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Bryan Life 

A publication of Bryan College 
Volume 38, Number 2 

Editorial Office: 

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

Bryan College Board of Trustees 

Mrs. Delana Bice 
Houston, Texas 

Dr. Robert Coddington 
Hixson, Tenn. 

Mr. J. Wayne Cropp 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Mr. Ralph Green 
Dayton, Tenn. 

Col. John Haynes 
Lilburn, Ga. 

Mr. David W. Kinsey 
Alpharetta, Ga. 

Rev. Howard Park 
Pelham, Ala. 

Mr. T. Ramon Perdue 
Lookout Mountain, Ga. 

Hon. Lawrence Puckett 
Cleveland, Tenn. 

Dr. Arliss Roaden 
Brentwood, Tenn. 

Mr. Jeff Ryan 
Richardson, Texas 

Mrs. Betty Ruth Seera 
Dayton, Tenn. 

Dr. Mark Senter III 
Lake Forest, 111. 

Mr. David Spoede 
Dallas, Texas 

Mr. Mark Trail 
Tyrone, Ga. 

Mr. C. Barry Whitney, ; 
Augusta, Ga. 

Mr. James R. Wolfe 
Noblesville, Ind. 

* Legal Counsel 
Mr. Glenn Stophel 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

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Dean Bell '11 

Vice President for Advancement 

Blake Hudson 

Director of Gift & Estate Design 

Steve Keck 

Director of Planned Giving 

Tim Barth, '57 

Director of Alumni 

David Tromanhauser, '80 

Director of Direct Response 
Marketing/Database Manager 

Janice Pendergrass 

Advancement Assistant 

Office Assistant and Event Planner 

Paulakay Franks, '84 

Assistant Graphic Designer 

Stephanie Huskey, '10 


Letter from the President 

Paqe 2 

Bryan Makeover Rudd 
Edition - Paqe 3 

Preparing for change on the 
unchanging Rock- Page 4 

Campus News - Page 8 

_The Ruth Kantzer Scholarship 
in English - Page 12 

Seen on campus - Page 1 3 

^Homecoming 2011 

Paqe 14 

Lion Tracks - Page 1 6 

Alumni Director: You should 
have listened to me! 

Paqe 19 

Reaping benefits of looking 
ahead - Page 21 

_W. J. Bryan and Science 

"Paqe 22 

Faculty/Staff News 

Paqe 25 

Athletics Awards - Page 26 

Letter from the 

For just as the heavens are higher than the 
earth, so my ways are hairier than your ways 
and my thoughts hairier than your thoughts. 

Isaiah 55:9 (NLT) 

How we all can relate to times in our lives when God's ways have been beyond our human 
comprehension! Yet even when we don't understand His ways, our charge is to believe and to be 
faithful in our love, obedience, and service to Him, showing forth His love and light and making a 
Kingdom difference in this world until He returns. 

These are unprecedented times as higher education institutions are the targets of overt efforts by the 
federal government to institute accountability measures that dictate increased controls in virtually every 
aspect of our daily operations. I am so thankful that in the midst of these changing times that our God 
does not change and that he has given Bryan an exceptional staff who are called to this ministry among our 

In this issue we remember one who has had an exceptional ministry among us. Dr. Ruth Kantzer served 
full-time on our English faculty from 1973-1992, and she continued to teach part-time until her death on 
November 1. Bryan College was richly blessed by her service — literally to the last hour of her life. Dr. 
Kantzer 7 s legacy of a life well-lived endures because she influenced her students and colleagues by living a 
rich and full life of love, obedience, and service. 

Our faculty and staff members continue to impact our students daily. Our music students have recently 
won state awards in piano competition, our debate club has rivaled the best of large state universities in 
recent tournaments, and our men's cross country team posted an llth-place finish nationally in the NAIA 
meet in Vancouver, Wash. Dennis Miller, director of our Center for International Development, was the 
architect of a series of seminars funded by the State of Georgia, training many leaders on the scourge of 
modern-day slavery — human trafficking. Students in our SSTOP program are working with him at those 
meetings in Atlanta that run from October 2011 through February 2012. 

Dr. Ken Turner, faculty chairman, authored an outstanding work on Deuteronomy, The Death of Deaths in 
the Death of Israel: Deuteronomy's Theology of Exile, published by Wipf & Stock. Dr. Daryl Charles, director and 
senior fellow of the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought and Practice, recently addressed the senior officers of 
our nation's military on the topic of "Ethics and Just War" at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as well as the students 
and faculty at Notre Dame University at their Fall 2011 Center for Ethics & Culture conference on the topic of 
"Confronting the Challenge of Secularism." 

I am thankful that we do not need to know the future because we know the God who has already written 
it. Bryan's faculty and staff will continue to seek and serve our unchanging God, and we will continue to give 
our talented students the opportunity to serve our Lord in unprecedented ways through their preparation at 
Bryan. Thank you for your intercessory prayer and for investing your gifts to help our campus show forth 
love and light and make a Kingdom difference for eternity. 

Stephen D. Livesay 

Rudd Auditorium, one of the first buildings 
a visitor to campus sees, is ready for a 
makeover, and Bryan needs your help to 
make it possible. 

Opened in 1976 as a tribute to Bryan's third 
president, Dr. Judson A. Rudd, Rudd Auditorium has 
been the location for thousands of chapel services, 
hundreds of theatrical and musical productions, and 
scores of events for the Dayton community. Like its 
namesake, it plays a variety of roles in college life, 
serving small classes and the whole student body. 

Dr. Rudd, with his wife, Lucile, arrived at Bryan 
in 1931 to teach math, added the position of treasurer 
in 1932 and, on the resignation of President Malcolm 
M. Lockhart in 1933, was named acting president. 
" According to Mrs. Rudd, her husband felt he was 
too young and needed more experience before he 
took on the title of president. He remained acting 
president until Aug. 11, 1936, when he was officially 
elected president/ 7 according to the college history, 
Legacy of Faith. He served as president until 1955, 
when he resigned on the advice of his doctor, but 
continued to teach, and once again became treasurer 
until his retirement in 1969. He died Oct. 6, 1970. 

For nearly 40 years, Dr. Rudd served Bryan 
College in many roles: "president, professor, 
treasurer, tractor driver, sports enthusiast, surveyor, 
janitor, mechanic, fund-raiser, and anything else that 
needed to be done/ 7 according to Legacy of Faith. 

In the same way, Rudd Auditorium has served 
the college for nearly 40 years, but the building is 
not ready to retire. Instead, it is set to be refurbished 
and adapted to serve a larger student body for the 
coming decades. 

With the help of alumni and friends, each of 
these projects, except for the balcony seating, could 
be completed in the summer of 2012, Vice President 
for Advancement Blake Hudson said. "To kick off 
this effort, we are encouraging alumni and friends to 
buy a seat for $250," Mr. Hudson said. "The $250 is 

approximately the cost to purchase and install a seat, 
a major step toward completing the summer's work. 
Individuals who support the renovation project in 
this way will be recognized in the summer 2012 
edition of Bryan Life. 

Dr. Rudd's daughter, Mary Frances Carlson, 
remembers the night Rudd Auditorium was 
dedicated. "Highlights of that first night were the 
words spoken by former "Dean" Dwight Ryther, 
who had always been by Daddy's side except for a 
brief time serving in World War II, and Cliff Barrows, 
who had always been by the side of the beloved 
evangelist, Billy Graham. Music on the first organ 
was special and was provided by a member of the 
Billy Graham team. This was an evening I will never 
forget although I had been privileged to attend 
numerous other events there and still remember 
certain students and faculty who made that place a 
majestic building for worship and praise." 

For more information about the renovation 
project, visit, call Mr. 
Hudson or Steve Keck at 423.775.7323, or email 

Replace all existing seats 

Add additional space to the stage 

Install new sound system 

Renovate lobby and restrooms 

Upgrade landscaping, parking lots, and sidewalks 

Add a new building facade to the Landes Way 
side of the building 

Extend balcony seating to 400 (for an auditorium 
capacity of 1,200) 

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In this interview, Dr. Livesay reflects on what he sees 
as the college's role in preparing young men and 
women to make a difference in today's world. He 
said, "l think we have a tremendous opportunity to 
influence this world for the cause of Jesus Christ in ways 
that perhaps no other institution has. It is such a profound 
calling, every faculty and staff member here is engaged in 
the ministry. This is not just an academic exercise. This 
is a life-changing, world-changing endeavor. This change 
is going to come through ideas, and lives that back up the 
authenticity of those ideas. There is no other way for a 
gainsaying world to judge the veracity of our message if 
our lives do not back up our message. This is the reason 
I'm doing what I am doing, being on the front lines with 
these students who literally have the opportunity to 
change this world for Jesus Christ. If that's not what we're 
all about, we may as well be like the 4,000 other higher 
education institutions in the country and just be about 
educating students to make a living for themselves." 

