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Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • National Day on Writing
  • The Carnegie Center is looking for volunteers for the National Day on Writing, which is today. They will be encouraged to write to spread information about the Carnegie Center and the National Day on Writing. For more information, contact Roshni Desai at 8182 or rdesai@transy.edu.
  • "Sing-Off" winners Home Free in concert
  • Home Free, winners of NBC's "Sing-Off" and Columbia recording artists, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium as part of the Dorothy J. and Fred K. Smith Endowed Concert Series. The a cappella group is traveling the country on its Crazy Life Tour. The concert is sold out.
  • Monday's Home Free concert sold out
  • The Home Free concert is sold out, and there is an extensive wait list. If you have a ticket you don’t plan on using, call Diane Fout immediately at 8133.
  • Open discussion with Silas House on Tuesday
  • Please join us for an open discussion with Silas House, a Delcamp Visiting Writer. The discussion will be in the Presidents' Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. House will give a public reading in Carrick Theater beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Shamara Huguely at 8114 or sburton@transy.edu.
  • Ride to Stella's Kentucky Deli on Tuesday
  • Take advantage of the fall weather while you can! Transy Bikes is doing so by having lots of rides around our lovely city in the months of October and November! Join us for a short ride down to Stella's Kentucky Deli at noon! Meet in the Transy Bikes! Shop. For more information, contact Stevie Morrison.
  • Transylvania Bookstore two-day Flash Sale on Tuesday, Wednesday
  • You’ll get 25 percent off hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets and an additional 25 percent off clearence. For more info, call 281-3570.
Upcoming Dates
  • Phi Alpha Theta Tea on Wednesday
  • Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary, will have its annual Phi Alpha Theta Tea in the President's Room at 4:30 p.m. Any student interested in history is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Hannah Greer.
  • Banking basics for students Wednesday
  • Learn the basics of banking for college students from Mason McCauley '07 and Chase Coleman '16 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center, Conference Room A, as part of the Financial Literacy for Today's College Student program. The discussion "Cha-ching!" is a Creative Engagements event open to all students. Free food and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Marc Mathews at 8100 or mmathews@transy.edu.
  • Last day to add a second-half course Thursday
  • Thursday is the last day to add a second-half course. For more information, contact Ashley Coons at 8116 or registrar@transy.edu.
  • Marshal University School of Pharmacy rep visit Thursday
  • Laura Rudolph, director of recruitment and development at Marshall University School of Pharmacy, will have an information table in Strickland lobby from 10 a.m. to noon and will talk to pre-pharmacy students about the Marshall pharmacy school during open hour in Strickland. For more information, contact Charlotte Taraba at 8228 or ctaraba@transy.edu.
  • English Program annual open house Thursday
  • The English Program will hold its annual open house during open hour in Conference Room A. All are welcome! Join us to get some information about our major and minor requirements, to ask questions, and to partake of tasty refreshments. Email professor Kremena Todorova with questions.
  • Transylvania University UN Association discussion Thursday
  • The Transylvania University UN Association will host a discussion on feminism and women's rights in the Student Involvement Center at 7:30 p.m. We will watch the video of Emma Watson's speech to the UN to launch the #HeForShe campaign to kick off our discussion. For more information, contact Rachel Smith.
  • 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.
  • 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 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in Haupt Circle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blood drive Oct. 31
  • There will be a blood drive on Oct. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Please let Barton Lynch, student blood drive coordinator, know when you would like to donate.
  • 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!
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.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cairo awarded Gerald R. Ford Foundation Presidential Grant
  • Michael Cairo was awarded a Gerald R. Ford Foundation Presidential Grant to conduct research on US-Israeli relations at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library during his Winter/May 2015 sabbatical. For more information, contact him at 8599 or mcairo@transy.edu.
  • Gohde, Todorova awarded grant for Detroit Tattoo Project
  • Professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova were among 58 winners of the $2.48 million Detroit Knight Arts Challenge. They will use the funding to work on the Detroit Tattoo Project, modeled after their Lexington Tattoo Project, recognized as one of 37 most successful public artworks in the nation.
  • Furlong delivers lecture at Illinois Wesleyan
  • Jack Furlong delivered a lecture at Illinois Wesleyan University titled "Reorienting the question of justice for nonhumans: From animal rights to capacities discourse and beyond," in connection with the Philosophy and Psychology departments, on Oct. 13. For more information, contact Jack Furlong at 8160 or jfurlong@transy.edu.
  • Duffin to present at International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference
  • Biology professor Paul Duffin will present research at the International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference in Asheville, N.C., Oct. 12-17. The title of the research is "DprA is required for natural transformation, limits pilin antigenic variation, and is dispensable for DNA repair in Neisseria gonorrhoeae." Transylvania alumnus Daniel Barber '14 is a co-author of the study. For more information contact Duffin.
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.
For Your Information
  • 100 Doors to Success information sessions
  • 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! Two information sessions are being held: Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the Presidents' Room, or Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Conference Room A. For more information, contact Deana Ison at dison@transy.edu or 8590.
  • 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.
  • Theater auditions for winter, May terms Oct. 23, 24
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fall term admission into education program deadline Oct. 20
  • The fall term deadline for admission into the education program is Oct. 20. Students planning to pursue teacher certification at the elementary, middle-grades, secondary, and K-12 levels should apply. Admission packets are available in the education office, 213 Cowgill. Applicants will be required to take the Praxis I exam by Nov. 22 as part of the admission process. For more information, contact Cindy Hague 8608 or chague@transy.edu.
  • 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.
Community Service
  • 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.
  • Volunteers needed to teach smartphone use Oct. 24
  • 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.
August Term
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.
Clubs and Organizations
  • Joel and Ethan Coen film Thursday
  • Transy's Film Society and Sophia philosophy club will co-sponsor a screening of a Joel and Ethan Coen film! We will meet in Haupt Humanities room 10 and start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Please enter Haupt through the card swipe doors across from Haupt Plaza. For more information, contact Stephanie Wright.
  • 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.
  • Sodalitas to host movie night Oct. 21
  • Sodalitas will host a movie night at 7:15 p.m. in Cowgill. We will watch "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" with the Classics in Film class. All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to come in classics-related costumes (though this is not required). Please contact Emily Salemi for more information.
  • 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.
International Education
  • 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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