Lyon College would like to congratulate the members of its student body who made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. The College applauds their hard work and perseverance towards their academic studies - to be included on the Dean’s List, each student must earn 3.75 GPA or higher for the semester. For the Fall 2017 semester, 118 students achieved that goal.
In-state students on the list include Kelsey Adams from Judsonia, AR; Jordan Allred from Harrison, AR; Sarajane Armstrong from Forrest City, AR; Marisa Ayers from Searcy, AR; Nathaniel Ayers from Cave City, AR; Kristen Blagg from Joiner, AR; Lauryn Bocox from Texarkana, AR; Johnathan Brightwell from Cave City, AR; Brian Bumpous from Bradford, AR; Samuel Burchfield from Wooster, AR; Becca Burrow from Brinkley, AR; Bethany Butler from Hot Springs, AR; Chase Chalk from Conway, AR; William Clark from Floral, AR; Eden Coker from Little Rock, AR; Ashley Crafton from Cave City, AR; Sabrina Denmon from Mena, AR; Taylor Donnerson from West Memphis, AR; Cole Duncan from Batesville, AR; Logan Dunn from Judsonia, AR; Zoe Dye from Rogers, AR; Mae Dyer from Texarkana, AR; Evelyn Embry from Hindsville, AR; Jaylin Finley from Searcy, AR; Debra Fletcher from Concord, AR; Amanda Ford from Batesville, AR; Linda Fowler from Jacksonville, AR; McKinley Fox from Batesville, AR; Allison Green from Cave City, AR; Ashley Green from Cave City, AR; Abigail Grimes from Maumelle, AR; Mindy Hamilton from Jordan, AR; Anna Haney from West Memphis, AR; Leah Hanson from Little Rock, AR; Addison Harmon from Greenbrier, AR; Keifer Hartwig from Ward, AR; Judy Heang from Jonesboro, AR; Alyssa Henson from Batesville, AR; Alec Hester from Blytheville, AR; Michael Humphrey from Cave City, AR; Michael Hunter from Harrisburg, AR; Olivia Iriana from North Little Rock, AR; Christen Johnson from El Paso, AR; Kendra Kelley from Batesville, AR; Jennifer Keys from Harrison, AR; Kullins Koelling from Salem, AR; Miranda Lamb from Clinton, AR; Breanna Langford from Benton, AR; Dimir Leftwich from Little Rock, AR; Olivia Lynch from Alpena, AR; Makenzie McDonald from Batesville, AR; Madison MgGraw from Beebe, AR; Morgan Miller from Cave City, AR; Zoya Miller from Batesville, AR; Natalie Milligan from Lake City, AR; Cassidy Mitchell from Batesville, AR; Allison Mundy from Bryant, AR; Lillian Osier from Vilonia, AR; Seth Parker from Bentonville, AR; Jacob Perkins from Jonesboro, AR; Katelyn Platt from Tuckerman, AR; John Poe from Lake City, AR; Hannah Qualls from Batesville, AR; Haley Reed from Batesville, AR; Kristina Rodgers from Batesville, AR; Kyle Rose from Clarkridge, AR; Jared Self from Russellville, AR; Robert Shackleford from Smithville, AR; Allison Shirley from Bradford, AR; John Sifford from Hot Springs, AR; Kiara Sims from Rogers, AR; Emerson Smith from Little Rock, AR; Shanae Snow from Cave City, AR; Keith Stoltzfus from Concord, AR; Hannah Templin from Violet Hill, Ar; Tyler Tognarine from Batesville, AR; Madison VanGinhoven from Mammoth Spring, AR; Kollin Walters from Jonesboro, AR; Zachary Ward from Russellville, AR; Jordan Webb from Mount Pleasant, AR; Morgan Webb from Perryville, AR; Nathan Wilson from Mountain View, AR; Kayli Womack from Lake City, AR; Riley Young from West Memphis, AR; and Savannah Youngblood from Melbourne, AR.
