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Lyon College professor raises money for Scottish Heritage Program

Associate Professor of History Dr. Mark Wallace has issued a challenge to the Lyon College community: If he can raise $3,000 to endow the college’s Saltire Award, he will donate a dollar for every mile he runs in preparation for the Edinburgh Marathon.

Wallace will run the Edinburgh Marathon in Scotland on May 26, which will also conclude the Nichols trip he will lead for students. Lyon’s Nichols trips give students the chance to travel internationally for two weeks with a faculty leader at a discount. Wallace’s trip will focus on Celtic Studies.

“I am running the race to raise awareness for the Celtic Studies minor and the Scottish Heritage Program at Lyon,” said Wallace, adding that he also enjoys running.

With the support of Lyon’s Institutional Advancement, Wallace has established a GoFundMe page called “Lyon College Scottish Heritage Marathon Challenge” to fundraise.

“We are excited to partner with Dr. Wallace to honor our Scottish Heritage and to participate in helping students who are passionate about it,” said Vice President of Advancement David Hutchison.

Executive Director of Advancement Gina Garrett added, “Dr. Wallace is one more example of how Lyon's professors are willing to go the extra mile for their students. Well, in his case, it's 26 miles, plus all the miles he is putting into training for the race.”

Garrett said Wallace and others created the Saltire Award to recognize superior students in Celtic Studies or Scottish Arts, and funds raised go toward that award.

“It is a nod to this great college's Presbyterian heritage. I personally was moved to give because of Mark's extraordinary dedication, and I hope others will be, too," said Garrett.

The Saltire Award was established in 2018 to honor a Lyon College senior who best represents the values of the college’s Scottish Heritage Program. Requirements include a 3.5 GPA, demonstrated service to Lyon, and demonstrated service to the community. The winner receives a medal and a cash prize.

Click here if you would like to donate to the Scottish Heritage Marathon Challenge.

at Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Students learn outdoor cooking skills with LEAP

It’s a balmy April afternoon on the Lyon College campus and Lillian Osier, a sophomore art major with a concentration in outdoor leadership, is adding pineapple chunks to her recipe for Hummingbird Cake.

Ossier blends the pineapple with other ingredients using a Dutch oven outside the Lyon Education and Adventure Program (LEAP) building.

In addition to pineapple, the southern classic dessert features pecans and fresh bananas, but the Dutch oven method of cooking—which brings a touch of home to the outdoors—no doubt distinguished Ossier’s dessert from her usual method of cooking.

Asked if she had ever baked a cake this way, the Vilonia native smiled slyly. “I haven’t. This is completely new for me.”

Also participating in the Dutch oven cooking demo was Austin Smith, director of Outdoor Education and Recreation at Lyon, who offered a bean and cheese enchilada recipe and assistant Director Carson Grant (‘18), who made peach cobbler.

The Monday, April 8 event was part of a new weekly outdoor series to introduce a variety of hands-on learning activities promoted by LEAP.

After the basics of using a Dutch oven were demonstrated, participants played lawn games followed by a taste test of the finished entree and desserts.

“What better way to start the week off than with free food?” Smith said, smiling.

According to Smith, the Dutch oven demo also provided the perfect “dry run” for an upcoming cook-off during the Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming conference. The annual student-oriented programming weekend connects outdoor education enthusiasts with one another and will take place April 12-14 at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.

Other events through the LEAP outdoor series have included backpacking, climbing, fly fishing, and camping. Upcoming activities will feature zip lining and biking; all sessions meet at the LEAP building at around 2 p.m. on Mondays through April.

Contact lucas.ried@lyon.edu for more details on the weekly outdoor series.

at Monday, April 8, 2019

Lillian Osier secures highly-competitive ACNMWA internship

Art major Lillian Osier has received a stipend to participate in an Arkansas Committee National Museum of Women in the Arts (ACNMWA) Internship, an honor given to only one female art student in the state annually.

The Lyon College sophomore will do her internship this summer with the art gallery and non-profit Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC). Osier would like to eventually own an art gallery, so she wanted her internship to directly relate to her goals.

“I hope to learn the inner workings of a gallery and what it takes to run a successful one,” she said.

Her work at BAAC will focus on installing new shows and helping with summer programs, including BAAC’s annual event, Summer Celebration. Osier will also assist in running BAAC’s summer art camp for kids.

As for Osier’s thoughts on the internship, she is still “in a state of shock.”

“I never would have thought that out of all of the Arkansas applicants that I would actually be the one chosen,” she said. “I was and still am so excited for this opportunity.”

According to ACNMWA’s website, receiving the internship “has enabled recipients to pursue real-life work experiences in the arts.”

