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TransE-Mail - July 2014
Faculty, staff, and students welcomed Transylvania's 26th President, Dr. Seamus Carey, to campus on July 7.
Natasa's Notes

Hello, Transylvanians!

Here we are, less than a month away from the Class of 2018 moving in! It’s been a busy summer on campus already.We welcomed Dr. Seamus Carey as Transy’s 26th President last week and look forward to introducing him to alumni and friends in the coming months.  In the meantime, you may read about him here.

Thank you for your continued interest and involvement. I know that your inbox gets filled with lots of different emails daily and I am encouraged by the number of alumni who take the time to read our monthly e-newsletter. I hope we bring you news of interest. Your feedback is always welcome!

Happy reading!

Yours in Transy Spirit,

Natasa Pajic Mongiardo ‘96
Director of Alumni Programs
nmongiardo@transy.edu 
859-233-8213
Campus News

Transylvania hires Gatton College’s marketing director for VP position
Transylvania hires Gatton College’s marketing director for VP position
Transylvania University has named Michele Gaither Sparks as its first vice president for marketing and communications. Sparks, who has worked in higher education for more than two decades, has served as director of marketing communications for the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics for the past nine years. She will start at Transylvania on Aug. 18. Click title to read more.
What Transylvania means to Lexington
In a recently released video produced by the Transylvania Board of Regents, several Lexington business people and community leaders talk about how Transylvania contributes to the success of the city. And as Transylvania extends its campus westward toward the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Newtown Campus—along the revitalized and newly two-way Fourth Street corridor—the university has new opportunities to reach out to its neighbors. Click title to read more and view video.
Professor Tim Polashek publishes writer's block battering ram
“Why isn’t there a word rhythm dictionary?” Tim Polashek once wondered.  He no longer asks. No need. The Transylvania University assistant professor of music got busy responding to his own question, resulting in publication of “The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists” (Rowman & Littlefield), a 689-page gold mine for the creative-yet-stumped. Click title to read more.
Alumni Programs

Save the Date - Alumni Weekend 2015 - April 24-26
Attention, reunion classes celebrating 5-year reunions in 2015! If your class year ends in 0 or 5, please put the above date on your calendar. You won't want to miss the opportunity to return to campus and catch up with classmates and former professors. The alumni office is in the process of forming Reunion Committees for each 5-year reunion class. All 5-year reunion committees will meet on campus Saturday, August 16, 2014, for the 2015 Reunion Kick-Off. If you would like to take part in the planning effort, contact Natasa Pajic Mongiardo or Tracy Stephens Dunn in the alumni office. The following classes have active Facebook Groups: 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. Let us know if you would like a Facebook Group for your class.
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Lewis & Clark Expedition - July 18-26, 2015
Spend 7 nights aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat cruising the Pacific Northwest. Trip includes exciting shore excursions to fascinating river towns and cities in Washington and Oregon. Click here for brochure.
Alumni Benefits
Alumni Benefits

A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance.  

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*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.

Annual Fund

Thank you for making a difference
Thank you to all who made gifts to Transylvania! The alumni giving percentage was 38, compared to 40 last year. We honor you and send you our heartfelt thanks for your generous, unfailing support during the 2013-14 fiscal year. As we proudly send the graduating class of 2014 out into the world, we deeply acknowledge your role in enriching their lives beyond measure, providing a personal and academic foundation that will help them flourish for a lifetime. We can't wait for the new academic year to blossom and the class of 2018 to begin their singular journey as Transylvania Pioneers! The entire Transylvania community is inspired by your commitment and is sincerely grateful to you.
Athletics

Juli Fulks to lead Transylvania women's basketball program
Juli Fulks to lead Transylvania women's basketball program
Juli Fulks has been named head coach of the Transylvania women's basketball program, the athletic department announced Friday. "We are so excited to welcome Juli to our Pioneer family," said Athletic Director Holly Sheilley. "We are confident that she will be good fit for our program as we look to continue the success of our women's basketball program and take it to the next level." Fulks comes to Lexington from Portland, Ore. where she served for 10 years as the head coach at NCAA Division III Lewis & Clark College, one of the Top 75 National Liberal Arts Colleges in the country. Click title to read more.

New coaches have also been named for swimming, field hockey, and women's golf. Click here to read more.
Alumni Spotlight

Recent grad named Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow
Recent grad named Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow
Transylvania grad Emmie Wyatt ’14 has been awarded a fellowship that aims to place the brightest teachers in high-need schools. Wyatt, who was named a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow, plans to attend the University of Cincinnati this fall. The Alexandria, Ky., native will receive a $30,000 stipend for an intensive master’s degree program. The fellowship helps further the education of teachers with experience in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Wyatt, who majored in math and Spanish at Transylvania, has been a math tutor, a volunteer at an inner-city grade school and a lead campus admissions ambassador. Click title to read more.
Faculty Spotlight

Professor Ben Hawkins named music director of the Central Kentucky Concert Band
Professor Ben Hawkins named music director of the Central Kentucky Concert Band
Ben Hawkins, Transylvania University professor of music, was recently named music director of the Central Kentucky Concert Band. Hawkins succeeds Peter LaRue, director of bands at Georgetown College, who has served as the CKCB's conductor for 20 years. Click title to read more.
 
   
Event Calendar

Knoxville Area Alumni and Friends Social
7/24/2014 5:30 PM
Stop in to visit with old friends and make new ones. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow Transy alumni! Alumni and development staff will be there to fill you in on the latest news from campus. Complimentary appetizers will be provided.

Transylvania Lunch Tour - Bowling Green
8/5/2014 12:00 PM
Join us for lunch with alumni and friends in the Bowling Green area. Get news from campus and enjoy talking with others from the Transy family. Dutch treat.

Alumni Legacy Family Lunch
8/8/2014 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.

Transylvania Lunch Tour - Ashland
8/12/2014 12:00 PM
Join us for lunch with alumni and friends in the Ashland area.  Get news from campus and enjoy talking with others from the Transy family. Dutch treat.

Transylvania Golf Classic - August 15, 2014
8/15/2014
Support the Transylvania Athletics program with a great day on the links at the beautiful University Club of Kentucky. Registration and lunch at 12:30 p.m.; shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Click the link above for cost and to register.

Reunion Kick-off 2015
8/16/2014
We'd love your help planning the festivities, so consider joining your reunion committee.  All five-year reunion committees will meet on campus Saturday, August 16 for the 2015 Reunion Kick-Off. We will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Cowgill Center off Morrison Circle. Lunch will be provided.

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