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


RightNow Media Now Available to Bryan College Community

rightnowDecember 12, 2016The Netflix equivalent of Christian educational resources is now available to the Bryan College family completely free of charge. Open to all Bryan students, employees, and alumni, RightNow Media provides a wide range of faith-based resources including: entertainment, bible study materials, sermons, conference keynote addresses, ministry training, children’s messages, etc.

“This resource will allow everyone directly associated with Bryan College in any way to have literally thousands of great teaching videos from hundreds of today’s well-known Bible teachers available on demand, with very few restrictions,” said Gary Fitsimmons, Director of Library Services at Bryan College. “That means that each student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, trustee, and alum can have their own customizable account for viewing teaching from the likes of Chip Ingram, Andy Stanley, and Tim Tebow; and children’s videos like Veggie Tales or Owlegories, and can use them with any size group!”

The online database features more than 10,000 videos that can be viewed from a phone, tablet, or computer. RightNow Media also offers free apps for Roku and Apple TV that allow users to watch material on their TVs.

Students, employees, and alumni will be receiving an email from the Bryan College Library with an invitation to register. If you don’t receive an email, please contact Gary Fitsimmons,  Director of Library Services at gary.fitsimmons@bryan.edu.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan College Now Accepts CLT as Third Entrance Exam

December 9img_0780, 2016 – Bryan College announced that it will now begin accepting the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as a third entrance exam for prospective students.

“We are proud to accept the CLT as another option for our students,” said Joshua Hood, Director of Admissions at Bryan College. “The test designers created a very robust exam comparable to better known assessments; it’s very affordable and easily accessible with several test dates already published.”  

The CLT exam was designed by the Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) to focus on classical learning objectives and to offer students an alternative to the SAT and ACT exams. The literary and mathematical questions on the CLT draw on the ideas of some of the greatest minds in Western history.

To date, Bryan College is the first and only college in Tennessee that accepts the CLT for admission acceptance.

Testing is offered five times a year with Bryan College available as an approved testing site. The test is taken online in the presence of a proctor and offers students immediate results upon completion.

“We are thrilled to offer to students the option of a standardized test which recognizes their values,” said Dr. Kevin Clauson, Vice President of Academics. “This is simply an extension of our goals to stand firm on the Word of God, teach a biblically-based Christian Worldview, and recognize the foundations of Western Civilization.”

Upcoming CLT Test Dates in 2017:

January 7 (register by December 31, 2016)

March 18 (register by March 8)

May 20 (register by May 10)

To register for the CLT exam, please visit here. For more information about this exam, please visit here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Men’s Soccer Hosts NAIA Tournament Game Saturday

mens-soccer-naia-championshipNovember 16, 2016 – The Bryan Lions Men’s Soccer team looks to extend their season with a home playoff match against Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the NAIA tournament.

Admission for the game is: Adults – $5, Students – $1, and Ages 10 & under – free.

If you can’t make it to campus, you can live-stream Saturday’s game and keep up with live stats provided by Bryan’s Sports Information department.

Finishing the regular season at No. 11 in the nation, the Lions pieced together a remarkable year, knocking off three opponents ranked in the top 25 along the way. This season, the Lions have outscored their opponents a combined 56-16 with only one loss on their record.

Bryan’s back line has been anchored by Jordan Dunstan who earned AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and Brad Spooner, who was named the AAC Freshman of the Year. Bryan also had four members named to the All-Conference First Team and two named to the Second Team.

This is Bryan’s 4th NAIA tournament appearance in program history and the 5th for Spring Arbor. The winner of Saturday’s game will head to Delray Beach, Florida for the tournament’s second round of 16 teams at the Seacrest Soccer Complex.

To stay up to date with the Bryan Lions Men’s Soccer team, follow them on Twitter @BCLionsMSoc. Visit bryanlions.com for information about Bryan Lions Athletics.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director 

Bryan College Joins in Giving Tuesday Holiday

giving_tuesday_logostacked1November 14, 2016 – Beginning this year, Bryan College will participate in the global social media holiday known as Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29. All donations received will go towards the Bryan Scholarship Fund, which provides students with financial assistance to be able to attend Bryan.

“Together, we can give a Christian worldview education to a deserving student,” said Janice Pendergrass, Director of Advancement at Bryan College. “Whether you can give $5 or $500, every gift matters.”  

Everyone is welcome to contribute including students, parents, alumni, and friends of Bryan. An anonymous donor has offered to match each Giving Tuesday gift received up to a total of $1,000. This means that your $5 gift becomes $10 or your $25 gift becomes $50.

