Jan. 7, 2013




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

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


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."


BPA provides grant


Terrell Tebbetts, Grants Chair for Batesville Preservation Association, and Gina Garrett, Executive Director for Advancement at Lyon College, examine plans for the renovation of restrooms in Brown Chapel, Lyon's oldest academic building. BPA recently supported the renovations with a $1,000 grant.

Puzzle pieces


Director of Health and Wellness LuAnn Baker puts together a puzzle during the faculty and staff luncheon at Bradley Manor last Friday.



APPLE students make ornament for service project


APPLE students created scratch-art ornaments for the program's fall service project and shared them with the area nursing homes including Healthcare Center, Rolling Hills Nursing Center, Wood-Lawn, Inc., Lindley Health and Rehab Center & St. Michael’s Place, Ash Flat Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Cave City Nursing Home, and Stone County Nursing & Rehab Center. Pictured are some Cave City Nursing Home residents with their ornaments.



Lyon women's basketball team ranked No. 23

With a home showdown with No. 1-ranked Lubbock Christian University (Texas) coming up later this month, the Lyon College women's basketball team held steady at No. 23 in this week's NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which was announced by the national office Tuesday.

Lyon, along with American Midwest Conference's William Woods University (moving up one spot to No. 18), remains in the poll, with Columbia College receiving votes.

The Scots, who received 88 points in the poll, are currently 8-1 on the season. Lyon will take a break for Christmas and return to the court Dec. 28-29, when the Scots host the Lyon Classic. LC will take on Oklahoma Baptist University at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 28. OBU is receiving votes this week in the Top 25 poll. The Scots will then face top-ranked LCU on Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. Williams Baptist will also take part in the two-day tourney, playing at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Debbie Onukwube currently leads four Lyon College in double-figure scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game. Phagen Altom is throwing in 11.8 ppg, with Suzanne Fincham third at 10.7 and Chris Smith fourth at 10.5. Altom tops the teams in rebounding with 7.0 per contest, and Alex Davidson is the assist leader at 2.4.

Lubbock Christian, which began the season No. 1, received 10 first-place votes and 281 points in the second regular-season edition, boasts a 12-0 record, and is No. 1 for the third-straight week. LCU has been ranked in the Top 10 in 11 straight polls.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), which will be joining the AMC next season, received the remaining first-place vote and 272 points to hold steady at No. 2. Vanguard (Calif.) is third with 263 points, while No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 5 Westminster (Utah) flip spots from last week. The Warriors claimed 263 points, while the Griffins received 245 points to round out the top five.

Nine teams advanced one position in the rankings last week, which is the biggest jump in the poll. Conversely, No. 15 Shawnee State (Ohio) and No. 21 Georgetown (Ky.) fell as they dropped three spots, while two schools, Biola (Calif.) (No. 22) and Carroll (Mont.) (No. 24), fell out of the Top 25.

Newcomers to the polls are No. 22 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 25 Central Methodist (Mo.). Benedictine was idle last week, while Central Methodist knocked off then-No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), 66-55, on Dec. 8. This is the first appearance for both schools in the Division I Top 25.

The next national poll will be announced on Jan. 8.

Toppers sweep Lyon men's basketball team

Blue Mountain College hit a blistering 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from the field in the first half Saturday evening to build a six-point halftime lead, and held off the Lyon College men's basketball team in the final half for a 76-69 win in Becknell Gymnasium to complete the two-game sweep of LC this season.

The Toppers (5-7), who knocked off the Scots, 84-63, in early November in the squads' first meeting in Mississippi, cooled off to 51.7 percent (15-of-29) shooting from the field in the second half, but still connected on 56% of their shots in the game.

Meanwhile, Lyon College (3-8) hit only 32.1% (9-of-28) in the first 20 minutes, and finished the game connecting on only 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the field.

Blue Mountain also won the rebounding battle, 35-27, while Lyon committed only 12 turnovers, forcing 15 by the Toppers.

Three Lyon College starters reached double-figure scoring as the Scots hit 26-of-39 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line. Marcus Humose led Lyon with 23 points, while adding five rebounds and a pair of assists. Slater Belew struggled at the line, hitting only 5-of-10, but scored 13 points and hauled in five boards. Devonte Young dropped in 11 points and picked up five rebounds.

Kendall Leeks struggled with foul problems most of the game, scoring eight points on the day. Stephon Martinez chipped in five points and four rebounds, Jordan Layrock scored four, Ben Worlow and Jordan McAllister each added two, and Daniel Ritchie scored one point.

The contest was close throughout, with neither team opening up more than a 10-point lead. The score was tied five times in the first half, the final time coming at the 4:38 mark with both teams scoring 21 points. But Blue Mountain managed to forge ahead 37-31 at the break.

After Lyon trimmed the deficit to three, 37-34, just 16 seconds into the second half, the Toppers went on a 10-3 run over the next 3:21 to pull out to their biggest lead, 47-37, with 16:23 remaining.

The Scots took their only lead of the second half, 50-49, with 12:49 remaining after going on a 13-2 spurt, but Blue Mountain took the lead back and never relinquished it down the stretch, widening the gap to seven twice, the second being the final score.

Lyon College will now take off 19 days before opening American Midwest Conference action on Jan. 3 when the Scots travel to St. Louis to battle Harris-Stowe State University. Lyon's next home action will come on Jan. 5 in a matchup with Williams Baptist College at 4 p.m.


Next Week's Schedule

Dec. 28
Women's Basketball Lyon Classic
Game 1 — Williams Baptist College vs. Lubbock Christian University, 5:30 p.m.
Game 2 — Lyon vs. Oklahoma Baptist University, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 29
Women's Basketball Lyon Classic
Game 3 — Oklahoma Baptist University vs. Williams Baptist College, 1 p.m.
Game 4 — Lyon vs. Lubbock Christian University, 3 p.m.