With it's unified red-bricked Neo-Georgian architectural style, tree-dotted 150+ acres, 4.5 miles of hiking and biking bluff-side trails, picturesque lake, dog park, beach volleyball court, 18-hole disc golf course, climbing grotto, and ropes course will ensure you have a lifetime of memeories.
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Lyon College's Highland Adventure Challenge Course is open to the Lyon College community, as well as outside guests. Our course is designed to develop team building, communication, problem solving, self-confidence, and other perceived benefits.
Low Elements: Spider's Web, Wild Woozy, Tension Traverse, Log Jam, Team Wall, A-frames, Queen's Finger, Swinging Log, Tire Swing, Porthole, Nitro Crossing, Islands, Whale Watch, Tee Pee Shuffle, Mohawk Walk, Tarzan & Jane Vines, Trust Fall
High Elements: Zip-Line, Giant Swing, Crate Stacking, Team Ladder
The Schram Memorial Bark Park, named in honor of the late Emeritus Professor of Biology Dr. Mark Schram, can be found a short distance from the Salty Dog Coffee Shop on Arkansas's only pet-friendly campus. The Bark Park features a leash-free zone with water features and obstacles that your pet will love!
Located on the Young House quad, Hoke-McCain Hall (Young house) houses 92 students. It is named in honor of former trustee Charles J. Hoke of El Dorado and Dr. Paul M. McCain, a former president of Lyon.
Located on the Young House quad, Wilson Hall is named in memory of former Lyon College trustee Michael E. Wilson and in honor of his son and current trustee and Chairman of the Board Perry Lee Wilson. The hall houses 100 students.
Located on the Young House quad, McRae Hall is named in memory of former Governor Thomas C. McRae and Carleton McRae, ’29. Completed in 1989, it houses 35 students in double-occupancy suites.
Known as part of “Apartment Row” by students, the Barton Apartments are located just east of the Morrow Quad. The apartments were named in honor of Clark N. Barton and opened in the fall of 1978.
Known as part of “Apartment Row” by students, the Brown Apartments were funded primarily through a gift from Clark N. and Mary Perkins Barton of El Dorado and named in honor of their pastor at their request. Completed in 1975, the Brown Apartments are located just east of the Morrow Quad.
Located on the Morrow Quad, Blandford Hall was named in memory of longtime Latin and German professor Eugene Blandford. Completed in the 1960s, the residence hall features double-occupancy suites, and its community-style bathrooms received an upgrade in recent years.
Located on the Morrow Quad, Love Hall was named in honor of trustee Gordon Love. Completed in the 1960s, the residence hall features double-occupancy suites, and its community-style bathrooms received an upgrade in recent years.
Spragins House is home to the resident faculty mentor for first year students at Lyon College. Located on the Morrow Quad, it is centrally located near the Mabee-Simpson Library, academic buildings, and Edwards Commons, the student union. Spragins House is connected to the Morrow Academic Center and is often used to host programming for students, faculty, and staff.
Located on the Morrow Quad, Spragins Hall was named in honor of former president John D. Spragins and was the first building constructed on campus. The residence hall features double rooms with suite-style bathrooms.
The Maintenance Building is located at the south end of Huser Field.
The Welcome Center houses the enrollment services and student financial aid offices. It provides a reception area for prospective students and their parents, as well as private conference areas.
The Campus Ministry House, located on 22nd Street adjacent to the campus, hosts various events and programming led by the Campus Ministry Team and religious student organizations.
The Football Training Facility was completed in 2016. The 22,000-square-foot facility includes a workout area, training, weight room, locker room, conference space, and offices. A practice field was completed in 2014.
The Hatcher Wrestling Center was completed in 2014 thanks to a gift from Greg Hatcher of Little Rock, Arkansas. The 7,800-square-foot Center includes a workout area, locker rooms, and offices.
The Kirk Kelley Baseball Complex is a 7,200-square-foot facility with a workout area, coaches’ offices, and locker room. The facility was completed in 2004 and is named in honor of former head baseball coach Kirk Kelley.
Fred Wann Field, Lyon’s baseball park, was completed in 1997 and is adjacent to the Kirk Kelley Baseball Complex. The field was named in honor of former coach Fred Wann.
The Becknell Gymnasium, named for Little Rock businessman and benefactor James C. Becknell, Sr., was completed in 1970 and underwent partial renovation in summer 2001. It contains a gymnasium with seating for 1,600, a fitness center featuring weights and aerobic equipment, a smaller gymnasium, classroom, training room, coaches offices, and public lockers.
