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Lyon College to reduce energy usage

Lyon College to reduce energy usage

Lyon College is taking steps to reduce energy usage on its 136-acre campus.

The college is in the process of completing a retrofit of all the campus’s lighting.

Sodexo Facilities Director Jade Anderson said many of the college’s lights use 28 or 32-watt fluorescent blubs, but those will be replaced with T8 25-watt fluorescent bulbs, which are more energy efficient.

Anderson said all fixtures using incandescent lamps will be replaced with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). CFLs use approximately 75 percent less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and last at least six times longer, according to Energy Star.

Chandelier lights will be switched to LED lights.

Anderson said the college is also adding motion sensors to its light switches so the lights will automatically shut off if a room is not in use. Ultrasonic ceiling sensors will be used to detect if there is any noise in a room and will shut off the lights if no noise is heard.

Students named to Lyon Dean's List

Students named to Lyon Dean's List

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Lyon College) -- Ninety-six students have been named to the Lyon College Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. 

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 in a semester.  

Students on the dean’s list and their hometowns are:

Aarhus, Denmark — Lea Pascal

Albuquerque, N.M. — Stephanie Haft

Allen, Texas — Lindsey Chambers

Augusta — Kaleb Jones

Bald Knob — Jonathan Dannatt

Batesville — Clare Brown, Tonya Clapp, Kaisha Ferrell, Peter Mamula, Gabe Nava, Alex Patrono-Smith, Hailey Simmons, Renee Tyler, Caitlin Campbell, Drew Davidson, Lauren Gunderman, Megan Holifield and Nic Westcott

Beebe — Colton Dillon

Benton — Joseph Gartin

Brinkley — Ralynn Brann

Calico Rock — Emily Johnson and Taylor Sanders

Vestal hired as Lyon College VP for institutional advancement

Vestal hired as Lyon College VP for institutional advancement

BATESVILLE — Jon Vestal has been hired as the new vice president for institutional advancement at Lyon College.

Vestal will begin the position Feb. 3, 2013. His duties will include securing philanthropic gifts, aligning all institutional advancement activities with the college’s mission and strategic priorities and working with the public to improve the college’s profile.

He said he plans to work with trustees, alumni, and friends to exceed fundraising goals and strengthen connections throughout the college’s broad constituency. Vestal said he also hopes to carry the message of the college to expanded audiences both regionally and nationally.

Vestal is currently the director of development at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. Previous to his position at Missouri Baptist University, Vestal was the Division Director for Robert Half International.

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home steering committee meets to assess project progression

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home steering committee meets to assess project progression

JONESBORO, Ark.– Members of the Arkansas Steering Committee of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Hometown Project met last week in Dyess, Ark., to discuss progress to date on the Dyess Colony restoration, fundraising status, furnishings needed for the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and implementation of a strategic plan for economic and entrepreneurial development in the Mississippi County region.

Under the supervision of Arkansas State University, the Dyess agricultural resettlement colony, established during the 1930s as part of the New Deal, is being resurrected and restored. Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites, is guiding the project that, as a tourist attraction, should bolster the community and its economy.

Prior to the meeting in Dyess, the committee members toured the administration building and the Johnny Cash boyhood home. Participants included Mike and Marsha Gibson (committee co-chairs), Dr. Deidra Hudson, Derek Bowman, Kyle Cooper, Dr.

ASU Commission Ceremony and Grand Opening for Hall of Heroes

ASU Commission Ceremony and Grand Opening for Hall of Heroes

JONESBORO, Ark. - The Hall of Heroes at the Department of Military Science has moved to a new home.

Located for years along the walls of the east entrance, the Hall of Heroes was begun in 1994 in order to recognize the extraordinary career achievements of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) alumni since the program's beginning in 1936.

The Hall of Heroes has been established in new space made available in the Military Science Building after the Arkansas National Guard moved out to new quarters elsewhere in Jonesboro.

Under the leadership of Lt. Col. Cecil L. Clark, professor of military science, the department decided to use the opportunity to provide permanent recognition for achievements by the Red Wolf Battalion and its cadets.

“The Department of Military Science is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the new Hall of Heroes,” according to Lt. Col.

ASU students attended the 2012 Buisness Plan Competition

ASU students attended the 2012 Buisness Plan Competition

JONESBORO, Ark. — Students from Arkansas State University displayed their business skills by developing ideas for the recent 2012 Business Plan Competition and Catalyst Innovation Award and putting them to the test. Winners were selected for the College of Business’ annual event.

“Students find the business plan competition a real challenge for doing what it takes to craft a business idea, develop a plan to formalize the viability of the idea and present an investment opportunity to potential investors,” said Dr. Erick Chang, assistant professor of management and director of the business plan competition. “We require students to offer business ideas that offer a product or a service than can qualify as innovative and hard to imitate.”

First place winner of the competition and recipient of the $500 prize money is “Duck Duck Doc,” an iPhone application to schedule doctor’s appointments in Craighead County and surrounding areas.

Rockabilly Roogiefest hits ASU once again

Rockabilly Roogiefest hits ASU once again

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas State University Museum will host “Rockabilly Boogiefest,” a concert to benefit a future exhibit focusing on the history and heritage of Rockabilly in the region.  ASU representatives, Museum personnel, members of the Museum’s Advisory Council and Rockabilly Committee, and others joined with KASU’s Michael Doyle and a representative from Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin’s office to make the announcement.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the ASU Armory, 1921 Aggie Road in Jonesboro.  A proclamation from Mayor Harold Perrin was read to declare March 1–3, 2013 Rockabilly Boogiefest Weekend in Jonesboro, in support of the activity.  Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec.