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Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
Upcoming Dates
  • Project One recommendations discussion Dec. 1
  • Join President Carey and representatives of the Project One Task force on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Campus Center Gym to discuss recommendations of the Project One Task Force. Read the Project One subcommittee reports here.
  • Campus Community Corner: men's athletics Dec. 2
  • For December, we have invited each men's athletic team to send one representative to talk about the work they do to become engaged in the community. This panel discussion will be at 6 p.m. in Jazzman's. For more information, contact Theodora Salazar.
  • Hospital Institutional Review Board chair presentation Dec. 3
  • The Pre-Health Club welcomes Diana Beckman to campus on Thursday, Dec. 3., at 12:30 p.m. in Strickland Auditorium. She is the Chair of the Institutional Review Board for five hospitals. She will discuss hands-on learning and clinical research, evaluation of medical ethics and determining clinical validity. For more information, contact TH Tran.
  • Holiday Party on Dec. 3
  • Faculty and staff, join your colleagues for a Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bodley-Bullock House. RSVP by Nov. 30.
  • Crimson Christmas on Dec. 5
  • Crimson Christmas will be from 1:30-3 p.m. on Dec. 5. If your club or organization is interested in hosting an activity for the kids this year, please email tzsalazar17@transy.edu to secure a table at the fair. Provide the group name, activity you would like to host and the name and email address of your contact person.
For Faculty and Staff
  • American Association of University Professors meeting Dec. 4
  • The Transy Chapter of the American Association of University Professors invites all interested faculty to an open meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the Beck Hall of Fame Room. We will have a short chapter business meeting and a discussion on the value and nature of academic freedom, followed by socializing with food and drink. All faculty are welcome! For more information, contact Melissa Fortner.
  • Edumedics clinic
  • Just a reminder that the Edumedics clinic is in the back Forrer Hall. Appointments are closely scheduled so that we can fit everyone in. Please try to arrive at your scheduled time. If you have any questions about Edumedics, please call 877-735-9039.
  • Tuition Exchange export applications due Dec. 11
  • Tuition Exchange export applications for 2016-17 are due in the HR office no later than Friday, Dec. 11. For more information contact Debbie Clark.
  • Budget presentation slides
  • Thank you, to the over 100 employees who were able to attend one of the budget sessions over the last few weeks. If you were not able to attend, or if you attend and would just like to look at the materials in more detail, the presentation slides are here. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Three dollar Thursdays
  • The Staff Engagement Team (SET) is pleased to announce that in combined efforts, SET and Sodexo are bringing back $3 Thursdays for lunch, once a month. The first 50 faculty or staff members to enter the cafeteria will only pay $3 for lunch, while SET and Sodexo will cover the remaining amount. You must use your Transy Crimson Card; no cash will be accepted. The fall semester dates are: Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. Take advantage of the time to meet, sit and eat with someone new. For more information, contact Johnnie Johnson.
  • Help us track community engaged scholarship efforts
  • If you have students participating in community projects or service-learning efforts, please let Natasha Begin know so we can track our efforts! Also, students can report their hours through our reporting form and Natasha can run a report for you about which students have completed hours. Go here for the student reporting form.
Career Development
  • Winter or May terms academic internship credit
  • Students interested in receiving academic internship credit for winter or May terms should meet with Susan Rayer in Career Development to discuss the requirements of the internship. The faculty internship advisor determines the academic component that complements the work site duties. The application, academic learning work agreement, learning outcomes and evaluations as well as company and organization internship opportunities will be covered in the meeting. Call 8193 or email Rayer.
Community Engagement
  • Transy Habitat for Humanity meeting Nov. 30
  • There will be a Transy Habitat for Humanity open meeting at 4:30 p.m. in Cowgill 101. A Habitat homeowner guest speaker will talk about the process of getting a home through Habitat, and we will discuss the role of refugees in our community. For questions or more info, please contact J.T. Henderson.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree
  • Support our local community through participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to pick up a tag from one of the trees in the entry of the Beck Center and outside of admissions! All donations purchased must be placed unwrapped with their tag in the donation boxes by Dec. 10. Thank you for helping us help others! Contact nbegin@transy.edu for more information.
