Bryan College groundbreaking ceremony held for new Stophel Center

Jackie and Glenn Stophel

September 6, 2018Bryan College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Stophel Center on, Wednesday, September 5. Glenn and Jackie Stophel were joined by Bryan trustees, faculty, staff, and students for the commemorative ceremony.

Numerous state and local officials, as well as, friends and family of the Stophels attended the ceremony. Speakers included Senator Ken Yager, whose daughter is a Bryan College alumnus; State Representative Ron Travis; the chairman of the Bryan College Board of Trustees, Delana Bice; and Leslie Stophel Maclellan, daughter of Glenn and Jackie Stophel.

Dr. Stephen Livesay said, “We are thrilled that our vision for the welcome center will soon become reality. With the groundbreaking of the Stophel Center, we are taking great steps in the right direction towards Bryan’s future. We are pleased to honor both Glenn and Jackie Stophel and look forward to welcoming visitors to our campus at the center that bears their name.”

Construction of the Stophel Center is anticipated to be completed by July 2019. The two-story building will encompass 18,000 square feet and will be located at the top of the new entrance, making it the first building to greet arriving guests.

The building will house 25 offices including Admissions, Advancement, Marketing and Executive Offices, as well as, a medium-sized banquet facility. The Stophel Center is among the first of several capital projects funded through Bryan’s ‘2018 to 2020 Making a Difference: Vision to Reality’ initiative and is estimated to cost $3 million.

In April, Bryan College leadership surprised long-time supporters Glenn and Jackie Stophel by announcing that the welcome center will be named in their honor. The announcement came during the 11th annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program fundraiser attended by more than 500 friends and supporters of the college.

Mr. Stophel served as a member of the Bryan College Board from 1978 to 1986 and again from 1992 to 2010. He served as Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2003 and later served as Legal Counsel to the College from 2010 to 2015. Presently Stophel serves as Trustee Emeritus in honor of his valuable service to Bryan College.


Meet the Donors: George and Doris Vogel

The Vogel School of Engineering is named for alumnus Brigadier General George B. Vogel ’58, who – along with his wife, Doris – provided a substantial gift for the new school. This fascinating couple’s lives have been characterized by lifelong service to God and country. Here is your chance to learn more about the donors who did so much to make the Vogel School of Engineering a reality.

George B. and Doris Vogel have been married for over 60 years. Gen. Vogel originally hailed from Philadelphia, Penn., and attended the Philadelphia Bible Institute (now known as Cairn University) before transferring to Bryan College for his last year. Doris was a star basketball player in the high school they both attended growing up, and they officially began dating while both attending Philadelphia Bible Institute, where Doris is in the Cairn Highlanders Hall of Honors for her achievements on the basketball team. They married in 1957, and Doris was by her husband’s side when he transferred to Bryan for his final undergraduate year. (They drove down to Dayton, Tenn., on their honeymoon, camping along the way!)

Thinking back on his time as a Bryan Lion, Gen. Vogel remarks, “I was impressed with the interest that the faculty and administration had for me as an individual.”

He graduated from Bryan in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible, and moved west to earn his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Talbot School of Theology in California – the state where he and Doris have lived ever since. He says he has gained “a deeper understanding of the Scriptures, as well as a deeper respect for people” through earning his degrees, as well as working with people from all varieties of geo-economic classes and backgrounds.

During seminary he took a class in military chaplaincy, which sparked his interest in the field into which God would soon lead him. Gen. Vogel remembers God’s divine planning when reflecting on his career history: “I started in the National Guard when I was a pastor, went on active duty for five years, and stayed in the National Guard Reserves with almost 36 total years of service. I was a pastor of a congregational church in Los Angeles, then I was an army chaplain, then I went to work for the V.A. [the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] in 1987. I’ve been working as a chaplain for the V.A. ever since.”

