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Bryan Life 

A publication of Bryan College 
Volume 38, Number 1 

Editorial Office: 

P.O. Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 3732 
(423) 775-2041 

Bryan College Board of Trustees 

Mr. Jonathan L. Bennett Dr. Arliss Roaden 
Cypress, Texas Brentwood, Term. 

Cypress, Texas 

Mrs. Delana Bice 
Houston, Texas 

Dr. Robert Coddington 
Hixson, Tenn. 

Mr. J. Wayne Cropp 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Mr. Ralph Green 
Dayton, Tenn. 

Col. John Haynes 
Lilburn, Ga. 

Mr. David W. Kinsey 
Alpharetta, Ga. 

Rev. Howard Park 
Pelham, Ala. 

Mr. T. Ramon Perdue 
Lookout Mountain, Ga. 

Hon. Lawrence Puckett 
Cleveland, Tenn. 

Cover Photo 

Mr. Jeff Ryan 
Richardson, Texas 

Mrs. Betty Ruth Seera 
Dayton, Tenn. 

Dr. Mark Senter III 
Lake Forest, 111. 

Mr. David Spoede 
Dallas, Texas 

Mr. Mark Trail 
Tyrone, Ga. 

Mr. C. Barry Whitney 
Augusta, Ga. 

Mr. James R. Wolfe 
Noblesville, Ind. 

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Chattanooga, Tenn. 

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Letter From The President 

Page 2 

Remebering Bryan - Page 3 

Calling All Students 

Page 4 

Presidential Merit Scholars 

Page 7 

Campus News - Page 8 

Bryan Athletes During 
Summer- Page 10 

Bryan the Progressive 

Page 12 

Campus Tour - Ruth Huston 

Page 14 

Uncle Goat Wants You 

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Lion Tracks - Page 20 

Faculty/Staff Notes 

Page 24 

Thank You For Years Of 
Service - Page 26 



"Emptied Himself of all hut love' 

— Charles Wesley 

Fueled by the excitement of the opening of the new school year, 
energy and enthusiasm are in abundant supply on our Dayton, 
Chattanooga, and Knoxville campuses! As we drive up Landes 
Way, our new entrance from U.S. 27, we praise God for His 
marvelous provision for that which literally and symbolically opens 
Bryan to greater opportunities. Perhaps at no other time in our 
college's 82-year history have we been poised to accomplish our mission through so many different 

The school year opened with record numbers: 294 students in the entering class; 790 students 
in our traditional program in Dayton; and more than 1400 students total including our combined 
adult, online, and graduate programs. With a standing-room-only crowd for our first chapel, we were 
challenged and encouraged by Pastor Buddy Hoffman from Grace Fellowship Church, Snellville, 
Georgia, keynote guest for our Spiritual Life Conference. 

Tragically, the buoyant spirit on campus changed as we received word that one of our commuters, 
Meaghan Jones, a junior from Chattanooga, passed away on the fourth day of classes. Meaghan' s life 
and testimony truly embodied what her father referred to as "Jesus Christ lived out in the body of 
Meaghan/ 7 Hundreds of students attended a memorial service in the Grassy Bowl as many members 
of our Bryan community shared of their journey with Meaghan. Although Meaghan "graduated to 
heaven" ahead of her class, she exemplified Bryan's mission and made a difference in our world. We 
will all miss her. 

During our Convocation service August 31, Dr. Duane Litfin, former president of Wheaton 
College, challenged us to see afresh our risen Savior. Speaking from John 17, Dr. Litfin spoke of Jesus 7 
request to have His glory restored to Him, the glory that became veiled through His incarnation, 
and the glory of our risen Savior that John saw restored in Revelation 1. Wesley said it best in his 
wonderful 18th century hymn, And Can it Be That I Should Gain: "Emptied Himself of all but love and 
bled for Adam's helpless race." Thank God we serve a risen, glorified, and powerful Savior who 
enables us to run well the race set before us! 

As you read this edition of Bryan Life, I know you will celebrate with us God's manifold blessings 
from those who are a part of our Bryan community. We thank the Lord for the life and ministry of 
Jim Barth (and family) as well as the wonderful support from the Huston Foundation whose founder, 
Ruth Huston, served Bryan faithfully for more than 20 years on our Board of Trustees. If you have not 
visited the campus recently, I invite you to return home; come and see the wonderful opportunities 
our God has given. 

Eileen (Hartzell) Quinn, '58 
Sarver, PA 

1 came to Bryan in the fall of 1954 along with others from 
my church including Harry Goehring, Tom Sutton, and 
Larry Fehl. Dale Fehl, Vera Fehl, and my sister Janice came 
down the following years. 

I arrived on campus not knowing what to expect, and my first 
semester I was very homesick and would have like to have gone 
home. I was in a room with three other girls on the third floor of 
the main building which was where all the girls lived. We shared 
clothes and food and built many good friendships. 

The boys lived in the Octagon or in rooms below the chapel. 
One funny incident in the Octagon was when one of the guys who was not familiar with washing and drying 
clothes hung up his wet clothes in the closet until the mildew smell became very obvious. 

One memory was campus cleanup day. We had no classes and we were all put to work raking and 
cleaning up the grounds. We did it with a lot of laughter and it was followed by a picnic that evening. 

Another was Sadie Hawkins Day. The boys were put in the center of the Triangle with the girls on the 
outside. When the whistle was blown the girls ran in to catch their fellow and the guys ran (some fast and 
some slow). And I remember once having snow and some of the upper class guys took cafeteria trays out of 
the kitchen and we used them for sleds. 

My junior year was a big turning point in my life. Bryan hired its first coach and athletic director. His 
name was Jim Quinn and he had just graduated from Wheaton College. I was the cheerleading captain and 
we were together a lot. It was not very long before we were attracted to each other. Only there was a big 
problem. He was engaged and getting married the following summer. After several months, we decided 
something had to be done, so he had his fiance fly down for the weekend to discuss it. The night before she 
came down we had devotions together and read Romans 5: 1-8. And we prayed for the Lord's will. 

That Sunday night I went to church at Pesby with Rev. Allem preaching and the scripture he chose was 
Rom. 5: 1-8. Was it a coincidence? No way! The Lord was leading. Jim picked me up after church and said 
they had broken the engagement and we started officially dating then. 

Even though he was on staff we had to always have a chaperone if we went out in his car, as did the rest 
of the students. Except we were allowed to go alone the night he asked me to marry him. The dean of women 
knew what he was planning. 

The teachers were fantastic and so involved in our lives. Dr. Anderson, Dr. Jensen, and Alma Rader and 
many more made a lasting impression on me. My degree prepared me well for my life as a wife, mother, 
and teacher. Jim and I were married after I graduated, and we settled in 
Pennsylvania. He was a principal and athletics director until he retired. I was an 
elementary school teacher. We raised four great daughters. 

Christ Above All was the motto of our lives. We were active in our church 
all our lives, and Jim sang with a Southern Gospel octet. 

In June 2005 we were booked in Hawaii for 17 days and we celebrated our 
forty-seventh wedding anniversary there by renewing our wedding vows on 
the beach. Two months later, in August, Jim died from an infection following 
minor surgery. 

These days are still very difficult but Christ Above All still has to be my 
motto. I am so thankful for Bryan and all the good memories and training I 
received while there, along with a wonderful husband. God has been so good. 

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Christ Above All 


r resident Stephen D. Livesay's 
challenge to " clothe 
yourselves with the Lord 
Jesus Christ" (Romans 13:14) 
took on an unexpected urgency as 
the Bryan family was confronted 
with the death of a student as the 
school year began. 

Victories and blessings - 
completing the 
new entrance 
and record 
among others 
- coupled 
with exciting 
for faculty 
and students 
are reasons to 
remember our 
need to rely on 

the Lord, he said. "I sense there 
is a strong spiritual revival going 
on in our midst/ 7 he told faculty 
and staff members in his State of 
the College message during the 
faculty workshop. 

He picked up on that 

theme as the college welcomed 
a record 294 freshmen and 
transfer students on Aug. 20, 
commending the new students 
on their spiritual commitment, 
academic achievement, and desire 
to prepare to make a difference in 
their world. 

