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Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
  • Wear blue Wednesday for AOII Goes Blue for Arthritis
  • Join the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi on Wednesday by wearing blue for AOII Goes Blue for Arthritis! An international event, AOII Goes Blue raises awareness of juvenile arthritis and the disease in general. For the day, members will trade their cardinal red for the royal blue associated with the Arthritis Foundation, and we ask all of Transy to join. Members will be in front lobby with information on the Arthritis Foundation and ways to support it.
Upcoming Dates
  • Kaufman to discuss 'The Pre-Emotions of the Stoic Wise Man' on Thursday
  • David Kaufman, professor of philosophy and classics, will discuss "The Pre-Emotions of the Stoic Wise Man" at 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff lounge. All are welcome.
  • Educational studies informational meeting Thursday
  • There will be an informational meeting for educational studies majors and minors at 3 p.m. in Cowgill 006. All students who are interested in educational studies are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Angela Brookshire Hurley.
  • Faculty dialogue on community engagement Thursday
  • The Office of Civic Engagement and Community Service invites all faculty to an open dialogue from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Plantory. Our conversation will be about community partnerships and student engagement, with a focus on how the office can assist faculty in developing meaningful, mutually beneficial community partnerships, and furthering your efforts to offer enriching community engagement opportunities for our students. For more information, contact Natasha Begin.
  • President Carey seminar for students Thursday
  • The next seminar for students with President Carey will be at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. He will structure the conversation around "The Listening Self" by David Michael Levin, but feel free to come even if you haven't had the chance to read the text. For a copy of the text, contact Aji Bakare or Rachel Millard. First-year students will receive Creative Engagements credit.
  • Transy Choir pre-tour concert Thursday
  • Give the Transylvania Choir a good send-off for their trip to Tennessee; come to the pre-tour concert at 7:30 p.m. To get a head start in singing off-campus, this concert will be at the nearby Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market St. It will be free and open to the public. Questions? Email sing@transy.edu.
  • Senior Challenge informational event at West Sixth on Thursday
  • The Class of 2015 Senior Challenge committee invites seniors to an informational event at West Sixth Brewery at 6 p.m. Come out for free Mad Mushroom cheese sticks and a chance to win West Sixth and Transy gear! For more information, check out our Facebook page or contact Miranda Jarvis.
  • Last day to withdraw from full-term course, drop second-half course Friday
  • The last day to withdraw from a full-term course or drop a second-half course is March 6 by 5 p.m. For more information, contact Ashley Coons.
  • Staff, faculty volunteer release time engagement opportunity March 12
  • Did you know that with pre-approval from your supervisor or department chair, you can use eight hours of your paid time from Transy to engage in the community? Join your peers from 3 to 5 p.m. at God's Pantry to help support our local food pantry! Our friends at God's Pantry need 10-15 Transy members. Please email nbegin@transy.edu by Monday to participate.
  • Mr. and Ms. T Strength and Conditioning Competition on March 17
  • The time has come for the Mr. and Ms. T Strength and Conditioning Competition. Participants will sign up based on their availability and will then be assigned a time slot. The challenge includes vertical jumps, wall sits, push-ups, pull-ups, shuttle run, plank and flat bench. The event will be 5-9 p.m. Participants should sign up in the Beck Fitness Center by Friday, March 6. Contact Erin Triplett for more information.
  • Transylvanian submission deadline March 21
  • The deadline to submit your visual art, poetry, prose or music to our campus literary magazine, the Transylvanian, is fast approaching! Send up to four of your best pieces to transylvanian.submissions@gmail.com by March 21 for a chance to be published in our upcoming issue.
  • Naturalization Ceremony on March 20; volunteers needed
  • We will host a Naturalization Ceremony for the second consecutive year. The ceremony was extremely successful last year thanks to the amazing student volunteers. To make this event successful once more, we need your help! Please sign up for a volunteer shift and encourage your friends to as well! There will be volunteer training before the day of the event. For more information, contact Roshni Desai.
  • Lunchtime Chapel Concert on March 17
  • Transy's music program and Office of Religious Life present a trio of Chapel Concerts, half-hour programs starting at 12:30 p.m. On March 17, students Rebecca Keith and Heidi Clark will preview their upcoming recitals. On April 14, faculty Clyde Beavers and Angela Eaton will present works for cello and piano. Email kcooksey@transy.edu for more information.
