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First Year Advising

First-Year Advising

The mission of Lyon College is "to foster critical, creative thought and ethical, spiritual growth that will prepare students for fulfilling personal and professional lives committed to lifelong learning and service." We start that preparation in our first-year advising program!

Every new student at Lyon is assigned a professional adviser committed to providing dedicated support as you establish your individual path. We help you explore your interests, imagine your future, and plan your learning journey.

The decision-making process during the first year is intensive. Your adviser works in partnership with you throughout the first year. You will receive tailored, proactive attention and personal support to ensure that your college experience starts strong! We help you go beyond knowing what you need to do to understanding why the choices you make are right for you. We work with you, for you.


Anthony K. Grafton

Dean of First-Year Studies

Office 244 in the Derby Center for Science and Mathematics
870.307.7315 | anthony.grafton@lyon.edu 


Courtney Beal

First-Year Adviser

Office 215 located in the Morrow Building
870.307.7016 | courtney.beal@lyon.edu


Tamija Tucker-Mayes

Director of First-Year Advising

Office 216 in the Lyon Business and Economics Building
870-307-7215 | tamija.tucker-mayes@lyon.edu