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TransE-Mail - October 2014
Celebrate the fourth annual Pumpkinmania at Transylvania, October 27-31.  Donate a carved pumpkin Monday, October 27 before 2 p.m. to be included in the display.  Trick-or-treat will take place that evening from 6-8 p.m. Pumpkins will be lit at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tracy Dunn at 859-233-8275 or
Natasa's Notes

Fellow Transylvanians,

I hope the fall season finds you doing well and living life to the fullest! Our campus is brewing with activity and your alumni and development staff has been working hard and enjoying the renewed alumni enthusiasm for our alma mater.

Your Alumni Board (TAB) and the Young Alumni Council (TUYAC) held their fall meetings last month and participated in the excellent orientation session for the 100 Doors to Success mentoring program initiated by President Carey. Billy Reed ’66 was in attendance and wrote a column about it --- read it here! At the beginning of last month TUYAC conducted a survey of alumni who graduated in the last ten years. The summary of the survey results can be viewed here. We are always looking for suggestions/input from alumni of all eras, so please feel free to share what’s on your mind.

November 1 will be a truly special day for several Pioneers. That evening at 7 p.m. at the Beck Center, we will induct three individuals into the Athletic Pioneer Hall of Fame for the unique contributions they made to Transylvania as student athletes and one for his incredible commitment to, and support of, Transylvania athletics and our students. The Pioneer Club Advisory Council is pleased to announce the 2014 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductees: Billy Custard ’81 (basketball), Chris Pund ’95 (soccer), Tari Young ’03 (basketball) and President Emeritus Charles Shearer. We hope you will join us in congratulating these extraordinary Transylvanians at the Pioneer Hall of Fame Dinner on November 1. Register here. Our women’s and men’s basketball teams will also be introduced that evening.

So much more to read about in this issue of TransE-Mail!
Yours in Transy Spirit,

Natasa Pajic Mongiardo ‘96
Director of Alumni Relations

Campus News

NBC "Sing-Off" winner Home Free to bring tour to Transylvania
Transylvania University will present Columbia Records recording artist Home Free on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center's Haggin Auditorium. The performance is part of Transylvania's Dorothy J. and Fred K. Smith Endowed Concert Series. Get your tickets by contacting the alumni office at 859-233-8275 or Click title to read more.
Transylvania places high in U.S. News & World Report value ranking
Transylvania University recently received more recognition for offering students one of the best values in the nation. The school placed high in the U.S. News & World Report’s Great Schools, Great Prices list, ranking 35th among U.S. liberal arts colleges for value. Click title to read more.
Alumni Programs

Seeking stories from first-generation Pioneers
Did you know that 25 percent of our students are the first in their families to attend college? Isn’t that exciting?

We’re working to find new ways to support these Pioneers. At the beginning of Fall term, first-year, first-generation students were invited to a lunch and conversation with faculty members who were once in their shoes. Martha Billips '78, Barbara LoMonaco, Rebecca Fox, and Gary Deaton had powerful, moving, and funny stories to share.

As another way of supporting these Pioneers, we’d like to share some of your stories as first-generation students who have graduated and entered the world. We’d also like to illustrate the difference your Transylvania education made to you.

Would you be open to sharing your story?  If so, please contact Natasa Mongiardo, director of alumni relations, at 859-233-8213 or Thank you!
Old Morrison print available
Old Morrison print available
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). Click here to order.
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 5-year reunion class committees kicked-off the planning process last month. If you would like to join the fun, contact Natasa Pajic Mongiardo or Tracy Stephens Dunn in the alumni office. The following classes have active Facebook Groups: 1965, 1975, 1980, 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
Alumni and Friends Alternative Winter Break in Guatemala City - December 13-21, 2014
Join several Transylvania students (and a few faculty) on a trip to Gautemala. We will be staying in Guatemala City and working in the Labor de Falla region. While we are there, we will have the chance to work on several projects. Click here for website. For more information, contact Dr. Mike Levan at 859-233-8603 or
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.

Annual Fund

Reunion Giving
Over the next several weeks, you will be hearing from your reunion committee about the plans for Alumni Weekend including the class reunion gift.  The committees set goals for the class gift (total dollars) as well as class participation. Your reunion class gift consists of the total of all gifts and pledges (including multi-year pledges payable over the next three years) received between now and Alumni Weekend.
As reunion approaches, ask yourself, “Where would I be today if I hadn’t attended Transylvania?  How would my life be different?”  While it is impossible to know the answer, one thing is certain:  the education received is priceless, and we call upon it every day.  

See how you can help keep Transylvania #PioneerStrong for today’s students. Click title to read more.

