Lyon College will hold its annual Service Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, where volunteers will go to several locations in the community to provide service where needed. Lyon values its relationship with the larger Batesville community, and Service Day is a way for the Lyon community to gather together and give back to Batesville for all of its support of the College.
Lyon volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the steps of Brown Chapel to give thanks for the community of Batesville and receive a blessing. There will be coffee, scones, and a moment of fellowship before volunteers begin their work.
After giving thanks for the connection to the larger Batesville community, Lyon volunteers will gather work supplies and head out to their work sites. These work sites include: Downtown Main Street, where volunteers will clean up flower beds, store fronts, sidewalks, and more; local churches, where volunteers will help clean up the grounds of First Baptist Church and paint Grammer House at First United Methodist; elementary schools, where volunteers will clean up and assist in various projects at Eagle Mountain and Sulphur Rock; and the Humane Society, where volunteers will clean and take care of office needs and animal care.
Lyon community members serving this weekend will include faculty, staff, various student groups, Greek life, and sports teams.
The volunteers will conclude the day with a community meal back on campus at the Grassy Knoll.
Led by the bagpipes and drums, the students, faculty and staff of Lyon College gathered in Sloan Auditorium of Brown Chapel to celebrate Founders’ Day on Friday, Oct. 19.
Joined by members of the Board of Trustees and other friends of the college, those present heard Lt. Col. Matt Cavanaugh tell them “To Be a Hero, Shine Your Shoes.” That was the title of his keynote address.
Cavanaugh is an active duty Army strategist, writer and lecturer at West Point. He also earned a master’s degree in strategic studies and a Ph.D. in international relations.
“I believe in heroes and you should, too,” Cavanagh said. He said he admires people who say, “I can do this,” and he wishes more would have that attitude.
He told the story of Wesley Autry, who was waiting for a train in a New York City subway station with his two young daughters. He observed a 20-year-old college student, Cameron Hollopeter, having a seizure. He helped the young man recover from the seizure but when Hollopeter stood up, he was unsteady on his feet and he stumbled from the platform and fell onto the train tracks.
Seeing a train rushing toward Hollopeter, Autry jumped from the platform and attempted to move the young man from the tracks. Realizing he did not have time to get him to safety, he pushed Hollopeter into a drainage trench between the tracks and covered his body with his own.
The train passed by them, getting close enough to leave grease on Autry’s cap. Cavanaugh said that Autry told himself, “I can do this.”
He also quoted educator Horace Mann, who said, “Live for others,” and “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
Cavanaugh also complimented Lyon College on its motto: “Perseverance conquers all, God willing.” It’s the kind of motto heroes should have.
He said when he talks of heroes, he does not mean the superheroes that are depicted in movies. A real hero does not need superpowers to be a hero. He also said that while there are military heroes who are often recognized for their bravery and honor, he also believes in everyday heroes at home.
“Aim to be a hero,” he said. “Heroes serve others.”
Cavanaugh told the audience that at the end of his first day at West Point, he cried. He felt alone, far away from his home in Minnesota, and was so discouraged he almost called his parents to ask them to find another college he could go to. Instead, he shined his shoes – several times, putting layers of polish on them to make them harder to scuff and easier to shine the next time.
“There is value in shining your shoes,” he said. It teaches you discipline and the value of repetition.
He concluded by saying, “Promise me you will jump on the tracks, if need be.” He offered to do the same.
In other events at the convocation, the President’s Cup was presented to Phi Mu Sorority by Lyon President Dr. W. Joseph King.
Mr. and Ms. Lyon College were introduced by Dr. Patrick Mulick, vice president for student life and dean of students. They are Keifer Hartwig and Ali Tucker.
Dustyn Bork, associate professor of art and Spragins Resident Faculty Mentor, announced the winners of the annual raft race on Bryan Lake. The winner of the race was Jeannette Youngblood’s team, and the winner of the raft design award was Jennifer Green’s team.