Out-of-state students honored on the Dean’s List include Joshua Abel from Jensen Beach, FL; Mikaela Buckley from Browerville, MN; Matthew Daugherty from Olive Branch, MS; Elissa Douglass from League City, TX; Edith Flores from Elmhurst, IL; Amelia Gayle from Fort Worth, TX; Ayden Henry from Thayer, MO; Ridge Hester from Poplar Bluff, MO; Zachary Hodge from Olive Branch, MS; Kayla Holloway from Porterville, CA; Victoria Hutcheson from East Prairie, MO; David Knight from Sarasota, FL; Benjamin Lambert from McKinney, TX; Alexander Miles from Sandy, UT; Adrienne Moran from Edmond, OK; Ramon Patino from Allen, TX; Kacy Perkins from Napa, CA; John Pruden from Allen, TX; Nicole Sanders from Pineville, LA; Joshua Settimio from Pensacola, FL; Kristyn Skelton from Kennett, MO; Madison Smith from Sikeston, MO; Jordan Trant from McKinney, TX; Lindsay Truitt from Cypress, TX; Ali Tucker from Sikeston, MO; Trent Webb from Kingwood, TX; Marielle Webster from Concord, NH; and Braylon Wehrmann from LaRue, TX.
International students on the Dean’s List include Kyung Lee from Seoul, South Korea; Arne Meyer from Schwanewede, Germany; Iva Popovic from Novi Sad, Serbia; Keli Romas from Donvale, Victoria, Australia; and Faris Verlasevic from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On Thursday, January 18, Lyon College’s Kresge Gallery in the Alphin building will host an opening reception for Locating Edges: Lyon College Art Faculty Exhibition, which features the work of Lyon professors Dustyn Bork and Ian Campbell. The reception will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The exhibition focuses on edges, but the two artists approach the topic in different ways and through different mediums. Influenced by architecture, Bork plays with the borders between colors, textures, and patterns. He lifts elements from the constructed environments around him and transplants them into his work. Consequently, he abandons traditional rectangular canvases in this exhibition in an effort to better and more playfully reflect the structures he abstracts. He says, “I want viewers to make connections between the colors, lines, patterns, textures, and forms in my artwork and those to be found in their daily interactions with the constructed environment.”
Campbell explores edges in a different sense – he says his works speak “to the limits of human knowledge, and the sense that there is always something more to be explored just over the horizon.” The photographs in this exhibition are part of a larger project called At the End of The Known, in which Campbell chooses perspectives that deliberately confuse the viewer’s senses of place and space. For example, he may photograph a cave so that it looks like the night sky. Aiming to ignite viewers’ imaginations, he “examines the human urge to explore.”
“I encourage viewers to entertain the romantic notion that there are still new, unseen worlds just beyond view of even our most high-tech imaging technology,” says Campbell.
Dustyn Bork is a printmaker and painter who often works in mixed media. He earned his MFA in printmaking from Indiana University in 2002 and his BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan in 1999. He works with cultural notions of pattern, color, and design. Bork is an associate professor of art at Lyon College where he joined the faculty full time in 2010. His work has been exhibited in numerous juried printmaking exhibitions, and he shows his work regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has participated in international projects including an artist residency at the Franz Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium, in August of 2008 and at the MIRA artist residency in Martignano, Italy in 2011.
Ian Campbell is an Arkansas-based artist and educator. He is an assistant professor of art at Lyon College, where he teaches photography and digital art. Campbell is also the director of the Kresge Art Gallery at Lyon. He holds an MFA from Ohio University and a BA from Wheaton College and completed a semester-long student residency program at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies. Having shown his work in galleries, film festivals, publications, and conferences throughout the U.S., Campbell joined the Lyon College Faculty in 2016. He is an active member of the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Batesville Area Arts Council. He is a member of the Arkansas Artists Registry, the Society for Photographic Education, and Christians in the Visual Arts.
The opening reception for Going Unnoticed, an art exhibition featuring Lyon College's Dustyn Bork and Carly Dahl, will be Friday, January 12 from 5-8 p.m. in the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. The exhibition is up until April 8th, so be sure to check it out even if you can't make the reception tomorrow!
Read more at the exhibit page.
