1780 – The Official Blog of Transylvania University

1780 | The Official Blog of Transylvania University

Transylvania to host Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University will host the 2017-18 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, an innovative program that teaches entrepreneurship to Kentucky high school students. During the three-week summer session, a select group of students will turn their bright ideas into real products with the guidance of high school teachers, college professors, business leaders and other mentors. There is no GPA or test score requirement to be accepted into GSE. The program looks for motivated teens who want to develop products that solve problems. Students apply to GSE online at www.KentuckyGSE.com in the fall. “We are pleased to have this relationship with Transy,” said Laurie Daugherty, GSE’s executive director. “Being here will allow us to expand on the resources and opportunities we offer our student entrepreneurs.” GSE is an enrichment experience similar to the state’s successful Governor’s Scholars Program and Governor’s School for the Arts, which Transylvania has hosted. The Kentucky Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEENStart), a Lexington-based nonprofit, manages GSE. Georgetown College had hosted the GSE sessions since they began in 2013. GSE is a public-private partnership with funding from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and many private foundations and sponsors. The immersive program teaches work and life skills, including teamwork and problem solving, in an environment where it is safe to take risks with ideas. Students are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities—from 3-D printers to a high ropes course. On a larger scale, these young entrepreneurs go on to contribute

Enrollment numbers swell at Transylvania

LEXINGTON Ky.—Transylvania University welcomed a large, diverse and academically talented class of incoming students to campus this month. The university increased its number of first-year students by 19 percent over last year. The 327 new students bring the school’s total enrollment up to 1,065. The Class of 2019 also adds to diversity at Transylvania, furthering a main goal of its Strategic Enrollment Plan. About 20 percent of our incoming students identify themselves as members of racial or ethnic minorities. Additionally, a quarter of the class is from outside Kentucky—including locales as far away as Rwanda and Vietnam. Transylvania’s first-year students also will ensure the tradition of academic excellence continues at the school, which the Princeton Review recently included in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. Twenty-one of our new students graduated from the Governor’s Scholars program; two are alums of the Governor’s School for the Arts; and eight were National Merit Finalists. “Our students’ academic interests are diverse, with many of our incoming students expressing an interest in getting a great education at Transy followed by graduate school in areas such as medicine, dentistry, engineering and law,” said Rhyan Conyers, interim vice president for enrollment. “Our curriculum prepares those students to go on to great graduate programs or find compelling careers.” Transylvania’s first-year students participate in a three-week program called August term. During this time, they engage in an academic seminar and acclimate to life on campus

Transylvania class of 2018 most diverse group yet

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The incoming class at Transylvania University is the most geographically, racially and ethnically diverse class in the history of the school. Nine percent of the 274 students in the class of 2018 are from outside the United States, and 19 percent identify themselves as a member of a racial or ethnic minority group. Both are school records. Thirty-one percent of the class is from outside Kentucky, the highest percentage since 1974. Those statistics are partly a result of enhanced recruiting efforts stemming from the university’s 2011 Strategic Enrollment Plan, which calls for a more diverse campus. “We’ve been more intentional about recognizing that a more diverse community creates a richer teaching and learning environment for our students and provides them with more opportunities,” Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Brad Goan said. “We’ve been actively engaging community-based organizations and schools and school districts where there are more diverse populations.” The efforts have been paying off, and not just by quantifiable metrics. In a recent profile compiled by The Princeton Review, one anonymous student praised Transylvania for its culture, saying, “We…have a huge population of individuals from different backgrounds, including differences in sexual orientation, class, religion, region, and political orientation.” To go along with the strong diversity numbers, the class is academically the strongest the school has ever seen, with an ACT middle 50 percent of 25-30, seven National Merit Scholars, and 45 graduates of the Kentucky Governor’s

Newest class of Governor’s School for Arts graduates July 13

LEXINGTON, Ky.— The Governor’s School for the Arts 2013 summer session comes to a close Saturday, July 13 at Transylvania University, highlighted by final student performances around campus, special speakers and a graduation ceremony at 5:15 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center. Final performances, including those in instrumental and vocal music, musical theater, visual arts, drama, new media and architecture, will begin at various campus locations at noon. All final day events are open to GSA parents, friends and relatives as well as the public and media. Previous final day performances have attracted more than 1,200 people to campus. Refreshments will be available at various locations near Old Morrison, Transylvania’s administration building on Third Street. Author and Kentucky GSA alumnus Jonathan M. Katz will receive the Marlene M. Helm Alumni Achievement Award, an award that is given out on Final Day graduation each summer in honor of Marlene Helm who served as Secretary of the Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet under the Patton Administration. Katz, who grew up in Louisville, is a journalist and author who wrote the critically acclaimed new release “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.” Katz attended GSA for Creative Writing in 1996 and will be one of several speakers during the graduation ceremony. Final performances will be held at the Mitchell Fine Arts Center, the Little Theater, the Shearer Art

New Governor’s School for the Arts session opens June 23 at Transylvania University

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Kentucky’s most talented young artists, selected from 1,800 state-wide applicants, will assemble on Transylvania University’s campus on Sunday, June 23, to begin the three-week 2013 session of the Governor’s School for the Arts. The latest GSA class is comprised of 223 rising juniors and seniors from 48 Kentucky counties who will receive top-level training through daily seminars, master classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to various arts attractions in central Kentucky. The student-artists will receive rigorous instruction in nine disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual arts and vocal music. Since 1987 more than 4,700 of the state’s most talented high school artists from all 120 counties have attended the GSA summer program following a highly demanding selection process. Each year 1,500 students have applied annually for one of the available scholarships, valued at $3,800. GSA is free to all participants. Transylvania is among 23 colleges and universities that offer scholarships to GSA alumni. The program will culminate on Saturday, July 13, with an all-day festival that celebrates the achievements of the young artists through performances open to family, friends and the public. Graduation ceremonies will be held that day at 5 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center. Program highlights in 2013 include performances by pianist Henry Pickens, singer/songwriter Ben Sollee, percussion ensemble Caixa Trio and dance performance by the Moving Collective. Presentations will be given by celebrated