Bryan College to Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

July 26, 2017 – As excitement builds for the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, Bryan College invites the Dayton and Chattanooga communities to view the once-in-a-lifetime event on its campus.

Beginning at 1 p.m., the College will have solar viewing stations set up near the Grassy Bowl, across from Rudd Auditorium, including a solar telescope. To view a map of campus and driving directions, please visit here.

The eclipse will become visible at approximately 2 p.m. with the eclipse reaching totality at 2:33 pm and last approximately 2 minutes.

There will be two presentations about solar eclipses inside Rudd Auditorium beginning at 1 p.m. Dr. Lyle Smith will present “What is an Eclipse?” and Dr. Jud Davis will present “Eclipses and Scripture: What the Bible says About These occurrences?” The presentations will be offered again at 1:30 p.m.

In order to participate in the solar eclipse viewing, guests must wear specially made protective glasses to avoid damaging effects to their vision. The College will have a limited supply of glasses available for use, but guests are encouraged to bring their own.

Guests are also encouraged to bring their own water, sunscreen, umbrellas, chairs, and blankets. When arriving on campus, please use the main entrance located off of US 27.

For more information, please contact Margie Legg at


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator


Justin Morhardt Named NAIA All-American

June 8, 2017 – The Bryan baseball team continues to be nationally recognized after completing one of the most successful seasons in program history. Justin Morhardt, a junior this past season, was named to the NAIA All-American second team. The Winsted, Conn., native was a driving force for the Lions this season with his excellent play earning a place in the record books for years to come.

Morhardt, a catcher and first baseman for the Lions this season, led the AAC in batting average, total hits, hits per game (1.48), doubles, and on-base percentage (.551). His slugging percentage ranked 4th in the conference, while his RBI total ranked 9th, tied for 8th in homeruns, and 5th in total bases. He also put together the 12th-highest batting average in the country, was 15th in total hits, 30th in doubles and slugging percentage, 34th in total bases, and 36th in hits per game.

Morhardt was also named the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Player of the Year this season, along with earning All-Conference First Team honors. He was a leading force for Bryan’s offense that shattered many of the school’s records. He registered a program-best .439 batting average and pieced together a total of 86 hits to be named the new hits leader. He now ranks 3rd all-time in doubles with 20, crushed 12 homers for 4th-best, drove in 51 runs to rank 9th, and was walked 47 times, which is the 2nd most for any Lion. He also sits with the 4th-best slugging percentage after compiling .724.

The Lions put together a remarkable 35-16 regular-season record and finished 17-10 in conference play, which earned them their first-ever at-large bid for the National Tournament and 3rd overall appearance in program history. The team earned national recognition being ranked as high as No. 14 in the coaches’ poll. The Lions defeated No. 5 seed St. Ambrose University in the national tournament before being eliminated by No. 3 seed Midland University (Neb.).

For the full list of 2017 NAIA Baseball All-Americans and Honorable Mentions, please click here.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Bryan College Fishing Wins 2017 Cabela’s School of the Year

May 30, 2017 – After 12 weeks of holding down the lead in the 2017 Cabela’s School of the Year standings presented by Abu Garcia, the talented group of anglers from Bryan College’s young program sealed the deal and made it official Friday afternoon in Florence, Alabama at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s on Pickwick Lake, taking the title of School of the Year. Some of the weight was lifted off the Lions heading into this week’s National Championship with the aid of Nathan Bell’s and Cole Sand’s victory May 13 at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops on Cherokee Lake, launching them 155 points in front of second place team, University of Tennessee, and provided a 181-point lead over two-time School of the Year winners, University of North Alabama, who entered the weekend in 3rd place. The comfortable advantage allowed Bryan to enter Pickwick and focus on a shot at taking home the Cabela’s Collegiate Fishing Championship as well as the School of the Year, but UNA ousted last year’s winning team, Auburn University (Ala.), at the last second to take home the Cabela’s National Championship crown.

Pickwick is UNA’s home lake, and Bryan entered the tournament knowing that the seasoned anglers would execute well in their backyard. A first place and fifth place finish overall by UNA not only granted them the championship and boatload worth of prizes, but made the School of the Year running interesting with a mere 59 points separating Bryan and UNA for the title of School of the Year. UNA’s efforts gave way to them jumping the Vols of Tennessee and ending in a close 2nd place behind the Lions.

