Current Lyon College students may want to use the summertime to advance their degree plans and even save a bit on tuition in the process. From business and economics courses to chemistry or Spanish, Lyon College offers a variety of courses during the summer in both online and traditional formats at a reduced tuition rate of $250 per semester hour.
Dr. Mahbubul Kabir, who will teach Principles of Economics II (ECO102) and Statistical Applications in Business (BUS323), is one of the professors using an online format. "Summer sessions provide a way for students to stay on track and knock a course out quickly, or even just tackle something stimulating over the summer to keep their minds engaged," Kabir said.
“The online sessions give flexibility for students who wish to take a three-hour course as an elective or as part of their business and economics core,” he added.
The first set of summer courses, including Dr. Kabir's, will begin on May 28 and lasts four weeks while others start July 8 and run through early August. For more, visit mylyon.edu and search for summer course schedules or contact the Registrar's Office at 870-307-7203.
The phrase “a bird’s-eye view” took on a new meaning as the spring semester wrapped up at Lyon College. Several art students celebrated the completion of their final project, a 3-D sculpture fittingly titled "Bird's-Eye," resembling a giant bird's nest. To build the sculpture, students repurposed discarded branches and tree limbs cleared earlier in the year to improve the view near the bike trail beyond the Lyon Building.
Students Kendra Bell, Billy Goode, Haven Johnson, Bonnie Roberts, and Brianna Sanchez, led by Professor Maggie Gayle, opened the sculpture to public viewing on May 8.
Lyon College conferred 127 degrees to the 2019 graduating class on Saturday, May 11, in its 147th commencement ceremony.
Keynote speaker Dr. Thomas A. Furness, III, professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, shared on his experiences as a virtual reality pioneer and military scientist. He originally wanted to be an astronaut, but his life went in another direction that he says unfolded in ways even more favorable than he imagined.
“I pray that your journey into the heavens as you blast off will be thrilling, full of wonder and memories and that you have some good favors in your life that help you go in other directions you may think that will be better than the ones you necessarily planned on,” Furness said.
“Think about what lies ahead,” he said. “Yes, you’ll be leaving here, but you really never will leave here because you’ll be accumulating more and more of these memories as far as you go.”
Additional speakers included Taylor Donnerson, student government association president and Samantha Sharp, senior class president.
Perry Wilson, chairman of the Lyon College Board of Trustees, announced Dr. Wesley Beal, associate professor of English, as the recipient of the Lamar Williamson Prize for Faculty Excellence. The Board of Trustees established the Williamson Prize in 1979 in memory of Lamar Williamson. A memorial fund established by the late J. Gaston Williamson supports the silver cup and stipend awarded to the Williamson Prize recipient.
Dr. David Hutchison, vice president of advancement, also welcomed the graduates into the alumni community.
“We have made an investment in you to go and make a difference in the world, and I challenge you to stay invested in this place,” he said.
Eight graduates also received special honors and awards during the ceremony:
Shanae Snow, Alma Cole Metcalf Endowed Scholarship Award
Ali Tucker, John T. and Diana March Dahlquist Scholar Athlete Award
Jaylin Finley, Dr. Margaret Pruden Lester Fellowship
Savannah Youngblood, Daniel Seibert Fellowship
Cassidy Mitchell, Dr. Samuel W. Williams Fellowship
Victoria Hutcheson, Dr. Ellis E. and Mary Newton Mosley Fellowship
Natalie Milligan, Dr. and Mrs. John D. Spragins Memorial Award
Jordan Trant, Charles H. Coffin Scholarship Medal
The following students were candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree:
Kelsey Dawn Adams, cum laude
William Cade Almond
Madison Lee Bangert
Kendra L Bell
Joshua Adam Burcham, cum laude
Elizabeth Jean Caplinger
Chase M. Chalk, cum laude
Tacker J.R. Colbert
Nichole Shingleur Cook, magna cum laude
Cedric O'neal Cooney Jr.
