June 3, 2013



Trish Hastings Turnbough, '87, has received the James H. Atkinson Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Arkansas History. Turnbough, a teacher at Cave City for 26 years, received the award during the Arkansas Historical Association Conference in West Helena.

Lt. Greg Tebbetts, '96, (USN Reserve) recently earned his Seabee Combat Warfare pin.

Lance O'Daniel, '99, and wife, Ambria, announce the birth of a son, Linus John O'Daniel, who entered the world at 6 lb., 6 oz., and 19 inches.

Adam Penman, '08, writes, "It's official now: As of this August I'll be teaching Government, Model UN, and AP Economics at Pulaski Academy."

Christopher Schmitt, '08; Katee Castleman, '09; and Jordan Lupo Heath, '09, graduated this spring with Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Jessica Koon, '11, writes, "Soon I will be moving to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where I will be working for the University Advancement department as a graduate assistant while working to get my M.A. in English."

Amber Simpson, '12, is beginning an M.A. program in English (with an assistantship) this fall at Auburn University.

Rebecca Stamm, '13, and Megan Holifield, '13, noted their Advanced Composition essays "The Storm" and "Broken Wings" have been accepted by Thoreau's Rooster, a national journal for undergraduate creative nonfiction.

Birthday Celebration

Carl Garner, '38, celebrates his 98th birthday June 1 with a cake featuring a photo of his Arkansas College basketball team. Happy birthday, Carl!

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


Lyon hosts two Outdoor and ACT Prep Camps

Lyon College will host two Outdoor and ACT Prep Camps this summer. The first camp is June 2-5, and the second camp is June 9-12. Approximately 100 students are slated to attend each camp. The camps give students the opportunity to learn how to raise their ACT scores and take advantage of the college’s beautiful campus in the Ozark foothills. Students will received specialized ACT instruction from Stephen A. Leake, president of College Prep Coach, Inc. Leake has more than 20 years experience in high school education and standardized test preparation. The outdoor portion of the camps will consist of hiking, mountain biking, bouldering, and disc golfing. Campers also will take a trip to Loco Ropes Treetop Adventure Park in Mountain View. For more information about the camps, call Lyon College Admissions at (870) 307-7250.

SOAR set for June 7

The Lyon College Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) day is June 7. Another SOAR event is scheduled for later in the summer. SOAR participants will get to know their faculty advisors, select and pre-register for their first semester of classes, and attend different orientation sessions dealing with living on campus and adjusting to the college lifestyle. Parents will meet with college administrators, begin the process of clearing the Business Office, and attend sessions on what to expect between now and their students' matriculation in the fall. The day will conclude with lunch for parents, students, and their faculty advisors.

Spring 2013 Biggest Winners announced

Director of Health and Wellness LuAnn Baker said 16 students and 10 faculty/staff members participated in the spring Biggest Winner competition.

Tommie Ricker won the competition, losing 8.33 percent of her body weight. She won $1,000 toward next semester’s tuition but donated the gift to a friend. Ricker took the Biggest Winner class to satisfy her physical education credit. Baker said Ricker previously has participated in the program, but had much more success this semester. Ricker said she also has already signed up for the fall competition.

Linda Hutchins, administrative assistant for maintenance, won the faculty and staff competition. Hutchins lost 12.9 percent of her body weight and a pain in her hip. Hutchins walks on Lyon Street almost daily. Hutchins said she plans to use her $500 prize to go on a trip with her daughter to the National Harmonica Convention in St. Louis.


Scottish Arts Summer School scheduled for June 9-14

The Lyon College Scottish Arts Summer School will be June 9-14 on the Lyon College campus. An  Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) Progressive Certification Program will be offered at the end of the week. Students will be able to study piping with some of the world’s best instructors, including Willie MacCallum, Maureen Connor, and Jimmy Bell. The bass/tenor and snare drumming instructor will be Jon Quigg. The cost is $825 for on-campus accommodations and $500 for day students. Discounts are available for groups of three or more. All students under the age of 18 get a $100 discount. For more information, contact Jimmy Bell at (870) 307-7473 or email him at james.bell@lyon.edu.

72 named to Dean's List

Seventy-two students have been named to the spring 2013 Lyon College Dean's List. To be on the Dean's List, a student must maintain a 3.75 grade point average or higher while taking a minimum of 12 hours a semester. READ MORE

Citizens Bank provides scholarships to students

Lyon College students who received annual scholarships from The Citizens Bank of Batesville in 2012-13 expressed their appreciation to John Dews (center), president of The Citizens Bank. From left are Tonya Clapp, Callie Boyce, and Maggie Hance, all of Batesville; Minnie Smith of Mabelvale; and Jonathan Dannatt of Bald Knob. Not pictured are Kaylin Cesarski and Wesley Baker of Batesville, Devon Caron of Cushman, Jordan Steele of Newark, and Elizabeth Taylor of Locust Grove. Also not pictured is Ian Thomas of Batesville, who received the Citizens Bank Endowed Scholarship this year. The award recipients are chosen from students enrolled from Independence County and surrounding counties as well as students transferring from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The Citizens Bank established the scholarship in 2010 to help provide students in its primary market access to top quality higher education.



