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Message from President Carey

Dear Alumni,

As we kick off a new year here at Transylvania, we have many opportunities to reinvigorate our commitment to the goals we have set for the rest of this academic year, as well as to the long-term goals that will help keep this institution strong. If you were among the many who made New Year’s resolutions, I hope one of those was to rekindle connections to your alma mater by joining us on campus for special events, regularly visiting our website or social media sites to stay up-to-date with campus goings-on, reconnecting with a faculty member who was important to you, talking to families in your community about a Transylvania education, or making a donation to Transylvania to support our annual fund, our athletics programs, or other special projects.

If you haven’t been keeping up with campus news recently, you may be surprised by all that is happening. Our new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university, Laura Bryan, has brought new energy in support of our outstanding academic programs. New university-wide branding has unified the public face of our university as well as the messages we communicate to prospective students, student-athletes, and faculty members. The first issue of Third & Broadway, the refreshed Transylvania magazine, reflected our new look. Click here to read more.

Campus News

Award-winning poet to deliver Transylvania’s Kenan Lecture
Award-winning poet to deliver Transylvania’s Kenan Lecture
Renowned poet Claudia Rankine will present Transylvania University's 2016 Kenan Lecture on Monday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Her five poetry collections include the "Citizen: An American Lyric," which is the only poetry book to make the non-fiction category of the New York Times bestseller list. At Transylvania she will discuss making the book and the question of creative imagination and race. Click title to read more.
Kiplinger names Transylvania a 2016 Best College Value
Kiplinger names Transylvania a 2016 Best College Value
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Transylvania University one of the best values in the nation. The magazine, which looked at which colleges combined outstanding academics with affordability, ranked Transylvania in the top 12 percent of the schools reviewed. Click title to read more.
Transylvania partners with the state and LFUCG for Fourth Street improvements
Transylvania University and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government plan to work together on a $1.3 million project to improve the West Fourth Street corridor from Upper to Jefferson streets. The work, which is expected to take place next year, will include new sidewalks, street and pedestrian lighting, signage, traffic and drainage improvements and further development of the Legacy Trail. The project will extend the look and feel of the previous streetscape improvements on Fourth Street alongside the school’s Athletics Complex between Jefferson Street and Newtown Pike.
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Development Update

IRA Charitable Rollover Extended for Donors Age 70½+
Congress has provided a new opportunity for donors to help further our mission by reinstating the IRA Charitable Rollover.  The law allows donors age 70½ or older to make a tax-free gift of up to $100,000 to qualified charitable organizations, such as Transylvania, from their IRA.  This extension is now permanent, so contributions of this nature can be made in 2016 and well into the future!  Click title to learn more.
Giving Electronically Monthly (GEM)!
GEM is one of the easiest ways to make a gift to Transylvania. You simply choose an amount to be deducted from your bank account or charged to your credit card every month. You may change or cancel your contribution at any time. At the end of each year, you receive a receipt for tax purposes. A little bit each month adds up to a substantial financial gift over the course of the year. If you have already made your gift—THANK YOU!  If not, please consider making a gift today by clicking hereTo sign up for GEM, click here, and select Other Giving Options, or contact John Davis in the development office at or (800) 487-2679.
Alumni Programs

Calling All #PioneerPairs
Next month we will celebrate over 2,000 alumni who are married to fellow Pioneers. If you are one of those #PioneerPairs, please email your Transy love story to Natasa Mongiardo at and include a photo. We will highlight as many couples as possible on our Facebook page and Twitter during the month of February and use the #hashtag #PioneerPairs.
Renew Your Transy Ties at Alumni Weekend 2016
No matter how long you’ve been gone, there’s always a place for you and your classmates to reconnect at Transylvania University. There’s no better time to #RenewTransyTies than at Alumni Weekend 2016. It’s going to be an exciting weekend full of fun events. Save the date: April 29-May 1, 2016! Hotel information and reunion questionnaires can be found at Daily schedule of events will be available at the end of this month. We will have tickets for the Phoenix Room at Keeneland this year and you may reserve yours at this time by contacting Shella Franklin at

You won't want to miss the opportunity to return to campus and catch up with classmates and former professors. The 5-year reunion class committees are hard at work planning for a great weekend. If you would like to join the fun, contact Natasa Pajic Mongiardo '96 at 859-233-8213 or All reunion classes from the 5th through the 50th have active Facebook Groups: 196619711976198119861991199620012006, and 2011.
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Alaska Passages (Seattle to Seattle) - July 25-August 4, 2016
Begin your luxury cruise in Seattle and sail through the scenic Inside Passage along Canada's coast to Ketchikan. Encounter an exhilarating blend of nature and modern culture at Juneau, and view the Hubbard Glacier. Delve into Skagway's gold-rush heritage, and experience exciting outdoor attractions at Sitka. You'll travel aboard Oceania Cruises' elegant Regatta. A 2-for-1 cruise fare with free airfare and up to $3,600 savings per stateroom available only until January 29, 2016. Click title to read about other trips.
Alumni Benefits
Alumni Benefits

A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance.  

