Anthropology professor Chris Begley ’88 was featured in the May 6 issue of The New Yorker magazine. The article, “The El Dorado machine: A new scanner’s rain-forest discoveries,” features a high-tech aerial mapping system of objects under dense vegetation. He discusses the challenges posed by more conventional ways of mapping archeological digs in the jungles of Honduras. Begley also recently joined Past Preservers People, an agency that represents presenters for projects such as television documentaries.
Junior Jen Smith won best of show—and a $500 prize—in the LexArts University Open Art Competition for her oil painting “Something Must Be Funny” (above). Winners were announced April 5, and participants exhibited their work at ArtsPlace in Lexington.
Theater program director Sully White and theater professor Michael Dixon directed the theater segment of “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” a multi-media project about the immigrant experience. The May production was a collaboration between the Lexington Philharmonic and Project SEE Theatre, which White co-founded.
Philosophy professor Peter Fosl was awarded the first-ever David Hume Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh. He will conduct research and mingle with international scholars there from September until February, 2014.
Junior Chelsea Diamond, an exercise science major and Panhellenic president, was named one of five 2013 Kentucky Derby princesses. Her duties included television and radio interviews and speaking at events. She was chosen from a field of more than 100.
Spanish professor Jeremy Paden, shown here at a booksigning, published a debut chapbook of poetry, Broken Tulips, earlier this year. Released by Accents Publishing, the work (which is in English) is available at the Transylvania library and bookstore and Amazon.
Campus Counselor Kathy J. Susman was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology in January. Board members, who serve four-year terms, award licenses and prosecute violators of psychology practice laws and regulations.
Art professor Kurt Gohde exhibited his work at the University of Tampa’s Electronics Alive VII exhibition in January and February. Artists from around the world feature works such as digital interactive pieces and computer animation during the biennial event.
Senior Cory Collins published Bats That Won’t Break in March. The book, which tells the stories of Louisville Bats minor league baseball players, depicts a love of the game that thrives even without the perks of playing in the major leagues.
The speech and debate team in February performed well at the 2013 Kentucky Forensic Association State Tournament, which Transylvania hosted. The team won the small school debate sweepstakes and individual events sweepstakes and was named second overall grand champion. Also, writing, rhetoric, and communication instructor Gary Deaton won co-coach of the year.