Bryan Life: What would you say are 
Bryan's distinctives? 

Dr. Livesay: The phrase "a biblical worldview" 
adequately defines parameters for us in terms of who 
we are and where we are going as an institution. 
This means that we will adhere to the tenets of 
Scripture. We will hold to our original statement of 
faith which says that we believe Jesus Christ is the 
only Savior, so we will be very exclusive in the sense 
that we teach that only through Jesus Christ are we 
going to have life, are we going to have a relationship 
with the Creator of the universe. The biblical 
worldview for those reasons and a multitude more 
really defines who we are. 

The concept of community is also extremely 
important as a Bryan distinctive. We want this to be 
Christianity that embraces every aspect of life. It's 
something you feel, literally, on this campus. 

Because of our size our faculty have significantly 
more interaction with students than you find on 
many campuses. Over 50 percent of our faculty are 
full professors, which means they have many years 
of longevity here, they have persevered through the 
academic hoops to get to the top of their profession. 
These are the individuals who are in classrooms with 
the students from their first days as freshmen. 

When students have a close relationship with faculty, 
there develops a relationship such that students 
desire to excel in their studies. How else could it be 
that our students come into this college academically 

in the 75th percentile for all college-bound students 
and yet exit in many of our disciplines well above 
the 90th percentile on nationally standardized 
tests? It happens because, in the heart and mind 
of the students they want to do well not only for 
themselves but also for their professors — there is a 
desire to please, a desire to excel. 

I think we are unique among Christian colleges. I 
like to look at Christian colleges as a continuum. On 
one end, you're going to have those that tend to be 
very legalistic, yet orthodox. In the teaching process 
they are very didactic. They basically are going to 
provide "The Answer." It's really, "I want you to 
learn X." The problem with that is that in real life 
you cannot simply walk in with all the answers to 
predefined questions before you know what that 
individual is going to ask; you don't know where 
they're coming from. 

"If we do anything that is not 

a part of the mission, then we 

need to scrap that." 

On the other end of the continuum are the Christian 
colleges that are so open-minded about the inquiry 
process that they never come to conclusions. The 
only answer is, "We're going to have to do more 
research, and if we had all the data then perhaps we 
could come up with some definitive conclusions." 

At Bryan, we take the best of both worlds. We're not 
going to be legalistic in the sense that every student is 
going to think alike, to have a rote body of answers, 
nor are we going to allow students to walk out of the 
college without having their faith strengthened. I 
think Bryan is unique in the sense that we allow for 
inquiry under the tutelage of professors who say, 
"Let's look at that from a biblical perspective," so a 
student can be personally strengthened in their mind 
and heart. The intention is that we're going to be 
Bereans; we are going to search the Scripture so we 
know from the Scripture why we believe what we 

Q? What would you say are our 

non-negotiables. Where will we stand? 

Where will we not go? 

A: We've already laid out the proposition that we are 
going to go to Scripture as our bedrock truth. With 
that given, then we're going to stay within certain 

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guardrails that are truly non-negotiables. 

One, is to continually come back to the mission of 
the college. If we do anything that is not a part of 
the mission, then we need to scrap that. The mission 
of the college has two parts: becoming a servant of 
Christ and making a difference in today's world. I 
think that is a holistic approach. Students gain not 
just a head knowledge but something to transform 
their lives. We are to be Christ's ambassadors. If 
we are not doing that, we might as well pack up 
our tents and go up into the mountains and wait 
for the return of Christ. We are of virtually no 
value in the world at all. I think it's important as a 
non-negotiable that we maintain our mission and 
embrace it fully. 

We must also continue to be a missions-minded 
group. We must never lose sight of the Great 
Commission. I think schools get into big trouble 
when they lose that. 

We are a community that values relationships 
and community. We realize the benefit of those 
relationships and provide venues for faculty, 
staff, and students to grow in them. With that is 
a commitment to mentoring and discipleship. I 
always ask prospective faculty members, how do 
you feel about having conversations with students, 
participating in their lives outside the classroom? If 
they respond, I'm just interested in being a good 
teacher/' that tells me they probably are not here 
to mentor the students. We want our faculty to be 
as scholarly as they can be. But primarily we are 
a teaching institution because we want to have the 
opportunity for discipleship and mentoring that 
enhances the concept of community. 

We desire high academic standards. We must be 
very honest with our students about where they are 

academically. We must push them. I'm excited that 
we do things on the undergraduate level at Bryan 
College that most colleges don't require until you're a 
graduate student: thesis writing and research, as well 
as requiring orals in various disciplines. 

Inerrancy of Scripture. We have to have that high 
view of Scripture. That is our source. 

Q: You have talked in the past couple of 

years about the concept of mission slip. 

How do we not slip? 

A: I think mission slip is the potential bane of any 
Christian college that has high academic standards. 
We want to have that high academic emphasis, to be 
excellent in what we teach. But it can also be a curse 
when that becomes the dominant factor in terms of 
how we approach truth. If we desire to be in good 
favor with academic and professional organizations 
where we do not want to be perceived as narrow- 
minded, then obviously there is a danger of moving 
toward "Well, yes, the Scripture says this, but also we 
can believe X." We want our faculty to have a seat at 
the table for any of the academic disciplines, but we 
must have the strength to be definitive in what we 

We can avoid mission slip through being very careful 
with those we hire. This is the reason I interview all 
full-time faculty and all the major staff positions. I 
may not know about certain elements of accounting 
or cell biology but I can certainly find out if this 
individual has a love for the Lord Jesus Christ and 
His Word and understands a biblical worldview in 
that profession. Our school's mission resides with 
our faculty, because the faculty are the ones that have 
that tremendous influence daily with our students. 
I love our faculty and I love what they stand for. I 
love the fact that they have achieved a measure of 
expertise within their disciplines and at the same 
time have remained very faithful to the Word of God. 

Q? In some ways, a tightly drawn statement 
of faith would address that. We don't have 

a very tightly drawn statement of faith. It 
gives room for differences of opinion within 

boundaries. Why does that work for us? 

A: It works for us because its origin is from 
an interdenominational Protestant evangelical 
organization, the World's Christian Fundamentals 
Association, produced at their 1919 convention in 
Philadelphia. At that time there was great concern 
because the Marxist /Darwinian theory had pervaded 
not just colleges and universities but also seminaries. 

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There was concern about whether Scripture is THE 
source of truth or do we look to some academic 
areas. What came out of that convention was a 
statement of faith that I think is very prescriptive in 
that it gives to us the freedom to explore Scripture 

without denominational strictures. We have students 
who come from many denominations, from many 
backgrounds. What we do is present the case for a 
theology or philosophy from Scripture so the student 
has the opportunity to explore what the Scripture 
says. In other words, you dig into Scripture. We're 
going to give our students all the tools to do that. If 
we give them that background and that foundation, 
then it allows us to tackle those things that are of 
question in the Scripture. We all know there are 
many gray areas in Scripture that prevent us from 
achieving absolute agreement. It doesn't do anything 
to shake our faith, it doesn't do anything to pull 
us apart as believers, but it does provide for us an 
opportunity to lovingly disagree and still have that 
common element of faith that is necessary for unity 
among believers. 

The statement of faith is encompassing in the 
sense that it touches all those who are part of the 
household of faith. In this day and time, if you hold 
to that, you are a very distinct minority. I think we 
as believers need to really look at where we put our 
emphasis. Should it be on trying to define and refine 
a particular position within the Christian church 
or should we talk about what is the main issue at 
hand in terms of our ministering to those outside 
the household of faith. I personally believe we can 
become very proud individuals if we hold too tightly 
to those things that Scripture leaves open to debate. 
Let's stay with the fundamentals, the tenets that are 
essentials in Scripture about which we can be unified. 
I think our statement of belief covers that very well. 