In the upcoming 2018-19 school year, Lyon College will introduce pet-friendly housing to its campus. Through this new initiative, Lyon joins just a small handful of colleges in the country that allow cats and dogs in on-campus housing. Recently, several changes have been made to the College’s programming to create a more inclusive, holistic approach to campus life. According to President W. Joseph King, “We will be the only pet-friendly college from Texas to Virginia. It is exciting to move Lyon in a more pet-friendly direction. Like many of our students, my family has had beloved dogs and cats. We know how much they are a part of your life. Therefore, this change seemed like a progressive step for student life at the college. Initial reaction from current and prospective students has been very positive.”
“Lyon is always looking for innovative ways to create a better residential community,” says Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Patrick Mulick. “This specific living community came about through listening to our students and closely examining the empirical literature on the benefits of pets. Both suggest that the students in the pet-friendly residence hall will cope better with stress and be more productive than if they did not have their pets living with them.”
One of Lyon’s residence halls will be designated as pet-friendly, opening up spots for 20 students to bring their four-legged companions to live with them at school. The College will consider opening up more residence halls to pets as demand grows.
To accommodate its new furry occupants, Lyon will offer pet obedience courses throughout the school year. The College will also offer a pet blessing each October, when College Chaplain Maggie Alsup will help students celebrate God’s love, care and concern for all creation. This celebration usually takes place around the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Alsup says, “It is a time to recognize our mutual interdependence with God's creatures and to give thanks for the relationships we have with them.”
The College will welcome pets to areas all over campus. The College’s new coffee shop and study area, The Salty Dog, will have treats for both pets and students. A fenced-in dog park is being added on campus to give dogs leash-free time outside.
“Students expect more today,” said Eric Bork, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “For many students, their pet is their closest companion. If they want to share their college experience with their best friend, of course we want to help make that possible.”
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Lyon College President Dr. W. Joseph King and Lyon College Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins have announced that Casey Creehan has been hired as the third head football coach in program history.
A defense-minded coach with experience at both the professional and collegiate levels, Creehan comes to Lyon College after a two-year stint with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. During his 19 years of coaching experience, Creehan has had the opportunity to coach in two Grey Cup National Championships, 12 CFL playoff games and the NCAA FCS (then I-AA) National Playoffs. Creehan has coached several all-pro players and college All-Americans.
“Any time you can be around young men and help to mold them not only as players but as students and citizens, that’s exciting,” said Creehan. “That’s the job of a college football coach. I want to win, but I want to win with the right people. I want to have the right group of coaches who believe in the mission statement that a school like Lyon College brings to the table.”
He went on to explain the importance of a liberal arts education for that goal. “The more education young people can get in every field, the better citizens they’re going to be when they leave Lyon College. In the classroom or on the field, it’s all part of the education process. They’re called student-athletes for a reason.”
Creehan has experience in small college football as both a player and a coach. He was a member of the football team at Grove City College - a national liberal arts college in Grove City, Pa.- that was nationally ranked not only for its success as a private academic institution but for its results on the playing field as well. At Grove City, Creehan was selected as a team captain during the 1998 season, in which the Wolverines won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship. That same season, Creehan set the school record for most tackles in a single season (126) and earned All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference and All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors as a linebacker. In 1997, Creehan led the Wolverines to the school’s first postseason appearance in the PAC Championships and earned All-PAC honors as a linebacker.
Creehan has been around small college football his whole life as he comes from a coaching family. His father (Dennis) has been a successful small college head football coach for a large part of his career. The younger Creehan learned a lot from his father and ultimately came into coaching because of him.
Creehan took his first coaching position as a defensive assistant at Lehigh University – a private research university in Bethlehem, Pa. Creehan helped coach the Mountain Hawks to a Patriot League Championship and a berth in the NCAA I-AA National Playoffs.
Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins said, "We are fortunate to have someone of Casey's caliber and character to work with our student-athletes at Lyon. He is a great addition to our coaching staff and will be a strong leader for our football program.”
Creehan spent this past season as the defensive line coach for the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. The Eskimos compiled a record of 12-6 during the regular season and made it to the Western Division Finals, finishing the year just one game away from the 105th Grey Cup. Under Creehan’s direction, defensive tackle Almondo Sewell was named to the 2016 and 2017 CLFPA Pro Players’ All-Star Teams.
