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Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Friday, December 19, 2014
Upcoming Dates
  • Cabaret auditions Jan. 10
  • Cabaret is coming, and it's sooner than you think. Auditions will be in Coleman Recital Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's theme is "Time," but don't let that limit your thinking! All performance talents are welcome (musical, dance, spoken, etc.). To apply for an audition slot, go here. If you have questions, contact Karen Cooksey at 3546 or sing@transy.edu.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Transylvania on Jan. 14
  • The Kenan Lecture Series presents Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The environmental lawyer and activist will speak about Green Capitalism at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. Read more.
  • Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference on Feb. 7
  • Transy will host the 2015 Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference. Built around the theme, "Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today," about 150 college students are expected to attend. We invite program proposals for interested students, faculty, and staff. Proposals are due Dec. 5. Registration details are in the proposal. For more information, contact Aaron Roberts at 3501 or aroberts@transy.edu.
In the News
For Faculty and Staff
  • Moodle Site course set-up help
  • Faculty and staff with Moodle Sites, if you need assistance with setting up your winter courses or backing up your fall courses, please contact Paul Dimayuga.
  • Surplus office furniture
  • If you need office furniture now or in the future, please go to the Surplus Furniture link on Inside Transy under Purchasing. We now have photos of available furniture. For more information, contact Shawn Singleton at 8154 or ssingleton@transy.edu.
  • Bene debit card available
  • If you enrolled in the flexible spending plan through Chard Snyder for 2015, you will receive a Bene debit card. This card can be used in place of filing a paper claim; however, you may still use the paper claim process if you prefer. If you have questions or do not receive your card, please call Human Resources at 3635 or 8291.
  • First generation college graduates sought as student resources
  • If you are a first generation college graduate staff member who is willing to serve as a resource for first generation students on campus, please let Serenity Wright know. We are exploring avenues of support for our first generation students on campus and would like your input. For more information, contact Wright at 8805 or swright@transy.edu.
  • Protocol for severe winter weather for employees
  • With winter just around the corner, we want to remind you of Transylvania's closing policy in the event of severe weather. Read the details here.
  • Health risk assessments and biometric screenings
  • Health risk assessments and biometric screenings with Edumedics for faculty and staff will start mid-November and run through January. Please, schedule an appointment by Dec. 19. 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.
Community Service
  • Diabetes Association seeks members for Board of Directors
  • The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Diabetes Association is seeking new members for its Board of Directors. This is an organized group of local volunteers with unique knowledge and skills, brought together to achieve key fundraising and program goals through a commitment to the ADA's mission. If you are an interested faculty or staff member, please contact Lori Burlingham in the development office.
  • Kentucky Horse Park seeks volunteers for Southern Lights Festival
  • The Kentucky Horse Park is looking for volunteers for its annual Southern Lights Festival on Dec. 15, 16, 17, 19, and 21. Volunteers are needed to greet guests as well as staff the activity booths. Shifts are from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. If you are available on any of these dates and are in Lexington, please consider participating in this annual community event! For more information, contact Roshni Desai.
  • MLK Day of Service
  • Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is now a nationally recognized Day of Service? Join with the Transy community to make this year's MLK Day a day in service, not a day off! Mark your calendars for Jan. 19. The Office of Civic Engagement will be serving with the Lexington community through hands-on engagement, dialogue, and a speaker on MLK's Rhetoric. We invite staff, faculty, and students to engage. More information to follow. Contact Natasha Begin if you have a group!
  • Allison wins calendar photo contest
  • Congratulations, Sarah Allison! The student photographer won the Student Alumni Ambassadors calendar photo contest.
  • Fosl delivers Oxford lecture
  • Philosophy professor Peter Fosl delivered a lecture, "Hume's Doxastic Scepticism," to the Oxford Hume forum at Hertford College, Oxford University, on Dec. 2. For more information, contact Shamara Huguely.
