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Lyon College Jazz Band at the Melba

Under the direction of Monty Hill, the Lyon College Jazz Band will present the 2nd annual “Jazz at the Melba” concert on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m.  Directed by Josh Poff, the Batesville HS Jazz Band will open the show.

Legendary saxophonist Dr. Earl Hesse will return due to popular demand. A member of the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame, he is Professor Emeritus at Henderson State University where he taught for over 30 years.

The sensational Wally Fowler, a jazz vocalist from Jonesboro, will also join the Lyon College Jazz Band.  Mr. Fowler will bring his renditions of “A New State of Mind” and “I’ve Got News for You” to the crowd in the Melba. 

The concert at the Melba Theater is sponsored by The Citizen’s Bank and is free to the public. 

at Thursday, March 22, 2018

Birchbox Founder to be Lyon College Graduation Speaker

When Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, holds its commencement ceremony on the morning of Saturday, May 12, the commencement speaker will not be someone from higher education or government, the usual career paths of most speakers. Instead it will be a woman who is CEO of a billion dollar company that she started less than eight years ago.

Katia Beauchamp and a graduate school friend, Haley Barna, cofounded Birchbox in 2010. Best known for its monthly subscription of personalized beauty and grooming samples, Birchbox has more than 300 employees, 1 million subscribers, 4 million total customers, 800 brand partners, operations in six countries, and brick-and-mortar stores in New York City and Paris.

Beauchamp is driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and a mission to redefine the way people discover and shop for beauty online. Today she is more passionate than ever about building the beauty destination for the average woman who is not passionate about beauty.

She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Prior to graduating from Harvard, she worked for three years in structured finance and commercial real estate. Beauchamp has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achiever's Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, WWD Digital Innovator of the Year, and YMA Fashion's Entrepreneur of the Year, among others. In 2016, she was featured as an investor on Lifetime TV's "Project Runway: Fashion Startup" series.

The idea for Birchbox, growing out of her love for all things related to beauty and bolstered by a college internship at Estee Lauder, developed while she was still in Business School. Beauchamp and Barna started the business out of their apartment in 2010, and their first employees were 3 other friends.

A native of El Paso, Texas, Beauchamp lives in New York City with her husband, whom she met in grade school, and three sons. Although she grew up with no knowledge of the beauty industry or entrepreneurship, her liberal arts background and her business school training gave her the tools to develop her two passions into a challenging, compelling career.

In a 2017 interview with Alice Bradley for How I Work (, she said, "I'm very intellectually stimulated by the hard things and managing in uncertainty. I'm calm and happy in that state, instead of being unsettled. I have a real belief that the only way to succeed today is understanding that uncertainty IS the job-it's not about the light at the end of the tunnel."

at Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Palm Sunday Concert at Lyon

Singers from Lyon College and the Batesville area will provide a concert to mark the beginning of Holy Week at 4 p.m. on March 25 in the Bevens Music Room in Brown Chapel-Fine Arts building on the Lyon campus.

They will perform major selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. The cast includes Tyler Brightwell (Jesus), David Lewis (Pilate), John Pruden (Judas), Amanda Weston (Mary Magdalen), Melissa Elliott (Mary Magdalen), and Michael Oriatti (Herod). The Batesville Choral Society will serve as the chorus. The performance will be semi-staged with three dancers from the Fusion Dance Academy in Batesville. Russell Stinson will be the piano accompanist.

The group will also perform Heinrich Schütz’s Seven Last Words from the Cross.

This event is free and open to the public.

at Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lyon College will host a Public Reading by best-selling novelist Tayari Jones

Lyon College will host a Public Reading by Tayari Jones, a celebrated, best-selling novelist, at 7:30 on Thursday evening, April 5.

Tayari Jones’s just-released An American Marriage is a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club Selection and a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller with 250,000 copies in print, all within two weeks of its release.

In choosing the novel for her club, Winfrey commented that “It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.” The New York Times Book Review calls her story of a marriage torn apart by a wrongful conviction “haunting . . . beautifully written,” and USA Today calls it “brilliant and heartbreaking . . . unforgettable.”

Jones has recently appeared on CBS’s morning show and on PBS’s NewsHour to discuss the novel and her writing career.

Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, and her writing centers on the urban South. “Although I now live in the Northeast,” she has explained, “my imagination lives in Atlanta.” Her previous novel, Silver Sparrow, a story of an Atlanta businessman’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle, was chosen for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Library.

Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, a coming-of-age story set against the city’s infamous African American child murders of 1979–81, won the Hurston/Wright Award for debut fiction.

Her second novel, The Untelling, about a family struggling to overcome the aftermath of a fatal car accident, received the Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries. The Village Voice wrote, “Tayari Jones is fast defining black middle-class Atlanta the way that Cheever did for Westchester.”

Jones currently serves on the MFA faculty of Rutgers University–Newark. An accomplished and witty speaker, she has spoken at hundreds of colleges and universities, libraries, writers’ conferences, and literary series all over the country.

Jones will read in Lyon College’s Bevens Music Room in Brown Chapel and Fine Arts Building. After she reads, Jones will field questions and sign books. Lyon will have copies of An American Marriage available for purchase. The reading is free and open to the public.

Photo credit: Nina Subin

at Monday, March 19, 2018

Quapaw String Quartet to Perform at Lyon

The Quapaw Quartet, part of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, in the Bevens Music Room in Brown Chapel – Fine Arts building on the Lyon College campus.

Thanks to the generosity of former Lyon president Dan West and his wife, Sidney, who endowed an annual classical music performance, there is no charge to attend.

The program will feature Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor, Bartok’s String Quartet No. 3, and Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 13 in G Major.

Performers include Meredith Maddox Hicks and Charlotte Crosmer on violin, Ryan Mooney on viola, and David Gerstein on cello.

The Quapaw Quartet provides musical and educational entertainment to thousands of music lovers each year. With a range of performances from school programs to full-length recitals, the group has been an Arkansas treasure for 32 years.

at Wednesday, March 14, 2018