Gen. Vogel explains that during this time Doris “graduated from Philadelphia General Hospital as an RN, followed by Philadelphia Bible Institute, and eventually received a bachelor’s degree when the school became accredited. She worked in a hospital setting while I went to seminary. During my time in the pastorate she worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching licensed vocational nurses at night. After I left the active military, Doris worked 15 years as a nurse in alcoholic rehabilitation. When she retired from nursing, she was the owner/manager of a party goods store in Mission Viejo, Calif.” She also volunteered for several years at the V.A. hospital – a great support to her husband throughout their lives with her compassionate heart and business sense.

Gen. Vogel’s current position as Chief of Chaplain Service at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center “is about bringing a spiritual dimension to the lives of the patients in the V.A. Hospital and to their families,” he explains. This includes short- and long-term patients of all kinds, including those in hospice care and in the large spinal cord injury ward (the largest of its kind in the 155 hospitals in the V.A.). Vogel was named the 2015 recipient of the Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Excellence in Chaplaincy, The Lifetime Achievement Award. In May of 2015 he was honored with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bryan College in recognition of his lifetime of ministry and service to his God and his country. “I feel really fortunate that at my age and time of life I am still healthy enough to do the work and my mind is relatively active, and I’m just blessed. That’s why I’m able to do these things,” he says.

“Bryan College provided a strong foundation for my career and service to my country,” Gen. Vogel reflects. “It was a life-changing experience that prepared me for my future. Doris and I are grateful for the work that continues on Bryan College’s campus. It’s an honor to be able to provide the funding for the School of Engineering and it’s very humbling to have it bear our name.”

Did You Know?

George and Doris have an adult daughter, Deborah, and a teenaged granddaughter, Ella.

George was one of the first 500 individuals to become a licensed marriage and family therapist for the state of California, a licensure that he still maintains to this day through regular study and testing.

Doris was one member of the McClelland Sisters singing trio in the Philadelphia area in the early 1950s.

The Vogels met William Jennings Bryan, Jr., on the bowling greens in Laguna Beach, Calif.


Bryan College Announces Dr. Douglas Mann As New Vice President for Academics and Provost

Dr. Mann, Vice President for Academics and Provost (Photo by Kaitlyn Becker Johnson.)

Bryan College proudly announces the addition of Dr. Douglas Mann as Vice President for Academics and Provost.

A Bryan College alumnus, Dr. Douglas Mann – who holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in Christian Thought, Emphases in History and Theology from Trinity International University, and a B.A. in History and Bible from Bryan College – holds a long history with Bryan College and looks forward to bringing his extensive experience to his alma mater.

With a career in higher education spanning over two decades, Dr. Mann most recently held the position of Administrative Dean for Graduate Programs, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Additionally, Dr. Mann has extensive experience both in teaching and administrative roles and holds years of senior leadership and planning experience, including key decision-making for academic programs, academic relations, academic budgets and facilities planning, and policy.

“Bryan College has been an important part of both my personal and professional life. My parents met at Bryan. I met my wife Susi while a student at Bryan. My own views on the value and place for Christian Higher Education were shaped as a student at Bryan as the faculty and administration poured their lives into my education,” said Dr. Mann. “I am excited to serve the students, faculty, and administration at Bryan as we all seek to further the mission of ‘Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.’”

As Vice President for Academics and Provost at Bryan College, Dr. Mann will provide leadership and direction for students, faculty, and staff as well as assist with many of the upcoming efforts included in the College’s ‘2018 Making a Difference: Vision to Reality’ initiative.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Mann back to his alma mater as our new Vice President for Academics and Provost here at Bryan,” remarked President Stephen D. Livesay.“Dr. Mann has significant professional experience in higher education both in teaching and in administration. He knows Bryan well and will be able to quickly adjust to his new role in leading our academic team. But more than all of his qualifications and experience is our shared mission of placing ‘Christ above All’.”


Bryan College Announces The Vogel School of Engineering

Bryan College red logo with vertical line and Vogel School of Engineering

Bryan College is proud to announce that The Vogel School of Engineering will open its doors to students in the upcoming fall semester. The school is named for alumnus Brigadier General George B. Vogel who, with his wife Doris, provided a substantial gift for the new school.

