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Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
  • Transy Bikes Shop workshop
  • The Transy Bikes Shop will host its next workshop at 12:30 p.m. in the shop! This week's topic will be brake adjustment. See our workshop schedule. For more information, contact Stevie Morrison.
  • Career Development Creative Engagement session
  • Career Development's Creative Engagement session for first-year students will meet in Cowgill 102 during open hour. First-year students are encouraged to learn about the services of Career Development and how we work with students throughout their time at Transylvania. This is the last opportunity to receive Creative Engagement credit. For more information, contact Susan Rayer.
Upcoming Dates
  • Chamber Orchestra performance Wednesday
  • The Chamber Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Carrick Theater. The program will feature junior Chanslor Gallenstein, winner of the annual Concerto-Aria Competition. The repertoire includes Bartok's "Dances of Transylvania," the third movement of Brahms' "Symphony Number 2," and the "Overture to Coriolanus" by Beethoven. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Ben Hawkins.
  • Saving and investing for students Wednesday
  • Don't be an April Fool! Learn how to reap the rewards of a frugal lifestyle! Alum Greg Turcotte '09 and student Nick Edwards '15 will discuss saving and investing in their Frugality Mentality session as part of the Financial Literacy for Today's College Student program 7 p.m. in the Campus Center, Conference Room A. Free food and drinks will be provided. This is a Creative Engagements event. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Alpha Phi Omega reps on campus Wednesday
  • Learn more about Alpha Phi Omega. Representatives from this national service organization will host tables in front of the Caf from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Roshni Desai.
  • Social hour at Belle's Cocktail House on Thursday
  • Senior Challenge and Transy's Young Alumni Council will host a social hour at Belle's Cocktail House on Market Street at 7 p.m. There will be a $2 cover charge. For more information, contact Shanelle Grose.
  • Creative Engagements lecture Thursday
  • Sudents looking for Creative Engagements credit will be able to obtain it by attending the lecture, "On Leading From Behind: Coalition-Building and World Order in the Age of American Hyperpower," presented by Scott Wolford at 4:30 p.m. in Cowgill 102. For more information, contact Meg Upchurch.
  • Brent Seales discussion Thursday
  • Brent Seales (UK) will discuss his groundbreaking, recent work in digitization and digital restoration with the collection at Herculaneum (Pompeii's neighbor) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Cowgill 101. This talk is co-sponsored by the classics and computer science departments. Go here for a recent article on Seales' work. For more information, contact David Kaufman.
  • Creative Intelligence lecture Thursday
  • Scott Wolford, associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, will present "On Leading From Behind: Coalition-building and World Order in the Age of American Hyperpower" at 4:30 p.m. in Cowgill 102. The Creative Intelligence series is pleased to sponsor this lecture by a Transylvania alumnus. For more information, contact Meg Upchurch.
  • Special Olympics Swim Meet on Saturday
  • We will again host the Special Olympics Swim Meet in the Campus Center pool from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To run a successful meet and provide a great meet experience for the Special Olympics athletes, we need 26 volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to noon and another group of 26 from noon to 2:30 p.m. If you are able to assist/volunteer, please contact Kyle Dunaway. Jobs include timers, awards and clerk. All others are encouraged to come and be cheerleaders!
  • LinkedIn, branding, networking workshop April 6
  • Jennifer McClure will lead a workshop, "Using LinkedIn to Build Your Personal Brand and Grow Your Network," for first-year, sophomore, junior and senior students at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Gym. Participants will earn Creative Engagement credit, and faculty and staff are welcome to attend. McClure is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant and coach with expertise in leadership, communication skills and networking. A Transy alumnus has underwritten the workshop's cost. For more information, contact Susan Rayer.
  • 'The World's Largest Democracy: India in the 21st Century' on April 7
  • Anupam Ray, a senior Indian Foreign Service officer assigned to the Patterson School, will present "The World's Largest Democracy: India in the 21st Century" at 4:30 p.m. in Cowgill 102. Ray received his bachelor's degree from Calcutta University and an M.A. in public administration from Punjab University in Chandigarh. This is a Creative Intelligence lecture. For more information, contact Meg Upchurch.