  • Nichols kicks off professional development workshop series Wednesday
  • Public Services Librarian Lisa Nichols kicked off the professional development workshop series for instruction librarians at the University of Kentucky with a presentation on creating personal strategies for developing greater authenticity, presence, and emotional investment in teaching and learning in library settings. For more info, contact Nichols.
  • Georgeann Brown wins Essential Piece Award
  • The Staff Appreciation Committee is proud to recognize Campus Counselor Georgeann Brown as this month's Essential Piece Award recipient. She has helped grow the counseling services on campus and always shows incredible dedication in helping our students. Her enthusiasm is beyond valuable to the university. Please congratulate Georgeann and thank her for her service and being an essential piece to the success of Transylvania! For more information, contact Kara Salsman.
  • Gao presents papers at conferences
  • This past weekend, assistant professor Qian Gao presented a paper, "Communicative Learning through Invisible Teaching," at the the third Conference on Applied Linguistics, organized by the National Key Research Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in China. On Dec. 12, she will present another paper titled "Teaching Translation - A Multi-Functional Course Design" at the International Conference on Pragmatics and Translation organized by the National Center for Translation Studies in China. For more information, contact Gao.
  • Arthur successfully defends master's thesis
  • Chemistry lab coordinator Donia Arthur successfully defended her master's thesis in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kentucky. Her work covered "Polymorphic Changes During Manufacturing of Solid-Dosage Forms: Quantitative Analysis Using Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy." Congratulations on a job well done!! For more information, contact Eva Csuhai 3592 or ecsuhai@transy.edu.
  • Sullivan Canaday White awarded Kentucky Foundation for Women grant
  • Theater professor Sullivan Canaday White was awarded a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women to produce a festival of plays by and about women in summer 2015. White will produce these works with her company, Project SEE Theatre. For more information, contact her at 8623 or swhite@transy.edu.
  • Ojeda to present paper at Latin American Studies Association
  • Spanish professor Martha Ojeda's paper titled "Tomar la palabra: silenciamiento, racismo y liderazgo femenino sindical en Piel de Mujer" (Talking Back: silencing, racism, and female union leadership in Piel de Mujer) has been accepted for presentation at the LASA congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information, email Ojeda.
May Term
  • Chinese Cinema added
  • CHI-2044 Chinese Cinema has been added to the May 2015 schedule. This class can fulfill either a GE Area III List A or GE Area IV requirement. Registration is available via TNet. For more information, contact Michelle Rawlings.
  • Introduction to Theater added to May term
  • THEA-1104 Introduction to Theater has been added to the May 2015 schedule. It's a GE Area II Fine Arts course. Students may register for the course via TNet. For more information, contact Michelle Rawlings at 8116 or registrar@transy.edu.
International Education
  • Summer Paid Internship in Haiti
  • Sophomores and juniors from all majors who have a working knowledge of French may apply for an eight-week summer internship with Rebuild Globally, a non-profit enterprise based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Go here for more info. And then be sure to look at the YouTube video and other information about the organization posted here.
  • Science major internship in Germany
  • The RISE summer internship in Germany is offered to sophomore and junior majors in biology, chemistry, and physics. These interns work with research groups at universities and top research institutions in Germany for two to three months during the summer. German language is not required. Stipend and housing are provided. Applications are due Jan. 15. For more information, contact Kathy Simon at 8124 or ksimon@transy.edu.
  • Summer Fulbright Awards for study in the U.K.
  • The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for U.S. citizens to come to the U.K. These summer programs provide the opportunity for U.S. undergraduates (aged over 18) with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the U.K. on a three-, four-, five-, or six-week academic and cultural summer program. For more information, contact Kathy Simon at 8124 or ksimon@transy.edu.
  • 2015-16 semester study abroad applications
  • Applications to use scholarship and financial aid for 2015-16 semester study abroad (both fall and winter terms) are due March 6. Semester study abroad is affordable and you can transfer credit for your Transy major and/or minor. Don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime! Find out more: Semester Programs, Programs by Major, and Application Information. Also, call the study abroad office at 8124 or visit at 421 N. Broadway, second floor.
