government Association (SGA) President.