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studying film glenn stophel annual report 

winter 2010 


Bryan Life 

Volume 37, Number 2 
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Bryan College Board of Trustees 

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Chattanooga, Tenn. 

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Dayton, Tenn. 

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Lilburn, Ga. 

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Lookout Mountain, Ga. 

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Educating Students To Become Servants of Christ 

To Make a Difference in Today s World. 


lam the Lord, and 
* ^*^r\£fIdo not change. 

Malachi 3:6 

j/ od's faithfulness to his people never wavers, never 

changes, and is one of the few things in this life that we 

can hold securely. Characteristics of generations, however, 

do change; and this generation of students is no exception. 
Tim Elmore in his recent book, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save 
Their Future, describes today's students as the first generation in 

history who "have been online since preschool and can't imagine life any other way/ 7 How we need godly 
wisdom to know how to communicate to this generation about the timeless truths of our eternal God! 

Even while communication methods, programs, and facilities change to meet our students' changing 
needs, Bryan strives to be faithful and unwavering in carrying out its mission to each generation of students 
we serve. We have been blessed this fall with wonderful changes, including a new entrance, Landes Way; the 
Townhouses at Bryan Commons; and a Softball facility. Our campus master plan, Vision 2020, continues to 
come into sharp focus as we plan facilities, add faculty, and develop new programs to serve this generation of 

I know you will rejoice with me as you read about a record-setting Homecoming capped by the dedication 
of our new entrance. I continue to marvel at the giftedness and spiritual depth of our students. Our music 
students once again took superior ratings in state competitions this fall. Our debate team continues to take 
top honors as they compete across the Southeast. Our film technology program prepares our students to work 
as salt and light in a media culture that has drifted from the character of our Creator God. 

Our athletic teams gave us one of our most productive semesters in our history. Our women's volleyball 
team was first among 262 NAIA volleyball programs for the number of scholar-athletes on the team and took 
our conference's Champions of Character award. The men's cross country team took seventh place in the 
nation at the NAIA meet in Vancouver, Washington. Our men's soccer team advanced to the NAIA "sweet 
sixteen," falling to the eventual national champion. 

Our Board of Trustees continues to be an anchor for the college as we navigate the fast-paced winds of 
change. I can think of no one on our Board who has contributed more to the stability of the college and the 
strengthening of our mission than Glenn Stophel and his wife, Jackie. For thirty years, the Stophels have 
provided godly counsel and leadership for our Board, providing the singular focus that defines faithfulness. 
In this edition, as we thank our faithful God for his goodness to our College, we honor and thank the Stophels 
for their friendship and service. 

Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support as we remain constant in our mission, "educating 
students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today's world." 

Stephen D. Livesay 
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' undreds of alumni took "The Road Home" 
the first weekend in October as Bryan 
celebrated homecoming, which featured 
^dedication of the new entrance. 

A weekend of reunions and fellowship started, of 
course, with food — dinners honoring the classes of 
2010, 1985, 1980, classes before 1970, and five-year 
classes since 1970 — and culminated with a chapel 
service led by Dr. Tom Branson, '80, and Mark Jones, 

In between, the college dedicated the new 
entrance (complete, that is, pending construction by 
the state of the intersection with U.S. 27), students 
and alumni enjoyed a soccer victory over Virginia 
Intermont, and the Alumni office recognized 
outstanding graduates. 

On Saturday, a triumphant march up Landes 
Way capped off by a tailgate lunch under a huge 
tent on a reworked athletics practice field gave 
alumni a close-up look at the new entrance, the 
Townhouses at Bryan Commons and sites prepared 
for future development. 

Standing between the portals flanking Landes 
Way, President Livesay paid tribute to the donors, 
college trustees, local and state officials, and his 
predecessors "who all dreamed of this day, and 
created their respective pieces of this puzzle that I 
have had the privilege of collating together to see 
their dream become a reality." 

He pointed out that the college motto, Christ 
Above All, is prominently displayed at the entrance. 
"These words stand alone as full sufficiency for all 
that we need and desire. May our motto serve as a 
cornerstone upon which everything attempted and 
accomplished on this hill is forever established. 

Dr. Livesay said the thoughts of Isaiah 62: 10 
capture his resolve: "Go out through the gates! 
Prepare the highway for my people to return! Smooth 
out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all 
the nations to see." 

"May our flag always be Christ Above All." 

During the alumni awards banquet, Gary Conner, 
'79, a vice president at Unum Insurance Co/s 
Chattanooga headquarters, was named Alumnus of 
the Year in recognition of his support of the college. 
Alumni Director David Tromanhauser pointed 
out that Gary was instrumental in resurrecting the 
track and cross country program six years ago, and 
has served on the Host Committee for the Bryan 
Opportunity Program. 

In comments taped because he was unable to 
attend the dinner, Gary said, "When I walked on 
the campus at Bryan I was looking for a place with 
a good math department, and Christ Above All was 
key to me. I made friends that have endured. We're 
as close now, or closer, than we were then." 

He reminisced about Dr. Phil Lestmann "as a 
rookie math professor" who just happened to be "one 
of the brightest people on the planet. Just the fact that 
he's at Bryan is a God thing, because he could have 
been anywhere he wanted to be, but he chose Bryan." 
He remembered Dean Kermit Zopfi bringing German 

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chocolate cake to him and his roommates in Bryan 
Village, and Dr. John Anderson leading devotions for 
the basketball team. 

"But the thing I took away was the fact that 
people cared about you and for each other, and that's 
such a tremendous blessing/ 7 

The Young Alumnus of the Year award was 
presented to Nathaniel Goggans, '00, an attorney 
with the Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel law firm in 
Chattanooga. Nathaniel, who also served on the 
Bryan Opportunity Host Committee, recently was 
elected to the Tennessee Trucking Association's board 
of directors. 

Associate Professor of Communication Studies 
Michael Palmer was named an Honorary Alumnus 
of the college. He has taught at Bryan for nearly 20 
years and has assisted with the soccer and rugby 

When he was announced as the recipient of 
the award he responded, "I'm shocked but very 

Four Lions were inducted into the Athletics Hall 
of Fame, including Boe Barinowski, '85; Ronnie Cox, 
'89; Carlos Vega, '79; and Francisco "Cisco" Cleaves, 

Boe, who received his award at the Class of 1980 
dinner because of a schedule conflict, was recognized 
as the only Bryan goalkeeper to date to be recognized 
as an All American. "It's fun to come back," he told 
his classmates. "I've really been impressed walking 

around Bryan College. It's neat to see the programs 
you have down here." 

Ronnie was honored for his leadership on the 
basketball team. According to former Lions Coach 
Rick Burby, "Ronnie may be the only athlete in Bryan 
history to have three coaches in three years. The best 
memory I have of him is that he was a great leader; 
he led by example." In his Bryan career, he scored 
more than 1,000 points and was first-team NCCAA 
All American. 

Ronnie responded, "My teammates made me look 
better than I deserve. Thank you for letting me be 
part of your family. You continue to elevate Christ, 
and that's just awesome." 

Carlos and Cisco were recognized for their 
accomplishments as soccer players, Carlos a two- 
time All American and an all-tournament selection in 
three national championship tournaments, and Cisco 
an All American. 

Carlos told the awards dinner crowd that the 
team he played on "had discipline and heart. 
The discipline we got from the faculty and staff, 
especially from our friend John Reeser. He made us 
work. And we put the heart in it. Fellow teammates, 
we really put it out." 

Cisco was surprised by his award, thinking he had 
come to homecoming to help honor Carlos. "I don't 
really think I belong there (in the Hall of Fame), but 
that's when you really appreciate it. Thank you." 

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Ronnie Cox, '89, left, was 
inducted into the Athletics Hall 
of Fame in recognition of his 
accomplishments as a member 
of the basketball team. He led 
the Lions in scoring two years. 
He was inducted by one of his 
coaches, Rick Burby, '83. 

Carlos Vega, '81, right, was 
inducted into the Athletics Hall 
of Fame in recognition of his 
accomplishments as a member of 
the soccer team. He was a two- 
time All American and scored the 
winning goal in one of the Lions' 
national championship games. He 
was inducted by his coach, John 

Francisco "Cisco" Cleaves, '81, 
was inducted into the Athletics 
Hall of Fame in recognition of his 

accomplishments as a member 
of the soccer team. He was an All 
American defender. He is pictured 
with Alumni Director and 
teammate David Tromanhauser, 

Michael Palmer, associate 
professor of communication 
studies, right, was named an 
Honorary Alumnus of the college 
during homecoming. He was 
recognized for his nearly 20 
years as a faculty member and 
contributions in other areas 
including coaching the rugby 
team and assisting with the soccer 
team. He is pictured with Alumni 
Director David Tromanhauser, '80. 