"The world today is in pretty 


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rough shape," he said. "You 
wonder, 'Where is God in all this? 
Why doesn't He fix it? 7 But He has 
chosen each one of you to be the 
ones He works through. Like the 
disciples and the little boy who 
had just a few loaves and fish, 

see what you have in your hand. 
That's what He expects from you." 

Student body President 
Vincent Smith welcomed his new 
constituents: "Remember, make 
the most out of every day. Learn 
as much as you can. Find why 
God brought you here. Look to 
find out what you can give to 

people and what you 
can gain." 

Dayton Mayor 
Bob Vincent added 
his greetings on 
behalf of the city he 
leads. "You have 
chosen well," he said. 
"The educational 
path here is second to 

Late on Aug. 29, 
word was received on 
campus of the death 
of junior Meaghan 
Jones, a commuter 
student from Chattanooga. At a 
memorial service the following 
evening, college counselor 
Jonathan Doran reminded the 
hundreds of persons present that 
"Jesus wept, Jesus mourned" at 
the death of His friend Lazarus. 



Vice President for Spiritual Formation Matt Benson 
acknowledged the tears, but said, like Job in the Old 
Testament, there also should be worship at a time like 

In opening the convocation service on Aug. 
31, Dr. Livesay acknowledged the grief felt by the 
college family. "This has been a challenging opening 
for us/ 7 he said. "This is more of a convocation 
and commencement. Even though Meaghan was a 
commuter she was an integral part of what happened 
on campus. As a commencement, she already has 
been graduated. She is with her Heavenly Father. 
We have been successful with our mission in her life 
because she did make a difference in the lives of so 
many of you." 

Dr. Duane Litfin, who recently retired as the 

seventh president of Wheaton College, challenged 
the college family to develop a deeper understanding 
of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

"We are sticking out more and more like a sore 
thumb in Christian higher education. In the decades 
ahead, that's likely to continue," he said. "To be 
on our feet moving forward, living out Christian 
higher education will require a very full and rich 
understanding of Who you serve. 

"That concerns me because I believe for many 
their Jesus is too small. For a great many people, 
their view of Jesus is too small. It will not bear the 
weight of a liberal arts education or stand up in the 
maelstrom of culture." 

Speaking from John 17, Dr. Litfin encouraged his 
listeners to learn to pray large prayers, like Jesus did 
in that passage. Jesus, he said, reminded His Father 
that He had completed His assigned tasks and asked 
for His glory to be restored to Him. 

"We will never outgrow the Jesus of the Gospels, 
but He has outgrown that," he said. The Jesus John 
saw in Revelation 1 "is the exalted Christ of Heaven. 
This is the Christ at the center of your education, at 
the center of Christ Above All. 

"We live in an era hostile to Christian education, 
as Jesus warned us. As culture continues to change, 
it's going to be more and more difficult. How will 
you stand? That will only happen if we understand 
the One Who truly is the Lord Jesus Christ." 


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Meaghan Jones, a junior communication studies major who 
commuted to Bryan from her home in Chattanooga, Tenn., died 
Aug. 29, in Chattanooga. 

According to her family, she was taken ill that night and died 
on the way to a hospital. 

The Bryan family held a memorial gathering in the Grassy 
Bowl the following night, when faculty, staff, students, and 
members of her family remembered Meaghan and the influence 
she had on their lives. 

In his remarks, Meaghan's father, Pat Jones said, "When 
somebody is totally surrendered and lets Jesus Christ live through 
them, you have a Meaghan." 



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(^uteudsntiiit , 

■^ he Presidential Merit Scholarship is the highest academic award presented by Bryan College. 
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of high school grades, college entrance test scores, 
and an interview with faculty members. The 2011 class of Presidential Merit Scholars includes: 

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Anna Beaty, Clemmons, N.C. 


Secondary Education 

David Benedict, Clemson, S.C 
Business Administration: 
Management Option 

Christina Corwin, Lenoir City, Tenn. 
Business Administration: 
Economics I Finance 

Madison Cothran, 

Cashiers, N.C 

Jonathan Creasy, 

Maryville, Tenn. 

Daniel Katz 

Powell, Wy. 
Biblical Studies 

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Timothy Metcalf 

Maryville, Tenn. 
English Literature 

Crystal Passburg 

Dayton, Tenn. 

Chelsae Stills, Louisville, Ky. 


Instrument Performance Option 

Sarah Vest, Cleveland, Tenn. 
Communication Studies: 
Corporate Option 

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Bryan College 

Bryan College has joined a small 
family of East Tennessee institutions 
boasting certified arboretums with its 
recent recognition by the Tennessee 
Urban Forestry Council and the state 
Department of Agriculture's Division 
of Forestry. 

Dr. Roger Sanders, associate 
professor of science and assistant 
director of the Center for Origins 
Research, said the Level I arboretum 
is one of 10 such centers between 
Chattanooga and Knoxville. 

Dr. Sanders led an effort during 
the past two years or more to meet 
Level I criteria, including identifying a 
minimum of 30 different 
species of trees, labeling 
the plants with their 
correct names, 

care for the 
plants using 
good arborist 




and showing 

landscape management techniques. 

The next goal is to reach Level 
II certification, which will require 
identification and labeling of 60 
different species, plus production 
of a map and pamphlet about the 
arboretum. A map of the current 32 
species already is in hand. 

For more information visit 

Soul Care Minor 

Bryan's Psychology department 
is offering a minor in Soul Care 
beginning this semester, designed to 
equip students for a life of helping 
others become conformed to the 
image of Christ. 

Jonathan Doran, director of 
counseling and soul care, said, "the 
new minor will address an interest 
of students who want training in 
counseling, including those who 
do not intend to pursue a clinical 
counseling setting. 

"Soul care happens on a variety 
of levels, from individual friendships 
to pastoral counseling to clinical 
psychological counseling/' he said. 
"The minor will give students a 
basic theoretical and experiential 
understanding of soul care and a 
foundation to prepare for specific 
ministries in church and parachurch 
settings/ , 

The biblical notion of soul care 
finds its support in Hebrews 13:17 
for believers to submit to leaders 
who "provide watch care over their 
souls." Mr. Doran said the ministry of 
soul care is characterized by a mature 

believer prayerful listening to and 
counseling another believer based on 
the Word of God and attentiveness to 
the Holy Spirit. 

Mr. Doran explained that "soul 
care" is a term that addresses 
nurturing one's spiritual life. Modern 
psychology has reduced this study 
to human behaviors and thought 
processes. "At Bryan, we intend to 
have a thoroughly biblical approach 
to counseling the whole person. 
There is a growing interest in 
evangelical circles for the academic 
study of spiritual formation and soul 
care," he said. "With this minor, 
Bryan will be the one of only a few 
institutions in the country with formal 
academic emphasis on soul care. 
You find it at the graduate level in 
programs such as pastoral counseling 
and spiritual formation." 



Criminal justice, now a minor 
in the politics and government 
department, is being proposed as 
Bryan's 20th major, and program 
director Kevin Clauson hopes for 
approval this fall. 

Bryan becomes one of "a small 
number of Christian colleges with 
criminal justice programs," Professor 
Clauson said. Unlike criminal justice 

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majors at other colleges— and like 
other Bryan majors— the criminal 
justice program will be permeated 
with a biblical worldview emphasis. 
As well, the program probably will 
reach beyond law enforcement to 
international issues 
such as human 
trafficking, slavery, 
and terrorism. 
start with 
a sociological 
approach/' he said. 
"That means considering 
what are the trends and where are 
things going. Ours will be more of a 
philosophical approach, dealing with 
what is right, what is just, what is 
justice, and take off from there/' 
Across the country, criminal 
justice has been a growing field. 
"Before 9/11, criminal justice and law 
enforcement were among the top 
10 growth areas for jobs. For several 
years after 9/11, it was number 
one. Not that jobs are driving this, 
although it's good to know the jobs 
are there. But (Dr.) Ron (Petitte) and 
I thought that criminal justice is a 
field where Christians need to be 

Classes in the new major will 
come from a legal rather than 
technical angle to the issues of 
criminal justice. Students will 
be introduced to criminal and 
constitutional law and public 
administration rather than extensive 
courses on law enforcement methods 
and procedures. 

