Lyon College honored seven individuals at its annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Friday, October 21, as a part of the College’s homecoming celebrations.
Every year, Lyon holds the Alumni Awards Banquet to recognize individuals who have achieved professional and personal success and demonstrated exemplary service to both the College and their community.
Eric Wilson, ’06, and Stephanie Thompson, ’06, both received the Patterson Decade Award. The Alumni Association presents this award to one man and one woman from the decade class who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers. Wilson currently serves as CEO of the K-12 entrepreneurship program at Noble Impact, an education initiative working to establish public service and entrepreneurship as a core curriculum in public schools. Thompson is the senior marketing manager for the Amazon Prime Acquisition division of Amazon.com.
David Jones, ’99, and Shea Hembrey, ’96, both received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Alumni Association presents this award to alumni who have brought honor to the College through their distinguished careers. Jones is a partner at the Wright Lindsey Jennings law firm in Little Rock. He has received countless accolades during his career. Hembrey is a thriving artist whose work has been featured in New American Paintings and New York Times Magazine. In 2011, he presented a TED Talk titled “How I became 100 artists.”
Linda Wann, ’61, received the Lifetime of Service Award. The Alumni Association presents this award to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated outstanding service to the College. Wann, a longtime member of the college staff before her retirement in 1995, served under many hats during her tenure, including bookstore manager, director of printing and mail service and chapter adviser to the Alpha Xi Delta fraternity. In 2010, Lyon recognized her with its Honorary Alumna Award and Volunteer Service Award.
Adam Long, ’06, received the Decade of Service Award. The Alumni Association presents this award to an alumnus or alumna from the decade class who has demonstrated outstanding service to the College. After graduating from Lyon, Long served as a member of the President’s Council, a young alumni trustee and president of the Alumni Association Leadership Council. He currently serves as director of the Hemingway-Pfieffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggot.
Lynn Weatherman received the Honorary Alumna Award. The Alumni Association presents this award to an individual who has achieved notable success in his or her chosen field and demonstrated outstanding service to the College. As first lady, Weatherman has volunteered countless hours at Lyon, assisting with clerical work, coordinating events and directing renovation projects. In 2011, she and two former first ladies, Carolyn Holloway and Sidney West, founded the First Ladies’ Auxiliary, which has raised more than $100,000 for campus beautification.
The awards banquet proceeded an art reception featuring the work of Sarah Fendley, ’09, in the Patterson Dining Hall.
View photos from the banquet here.
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