Nathaniel Goggans, '00, left, was 
named Young Alumnus of the 
Year during homecoming. He 
was recognized for his support 
of the college, including serving 
on the host committee for the 
Bryan Opportunity Program. He 
is pictured with Alumni Director 
David Tromanhauser, '80. 

Gary Conner, '79, right, was 
named Alumnus of the Year in 
recognition of his support of the 
college. He has helped resurrect 
the track and cross country 
program, and served on the 
Bryan Opportunity Program Host 
Committee. Alumni Director 
David Tromanhauser, left, 
presented the award at Gary's 
office as he was unable to attend 
the homecoming awards banquet. 

Boe Barinowski, '85, left, was 
inducted into the Athletics Hall 
of Fame in recognition of his 
accomplishments as a member 
of the soccer team. He is Bryan's 
only goal keeper to date to be 
named an All American in that 
position. He was presented the 
award by Alumni Director David 
Tromanhauser during the Class of 
1980 dinner. 

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How can I say this politely? How can I be careful not to offend? What 
words can I use to gently convey the message? Aw, nuts, I just can't do it. 
For those of you who did not make it back for Homecoming, 




It was an amazing weekend of celebrating, dedicating, reconnecting, serious eating, honoring, 
and worshipping our Lord together. I know you can go to the various Facebook pages and check 
out the pictures, but somehow they don't do it justice. Landes Way is just plain special. The 
portals that announce the entrance to Bryan College are truly magnificent. It gives you a whole 
new feel for the campus, a whole new level of appreciation of the excellence that is Bryan College. 
Brett and Matt Landes honored us by cutting the ribbon to officially open Landes Way. We have 
talked about it a great deal, and frankly, it is a huge deal for Bryan. 

Friday night we had the 25th and 30th reunion dinners, as well as many other milestone 
dinners. The Class of 2010 had their first reunion, and officially became part of "the Old People" 
who come back! At the 25th, we inducted Lt. Col. Boe Barinowski into the Hall of Fame for 
soccer; he is the first goalkeeper to be inducted. 

The tailgate lunch tent on Saturday was buzzing for hours with conversation, friends catching 
up from where they left off so many years ago. Many friends got to catch up with "Bad Guy" Mr. 
Argo. Our newest inductee into the Hall of Fame, Carlos Vega, '81, was the honorary assistant 
coach for our men's soccer team, who brought home a victory. 

The highlight to me was the Alumni Dinner and Awards banquet. We inducted Ronnie Cox, 
'89, for basketball and then surprised Cisco Cleaves, '81, by inducting him as well. We all greatly 
enjoyed Carlos, Cisco, and Coach Reeser entertaining us in the middle of the induction ceremony! 
Gary Conner, '79, was named Alumnus of the Year and Nathaniel Goggans, '00, was named 
Young Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Michael Palmer, associate professor of Communication Studies 
(and a truly Twisted Individual!) was named Honorary Alumnus of the Year. 

Sunday morning was special. Mark Jones, '85, led us in worship in a very powerful way, while 
Tom Branson, '80, took us to the Scriptures. After feasting on The Word, we had one last meal 
together. It was evident that the weekend had been so meaningful no one wanted to leave. 

Chrissy and Cherie, we really missed you. Stephan and Rooster, we missed you. Bill Brewer, 
Suzanne, Murphi, same for you. The list is very long. You missed it and we missed you. Please 
get your calendar out right now and plan to come. October 7-9, 2011. 

Now, back to being careful. I don't want you to feel bad from 
missing the last one too much. I just want to use this as a HUGE 
encouragement to come for the next one! God continues to bless 
Bryan in mighty and many ways. You can read about them, or you can 
come see for yourself. Like I said, pictures just don't do it justice. 

In His Grace,...-, 

r * ' y 

David Tromanhauser 
Alumni Director 

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^ understand the U* 

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Tfrhese are common goals 
for Bryan academic 
programs, but the film 
and media option in the 
Communication Studies program 
adds a do-it-very-publicly 

Mr. Chris Clark, assistant 
professor of communication 
studies and director of the film 
program, said a new requirement 
is that seniors must do a senior 
project that is shown publicly. "By 
the time new students graduate 
they will have to do an eight- to 
12-minute film that will be shown 
in chapel or at the Broad Street 
Film Festival," he said. 

"There is something good 
about deadlines in a very public 
situation. Ultimately, every 
filmmaker wants his stories up 

on the big screen, and we give 
our students two platforms — 
one in front of their peers at a 
special chapel service at Bryan, 
the other in front of anyone from 
the Chattanooga area where their 
films are shown at a local theatre." 

Technical proficiency is critical 
if students are to continue in the 
field, but Mr. Clark believes there 
is a higher purpose to the Bryan 
film program. 

"Film students get a minor in 
the liberal arts," he explained. 
"They need to be well-rounded, to 
understand not only the culture in 
which they live and how to speak 
into that culture, but to know 
where this culture came from. I 
want them to develop a voice that 
will allow them to speak into the 

Bryce McGuire, a senior, said 
mission statement of the then-new 
program, to develop students 
into critical thinkers about their 
culture, particularly in the visual 
arts, and also to incubate creative 
visual storytellers to write, direct, 
and produce narratives that speak 
into our culture, all from a Judeo- 
Christian perspective, was what 
drew him, even though it was 
mostly a dream at that point. 

"If I had seen the film that's 
going to be on the website soon, I 
think it would have convinced me 
we have people making better- 

quality films," he said. "There was 
faith in Chris that we could do 
what we're doing; now there's a 
more concrete draw." 

Students learn the art and 
craft of filmmaking, from writing 
scripts to the technical aspects of 
camera operation, lighting and 
sound management, to the editing 
process, aspects of the program 
that haven't changed all that 
much in theory, but their practical 
application is dramatically 

"This year we have bought 
a better camera and lights," Mr. 
Clark said. "We have gone from 

one set of lights and a couple of 
cameras, to using a camera like 
those that are used to shoot TV 
shows and music videos. 

"John Carpenter (associate 
professor of journalism) and 
I pooled our resources and 

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bought six Macs 
to give us a 
total of nine 
for our 

journalism and 
film-making students. Part 
of the reason for that is that 
students have to graduate 
with knowledge of current 
computers and software 
they will use in their 
fields. " 

Not only has equipment I 
been upgraded, Mr. Clark 
is emphasizing contacts 
with professionals in the 

"This fall we have done 
three workshops; one, a training 
session to acquaint our new 
students with what they will be 
dealing with. The others were for 
production and editing/ 7 he said. 
"I felt the best way to introduce 
them to filmmaking was to have 
them produce a film. It was a 
baptism of fire for them — working 
lights, the camera, directing, and 
running a set/ 7 

Professionals including alumni 
Matt and Kelly (Crane) Rogers, 
both 7 05, came to campus to help 
with one of the workshops, and 

allowed student filmmakers to 
use some of their equipment. "He 
let us use his camera, which is 
the same kind of camera that was 
used to film (the recent release) 
'The Social Network. 7 1 want 
students to have more contact 
with professionals in the area. 77 

Another way to increase 
interaction with professionals has 
been development of the Broad 
Street Film Festival. Begun five 
years ago as the Bryan College 
Film Festival, the event has grown 
to include filmmakers from other 
colleges in the area and presented 
in Chattanooga. 

Student Bryan Saylor said the 
festival, together with scheduled 
chapel sessions devoted to film 
give students significant platforms 
for displaying their works. 

"The public audience is a 
helpful indicator for a Bryan 
filmmaker to see if they 
understood his or her film, 77 Mr. 
Clark said. "Films are meant to 
be shown to people; they are not 
isolated pieces of art. 77 

A common theme in discussing 
the film program with students 
and faculty is "story 77 From Mr. 
Clark, students have caught the 
idea that successful filmmakers 
tell a story that resonates with an 

"This goes along with Bryan 
College's emphasis on narrative — 
the story in people's lives, the 
metanarrative of the Bible, 77 Bryce 
McGuire said. "It's almost his (Mr. 
Clark's) battle cry." 

Bryan Saylor agrees. "Chris 

Clark has always emphasized 
story over everything else, and 
he's right. Without good stories, 
we cannot have good films; 
there never has been a great film 
without a great story. 

"When I came into the film 
program I wanted to make great 
movies. This desire led me to 
create several pretentious bad 
movies. When I finally wrote a 
good story and looked for the 
best way to tell it, I found myself 
making the movie I wanted to 

That striving for quality is 
paying off as students hone their 
craft. For example, Bryce McGuire, 
as an internship project, worked 
as director of photography on 
the documentary "Agenda" that 
recently won the grand prize at 
the San Antonio Film Festival. 

And, as Mr. Clark says, "When 
students graduate I want them 
to be able to continue in the field 
locally or to go on to Los Angeles. 
I want to give them the skills to be 
confident enough to go further." 