"Most criminal justice students 
know how to shoot a gun, and many 
of the other areas of law enforcement 
will be covered in police certification 
programs new officers usually 
are required to take," Professor 
Clauson said. "Here, the Philosophy 
of Law course is foundational, and 
everything else grows out of that." 

Bryan s Career 
Services offers 
Bryan Connect 

Bryan's Career Services office 
is planning a monthly series of 
roundtable luncheons, offering 
students an opportunity to meet 
alumni in a variety of fields. 

The initial Bryan Connect 
luncheon on Sept. 9 featured a 
conversation with Klon Kitchen, 
'99, a counterterrorism analyst, and 
Bob Jensen, '80, a retired Secret 
Service agent, who discussed their 
preparation for their career and 
personal experiences. 

Students from Dr. Ron Petitte's 
and Prof. Kevin Clauson's politics 
and government and criminal justice 
classes participated in this first 

"I see this as an opportunity 
to enhance students' educational 
experience by hearing from alumni 
in a variety of fields," Director of 
Career Services Marica Merck said. 
"Bryan Connect allows students to 
learn about various career paths, to 
network with alumni, and to create 
possibilities for internships." 

She pointed out that experiences 
such as this can present new job or 
career ideas to students, or confirm 
plans they already have made. 

Mrs. Merck invited alumni 
interested in making a presentation 
to students to contact her at or by 
phone at 423.775.7312 to discuss 
participating in future Bryan Connect 

Nelsons Endow 

A former Dayton resident 
and her husband have endowed 
a scholarship to benefit the Bryan 
Opportunity Program, Vice President 
for Advancement Blake Hudson has 

Virginia K. and Gordon Nelson, 
who live in Maryville, Tenn., recently 
made the gift in memory of Mrs. 
Nelson's parents, Carlos T. and Hazel 
Tallent Knight. Mrs. Knight taught for 
34 years in Rhea County and Dayton 
City schools, and Mr. Knight was a 
school principal before going into the 
produce business. 

"This is something we had been 
thinking about for some time," Mrs. 
Nelson said. "Dayton was my home, 
and I know a lot about Bryan College. 
The college has a reputation for being 
a good Christian school." 

When the Nelsons contacted 
Mr. Hudson, he mentioned the Bryan 
Opportunity Program, which helps 
students from low-income Tennessee 
families afford to attend the college. 
"We were interested in establishing a 
scholarship, and this sounded good," 
Mrs. Nelson said. 

Income from the endowed 
scholarship will be used to support 
the Bryan Opportunity Program. This 
year some 70 students are expected 
to attend Bryan because of support 
from the program. 



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^ raining" took on a different 
meaning for several Bryan 
student-athletes this past 
summer as they found 
opportunities to share their faith 
and strengthen their spiritual 

Nathan Adams, a soccer 
player, Chelsie Blackburn, 
a member of the volleyball 
team, and Shannon McGowan, 
a member of the Lady Lions 
soccer team, had ministry- 
focused summers that found 
them stretched in ways that 
strengthened their spiritual walks. 

Nathan, a junior from 
Frederick, Md., and a 
communication studies major, 
spent the summer playing with 
Bridges FC, a Christian-based 
soccer program that introduces 
American players to the rigors 
of a professional soccer career 
and includes a schedule of games 
against European teams. 

"We trained all summer, then 
in the middle of July went to 
Europe and played 10 professional 
teams in Holland," Nathan said. 
"We played against some of the 
top players, some who obviously 
will be playing professional soccer 
the rest of their lives." A highlight 
of the trip was his scoring a goal 
and an assist. 

Although many of his 
teammates came from Christian 
backgrounds, he said it was 
apparent that there were 
not many with a deep 
commitment of their own. 

One day, a player 
approached him and said, 
"I've been watching you. You 
have genuine joy," and told 
Nathan he had been turned 
off by Christians who don't 
live out their faith. 

"I just showed him the 
Gospel and told him my 
story," he said. "I told him 
it's only by God's grace that 
He saved me and allowed 
me to be in a solid church 
with Christians who don't 
want to fake anything. Later, we 
had a conversation one night that 
lasted four hours. He asked good 
questions and I tried to answer 
them. I got to pray with him." 

As Nathan considers where 
soccer will take him, he is learning 
some valuable lessons. "This 
summer was an eye-opener to 
the fact that professional soccer 
is a difficult, challenging, time- 
consuming career. I also saw 
that being a Christian in that 
environment is an amazing 
calling, but it can be very tough." 

Shannon, a senior history 
and politics and government 
major from Tulsa, Okla., had a 
more traditional mission-oriented 
summer. She traveled to India 
with two other Bryan students 
as part of the college's Acts 
Project, an international missions 
internship program. 

Working with Word for the 
World (WFW), an Indian ministry, 

she and her teammates worked in 
a leper hospital and colony, held 
vacation Bible schools in fishing 

villages on the Bay of Bengal, 
helped with WFW's ministry to 
children with disabilities, and 
worked in a slum ministry in 

Helping introduce Indian 
nationals to Christ taught Shannon 
some lessons as well. "I learned to 
develop relationships with people 
and to look at the larger picture," 
she said. "For example, I came to 
realize slums are not a problem of 
a group, but of individuals. The 
Gospel is the only thing that can 
change people's lives. Many of 
the people in the slums have been 
kicked out of their villages for 
bad habits. The Gospel can make 
a difference in their lives, not 

"I learned about living sold 
out for the Gospel. Everything we 
do or have is God's. What right do 
we have to hold back?" 

At the same time, she was 
encouraged to learn that there 


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are strong Christian families in 
southern India who see the need 
to be missionaries to the West. 
"They say, 'We need to take 
Christianity to the West because 
they are dying in darkness, and to 
say thank you for what they have 
done for us/" 

Chelsie' s experience was 
closer to home, in Colorado, Haiti, 
and the Dominican Republic. She 
participated in a discipleship- 
building program operated by 
Kingdom Building Ministries 
of Aurora, Colo., a suburb of 
Denver, which included two 
weeks of classroom instruction 
and in-town practical application 
before traveling to Haiti and the 
Dominican Republic. 

Chelsie, a senior exercise 
and health science major from 
Cleveland, Tenn., has a passion for 

Chelsie & friend 

children, sports, and serving 
people with whom she comes in 
contact. As she worked through 
the Kingdom Building program 
she learned about how to share 
the Gospel and about herself. 

"I learned a lot about being 
intentional in relationships and 
getting to know people," she said. 
"We worked on that in Denver 
when we would go downtown not 
to see how many people we could 
tell about Jesus, but to find one 
person we could get to know and 
share with. 

"In the Dominican Republic, 
we worked at a school with 
American students, a lot of 
troubled teens. We had eight or 
nine girls we spent time with," she 
said. "I don't know if any came to 
Christ, but I think we might have 
helped nudge them to the next 

They also spent time in a 
village teaching Bible school 
for children and English classes 
for adults, before going to 
Haiti where they helped with 
construction projects on a home 
for missionaries. 

While she was working, she 
also was learning. "I've been 
a Christian since I was 7," she 
said. "This summer was a time 
of taking hold of Who God is to 

Chelsie with Kingdom Building teommotes 

me, not to someone else. It was 
a time of learning about grace 
and the power of prayer. I saw 
prayer answered day after day. 
Fm praying now with a feeling of 
confidence in my faith and in Who 
God is." 

Although these student- 
athletes are not certain about their 
next steps, their experiences this 
summer have strengthened their 
confidence that God will reveal 
His plan for them in His good 

Dr. Sandy Zensen, Bryan's 
athletics director, said Nathan, 
Shannon, and Chelsea reflect 
the true aim of the athletics 
department: honoring the Lord 
who gave them their abilities. 
"Not only are these students fine 
athletes, they are young men and 
women of faith, who love God and 
love people, and are committed to 
serve the cause of Christ wherever 
God places them." 

