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Natasa's Notes


Fellow Pioneers,

Alumni Weekend is six weeks away, which means spring is in the air in Lexington! I hope you are making plans to join us for the festivities. Even if you are not celebrating a class reunion this year, there are lots of events on the schedule that may appeal to you. New this year: Faculty Talks on Saturday morning; Pioneer Kids Club for our alumni legacies ages 3-12; a special reception honoring professor emeritus Dr. Joe Binford; an All-Alumni Dance; and more. We are inviting all retired faculty members as well as current ones to the President's Reception in Celebration of Reunions on Saturday evening. Weather permitting, the Reception will take place at the Alumni Plaza.

I hope to see you April 29-May 1!

Yours in Transy Spirit,

Natasa Pajic Mongiardo ‘96
Director of Alumni Relations

Campus News

Four Transylvania students named Fulbright semifinalists
Four Transylvania students named Fulbright semifinalists
Four Transylvania University seniors have been named semifinalists for highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants that fund English Teaching Assistantships abroad for the 2016-17 academic year. Samantha Easterling of Wilmore, Ky., McKenzie Gearheart of Pikeville, Ky., Erin Marek of Pataskala, Ohio, and Courtney Smith of Batavia, Ohio, have all been selected based on academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Click title to read more.
Greene novel selected for Young literary award
Greene novel selected for Young literary award
A breathtaking tale of a young girl gone missing in Depression-era Tennessee has won the second annual Judy Gaines Young Book Award, presented by Transylvania University. “Long Man,” by Tennessee author Amy Greene, has been praised by national reviewers such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Minneapolis Star Tribune. Click title to read more.
Transylvania extends Battle of the Bumpers reign
Transylvania extends Battle of the Bumpers reign
Transylvania University and our supporters have maintained our lock on the AIKCU “Battle of the Bumpers” license plate sales title for the 8th straight year. The annual friendly competition pits Kentucky’s 19 private nonprofit colleges and universities against each other to see whose supporters purchase the most college-branded Kentucky license plates in a calendar year. Click title to read more.
Development Update

Reunion Weekend is almost here!  To reach the class goals of both participation and dollar amount, we need the help of everyone in each reunion class.  A special thank you goes out to those classmates who have already made contributions. Send in your gift prior to April 22 to be included in the final gift—to be announced during the Alumni Celebration Convocation on April 30. We hope you will consider supporting the Class Gift effort, at any level, before Alumni Weekend. For more information, e-mail John Davis at or call (859) 281-3565Make a gift online today!

Alumni Programs

Renew Your Transy Ties at Alumni Weekend 2016
There’s no better time to #RenewTransyTies than at Alumni Weekend 2016. Join us six weeks from today! It’s going to be an exciting weekend full of fun events. Daily schedule of events, hotel information, reunion questionnaires and online registration can be found at

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 have planned a great weekend. All reunion classes from the 5th through the 50th have active Facebook Groups as just another way to keep in touch about the reunions: 196619711976198119861991199620012006, and 2011. Questions? Contact Natasa Pajic Mongiardo '96, director of alumni relations, at 859-233-8213, 800-487-2679 or
100 Doors to Success Update
100 Doors to Success Update
Interested in helping our students in a practical way? Would your company like the help of amazing students? Internships are the answer! The Career Development and Mentoring Offices seek to increase the number of internships available to Transy students to 200 and we need your help. Internships are a great way to give our students practical experience in the work force, while helping them make networking connections. If you or your business would like to participate, please contact Tracy Stephens Dunn '90, director of mentoring at 859-233-8148 or
LGBT* Alumni Network Update
Already, 50 alumni who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT*) have joined this new alumni community. The 5-point mission of the new group is to: 1) encourage professional networking among members; 2) facilitate social networking among members; 3) advocacy for the Transy LGBT* community: 4) LGBT* student and organization support and mentoring; and 5) support diversity and inclusion at Transylvania. LGBT* students are an integral, valued part of our campus community and included in our diversity and inclusion efforts led by Serenity ​​Wright​ '05 in Student Affairs. The LGBT* Alumni Network is having their first face-to-face gathering during Alumni Weekend, a Meet and Greet on Sunday May 1st at 9 a.m. in Jazzman's Cafe on campus. If you would like to join the LGBT* Alumni Group, please contact Tim Collins '81 ​in Alumni and Development at
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Pacific Coast Adventure (featuring Seattle, Portland and San Francisco) - July 14-22, 2016
Highlights of the trip: Seattle City Tour, Pike Place Market, Boeing Factory Tour, Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland City Tour, International Rose Test Garden, Oregon’s Pacific Coast, Newport, Oregon Dunes Nat’l Recreation Area, Dune Buggy Tour, Crater Lake National Park, Redwood National Park, Avenue of the Giants, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco City Tour, Fisherman’s Wharf Dinner. Cost of the tour: $2,945 per person ($100 discount with deposit by May 31. Inclusions: Roundtrip Airfare - CVG/SDF/LEX; 12 Meals: 8 - Breakfasts & 4 - Dinners; Professional Tour Director; Motorcoach Transportation; Hotel Transfers; Admissions per Itinerary. Alternate departure date for this exact tour is August 18, 2016 Click title to read about other trips.
Alumni Benefits
Alumni Benefits

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Athletics News


2015-2016 Transylvania Track and Field squad pursues new levels as outdoor season opens up
2015-2016 Transylvania Track and Field squad pursues new levels as outdoor season opens up
Coming off the most prolific season in the seven-year history of their program, the Transylvania University track and field team enters the 2015-2016 season with more momentum, promise, and talent than ever before. The 2014-2015 track and field season for the Transylvania Pioneers signified a program that was ready to take the next step in the evolution towards consistency and respect among their peers in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Click title to read more.
Pioneer softball finds momentum on Day 3 of The Spring Games with sweep of birds
Pioneer softball finds momentum on Day 3 of The Spring Games with sweep of birds
After gaining their first win of the season the day before, the Pioneers grabbed their first winning sweep on Tuesday at the PFX Athletics complex, defeating the Keene State Owls 9-8, and Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons 14-0. The opening win of the day was coated in drama for the Pioneers as the game featured something for everyone, including a series of high-octane offensive innings, a blown lead, and a dramatic finish. Click title to read more.
Event Calendar


Young Alumni Networking Happy Hours - Spring 2016
The Transylvania University Young Alumni Council invites you to a series of networking happy hours. On the schedule are Lexington and Cincinnati. Louisville is in the works, too.

Transy Baseball vs. Defiance at the Legends Ballpark
4/1/2016 6:00 PM
Transy Baseball plays Defiance at Whitaker Stadium, home of the Lexington Legends. Bring your family and friends and join us for a fun evening. Each registrant receives a coupon for free popcorn and reserved seating in the alumni section.

Soccer Alumni Games 2016
4/9/2016 4:00 PM
Join us for a joint celebration of alumni members of the men's and women's soccer teams. Alumnae game at 4 p.m. Alumni game at 5:30 p.m. 

Alumni Weekend 2016
All alumni, and especially those celebrating 5-year class reunions, are invited to #RenewTransyTies at Alumni Weekend, April 29-May 1. Lots of fun activities are planned!

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