Jan. 7, 2013



’73 grad named as Arkansas Department of Heritage director

Governor Mike Beebe has named Martha Miller, '73, of Little Rock as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Heritage. Miller replaces Cathie Matthews, who retired at the end of 2012 after 15 years of leading the agency.

"Martha is a life-long Arkansan who has strong experience within the department and with state government," Beebe said. "Promoting her from her position as deputy director was an easy and sensible decision in light of Cathie Matthews' retirement."

Miller previously served as Deputy Director for the Department of Arkansas Heritage Museums. Formerly a self-employed attorney and lobbyist, she has served on the boards of Lyon College, the Little Rock Interfaith Hospitality Network and Audubon Arkansas.


Heather Adams Ward, '98, writes, "I have officially been hired as a full-time second-grade teacher in the Conway School District, effective immediately."

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Vestal hired as vice president for institutional advancement

Jon Vestal has been hired as the new vice president for institutional advancement at Lyon College.

Vestal will begin the position Feb. 3, 2013. His duties will include securing philanthropic gifts, aligning all institutional advancement activities with the college's mission and strategic priorities and working with the public to improve the college's profile.

He said he plans to work with trustees, alumni, and friends to exceed fundraising goals and strengthen connections throughout the college's broad constituency. Vestal said he also hopes to carry the message of the college to expanded audiences both regionally and nationally.

Vestal is currently the director of development at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. Previous to his position at Missouri Baptist University, Vestal was the Division Director for Robert Half International.

Vestal received a bachelor's of science degree in finance from the University of Central Missouri and his master's in business administration from Missouri Baptist University.

"We all look forward to having Mr. Vestal join us at Lyon," said Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman. "He will add considerable energy and a fresh perspective to both the advancement and marketing efforts of the college."

Vestal is a member of the Baptist General Convention of Missouri, Future Leadership Foundation Advisory Board, International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, Missouri Colleges Fund, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association Higher Education Advisory Council and Sunset Hills Rotary Club. He is also a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Ellisville, Mo.

Vestal and his wife Maegan have two children, Mackenzie, 6, and Jackson, 2.

Vestal said he is looking forward to meeting the people who make Lyon what it is.

"I am excited to immerse myself into the rich culture and history of Lyon College, especially our Scottish heritage program," he said.

"Lyon College has a heritage of success and strong reputation of academic excellence," Vestal said. "I believe, under Dr. Weatherman’s leadership, the best days are ahead. I look forward to partnering with my staff and fellow cabinet members in further strategic advancements."


Students named to fall Dean's List

Ninety-six students have been named to the Lyon College Dean's List for the fall 2012 semester. To be on the Dean's List, a student must maintain a 3.75 grade point average or higher while taking a minimum of 12 hours in a semester.

2012 Fall Dean's List

Pipers receive upgrades

Several of the Lyon College pipers have been upgraded in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) competitive ranks for the 2013 season. Avens Ridgeway of Union, Maine, will now compete in the professional grade. Jared Malone of Forney, Texas, and Frederico Kiffer of San Paulo, Brazil, will join Lyon piper Derek Reed of Jonesboro in the grade 2 amateur category. Reed received a mid-season upgrade.


Fall Biggest Winners announced

Director of Health and Wellness LuAnn Baker poses with the winners of the fall 2012 Biggest Winner contest (left to right) Brian Neel, Sean Gibson, Matt Bishop and Megan Powell.

Gibson won the fall student competition, losing 7.9 percent of his body weight. But because he was participating with the goal of losing weight and improving his health, Gibson has relinquished the prize money to Neel, who came in second this semester, having lost 4.45 percent of his body weight. Neel has participated several semesters and has made significant progress toward his goal weight.

Powell won the fall faculty and staff competition, losing 8.58 percent of her body weight. Bishop lost 15.88 percent of his body weight in the spring semester, but did not win the competition. This semester, he lost another 6.47 percent of his body weight. Both will receive prize money.