Now in its fifth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving designed to break away from the mindset of buying and instead focus on a spirit of giving. Last year, more than 115,000 colleges, universities, and nonprofits participated, raising a total of $116 million for their causes.

Throughout the coming days, Bryan students will be sharing stories about how donors’ contributions have impacted their lives through scholarships on the school’s social media accounts and in emails sent to supporters.

You can support Bryan’s Giving Tuesday campaign by giving a secure donation online here.  

Follow our Giving Tuesday campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan College Celebrates Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

soccer-championsNovember 8, 2016 – In 1977, Bryan College’s men’s soccer program made history by winning three straight NCCAA National Championships. Their tremendous accomplishments on the field will now be forever remembered as all members from the ‘75 and ‘76 team were recently inducted into Bryan’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

“These team members and the legacy they represent at Bryan College is one of courage, determination and the hearts of champions,” said Paulakay Hall ‘84, Alumni Director at Bryan College. “These team members came from every walk of life and many different countries, yet I have never seen classmates so dearly knit together. They are true Lions.”

In 1975, Bryan defeated Judson College 2-1 to win their first title. The subsequent championships came with wins against Grace College in 1976 and Eastern Mennonite College in 1977. Following the 1976 season, Luke Germann ‘78 and John Shalanko ‘77 were named to the NCCAA All-American Team.

Inductees include:

Head Coach – John Reeser

Assistant Coach – Bob Andrews ’67

Steve Bailey ’77

Ken Baker ’76

Randy Ballard ’76

Tim Becker ’81

Sam Blanchard ’77

Don Blanton ’76

Brian Chapman ’79

Skip Cline ’77 – Team Assistant

Jerry Cline ’78

Archie Cole ’79

Rocky DaCosta ’80

Tim Faugl ’76

Benny Gati ’78

Luke Germann ’78

Ngugi Githuka ’77

Charlie Goodman ’79

Chuck Grant ’76

Nyles Huffman ’81

Erkki Lahdeaho ’80

Seppo Lahdeaho ’78

Neil Magnussen ’77

Rodman Miller ’76

Glenn Porcella ’77

Biff Quarles ’76

Mastin Robeson ’76

John Shalanko ’77

David Shaver ’79

Jim Soyster ’80

Carlos Vega ’79

Jose Vega ’78

To view a list of past inductees into the Bryan Athletics Hall of Fame, click here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Campus Unites in Prayer on Day of Prayer

November 3, 2016 – On Tuesday, students, faculty, and staff came together over prayer for Bryan College’s annual Day of Prayer. This year’s theme was “Expectant,” inspired by scripture in James 5.

“What’s so incredible about Day of Prayer is it’s an opportunity to speak to the Creator of the universe in an extended way,” said Jeff Eenigenburg, Director of Campus Worship and main organizer for Day of Prayer. “To me, that’s what makes prayer so special: who we get to talk to.”

Events throughout the day included an employee prayer breakfast, chapel service, prayer walks around campus and Dayton community, and a prayer gathering at night. Students also had the opportunity to pray in Brock Hall free from visual and auditory distractions.

“Day of Prayer is really important, because I think it’s so amazing to have a body of students that can come together and devote to spending time with the Lord,” said Hollen Christensen, a sophomore at Bryan, who assisted in planning for Day of Prayer. “To have a day that we can set aside as a student body to lift our hearts to God is really important.”

Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator.

Bryan College Earns Several National Rankings

DCIM101GOPROSeptember 6, 2016 – Over the past few months, Bryan College has continued to garner national recognition and make its way onto several prestigious rankings. Here are some recent highlights:

#2 – “Best Online Program in Tennessee” by BestColleges.com

“All courses at Bryan are taught from a Christian worldview and are designed to foster growth and spiritual devotion to Christ.”

#7 – “25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” by ChristianUniversitiesOnline.com

“Bryan College is situated on a beautiful, rural 125 acre campus which is nestled in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee. Bryan College’s campus is well planned, lush green lawns and an abundance of deciduous trees.”

#9 – “60 Most Affordable Accredited Online Christian Colleges and Universities” by GreatValueColleges.net

#9 – “20 Best College Deals for Conservative Christians” by GreatCollegeDeals.net  

#15 – “25 Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Administration Programs” by BestColleges.com

#24 – “25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” by ChristianUniversitiesOnline.com

#43 – “Lowest Student Loan Debt for 4-Year Colleges and Universities” by LendEdu.com

#47 – “2017 Best Value Online Business Degrees” by DiscoverBusiness.us

“If you want to study at a Christian institution where religious worldviews are incorporated into the curriculum and also earn an ACBSP-accredited degree, the Bryan College Bachelor of Science in Business Administration may be a great fit and value for you.”


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator