- Haupt Plaza renovation to begin Tuesday
Haupt Plaza renovation is set to begin on Tuesday. A few areas will be affected. The H zone parking lot behind Little Theater will become a staging area as well as the entrance for equipment to the plaza. The plaza itself will be closed during this construction. The new plaza will be set to open in September for everyone's enjoyment. For more information, contact Charles Weber
- Administrative changes on campus
Congratulations to Tracy Dunn and Deana Ison who will begin new roles for the University. Beginning today, Tracy has been named director of mentoring programs, and Deana is moving back to admissions to become director of admissions.
- Back Circle closures
Back Circle will be closed to vehicles during workday hours Wednesday through Friday because of the removal of furniture from Clay and Davis halls. Students should have access to the Back Circle area during the evenings. If you have any questions, please contact Tristan Fretwell
, associate director of residence life.
- Morrison Circle closed
Please be advised Morrison Circle will be blocked off the remainder of the week to complete commencement set-up. It will not be available for parking. If you have any questions, please contact Charlie Redmon at 8287.
- Residence hall construction update
Our first new residence hall is rapidly moving toward completion. This week you will see some minor exterior activity, but the bulk of the work will be finishing out the interior of the building. From the exterior, you will see construction of the porch frame and painting of trim. Inside, the elevator installation will begin; vanities and HVAC units will be set in each bedroom; door frames will be installed; and painting will continue. Flaggers will be present for pedestrian safety during deliveries throughout the week.
- Staff Engagement Team announces new members
We are pleased to announce that Diane Fout, Helen Bischoff, Heather Summers, Tora Carter and Katie Banks are joining the Staff Engagement Team for a two-year term beginning July 1. As we had five open spots and five nominees, there was no need to hold an election this year. Thanks to all who helped seek out nominees. To read the nomination bio of each new member, please go here
. For more information, contact Michael J. Cronk
- Campus bike removal
Any student who will not be here for the summer and who has a bicycle in any of the racks needs to take it home or it will be removed. If you have any questions, please contact Chief Muravchick
- Dell discounts available
Dell discounts are available for the Transy community starting May 21. The new Inspiron 14 3000 Series is a 14" HD laptop with an Intel Celeron processor, Windows 8.1, 2GB memory and 500GB hard drive. They are $195.99. The search order code is FNDNF003S. The offer ends at 8 a.m. May 27. Limited quantities are available. Buy select Dell laptops and desktops over $699 and get a free 32" LG TV. Shop with your Transy discount here
- Recycle and donate unwanted items during move-out
As you get ready to move out, the sustainability office wants to make it easier for you to recycle and donate unwanted items! This week you will receive bags, which you should fill with recyclable and donatable items as you pack up your rooms. Simply leave the bags in the hall on move out day (May 19) and someone will be by to collect them. If you have any questions, or would like to donate larger furniture items, please email Julia Murray
- Summer Library renovations
The Library is prepping for summer renovations to the main floor. The LibRef printer is now downstairs in the ACE if you need to pick up printing. For more information, contact Susan Brown
- Shirts to support those affected by power-based personal violence
From May 11 to 18, brightly colored shirts will be displayed in the Forrer cafeteria. These shirts are decorated by students, and each one represents someone's experience or show of support for those affected by power-based personal violence. The shirts are color coded to tell a story: white, those who lost their lives; yellow, relationship violence; pink, sexual violence; blue, childhood abuse; purple, hate crimes; and red, male survivors or male expressions of support. For more information, contact Ashley Gutshall
- Offices to close at 4:30 p.m. on select Fridays during summer
As in recent years, university offices will close at 4:30 on select Friday afternoons during the summer. They are: May 29; June 5, 12, 19 and 26; and July 10, 17, 24 and 31. You can find information about early office and holiday closures on the university events calendar. For more information, contact Jeff Mudrak
- Thanks, transportation survey participants
Thank you to the students who participated in the transportation survey last week. Over 250 people responded. The information gathered has been shared with the Transportation Committee, who will review the data before making recommendations about which alternative transportation options should be made available to students in future years. Jessica Bier was randomly selected as the winner of the lunch for two at the Lexington restaurant of her choice. For more information, contact Angela Poe
- Sports, swim lesson employment for students
Students interested in summer employment on campus can still apply for positions with our Summer Swim Lesson program (May 27-July 1) and All Sports Camp (July 6-31). Swimming experience is not necessary for swim lessons as much as a willingness and ability to work with kids ages 2-13. For counselor positions within ASC, a sport background is not required. Successful candidates would offer a dynamic and engaging personality with a team-first attitude. Contact Kyle Dunaway
for an application.
- Transylvania's new five-year contract with Sodexo
Transylvania has agreed to a new five-year contract with Sodexo to continue its administration of campus dining services. The contract contains five one-year optional renewal periods. As part of the agreement, Sodexo has made a significant financial commitment to partner with Transylvania in the renovation or replacement of Forrer Dining Hall, possibly as soon as the summer of 2016. Go here
for a list of many more benefits for the Transylvania community.
