Fellow alumni and friends,
Today we welcome the Class of 2019 to campus as they move in for August Term and the start of their Transylvania experience. I wish for them the world of opportunities and hope they will soon know the power of Transylvania connections.
It has been a busy and exciting summer on campus! As you can see from the picture above, the much anticipated transformation of Haupt Plaza is nearing completion. The new Alumni Plaza will be an inviting space in the heart of our campus. Check the events schedule on the right for information on the Alumni Plaza Dedication in October. With the construction of the first of three new residence halls nearing the end, the renovation of the interior of the Library and the impending work on Haupt Humanities, this truly is an exciting time of renewal for our alma mater. To keep up with all the building projects at Transylvania, go to www.transy.edu/transybuilds and follow #TransyBuilds on various social media platforms.
Next weekend we are hosting the Reunion Kick-Off event for all the 5-year reunion classes from 5th through the 50th. If your class year ends in a "1" or a "6" and you'd like to help with the reunion planning and/or contacting classmates to encourage their participation, register here or simply reply to my email. I hope you'll get involved!
As you know, we strive to keep our alumni connected to Transylvania and each other. In order to do this to the best of our ability, Transylvania has authorized Publishing Concepts (PCI) to launch a project to update contact information for all Transylvania alumni and produce the 2016 Alumni Directory. Soon you'll begin to receive communication from PCI asking you to call and verify/update your information. Please respond promptly. For FAQs regarding the 2016 directory project, go here. Thank you for your support of this important project!
Yours in Transy Spirit,
Natasa Pajic Mongiardo '96
859-233-8213 or 800-487-2679
Transylvania among top 15 percent of nation’s four-year colleges
The Princeton Review once again listed Transylvania University among the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges.
“We selected these colleges primarily based on our high opinion of their academics,” according to the Princeton Review, which includes Transylvania in its book, “The Best 380 Colleges - 2016 Edition.” The Princeton Review—known for its college admissions, tutoring and test prep services—also conducted independent surveys of students at the country’s top schools. The report characterized Transylvania students as “passionate, involved, kind and intelligent.” There also is a collaborative culture at the school and “strong sense of community.” Click title to read more.
Transylvania hosted national liberal arts seminar
Transylvania University recently continued its national conversation about liberal arts colleges through a seminar called Twenty-first Century Liberal Education: A Contested Concept.
The Transylvania Seminar included 22 faculty participants from schools as far away as Middlebury College in Vermont and Wesleyan Nebraska University. Sessions ran July 23-25. Click title to read more.
Share Your Experience
What better way to improve the world around us than to help young people find their calling and give them the practical guidance to begin their professional journey?
100 DOORS TO SUCCESS is a mentoring program that pairs students with alumni and friends of the university who are experienced professionals. The goal is to help students identify their passion—their true vocation—and translate the benefits of a liberal arts education into their future career.
There are numerous ways alumni can mentor our students. For more information or to sign up, please visit www.transy.edu/100doors, email Tracy Stephens Dunn '90, director of mentoring programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 233-8148.
| Transylvania Women's Club Invites New Members
The Transylvania Women's Club has been dedicated to helping Transylvania and its students through various service projects and scholarships for 100 years! Members include active and retired faculty and staff, wives of faculty and staff, alumnae, parents and friends. Become a member for 2015-2016 and celebrate with us. Click title to read more.
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Discover Cuba - February 3-10, 2016
This 8-day trip gives you highlights of Havana and Varadero. You'll stay in first class hotel accommodations and experience the following: Varadero & Matansas; Matansas School of Art and Music; Havana & Museum of Revolution; Old Havana walking tour; walking tour of the Colon Cemetery; Hemingway's Farm; Habana Compass Dance Group performance; Old Style Classic Car Club discussion; Pinar Del Rio & Vinales Valley and more. Per person cost based on double occupancy: $4,495 (includes round trip airfare from Miami; taxes & fees; hotel; 16 meals, etc.) Click here for the trip brochure.
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| Re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards to help Transy
We are grateful to 101 households that chose Transylvania as their charity to support through Kroger Community Rewards last fiscal year. From September 1, 2014-May 31, 2015 they raised $3,762 for Transy by just having their Kroger Plus cards scanned when shopping. August is the month to enroll (or re-enroll) in the Community Rewards program. Please consider supporting your alma mater this way.
Sign up at www.Kroger.com/communityrewards (sign into your account and then choose Transylvania University as the charity). You may also call 1-800-KROGERS, choose option 3, and use Transy’s organization code 10848. Please note that this is limited to individuals who shop at participating Kroger stores – click here to see the list. Thank you for shopping and supporting Transylvania!
| Alumni Giving - Make your Fiscal Year 2016 gift the easy way…Giving Electronically Monthly (GEM)!
It’s easy, automatic, and saves resources. And you don’t have to think of it again.