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~y\ can't be named 
after that 
radical William 
Jennings Bryan I read about last 
night/ 7 the caller demanded. "That has 
to be another man!" 

The homeschooling mother had 
just met another of the stereotypes 
of the man for whom Bryan College 
is named, and she was struggling to 
reconcile the images she found in a 
history book with the ideal of a godly 
statesman popular in conservative 
evangelical circles. 

She is not alone; over the past 85 
years his friends and foes have asked 
similar questions. 

In Mr. Bryan's mind, his politics 
in large measure grew out of his 
faith. "From an early date Bryan 
believed that religion included 
the whole of life and could not be 
compartmentalized. The church 
must not only preach the gospel to 
save individuals, but it must cry 
out against the evils of the day and 
help bring about a better society. 
And this requires the cooperation of 
all, laity and ministers" (Smith, 27). 

He was reared in a rural area in 
a family that revered the ideals of 
Jeffersonian democracy and trusted 


by Tom Davis, '06H 

absolutely in the God of the 
Scriptures. He grew up with the 
belief that the common man, the 
farmer and laborer, often needed 
protection from the moneyed 
interests, and that government was 
bound to offer that protection. 

Looking at causes he espoused, 
it is clear that he was interested 
in improving the lot of the common 
man, the vision of progressives 
of his day. Included in that list 
were the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th 
Amendments to the Constitution 
(graduated income tax, direct 
election of senators, prohibition 
of liquor, woman suffrage), direct 
primaries and legislation, Federal 
Reserve Act, Federal Farm Loan Act, 


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government regulations of railroads 
and telegraph /telephone, safety 
devices and pure food processing, 
government control of currency 
and banking, regulations regarding 
trusts and corporate monopolies, 
establishment of departments of 
health and education and labor, 
public regulation of political 
campaign contributions, workman's 
compensation, the minimum 
wage, the eight-hour day, tariff 
reform, promotion of public parks, 
defense of rights of minorities, anti- 
imperialism, settling of international 
differences through arbitration, and 
support of legislation to provide 
for equal-time consideration of 
Darwinian evolution and Biblical 
creationism in the public schools 


"Armed with a Christian 
vision of reform, Bryan became the 
leading figure in a group of unsung 
progressives who had substantial 
grassroots support and, in a few years, 
would be able to boast a strong record 
of legislative achievement" (Kazin, 

Although he may not have 
developed these progressive positions, 
he certainly played the major role in 
bringing many of them to the political 
forefront. His ability to understand 
how ideas affected individuals 
and groups of the disenfranchised 
made him sensitive to their political 
potential. His strong Christian faith 
and commitment to the ideal of a 
government that protects the weak 
in society gave him the stamina 
to advocate tirelessly for what he 
believed to be righteous causes. 

"In Bryan's mind, righteousness 
required more than a passive 
avoidance of improper behavior. 
Humankind, in his view, stood 
capable of approaching perfection; 
his faith required him to do whatever 
in his power to remove the obstacles 
that prevented people from achieving 
their full, God-given potential. Once 
Bryan had decided that a cause was 
righteous, his faith obligated him to 
pursue that cause with a zeal and 
earnestness that set him apart from 
most other politicians, reformers and 
conservatives alike" (Cherny 201-02). 

The list of reform positions above 

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contains many points American 
society accepts today as foundational, 
but in the early years of the 20th 
century they were considered beyond 
simply progressive. 

Biographer Louis Koenig points 
out that among the moneyed class, 
Bryan was viewed as a socialist, a 
communist, and an anarchist. "The 
New York Times carried letters from 
a reader who contended at length 
that Bryan was insane" (Koenig, 10). 
Their differences with The Commoner 
ranged from the money question — 
whether the United States should 
retain a "strong" currency backed 
by gold or accept silver coinage as 
a way to ease the debt burden for 
farmers, the primary issue of the 
1896 presidential campaign — to fair 
labor practices such as the eight-hour 
workday and a minimum wage. 

Bryan, of course, rejected 
those accusations and rejected the 
concept of socialism. Instead, he 
argued that reforms were a way to 
combat socialism. "The best way to 
oppose socialism is to remedy the 
abuses which have grown up under 
individualism but which are not a 
necessary part of individualism," he 
said (qtd in Cherny, 107). 

He made this position even 
more clear when he accepted his 
third presidential nomination. "In 
his speech he defined the paramount 
question of 1908: 'Shall the people 
rule? 7 All other issues, he proclaimed, 
formed only separate manifestations of 
this single question. 'Shall the people 
control their own government and use 
that government for the protection of 
their rights and for the promotion of 
their welfare? 7 he asked, 'or shall the 
representatives of predatory wealth 
prey upon a defenseless public, while 

the offenders secure immunity from 
subservient officials whom they raise 
to power by unscrupulous methods? 7 " 
(Cherny, 111). 

In many ways this might be 
an apt summary of his progressive 
philosophy and explain his 
commitment to ideals that kept him 
focused despite political defeats and 
verbal abuse across three decades. 
It was his view of the virtues of 
the common man that drove him 
to support policies that gave "the 
common man" a set of protections we 
generally consider normative today. 

Perhaps it is the current 
understanding of the term 
"progressive" that gives modern 
conservatives such pause when 
considering The Great Commoner. It 
is important to remember that Bryan 
never lost his focus on the individual. 
As historian Robert Crunden 
observed, progressives of Bryan's 
day generally "shared moral values 
and agreed that America needed a 
spiritual reformation to fulfill God 7 s 
plan for democracy in the New World 
(Crunden ix). 

"Progressives were not 
collectivists of the New Deal variety. 
If they lived into the 1930s, they either 
changed significantly in order to 
support the measures of the New Deal, 
or they flatly opposed those measures 
as being contrary to the reform spirit 
as they understood it" (Crunden xi). 

Thus, he could advocate for 
policies which served to protect the 
powerless and improve opportunities 
for workers — progressive ideas in 
his time — while maintaining a firmly 
conservative Christian position. 

Bryan gave the best answer to this 
seeming contradiction when queried 
by a reporter in May 1925, about two 
months before his death: 

"People often ask me why I can 
be a progressive in politics and a 
fundamentalist in religion. The answer 
is easy. Government is man made 
and therefore imperfect. . ..If Christ is 
the final word, how may anyone be 
progressive in religion? I am satisfied 
with the God we have, with the Bible 
and with Christ" (qtd in Smith, 18). 


Cherny, Robert W. A Righteous Cause: 
The Life of William Jennings Bryan. 
Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1985. 

Cornelius, R.M. "William Jennings 
Bryan, The Scopes Trial, and Inherit 
the Wind" Dayton, TN: Bryan College, 

, ed. Selected Orations of William 

Jennings Bryan. Dayton, TN: Bryan 
College, 2003. 

Crunden, Robert M. Ministers of 
Reform: The Progressives' Achievement 
in American Civilization, 1889-1920. 
Urbana and Chicago: University of 
Illinois Press, 1984. 

Kazin, Michael. A Godly Hero: The Life 
of William Jennings Bryan. New York: 
Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. 

Koenig, Louis W. Bryan: A Political 
Biography of William Jennings Bryan. 
New York: G.P Putnam's Sons, 1971. 

Smith, Willard H. The Social and 
Religious Thought of William Jennings 
Bryan. Lawrence, KS: Coronado Press, 

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enjoy late-night talks with 
new friends/ 7 according 

3 to Resident Director Karie 
Harpest, a description that would 
delight the building's namesake. 

One of 11 major buildings 
on campus named in honor of a 
friend of the college, Huston is 
home to more than 100 women 
during the school year, and houses 
hundreds more during summer 

Huston is named for the late 
Ruth Huston, a member of Bryan's 
Board of Trustees for nearly 22 
years, who spent more than 50 
years as a missionary to and friend 
of the people of the southeastern 
Kentucky mountains. 

"Huston Hall is the only thing 
named for Aunt Ruth/ 7 her niece, 
Nancy Hansen, explained. "Her 
parents didn't want anything 
named for them. She didn't want 
it to be Ruth Huston Hall, just 
Huston, to honor her parents as 
well. ,, 

Born into the family that owns 
Pennsylvania's Lukens Steel Co., 
Ruth learned from her parents 
a love for Christ and the joy of 
sharing that love, as well as a love 
for education. 