Q? How does the college handle, from an 
educational standpoint, questions upon 
which Godly men and women disagree? 

A: I think that that question is always going to be a 
challenging one because we all have very definite 
opinions with regard to what the Scripture says. 
Let's be absolute with the absolutes, those things that 
are the essentials. I think we need to have Christian 
humility and Christian charity in our intellectual 
discussions with regard to some of the challenging 
issues, whether it is eschatology or origins. I think 
that it is our responsibility to expose our students 
to those teachers and scholars who believe in the 
inerrancy of Scripture and at the same time, based on 
good hermeneutics and very good linguistic studies, 
can make a case for a different perspective on those 

I don't believe God has given us a definitive answer 
on all these issues. I believe His mind and ways 
are still above ours. We have to continue to come 
back to the fact that if we believe in inerrancy of the 
Scripture we must take what the Scripture has to say 
and understand it perhaps differently in light of what 
we know through the ages. I think we have grown 
in our knowledge through the ages with regard to 
things that are extra-biblical, but that can only bring 
us closer to understanding the Scripture if we believe 
the Scripture is God-breathed. 

"Let's be absolute with the 

absolutes, those things that are 

the essentials." 

Just to give you one example, everyone understands 
that Albert Einstein was a genius, that his theory of 
relativity is a basic tenet of science; that nothing is 
supposed to move faster than light. However, in the 
past few months CERN officials say that the Large 
Hadron Collider near Geneva has clocked subatomic 
particles traveling at speeds faster than the speed of 
light. Does that mean Einstein was wrong? What 
we know about science and about our universe is 
constantly changing. My belief is that eventually all 
of science, all of the disciplines, will verify Scripture. 
It's important for us to always hold fast to the 
Scriptures. If you pick and choose about what you 
believe is true in the Scripture then you can pick and 
choose anything and will have little left. I think we 
have to foster a sense of inquiry among our students 
so they know there are some significant differences 

continued on page 13 

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Winter 2 11 



f Campus News 


Students Get 

Close Look 

At Government 

Bryan's first venture into the 
Tennessee Intercollegiate State 
Legislature (TISL) produced 
legislative and judicial success 
and a wealth of experience for 

Advisor Dr. Kevin Clauson 
reported that the Bryan 
delegation's bill opposing human 
trafficking passed the legislature 
unanimously and a bill to repeal 
the state's inheritance tax was 
approved by a wide margin. 
Although there is no formal 
connection between student- 
passed initiatives and the state 
general assembly Dr. Clauson 
noted that in the past some 
student legislation has been 
adopted by the state's elected 

In addition, student legislator 
Anna Haffner was nominated 
to serve on the board of the 
Tennessee Student Assistance 
Corporation as the private college 

At the same time, the four 
students who argued a case before 
the TISL supreme court won high 
praise from judges and other 
team coaches. One team advanced 
to the judicial competition's 
semi-final round, and the other 
narrowly missed advancing 
that far. The judicial team coach 
from Tennessee Technological 
University was so impressed 
he invited team members to 
participate in a statewide moot 
court competition. 



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Dr. Black, left, and Dr. Livesoy 

Dr. Black Gives 
Curry Prints 

Bryan College honored Dr. 
Donald Black, '64x, at a reception 
Oct. 28 acknowledging his gift 
of five lithographs by American 
Regionalist artist John Steuart 

Dr. Black, a distant relative 
of the artist, traced his growing 
appreciation for Curry, who is 
best known for paintings such as 
"Baptism in Kansas" and "The 
Tragic Prelude," from the time he 
first heard of the artist at 5 years of 

"In the early 1980s, my uncle 
Russell went to his high school 
reunion in Kansas, and my sister 
and I went with him. We were 
able to get to know a number 
of people in his generation who 
were models for some of Curry's 
works. For instance, my mother 
remembered the day depicted in 
'Baptism in Kansas,'" Dr. Black 

Steve Keck, Bryan's director of 
gift and estate design, coordinated 
the college's efforts to display the 
lithographs, now hanging in the 
library. "Dr. Black has a passion 
for Bryan College and for art," Mr. 

Keck said. "This gift is valuable to 
the college particularly as we are 
working to build our art program, 
and it is even more significant 
because he is related to the artist. 
We hope this will become the 
centerpiece of a collection to be 
displayed in a museum planned 
for the Bryan campus." 

Alumna Speaks 
To EU Leaders 

Members of the European 
Parliament were among the 
audience when Stepheny Petitte, 
'10, spoke about human trafficking 
at the fifth European Union Anti- 
Trafficking Day in October. 

Stepheny spoke at an event 
organized by CARE for Europe 
and the World Youth Alliance 
Europe for members of the 
European Parliament and non- 
governmental organizations 
(NGOs). The meeting was held in 
one of the parliament buildings in 
Brussels, Belgium. 

"I was asked to bring an 
international perspective on 

Stepheny Pe ' 

Dr. Ron Petitte 

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trafficking since International 
Justice Mission's anti-traf ricking 
work is in source countries in 
the developing world/ 7 she 
explained. "We provide rescue 
to victims of sex trafficking 
and work to strengthen public 
justice systems by ensuring that 
national anti-trafficking laws 
are brought to bear on behalf of 
those victimized/ 7 She said she 
highlighted the importance of law 
enforcement in source countries 
because prosecuting perpetrators 
will reduce the number of victims 
trafficked into the European 

The presentation was co-hosted 
by a Dutch and a Romanian 
member of the European 
Parliament and was attended by 

Stepheny has been with IJM 
since July 2010 when she served 
as the business operations intern 
before being offered her present 


Partners With 



Bryan College has entered 
into a partnership with Classical 
Conversations, a nationwide 
homeschool support organization, 
to offer students college credit for 
work that augments their high 
school courses. 

Michael Sapienza, Bryan's 
vice president for enrollment 
management, said the partnership 
"is a natural extension of our 
mission. It's an opportunity to 
find like-minded students who 
potentially will look at Bryan to 
begin their college experience." 

Robert Bortins, marketing 
and promotions director for 

Classical Conversations, said his 
organization appreciated the fact 
that "Bryan allows us to maintain 
our program integrity, is willing 
to work with us in our own 
educational framework, and at the 
same time makes sure students are 
doing college-level work." 



Academic Vice President 
Bradford Sample is teaching the 
U.S. History I dual enrollment 
class for Classical Conversations 
students. He explained that the 
high school and college curricula 
have been aligned so students 
read the same section of their text 
for both classes at the same time. 
"They have components I'll never 
see — for example, homework and 
quizzes — but they must do things 
I assign that students not in the 
dual enrollment class don't have 
to do," Dr. Sample said. 

Mr. Bortins said the 
relationship with Bryan has been 
a positive development for his 
organization. "Our students get 
college credit from an accredited 
college. More important, in 
discussions with Dr. Sample 
and other faculty members, we 
realized the professors there 
are people we would want our 
children learning from, professors 
who share our outlook for 
Christian education. This gives 
reassurance to parents or someone 
looking into homeschooling 
that we are offering a quality 

AGS Adds 

Bryan College will begin 
offering online graduate 
certificates and an Associate's 
degree in business in January 
2012, Dean of Adult and Graduate 
Studies Michael Chase has 

The new graduate-level 
programs include a certificate in 
human resources management 
and a certificate in marketing. 
Both are open to individuals who 
have completed a Bachelor's 
degree and require five classes, 
which can be completed in one 

"These are not part of our 
Master's degree programs, but can 
be completed in conjunction with 
a Master's program or as a stand- 
alone certificate," Dr. Chase said. 
"We developed these programs 
because so many of our MBA 
students asked for them." 

Both the human resources and 
the marketing certificates "will 
give students an opportunity to 
qualify for career advancement 
as they demonstrate an 
understanding of a particular 
field," he said. 

For more information about 
the human resources or marketing 
certificates, visit the website www. / certificatesonline. 

The Associate of Science in 
Business degree is a 60 credit-hour 
program that can be completed in 
18 months, with students taking 
two classes every seven weeks. 
On completion of the program, 
the hours earned at Bryan should 
transfer to an accredited four-year 
program if a student wishes to 
continue his or her education. 

