Tickets on Sale for Fine Arts Concert Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis PacemNovember 3, 2015 – Yesterday ticket sales were opened for the upcoming fine arts concert Dona Nobis Pacem next Friday evening, November 13 at 7:30 P.M.

This concert promises to enchant attendees with selections from throughout the years and as far back as the 18th century. It will be performed by soloists and choral ensemble, accompanied by orchestra, performing a variety of lovely pieces, such as Craig Courtney’s “Festival Gloria,” “If I Can’t Love Her” from Menkin and Rice’s Beauty and the Beast, selections from Edward Elgar’s Dream Children, and Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major.” After intermission the evening transitions into the concert’s namesake with a stunning rendition of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Dona Nobis Pacem (Latin for “grant us peace”).

Dona Nobis Pacem will be presented on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

Non-BC Students: $8

Adults: $10

Tickets sales are now available and may be purchased online, 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.

Lady Lions Basketball Opens Season, Topping Oakwood 90-40

Lady LionsOctober 30, 2015 – On Wednesday night (Oct. 28th) the Bryan College Women’s Basketball team hosted the Ambassadors of Oakwood University (Ala.) in their home season opener, and topped Oakwood in an overwhelming 90-40 victory.

There are numerous new rules this season for collegiate basketball, one of which is playing four 10-minute quarters instead of what used to be two 20-minute halves. The Lady Lions seemed unfazed with the changes, and jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter scoring 12 points and only allowing the Ambassadors a 3-pointer in the first 6 minutes of play. A pair of free throws knocked down by Lion’s Faith Van Ruden (FR/Clarkrange, Tenn.) gave Bryan their largest lead of the first period (17), bringing the score to 23-6. With 19 seconds left in the first period, Oakwood found the basket to close the score at 23-8.

A free throw from Keila Formont (SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) and three straight scores from Cheyenne Shaver (FR/Grimsley, Tenn.) gave the Lions the push needed to build onto their lead, going up 30-11. Minutes later a Taylor Neuharth (SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) steal led to a Shaver 3-pointer, proving she is a threat from anywhere on the court. The Lions took a 41-20 lead into the half.

Bryan outscored Oakwood 21-5 in the third quarter as Megan Billingsby (JR/Dickson, Tenn.) tallied 9 points in the quarter, dominating under the basket and proving why she was a leading scorer for the Lions team last year. In the last two minutes of play in the quarter, the Lions ended on an 8-0 run with Erisha Talley (JR/Alexandria, Va.) collecting 6 of those points and finding an open Tonesha Allison (FR/Shelbyville, Tenn.) for the easy score. Bryan ended the quarter up 62-25.

Less than one minute into play during the fourth and final quarter, Billingsby added to her total for the contest with another bucket and Shaver stayed hot behind the arc, knocking down another long-range shot. A key element in the final quarter was the success Bryan found behind the free throw line, going 10-12. The Lions proved too much for the Ambassadors, earning the 90-40 win in the season opener.

Shaver led the Lions in scoring, finishing with 18 points and 5 rebounds, going 3-4 behind the arc. Billingsby followed close behind with 13 points and 3 rebounds. Allison made quite an impact on the court as she collected a double-double in her first career collegiate basketball game, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Bryan went 32-68 from the field, shooting 47% while Oakwood shot 23%. 21 of Bryan’s points came from the free throw line. Bryan had a plethora of talent on display as the bench scored 52 points compared to Oakwood’s 18 points coming off the bench. Bryan also led in rebounding with 52, and Oakwood managed 34.

The Lions move to 1-0 on the season and continue play Nov. 4th at 5:30pm at home against Hiwassee College (Tenn.). For the full Bryan College Women’s Basketball schedule, click here.

Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.

Psychology Program Places No. 45 in Recent Ranking

October 29, 2015 – In a recent ranking put out by the Online Psychology Degree Guide, Bryan College placed no. 45 out of 50 in “Best Small Colleges 2015.”

No. 45“Aspiring psychology students must use discretion when choosing a school and program of study that provides the knowledge as well as the opportunities they’ll need to achieve their long-term goals,” said the ranking’s website, noting that the editors “have researched scores of small college undergraduate psychology programs and selected 50 that stand out amongst the rest in terms of program features and opportunities afforded students.”

Rating and ranking methodology took several factors into consideration, some of which included presence of master’s and doctoral degree programs, research opportunities, study abroad opportunities, internship and scholarship opportunities, and a “wow factor.”