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By Dr. Jud Davis 

Associate Professor of Greek 

f^^f/ ome at Bryan are 
^ surprised to find that 
i) William Jennings 
Bryan was a Democrat, 
postmillennialist, Presbyterian, 
and peace advocate opposed to 
World War I. His views on race 
were bound by the prejudices 
of his day Also surprising is his 
day /age view of Genesis 1. For 
some, these positions lead to a 
question: "Was he really one of 

There are similar questions 
of other evangelical leaders: B. 
B. Warfield, who popularized 
"inerrancy," believed in theistic 
evolution. Calvin allowed the 
unitarian Servetus to be executed. 
Luther was an anti-Semite. And on 
and on it goes. 

On one level, the Bible says 
that we should not judge others. 
Jesus is the only righteous judge. 
We should defer to Him. On 
debated issues, be convinced 
and do not harass someone else 
for their view (see Romans 14 
and 1 Corinthians 8-11 on meat 
sacrificed to idols). 

On the other hand, we are 
admonished to reject false teachers 
(Rom. 16:17) looking carefully at 
their lives (2 Thess. 3:6). This is a 
helpful exercise in regard to two 
rough contemporaries: William 
Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) and 
Karl Barth (1886-1968), both 
of whom held non-traditional 
views about Genesis 1-2. Bryan 
thought that the text of Genesis 

1 allowed for long ages of time. 
Barth thought that the Adam 
story (like Christ's resurrection) 
was not historically true but 
should be believed by faith. The 
Atlantic listed Bryan as the 36th 
most influential man in American 
history. His firm belief in historic 
Christianity and his willingness 
to speak for the common man 
make him one of evangelicalism 
de facto leaders. Barth' s influence 
as a theologian was massive, 
and many look to him today 
particularly in the debate over 
the interpretation of Genesis 1-2. 
Some would even class Barth in 
the top five of theological minds 
after Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, 
and Calvin. 

What should a Christian think 
about Barth' s and Bryan's views 
on Genesis? Should a person 
just accept divergence under the 
banner of Christian freedom? 
Conversely, should a Christian 
disfellowship any that hold non- 
traditional views? Or is there 
perhaps a third way? 

God advises Christians to 
look at the lives of their teachers. 
This is very interesting when it 
comes of Bryan and Barth. In 
1907, Barth fell in love with Rosy 
Munger, who was disapproved 
by his parents perhaps because 
of the commonness of her social 
standing. Though he would carry 
her picture with him his entire life, 
he yielded to his parents. Karl and 
Rosy said goodbye after burning 
their love letters and would see 

each other but once before Munger 
died in 1925. Barth eventually 
married Nelly Hoffmann who was 
from suitable stock in 1913, and 
together they had five children. 
Their marriage has been described 

The Karl Barth Family 

as difficult and troubled. In 1924, 
38-year-old Barth met a very 
bright 25-year-old, Charlotte von 
Kirschbaum. Her pastor, Georg 
Merz, introduced the two — a 
decision Merz grew to regret. 
Barth says of her that when he 
met her, his loneliness ended. 
Their relationship brought with 
it whispers and censure from 
his own mother, her family, his 
brothers, and even some of his 
children. Charlotte, whom he 
nicknamed Lollo, eventually 
became Barth' s constant 
companion. His children did 
not know if she was "auntie 
Lollo" or if they just had two 
mothers. Charlotte and Karl 
often vacationed together alone. 

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In 1929, Barth announced that 
Lollo would be moving into their 
home, where she lived for the 
next 35 years. In 1933, Karl asked 
Nelly for a divorce to which she 
refused to consent. Barth arranged 
for von Kirschbaum' s bedroom 
to be off of his study, accessible 
only through his study door. Von 
Kirschbaum wrote Barth' s sister 
acknowledging that her presence 
alienated Karl and Nelly. When 
Barth lectured at Princeton, 
observers were confused that 

Karl & Charlotte 

the theologian shared a bedroom 
with von Kirschbaum. The latest 
researcher on von Kirschbaum 
believes that their relationship 
was sexual at first, though perhaps 
waning over the years. [At the end 
of the day, no one can know what 
happens behind closed doors.] 
The three, Karl, Lollo, and Nelly, 
are buried together in the Barth 
family tomb. 

So what should I think about 
Karl Barth and his teaching? I 
hope against hope that he did not 
live in a 35-year adulterous affair. 
I would do my best to believe him 
if he had denied it. I recognize his 
giftedness in theology, but I fear 
for him. I fear that he may be a 
self -proclaimed Christian leader of 
whom Christ says, "Depart from 
me, I never knew you/ 7 1 look at 
Barth' s legacy in people, and I do 
not see the vibrancy of the people 
of God. I do not see those who 
say, "Not to us, o LORD, not to 
us, but to your name be glory!" I 
do not see the meek. I do not see 
those who hunger and thirst after 

righteousness. I do not see those 
who tremble at God's every word. 

Carl F. H. Henry, editor of 
Christianity Today, asked Barth 
at a news conference about the 
resurrection. He queried that if 
news cameras had been present, 
would they have filmed anything? 
To which Barth sarcastically 
quipped, "I'm sorry, are you with 
Christianity Today, or Christianity 
Yesterday?" Barth' s comment, 
for which he later apologized, 
sounds more like the scoffers of 
the New Testament than someone 
submitting to a sovereign Lord 
and loving his words. 

So what was Bryan's life like? 
Although Bryan became a very 
wealthy man, he never stood 
aloof from the common man. 
He believed the admonition of 
Scripture which enjoins Christians 
to celebrate unity of Christian 
hope in fellowship with low and 
high alike (Rom. 12:3; 1 Cor. 4;6-7; 
James 2:1-2; 3:17). Bryan married 
Mary Elizabeth Baird in 1884, and 
she completed law school with 
Bryan's help and was admitted to 
the Nebraska bar. She did this to 
help her husband in his work, and 
collaborated with William, later 
finishing his memoirs after his 

Thanks to modern technology 
you can hear Bryan's pleas in 
behalf of the downtrodden. 
Listening to his voice, James's 

Mary Baird Bryan 

statement comes to mind that 
"pure and undefiled religion is to 
care for the widow and orphan 
in their distress" (James 1:27). 
Bryan believed in the truth of 
God's word. He saw as the real 
menace to humanity not atheists 
and agnostics, but modernist 
Christians. Bryan said, "Give 
the modernist three words, 
'allegorical,' 'poetical,' and 
'symbolically,' and he can suck 
the meaning out of every vital 
doctrine of the Christian Church 
and every passage in the Bible to 
which he objects." 

When faced with the apparent 
age of the earth, Bryan came to 
the biblical text and did the best 
that he could. Perhaps a different 
answer lies out there to this vexing 
question. One does recognize 
that material creation behaves 
differently when in the immediate, 
immanent presence of God. 
Aaron's dead staff comes to life, 

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The W.J. Bryan Family 

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Tfrhree moments some 
25 years apart stand 
as landmarks in Glenn 
Stophel 7 s service on the 
Bryan College Board of Trustees 
and show evidence of God's hand 
on the school. 

Mr. Stophel recently stepped 
down from the board but remains 
the college's legal counsel, a 
service he and his Chattanooga 
law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & 
Stophel have rendered for more 
than 30 years. 

He joined the board in 1978 
when then-President Dr. Theodore 
C. Mercer approached his brother, 
attorney John Stophel, to take the 
seat. John, however, was unable to 
accept, but recommended Glenn, 
and the relationship began. 

"I served several years (1978- 
1986) and then left the board 
during the tenure of Dr. (Kenneth 
G.) Hanna as president/ 7 he said. 
"I came back on the board shortly 
before Dr. (William E.) Bill Brown 
was named president in 1992, 
and I was serving as chairman 
of the board when Dr. (Stephen 
D.) Livesay came to Bryan as 
president/ 7 

The mid-1980s to early 1990s 
were difficult years financially for 
Bryan. Board members declared 
"financial exigency, 77 authorizing 
administrators to take drastic 
steps to preserve the college. 
"Those were dark, difficult days. 
There was a recession and drop 
in enrollment. Dr. Hanna did a 
tremendous job with the tools he 
had in hand. 77 

Serving as chair of the 
academic affairs / student life 
committee at the time, his 


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Glenn and Jackie Stophel 

committee met with faculty and 
staff to explain the situation. 
"The faculty stood by us, they 
understood. Everybody regretted 
those days, 77 he said. 

In 2000, while he was serving 
as board chair, the college 
experienced a catastrophic fire in 
Mercer Hall, then known as the 
Administration Building. "That 
could have been devastating, but 
it became almost a rallying cry not 
only for the trustees but for the 
students, 77 he said. 