For more information about 
the Associate of Science degree, 
visit the website 

Gary Phillips 

Elected Bryan 


Dr. W. Gary Phillips, pastor of 
Signal Mountain Bible Church and 
former Distinguished Professor of 
Biblical Studies at Bryan College, 
has been elected to the Bryan 

Board of Trustees. 

In making the announcement, 
Bryan President Dr. Stephen 
D. Livesay said, "Dr. Phillips 
brings a valuable perspective to 
the board with his experience 
as a highly regarded teacher 
and his being instrumental in 
developing Bryan's world view 
emphasis. His commitment 
to Christian higher education 
and deep understanding of the 
mission of the college will make 
him a significant contributor to the 
board and the college/ 7 

Dr. Phillips is a graduate of 
Vanderbilt University and earned 
his doctorate at Grace Theological 
Seminary. He taught for 24 years 
at Bryan and served as chairman 
of the Biblical Studies department. 
He received six teaching awards, 
and is author of six books, 
including Making Sense of Your 
World, with William E. Brown. 

He has served as an officer 

in the Evangelical Theological 
Society and the Evangelical 
Philosophical Society, and speaks 
regularly at conferences. He 
does volunteer work with Bible 
in the Schools and with The 
Officer's Christian Fellowship, an 
organization serving all branches 
of the military. 

He started Signal Mountain 
Bible Church in 1985 and served 
part-time for 16 years while 
continuing to teach at Bryan. 
In 2001 he became its full-time 

Dr. Phillips and his wife, Betsy, 
have three grown children and 
two grandchildren. 

Writers Wanted 

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 Please include 
a current picture of yourself. While we can't promise 
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The Ruth Kantzer 
Scholarship in English 

The Best Teacher I Ever Had 

by Eric Allen, '85 

I had the privilege of earning my English degree 
at Bryan during an Age of Titans. Dr. Richard 
Cornelius, Betty Brynoff, and Dr. Robert 
McCarron all worked the classrooms in those 
days, and I thank God still for each of them. But if 
the mark of a great teacher is the ability to fuse an 
idea onto the human spirit with such permanence 
that you become someone different for it, then the 
best teacher I ever had was Dr. Ruth Kantzer. 

Dr. Kantzer felt the subjects she taught with such 
force it could unnerve you, but I loved it. I can still 
remember taking Introduction to Fine Arts from 
her: three hours on Monday nights, lights out, Dr. 
Kantzer 's voice emanating from the shadows. A kid 
asked her if van Gogh was crazy because he cut off 
his own ear. Dr. Kantzer spent the next 20 minutes 
explaining, calmly but with haunting power, that 
crazy or not, van Gogh, like the rest of us, needed the 
redeeming love of Christ. 

She led us through Medieval art and Modernism, 
da Vinci and Degas, animating all of it with that 
same quiet fire. I fell in love with the painting 
"Rain, Steam, Speed" because of her. I still listen to 
"Appalachian Spring" because of her. I still see "The 
Minister's Black Veil" in my mind because of her. 
Dr. Kantzer saw evidence of God's handiwork 

in every poem and 

painting, in every 

song and story. She 

taught me "Grace" 

- the poem, not the 

doctrine (though she 

personified that too). I can remember an oral final in 

which the question was about that poem; none of us 

could answer it, and she almost cried. I went back to 

my room after class and re-read the poem. If it was 

that important to her, I wanted to honor it. 

But Dr. Kantzer could also light up like a firework 
when something pleased her. Usually what pleased 
her was one of her students seeing God in a poem or 
story, or learning to love God or His Word more. Dr. 
Kantzer told me once that if she had a stack of books 
she couldn't put the Bible on bottom - it had to go 
on top. To this day, if I find a Bible at the bottom of a 
stack of books, I move it to the top. 

So now she lives in that Grace, and He holds 
her in His loving arms. But her legacy lives on in 
me and hundreds of others who learned from her. 
"How much, preventing God, how much I owe, To 
the defences thou hast round me set." To Dr. Ruth 
Kantzer, who was used by God to build parapets in 
my life that have stood the test of time, grace, indeed. 

Bryan College has established the Ruth Kantzer Scholarship in English as a memorial to Dr. Kantzer, 
who died Nov. 1. 

Steve Keck, director of gift and estate design, said Dr. Kantzer's family approved the scholarship plan 
as a way to honor the long-time English professor, who also taught fine arts and was an enthusiastic 
supporter of music and theatre programs. She taught full-time at Bryan from 1973 to 1992, and continued 
to teach part-time until her death. 

Dr. Kantzer was stricken shortly after participating in a program Oct. 28 at Bryan honoring Dr. William 
D. Black for his gift of five prints by American Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry. She and Dr. Black had 
collaborated in 1984 on a major exhibition at the college of Curry's works. 

"Dr. Kantzer was a highly respected professor who wanted no recognition for her contributions to the 
college and the lives of her students/' Mr. Keck said. "Despite this, it is only fitting that we honor her in 
this way so her legacy will live on in the lives of students who receive the Kantzer scholarship." 

For more information about the scholarship, contact Mr. Keck at or by phone 

Christ Above All 


Winter 20 

Michael Card 
recording artist, 
author, spoke 
in Chapel in 

David Clothier 

Controller for Pilot 
Travel Centers in 
Knoxville, Tenn., 
spoke at a Bryan 
Connect luncheon 
in October. David 
is a 1988 Bryan 

Steve Griffith 

Author, spoke to a 
writing workshop 
in October. Steve 
is a 1973 Bryan 

Don Blanton 

Owner and 
president of 
MoneyTrax, Inc., 
a developer of 
financial software, 
presented a "Love 
and Money" 
workshop in 
November. This 
was the first time 
MoneyTrax had 
offered its program 
to a collegiate 
audience. Don is a 
1976 Bryan alum. 

Tom Key 
Artistic Director 
of the Theatrical 
Outfit at the Balzer 
Theater in Atlanta, 
presented original 
works about C.S. 
Lewis, in October. 

Aaron Clark 

with Heidrick 
& Struggles, a 
consulting and 
executive search 
firm, spoke to 
a Leadership 
Forum luncheon in 

continued from page 7 

within orthodoxy that we can continue to debate. 
But we must do it in humility, realizing that we don't 
have a complete understanding of all truth. 

I think "what do the Scriptures say" becomes the 
best answer for us. It may not be something we 
understand fully, but we either believe that every 
word of God is true or we take a lot of license with 
the Scripture. We must realize we have fallible 
minds and all of our best research is going to be 
tainted. Therefore we must have a standard by 
which to judge all things. It's good for students to 
have the opportunity to wrestle with these issues and 
then have the opportunity with our faculty to lead 
them into ways of thinking biblically. The student 
can form his or her own opinion. 

Q: Bryan is a college, not a church. What's 

the difference? What is the relationship of a 

Christian college and the church? 

A: We're not a church. We're not going to administer 
the sacraments. The reason we have a local church 
is so that the church can strengthen, encourage, and 
instruct the body of believers. We want to come 
alongside of the church, to complement the church. 
We want our students to participate in the church 
and we can strengthen the church. As an academic 
institution, we can aid the church in how to think 
about certain biblical issues, giving them a rationale, 
an apologetic for this world in which we live. I think 
we can aid in that way. 

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Winter 2 11 

Y Homecoming 
20 11 

op this" must have 
been the unofficial 
Homecoming 2011 
theme, as members 
of the Class of 1986 — celebrating 
their 25th anniversary reunion — 
challenged succeeding classes to 
top their numbers and enthusiasm 
in years to come. 

Alumni Director David 
Tromanhauser acknowledged, 
with some prodding, that the 
43 Class of '86 members in 
attendance at their reunion dinner 
even surpassed his class's (1980) 
record, a point of good-natured 
contention that carried over to 
Saturday's alumni awards dinner. 
At that event, Diane (Dempsey) 
Sirmans, '86, was named Alumnus 
of the Year, to the cheers of her 

But one aspect of homecoming 
that won't be easily surpassed is 
the record that Jim Morring has 
set as Bryan's oldest alumnus. 
Once again, alumni sang "Happy 
Birthday" to Mr. Morring, and 
members of the advancement 
staff presented him with a cake 
honoring his 98th birthday. "Jim 
Morring is an inspiration to all of 
us," Bryan President Dr. Stephen 

Livesay said. "He has an 
enthusiastic interest in Bryan 
and is a real encouragement as 
we talk about the direction the 
college is taking." 

