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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 alumni@transy.edu.

Congratulations to Molly Eakins Marsh '07, Programs Coordinator for AMR client, the National Association of State Procurement Officials, and Director of AMR’s Education and Engagement Design Department, who has just been named to Connect Association’s 2017 list of top 40 Under 40. Click here for the article.

Alumni networking at its best! Sheila Hansford Elliott '73 writes a blog My Kentucky Living. One day, during a search for Kentucky crafts businesses on Instagram, she came across a photo of a round walnut table that happened to be the work of William Ney '04. Sheila posted a comment on the photo, William replied and she offered him a feature on her blog. Read more and check out Will's amazing work!  

Cheers to Will Bryant '13 who was recently named one of Birmingham's 2017 rising stars in the financial sector. Will is Co-Founder of Quantalytix that provides real-time mortgage data, advanced analytics and reporting. Will holds a B.A. in Political Science. Read more here.

All the best to Mary Shearer Pearce '67 who retired as president of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County at the end of April. Click here to read how she changed the face of Franklin. The mayor of Franklin proclaimed May 24 as the Mary Pearce Day. Click here to read more about that. 

Congratulations to Dot Couch Watson '62 who, for her many years of contributions in business, education and community service, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here for the article.

Cheers to Chris Dunaway '10 who was selected as a 2017 StarChefs Colorado Rising Star! Rising Stars are up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene. They are the future of American cuisine. Click here for the article.

Congratulations and best wishes to Jay Lucas '83 as he retires as Woodford County (Ky.) girls' basketball coach after 34 seasons. Click here for the article.

We are proud of Lynne Pierce Dean '95 who will be the first female to hold the position of Boyle County Attorney in Danville, Ky. Click here for the article.

Congratulations to Brandon DeToma '04 who became an ordained deacon by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz on March 25. Click here for the article.

Congratulations and best wishes to Jay Lucas '83 as he retires as Woodford County (Ky.) girls' basketball coach after 34 seasons. Click here for the article.

Cheers to Bridget Trogden '00 who was recently named associate dean for undergraduate studies at Clemson University. Bridget holds a B.A. from Transy in chemistry (with a minor in music) and a PhD from the University of Illinois. Click here for the article.

Congratulations to Bill Zielke '93 on his recent appointment as the Chief Marketing Officer at Ingo Money. Prior to this job post, Bill served as Head of eBay Motors, and has held senior marketing roles at PayPal, Bill Me Later and FiServ. Bill graduated with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. Click here for the article.