  • 2015-16 Boren Study Abroad Scholarships applications
  • Information and applications for David L. Boren/National Security Scholarships are available here. Boren Awards are for study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Language study and a commitment to working in the field of national security for the federal government for a minimum of one year are requirements. The campus application deadline is Jan. 16. For more information, contact Kathy Simon at 8124 or ksimon@transy.edu.
  • 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.
For Your Information
  • Darrell Banks to take on new role
  • As the university continues construction of its first new residence hall and plans for the construction of two additional ones and the renovation of the Haupt Humanities building, there is a clear need for one person to oversee and look out for the university's best interest in these projects. We are happy to announce that Darrell Banks has agreed to assume the position of university construction manager effective immediately. We will post a job listing to hire Darrell's replacement as director of physical plant. Darrell will continue to supervise this area as well until a replacement is in place. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Library winter break hours
  • The library will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15-18 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 19, unless otherwise posted. The library will remain closed over the winter break. We will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 5. For more information, please refer to our hours page.
  • Construction update
  • The third floor of the new residence hall is up! This week you will see the installation of steel beams for the fourth (top) floor and concrete will be poured for the third floor slab. There will be concrete, block, steel, and sprinkler piping deliveries throughout the week. A flagman will be present during delivery times to assist with pedestrian safety.
  • Dining Services out of office beginning Dec. 16
  • Dining Services will be out of the office beginning Dec. 16 and return Jan. 5. For all your upcoming catering, please place your orders on our website. For more information, contact Amanda Langlitz.
  • Winter shutdown reminder
  • Before leaving for the break, please remember to complete the winter shutdown checklist for your office or room. Resident advisers will complete final walk-throughs of the res halls as students leave for the holiday. Physical plant will start final walk-throughs of offices at noon on Dec. 19. If you are working on campus that afternoon, please leave a note on your door so physical plant knows you are here. Thank you in advance and have a wonderful break! For more information, contact Angela Poe.
  • Transylvania wall calendars
  • The Student Alumni Ambassadors are selling Transylvania wall calendars! All of the photos were taken by our talented students and staff. They make great Christmas gifts. Buy one for yourself and one to give away! They're $20 each. For more information, contact Tracy Dunn.
  • Lexington Ballet discount on 'Nutcracker' tickets
  • The Lexington Ballet will perform "The Nutcracker" at the Lexington Opera House Dec. 12-21. A 10 percent discount is available to the Transylvania community using the discount code TRANSY. This discount may be used to buy tickets at the Lexington Center Box Office, by phone at 233-3535, at performances, or online. Students save $10 when buying tickets at the box office with a Crimson Card. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Bicycle rack repaired
  • The red bicycle rack behind Forrer Hall has been repaired and can be used immediately. Remember that all bicycles must be registered through the university bicycle registration program at no cost, or the bike will be subject to removal and stored until registered. Thank you for your patience. For more information, contact Chief Gregg Muravchick at 8118 or gmuravchick@transy.edu.
  • Crimson Affair T-shirts
  • The TUSGA Activities Board welcomes faculty and staff to purchase a Crimson Affair T-shirt for $5. Students who are still interested can buy one for $10. We have sizes S-XL and will take cash or check. If you are interested, please contact Ryne Hardesty or Shane McKee.
  • Basketball game for a cause T-shirts
  • Anyone wishing to purchase a T-shirt from the women's basketball game Wednesday night in support of Torsie Haugli '14 and Lauren Hill can do so in the Beck Center athletics offices. The minimum donation is $5 per shirt. Sizes available are small, large, and x-large, but supply is limited. All proceeds benefit the Torsie Lymphoma Research Fund and The Cure Starts Now. Contact Kyle Dunaway at 8183 if you have any questions.