  • Report your community engagement hours
  • We have designed a new reporting form for volunteer and community engagement efforts. We encourage all individual students at Transy to report your efforts so we can better tell our collective story! We know you are doing great work in the community, so help us capture that information! Go here to submit hours. Contact nbegin@transy.edu with questions.
  • Quiz Bowl results
  • Transy Quiz Bowl Team members Rachel Farmer, Donovan Finan and Megan Graft took second place at the JCTC Novice tournament last Saturday. In addition, Megan Graft scored second and Rachel Farmer scored 10th in individual points. Congrats! For more information, contact Kenny Moorman.
  • English Journal accepts Maupin manuscript
  • Professor Amy Maupin's manuscript, "From Scroll to Screen: Why Letters, Then and Now, Matter," has been accepted for publication in the English Journal. The article responds to questions about the value and variety of nonfiction texts in high school English classrooms. It argues that letters, as primary sources to be read and as narratives to be written, can offer students insights about the past as well as a means to document their own stories of the present. The evolution of personal communication and the subsequent "dying art of letter writing" inspired the text. For more information, contact Maupin.
  • Dixon presentation to Spalding MFA Creative Writing Program
  • Theater faculty member Michael Bigelow Dixon will make a presentation to writers in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville on Saturday. His topic is "Monster Mash-Ups and Other Non-Realistic Playwriting Techniques for the 21st Century."
  • Barnsley to attend AAR National Conference
  • Carole Barnsley will attend the AAR National Conference in Atlanta to participate in workshops on teaching Islam and teaching Gender and Sexuality. She also will present on a panel on Teaching Asian Religions. For more information, contact Barnsley.
  • Girard artworks in ArtsPlace exhibition
  • Art professor Jack Girard has three new collage/mixed media works included in the Nov. 20-Dec. 30 exhibition "Drawn to Kentucky: Unique Works on Paper" at ArtsPlace Gallery on Mill Street. The show, which is free and open to the public, will open this Friday with a reception to coincide with the 5-8 p.m. citywide Gallery Hop. For more information, contact Girard.
  • McCloud, Hurley present paper at Critical Questions in Education Conference
  • Professors Jennifer McCloud and Angela Hurley presented their co-authored paper, "Asking the Wrong Questions: On a Razor's Edge of a Moral Dilemma," on Nov. 2 at the Critical Questions in Education Conference in Baltimore.
  • Dixon article published in HowlRound Journal
  • Theater faculty member Michael Bigelow Dixon's article, "Where The Wild Things Aren't," was recently published in the HowlRound Journal. The article explores the contributions monsters can make to live theater and includes details about the recent Transy Theater production, "Beware Wolf ... And Other Nightmares." For more information, contact Dixon.
  • Strouse competes in World Chun Kuk Do Karate Championships
  • Greg Strouse, instructor/coordinator of our Learning Skills Program and adjunct music instructor, recently competed in the 2015 World Chun Kuk Do Karate Championships in Las Vegas. He won second place in the men's Traditional Kata Competition. Strouse is a member of Chuck Norris' United Fighting Arts Federation and has been involved in the martial arts for more than 35 years as a practitioner, competitor and self-defense instructor. He holds multiple black belts in several martial arts styles and has studied numerous ancient and modern fighting systems. Strouse is also a certified tai chi instructor.
  • Concerto-Aria Competition results
  • The Music Program is pleased to announce the results of the 20th Annual Concerto-Aria Competition. Turner Hawkins, bassoon, was selected as the winner for his performance of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, first movement. Violist Katie Harris was first runner-up and soprano Grace Jung was second runner-up among an especially strong field of student performers. Hawkins, Harris and Jung will receive cash prizes. Hawkins will perform his piece with the TU Chamber Orchestra on April 8. For more information, contact Ben Hawkins.
  • Health Services receives award
  • Congratulations, Tracy Moore on submitting and receiving a mini-grant from the Mid-America College Health Association. The Chris Labyk Award for Promising Student Health Initiatives will allow Transylvania to purchase the materials and training needed to create a Sexual Assault Response Team.
