Feb. 11, 2013



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General Notes

Tim Stokes, '92, is the new president of Puget Sound Community College.

Ben Thielemier, '07, has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Little Rock Sustainability Commission for the next 2 years.

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


Theatre Department to present Twelfth Night

By Elizabeth Ellis
The Lyon College Theatre Department will present Twelfth Night, or, What You Will Feb. 21-24 in Holloway Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. All Lyon students, faculty, and staff are admitted free. Call (870) 307-7510 for reservations.

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. Student Madison Gallagher's character, Olivia, is pursued by two men, Duke Orsino and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Rejecting both men’s advances, Olivia instead falls in love with Viola, who is disguised as the male Cesario.

Counts said he decided to set the play in 1968 since it was the beginning of androgynous women's fashion. He said that he had to do "gender bending roles" (casting women to play roles written for men) because of Lyon's lack of male actors. Counts called the play "the finest comedy in the English language," which is why he chose it to be his last production at Lyon.

According to Gallagher, Counts envisions Olivia as an Italian princess in this production, the daughter of a very wealthy and very connected man.

"I feel like this adds to Olivia's obsession with status," Gallagher said. "She knows she's hot stuff, but she won't marry above her own estate because of pride. Also, New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world. I'm pretty sure she owns every issue of Vogue to date."

Gallagher sees the new 1968 New York setting bringing the story to a larger audience.

"When a director makes a choice like that, they have to ask, 'What about this show should make people care about it now? What point is Shakespeare making that still needs to be heard by today’s audience?'" Gallagher said. "I think having a show about unrequited love, disguises, and wit set in a period of history that includes the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the space race, and a renaissance of art, music, expression, and love will let the language and the relationships speak to the audience in 2013. Sort of an 'All You Need Is Love' kind of message."

After working for the theatre for three years as a master carpenter, student Scott Campbell said he is very excited to be taking a role in the production. His character, Antonio, becomes close friends with Sebastian after rescuing him from a shipwreck. "It is a learning experience each time I put on the 'actor' hat and see the theatre with a whole new set of glasses," he said. "Antonio is a great character, and one that offers a great variety of outlets to pursue."

This will be the last Lyon College production for Counts, who is retiring at the end of the year.


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 at 7:30 p.m. 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 upcoming West Endowed Concert will be the first one attended by Dr. Dan C. West since he and his wife, Sidney, left Lyon College in 1988.

Dr. West was president of Lyon (then Arkansas College) for 16 years. He and Mrs. West established the string concert series in 1981.

In a telephone interview from his home in Atlanta, Ga., Dr. West said he was looking forward to the concert that bears his name and to visiting the campus that was his home for so long.

He and Mrs. West have visited Batesville and Lyon over the years, most recently in fall 2010 when Dr. West served as an executive-in-residence at the college for a couple of weeks. But they haven't attended a West Concert since they left for Waukesha, Wis., when Dr. West became president of Carroll College (now Carroll University).

Dr. West said he and Mrs. West endowed the string concert series for several reasons. "I played violin as a teenager," he said, "but I gave it up. I'm sorry I did."

His love of chamber music and a desire to enrich the curriculum at the college led him to establish the concert series.

"The college never had string music instruction or performances," he said, so the concert series was created to supplement the music program.

Asked about his favorite composers, Dr. West said, "Mozart, far and away. But I also love Haydn, Beethoven, and (Franz) Schubert."

When the Wests established the concert series, it was important to them that the concerts be open to the community with no charge for admission. "We have received many nice notes from the community thanking us for making the concerts possible," Dr. West said.

Dr. West left Carroll College in 1992 to become vice president for college relations at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. In 1999, the Wests moved to suburban Philadelphia when he became vice president of development, alumni and public relations at Swarthmore College, one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges.

Dr. West retired in 2008, and he and Mrs. West moved to Atlanta to be near their two children and two grandchildren. 


Author speaks about career, books

John Hornor Jacobs, '94, speaks to faculty, staff, students, and visitors about becoming an author at the Visiting Writers Series last Tuesday.


Hembrey, '96, to give lecture, interview at Crystal Bridges

Arkansas-born artist Shea Hembrey, '96, will give a lecture and interview at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville on Feb. 24. The event will be at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Hembrey recently presented a TED Talk titled "How I became 100 artists," about the catalogue for the international biennial Seek, whose inaugural exhibition showcases the work of 100 artists. However, this catalogue is completely fictional - invented by Hembrey, who created all the actual artworks, many of which were made while he was working in Arkansas.

