Jan. 21, 2013



The Visiting Writers Series will feature author John Hornor Jacobs, '94, at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 in the Alphin Board Room for a public interview. Hornor also will host a public reading at 7:30 that night in Bevens Music Room. Jacobs is a Lyon College graduate and novelist. His first novel, Southern Gods, was published and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. His second novel, This Dark Earth, was published in July by Gallery/Pocket Books. Carolrhoda Labs, an imprint of Lerner Publishing, will publish his young adult series, The Incarcerado Trilogy, comprised of The Twelve Fingered Boy, Incarcerado, and The End of All Things. Jacobs lives and works in Little Rock.

Attention, alumni with Facebook accounts! Please join the recently created Lyon College Alumni group.


Jacey Flatte

French Major

What made you choose Lyon?
I chose Lyon because I wanted a private liberal arts education. The small size and close relationships between the faculty and students really drew me in. It is a very welcoming place that really feels like home.

What are some of your favorite things about going to Lyon?
The classes and the professors are wonderful. There is always something happening on campus, and it's very easy to get involved in all the activities. I love the campus life itself and how friendly everyone always is.

What are some activities that you're involved with/want to be involved with?
I'm currently involved in French Club and Student Government. I plan on getting more and more involved.

Who is your biggest inspiration, and why?
My high school French teacher, Mrs. Lamar, is my biggest inspiration. She is the person who encouraged me to go out and chase my dreams, no matter how big they seem. She instilled my love of other cultures and learning new languages, and she assured me that my dream to travel the world can be fulfilled if I just work for it.

What is something about you that would surprise people?
I've been a vegetarian for four years.

What is one lesson you have learned so far in college?
You cannot cram the night before your giant multi-chapter tests. You should space out studying and keep on top of your work. Don't let procrastination get the best of you.

What is the best piece of advice you've ever gotten?
For college, the best piece of advice I've gotten is to get out and get involved. It's really what makes campus life fun. It's how you really get to know people, and it's a great way to truly submerse yourself in the community here. It's how you become involved in all the activities. Getting out and getting involved can also help for life in general. It really helps you thrive in everything you do. If you don't try, you can't get anywhere!


IRA charitable rollover back for 2012, 2013

Are you age 70 ½ or older? Did you take a taxable distribution from your IRA in December 2012? If you answered "yes" to both of these questions, you may be eligible to make a special gift to Lyon College and reduce your 2012 taxes, but you must act by January 31.

IRA charitable rollover is back for 2012 and 2013. Donors aged 70½ or older are once again eligible to move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without having to pay income taxes on the money. You may make a qualified charitable distribution on or before Dec. 31, 2013, to qualify for a 2013 gift. Because this legislation was enacted in 2013, Congress provided two special transitional rules for 2012 gifts:

  1. Qualified distributions made before Feb. 1, 2013, may be counted retroactively for the 2012 tax year.
  2. A taxpayer who took a distribution from the IRA in December 2012 may make a contribution to a qualified charity before Feb. 1, 2013, and treat that as a direct transfer.

Please consult your legal/tax advisors regarding this opportunity and your eligibility. To make a gift, please visit www.lyon.edu/support-lyon-donate or call Gina Garrett at (870) 307-7557.

Click here for more information about how the 2013 tax changes will affect you.


Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball tickets available

Lyon College will host its second annual Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball on February 22, 2013, at the Cow Palace at Chimney Rock in Concord. Proceeds will benefit student scholarships at the College.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will feature champagne and cocktails, silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, and a dance with music provided by Danny Dozier and the Lockhouse Orchestra.

Tickets are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis because quantities are limited. To purchase tickets, call (870) 307-7211 or e-mail kay.hermansenpool@lyon.edu. Tickets are nonrefundable. Courtesy transportation is available.

More than $100,000 was raised for student scholarships at Lyon College's first Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball in February 2012. Nearly 300 people attended.

More than 100 silent auction items were donated, and live auction items ranged from custom jewelry to weekend getaways to a duck hunt and deep sea fishing trip. The auction even included a black angus heifer and an organically raised steer.

Students played an active role at the event, sharing stories of why they chose Lyon College and how scholarships play a big part in their college careers.

Lyon College awards $7 million annually in scholarships and grants to help students attend college.

The Cow Palace is the headquarters of the Chimney Rock Cattle Company, nestled in the mountains of northeast Arkansas and home to one of the most elite herds of Brangus cattle anywhere in the nation.

Bill and Gail Davis own Chimney Rock. Davis, an Arkansas native, built a successful trucking business, then steered his way into NASCAR where he built a successful race team, which at one time included Batesville native Mark Martin.

The Davises purchased the ranch at Concord in 1999. The ranch was named Chimney Rock Cattle Company due to the unusual rock formations on the land.

For more information, visit the Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball webpage.


Let it snow

Snow blankets the Lyon College campus Tuesday, Jan. 15. Several students used the snow day to sled and have snowball fights.


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. 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.


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.



Top-ranked Columbia Cougars holds off Lyon challenge

The Lyon College Scots hung tough with the No. 1 team in the country for nearly 30 minutes on Saturday, but the Columbia College Cougars went on a 15-2 run over a span of 4:45 to pull away late and keep their record perfect on the year (20-0) with a 72-59 American Midwest Conference victory in Becknell Gymnasium.

Lyon (5-13, 2-5 AMC) had its two-game conference winning streak snapped with the setback, but the Scots hung tough early, hitting 56.5 percent (13-of-23) of their shots from the field in the first 20 minutes, and trailed 35-31 at the break.

Columbia, which stayed one game ahead of William Woods (9-10, 5-1 AMC) in the conference race, improved to 6-0 in AMC play by hitting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the field in the final period, while limiting Lyon to just 33.3 percent (9-of-27), as the Cougars won the rebounding battle, 33-27; the turnover battle, 12-9; and outscored the Scots 37-28 to escape with the 13-point win.

The Cougars converted 28-of-56 from the field in the game, while Lyon hit 44 percent (22-of-50).

No Lyon players reached double-figure scoring. Jordan Layrock came off the Lyon bench to score nine points and grab three rebounds. Slater Belew, Kendall Leeks, and Stephon Martinez each chipped in eight points. Daniel Ritchie and Marcus Williams both scored six, Rickey Thomas managed four, and Ben Worlow and Jordan McAllister had two apiece.

Lyon women fall to Columbia

Columbia College's Heather English scored 19 of her game-high 29 points in the second half as the Lyon College women's basketball team couldn't find the range from three-point territory, and the 15th-ranked Scots dropped their first American Midwest Conference contest of the season, an 82-67 setback to the 28th-ranked Cougars in Becknell Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

The setback snapped the Scots' seven-game winning streak as they fell back to 16-3 on the season, 6-1 in AMC action. Lyon is now tied with William Woods (15-2, 6-1 AMC) for second place.

Columbia, which claimed its 10th straight win, improved to 14-5 on the season and took over sole possession of first place in the league with a spotless 7-0 record.

Both Lyon College and Columbia College shot poorly in the first half, as the Lady Cougars hit 12-of-34 from the field, but managed a 34-24 lead because the Scots connected on only 33.3 percent (8-of-24), missed all four treys, and committed 11 turnovers.

The Scots took a 7-6 lead with 14:22 left in the period, but Columbia built an eight-point lead, 27-19, with 5:24 on the clock. Lyon trimmed it back to three, 27-24, with a 5-0 run, but the Lady Cougars outscored LC 7-0 in the final two minutes to grab the double-digit lead at the break.

After cutting the deficit back to four, 34-30, in the first 2:12 of the second half, the Lady Cougars went on a 12-0 run in a span of 3:32 to post their largest lead of the game, 46-30, with 14:16 on the clock.

But the Scots weren't done yet, as they slowly whittled away at the lead until finally tying the score, 49-49, with 9:04 remaining. Lyon tied the game with a 19-3 burst.

After LC battled back and gained the momentum, Columbia went on a run of its own, scoring the next 10 points in a span of 2:50 to open up a double-digit lead. The Scots would trim it to six at the five-minute more, but they could come no closer down the stretch.

Christine Smith came off the Lyon bench to score 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. She also added three assists and a pair of steals. Suzanne Fincham chipped in 14 points, five boards, two steals, and a block, and Phagen Altom was in double figures with 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Debbie Onukwube posted eight points and eight rebounds, Gabby Jenkins threw in eight points and hauled in seven boards, Whitney Keith managed four points, Taylor Grigg scored three, and Alex Davidson pitched in two points.


This Week's Schedule

Jan. 24
Women's basketball at Hannibal-LaGrange University, 5:30 p.m.
Men's basketball at Hannibal-LaGrange University, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26
Women's basketball at Stephens College, 2 p.m.