Lyon to host spring semester Honors Days

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 including full tuition, room, board, fees and books. 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 at http://tinyurl.com/HonorsDay.

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.


Lyon professor dies

Lyon College Professor Emerita Cassie Floyd Creighton, 85, of Batesville died Sunday, Jan. 6.
Creighton, '80, was an associate professor of accounting at Lyon until she retired. She continued to teach accounting classes as an adjunct. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at West Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at Owens Cemetery at Brockwell under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at West Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Sheriffs Youth Ranch Memorial Fund, PO Box 3964, Batesville, AR 72503; Lyon College Endowment Fund, PO Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503; and Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, 222 W. Pope Street, Monticello, AR 71655.



Lyon women's basketball defeats AMC foe Williams Baptist

After shooting a dismal 24 percent in the first half and falling behind by five at the break, the No. 23-ranked Lyon College women's basketball team came from behind for the second straight American Midwest Conference contest on Saturday when the Scots forced 24 turnovers and held Williams Baptist College to just 19 second-half points in a 54-47 league win in James C. Becknell Gymnasium.

The victory was Lyon's seventh in its last eight games, giving the Scots an 11-2 season record, but more importantly a 2-0 AMC slate. Williams Baptist dropped to 7-7 on the season, 0-2 in conference play.

The Scots used tough defense for their second straight league win, forcing 13 turnovers in the first half and 11 more in the second half, while committing only 10 on the offensive end throughout the game.

Lyon had to play defense because it struggled finding its shooting range. After hitting only 6-of-25 field goals in the first half, the Scots' shooting improved to 41.7 percent (10-of-24) in the final 20 minutes to finish the game with a 32.7 percentile (16-of-49). They also were 0-of-9 from behind the three-point arc in the game.

Senior Suzanne Fincham led the balanced Lyon attack, hitting 4-of-8 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line for 14 points. She added a pair of rebounds and two steals. Phagen Altom dropped in 12 points and chipped in eight rebounds and two steals, while Debbie Onukwube scored 10 points and hauled in five boards.

Alex Davidson and Whitney Keith both scored six points for LC, with Keith adding seven boards and four steals. Christine Smith and Taylor Grigg scored two each and Gabby Jenkins and Jahnette Epperson each finished with one point.


Second-half run knocks off Lyon men, 78-76

After taking a three-point lead early in the second half, the Lyon College men's basketball team watched Williams Baptist College go on a 22-5 run over a span of 5:09 early in the final period as the Eagles handed the Scots their second consecutive American Midwest Conference setback, a 78-67 decision in James C. Becknell Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

The setback was Lyon's 12th in its last 13 contests, as the Scots dropped to 3-10 on the year, 0-2 in league play. The Eagles snapped their two-game losing skid, improving to 9-5 on the season, while evening their AMC mark at 1-1.

The Scots stayed in the game throughout by forcing 22 Williams Baptist turnovers, while committing 17 on the offensive end. LC struggled from the field for the second consecutive conference matchup, hitting only 33.3 percent (23-of-69) from the field. After connecting only 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from behind the three-point arc in the first half, the Scots struggled in the final 20 minutes, making only 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) to finish the game with a 28.6 percent (8-of-28) percentile.

Only one Lyon College player score in double-figures, as Devonte Young scored 11 points, while picking up a pair of rebounds. Slater Belew, Marcus Humose, Jordan McAllister and Daniel Ritchie each dropped in eight points. Humose added seven boards, Ritchie chipped in eight and Belew tallied four.

Kendall  Leeks and Jordan Layrock each chipped in six points for the Scots, Rickey Thomas dropped in five, Stephon Martinez scored three and Marcus Williams and Ben Worlow each managed two points.


This Week's Schedule

Jan. 7
Women's basketball vs. Ecclesia College at Lyon, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 10
Women's basketball vs. Park University at Lyon, 5:30 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Park University at Lyon, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 12
Women's basketball at William Woods University, 2 p.m.
Men's basketball at William Woods University, 4 p.m.