Jan. 28, 2013



If the Book of Love was your favorite "textbook" at college, celebrate your romance with an engraved brick. Married alumni can create a landmark in remembrance of where they first met while boosting the giving participation rate, helping their alma mater seek outside funding from private foundations. To secure your brick, please order online or call (870) 307-7211. Proceeds will benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Thank you for your support!

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


Pipers take home prizes in Florida contest

Some of the Lyon College bagpipers recently attended a competition in Orlando, Fla. Winning second place in the Professional Piobaireachd was Avens Ridgeway of Union, Maine. This was Avens' first ever professional graded contest. Jared Malone swept the boards with all first place prizes and won Piper of the Day in his first grade 2 level contest.


Black Students Association to host banquet

The Black Students Association at Lyon College will hold its annual banquet commemorating Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 9. The banquet will be at 8 p.m. in the Patterson Dining Room in Edwards Commons. 

Dwayne Errick Reliford, '94, will be the keynote speaker. Reliford is from Houston, Texas, where he works as a database marketing manager for Reliant Energy.

There will also be musical selections by the choir from Friendship Baptist Church. Academic achievement awards and the Jane Fagg Award for Senior Leadership within BSA will be presented. 

The meal will be a buffet and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Please RSVP to Debra Dickey at 870-307-7314 or debra.dickey@lyon.edu no later than Thursday, Feb. 7.


Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball tickets available

Lyon College will host its second annual Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball on Feb. 22 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.


First Community Bank donates in honor of LaCroix

First Community Bank Chairman/CEO Dale Cole and Boris Dover, president and COO, present a $7,500 check to Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman for the College's student center. The donation is in honor of former Lyon College Board of Trustees Chairman Ray LaCroix for his longstanding service to the College. This is the first installment of a three-year pledge for Edwards Commons.


Lyon to host author as part of Visiting Writer Series

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.


Quapaw Quartet to perform Feb. 15

The Quapaw Quartet, the resident string quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will perform a selection of classical music in the annual West Endowed Concert on Friday, Feb. 15, in the Bevens Music Room at Lyon College. The ensemble will perform music for string quartet by Franz Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Quapaw Quartet was founded in 1980. It provides musical and educational entertainment to thousands of music lovers each year. The quartet consists of violinists Eric Hayward and Meredith Maddox Hicks, violist Ryan Mooney, and cellist David Gerstein.

The Dan C. and Sidney Childs West String Endowment was established by Dr. and Mrs. West in May 1981 for the purpose of offering live musical performances or stringed instrument instruction at Lyon College. The West String Endowment has supported free concerts on campus by many fine ensembles over the years. Dr. West was president of Lyon College – then Arkansas College – from 1972 to 1988. 



Women's basketball team moves into second place in AMC

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) doesn't keep records for lowest field goal percentage allowed in a game, but if it did the Lyon College women's basketball team could have set one on Saturday afternoon. In their final American Midwest Conference contest of the first round, the Scots held Stephens College to just 13.7 percent shooting from the field, including seven total field goals and 10.3 percent (3-of-29) in the second half as they exploded past the Stars, 56-31, in Silverthorne Arena.

The win improved 18th-ranked Lyon to an impressive 18-3 on the year and moved the Scots into sole possession of second place in the American Midwest Conference race with an 8-1 record.

The Scots just missed the national record of field goals allowed, which was set back in 2004 when Kansas Wesleyan gave up just four in a game against Johnson and Wales (Colo.). The fewest field goals in a half was zero, set in the same game. Lyon College gave up just four field goals in the first 20 minutes and three more in the second half. The Scots did this while playing 14 players, with no player getting more than 23 minutes on the floor.

Christine Smith led the balanced Lyon College attack, connecting on 6-of-7 from the charity stripe and scoring 11 points. Debbie Onukwube pitched in 10 points and added three boards; Suzanne Fincham nearly reached a double-double, scoring nine points and chipping in nine boards and two blocked shots; and Alex Davidson dropped in nine points and picked up three steals. Whitney Keith had six points and six rebounds for LC, while Gabby Jenkins, Taylor Grigg, and Phagen Altom each scored three points, and Jahnette Epperson had two points. Altom also recorded five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.


This Week's Schedule

Jan. 31
Women's basketball vs. Harris-Stowe State College at Lyon, 5:30 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Harris-Stowe State College at Lyon, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1
Baseball vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan University at Lyon, 1 p.m.

Feb. 2
Baseball vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan University at Lyon, noon (doubleheader)
Women's basketball at Williams Baptist College, 2 p.m.
Men's basketball at Williams Baptist College, 4 p.m.