While both events were 
difficult, he said they have served 
to reaffirm the providential hand 
of God on the school. And, he 
added, "It 7 s always exciting to 
be part of something that comes 
from the ashes and goes on for 
the Lord. 77 Because of 
steps taken in response 
to both events, "the 
college has been able to 
expand its ministry 77 

A happier event 
was hiring President 
Livesay. He remembers 
that the search 
committee set aside two 

days to interview 
the finalists for the 
position, and that 
Dr. Livesay was 
the last of the four 
candidates scheduled. 
When his flight to 
Chattanooga was 
delayed, committee 
members spent the 
time reviewing the 
earlier candidates. 
"We were not 
satisfied with the 
first three, and I 
was beginning to 
wonder if we would 
have to go through 
this again, 77 he said. 
"When the elevator 
door opened and 
Dr. Livesay walked in, I said to 
myself, 'This is our man. 7 The 
committee came together and 
voted unanimously to recommend 
him, 77 he said. "That is the most 
memorable event of my term. 

"Dr. Livesay has helped us get 
a good focus on what we can be 
with God 7 s help. He has a depth 
of experience with programs like 
distance learning and degree 
completion, things we have 
pursued very deliberately 77 

As he leaves the board, Mr. 
Stophel said both the board and 
administration are doing good 
jobs watching over and directing 
the school. He will continue in an 
advisory role as legal counsel, a 
position that convinced his wife, 
Jackie, to support his decision. 

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"She and I love the college, 
enjoy the musical and theatre 
productions we see, and Jackie 
and Corinne Livesay just love 
and respect each other. I told her 
they invited us to attend board 
meetings, so she was fine with 
that/ 7 

President Livesay said, "Glenn 
Stophel served as chairman of 
the board when Corinne and I 
were called to Bryan, and it soon 
became evident to me that he 
was the steadfast rock that has 
provided strength and guidance to 
our board and Bryan for the past 
thirty years. His encouragement, 
wisdom, and godly counsel have 
meant so much to me during these 
past eight years. One statement 
expresses it better than any 
other: Bryan would not be the 
outstanding Christian college 
that it is today without Glenn 
and Jackie Stophel. All of us at 
the college love and appreciate 
the Stophels and owe them a 
tremendous debt of gratitude/ 7 

Although much has changed 
since he joined the Bryan board 32 
years ago, the essentials remain 

"Christian education always 
has been a point of interest 
for Jackie and me, particularly 
since the two of us worked with 
others to found Brainerd Baptist 
School in 1972. We have seen the 
difference Christian education 
at every level can make in a 
person's life/ 7 he said. "I had no 
depth of knowledge about Bryan 
College (when he came on the 
board). I was drawn to serve 
because of what the college is, an 
institution that provides a strong 
theologically solid Christian 
education. 77 

And, he added with a 
smile, "Dr. Mercer was quite a 
persuader. 77 

continued from page 11 

sprouts and bears fruit all in one 
night. That is, apparently many 
months of time pass in just one 
night before God (Num. 17:8). 
What would one hour or day 
be like if fully exposed to the 
immanent presence of YHWH? 
Bryan's legacy, particularly 
Bryan College, warms my heart. I 
think of a group of students years 
back learning Arabic. Their keen 
desire was to share Jesus with the 
Moslem world, and Christ gave 
them great ability — an amazing 
ability in the language. I asked 
one day if they were afraid to 
share Christ in a dangerous land. 
Their smiles and the sparkles in 
their eyes made me thankful even 
to know such Christians. The life 
and legacy of William Jennings 
Bryan make me proud to teach at 
his namesake institution which 
has stood for truth so many 
years. As a community, while 
we differ on the non-essentials, 
Bryan's life and legacy show us 
that he had that new heart given 
to him by God, and the gift of 
that new heart blossomed in his 
life and legacy, and produces 
fruit even today. 

For further study: 

William Jennings Bryan, Seven 
Questions in Dispute (New York: 
Fleming, 1924). 

William Jennings Bryan and Mary 
Baird Bryan, The Memoirs of William 
Jennings Bryan, (United Publishers of 
America, 1925). 

William Jennings Bryan, "Cross of 
Gold" MP3 at http:/ /historymatters. /d/5354/. 

http: / / / 
magazine / archive / 2006 / 12 / the- 

http:/ /www. theologicalstudies. 
org / page / page / 1573137.htm. 

Lenny Frank, Deception by Design. 
The Intelligent Design Movement in 
America, (St. Petersburg, FL: Red and 
Black, 2007). 

George M. Marsden, 
Fundamentalism and American Culture, 
2nd edition (New York: Oxford 
University Press, 2006). 

Suzanne Selinger, Charlotte von 
Kirschbaum and Karl Barth. A Study in 
Biography and the History of Theology 
(University Park, PA: Penn State 
University Press, 1998). 

David Mueller, "Karl Barth in 
Dialogue on the Foundation of 
Salvation," Review and Expositor 91 
(1994): 489. 

U/tit&U UJcuaM 

If you have been graduated from Bryan for 
more than 50 years and would like to share 
memories of your time on the Hill with Bryan 
Life readers, please write between 300 and 
400 words and send them to Bryan Life, Bryan 
College, P.O. Box 7000, Dayton, TN 
37321 or email to a 
Please include a current picture of 
yourself. While we can't promise 
to publish every submission, we 
will consider all for publication in 
future editions of Bryan Life. 

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Annual Report 

TV/he 2009-2010 fiscal year was one in which we saw some of the fruit of years of planning and 
preparation. Record enrollment, new and growing programs, expanding facilities, new outreaches 
to the community, and enhanced support for scholarships all are indications that God is working at 
Bryan College. Undergirding all of progress we witnessed in the past year is the faithful, prayerful 
support of our alumni and friends, and our unwavering commitment to our motto, " Christ Above All." I trust 
this special report will be an encouragement to you and that you will continue to rejoice with us in God's 
blessings for the college. 

Stephen D. Livesay, Ph.D. 


Dawn M. Hoffman 

Alumna, Class of 1989 

Regional Human Resources Director, 

Barnes & Noble Booksellers 

Lewisville, Texas 

/ support Bryan College because it is 
the place where I solidified my faith, 
chose my career path, and developed 
lifelong friendships. 

David and Beverly (Miller) 

Alumni, Class of 1973 


Veritas Classical Schools 

Alpharerta, Ga. 

In an age of superficiality and 
sound bites, Bryan College offers an 
education permeated with a Christian 
worldview so Bryan students in turn 
can leave an indelible imprint on our 
culture. This dynamic way of thinking 
christianly affords Bryan students an 
opportunity to truly make a difference 
in today's world. As alumni, we value 
the depth and breadth of a Bryan 
college education with the focus 
on a biblical vision, mission and 

T. Ramon Perdue 

Bryan Trustee 

Retired Senior Vice President, 

UnumProvident Insurance Co. 

Lookout Mountain, Ga. 

Trudy and I support Bryan College 
because the college strives to honor 
its mission statement, "educating 
students to become servants of Christ 
to make a difference in today's world." 
We see that lived out in the lives of 
faculty and staff and demonstrated to 

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Rodger W. Naugle 

Alumnus, Class of 1964 

Retired Stockbroker 

Grayson, Ga. 

I support Bryan because Bryan College 
has remained true to its motto of 
Christ Above All. 

Haley Kaye 

Alumna, Class of 2009 
Saint Augustine, Fla. 

/ support the Bryan College Faculty 
Development fund because I'm 
grateful for the time professors give 
to teaching and investing in students. 
I want to show my appreciation to 
the professors who were especially 
influential in my life. 

Joe and Rachel Decosimo 

Senior Principal Emeritus, 
Joseph Decosimo Certified 

Public Accountants 

Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Bryan College is like a breath of 
fresh air. Dedicated faculty beautiful 
campus, and a Christian environment. 
Because of Bryan's excellence we have 
a granddaughter and niece enrolled. 

Walter and Diane (Dempsey) 

Alumna, Class of 1986 


Simpsonville, S.C. 

It's easy to tell someone why we 
support Bryan: God's truth lived, His 
truth given, lives touched by His hand, 
and my life forever changed. In keeping 
and reconnecting with friendships 
from Bryan, I have yet to find one who 
doesn't share the same heart. It's our 
privilege to give, because Bryan is a 

Mark and Carol (McKemy) 

Alumni, Class of 1975 

Managing Principal, Health 

Management Associates 

Atlanta, Ga. 

We consider ourselves privileged 
to be able to support Bryan as the 
college continues to prepare young 
men and women for life intellectually, 
physically, and spiritually. 

Bobby D. Vincent 

Mayor, City of Dayton 
Dayton, Tenn. 

Relations between Bryan and Dayton 
City School have been a joy to watch 
develop. We have teachers who were 
introduced to Dayton City School first 
as Bryan students. My wife, Maxine, 
as an alum keeps up with campus 
life while I keep up more closely with 
community connections. What a 
rewarding experience this has been. 

