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Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Friday, October 24, 2014
Today/This Weekend
  • Theater auditions for winter, May terms Thursday, Friday
  • Auditions for the Theater Program's winter and May term productions will be Oct. 23 and 24 with callbacks Oct. 25 and 26. Please prepare a one-minute monologue and sign up for a specific time to audition outside room 106 in MFA. The shows are: "Dying City" by Christopher Shinn; "Suddenly, Last Summer" by Tennessee Williams; and "The Laramie Project" by Moises Kaufmann and the Tectonic Theatre Project. For more information, contact Sully White at 8623 or swhite@transy.edu.
  • Volunteers needed to teach smartphone use Friday
  • The Community Action Council is looking for volunteers to teach senior citizens to use smartphones. Classes will run between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and volunteers can choose when their classes start and end. The event will be at Community Action Center on Third Street, within walking distance. For more information, contact Roshni Desai at 8182 or rdesai@transy.edu.
  • Sorting Hat Ceremony on Friday
  • A Sorting Hat Ceremony will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the CC gym. We will sell test for $1 in Front Lobby during lunch. If you can't get one then or have questions, please email jcdavis16@transy.edu to get one. Even if you do not take the test you may come to the ceremony for free! For this ceremony there will be free food and a competition for the house cup.
  • UN Day activities on Friday
  • The Transylvania University UN Association, in conjunction with the UNA-USA Chapter of the Blue Grass, will celebrate UN Day with a multilingual reading of the official Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Haupt Plaza at 1:30 p.m. If you can help with either of these events, please contact Rachel Smith.
  • Windy Corner bike ride Sunday
  • Join Transy Bikes for a 30-mile road ride finishing at Windy Corner Restaurant. We'll provide some desserts, but bring a few bucks if you'd like to buy a full meal! Don't have a road bike? No problem. You can rent one from the shop. This ride will be no-drop. Meet at the Transy Bikes Shop at 9 a.m. with your bike. You must email Stevie if you're interested.
Upcoming Dates
  • Pumpkinmania on Oct. 27
  • This year's PumpkinMania will be Oct. 27 with trick-or-treating starting at 6 p.m. and the lighting around 7. Students, faculty, staff, and families are invited to pumpkin carving from 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in Back Circle and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in Haupt Circle.
  • Old Morrison Circle parking closes 5 p.m. Monday
  • Old Morrison Circle will close for parking at 5 p.m. Monday. Please move your vehicle by then to allow pedestrians safe passage for PumpkinMania that evening.
  • Nightmare Chamber Oct. 27
  • The Nightmare Chamber presents the best horror games in a theater viewing experience. Players of the game are chosen via lottery out of all of the audience participants. Chosen players may play the game themselves or pick their friends to play for them. We will play Slender: The Arrival, Outlast, Five Nights at Freddy's, and more! There will be prizes and snacks! All is free-of-charge and begins at 9 p.m. in Haupt Humanities basement. For more information, contact Jesse Johnson.
  • UK College of Public Health information session Oct. 28
  • Interested in a public health or health administration career? Brandy Reeves, director of student affairs at the University of Kentucky, will present an information session about the UK College of Public Health. Learn more about graduate and doctoral programs at 12:30 p.m. in Strickland Auditorium. For more information on the programs offered, please visit here. For more information, contact Charlotte Taraba.
  • Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program ceremony Oct. 29
  • Ag Commissioner James Comer will welcome us into the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program in front of the locally grown PumpkinMania jack-o'-lanterns on the steps of Old Morrison at 11 a.m. The rain location will be the Campus Center gym. President Carey and other guests also will speak. Join us for KY Proud apples, cider, and donuts. A KY Proud lunch will follow in the caf.
  • Candidates Forum on Oct. 30
  • LFUCG Domestic Violence Prevention Board will host the 13th Annual Candidates Forum at the Lexington Public Library. This free event is open to the public and citizens will have the opportunity to ask our future elected officials about their ideas and plans to address interpersonal and family violence and crime victims' rights. If you would like to attend with a group and walk down to the event, please email Ashley Gutshall.
  • President Carey seminar Oct. 30
  • The next seminar with President Carey will be Oct. 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the Presidents' Room. These are excellent opportunities for students to chat casually with the president. He'll structure the conversation around "The Universe Is a Green Dragon" by Brian Swimme. Check with the library or bookstore for help obtaining a copy, but feel free to come even if you haven't had a chance to read the text. First-year students will receive Creative Engagements credit. For more information, contact Sallie Showalter at 8148 or sshowalter@transy.edu.
