Students Awarded Scholarships by Dayton Rotary Club

Rotary ScholarshipDecember 22, 2015 – On Friday, Dec. 11, the Rotary Club of Dayton awarded scholarships to current Bryan College freshmen Isaac Hendrix and Karis Powell at the annual Rotary luncheon in the Rhea County Room.

Isaac Hendrix, a double major in management and Christian ministry also earning a minor in music, began his address with thanks, expressing his overwhelming gratitude for the Rotary Club’s scholarship. He said, “First of all, I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to pursue this education here. The financial aid you’ve given me to do that is such a blessing.” He noted his desire to work with a sports ministry organization in the future, and said that his management and Christian ministry degrees will empower him to achieve that dream.

Business major Karis Powell, who also received the Rotary Club’s generous scholarship, hopes to one day own her own business. She said, “I have really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more and stretch my mind.” One of her favorite things about Bryan College is the chance to not only seriously pursue her degree but also try a hand at extracurricular interests, such as choral performance.

She told the Rotarians, “Those opportunities have only happened because of you. I want to thank you all very much for the generous scholarship you have offered me. You have no idea how much it means to me! Because of this scholarship, I can attend school; because of your support, I can have the opportunity for further my education. Because of your generosity, I have a brighter future.”

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

Bryan Lions to Compete in NAIA Southeastern Challenge

Southeastern ChallengeDecember 16, 2015 — Three of Bryan College’s teams will represent the Appalachian Athletic Conference in the 2016-17 NAIA Southeastern Challenge, which is a new inter-conference contest. “Inter-conference challenges are always unique experiences for our student-athletes,” said Bryan College Athletic Director Taylor Hasty. “It is a privilege for us to be included and we look forward to representing not only Bryan College but also the AAC.”

Beginning during the 2016-17 season, representatives from the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC), Mid-South Conference, Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) & The Sun Conference will square off in the NAIA Southeastern Challenge.

The regular-season series will feature competition in the sports of men’s & women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s & women’s basketball, men’s & women’s tennis, baseball and softball—with a conference winner being crowned annually based on the collective winning percentage of its participating teams across all nine sports.

The teams representing the Lions are women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, and softball. Reinhardt University (Ga.) will have four teams participating in the challenge: women’s soccer, women’s basketball, softball, and men’s tennis. Tennessee Wesleyan is the only other school from the AAC who will be competing in more than one sport: men’s basketball and baseball. View the entire list here.

The inter-conference event will bolster relationships between these neighboring conferences, while allowing for regular-season matchups of top NAIA programs from across the region, something noted by each commissioner in joining the partnership.

“We, in the AAC, are excited to be a part of this inaugural inter-conference event,” said John Sullivan, AAC Commissioner. “It gives some of our best teams an opportunity to compete against the best teams from our neighboring conferences and exposes them to competition that they probably haven’t seen before. We are looking forward to this first year’s effort and to building on what we learn in the future.”

Sullivan’s sentiments were echoed by Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward, who said, “The Mid-South Conference is honored to be included in the inaugural NAIA Southeastern Challenge. Our participating teams are excited about and looking forward to competing against the best teams in the AAC, The Sun Conference and SSAC.”

SSAC Commissioner Mike Hall noted the benefits of the challenge to the conference’s member institutions, while recognizing the work of his fellow commissioners in bringing the event together, stating, “The SSAC teams participating in this inaugural challenge are very excited about improving their non-conference schedules and increasing their postseason profiles. Personally, I am very grateful to my fellow commissioners for their efforts in pulling this together for 2016-17.”

The Sun Conference Commissioner Mark Pope mentioned the student-athlete experience as part of the appeal of the NAIA Southeastern Challenge, saying, “The Sun Conference is proud to partner with our fellow southeastern conferences to create this exciting event. What a great opportunity for our student-athletes! We look forward to showcasing the best in competition and sportsmanship.”