Dr. Clark Rose, professor of psychology, remarked, “Bryan’s psychology program has the best to offer from a Christian worldview, and we are proud to have placed in this ranking. Our students have scored in the 99th percentile in the ETS Major Field Exam in Psychology for the past six years, and we have been told that their work in the annual Bryan College Undergraduate Research Conference was especially noted by the editors. It is an honor for the program to receive this recognition.”

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

Brandon Cole Scores 2000th Career Point

B.Cole 2000th PointOctober 29, 2015 — Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) came into the 2015-16 Bryan College Lions Basketball season opener last night against the Ambassadors of Oakwood University (Ala.) with 1,984 career points and reached the 2,000th point milestone less than two minutes into the second half.

To say this young man has had a remarkable career to this point is an understatement. A 6’0″ post player from Crossville, Tenn., has become a highly decorated player at Bryan College. He was the “Freshman of the Year” after his first season at Bryan.

As a sophomore he earned First-Team All-Conference and Runner-Up Most Valuable Player. As a junior he was the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Most Valuable Player and worked his way to Third-Team National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American. He also had the remarkable accomplishment last year of leading the NAIA Division II in both scoring and rebounding (29.2 PPG and 11.4 RPG).

As a high school senior, many people saw Cole as the best high school player in the state of Tennessee. Cole was Runner-Up Mr. Basketball and was the 2nd All-Time Leading Scorer and All-Time Leading Rebounder in Cumberland County history. His records still stand in both the scoring and rebounding categories at Stone Memorial High School. During his junior and senior years as a Panther at Stone Memorial, he helped lead his team to the TSSAA State Tournament.

After watching Cole’s performance for the first time, Head Bryan College Men’s Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske explained, “I was instantly amazed when I saw him play as he went for 36 points and 22 boards at the state tournament. He immediately became our top recruit for our fall 2012 recruiting class”

Cole’s high school coach, Mike Buck said, “The best thing about Brandon is he is a better person than player. He brought integrity and character to our program day in and day out.”

Cole has established himself as a top student academically at Bryan, and he is an Academic All-American with close to a 3.9 GPA and has had a 4.0 GPA the last five semesters.

He has spent time outside of school volunteering to work with the Y-CAP Program in Dayton. Y-CAP is an intervention/prevention program that works with students between the ages of 10-14 and includes tutoring, mentoring, and counseling.

Rekoske is thankful the opportunity he has had to work with and invest in Cole. “Brandon is the most extraordinary kid I have ever watched play the game of basketball in my 29 years of coaching,” said Rekoske. “It has been a privilege to coach this young man.”

Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.

Bryan Lions AAC Champs

October 27, 2015 — On a cold, rainy senior night, the Lions of Bryan College played host to the Truett-McConnell Bears.  The Lions came into the contest with an opportunity to win the outright Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship, and they were up to the task.

AAC ChampionsThe first half began slowly for the Lions as both teams adjusted to difficult weather conditions as well as a later than expected start.  Possession went back and forth as both teams sought to find consistency.  Several early shot attempts by the Lions fell away and the Bears earned 2 late corner kicks to test the mettle of senior goalkeeper Josue Fernandez, who got the start in his final regular season match at Bryan College.

However, the 2nd half was a different story for the Lions as the pressure provided by the midfield combination of Rafael Mentzingen, Joe Goreham, and Kevin Roenpage created all kinds of problems for the Bears.  In the 53rd minute Bryan finally broke through on creative passing through the midfield by Stephen Ricketts, who targeted a streaking Mentzingen.  Mentzingen smartly played the ball across the face of goal, finding a waiting Roenpage, who slotted the ball into the side netting past a diving keeper.  The goal really opened the game as it wasn’t much later when the aforementioned Ricketts came diving across the 6-yard box on a free-kick taken by Roenpage to find the net with a beautiful header.

Momentum remained with the Lions and in the 70th minute, freshman forward Charlie Clarke found the back of the goal for his AAC leading 12th goal of the season.  Joe Goreham played a ball to the feet of Clarke, who caught the Truett keeper off his line and smartly chipped the ball just out of the keeper’s reach.

Lion Head Soccer Coach Drew Courtney was ecstatic after the win but also looked ahead: “I’m very happy for our guys, especially our seniors!  It is rewarding for us to win the regular season championship as we have worked hard all year to improve and get to this point.  Now we must look ahead to the opportunity before us.  Postseason play presents a new challenge for us and we realize the importance of each game.”

The Lions finish the season with a record of 11-4-2 and an 8-0-1 record in Appalachian Athletic Conference earning the title of Regular Season Conference Champions.