Hembrey will present his unique perspective on art-making in this interview with the audience on inventing yourself as an artist on a global scale. Director of Education and Exhibits Niki Stewart will moderate the discussion, which follows a viewing of his TED Talk and a short PBS documentary about Hembrey.

TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," presents TED Talks and conferences that bring together "the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less." TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, but its scope has broadened since it was founded in 1984.

Hembrey was born in 1974 and grew up on a dirt road in rural Hickory Grove, Ark.

Though always focused on developing skills on his own, he has a varied formal art education. His nine-years e studying art include graduating from Lyon College in 1996, earning his master's degree from Arkansas State University, and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. He also spent a year studying Maori art in New Zealand. His studio is currently based in a small town on the Delaware River in New Jersey.

"I went to Lyon planning to become an ornithologist, and a painting class my freshman year derailed that plan," Hembrey said via e-mail. "I was an English and art major. I still write heaps (I am now represented by the Wylie Agency and working on some book projects). The Nichols travel program at Lyon really changed my life. And Lyon made me more serious about learning ... I did five more years of university after my bachelor's degree."

George Chlebak, Professor Emeritus of Art, was one of Hembrey's professors at Lyon. He remembers him as an excellent student who had diverse interests. "He was a very enthusiastic person, and he had a lot of talent," Chlebak said.

According to Chlebak, he had a fascination with ducks, especially exotic ducks. He also fondly remembers that Hembrey, a true country boy, did not wear socks when he first came to college. He said Dr. Virginia Wray, then an English professor and now Dean of Faculty, took Hembrey aside one day and told him he needed to start wearing socks. And he did.

Chlebak has followed his former student's career and is proud of what he has accomplished.

Dean Wray said, "Shea was an extremely bright and talented double major in English and art. But what I remember more about him and his abilities and talents was his sheer joy at learning. Take a look at his TED talk and you'll understand."

Crystal Bridges Library has recently acquired a copy of Hembrey's exhibition catalogue. See his TED talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/shea_hembrey_how_i_became_100_artists.html http://www.sheahembrey.com/seek.php

Tickets for Hembrey's talk are $10 for non-members of the museum and may be purchased online from the museum's website, crystalbridges.org.

The museum was founded by Helen Walton and opened in November 2011.


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 $100 and 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.

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

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


Stinson's latest book published

Dr. Russell Stinson's latest book, J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument: Essays on His Organ Works, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

Stinson sheds light on the entire corpus of Bach's organ chorales, and he considers the reception of the music not only by various luminaries in the classical music world (especially Mendelssohn, Schumann, Franck, and Elgar) but also those within such disparate realms as film, literature, politics, and progressive rock.

In addition, the book includes a revealing focus on an unpublished fugue by the Bach pupil J. G. Schubler based on Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor.

The book may be ordered directly from the publisher or through any of the major online bookstores. 

Stinson serves as Josephine Emily Brown Professor of Music and College Organist at Lyon College and as organist-choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Batesville.  


Lyon partners with Sheriff's Office to present seminar

Lyon College, in partnership with Independence County Sheriff's Office, will present a free seminar on internet banking and shopping security. The seminar will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in Lyon College's Nucor Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Lyon Building.

The seminar will address security issues associated with online shopping and banking.
"For many, online banking and shopping have become a fact of life," said Detective Jeff Sims of the Independence County Sheriff's Department. "Anyone who goes online for these services should be aware of security issues that could lead to identity theft and financial loss."

This is the second of three seminars on internet (cyber) security. The third seminar, to be held in March, will cover setting up home wired and wireless networks. No prior technical knowledge is required.


Last Honors Day of the semester set for next weekend

The last Lyon College Honors Day of this school year is 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.



This Week's Schedule

Feb. 12
Baseball at Henderson State University, noon
Women's basketball vs. Missouri Baptist University, 5:30 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Missouri Baptist University, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14
Women's basketball at Benedictine University, 5:30 p.m.
Men's basketball at Benedictine University, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15
Softball - Southern Bank Classic
Ashford University at Lyon, 8 a.m.
Davenport University at Lyon, 10 a.m.

Feb. 16
Softball - Southern Bank Classic
Blue Mountain College at Lyon, 10 a.m.
Baseball vs. University of St. Francis at Lyon, noon (doubleheader)
Women's basketball at Columbia College, 2 p.m.
Men's basketball at Columbia College, 4 p.m.

Feb. 17
Baseball vs. University of St. Francis at Lyon, noon (doubleheader)