It was on a summer visit 

to Kentucky with friends from 
Pennsylvania that Ruth fell in 
love with people in remote areas 
of southeastern Kentucky. She 
returned to work for one year in 
1924 and ended up staying for 
more than 50. 

She had multiple goals, Mrs. 
Hansen said, but underneath them 
all was a passion to introduce 
men, women, and young people 
to the Lord she loved. She 
taught Bible studies in her home, 
supported educational efforts in 
the isolated mountain schools, 
supported numerous students 
through college, and started a 
mobile library service, among 
other endeavors. 

Close to her heart was Camp 
Nathanael, in Emmalena, Ky, 
home of Scripture Memory 
Mountain Mission. After her death 
in 1982, Miss Ruth was buried at 
Camp Nathanael. 

She became acquainted with 
Bryan College because of her 
work with the founders of Camp 
Nathanael, who sent four children 
to the college. She became a 
trustee in 1959. 

Mrs. Hansen recalls that "she 
loved William Jennings Bryan 
and what he stood for at the 
Scopes Trial. She touted Bryan 

College to us. She felt that a Bryan 
graduate should be hired and 
supported. Bryan is holding fast 
to those principles today. What a 
wonderful legacy" 

Karin Traylor, administrative 
assistant to Bryan's academic vice 
president, remembers Miss Ruth's 
visiting the campus and her love 
for the college as well as the 
people to whom she ministered 
in Kentucky. "She loved Bryan, 
and she wanted to support this 
institution in every way possible," 
Mrs. Traylor said. 

Mrs. Hansen said that her 
aunt's love for her Kentucky 
friends led her to write her first 

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book, Observation of God's Timing 
in the Kentucky Mountains. "She 
took it to a national publisher 
and he wanted to change it," she 
said. "She was afraid he would 
not respect the mountain people, 
so she published it herself. She 
wanted it not so much for people 
around the country but so people 
in the mountains would have 
something to remind them of what 
their life had been like, as she saw 

That lifestyle included travels 
on horseback along mountain 
paths too narrow for vehicles 
or through creeks, sometime 
swollen with spring rains. "She 
saw friends and families feuding, 
shooting at each other, over 
moonshine or something, and 
saw the need to bring the peace of 
Christ to them," Mrs. Hansen said. 

She said she remembers 
her aunt's sense of humor, high 
energy, and love for horses. 

"When she moved to Florida in 
her 80s she lived near a horse 
racing track. She never did bet, 
but she loved to go see a good 
horse run." 

In 1957, Miss Ruth and her 
brother, Charles, established the 
Huston Foundation to continue 
the family's charitable support 
of Christian and humanitarian 
causes. "One reason was to 
continue in the family the 
evangelical connection," Mrs. 
Hansen said. "I think she decided 
the foundation would extend her 
ability to give and create in the 
next generation a desire to serve." 

Her interest in the future 
included a passionate desire to 
see her Lord face to face. When 
doctors told her they had bad 
news about the illness that caused 
her death, she responded in a way 
they might not have anticipated, 
Mrs. Hansen said. "She told them, 
'That's what I've been living for 

all my life, to go into the presence 
of my Lord.' She was not at all 
reticent but really anticipated with 
joy through the pain." 

Today, Huston Hall stands 
on the Bryan campus as a tribute 
to Ruth Huston and her family, 
honoring lives lived to introduce 
men and women to the joy of 
a personal relationship with 
Jesus Christ. 

The Huston Foundation 

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As a steward, it is extremely important that you have an estate 
plan. God's plan for the distribution of your property at death, 
and the management of property in case of incompetency 
prior to death, can only be accomplished through a valid 
estate plan. 

"Yes, t understand 
that estate planning 
is important 
But where do I 
find assistance 
from a Christian 

And if you have an estate plan that was completed more than 
two or throe years ago, it is important for you to review your 
plan to make certain that it is current. 

Changes in financial situations, beneficiaries, tax laws, or your 
desires can maKe your estate plan obsolete. 

To help you begin this process, or if you already have an 
estate plan, to assist you in reviewing your existing plan, our 
staff has prepared a Guide To Planning Your Estate. Please 
write or call for your free copy today. 

Steve Keck 

Director of Gift and Esf^te Design 


Email: steve r keck@bryan,edu 

Jim Barth 

Director <?/ Planned Giving 
Phone: 423,775,7323 

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Planning is something that is an ordinary 
part of life for John Haynes, a businessman 
and chairman of Bryan's Board of Trustees. 
Whether it's ordering inventory for his 
bookstore or making arrangements for board 
meetings, he knows having a plan in place is 
the best way to avoid unpleasant surprises. 

Recently he and his wife, Markie, have 
taken advantage of Bryan's estate planning Board of Trustees Chairman John and Markie Haynes 

service to make sure their personal affairs are in order, a step he believes everyone should take. 

The Hayneses learned about Bryan from friends at their church in Lilburn, Ga. Two of their 
children, Walker and Shay, attended the college, and Bryan became a regular stopping point for the 

"At the time, I was on active duty (with the Air Force) in Washington, D.C., and when I came 
home we would meet at Bryan," Mr. Haynes said. With Walker active in Hilltop Players and Shay a 
cheerleader, there were many opportunities to visit the campus and learn more about the college. 

"I think Bryan is unique in so many ways," he said. "For one thing, it has stayed true to its focus 
of Christ Above All. Another way is its diversity." The college has a large number of students with 
experience in or who are nationals of other countries, and encourages international experience, he 
pointed out. 

"Because Bryan instills a global vision, their reach is global. The example of the faculty and staff 
helps students understand their calling is to be Christians first, in whatever field they pursue. 

As Mr. Haynes reached his 65th birthday, he prepared a "bucket list" of things to accomplish 
in the remainder of his life. High on that list is sharing the Gospel with people he has known. 
His experience on a mission trip to Cuba helped him understand that to be effective, he must 
communicate in ways his hearers understand. "That's the same thing I see many Bryan students 
doing in Dayton, in other parts of the country, and overseas." 

Another priority is making sure the estate plans he and Mrs. Haynes have prepared accurately 
reflect their desires. 

"We both had parents who died without adequate estate plans, which increased the tax liability 
and the cost of settling their estates. That's why I'm so bullish about estate planning," he said. "It's 
important to be educated on taxes and strategies you can write into a will. You have a choice: give 
the money to people as you want or let the government do it for you." 

Taking advantage of the estate design service available through the Bryan College Office of 
Planned Giving, the Hayneses completed a confidential estate inventory and consulted with Bryan's 
planner to develop an estate design that would achieve their goals. "It's not good to rush these 
plans, but you need to get started," he said. "I hope to have ours all tied up by Dec. 31 this year. I 
have a good will now, but I'm going to have a great will when we're through." 

Steve Keck, director of gift and estate design, said, "Expressing God's plan of stewardship 
for your estate is the primary focus of our office. We are here to help you through what can be a 
confusing and complex process so you will have a plan that will transfer your estate at the lowest 
possible cost and with the fewest delays. This is a no-cost, no-obligation service." 

For more information or for assistance with developing an estate plan or using our estate design 
service, contact Mr. Keck at or call 423.775.7581 . 

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"I have four perfect nieces. Daughters of Steve, '85, and Lisa (Barth), 
7 87, Stewart. Ever since we entered their lives seven years ago, 
they have shown genuine love and acceptance to me and my 
di boys. All are extremely intelligent and very lovely. Well, look at 
their mother, grandmother, and aunt.... sorry, but I digress. 
The oldest, Victoria, graduated in three years with a 4.0. Anna, a 
junior, and Clarissa, a sophomore, have 4.0 gpa's as well. (I was corrected... 
Anna has a 3.914. One A-!) Very engaged with life on campus, they all 
demonstrated leadership in various venues. Each excelled in national speech 
and debate tournaments. Kathryn, the youngest, is a senior in high school. 

