Jan. 10, 2011

ALUMNI NEWS

Lyon schedules Memphis Grizzlies reception Jan. 17

There are a limited number of tickets to see the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum in Memphis on Jan. 17. Visit with Lyon President Dr. Don Weatherman, alumni and current students; learn more about the College; and catch some great basketball as the Grizzlies take on the Chicago Bulls. The reception will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Opus Lounge inside Memphis' FedEx Forum. The game begins at noon. To reserve your seat, please call Scarlett Barnes at (870) 307-7364. Tickets are complimentary.

Greek cruise planned in honor of Tebbetts' 40th year at Lyon

To celebrate his 40th year teaching at Lyon College, Dr. Terrell Tebbetts is planning a Greek odyssey. Tebbetts, along with Lyon College president Dr. Donald Weatherman and wife Lynn and other Lyon alumni and friends, will take a cruise to Greece June 21- July 1.

Tracy Prior Seffers, '87, reports that four of her poems have recently been accepted for publication in juried poetry journals. "To Know a River" and "Two-Dog Night" will appear this June in Still: The Journal, an online journal of contemporary literary writing of Central Appalachia and the Mountain South edited by Silas House and others. "Little Sister" and "A Prayer" will also appear in Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts and Letters, published by St. Francis College, Spring 2011. Other recent poetry publications include  "Yalad" in Bluestone Review, Bluefield College, Spring 2009, and "Shenandoah River Sequence (Sycamore at Morning, Noon, River Moon Rising)" in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Shepherd University, Spring 2010.

 

CAMPUS NEWS

Two Lyon grads working in Washington, D.C.

Two 2010 graduates of Lyon College, Bridget Nutt and Judd Deere, have found their way to Washington, D.C., and have joined the staffs of two Arkansas member of Congress.

Snow blankets Lyon College campus

Nearly two inches of snow blanketed the Lyon College campus Monday morning. Students didn't have to worry about classes being canceled because spring semester classes don't begin until Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Biggest Winners announced

The Lyon College Health and Wellness Office has announced the fall semester's Biggest Winner competition grand prize winners. In the student category, Ariel Teague won the competition. She won $1,000 toward next semester's tuition and a $100 gift certificate to Denim Blues or The Fashion Closet. Teague lost 7.92 percent of her starting weight. In the staff/faculty category, Nancy McSpadden won the competition, losing 10.34 percent of her starting weight. McSpadden won $500 cash and a $100 gift certificate to Denim Blues or The Fashion Closet.


Colorado ice-climbing trip

A Lyon student climbs ice during a Colorado ice-climbing trip in December. To see more photos from the trip, click here.

 

Lyon schedules Fine Arts Day, Honors Day

Lyon College has scheduled Fine Arts Day for Jan. 15 and two Honors Day competitions for Jan. 29 and Feb. 26.

Fine Arts Day is an event for high school students who are interested in the fine arts. Students will have the opportunity to visit with art and music professors who can answer all of their questions about what Lyon can offer them. There will be sessions that explore studio art, musical performance, and composition. After the morning sessions there will be plenty of time for portfolio reviews and musical auditions for fine arts scholarships.

Honors Day is an an event open to students accepted at Lyon College and having either a 3.25 GPA or better or an ACT composite score of 23 or better. Honors Day is a four-part competition that gives prospective students a chance to earn scholarship money including full tuition, room, board, fees and books. Participants are guaranteed an academic scholarship of no less than $6,500 per year. The competition involves four areas: grade point average, ACT score, writing sample, and personal interview with faculty and staff members.

To compete, students must be accepted to Lyon College and submit an Honors Day RSVP online.

Students will begin the day with a brief welcome followed by the essay competition and interviews. Students and parents will also get to talk with current Lyon College students and faculty members.

LEAP offers wilderness training, leadership opportunities

The Lyon Education and Adventure Program (LEAP) is a new program on campus that provides students with the opportunity to take advantage of the location the college is in, as well as develop outdoor skills, leadership skills, and an appreciation for the environment. LEAP offers everything from outdoor adventure trips to skill clinics and seminars.

LEAP is creating a Leadership Development Program to train leaders with knowledge of not just the outdoors but also in leadership components that can be carried over into any career or job. The Leadership Development Program is aimed at providing students with various experiences and acquiring new skills to help them become better leaders. Students who actively participate in the Leadership Development Program may become outdoor trip leaders.

Sign ups for Biggest Winner spring semester competition set for Jan. 11-14

Sign ups for the spring semester Biggest Winner weight loss competition is Jan. 11-14 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Morrow Building. Nurse LuAnn Baker will meet with all of the participants to discuss the program in general and the tools available to help. She also said she will meet with participants individually to determine height and weight, calculate Body Mass Index rate, talk about weight loss goals and determine the Basal Metabolic Rate to select the initial calorie level diet. Students are competing for $1,000 toward the fall semester's tuition, while staff and faculty are competing for a $500 cash prize. More information and rules can be found on the Biggest Winner webpage by clicking here.

 

Athletics

Lyon receives NAIA national honor

When the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced their list of 2009-10 Champions of Character Five Star award winners, Lyon College was listed as one of the honorees.

The TranSouth Athletic Conference, of which Lyon is a member, received the award as a conference. It was one of just three conferences within the NAIA where all the member schools had received the honor.

The honor is awarded to NAIA institutions that scored 60 or more points on a "scorecard" crafted by the organization. Among the categories in which institutions received points were: character training, conduct of competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Other criteria used were student-athlete grade point average and obtaining zero ejections from competition.

Lyon finished with a total of 64 points on the Champions of Character scorecard. An emphasis by the NAIA, the Champions of Character promotes five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.