Mr. Morring, a member of 
the Class of 1938, retired after 
a career in the life insurance 
business and continues to 
live in Chattanooga, Tenn. "I 
just love Bryan College," Mr. 
Morring said. "If it hadn't 
been for Bryan College, I never 
would have met Jeanette (his 
late wife), and wouldn't be the 
Christian gentleman I am. I'm 
proud of what Bryan College is 
doing, and I'm very positive about 
Dr. Livesay. He's a wonderful 

He said he continues to attend 
homecoming celebrations - one 
year, several years ago, he was 
in a wheelchair because of a leg 
injury - because of his love for 
the college and the opportunity to 
stay in touch. 

Traditional activities such as 
the golf tournament and dinners 
for the 25-year class, five-year 
classes, and alumni athletics 
events were highlights of Friday's 

Nearly 150 early birds traveled 
to Fort Bluff Camp on Saturday, 

lueen JessfcWones 

many arriving in time to see 
the sun rise before enjoying a 
continental breakfast and tours of 
the facility. 

The Alumni Awards 
Dinner, following Saturday's 
homecoming soccer victory over 
Point University, included an 
update from President Livesay. 
He reminded alumni that the 
college is strongly committed 
to maintaining the reality of 
"Christ Above All" in all aspects 
of campus life. Even as methods 
change and the college expands 
online, dual enrollment, and 
non-traditional the foundational 
principles of a Christ-centered 
education are unchanging, he said. 

During the dinner Dr. Brian 
Eisenback, '02, assistant professor 
of biology at Bryan, was named 
Young Alumnus of the Year. 


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2 11 

Diane (Dempsey) Sirmans, 
' 86, Alumnus of the Year, was 
recognized for her commitment 
to and involvement with the 
college; and Walt Sirmans, Diane's 
husband, was named Honorary 
Alumnus. Moises Drumond, '01, 
was inducted into the Athletics 
Hall of Fame. Moises was a 
two-time NCCAA All- America 
soccer player, a scholar-athlete 
three-time all conference and an 
NAIA soccer region player of the 
year. He coaches soccer at Soddy- 
Daisy Tenn., High School near 

Sandy Zen sen & Moises Drumond 

Homecoming concluded with 
a Sunday chapel service when 
the Rev. Bob Hay, '86, reminded 
alumni that they "are surrounded 
by so great a cloud of witnesses" 
(Hebrews 12:1) and are witnesses 
surrounding today's students. 
He encouraged the alumni and 
students present to run their races 
remembering Christ Above All. 

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Winter 2 1 


CjiCman (Reunion 

'51x, writes from her home in 
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to say 
" thank you" for sending Bryan 
Life each quarter. She remembers 
fondly her Bryan days, teachers, 
and classmates, and said she hopes 
"today's Bryan students have as 
much fun as we had." She asks 
alumni to pray for her and her 
ministry in public schools in El 
Paraiso, Honduras. 

CHRIS, '94, and CHANIN 
KIM (BOWLES), '91, and Ben 
SMITH; and JEFF, '94, and Jessica 

JENNINGS had their own reunion 
in Richmond, Va., in July. Chanin 
reports they had a great time 
catching up with each other. 

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 in. long. He joins big sister 
Celia Grace, 4. Brent and Tar a are 
raising support to join Engineering 
Ministries International as full- 
time missionaries. Brent hopes 
to serve in the Colorado Springs 
home office as project manager. 
He continues to work at LCA, an 
architectural firm, while Tara stays 
at home and occasionally teaches 
English as a second language in the 


Benjamin Foster were married 
April 30, 2011. Alumni in the 
wedding party included the bride's 
sisters, KIMBERLY (BERRY) 
(BERRY) BYRD, '07; and MARY 
(MACLEAN) JACKSON, '00; and 
'01. Jennifer is the high school 
Bible teacher at North Asheville 
Christian School and Ben is a 
salesman at Leicester Carpet Sales. 

both '02, announce the adoption 
of their daughter, Esther Grace, 
on May 25, 2011. Gracie joins big 
brothers Ethan and Micah, and big 
sister Abigail. The Kendall family 
lives in Chesapeake Beach, Md. 

Jeannine Leach 

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Christ Above All 16 Winter 2011 

(pauCo£ 'Erin Jamieson 


'03, received the "Best Actor in a 
Short Film" award for his role in 
the independent film // Father(s) // 
at the Twain Harte Film Festival 
in California in September 2011. 
The festival's programming 
director said, "Your film was very 
well received and was one of our 
committee favorites." The film was 
written, produced, and directed by 

SCOTT, '04x, and ALLYSSA 
announce the birth of their second 
son, Avery Teagyn, on June 23, 
2011. Avery weighed 10 lbs., 5 oz., 
and was 21 inches long. He joins 
big brother Ay den Tayte, 2. After 
working for more than seven years 
in the psychology field, Allyssa 
became a work-at-home mom after 
Ay den was born. Scott is senior 
pastor at Idlewild Baptist Church 
in Athens, Tenn., where the family 
lives. He recently became the 
special industry coordinator at the 
Tennessee Technology Center in 

Xeelan e£jLu6ree Carpenter 

ERIN HIGBEE, '05, and John 
Paul Jamieson were married July 
16, 2011. Erin and John live in 
Holly Spring, N.C., where Erin 
teaches fifth grade. She earned 
her Master's degree in special 
Education at the University of 
North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 

Keelan Carpenter were married 
Aug. 6, 2011 in Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Aubree works for the Epilepsy 
Foundation of Southeast Tennessee 
as the education service director, 
and Keelan is studying computer 
science at the University of 

GLADE, '06, and BETHEL 
announce the birth of their 
daughter Madeline Irene, on July 
3, 2011. Madeline weighed 8 lbs., 2 
oz., and was 20 Vi inches long. The 
Smith family lives in Elm Creek, 

JOANNE OLSON, '08, and 
Bryce Thomas were married 
June 4, 2011, in Winchester, Va. 

(Bryce €L Joanne Thomas 

Alumni in the wedding party 
ROTH, '08; and HOLLI 
(MANCINI) POOL, '08. Alumni 
attending included LEANNE 
NIEZWAAG, '07; ROB, '05, 
(BRANSON) ALLEN, '08; and 
Thomases live in Chattanooga 

GORKOM) WADE, both '08, 
announce the birth of their son, 
Quinn Rhys, on Sept. 11, 2011. 
Quinn weighed 7 lbs., 13.5 oz., and 
was 20 Vi inches long. He joins big 
sister Aurora, 2. The Wade family 
lives in Wooster, Ohio, where Wil 
works for the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture developing software 
for data generated by a soft wheat 
flour lab. Regina is a work-at- 
home mom. 

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Quinn o£ Aurora Wade 

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Cjrace Jiughes 

JUSTIN HIPP, '09, and Anna 
Roberts, a current student, were 
married July 23, 2011, in Lookout 
Mountain, Tenn. Alumni in the 
wedding included PATRICK 
GROSS, '08; and ROY SMITH, 
'08; and current students Alexis 
Landry and Caitlin Hawkins. 

ROBINSON, '11, were married in 
Atlanta, Ga., April 8, 2011. CALEB 
FENDRICH, '08, was a member of 
the wedding party. DJ and Shelby 
live in Columbia, S.C., where DJ 
works for Southern Wesley an 

University and Shelby is a physical 
therapy student at the University 
of South Carolina. 


CHAD, '10, and RENEE 

announce the birth of their 
daughter, Grace Estelle, on July 11, 
2011. Grace weighed 10 lbs., 4 oz., 
and was 22 inches long. She is the 
first grandchild for BOB, '98, and 
Tami TULLBERG, who is manager 

of the Lion's Pride campus store at 

JANDI HEAGEN, '11, has been 
awarded a John Jay Fellowship, a 
post-undergraduate educational 
and professional experience for 
men and women aspiring to public 
stations in society and the church. 
The Fellows program begins with a 
semester-long academic residency 
in the cradle of American liberty, 
Philadelphia, Pa., followed by 
an externship in a national or 
international governmental agency 
or non-governmental organization. 



the Lord [ 

ANNA HEMBERGER, '45, of Aurora, 111., died MARVIN DENTON, '67x, of Dayton, Term., died 
Aug. 19,2010 Sept. 1,2011. 