Four is the most boats any single team could have battle on Pickwick, and the Lions took advantage with four participating after entering in Cabela’s Dardanelle Derby, Big Bass Bash, Texas Shootout, and the automatic entry given to every collegiate team. At the end of the day Thursday, Bell and Sands provided the Lions with good positioning entering the last day with a combined five-fish limit of 15.76. Even though Bell and Sands couldn’t repeat their first day outing, Bryan received help from Dylan Pritchett and Connor Thompson, along with Matt Brown and DJ Barber, who maintained high enough positioning to fend off UNA. Barber and Brown slid in at 69th after day one but reeled their way to a 23.76 total weight for 56th place. Pritchett and Thompson were in 44th entering the final day but bagged 20.82 over the span of two days, which was good enough for a 70th-place finish.

For many clubs, the Cabela’s School of the Year Title is already known to be the most respected title in college fishing because of the work teams and members have to put in. Consistency has been key to the Lion’s success this season, and it has truly been a team effort with individuals continually stepping up in each tournament. Bryan Head Fishing Coach, Mike Keen, knew that heading into the championship that the team needed to do what they had done all year long and avoid any blanking to win School of the Year. In remarkable fashion, the Lions have secured a top-10 finish in every tournament this year except two, with one being 13th and the other being today’s tournament, and have fished their way to three 1st place finishes.

As the winner of School of the Year, Bryan received $5,000 in Abu Garcia Merchandise, $3,500 in Cabela’s Gift Cards, $1,500.00 in Mustang PFDs, and $1,200.00 in credit towards team jerseys for 2018 featuring special recognition as School of Year from 2017. In addition, there will be extensive dedicated television/media coverage recognizing them as the Cabela’s School of Year winner.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Cristian Toledano Selected as Winner of 2017 Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship

May 24, 2017 – JAMAS Capital Management, a leading private investment firm, recently announced that current Bryan College student Cristian Toledano is the winner of the 2017 Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship. He is working towards earning his degree in business with a focus in human resources and information systems.

“It is such an honor knowing my essay was the one chosen amongst hundreds across the nation,” Toledano said. “This is one less financial burden on my parents and me. It’s truly a blessing to be the first recipient of this award.”

Toledano came to the United States when he was 5 and was enrolled in an elementary school where he could not speak or write in English. Being a motivated student from the start, he worked diligently to learn English as quickly as he could, immersing himself in English language books and watching television. By the time he was 8, Christian was translating and speaking on behalf of his parents and other family members. After graduating from high school, Toledano raised money to begin college by organizing a soccer tournament. He is the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college.

“We are extremely proud of Christian’s accomplishment. We know he will continue to build on this success well beyond graduation,” said Dr. Daniel B. Gates, Assistant Professor and Program Director at Bryan College.

“Cristian represents everything the JAMAS Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship is about,” said Ben O. Turnage, founder and CEO of JAMAS Capital Management. “He has demonstrated the motivation to excel in all he does, and he has the success to prove it. We at JAMAS are proud to contribute to the success of such an impressive young man, who has a bright future as a leader in business.”

The $2,500 JAMAS Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship helps students of Hispanic descent become business leaders of the future. For more information on the 2017 scholarship, visit the JAMAS website.

About JAMAS Capital Management

JAMAS Capital Management is a private investment firm providing a unique source of strategic capital to a broad spectrum of industry sectors. For over 30 years, JAMAS Founder/CEO Ben O. Turnage has founded, invested in and profitably grown companies across a variety of businesses; including enterprises in construction, residential/commercial real estate, oil field services and agri-foods. Learn more about JAMAS Capital Management at JAMAS website.


For additional information, contact Susan Segars at 404-808-0075.

Bryan’s Marketing Program Ranked No. 4 in the Country

May 22, 2017 – Bryan College’s marketing program was ranked No. 4 in a recent poll of the top 10 marketing programs in the country conducted by Christian Universities Online.

“We are thrilled with this recognition of the quality we have sought to create in the marketing courses in the Department of Business and Economics,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Chair of the Department of Business and Economics. “The depth and breadth of our marketing courses, including some digital certifications, help to keep our marketing graduates on the cutting edge in the ever-changing field of marketing.”

Many students in the marketing program participate in Bryan’s Enactus chapter, a group that helps prepare them with skills and knowledge to help advance their careers in business. The group participates in several regional and national Enactus competitions throughout the year that allow students to network and build relationships with potential employers.