Appalachian Athletic Conference play begins on Wednesday, November 4th with the play-in games and the Lions will place host in the quarter-final round at Bryan College on Saturday, November 7.  Stay tuned to as well as Twitter (@bryanathletics) and Facebook (Bryan College Athletics) for all the up-to-date information.

Written by Taylor Hasty ’06, athletic director.

Tickets on Sale for Hilltop Players’ Misanthrope

October 20, 2015 — Bryan’s Hilltop Players will present Moliere’s clever comedy “The Misanthrope” Oct. 29-31.

MisanthropeOutraged and disheartened by the vain flattery and calculated duplicity of his fellow men, Alceste declares that henceforth he will speak only the truth—no matter what offense this might give; he can no longer tolerate the conventions of saying one thing to a person’s face and another behind his back. Ironically, Alceste is enamored of the young widow Celimene, whose malicious tongue and unceasing coquetry make her the embodiment of the very situation he professes to detest. “The Misanthrope” is a classic French comedy that will prove to both entertain and educate.

Cast members include Caleb Julin as Alceste, Grace Loe as Celimene, Nathan Reiher as Philinte, Heather Knight as Eliante, Austin Marsh as Oronte, Shelbi Metts as Arsinoe, Josh Liebert as Acaste, Nicholas Wilbanks as Clitandre, Caleb Morgan as Du Bois, Rebekah Runner as the Basque, and Gage Goddard as the guard.

“The Misanthrope” will be presented in Rudd Auditorium Oct. 29-31 at 7:30 P.M.

Secure Your Ticket Today!

Non-BC Students: $8

Adults: $10

Tickets sales are now available and may be purchased online, 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.

Rain Does Not Dampen Spirit for Homecoming 2015

Coffee HouseOctober 15, 2015 – At Bryan College’s Homecoming 2015 on October 2-4, over 300 Bryan alumni and families flooded onto campus and laughed off the showers with reunions and precious fellowship. “All the rain from Hurricane Joaquin couldn’t keep our alumni away from this year’s homecoming events!” Alumni Director Paulakay Hall remarked about this year’s celebration. “Everyone had a blast, from the first event to the last.”

Alumni Jimmy Davis ’90 and Damon Kelly ’90 led Friday’s homecoming chapel service to start the weekend on a good note. That afternoon and evening boasted several meet-and-greets before the commencement of the annual opening dinners. Following last year’s example, Tuscany in the Triangle was again held in the Mercer Hall atrium with ambience and delicious Italian fare, and alumni chatted and caught up until the address, at which Col. John and Mrs. Markie Haynes were named Honorary Alumni of the Year for 2015. The Class of 1990 celebrated their 25th reunion that evening as well, and all alumni were invited to a coffee and dessert social prior to the red-carpet premiere of “Hamlet’s Ghost,” a film produced, directed, and acted in by alumnus Walker Haynes ’96.

RugbyDue to the rain, the annual tailgate lunch was held in the dining hall to keep everyone warm and dry, and attendees flocked to the photo booth and face painting stations beside the lunch area. The alumni athletic games and the Paw Pounder races – both the Extreme and this year’s featured Obstacle Run – encouraged the Bryan community to go all in and participate in the downpour. Later that same afternoon Dr. John C. Anderson ‘73H, former professor of Greek, was honored at a reception in the new Prideland Grill.

Dr. AndersonHall said, “The Red and Gold Gala was especially exciting as we had the chance to honor some very special members of the Bryan community, including Doc Anderson with his incredible 60 years of service to the college.” Several notable alumni were honored, including Alumnus of the Year Paul Ardelean ’55 and Young Alumni of the Year Chad ’00 and Sonya (Warren) ’99 Owens. This year Abigail (Snead) Angove ‘05 was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

“The Lord is so faithful, and everyone who came was able to truly reflect on His goodness. How wonderful that He has brought us all together through this amazing college,” Hall concluded. “Homecoming 2015 was fantastic, and our alumni are already looking forward to returning next year!”

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



Bryan and Cleveland State Form Articulation Agreement

Cleveland State AgreementOctober 7, 2015 — The Bryan College School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) is excited to announce a new collaboration with Cleveland State Community College!

To encourage Cleveland State graduates to continue their education after earning an associate’s degree, Bryan College AGS is now offering a $1,000 scholarship to Cleveland State graduates who have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree. In addition to the scholarship, each academic year, one Cleveland State student will be chosen to receive a full-tuition scholarship into Bryan College’s bachelor’s degree completion program.

