Feb. 18, 2013
Dr. Jon Orsborn, '01, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Samantha (Dale) Hatfield, '04, joins Lawrence Health Services of Walnut Ridge as its first pediatrician. Hatfield, originally from Cave City, returns to the area after completing her medical degree at UAMS (Little Rock) and her residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In Walnut Ridge, she will provide services to the Family Medical Center as well as Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Hatfield currently lives in Strawberry with her husband, Bryan.
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Fleming, '08, finds her niche in comedy
Samantha Jones, '14
Emily Fleming always wanted to be an actress.
However, when she took a playwriting class at Lyon, her aspirations changed. According to Fleming, who graduated from Lyon in 2008 with a double major in theatre and art, the playwriting class led her to search for what made people laugh.
"A lot of people were trying to write something on par with Tennessee Williams," Fleming said, "but the more I tried to be funny with the stuff I was writing, the more I felt creatively fulfilled."
Fleming was originally recruited to play volleyball at Lyon, but she auditioned for a theatre scholarship instead. The scholarship paid for her education, allowing her to focus on honing her craft while in college.
"What artist, or actor, gets to say they got a great education and hands-on attention for what they wanted to do?" Fleming remarked, noting how so few college graduates are debt free.
Fleming cited Dr. Michael Counts for helping her find her passion, as he encouraged her to go to New York City to pursue summer internships. During one summer, Fleming worked two internships at one time, working for an off-Broadway theatre company during the day and Upright Citizens Brigade at night. "I may have never gone to New York if not for Dr. Counts," Fleming mused.
While at Lyon, Fleming worked on many plays, preferring to play supporting roles. Her favorite play was based on the secret lives of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Fleming called the play "hilarious" and "not expected," praising Dr. Counts for his play choices.
"Dr. Counts and I had a really great bond," she said. "He knew how to direct me to whatever performance he was wanting." On Counts' controversial play choices, Fleming explained how he "knows how to work that."
Upon graduating from Lyon, Fleming became a stand-up comedian. She first worked in stand-up in her hometown, Nashville, Tenn. Later moving to New York City, she began auditioning for acting roles while doing stand-up comedy full-time. Fleming praised her liberal arts education for helping her understand audiences better, noting how "not everyone's going to be the same as you."
"Because of Lyon, I know about people from a certain place, and it helps with stand-up. It's what liberal arts is supposed to be, different types of people you grow to respect even if they’re different from you," Fleming said.
Fleming has recently been featured in a social media promotion for Gillette. The promotion is a mini-documentary on the "decline of kissing," in which Fleming interviews people on how stubble affects kissing. She attended the Sundance Film Festival for the promotion, interviewing celebrities and trying to convince them to shave their facial hair.
"It was a really fun experience," Fleming said. "It was my first experience of being a traveling actor."
Fleming plans to focus on stand-up for the time being, but she will continue auditioning for gigs such as her Gillette promotion. Of her profession, she said, "People don't understand that you have to take initiative to have success. As soon as you get an opportunity, you latch on to it and ride it. When it comes to acting and writing, stand-up is the best of both worlds for me."
Emily Fleming, '08, with Dr. Michael Counts.
Theatre Department to present Twelfth Night
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.
Black Students Association banquet
Lyon College Dean of Students Dr. Bruce Johnston poses with the Dr. Jane Fagg Scholarship Award recipients, Raylon Wilson (left) and Debbie Onukwube (right), both seniors.
Shea Hembrey’s TED Talk to be shown here tonight
An acclaimed TED Talk by artist Shea Hembrey, a 1996 alumnus of Lyon College, will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight in the Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons. Admission is free, and the campus community is invited.
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.
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.
Lyon alumna leads effort for charter school
Lilly Hastings, '13
Lyon College alumna Teryn McDuff Spears, '02, never would have guessed that her after-graduation job as a music program director for a church in Blytheville would eventually lead her to securing approval to transform the local high school into a district charter school.
After graduating from Lyon with a psychology major and music minor, Spears moved to Blytheville to be the director for the church's music program, intending to stay only for the summer. But she then began working in a community mental health agency, where she worked with children who were diagnosed with severe behavior disorders. After this experience, Spears states that she felt she "would have a greater opportunity for impact through teaching the children." She then went through the Arkansas Non-Traditional Licensure Program to become a licensed teacher.
She has since held titles such as director of community stakeholder involvement and technology integration specialist for the superintendent's office, but now she has found the position to make the most impact on the Blytheville schools: New Tech director.
"I have worked this year to secure approval for the district conversion charter that transforms our existing high school into a district charter school. This process allows us the flexibility to implement the New Tech program with fidelity," Spears states via e-mail interview.
Through this approval, the high school will begin to implement a "new approach to learning" this fall. Spears says that this new learning technique will allow students to be "engaged, enabled, and empowered" in dealing with real-world questions and different sources of technology.
Spears also states that another important part of the process will be to ensure that each student is ready to move into the world after graduating from high school, whether they move into a career, college, or the armed forces. In fact, each graduating student is required to apply to one of these three after-graduation options.
Now that the application and approval process is over, Spears focuses on directing a group of educators to lead parent involvement opportunities on top of organizing certain events, such as a back-to-school celebration and a district-wide family fine arts night.
Spears states she is "grateful for [Dean of Students] Bruce Johnston and [Director of Counseling] Diane Ellis for talking me into staying" at the college, and is also grateful for the leadership skills she learned during her time as SGA president from 2000 to 2002.
Six school districts' efforts to secure charter school approvals, including Spears' efforts, were highlighted on the front page of the Jan. 15 issue of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Spears definitely wants to continue her work with the school district. "I believe I am called to work in the community of Blytheville and enjoy serving alongside my husband Shane in both the school district and in the church we pastor." Spears and her husband have twin boys, Seth and Eli, who will turn three in September.
Live auction items announced for Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball
Join us on Friday, Feb. 22, for the Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball, Lyon College's annual black tie gala benefiting student scholarships. Begin your evening with a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, and champagne and cocktails. Next, adjourn to a delicious gourmet dinner featuring beef tenderloin and salmon fillets. A live auction will follow, giving you the opportunity to win premium items donated by our generous friends. Finish the evening dancing to tunes from Danny Dozier & The Lockhouse Orchestra.
The ball will be held at the luxurious Cow Palace at Chimney Rock in Concord, Arkansas. (Courtesy transportation will be available from the Lyon campus in Batesville.) Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.
Last year's event raised more than $100,000 for much-needed student scholarships. Lyon College awards $7 million annually in scholarships and grants to help students attend college.
Tickets to the ball are $100 per person. Purchase yours today, and join us for an unforgettable evening! Just call (870) 307-7211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
For more information, visit the Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball webpage.
Professor Emeritus Dahlquist dies
Former Vice President for Academic Services, Dean of Faculty, and Professor Emeritus of History John T. Dahlquist, 82, of Bedford, N.H., died Feb. 12, 2013, at Elliot Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of Diana (March) Dahlquist. There are no services planned. Memorial donations may be made to the John Dahlquist Scholar Athlete Award, c/o Lyon College, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville, AR 72503. To leave a message of condolence, visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.