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The greening of Back Circle is in full swing! The area between our new residence halls will be a green space for students.

Natasa's Notes

Fellow Pioneers,

Next Friday, August 12, we will welcome to campus the Class of 2020. If you are in Lexington and happen to have an hour to spare between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day, we would love your help with the first-year student move-in. Please contact my colleague Heather Summers ( or 859-233-8738) for details if you'd like to participate in this Transy tradition.

Speaking of Transylvania traditions, we are beginning the planning effort for next year's Alumni Weekend and the 5-year class reunions. Save the dates, April 28-30, 2017. Our theme next year is Many Paths. One Pioneer Spirit. Read more about how you may get involved in planning your class reunion in the Alumni Programs section of this newsletter.

If you have news to share with our office and your fellow classmates, we are in the process of collecting class notes for the fall/winter issue of Transylvania's magazine Third & Broadway. Please email or submit a class note online by September 1.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Marty Smith to Transylvania as our Vice President for Advancement. His first day was Monday and we look forward to introducing him to our alumni and friends over the coming months.

Yours in Transy Spirit,

Natasa Pajic Mongiardo '96
Director of Alumni Relations

Campus News

Forbes ranks Transylvania high nationally in return on investment
Forbes ranks Transylvania high nationally in return on investment
Two recent Forbes lists rank Transylvania University among the nation’s best colleges for student outcomes and alumni giving. Transylvania places among the top 10 percent of U.S. colleges for general return on investment—measures such as post-graduate success, satisfaction and student debt—and among the top 4 percent of colleges in grad donations and participation rate. Click title to read more.
Transylvania receives $71,000 grant from the Kenan Trust
Transylvania University has received a $71,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust for the Pioneer Pathway Program, which prepares young black males for success in college preparation and completion. Mentorship is at the heart of this program for both the high school and undergraduate participants. The grant will help fund activities including Transylvania’s College Empowerment Program for high school students, and professional development and community leadership seminars. Click title to read more.
Transylvania to offer $60,000 International Baccalaureate scholarships
Transylvania University is making a major commitment to graduates of the globally recognized International Baccalaureate program. Transylvania will offer scholarships of at least $60,000 over four years to graduates of IB programs, which, like the university, promote open-mindedness, intercultural understanding and curiosity. Click title to read more.
Development Update

Renew your Kroger community rewards by August 31
If you live in Kentucky, southern Indiana or southern Illinois, those groceries in your cart could translate into money for scholarships when you designate Transylvania as the charity affiliated with your Kroger Plus Card. Be sure to enroll or renew the charity information for your Plus Card before August 31. Just go online and choose Transylvania University as the charity you’d like to support. Or register by phone (1-800-KROGERS, option  #3) and use our organization code 10848. Thank you for supporting Transy every time you shop at Kroger.

If you do not live in one of the areas mentioned above, you can easily support Transy through amazon smiles, simply sign up through this link. For more information on the program, click here.
Fiscal year 2016 Results -- THANK YOU!
Pioneers are all about breaking records, exceeding expectations and triumphing over challenges. Thanks to our many generous donors, Transy surpassed two important end-of-year challenges: the $75,000 Annual Fund matching grant and the $10,000 gift for young alumni participation (they exceeded their goal by 60%!). Our donors made it possible to secure every matching dollar and even broke the record for the most gifts received in one month—1,050! We are incredibly grateful for all of the support and love of Transy. We couldn’t accomplish such tremendous results without the dedication of our loyal supporters. THANK YOU!