Bryan College Endowment 

The Bryan College Endowment Fund has a long record of supporting students 
who seek a quality Christ-centered education. 

The Endowment Yund The Endowment Process 

Types of Endowments 

• Began more than 50 years ago 

• $5.5 million as of September 2010 

• Grown through estate bequests, 
planned gifts, special gifts, and 
annual earnings 

• Professionally managed by Morgan 
Keegan with oversight by the Bryan 
College Board of Trustees' executive 

• Student tuition does not cover the 
entire cost of a Bryan education. 
Income from the Endowment Fund 
helps meet this need. 

• Support of the Bryan College 
Endowment ensures the long-term 
viability of the college 

Vice President for Advancement Blake 
Hudson said an endowed fund represents 
the commitment of individuals to the 
ideals and the future of the college. "A 
gift to endowment is something that will 
last beyond the life of the donor, since 
the college uses only the income and 
does not touch the principal/' 

Each year, these funds supplement 
current gifts to help make it possible for 
deserving students to attend Bryan. 

The endowment fund maintains the 
principal of gifts so the interest earned 
can be used permanently to support a 
program chosen by the donor. 

Endowed funds may be created with 
a minimum of $25,000, which may be 
made in one payment, in contributions 
over five years, or through a bequest 
from your estate. The funding can be in 
the form of cash, securities, real estate, a 
planned gift like a charitable gift annuity, 
or a combination of these. 

Additional gifts in any amount may be 
added to the initial fund at the pleasure 
of the donor. 

The development staff will work with 
donors to establish guidelines in a gift 
agreement to assure that their wishes 
are met. These guidelines also allow the 
opportunity to name the endowment in 
a manner satisfactory to the donor. 

Endowment funds may be created for 
a variety of purposes based on the 
interests of the donor and the needs of 
the college. Examples of endowment 
funds include: 

• Student Scholarships and 
Fellowships - These funds allow 
students to concentrate on their 
coursework while participating more 
fully in extracurricular programs 
that will enhance their personal 
development. The minimum gift 
level is $25,000 for an 
undergraduate scholarship. 

• Program Endowments and 
Excellence Funds - These funds 
support excellence in specific or 
general programs across the 
campus. Donors can choose to 
support the area in which they 
earned their degree or another 
program of interests. The minimum 
gift level is $25,000. 

• Chairs and Professorships - These 
honors can be awarded to deans, 
department chairs, and outstanding 
faculty. Establishing such funds will 
enhance the college's efforts to 
recruit and retain highly qualified 
teachers. Gift levels range from 
$500,000 to $1 million. 

P tease contact tke Bryan development staff for more information about endowed funds: 

Blake Hudson 

vice president for advancement 

phone 423-775-7323 

Steve Keck 

director of development 

phone 423-775-7581 

Jim Barth 

director of planned giving 
phone 423-775-7280 

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Scholarship Recipients 

Julie Burnett 

Senior from Raeford, N.C. 
Christian Ministry major 

My scholarship made it possible for 
me to attend a great Christian school. 
Bryan has helped me figure out God's 
will for my life and what I need to do 
to follow that path. Every experience 
I have had while attending Bryan 
College has been a blessing and I could 
not be more thankful. 

Collie Hawkins 

Sophomore from Memphis, Tenn. 

Christian Ministries 

(Leadership Emphasis) major 

Without my scholarships I would have 
not been able to attend Bryan College. 
Without attending Bryan I would 
have missed amazing experiences 
like meeting distinguished people like 
Andy Crouch, Dr. Marva Dawn, Shaun 
Groves, and many others. I would 
have missed learning so much about 
Christ and Biblical Truth in a friendly 
personal, encouraging atmosphere. I 
thank God for His working so I could 
come to Bryan College. 

Jessica Jones 

Junior from Largo, Fla. 
Biology major 

My goal in choosing a college was to 
play volleyball, study biology, make 
lasting friendships, and to continue 
developing and growing in my 
relationship with Christ. Bryan had 
it all and was perfect for me. I never 
would have been able to come had it 
not been for my scholarships. 

Edward Taylor (TK) King 

Sophomore from Athens, Tenn. 
Contemporary Music major 

Without receiving the Presidential 
Scholarship, it would be very difficult 
for me to attend Bryan College. I am 
greatly appreciative of my scholarship 
because not only is it an award for all 
the hard work I have done in the past, 
but it is a great motivator to keep my 
grades up and strive to do the best I 
can here at Bryan. 

Anna Stewart 

Sophomore from Cleveland, Tenn. 

Christian Thought and 

Philosophy major 

My scholarships have enabled me to 
be a part of the community at Bryan 
College. Without them, I would 
have never been able to afford this 
opportunity. Being a recipient of 
scholarships has provided a constant 
source of motivation to excel and 
thrive in everything that I do. I can't 
thank the donors enough! 

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Legacy Society 
(Planned Gifts and Endowments 
Added July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010) 
Dr. Ruth M. Kantzer 
Bradford and Betty Lapsley 
Dr. Ernest W. and Lois R. Lee 
Mary Roselyn Lee 
Drs. L. Jake and Sandra Matthes, 
William S. and Jacquelyn Quarles 
Dr. Charles H. Robinson 
Mae Roskamp + 
Margaret R. Thompson + 
Holland Ware 
Lois Weyhe 
Georgia Weyrick 
James R. and Patricia Wolfe 

W.J. Bryan Circle 
$1,000,000 + 
Anonymous - 1 
Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Drake 
Dr. and Mrs. Erwin D. Latimer 
National Christian Charitable Fndn. 
Mr. Nick F. Senter + 
Mr. Holland M.Ware 
Mrs. Mary H. Waterhouse + 

President's Circle 
$500,000 - $999,999 
Miss Jane Barbour + 
Benwood Foundation, Inc. 
Cawood Foundation 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cawood 
Chattanooga Christian Community 

Dr. Joanne S. Rankin + 

Founders' Circle 

$100,000 - $499,999 

Anonymous - 1 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Amadee III 

Mr. D. Lewis Anderson + 

Mrs. ElinorS. Baker + 

Mr. Thomas O. Bales + 

Mr. and Mrs. C. Richard Barge 

Mr. Frank E. Beck + 

BellSouth Corporation 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bice 

Col. J. Henderson Brock + 

Mr. Morris V. Brodsky + 

Mr. Leland R. Bryan + 

Mrs. Princess Bryan 

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Carlson 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Winston Carroll 
Mr. and Mrs. J. Wayne Cropp 
Henry P. Crowell/Susan C. Crowell 

Mrs. Elizabeth W. Daniels + 
Dillard Construction, Inc. 
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dillard 
Drake Enterprises Ltd. 
ExxonMobil Foundation 
Mr. and Mrs. David E. Fowler 
Mr. J. Hoyal Frazier + 
Mrs. Wilma Harrow + 
Col. and Mrs. John W. Haynes 
Mr. William Henson Jr. + 
Col. and Mrs. David K. Holland 
Huston Foundation 
Miss Ruth Huston + 
Ms. Pearl G. Hutcheson + 
IBM Corporation 
Dr. and Mrs. Gerald R. Karr 
Mrs. Mary L. Kenyon + 
Mrs. Betty L Kinzie 
Latimer Charitable Lead Annuity 

La-Z-Boy Chair Foundation 
Lockheed Martin Corporation 
Maclellan Foundation, Inc. 

Dr. J. Wesley McKinney + 

Mrs. Alice M. Mercer + 

Mr. and Mrs. Rodger W. Naugle 

Weldon F. Osborne Foundation 

Mr. and Mrs. T Ramon Perdue 

Pioneer College Caterers 

Mr. and Mrs. Scott L. Probasco, Jr. 

Dr. and Mrs. Donald Richardson 

Dr. George C. Rock + 

Mr. and Mrs. James F. Sattler 

Schnabel Foundation Company 

Mr. Mark H. Senter, Jr. 

Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Simpson 

Mr. David L. Spoede 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Stophel 


Tucker Foundation 

Mr. William A. Venable III 

Mrs. Clara Ward 

Clifton and Clara Ward Foundation 

Mrs. Sarah Woodlee + 

Wright-Bentley Foundation 

+ Deceased, 



Tuition & Fees $11,757,662 

Gifts 3,119,212 

Auxiliary 3,675,196 


Investment 146,617 


Federal 506,933 

Financial Aid 

Other Income 178,514 

Total $19,384,134 

Instructional $4,914,456 

Academic 1,687,490 


Student 3,911,469 


Institutional 2,893,859 


Advancement 957,209 

Auxiliary 2,271,363 


Total $16,635,846 

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Bryan Life Winter 2010 


Ms. Kim Kecktook music education 
students to the annual kick-off 
workshop for the Collegiate National 
Association of Music Education in 
September. She attended the National 
Symposium on Multicultural Music at 
the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 
and took three students to the 
Tennessee state vocal competition of 
the National Association of Teachers 
of Singing, both in October. 