  • Introduction to Drawing added to winter schedule
  • ART-1424 Introduction to Drawing was just added to the winter 2015 schedule. It's a GE Area II Fine Arts course. For more information, contact Michelle Rawlings at 8116 or registrar@transy.
  • Omicron Delta Kappa's 100th anniversary
  • Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Honor Society at Washington and Lee University. Alums from the Transylvania Circle of ODK, along with several members of UK's ODK Circle and invited guests, gathered for a luncheon at Graham Cottage to celebrate this significant milestone. John Morgan, ODK executive director emeritus, presided.
  • Beck Center hours
  • The Beck Center hours for the next two weeks will be: Dec. 8-11, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (track opens at 9 a.m.); Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (track opens 9 a.m.); Dec. 13 and 14, closed; Dec. 15-18, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:00 p.m.; and Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Dunaway at 8183.
  • New res hall furniture feedback
  • Please let us know what you think about the three mock showrooms that were set up in the Campus Center.
  • On-site review of education program
  • Read more about last month's on-site review of the education program here.
  • Area coordinator, resident advisor applications
  • Applications to become an area coordinator or resident advisor for the 2015-16 school year are now available here. Details regarding deadlines and the hiring timeline are included in the application. Each applicant should also submit a resume and cover letter with his or her application (if you need assistance please see Career Services). If you have any questions or to submit your resume/cover letter, please contact Tristan Fretwell, associate director of residence life.
  • Thomson Hall parking restriction
  • Please, do not park vehicles alongside the tennis court fence at the rear of Thomson Hall. Construction crews will be driving large trucks behind Clay/Davis Hall and will need as much space as possible to pull behind the buildings. Students will be notified when this parking area is re-opened. Sorry for the inconvenience. For more information, contact Gregg Muravchick at 8118.
  • Summer research funding
  • Students interested in summer research can apply for funding from the Grants Allocation Committee. The application form can be found on the Dean of the College's page on Inside Transy under Academic. The deadline is Jan. 30. For more information, contact GAC chair Kirk Abraham.
  • Fourth Street parking
  • The great news is the construction crew advised that we could open up parking on Fourth Street. The sad news is we have to close it down again. But the good news is KU needs it closed down so they can install better lighting on our Fourth Street corridor, which will enhance everyone's safety. We are truly sorry for any inconveniences and hope to open more parking spots as soon as we can. According to KU the parking on Fourth Street will be blocked out for the rest of the semester. Contact DPS with any questions.
  • Seeking to fill assistant registrar position
  • We are seeking to fill the assistant registrar position. The candidate selected will play an integral role in a three-person office setting that includes the registrar and assistant registrar. Qualified candidates may submit their cover letter and resume on-line by following the staff job openings link. For more information, contact Debbie Clark at 3635 or dclark@transy.edu.
  • IVPP seeks Stalking Awareness planning help
  • Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programming is looking for interested students, staff, and faculty to help plan events for Stalking Awareness Month in January. If you are interested in being a part of this planning committee, please contact Ashley Gutshall.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
  • Room, office audits reduce utility costs
  • Last year, Transylvania spent $1,325 per student on utilities. Discover how you can help reduce that number by having your office or room audited. You'll learn tips for utility conservation and landfill-bound waste reduction. Plus, you'll be entered to win your choice of lunch for two at Dudley's, a 90-minute massage at Massage Envy, a mani-pedi at Planet Salon, or $75 worth of goods or services from a Local First Lexington business. Email apoe@transy.edu to be connected with a student auditor.
  • 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.
August Term
Health and Fitness
  • Flu vaccines available
  • Fight the Flu! Protect yourself; protect others; get vaccinated! Flu vaccines are available for students in the Health Center. The $20 fee for the vaccine will be applied to the student's account. Walk in hours are M,W,F 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 2-7 p.m.; and Thursday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Tracy Moore at 8127, or TMoore@transy.edu.
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