Campus full of excitement in preparation for new, returning students

Campus is buzzing with activity as Lyon College prepares to welcome its largest incoming freshman class in the college’s history.

“At the Matriculation Convocation we will welcome more than 300 new students. This is the largest influx of new students in the College’s history. The additions of football and wrestling have boosted our number of new students to a record high,” said Dr. Bruce Johnston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

While new residence halls are under construction to accommodate the growth of the student body, renovations on existing housing are coming to fruition and temporary housing has been secured for students until the new residence halls are completed.

“Kim Hinds-Brush has done a fine job finding housing for everyone. She has rented apartments and houses around Batesville to accommodate our enrollment increase,” Johnston said.

Construction on field houses for the new wrestling and football teams is also underway, and the goal posts were recently installed on the new practice field in preparation for the arrival of the Scot football team members. Bad Boy, Inc. has partnered with Lyon Athletics for a three-year sponsorship of the court in James C. Becknell Gymnasium. The newly painted court prominently displays the new athletic logo and the Bad Boy Mowers logo.

“Scot Athletics is growing with three new sports programs (football, men/women’s wrestling) beginning this fall. This is an exciting time for Lyon Athletics, as well as our basketball and volleyball teams, and we’re looking forward to the return of our current athletes along with the arrival of our new players,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins.

Lyon College is also implementing a new core curriculum this fall designed to educate productive citizens on campus and well beyond graduation. The curriculum’s acronym EPIC stands for “Educating Productive Involved Citizens.” 

“The core is the heart and soul of an institution.  Lyon is obviously a campus that values community and participatory democracy.  We want to make the curriculum reflect that,” said Dr. Virginia Wray, Vice President of Academic Services and Dean of the Faculty. “The new curriculum will provide students with both a breadth and a depth of knowledge; it will require students to take courses in multiple disciplines and encourage them to make connections among those diverse courses.”

Lyon President Dr. Donald Weatherman said the progressive changes on campus are a result of the hard work and dedication of Lyon’s many supporters, both on campus and in the world at large.

“Over the last three years Lyon has assessed and prioritized its programs, developed a new strategic plan, and created a new CORE curriculum.  These actions have been major contributors to our having both the largest freshmen class and student enrollment in the history of the College.  The hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff has paid off in a large way for Lyon College,” Weatherman said.