From the article:

“In the fields of Marketing and Communication, Bryan College offers five undergraduate degree programs, namely the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication; the Bachelor of Arts in Marketing; the Bachelor or Sciences in Business Administration with a Marketing option; the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies; the Bachelor of Science in Communication, Media & Culture with a Corporate Communication option. Bryan College’s Marketing (B.A.) major is offered through the Department of Economics and Business and is a small, focused major designed to enhance and complement another major. Meanwhile, the College’s Communication Studies (B.A.) major is a much broader program and offers a variety of options or concentrations for students to pursue.”


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Ken Ham Receives Honorary Doctorate at Spring Graduation Ceremony

May 8, 2017 – Bryan College welcomed its newest group of graduates on Saturday as the Class of 2017 turned their tassels and walked the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.

Christian author, Ken Ham, served as the ceremony’s featured speaker and received an honorary doctoral degree from Bryan College in science. Ham serves as the President of Answers in Genesis as well as founder of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.

“During Commencement, Ken Ham delivered a powerful challenge for Bryan graduates to be over-comers and well-diggers enabling the water of life to quench the spiritual barrenness of our culture,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, President of Bryan College. “It was an honor to present the man I consider the foremost spokesman in the world for biblical Creationism with a Doctor of Science degree from Bryan.”

In total, the morning ceremony honored 101 undergraduate students. The school held a ceremony later in the day to honor 67 graduates from its Adult and Graduate Studies programs.

The College also honored members of the Class of 1967 to commemorate their 50 year reunion as part of an annual “Golden Grads” tradition during commencement ceremonies.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan’s Master’s in Human Resources Alignment with SHRM Guidelines Renewed

SHRM News PictureMay 4, 2017 – Bryan College recently announced that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that its Master’s in Human Resources has renewed its alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

“SHRM is recognized nationally as playing a vital role in setting quality standards in HR programs. It is the global professional organization for HR practitioners,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies. “When Bryan College introduced the Human Resources concentration in 2012, we quickly sought to align our coursework with the expectations of SHRM.”

Throughout the world, 448 programs in 337 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The guidelines — created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 — are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

“This recent recognition of continued alignment keeps Bryan’s MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management in an elite circle of institutions offering similar programs,” Scruggs said.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Surpasses $2 Million in Donations

BOP LogoApril 28, 2017 – Bryan College announced that its Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program has now surpassed more than $2 million in donations throughout the program’s 10-year history.

Established in 2008, the program seeks to raise funds to provide qualified, low-income students from Tennessee with scholarships to attend Bryan College. To date, more than 200 students have benefited from Bryan Opportunity Scholarships, which vary in amount depending on each student’s need.

“We are so grateful for the men, women, and organizations that God is using to provide the means for these students to become both academically and spiritually prepared to go out into the world and make a difference,” said Janice Pendergrass, Director of Advancement at Bryan College. “Students that were afraid to dream of coming to a private Christian college are being blessed beyond imagination to do just that.”

Each year, the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program hosts a fundraising dinner that highlights Bryan students making an impact on campus, thanks in part to the scholarships they receive and the generosity of others. This year, current junior Cullen Royston shared his testimony and how this program has impacted his life.

“I am grateful to those who have given financially, and it is moving to see the hearts of those who genuinely care about providing a way for me to further my education at Bryan College and fulfill my plans of attending pharmacy school after graduation,” Royston said. “This scholarship has opened many doors for me, and I am looking forward to one day sitting in one of these seats as a donor.”

Christ Above AllIf you are interested in donating to the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program, gifts may be mailed to: Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program, 721 Bryan Drive; Dayton, TN; 37321. Donations can also be made online at Donors should select Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program from the drop-down fund list.

“We greatly appreciate the generosity of everyone who has given to this program and investing in our students and the mission of Bryan College,” said Chuck Baker, Vice President of Advancement. “As we look towards the future, it’s our vision to increase our capacity to provide students the opportunities and resources to make a difference for Christ in today’s world.”


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Students, Faculty, and Staff Recognized at Honors Chapel

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Dr. Livesay presents Tim Hostetler with an award commemorating his 30 years of service to Bryan College.

April 26, 2017 – On Monday, students, faculty, and staff gathered for Bryan College’s annual Honors Chapel award service to recognize outstanding accomplishments made during the 2016-2017 academic year. Several scholarships were also awarded to students based on academic merit and achievement.