The internship provides a stipend to an art student in order for them to collaborate with an Arkansas museum, gallery, or arts institution. Applicants must attend an Arkansas college and pre-contract with the organization they want to intern for.

at Friday, March 29, 2019

Lyon students win more than just scarves and cash prizes at SCARF

Thirty students presented creative projects and research for a chance to win cash prizes and more during the 2019 Student Creative Arts and Research Forum (SCARF), held March 28 in the Lyon Building.

The event is hosted each year by Lyon College’s Mortar Board chapter. All presenters receive Lyon College scarves and the opportunity to work alongside a faculty advisor to develop their research and presentation for the forum.

Lyon President Joey King delivered a keynote speech explaining how SCARF and a liberal arts education go hand-in-hand to benefit students, saying it teaches them to be creative, and creativity is “what drives human civilization.”

“The reality is, we don’t teach you to [be creative]; we enable you to have experiences where you learn to do it, where you become comfortable to do it,” King said.

“If we value creative work, it has to be reflective in our institutional priorities, and I think more and more so we’re making that [a priority]. The students who were participating today are the concrete example of what that means and what the outcomes can be.”

Following King, senior Jordan Trant spoke on her experience with research and SCARF.

“Research is more than just 40 hours in lab… it’s also learning how to stand up in front of people and talk about the research,” she said. “Research also gives you the amazing ability to travel. I’ve been to a lot of conferences... It’s a great way to broaden your horizons.”

Trant also acknowledged the role of faculty and thanked them for their mentorship in the student research process.

“It really has a meaningful impact on our education to be able to do research and have a close relationship with the faculty member who encourages us to do our best,” she said.

Each year, presenters choose to participate in poster or oral presentations in arts and performance; humanities; or research.

In the poster presentations category, Kendra Bell won first place in arts and performance for her poster: “A Performance of Beckett One-Acts;” Katie Cruse was named runner-up in humanities for her poster: “The Relationship Between Aesthetics and Worldviews;” and Hannah Smithee won first place for her poster: “The Effects of Racism on Support for Capital Punishment: A Look at U.S. State Demographics.”

Hannah Zang and Luke Shackelford were named runners-up in research for their poster: “Mutational Analyses of a Factor Promoting Cytoplasmic Ribosome Maturation in S.cerevisiae;” and Jordan Trant earned a first-place award in research for her poster: “Development of a Mathematical Model for Computing the Number of Geometrical Isomers of Octahedral Transition Metal Complexes.”

In the oral presentations category, Morgun Henson won first place in arts and performances for her presentation “Public Art: Using Murals to Paint a Community Together;” Matthew Kirkpatrick won first place in humanities for his presentation “Dysfunctional Plenipotentiaries: An Analysis of the Anglo-Irish Negotiations;” Luke Shackelford won first place in research for his presentation “Combating Glioblastoma Resistance to Temozolomide Using Inhibitor of Human DNA Polymerase Kappa.”

“I would like to congratulate all the oral and poster presenters of 2019 SCARF for their outstanding scholarly work as well as the high-quality presentations that we witnessed yesterday evening, and also thank the mentors again for the guidance,” said Mortar Board Advisor and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Irosha Nawarathne.

“The judges had immense difficulty in selecting the winners from each category given the close competition.”

at Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hayley Cormican elected Lyon SGA president, has big plans for Lyon and Batesville community

Lyon College’s Student Government Association (SGA) announced sophomore Hayley Cormican has been elected its president for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year. Cormican said she already has plans for her presidency.

“I really hope to integrate the Lyon community with the Batesville community in such a way that will foster good community relations and broaden opportunities for Lyon College students,” she said.

Cormican wants to invite community speakers to campus and initiate co-sponsored events with Lyon and Batesville community members. She said there is an idea for a SGA-sponsored disc golf tournament with more details to come.

“I grew up in Batesville and have called it home for so long; there are so many opportunities in the community for students that I can’t wait to make available to them,” she said.

Cormican is an art major with plans to teach art and coach after graduation, which she said is part of the reason she wanted to run for president.

“I know that art is a somewhat unconventional major for someone to run for SGA president, but I believe teachers and coaches really do shape young people into who they will be someday, which is why I think people going into that profession should have an extensive leadership background,” she said.

“I decided to run for president because I really do care about Lyon College and all of its students, faculty and staff. I hope to create a positive and embracing face for SGA and make it a more personable organization.”

Cormican is “excited” for her presidency and the opportunity to serve her community.

“I am so thankful to attend a school where I can tell each person I come in contact with truly has my best interest in mind,” she said. “It’s so inspiring to have a college family that can’t wait to see me succeed.”

Melanie Beehler was elected SGA vice president, Taylor Fitterling was elected treasurer and Kristen Towery was elected secretary.

at Monday, March 25, 2019