  • 100 Doors to Success information sessions Oct. 30
  • What do Oprah, Luke Skywalker, and Plato have in common? They all had mentors! Come and learn about the new 100 Doors to Success program at 4 p.m. in Conference Room A. For more information, contact Deana Ison at dison@transy.edu or 8590.
  • Campus offices close early Oct. 31
  • To provide faculty and staff with some additional family time on Halloween night and accommodate the city's request to reduce congestion in town next Friday, all campus offices will close at 4 p.m. We hope everyone enjoys the extra time off and has a great evening!
  • Blood drive Oct. 31
  • There will be a blood drive on Oct. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Campus Center Gym. Please let Barton Lynch, student blood drive coordinator, know when you would like to donate.
  • Bike and brunch ride Nov. 1
  • This warm weather will only last for so long, so join Gio for a bike and brunch ride to La Petite Creperie at 1 p.m. Meet in the Transy Bikes Shop. Don't forget you can rent bikes from the Campus Center! This ride counts as BGGA points. For more information, contact Stevie Morrison.
  • All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 1
  • Alternative Winter Break will have an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Applebee's in Hamburg. All proceeds will go toward raising funds to build a home for a family in Guatemala. All tickets are $7 and should be purchased in advance. Please contact Courtney Smith or Mike LeVan for tickets. Please come out to help this worthy cause!
  • Crimson Affair on Nov. 1
  • Join TUSGA Activities Board from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Campus Center Gym for Crimson Affair. The theme this year is masquerade, and we encourage everyone to make a mask either at the Fall Festival on Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Back Caf or on Oct. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. in Conference Room A. We hope to see everyone there. More info.
  • Soccer kick for an Audi on Nov. 1
  • Want to win an Audi A5? All current students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to kick a soccer ball into a bucket from 25 yards out at our soccer game Nov. 1. At all home athletic contests between now and that game, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come cheer on your Pioneers and "put your name in the hat" for a chance to win a new car! Call Kyle Dunaway at 8183 for details about the contest. Check out the car outside Pat Deacon Stadium!
  • Athletics Open House on Nov. 5
  • Join us from noon to 1:30 p.m. to meet the coaches and staff of Transylvania Athletics. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Oct. 28 to dtipton@transy.edu.
  • Business Administration Info Session on Nov. 5
  • Come join the BA faculty at 3:30 p.m. in Cowgill 101 to discuss a major or minor in business and get answers to any questions you might have. For more info, please contact Stephanie.
In the News
For Faculty and Staff
  • Health risk assessments and biometric screenings
  • Health risk assessments and biometric screenings with Edumedics for faculty and staff will start mid-November. Watch your email and TNotes for information on scheduling your appointment. If you have questions, you may contact Debbie Clark 3635 or Jeff Mudrak 8701.
  • 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.
  • Green Revolving Fund ideas
  • Started in 2013 with seed funding from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Green Revolving Loan Fund (GRLF) supports utility conservation, waste reduction, renewable energy, and education projects. Savings resulting from these projects are rolled back into the GRLF. Four projects funded in 2013-14 were fans in Beck; LED lighting in Beck; programmable thermostats in academic and administrative buildings; and electricity meters in residence halls. Submit your GRLF project ideas using this form. For more information, contact Angela Poe at 8278 or apoe@transy.edu.
  • Barnes music premiere Nov. 2
  • Music professor Larry Barnes's "Spirals, Drones and Dreams" for violin and piano, the 2014 commissioned work of the Kentucky Music Teachers' Association and Music Teacher's National Association, will receive its premiere at the Kentucky Composer Concert in Ransdell Chapel at Campbellsville University at 8 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot.
  • Whiddon to chair writing support workshop Nov. 18
  • Writing Center director Scott Whiddon will chair an invited workshop on best practices in peer-to-peer writing support at Berea College's Center for Transformative Learning. The majority of the workshop will focus on working with first-year writers and revision strategies. As the state representative to the Southeast Writing Center Association, Whiddon often collaborates with programs across the Commonwealth. For more information, please contact Becky Mills.
