UA-Fayetteville offers 2 policies to help families

Plan eases crises, life events

Posted: November 1, 2013 at 1:51 a.m.

The picture is of UA faculty members Jack Lyons and Raina Lyons and their baby. Jack Lyons recalls how fortunate he and his wife Raina felt last year throughout a complicated pregnancy when their bosses at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville proved to be empathetic, understanding and accommodating. Raina Lyons was ordered on bed rest from the summer of 2012 until their daughter was born in October of that year, and the Lyons had to live in Little Rock for two months while the baby was hospitalized in a neonatal intensive-care unit there. “There was no chance we were going to be able to teach the fall semester," said Jack, a professor of philosophy at UA. At the time, Raina was transitioning from an administrative position to a teaching position in the English department.

Jack Lyons recalls how fortunate he and his wife felt throughout a complicated pregnancy when their bosses at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville proved to be empathetic.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 7 on 11/01/2013