Vogel graduated from Bryan College in 1958 and earned a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Talbot School of Theology with additional course studies at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary. Vogel served as a Chaplain in the National Guard for 36 years, with five years of active duty. Vogel continues his calling in ministry as Chief of Chaplain Service at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Vogel was named the 2015 recipient of the Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Excellence in Chaplaincy, The Lifetime Achievement Award. In May of 2015, George Vogel was honored with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bryan College in recognition of his lifetime of ministry and service to his God and his country. He and his wife Doris have an adult daughter and teen-aged granddaughter.

“Bryan College provided a strong foundation for my career and service to my country,” said Vogel. “It was a life-changing experience that prepared me for my future. Doris and I are grateful for the work that continues on Bryan College’s campus. It’s an honor to be able to provide the funding for the School of Engineering and it’s very humbling to have it bear our name.”

The Vogel School of Engineering will be the third school within the College. Degrees offered within the School will include options in civil and mechanical engineering, and will feature a Biblical worldview curriculum with a missional focus. Students will gain expertise in their area of focus while learning how to utilize engineering as a way to share the Gospel and glorify God.

Part of the College’s “Making a Difference: Vision to Reality” initiative includes renovations to the third floor of Mercer Hall to provide additional classroom space and lecture halls. Other campus renovations will provide an additional makerspace for engineering students to apply their knowledge and skills to practical projects. The College is currently seeking partnerships with firms in the region to provide students with hands-on experience and internships.

Dr. Tom Marshall, P.E. will serve as Dean of the School. He received a PhD in Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Science and Technology; an MS in Engineering from Loyola Marymont University; and, a BS in Engineering from Ohio State University. Dr. Marshall also received a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“The Mission of the Vogel School of Engineering is Bible-based, academic excellence,” said Dr. Marshall. “Equipping our engineering graduates to solve problems and improve lives as ambassadors for Christ, building God’s Kingdom to the ends of the earth; Engineering the Great Commission.”

As a result of the addition of a third school, a national search has been launched to find a new provost to provide academic leadership and direction for the College.

Bryan College President Dr. Stephen Livesay said, “We are overjoyed with the blessings the Vogel School of Engineering will provide for our students. Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world is our mission. The Vogel School of Engineering will further this mission and we couldn’t be more excited about what the Lord has for Bryan’s future.”


Bryan College Announces 2018 Vision to Reality Plans

Illustration of the Future Athletic Field HouseJanuary 29, 2018 – Visitors to Bryan College’s campus will soon be greeted with the sounds of construction and signs for upcoming projects that will showcase the College’s ‘2018 Making a Difference: Vision to Reality’ initiative. These exciting updates will provide new opportunities and benefits for students.

A significant announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a new school within the College, thanks to the generosity of a College alumnus.

The College is currently searching for a Provost and Vice President of Academics to provide leadership and direction for many of these efforts.   Dr. Kevin Clauson will be returning to the classroom and pursuing his passion as Director of the Center for Faith, Freedom and Constitution for the College.

The College has significant capital projects underway during each quarter of 2018. New field lights will be installed just in time for softball practice and provide additional lighting for evening games. In the spring, new roofing will prepare campus buildings for energy efficient upgrades.

New solar panels will also be installed on Latimer Student Center, Mercer Hall and the library. An upgrade of the energy management system will be made followed by the remodeling of the practice gym and construction on Mercer’s third floor to provide additional classrooms and faculty offices.

Construction of a new Welcome Center will begin and the College’s tennis courts will be renovated over the summer months. Fall will see the completion of most of these projects with construction planning beginning for a new Field House for the athletic program.

Bryan College President Stephen Livesay said, “The blessings we are receiving come at a pivotal time for Bryan College. God has given us the means to provide new programs, infrastructure and equipment that will further our mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world. This is an exciting time for all of us at Bryan College. We are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received and look forward to continuing to make a difference.”


X
X