In the Light: Meg Lyons

Alexis Apfelbaum

If Meg Lyons had lived thousands of years ago, she would have removed the sword from the stone with the same ease and grace which she exudes in her numerous activities across Colgate’s Campus.

Lyons is particularly proud of her work with the Panhellenic Council, for which she has served as both president and the vice president of administration. The council attempts to “answer questions of where Greek life is going,” and strives to “make sure all the sororities are working together towards a common goal.”

A member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Lyons is always coming up with ways to get her sisters to succeed scholastically. Her newest creation is the “Study Bug Awards,” chocolate treats given to dedicated students. “It is particularly exciting to work within the sorority, because I believe sororities have a lot of potential,” Lyons said. “With the right people and a good vision, raising the scholarship and citizenship of the group is a great possibility.”

Lyons’ work with sorority life is only one component of her involvement in the Colgate community. She’s been a member of the Newman Board since sophomore year, helping out with many of its Outreach programs. Working at the Hope House and Friendship Inn, both local soupkitches, Lyons has open arms for everyone who comes her way.

Lyons particularly enjoys being an Office of Admissions greeter. “To sell Colgate is always a great thing,” she said. “If you love it as much as I do, it’s easy!”

A history major, Lyons is in close contact with professors in and out of the classroom. She works as a research assistant for both the Departments of History, and Sociology and Anthropology.

Lyons has also served as a member and secretary of the College Democrats. During the election last year, she was overjoyed to see students responding so heartily and “being excited about where our country is going.”

An intellectual of the highest caliber, Lyons has been twice named the Charles A. Dana Scholar for her scholastic achievement and involvement. “The thing is, if you’re passionate about something, all the work is worth it,” Lyons said.

Lyons has already nabbed a job in New York City working in finance.

“At this point,” she said, “I don’t want to close off any possibilities. Colgate has shown me that. That you can do whatever you want to do, as long as you keep yourself open for it.”