  • Erfani publishes airline economics article
  • Economics professor G. Rod Erfani published an article in the field of airline economics. The article, "Airport Performance and Ownership Structure: Evidence from the United Kingdom, United States, and Latin America," is published in the Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering, Purdue University Press, Vol 4, Num 1, 2014. Read more here.
  • Upchurch manuscript to be published
  • Professor Meg Upchurch's manuscript titled "Gender Bias in Research" has been accepted for publication in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. For more information, contact her at mupchurch@transy.edu or 8252.
  • Speech and Debate team finishes strong in first tournament
  • The Transylvania Speech and Debate team finished third in overall sweepstakes points in the first tournament of the year. Only Carson-Newman and Marshall universities finished ahead of Transy, while Ohio University, TCU, Tennessee Tech, UK, and Bowling Green State were among the teams that finished with fewer points. Transylvania was led by the successes of seniors Rebecca Radcliffe and Taylor Deaton (three awards each) and stellar debuts by first-year students Riley Bresnahan and Joseph Gearon. For more information, contact Gary Deaton at 8201 or gdeaton@transy.edu.
May Term
  • May Term Diversity Travel Awards
  • Two May Term Diversity Travel Awards of $500 each are available to students who need financial assistance to participate in a May term travel course. The definition of diversity is on the application which is due Oct. 27. Email to Kathy Simon in the study abroad office to request an application.
August Term
Clubs and Organizations
  • Japanese Club film viewing of 'Uzumaki' on Oct. 30
  • The Japanese Club will show the infamous horror film, "Uzumaki," in Conference Room A at 8 p.m. Come enjoy the Halloween-themed event. Japanese snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Elizabeth Burton.
  • Omicron Delta Kappa accepting applications
  • Transylvania's Lampas Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society, is now accepting applications for membership. Get the details.
  • Lexington Greek Philosophy Reading Group
  • Come and read selections from Greek philosophy in the original language with professors and graduate students from around the greater Bluegrass region. We meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 3rd Street Stuff and Coffee every Saturday. At least one year of Ancient Greek is required to participate. For more information, please contact David Kaufman.
For Your Information
  • Habitat for Rafinesquii; help TEAL give bats a home
  • Did you know Rafinesque himself discovered a bat? The Transylvania Environmental Action League will be hosting a donation drive to build bat boxes during Raf Week on Oct. 27 and 29 and on Halloween during the blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Each dollar donated will go to a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! For more information, contact Devin Rowe.
  • Candy donations requested for PumpkinMania
  • With the wonderful weather forecast for Monday, we are expecting a large crowd for the pumpkin lighting. For those offices unable to host a table, we ask that you consider purchasing candy and other treats to donate so that we don't run short. Please let Tracy Dunn know if you are able to help.
  • Raf Week, Homecoming Week, and Crimson Affair details
  • TUSGA Activities Board is proud to present Raf Week, Homecoming Week, and Crimson Affair from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. For a detailed description of the events during the week click here. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Ryne Hardesty.
  • GLSEN receives grant for conference
  • The Bluegrass Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has received an $18,000 grant from the Kentucky System to Enhance Early Development to host a conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and their families. Read more.
  • Presentations on budgets and financial status
  • Marc Mathews will provide an update on university budgets and financial status; it's a continuation of the presentations he began last year. Jeff Mudrak will follow with a discussion of health plan projections for the next five years and future initiatives intended to enhance quality of life and reduce health claims. Three presentations will be provided in the Faculty/Staff Lounge: Monday, Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m. The final session planned for Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m. will be rescheduled if necessary.
  • TIAA-CREF consultant on campus in November
  • Paul Kelder, our local consultant from TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Nov. 6 and 20. Please call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353 to set up a meeting time. If you have any questions, you may contact Debbie Clark at 3635.
  • Dell's Double Your Discount
  • Dell is running a Double Your Discount until 7 a.m. Oct. 31. To take advantage of this offer, visit here or call 1-800-965-8133 with Member ID: US70006402. This offer is available to students, parents, faculty, staff, and/or alumni. If you have any questions you may contact Jason Whitaker at 8289.
  • Speech tournament results
  • Senior biology major Rebecca Radcliffe finished first in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Editorial Impromptu at the UK speech tournament. First-year student Joseph Gearon finished third in Extemporaneous Speaking and was the top novice in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. Senior WRC major Taylor Deaton finished fourth in Editorial Impromptu. With help from First-year students Cassidy Wheeler, Rachel Halliday, and Riley Bresnahan, Transy earned more IE points than any small school competing. For more information, contact Gary Deaton at 8201 or gdeaton@transy.edu.
