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Annie Wilson Grisham

Territories: Northern Kentucky, Southern Ohio

Where are you from?
I’m originally from Florence, Y’all (Northern Kentucky).

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
My husband and I love West 6th Brewery and the Farmer’s Market. We try to eat local as much as we can and enjoy trying new Lexington eateries. Plus, these two locations are dog friendly for Wanda, our Corgi!

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I love the Kissing Tree. It has a lovely view of campus with a quaint bench to just sit and reflect.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I have always wanted to be able to knit, and would love to try and learn!

What do you love about Transylvania?
The connections you make here are those you carry with you for the rest of your life. As an alumna, I am always eager to share my story and help you see how Transylvania can be a great place for you!


Sarah Guinn

Assistant Director of Admissions

Where are you from?
Lexington, Ky.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
The patio of Malone’s in Hamburg Pavilion–you can enjoy your favorite sports, get a great meal and it’s not too loud to talk to your friends.

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I love to sit outside, and the new Alumni Plaza is a great place to enjoy the sunshine!

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I wish I knew how to knit, so I could make awesome scarves.

What do you love about Transylvania?
I love the people, particularly my amazing colleagues.


Ken Higgins

Director of Admissions
Territories: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Where are you from? 
I am originally from Chesapeake City, Md.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout? 
I love Limestone Blue. It’s got great food and great atmosphere!

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I will usually walk the three blocks downtown to get away and always get a bite to eat.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I have always wanted to swim with whales in the open ocean.

What do you love about Transylvania?
I love the personalities, the sense of togetherness and intimate classroom setting and obviously the students!  To the person, everyone you meet here is genuinely interested in getting to know you and helping you be successful.


Johnnie Johnson

Director of Enrollment Communications and Multicultural Recruitment

Where are you from?
Chicago, Ill.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
Anyplace downtown–the nightlife downtown has been greatly enhanced in the past five years

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
The Beck Center. It’s a great place to work out, play basketball and release some stress.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
Skydiving. I had a chance about eight years ago, but it was too cloudy that day. I’d love the opportunity to try again.


Alex McConnell

Territories: Lexington, Alaska, Hawaii

Where are you from?
This has always been a hard question for me. I was born in Philadelphia, moved to Corbin, Ky., when I was 5, graduated from Madison Central High School in Richmond, Ky., and then moved to Lexington to attend Transy. In 2008 I moved to New Jersey, and in 2011 I moved to Hawaii. In March of 2013 my family and I moved back to Lexington. I guess I am from Richmond? No wait, Lexington?  

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
I have a few, and my list continues to grow as more and more cool places open up! For food and drink—OBC, Harry’s, Cup of Commonwealth, Blue Door BBQ, Lexington Diner, Locals…I could keep going and going and…

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
I have not been at my desk long enough to feel the need to “get away,” but I enjoy walking across the street to Gratz Park and I love walking by the Kissing Tree.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
Instead of trying something I would like to go to Paris, France. I need to see the Eiffel Tower and spend a few days at the Louvre.   

What do you love about Transylvania?
The community. I talk about the importance of first-year students building their Transy community on the very first day they walk on campus. The communities are where you live, what activities you are a part of, your classmates, etc. They become your best friends, colleagues and even your spouse (shout out to my husband, Class of 1999!). Your community will help you be successful, keep you accountable and hold you responsible.


Kelly Murner

Territories: Northcentral Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan

Where are you from?
Born and raised right here in Lexington, but I also consider Providence, R.I. home after spending the last four years there for school. 

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
The Henry Clay Estate. I love walking through the estate and garden with friends or my dog, Wally, especially in the spring when all the roses are in bloom. 

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
Gratz Park–not exactly on campus, but right across the street. I love the surrounding neighborhood and all of the greenspace. It’s a great place to go when you need to just clear your head and relax. Jazzman’s is another favorite, as the workers are always open to a friendly conversation!

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
Skydiving–I almost had the chance to skydive this summer when living in San Diego, but the wind ended up being too strong that day to go out.

What do you love about Transylvania?
One thing I love about Transylvania is the genuine friendliness of everyone on campus, both students and faculty/staff. No matter where you are on campus, you can always find a smiling face and someone willing to help when you need it!


Bretlyn Reese

Territories: Southcentral Kentucky, West Virginia

Where are you from?
Nicholasville, Ky.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
I love going anywhere downtown.

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
It's not exactly on campus, but I go to Gratz Park, which is just across the street.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
I want to make every recipe in a cookbook from beginning to end.

What do you love about Transylvania?
The sense of community here is really something special.


Julie Sams

Territories: Greater Louisville, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Where are you from? 
Georgetown, Ky., but I also call North Carolina home after spending over seven years there. 

What's your favorite Lexington hangout? 
Too many to choose! I participate in the West 6th Walk/Run Club and support other local businesses like Pazzo's, Blue Stallion, Nick Ryan's, etc. I also enjoy just being downtown with all the great activities and food options. I love food and love to talk about food (just ask my coworkers)!

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office? 
I enjoy walking through beautiful Gratz Park.

What's something you've always wanted to try? 
Skydiving! Although when faced with the jump I'm not 100 percent sure I would!

What do you love about Transylvania? 
The people and the LOCATION! Transy is its own community, but within the heart of downtown Lexington. You'll see students, faculty and staff on and off campus enjoying everything Transy and Lexington have to offer! 


Carly Wynn

Territories: Western Kentucky, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Where are you from?
Barberton, Ohio, the Magic City.

What’s your favorite Lexington hangout?
Third Street Stuff, the Legacy Trail and Half Price Books.

Where do you go on campus when you need to get away from your office?
Alumni Plaza! It’s so beautiful and easy to do work outside, and it doesn’t hurt that Jazzman’s Cafe is between my office and there.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to try?
A long-term hiking and camping experience. I love being outdoors, but I’d love to actually learn the basic survival skills to spend a week outside.

What do you love about Transylvania?
The lasting friendships have been incredible—not just with my classmates, but also with my advisor, former bosses from various campus jobs as a student and so many more people around campus. I know that I will always have this fantastic support network in the heart of Lexington.

 

Contact us

Glenn Building
300 North Broadway
Lexington, Kentucky, 40508-1797 

800-872-6798
859-233-8242
Fax: 859-281-3649
admissions@transy.edu 

Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST

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