Dr. Livesay Gives "Hopeful" Address At Bryan

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - by Chloe Ann Nardone, Bryan College
Dr. Stephen Livesay
Dr. Stephen Livesay

Bryan College President Stephen Livesay gave his 11th annual State of the College address, showing Bryan College faculty and staff the blessings and challenges that come with the opening of the 2013-2014 academic year.

This year Bryan has experienced an increase in overall enrollment to a projected 1,760 students, continuing an 11-year upward trend despite a slight decrease in the number of traditional resident students.

"Times are changing, and we must provide and develop options for traditional-age students in a way that’s consistent with who we are,” Dr. Livesay pointed out, and Bryan has risen to the challenge by offering multiple avenues for those pursuing a college education.  One path is to take two years of courses online and transfer to the physical campus during junior year.  Another is to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree entirely online.

Bryan’s dual enrollment program continues to grow, presently partnering with 19 Christian schools to serve nearly 450 students in five states.  These schools have decided to work with Bryan because of the strong Christian worldview put forth in the curricula and courses, which are produced entirely by Bryan College faculty, officials said.

The president announced that the 12 steps proposed in January to improve Bryan’s financial situation have all been effectively completed, resulting in over $670,000 in savings since the beginning of the year.  “We continue to lay ourselves before the Lord each day and are on our way to end the year in the black.”

Dr. Livesay went on to express his anticipation for what this academic year may bring.  Bryan College is currently in its year of decennial reaffirmation and has been preparing for reviews for SACS accreditation.  Residence halls, Mercer hall, and several college-owned houses have undergone modifications and updates to improve their aesthetics and serviceability. 

“Regardless of where we are and what the modality of education is; we must continue to keep Christ first, we must continue to keep Christ above all; we must continue to keep the mission of the college  fundamental to all we do,” Dr. Livesay said.

The address was concluded with all faculty and staff joining together in song: 

     All is well with my soul.

     He is God, in control. 
     I know not all His plans,
     But I know I’m in His hands.

Lee University Food Bank Receives Grant From Food Lion

Food Lion awarded a $5,000 grant to Lee University’s Food Bank.  A group of representatives from Food Lion and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank visited the university to volunteer on campus for the day.  As part of its “Feed Great Pantry Makeover” initiative, Food Lion contacted the Chattanooga Area Food Bank for recommendations for the grant. After being considered with ... (click for more)

Belvoir Christian Academy Holds Fall Festival

Belvoir Christian Academy held its Fall Festival to help raise funds for its Parent-Teacher League. The event has been an annual tradition in the community for over 60 years and helps the parent group purchase "Teacher Wish List" items for classrooms as well as update technology within the school.  The event included a variety of games and crafts as well as vendors, ... (click for more)

Attorney Patrick Says Chattanooga Is "Most Logical Place" For Consolidating Volkswagen Lawsuits; Hearing Set Dec. 3

Attorney Gary Patrick said Chattanooga is "the most logical place for consolidating the Volkswagen litigation because it is the only location in the country where VW vehicles are being produced." Attorney Patrick, of the local firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman and Jacoway, said a hearing is set Dec. 3 in New Orleans on the issue. A host of lawsuits seeking class action status ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death On Hooker Road; Man Injured; Suspect Being Interviewed

A young woman was stabbed to death on Hooker Road early Friday morning and a man was injured. At approximately 1:54 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a stabbing at the 4000 block of Hooker Road. There police located Angel Evans, 33, deceased. She was stabbed multiple times. A second person, Gerald Nelson, 24, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffle bag full of automatic attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)