The Goat thing? Well, during the first couple years together, I would invent creative, albeit OLD- 
sounding middle names for each of them. As any loving niece would do, they reciprocated. Farm 
animals came to mind (not sure why. . .) and a goat seemed the least offensive. So, for the past three 
years of being Hall Parents, we have been introduced as Aunt Anna and Uncle Goat. Since it came from 
them, I wear it proudly! 

Cute story, but so what, David? I tell you about them because of the rest of their story. It is how they 
came to choose Bryan College. Victoria and Anna both have brilliant minds, one toward government 
and politics, the other philosophy and ministry. Both looked closely at Hillsdale, King's, Covenant, and 
other schools. Initially, Anna was thinking anywhere BUT Bryan! Much to the credit of their parents, 
they were never expected or pushed toward Bryan. Well, maybe by Uncle Goat, but even he kept 
reasonably quiet about it! 

After serious analysis and visits to many schools, they ultimately settled on Bryan. Academically, 
it would challenge them to their highest potential. Socially, they would be a part of a very strong 
community. Spiritually, they would be encouraged to seek God with every part of their being. 

Clarissa decided early that Bryan would be the place for her. She knew from many visits to campus 
that her heart for the Lord would be nurtured and fed, and she would have opportunities to participate 
in plays and musicals. She was comfortable with the strong, rigorous academic load she would carry. 

My point? Please consider Bryan for your child. I am so thankful that more and more of you are 
doing just that. I would strongly encourage you to get on the Bryan website and see if we have what 
you and your child are looking for. Our level of academic excellence is second to none. Case in point, 
Victoria did an internship with Suzanne Michel, '81. Suzanne had worked in Washington, D.C., for 15 
years and trained dozens of interns from Ivy League schools. She told Victoria that she was equal to or 
better than any Ivy Leaguer she ever had. According to Dr. 
John Anderson (retired Greek professor), this is the finest 
group of faculty in the history of Bryan College. They will be 
surrounded by a marvelous group of people who love and 
live out Christ Above All. Athletics? Our teams are stronger 
than they have ever been. 

Dear alums, your alma mater is a school of excellence 
on every level. We would be honored if you would consider 
sending your son or daughter to Bryan. I promise. Uncle Goat 
will take very good care of them! 

In His Grace, 

David Tromanhauser 
Alumni Director 

Clarissa Stewart, Tori La P\ue, Anna, & Kathryn Stewart 

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David, '91, Jacqueline (Myers), '91, and Nicholas Johnston. 
Doug, '90, Sharron (Licking), '87, and Kevin Padgett. 
Lewis, '86, Terri (Goodman), '86, and Robbie Alderman. 
Shawn, '86, Denise (Gearhart) '86, and Ryan Wolf. 
David, '85, Ruth (Snyder), '86, and Elizabeth Hobbs. 
Chris (Bair) Meredith, '89, and Rachel Meredith. 
Chris, '91, Rebecca (Bradbury), '93, and Grace Lusardo. 
David, '83, and Gideon Ragland. 
Keith, '85, Elizabeth (Robeson), '84, and Dean Franklin. 

11 Karin (Fary), '84, and Jay Carpenter. 

12 David, '87, Donna (Stephens), '89, and Kayla Snyder. 

13 David, '90, Sylvia (Suganandam), '89, and Benjamin Banks. 

14 Denise (Hanna) Worrell, '84. 

15 Deborah Ellis, '05, and Jacob Miles. 

16 Lee Smith, '82, and Keri Smith. 

17 Diana (Bradshaw), '86, and Rebecca Armstrong. 

18 Stan, '75, Nancy (Adams), '75, and Rozlyn Roberts. 

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Mary Ellen &]ivn Briscoe 


by gifts given to help build Rudd 


and Jim Briscoe were married April 23, 
2011. The Briscoes live in New Holland, 


Among members of the Paulson 
family who held a reunion this summer 
at Fort Bluff Camp in Dayton were a 
number of alumni including DON, '63, 
(LESTMANN) PAULSON, both '98; 
PAULSON, both '99. The family 
remembered Rae and Naomi's oldest 
brother, PHIL PAULSON, '62x, who 
died in a traffic accident after his 
freshman year and who was honored 



honored July 9 with a reception on 
his retirement from the Hamilton 
County, Tenn., public school system 
after 40 years of service. Curtis served 
as an elementary, middle, and high 
school teacher, and coached middle 
school and high school basketball 
and baseball. Since 2006, he served 
as the system's director of student 
management and state reporting. 



JENSEN, both '80, announce the 
adoption of two granddaughters, 
Amaya Lea Jensen, 11, and Nivea 

Grace-Danielle Jensen, 9, by their 
daughter, Kristina, in January 2011. 
Bob has retired from the Secret Service, 
and he and Becky have moved to 
Chattanooga, Term., from Northern 
Virginia. Becky works as a paramedic 
with the Hamilton County Emergency 
Medical Services. 

MARC MEZNAR, '82, was 
promoted into the Senior Foreign 
Service early this year, a presidential 
appointment requiring approval by 
the Senate. Marc has been a career 
diplomat with the U.S. Department 
of State for 23 years, mainly serving 
abroad, most recently in Barcelona, 
Brussels, and Managua. He has been 
serving since 2009 in Detroit, Mich., 
where he opened a passport agency 
at the busiest land border crossing in 
North America. This summer, his wife, 
ANITA (BETSCH), '81, received her 
certification to teach in Michigan. Their 
daughter, Claire, graduated from high 
school, and Marc's parents, RON, '52, 

The Meznar Family 

MEZNAR were on hand for the 


'82, and her son, Andy, with another 
parent, took eight other individuals 
with special needs to Nancy, France, 
to do disability ministry similar to 
what they enjoy at College Church in 
Wheaton, 111. The group performed 
three concerts where they sang, played 
chimes and autoharps, and gave their 
faith stories. 

BRIAN, '86x, and ANNE 
(GORDON) KEAY, '87 are founders 
of TruthAction ministry, which 
creates custom Gospel material for 
unreached people groups in remote 
areas of the world. In cooperation with 
missionaries and national pastors, 
they work to develop culturally 
relevant Gospel booklets and teaching 
materials to use in evangelization 
efforts. Through this summer, some 
9,000 Gospel booklets — hand-cut and 
assembled by volunteers — are available 

in a number of countries around the 


MARK SMITH, '93, married 
Sherry Peters on June 4, 2011. Mark, 
Sherry, and his four children, Madeline, 
Benjamin, Kaylen, and Wesley, live 
in Tulsa, Okla. He is self-employed, 
and has a background in ministry and 

TARA (LUTHER), '96, and Brent 
RANDALL announce the birth of their 
son, Stephen James, on June 1, 2011. 
Stephen weighed 10 lbs., 14 oz., and 
was 21 inches long. He joins big sister 
Celia Grace, 4. The Randall family lives 
in Concord, Calif., where Brent works 
as an architect and Tara stays at home 
with the children and occasionally 
teaches English as a second language. 

KLON KITCHEN, '99, who holds 
the National Counterterrorism Center 
Chair at National Defense University, 

Mark & Sherry Smith 

has been named a 2011 Lincoln 
Fellow by the Claremont Institute. 
Lincoln Fellowships are offered to 
professionals serving elected officials 
or appointed policy-makers in the 
federal government and other areas. 
His book, Strategic Influence in Wars 
Amongst the People, will be published by 
Borderstone Press in late 2011. 


SUE (HUBER), '01, and Tony 
ORLANDO announce the birth of their 
second son, Giovanni Gaetano, on June 
21, 2011. Giovanni weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. 
He joins big brother 
Anthony, Jr., 2. The Orlando family 
lives in Saint Petersburg, Fla., where 
Tony is a general manager for ARS and 
Sue is an accountant who is able to 
work from home while caring for her 

Stephen & Celia Randall 

Giovanni Orlando 

The Hoshms Gathcrirn 

MITCH, '01, and JENNY 
(HUGHES), '03, HOSKINS were 
hosts in July for fellow alumni 
YUROVSKY, '98, at their home in 
Papua New Guinea, where they serve 
with New Tribes Missions. Marilyn 
served as a Bible translator in PNG and 
now is an ambassador for missions 
and returned recently to help distribute 
Bibles to unreached groups. Serge 
is taking the next step in his life as a 
traveling photographer /IT consultant, 
using his skills to help missions or 
other groups in their efforts. 

