March 4, 2013



Robert L. Bailey, '07, has been admitted to a master's program in theoretical and applied linguistics at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, where he plans to specialize in discourse analysis and second language acquisition and pedagogy. He currently lives in Andorra, where he teaches English as a foreign language to adults.

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Lyon board freezes tuition, fees for next year

The Lyon College Board of Trustees has frozen tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year in response to changes in the Arkansas lottery scholarship. The Board took this unusual action because it recognizes the need to keep Lyon affordable and accessible to students and their families, college officials said. 
"The combined effect of the down economy, the uncertainty of the future, as well as the reduction in state scholarships has the families of our students and prospective students concerned," President Donald Weatherman explained. "Lyon College does not want to add to their worries by placing an additional burden on them. That is the main reason the Board of Trustees decided to freeze tuition, room and board, and all fees at this year’s rate for the 2013-2014 fiscal year." READ MORE 


Board acts on Assessment and Prioritization

The Lyon College Board of Trustees recently took action on the College's Assessment and Prioritization plan. President Donald Weatherman presented to the Board a number of possible actions that he explained "were designed to position the College for sustainability and growth." He continued, "The Board realizes that cuts of recent years have not put the College on a path to sustainability. Future sustainability can only be accomplished by growing the student body, and the decisions we make must all be driven by that objective." READ MORE

Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball raises $150,000

More students will have the opportunity to get an education after Lyon College's annual Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball raised more than $150,000 for student scholarships. Hundreds of people attended the Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball, which is a black-tie gala featuring a silent auction, live auction, gourmet dinner, and dancing at the Cow Palace at Chimney Rock in Concord.

Live auction items include a stay at a luxury suite in Little Rock, a weekend at the races at Oaklawn, a vacation at a ski resort in Michigan, a king-size handmade quilt, a gourmet dinner and private concert for 10 at the home of President and Mrs. Donald Weatherman, a Bad Boy lawnmower, Club Level seats at a FedEx Forum event, a performance by the Lyon College Pipe Band, a Smokey Mountain retreat, a black angus heifer, a custom piece of jewelry, a stay at a condo in Turks and Caicos Islands, and a fully restored 1972 Volkswagen Beetle. The ball concluded with a dance and tunes provided by Danny Dozier & The Lockhouse Orchestra.

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

Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball Photo Gallery I
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Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball Photo Gallery III

Editorial cartoonist to give Patterson lecture

Editorial cartoonist Bruce Plante of the Tulsa World will present the Patterson Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Nucor Auditorium at Lyon College. The lecture is free and open to the public. Plante worked as a staff artist/editorial cartoonist at the Arkansas Democrat (1978 -81), for The Fayetteville (N.C.) Times (1981-84) and the Potomac (VA) News (1985). In 1985, he became the first staff editorial cartoonist for The Chattanooga Times and held that position for 22 years.

Japanese art lecture scheduled for March 14

Dr. Bruce Coats will present "Japanese Art and the World" at 7 p.m. March 14 in Derby Lecture Hall. Coats has received various re­search grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan and a Mellon Grant in 2008 to conduct a faculty workshop, "Teaching the Tale of Genji in the 21st Century." Since 1985, he has taught art history and the humanities at Scripps College. The Japan Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.

New events this year at Arkansas Scottish Festival

The 34th Arkansas Scottish Festival is set for April 12-14 on the Lyon College campus in Batesville. Admission to the festival is free. The long-running celebration began as a way to honor the College's Scottish roots. Lyon College was founded in 1872 by the Presbyterian Church, which has its roots in Scotland. The College recognizes Scotland through its Scottish Heritage Program and through the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival, which brings in thousands of visitors during the weekend.

New this year will be a dog show with prizes in several categories, and performances by dancers from the West Magnet Elementary School for Visual and Performing Arts. Also new this year will be a Community Quintathlon, in which teams from area businesses and organizations will compete in five fun events while vying for a unique trophy.



William Woods eliminates Lyon from tourney

The Lyon College women's basketball team (28-4) had its 12-game winning streak snapped by Williams Woods University with a 83-69 loss in James C. Beckness Gymnasium Friday. The Scots were eliminated from the tournament, but the team remains very much alive in its quest for a second straight trip to the NAIA Division I Women's National Tournament. 

If William Woods defeats Columbia on Monday, the Owls will clinch the second automatic bid from the AMC for the national tournament. Columbia has already claimed the first bid because the Cougars were co-champions with Lyon for the regular season title and claimed the tie-breaker due to the point differential in the games between the two teams.

If Columbia College (26-6) wins Monday and claims the tournament championship, Lyon College will receive the second automatic bid by virtue of the co-championship during the regular season. But even if William Woods receives the second bid, it is likely, because of their national ranking and 28-4 season record, that the Scots would receive an at-large bid to the national tournament, which will be played in Frankfort, Ky. on March 13-19.



Upcoming games

March 4
Softball at Blue Mountain College, noon (doubleheader)
Baseball at Spring Hill College, 5 p.m.

March 6
Baseball at University of Mobile, noon
Softball at University of Mobile, Emmanuel College, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

March 8
Baseball vs. Park University at Lyon, 1 p.m. (doubleheader)
Softball at Gulf Shores Invitational - Brenau University, 8 a.m.; William Carey University, 2 p.m.

March 9
Baseball vs. Park University at Lyon, noon (doubleheader)
Softball at Gulf Shores Invitational - Bethel University, 10 a.m.; Lee University, 4 p.m.

March 10
Softball at Gulf Shores Invitational vs. TBA

March 12
Baseball vs. University of the Ozarks at Lyon, 1 p.m.