May 6, 2013



John Hornor Jacobs, '94, of Little Rock has signed a publishing deal with Gollancz, a British publisher in the fantasy, science fiction, and young adult genres, according to Arkansas Business. The Little Rock publication said Jacobs can't reveal the exact figure, but that it was a "six-figure deal." Jacob's latest fantasy novel, The Incorruptibles, is the first in a series of books Gollancz will publish. His first novel, Southern Gods, published by Night Shade Books in 2011, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. He also has several other published novels, including This Dark Earth and The Twelve-Fingered Boy, and still has more planned for the future. This past February, Jacobs was featured in Lyon College's Visiting Writer Series. He held a public interview and a public reading of one of his short stories for the college community.

Bill Pendergist, '05, of Little Rock has been named a shareholder partner with Flake & Kelley Commercial. Pendergist joined the company as an intern in 2005. Shortly after being hired full time in 2006, he was selected to open Flake & Kelley Commercial’s Northwest branch in Fayetteville. He is now based in Little Rock and focuses on sales, leasing, and development transactions. He has represented clients such as the Arkansas Supreme Court, Cintas Corp., Jason's Deli, Presidio Network Solutions, and Verizon Wireless, among others. A graduate of Lyon College with an M.B.A. from the University of Central Arkansas, Pendergist is a ChainLinks Retail Advisor. He devotes his spare time to volunteering with the AR Kids Read program and Fellowship Bible Church.

Chad Engler, '08, writes, "I'm managing the Kroger in Newport now. . . . As time has gone on and I've been put in charge of people, my perspective has changed. I've noticed that the more I manage to make my employees look good and be happy, the more connected and fulfilled I feel. I now manage exclusively for other people, and the results have been much better, both personally and for my business."


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120 graduate from Lyon College

One hundred and twenty seniors were awarded diplomas Saturday at Lyon College's 141st commencement. The College also presented an honorary degree to Raymond LaCroix Jr. and a Friend of Education Award to Joyce (Reaves) Richey, '64, both of Batesville. READ MORE

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Eight students earn honors

Eight Lyon College students earned awards for their academic work at Saturday's 141st commencement. READ MORE

Williamson Prize awarded to Dr. Patrick Mulick

Dr. Patrick Mulick, Associate Professor of Psychology at Lyon College, has been awarded the 2013-14 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His selection was announced at the College's commencement ceremonies May 4. READ MORE


Board recommends trustees for new terms

The Lyon College Board of Trustees approved a slate of new and current trustees to be recommended to the Synod of the Sun for election to the board for terms beginning July 1. READ MORE

Lyon honors departing colleagues, trustees

The Lyon College community expressed its appreciation April 18 to two retiring faculty members, the departing chaplain, and trustees who are leaving the College's governing board. They were all honored at an appreciation dinner held in Edwards Commons. READ MORE

Students earn honors at convocation

Several Lyon College students earned honors at the College’s annual Honors Convocation April 16. Various academic, athletic, and student life awards were presented at the convocation. READ MORE


Boling, Page selected to attend special seminars

Dr. Ronald Boling, Associate Professor of English, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar on the Iliad. Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Morgan Page was selected by the CIC to participate in a seminar as well. Page will attend a seminar on Teaching European Art in Context, which will be held in conjunction with an exhibition of rare traveling masterpieces of Dutch art featuring works by Vermeer, Hals, and Rembrandt. READ MORE

Friends donate furniture for library

Pictured are the current Friends of the Mabee-Simpson Library president Kenton Adler and Director of the Library Dean Covington seated on new lobby furnishings purchased with funds raised by the Friends. Other recent purchases made possible by the Friends include a bound copy of the Piobaireachd (pronounced PEE-brokt) Society books that will be available for research use by pipers and others interested in Scottish and Celtic music and history, as well as books, DVDs, and materials that will further enhance the academic lives of students, faculty, and staff of the College. The mission of Friends of the Library includes providing "support, service, and recognition" to the library. Covington reports that recent fund-raising activities, including the book sale held annually during the Arkansas Scottish Festival, brought in over $3,000 that will be used to enhance the library's collections and facilities. Anyone interested in becoming a member or renewing an existing or lapsed membership may do so by completing the application form found on the website.





Tapp chosen to lead men's basketball team

For the first time in 19 years, the Lyon College men's basketball team will have a new coach at the helm. After an extensive national search that involved more than 130 applicants, Lyon College Athletic Director Kevin Jenkins announced Wednesday, May 1, that former Indiana University South Bend coach Chad Tapp will take over the Scots' program. READ MORE

Scots earn at-large bid into baseball playoffs

Despite dropping four spots and out of the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll in the final rankings of the season, the Lyon College Scots received the third and final postseason playoff berth from the American Midwest Conference Sunday when the Scots were granted at-large bid No. 11 (of 16) and a spot as one of the 45 qualifiers of the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.

Lyon College will be in the Claremore Bracket hosted by Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla. Lyon will be joined in the bracket by Lubbock Christian (Texas), Bellevue (Nebraska), Rogers State (Oklahoma), and Midland (Nebraska). The Scots will play Bellevue at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. READ MORE

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