A little bit each month goes a long way.
$5 instead of a latte=$60 of support/year.
$10 instead of lunch=$120 of support/year.
$50 instead of dinner for two=$600 of support/year.
A student’s future=priceless.
Sign up today at www.transy.edu/giving or call (859) 233-8206. Change or cancel at any time. We’ll send you a receipt for tax purposes at the end of the calendar year. If you have already made your annual gift, please know that we sincerely appreciate your support.
Women's soccer picked fourth in HCAC Coaches' Poll
The Transylvania University women's soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the 2015 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll released Tuesday. Hanover College was picked as the favorite in the HCAC with Franklin College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rounding out the top three. "Being picked fourth for the preseason poll is okay," head coach Michael Fulton said. "Our expectation has always been higher and we expect to be challenging for another title." Click title to read more.
Jones invited to Division III FAR Fellows Institute
Long time accounting professor Judy Jones earned an invitation to attend the annual Division III Faculty Athletics Representative Fellow Institute in Indianapolis, Ind. Oct. 16-18.
The institute was launched in 2010 and aims to increase the effectiveness of Division III FARS at the campus, conference and national levels. The components of the program will provide an analysis of the efficient practice and issues surrounding the role and responsibility of the FAR, help develop leadership skills to fulfill their duties at their institution and their conference, while strengthening the network of FARs needed to serve on conference and association wide committees. Click title to read more.
Women's track and field caps successful season with All-Academic Team award
The Transylvania University women's track and field team capped its successful 2015 season with All-Academic Team honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the USTFCCCA announced last month.
The Pioneers combined for a team grade point average of 3.59 ranking among the top 20 programs in the country. The honor marks the second consecutive year the Pioneers have received the award. The award recognizes the programs across the country that achieves a cumulative team grade point average of 3.10 or higher. There were 170 programs recognized by the USTFCCCA this year. Click title to read more.
Erin Shoulta Brumley '07 joins Lourdes and Mercy Medical Associates
Erin Shoulta Brumley '07 joined the Lourdes Emergency Department in Paducah, Kentucky this month. She comes to Lourdes and Mercy Medical Associates from the University of Louisville Hospital. She holds an MD from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Brumley completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Louisville Medical Center. Click title to read more from West Kentucky Star.
Kevin Brown '97 named Interim Commissioner of Education in Kentucky
The Kentucky Board of Education named Kevin C. Brown '97, Associate Commissioner and General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education, as interim commissioner of education. Brown will take over the commissioner’s duties on September 1 following the retirement of current Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday on August 31 and will serve until a new commissioner is hired and on the job. Click title to read more from WLEX18.
| Alumna opens a new freestanding birthing center
Cara Caskey Osborne '99, MSN CNM ScD, is founder and chief clinical officer for Baby+Company, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. On August 1, Baby+Company opened a freestanding birthing center on West End Avenue in Nashville staffed by certified nurse-midwives from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). “Our relationship with trusted medical institutions such as Vanderbilt is a core part of our model. We are thrilled to collaborate on the shared goal of high-quality maternity care and pleased to also offer our clients seamless access to services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, when needed,” said Osborne. “Together, we are working to improve clinical outcomes for women and babies by offering a wide range of support for families as they enter a new stage of life.” Click title to read more from Vanderbilt's Reporter.
Old Morrison print by Marcia Park Cone '76
The Alumni Office is excited to offer this limited edition print of Old Morrison done in oil by Marcia Park Cone '76. 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.
Reunion Kick-Off 2016
8/22/2015 10:00 AM
There’s no better time to #RenewTransyTies than at Alumni Weekend 2016. It’s going to be an exciting weekend full of fun events, and we need your help planning the festivities. Please consider joining your reunion committee and attend the kick-off meetings on campus. Lunch will be provided. Casual attire.
Louisville Alumni Chapter Planning Meeting
9/15/2015 6:30 PM
Interested in planning alumni events in Louisville? Join the Transy Alumni Louisville Chapter (TALC) Board over dinner as we discuss opportunities for are alumni to get together. Dutch treat.
Alumni Plaza Dedication
10/10/2015 10:00 AM
Join us as we formally dedicate the Alumni Plaza located in the heart of campus. A reception to follow.
Dia de los Muertos at Denver Botanic Gardens
11/1/2015 11:00 AM
Save the date for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), traditional Mexican celebration that is a joyful remembrance in which death is recognized as a natural part of the cycle of life. Alumni, family and friends will gather for brunch and experience the beautiful botanic gardens. More information on the event and registration available in September.
An Evening at Buffalo Trace Distillery
11/6/2015 6:30 PM
Save the date for a fun evening with fellow alumni at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort. Tour at 6:30 p.m. Tasting reception from 7-9 p.m. Stay tuned for more info and registration.