Debate Team Racks up More Awards

Debate TeamFebruary 9, 2018 — Four debate team members and Debate Coach Liz Absher recently traveled to the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville to compete in a two-day tournament.

This tournament featured one-on-one style IPDA debate. While new to most of our team, they forged ahead with great can-do attitudes. Other teams represented Union University, UTK, UTC, and Middle Tennessee State University. Approximately 60 debaters in 4 divisions competed.

In the Junior Varsity Division Spencer Baker and Emily Weber captured the 2nd and 4th place Speaker Award, respectively.  To put these awards in to perspective, Bryan College received 2 of the 5 speaker awards presented at the tournament in this division! Emily finished 7th in debate while Spencer claimed the #3 spot. Emily servers as the team captain and Spencer is the resident professor. Both Emily and Spencer had impressive preliminary round records of 6 and 1, respectively.

In the Novice Division Alex Daniels was only a few speaker points away from entering Quarterfinals. That is a fantastic outcome for his first time at bat in IPDA debate and only his third  tournament. First time debater Glorianna Sapp garnered a winning ballot in two of her rounds. Her finish is even more astonishing when considering that she had attended only two team meetings.

The team looks forward to other team members traveling to the Tennessee State Championship Tournament on February 17th at MTSU. They welcome students who are interested in debate to travel with the team to the tournament in order to observe “live” rounds.

The Bryan Debate Team meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 in Mercer 111.

Written by Debate Coach Liz Absher.


Rachel Pacurari Awarded Staff Member of the Fall

Pacurari and LivesayFebruary 7, 2018 – Last week Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay awarded the Staff Member of the Fall Award to Director of Counseling Services Rachel Pacurari. Supervisors and colleagues nominate staff members who have modeled exemplary service to the college. Nominees display characteristics that enhance the Bryan College mission.

One individual who nominated this year’s recipient said, “Rachel is an exceptional counselor and mentor to many. Since she is an RD’s wife, her role does not end when she returns home. She is constantly pouring herself out for students. I have seen her commitment to students and Bryan’s counseling center firsthand. Rachel has a confidence about her that is rooted in Jesus Christ. I have grown to deeply respect her as a leader, counselor, mom, and wife. She is an amazing model of living out emotionally healthy spirituality for many young women. One of the main reasons I believe she should be recognized for such an award is her faithfulness to those in need.”

“I am incredibly honored by this gracious reward,” Pacurari commented. “I am blessed to work alongside many wise and godly individuals who help carry me and support the counseling ministry at Bryan. To God be the glory for all that is done through counseling services.”

Bryan College is grateful to Rachel for her dedication, service, leadership, and compassion.


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