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Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Friday, August 29, 2014
Today/This Weekend
  • Labor Day weekend Library hours
  • The Library will close at 4 p.m. on Friday and remain closed until 8 a.m. Tuesday. Library hours during the first week of fall semester will be 8 a.m. to midnight Sept. 2-4, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept 5. Regular fall semester hours will resume Sept. 6 at noon. For more information, please see our site here or contact Lisa Nichols at lnichols@transy.edu.
  • Beck to close for holiday weekend
  • The Beck Center will close Friday at 2 p.m. for Labor Day weekend. It will open back up at 8 a.m. Sept. 2. Contact Kyle Dunaway at kdunaway@transy.edu or 8183 if you have any questions.
Upcoming Dates
  • Placement hearings for singers Sept. 2 and 3
  • Attention, all divas, shower singers, choir novices, and veterans, it's time to sing at Transylvania! There is room in our choirs for everyone. Placement hearings will be in MFA 202 on Sept. 2 from 4:30-8 p.m. and Sept. 3 from 12:30-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. This is a chance for all interested students to learn about the choral program and do a little singing; no preparation is required. For more information and to sign up for a time, email sing@transy.edu and include your preferred audition date and time. For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot at 8141 or gshoot@transy.edu.
  • Admissions office open house Sept. 3
  • The admissions office will host an open house from 3-5 p.m. We welcome all faculty and staff to tour the office and meet our staff and student ambassadors. There will be dessert, refreshments, and information about counselor territories for all to take. If you have questions, please contact Kelsey Huelse at 8798.
  • Involvement Fair on Sept. 3
  • The Transylvania Involvement Fair will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Haupt Plaza. Come welcome the class of 2018 and returning students to your organization at the Student Involvement Fair! If you are looking to market and advertise your group, to solicit interest from potential new members, to increase your campus exposure, and/or welcome students back to campus, then sign up your organization now. To register, contact bhelton@transy.edu.
  • Softball tryouts Sept. 6 and 7
  • The 2015 Varsity Pioneer Softball Team will have open tryouts at Hall Field at 5 p.m. Please come early and prepared for a full practice. If you are interested, you must contact coach Blewett by 5 p.m. Tuesday at kblewett@transy.edu.
  • Groundbreaking for new residence hall Sept. 5
  • The campus community is invited to attend the groundbreaking for the new residence hall at noon Friday, Sept. 5, at the construction site beside Forrer Hall. Students will be served a picnic lunch in Back Circle from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Faculty and staff are invited to join the students for lunch. Reservations are required for lunch. Please click here to reserve your space. Please reserve your space by noon on Sept. 3. For more information, contact Marc Mathews at 8100 or mmathews@transy.edu.
  • Information Fair for May term travel courses Sept. 16
  • An Information Fair for 2015 May term travel courses will be in Forrer Front Lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Click here for the list of travel courses offered subject to enrollment. Registration for these courses will be October 15-17. For more information, contact Frankie Kozicky at 8124 or fkozicky@transy.edu.
  • The Transylvania Women's Club annual kick-off brunch Sept. 13
  • Mark your calendar for The Transylvania Women's Club annual kick-off brunch. Please join us from 10 a.m. to noon at Graham Cottage. TWC is a service club that has been dedicated to helping Transylvania and its students for close to 100 years. Members include current and retired faculty and staff, wives of faculty and staff, alumnae, parents, and friends. Anyone with an interest in Transylvania University is welcome to join. We hope you'll join us on September 13! For more information, contact Kara Salsman at 8285 or ksalsman@transy.edu.
  • Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 18
  • The study abroad office will host its annual Semester/Summer Study Abroad Fair in Forrer Front Lobby from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be representatives from several study abroad programs to answer questions. And be sure to stop by the Transylvania table for information about how we can help you make it happen. For more information, contact Frankie Kozicky at 8124 or fkozicky@transy.edu.
  • Walk to benefit Torsie Haugli '14 on Oct. 18
  • Torsie Haugli '14 was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Large Cell Lymphoma. Team Torsie will participate in the Light the Night Walk by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington at 5 p.m. The page where people can join the team and walk, as well as donate, is here. Torsie has been fighting for her life at the Cleveland Clinic, and this is a great way to show her our support!
In the News
Community Service
  • Dixon book published
  • Theater professor Michael Dixon's new book, "Breaking from Realism: A Map/Quest for the Next Generation," was published in June. This summer, Dixon taught three master classes based on ideas in the book at the CityWrights Festival in Miami, the national conference of the Educational Theatre Association in Cincinnati, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He'll teach his next master class over Labor Day weekend during the Kennedy Centers' Page-To-Stage Festival in Washington, DC. For more information, contact Michael Dixon at mdixon@transy.edu.