Another exciting feature is for Cleveland State employees: Bryan College will be offering a $1,000 scholarship upon entry into any of its bachelor’s degree completion or master’s degree programs; furthermore, each academic year, one Cleveland State employee will be chosen to receive a full-tuition scholarship into any of the college’s bachelor’s degree completion or master’s degree programs.

These two colleges have enjoyed an illustrious relationship, with Bryan College AGS offering Cleveland State graduates a path to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees for over a decade. This newest collaboration will strengthen and broaden this long-term academic relationship. Bryan College AGS looks forward to continuing to serve Cleveland State students, staff, and faculty, helping to support the thriving economy and community in Cleveland and surrounding areas.

Any Cleveland State graduates or employees wishing to take advantage of these programs may contact Bryan College AGS admissions at

Written by Benton Jones, M.B.A., director of business development and assistant professor of business.


Alumni to Come Home for Homecoming 2015

Homecoming 2015September 15, 2015 – In less than three weeks Bryan College alumni and their families will flood onto campus for a priceless weekend of fun, fellowship, and festivities for Homecoming 2015 that will stretch from Friday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 4.

The weekend will open with a special alumni chapel service in Rudd Auditorium at 10 A.M. on Friday, featuring alumni Jimmy Davis ’90 and Damon Kelly ’90. Later in the day are several opportunities to mingle at various meet and greets for career services, business alumni, and worldview alumni, all leading up to the celebrated yearly Tuscany in the Triangle dinner, to which everyone is welcome. Offered at the same time is the Class of 1990 25th reunion dinner, hosted on the second floor of the library. Friday night also features several alumni sports games (baseball, basketball, rugby), along with a red-carpet premier of 1996 alumnus Walker Haynes’ film “Hamlet’s Ghost” in Rudd.

Saturday promises to be the “mane” event of the weekend, with the Paw Pounder Extreme 5K and 10K and the Paw Pounder Obstacle Runs, along with the anticipated alumni soccer games and the very first meet and greet for students and alumni of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies. The Tailgate in the Triangle lunch will feature friend chicken, bounce houses and activities for the children, a photobooth, and more.  A special reception that afternoon will honor Dr. John C. Anderson ‘73H, beloved former professor of Greek, who celebrated his 97th birthday this year.

To close out the weekend alumni and their families are welcome to join in a time of worship Sunday morning, featuring Rev. Christopher E. Burcham ’90 and the Bryan College Worship Team.

“We’re looking forward to an awesome year!” said Alumni Director Paulakay Hall ’84. “The campus spirit is fantastic, and we would like to invite everyone back to reminisce the good old days and experience the very best of Bryan College.”

To see a full and detailed calendar of homecoming events, visit Registration is still open – come home to Bryan College this year, alumni!

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

New Prideland Grill Opens in Student Center

September 15, 2015 – Balloons adorned Latimer Student Center as the new Prideland Grill opened its doors for full service during its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 11.

Prideland GrillAs part of the renovations implemented for this semester, the grill features an ample variety of booth and table seating and connects directly to the game room, providing the expanded Lion’s Den with a comfortable, casual feel that has already proven to be a huge draw for the student body.

With a kitchen provided with quality new equipment including an open flame charbroiler, a bun toaster, and a deep fryer, the menu is greatly expanded from what the SubZone – the grill’s forerunner – has provided over the past few years. Now the plentiful offerings include freshly made burgers, milkshakes, mozzarella sticks, curly fries, and more student favorites.

Food Services Director AJ Caudill said, “I’m excited for this space because I know it’s going to be the hub of activity for people to really fellowship instead of just passing each other in the hallway – to actually hang out, play some games, get a bite to eat, have a milkshake. The SubZone was very successful for what it was, but it was pretty tight, restrictive on seating and equipment and space. Expanding this area, in conjunction with the new student life office, which is now more accessible and welcoming, makes it feel like you’re home, maybe in the basement playing ping pong and eating a burger.”

The opening of the Prideland Grill follows on the heels of additional dining hall improvements and are a result of contract renegotiations with food service provider Pioneer College Caterers, which provided funds for upgrades to the dining areas on campus. Tim Wolters, Pioneer’s vice president of operations, noted that he enjoys working with the dining services team at Bryan and that he is excited about the direction the dining hall and Prideland Grill have taken this year.

Pioneer District Manager Sami Elmaasarani, who said that students had already commented how the Prideland Grill improves the atmosphere of the student center, happily concluded, “It’s a whole different dining experience.”

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