Pioneers run eight personal records at Earlham Invite
Pioneers run eight personal records at Earlham Invite
In what was an unseasonably cold race at the Earlham Invitational on October 4, the Transylvania cross country teams showed their grit, logging eight personal best performances and a season best time. Click title to read more.
Women's Basketball Ranked 21st in Preseason Poll
Women's Basketball Ranked 21st in Preseason Poll
The Transylvania University women's basketball team was ranked 21st in the nation in a poll released by Women's DIII News on Tuesday. Click title to read more.
Alumni in the News

Kendall Jacobs '08
Kendall Jacobs '08
Kendall Jacobs '08 was featured as one of the "Stylish Women of Chattanooga" on  View some of her style tips and read the full article by clicking here.
Ryan Estes '02
Ryan Estes '02
Dr. Ryan Estes '02  raises awareness of the dangers of untreated gum disease by offering a minimally invasive laser gum surgery known as the LANAP® protocol. Read more about Ryan and the procedure, that was featured on, by clicking here.
Jane Grande-Allen '91
Jane Grande-Allen '91
Jane Grande-Allen '91  was recently named a Fellow of the American Heart Association. This award is in honor of her research efforts to investigate the basis for heart valve disease and to engineer novel treatments for valve disease patients. Dr. Grande-Allen has also done a great deal of service for the American Heart Association, such as reviewing funding applications, chairing funding review panels, and organizing local AHA activities.
Stephanie Brown Newton '90
Stephanie Brown Newton '90
Stephanie Brown Newton '90 recently released her latest album, On My Best Day, a collection of songs that reflect a deepened faith. An album release concert was held at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church on September 12. She lives in Roswell, Georgia with her husband Tim '90 and three daughters. Click here for her website.
Faculty Spotlight

Karen Cooksey
Karen Cooksey
Karen Cooksey brings to her students the experiences and perspectives of one who has conducted a broad range of ensembles – from choral, instrumental and professional, to church, community and academic. For five seasons, she served as the Associate Chorus Master at Los Angeles Opera. She was first assistant conductor for the 2010 world premiere of Daniel Catán's critically and publicly acclaimed opera Il Postino featuring the legendary Plácido Domingo. Click title to read more.
Inside Scoop

The Inside Scoop
The Inside Scoop
Greetings from Transylvania University! My name is Erin Snyder and I am a member of the women’s soccer team and a member of the class of 2017. The purpose of this section is to fill everyone in on what's happening on campus, from a student's perspective!

With the Fall season in full swing, there is no lack of campus activities. October kicks off with some exciting and creative artistic talent! There are plenty of events to keep us busy, from exhibits and concerts, to pumpkin carving and a blood drive. Click title to read more.

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Event Calendar


Dinner and Conversation with President Carey in Ashland
10/9/2014 6:00 PM
Meet Transylvania's 26th President Seamus Carey over dinner and connect with others from the Transylvania family. Members of the Alumni and Development Staff will also be in attendance. Dutch treat.

Robert Barr Society Lunch with President Carey
10/21/2014 11:30 AM
Alumni who have been out of school 50 or more years, join us for lunch with Transylvania's 26th President, Dr. Seamus Carey. Cost per person: $15.

Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour - Louisville
10/23/2014 6:00 PM
Join us for our Louisville Area Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour!  Mix and mingle with alumni from the last decade (or so) at this event sponsored by the Transy Young Alumni Council (TUYAC). All friends and significant others welcome.

2014 Alumni Swimming and Diving Celebration
10/25/2014 10:00 AM
Join us for the alumni swimming and diving meet Saturday at 10 a.m.  You may warm up from 9-10 a.m. Following the ‘showdown’ in the water, we'll have brunch in the President's Room near the dining hall. Brunch tickets are $5.

Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour - Lexington
10/30/2014 6:00 PM
Join us for our Lexington Area Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour!  Mix and mingle with alumni from the last decade (or so) at this event sponsored by the Transy Young Alumni Council (TUYAC). All friends and significant others welcome.

Homecoming Celebration

Join us for this year's Homecoming Celebration! Several events are planned:

11 a.m.-Field Hockey vs. Rhodes (4th Street Athletics Complex)
1 p.m.-Swimming vs. Asbury (William T. Young Campus Center Pool)
2 p.m.-Women's Soccer vs. Anderson (4th Street Athletics Complex)
4:30 p.m.-Men's Soccer vs. Anderson (4th Street Athletics Complex)
7 p.m.-Pioneer Hall of Fame and Basketball Tip-Off Dinner (Beck Center)

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the 2014 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductees: Billy Custard '81, Chris Pund '95, Tari Young '03 and former President Charles Shearer. Coaches Brian Lane and Juli Fulks will also introduce the 2014-2015 basketball teams.
$35 per person; no charge for 2014 inductee and one guest; no charge for current Hall of Fame member and one guest.

Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour - Cincinnati
11/5/2014 6:00 PM
Join us for our Cincinnati Area Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour!  Mix and mingle with alumni from the last decade (or so) at this event sponsored by the Transy Young Alumni Council (TUYAC). All friends and significant others welcome.

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