Dr. Ray Legg presented a paper, 
''The Devil's Advocate?" at the 
fall meeting of the Conference 
on Christianity and Literature at 
Oklahoma Christian University in 
October. His article on "Vanity" also 
was published in The Dulia et Latria 
Journal, Volume 3, (2010). 

Dr. David Luther worked on the 
sidelines as a contract technical 
employee for ESPN for the Vanderbilt- 
LSU football game in September, the 
Vanderbilt-Eastern Michigan game in 
October, and was scheduled to work 
the Tennessee Titans-Indianapolis 
Colts game and the New Orleans 
Saints-Atlanta Falcons game in 

Dr. Sigrid Luther took four students 
to participate in the Tennessee 
Music Teachers Association college 
piano solo competition at Vanderbilt 
University in November. All received 
superior ratings. That month she also 
performed as guest left hand artist for 
workshop sessions by Ingrid Garfield 
at Union University. She also attended 

a jazz piano workshop by Phillip 
Keveran in October and a session on 
musical phrasing by Dr. Steve Wilber 
in November. 

Dr. Michele Pascucci presented 
a paper at the 21st International 
Congress of the Association for the 
Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign 
Language in Salmanaca, Spain, Sept. 
29-Oct. 1. The English translation 
of the title of the paper is "Fray Luis 
de Leon in the Spanish Classroom: 
Contextualized Grammatical Analysis 
with the Treatise On the Names of 

Ms. Danielle Rebman attended 
the annual Forum for Short Term 
Missions Leaders in Green Lake, Wise, 
in October. 

Ms. Poly Revis attended a 
cataloging webinar "Controlling 
Headings in WorldCat" in August. 

Dr. Roger Sanders and Jonathan 
Brown hosted a tour and discussion of 
the newly established Bryan College 
Arboretum in September. They 
visited the University of Tennessee- 
Chattanooga Arboretum, which also 
was established this year, later that 

Mr. Tim Shetter and Dr. Scott 
Jones' applied Christian leadership 
class attended the Catalyst East 
conference in Atlanta, Ga., in October. 
Faculty and staff members attending 
included Dr. Matt Benson, Mr. 

Nathan Beuster, Mr. Jeremy Deal, Mr. 
Jonathan Doran, Mr. Taylor Hasty, Dr. 
Drew Randle, Ms. Danielle Rebman, 
Mrs. Jessi Trigger, Ms. Kimberly 
Crowe-Tuttle, Mr. Ben Williams, and 
Ms. Bonnie-Marie Yager. 

Ms. Bonnie-Marie Yager testified 
in October before the Select 
Committee on Children and Youth, 
a joint committee of the Tennessee 
Senate and House of Representatives, 
about human trafficking in Tennessee. 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit reviewed the 
opening concert of the Chattanooga 
Symphony's season in September for 
the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 
That month he performed with the 
Tabernacle Symphony of Praise in 
a concert at Hixson, Tenn., United 
Methodist Church. He also sang with 
the Chattanooga Bach Choir in its fall 
concert in October. That month he also 
attended the Southeast meeting of 
the Society of Architectural Historians 
conference in Chattanooga. 

Mr. Ben Williams attended the 
National Convention on Christian 
Apologetics in Charlotte, N.C., in 

Ms. Stephanie Wood attended 
Librarian's Day, hosted by the 
Federation of Genealogical Societies 
and featuring a talk by the archivist of 
the United States, in Knoxville, Tenn., 
in August. 

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Roscoe Mulvey 

One of the "Greatest 
\ Generation" chose one 
/of Bryan's greatest 
homecoming events to 
visit his alma mater in October 
and reintroduce his children to the 
college that equipped him for a 
life of sharing his faith. 

Roscoe Mulvey, a 1954 Bryan 
graduate, was a member of 
General George S. Patton's Fourth 
Armored Division during World 
War II. In March 2010 he received 
the Legion of Honor from the 
French government for his role in 
the liberation of France during the 
war. He, with a number of other 
veterans, received the award at the 
French consulate in Washington, 

While there was time during 
homecoming for a few stories 
about his military adventures -he 
landed in Europe 36 days after 
D-Day; when the Germans started 
the Battle of the Bulge, his unit 
was 150 miles from Bastogne on 
Dec. 16, 1944, and reached the 
beleaguered city the day after 
Christmas; he saw Gen. Patton 
a few times at the front — he was 
more interested in talking about 
the influence Bryan had on his life. 

He learned about Bryan from 
a pastor in Evans City, Pa., "who 
was very impressed with the 

school. It was Norman 
Hershey (who was Karin 
Tray lor' s grandfather). 
He encouraged me to 

While he eventually 
took Rev. Hershey' s 
advice, the war 
intervened and he 
did not complete 
high school until after 
returning from service. 
After completing his 
high school education 
he went to work as a 
welder and worked 
four months, long enough to 
learn the skill, then was laid off. 
"When I came to Bryan I worked 
with a fellow who was a welder, 
and we welded the roof on the 
Administration Building (now 
called Mercer Hall). We were paid 
75 cents per hour." 

He and his wife, Marjorie, 
made the trip from Pennsylvania 
to Dayton in time for him to enroll 
as a Christian education major 
1949. "I took five years to finish a 
four-year course because I didn't 
have some of the high school 
classes I needed," he said with a 

He chose Christian education 
because "I didn't have a 
preacher's heart, but I wanted 
to share my faith every day and 
work with young people." 

Even though he doesn't think 
much of his abilities as a student, 
he appreciated the "good teachers, 
especially the Bible teachers" he 
found at Bryan. "I took one year of 
Hebrew from Dr. Atkins," he said. 
"We only got through 13 verses of 
Genesis, but every day we had a 
wonderful sermon on the Bible." 
In addition to his work on the 
Administration Building, Mr. 
Mulvey worked as a janitor and 
picked up the mail and laundry 
for the cafeteria each day to earn 

money to support his growing 

"We lived in Trailerville," he 
said. "We were in an 18-foot trailer 
that didn't even have a stove in it 
when we arrived. Dr. Rudd (then- 
President Judson A. Rudd) came 
down and helped put one in. My 
last year we got a 9-foot by 12-foot 
room added to the trailer," a room 
that was passed from trailer to 
trailer when the senior who had it 
graduated. That came in handy, 
because two daughters were born 
while he was a student. 

He worked as a welder in the 
summers, then returned to the 
same plant in Zelienople, Ohio 
after he graduated, working as 
a welder and in the office. In his 
career "I had a variety of odd 
jobs, but mostly worked as a 
welder" before retiring in 1990, he 

His desire to be a daily witness 
was realized through his career 
and into retirement. "One boss 
said to me to go work in the shop 
and exercise your faith." He also 
taught Sunday school and has 
worked with Awana for more than 
20 years. 

While Trailerville is gone and 
the campus has changed in the 
past 56 years, Mr. Mulvey still 
appreciates the education and 
preparation for sharing his faith 
he received at Bryan. 

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Conference Champions (second consecutive), 
regular season and tournament 

Sandy Zensen - Coach of the Year 
Harry Sherwood -Appalachian Athletic Conference 
Men's Soccer Player of the Year 

All Conference Team 

Jacobo Gallardo, Daniel O'Kane, Rodrigo Pigatto, 

Harry Sherwood 

All Conference Second Team 
Bennie Bardales, Johannes Muller 

All Conference 3rd Team 

Tom Hemmings, Jonathan Houghton 

All Conference Academic Team 

Jordan Devlin, Sebastian Fischer, Tom Hemmings, 

Richard Kirk, Chris Kloc, Lee Rickman 


AAC Champions of Character 

All Conference Team 
Chelsey Morris 

All Conference Second Team 
Lauren Bowling, Carli Milligan 

All Conference Third Team 
Kaitlyn Bryant 

All Conference Academic Team 

Alisha Deal, Emily Hurlbut, Yuri Lopez, 

Jenn McCue, Shannon McGowan, Carli Milligan, 

Chelsey Morris, Katherine Nelson, Kara Nissley, 

Chelsea Parham, Shelby Robinson, Stacey Tatum 


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Coach Rodney Stoker 

Bryson Harper 


7th place at the NAIA National Championships 
AAC Champions (second consecutive) 

Rodney Stoker, Coach of the Year 

Bryson Harper, 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

All Conference Team 

Jake Bradley, Zach Buffington, Bryson Harper, 

Jason McLeod, Drew Thompson 

All Freshman Team 
Anders Clarke, Anthony Simpson, Alex Stephens 

Ericka Simpson 


Conference runner-up 

Ericka Simpson, 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete 

All Conference Team 
Alyssia Lindsay, Ericka Simpson 

All Freshman Team 
Andrea Spencer 


Ashley Hogsett, AVCA-NAIA All-Region Team 

All Conference Team 
Ashley Hogsett, Alison Young 

AH Conference Second Team 
Lauren Pratt 

AH Academic Team 

Laura Adams, Chelsie Blackburn, 

Jessica Etress, Caitlyn Fuller, 

Ashley Hogsett, Jessica Jones, 

Lauren Pratt, Alison Young 

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Robin Renfroe wore #24 from 2005 to 2008. Robin 
was one of five Bryan athletes to break 1000 kills 
in her career (1192). She set the school record for 
blocks in a season, total solo blocks, single-season 
blocks and career blocks. She made the AAC All 
Conference First Team three times, was a three-time 
NCCAA All Region Team member, and a three-time 
NAIA All Region Team selection. 