Bryan LionsThe event will debut in September 2016, with Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) hosting a four-team men’s soccer invitational on Sept. 3-4, the City of Montgomery presenting a four-team women’s soccer event on Sept. 2-3 and Union (Ky.) organizing an eight-team volleyball invitational on Sept. 2-3.

The winter season will feature two sets of basketball challenges, with the NAIA Division I conferences—the SSAC and Mid-South Conference—and the NAIA Division II leagues—the AAC and The Sun Conference—competing independently.

Union will host the six-team NAIA Division II men’s basketball event on Nov. 3-5, while Martin Methodist (Tenn.) will sponsor the six-team NAIA Division I men’s basketball invitational on Nov. 17-19. Campbellsville (Ky.) will welcome six NAIA Division I women’s basketball teams on Dec. 17-19, while St. Thomas (Fla.) will open its gym to its NAIA Division II women’s basketball counterparts on Dec. 28-30.

Faulkner (Ala.) will kick off the spring events, when it hosts four baseball programs on Feb. 2-4, 2017. USC Beaufort (S.C.) will then welcome eight softball teams on Feb. 16-18, while SCAD Savannah (Ga.) plays host to four men’s and four women’s tennis programs.

The complete 2016-17 NAIA Southeastern Challenge schedule will be released in early 2016 after game times and matchups are determined by the respective host conferences and schools.

Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.

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.

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

“A Christmas Celebration” Jingles onto Campus

Christmas CelebrationDecember 4, 2015 – Tickets are now on sale for the Bryan College Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ annual Christmas concert, “A Christmas Celebration,” to be held on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12 at 7:30 P.M. in Rudd Auditorium.

“A Christmas Celebration,” featuring the Bryan Chorale, Chamber Singers, Woodwind Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Women’s Chorus, and Hilltop Players’ rendition of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” is bound to put audiences in the holiday mood! The Christmas spirit will soar high with favorites through the centuries such as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”

Friday evening’s concert will also feature an optional festive gourmet dinner. Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 P.M., this Christmas dinner will be served on the second floor of the library; the $22 dinner ticket includes both the meal and a preferred seating concert ticket.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

  • Non-BC Students, Concert Only: $8
  • Adults, Concert Only: $10
  • Concert and Dinner: $22

Tickets sales are now available and may be purchased online (separate links for dinner/concert and concert only), over the phone through the Box Office at 423.775.7500, or in person in Rudd 303 with check, cash, or credit card. Further information available at 423.775.7498.

For other questions call 423.775.7323 or email Tracey Bridwell.

Bryan College Ranked Among Most Affordable Human Resources MBA Degree Programs

HRMBAHRMBA – December 3, 2015 – Bryan College has been ranked among the most affordable human resources master’s in business administration (MBA) degree programs by Human Resources MBA. The ranking was published on the organization’s website in August.

Bryan College was ranked 30th.

This ranking was created using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database. From more than 100 schools offering advanced HR-related degrees, the 50 most affordable accredited programs were selected and ranked based on graduate tuition.

Teaching around 1,500 students from a Christian worldview, Bryan College is a small, private liberal arts institution in southeastern Tennessee. Bryan’s main campus is located on a 128-acre hilltop in Dayton within the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, just 35 minutes north of Chattanooga.

“At Bryan, we are committed to offering a high quality Christian education at an affordable price,” says Dr. Stephen Livesay, Bryan College President. “It is exciting for our MBA program to be recognized as one of the most affordable in the country.”

Highly regarded as the South’s seventh top value school by U.S. News, Bryan offers an affordable Human Resource MBA through its College of Adult & Graduate Studies. Either on-site or online, the accredited human resource degree will open positions of leadership in managing today’s fast-paced workplace. Students can complete the flexible program in just 18 months to deepen their technological competence, global astuteness, and service commitment. Read more about the program at the following link:

Human Resources MBA is the premiere online resource guide for exploring and choosing the best human resources degree programs. The site’s mission is to provide the latest expert information about human resources degrees available on-campus and online across the U.S., including easy-to-read state listings of human resources degree programs that have been aligned with the curriculum standards of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The site features articles, TED talks, professional development activities, blogs, scholarships, website links, and FAQs to help one break into a human resources management career. Read the full article at the following link:

Written by Human Resources MBA staff.

