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Lyon Celebrates Second Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Lyon College will celebrate its second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Unity Circle on Monday, January 16, at 4 p.m. in Couch Garden.

The celebration will recognize and honor King's life and legacy and demonstrate the College's commitment to peace, justice, diversity, and unity. It will begin with brief notes from President Weatherman and Dean Cavalier and a short prayer from Chaplain Maggie Alsup and conclude with a unity circle.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will receive buttons and commemorative keepsake postcards.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Monday, January 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Biggest Winner Victors Announced

The Lyon College Office of Health and Wellness has announced the fall semester's Biggest Winner competition grand prize winners.

In the student category, Ethan Ballard won the competition, losing 14.9 percent of his body weight over 14 weeks. He has won $1,000 toward next semester's tuition.

In the faculty and staff category, Tracy Allen won the competition, losing 5.3 percent of her body weight. Allen won $500 cash.

Honorable mentions went to Mirranda Foster, who lost 4.94 percent of her body weight, making her a close second to Allen by only 0.36 percent. In the student competition, Logan Hunt lost 9.32 percent of his body weight.

The fall 2016 semester began with 12 students and 6 faculty and staff competitors, a third of who lost 5 percent or more of their starting weight. Together, the staff, faculty, and students lost a total of 121 pounds.

The health and wellness office congratulates all of the Biggest Winner participants and is thankful for their participation in this program. The contest, which began at the beginning of the semester, was open to all full-time students (excluding those in their first semester at Lyon) and all faculty and staff members with a beginning body mass index (BMI) of 25 percent or more.

The contest will begin again for the spring semester during the second week of classes, when the health and wellness office will hold an orientation meeting, first weigh-in, and sign-up. All students, faculty, and staff who meet the requirements are encouraged to sign up.

Posted by Katie Wilson at Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Lyon College Names New President

The Lyon College Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. W. Joseph (Joey) King will become the 18th president of Lyon. He will succeed Dr. Donald V. Weatherman, who is retiring. King and his family will move to Batesville next summer, and he will begin work July 1.

“The Board of Trustees is extremely excited about the election of Dr. Joey King as the next president of Lyon College. Dr. King’s broad experience, vision, and commitment to innovative liberal education will strengthen and further Lyon’s mission of shaping world changers. We welcome Dr. King to Lyon with open arms,” said board chairman Perry Wilson of Little Rock.

A Texas native, King holds a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction from the University of Washington and a B.A. with honors in computer science and experimental psychology from Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas).

King says, “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as Lyon’s next president. From its founding on the frontier in 1872, Lyon has remained true to its mission. As it approaches its sesquicentennial, it has the potential to define and become a 21st century liberal arts college of the first order. I am excited to be a part of that process and look forward to getting started in July.”

King comes to Lyon from Emory & Henry College, where he is senior advisor to the president and interim executive director at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). He previously served as NITLE’s executive director, helping almost 140 liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology to become stronger institutions.

He has worked at Rice University, Southwestern University, University of Washington, and the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business, where he was a finalist for Most Inspiring Professor.

He has also been a research scientist at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Washington, the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, and Hughes Research Laboratories. He has served as a consultant and advisor to Hanson Robotics, Microsoft, Interval Research, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Atari Games.

In addition, King has wide-ranging experience as an entrepreneur, co-founding Grifiti, a technology accessories provider; serving as president of Zama Networks, a quality of service network provider acquired by Mitsui & Co; working as chief scientist of F5 Networks, the industry leader in network traffic management; and serving as the managing director of Trinity River Ventures.

King also has extensive fundraising experience with both for-profit and non-profit organizations, having raised over $100 million in private capital for new ventures and successfully solicited over $25 million in gifts and grants for non-profits. In addition, as a trustee for Southwestern University, he served on the campaign cabinet that raised over $125 million. 

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 8 comments

Highland House Open for Events

The Highland House, formerly the home of the Hathcock family, hosted its first event last week, when Sandy Barnett reserved the space to host a luncheon and bridge party.

Barnett remembers that the house was originally occupied by the Charles Cole family and was a much smaller white frame two-story house. The Hathcocks acquired it in the late 1960s and transformed it into a much larger home, repurposing the attic to become a third floor and adding wings on the east and west sides.

Even when it was the Hathcock home, it was the site of many special events. Barnett's daughter, Lindley, was one of many young women who held their engagement announcement parties there. Charles Hathcock’s involvement with Batesville Community Theater led to several cast parties, as well as the wedding of active performers John Saltzman and Donna Wallace. It was also the location for numerous family gatherings.

Theodora Hightower remembered the house from her childhood, when she played with her friend Charlotte Cole both in the house and in a backyard playhouse.

“Mrs. Cole would sometimes fix us a picnic, and we would go down the bluff and under the bridge down the hill to eat,” she explained.

Barnett said that when she was looking around for a bridge party location, the Highland House was perfect.

“It’s a lovely place, and the prices were compatible with other places in town,” she said. “They do all the work, and I just get to come!”

Her sister-in-law, Betty Barnett, commented that the College had “done a wonderful job.”

Mary Lea commented that the Highland House was “Awesome! A lovely place, and the College has made it even lovelier.” She was “thrilled to see it still being used. The whole city will enjoy it.”

The guests enjoyed a lunch catered by Lyon’s dining services, and all agreed that the food was delicious.

The group included Marian Milam, Donna Magar, Martha Bentley, Nancy Britton, Lynn Weatherman, and Barbara Stevenson, in addition to the Barnetts, Lea, and Hightower.

To book an event at the Highland House, please contact Lyon College.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Monday, December 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Lyon College to Hold Annual Christmas Concert

The Lyon College Concert Choral and the Batesville Choral Society will present their annual Christmas concert on Friday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel.

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Oriatti, the concert choral and choral society will share the stage with the Highland Youth Singers and the Lyon College Gospel Choir.

The program will include an assortment of Christmas carols and Advent hymns, including the Austrian carol “The Shepherd’s Carol,” the Navajo prayer “Now I Walk in Beauty,” and the traditional “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

The program will also feature soloist Jessica Craven, ’17, performing the English carol “The Holy and the Ivy.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at Friday, November 25, 2016 | 0 comments