Amber Smith wore #7 from 2006 to 2009. Amber 
became the all-time leader in career kills (1435), total 
blocks in a season (230) and career (612), assisted 
blocks in a season and career (450). She made the 
AAC All Freshman team, the AAC All Conference 
First Team twice, AAC All Conference Second Team, 
and twice was a NCCAA All Region Team member. 
In 2007, she was named to the NCCAA National 
Championships All Tournament Team. Amber was also an AAC and NAIA Scholar-Athlete. 
She led the 2009 team to the NCCAA Final Four, led the NCCAA in blocks, was third in the 
nation in the NAIA in total blocks, and seventh in the NAIA in blocks per game. She was 
an NAIA Ail-American honorable mention, was named to the NCCAA Ail-American First 
Team, was the third-highest vote-getter for NCCAA National Player of the year, and was 
also named to the NCCAA National Championships All Tournament Team. 

Sxatt TieMj±an 

Bryan College senior Scott Newton 
passed the 1,000-point milestone earlier 
this season. He has been the leading scorer 
for Bryan the past two seasons and is 
leading the team this year averaging 12.73 
points per game. Newton currently has a 
total of 1,081 points in his career. 


Von Iron 

Jeffrey Brouch 

Dr. Morvo Down 

Wesley Jomes 

Dr. Paul Morshol 

Van Irion, President, The Liberty Legal Foundation, spoke to government and business classes Sept 29. 

Jeffrey Brauch, Dean, Regent University Law School, spoke to Kevin Clauson's government classes Oct. 6. 

Dr. Marva Dawn, Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada, was a chapel 
speaker Oct. 25-27. 

Wesley James, Red Bank, Tenn., grandson of J.T. Matthews who gave his farm to the William Jennings Bryan Memorial 
University for the site that became Bryan College. "My grandfather supported education. He wanted a college in 
Dayton/ 7 

Dr. Paul Marshall, a member of the Hudson Institute, where he is senior fellow in the Center for Religious Freedom. 
"International Human Rights: Freedom from Persecution/ 7 Third international conference on human trafficking, Nov. 3-7. 

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Robert & PnsallaTaliafcrro 

Jacob ancf^miCy Cochran 




Robert Taliaferro were married Oct. 
3, 2009, in Weeki Wachee, Fla. 


STEVEN HIGHT, '71, is 

pastor of Faith Mission Church 
in Bedford, Ind. He assumed this 
ministry in late 2009, following 
about 12 1 /2 years as a missionary 
in Guatemala and the Dominican 
Republic, and 21 1 /2 years in 
missionary administration. Steve 
and Kathy his wife of 38 years, 
have three children and four 

CARL "Skip" CLINE, '77, 
recently returned to his law 
enforcement career in Florida. 
He retired in 2004 to care for 
his parents in Ohio. He may be 
reached at P.O. Box 8451, Coral 
Springs, FL 33075. 

BOB, '93x, and ABIGAIL 

announce the birth of their son, 
Levi Robert, on Aug. 12, 2010. 
Levi weighed 6 lbs, 14 oz. He joins 
big sister, Addie, 16 months. The 
Angove family recently moved 
to Asheville, N.C., where Bob is 
district supervisor for Dodson 
Brothers Pest Control and Abigail 
is a stay-at-home mom. 

an update from Lexington, Ky., 
where she lives with her husband, 
the Rev. Gary Parker, and cares for 
her mother. Susan volunteers for 
the Downtown Christian Unity 
Task Force, an educational and 
service organization that works 
toward unity between member 

SAM TEASLEY, '97, was 
elected to the Georgia House of 
Representatives in November. He 
defeated an incumbent by more 

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than 13 percentage points, and 
takes office in January. Sam and 
his wife, MICHELLE (WILEY), 
'97, and their three children live in 

SHARON (WOOD), '98, and 
Matt COCHRAN announce the 
birth of their second child, Jacob 
Duke, on Sept. 2, 2010. Jacob 
weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz., and was 19 
3/4 inches long. He joins big sister 
Emily, 41/2. The Cochrans live in 
Greenville, S. C. 

GERHART, both '99, announce 
the birth of their third child, 
Asher Daniel, on Sept. 8, 2010. 
Asher was born 10 weeks early 
and weighed 3 lbs., 3 oz. He joins 
big brother Josiah, 2, and sister 
Annie, 1. Amy is the pharmacy 
clinical coordinator at Grand 
View Hospital in Sellersville, Pa. 
Dave is a stay-at-home dad and 
leads worship at BranchCreek 
Community Church in 
Harleysville, Pa. They live in North 
Wales, Pa. 

Steven Hwht 

The Tcasley Family 

Asher Gcrhart 

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Joshua & Kdlic Johnson 

Sara Yo 

David & Molly Sutton 


KELLIE HILL, both '01, were 
married Jan. 1, 2010, in Dayton, 
Term. Alumni in the wedding party 
included DANIEL CARVER, '01; 
II, '05x; KIMMIE HILL, '03; 
AMY MCDANIEL, '01x. The 
Johnsons live in Dallas, Texas, 
where Josh is a high school teacher 
and Kellie is a nurse. 

SARAH REVELL, '02, and 
Nate Craft were married July 18, 
2009, in Smithfield, Va. RACHEL 
ERICSON, '02, were in the 
wedding party, and MILES 
ERICSON, '02, attended. Sara, 
who kept her last name, and Nate 
live in Lawrence, Kan. She works 
as a cardiac nurse in Topeka, 
and Nate is the band director in 
Pomona, Kan. 

COLIN, '04, and ALEXIS 

announce the birth of their second 
daughter, Brielle Ashlyn, on July 
21, 2010. Brielle weighed 6 lbs., 6 
oz., and was 19 inches long. She 
joins big sister, Cadence, 2. 

received the Master of Music 
degree in music education from 
Lee University July 31, 2010. 
She teaches music at Griffith 
Elementary School in Dunlap, 

DAVID SUTTON, '07, and 
MOLLY GEHRING, '10, were 
married July 10, 2010, in Hoover, 
Ala. Bryan alumni in the wedding 
included best man DAVID 
GEHRING, '09; groomsmen 
'07x; matron of honor LAUREN 
(PAGE) LAWRENCE, '09; and 
bridesmaids EMILY (WHITE) 
'10. Bryan students in the 

wedding included bridesmaid 
Emily Hendrix and musicians 
Tori (Wisthoff) Rogers, Charlee 
Marshall, and Kelly Miller. The 
Suttons live in Birmingham, Ala. 

BETH SIMON, '07, and Ryan 
Knauer were married July 24, 
2010. Alumni in the wedding 
party included RICKY SIMON, 
'07x, and NATALIE BEST, '07, 
participated in the ceremony. The 
Knauers live in Chalfont, Pa. 

ANDRA BRANSON, '08, and 
Andrew Allen were marred Feb. 
20, 2010, in Hanson, Ky. Alumni in 
the wedding party included DEMI 
'08; KATIE BARHAM, '08; 
'08; TRISH EWING, '08; and 

Beth & Ryan Knauer 

Andrew & Andra Alien 

HALL, '08. Andra is a pharmacy 
technician and Andrew works for 
the Hopkins County (Ky) Board of 

EMILY WHITE, '09, and Pavel 
Fesyuk were married June 5, 2010. 
'10, was a bridesmaid. Emily and 
Pavel live in Rochester, N.Y., where 
they work at a pest solutions 
company Pavel as a technician and 
Emily in the office. 


BAILEY PAYNE, '10, is 

pursuing a Master's degree in 
higher education at Geneva 
College in Beaver Falls, Pa., where 
she works as assistant coach for the 
women's cross country and track 

CHAD HUGHES, '10, and 
RENEE TULLBERG, '07, were 
married June 12, 2010, in Dayton, 
Tenn. Alumni in the wedding 

Emily & Pavel Fesyuk 

ALLEN, '08; and REBEKAH 
'06, played piano, and GLEN 
HENTZ, '04, and Rebeka Tooley 
sang. Former faculty member 
Duane Cuthbertson, Renee' s 
grandfather, officiated. Renee 
works for ARCpoint, a drug testing 
collection service in Dayton, and 
Chad works in the Lee University 
Developmental Inclusion 
Classroom, a private school at Lee 
for children with autism. He is 
working on a Master's degree in 
special education at Lee. 