  • Residence hall construction update
  • This week the campus will see delivery and installation of floor planks that will provide the starting point of construction on the second floor of the building. Most of this work will take place Monday through Wednesday. Flaggers will assist pedestrians as trucks enter and leave the Back Circle area. Storm sewer work has been completed in Back Circle. The disrupted area will be leveled and filled as weather permits and returned for student usage. For more information, contact Marc Mathews at 8100, or mmathews@transy.edu.
  • This week's Creative Engagements schedule
  • Check out what's on tap for Creative Engagements this week here.
  • Work Study time sheets due Thursday
  • Don't forget that Federal Work Study time sheets are now due on Thursday by noon to the financial aid office. Only time sheets with both supervisor and employee signatures will be recorded. For questions, contact Beth Mitchell at emitchell@transy.edu or 8239.
  • Cuban salsa lessons on Mondays canceled
  • Cuban salsa lessons on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. are canceled for the rest of the semester. For more information, contact Paul Dimayuga at 8524 or pdimayuga@transy.edu.
  • 2015 August Term Scholar applications available
  • August Term Scholars serve as role models and mentors to first-year students while working with a faculty member to teach a section of First Engagements. They are also responsible for leading and supervising first-year students in small group discussions, off-campus trips, and campus events during New Student Orientation and August term. Applications are available. For more information, contact Michael Covert at 8550 or mcovert@transy.edu.
  • Home Free tickets going fast
  • Students, staff, and faculty, time is running out to pick up your free tickets to Monday's Smith Endowed Concert Series concert in Haggin Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. We anticipate a packed house, but a small number of tickets are still available. Take your Transy I.D. to the information desk of the Campus Center today to reserve up to two seats. For more information, contact Greg Partain at 8177 or gpartain@transy.edu.
  • Spirit jersey sales
  • The spirit jersey sales were supposed to end on Oct. 12, but the deadline has been moved to Oct. 20! If you'd like to order a shirt, click here or contact Shelby Catlett with any issues or questions.
  • Campus photo contest
  • The Student Alumni Ambassadors invite students to submit campus photos for a 2015 wall calendar. Photos selected for the calendar will include photo credit in the calendar. Prizes will also be given. Submit your high-resolution photos to Tracy Dunn by Nov. 14.
  • Empty baby food jars needed
  • If you have any empty glass baby food jars that you don't need anymore, please donate them for use in the Personal Care Products Workshop. Students will make personal care products and use the bottles to store them. For more information, contact Roshni Desai.
  • Udall Foundation scholarships
  • The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or the environment. If interested, go to the Udall Foundation website for further information about the scholarship and how to apply if interested.
  • Track team coupon cards
  • The track team is selling coupon cards for $20 each. There are coupons for Papa John's, North Lime, Sonic, and more! If you'd like to see one or purchase one, please contact Shelby Catlett. Thanks so much!
  • Art, art history travel grants available
  • Art and Art Historians Endowed Study Travel Grants established by Rose Mary Stamler Dow '88 (Mrs. Philip) are available to students enrolled in Art or Art History Program courses with preference given to those involving May term travel. Students must be declared junior or senior students majoring in art or art history with a 3.0 GPA or higher in their major. Contact Professor Jack Girard for the application, which is due Dec. 1.
  • 2015-16 Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship at UK
  • A one-year fellowship in the amount of $15,000 plus tuition and student health insurance is available at the University of Kentucky for graduate or professional (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy) study for an entering student. Candidates must be nominated by Transylvania; individual applications will not be accepted. Get the details.
  • Fixed Assets Control Form
  • Use the new Fixed Assets Control Form to transfer or dispose of university equipment in accordance with the Asset Disposal Policy. Sale or trade of any university property requires advanced approval from the VP for finance and business. Promptly report lost or stolen university equipment to DPS. For more information contact Brooke Mohallatee at 8290 or bmohallatee@transy.edu.
  • Pre-Health spring Advisory Committee interviews
  • Are you interviewing with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee in the spring? If you missed the junior and senior pre-health advising meeting on Oct. 2 and plan to interview with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee in the spring, please see Kathleen Jagger (BSC 321) or Charlotte Taraba (BSC 111) for more information. A Personal Statement Writing workshop will be later this fall for students signed up to interview. For more information, contact Taraba at 8228 or ctaraba@transy.edu.