  • May term LSAT Prep course organizational meeting April 13
  • Attention potential law school students! The May term LSAT Prep course organizational meeting will be held Reading Day at 12:30 p.m. in the Presidents' Room. For more information, contact Don Dugi.
  • Faculty Dialogue on community engagement April 23
  • This rescheduled Faculty Dialogue will be hosted by the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Plantory. All faculty are invited to join us in a conversation about community based learning initiatives and community partnerships. Light refreshments will be served and all participating can join us on a tour of the Plantory. More information will follow via email. Please contact Natasha Begin with questions.
  • International Student Club culture fair on April 29
  • Transy's International Student Club will host a culture fair in the cafeteria during dinner. There will be cultural performances by community organizations, a drumming experience, food and cultural booths by faculty, staff and students. If you would like to have a booth to represent any element of culture (gender, religion, ethnicity, politics, etc.) please contact Sibei Lin or Thomas Amburn.
  • Nash Laungani receives Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship
  • Congratulations to Nash Laungani, who has been selected as the 2015-16 recipient of the Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. Laungani will begin his studies at the dental school in the fall. He is the sixth Transylvanian to receive this award in the 13 years since it was established. For more information, contact Kathy Simon.
  • TU/Writing Advisory Committee-sponsored workshop
  • This past Saturday, professors Kirk Abraham, Carole Barnsly, Karen Cooksey, Eva Csuhai, Kerri Hauman, David Kaufman, Jennifer McCloud, Hande Ozkan, Julia Poynter, Avery Tompkins, Scott Whiddon and James Wright took part in a TU/Writing Advisory Committee-sponsored workshop on assignment development/revision. This session featured Stacia Watkins, the Writing Studio and general education director at Lipscomb University. For more information, contact Scott Whiddon.
  • David Kaufman awarded a Tytus Summer Fellowship
  • David Kaufman has been awarded a Tytus Summer Fellowship by the University of Cincinnati to work on his manuscript, "Love, Compassion, and Other Vices: A History of the Stoic Theory of Emotions." For further information, please contact Kaufman.
  • Billips presents paper at Appalachian Studies Conference
  • Martha Billips, associate dean of academic affairs and English professor, recently presented the paper "Unruly Women: Music and Madness in Lee Smith's The Devil's Dream" at the 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference at East Tennessee State University. Billips also serves as assistant editor of the Journal of Appalachian Studies, the official publication of the Appalachian Studies Association. For more information, contact Ann Cranfill.
  • Dean-Thacker, Girard article to be published in International Journal for Art and Art History
  • "Alexandra Dominguez: A Journey to Mythical Spaces," by professors Versonica Dean-Thacker and Jack Girard will be published in the International Journal for Art and Art History this spring. The article explores commonalities between the prose and visual work of this Chilean-Spanish artist-writer. Dominguez and writer-artist Juan Carlos Mestre will visit campus this November for class visitations, public readings and an exhibition of their prints and handmade books in Morlan Gallery. For more information, contact Jack Girard.
  • Transylvania Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta initiation ceremony
  • The Transylvania Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta held its initiation ceremony on March 18. President Seamus Carey and professor Angela Hurley were elected as honorary members. National Alpha Lambda Delta is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The Transylvania chapter was chartered in 2009. See the larger image.
  • Fosl article published in Conversations: The Journal of Cavell Studies
  • Professor Peter Fosl's article "Cavell and Hume on Skepticism, Natural Doubt, and the Recovery of the Ordinary" has been published in Conversations: The Journal of Cavell Studies. For more information, contact Shamara Huguely.
  • Amburn wins Juhe Chinese Composition Contest
  • Congratulations to student Thomas Amburn, who won the 2015 Juhe Chinese Composition Contest. This is a nationwide competition on writings in Chinese as a foreign language, with 29 institutions and 144 contestants participating this year. Thomas Amburn's winning piece titled "Winter's Snowflakes" is a beautifully written prose-style essay with philosophical pondering. His essay will soon be published on Juhe Supplement, an annual magazine dedicated to the publication of fine Chinese essays. For more information, contact Qian Gao.