For Faculty and Staff
  • Financial consultant with TIAA-CREF on campus March 5
  • Paul Kelder, a financial consultant with TIAA-CREF, will be on campus March 5. If you would like to meet with Kelder for an individual financial planning session, call 800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment. For more information, contact Debbie Clark.
  • Bad weather? Activate voice mail greetings from home
  • Did you know you can save up to nine prerecorded greetings on your office voice mail? After this past week's events, you may want to consider setting a "We are closed due to weather" greeting that you can easily activate for your office number from the comfort of home. For more information, see our phone guide here or contact the helpdesk.
  • Not too late to join 2015 Biggest Loser
  • It's not too late to join and weigh-in for the 2015 Biggest Loser at Transy, which is open to faculty and staff. Participants will compete for the highest percent of weight lost. Go here for more details.
  • 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.
  • Protocol for severe winter weather for employees
  • With the potential for winter weather possible any day now, we want to remind you of Transylvania's closing policy in the event of severe weather. Go here for more info.
  • 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.
  • Weekly recycling tip
  • Transy recycles used ink cartridges, batteries and other small electronics. Place them in the boxes in Forrer front lobby or take them to your conservation coordinator, RA or the sustainability office. Do not use the blue bins to recycle electronics!
  • Csuhai, collaborators publish in Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Eva Csuhai and collaborators from the Brad Anderson lab at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy published a research paper titled "Determination of Key Parameters for a Mechanism-Based Model to Predict Doxorubicin Release from Actively-Loaded Liposomes" in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. For further information, contact Charlotte Taraba.
  • Abraham presents research at American College of Sports Medicine meeting
  • Kirk Abraham, associate professor of exercise science, recently presented a research project at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine's Southeast Region in Jacksonville, Fla. The presentation was co-authored with Scott Whiddon, director of Transylvania's Writing Center, and was titled "Implementation of a Writing Resident Program in an Exercise Science Course: A Pilot Study." For more information, contact Abraham.
  • McKee a panelist at International Conference on Masculinities
  • Shane McKee has been invited to be a panelist at the International Conference on Masculinities in New York City March 5-8. He will be one of three panelists discussing "Fraternities: Problems or Solutions to the College Sexual Assault Crisis?" Other panelists will include Jackson Katz, a world-renowned expert in violence prevention and bystander training programs. For more information, contact McKee.
  • Whiddon to present research at Kentucky Pedagogicon Conference
  • Scott Whiddon, Writing Center director/WRC program director, has been invited to present his research (in collaboration with Russell Carpenter, EKU's NOEL Studio for Academic Creativity director) in course-embedded, peer-to-peer writing support at the upcoming Kentucky Pedagogicon Conference this May. Thanks to professors Abraham, Jagger, Packard and Tompkins for their support and contributions to this ongoing research. For further information, please contact the Writing Center.
Health and Fitness
  • Flu vaccines still available
  • It's not too late! We are seeing an increase in flu activity in Lexington and on campus. You may have heard there are some different virus strains spreading this year; however the CDC says getting your flu shot now can still provide protection and may reduce your risk of pneumonia or other severe complications of the flu. For more information, contact Tracy Moore.
  • Winter term group fitness classes
  • Are you ready to get fit for the new year? Come join one of the many winter term group fitness classes. They will begin Jan. 12 as follows: Mondays - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Yoga, Core and More and 9-9:45 p.m. Boot Camp; Tuesdays - 4-5 p.m. Kick Boxing and 5-5:30 p.m. Bottom Line; Wednesdays - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Chisel; Thursdays - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Step and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Boot Camp; Fridays - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Chisel. For more information, contact Erin Triplett.
For Your Information
  • Admissions Letter Writing Campaign
  • Faculty and staff, please join us for the Admissions Letter Writing Campaign! We'll write handwritten notes to admitted students. There are several options available for when you can help. Like last year, participants will receive a meal ticket for the cafeteria. In addition, for each session you attend, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $100 prize that will be selected at the end of all sessions. Click here to volunteer. Contact Rhyan Conyers with questions.
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Initiation Ceremony postponed
  • Due to the possibility of snow and dangerous driving conditions, the Initiation Ceremony for Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society has been postponed from Wednesday to March 18 at 7 p.m. in Morrison Chapel.