Lyon graduate and former art major, Matt Boyd, ’12, was recently hired as an education specialist at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, in Lansing, Michigan after completing his MFA in print media at the prestigious Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
The Broad Museum is housed in a building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Boyd will put his art major and liberal arts education to use as he will research work from the museum’s permanent collection to aid in the creation of arts programming and education. This position builds on his experience as an educator at Crystal Bridges, a position he held after graduating from Lyon and before attending Cranbrook.
"The education I received in the art program at Lyon College has been the foundation for much of the accomplishments I’ve had early on in my career," said Boyd. "By providing an environment that is both challenging and supportive, I was able to progress my natural talents and strengthen the problem solving abilities that have been crucial to much of my success."
Fourteen Lyon College juniors and seniors celebrated their induction into the Alpha Chi National Scholarship Honor Society on Thursday, October 11. The college’s Arkansas Eta chapter inducts students whose academic achievement places them in the top ten percent of their class.
This year’s inductees from Arkansas are Alice Bewley of Russellville, Evelyn Embry of Huntsville, Linda Fowler of Sherwood, McKinley Fox of Batesville, Keifer Hartwig of Cabot, Matthew Kirkpatrick of Sheridan, Olivia Lynch of Alpena, Allison Mundy of Bryant, Robert Shackelford of Smithville, and Emerson Smith of Little Rock.
Inductees outside of the state are Ayden Henry of Thayer, Missouri; Iva Popovic of Novi Sad, Serbia; John Pruden of Allen, Texas; and Kristyn Skelton of Kennett, Missouri.
After their induction, new members and their families gathered in Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons for a banquet. Following introductions from Alpha Chi’s faculty sponsor, Dr. Brian Hunt, and current Alpha Chi president Jordan Trant, Alpha Chi’s Professor of the Year Dr. Jennifer Daniels led a keynote address.
In her address, Daniels talked about healthy fear and life after Lyon, encouraging the audience to embrace the unknown. “Whatever comes next for the graduates of Lyon, one year, five years, or decades down the road, they will be ready because they will have a plan in place for whatever lies ahead,” said Daniels. “They will be proactive rather than reactive and face the future with less apprehension than most because they know their actions and choices will make a difference."
When asked what she most enjoyed about Alpha Chi, Trant said, “My favorite part of being in Alpha Chi has been getting to know a lot of the faculty and other students that I wouldn’t normally see. I’m also incredibly excited to initiate this new class! One of the most exciting times for the chapter is bringing in and getting to know all the new members and seeing their accomplishments over the course of the year."
Founded almost a century ago, Alpha Chi has some 300 chapters across the country and over 500,000 members. It holds a National Convention annually, at which students present their scholarly work and compete for scholarships. The Lyon College chapter of Alpha Chi is the society’s most distinguished chapter, having been named a Star Chapter multiple times and having won the society’s President’s Cup twice, the only chapter so honored.
In an effort to come together as a department, Lyon College Athletics has announced it will host a canned food drive to support Our Father’s Table in Batesville, Arkansas. Our Father’s Table is a non-profit organization that helps feed the needy in the local community.
The canned food drive will take place on Oct. 28, 29 and Nov. 1 at three different athletic events.
The first event during the canned food drive will be the women’s basketball scrimmage versus Henderson State on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. inside Becknell Gymnasium. Students, fans, and community members can get their first look at the women’s basketball team before they begin their quest for an eighth straight NAIA National Tournament appearance by donating canned food items upon entrance to the scrimmage.
The second event of the canned food drive will take place on the following day during the JV volleyball match against Henderson State at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29. The team will host a Trunk-or-Treat after the match, in which upperclassmen players will be dressed up in costume and passing out candy donated by the men’s wrestling team to children in attendance. A costume contest will also be held between the second and third sets with prizes given to the top three costumes. In order to participate in the Trunk-or-Treat or the costume contest, a canned food item must be donated upon entrance to the match.
The final event will take place on Nov. 1 with the softball team hosting a Halloween intersquad scrimmage. The softball team will be dressed up in their Halloween costumes during their scrimmage. Fans can come out and enjoy the fun and drop off a canned food item at the entrance to House Field.
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