Prior to coaching the defensive line at Edmonton, Creehan spent two seasons coaching the defensive side of the ball for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He served as the defensive coordinator and the defensive line coach in 2015 after he spent the 2014 season as the linebackers’ coach. Creehan turned the Argonauts into a dominating force on the defensive side of the ball as the team led the CFL in forced fumbles in 2015. Before Creehan came to Toronto, the team was ranked last in total sacks, but it finished third in the league during his two-year stint. The Argonauts were the only team in the CFL that did not allow a 100-yard rusher during the 2015 season. The success on the defensive side of the ball led the Argonauts to a CFL playoff berth in 2015.
During the 2012 season, Creehan served as the defensive coordinator and the defensive line coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL. He came to Hamilton after a one-year stint as the defensive line coach at Eastern Michigan University, where he signed future All-American Andy Mulumba, who went on to play for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League.
In 2008, the Montreal Alouettes hired Creehan to coach the linebackers and serve as the front-seven coordinator, working alongside former Chicago Bears (NFL) Head Coach Marc Trestman. Creehan turned the Alouettes from the sixth-best team in rush defense into the second-best team. Montreal also moved up to second from seventh in the CFL in total sacks. The Alouettes claimed the Eastern Division Championship and reached the Grey Cup finals. Linebacker T.J. Hill was named as a CFL All-Star under the Creehan’s coaching.
Creehan accepted his first professional coaching position in 2004 and served as the defensive line coach for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL. The Stampeders finished as the top rush defense combined during the 2004-06 seasons. Calgary reached the CFL playoffs in three consecutive seasons from 2005-07 and led the CFL in sacks in 2005. Creehan coached two CFL All-Stars in Joe Fleming (2004) and Sheldon Napastuck (2005) and a CFL Rookie of the Year finalist in Tearrius George (2007).
After his stint at Lehigh and before coaching at the professional level, Creehan worked at Southern Illinois University, Clarion University and James Madison University. At SIU, Creehan coached tight ends and signed the team’s Rookie of the Year in the 2000 season. From 2001-2003, Creehan worked as the linebackers coach, special teams coordinator and the strength and conditioning coach at CU. Some notable accomplishments for Creehan at CU included the signing of 10 players in two years to National Letters of Intent, reducing the opponent’s average kickoff return by 50 percent, blocking seven punts in 2001 and upping that total to 12 during the 2002 season and having several players earn All-PSAC honors as linebackers. While at JMU, Creehan served as the defensive ends coach from 2003-04. He coached first-team Atlantic 10 Conference and All-American defensive end Jerame Southern. Southern also participated in the I-AA All-Star Game.
Creehan began his duties at Lyon College on December 1, 2017. Lyon College President W. Joseph King said, “I am pleased that Coach Creehan has agreed to lead the football program at Lyon College. He received his undergraduate degree at a selective liberal arts college and, therefore, understands Lyon’s mission and what it takes to be a scholar-athlete. Both his personal and professional experience make him an excellent fit for Lyon.”
The Scots finished 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the CSFL during the 2017 season and will participate as an associate member of the Sooner Athletic Conference beginning in the 2018 season. The 2018 Lyon College football season schedule will be released during the spring of 2018.
Casey Creehan Coaching History
Seasons School/Team Title/Position(s) Coached
2018-pres. Lyon College Head Coach
2016-17 Edmonton (CFL) Defensive Line
2014-16 Toronto (CFL) Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line / Linebackers
2010-13 Winnipeg (CFL) Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers / Defensive Line
2012 Hamilton (CFL) Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line
2009-10 Eastern Michigan Defensive Line
2008-09 Montreal (CFL) Linebackers / Front Seven Coordinator
2004-07 Calgary (CFL) Defensive Line
2003-04 James Madison Defensive Ends
2001-03 Clarion Linebackers / Special Teams Coordinator / Strength and Cond.
2000-01 Southern Illinois Tight Ends
1999-00 Lehigh Defensive Assistant
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