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A publication of Bryan College
Volume 38, Number 1
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Lookout Mountain, Ga.
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Letter From The President
Remebering Bryan - Page 3
Calling All Students
Presidential Merit Scholars
Campus News - Page 8
Bryan Athletes During
Summer- Page 10
Bryan the Progressive
Campus Tour - Ruth Huston
Uncle Goat Wants You
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Thank You For Years Of
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"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
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
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.
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are reasons to
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
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
"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
Bob Vincent added
his greetings on
behalf of the city he
leads. "You have
chosen well," he said.
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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■^ 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:
Anna Beaty, Clemmons, N.C.
David Benedict, Clemson, S.C
Christina Corwin, Lenoir City, Tenn.
Economics I Finance
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Chelsae Stills, Louisville, Ky.
Instrument Performance Option
Sarah Vest, Cleveland, Tenn.
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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
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
care for the
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.
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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
"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
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
such as human
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
"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
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
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
email@example.com or by
phone at 423.775.7312 to discuss
participating in future Bryan Connect
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
"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
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
Chelsie, a senior exercise
and health science major from
Cleveland, Tenn., has a passion for
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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
"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
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
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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
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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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
She is not alone; over the past 85
years his friends and foes have asked
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
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 "
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
"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).
FOR FURTHER STUDY
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
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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^2-57 uston Hall is "a place to
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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FOR THE HAYNESES,
IS MORE THAN
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
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
Dr. MARY ELLEN BOUGH, '59,
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,
and RACHAEL "RAE" (PAULSON)
REED, '63; NAOMI (PAULSON) VAN
LIEW, '65x; STEVE and KERI-LYNN
(LESTMANN) PAULSON, both '98;
and JEFF and MARCY (WHISMAN)
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
CURTIS COULTER, '70, was
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.
BOB and BECKY (WOOD ALL)
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
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,
and GLADYS (JENNEWEIN), '50,
The Meznar Family
MEZNAR were on hand for the
BRENDA (JACOBS) KOPP,
'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
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
The Hoshms Gathcrirn
MITCH, '01, and JENNY
(HUGHES), '03, HOSKINS were
hosts in July for fellow alumni
MARILYN LASZLO, '59, and SERGE
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
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.
HENRY '04, and CHRISTEN
(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
(SIMMONS), '01, HUDLOW
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
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.
MATTHEW and KELLY (CRANE)
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
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Amdic, left, & Grace Rogers
accounting for the company and said
she is working on a Master's in baby
JESSIE PENDERGRASS, '07,
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
(SCHMIDT), '09, GOODMAN
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
BRANDON HODGE, '08, and
Brandy Donnell were married July 2,
2011, in Monroe, N.C. Alumni at the
Matt & Danielle Dillard
Patrick & Alicia Roberts
wedding included MATT and SARAH
(BROWN) JOSS, both 07; DAVID,
'09, and Leigh BEISNER; ROSS
LEE, '07; TIMOTHY FURNANZ,
'08; CHRISTINA JOHNSON, '07;
JACQUELINE (HOLUBZ) ROTH, '08;
and JONATHAN BROWN, '09. The
Hodges live in Monroe.
JOSH COURTRIGHT, '09,
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
DANIELLE LOVINS, '11, were
married April 28, 2011, in Chattanooga.
Alumni in the wedding included
DAYNA (LOVINS) FALZONE, '07;
ANNA HULL, '11; MATT DAVIS,
'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
ALICIA SCHULZE, '11, and
Patrick Roberts were married June 11,
2011. Alumni involved in the wedding
included EVE HILDEBRANDT,
'09; TIMMY SUNDAY, '10; JENNY
IRWIN, '09; STACEY BRADSHAW,
'09; EMILY JOHNSON, '11; ABRAM
ROBERTS, '10; and NATHAN
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
Brandon & Brandy Hodge
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
photo by Michael Hudson
Secret Service officer,
spoke at a Bryan
Center Chair at National
spoke at the Bryan 9/11
and at a Bryan Connect
luncheon in September.
3rd District, Tennessee,
spoke in chapel
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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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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
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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Tom & Margie Williams
Tom & Margie Williams
Stephen Harmon, Jr.
Larry & Martha Gray
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
Charles & Bea Hicks
David & Sigrid Luther
Margaret R. Pflug
Anna C. Robinson
Mary Ellen Housley
Linda Minter Peterson
Anna C. Robinson
Hazel & Carlos Knight
Stuart C. Meissner
Mary Ellen Housley
Meaghan R. Jones
Vern & Helen Archer
With tfie Lord
Rev. J. WARD TRESSLER, '45x,
of Fremont, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2011.
RALPH MAYNARD, '54,
of Kissimmee, Fla., died July 5, 2011.
SARAH (DAVIS) GIBSON, '56,
of Easley, S.C., died Dec. 20, 2010.
GERTRUDE S. LANDIS, '59,
of Lancaster, died April 21, 2011.
HAROLD YOUNG, '61x,
of Lookout Mountain, Ga., died Nov.
Rev. EDWARD WAYNE BROOKS, '67,
of Roanoke, Va., died July 14, 2011.
MARVIN DENTON, '67x,
of Dayton, Tenn., died Sept. 1, 2011.
PAULETTE (MILLER) BAILEY, '81x,
of Palm Bay, Fla., died July 30, 2011.
BENJAMIN JOSEPH OSBURN, '94x,
of Pullman, Wash., died June 16, 2011.
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