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Lyon awarded $400,000 by the Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust

Lyon awarded $400,000 by the Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust

BATESVILLE — The Trustees of the Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust recently awarded Lyon College a $400,000 grant to help fund two new residence halls that are under construction. Most grants from the Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust are for one year; however multi-year awards are sometimes granted. The grant will be awarded in four $100,000 installments.

“We at Lyon College are pleased to have the privilege of extending our relationship with the Sturgis Trust and its new Arkansas liaison Beth Coulson,” said Gina Garrett, executive director of advancement at Lyon. “With this grant, the Trust’s cumulative support of Lyon College will top $1 million. It is a significant milestone, one that will benefit Arkansas students for generations.”

FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event set for Lake Dardanelle

FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event set for Lake Dardanelle

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (FLWCF) – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Dardanelle July 26 for the final regular-season stop in the Southern Conference. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Invitational tournament.

“We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately so there will definitely be a shallow and a deep bite,” said 3M ScotchBlue Tape pro Ray Scheide of Dover, Ark., a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “The lake is fishing as good or better than it ever has and it is really in good shape.”

Scheide said that college anglers would be able to find fish shallow around milfoil as well as around the lake’s offshore ledges.

Lyon receives $1 million gift from Wilson family

Lyon receives $1 million gift from Wilson family

As the beginning phase of construction begins on new residence halls, Lyon College is proud to announce the receipt of a $1 million lead pledge from the R.E. Lee Wilson Trust Foundation to help fund the new residence halls.

“Lyon College is blessed with a long series of Board Chairmen who have been willing to lead by example. Chairman Wilson, I am pleased to say, is continuing that tradition.  Lyon is at a critical time in its history, and Chairman Wilson’s leadership sets the right tone at this time for the college and the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Donald Weatherman, president of Lyon.

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

Lyon alums have fairy-tale engagement on Nichols trip

Lyon alums have fairy-tale engagement on Nichols trip

When Maggie Hance told her boyfriend, Drew Nolley, about a proposal she witnessed at Disney World, she never imagined he’d propose to her at Stirling Castle in Scotland during a Nichols Trip with Lyon College students and faculty members.

“I was at Disney for a dance competition, and we saw a proposal happen while we were there. I told him I wanted to be proposed to at a castle, thinking maybe he’d do it at the castle at Disney. I never thought he’d do it at an actual castle,” Hance said.

Hance, a 2013 psychology major of Batesville, and Nolley, a 2014 English major of Benton, met at Lyon during Nolley’s freshman year. By November of that year, they were officially a couple.

“She told me repeatedly that her other boyfriends hadn’t lasted very long,” Nolley said laughing. Nolley took the comment in stride.

Lyon adds extra orientation day for largest freshman class in school’s history

Lyon adds extra orientation day for largest freshman class in school’s history

Lyon College has added an extra orientation date for incoming freshman to accommodate the record-breaking number of new students that will be attending in the fall.

For the last five years, Lyon has averaged 180 first-time freshmen. This year, 250 incoming students are expected.

Lyon’s Student Orientation Advising Registration program (SOAR) is required for all incoming freshmen. Students and parents alike attend sessions on campus designed to help ease the transition into college life. Students have the opportunity to register for classes, have their student I.D. made, and turn in any necessary paperwork. Parents attend sessions that give them insight into the billing process, resident life, dealing with the emotions that come with sending their sons or daughters to college, and the high-quality direction students will receive from their advisors at Lyon.

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.