- The Lady's Magazine from 1792 digitized
The Lady's Magazine is the earliest magazine for women published in North America. Our copy is available through WorldCat, so that researchers from all over the world can access it. This project was initiated at the behest of professor Bethany Packard who used it with her class, Women's Literature: English/Women's Studies 2144. See the magazine here
, and from there you might play with the "page flip view." For more information, contact Susan Brown
- Crosswalk reminder to students, faculty and staff
Please remember as you are using the crosswalk to make sure both lanes of traffic come to a complete stop before stepping out into the roadway. As you cross, please refrain from using headphones, telephones or any other devices while crossing Broadway. Your safety is our utmost concern. Traffic has been extremely heavy, and we want to make sure that everyone crosses safely. For more information, contact Gregg Muravchick
- Kentucky Science student survey
The Kentucky Academy of Science is inviting all Kentucky undergraduate and graduate science students to participate in a survey by sharing their views about science, education and careers. Students who participate before May 30 will be entered in a drawing to win one of 10 KAS T-shirts. Go here
to take the survey. For more information, contact Charlotte Taraba
- Outcomes Survey for grads
Graduating in May? Please fill out The Outcomes Survey in your email! Transylvania, along with all other colleges, is required to report on aggregate outcomes for our graduates. This is important for admissions work as well as accreditation. Please take a moment to complete the survey that you received by email on April 23. Even if you do not know your plans, take a moment to update the demographic information. You will be able to update this as your plans evolve. Thank you! For more information, contact Michael Cronk
- Alumni office: Thank you for Alumni Weekend team effort
The alumni office would like to thank the entire campus community for the team effort it took to put on a hugely successful Alumni Weekend! It was a great weekend for all. Alumni especially enjoyed visiting with the students at lunch in the Forrer Hall dining center on Saturday. Thanks to all who had a part in the weekend's festivities! For more information, contact Natasa Mongiardo
- Admissions seeks student ambassadors to recruit fine arts students
The admissions office is looking for student ambassadors to help with the recruiting efforts of fine arts students. If you are involved in the fine arts at Transy and are interested in helping find future fine arts students, please be on the lookout for the application/interview process that will be in the fall. For more information, contact Meredith Norman
- Transy Community Garden plots
If you are interested in tending a private plot to grow your own produce in the Transy Community Garden this summer, please let Eva Csuhai
know soon. We have plots ranging from 4X20 feet up to 7X40 feet.
- Residence Life seeks summer camps and conferences assistants
The Office of Residence Life is hiring two summer workers to serve as summer camps and conferences assistants. The jobs will run through August term, and each person will work between 25 to 35 hours every week. Those interested must be able to lift 50 to 90 pounds and able to move furniture for several hours at a time. If interested or for details, please contact Tristan Fretwell
, associate director of residence life. Please include a resume with applicable work experience.
- Making use of technology in the classroom
We are introducing a new series
focusing on making use of technology in the classroom. The first one will be on videos. Let's practice inserting different types of videos into our presentations. Also, we'll investigate how to quickly and easily create our own videos in order to start flipping small portions of our classes. For more information, contact Paul Dimayuga
- Wright named Diversity and Inclusion director
We are pleased to announce Serenity Wright '05 is the new director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She had served in that role as interim director. Read more about the office here
- Beck Center May term hours
The Beck Center's May term hours will be: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 4-8 p.m. Contact Kyle Dunaway at 8183 with any questions.
- Writing Center implements online scheduling system
The Writing Center is excited to announce the implementation of a new online scheduling system via WCOnline, which offers easy access to the tutoring schedule without having to make an appointment in person. Although students and faculty members are always welcome to make appointments in person or by phone, we hope that this new system allows for greater campus access. For more details, please go here
. For questions, please contact Becky Mills
or Scott Whiddon
- 2016-17 international, national scholarships, fellowships available
Information and applications for a number of 2016-17 international and national scholarships and fellowships are available from designated faculty representatives and program websites. Go here
- Group Fitness Class schedule
May term is just around the corner and there's no better way to prepare for your summer than to get involved in our Group Fitness Classes! They are: Monday - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Yoga, Core and More (Wendy); Wednesday - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Chisel (Tracy); Thursday - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Step (Tracy), 3:30-4:30 p.m. Bootcamp (Ty); and Friday - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Chisel (Tracy). Contact Erin Triplett
if you have any questions or concerns.
- Holiday schedule
Here is the holiday schedule
that administrative and staff offices will observe during the 2015-16 fiscal year
- Project One diversity initiative
Read more about Transylvania's new diversity initiative, Project One
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- Lot open behind Thomson tennis courts
The parking lot directly behind the Thomson Hall tennis courts is now open.
- 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.