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

Guest speaker Elaine Pasqua to give sexual health awareness workshop

On April 11-12, Lyon College will host a workshop with Elaine Pasqua, a renowned speaker on the topics of sexual health and awareness of sexual assault and other high-risk behaviors. She will be giving lectures and resources to students and key staff members involved with residence life in the Lyon community. Lyon College Athletics, Human Resources, and Student Life are collaborating to bring her to campus, and she plans to meet with the Greek organizations, Campus Safety officers, Residence Life staff, Student Life staff, athletic coaching staff, and the student body at large.

Register now for our annual Outdoor and ACT Prep Camp!

On June 5-8, Lyon College will host its annual Outdoor and ACT Prep Camp for rising high school juniors and seniors. The event will offer a taste of the Lyon Education and Adventure Program (LEAP) and specialized ACT instruction from Stephen Leake, president of College Prep Coach, Inc. Some of the outdoor activities include slacklining, bouldering, kayak polo, ultimate Frisbee, and even a slip-n’-slide!


Professor of management publishes two articles

Dr. Frank Winfrey, the Clark N. and Mary Perkins Barton Professor of Management, has published two articles in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. These articles, titled “The Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” and “The Volcker Rule,” can be found in the December 2015 edition of the encyclopedia, ISBN: 9781452226439. The editor is Frederick F. Wherry of Yale University, and the consulting editor is Juliet B. Schorr of Boston College. 

Blue & You Foundation awards mini-grant to Lyon

Recognizing the need for another Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) on campus, LuAnn Baker, Director of Health and Wellness at Lyon College, applied for a grant from the Blue & You Foundation. The foundation awarded the College $1,000 to purchase another AED for Lyon’s football complex and practice field. This additional AED, with 12 others that were purchased in 2011, ensures that no place  on campus is more than 3 minutes’ running distance from an AED.


Williamson Prize lecture

Dr. Anthony K. Grafton, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Chemistry at Lyon College, was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching for Lyon’s 2014-15 academic year. The College awards this prize annually to the faculty member considered the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane values, and contributions to the community.

Lyon forms chapter of Enactus entrepreneurial group

According to its website, Enactus defines itself as “a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.” Lyon College has formed a chapter of this community with about 20 student members and advisors Alvin Holliman, Assistant Professor of Management, and Annette Castleberry, Co-Director of Career Services.

Lyon hosts annual Outdoor and ACT Prep Camp this June

This June, Lyon will host our sixth annual Outdoor/ACT Prep Camp. This unique opportunity will give you a taste of Lyon College's L.E.A.P. outdoor recreation program and will offer specialized ACT instruction from Stephen Leake, President of College Prep Coach, Inc. During this three day camp, when we aren’t ziplining, bouldering, tackling the ropes course, or playing ultimate frisbee, you’ll be learning how to raise your ACT score!

Lyon adds Common Application as option in admission process

Effective immediately, Lyon College has joined the network of colleges and universities accepting the Common Application. Students applying for the fall 2016 semester may use this application in addition to Lyon’s own online application, accessible through the College’s website at