On Tuesday, April 24, Lyon College held an Honors Convocation recognizing its student leaders through certificates and small scholarships. We've listed the award winners below.
Biology Book Award
Biology Book Award
Chemistry Book Award
Michael Andrew Hunter
American Institute of Chemists Award
American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Award
James Alexander Shanks Chemistry Award
Freshman Chemistry Award
Computer Science Book Award
Perkins Male Calculus Award
George Maxfield Evans Award
Mathematics Book Award
Physics Book Award
English Book Award
Freshman Writing Award
Abbie Snapp Arnold English Award
Sigma Tau Delta Senior Writing Award
Editor of the Year
Charles R. Oliver Memorial Scholarship Award
French Book Award
Spanish Book Award
Bart Lewis Scholarship Award
History Book Award
Religion & Philosophy Book Award
Roberta Thomas Dorr Brown Scholarship
Music Book Award
Art Book Award
Theatre Book Award
Political Science Book Award
Business Administration Book Award
Finance Book Award
Management Book Award
Economics Book Award
Clarence Adams Award
Anthropology Book Award
Psychology Book Award
Rachel Stevens Memorial Psychology Award
Elementary Education Book Award
Secondary Education Book Award
Physical Education Book Award
Outstanding Student Leader
Program of the Year
Free STI Clinic
Organization of the Year
Hall of Leaders
Involved Student Athlete
Above and Beyond
Alyssa Morgun Henson
Trip Leader: Cheyenne Kellum
Volunteer: Lucas Ried
Dennis Wright Leadership: Carson Grant
Jennifer Hidy-Pitts for Promotions of Social Justice Issues
SGA Leadership Award
Student Leader: Kristen Blagg, Taylor Donnerson, Jaylin Finley, and Cheyenne Kellum
Student Athlete: Alyssa Batiste and Nicole Sanders
Greek Life: Jesse Ringgold and Madison Smith
Fine Arts: Alyssa Morgun Henson and Victoria Hutcheson
Alpha Chi Professor of the Year
Dr. Jennifer Daniels
On April 12, Lyon College inducted 26 freshmen into the Lambda Delta chapter of the national freshman honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta, which recognizes early academic achievement. Members must be a first-time, full-time freshman student with a GPA of 3.5 and a ranking in the upper 20% of their class in the fall semester.
Among those inducted are McKinley Fox and Jeffery Phillips of Batesville, Johnathan Brightwell and Michael Humphrey of Cave City, Jordan Webb of Mount Pleasant, Katelyn Platt of Tuckerman, Madison VanGinhoven of Mammoth Spring, Kyle Rose of Clarkridge, Leah Hanson and Emerson Smith of Little Rock, Abigail Grimes of Maumelle, Allison Mundy of Bryant, Addison Harmon of Greenbrier, Lillian Osier of Vilonia, Christen Johnson of El Paso, Miranda Lamb of Clinton, Sabrina Denmon of Mena, Zachary Ward of Russellville, Zoe Dye and Kiara Sims of Rogers, Kristen Towery of Bay, and Riley Young of West Memphis.
Out of state inductees were Dimir Leftwich of Norristown, PA; Adrienne Moran of Edmond, OK; John Pruden of Allen, TX; and Kristyn Skelton of Kennett, MO.
Dr. Melissa Taverner, Provost, presented each student with a certificate, and Dr. Monica Rodriquez gave each the society’s pin. Following the ceremony Mrs. Helen Musgrave and Charlie Gills, ’18, hosted a reception for the new members.
Four senior art majors at Lyon College will exhibit their Senior Thesis projects in Kresge Gallery in the Alphin Building from April 23 through May 12.
The show will consist of work from Robann Brown from Bryant, AR; Kacy Perkins, Napa, CA; and Sarah Winters, Eureka Springs, AR.
A reception and artists’ talk will be held on April 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the gallery. The show is free and open to the public.
Dr. Wesley Beal, Associate Professor of English at Lyon College, has been selected by the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to spend the fall 2018 semester at the University of Hong Kong, where he will teach, do research, and make presentations to different academic groups.
