alumni on-line community


TransE-Mail - June 2015
Message from President Carey


Dear Alumni,

As my first commencement as president of Transylvania has now passed, I find myself reflecting on the 204 students we sent out into the world, themselves eager to explore new opportunities and new challenges. Although commencement is always a bittersweet time, when we have to say good-bye to many who have contributed so much to the vibrancy of campus life, it is also truly a beginning, full of hope and excitement and a sense of wonder at what might be possible. I feel confident that we have prepared our graduates to contribute to their new communities in meaningful, productive ways, and I can’t wait to hear stories about their future successes. 

You may be aware that this class has already accomplished much. Forty-one percent are graduating with honors in their academic programs. Many received prestigious scholarships to continue their educations. Four received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships that will take them to various Asian countries next year. Sixty-seven percent studied abroad, and three received Kenan Student-Faculty Research grants for independent projects in Europe. Click here to read more.

Natasa's Notes


Fellow Transylvanians,

Happy Summer! I would like to officially welcome the Class of 2015 to the alumni family as this is the first monthly alumni newsletter they are receiving. It's looking like an exciting summer on campus already. The transformation of Haupt Plaza into the Alumni Plaza is well under way. You can keep up with the progress through photos on our Facebook page (Click the Plaza Photo Album). Clay and Davis residence halls will be torn down next week to make room for two new residence halls. Meanwhile, the third new residence hall, located just south of Forrer Hall in a former parking lot, is nearing completion and will be ready for students this fall (Click here for the Residence Hall Photo Album).

As you may have heard, Tracy Stephens Dunn '90, associate director of alumni relations, has taken on a new role at Transy as Director of Mentoring Programs. Tracy has been an integral part of the alumni relations team and while the alumni and development office won't be the same without her energy and hard work, I know that she will continue to make our alma mater proud in her new position. Please join me in wishing her all the best. Tracy can still be reached at

As you can see from the event schedule on the right, there are lots of opportunities for you to stay connected this summer. For those alumni having 5-year class reunions next year (classes ending with "1" and "6"), we will be kicking off the planning at the 2016 Reunion Kick-Off event on Saturday, August 22. Alumni Weekend is set for April 29-May 1, 2016. The more alumni reunion volunteers we have, the better your reunion will be. Please contact me if you'd like to serve on your 5-year reunion committee.

As June 30 nears, please remember our alma mater if you have yet to make a donation this year. For those alumni and friends in the Lexington area, you'll have the opportunity to come celebrate the end of the year with us. Stop by Haupt Circle on Tuesday, June 30. We want you to be our guest for a first-look, hard-hat tour of the new residence hall and free Fro-Jo's frozen yogurt! Lunch will be available for purchase from J. Render's BBQ food truck. For a full schedule of the day's events, click here

Thank you for your continued support of Transylvania!

Yours in Transy Spirit,
Natasa Pajic Mongiardo ‘96
Director of Alumni Relations

Annual Fund

Every Gift Counts
Are you looking for a meaningful way to make an impact at Transylvania University? Consider this: Every student at the University is touched and enriched by the power of your annual gift. From scholarship support, to academic program enhancement, to faculty development and facilities upgrades, your annual gift not only helps propel our students along the most pivotal path of their lives, but also ensures Transy’s financial foundation.

You make progress possible at Transylvania, and we remain grateful for your dedication to the university.

Every gift, no matter what size, makes a difference and raises participation levels. Click here to make a gift online. Click title to read more.
Campus News

Commencement 2015
Commencement 2015
Transylvania University’s commencement on Saturday, May 23, marked the start of a new journey for graduating students, who are well-prepared to join the workforce or continue their education at graduate or professional schools. Homaira Akbari, an award-winning thought leader in the security, Internet of Things, mobile and software sectors, delivered the commencement address. She is founder and CEO of the global advisory firm, AKnowledge Partners. Click title to read more.
Neuroscience program graduates first class
Neuroscience program graduates first class
On Saturday, May 23, the first group of majors from Transylvania's new neuroscience program graduated. These students are poised to further their educations in graduate or professional school or join the workforce after taking an interdisciplinary approach to a range of scientific and philosophical issues—from artificial intelligence to how the brain functions and how it makes us who we are. Transylvania, which started the program in the fall of 2013, now has 35 neuroscience majors. Courses are as varied as Foundations of Computer Science, Behavioral Pharmacology and Music Cognition. Click title to read more.
Alumni Programs

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.  Early booking deadline extended to June 30!
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 seeking nominations for 2015 Pioneer Hall of Fame
The Pioneer Hall of Fame Selection Committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 Pioneer Hall of Fame. Eligible candidates are former athletes who have been away from Transylvania at least 10 years, coaches who have been away for 5 and had at least 15 years of total coaching experience as well as individuals who have made significant contributions to Transylvania athletics in other ways. The deadline to nominate someone is July 1. Click here for more information.
Alumni in the News

Jim Frazier '76
Jim Frazier '76
Congratulations to Jim Frazier '76 for receiving the 2015 Citizen Lawyer Award, presented by the Fayette Country Bar Association. To read article, click here. At the May meeting of the Transylvania Board of Trustees, Jim was awarded the Irvin E. Lunger Award for his outstanding service to the university.
Rivas Prado '15 Raises the Barre
Rivas Prado '15 Raises the Barre
If you’ve never read “Don Quixote,” after talking with Guillermo Allen Rivas Prado, you will. This Cuban native knows the work better than most. After all, he’s read the novel and danced the ballet. His fervor for ballet, literature and life is inspiring. It’s the perfect gift for a future professor of Spanish literature.  

Even in the Transylvania community, where people are driven to discover and excel, Rivas Prado sets a remarkable example of what one person can do. Prado, who graduated with a degree in Spanish language and literature, is also a husband and father (with a mortgage), a ballet dancer, full-time student, full-time worker, devourer of literature and, with the award of the University of Kentucky’s Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship, on his way to becoming the scholar, critic, writer and professor he has dreamed of being. Click title to read more.



Event Calendar

Transylvania Day at Holiday World
Join us for a fun filled day at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. Special pricing for alumni, family, and friends. Tickets are $34.99 per person. Children 2 years of age and younger are free. Free parking and free soft drinks are included. Order by going to and click "buy tickets". Then click the "promotional code" tab and enter TUPioneers2015.

The Pioneer Project 2015
Do you enjoy landscaping, painting, or working with books? Join us for our first ever Pioneer Project! Come back to campus June 25 -26 and help make the campus beautiful. We will be working with our Physical Plant department and library to coordinate volunteer opportunities for alumni and friends. You may even spend the night in our residence halls. Meals and a t-shirt will be provided for participants.

2015 Transylvania Family Picnic
7/3/2015 4:00 PM
Join your family and friends for our annual fun-filled picnic and stay for the Patriotic Concert that takes place on the steps of Old Morrison at 8 p.m. Bring blankets or chairs for the concert.

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.

Columbus Area Alumni and Friends Social
7/20/2015 5:30 PM
Join other alumni and friends in the Columbus Area for a social and get the latest news from campus. Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar.

2015 Transylvania Golf Classic
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.

Contact Us | Maps & Directions | Feedback | © 2003-2012 Transylvania University. All rights reserved.
300 North Broadway | Lexington, KY 40508 USA | Phone: (859) 233-8275 | Fax: (859) 281-3548