Lyon College Hires New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Lyon College is pleased to announce that Ann Turney has joined the College staff as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She was previously the Director for Leadership Gifts at Hendrix College in Conway.

Lyon Hosts Annual Outdoor and ACT Prep Camp

Lyon College held its annual Outdoor and ACT Prep Camp on June 5-8. Over 150 rising juniors and seniors received specialized ACT instruction from Stephen Leake, President of College Prep Coach, to prepare them for the next step in their academic journey.

Hall Named Lyon College Registrar

Tami Hall has been promoted to Registrar at Lyon College, according to Dr. Philip Cavalier, Vice President for Academic Services. She was previously the Assistant Registrar.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies

Lyon College held its baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies this past Friday and Saturday, with 113 students graduating.

Commencement This Weekend

Lyon College will hold its baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies this Friday and Saturday. The Class of 2016 numbers 113.

Lyon Launches Crowdfunding Site

Three weeks ago, Lyon launched Impact Lyon (, a crowdfunding platform that allows donors to give to specific Lyon College projects. The first project, launched April 7th, was a Lyon College Pipe Band campaign to raise money for snare drums. The pipe band has an overall goal of $5000.00. In 18 days, the band has raised $3,067, which is 61% of its overall goal. This project is well on its way to successfully reaching its overall goal. LEAP also has a project in the works that it hopes to launch by next week.

Lyon Enactus Group Recognized

A team of 12 Lyon College students participated in the Enactus United States Regional Competition in Rogers, AR, on April 18. Lyon’s Enactus chapter was formed only this year but was recognized with the Rookie of the Year Award for what it has already accomplished and what it plans to do in the next academic year.

Lyon recognizes outstanding faculty and students

Lyon College recently held its annual Honors Day convocation to recognize a faculty member and more than 50 students.


Dr. Kurt Grafton, Professor of Chemistry, was named the 2016 Alpha Chi Professor of the Year.  Alpha Chi is a national academic honor society which promotes academic excellence and exemplary character among undergraduate and graduate students. Members of Lyon’s chapter are in the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes.


Dr. Nawarathne secures funds for summer research

Dr. Irosha Nawarathne, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lyon College, has secured $25,420 in funds for summer research from the Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) developmental research program. This award was given based on Dr. Nawarathne’s submitted proposal, “Probing Interactions of Rifamycins and Mycobacterium Tuberculosis RNA Polymerases.” This grant allows Lyon to enter into an agreement with UAMS for research opportunities.


Lyon initiates 38 freshmen into honor society

The initiation ceremony for Lambda Delta, Lyon College’s freshman honor society, took place on Thursday, April 7, at 4 p.m. in the Bevens Music Room of Brown Chapel. Thirty-eight freshmen students were initiated into the honor society, which was established in 2011 to recognize early academic achievement and identify academic leaders in the College.


The initiates, by hometown, are:


Batesville, AR – Joshua Green

Cave City, AR – Kaitlyn Penn

Bald Knob, AR – Garrison Gravett

Judsonia, AR – Logan Dunn

Searcy, AR – Samantha Sharp