Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University has named the first of its three new residence halls after two alumni who were remarkably dedicated to their school.

Dalton-Voigt Residence Hall—which opened this past weekend for the beginning of the academic year—honors deceased alumni Steve Dalton ’83 and Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Voigt ’44.

“Both Steve and Betty served their alma mater while they were students—and long after graduation,” said Kirk Purdom, vice president for advancement. “By naming the new building after them, we celebrate their lifelong commitment to Transylvania and ensure their legacy endures.”

Dalton was a campus leader and a true Renaissance man, making many friends at Transylvania. As a resident advisor, he turned campus housing into a laboratory to learn about life. He went on to work in health care and finance, serving as CFO for National Medial Solutions and founding a small business, iTasker. He remained dedicated to the university as president of Phi Kappa Tau and worked with its investment club.

voigtVoigt, who loved and supported Transylvania for many years, was a nurse in Lexington and charter member of the university’s Morrison Society, which honors donors. An active volunteer for the alumni office, she worked as a Phonathon volunteer and served on her reunion planning committee. Voigt received Transylvania’s Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and the Morrison Medallion in 2012.

The building named after her and Dalton stands four stories and has 72 rooms and a capacity for 144 residents. Each floor has a common study space where students collaborate outside the classroom.

In addition to Dalton-Voigt, two other residence halls are under construction and will open in the fall of 2016. One of them was named after trustee James E. “Ted” Bassett III, a Marine Corps veteran, Yale graduate and horse industry leader. The other has yet to be named.