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.

Tibetan Buddhist monks visit Lyon to create sand mandala

Lyon College will host a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery for a special convocation event in which the monks will spend a week on campus creating a mandala sand painting in the Holloway Theatre. They will begin the process on Monday, October 5 with an opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. and will finish with a closing ceremony on Thursday, October 8 at 12 p.m. During that week, the theater will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day for students and interested persons to observe the creation process.


Harlequin Theatre presents fall production

This weekend, the Lyon College Harlequin Theatre will present The Self-Tormentor. This ancient comedy by Terence deals with the trials of raising respectable sons. Dr. Fonzie Geary, Assistant Professor of Theatre and director of the show, selected this play because Roman works are often overlooked in favor of Greek dramas, even though the Roman comedy style strongly influenced Renaissance playwrights, especially Shakespeare. The show, starring Jessica Craven as Chremes and Katheryn Clemmons as Menedemus, will run in the Holloway Theatre on campus at 7:30 p.m.

Fulbright fellowships take two graduates abroad

In the past three years, two Lyon College graduates received Fulbright fellowships. Jon-Michael Poff, ’13, received his fellowship during his senior year and spent the next year teaching English in the Cantabria region of Spain. Chin-Yee Chew, ’15, received her fellowship this year and is currently teaching English in Hái Du’o’ng, Vietnam.


Keagan Allen Honored with Memorial Service and Walk

On Friday, September 11, Lyon College student Keagan Allen passed away due to medical complications. He completed his freshman year at Lyon last year and had taken a leave of absence this fall semester to deal with his medical issues. He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and well loved as a student and community member. His memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 15, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Batesville.


Lyon Greek Organizations Receive National Awards

Over the last year, all six of Lyon College’s national and local fraternities and sororities received distinguished awards from their national and community organizations.