  • Essential Piece Award recognizes efforts during winter storms
  • The Staff Recognition Committee is proud to recognize four different offices this month in an unprecedented decision for the March Essential Piece Award. We'd like to take a week to recognize each office for their dedication to Transylvania during the harsh winter storms. This week we recognize the physical plant department for all of their hard work keeping campus clean and safe. We greatly appreciate your efforts!
  • Erfani presents paper at conference
  • Economics professor G. Rod Erfani presented a paper titled "The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Banking System: A comparative Analysis" at the 79th International Atlantic Economic Conference in Milan, Italy, March 11-14. Both parametric and non-parametric techniques were utilized to assess the profitability of financial institutions during the global financial crisis of 2007-09. For more info, contact Erfani at 8196 or gerfani@transy.edu.
  • Erfani chairs 'Financial Institutions and Services' session in Italy
  • Economics professor G. Rod Erfani chaired a session organized by the International Atlantic Economic Society in Milan, Italy, on March 12. "Financial Institutions and Services" was the theme of the session. For more info, contact Erfani at 8196 or gerfani@transy.edu.
  • Greek Award winners
  • Please congratulate the following Greek Award winners for their leadership and dedication to Transylvania as well as improving the Greek community: Nash Laungani, Lyndsay Whitlock, Kristen Pope, Ben Miller, Olivia Ellis, Hussain Siddiqi, Jamie Vescio, Kevin Moore, Alex Wasson, J.T. Henderson, Margaret Kelly, Shane McKee and Jeremy Paden. For more information, contact Shane Metzger.
International Education
  • Cardwell French Scholarship for juniors
  • A scholarship is available for a student to study in France, or another country where French is the primary language, during his or her junior year. First preference will go to a student who will spend the full junior year abroad; second preference will be for a consecutive summer and semester abroad; and third preference will be for a semester abroad. Eligible sophomores should contact their French professor and the study abroad office. The application is due March 6. For more information, contact Kathy Simon.
For Your Information
  • Holiday schedule
  • Here is the holiday schedule that administrative and staff offices will observe during the 2015-16 fiscal year
  • Fall 2015 registration through Friday
  • Students can access the registration schedule and additional information here. Review your TNet to check for any outstanding holds that may affect your ability to register. For more information, contact Michelle Rawlings.
  • Residence hall porch construction begins
  • This week, observers will notice a crane on site setting the columns for the front porch/entry of the new building. Almost all of the other work will be on the interior of the building as drywall is installed in the residence room. There will be multiple supply deliveries throughout the week. A flagger will be on site during these times for pedestrian safety. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Division of Fine Arts 2015-16 programming
  • The Division of Fine Arts has now calendared all the 2015-16 fine arts programming and reserved appropriate spaces essential to course work and program performances/productions in MFA and Little. The campus community is now encouraged to contact Devon Query at 8266 or dquery@transy.edu to reserve spaces for fall, winter and May term events. This includes Haggin, Carrick and Little. On April 15, this invitation will be extended to the Lexington community.
  • Juried Student Exhibition submissions
  • All students who made art this year are encouraged to submit their work for the annual Juried Student Exhibition, a two-week Morlan Gallery show opening May 1. Entry forms and details are on the gallery website. Jurying will be on April 23 in the Shearer Art Building. Many prizes are given to works in this exhibition, including the Dean's Purchase Award and the Nana Lampton Award. For more information, contact Andrea Fisher.
  • 2015-16 Theater Program
  • In 2015-16, Transy's Theater Program will investigate cultural, psychological and physiological factors that inspire humans to create and fear monsters. In addition to a course in prosthetic makeup (Theatrical Creatures - THEA 2294-01), the program has issued an international "Call for Monologues and Short Plays" that feature non-human monsters. Students, faculty and everyone in the Transy and Lexington communities are invited to submit original monologues and short plays by May 1. For more information, contact Michael Dixon.
