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This year’s commencement student speaker, Alexa Quiroz, will return to Transy next year as the Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA. Over the summer, she'll work in Guatemalan medical clinics and a pharmacy as an intern for Catalyst Resources International. She hopes to establish and develop a long-term internship there for other students. Click here for more information on commencement.

Message from President Carey

Dear Alumni,

On Friday, May 26, Transylvania friends and supporters will come together to celebrate the groundbreaking for our new Carpenter Academic Center. Because of the generosity of Pete Carpenter ’64 and his wife, Marilyn, who donated the lead gift, Haupt Humanities Building will soon be transformed into a vibrant, state-of-the-art academic facility. 

Thanks to the donation we received from the Carpenters, a gift from Mr. William T. Young Jr., chairman of Transylvania’s Board of Trustees—which our generous trustees matched—and contributions from many alumni and friends, I am pleased to announce that we have raised more than 90 percent of the funds needed for the project and will begin work this summer. If you are among the individuals supporting this effort, please accept my gratitude for the impact you will have upon each and every future student.

Over the next 12 months, there will be few changes to the exterior facade of the building, which will continue to reflect our traditional campus architecture. Meanwhile, the inside will undergo a modernization that will help us meet the ever-changing needs of today’s instructional environment. 

The renovation will upgrade classrooms, create student gathering spaces, and integrate cutting-edge technology. Our goal is to provide our students and faculty with flexible, modern spaces for active learning, and by doing so, create an environment that will also capture the imaginations of prospective students. 

I hope you share my excitement about these changes and how they will enrich the learning experience for all Transylvania students. Thank you for your continuing support of our ongoing campus revitalization.


Seamus Carey

Campus News

Transylvania to break ground on $4.5 million Carpenter Academic Center on Friday
Transylvania to break ground on $4.5 million Carpenter Academic Center on Friday
Transylvania University will break ground on its $4.5 million renovation of the iconic Haupt Humanities Building at a ceremony on Friday, May 26, at 11:15 a.m. The project will modernize the classroom building, which will be renamed the Carpenter Academic Center in honor of its lead donors, Pete ’64 and Marilyn Carpenter. Click title to read more.
Pioneering United Way leader to deliver Transylvania commencement address
Pioneering United Way leader to deliver Transylvania commencement address
Bill Farmer, president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, will deliver Transylvania University’s commencement address on Saturday, May 27, as the 237-year-old institution celebrates its 2017 graduates. “Community partnership is an integral part of a liberal arts education,” Transylvania President Seamus Carey said. “Mr. Farmer’s dedication to the Lexington community offers compelling evidence of how one individual can improve the lives of many. His example will remind our graduates of their responsibility to bravely tackle the challenges that lie ahead while they imagine the possibilities.” Click title to read more.
Project SEE Theatre continues professional residency at Transy with “Marie Antoinette”
Project SEE Theatre presented playwright David Adjmi’s satire, “Marie Antoinette,” in Transylvania University’s Little Theater for five performances from May 17–21. "Marie Antoinette" marks the second annual production of the university’s professional theater residency program, which is sponsored by the Dixon/White Theater Fund. The fund also underwrites the cost of tickets, which makes professional productions free to the Lexington theater-going community. Click title to read more.
Development Update

Join us to Rally for #TogetherForTransy
We have exciting news! We will be celebrating our first-ever giving day at Transylvania University. On June 1, 2017 we will come #TogetherForTransy in a big way. However, we can’t do this successfully without your help. We need volunteers to spread the word about what we’re doing. Please click here to learn more and to sign-up to be a giving day Rallier! We look forward to sharing more with you about this event soon, stay tuned! If you have any questions please contact Amy Bridges, Associate Director of Annual Giving at
Alumni Programs

Alumni in the News
We continue to be proud of the work our alumni are doing and the honor they bring to Transylvania with their achievements. Several alumni have been in the news headlines lately. If you see a story about a fellow Pioneer you think we should be aware of, please let us know by emailing Click title to read more.
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Alumni and Friends Travel Opportunities
Apulia: Undiscovered Italy - October 28-November 5, 2017
Journey to Apulia and explore this fascinating, less-explored corner of Italy. Over the centuries this region has witnessed the ebb and flow of foreign armies and settlers, many of which imprinted their cultures on Apulia. Settle in the town of Polignano a Mare perched above the sparkling Adriatic.Great Trains & Grand Canyons (featuring 5 nights in Sedona). Click title to read more about all alumni trips offered.
Alumni Benefits
Alumni Benefits
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Athletics News
Fender and Green to compete at 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
The Transylvania track and field program is set to make history beginning this Thursday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute. Seniors Cole Green and Jordin Fender have qualified for the NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Mount Union, which run Thursday, May 25 through Saturday, May 27 in Geneva, Ohio. Click title to read more.
Transylvania spring sport student-athletes selected to HCAC All-Academic List
In a spring season filled with on-field successes and historic moments, many Transylvania student-athletes excelled in the classroom additionally. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in a Monday release announced the list of honorees for the Tom Bohlsen Academic All-HCAC awards, which includes 25 Transylvania athletes from spring sport competition. Click title to read more.
Transylvania Softball shocked by Titans in second day of Super Regional as brilliant season ends
The Transylvania softball team saw its season come to an end in shocking fashion Saturday afternoon at Hall Field in the Lexington super regional round of the Division III Softball Tournament, falling twice to the Illinois Wesleyan Titans, 4-3 in eight innings, and 6-2 in an 11-inning if-necessary game later in the afternoon. Click title to read more.
Eventing Team Update
Eventing Team Update
The Transylvania University Eventing team competed last month in the FENCE Horse Trials at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center. The weekend competition marked the first time the Pioneers eventing team returned to compete in the spring 2017 circuit. Click title to read more.

Event Calendar


Commencement Bouquets 2017
Pre-order a rose bouquet for your son or daughter to enjoy at Commencement.  Half dozen bouquets are $20 each.  A dozen roses are $25.  You may pick up your order in the Glenn Building prior to and immediately following the ceremony on May 27. Please indicate student's name on the order form.

2017 DOC General Assembly Transylvania Luncheon
7/10/2017 11:15 AM
Gather for lunch with Disciples of Christ alumni and friends from around the country as well as alumni who live in the Indianapolis area. President Seamus Carey and others from campus will be in attendance. Cost: $27 per person ($10 for high school students).

2017 Transy Golf Classic
NEW LOCATION! Support the Transylvania Athletics program with a great day on the links at the beautiful Keene Run Golf Course at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Registration opens April 1.

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