  • 'Native American Students at Transylvania University' lecture postponed until April 29
  • Christina Snyder will give a Creative Intelligence lecture, "Native American Students at Transylvania University," on April 29. In the 1830s and 1840s, several Native American students attended law and medical school at Transylvania. This talk will explore their motivations for seeking out advanced degrees and the ways in which they put their education to work in their post-graduate lives. For more information contact Meg Upchurch.
  • Bookstore Clearence Event
  • The Transylvania Bookstore will be host an in-store-only Clearance Event during March. An extra 30 percent will be taken off of all clearance items until March 22. This offer is valid on clearance items only. Contact the Bookstore for more information at 281-3570.
  • Women's basketball team earns spot in NCAA tournament
  • Our women's basketball team will play Wittenberg University on Friday in St. Louis. Check out the NCAA tournament bracket. Watch their reaction.
  • 'Dying City' tickets on sale
  • Tickets are now on sale for "Dying City" by Christopher Shinn. Buy a Production Pass and see five different casts perform the same show! Box Office hours are M/W/F 1-4 p.m. and T/TH 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Production Passes are $5 for the Transy community and $3 for individual shows. Please call the Little Theater Box Office for more information at 3621. The Box Office will close during spring break and open again March 16.
  • Last chance to fill out dining survey
  • This is your last change to complete the dining services survey and enter to win a $100 gift card. For more information, contact Amanda.
  • Progress continues on new residence hall
  • This week you will see the roof completed and black sheeting cover the roofing area. Final brickwork on the center and side entrance areas should also be completed. From a traffic flow perspective, there will be minimal deliveries and a concrete truck on several occasions. Traffic flaggers will assist pedestrians at these times. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • 'Functional Clay: Works That Contain' runs through March 27
  • Morlan Gallery's new exhibition, "Functional Clay: Works That Contain," runs through March 27. Curated by visiting artist Michael Frasca, "Functional Clay" features 13 studio potters from the United States who earn their livings by creating vessels for everyday use and pleasure. Everyone is invited to the opening reception on March 6, 5-8 p.m. At 5:30 that evening, Frasca and attending artists will give an informal tour of the work. For more information, visit Morlan Gallery's website.
  • New Bioethics group on campus
  • Abortion, chemical castration, designer babies and more; these are all hot topics in bioethics. Sound interesting? Then join the new Bioethics group on campus. Potential activities include: bioethics discussions, mock debates, national conferences and summer experiences. No previous bioethical education is needed! Come to our first informational meeting on March 18 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. For more info contact Kimberly Strickland.
  • 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.
  • Thanks to Local Food Fair attendees
  • Thank you, to all who attended the Local Food Fair. Your support is especially appreciated given how cold it was that day. For completing a survey, Michelle Rawlings won a $10 credit for the Lexington Farmers' Market, open in Cheapside Park every Saturday morning. For more information about local producers, participating in community supported agriculture or local farmers' markets, contact Angela.
  • Pope Francis reading group during Lent
  • The Transylvania Catholic Organization is hosting a reading group during Lent on "The Joy of the Gospel" by Pope Francis. Our first meeting will be on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Presidents' room. Dinner will be provided by St. Paul Parish. Contact Jessica Bier for a copy of the book and with questions.
  • iPhone found outside Beck
  • An iPhone was found in the snow next to the Beck Center on Monday. For more information, contact Diana Whitehouse.
  • Work Study and paid positions with Religious Life
  • The Office of Religious Life is accepting applications for student interns for the 2015-16 academic year. Interns will work with a small group of student leaders to plan and implement programming for the campus. Applications are due by March 16 and are available here. Email Wilson Dickinson if you have questions.
  • Greek Weekend 2015
  • Greek Weekend 2015 is approaching! Here is the schedule: Feb. 26, Spirit Night, 7 p.m., performance gym; Feb. 27, the Newlywed Game and Family Feud, 7:30 p.m., Carrick; Feb. 28, service event; March 2, Greek Awards 7 p.m., Haggin. Submit your photos for the slideshow. Contact Laura Wooldridge or Brittany Fallen with any questions.
  • 'Write It Like Disaster' project
  • Writing Center Director Scott Whiddon is proud to present "Write It Like Disaster: A Compilation of Music Made by Writing Center Staffers, Professionals, and Allies." This SWCA-sponsored project features 33 artists from all over the world who work with writing centers, including TU's own Heidi Clark, Chanslor Gallenstein and Drew Cunningham. Go here for downloads/streaming. Enjoy! Contact Whiddon for more information.