  • Register for a Transy choral ensemble
  • As you plan for fall 2015, consider registering for one of our three choral ensembles and joining a great community of students who enjoy expressing themselves through song. We welcome beginning and experienced singers. There is room for everyone. Placement hearings are being held Friday through April 1. sing@transy.edu.
  • Featured job opportunity of the week
  • A local business seeks a person who is friendly and enjoys interacting with customers to work part-time as a cashier in a unique gift shop. The position pays $9 per hour and is near downtown Lexington. For more, please contact Jill Warfield.
  • Master Google Apps Series begins next week
  • The Master Google Apps Series begins next week with Gmail and Calendar. It starts off with Gmail on March 31 at 2:30 p.m. and then Calendar on April 2 at 12:30 p.m. More details are here. For more information, contact Paul Dimayuga.
  • Biomechanics class seeks volunteers
  • The Biomechanics class seeks volunteers for office workstation analysis. The biomechanics students will come to your office to record how you work at your desk and make recommendations upon the completion of formal analysis. To be considered, you will need to spend more than 50 percent of work at your desk with a computer. Your participation will be especially beneficial if you have desk work-related musculoskeletal conditions. If interested, please contact Hanaki-Martin (course instructor) ASAP.
  • Check-out for students who are not in May term
  • Any student who is not taking a May term class will need to schedule a time to check out of their residence hall room with their RA by 6 p.m. April 17. Failure to check out properly will result in a fine. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Gutshall.
  • Admissions office missing umbrellas
  • We are missing umbrellas! If anyone happened to borrow an umbrella from the admissions office this year, we would love to get it back! Thank you!
  • Rambler seeks editors
  • The Rambler is seeking new editors for the 2015-16 academic year. Applicants should be strong writers who want on-the-job experience. Journalism experience is preferred but not required. Interested applicants should fill out this Google doc and email it to tyoung@transy.edu. (Please copy and paste the document; do not respond on the Google doc.) The application deadline is April 13.
  • Women's Law Enforcement Symposium
  • The Lexington Division of Police will host a Women's Law Enforcement Symposium on April 11 at the Training Academy. The LDP said the mission of the symposium is to "educate, inspire and empower women to become law enforcement professionals for the city of Lexington." Register by April 6.
  • Charlie Redmon named new director of physical plant
  • Charlie Redmon will join the Transylvania family on April 6 as our new director of physical plant. He comes to us with over 30 years experience, most recently having served as the director of physical plant for the Lexington Theological Seminary for nearly 30 years. Charlie's arrival will allow Darrell Banks to begin his role as the university's construction manager on a full-time basis. Please welcome Charlie to Transy. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Leading thinker on the future of technology to give commencement address
  • Read more about this year's commencement speaker, Homaira Akbari. She is a leading thinker on the future of technology.
  • Pioneers Reaching Out seeks student supervisors
  • PROs (Pioneers Reaching Out), the admissions student outreach team, seeks student supervisors for the 2015-16 school year. The search will begin with two informational sessions that will provide an overview of the position from a current supervisor. Sessions will be Sunday and Tuesday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in Cowgil 102. It is expected that future position applicants will attend one of the two sessions. Contact Sarah Guinn with questions.
  • Transy gear online
  • Shop for Transy gear online beginning Thursday! Transy fans, faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to begin using our new agreement with LIDS Sideline Store to buy gear for yourself, family or friends. For the grand opening Thursday, there will be $15 off any $75 purchase. Go here.
  • Transy Bikes! open shop hours
  • For the remainder of the semester, the Transy Bikes! shop will have open shop hours every Monday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and every Thursday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Michael Burns.
  • Pioneers Reaching Out seeks workers
  • PROs (Pioneers Reaching Out), the admissions student outreach team, is seeking new hires to work for the remainder of the academic year, including May term. Applicants need to be available to work two to three shifts per week (three hours a shift) and be a first-year student, sophomore or junior. Please contact Sarah Guinn for more details and to apply.