The Class of 2016 had a successful Senior Challenge campaign. They decided to fund a pavilion in Back Circle in memory of their classmate, Katie Stewart. The Mary Katharine Stewart Pavilion will soon be underway thanks to the amazing support the Class of 2016 gave to this project. In total they were able to raise $21,109 from 46% of their class and 12 community members. Check the alumni Facebook page for updates. Again, thank you to all who supported this project! 
Alumni Programs

Save the Date for Alumni Weekend 2017
Save the Date for Alumni Weekend 2017
It doesn’t matter what different paths we’ve taken since leaving Transy, there’s a common spirit that unites us. Come and celebrate
that shared experience—catch up with old friends (and make some new ones) at Alumni Weekend, April 28–30, 2017. It’s going to be an exciting weekend full of fun events, and we need your help planning the festivities. If your class year ends with a "2" or a "7", please consider joining your reunion committee. Sign up here or email

All reunion classes from the 5th through the 50th have active Facebook Groups as just another way to keep in touch about the reunions: 196719721977198219871992,  19972002, 2007, and 2012. As it becomes available, additional information on Alumni Weekend will be posted here
100 Doors to Success Update
100 Doors to Success Update
We finished the first full year of the 100 Doors to Success mentoring program with 200 students paired with mentors. A big thank you to all our wonderful mentors! As the program continues to grow, the need for mentors increases. Can you spare an hour a month to help our students? You can make a difference in the lives of our students and create a rewarding experience for yourself. Click here to learn more about the program and to become a mentor, contact Tracy Stephens Dunn '90, director of mentoring programs, at 859-233-8148 or
Transylvania Women's Club Invites New Members
The Transylvania Women’s Club invites you to become a member for the year 2016-2017. We are a service club dedicated to helping students and the community at Transylvania University. Club members also enjoy connecting with others who share the Transylvania experience through a variety of ways. Members include alumnae, active and retired faculty and staff, wives of faculty and staff, parents and friends. Yet anyone with an interest in Transylvania University is welcome to join! Click title to read more.
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Prague & Highlights of the Danube - October 10-20, 2016
Highlights of the trip: 2 Days - Prague; 2 Days - Budapest; Full Day in Vienna; On-board Entertainment (Hungarian Folklore Show, Viennese Quartet & Bavarian Entertainment); Prague City Tour; Budapest Tour; Bratislava Tour; Vienna Tour; Durnstein Tour & Melk Abbey Visit; Regensburg Walking Tour; Passau Walking Tour. Click title for more information and to read about other trips.
Alumni Benefits
Alumni Benefits
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Athletics News
Pioneer Custom Logo Apparel Available
Transylvania sports fans can now purchase their Pioneer custom logo’d apparel products at a great price. Transy's Sideline Store operates 24/7 and is supported by an expert customer service team. Click here for the website. Enter Coupon Code BTS2016 August 1 through August 28 to save 20% on orders of $100 or more.
Mary Struckhoff named Senior Associate Athletic Director
Mary Struckhoff named Senior Associate Athletic Director
The Transylvania University Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Mary Struckhoff as its Senior Associate Athletic Director. Struckhoff began her duties on August 1. Click title to read more.
Men’s Golf receives 7th straight GCAA Academic Team Award
The Men's Golf team received the Golf Coaches Association of America 2016 Team Academic Award. Criteria for the award requires an entire NCAA golf team to record a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. Click title to read more.
Transylvania Volleyball receives AVCA Team Academic Award for 2015-2016 season
The Volleyball team has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2015-2016 season. The Pioneers enjoyed a season of excellence in the classroom as well as on the court; according to the AVCA, official criteria for receiving the award requires a volleyball team to maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale). Click title to read more.
Event Calendar


2016 Transylvania Golf Classic
8/12/2016 12:00 PM
Support the Transylvania Athletics program with a great day on the links at the beautiful University Club of Kentucky. Registration and lunch at 12 p.m.; shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Alumni Legacy Welcome Lunch 2016
8/12/2016 12:30 PM
The Alumni and Development Office is hosting an informal lunch at Graham Cottage for new students whose parents, grandparents or siblings attended Transylvania. Rain or shine. Casual attire. 

Fall Reunion of the Robert Barr Society
9/29/2016 9:15 AM
Members of the Robert Barr Society Council are pleased to present the 2nd annual fall reunion of the Society. Alumni from classes 1966 and before are invited to return to campus for a day of learning, fun and fellowship. 

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.

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