Lady Lions Basketball Undefeated

Lady Lions UndefeatedDecember 4, 2015 — A 32-point outing (12-for-16) by Megan Billingsby (JR/Dickson, Tenn.) and season-high 17 points (5-for-8, 3-for-5 behind the arc) recorded from Taylor Neuharth(SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) gave the Lady Lions just what they needed to sail past the visiting Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Rams of Bluefield College (Va.) last night, 84-75.

After finding themselves down 12-23 at the end of the first quarter, the Lions rallied for a 32-13 second quarter to take the 44-36 lead into the half. Neuharth provided all the offensive momentum needed in the first half, collecting a season-high 17 points, all coming in the first two quarters.

The Lady Lions looked to Billingsby in the second half as she dropped 23 points in the final 20 minutes, propelling the Lions to an 84-75 AAC victory and perfect overall record of 11-0. The Lions remain unbeaten in conference action, improving to 4-0.

Billingsby now has 129 total points for the season, ranking her 6th in the AAC in scoring. She is also averaging 14.3 points per game, which places her in 5th in the conference. Along with scoring, she cleaned up the glass with a team-high eight boards.

However, Amber Levi (FR/Dayton, Tenn.) notched her 7th game with double-digit points. Levi finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Cheyenne Shaver (FR/Grimsley, Tenn.) had a notable game, netting nine points and grabbing seven rebounds.

The Lions jumped on the board first from a deep 3-pointer by Shaver, but it was short-lived as the Rams took a 10-11 lead and hit shot-after-shot, producing a 12-2 run to finish out the quarter. The 12-23 lead at the end of the first quarter was partly due to the high percentage shooting from Bluefield. In the first quarter, the Rams were a scorching 71.4 percent (10-for-14) from the floor and the Lions struggled shooting 23.8 percent (5-for-21).

Down 13-26 after a Bluefield 3-pointer to start the second quarter, the Lions responded with a 22-4 run, beginning with 12 unanswered points. Tonesha Allison (FR/Shelbyville, Tenn.) got the ball rolling for the Lions at the foul line, followed by baskets from Neuharth and Erisha Talley (JR/Alexandria, Va.). Billingsby added her lone long-range shot during the run. At the 6:09 mark, the Rams sank a shot from downtown but the Lions were unshaken as they continued battling for the lead. Allison capped off the run and gave Bryan a 34-30 lead; identical to the way she started the run, which was at the foul line. A bucket by Kaylee Smith (FR/Dunlap, Tenn.) and a shot behind the arc from Neuharth gave the Lions a 44-36 lead heading into the break.

During the first three minutes of the second half, the Lions were able to build a 12-point margin, but it would be the largest cushion Bryan could create for the duration of the contest. With three minutes left in the game and the Lions up 77-68, the Rams fought to cut the deficit to five points, 77-72. Allison found Billingsby for the easy score and Shaver hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Lions an eight-point lead. With 50 seconds left, the Rams made things interesting with a three-pointer, but it was the last points scored by Bluefield. Billingsby and Keila Formont (SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) took care of business at the foul line, each hitting two free throws apiece to seal the 84-75 victory.

After a slow start to the game but regaining the lead with a crucial run in the second half, Head Bryan Women’s Basketball Coach, Jason Smith said, “We got off to a rough start, but things changed in the second half and that started defensively. Tonesha and Erisha really picked up our defense. We forced turnovers, therefore leading to easy buckets, and then Taylor got hot. Our success tonight though came from the way we executed defensively.”

The Lady Lions hit the road Tuesday, Dec. 8th, to face off against Hiwassee College (Tenn.). Tipoff is set for 6pm.

Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director. 