ERIN (DAVIS), '02, and John 
WISEHART announce the birth of 
their son, Carter Gavin, on April 
12, 2011. Carter weighed 8 lbs. The 
Wisehart family lives in Newnan, Ga., 
where John is an engineer with Georgia 
Power Co., and Erin is a marriage and 
family therapist. 

KRISTI (LESTMANN), '02, and 
Adam DYER announce the birth of 
their fourth daughter, Caroline Marie, 

on May 31, 2011. Caroline joins big 
sisters Caden, Holly, and Avery. Kristi 
enjoys staying home with the girls 
and home schooling Caden. Adam is 
a network administrator for Volstate 
Internet and completed his bachelor's 
degree through the Bryan degree 
completion program in September. 

(CONRAD), '06, BARRIOS announce 
the birth of their daughter, Abigail 
Grace, on Feb. 23, 2011. Abigail 
weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. and was 19.5 
inches long. Abigail's name means 
"source of joy/ 7 The Barrios family 
lives in Houston, Texas, where Henry 
is the seventh grade life science teacher 
at River Oaks Baptist School and the 
varsity soccer coach at Incarnate Word 
Academy. After working 3 Vi years 
as an administrative assistant at their 
church, Christen is now a stay-at-home 

MASON, '04x, and KRISTI 

announce the birth of Kenna Lynn on 

March 2, 2011. Kenna weighed 8 lbs., 10 
oz., and was 22 inches long. She joins 
big sister Kayden, 4, and big brother 
Jonathan, 6. Kristi is enjoying staying 
home with the children after working 
for the past three years as a school 
counselor. The Hudlow family lives in 
Pueblo, Colo. 

SARAH (BASS), '05x, and Joal 
HENKE announce the birth of their 
son, Christian "Blake/ 7 on Dec. 16, 

2010. Blake weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz., and 
was 19 inches long. The Henke family 
lives in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

ROGERS, both '05, announce the 
birth of their daughters, Amelie Joy 
and Grace Elisabeth, on March 25, 

2011, which also is Kelly's birthday. 
Amelie weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and was 
21 inches long, and Grace weighed 

8 lbs., 1 oz. and was 21 inches long. 
The Rogers family lives in Knoxville, 
where Matthew owns and operates 
Macville Productions, a film and video 
production company. Kelly does the 

Dyer Family 

Christian Hcnke 

The Hudlo 

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Amdic, left, & Grace Rogers 

accounting for the company and said 
she is working on a Master's in baby 


and Jena Tager were married Aug. 
6, 2011. Jessie attends Southeastern 
Baptist Theological Seminary where 
he is pursuing a degree in biblical 
counseling. He works at a granite 
fabrication plant and Jena works at the 
YMCA in Franklinton, N.C., where they 
teach the youth Sunday school class at 
Mount Carmel Christian Church. 

DREW, '08, and SHARALYN 

announce the birth of their son, Aiden 
James, on July 12, 2011. Aiden weighed 
8 lbs., 5 oz., and was 21 inches long. 
The Goodmans live in Dayton, Tenn., 
where they are preparing to go to 
Madrid, Spain, to serve with Young 
Life International. 

BRANDON HODGE, '08, and 

Brandy Donnell were married July 2, 
2011, in Monroe, N.C. Alumni at the 

Josh Courtripht 

Matt & Danielle Dillard 

Patrick & Alicia Roberts 

wedding included MATT and SARAH 
(BROWN) JOSS, both 07; DAVID, 
'09, and Leigh BEISNER; ROSS 
and JONATHAN BROWN, '09. The 
Hodges live in Monroe. 


received his RN degree from the 
University of North Carolina-Charlotte 
in May. He works in a psychiatric unit 
in one of Charlotte's main hospitals. 


MATT DILLARD, '10, and 
married April 28, 2011, in Chattanooga. 
Alumni in the wedding included 
'09; and ANDREA MILLIGAN, '11. 
Current student Annalyn Ebersole also 
was in the wedding. Matt works in the 

IT department at Bryan, and Danielle is 
an admissions counselor. 

KRISTEN PHELPS, '11, works in 
the admissions department at Liberty 
University in Lynchburg, Va., and 
is a volunteer court-appointed child 


Patrick Roberts were married June 11, 
2011. Alumni involved in the wedding 
BAILEY, '11. Current students Kristen 
Underwood, Audrey Vordenbaum, 
Anna Roberts Hipp, Kyle Thomas, 
Matt Albin, and Aaron Shears also were 
in the wedding. 

Jessie &]ena Pender gra 

Aiden Goodman 

Brandon & Brandy Hodge 

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Mr. Bernie Belisle, Mr. 
Jared Cole, and Ms. Lindsey 
Wolfe took part in the ''25th 
Annual Putnam County 
Spelling Bee," which was 
performed in June at the 
Tennessee Valley Theatre in 
Spring City. 

Dr. Matt Benson, Jonathan Doran, Ben 
Norquist, and Jeff Eenigenburg attended 
the Summer Institute for Campus Ministry 
at Whidbey, Wash., in June. 

Dr. Mike Chase, Dr. Adina Scruggs, and Dr. 
Jeff Bruehl attended an Innovative Learning 
Solutions seminar in May in Knoxville. They 
are now certified to teach the Marketplace 
Live Simulation game, which will be used in 
the MBA strategy course. 

Dr. Ed Fickley attended the Tennessee 
Association of Middle Schools annual 
conference in Sevierville in June, where 
he conducted a workshop titled "Making 
Learning Meaningful." 

Dr. Phil Lestmann attended the 18th 
biennial conference of the Association of 
Christians in the Mathematical Sciences at 


Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif., 
in June. He was a panelist for a discussion 
of the topic "Mathematics and Computer 
Science: Divide and Conquer or Merge 
and Multiply?" 

Mr. David Montgomery, regional director 
in Knoxville, has been appointed to the 
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Economic 
& Community Development Committee. 

Mr. Bruce Morgan, Mr. Tim Shetter, Ms. 
Karie Harpest, Ms. Kim Crowe-Tuttle, 
and Mr. Jon Slater attended the annual 
conference of Christians in Student 
Development in June in Springfield, Mo. 

Mrs. Keri-Lynne Paulson attended "Giving 
Undergraduate Research a Worldwide 
Voice: Institutional Repositories as 
Publishers" in March at Kennesaw State 
University in Georgia. 

Dr. Travis Ricketts and four students 
attended the Purpose & Prosperity: 
Exploring the Confluence of Faith, 
Economics, and Public Policy conference 
hosted by the Values and Capitalism 
Project at the American Enterprise 
Institute in Washington, D.C., in June. He 

also received a grant 

from the Council for 

Christian Colleges 

and Universities to develop a course, 

"History of Free Market Thought," to be 

taught this fall. 

Dr. Bradford Sample was a consultant for 
the Doctorate of Organizational Leadership 
division of Indiana Wesleyan University in 

Dr. Roger Sanders' efforts to develop an 
arboretum on the Bryan campus were 
rewarded in June when the Tennessee 
Urban Forestry Council awarded a Level 1 
certification to the project. 

Dr. Adina Scruggs traveled with four MBA 
students to the Czech Republic in July and 
August. They toured local businesses, 
talked with executives, and learned about 
international business. 

Ms. Lindsey Wolfe was director for the 
play "One Hot Summer," part of the 
24th annual Scopes Festival in July. Mr. 
Tom Davis chaired the festival steering 

M ©H CA 

Buddy Hoffman, pastor Dr. Duane Litfin, 

Bob Jensen, '80, retired Klon Kitchen/99, 

of Grace Fellowship 
Church, Atlanta, Ga., 
was Spiritual Life 
Conference speaker in 

former president of 
Wheaton College, was 
Convocation speaker 
in August. 

photo by Michael Hudson 

Secret Service officer, 
spoke at a Bryan 
Connect luncheon 
in September. 