We know you work hard. That’s why Liberty Mutual has partnered with Transylvania University Alumni Association to offer you exclusive savings on quality auto and home insurance. You could enjoy valuable and unique benefits, including Better Car Replacement™, Accident Forgiveness, Home Protector Plus™, and our Multi-Policy Discount.* In Kentucky, contact Kent Lewis at (859) 223-1313  ext. 53304 or email Elsewhere, call 800-524-9400 or visit Liberty Mutual to learn more or get a free quote.

*Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

Athletics News
Fender takes KTCCCA Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors
Fender takes KTCCCA Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors
Transylvania 2015 Student-Athlete of the year Jordin Fender received another high honor earlier this month when she was named the 2015 Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Women's College Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The KTCCCA, based in Lexington, annually recognizes track and field athletes in the state of Kentucky who "have excelled throughout the year of running, jumping, and throwing." The organization presents awards for the previous calendar year to participants in fall season cross-country and spring season track and field. Click title to read more.
Lee Rose ’58 nominated to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Lee Rose ’58 nominated to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Former Transylvania men's basketball coach and student-athlete, Lee Rose '58 has been nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The list of nominees to be inducted into Springfield's class of 2016 was announced on December 21st and includes Rose, whose decorated coaching career began at Transylvania and spans over 50 years in the collegiate and professional ranks. Prior to his foray into coaching, Rose was a four-year letter winner at Transylvania where he played basketball under the tutelage of coach and mentor C.M. Newton. During his collegiate playing career which spanned from 1954 through 1958, Rose became one of the first 1,000 point scorers in Pioneer history. Click title to read more.
Stansberry lifts men's basketball to third consecutive win
Transylvania University's men's basketball team picked up their third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday night, knocking off the Franklin College Grizzlies 94-85. The Pioneers benefited from an explosive night from forward Parker Stansberry, who dropped 25 points on 50 percent (8-16) shooting. The Pioneers led wire-to-wire in the contest, with only one tie in the game. Click title to read more.
Kolani's big night lifts Transylvania to second place in HCAC
Kolani's big night lifts Transylvania to second place in HCAC
The Transylvania women's basketball team converted 17 opponent turnovers into 28 points to soar to a 76-60 over the visiting Franklin College Grizzlies at the Beck Center this Wednesday night. Senior guard Shawn Kolani had a masterful all-around performance, finishing with a team second-best 17 points, a game-high eight assists, six rebounds and two steals. Kolani sank five 3-pointers on eight attempts during a night in which the Pioneers knocked down 11 triples. Click title to read more.
Event Calendar


Old Morrison print by Marcia Park Cone '76
The limited edition print of Old Morrison done in oil by Marcia Park Cone '76 is still available. Marcia is a Lexington resident who enjoys painting in oil and sculpting with clay. She has an affection for the beauty of central Kentucky which is demonstrated in her series of "steeples", rolling landscapes and street scenes. Each Old Morrison print is signed by the artist and available for $100 which includes shipping ($75 is considered a tax-deductible contribution). The print measures 26"x18", which includes a 1" white border.

Transy Basketball Games at Anderson University
1/30/2016 2:00 PM
Join fellow Transylvania alumni and catch the Pioneers in action at Anderson University. The women's basketball game tips off at 2 p.m. and men play at 4 p.m.

Women's Basketball Alumnae Celebration
2/6/2016 2:00 PM
Former women's basketball team members will be recognized at halftime of the Transy vs. Bluffton game. Following the game there will be a reception in the Hall of Fame room as we cheer on the men's team at 4 p.m.

Arizona Alumni and Friends Reception
2/17/2016 6:00 PM
You are invited to enjoy connecting and re-connecting with fellow Transylvania alumni and friends in Arizona at the home of Transylvania graduate and Board of Regents member Brent Donovan '92.

Naples Alumni and Friends Reception
2/23/2016 6:00 PM
Join President Seamus Carey, Tom and Betsy Brooks Bulleit '76, and John and Donna Hall, for an Alumni and Friends Reception in Naples.

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