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Message from Kara Covert '90

Fellow Pioneers,

By the time the next Transy Connects issue publishes, our new VP Marty Smith—profiled below--will have arrived.  We will take him on the road to meet alumni this fall and I know you will love him. He may not have attended Transy, yet he “gets us.” He believes in the power of a liberal arts education and the importance of how we prepare our graduates. More than anything, he knows the friendships and education we receive on this campus last a lifetime.

Like many of you, I was a Transy product long before Commencement. My parents met and fell in love here and my brother, husband and cousins hold Transy degrees. Transylvania is a family—both literally and figuratively—for us all. If our grounds could speak they would tell stories starting in 1780 of students who found their career passions here, met lifelong best friends, and learned what having exceptional faculty mentors can do for your life.

Are you one of these stories? If so, I ask you to look closely.  Is our alma mater all that it could be? Does it warrant our support based on what it has done for us and what it will do for others with our help? Do we believe that, as a Transy professor told me long ago, our actions rather than our words state our true priorities? You can read below about two important opportunities to answer yes and have your donation matched by June 30—the end of our giving year.

For most of us, giving away what we work so hard to acquire is daunting.  There are many wonderful causes and much we hope to do with our personal resources. Yet, prioritizing Transy demonstrates your pride in a way nothing else can. I have faith in our alumni that we will rise to the Challenge—that is who we are as Pioneers!

Kara Little Covert '90

Interim VP for Advancement

Campus News

Transylvania hires new VP for Advancement
Transylvania hires new VP for Advancement
Transylvania University has hired Martin W. Smith to serve as vice president for advancement. Smith comes to Transylvania from Illinois Wesleyan University, where as vice president for advancement he increased total giving by more than $10 million in the past five years. “I’m excited for this opportunity to help Transylvania prosper as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges,” Smith said. “I’ll work hard to ensure not only that current and future Pioneers continue to receive the resources needed for the best possible education, but also that alumni maintain strong bonds with the university that made them who they are today.” Click title to read more.
Anthropology professor to investigate top archaeological find
Chris Begley '88, a Transylvania University anthropology professor, has been selected to serve on a team of maritime archaeologists who will explore the Fourni archipelago in Greece, where 22 shipwrecks were found in a small area last year. This was touted as one of the top archaeological finds of 2015. The findings of the joint Greek-American archaeological expedition bring to light ancient trade networks that once connected the entire Mediterranean. Fourni, which is a collection of 13 islands and islets, lies along a major east-west crossing route as well as the primary north-south route that connected the Aegean to the Levant. Click title to read more.
Development Update

Announcing Two Alumni Challenges
June 30 is almost here and we need alumni to sound the rally cry!  Read about two important Challenges below; gifts can be made by cash, check, credit card or appreciated stock—allowing you to avoid capital gains.  For more details on ways to give and the Challenges, click here.  Thanks so much, in advance, for the difference you will make:  

A $75,000 pledge will match dollar-for-dollar all new Annual Fund contributions made by June 30, including pledge payments. Offered by a Transylvania friend who was impressed with a group of Transy students, this Challenge will assist the most pressing campus needs through the Annual Fund.  There has never been a better time to consider and maximize your impact on our alma mater.  To be included in the Challenge, please act quickly by clicking here. Thank you, in advance, for your help!

The 100 for $10,000 Young Alumni Challenge is a test of our young alumni strength.  To meet the goal, we must receive 100 gifts of any size by June 30 from classmates who graduated between 2006 and 2015.  The alumni couple sponsoring this match wants to help us boost our alumni giving percentage.  This statistic plays a key role in national rankings of Transy and makes our diplomas more valuable.  It also encourages foundations and corporations to choose Transy for their own contributions.  Alumni participation is based on the act of giving rather than the size of the gift, so all contributions count equally.  To participate, click here.  Let’s show the country how exceptional our young alumni are!

Alumni Programs

Seeking nominations for the 2016 Pioneer Hall of Fame
The Pioneer Hall of Fame was founded by Transylvania’s Alumni Office and the Athletics and Physical Education Department to recognize former athletes, coaches, and others who have made outstanding contributions to the field of athletics while bringing honor to Transylvania University. The latest additions bring the total number of Pioneer Hall of Fame members to 109, plus one team, since inductions began in 1992. Nominations for 2016 are due July 1. Click title for more information on selection criteria and the nomination form.
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

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.

Event Calendar


Transy Day at Holiday World 2016
Join us for a fun filled day at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. Special pricing for alumni, family, and friends. Tickets are $35.99 per person. Children 2 years of age and younger are free. Free parking and free soft drinks are included. Order tickets here and enter TUPioneers2016 in the promo code box.

Alumni and Family Ice Cream Social prior to the Patriotic Concert
7/3/2016 7:00 PM
Are you attending the annual Patriotic Concert featuring the Lexington Philharmonic on the steps of Old Morrison? Join us for ice cream in the Alumni Plaza. Event sponsored by Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

Alumni, Family, and Friends Lunch in Versailles
7/12/2016 12:00 PM
Join us for lunch with alumni, family, and friends in the Versailles area. Get news from campus, learn about mentoring opportunities, and enjoy talking with others from the Transy family. Dutch treat.

Alumni, Family, and Friends Lunch in Richmond
7/19/2016 12:00 PM
Join us for lunch with alumni, family, and friends in the Richmond area. Get news from campus, learn about mentoring opportunities, and enjoy talking with others from the Transy family. Dutch treat.

Alumni, Family, and Friends Lunch in Frankfort
7/26/2016 12:00 PM
Join us for lunch with alumni, family, and friends in the Frankfort area. Get news from campus, learn about mentoring opportunities, and enjoy talking with others from the Transy family. Dutch treat.

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 9:30 AM
Save the date for the 2nd annual fall reunion of the Robert Barr Society. Members of the Robert Barr Society Council would like to invite fellow alumni from classes 1966 and prior to join them on campus for a day of learning, fun and fellowship. Additional details will follow. Registration to open by August 1.

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