ALLAN JOHNSON, '10x, and 
Emily Crist, a current student, 
were married Aug. 7, 2010, in 
West Chester, Pa. Alumni in the 
wedding party included STACEY 
YOUNG, '10. Bryan students 
in the wedding included Alicia 
Schulze and Audrey Vordenbaum. 
Also attending were Kristen 

Chad & Renee Hughes 

Ferrante and Kelsey McCormick. 
The Johnsons live in Dayton, 
where Allan is financial adviser 
and management trainee with 
Primerica, Inc. 

CARR, both '10, were married 
Aug. 21, 2010, in Gainesville, Fla. 
Alumni in the wedding party 
included HANNAH CAMP, 
'10; LIZY (PETERS) DILTS, '10; 
JOHNSON, 'llx; and BRYCE 
RANDALL, 'llx. Current students 
Seth Flores and Deryk Rankin 
also were in the wedding party. 
The Dees live in Oxford, England, 
where Matt is studying for a term 
before returning to the States to 
complete graduate school. 

Allan & Emily John 

Matt & Rachel Dei 

Fatys Love 
Brvan. Students 

20-plus year investment in Bryan College is paying 
dividends to Mac and Lucia Fary, and one of those 
dividends is in the form of cash. 

Dr. Fary was hired in 1977 to head the education 

department and stayed in that role until he retired in 1998. At the 
same time, while she was managing a household that included 
three children, Lucia became active in the Bryan Women's Auxiliary, 
bringing her in close contact with students. 

When they arrived on campus for his interview they found "good 
people who loved the Lord/' Dr. Fary recalled. "The school looked very 
practical, very realistic/' As they discussed their impressions later, 
Mrs. Fary said she thought Dayton "would be a good place to raise kids. That was high on our priority list." 
Dr. Fary said. 

"The people were very warm and open. We never regretted it. These were God's people and we felt very 
close to them." 

He said his department was small. "When they needed someone to teach pedagogy, it was Malcolm; 
when they needed something else taught, it was Malcolm. I tried to show the kids that a teacher is to serve 
the students and to do everything he or she could do to make what they were studying desirable." 

His efforts paid off in at least two ways: the education department grew, and he made enduring 
connections with his students. 

One day his colleague, history Professor Dr. Robert Spoede asked him, "'Do you realize who the kids 
come back to see?' Then he pointed at me. I liked that, of course." 

Mrs. Fary added, "To this day kids come back for homecoming and stay here (at their home). These are 
the greatest kids. To me, it was life to be around wonderful young people who love the Lord." 

While Dr. Fary was teaching, Mrs. Fary served for many years as cake chairman for the Bryan Women's 
Auxiliary. "That was a great way to get to know many students. In those days we could take a cake to the 
students' rooms and give them a message from their parents." (That program continues today, but students 
pick up their gifts from a central location.) 

"I did a lot of counseling with students at the house or in restaurants, counseling on living life. It was a 
wonderful time for me." 

As retirement beckoned, there was almost no decision to make about a destination. "When Mac asked 
where I wanted to retire to I said, 'Here.' He said, 'Me, too.'" As a result, they have continued to take 
advantage of attending chapel, fine arts events, and athletic contests as they did while he was a member of 
the faculty. 

One retirement idea changed, however. 

"We owned property adjoining the college," Mrs. Fary explained. 
"We originally were going to build there, but when we decided not to, 
we decided to give it to the college. Our dream was to see the college 
grow, and do what we could to help." 

In return for the gift of property, they receive income each month, 
money they are saving to help with their grandchildren's education. "All 
our grandchildren love Bryan and want to go there," she said. 

Jim Barth, Bryan's director of planned giving, said annuities may 
be purchased with cash or gifts-in-kind of assets, such as in the Farys' 
case. For more information about a charitable gift annuity or other 
giving options, contact Mr. Barth at 423-775-7280 or by email at 

If you are like many individuals who hold appreciated stock or real estate, you may be concerned about 
the high cost of capital gains tax upon the sale of your assets. Perhaps you recently sold appreciated 
property and are looking for a way to offset your current tax liability. And if you are entering your 
retirement years, you may be looking for ways to increase your income for the future. 

A charitable remainder trust permits you to make a gift of your property to charity and take advantage 
of numerous tax benefits including: 

Bypass of capital gains tax 

Increased income 

Charitable deduction 

Bryan College 

P.O. Box 7000 

Dayton, TN 37321 

1-800-55BRYAN (2-7926) 

Steve Keck 

Director of Development 

Jim Barth 

Director of Planned Giving 

For more information on the benefits of establishing a charitable remainder trust, please contact Steve 

Keck or Jim Barth, or log on to our web site at We look forward to helping you! 

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One hundred-fifty 
\ graduates received their 
/ degrees along with an 
encouragement to follow 
the principles that guide Bryan 
College during commencement 
ceremonies in December. 

Dr. Stephen 
Livesay told 
the graduates 
that for the 
past few years 
they had "been 
about what 
has been called 
sharpening the 
saw, preparing" 
for their chosen 
fields. But 
Bryan College 
has sought to 
prepare their 

hearts, not just their minds, to 
impact the world with their faith in 

Commencement speaker the 
Rev. Tony Walliser of Silverdale 
Baptist Church in 
added his 
to "press on, keep 
on going, do 
not give up. The 
truth is, you will 
face many 

challenges in front of you. The 
easiest thing that any one of us 
can do in the midst of challenges 
and stressful times and tests of our 
future is to quit." 

But he called on the example 
of the Apostle Paul, "who went 

through some challenges and 
difficulties unlike probably any of 
us ever will face. People talk about 
having a bad day, a bad week. The 
Apostle Paul had a bad decade, 
and yet he pressed on." 

Paul succeeded in the same 
way we can, he said. "If 
you are a follower of 

Jesus Christ, the 
moment you 
surrender to 
the lordship 
of Jesus Christ, 
the Holy Spirit 
comes to take 
in you. 

When you understand Christ 
Himself lives within you, you find 
a source of strength the world 
cannot comprehend." 

During the ceremony, Cindy 
Cross received the Degree 
Completion Research Award. 
Ms. Cross, who 
received the 
Bachelor of Science 
degree, with highest 
honors, in business 
management, is 
senior director of 
legal services at 
Life Care Centers 
of America, Inc., in 
Cleveland, Tenn. 

Stephen Deck, who 
received the Bachelor 
of Science degree, 
with highest honors, in music 
education: instrument; and Stephen 
Hill, who received the Bachelor of 
Arts degree, with highest honors, 
in English literature, shared the 
award for having the highest 
academic average in the traditional 
program. Both earned 4.0 averages 
on Bryan's 4.0 scale. 

DECEMBER 17 7 30 PM 

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Honor and Memory Gifts 

niiis* s^iins* 

good deeds and praise your 
Father in heaven." 

Matthew 5:14^16 



mJ^' or l^tftf 

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Phillip & Darlene Lestmann 

in memory of 

Mildred Livesay 

in honor of 

Phillip & Darlene Lestmann 

Fred Bedford 

Phillip & Darlene Lestmann 

Kermit Zopfi 

Bryan & Patsy Couch 

Josiah Bryan Himmelwright 

Everett & Onalee Garmon 

Patsy Hathaway Herndon 

Stephen & Corinne Livesay 

George & Mildred Livesay 

G. Benton Livesay, Jr. 

George & Mildred Livesay 

Jerry & Brenda Parker 

Robert J. Simpson 

James C. Anderson 

Harriet Anderson 

John C. Anderson 

J. James Greasby 

Kermit Zopfi 

Genevieve E. Wright 

Mary Jane Troyer 

D. Renee Woods 

Jose Vega 

Daniel & Peggy Oberg 

Kermit Zopfi 

Daniel & Peggy Oberg 

Irving Jensen 

Evelyn Krall & Scott Krall 

Kermit Zopfi 

Ralph & Margaret Zopfi 

Kermit Zopfi 

Gary & Holly Zopfi & family 

Kermit Zopfi 

Roger and Wendy Zopfi & family 

Kermit Zopfi 

Eugene & Kelly Zopfi & family 

Kermit Zopfi 

Charles & Carole Thomas 

Fred Bedford 

Charles & Carole Thomas 

Kermit Zopfi 


of Warren, Mich., 
died March 29, 2010. 


of Seminole, Fla., 
died Oct. 16, 2010. 

of Charlotte, N.C., 
died Oct. 17, 2010. 

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