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Lyon College Homecoming
Lyon College Homecoming

Homecoming 2011 at Lyon College will feature the groundbreaking for a new campus center in addition to the traditional classreunions, alumni awards and special celebrations. Homecoming will be Oct. 21-23.

The groundbreaking for the new campus center will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the site previously occupied by Edwards Commons, which was destroyed by fire on Oct. 26, 2010. The two-story, 43,427-square-foot building will house the dining hall and kitchen, student life offices, meeting spaces, game room, the Scot Shop, and a bistro.

Four alumni and a longtime friend of the college will be honored this year. Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Dr. Robert Cashner, ’65, and Dr. Timothy Stokes, ’92. Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to alumni who have brought honor to the college through their distinguished careers. Dr. Cashner is a retired professor, vice chancellor and dean at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Stokes is the executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash.

The Patterson Decade Award winners this year are Josh Baugh and Dr. Leticia (Wright) Jones, both from the Class of 2001. Each year the Alumni Association honors a man and a woman from the decade class who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers. Baugh is a journalist who has served as a city government reporter for the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News and other newspapers in Texas. Dr. Wright is an obstetrician and gynecologist at the Grace Clinic for Women in Little Rock.

An Honorary Alumna Award will be given to Mrs. Hope Spragins, a retired elementary school teacher and community volunteer. Mrs. Spragins has been a longtime friend, volunteer and supporter of the college. She is the widow of Dr. C. Fitzhugh Spragins, who was a professor of religion at Lyon for many years.

The honorees will be recognized at a banquet Friday, Oct. 21, and at the Founders’ Day Convocation at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

Another alumnus, Dr. Brooks Blevins, ’92, will be the keynote speaker at the convocation. Dr. Blevins, a former Lyon faculty member, is the Noel Boyd Associate Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. Dr. Blevins is an expert on Ozarks history and culture, and the author of four books, including a history of Lyon College published in 2003.

Following the convocation, a picnic lunch will be held in Couch Garden. At 1 p.m., Dr. Donald Weatherman, president of Lyon, will give a State of the College address in Nucor Auditorium in the Lyon Building. The Alumni Council will meet at 2 p.m. in the Alphin Building Board Room.

Alumni basketball games, both women and men, will be played beginning at 2:30 in Becknell Gymnasium.

The fall theatre production, “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball,” will be another Homecoming attraction. Performances in the Holloway Theatre will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday during that weekend. All Lyon faculty, staff, and students are admitted free. For ticket information and reservations, call 870-307-7510.

A concert sponsored by the Student Government Association will be held at 7 p.m. in Couch Garden. The concert will feature the bands Ha Ha Tonka of Springfield, Mo., and Antennas Up of Kansas City, Mo.

Prior to the concert, at about 6 p.m., the Homecoming royalty will be presented and the crowning ceremony will be held, also in Couch Garden.

On Sunday, the annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans worship service will be held at 11 a.m. in Brown Chapel. First Presbyterian Church of Batesville joins with the college community for the service, which features the combined choirs of both the church and college and the Lyon College Pipe Band. The Rev. Dr. Robert Lowry, interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church, will deliver the sermon.

Club 50, made up of alumni of the college who graduated 50 years ago or more will hold its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. in The Temp, the temporary dining hall. Members of the Class of ’61, the 50-year class, will be inducted into the organization at the meeting.

Dr. Skye Hart, ’06, will be guest organist at the Kirkin’ worship service and will perform an organ recital at 2:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel. Dr. Hart is currently director of music and liturgy at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Scottsdale, Ariz. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Arizona State University Symphony, the ASU Choral Union, the ASU Baroque Ensemble, and the Phoenix Symphony.  Dr. Hart has performed internationally in Europe and Mexico, including a trip last spring to play at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome.