Bryan College Selected as a Best Value School Award Recipient

Landes WayApril 17, 2017 – Bryan College was recently honored with the distinction as a Best Value School out of nearly 8,000 eligible postsecondary schools. The award is issued by University Research & Review (URR), a company dedicated to improving the process of how a student selects a postsecondary.

“We hope current students and alumni take pride in this honor, and anyone searching for a quality, reasonably priced college education strongly considers Bryan College,” said Joseph Schmoke, founder of URR.

The committee that reviewed eligible schools was made up of former university presidents, CEOs, provosts and professors. Schools cannot pay to receive the award; it must be earned through the nomination and committee evaluation process. Bryan College was chosen by the committee because it passed rigorous standards including a combination of cost, accreditation, variety and quality of school programs, and student satisfaction with the institution.

“Our committee prides itself on combining our extensive experience, knowledge of postsecondary education and insight into what provides students with good value when selecting a Best Value award recipient,” Schmoke said.

Bryan College will retain the Best Value School designation for one year. Award recipients must re-qualify every year.

Annual Service Day Makes a Difference in Local Community

Washing Windows (72 dpi)April 11, 2017 – On March 30, more than 700 students, faculty, and staff from Bryan College rolled up their sleeves and set out to help make a difference in the Dayton community and surrounding areas.

In total, there were 46 project sites that ranged in skills from painting and picking up trash to playing with children and landscaping. Highlights of this year’s projects included work at the First Christian Community Church, Dayton Library, Dayton City School, Life Care Center of Dayton, and many others. Several projects were also completed in nearby Spring City and Athens, Tenn., at businesses and residential homes.

“We want to make a difference just by bonding with the kids and being good role models. We also want to promote healthy habits for them in the future,” said Helen Cannon, a student who worked with children at the Dayton City School field day.

This annual event serves as a meaningful way for students, faculty, and staff to live out Bryan College’s mission to make a difference in today’s world. Service Day also provides a way for Bryan to build and maintain relationships with the local community.

“I love Service Day every year, because it gives us a chance to connect with where we live, what we’re about as a College, and we also always meet great people. We’re so thankful to be able to do this.”

To view photos from this year’s Service Day, please visit here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan Hosts Service Day March 30

Service DayMarch 22, 2017 – Bryan College will host its annual Service Day on March 30 as students, faculty, and staff go out into the Dayton community to complete various service projects. The event supports the college’s mission of making a difference in today’s world through Christian service.

“Bryan College cancels classes for Service Day to provide the students hands on experience working alongside their mentors to make a difference in the community we live in,” said Mariah Goodwin, a senior at Bryan and coordinator of this year’s Service Day.

Highlights of service projects slated for this year include:

  • Field Day at Dayton City School
  • Richland Creek Clean-up
  • Work at Blazing Hope Ranch
  • Painting and landscaping at Cedine Camp Missions
  • Teaching students about the concepts of money at Rhea County High School

To stay connected with updates on Service Day, follow Bryan College on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@bryancollege), and Snapchat (bryancollege).

Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan to Host Red Back Hymnal Sing Event April 9

October 6-8, 2017

October 6-8, 2017

Every fall, Bryan College students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends, and community members come together to celebrate the Bryan experience. Homecoming has grown over the years, and this year's celebration promises to be the best year yet!

Message from the Alumni Director

It’s a great time to be a Bryan Lion.

"Come one, come all! Come back to campus for Homecoming to reconnect to the good old days, celebrate everything that’s new and get excited about our bright future. There’s something fun for the whole family, and it’s all right here at your Bryan College Homecoming.

"We are so blessed to have some of the finest alumni in the world. Thank you for reuniting with the Bryan Lions. It is always great to have you home!

"We'd love to see you at Bryan College Homecoming, October 6-8, 2017."

– Paulakay Franks Hall, ’84, Alumni Director

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We have fun here!


In 2016, we had events with food, events with music, events with games, events with friends, and events with special performer.

The Alumni department is working hard to bring you an exciting Homecoming this year! Stay tuned for the schedule.

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Wrap up the weekend!

Please plan to join us for the 10 am Chapel Service on Sunday morning in Rudd Auditorium, featuring alumni speakers and musicians. Participating together in this special time of worship is a great way to end a wonderful weekend!

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Join the crew!

There are many opportunities available for you to be a part of making Homecoming a huge success: help plan events, volunteer during the weekend, offer advice. These are ways for your voice to be heard and to impact your alma mater!

Volunteers are needed for registration, Paw Pounder races, tailgating lunch, Lion Cubs, Red & Gold Gala, chapel service, Saturday night alumni dinner, contacting your classmates, alumni sports, and 5’s reunion dinners.

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The All-College Service Day is an expression of the commitment to community Bryan College cultivates.

Every year since January 2005, students and faculty set aside a normal class day to instead serve the individuals of Rhea County. Organizing historical documents for the museum, clearing brush for a family farm, painting offices for the Women’s Care Center, kicking soccer balls with children at the YMCA, or playing cards with the elderly—these services are all accomplished in an effort to show Christ’s love to the local world around Bryan College.


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New ASL Center Dedicated to Ruth Heflin Cofer

DSC_0157-2March 10, 2017 – On Thursday, a group of Bryan College faculty, staff, and students gathered for a dedication ceremony of its new American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpretation Center named in honor of Ruth Heflin Cofer.

“Bryan College is pleased to honor Mrs. Cofer’s life of service in the Chattanooga community with the dedication and to recognize the significant contributions of the Foundation to the growth of our ASL program,” said Chuck Baker, Vice President of Advancement.

Cofer dedicated her life to helping physically challenged and other special needs children. In addition to her activism for ASL education, Cofer served as an active volunteer and member of the Hamilton County Nursing Home for 30 years, until 1995. She also served as president for the Nursing Home Auxiliary for a total of 17 years.

She was a very dedicated Christian who gave God the praise for so many opportunities to help those around her, especially the elderly and forgotten, truly living a life following the example of Jesus Christ. Cofer passed away in 2008, leaving behind a powerful legacy of Christian service and witness.

Since 2014, the Fred J. and Ruth Heflin Cofer Foundation has awarded significant grants specifically for Bryan College’s ASL program to help fulfill its mission and equip students to use sign language skills to make a difference in today’s world. ASL is currently the second most studied language by students at Bryan.

Representing Cofer at the ceremony were her brother, Keith Heflin, and her nephew, Steve.

“What we are here for today is the result of a life well lived that will continue to go on and impact others,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, President of Bryan College. “God placed the desire to serve others in her heart, and we are so thankful for everything her foundation continues to do to honor her life.”

The new ASL and Interpretation Center is located in Mercer Hall, room 243.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

New Partnership with Regent University School of Law Announced

Regent AnnouncementMarch 9, 2017 – Bryan College and Regent University recently entered into a new partnership that will allow qualified Bryan College graduates a 25 percent scholarship on tuition to Regent Law’s J.D., M.A. (Law), and LL.M. programs.

Bryan College is excited to partner with Regent University School of Law to provide our graduates with a reduced tuition opportunity,” said Dr. Kevin Clauson, Vice President of Academics at Bryan College. “The law school has developed an excellent reputation for quality legal education in the context of a Christian worldview.”

To receive this scholarship, applicants must be a graduate of Bryan or a dependent (one who can be legally claimed as a dependent on the qualified person’s tax return pursuant to IRS guidelines for the tax year for which the benefit is requested) of a Bryan graduate.

Bryan College is hopeful the scholarship will open opportunities for students interested in law to continue their education at the graduate level. Samuel Gilbertson, a 2013 Bryan graduate, recently earned his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from Regent University in 2016. Gilbertson now works as an attorney at Willis Law, a well-respected law firm in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“My time at Bryan College greatly benefited my law school career at Regent University School of Law,” Gilbertson said. “The cases that I had to brief at Bryan and the study of legal theory and analysis laid a strong foundation for law school.” Regent Law prepared Gilbertson with excellent advocacy skills, as evidenced by his job placement.

Regent University’s School of Law currently offers graduate law programs at its campus in Virginia Beach, VA. The M.A. in Law program is also completely available online, the J.D. and LL.M. programs are available partially online.  For more information about Regent University School of Law, please visit here.

“Regent also provided many opportunities to develop practical skills while learning the law,” Gilbertson said. “Most importantly, both schools were true to their professions of faith-based education, and the wonderful faculty and staff at both institutions were always there to help and encourage me in my endeavors.”

Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan College Earns Two National Rankings

JT-161104-622March 7, 2017 – Bryan College was recently named in two national rankings conducted by These included No. 4 “20 Best Value Small Colleges for a Christian Studies Degree” and No. 9 “Best Value Small Colleges for a Business Administration Degree.”

“We are appreciative of the recognition of Bryan’s Department of Business & Economics on a national scale,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Associate Professor of Business. “Our Business Advisory Board has been instrumental in broadening our course offerings and strengthening the robustness of a Bryan College business degree.”

From the article “20 Best Value Small Colleges for a Christian Studies Degree”

Bryan College’s motto, “Christ above all,” succinctly summarizes the very qualities that make it a top small college for Christian studies majors. Within the Christian Studies program itself, students can choose from a straightforward theology program (the Bible Option), a ministry program (the Ministry Option), and a liberal studies program (the Philosophy and Culture Option). Although the upper-level coursework is distinct in each program, all three share a solid foundation of general studies and scripture-based classes. Outside the classroom you’ll find boundless opportunities for spiritual engagement and service learning – not least of which is Devotion, a traveling worship team that brings music, prayer, and testimony to communities around the state.

From the article “30 Best Value Small Colleges for a Business Administration Degree”

For students of faith who are looking to enter the corporate world, there are few better places to earn an affordable undergraduate business degree than Bryan College at Dayton. Bryan’s BS in Business Administration integrates Christian values with principles of economics, management, finance, and more to provide a truly well-rounded education at a fair price. Classes like “Advertising and Promotion,” “Managerial Economics,” and “Principles of Investing” are just a few of the opportunities undergraduates at Bryan will have to examine the principles of the free market through a Biblical lens.

Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator


Bryan Unveils New Mascot, Leo

Leo AnnouncementMarch 6, 2017 –  Bryan College announced today the naming of its new mascot, Leo, after hosting a naming contest on social media open to students and alumni.

“We are so glad to have Leo, because of how he adds engagement at events between the fans and the game and the fans and the athletes,” said Janice Perron, Cheerleading coach at Bryan College. “He also puts a face on Bryan Athletics and will be an ambassador to Bryan College and the community.”

Leo will appear at Bryan College athletic events and occasional appearances at campus and community events.

The mascot’s name is a nod to the Latin word “leo,” which means “lion” in English.

Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator