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Lyon College Third Annual Peace Rally to Focus on the American Dream

Lyon College Campus Ministry in partnership with the Director of Diversity Lai-Monté Hunter will hold the third annual Lyon College Peace Rally on Thursday, September 20 at 11 a.m. in Lyon’s Couch Garden. This year’s theme is the American Dream, and owner of BodyFit in Batesville, Gilbert Lopez, Jr., will speak about his interpretation of the American Dream and how his personal experiences have helped him understand what it means to live in a peaceful world.

According to Lyon College Chaplain the Rev. Margaret Alsup, the rally coincides with the start of the National Hispanic Heritage month and Arkansas Peace Week, which helped Alsup and Hunter decided on the rally’s theme.

“It was clear that immigration was an important subject and social justice issue for students,” said Alsup. “Thinking about immigration led us to come up with the theme American Dream, focusing on what that means and why we all seek it.”

For the rally, Lopez and Student Government Association President Taylor Donnerson, ‘19, will both speak about the American Dream. There will be a communal art project, followed by a community lunch.

Lopez is a native of Eagle Pass, Texas and attended Diboll High School. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Angelina College where he received a degree in business with an applied science concentration. Lopez furthered his education by completing the registered nursing program at UACCB and also holds certifications in both sports nutrition and personal training.  He currently is a registered nurse in a pediatric day treatment center that serves children with developmental delays and mental health needs. Lopez owns BodyFit with his wife Melody where he provides personal training and leads group exercise classes.