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ARcare brings healthcare directly to Lyon students

Lyon students will no longer have to leave campus to seek medical care.

The College entered into a partnership with ARcare this fall in order to provide on-campus doctor visits and other medical care.

ARcare is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that operates over 50 clinics in the state of Arkansas and 10 others in Kentucky and Mississippi. Its mission is to provide “health for all.” No patient is turned away, regardless of their ability to pay for services. 

This new partnership means that the College’s Health and Wellness Office can now offer strep tests, urine tests, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted infections (STI) tests, flu tests, COVID-19 tests and more on campus, rather than referring a student to an off-site clinic.

Additionally, students can use ARcare’s telehealth visits to address illnesses and minor injuries, medication refills, immunizations, annual wellness exams, school/sports physicals, behavioral health services and referrals, chronic care management and medical nutrition therapy.

Director of Health and Wellness Jennifer Morrison said Lyon reached out to ARcare about being an on-campus provider so that students would no longer have to leave campus to seek medical care.

“You still need to make an appointment with me and fill out new patient paperwork to be seen,” she said. “We can also schedule immunizations to be given on campus, although they won’t be stored here.”

Morrison continued, “If you are seeking any type of vaccination, please let me know, and I can usually get it within a week or so.”

ARcare began partnering with secondary schools in 2019 to provide telehealth services to staff and students and currently serves 13 school districts. Lyon College is the first institution of higher education that ARcare will be serving.

Clint  Shackelford, Senior Vice President of Operations for ARcare, said Lyon College was chosen because ARcare already partners with the Batesville School District and knew the city had four brick and mortar clinics nearby. 

“We know that Lyon College is another leader in the city,” Shackelford said. “We have met with Lyon leadership over the past few years, and our partnership has finally come to fruition.”

Any student, faculty or staff member will be able to go to the Health and Wellness Office in Edwards Commons and be seen by an ARcare provider, regardless of their means to pay or their insurance carrier. 

 The telehealth visits typically occur within 10 minutes, Shackelford said, and the ARcare provider can send a script to any pharmacy that the patient chooses.

Shackelford continued, “We will not dispense medications on campus, but we will send them to the pharmacy of choice for the patient.”  

ARcare’s hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You must be an ARcare patient to see the provider on campus. To get started, scan the QR code below and follow the instructions. 

at Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Faculty exhibition to introduce new art professors on Sept. 24

The Kresge Gallery’s annual Faculty Exhibition will showcase the current work of the entire Lyon College art faculty, including introducing new art professors Abigail Smithson and Eliseo Casiano.

The exhibition will also feature the works of professors Dustyn Bork, Maggie Gayle and James Berry.

The reception will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in the Kresge Gallery. The artists’ talks will be at 6:30 p.m.

at Monday, September 20, 2021

ScotsFest to honor traditions of Homecoming, Highland Games

This October, Lyon College will combine the beloved Arkansas Scottish Festival (ASF) with the excitement of Homecoming for one massive weekend-long event! The newly dubbed ScotsFest will start on Friday, Oct. 8, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 10.

Below is a list of the traditional Homecoming and ASF events planned for this October’s Scotsfest. You can view the full schedule at arscottishfest.com and register for ticketed events here.


Friday, October 8

  • 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Open Classes
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., President’s Reception (Highland House)
  • 6 p.m., The Kilted Mile (downtown Batesville)
  • 6:30 p.m., Annual Lyon College Alumni Awards Celebration (Edwards Commons)
  • 9 p.m., Alumni & Friends Social (The River/Josie’s)


Saturday, October 9

  • 8 a.m., President’s Breakfast (VIP Tent in Couch Garden)
  • 9 a.m., Highland Athletics Competition (Grassy Knoll)
  • 10 a.m., Pipe Band Exhibition (Couch Garden)
  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Faculty/Families Meet & Greet Brunch (Tailgate Alley)
  • 11 a.m., Homecoming Tailgate (Tailgate Alley)
  • 3 p.m., Homecoming Football Game (Pioneer Stadium)
  • 6 p.m., Cocktail Hour, Feast, Ceilidh, and Dancing, (Entertainment Tent) 
  • 9 p.m., Young Alumni Social (Flanders Terrace, Lyon Building)


Sunday, October 10

  • 11 a.m., Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Worship Service (Entertainment Tent)
  • 12 p.m., Club 50 Celebration (Maxfield, Edwards Commons)
  • 2 p.m., Alumni Women’s Basketball Game (Becknell Gymnasium)


Why combine?

ASF began as a small fair on the campus’ intramural field as a part of homecoming celebrations, said Jimmy Bell, Director of the Scottish Heritage Program. It was a way to pay homage to the Scottish heritage of the College’s Prebysterian founders. It featured student vendors, athletics, pipe bands, clans, dancing and more.

“It was originally a family weekend thing,” said Director of Advancement Services and Research Kenton Adler. “It was like homecoming, and they mixed in highland athletics.”

For many alumni, the Scottish Festival has always served as a homecoming of sorts, so the College decided to combine the events and give more people the chance to take part in both.

“Having it under one umbrella makes sure that everybody that wants to be here can come at the same time,”Adler said. “You get to see more people, and it makes it easier on alumni because they don’t have to choose between one event or the other.”

Director of Alumni Engagement Cindy Barber said Lyon is excited for the entire community to be back on campus this fall to celebrate a fun-filled weekend of events.

“Together, we will experience everything we love about the Arkansas Scottish Festival while also enjoying the reunions and school spirit of our annual Homecoming activities.”

She continued, “What could be better for the Scots’ homecoming then some added Scottish flair?” 

Bell believes the Lyon community will be excited to have the chance to be together on campus.

“People are already straining at the bit to get out and do something,” he said, laughing. “I think we will be packed at ScotsFest. There is going to be a ton of stuff going on.”

at Thursday, September 16, 2021

Message from President Taverner

Interim President Melissa Taverner sent the following message to the Lyon community on Sept. 13:


Dear Lyon community,


As many of you know, we lost a student this weekend. With a heavy heart, I am now able to share that senior Sonny Pham passed away this past Saturday.

Sonny was a computer science major minoring in mathematics. He was a bright student, and he made the Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters. He enjoyed gaming and took part in activities with the Lyon College Esports team.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at the Roller-Crouch Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Campground Cemetery in Bethesda. As I mentioned in my previous message, we will come together as a community to mourn Sonny and honor his memory. The campus memorial service will be next week. More information on these plans will be shared soon. Please remember that if you are having a hard time, you are not alone, and the College is here to support you.

I encourage you to seek support and comfort from the Chaplain’s Office and the Counseling Center. Both will be available for students, staff, and faculty.




at Monday, September 13, 2021

Dr. Tyler Williams to present ‘Inheriting Faulkner Today’ on Sept. 17

Dr. Tyler Williams will explore the contradiction of ever-changing traditions in the works of William Faulkner in a convocation on Friday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Alphin Board Room.

Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Humanities, and Philosophy at Midwestern State University.

In his lecture, he will argue that the major literary works of Faulkner rest philosophically on the paradoxical logic that a tradition can stay the same only insofar as it continually changes. Williams will further explore how this logic also animates our current struggles with historical identity, race relations, protest movements, and social violence.

at Thursday, September 9, 2021