Alumna Lynn Talbott Wins Small Business of the Year Award

You may recall our highlight from a few years ago when MBA alumna Lynn Talbott won the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year award from Chattanooga’s TSBDC. Well, there’s no stopping her! Lynn is pleased to announce that her company, HR Business Solutions, LLC won the 2019 Chattanooga Chamber Small Business of the Year award last month.

After Lynn won her 2015 award, HR Biz became an INCubator graduate in February 2016 and moved out to a site of their own. She expanded her staff and now employs 10 people. Lynn encourages them to maintain balance by offering 1-2 days per week of working from home. All of her bookkeepers are Certified or Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors.

Headshots for Lynn Talbott & HRbiz Solutions. Photo by

Lynn’s business is now the largest independent bookkeeping company in Chattanooga. Lynn continues to teach a free monthly bookkeeping classes at the BDC/INCubator in addition to teaching QuickBooks Online classes. She is an enthusiastic teacher who’s good at answering questions on-the-fly without missing a beat. Clients can also receive custom, individual training at the HR Biz office, where they can discuss confidential financial matters with their HR Biz advisor away from distractions.

Lynn says, “Trust is an important element in our communication with clients. They expect us to provide accurate advice that will be in their best interest, so that’s what we do. We give them tools for their decision-making and let them know what is optional or what is required if it’s related to compliance, such as for GAAP guidelines.”

It’s evident that Lynn and her team have earned that type of affirmation with both clients and the
community by winning this 2019 Chamber award.

Learn more about Lynn and the services offered by HR Biz. If you’re considering entrepreneurship, check out the free classes offered through the TN Small Business Development Centers (TSBDCs). You can search for training here. The TSBDC has 15 locations throughout Tennessee.

Submitted by Dory George, Admin/Marketing for HR Biz

Radio Club Harnesses the Power of Podcasts

In the spring of 2015, when Bryan’s radio club was still just a germ of an idea developing in the minds of communication students, the question was asked – “How do we run a radio club without actual radio?”

Radio Club member Ryan Padgett

Four years later, and WJBC The Roar, Bryan’s inaugural ‘radio’ station continues to produce quality content via podcasts. Utilizing platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Podbean, and Spotify, the club has grown to include fifteen members, four regular shows, and a small but loyal fanbase of around 100 monthly listeners that continues to grow.

The Roar works to connect students to conversations on campus that may otherwise go unheard. One of their most popular shows, Artist Showcase, features the artistic works of students ranging from musical numbers to short stories. The most recent episode features Kristin Lawrence (‘22), winner of the 2018 Freshman Talent Show.

The Roar utilizes its unique platform to broadcast a multitude of voices. It’s a (W)rap combines the talents of Cooper Ferguson (‘18 and Graduate Assistant of Marketing Videography), Dr. Daniel Gleason (Professor of English), and Nathan Ecarma (‘20 and Editor-in-Chief of The Triangle). Each co-host provides widely varied perspectives and tastes while all holding a Christian perspective in common. The show’s discussions on musicality, lyricism, and themes attempt to engage music with both a Christian and secular understanding of quality.

Psych-Cast revolves around two psychology students discussing psychological theories and apply them to issues that matter to college students. It offers both educational and practical values to the Bryan community. Finally, Experience Appreciated is a a light and humorous show dedicated to testing and reviewing role playing game systems.

In addition to recording their own shows in-house, WJBC provides opportunities for Bryan students to record content in their studio for public and personal uses. The former Worldview Initiative (now the Worldview Fellows) released a discussion last year between Gage Goddard (‘19) and varsity baseball players Tucker Cain (‘18) and Anthony Tejeda (‘21) regarding campus and team unity.

President Cody Raymes and Spencer Baker

When asked what he hopes to see from the Radio Club in the future, President Cody Raymes (‘20, Saxophone Performance) said –

I expect to see WJBC producing more than just podcasts in the coming semesters. We hope to begin producing albums with various artists in our community and to transition into creating video content alongside our audio content. Ultimately, I would like to transition from being simple a “radio” club into being a “multimedia” club.

You can listen to WJBC The Roar at or via Apple Podcasts or Spotify. For more information or to suggest an idea for a show, email

Tiny Tim’s Toys Bring Joy on Service Day

What is the price of a smile?

Alton Thacker, the man who started Tiny Tim’s Foundation for Kids, often asks this of people when they wonder why he founded this charity in 1996. Tiny Tim’s Foundation seeks to provide toys for underprivileged boys and girls around the world, delivering 64,000 toys every year. Children from Iraq, Brazil, Thailand, Ghana, and multiple other nations have all been beneficiaries of Tiny Tim’s mission: to bring joy to the 500 million children in the world who have never owned a toy. The Tiny Tim Foundation builds and delivers tens of thousands of toys each year to children who may never have received one otherwise.

