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ADHE awards nearly 10,500 Academic Challenge Scholarships to recent high school grads

ADHE awards nearly 10,500 Academic Challenge Scholarships to recent high school grads

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Today the Arkansas Department of Higher Education announced nearly 10,500 students from the high school class of 2011 have been awarded Academic Challenge Scholarships for the upcoming academic year and were notified via email. The number was increasing by the hour as applications were processed.

“We are pleased to award these students who have worked hard to prepare for continuing their education,” said Shane Broadway, interim director of ADHE, “and we encourage them to log into the ADHE website – the sooner the better – to accept the award.

Additional recent high school graduates who haven’t completed the YOUniversal Scholarship Application yet may still qualify. Current students who have not previously received the Academic Challenge Scholarship and returning students should also apply by June 1.

102 graduate at Lyon commencement

102 graduate at Lyon commencement

BATESVILLE, Ark. -- One hundred and two seniors received their undergraduate degrees Saturday at the Lyon College Commencement. Rain forced the ceremony into Becknell Gymnasium at the last minute. It’s usually held outside in Couch Garden.

Rain didn’t dampen the spirit of the graduates or the families, friends and Lyon faculty and staff who filled the gymnasium to see the grand finale of their academic career at the college.

In addition, honorary doctorate degrees were awarded to the Rev. Dr. William Branch, Jr., retired general presbyter of the Arkansas Presbytery, and to L. Dickson Flake, a partner in the state’s largest commercial real estate firm, and a member of the Lyon Board of Trustees for 20 years.

Albert Parnell, a 1965 alumnus of Lyon and a prominent attorney from Atlanta, Ga., was the guest speaker. 

Parnell sought to inspire the graduates with his own story of perseverance.

Company donates equipment to Lyon physics program

Company donates equipment to Lyon physics program

BATESVILLE, Ark. -- AEMC Instruments has donated 11 MX55 multimeters together with computer interfaces and software to the physics program at Lyon College.

Valerie Scheer, international operations manager at AEMC, arranged the donation. The company also donated two MX55 meters to the physics program last year. 

As a result of the gift from AEMC, the physics program will be better able to accommodate the growing physics student size for the spring labs. The multimeters are used in 6 of the 10 physics labs taught in the spring.

Physics Professor Dr. Stuart Hutton said the addition of these meters assures that the physics program will be able to continue to provide high quality computer-interfaced physics labs in electricity and magnetism for years to come.

Hutton said the meters have the capability of a high-input impedance.

Lyon looks to rebuild student center, dining hall

Lyon looks to rebuild student center, dining hall

BATESVILLE, Ark. — Lyon College is moving forward with plans to rebuild its student center and dining hall after a fire destroyed both in October.

Architects from Roark Perkins Perry Yelvington Architects in Little Rock spent last week meeting with students, faculty and staff to find out what they would like to see incorporated into the new building.

Ideas given to the architects included stages for performances, banquet rooms, meeting rooms, health and wellness areas, gameroom, snack bar, campus store, mailroom and lounges.

Edwards Commons, which was destroyed by the Oct. 26, 2010, fire, housed student life offices, a bookstore, Lyon Den snack bar and a game room in addition to the dining hall. The cause of the Edwards Commons fire has yet to be determined.

Students, faculty and staff also said they would like the new building to be as energy efficient as possible.

AHDE unveils financial aid app

AHDE unveils financial aid app

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Department of Higher Education unveiled Monday a free smart phone application – the first of its kind with customer service help available via text – for Arkansans to apply for state financial aid and check the status of their awards. It was developed by the Information Network of Arkansas, the agency that develops websites and online applications for other state agencies.

"This smart phone application will allow students to complete the YOUniversal financial aid scholarship application from their iPhone, Android, or other device with a browser as easily as they would on our website," said Shane Broadway, interim director for ADHE.

SOAR photos available online

SOAR photos available online

BATESVILLE, Ark. -- Photos from the April 9 Lyon College Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) day have been posted in an online photo gallery.

Register now for summer, fall semesters

Register now for summer, fall semesters

BATESVILLE, Ark. -- Registration for the summer and fall 2011 semesters is underway now at Lyon College. Tuesday, April 12 is the last day to register. For more information, speak with your faculty advisor or go to www.lyon.edu.