November 19, 2015 — One of the challenges new start-ups face is that of learning how to keep their  finances in order. Lynn Talbott, who earned her MBALynn Talbott from Bryan in 2013, received the 2015 TN SMALL Business Person of the Year Award, in recognition of her commitment to helping new businesses achieve financial success. She also won a 2015 Rising Star award from the TSBDC. Her company, HR Business Solutions, is an established Bookkeeping and Human Resources firm on Chattanooga’s North Shore.

Within the past three years, Lynn’s gone from working solo at home to overseeing 6 employees. Considering this speedy increase, one might ask whether she’s ready to slow down, but not a bit in 2016.  She’ll be expanding by at least two more employees and will be seeking a new location of her own after being part of the SBDC/INCubator since 2013.

Lynn’s generous spirit and compassionate heart make her a great communicator with clients, who are often unsure of their bookkeeping abilities or record-keeping when they first meet with HR Biz. They quickly discover a woman who is seeking the best for others and is willing to meet them where they are.

“I actually decided to start my own business while getting my MBA from Bryan. My professors were great with helping me with the strategic planning and encouraging me to start my own business.”

Teaching is a particular passion for Lynn. She selflessly volunteers her time every month to teach new entrepreneurs about avoiding pitfalls they may encounter when learning how to maintain their financial records. So far this year, over 60 businesses have attended her class.

Business is one of the top three majors for new students at Bryan College. As an alumnus, Lynn has this advice to offer: “Give up on the idea that you can do everything yourself as an entrepreneur. By focusing on what you do best and where your passion is, you will be more successful and less likely to stumble over yourself. 1 Corinthians 12 is a good reminder that God has given each of us different gifts to use for His kingdom. Be teachable in overcoming your weaknesses. Or, outsource your weaknesses as a way to encourage someone else in their areas of giftedness.”

Lynn is thankful that Bryan’s MBA program motivated her to become an entrepreneur, creating local jobs for both HR Business Solutions and other Chattanooga companies.

“Are you a Bryan graduate? We’d love to have you come by and see us in the SBDC/INCubator on Cherokee Boulevard and tell us your story!”

You can reach Lynn at: 423-668-6020 or

Written by Dory George of HR Business Solutions. Photo credit given to Chattanooga State Marketing Department.

Homeschool Visitation Day Encourages Prospective Students

Homeschool DayNovember 19, 2015 — On November 13 Bryan College was flooded with homeschool prospective students and their family members for the first Homeschool Visitation Day event. Hailing from Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, and other states, these high school students were treated to a special day geared specifically toward them and their interests and needs.

The students attended chapel, a special informational meeting in Rudd with their parents, where they were greeted by Bryan College President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay. They then heard from admissions counselors, David Haggard, Dr. Kimmet, Kim Keck, Taylor Hasty,and Jason Glen with Jack Saunders.

The students and parents chose from 12 regularly scheduled classes in addition to 12 classes scheduled just for this event, and all were very pleased with the classes they attended. Over 30 went to Pocket Wilderness with Dr. Jud Davis and Dr. Neal Doran to learn about Genesis and fossils.

“The motto ‘Christ Above All’ displayed at Bryan’s entrance is not a false publicity,” noted one encouraged mother. “The absolute plethora of courses offered that challenge critical thinking and a biblical worldview is a given asset. The vast opportunity for ministry and missions locally and abroad speaks multitudes. But the most prized gem Bryan may have to offer became apparent in our experience with the students at Bryan.”

Morgan Schafer, one of the students who attended, said, “I enjoyed the Homeschool Day so much that Bryan has become a strong possibility for my college choice. The professors in the classes I sat in on taught thoroughly and engagingly.”

This event was well attended and an excellent outreach to homeschoolers and their families. Any questions about future events may be directed to Admissions Homeschool Specialist Pat Wesolowski

Lions Blank St. Andrews 4-0, Advancing to Championship Match

Men's SoccerNovember 13, 2015– The Bryan College Men’s Soccer Team advance to the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game after blanking the Knights of St. Andrews 4-0 in the semifinals Wednesday.

The Championship game is set for this evening, Friday, November 13, at 7 P.M. and will be played in Dayton, Tenn., on the campus of Bryan College.