  • Dickinson presents paper at postmodern theology conference
  • Wilson Dickinson presented "Attending to the Little and the Local, or Why Political Theology Needs Community Gardens" at the Political Dimensions of Postmodern Theology and Church Practice conference.
  • Paden travel essay published
  • Jeremy Paden has published a travel essay in Connotation Press about traveling in Chilean Patagonia. It's titled "Highway at the End of the World." For more information, contact Paden.
International Education
  • Summer Paid Internship in Haiti
  • Sophomores and juniors from all majors who have a working knowledge of French may apply for an eight-week summer paid internship with Rebuild Globally, a non-profit in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that works with local citizens. The two internship positions are business development and communications. Airfare, lodging, meals and stipends will be provided. Applicants must first meet with Susan Rayer in Career Development before Dec. 4, and applications are due by Dec.11.
  • Summer internship in France
  • Students interested in gaining professional experience while working and living in France should consider this excellent paid internship opportunity through the Lexington Sister Cities Commission. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18. Go here for more information and an application.
  • Boren Awards, African Flagship Languages Initiative for French
  • The African Languages Initiative will again include French for applicants who are at an intermediate to high (or above) proficiency. Through this initiative, Boren Scholars and Fellows will study French domestically in summer 2016 and in Senegal during fall 2016. These programs will also include survival Wolof. Go here to learn more about the Boren Awards and the African Languages Initiative.
  • 2017-18 Boren Study Abroad Scholarships
  • Sponsored by the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships provide up to $10,000 for a semester to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Language study and a commitment to working in the field of national security for the federal government for a minimum of one year are requirements. Applications are due Jan. 16. For more information, contact Kathy Simon.
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program
  • The Critical Language Scholarship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State provides full funding for summer study of 14 languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, including business, politics, science and arts and humanities. Applications are due Nov. 23. For more information, contact Kathy Simon.
  • Study abroad office on Facebook and Twitter
  • Follow the study abroad office on Facebook and Twitter to find out who is studying abroad and where, and see photos of their experiences. We will also keep you up-to-date with upcoming deadlines and other information about studying abroad at Transy. If you are interested in studying abroad next summer or next academic year, please call us at 8124 or 8125 or stop by the office at 421 N. Broadway, second floor.
For Your Information
  • University magazine has arrived
  • Transylvania's new magazine has arrived! Magazine copies were distributed to departments last week. If you didn't receive a copy, check with your department's administrative assistant. Contact Julie Martinez with any questions.
  • Name badges purchases
  • Information on purchasing name badges with new branding for faculty and staff is now available here on Inside Transy. For more information, contact Julie Martinez.
  • International Ambassador positions
  • International Ambassador positions for 2016-17 are open. International Ambassadors serve as liaisons for international students during International Student Orientation, August term and over the course of the semester. For more information, contact Serenity Wright.
  • Active shooter presentation materials
  • Thank you to those who were able to attend one of Thursday's sessions on active shooter preparedness. The presentations are here and here if you wish to keep them for future reference.
  • Sign up for T-Alert
  • Need to sign up for T-Alert? You can do so on TNet; look for the form called T-Alert Permission under the Faculty/Student Information section. More information about T-Alert is available here.
  • Essential Piece Award nominations
  • Have an Essential Piece Award nomination? Submit it to the Transylvania Recognition Team's new email address: recognition@transy.edu! Contact Kara Salsman or Tracy Dunn for questions.
  • Gobble Grams in Front Lobby
  • Gobble Grams are being sold in Front Lobby until Thanksgiving break! They are $1 and all proceeds benefit the Guatemala trip. For more information, contact Marissa Coutinho.
  • Summer storage survey
  • Students, please complete this survey regarding summer storage options. For more information, contact Pound Chen.
  • 2016-17 Cralle Fellowship
  • A one-year fellowship ($15,000 plus tuition and health insurance) is available at UK for the first year of graduate or professional study (law, medicine, dentistry or pharmacy) for the 2016 fall semester. Candidates must be seniors with a GPA of 3.2 or above and must be nominated by Transylvania. You may not apply directly. Applications are available from the study abroad office and are due Jan. 11.
