History professor Dr. Christopher White will present a lecture on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Nucor Auditorium.
The lecture, titled “El Chapo in Context: A History of the Mexican Cartel Complex,” will discuss the complexity of multibillion dollar Mexican drug cartels, their increasing control, and the devastating power they wield.
White is associate professor of Latin American history at Marshall University, where he teaches courses on Latin America, the developing world, and U.S. foreign relations.
White’s research interests include Latin American history, revolutionary movements, and U.S. foreign policy with emphasis on the drug wars of the U.S. and Latin America. He is the author of Creating a Third World: Mexico, Cuba, and the United States during the Castro Era; The History of El Salvador; and A Global History of the Developing World. He is currently working on a new book on the drug war which he intends to release in the summer of 2018.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Lyon College will hold its Spring Fest on Saturday, March 25, from 4-7 p.m. on Couch Garden.
The event, sponsored by the College’s Student Activities Council, will feature bounce houses, free henna tattoos, student and faculty booths, a Batesville Area Arts Council booth, the Mobile Dog (a local food truck), and a concert by 2014 Voice contestant Jordan Searcy.
At only 20 years old, Searcy has found incredible success after appearing on the Voice. As an artist, he embodies the sounds of Ed Sheeran and John Mayer and possesses world-class guitar playing skills, rhythmic lyricism, and heart-wrenching emotion drenched in soul-bearing showmanship.
This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public. In the case of rain, the event will move to the Temp.
The Lyon College Jazz Band will host an evening of jazz favorites on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Melba Theater in historic downtown Batesville.
Under the direction of Monty Hill, the jazz band will share the stage with the Batesville High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Phillip Shewmaker, and the River View High School Jazz Band from Searcy, Arkansas, under the direction of Trey Reely.
The performance will also feature saxophonist Dr. Earl Hesse, trombonist Dr. Sim Flora, and jazz vocalist Leslie Oden.
The event, sponsored by the Lyon College Band Program, is free and open to the public.
The band would like to thank the Melba Theater for welcoming these student musicians into its establishment as they carry on a true American art form.
Lyon College’s jazz band, pipe band, and art department will come together to present “A Lyon College Showcase” on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock.
The concert will showcase not only talented Lyon College students but also acclaimed guest artists from the central Arkansas area.
The jazz band, under the direction of Monty Hill, will welcome saxophonist Dr. Earl Hesse, trombonist Dr. Sim Flora, and jazz vocalist Leslie Oden. The program will consist of legendary big band classics.
The pipe band, under the direction of Jimmy Bell, will present an evening of Celtic music and Highland dancing. Bell is an internationally acclaimed bagpiper and leads the award-winning pipe band at Lyon.
Following the concert, the College will host a reception at which concert-goers can view wonderful works of art created by student artists under the leadership of Associate Professor of Art Dustyn Bork.
Admission to this event is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the Wildwood Park for the Arts website.
On Tuesday, February 28, Lyon College’s Introduction to Leadership class met with Mayor Rick Elumbaugh and Director of Parks Jeff Owens to learn about the planning process behind the new and upcoming developments in Batesville.
Throughout the day, Elumbaugh and Owens instructed Lyon's leadership students on infrastructure, economic development, compelling public interest and support, and the process of building a multimillion-dollar community center.
“It was very interesting to watch how leaders in our community interact and work together to accomplish such big projects like the recreational center,” said ShaNae Snow, '19.
With Owens at the helm, the leadership students toured the brand-new Batesville Community Center and interacted with Owens and Elumbaugh for over an hour, discussing their own various experiences within the community.
Damon Akin, '17, stated that the number of amenities and the wide range of features the new community center offers will increase community activity and help serve as a hub for both economic and community growth within Batesville.
“As an individual interested in hospitality and parks and recreation, I really enjoyed hearing the minute details about the community center project,” he said. “Recreation and municipal parks services are both crucial aspects of community that will help Batesville residents stay healthy and satisfied with their lives.”
Akin, who graduates from Lyon in May, hopes to become a director of parks himself in the future. After graduation, he will attend the University of Arkansas.
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