Lyon College’s APPLE Project Upward Bound has been awarded a competitive discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help area high school students prepare for college entry and graduation. This award totals over $2 million earmarked for services to students who meet low-income and first-generation eligibility requirements.
The APPLE Project Upward Bound serves 87 students each year from Batesville, Southside, Midland, Mountain View, Cave City, Cedar Ridge, Newport, and Jackson County. Students can apply following completion of 8th grade, and once admitted they remain in the program until they finish high school.
APPLE UB students participate in both an academic year program and a residential summer program and receive services including college preparatory and college credit instruction; tutoring, mentoring, and individual advising; college/career planning, including college campus visits and admissions and financial aid support; assistance with fees for college application and entrance testing; economic and financial literacy instruction; and cultural, social, and recreational enrichment. Open communication with participants’ families increases their comfort level with the postsecondary environment. All services are provided free of charge to participants and their families.
With a focus on helping students with college readiness, APPLE UB also offers a special Bridge Scholarship that allows a few select students enjoy a fourth, or sometimes fifth, summer in the program after they graduate from high school. During the Bridge component, students take college credit courses paid for by the program while working in a campus work study position where they are exposed to careers requiring a postsecondary degree and are matched, as much as possible, in fields related to their career and educational interests.
Although some APPLE UB students enroll at Lyon College following high school graduation, many decide to pursue higher education at other institutions. Currently, APPLE UB alums can be found in both 2-year institutions and 4-year institutions, in public institutions as well as private institutions, and in Arkansas institutions as well as out-of-state institutions.
During the academic year and summer programs, APPLE UB employs 20-30 Lyon students to work with participants, providing an excellent opportunity for current Lyon students interested in pursuing a career working with adolescents and young adults. In addition, Lyon faculty and staff as well as area high school faculty provide hands-on instruction to students in core subject areas as well as special elective courses. APPLE UB also looks for individuals from the community to share information about their own college and career experiences with participants.
Lyon’s APPLE Project Upward Bound, part of the TRIO grant family, first received funding in 1967, making this the 50th year of college access programming that Lyon has provided to the local community. APPLE UB will celebrate this milestone anniversary later in the year and encourages anyone with ties to the program as a former participant or staff member to join in the celebration. Please contact Jeanette Youngblood at 870-307-7263 or email@example.com to share alumni information or to get more information about the program.
Photo: APPLE UB students build a tower of raw spaghetti noodles and marshmallows in order to practice their teamwork, leadership, and communication skills as part of the program’s mentoring activities.
Lyon College and the Melba Theatre will present the second film in the Tragic Scots Film Series on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. There will be no admission charge.
November’s film is Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), which received five nominations for Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. It stars Vanessa Redgrave as Mary, Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I, Patrick McGoohan as the future James I, and Timothy Dalton as Lord Darnley and was directed by Charles Jarrott, who also directed Anne of the Thousand Days.
Dr. Mark Wallace will introduce the film, outlining its historical context and its characters’ importance to understanding Scottish history.
Lyon College’s Harlequin Theatre will present Provincetown: An Evening of One Acts November 9-12 in the Holloway Theatre. The Thursday-Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and non-Lyon students.
This production will celebrate the legacy of the legendary Provincetown Playhouse, one of the most significant and influential little theatres in American history.
Provincetown was founded in 1915 as a showcase for experimental drama ill-suited to the commercial demands of Broadway. Many of the then-unknown artists associated with Provincetown would go on to successful theatrical careers, including Eugene O’Neill, Robert Edmond Jones, and Susan Glaspell.
Four one-act plays will be presented.
King Arthur’s Socks, by Floyd Dell, satirizes the conflict between traditional marriage and the free love movement that was pervasive among the intelligentsia during the 1910s. The two characters will be portrayed by Caleb Ray and Lindsi Edgar.
Enemies, by Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood, also wrestles with the challenges of marriage, focusing on the trials of a couple long-married but restless. The players include Bethany Stubbs, Karissa Harper, Olivia Lynch, and Basil Gist.
Cocaine, by Pendleton King, reflects the gritty realism that was in vogue during the period. The plot centers on a couple, portrayed by Sam Choate and Kendra Bell, who try to find a way out of a life wracked by poverty and drug addiction.
Suppressed Desires, by Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook, is a comedy satirizing Freudian psychology. A woman obsessed with armchair psychoanalysis drives her husband and sister to distraction. The cast includes Marissa Ayers, Trevor Patrick, and Navy Griffin.
Dr. Fonzie Geary will direct, and Trey Smith will serve as Stage Manager.
On October 30 and 31, the Lyon College Marching Band facilitated the Arkansas State Marching Band Contest, which hosted 62 high school bands in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. When the school originally slated to provide the staff to run the contest cancelled its participation in the event, organizers asked the Lyon band to step in.
During the two-day event, the Lyon Band directed all logistics, guiding bands to the performance area, coordinating field performance for directors and students, and supervising the warm-up area. Through these efforts, Lyon volunteers were able to interact with the top high school band students in Arkansas. According to senior baritone player Jhanay Turner, “Being involved in this event was a game changer for our band program. Over 20,000 parents and students now know more about us."
Student volunteers included Alta Summers, Tim Tignor, Victoria Prater-Rochier, Melissa Elliot, Zoya Miller, Rebecca Farhat, Brianna Sanchez, Critz Fletcher, and Jhanay Turner.
"Our students were a huge hit with the high school students that were competing," said Lyon Director of Bands Monty Hill. "The visibility that Lyon College gained from this event is immeasurable."
The Lyon logo appeared on the stadium’s electronic board, along with a note of thanks for the assistance, helping the Lyon College Marching Band gain many new fans at the contest. The College hopes to continue this tremendous service project for years to come.
Twenty-two Lyon College juniors and seniors have joined Alpha Chi National Scholarship Honor Society. The college’s Arkansas Eta chapter inducts students whose academic achievement places them in the top ten percent of their class.
Inductees from this area include Ashley Green and Allison Green of Cave City, Haley Reed and Vinston Vann of Batesville, and Savannah Youngblood of Melbourne.
Other inductees are Devon Austin of Caraway, Becca Burrow of Brinkley, Logan Dunn of Judsonia, James Eldred of Maumelle, Jaylin Finley of Hope, Jonathan Followell and Ali Tucker of Jonesboro, Anna Beth Haney of West Memphis, Tanner Harris of Brookland, Alec Hester of Blytheville, Zoya Miller of Harrison, Natalie Milligan of Lake City, Cassidy Miller of Corning, Jared Self of Russellville, Samantha Sharp of Searcy, Hannah Smithee of Paragould, and Nathan Wilson of Mountain View.
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. At last year’s convention on Louisville, LY, Lyon students won scholarships worth $6,000.
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 honor society’s President’s Cup twice, the only chapter so honored.
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