Edwards Commons, a 44,000 square-foot campus center, was completed in August 2012. It contains the Scot Shop; student mailboxes; the dining room and the Lyon Den; student programming space; a game room; student government offices; conference rooms; Career Development Center, counseling center, health and wellness clinic, and the student life office. Edwards Commons was named for the late John W. and Lucille Welman Edwards of Batesville.
The Scottish Heritage Building, also known as the Temp,is home to the Scottish Heritage Program, fine arts studios, and student programming spaces.
Completed in 1991, the Holloway Theatre hosts both collegiate theatre productions and the study of the theatre arts. It contains a black box theatre, which can seat up to 150 in proscenium, thrust, and arena style, and ample support facilities, including a rehearsal room, a green room, set and costume workshops, and storage areas. The theatre is the home of the Harlequin Theatre, Arkansas' oldest collegiate theatre organization. The Holloway Theatre is named in honor of I. Graham Holloway, '80.
The Mabee-Simpson Library was built in 1975 and renovated and expanded in 1995. It contains stacks of media items, a faculty lounge, seminar rooms, offices, workrooms, access to over 20,000 periodical collections, and the Dorothy P. Sydenstricker Room, which houses the College’s archives, rare book collection, and Regional Studies Center. The bottom floor of the library includes the Campus Safety department, Information Technology (IT), and the mailroom.
The Morrow Academic Center (MAC) offers free academic support services to all Lyon students. Located next to the Spragins House, the MAC includes a computer lab, study materials, and spaces for supplemental instruction, tutoring, peer academic coaching, an interdisciplinary writing center, testing services and academic accommodations. It also houses the Salty Dog Coffee Shop, where students, faculty, and staff can order coffee, tea, and freshly baked goods.
The Alphin Humanities Building is one of the oldest buildings on campus, behind Brown Chapel. Alphin is named in honor of Hazel C. Alphin of El Dorado. Formerly the dining hall, it was remodeled into a classroom and faculty office building in 1984-85. It contains five classrooms, two seminar rooms, sixteen faculty offices, the Kresge Art Gallery, the Fulkerson Art Studio, a drawing studio, and a faculty lounge.
The Derby Center for Science and Mathematics is named in honor of Lawrence E. and Marilyn Church Derby of Warren, Arkansas. This 6,854-square-foot facility was completed in 2003. The Derby Center is home to the College’s biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and psychology programs. It contains 13 instructional labs, 7 classrooms and seminar rooms, and 18 faculty offices.
Lyon Education and Adventure Program – Located at 301 23rd Street, the LEAP house is home to rental camping gear, the bike shop, and other outdoor equipment, which Lyon students, faculty, and staff can rent for free. Students and their guests typically meet here before outdoor trips, such as skydiving, kayaking, or backpacking excursions.
The Brown Chapel Fine Arts Building is named in memory of William Clark Brown, Sr., Allen Brown, and Josephine Brown, all of Hot Springs. Constructed in 1958, the iconic building was the first academic structure built on the present campus. Sloan Auditorium, named in memory of alumnus Eugene Sloan, seats 500 and is used for plays, concerts, convocations, and lectures. The Edwards Pipe Organ, a Holtkamp tracker pipe organ, was installed in 1980. The Ellebracht Chapel, named in memory of alumna Eleanor Viola Ellebracht, is used for campus worship services and holds a small Pilcher pipe organ. The Bevens Music Room on the south side of the building is used for recitals, receptions, and meetings. The Weatherman Lobby was named in honor of President Emeritus Donald V. Weatherman and Lynn Weatherman, who advocated for the building’s renovation. The building is home to KILT, the college’s student-run radio station, and also contains offices and classrooms for music faculty, practice rooms, and a choir and band room.
The Highland House, originally occupied by the Charles Cole family and later transformed by the Hathcock family, is located on Bearette Street adjacent to the campus. Today, it serves as the Lyon College Alumni Center, with multiple guest rooms available for overnight lodging, as well as space for meetings, retreats, weddings, and other events.
The Marshal Huser Soccer Field, located south of the Becknell Gymnasium, is home to the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams and features a regulation soccer field.
The Lyon Business and Economics Building was completed in 1993. It contains Nucor Auditorium, the Entergy Computer Center, six classrooms (including four Harvard Business School-style lecture rooms), two conference rooms, three seminar rooms, four team rooms, and twenty-two faculty offices. The building’s clock tower houses the 24-bell Tower Campbell Carillon
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