Caden Wayd Copeland
William Aaron Crawford
James Robert Davis
Joyce De Freitas Barbosa
Taylor Adline Donnerson
Emily Shay Dyer
Jaylin Layne Finley, summa cum laude
Debra K. Fletcher, summa cum laude
Jake Erin Fox
Samantha Marie French
Allison Faith Garrett
Raymond James Gill
Charlie Marie Gills
Garrison Chase Gravett
Laramie Chase Hall
Anna Elizabeth Haney, magna cum laude
Brooks Logan Harral
Tanner O. Harris, magna cum laude
Alyssa Morgun Henson
Ridge D. Hester
Victoria Lynn Hutcheson, magna cum laude
Jessica Ann Ivy
Robert Turner Kennedy
Donald Elijah Keys
Matthew Cleveland Kirkpatrick, cum laude
David Joseph Knight, cum laude
Ryan Michael Lewis
Royce Valentine LoBianco
Caily Rianne Marie Mendez
Zoya Miller, magna cum laude
Cassidy Ann Mitchell, magna cum laude
Rachel Lin Norman
Kacy Jane Perkins
Jennifer Hidy-Pitts, magna cum laude
José Tomás Poblete Romero
Hannah M. Qualls
Lucas H. Ried
Alex Rubio Leal
Roxanne Scott, cum laude
Joshua Settimio, cum laude
Samantha Ann Sharp, cum laude
Madison Taylor Smith
Hannah Smithee, magna cum laude
ShaNae B. Snow, cum laude
Toby Layne Stipp
Randi Thompson, cum laude
Abbigale E. Vanaman
William Tyler Vanlandingham
Braylon Wehrmann, cum laude
Michaela Joyce West, cum laude
Kyle J West
Amanda Jewel Weston
Madisson M. Williams
Kenneth Andres Wilson
Olivia Marie Wolfram
Savannah Youngblood, summa cum laude
The following students were candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree:
Madelyn Nicole Anderson
Devon Reeves Austin, magna cum laude
Stephen James Benedik, cum laude
Alice Faye Bewley, magna cum laude
Justin Lee Bird
Christian Cain, cum laude
Joshua Blake Caldwell
Joel Riley Caraway, cum laude
Garett Stevens Denton
Daniel Isaiah Dunham
Omar Fabila Nieto
Jonathan Followell, summa cum laude
Amanda Marie Ford, cum laude
Joshua Ryan Green
Keifer Erich Hartwig, magna cum laude
Alec Sean Hester, summa cum laude
Andrew Doyan Hyde
Antanas Krimelis, cum laude
Tressa Lee Linson, cum laude
Leiliani Naivi Lopez
Joseph Toetuuolamou'i Mahe
Mekhi David Malvo-McFall
Andrew William Maxwell
Ignacio Andrés Milla Munez
Natalie Tate Milligan, summa cum laude
Eric Ekene Moses
Jacqueline Rebecca Neal
Emily Joyce Oldman
Brandon Tyler Olsen
Tanner James Seibel
Zachary N. L. Stewart
Hannah Faith Stucky
Clark Wesley Thornton
Jordan Trant, summa cum laude
Ali Blaine Tucker, summa cum laude
Nicholas C. Vasquez, magna cum laude
Two years ago, Zachary Stewart, ‘19, was a nursing student at a state university with a need for stout coffee. Now graduating from Lyon College with his B.S. in business administration, he’s opening his own coffee shop in Batesville, Nova Joe’s.
Before transferring to Lyon to play football, Stewart discovered a drive-through coffee shop that served as the inspiration for his business.
“I actually started working with them to originally open [a coffee shop] as a franchise,” he said.
That changed following an entrepreneurship class in which the final exam was a business pitch competition hosted by Enactus, an on-campus entrepreneurship organization. Local investors came to hear the students’ pitches, which proved pivotal.
“It helped me really realize that [Nova Joe’s] was actually achievable,” Stewart said. “[During the pitch,] I had three or four people say, ‘what’s the benefit to [a franchise] as opposed to opening your own?’ Unless it’s a big brand… It [isn’t] really that big of a payoff.”