The Lions jumped out to an early lead when only seven minutes into the match Miles Christian found an open Charlie Clarke, netting the first of his two goals for the match. Bryan kept the momentum going, scoring less than two minutes later from a Jason Ward strike. Kevin Roenpage tallied his 10th assist of the year on Ward’s first goal of the season and in his career.

The Lion’s defense limited the Knights play as Bryan outshot St. Andrews 12-5 in the first half. The Lions took a 2-0 lead into the half.

Clarke kept the offensive display rolling, sending his second strike passed the St. Andrew’s goalkeeper and giving the Lions a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second half. Roenpage added to his stats with his second assist of the match.

Freshman of the Year and Golden Boot Winner, Rafael Mentzingen, gave the Lions their fourth and final goal of the match, sealing the semifinal victory and sending the Bryan College Lions to the title match. Roenpage made the connection with Mentzingen, producing three assists in the match.

The goal by Clarke gives him the #1 spot outright in the AAC, as he now is the AAC individual stats leader in total goals, compiling 15 this year. Mentzingen is now ranked third in the total goals column, bringing his total to 13. Roenpage’s three-assist outing earns him the #1 position as the AAC total assists leader with 12 this season.  

The dominating play by Bryan was easily recognizable as the Lions outshot the Knights 25-13, and only two shots managed to be shots on goal for St. Andrews. Lion’s goalkeepers Josue’ Fernandez and Alex Horton each earned one save, respectively.

The win brings the Lion’s overall record to 13-4-2, and now the Lions have their full attention on the Championship game, which will be against No. 16 Union College Bulldogs (Ky.) after they topped Truett-McConnell College (Ga.) 2-0 yesterday in their semifinals match.

After a well-constructed performance by the Lions and siginificant win, Head Bryan College Lions Men’s Soccer Coach and AAC Coach of the Year, Drew Courtney said, “I thought Kevin played very well for us tonight and helped set the tone early. We still had stretches of inconsistent play but we were able to keep a clean sheet and move onto the finals.”

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Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.

Stamper, Enochs, Mattoch Earn All-Conference Honors

Volleyball Honors
(L to R) Shelby Grace Enochs, Ashley Mattoch, and Kara Stamper.

November 12, 2015 – The conference announced Wednesday night the post-season awards and the Bryan College Lions Volleyball team had two players that earned Appalachian Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference honors in Kara Stamper and Shelby Enochs, while Ashley Mattoch was named to Second Team All-Conference.

Stamper leads the AAC in total kills with 474, and has separated herself from the player ranked second in total kills by a margin of 100 (374). She also leads the AAC in kills per set with 3.7. These impressive numbers rank Stamper 12th in Division I in total kills and 27th in Division I in kills per set. As a junior, she looks to break the all-time total kills record for Bryan College during the AAC Volleyball Tournament this week taking place in Kingsport, Tenn. Stamper earned Player of the Week honors four times this year as Attacker of the Week.

Enochs is the AAC individual stats leader in assists (1,262) and assists per set (9.7).  She ranks 13th in Division I in total assists and 32nd in Division I in assists per game. She has also proven to be a threat on defense, finishing third on the team this season in total blocks (88), putting her sixth in the AAC in total blocks. By collecting 364 total digs, she was second on the Lion’s team in the total digs column and 11th in the AAC in total digs. Enochs earned Player of the Week honors four times this year as Setter of the Week.

Mattoch ranks 13th in the AAC in both total kills (288) and kills per set (2.5). She is second on the Lion’s squad in both categories. Mattoch collected double-digit kills in three of the last four regular season matches, with back-to-back 18-kill outings.

Hope Burnett was the Bryan Lion’s representative to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team, as well as being named to the All-Freshman Team. Burnett finished fifth on the Lion’s team in total kills with 171, second on the team in assists with 33, and compiled 72 total blocks and 17 aces.

Five members from the Lion’s team earned All-Academic honors: Ashley Mattoch, Jessie Sokol, Meghan Wallace, Kristen Parrish, and Kara Stamper.

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Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.