Clubs and Organizations
  • Karate Club accepting new members
  • The Transylvania University Karate Club is accepting new members for fall term. Practices are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 3070 of the Beck Center (new location). Join the club for a great workout while learning karate and self-defense techniques. No experience is necessary. For more information, contact Jared Catron (club president) at jhcatron16@transy.edu or 502-558-1415.
  • First-year students interested in TUSGA
  • If you are a first-year student interested in running for a seat on the Student Government Association, please follow this link to find the petitions for the TUSGA Activities Board and the TUSGA Senate. Please email Tyler Baker at jtbaker15@transy.edu if you have any questions.
For Your Information
  • Spirit Week winners
  • The Spirit Week winners are Jessica Curry (priority registration for winter term) and Dillon Pulliam (priority room registration for 2015-16). Congratulations! For more information, contact Anna Nevius at 8150 or amoberly@transy.edu.
  • Staff Engagement Team organizing Wiffle Ball Game
  • The Staff Engagement Team is trying to organize a Wiffle ball game once a month for faculty, staff, and students. If anyone is interested in playing Wiffle ball on a Wednesday once a month, please contact Beth Mitchell at emitchell@transy.edu, and she will add you to the email list. Our next game will be sometime in September. Hope to see you all out there!
  • The Rambler seeks sports editor
  • The Rambler, Transylvania's student-produced newspaper, seeks a sports editor for the 2014-15 year. Applicants should be strong in writing, have knowledge of general sports, and be up-to-date on sports inside the Bubble. Journalism experience is preferred but not required. First-year students are also encouraged to apply. Email Rachel Smith at rasmith15@transy.edu for more info or to apply.
  • Banks, Mudrak promoted
  • We are pleased to announce two promotions, effective Sept. 1, that reflect and honor long-term service and institutional importance. Darrell Banks is promoted to associate vice president and director of physical plant. Jeff Mudrak is promoted to associate vice president and director of human resources. Please congratulate these individuals when you see them, and thank them for their service to the university. For more information, contact Marc Mathews at 8100 or mmathews@transy.edu.
  • Assistant baseball, women's basketball coach to start Sept. 8.
  • Jim Bray, assistant baseball and women's basketball coach, will start Sept. 8.
  • Reading groups for Cornel West
  • Continuing our campus-wide conversation about class, and in preparation for Cornel West's upcoming talk at LexEndPoverty, there are three faculty and student facilitated reading groups on The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. These group are open to the entire Transylvania community and members of our neighborhood. Sign up here. For more information, contact Wilson Dickinson at 3691 or tdickinson@transy.edu.
  • Add co-curricular events to Creative Engagements calendar
  • Please remember to place all appropriate co-curricular events taking place this academic year on the Creative Engagements calendar. First-year students can receive .25 credit hours for attending six required events plus 10 additional ones drawn from a wide range of areas. For more information about the Creative Engagements program, please go here or contact Martha Billips (mbillips@transy.edu) or Susan Hofmann (shofmann@transy.edu).
  • Parking enforcement changes
  • Because of construction on campus, there will be a stronger emphasis on parking enforcement this year to ensure everyone with valid permits and guests will have the opportunity to park. Parking citation fines have increased this year. You'll find a more detailed description of this year's parking enforcement here.
  • Theater program needs Transy T-shirts
  • Got any outdated divisional, athletic, staff, or other Transy T-shirts? The Theater program wants them for "Shakespeare in Mind," our fall show. We'll upcycle them into promotional materials or even costumes! It's Sustainable Shakespeare! Contact Missy Johnston at 3524 or mjohnston@transy.edu.
  • Residence hall construction update
  • This week, installation of the sanitary sewer lines from Fourth Street to the new building will continue. Traffic flow in the Back Circle area will be disrupted, but one lane will be open at all times. Foundation work will continue and footer walls will begin to be poured. The domestic water line will be installed coming in from North Broadway near the International House. A groundbreaking is planned for noon Friday, Sept. 5. We'll have more details soon. For more information, contact Marc Mathews at 8100 or mmathews@transy.edu.
  • Keep up with TransE-Mail
  • Stay current on the news from the alumni and development office by checking out the latest edition of TransE-Mail, an electronic newsletter sent to 5600 alumni every month. For more information, contact Tracy Dunn at 8512 or tdunn@transy.edu.
  • Campus visits coordinator hired
  • Anna Calvert has been hired as campus visits coordinator. She will start Sept. 2.
  • Parking changes
  • Click here to read about parking changes on campus. View the map here.
  • First-year Crimson Card photos
  • First year students, if you haven't yet gotten your Crimson Card photo taken, stop by the communications office on the third floor of Old Morrison. Ask for John: jfriedlein@transy.edu.
  • First-year pre-health meeting
  • If you missed the first-year pre-health meeting, don't fret. Contact Charlotte Taraba at ctaraba@transy.edu to get on the pre-health email list.