Dr. M. DEE OGDEN, '52x, of Dallas, Texas, died Dr. MALCOLM FARY, '87H, of Dayton, Tenn., died 
Dec. 13, 2010. Dec. 9, 2011. 

ROBERT PAGE, '52x, of Bemidji, Minn., died Feb. Dr. RUTH M. KANTZER, '87H, English professor 
8, 2011. emerita, of Dayton, Tenn., died Nov. 1, 2011. 

DOROTHY (ALLEN) MODERT, '52x, of LLOYD T. JONES, '94x, of Claremont, N.C., died 
Milwaukee, Wise, died Nov. 11, 2011. April 12, 2010. 

KATHERINE MORGAN, '61, of Dayton, Term., SHANNON (REYNOLDS) SMITH, '04, of 

died Oct. 19, 2011 . Birchwood, Term., died Oct. 23, 2011 . 

Christ Above All 18 Winter 20 

Ole Maude Tromonhouser 

Alumni ■ 
Director a 

you Should Have Listened To Me! 


on't you just hate it when you hear that? Usually it is my 
I loving spouse or family member calling attention to something 
I should have paid better heed to. Being an American male who 
is generally full of himself, it is a rather common occurrence. 
Anyway you should have listened. Homecoming 2011 was extraordinary. 
I must confess the Class of 1986 did their very best to surpass my great 
class, the Class of 1980. They had 43 class members return for their 25th reunion 
dinner. That is awesome! They spent the weekend laughing, crying, and catching 
up. They heard from a very grateful Scotty Hunt, who thanked them for praying for 
him and sticking by him after his near-fatal car crash their junior year. They listened, 
and fellowshipped. 

Some very dear friends drove over 13 hours and cancelled a very important 
weekend that had been planned for months, just to come back. They reconnected in 
ways they did not think possible. Friendships were rekindled after 25 years. They got to feel 
"Bryan Life" all over again! They got to see the sunrise at the edge of Ft. Bluff, one of the great 
works of God's mighty hand. HE made it special by putting a slight layer of fog through the 
valley below, and then used hundreds of colors in His wake-up call to us. A glorious moment that 
reminded us of His great goodness and provision. My friends listened, and worshipped. 

Many used the weekend to connect with favorite professors. Among them, Dr. Fary Dr. Ketchersid, and 
Dr. Spoede, who came all the way from Bryan, Texas, to talk to his former students. (I think I still owe him 
a U.S. History paper. . .) Former coaches and players relived the glory days of their youth. Coach Sandy 
Zensen, who is retiring from coaching men's soccer, shared wonderful memories with Hall of Fame inductee 
Moises Drumond. We were privileged to listen. Many were thankful they spent time with Dr. Ruth Kantzer, 
who passed away soon after. Sweet memories were created that weekend, to be relived over and over for 
many years. My friends listened, and rejoiced. 

May I ask you to listen to me now? There is something special about coming back to Bryan College. 
There is something special about the relationships and friendships. Although Homecoming is the most 
opportune time to find old friends, we are still serving daily at the Table of Fellowship. Come see what 
God is doing. We are working on a new soccer "stadium" ( , and coming 
soon will be the same for the baseball and softball venues. Come and meet some students. Talk to some old 
faculty friends. Meet Dr. Livesay You will be very impressed. Instead of saying, "You should have listened 
to me!" I look forward to saying, "Thank you for coming! Thank you for listening!" 

In His Grace, 


David Tromanhauser 
Alumni Director 

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Christ Above All 20 Winter 2011 

Reaping Benefits 

of Looking Ahead 

Looking ahead seems to be part of Maxie Green's nature, so it's no 
surprise that he decided to take advantage of Bryan's estate design 

Mr. Green spent two years as a student at Bryan, pursuing a math 
and physics degree, before transferring to the University of Tennessee at 
Knoxville to take classes not available at Bryan. He taught high school math 
in the Hamilton County, Tenn., school system before moving into administration, and served as an 
elementary and high school principal and countywide computer coordinator. 

In the 1980s, when microcomputers became affordable, he saw their potential as educational tools. 
"I set up a lab and taught teachers how to use a computer/ 7 he said. Later, he developed a computer 
education curriculum for Hamilton County schools. "I'd go to schools, see what computers they had, 
and develop a program to teach teachers how to use them. I also developed an academic management 
program for use in the high schools to keep track of student records/ 7 

In 1991, after 32 years with Hamilton County, he was asked to come to Bryan to manage the 
college's computer operations. "Bryan was in the process of developing BryanNet (the campus- wide 
computer network), and began setting up computer labs in the residence halls. Things have really 
progressed since then/ 7 he said. 

"I was here for the fire - stood outside (Mercer Hall) and watched it burn. We had just put in a half- 
million-dollar computer lab on the third floor that had computers interactive with projectors, things 
that every room has now/ 7 he said. Days of hard work got the college back to a semblance of normal, 
then turned into months of planning for reconstruction to give Mercer classrooms state-of-the-art 
computer facilities. 

Mr. Green retired from Bryan in 2004 but stayed in contact with his school, a relationship that 
stretches back to his student days. While he was at the University of Tennessee he and other Bryan 
alumni organized the Upper East Tennessee Alumni Association to help both the college and Bryan 
graduates who went on to further studies at UT. 

"I had been giving to Bryan over the years, and I knew an estate planning program existed/ 7 he 
said. "I received the literature but never took it seriously until I realized that I am going to die one 
day and that I needed to get my affairs in order. 77 At a college-sponsored seminar this past spring he 
attended an estate planning program and decided to take advantage of the opportunity presented. 

After returning home, he met with Steve Keck, Bryan's director of gift and estate design, and a 
representative of Lifestyle Giving, the organization providing technical and professional assistance for 
the estate design program. "We spent about an hour and a half gathering data, talking about my assets 
and what I wanted to do with them. We didn't make any decisions. 77 In a subsequent meeting they 
went over a suggested estate plan. "They outlined what we had talked about and pointed out what 
definite decisions I needed to make. There was no pressure, and they suggested using an experienced 
attorney to develop the documents I needed. 77 

"It was a pleasant experience/ 7 Mr. Green said. "It 7 s difficult to talk about your demise, but it's 
better to get it all down in writing. I think a lot of people ought to take advantage of this." 

For more information about the Bryan estate design program, contact Mr. Keck at steve.keck® or phone 423.775-7581. 

2 11 

W. J. Bryan 
and SciendM 

Science and Anti -science in 
Bryan's Progressive Crusade. 

by Todd Charles Wood, Director, Center for Origins R 

<n like science. I always have. 
Even as a young boy I knew 
that one day I would become 
}Jz> a scientist and do science 
for a living. I just love the 
mysteries of the world. I love 
learning new things, whether 
or not they have any practical 
value. I am as delighted with 
advances in medicine as I am 
with our increasing knowledge of 
boneworms that eat the skeletons 
of whales after they die (yes, there 
really are such things - they're 
called Osedax). Learning is fun, 
and science is a particularly nifty 
way to learn new things. 

Some might see a passionate 
science professor at William 
Jennings Bryan College as a kind 
of oxymoron. As an outspoken 
critic of evolution (which he 
called a " guess with nothing in 
the universe to support it ,/ ), the 
college's namesake isn't known for 
his love of science. In his own day, 
critics accused Bryan of spreading 
" appalling obscurantism' 7 and 
"peculiar imbecilities/ 7 Bryan 

- and creationists like me - are 
commonly believed to be anti- 
science. After all, how could you 
possibly doubt something so well- 
established as evolution? You 
might as well believe the earth is 
flat, or so the common wisdom 
would have you believe. 

On the other hand, I think 
it 7 s wise to be skeptical of what 
people say about their enemies, 
so I had my doubts about William 
Jennings Bryan as "anti-science. 77 
As I began to look through Bryan's 
writings on science, I expected 
that his ideas about evolution 
would be outmoded, since they're 
almost 100 years out of date. I 
even suspected that he was far 
too dismissive of the evidence for 
evolution available to him during 
his lifetime. But I was not at all 
sure what his approach to science 
in general would be. Would he 
see science as a benefit, or would 
he view it with suspicion? 