This Service Day, Cheer Coach Janice Perron was able to make a connection between Luke 14 (a Service Day project that focuses on special needs children) and the Tiny Tim Foundation. After hearing about the Foundation last year, she reached out – unfortunately, the date for Service Day was too close to make the vision a reality. This year, with enough time to plan ahead, Coach Perron managed to secure 115 toy cars for the children attending Luke 14.

“The cars are handmade,” Coach Perron says, “very durable, perfect for special needs kids.”
In addition to coordinating the Tiny Tim’s donation and paying the shipping costs associated with delivery, Coach Perron was able to locate and provide a soap box Derby race track for the children to race their cars on Service Day. At the end of the day, each Luke 14 participant brought their Tiny Tim car home, a special memory of their day on the Hill.

Thank you so much to Coach Perron and the Tiny Tim Foundation for the difference they made on Service Day!

You can learn more about the Tiny Tim Foundation at

Annual Service Day Reaches Over 3,000

Since 2005, Bryan has cancelled classes for a full day to allow faculty, staff, and students to serve throughout the community of Dayton. This year, Service Day involved 513 Bryan volunteers and 36 projects, and reached nearly 3,100 people. Projects ranged from home projects where volunteers assisted in yard work, painting, or cleaning to landscaping at local camps. Athletic teams visited eight local schools and worked with 2,800 students to teach PE classes, play with kids, and talk about healthy habits. Additional projects included working at the Dayton Library and baking desserts to take to the local hospital, fire department, and police department.

Two of the largest Service Day projects were Luke 14: Fun Day on the Hill and the Dayton City Field Day. Luke 14, planned and executed by Janice Perron and Jennifer Travis, brings children with physical or mental disabilities to Bryan campus to spend the day participating in carnival-style games, playing on Bryan’s new outdoor athletic courts, and spending one-on-one time with students. Parents were given opportunities to relax and refresh during the activities, knowing their children were being celebrated and loved by the Bryan community.

Bryan College students welcoming kids for the Luke 14 project

Dayton City School Field Day, under the direction of Enactus and Ethan Shaw, finished its third year strong with 950 students and volunteers from the men’s basketball team, track team, and the men’s soccer team. Students rotated between fields throughout the day, participating in tug-of-war, soccer, sack races, and a variety of other activities meant to teach the elementary and middle schoolers the importance of starting active at an early age.

Outreach Intern Jessie Poole headed up this year’s Service Day. Reflecting on the success of this year’s project, she said:

I am very thankful for everyone who contributed to Service Day coming together and to all who came out to serve- we could not have done it without you! I am also grateful for God’s provision in the details. It was a wonderful experience to plan and coordinate. Service Day went really well- above all, it was a great day for Bryan College to be the hands and feet of Christ through serving in love.

Thank you to the 500+ Bryan Lions who spent their day serving their community!

Chorale Tour Brings Light and Life to Churches

Bryan College’s chorale singers recently completed a ten-day tour where they visited multiple churches and schools in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. The group of forty-two students put on twelve shows in ten days under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Keck, with Ms. Erica Holloway serving as tour coordinator. Many of the locations visited were made possible through relationships with alumni and the families of current students.

Students had the unique opportunity of performing several selections in chapel at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. While in Kentucky, the entire group was also able to visit the Ark Encounter, a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark.

Chorale’s mission statement is “Encounter God. Encourage His People. Expand His Kingdom. Expressed in Music; Equipped in Truth.” Through their performances, Chorale hopes to show the love of Christ in a powerful way by creating a unique space where the audience can be reminded of God’s steadfastness, grace, and love.

Chorale President Emily Garmon (Piano Pedagogy, ‘19) frequently reminds chorale members that “ministry happens on and off the risers”. Hotels, host homes, and other experiences outside of performances present numerous opportunities for students to share the Gospel and their mission to “encounter/encourage/expand” in the name of Christ.

In addition to proclaiming the Gospel to unbelievers, Chorale also seeks to encourage churches through the unique medium of music. The power of music to speak to people on a deeper level and its tendency to remain with the listener long after the concert ends make the songs performed by chorale a strong tool in reminding believers of Scriptural truths.

