Jan. 14, 2013



Arkansas Life profiled Executive Chef Ben Brainard, '99, who co-owns restaurant Local Lime in Little Rock. Read more about Brainard’s story on Page 56 of Arkansas Life's digital edition

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Lyon to reduce energy usage

Lyon College is taking steps to reduce energy usage on its 136-acre campus.

The college is in the process of completing a retrofit of all the campus's lighting.

Sodexo Facilities Director Jade Anderson said many of the college's lights use 28 or 32-watt fluorescent blubs, but those will be replaced with T8 25-watt fluorescent bulbs, which are more energy efficient.

Anderson said all fixtures using incandescent lamps will be replaced with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). CFLs use approximately 75 percent less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and last at least six times longer, according to Energy Star.

Chandelier lights will be switched to LED lights.

Anderson said the college is also adding motion sensors to its light switches so the lights will automatically shut off if a room is not in use. Ultrasonic ceiling sensors will be used to detect if there is any noise in a room and will shut off the lights if no noise is heard.

In all, 4,682 light fixtures will be changed to more energy efficient lighting.

All of the light bulbs removed will be recycled, and the new fixtures are constructed of 100 percent recyclable materials.

Crews already have added aerators to water faucets to reduce flow. Anderson said the move will save an estimated $50 per fixture per year.

Vice President for Business and Finance Ken Rueter said the upgrades are estimated to save the college between $80,000 and $85,000 annually.

"The project will pay for itself in three or four years," Rueter said. "After that time, it will be pure savings."

The first phase of the project should be complete early this month with additional lighting changes in a second phase slated for later.


Lyon wins Best Practices Award

Lyon College has received a Best Practices Award by PODi, a member-supported not-for-profit organization. Its goal is to drive demand for marketing applications powered by digital print and help members build successful digital print businesses.

The awards recognize outstanding examples of cross-media and relevant direct marketing campaigns, self-promotion programs, and communication applications successfully re-engineered for effectiveness and efficiency, all featuring the power and versatility of digital print. Entries are judged on a combination of criteria, including pre-defined goals and measured results, value proposition, increased effectiveness, improved output and process, relevance, creativity, and innovation

Lyon College won in the Direct Marketing Category for its cross-media campaign to increase applications. Within just four months of the program launch, Lyon's total applications exceeded the number of applications received during the college’s best recruitment year on record.

"College recruitment is always going to be a challenge, especially for the smaller liberal arts colleges like Lyon College," said David Heringer, Lyon College Vice President for Administration. "But having the tools in place to launch, manage, integrate, and measure a complete recruiting campaign gives us a distinct advantage. Combine that with the fact that we were able to showcase our campus with more personalized and engaged marketing efforts, our overall results today have exceeded our expectations.”

CustomXM of Little Rock helped create the campaign.

"We knew that Lyon College had a unique story to tell to its prospective students, and we were excited that they took this next step to utilize a complete integrated approach in sharing it," said CustomXM President Paul Strack. "We are proud to share in this success with Lyon College, and we are honored to receive the 2013 PODi Best Practices Award with them in recognition of this achievement."

Winners will receive their awards and present an inside look at their winning applications at the annual AppForum digital printing and direct marketing conference Jan. 28-30 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.


Reception held for Justice Walmsley

A reception was held for Justice Bill Walmsley on Thursday at Bradley Manor. President and Mrs. Donald Weatherman hosted the event, which was well attended by the community. From left are President Weatherman, Lynn Weatherman, Janis Walmsley, and Justice Walmsley. Gov. Mike Beebe recently appointed Walmsley, '63, a Batesville attorney and former Lyon College trustee, to the Arkansas Court of Appeals. He replaced Judge Jo Hart, who was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Walmsley’s appointment expires Dec. 31, 2014.


Seminar planned on child security, social networking

The Independence County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Lyon College, will present a free seminar on social networking and child security at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Maxfield Auditorium of Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus. The seminar will address the security issues associated with online social networking and text messaging.

“Given that 75 percent of children between the ages of 12-17 use cell phones and 66 percent use text messaging, every parent or guardian needs to be aware of the problems of cyber-bullying, cyber-predators, harassment, and sexting,” said Detective Mike Mundy of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.

Presenters will discuss guidelines for dealing with the problems of cyber predators, cyber bullying, harassment, and sexting (sex texting). Attendees will also be made aware of the warning signs of internet and texting abuse and be given advice on what to do if they discover their child has become involved. There will a question-and- answer session at the end of the presentation.