Having examined his very 
limited writings on science 
itself, I found that Bryan viewed 
science much as he did other 
subjects: as an opportunity to 
serve and benefit society. In 
his speech on "Man, 77 given at 
the commencement exercises 
of Nebraska State University in 
1905, Bryan extolled the virtues of 
education by noting that 

...when it is remembered that 
instruction is not purely for the 
benefit of the individual, 
but for the public as well, the 
importance of a liberal 
education becomes still more 
apparent. The person who 

understands the fundamental 
principles of science can render 
a larger service than one who 
is ignorant of the lines along 
which nature acts; mathematics 
teach exactness in thought and 
argument; literature and 
language give readiness, 
expression and illustration, 
while history equips us with 
that knowledge of the past 
which is essential to a proper 
estimate of the future. 
Bryan's progressive attitude 
shines through this passage. 
Learning - and science - is not 
merely for our own personal gain, 
but rather for the benefit of society 
as a whole. 

Bryan revealed a much more 
hardened stance on science in his 
famous anti-evolution book In His 
Image. He tried to remain positive 
about science in general, praising 
its "invaluable service to society 77 
but Bryan's criticism of evolution 

Christ Above All 


Winter 2 

revealed a more telling attitude: 
Every truth harmonizes with 
every other truth, but why 
should an hypothesis, 
suggested by a scientist, be 
accepted as true until its truth 
is established? Science should 
be the last to make such a 
demand because science to 
be truly science is classified 
knowledge; it is the explanation 
of facts. Tested by this 
definition, Darwinism is not 
science at all; it is guesses 
strung together. 
This was neither the first nor 
the last time that Bryan would 
dismiss evolution as a " guess/ 7 
and upon this point Bryan's 

critics were most vocal. In the 
New York Times of March 12, 1922, 
liberal theologian Harry Emerson 
Fosdick wrote, "When Darwin, 
after years of patient unremitting 
study, ventured his hypothesis in 
explanation of evolution ... one 
may say anything else one will 

about it except to call it a 
/ guess. ,,/ 

Oddly enough, despite 
these harsh words when 
discussing evolution, 
in another passage of 
the same book, Bryan 
generously praised 
science's contributions. 
Science contributed 
largely to the final 
victory [on 
Science proved that it 
is not immoderate drinking 
only, but any drinking that 
is harmful.... Science has also 
demonstrated ... that drinking 
decreases one's [life] 
expectancy... Science has 
shown that alcohol is a poison 
that runs in the blood. 
We could dismiss Bryan's 
statements here as political 
grandstanding, variously 
exploiting or mocking science 
as it suits his purpose, but I 
suspect there's something more 
complicated going on. 

Judged by the standards of 
his day, the validity of Bryan's 
treatment of science is quite 
ambiguous. The increasing 
availability of technological 
advances in the early twentieth 
century are well-known 
(automobiles, telephones, 
motion pictures, phonographs, 
radio broadcasts, etc.), but basic 
scientific research and education 
were also undergoing significant 
development at the same time. 
While scientists and government 
officials debated how to fund 
scientific research, new textbooks 
covering general science were 
appearing in high schools across 
the country. These science 
textbooks present a vision of 
science that isn't all that different 
from Bryan's. 

In preparing for this essay, I 
examined six different general 
science textbooks published 
from 1914 to 1918: Clark's An 
Introduction to Science, Coulter's 

Elementary Science, Barber's First 
Course in General Science, Elhuff's 
General Science, Snyder's First 
Year Science, and Caldwell and 
Eikenberry's Elements of General 
Science. I consulted these books to 
get a sense of what nonspecialists 
might think about science, thus 
better representing the common 
image of science from which the 
Great Commoner might develop 
his own views on science. 

To my surprise, only two of the 
six textbooks had introductory 
chapters that tried to explain 
what science was all about. The 
rest jumped straight into subjects 
like "The Production and Use of 
Light" (Barber) or "Interesting 
Things about the Air" (Caldwell 
and Eikenberry). Only Coulter 
and Elhuff attempted to describe 
or define science. According 
to Coulter, science is very 
technology-oriented, with an 
emphasis on what science can 
do. He wrote, "Each year new 
knowledge is added to the old, 
and this knowledge is called 
natural science." Likewise, Elhuff 
defined science as "systematically 
arranged knowledge resulting 
from careful and purposeful 

These textbooks' emphasis on 
science as organized, practical 
knowledge that benefits humanity 
largely mirrors Bryan's own ideas 

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Winter 2 11 

discussed above. Consistent with 
his progressive views, Bryan's 
attitude toward science is perhaps 
best understood as focused on 
the practical benefits rather than 
discovery for discovery's sake. In 
cases where Bryan deemed science 
to contribute positively to society 
(as in Prohibition), Bryan lavished 
science with praise, but where 
Bryan saw science like evolution 
as degrading to culture, he didn't 
merely condemn it. Instead, 
Bryan denounced it as not science 
at all. Perhaps to Bryan, science 
really was all about improving 
culture, and activities or ideas that 
did the opposite didn't deserve 
the label science at all. 

As a scientist, I find Bryan's 
notion of science as "classified 
knowledge" quite different 
from how science actually 
works. Rather than a set body 
of facts, science is actually a 
method of discovery. Scientists 
make observations and 
propose explanations for those 
observations. Ideally, these 
explanations and observations 
should be accepted only 
tentatively. Though scientists may 

judge certain ideas to be highly 
probable, hypotheses and theories 
are always vulnerable to future 
corrections, emendations, or even 
outright falsification. While we 
ought not dismiss scientific ideas 
(even evolution) as mere guesses 
like Bryan did, dogmatically 
demanding allegiance to science 
as absolute truth would be equally 

For further study 

Barber, F.D., M.L. Fuller, J.L. Prier, 
and H.W. Adams. 1916. First 
Course in General Science. 
Henry Holt and Co., New York. 

Bryan, W.J. 1912. Speeches of 
William Jennings Bryan. Volume 
2. Funk & Wagnalls Co., New 

Bryan, WJ. 1922. In His Image. 
Fleming H. Revell Co., New 

Caldwell, O.W. and W.L. 

Eikenberry 1914. Elements of 
General Science. Ginn and Co., 
New York. 

Clark, B.M. 1915. An Introduction 
to Science. American Book Co., 

New York. 
Coulter, J.G. 1917. Elementary 

Science. Charles Scribner's 

Sons, New York. 
Elhuff, L. 1916. General Science: 

First Course. D.C. Heath & Co., 

New York. 
Fosdick, H.E. March 12, 1972. 

"Attacks W.J.B." New York 

Mencken, H.L. July 14, 1925. 

"Darrow's Eloquent Appeal." 

Baltimore Evening Sun. 
Snyder, W.H. 1914. First Year 

Science. Allyn and Bacon, New 


Dr. Todd Wood 





Admissions information packet 

A personal phone call 

An invitation to visit campus 

Faculty/Staff News 

Dr. Steve Bradshaw, Dr. Clark Rose, 
and Ms. Kauri Tallant, with 22 
students, attended the American 
Association of Christian Counselors 
World Conference in Nashville, 
Tenn., Sept. 28-Oct. 1. The biannual 
conference is the largest gathering of 
Christian counselors in the world. 

Mr. Chad Byers, Mr. Jeff Eenigenburg, 
Mr. Jonathan Doran, Ms. Karie 
Harpest, Mr. Taylor Hasty, Dr. Scott 
Jones, Mr. Clint McAuley, Mr. 
Andrew McPeak, Mr. Ben Norquist, 
Aaron Porter, Ms. Danielle Rebman, 
Mr. Tim Shetter, Mr. Jon Slater, Mr. 
Ryan Smith, and Ms. Bonnie-Marie 
Yager attended the 2011 Catalyst 
Conference in Atlanta, Ga., with 47 
students in October. 

Mr. Jeff Eenigenburg and Dr. Scott 
Jones attended the 2011 North 
American Professors of Christian 
Education conference at Seattle 
Pacific University in October. 

Mr. Brad Gatlin visited the Republic 
of China as part of a U.S. Young 
Scholars delegation arranged by 
the Republic of China's Ministry of 
Foreign Affairs in September. The 
trip included briefings with a number 
of governmental, educational, and 
religious organizations. 

Dr. Peter Held and Mr. Andrew 
McPeak, with seven students, 
attended the National Conference 
on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte, 
N.C., in October. 

