Students give back for the holidays

In the midst of final exams, holiday break preparations, and the rush to finish holiday shopping lists, several Lyon College students have dedicated time for serving others this month. Chemistry students of Dr. Irosha Nawarathne and Lyon’s chapter of Circle K International have reached out to the community to help children in need of extra holiday cheer.


Dean of Faculty receives Swarthmore distinction

Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, Vice President for Academic Services and Dean of the Faculty at Lyon College, was named a “Distinguished Academic” by his alma mater, Swarthmore College.


Lyon mourns the loss of Frank Lyon, Jr.

Frank Lyon, Jr., was a trustee of Lyon College in Batesville for nearly 30 years, serving a lengthy term as Chairman of the Board. When he left the board, he continued his involvement with the institution named in honor of his family as Special Advisor to the President from 2012 until his death. The College awarded him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at commencement in 1997.


Lyon students attend West Magnet College Day

For Brandi Allen and her kindergarten son, Rhys, College Day at West Magnet Elementary did not seem right without real college students. The school’s Red Ribbon Week for awareness of drug-free living included special themed dress-up days during the week. On College Day, Rhys brought his Scots sword and wished he could hang out with some Lyon football players.


Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher to speak at convocation event

Monday, November 2, at 7 p.m., Lyon College and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will collaborate to bring Inge Auerbacher to speak about surviving a concentration camp as a child. This convocation is free and open to the public and will be held in Independence Hall at UACCB. The Lyon College Student Activities Council is sponsoring the event.


Dr. Wesley Beal publishes book of literary criticism

Dr. Wesley Beal, Assistant Professor of English at Lyon, has published a book titled Networks of Modernism: Reorganizing American Narrative. Available through the University of Iowa Press, this critical work examines the socioeconomic networks of the American modernist era and their contributions to the literature of that period.


President Weatherman announces upcoming retirement

Dr. Donald V. Weatherman, president of Lyon College since 2009, announced his retirement during the Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, October 23. He plans to leave at the end of the 2016-17 academic year and made the announcement now so that the College will have ample time to find his successor.


More than 500 volunteer in the Batesville community on Service Day

A steadfast tradition since the ‘90s, Service Day at Lyon College keeps making a bigger impact each year as the campus grows. Last Tuesday, October 20, more than 500 students, faculty, and staff traded a day of classes for a day of community involvement. According to Jonathan Davey, Student Engagement Specialist, more than 1,800 individual student volunteer hours were logged that day.


Graduate and trustee Brad Austin to hold book signing

This Thursday, October 22, at 6 p.m., Lyon College alumnus and Board of Trustees member Brad Austin will hold a signing for his new book, Democratic Sports: Men's and Women's College Athletics During the Depression. This event will be held in Sturgis Hall at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. Austin, a history professor at Salem State University, will speak about his book before signing copies for the audience.

Science and math outreach programs inspire young students

For the second consecutive semester, Lyon College students are bringing their love of science to Batesville elementary students in the form of erupting volcanoes, homemade slime and ice cream, elephant toothpaste, and more. This new science outreach program was created by Dr. Irosha Nawarathne, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, in spring 2015. Currently, the program serves children in kindergarten through sixth grade at Central Magnet Math and Science Elementary School and will be extended to elementary students throughout the Batesville School District in the future.