Center Chair at National 
Defense University, 
Washington, D.C., 
spoke at the Bryan 9/11 
commemoration service 
and at a Bryan Connect 
luncheon in September. 

Chuck Fleischmann, 
U.S. Representative, 
3rd District, Tennessee, 
spoke in chapel 
in September. 

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1 Danielle Dillard, admissions counselor 

2 Courtney Jergins, instructor in English 

3 Rhonda Kettenring, academic records specialist 

4 Bethany Smith, enrollment management assistant 

5 Lorraine Doran, assistant director, Academic Support Cente 

6 Josh Bradley, assistant cross country coach 

7 Benton Jones, AGS regional director, Chattanooga 

8 Jeff Eenigenburg, director of worship arts 

9 David Montgomery, AGS regional director, Knoxville 

10 Jason Glen, adjunct faculty 

11 David Haggard, financial aid director 

12 Bonnie Spallinger, resident director, Arnold Hall 

13 David Shumaker, head coach, volleyball 

14 Elizabeth Lewis, athletic trainer 

15 Mickey Walker, operations 

16 Kara Nissley, admissions counselor 

17 Matt Johnson, director of institutional effectiveness and planning 

18 Jason Smith, head coach, women's basketball 

19 Nathan Bailey, admissions counselor 

20 Clint McAuley, assistant baseball coach/fields manager 

21 Sam Young, adjunct faculty 

22 Tomas Gomez, operations 

Not pictured: Andrew McPeak, coordinator of Worldview Teams, and 
Dan Amnions, AGS admissions counselor, Chattanooga. 

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For Your 






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S"3i or most alumni, their college experience 
includes four years at school, graduation, 
moving on to a vocation, and maybe returning 
to campus for homecomings. 

Jim Barth, '57 , had a different plan, using his 
first four years at Bryan as a prelude to a close 
working relationship that has lasted some 55 years. 
And though Jim plans to retire in June 2012, the 
relationship will continue for years to come. 

His Bryan history has included time as a student, 
trustee, vice president, operations director, major 
donor officer, and director of planned giving. His 
legacy includes being the father of five alumni and 
the grandfather of a growing number of students and 
alumni. "Last count, I think there are 26 members of 
my extended family who have attended Bryan/ 7 he 

Jim followed his older sister, Mary (Lehnhart, 
'55), to Bryan, where he majored in math and 
minored in extracurricular activities. "I was vice 
president of my class for three of the four years, 
played basketball and was one of the starting five 
all four years, ran track four years and cross country 
one year/ 7 he said. "My claim to fame in track is that 
our high hurdler pulled a hamstring at a meet and 
the coach asked me to run in his place an event I had 
never run. He said I could get a point for our team 
if I just finished, since there were only two other 

runners. About halfway through the race I realized 
the leader and I were step-for-step. When we crossed 
the last hurdle, I laid it on and beat him by about a 
foot and a half. 77 

During his student years Jim made lifelong 
friends, one of whom became his wife. He and Judy 
King were married Jan. 25, 1959, while he was in the 
Army. After completing his military service in the 
101st Airborne Division, Jim and Judy moved to his 
hometown in Ohio where he went to work for his 
father in the poultry and egg business. 

"I worked there for 25 years/ 7 he said. "The 
last year we sold 6 million dozen eggs and about a 
quarter million turkeys, mostly to grocery stores, 
restaurants, and institutions in Ohio. 77 Some of his 
turkeys found their way to Bryan College and were 
featured in Sunday meals from time to time. 

In 1964, Jim and Judy were hosts for the leader 
of a Gospel Messengers team who also happened 
to be a member of the Bryan board of trustees. That 
meeting resulted in an invitation from then-President 
Dr. Theodore C. Mercer for Jim to join the trustees, 
just eight years out of college. "I was so young 
the chairman asked me to chair the student affairs 
committee. I served as chairman of that committee 
for 22 years and still have students from that time 
come up to me and say, T met with you many times 
when I was a student leader on campus. 777 

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He served 22 years on the board and resigned in 1986 
to become Bryan's vice president of administration at the 
invitation of then-President Dr. Kenneth G. Hanna, one of 
his Bryan classmates. Dr. Hanna remembers in his first year 
as president the college was facing a time of unprecedented 
financial challenges. "Jim was on the board, and we needed 
someone with business and administrative experience/ 7 
he said. "He had a long association with Bryan, and 
sufficient background in business to help us. We needed 
someone who knew Bryan well and was willing to make a 
commitment because we weren't in a position to offer a big 
salary/ 7 

Later, when the college began downsizing, Jim 
recommended his vice presidential position be eliminated 
and he became director of buildings, grounds, and services. 
It was during this time that he helped develop the plan for 
Bryan's first campus wide computer network and called it 

In 1993, Jim moved to the Advancement Department, 
his home for the past 18 years, where he worked with 
major donors before moving into the planned giving 
position he holds. 

In this role he has helped hundreds of alumni and 
friends of the college find ways to support the college 
while reducing their tax obligations and increasing current 

He said, "In talking with alumni and friends of 
the college concerning the design of their estates, three 

problems continually arise. First, people do not understand 
the estate design process. The technical language involved 
and the inability of many professionals to communicate in 
layman's terms tends to make it a very complex process in 
the minds of individuals. 

"Second, many individuals do not have the priorities of 
the planning process in proper perspective. To many, taxes 
and probate are the greatest concerns, sometimes to the 
detriment of inter-personal family relationships. 

"And third, many individuals just never get around to 
planning their estates. 

"My goal is to help people better understand the 
process and help them gather the information necessary to 
establish a proper estate plan and to help motivate them to 

"The result is a document that expresses God's plan of 
stewardship for their estate. It is designed to transfer the 
estate that God has entrusted to them to their beneficiaries, 
and transfer their estate at the lowest possible cost and with 
the fewest delays." 

While his employment at the college is nearing an 
end, his connections remain strong. "We have three 
grandchildren at Bryan this year with another 13 
possibilities in the future, and since we live within a mile 
of campus, I know we'll be around to see them, follow the 
basketball team, and take in many of the great plays and 
concerts at the college" he said. 

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Carol Brown 
Tom & Margie Williams 
Tom & Margie Williams 
James Morring 
Stephen Harmon, Jr. 
Charles Robinson 
Larry & Martha Gray 
Celia Dixon 
Celia Dixon 
Celia Dixon 
Daniel Boeddeker 
Daniel Boeddeker 
Daniel Boeddeker 
Rick & Kathy Farney 
Robert & Nona Bitner 
Tom & Elizabeth Sullivan 
Tom & Elizabeth Sullivan 
Tom & Elizabeth Sullivan 
David & Charlotte McSpadden 
Virginia & Gordon Nelson 
David & Anna Tromanhauser 
Darwin & June Neddo 
Melvin C. Hobson 
Gene Housley 
Charles & Bea Hicks 
David & Sigrid Luther 

Kermit Zopfi 
Margaret R. Pflug 
Clyde Simmons 
Ralph Toliver 

Anna C. Robinson 
Margaret Gray 
Leonard Meznar 
Chloe Dorsey 
Mary Ellen Housley 
Clyde Boeddeker 

Malcolm Hester 
Derek Palmer 
Fred Bedford 
Clyde Boeddeker 
Linda Minter Peterson 

Anna C. Robinson 
Hazel & Carlos Knight 
Jose Vega 
Nadine Schick 
Stuart C. Meissner 
Mary Ellen Housley 

Meaghan R. Jones 

Vern & Helen Archer 

Connie Boeddeker 
Elizabeth Sullivan 

Connie Boeddeker 

Daniel Boeddeker 

Robert Coddington 

With tfie Lord 

Rev. J. WARD TRESSLER, '45x, 

of Fremont, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2011. 


of Kissimmee, Fla., died July 5, 2011. 


of Easley, S.C., died Dec. 20, 2010. 


of Lancaster, died April 21, 2011. 


of Lookout Mountain, Ga., died Nov. 
25, 2010. 


of Roanoke, Va., died July 14, 2011. 


of Dayton, Tenn., died Sept. 1, 2011. 

of Palm Bay, Fla., died July 30, 2011. 


of Pullman, Wash., died June 16, 2011. 



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