Dr. Scott Jones had a review of 
Amy Hanson's book Baby Boomers 
and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry 
Talents and Passions of Adults over 
50, published in Christian Education 
Journal. Dr. Jones and Mr. Jeff 
Eenigenburg attended the North 
American Professors of Christian 

Education conference at Seattle 
Pacific University in October. 

Mrs. Kimberly Keck and Dr. Sigrid 
Luther performed a song cycle with 
clarinetist Jay Craven at the October 
meeting of the MacDowell Music 
Club at Brainerd Baptist Church in 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Mr. Steve Keck recently completed 
the Lifestyle Giving Estate Design 
training program. In October, he 
passed the Series 7 Securities License 
Examination, the qualifying test 
for general securities registered 

Dr. Ray Legg traveled to Madrid, 
Spain, in September to meet with the 
Evangelical Christian Academy staff 
to explore a partnership with the 
college. He met Dr. Michele Pascucci, 
who is on sabbatical this year and 
was in Spain for a conference. 

Mrs. Corinne Livesay attended 
the Tennessee Society for Human 
Resource Management conference 
and exposition in Chattanooga in 

Dr. David Luther, a Vietnam-era 
Army veteran, was invited to sing the 
National Anthem during ceremonies 
at the Dayton La-Z-Boy plant in 

Dr. Sigrid Luther was one of two 

keyboardists for the Glenn Draper 
Concert at the Tivoli Theatre in 
Chattanooga in November. Two 
of her students won honors in the 
collegiate piano solo competition 
of the Tennessee Music Teachers 
Association in November. 

Dr. Dwight Page attended the annual 
meeting of the Swiss American 
Historical Society. As editor-in-chief 

of the Swiss American Historical 
Society Review, he gave the annual 
report on the society's publications. 

Ms. Danielle Rebman attended 
the annual forum hosted by the 
Fellowship of Short-Term Mission 
Leaders in Green Lake, Wise, in 

Ms. Kauri Tallant, Ms. Bonnie 
Spallinger, and Ms. Karie Harpest 

attended the CASE workshop, ''Dance 
of the Sexes: Celebrating the Soul 
in Single Sexuality/' at Richmond 
Graduate University in Atlanta in 

Mrs. Tami Tullberg, Lion's Pride 
Campus Store manager, was honored 
by the Tennessee Association of 
College Stores as she completed her 
term as president of the organization. 
She has served on the TASC board 
for six years, and will continue 
for another year to help the new 
president plan the 2012 convention. 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit wrote a review for 
the opening of the Chattanooga 
Symphony season for the 
Chattanooga Times Free Press on 
Sept. 25. He also performed at Oak 
Street Baptist Church in Soddy, Tenn.; 
for a Chattanooga State Technical 
Community College faculty recital; 
and for a Symphony of Praise concert 
in Ringgold, Ga., in October. 

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Winter 2 11 

iT Athletics 
lit Awards 

Cross Country 

The Men's team won the AAC 
championship for the 3rd straight year 
and finished 11th at the NAIA national 
championship. Bryson Harper finished in 
10th place at the national championship, 
making him an Ail-American for the 2nd 
straight season. Head coach Rodney 
Stoker was named the AAC Men's Cross 
Country Coach of the Year for the 3rd 
consecutive year. 

Coach of Nie Year NAIA Ail-American 

Men's Cross Counfry Team 

Women's Cross County Team 

Rodney Stoker 

Bryson Harper 

Men's All-Conference Team 
Bryson Harper Jason McLeod 

Connor Hatfield Alex Stephens 

Anthony Simpson 

Men's All-Freshman Team 
Connor Hatfield 
Madison Yates 
Chris Pineda 

AAC All-Academic Team* 
Liz Olsen Ericka Simpson 

Anders Clarke Bryson Harper 

Jason McLeod Alex Stephens 

Drew Thompson 

Women's All-Conference Team 
Alyssia Lindsay 
Ericka Simpson 

Women's All-Freshman Team 
Jessica Stockton 

Dakfronics-NAIA Scholar-Afhlefes 



Liz Olsen 

Ericka Simpson Bryson Harper 

Jason McLeod 

Alex Stephens 

Drew Thompson 

Men's Soccer Team 

Men's Soccer 

All-Conference Team 
Richard Kirk 

All-Conference Second Team 
Jorge Gonzalez Giron 

All-Conference Third Team 
Gustavo Angel Tamayo 

AAC All-Academic Team* 
Evan Collins Jordan Devlin 

Sebastian Fischer 
Richard Kirk 
Rasheed Malcolm 
Lee Rickman 

Tom Hemmings 
Andrew Knighten 
Johannes Muller 

Capital One Academic 
All-America Third Team 
Tom Hemmings 
Lee Rickman 

Capital One Academic All-District Team 
Jordan Devlin Tom Hemmings 

Sebastian Fischer Lee Rickman 

Dakfronics-NAIA 5cholar-AN-iletes 

Sebastian Fischer Tom Hemmings 

Lee Rickman 

\fter twenty-two years as head men's soccer coach, Dr. Sandy Zensen has 
Lgned that position. Dr. Zensen will continue to serve Bryan as the Director 
Athletics and will assist the soccer program in the transition and the coming 
2 season. 

Jensen finished his coaching career with a 267-134-27 record, in the top 25 
nong NAIA men's soccer coaches in total wins and winning percentage (.655). 
Dr. Zensen was named AAC Coach of the Year five times, NCCAA Mid-East 
;ional Coach of the Year six times, NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 
. .5, and NSCAA/ NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2003. He led his 
teams to postseason play 20 out of his 22 seasons at Bryan. 

In recognition of his exemplary coaching in the conference and for what he 
consistently represents on and off of the field, the Appalachian Athletic Conference men's soccer coaches have 
created an annual award in his honor. The Dr. Sandy Zensen Champion of Character Award will be given to 
the AAC male soccer player who best represents the five core values of the NAIA's Champions of Character 
program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. 

Coach Zensen said, "I have received a good number of athletic awards over the years as both a player 
and a coach. This one, however, may be the most significant award of all because it represents a career 
of achievement beyond wins and losses and recognizes the importance of character, integrity, values, and 
sportsmanship over the long haul. I am humbled by the tribute and thankful to God for permitting me some 
small measure of success and granting me the privilege of serving our student-athletes, staff, and fellow 
coaches over the years." 

Joey Johnson, who was Dr. Zensen' s first recruit at Bryan in 1990 and was his assistant coach for five 
seasons, will succeed Dr. Zensen as the head coach. 

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Winter 2 11 

Women's Soccer Team 

Women's Soccer 

The Women's Soccer Team was 
named AAC Champions of 
Character for the 4th straight year. 

All-Conference Team 
Carli (Milligan) Brown 
Stephanie Gagnon 

All-Conference Second Team 
Kaitlyn Bryant 

AII-ConferenceThird Team 
Shannon McGowan 

AAC All-Academic Team* 
Lauren Bowling Shannon McGowan 

Carli (Milligan) Brown 
Hannah Farlett 
Dorie Fleming 
Lauren Gocke 
Yuri Lopez 

Katherine Nelson 
Kate-Marie Parks 
Liz Ponto 
Jenna Rajala 
Danielle Rathbun 


Carli (Milligan) Brown 

Yuri Lopez 

Capital One Academic 
All-America Second Team 
Shannon McGowan 

Capital One Academic 
All-District Team 
Shannon McGowan 
Liz Ponto 


All-Conference Team 
Chelsie Blackburn 

All-Conference Second Team 
Corrie Walker 

All-Freshman Team 
Taylor Fink 

AAC All-Academic Team* 
Laura Adams Casey Crump 

Rebecca Adams Jessica Jones 
Chelsie Blackburn Jessica Kaya 
Chelsea Breaden Danielle Lampman 

Capital One Academic 
All-District Team 
Laura Adams 
Chelsie Blackburn 

*Men's cross country, men's soccer, women's 
soccer, and volleyball all had more members 
on the AAC All-Academic teams than any 
other school in the conference. 

Shannon McGowan 

Katherine Nelson 

Volleyball Team 

Dakfronics-NAIA Scholar-AN-iletes 

Laura Adams 

Chelsie Blackburn 

Jessica Jones 

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power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. 

Romans 15:13 

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