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

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.