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TransE-Mail - January 2015
Transylvania 's Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Alumni Chapter met in December to plan upcoming events for the area. The next planned event is March 15. See details on the right.
Natasa's Notes


Happy New Year, fellow Pioneers!

I hope you are staying warm and that your 2015 is off to a great start! Our students are nearing the end of the first week of the winter semester and probably already wishing for spring. It was zero degrees Fahrenheit in Lexington this morning. At least it’s sunny.

I wanted to take this opportunity and thank you for the overwhelming response to the Alumni Plaza project. To date, we have raised $337,000 through your donations at various levels. Please check the website for updates on what is still available for purchase.

Please remember to email me nominations for the Transylvania Alumni Board by January 15. I will pass them on to the TAB Nominating Committee. Prospective nominees should have a record of participation in and support of Transylvania’s programs and must be willing to serve a three-year term.

Until next time, thank you for reading TransE-Mail.

Natasa Pajic Mongiardo ‘96
Director of Alumni Relations

Campus News

100 Door Update
The 100 Doors to Success Mentoring Program is gearing up to launch this month.  Alumni who are interested in being a mentor this term should complete their online profiles by tomorrow, January 9, in order to be matched with a student mentee.  Matches will be made next week.  To access the profile form, click here or contact Deana Ison ’95 at or (859) 233-8590.
Robert Kennedy Jr. to speak on Green Capitalism
Robert Kennedy Jr. to speak on Green Capitalism
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will speak on campus, as part of the William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture Series, on January 14 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free, but tickets are required and may be picked up in the Campus Center beginning January 9. Sustainable business and energy independence are keys to our economic revitalization. America can boost its own infrastructure by powering industry with plentiful and domestic renewable resources. With his trademark passion and topical expertise, Kennedy outlines how a sophisticated, well-crafted energy policy will help sharpen American competitiveness while reducing energy costs and our national debt. Click title to read more.
Transylvania ranks high in quality, affordability
National rankings continue to show that Transylvania University offers one of the best educations for the money. Most recently, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance listed Transylvania as one of the top 25 college values in the Mid-South and Southeast. These are the best schools when considering both affordability and the quality of education. Click title to read more.
Making a Difference

Planned Giving Legacy
What do scholarships, library resources, exposure to the performing arts and even the construction of Old Morrison itself all have in common?  They were created or supported by alumni and friends who were inspired to make a planned gift to Transylvania.  We invite you to consider leaving a legacy of your own through one of the many options listed below.  Some may offer favorable tax benefits for you and your family.  Individuals who contribute in this manner are recognized as members of the James Morrison Society of donors. Click title to read about options.
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 here.

To sign up for GEM, click here, and select Other Giving Options, or contact John Davis in the development office at (800) 487-2679. 
Alumni Programs

Alumni Weekend 2015 - April 24-26

Final details for Alumni Weekend are shaping up thanks to the hard work of our 5-year reunion committees and our staff. The following classes have active Facebook Groups: 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010.  We received confirmation from Keeneland that we will have seats in the Phoenix Room for Alumni Day at the Races on Friday, April 24. While the tickets won't be available for purchase until next month, you may reserve yours (limit of 4) by emailing Elaine Valentine at For updates on the Alumni Weekend schedule and hotel information, click here. Questions? Contact Natasa Mongiardo at or 859-233-8213.

Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Mediterranean Mosaic - October 4-13, 2015
Spend 8 nights aboard Riviera, cruising to fascinating ports of call.  Visit Italian cities Taormina, Sorrento, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Tuscany. Explore Monte Carlo, Monaco and Marseille, France. Click here for brochure.
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.

Alumni in the News

Janet Ockerman '68
Janet Ockerman '68
Dr. Janet Ockerman '68 was recognized with the 2014 Walla Walla University Community Service award at the 132nd annual Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet in December. Dr. Ockerman teaches sociology at Walla Walla University located in College Place, Washington. Click title to read more.
Theo Edmonds '91
Theo Edmonds '91
Theo Edmonds '91 was named one of #50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015" by "Southern Living". Theo is an artist would like to bring art-fueled prosperity back to downtown Louisville with IDEAS 4023. He believe that art can be a catalyst for a city's revival and hopes to expand IDEAS to other zip codes. Click title to read more.
Brooks Reitz '06
Brooks Reitz '06
In 2014, Brooks Reitz '06 created the Neighbourhood Restaurant Group, a hospitality design and concept development firm, in Charleston, South Carolina. Along with Tim Mink, he has made a mark on the local restaurant scene. Locals are now looking forward to his "foray into spirits" for the Jack Rudy Cocktail Company. Click title to read more.
Jessica Holmes '03
Jessica Holmes '03 received a national honor in New York recently. She was named one of the nation's 10 top librarians in the I Love My Librarian contest sponsored by the New York Times and Carnegie Corporation on New York. Jessica is the librarian at Westridge Elementary School in Frankfort. Click title to read more.
Faculty Spotlight

Kenny Moorman '91
Kenny Moorman '91
As a professor, there is nothing that Kenneth Moorman enjoys more than seeing one of his students succeed in the post-Transylvania world. Unless, of course, it's convincing non-computer science majors that the subject near and dear to his heart can offer something of value to them as well. Either way, Moorman revels in his students' success, something he's grown quite accustomed to since joining the Transylvania faculty in 1997.

Part of that success is due, in part, to Moorman's belief that the undergraduate classroom, where the presentation of information is critical, should not focus on "dry lectures." Rather, he says, the classroom should provide "opportunities for active involvement by the students." Click title to read more.

Event Calendar

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.

Transylvania Wall Calendar
Order your 2015 Transylvania Wall Calendar today! Filled with photos from campus, it will make a great Christmas gift, so order one to keep and one to give away. $20 each includes shipping and handling and helps support the Student Alumni Ambassadors.

Alumni and Friends Gathering in Naples
2/19/2015 6:00 PM
Join President Seamus Carey, Tom and Betsy Brooks Bulleit '76, and John and Donna Hall, for an Alumni and Friends Gathering in Naples.

American Sign Museum Tour in Cincinnati
3/15/2015 4:30 PM
Alumni, family, and friends are invited  for an "after hours" tour of the American Sign Museum. Special rate of $10 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Pay at the door. Following the tour, we will have dinner at a nearby restaurant. Dutch treat.

DOC General Assembly Luncheon 2015
7/20/2015 11:00 AM
Gather for lunch with alumni from the Columbus area as well as Disciples of Christ alumni from around the country. $25 per person. High school students: $10.

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