Lyon holds groundbreaking for new residence halls

Lyon College celebrated the progressing construction of two new residence halls with a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 16. Lyon Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and members of the community attended the ceremony.

Dr. Donald V. Weatherman, Lyon president, thanked Lyon’s many supporters for their contributions to the project, including recognizing Board of Trustee Chairman Perry Wilson, whose family recently donated $1 million to the building project.

Lyon Board of Trustees approves addition of new member

The Lyon College Board of Trustees approved the addition of Dr. Rick Niece to the board at its fall meeting Oct. 17 on campus. The board met after a fall retreat to discuss items of business.Niece, vice president of the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation Inc., retired in July 2013 as president of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. The university named him President Emeritus after his retirement. Niece earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a master’s and doctorate from Kent State University, and has won several awards both as an author and an educator.

Lyon hosting local candidate debate

Lyon College will host a debate for 2014 local candidates for the state House of Representatives and Senate seats.  The debate will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Nucor Auditorium located in the Lyon Business and Economics Building on campus.

Candidates will include Democratic candidate Lackey Moody who is running against Republican candidate James Sturch for District 63 of the Arkansas House of Representatives. Republican candidate Linda Collins-Smith and Democratic candidate James McLean, who are vying for the state Senate seat for District 19, will also be in attendance.

Mathematics professor incorporating cell phones as learning device

Teaching methods are evolving to serve an ever-more technologically savvy student body. Devices such as cell phones and iPads that were once banned from the classroom are now being utilized as educational tools. Dr. Tharanga Wijetunge, assistant professor of mathematics at Lyon College, is incorporating such methods into his College Algebra class with the help of an online application called Poll Everywhere.

Tornado Cross provides campus with symbol of rebirth, hope

By Angelica Holmes

Student Writer

In April of 1973, a tornado hit Batesville that would change the community forever. Though most of the storm’s witnesses are long gone since the incident, there are some members of Lyon who were on campus during the storm. They all have different stories, but every story has a common thread — the emergence of hope in a time of chaos.

Kathy Whittenton, now the Public Services Librarian at Lyon, was just a student when the storm hit. She remembers the events surrounding the storm clearly.

Lyon Counseling Center to offer depression screenings

Lyon College Counseling Center will participate in the 23rd annual National Depression Screening Day® by providing free screenings for depression and other mood disorders on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  in the Maxfield Room on the first floor of Edwards Commons.  National Depression Screening Day raises awareness and screens people for depression and mood disorders and allows individuals to identify warning signs and connect with the appropriate treatment resources.

Lyon presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream as first main stage production of season

A mostly freshmen class will present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Lyon College’s first main stage production of the season Oct. 2-5. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 and 2 p.m. Oct. 5 in Holloway Theatre on campus.

Dr. Fonzie Geary II, assistant professor of theatre, said ticket prices were lowered this season to make shows even more accessible to the community. Admission is now $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Lyon faculty, staff, and students get in free with a Lyon I.D.

Lyon College ranks among Best National Liberal Arts College once again

Lyon College has repeatedly been ranked among the best liberal arts colleges by various national reports, and this year is no different. U.S. World News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Forbes, and the Princeton Review once again ranked Lyon among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation.

LEAP, Lyon wrestling teams prepare for service trip

Participants in the Lyon Education and Adventure Program and both the men’s and women’s wrestling teams will lend a hand in repairing and revitalizing the north Sylamore Hiking Trail in Mountain View Sept. 27.

Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Carter contacted Scott Dirksen, Lyon’s director of outdoor recreation and education, about possibilities for a service project. Dirksen, who had worked with Jay Swafford, the natural resource specialist for the Ozark National Forest in Mountain View, contacted Swafford to see where the group could be of assistance.

Retention rates up for Lyon College

Not only did Lyon College welcome a record-breaking freshman class this fall, but the college also welcomed back more current students than in years past.

According to a report from the Office of the Registrar, Lyon’s overall retention from fall 2013 to fall 2014 was 80.9 percent, up 4.5 percent over the previous year. Among that number, 74.1 percent of freshmen returned to campus, up 4.3 percent from the previous year.