Feb. 4, 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!
Class of 1963 Golden Anniversary
Arkansas College alumni Fred Gray, Cliff Tackett, Ann Westmoreland Taylor, Margarett Henley, and Ed Jolly, along with the Arkansas College A Club, are hosting events Feb. 15-16:
Please RSVP by Feb. 8 to
Cliff Tackett by calling (501)
802-1472 or emailing email@example.com.
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Library seeks donations for book sale
The Mabee-Simpson Library at Lyon College needs your gently used books and other items for its annual fundraiser book sale, held during the Arkansas Scottish Festival on April 12-14. Donations of books, DVDs, and CDs are needed before Tuesday, April 9. The library is located at 2300 Highland Road in Batesville. For more information or assistance with delivery of books, please contact Dean Covington at (870) 307-7206.
Oriatti joins faculty
Dr. Michael Oriatti has joined the Lyon College faculty as assistant professor of music and choir director.
Oriatti comes to Lyon from Chicago, where he taught courses at the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Literature. He also served as the interim director of choral activities at the University of Chicago during the summer of 2011.
Oriatti received his Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri School of Music, in Columbia, Mo., and his Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Ind.
Oriatti is looking forward to the rest of his first semester at Lyon and said he is already enjoying what the College has to offer.
"I continue my wonder at the area's magnificent beauty," Oriatti said. "I have already explored nearby trails, taking advantage of the mild temperatures."
Oriatti says that his new position at Lyon "affords me several blessings, with such a rich environment and diverse musical studies, ideally suited to my experiences and interests." He also notes the "friendliness, openness, and curiosity" of everyone at Lyon, saying that both faculty and students have been welcoming and inviting.
This semester, Oriatti is teaching the introductory music course, "Language of Music," as well as directing the concert choir and teaching an upper-level conducting course. Oriatti said he looks forward to the opportunities he and his students will have this semester, anticipating their upcoming annual Spring Break Tour, during which the Concert Chorale travels to Memphis and the outlying area.
Oriatti also works with the Batesville Choral Society and is currently helping the the group prepare for its spring concert, "Fly Me a Dream," on April 11, which will be in Bevens Music Room in Brown Chapel.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
For more information, visit the Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball webpage.
Lyon hosts reception for Vestals
New Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jon Vestal and his wife Maegan greet Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Mark Schram during a reception Friday for the Vestals.
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. Tuesday, 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. 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 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 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.
Art students to present war memorial
Morgan Page, visiting assistant professor of art, and a group of Lyon College art students will present a war memorial on Feb. 8 in Little Rock. Page has been working on the project with the group for the past four months. The memorial exhibit will take place at Cox Creative Center.
According to Page, the memorial is interactive. Page said other similar exhibits have simply lined the boots of fallen soldiers along a wall, but her student team wanted to do something different. She explained that the boots have been lined up in a circle instead, intended to take one on a meditative journey of "death and sacrifice."
Page credited the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice (ACPJ) with providing the boots of fallen Arkansas soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. The student team includes Xander Batey, Spencer Goff, Maddie Walters, Kori Bowers, Gina Reed, Aurianna Prince-Colbath, Amber Witcher, and Willa Thomason.
Walters, Goff, and Reed installed and designed the path of the boots.
As well as viewing the boots, visitors of the exhibit may choose a pair of boots and write a message to that soldier's family. "We want people to make an effort to empathize with the families that have lost someone they love," Page said.
Student artwork will also be featured in the exhibit, ranging from paintings to photographs. Witcher created a few paintings focused on the effects of post-traumatic shock disorder, while Walters photographed the boots to create a "beautiful narrative."
Page said the student artwork will be included in the show because she also wanted to focus on her students responding to war.
Page is currently working on a symposium to be held April 6 on the same issues. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the ACPJ will be helping with the symposium, and Page urged Lyon students, faculty, and staff to get involved with the event as well.