This is the first of three seminars on Internet (cyber) security. The second seminar, to be held in February, will present security tips for banking and shopping online to avoid identity theft and financial loss.

The seminar will be conducted by Detective Mike Mundy and Officer Hira Herrington.

Mundy has been in law enforcement for more than 14 years and has been a member of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department since 1999. He is currently the head of the Criminal Investigation Division and supervises the Sheriff’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Divisions.

Herrington is a reserve officer assisting the Criminal Investigation Division as a computer specialist. He has over 20 years of experience as a commercial developer and systems designer, has taught graduate and undergraduate computer science, and is currently conducting doctorate research in the area of information security.

Lyon named a top college

StateUniversity.com has ranked Lyon College as a top college.

The college and university information website ranked the top 2,000 colleges and universities in the nation. StateUniversity.com ranked Lyon ninth in Arkansas and 1069th in the top 2,000.

The StateUniversity.com ranking is based on statistical analysis and comparison of student/faculty ratio, student retention, test scores, and other critical factors. The website also provides Top 500 ranking lists on data points including faculty salaries, SAT scores, student debt, and top schools by state.

Covering all U.S. institutions of higher learning, StateUniversity.com features a collection of school statistics. The web site allows prospective students to compare schools, research degree programs, and submit requests for application materials. 


Honors Days set for Jan. 26, Feb. 16

Students will have the chance to earn scholarships in the months of January and February as Lyon College hosts its Honors Day competitions Jan. 26 and Feb. 16.

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 up to full tuition. 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.

For more information about Honors Day, contact Enrollment Services at admissions@lyon.edu or 800-423-2542.


Cast selected for spring production

The cast has been selected for the spring production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Rehearsals begin Monday, and performances are Feb. 21-24. The play is being directed by Dr. Michael L. Counts and designed by Debra P. Holmes. Devon Caron is stage manager. The cast includes Matthew Horne as Duke Orsino, Brett Alexander as Malvolio, Kelley Wyatt as Viola, Madison Gallagher as Olivia, Tiffany Tilley as Feste, Alexandra Patrono-Smith as Dame Toby Belch, Xander Batey as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Colin Derby as Sebastian, Scott Campbell as Antonio, Tonya Clapp as Maria, Katheryn Clemmons as Fabian, Joseph Hollaway as Captain and First Officer, and Jacob Lackey as Priest. The play will be set in New York City in 1968.


Former Trustee Larry Derby dies

Captain Lawrence H. "Larry" Derby Jr., United States Navy (Ret.), of Warren and Hot Springs died Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the North Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.

After graduation from Warren High School, he attended Arkansas A&M at Monticello where he shortly received an appointment to U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He spent 30 years in the Navy and the United Sates Naval Reserve, earning the rank of Captain and becoming one of the first centurion jet pilots to earn 100 consecutive successful landings on the aircraft carrier The Midway.

On completion of active duty, Larry returned to Warren to join his father in the Derby Insurance Agency, where he spent over 30 years in the insurance business. In 1964, he joined the Board of Directors of the Warren Bank and Trust Company, serving as director and as chairman of the Trust Committee until his death. He also served for many decades on the Board of Trustees of Arkansas College (now Lyon College), where he and his late wife, Marilyn Church Derby, endowed The Derby Math and Science Center, which has helped lead and promote the education of students at the college in those fields of study. He was very proud of this.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Lee Derby, of Hot Springs; two stepsons, Douglas Ward and spouse, Becky, of Hot Springs, and Roger Ward and spouse, Barbie, and their children, Clark, Foxx, and Gauge, all of Arkadelphia. He is also survived by his namesake, Mastin Derby Frazer of Warren; two nephews, Sam Derby Jr. and spouse Caytee, of Little Rock, and Larry M. Derby Sr. and spouse Melissa, of Columbus, Ga.; and niece Lisa Derby Tozer and spouse Gregory, of Bellevue, Wash.

Funeral service were Jan. 12 in Warren.



Lyon women's basketball tops William Woods

Facing their third team ranked in the NAIA Division I top 30 in the past two weeks, the Lyon College women's basketball team overcame a seven-point halftime deficit by turning up the defensive tempo in addition to connecting on 55.6 percent of its field goals in the final 20 minutes as the No. 19-ranked Scots knocked off 16th-ranked William Woods University, 62-55, in an American Midwest Conference matchup Saturday afternoon in Anderson Arena.