Highlights of this year’s recipients include:

Staff Member of the Year award: Kimberly Tuttle, Resident Director of Robinson Hall and commonly known to students as “Mama Tutt”

“I deeply respect Kim for the time and energy she has invested in the students of Bryan College,” said Dr. Livesay, President of Bryan College. “Since arriving to campus, she has been 100 percent sold on Bryan College’s mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world. Her love for Bryan is only topped by her love for Christ, which permeates each part of her life on campus.”

Administrative Faculty of the Year Award: Vonnie Johnson, Library Services/Asst. Prof. of Library Science

Scholar of the Year Award: Dr. Whit Jones and Dr. Dwight Page

Citation of Merit Awards:

5 Years Service:

Bob Barger, Database Administrator

Lorraine Doran, Assistant Professor of Education

David Holcomb, Scholarship Fund Director

Eric McEachron, Director of Outreach Ministries

Angie Price, Human Resources Director

Britney Wyatt, Director of Marketing

10 Years Service:

Donna Belisle, Business Office Assistant

Dr. Scott Jones, Professor of Christian Ministry

Kimberly Keck, Assistant Professor of Music/Chair, Department of Fine & Performing Arts

15 Years Service:

Teresa King, Environmental Services Assistant

Dr. T. Drew Randle, Professor of Christian Ministry

Dr. Clark Rose, Professor of Psychology/Chair, Department of Psychology

20 Years Service:

Leta Dyer, Environmental Services Supervisor

Janis Green, Campus Store and Mail Services Assistant

Polly Revis, Technological Services Manager

25 Years Service:

Dr. Jeffrey Bruehl, Professor of Business

Dr. Wendell M. Jones, Jr., Professor of English/Vice Chair of the Faculty

30 Years Service:

Tim Hostetler, Vice President of Student Services & Ministries

LaVonne Johnson, Public Services Librarian/Assistant Professor of Library Science

40 Years Service:

Patricia Kinney, Business Office Manager

Brenda Wooten, Associate Registrar

To view a complete list of awards, please visit the document below.

Honors Chapel Awards 2017
Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Steve Green Featured at 10th Annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Banquet

BOP Dinner RecapApril 25, 2017 – On April 20, a total of 540 alumni and friends of Bryan College attended the 10th annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The dinner was hosted by the college and Host Co-Chairs Bob and Nan Coddington and Leighton and Jan LeBoeuf, to raise funds for scholarships for low-income Tennessee students.

Featured at the dinner was acclaimed Christian singer and songwriter Steve Green, who has been honored with four Grammy nominations, eighteen no. 1 songs, and seven Dove awards. Green has sold over three million albums worldwide.

Green performed many beloved songs over the course of the evening, including “Total Praise,” “I Can See (The Emmaus Road),” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “In Christ Alone,” and “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.” The Bryan College Chamber Singers (under the direction of Dr. David Luther) had the unforgettable opportunity to accompany Green during four of his songs.

“We are here this evening as ones who support what God is doing around the world, particularly in the lives of these students,” said Green. “What a great testimony to hear of God raising up the next generation of young people who will serve for God’s glory wherever He places them! If we are here, we are here by the grace of God.”

Current Bryan student Cullen Royston, a sophomore exercise health science major and baseball player, gave his moving testimony to God’s provision through the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program. He said, “Because my mother was a full-time stay-at-home parent and teacher, my siblings and I had a fun-filled childhood with her constant support and guidance. However, this also made our lives more difficult financially as the only source of income was from my father, an independent contractor.” Finances tightened even more when his beloved little brother, Caleb, was diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

“These events in my life have taught me to rely completely on God and to trust that He will always provide, and this Opportunity scholarship has become yet another example of His provision,” Cullen told the attendees. “I am grateful to those who have given financial donations, and it is moving to see the hearts of those who genuinely care about providing a way for me to further my education at Bryan College and fulfill my plans of attending pharmacy school after graduation. This scholarship has opened many doors for me, and I am looking forward to one day sitting in one of these seats as a donor.”

Since the program’s inception in 2008, over $2,000,000 has been raised to make a Bryan education a possibility for over 200 students whose total annual family income is less than $35,000. The donors at this year’s dinner raised nearly $228,000*, making a Christ-centered college experience possible for students in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Vice President of Advancement Chuck Baker remarked, “We are truly grateful for God’s provisions and the generous support of our alumni and friends for the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program. As Cullen reminded us in his testimony tonight, this scholarship continues to help deserving students with the financial assistance needed, often in the midst of a family crisis. Only time will reveal the eternal impact of this scholarship as we educate these students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”


Written by Chloe Ann Townsend
* Amount raised updated from $215,000.