  • Yale Bioethics Summer Seminar scholarship
  • Read more about how a Transylvania student is awarded a tuition scholarship to participate in Yale's Bioethics Summer Seminar.
  • Transylvanian literary magazine open for submissions
  • The Transylvanian literary magazine is now open for submissions for the fall semester. Submit prose, poetry, art, and music. Contact Jessica Taylor for more info.
  • Participate in 2014 Thriller Parade
  • Zombies return to haunt downtown Lexington once again for the 2014 Thriller Parade! Participation is open to all willing zombies who attend rehearsals to learn the choreography and parade schematics. For participation instructions and a rehearsal schedule, contact Mecca at meccadancestudio@gmail.com or 254-9790 and ask to be added to the "Thriller" list for updated information on rehearsals. For more information, visit here.
  • 2015-16 international, national fellowship and scholarship opportunities
  • Information and applications for a number of international and national scholarships and fellowships are available from designated faculty representatives and program websites. Go here for more info.
  • Parking changes
  • Click here to read about parking changes on campus. View the map 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.
Career Development
  • Find an internship through Career Development
  • Securing professional experience through an internship is one of the best ways students are more employable or competitive for graduate school. Working with Career Development can help you decide what internship you should have and can assist you in preparing a professional resume. Find out what internships are available in art, communications, development, event planning, finance, government, graphic design, marketing, media, ministry, public relations, and tourism, just to name a few.
  • Graduate school application assistance
  • The Career Development Center offers assistance with all applications for graduate and professional schools. Assistance includes whether or not to apply, how to choose among programs, help with resume and personal statement writing, and answering questions about the application. Please call the office or stop in to set up an appointment with Michael Cronk, mcronk@transy.edu.
Community Service
  • Track and field team collecting shoes for Gambian children
  • The track and field team will collect used shoes for children in the West African country of Gambia until Dec. 5. Please put any shoes you would like to donate in the bins located in Front Lobby, Thomson Lobby, Clayvis Lobby, and the Beck Center. All kinds of shoes are welcome, although old athletic shoes and sandals are most useful. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hardt.
  • North YMCA seeks Fall Festival volunteers
  • The North YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with their Fall Festival on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Volunteers need to arrive by 5:40 p.m. to be assigned to a game and are encouraged to wear Transy gear. For more information, contact Serenity Wright at 8805 or swright@transy.edu.
  • Susan G. Komen chapter producing a community profile
  • The Susan G. Komen Lexington chapter would like you to take part in the Community Profile Population Survey. Please take a moment of your time to help them in their work. For more information, contact Bob Brown.
  • Comedy Mania seeks volunteers
  • Volunteers are needed to help promote Comedy Mania Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 between the two Garth Brooks concerts from 8 to 11 p.m. and at the UK preseason game on Nov. 2 from 8:30 to 10 p.m. You do not have to be there on all days. Please let Roshni Desai know as soon as possible if you are interested in helping out. Comedy Mania benefits the Calipari Foundation. Check out this video.
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.
International Education
  • KIIS Slavic Europe Summer 2015 program meeting Oct. 29
  • An informational meeting for the KIIS Slavic Europe Summer 2015 program will be at 3:30 p.m. in Haupt 110. The summer program will take place in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland, during June 2015. Students can earn up to two course credits. For more information, contact professor Ken Slepyan at kslepyan@transy.edu or 8105, or visit the KIIS Slavic Europe Summer 2015 website.
  • Summer Study abroad scholarships available
  • Scholarships are available for current sophomores and juniors in good academic and social standing to study in any approved summer study abroad program. A list of programs suitable for different majors is available here. Information and applications are available at the study abroad office, 421 N. Broadway, or here. Applications are due Jan. 12.
  • Summer 2015 English-Speaking Union scholarship
  • The Kentucky branch of the English-Speaking Union offers scholarships worth over $3,000 for summer academic study at Cambridge or Oxford universities, or the Scottish universities program in Edinburgh. Applicants must be juniors qualified to undertake advanced coursework in their majors: English, history, political science, or PPE. Students who have studied abroad or will be abroad next semester are ineligible. Please email (ksimon@transy.edu) or call (8124) Kathy Simon in the study abroad office, 421 N. Broadway, for information and an application. The application deadline is Nov. 3.
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