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Transylvania dedicated Thomson Residence Hall

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania dedicated its new $5.5 million residence hall Saturday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m. in an outdoor ceremony in front of the building. The 28,000 square-foot facility features 31 suite-style living units, a newly located and expanded 1780 Café, lounges and a large meeting room.

The residence hall is named in honor of Joe Thomson and his wife, JoAnn, and features wireless Internet connections and an efficient and environmentally friendly geothermal heating and air conditioning system.

Mr. Thomson, a native of Cynthiana, Ky., is a 1966 graduate of Transylvania and is a member of the Transylvania Board of Trustees and a former member of the Board of Visitors.
The Thomsons own Winbak Farm, one of the most successful Standardbred horse operations in the industry. Winbak’s flagship 2,000-plus acres farm is located in Maryland, with operations in Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine and Canada. Mr. Thomson is also a co-owner of the Red Mile racetrack in Lexington.