One hundred thirty Lyon College students qualified for the Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester.
To be named to the list, a student must earn a 3.75 or higher GPA and take a minimum of 12 credit hours that semester.
Students from Arkansas include:
Hot Springs Village
North Little Rock
Out-of-state students include:
San Bernardino, Calif.
San Pedro, Calif.
Greenwell Springs, La.
Villa Platte, La.
West Plains, Mo.
League City, Texas
Little Elm, Texas
The Colony, Texas
Virginia Beach, Va.
International students include:
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Diego Mendez Sandoval
Igalo Herceg Novi, Montenegro
The Kilted Kiln is now part of the Lyon campus thanks to a $25,000 gift from the Windgate Foundation.
“The Windgate Foundation has made an extraordinary investment in strengthening arts education around the state of Arkansas over the last several decades,” said Vice President for Advancement Dr. David Hutchison.
He continued, “Lyon College shares that vision, and so we are excited to create this new partnership with Windgate.”
Visiting Professor of Art James Berry said the Kiln is now located in the Temp in the old kitchen area and will have an auxiliary building behind the Temp starting in fall of 2021. Being on campus gives the Kilted Kiln the opportunity to start a clay club and have onsite recruitment efforts through Upward Bound, APPLE and individual high school events.
“We have started referring to the space as ‘The Kitchen,’” said Berry, laughing. “Being on campus will also allow us to have demonstrations for Lyon students, faculty and staff.”
Lyon College acquired the Main Street Pottery studio in Batesville in 2018 and began leasing the commercial space downtown, allowing the College to offer ceramics classes for the first time in decades.
The studio was rebranded as the Kilted Kiln and began hosting Lyon academic courses as well as community workshops and demonstrations. In its first year, the Kiln underwent a dramatic expansion with the hiring of a full-time artist-in-residence.
The facility, which is more than a century old, lacked heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and suffered from structural integrity issues. Its location and lack of parking limited its appeal to the community and its accessibility for students.
The Windgate Foundation’s gift allowed Lyon to fund the relocation of the Kilted Kiln to campus, allowing the College to continue keeping the direct costs low for students and free to community members.
Berry said the Kilted Kiln will host community events with local and discounted workshops for members of the Lyon community.
“I’m hoping to bridge ceramic students with the Scot Shop and a few other businesses on Main Street in fundraising efforts,” he said.
“The College’s visual arts and ceramics have been some of its most prominent and successful programs in recent years,” said Hutchison, “and this relationship [with the Windgate Foundation] will help facilitate the growth of both as we expand our presence and offerings in the region.”
The Lyon College ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) Program had five cadets receive awards for their achievements this semester.
Mikayla "Blysse" Harmon won the National Defense Industrial Association Award. Alexander Holzawarth won the Edwin O. Carlson Award. William Sonnier won the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award. Zachary Curlee won the Society of the War of 1812 Award, and Mariah Spix won the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award.
The ceremony was held at Arkansas State University on April 29. Since Lyon ROTC is a satellite program of Arkansas State University, the Lyon ROTC cadets competed for awards against cadets in the ASU, Harding University and the ASU at Beebe ROTC programs.
"This strong showing of achievement from Lyon Cadets would be noteworthy at any time," said Assistant Professor of Military Science Jerry Bowling, "but considering how new the program is at Lyon College, it speaks volumes about the excellence these Cadets strive to attain."
Bowling conluded, "I am very proud of the individual and group achievements of these students and the program as a whole."
Payton Tucker plans to bring his passion for education and gaming to his new role as Director of Esports for Lyon College.
Originally from Springdale, Ark., Tucker graduated from the University of Arkansas in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in educational studies. He played on the university’s League of Legends team for his first three years before becoming the team manager his senior year.
He also helped coach local high schools’ esports teams in Northwest Arkansas.
“I have played games ever since I was a kid,” Tucker said, “mainly Call of Duty and sports games with my brothers.”
He later discovered World of Warcraft in middle school and League of Legends, which is his main game now, in high school.
“My favorite parts of the esports scene are the events, community and competitions,” Tucker said. “The connections and friendships built along the way through esports have been awesome.”
"We're so excited to bring an Arkansas-native who understands the collegiate Esports scene into the Lyon College family!” said Dean of Admissions Tommy Newton.
Tucker said Lyon has already upgraded its monitors in the esports room on campus. He plans to facilitate more team-building experiences for the College’s esports players.
“Making sure they are taken care of so they can focus on competing is my top priority.”
He will continue to develop plans for the program’s future that will excite not only the players but also the Lyon campus as a whole.
“I will do my best to build and grow this program at Lyon,” Tucker said. “I am excited to be here and can’t wait to meet everyone.”
Lyon College awarded an honorary doctorate to Dr. Terrell Tebbetts at Commencement on May 22 in recognition of his lasting impact on both his students and the College as a whole.
Tebbetts, the Martha Heasley Cox Chair in American Literature, has taught thousands of students for over 50 years at Lyon, mentoring many as they discerned careers in law, politics, journalism, education and countless other fields.
“[Tebbetts] has gone above and beyond to help his students succeed, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Lyon President Dr. W. Joseph King.
When graduates attribute their writing and analytical skills to the College, King said, they often cite Tebbetts’ advanced composition course as an integral part of their education.
“He is known for his dedication to his students and his genuine desire for them to learn and achieve,” King said.
Tebbetts began his prodigious career at the College in 1970 as an associate professor of English, and he quickly excelled. He is a scholar, with 100 professional publications; a poet; and a community leader.
His students have awarded him Professor of the Year four times. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation named him Arkansas Professor of the Year.
Tebbetts is a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and has served as faculty advisor to the Lambda Iota Chapter for over four decades.
“Of course, his crowning achievement is his impact on his students,” King said. “His influence in their professional, personal and spiritual growth cannot be measured, yet it is invaluable.”
He concluded, “In recognition of his dedicated service to his profession and to this College, The Board of Trustees is pleased and honored to confer Terrell Tebbetts the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.”
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