  • Sports information department seeks student workers
  • Students, want a way to make money while attending Transylvania athletic events? The sports information department is looking for help with the spring season. Opportunities include public address announcer, statistics and game management. For more information, contact Brandon Johnson.
  • Lot open behind Thomson tennis courts
  • The parking lot directly behind the Thomson Hall tennis courts is now open.
  • Alpha Lambda Delta scholarships and fellowships deadlines
  • Attention Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society members, the deadlines for Alpha Lambda Delta scholarships and fellowships are approaching. Go here for additional details and application forms. The deadline for graduate and professional school fellowships is Jan. 31; for Stemler Study Abroad Scholarships, Feb. 15, and for Trow Undergraduate Scholarships, April 1. In previous years, Transy students have been awarded funds in all three programs! For more information, contact Mike Nichols.
  • Thomson Hall parking restriction
  • Please, do not park vehicles alongside the tennis court fence at the rear of Thomson Hall. Construction crews will be driving large trucks behind Clay/Davis Hall and will need as much space as possible to pull behind the buildings. Students will be notified when this parking area is re-opened. Sorry for the inconvenience. For more information, contact Gregg Muravchick at 8118.
  • Udall Foundation scholarships
  • The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or the environment. If interested, go to the Udall Foundation website for further information about the scholarship and how to apply if interested.
  • 2015-16 international, national fellowship and scholarship opportunities
  • Information and applications for a number of international and national scholarships and fellowships are available from designated faculty representatives and program websites. Go here for more info.
For Faculty and Staff
  • On-site health services for staff, faculty
  • Transylvania staff and faculty now can use on-site health services. Nurse practitioner Tracy Moore is available to see staff and faculty on an as-needed basis during regular clinic hours. Services are walk-in and first-come-first-serve. The clinic is in the north end of the back lobby of Forrer Hall. Clinic hours are: Monday 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 2-7 p.m.; Wednesday 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.; Thursday 8 a.m. to noon; and Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Ashley Hinton at 8854 or ahinton@transy.edu.
  • Bene debit card available
  • If you enrolled in the flexible spending plan through Chard Snyder for 2015, you will receive a Bene debit card. This card can be used in place of filing a paper claim; however, you may still use the paper claim process if you prefer. If you have questions or do not receive your card, please call Human Resources at 3635 or 8291.
Career Development
  • Career development help for first-year students
  • First-year students have the opportunity to meet with career development staff through Creative Engagements. To help first-year students explore majors and career ideas we will talk about the availability of career assessments, career counseling, and advising. We encourage on- and off-campus participation in activities and the 100 Doors mentoring program. The sessions are interactive and spread over six Tuesdays during open hour in Cowgill 102 with students' advisors and August term scholars. For more information, contact Susan Rayer.
  • Find an internship through Career Development
  • Securing professional experience through an internship is one of the best ways students are more employable or competitive for graduate school. Working with Career Development can help you decide what internship you should have and can assist you in preparing a professional resume. Find out what internships are available in art, communications, development, event planning, finance, government, graphic design, marketing, media, ministry, public relations, and tourism, just to name a few.
Community Service
  • Makeup for Make-A-Wish fundraiser
  • Chi Omega will host a 10-day Makeup for Make-A-Wish online fundraiser with Younique makeup. One hundred percent of all commissions made will go to Chi Omega's wish child. Go here and click on "Shop From My Party Now" to begin purchasing your items. It's not every day we get an opportunity to give 100 percent to Make-A-Wish and look fabulous while doing it! Please email transychiophilanthropy@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Blood Drive on April 1
  • There will be a Blood Drive in the Campus Center Gym from 10:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Please contact Barton Lynch with the time slot you would like.
  • Peace Corps rep on campus April 9
  • Interested in the Peace Corps? Come meet with our regional Peace Corps representative in Forrer Main Lobby from 2 to 5 p.m. to learn more about opportunities and the application process. For more information, contact Natasha Begin.
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