Soon after, one of those investors, Frank Tripp, called Stewart to offer land and materials to help build the business.
“A week later, I called him back and said ‘I want to do this,’” Stewart said, whose first order of business was to secure a loan from First Community Bank in Batesville.
“When I went to the bank, and I told them I was from Lyon, you wouldn’t believe the difference that made,” he said.
Then, with the help of Lyon’s business law professor, Dr. Leigh King, Stewart finalized Nova Joe’s LLC on March 14, and construction began in April.
Stewart has not only started his own business, but he is also building it.
“I asked [Tripp] for a timeline and it was way off, and I said, ‘well, what if I came and helped?’ I would like to try and open more in the future if I could. If I can go ahead and learn how to do this, I can do it myself.”
Nova Joe’s will have two windows, serving two cars at a time. However, Stewart plans to incorporate line-busting, a concept he says is not seen anywhere in town.
“If there’s a long line, we’ll send people out like three cars back, so we can actually do four cars at a time,” he explained. “Nobody else in town currently does that.”
Stewart wants to be involved in the community, and Nova Joe’s is his way to help out. He plans to serve coffee at Southside and Batesville football games, donate to the schools’ band programs, and hold later hours during college exam weeks.
Nova Joe’s is expected to open at the end of May. For more information, visit the Nova Joe’s Coffee Facebook page.
Lyon College art students have been busy the past few weeks repainting the historic Coca-Cola mural in downtown Batesville. Painting on approximately a 30-by-90 foot canvas brings big opportunities for the students, including Coca-Cola paying them for their work.
“Having this on your resume [that you’re] working for Coca-Cola is kind of huge,” said senior art student Kacy Perkins. “Because of the mural class we’ve had, I’ve gotten other [projects].”
Perkins said she has been asked to work in costuming with San Francisco Ballet when she returns home after graduation. She isn’t the only one enjoying the fruits of her labor.
Senior art student Mckinley Streett will move to Florence, Italy, after graduation to attend the Studio Arts College International. Streett said her favorite part of repainting the historic mural is the “unique opportunity” to paint an advertisement and to be paid by Coca-Cola.
“I’m not afraid of a 30-by-90 foot canvas anymore,” Streett said. “I probably would not have been able to have this opportunity without Lyon.”
Lyon’s Associate Professor of Art Dustyn Bork taught a murals class last semester which resulted in Lyon art students working on other murals in the Batesville community.
Senior art student and Batesville native, Morgun Henson, said the community’s response to repainting the mural has been overwhelmingly positive, and she is happy to see murals in Batesville “blooming.”
“Art is becoming a growing, important part of our town, which is really awesome, especially as a Batesville native because I love Batesville, and I love art, so it’s great to see those two combined,” Henson said.
Henson is taking a directed study with Bork, focusing on mural painting. She recently completed a mural at White River Medical Center, and she has started another mural downtown.
To repaint the large-scale mural, Bork and his students have been using a lift to scale the building, donated by MCS Construction, and they are using paint donated from Home Depot and Behr.
The opportunity to repaint the mural, which Bork said was originally painted in the late 1920s or early 1930s, came about when the Batesville Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director and Lyon graduate, Kyle Christopher, contacted Bork.
“Kyle’s been really instrumental at making this happen,” said Bork. “[The mural] was clinging for dear life, and [Christopher] orchestrated it [being repainted].”
At Christopher’s suggestion, Bork and his students wrote a proposal to Coca-Cola requesting funding, which Coca-Cola granted. The Batesville Chamber of Commerce and the non-profit Main Street Batesville also contributed funds and materials.
Bork’s favorite part about repainting the mural is his students.
“They’re really taking ownership of this,” he said. “Their craftsmanship is impeccable. I have confidence in any one of them that they could, from start to finish, execute a large-scale mural like this on their own.”
The mural is expected to be finished next week. The Batesville Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 9, at 2 p.m., on the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street to celebrate the mural.
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