  • Back Caf an exit only because of weather
  • The door in Back Caf can now be used as an exit only until the cold temperatures improve. Students will not be able to enter from that door. Brought to you by TUSGA.
  • 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.
  • Free membership to Kentucky Academy of Sciences
  • Transylvania is an Enhanced Affiliate Member institution of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences (KAS). Faculty, students and staff interested in joining the KAS may do so with no charge. Membership in the Academy is open to anyone with an interest in science, including educators, students and other professionals. Go here for more information pertaining to membership benefits and how to join or renew your membership.
  • Transylvania Scholarships available for current students
  • Transylvania Scholarships are available for current students who will be seniors at Transy in the fall term. Students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA, be in good standing and be in their third year of residence at Transy to be eligible. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit alone, without regard to financial need. Included for consideration in making the awards will be academic performance, demonstrated leadership qualities, campus contributions and strength of character. The scholarships will cover tuition and general fee. Apply by March 25. Further information is available from Diane Cansdale Pruitt.
  • Bourbon Avenue parking opens
  • The new Bourbon Avenue parking lot has officially opened for general permit parking. There will be some cones in the lot where landscaping work still needs to be finished; please make sure you do not park in the coned-off area. The lot's cameras, emergency phone and extra lighting have been installed and are operational. If you have any questions please contact Chief Muravchick.
  • Haupt Circle reserved for scholarship days
  • Haupt Circle will be reserved on scholarship days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for our campus visitors. Sorry for any inconveniences. If you have any questions, please contact Chief Muravchick. In February, these dates are 6, 10, 13, 17 and 20. On Feb. 22-23, parking is needed from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m. for an overnight program. It also is reserved March 2 and 3.
  • Event, meeting planning made easier
  • Not really sure how to go about planning an event or meeting on campus or who you need to contact about what? The Event and Meeting Planning Checklist should help make your planning easier. It is on Inside Transy under Help and Resources.
  • Help out during Premier, Trailblazers, and Frontier scholarship programs
  • Interested in helping us find future pioneers? The Premier, Trailblazers, and Frontier scholarship programs will be throughout the month of February. We are looking for students who understand how prestigious these opportunities are and who are dedicated to helping find future Pioneers who will help continue to make Transy a better place. Please help us by either volunteering as a day/overnight host or as an interviewer for our selection committees. Applications:day and overnight host, day host; overnight host, and interviewer for Scholarship Selection Committee. Contact Bretlyn Reese with hosting questions and Carly Wynn with questions about the interview selection committee.
  • Academic Peer Mentoring under way
  • Academic Peer Mentoring has begun. Get better grades and extra help with your classes. Check out the schedule. For more information, contact Susan Brown.
  • Lot open behind Thomson tennis courts
  • The parking lot directly behind the Thomson Hall tennis courts is now open.
  • Transy Bikes open shop hours
  • For the remainder of the month of January and February, Transy Bikes will have open shop hours every Monday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, contact Steve Morrison.
  • 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.
  • Get paid to ref intramural sports
  • Responsible students, who will be paid, are needed to ref intramural sports. If interested, please contact Emalea Bischoff.
  • Natural science and mathematics tutoring program
  • Starting Jan. 20, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics tutors will be available Sunday through Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Education Resource Center in the Library basement (room 003). A computer science tutor will be available Monday through Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 20. For more information, contact Charlotte Taraba.
  • 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.
In the News
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.
  • Summer Fulbright Awards for study in the U.K.
  • The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for U.S. citizens to come to the U.K. These summer programs provide the opportunity for U.S. undergraduates (aged over 18) with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the U.K. on a three-, four-, five-, or six-week academic and cultural summer program. For more information, contact Kathy Simon at 8124 or ksimon@transy.edu.
  • 2015-16 semester study abroad applications
  • Applications to use scholarship and financial aid for 2015-16 semester study abroad (both fall and winter terms) are due March 6. Semester study abroad is affordable and you can transfer credit for your Transy major and/or minor. Don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime! Find out more: Semester Programs, Programs by Major, and Application Information. Also, call the study abroad office at 8124 or visit at 421 N. Broadway, second floor.
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