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April 9 Day of Giving

Hearty thanks!

We are very grateful to everyone who gave to the scholarship fund on April 9. Thank you for your generosity and for being part of the Transylvania community.

If you missed the chance to give on April 9, you are welcome to give today. Every day is a "Day of Giving."

Your gift fuels the life-changing education and the scholarships that empower our young scholars to become the imaginative citizens we need to shape the future.
You won’t get a better return on your investment!

Thanks for sharing your stories with us!

[Facebook]: I graduated from Transy in 1988. In 2012 I performed Kentucky's first bladeless cataract surgery. I, along with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, also perform free cataract surgery on Kentucky patients who don’t have insurance throughout the year. 

Barbara Bowers, M.D

[Instagram]: Kyle Monhollen '95, teams up with Ben Sollee in giving back to the community.

[email]: Hi!  I'm Edward (Ed) Binzel class of 1976. My years at Transy (1972-76) were definitely life-changing BOTH personally as well as professionally.  They helped launch my business career in the highly dynamic and competitive corporate world through a part-time job I secured with Long John Silver's training department, which was located on campus (Hazelrigg Hall) at that time.  Getting my foot in the door at Jerrico Inc. was the break I needed, and my career in the corporate foodservice industry was off and running upon graduating from Transy in 1976.

The most "life-changing" moment, however, was personal. During the fall of my freshman year, I met a lovely and charming sophomore student (Diane Farmer Binzel '75). She became my bride in 1976 and has now been my wife for 38 years and counting! We also have two lovely daughters.  Yes, my four years at Transy were most definitely life-changing! Thank you, Transylvania!

Yours in Transy spirit,
Edward (Ed) Binzel '76
Transylvania Alumni Board Member

[#TransyGives]: Sarah Byrom posted this about Holly Milburn '11, whom she called a ”humanitarian, helping and changing the lives of New York City youth, working with New York City's homeless, making the world a better place.”  Read more about Holly Milburn’s experiences in South Africa.

[email]  Al Templeton: “A marginal student at best, I struggled trying to adjust to essay-style exams—an alien experience for me coming out of high school. Professors kept saying I seemed to know the material, but was not delivering on exams. I lived on the C-/D+ boundary and as a freshman, in 1956-57, almost flunked out. Winter quarter 1957 I took Dr. Charles Dodds’s course in State and Local Government where he required a research paper. I wrote about my county high school's low standards, problems exacerbated by recent school consolidation and the politicized climate.

I was dumbfounded when Dr.Dodds returned my paper, marked "A-." He commented that I had enough grammatical and spelling errors in the first paragraph to fail. He went on to say that those errors were indicative of the public school I wrote so well about! He was the first person at Transylvania to tell me I was smart. And the impact of that was transformational.”

[email]: A story about College for Living from Libby Westerman ‘04

Since 1996, Transylvania University and its students have welcomed area residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities to participate in College for Living, a program offering camaraderie and learning opportunities for high-functioning individuals ages 18 and older. The program is free.

[College for Living] is a wonderful addition to the university. I am a Transy grad, class of 2004. I have had my own unique story. I have deaf parents, which has always made me aware of growing up in a household full of diversity and challenges. At Transy, I majored in psychology with an emphasis in business administration and then received my master's degree from UK in rehabilitation counseling. I spent years working in the area of assisting deaf and deaf blind individuals with accommodations needed for educational institutions and jobs. This has always been my passion.

In 2011, I had a son who was born with a severe hearing loss. I think [College for Living] is a fabulous way for those who may have challenges to see what college life is all about. It gives each individual the confidence to go above and beyond what they have always dreamed. I constantly have seen what each individual with a disability is told not to do. Highlighting their strengths and building from that is just a great service to the community. Although I live outside of Lexington, I would love to help from a distance in any way I can.

Libby Westerman

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