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Lyon College Symphonic Winds to perform concert full of color

The Lyon College Symphonic Winds will kick off its spring season with its “Red, White, and Blue” concert on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel.

Under the direction of Montgomery Hill, the symphonic winds will share the stage with the Baptist Preparatory High School Band from Little Rock, directed by Lyndsey Leggitt.

The program will include an eclectic assortment of songs, including “The White Eagle,” a Polish rhapsody; “Blue and Green Music,” an ode to Georgia O’Keefe’s painting of the same name; and “Our Own Red, White and Blue,” a march composed by the great Henry Filmore during World War I. The program will also feature a bluegrass rendition of “Cotton-Eyed Joe,” featuring Lyon College Associate Professor of History Mark Wallace on the banjo.

The concert will conclude with Lyon College senior Jessica Utley singing the Rogers and Hart ballad “Blue Moon” and the symphonic winds' performing W. C. Handy's jazz favorite “St. Louis Blues."

The event, sponsored by the Lyon College Band Program, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the concert.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 0 comments

Lyon students present at Summer Experience Fair

On Tuesday, January 17, Lyon College students, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered on campus for the first annual Summer Experience Fair (SEF), and interactive event that encouraged students to engage in resume-building experiential learning during their summer break.

During the fair, 17 students presented their summer jobs, internships, academic travel, research positions, service, and other opportunities. 

 “At Lyon, we understand that students will need both a college degree and experience to compete for opportunities after graduation,” said Director of Career Services Annette Castleberry. “Many times the best teachers are our peers.  That’s why we provide this forum for upperclassmen to share their summer experiences with other students.”    

Student presenters gained familiarity articulating their experiences just as they would in future job interviews. Student attendees learned valuable insights in finding relevant experience to help make them marketable to prospective employers, such as funding sources and finding opportunities. They also learned whether or not the presenters’ experiences influenced their academic and career goals. 

Lyon alumni Brent Williams, ’98, Bethany Wallace, ’01, Jake Severs, ’08, and Frances Winfrey, ’12, served as judges for the event. For each student presentation, they evaluated verbal presentation, visual aid, and professionalism.  

The panel of judges selected business major Leilani Ocasio, '18, as the winner of the SEF. Ocasio’s presentation on her internship with Sam’s Club earned her top marks and the college’s $1,000 scholarship prize. 

When asked whether or not he enjoyed attending the SEF, junior anthropology major Cody Richardson responded with gratitude and enthusiasm.

“I’m definitely glad I did it," he said. "It was a great opportunity for us to strengthen our communications skills, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.” 

Richardson shared his internship at Historic Mesquite Inc., where he engaged in a variety of museum tasks, from tours and education to digs and preservation.   

For more information about the Summer Experience Fair, please visit the Lyon College Career Center’s Facebook page

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Lyon art students attend printmaking symposium

On Thursday, January 26, the Department of Art and Design printmakers at Arkansas State University held a printmaking symposium celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition (DNSPE).

The symposium featured an array of undergraduate and graduate printmakers, including Lyon College art majors McKinley Street, '19, and Hannah Qualls, '19. Street and Qualls demonstrated their technique for applying a large scale woodcut mural to a wall. Graduated students from the University of Arkansas, the Tamarind Institute, and Arkansas State University, as well as professional artists, also gave demonstrations. Topics ranked from technical printmaking to more contemporary applications, including printing with fire, blood, and cast concrete.

Lyon students Edmund Bork, '17, Hannah Del Angel, '18, and Kaitlyn Penn, '19, also attended the symposium alongside Associate Professor of Art Dustyn Bork. 

The event conclude by celebrating the 21st DNSPE opening at the Bradbury Art Museum.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Monday, January 30, 2017 | 0 comments

Lyon College Pipe Band to form juvenile band

The Lyon College Pipe Band is forming a juvenile band that will offer free piping and drumming lessons to area youth between the ages of 10 and 17. The band is recognized nationally and internationally, and Pipe Major James Bell is one of the top professional pipers, judges, and instructors in North America. Interested students will learn either pipes or drums in the traditional Scottish style, earn opportunities to perform and compete, and may eventually qualify for a scholarship at Lyon College in the Scottish Heritage Program.

Lessons are free of charge, but piping students must provide their own practice chanter, which costs about $75. Drumming students must provide their own sticks and practice pad. Pipers will eventually need to acquire bagpipes. Senior pipers will assist students in finding a quality chanter and bagpipes. Instructional materials and music will be provided.

Lessons will take place on Wednesday evenings in both group and individual settings based on student progress. Students will be expected to practice between lessons for a minimum of 15-30 minutes per day in order to progress at a reasonable rate.

The program also offers instruction in Highland dance for children over the age of four.

Adults who are interested in taking lessons or becoming involved in the program are also welcome but will meet on a different night and matriculate into the existing band, which consists of Lyon College students and individuals from the surrounding area.

For further information, please contact James Bell at 870-307-PIPE (870-307-7473) or

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Music faculty to present vocal and piano recital

Lyon College Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Michael Oriatti will present his vocal recital “Musical Impressions” on Saturday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Bevens Music Room of Brown Chapel.

Pianist Dr. Sarah Weston, ’91, will accompany Oriatti as he performs a selection of vocal pieces coordinated with a visual art presentation.

The event is free and open to the public.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | 0 comments