The victory, Lyon's fifth straight and tenth in its last 11 contests, handed the Owls (12-2, 3-1 AMC) their second loss of the season, dropping them back into a tie with Missouri Baptist (6-10, 3-1 AMC) for third place in the AMC race. Lyon College improved to 14-2 on the year, while keeping the Scots tied atop the conference standings with Columbia College at 4-0.

Lyon College has struggled during conference play with first-half shooting, and the Scots struggled with that aspect of their game again on Saturday, hitting just 8-of-30 (26.7 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes. Meanwhile, William Woods connected on 11-of-31 (35.5 percent) of its shots, while never falling behind and building as much as a nine-point advantage before settling for a 28-21 lead at the break.

But the Scots, who converted 40.4 percent (23-of-57) of their field goals and 57.9 percent (11-of-19) of their free throws in the game, came alive in the second half to outscore the Owls 41-27 in the pivotal period. Lyon forced 11 of William Woods' 18 turnovers in the second half, while the Scots turned the ball over five times in the first half and nine in the final 20 minutes.

It took the Scots 32:56 to take their first lead in the game, but once they did, they never looked back. In the final 9:22 of the contest, Lyon outscored William Woods 17-10, holding maximum leads of eight points down the stretch.

Three Scots scored in double figures, led by senior Phagen Altom, who dropped in 16 points, while picking up six rebounds, three steals, and an assist. Batesville, Ark. junior Alex Davidson had the hot hand for LC perimeter shooters, connecting on 5-of-7 from the field to finish with 12 points, three assists, and a pair of boards. Senior Debbie Onukwube scored 11 points and tacked on three rebounds.

Lyon senior Christine Smith pitched in eight points, with senior Suzanne Fincham chipping in six points, eight rebounds, three assists, and a block. Junior Gabby Jenkins scored six points and added six boards, and sophomore Whitney Keith scored five.

Lyon College, which is 2-1 against top 30 teams in the past 14 days, will try to extend its winning streak on Tuesday night when the Scots visit Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. The game, which will be part of a women/men doubleheader, is set to tip-off at 5:30 p.m. LC will then host Benedictine University at Springfield (Ill.) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., before hosting Columbia College Saturday at 2 p.m.

Men's basketball can't hold off William Woods

Despite leading William Woods University by four at the half and finishing Saturday night's American Midwest Conference road matchup in Anderson Arena with only six turnovers, the Lyon College men's basketball team still couldn't gain its first league win as only one Scot scored in double-figures in a 73-61 setback to the Owls.

The loss was Lyon's fifth straight and kept the Scots winless (0-7) on the road this season. Lyon dropped to 3-12 on the year, 0-4 in AMC action, while William Woods (8-9, 4-0 AMC) took a one-half game lead over idle and No. 2-ranked Columbia College (17-0, 3-0 AMC).

The Scots and Owls each gained leads four times in the first half of Saturday's matchup, with Lyon moving out in front by as much as nine points before settling for a 31-27 advantage at the break.

But the Scots cooled in the second half, hitting only 10-of-37 (27.0 percent) in the final 20 minutes. Despite only turning the ball over twice, Lyon saw its lead slowly dwindle, until William Woods moved in front, 37-36, at the 15:52 mark.

The teams went back and forth for the next five minutes as the score was tied four times and neither team was able to gain an advantage of more than two points. The Owls then went on an 11-1 run over a span of 5:03 to widen their lead to 58-46 with 5:27 left on the clock.

Marcus Humose led the Lyon attack with 19 points, converting 4-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. He also pulled down six rebounds and handed out an assist. Slater Belew chipped in eight points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. Devonte Young scored seven points and grabbed three boards. Stephon Martinez, Kendall Leeks (5 rebounds), and Daniel Ritchie each scored five points, while Ben Worlow scored four, Jordan McAllister and Jordan Layrock dropped in three each, and Rickey Thomas scored two points.

The Scots will be on the road again Tuesday night, visiting Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. The game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m., will be part of a women/men doubleheader. The 19th-ranked Lyon women get underway at 5:30 p.m. Lyon will then host Benedictine University at Springfield on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Columbia College on Saturday at 4 p.m.


This Week's Schedule

Jan. 15
Women's basketball at Missouri Baptist University, 5:30 p.m.
Men's basketball at Missouri Baptist University, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 17
Women's basketball vs. Benedictine University at Lyon, 5:30 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Benedictine University at Lyon, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 19
Women's basketball vs. Columbia College at Lyon, 2 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Columbia College at Lyon, 4 p.m.