Lyon receives $1 million gift from Wilson family

As the beginning phase of construction begins on new residence halls, Lyon College is proud to announce the receipt of a $1 million lead pledge from the R.E. Lee Wilson Trust Foundation to help fund the new residence halls.

Lyon alums have fairy-tale engagement on Nichols trip

When Maggie Hance told her boyfriend, Drew Nolley, about a proposal she witnessed at Disney World, she never imagined he’d propose to her at Stirling Castle in Scotland during a Nichols Trip with Lyon College students and faculty members.

“I was at Disney for a dance competition, and we saw a proposal happen while we were there. I told him I wanted to be proposed to at a castle, thinking maybe he’d do it at the castle at Disney. I never thought he’d do it at an actual castle,” Hance said.

Lyon adds extra orientation day for largest freshman class in school’s history

Lyon College has added an extra orientation date for incoming freshman to accommodate the record-breaking number of new students that will be attending in the fall.

Lyon College Upward Bound program to visit U.S. Geological Survey

The Lyon College Upward Bound Math-Science program will experience a first when the group visits The U.S. Geological Survey office in Little Rock June 19.

Jiana Stover, director of the Upward Bound program, said she selected the USGS as the destination for this year’s industry tour in an effort to broaden the exposure students have to a variety of career fields within Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) and also because her background is in geology and hydrology. 

Lyon confers 106 degrees to the Class of 2014

Lyon College conferred 106 degrees to graduates of the Class of 2014 May 10. Those receiving awards at commencement included: McKenzie Macy, The Lester Award; Crystal Thomas, The Seibert Fellowship; Brian Laster, The Dr. Samuel W. Williams Fellowship; Caitlin Brackett, The Mosley Fellowhsip; John Pope, The Dr. and Mrs. John D. Spragins Award; Alex Davidson, The Dahlquist Scholar Athlete Award; Stephanie Shaw, The Alma Cole Metcalf Endowed Scholarship; and Jonathan Dannatt, The Charles H. Coffin Scholarship Medal.

Novelist visits Lyon College as Heasley Prize winner

Write a monster, not a grape.

This is the advice Tony Earley gives his creative writing students at Vanderbilt University, which he passed on to students at Lyon College during a public interview session April 22.

“Imagine how gross it would feel to step on a grape barefooted,” Earley said. “That’s why I tell my students to write a monster story, not one that’s squishy like a grape.”

Tebbetts’ Faulkner course steps into novels

By Samantha Jones

Dr. Terrell Tebbetts became a Faulkner scholar early in his career, having taught Absalom, Absalom! in a basic literature course. The novel piqued his interest in the Southern writer, and Tebbetts has studied Faulkner extensively ever since.

Ditch the Dumpster offers valuable service to students, charities

As graduation nears, what to do with furnishings, clothing and even food that will not be going home with them when they leave in May is the last thing on students’ minds. Instead of tossing usable items in the trash, Ditch the Dumpster offers students a way to get rid of items they don’t have room to transport home while providing a valuable service to local charities.

Guest speaker relates experiences of mission work in South America

Lyon students had a unique experience during regular chapel services in the Small Chapel in Brown Chapel Thursday. Rev. Sarah Henken, regional liaison for the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Andean countries of South America, including Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, delivered a sermon as guest speaker and also helped conduct parts of the service in both English and Spanish with Lyon Interim Chaplain Bill Branch.

Henken’s sermon focused on a central theme of what it means to truly embody the word of God.

Lyon students see works of master artists on Art in Context trip

Lyon College students had the opportunity to get up close with works from master artists such as Picasso, Degas, van Gogh, and famous contemporary artists such as Trenton Doyle Hancock and Damien Hirst during the Art in Context trip over spring break.