Hall of Fame nominations sought

The 2013 Lyon College Hall of Fame Banquet will be Saturday, Nov. 16. If you have Hall of Fame nominations, please submit them using the online form. The deadline for submitting nominations is July 1.

Owen takes over reins of Lyon softball program

A proven winner, a multi-sport athlete in college, and a self-proclaimed teacher of the game, Travis Owen becomes the fifth head coach of the Lyon College softball program after being named to the position on Monday by Lyon Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins. Owen, 28, comes to Lyon College from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he has served for the past two seasons as the NCAA Division 2 squad's assistant softball coach. READ MORE


Lyon College junior catcher/third baseman Valerie Howell received yet another award for 2013 when she was recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second-Team All-East Region Team by the organization. Howell, who is from Lindale, Texas, led the Scots in 10 different offensive statistical categories in 2013, while finishing in the Top 10 in the conference in eight. She was also one of 18 athletes from the American Midwest Conference who were honored by the league. Howell was a first-team member as she led the Scots to the AMC Postseason Tournament.

Little Rock Christian Academy player Christian Castro has signed an NAIA letter of intent with the Lyon College soccer team. Castro attended both North Little Rock High School and LR Christian Academy, transferring to the latter school in the spring of his junior year. The son of Zach and Renee Castro of North Little Rock, Christian is a four-year high school player who served as a captain of his NLRHS squad in 2012.

North Little Rock High School standout Jack Fleming has signed an NAIA letter of intent to join the Scots soccer program in the fall of 2013. Fleming, a four-year starter for NLRHS, has steadily improved his game in each year of play. Fleming is the son of Eric and Carol Fleming of Sherwood.

Fayetteville High School senior Jamey Morrison III has signed an NAIA letter of intent to join the Lyon College men’s soccer team. Morrison is the son of Jim and Cheryl Morrison of Fayetteville.

White Hall High School all-state player Ben Malone has signed an NAIA letter of intent and will join the 2013 Lyon College men's soccer program in the fall. Malone has played soccer the past three seasons for the Bulldogs, in addition to playing basketball as a sophomore. Malone, who is from Redfield, Arkansas, is the son of Don and Kim Malone.

Maumelle High School soccer standout Elyse Albright, who earned all-state status her junior year, has signed an NAIA letter of intent to attend Lyon College in the fall and become a member of the Scots women's soccer program. Albright attended North Little Rock High School, along with MHS, lettering in soccer for four straight seasons. Albright is the daughter of Mark and Kimberly Albright.

Little Rock Christian Academy athlete Alex Keene has signed a letter of intent to play women's soccer at Lyon College in the fall of 2013. Keene is a four-year high school letterman who helped Little Rock Christian Academy teams to three Arkansas State Final berths and one Class 5A State championship. Keene was a two-sport athlete at LRCA, playing volleyball during her freshman and sophomore years, while staying the course with her soccer career for all four years of high school. Keene is the daughter of Brenda and Cliff Keene of Little Rock.

Former Jonesboro Westside High School all-state athlete Samantha Scalf has signed an NAIA letter of intent to play volleyball at Lyon College. Scalf, a native of Brookland, Arkansas, was a four-year volleyball player and a two-year track athlete at Westside. Scalf is the daughter of Tracy and Roy Wiseman. 

Four-year Argyle (Texas) High School standout athlete Morgan McInaney has signed an NAIA letter of intent to play basketball and join the defending American Midwest Conference Co-champion Lyon College women's basketball program. McInaney, a 5-foot, 7-inch forward, contributed throughout her high school career at Argyle, helping the Lady Eagles to a combined 71-40 (.639) record and four consecutive playoff appearances. McInaney is the daughter of Mark and Shari McInaney of Argyle, Texas.

Carl Albert State College (Oklahoma) sophomore Ashala Watson has signed an NAIA letter of intent to play basketball for the defending American Midwest Conference Co-Champion Lyon College women's basketball team. Watson, a 5-3 guard from Magnolia, Arkansas, played the past two seasons at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) institution in Poteau, Oklahoma.

Mount Vernon-Enola graduate Katherine Bartley has signed an NAIA letter of intent to play both softball and women's golf at Lyon College. Bartley was a four-sport athlete for the Warhawks, playing softball, golf, and basketball in each of her four high school years, while participating in cross country for two years. Bartley is the daughter of Kevin and Ami Bartley of Vilonia, Arkansas.

The Lyon College softball program has acquired a top-notch high school pitcher from Arizona with the recent signing of Alexandria 'Lexi' Reyes to an NAIA letter of intent. Reyes is coming off an impressive season at Sunnyside High School in Tuscon, Arizona, posting an overall record of 15-2, with a dominating earned run average of 1.25. Reyes produced 123 strikeouts, while batting .291, with 11 runs batted in. Reyes is the daughter of Manny and Stephanie Reyes of Tuscon, Arizona.