July 1, 2013



Mitch Galiyas, '72, is retiring as athletic director from Montour High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.) after 38 years with the district. He was previously a history teacher, football coach, and volleyball coach.

Tracy Prior Seffers, '87, recently completed the 2012-13 HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education Leadership. She is the site coordinator for a recently-launched chapter of Team River Runner, a national Wounded Warrior project that teaches recreational and adaptive kayaking to veterans in rehabilitation and recovery. She has also been selected to attend the 36th annual Appalachian Writers' Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Ky., this summer. Her work will focus on poetry and memoir during this week-long workshop.

Kelly Hunt Lyon, '90, recently began a new stage of her career. She is now Director of Little Rock Area Campuses for Webster University, with centers in Little Rock and Jacksonville.

Matt Taylor, '99, went back to school in 2010 and received his EMT certification. He began taking pre-requisite classes for paramedic school and testing at all the NWA fire departments. Bentonville hired him in February 2011 as a part time worker, sending him through the fire academy rookie school. He was then hired full-time in August 2011. He has been a firefighter/EMT ever since and says he loves it.

Josh Baugh, '01, and his colleague Brian Chasnoff were jointly awarded the Enterprise Journalist of the Year award for 2012 by the San Antonio Express-News for their coverage of ethics scandals at City Hall, initially about the largest construction contract in city history. Their coverage eventually led to substantial changes in the city's code of ethics, adding to transparency in municipal government.

Dr. Jessica Snodgrass Rose, '03, and her husband Dr. Michael Rose have two big changes in their lives. Their daughter Grace was born June 11, just as they were moving to Little Rock, where both are practicing emergency medicine at St. Vincent's.

Jessica Lange, '11, will be teaching 9th grade English at Paragould High School for the next school year.

Christine Dykema, '12, has been accepted to an M.A. program in clinical counseling with a specialization in sport psychology and leadership coaching through Capella University.

Hannah Ellis, '13, reports that she has just been hired as the Director of Communications for the Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundation, which is a small non-profit based in Little Rock with a particular interest in bringing art to underserved Delta communities.

Allen reappointed to higher ed board

Gov. Mike Beebe recently reappointed Charles F. Allen, '61, to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB). Allen currently serves as Chairman of the AHECB. Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Bill H. Walmsley, '63, of Batesville administered the oath of office. Allen is Chief Administrative Officer for the Arkansas Correctional School System. He and his wife, Anne Hart Allen, live in Little Rock.

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Football has been re-instated after a 62-year hiatus. Find out more in the athletics section.


Lyon grad receives anniversary surprise

Room 203 in Young House has special meaning for Lyon College graduate Whitney Williams Steele.
It's where she studied for finals. It's where she laughed with friends. It's where she planned for the future. It's even where she got engaged. And it's where she stands 10 years later on June 14, 2013, celebrating her anniversary. READ MORE

Lyon opts out of concealed carry law

Lyon College has joined a growing list of colleges and universities across the state that are opting out of a concealed carry law.The Lyon College Board of Trustees voted June 24 to opt out of ACT 226, legislation that allows faculty and staff with concealed carry permits to have concealed handguns on campus. The bill allows institutions to opt out. State Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, introduced the bill and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe signed Act 226 into law March 1.

SOAR set for July 27

The final Lyon College Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) day is July 27. 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.

Lindblom elected to National Council

Dr. Tim Lindblom, Associate Professor of Biology and Alpha Chi sponsor, has been elected to the Alpha Chi National Council. Lindblom's term will conclude in 2017. National Council, Alpha Chi’s chief governing body, is composed of 15 faculty members and seven students. The entire National Council will continue to meet electronically throughout the year and will reassemble in St. Louis for its next formal meeting at the annual convention. Alpha Chi, inducting 13,000 students annually on more than 300 campuses, invites the top ten percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students to membership.


Teachers participate in Japan workshop

The seventh Teaching Japan workshop for K-12 teachers, funded by the Freeman Foundation, was held on June 6 and 7. Nine teachers from eight schools in surrounding counties participated in the workshop. Frederica Marshall, master brush painter, artist, teacher, and researcher, introduced the workshop participants to traditional Oriental brush technique. Marshall lived in Japan for 28 years. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from Miami University in Ohio and an M.A. in Art Education from Michigan State University. She currently resides in Deer Isle, Maine.



Football returning to Lyon College

After a 62-year absence since the College fielded an intercollegiate football team, the Lyon College Board of Trustees, in a monumental move, voted unanimously on June 24 to re-instate the sport with a four-phase approach, fielding the first official squad in the fall of 2015. If you are interesting in playing football for Lyon College, please submit a recruiting form by clicking here.