The tight-knit group of students bid farewell to thirteen seniors at their annual Chorale Banquet. Garmon reflected fondly on her time in chorale throughout her college career, saying-

As a senior, Chorale itself is what I will miss most after graduation. This group and this ministry has been so formative in my walk with Christ. To be part of a group who is in the same season of life is special enough, but on top of that, it’s a group who has a similar focus in mind: knowing Christ and making him known. Chorale has felt like a “home base” in college of sorts… but even more than that, Chorale tour for me has meant seeing God move in powerful ways and being humbled in service unto Him. Being the president of the choir this year, I entered this position thinking of all the wonderful things I was going to contribute to the group and had a point-by-point plan of how I was going to be an effective leader. Thank God He breaks us away from our point-by-point plans. He has used this year especially to humble me in ways I couldn’t have possibly imagined. He gave me a platform for ministry, building relationships, and for sharing my testimony. Each concert this year, I spoke about my personal story, which has been marked with significant tragedy. It was so emotionally draining each night, but I witnessed God use it in so many ways. People approached me after concerts with tears streaming down their faces, and would wrap me in their arms and thank me for sharing my testimony. I never expected this ministry would be so impactful, not only to the listeners of the music, but also for us as the singers. Chorale, in essence, has been a family to me in the midst of college strife. It has by far been the most life-giving aspect of Bryan College, and the group where I can most tangibly see people striving to put Christ Above All.

Congratulations to chorale on another successful tour and making His name known!

You can hear additional student testimony from Joshua Goodpaster and the impact of chorale on his life here.

See pictures, video, and more from tour on the Chorale Facebook page.

Students Serve Over Spring Break

Twenty-seven Bryan students and four faculty and staff recently returned from spending their spring break on various missions trips in the U.S. and Central America. This year, each trip was sponsored by an academic department or a student organization on campus to further build on the skills and interests of individual student groups.

The engineering department took an inaugural trip to Belize to assist H.O.P.E. Mission for Belize with multiple engineering projects, both onsite and at a local school. SSTOP (Students Stopping the Trafficking of Persons) visited the YMCA in Houston, Texas to learn about immigration policy, refugee work, and anti-human trafficking efforts. The education department continued their annual tradition of partnering with Hope for Opelousas in Louisiana to work with local youth in achieving important life milestones. Finally, the Christian Studies department traveled to Costa Rica to help ESEPA Seminary and a local summer camp, where they focused on community evangelism and construction.

A fifth trip to Grand Goave, Haiti was cancelled due to political unrest. The trip has been rescheduled for next spring break.

Michaela Thomas, Graduate Assistant for Short-Term Missions, said – “All of the teams accomplished their specific goals, each of which fulfilled a specific need in the communities they went to serve. It was a great experience for them to get off the Hill and put into practice what they are learning in classrooms and at Bryan.”

Four more international trips are scheduled for the summer to the Bahamas, Jamaica, India, and Germany. For more information regarding short-term missions opportunities at Bryan, contact

Outreach Team Hosts International Voices Panel

On January 16th, Bryan College’s Outreach Team hosted ‘International Voices’, a panel dedicated to showcasing the thoughts and experiences of multicultural students. Panelists included Jesus Astudillo, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela; Daniella Banda, a junior from Harare, Zimbabwe; and Wade Weinburger, a senior from James Cistern, Bahamas. Graduate Assistant of Short-Term Missions, Michaela Thomas, served as the moderator.

When asked why the Outreach Team chose to host the event, Thomas stated, “There is a lot of talk about crossing bridges and connecting groups on campus, but few strides are actually taken to accomplish that. This event is an action step towards making Bryan an all-inclusive campus.”

Panelists, from left to right: Banda, Weinburger, Astudillo, & Thomas.

All three students shared their experiences at Bryan over the course of an hour and a half, discussing the transition from their home country to America, misconceptions surrounding their culture, and how the Bryan community can better support its international students. In addition to their studies, all three members of the panel were also able to discuss their unique experiences as international athletes; Weinburger and Astudillo are varsity baseball players, and Banda is a member of the golf team. Weinburger reflected on the baseball team’s efforts to attend campus-wide events, and challenged the crowd to reciprocate the support by attending athletic games.

The three students kept the crowd of fifty attendees entertained with stories about their first experiences in different cultures, American expressions they find strange, and aspects of their home that they miss at Bryan. The panelists carried on conversation with several students even after the end of the event. “It is very meaningful when people are intentional about knowing your story and how it has molded your journey,” Banda remarked. “I am grateful that Michaela pushed through with this idea and asked me to be on the panel. I’m excited for more events that are focused on celebrating the diversity and various cultures we have on campus.”

Pictures provided by Daniella Banda.

Banda at a display highlighting pieces of Zimbabwean culture