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2012 Induction Ceremony

On August 11, 2012, first-year students gathered in Haggin Auditorium for their official welcome to the Transylvania community. Audio and text transcripts of the remarks presented by each of the speakers are available below.

Kathleen Jagger

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Kathleen Jagger, biology professor and interim vice president and dean of the college
Jagger holds a B.A. from DePauw University, an M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She came to Transylvania in 2002 as a professor of biology and became an associate dean of the college in 2007 while continuing to teach. Her areas of responsibility have included mentoring, advising, retention, diversity, and academic support services.

R. Owen Williams

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R. Owen Williams, president
Williams earned an A.B. degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1974, then studied at Cambridge University in England, earning an M.A. in intellectual history in 1976. He had a two-decade plus career on Wall Street that took him from Salomon Brothers in New York City to Goldman-Sachs in Hong Kong. In 1999 Williams left the business world to pursue an academic career. He completed a Ph.D. in American history at Yale University and an M.S. in Law at Yale Law School before coming to Transylvania in 2010.

Charli Fant

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Charli Fant '13, president, student government association
A senior biochemistry major and a recipient of a William T. Young Scholarship, Charli has been a research assistant at the Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research and received grants for molecular genetics research. She has worked as a residence advisor and as a YMCA youth fitness instructor. Charli plans to attend medical school after graduation.

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John Svarlien, classics professor and faculty director for August term
Svarlien received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.A. from Florida State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published on Roman satire, and his translations of Latin literature have appeared in journals and on the Diotima website. He is one of three Transylvania professors who lead a national seminar of liberal education each summer at Transylvania. Svarlien teaches courses in Latin and ancient Greek, literature, mythology, gender and sexuality, and other aspects of the cultural history of the Greco-Roman world.

Michael Covert

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Michael Covert, associate vice president for retention and associate dean of students
Covert earned a B.A. in psychology from Transylvania, an M.S. in college student personnel administration from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies and evaluation from the University of Kentucky. Before coming to Transylvania in 1996, he held student life positions at Washington University in Saint Louis and Indiana University. He currently serves as the administrative director for August term.

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