The Fulbright programs offers nearly 500 research, teaching, or combination teaching/research awards each year to promote the relationship between educational exchange and international understanding. In addition to their scholarly work, Fulbright teacher/researchers are expected to serve as cultural ambassadors, displaying cultural adaptability and sensitivity.
Beal will be accompanied by his wife Courtney and their two children and hopes to make many short visits throughout the region—especially to mainland China and Japan. He says this will be “a tremendous opportunity to bring my family on a study-abroad adventure!”
He also notes that the University “is a unique institution” that combines both the English and the American models of higher education. It puts special emphasis on internationalization and bringing in global scholars, billing itself as “Asia’s Global University.”
Beal says he applied for the program because he was looking for a new challenge and because the University would be well-suited to his current research on the academic novel. “I expect it will be instructive to learn how such an institution understands the academic mission, as well as how the faculty and students there might view the representation of the academy in the American academic novel genre,” he said.
He also hopes to create some international experiences for Lyon students by promoting discussions between them and the University’s students or faculty. He also hopes that his experience will help him globalize his Lyon courses and contribute to the College’s ongoing work to “introduce students to the world in all its thorny and paradoxical interconnections.”
The program was named for Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright, who was the longest serving chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He profoundly influenced American foreign policy, and his vision for mutual understanding shaped the exchange program he proposed and sponsored in 1946. It has had extraordinary impact around the world, with more than 250,000 Fulbright students, scholars, and teachers who have advancing Fulbright’s concept of building international understanding.
From April 5 to 7, the students of Lyon College’s Alpha Chi National College Honor Society attended the annual Alpha Chi National Convention in downtown Portland where more than 300 juniors and seniors from across the U.S., representing the top ten percent of their classes, presented on their undergraduate research.
Lyon students attended opening and closing speeches by Jeff Vandermeer, best-selling author of Annihilation (DATE), and John Pistole, former Administrator of the TSA. In between these events, students both presented their work to the convention’s attendees and surveyed the research of other Alpha Chi members.
Rebecca Philpott (Chemistry) presented on research she performed in the Czech Republic through Princeton University. Hannah Templin (Political Science, Spanish) presented a paper called “A Supernatural State: The Use of Magical Realism in Dictatorship Novels” and was the runner up to the regional prize for outgoing seniors.
Jordan Trant (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics) presented “Fighting Drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis with Modified Rifamycins” and earned the title of runner up for the junior regional prize. Her outstanding presentation of her research won her the Joseph E. and Bessie May Prior Prize in Chemistry.
Lyon’s success continued from regional awards to national awards. Senior Amelia Gayle (English, French) won a Benedict Fellowship and a $3,000 scholarship for future graduate studies for her paper “Sight, Spectacles, and the Performance of the Patriarch in Richardson’s Pamela.”
She said, “I was very honored and did not expect it. Lyon stood out because so many of us won awards. I was proud to be part of such a smart group representing the College.”
Lyon students also won second place and a $2,500 prize in the Collaborative Research Project portion of the competition. Prompted by the convention’s theme, “Our Green Planet,” Marisa Ayers (English) and Hannah Templin presented the group’s research, titled “Presence vs. Perception: Analyzing the Relationship Between the Presence and Public Perception of Climate Change by State.” The project featured collaborative work from Latricia Miller (Mathematics), Katie McGraw (Biology), and Samantha Westcott (Biology, Chemistry). Dr. Jennifer Daniels and Dr. Radek Szulga guided the work.
“This second place finish testifies to the interdisciplinary experience and cooperative environment that Lyon seeks to offer all students,” said Assistant Professor of French Dr. Brian Hunt, who led the convention trip. A first-year faculty sponsor, Hunt was impressed with the strength of undergraduate research currently being performed across the country.
Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi is an academic honor society that promotes academic excellence and exemplary character among undergraduate and graduate students. Inductees are in the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes, possess outstanding character and integrity, and are engaged in the best undergraduate scholarship in all academic fields. Lyon’s chapter of Alpha Chi was founded in 1960 and is the only one to have won the society’s President’s Cup twice. The cup goes to the nation’s most outstanding chapter.
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