  • Proud to Be a Pioneer yard signs
  • Are you proud to be a part of the Pioneer family? "Stake" your claim as part of the Transylvania community by placing a Proud to Be a Pioneer sign in your yard. You can pick up your sign at the all-campus reception in Haupt Plaza on Aug. 26 or in the alumni and development or admissions offices. Be sure to share a picture of your Pioneer family with your sign on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #beapioneer. For more information, contact Brad Goan at 8242 or bgoan@transy.edu.
  • Fulbright awards info
  • Fulbright awards for post-graduate English Teaching Assistants or Research Seniors interested in applying for 2015-16 Fulbright awards must contact director of study abroad Kathy Simon during the week of Aug. 25. A mandatory meeting for Fulbright applicants will be Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Campus Center. Consult the Fulbright website and write drafts of personal statements and statements of grant purpose prior to the Sept. 4 meeting. For more information, contact Kathy Simon at 8124 or ksimon@transy.edu.
  • 100 Doors to Success Advisory Council Named
  • President Carey has invited the following staff members to join an Advisory Council for the 100 Doors to Success Program: Martha Billips, associate dean for academic affairs; Kara Covert, associate VP for advancement; Michael Cronk, assistant director of career development; Sarah Guinn, assistant director of admissions, coordinator of phone team; Shane McKee, director of student involvement and leadership; and Sharon Prevette, senior programmer and analyst. The Advisory Council will meet bi-monthly to assist Deana Ison in the development of the program, which is set to launch in winter term 2015.
  • Test out new TUWIFI connection
  • Soon, some students will see the new TUWIFI connection. We are still testing this new wireless, but please feel free to connect and let us know what works and what doesn't by sending an e-mail to admin@transy.edu. Also, please watch our 1IT article, as it is updated with new information at: http://1it.transy.edu/?p=1244.
  • Transylvania begins dean search
  • Read more here about our search for a vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university.
  • Thomson Hall parking disruption
  • Construction crews will need for all 11 parking spots in front of Thomson Hall to be cleared for drilling and pavement cutting. Until further notice, please move all vehicles from that area. Parking should be allowed there again this week. Contact Chief Muravchick with questions at 8118 or gmuravchick@transy.edu.
  • Billips to become associate dean for academic affairs
  • Go here to read a statement from Michael Bell about Martha Billips becoming the associate dean for academic affairs.
  • Dining services seeks student marketing intern
  • Dining services is looking to hire a student marketing intern. Some responsibilities will include helping create and implement all communication collateral, print, web, and social media; monitor campus websites and social media outlets; keep track of the progress of local and sustainability efforts, including the Kentucky Proud Restaurant Rewards Program; and assist with the implementation of the Farm to Campus program. If you're interested, please contact Amanda Langlitz at 8217.
  • Email phishing attempts
  • It is that time of year when IT reminds you to be vigilant about phishing emails! We've seen a recent attempt that tries to convince you to follow a bogus link to sign in because of an issue with your account. Be wary of these types of phishing attempts! Please contact the helpdesk if you may have compromised your account.
  • Transy Phonathon calling all Pioneers to apply
  • Learn valuable work skills, connect with alumni, work with friends, and make extra cash. For more info on the Transy Phonathon, click here. To apply, click here.
  • Check the online user manual for new phones
  • IT is regularly updating the online user's manual for the new phones. You may want to save the link to the page. Remember, to make calls external to campus, you no longer need to dial '9,' but you do need to dial the area code. If the call is long distance, dial '1' first. Contact the help desk if you have additional questions.
For Faculty and Staff
  • MasterCard expense report training Sept. 10
  • There will be a session from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Technology Learning Center. If you are a new card holder or need a refresher, we will provide information on how to complete an expense report as well as an overview on policies and benefits for card holders. Please email Liz Fulkerson at efulkerson@transy.edu if you are interested in attending.
  • Engagement Workshop resources
  • Any staff members who would like resources from the Engagement Workshop can visit here to see links and get more information. To find out more about the Staff Engagement Team and how you can get involved, visit here or contact set@transy.edu.
  • Faculty-staff meal plan
  • We are offering three meal plan choices for faculty and staff: 20, 40, and 60. You may pay for the meal plan in full at the Crimson Card office, or do a payroll deduction at the human resources office. Payroll deductions and meal plans will begin Sept. 2. For details, please go to either the Crimson Card office or human resources.
Health and Fitness
  • Beck Center locker rental requests
  • All faculty and staff requesting lockers in the Beck Center for fitness use should complete the locker rental request form under Athletics>Campus Recreation>Locker Rental on inside.transy.edu ASAP. Note, lockers will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis (even if you have had a locker previously), and we ask you to review the information online before submitting your request. We will look to assign lockers beginning Aug. 18 and will assign until all lockers are filled. For more information, contact Kyle Dunaway at 8165 or kdunaway@transy.edu.
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