  • Canned food drive
  • In collaboration with KEA-SP and the Transy athletics department, members of professor Adam Evans' management class are collecting canned goods for families in need at Lane Allen Elementary School. Bins are in Cowgill, Beck, Forrerr and Dalton-Voight. Cans also will be collected at the Transy vs. Spalding basketball game on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Every family deserves a Thanksgiving! For more information, contact Gage Beavers.
  • Transy receives bike grant
  • Transy Bikes! is proud to announce that Transylvania has received a Paula Nye Memorial Education Grant in the amount of $9,525! The grant will support the Transy Bikes! mission, integrate biking into Transy's core curriculum (being one of the only colleges in the world to do so) and pay for instructor certification for the bike shop staff through the League of American Cyclists and signage to educate the community. Thanks to professor Sharon Brown for her hard work in applying for this grant! For more information, contact Samuel Crankshaw.
  • Campus dining survey
  • Have you taken our quick survey about your experience with campus dining? If you haven't yet, please do! You'll be entered for a $100 Visa. Follow this link to participate. Every opinion matters, so please consider giving us feedback and helping us make your campus dining experience the best we possibly can. For more information, contact Amanda Langlitz.
  • Study Abroad Photo Contest
  • We had some awesome pictures submitted by our study abroad students this year. The winners of the 2015 Study Abroad Photo Contest are: first place, Annie Edkins, who studied in Seville, Spain, during winter term; second place, Katie Cohron, who studied in Shanghai, China, during the summer; and third place, Stephanie Holstein, who also studied in Kunming, China, during fall of 2014. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for voting! For more information, contact Frankie Kozicky.
  • Winter shutdown
  • It is still a ways off, but soon we will be preparing to close the university for winter break. Please read the attached document regarding building-by-building shutdown plans. Please begin to think about how this shutdown will impact you and your area. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Transy designated Bike Friendly University
  • Transy Bikes! is pleased to announce that through a rigorous application process the League of American Bicyclists designated us as a Bronze rated Bike Friendly University. Transylvania joins an elite group of only 127 rated colleges. Transy Bikes! looks forward to making Transylvania even more bike friendly with parking initiatives, community partnerships, grants, co-curricular programming and more. For more information, contact Samuel Crankshaw.
  • 2016 Judy Gaines Young Book Award
  • Go here to see the six semi-finalists for the 2016 Judy Gaines Young Book Award. These titles were selected from a number of nominations submitted by well-known "friends of literature" in the Appalachian region. Fiction writer Crystal Wilkinson will select this year's winning author, who will visit campus to receive the award and give a public reading in the spring. Byron Young '61 has generously endowed the award in honor of his late wife. For more information, contact Martha Billips.
  • Transy Dining's November events
  • Go here to check out everything Transy Dining has going on during November! For more information, contact Amanda Langlitz.
  • Health and Wellness Anxiety and Stress Workshops
  • Students, stop by Conference Room C in Forrer on Fridays from 12:30-1:20 p.m. for the Health and Wellness Anxiety and Stress Workshops. Learn how to overcome overwhelming tasks, deal with test anxiety, de-stress and relax, set reasonable expectations and renegotiate obligations! For more information, contact Robert Cardom.
  • Evening Quiet Quarter
  • Starting Nov. 11, every Wednesday the Office of Religious Life will host an evening Quiet Quarter from 9-9:15 p.m. Join us for prayer or meditation in the Old Morrison Chapel. Morning Quiet Quarter at 9 a.m. will continue. For more information, contact Wilson Dickinson.
  • Weight Watchers meetings in January
  • At-work Weight Watchers meetings are planned to begin in January during the noon to 1 p.m. lunch hour one day a week. The program would last for 12 weeks and include 19 weeks of free access to eTools/Online Plus. The cost per employee/student would be $156 (payment plans are an option). We need 15 committed participants for Weight Watchers to agree to work with us. Please email Ashley Coons if you are interested and she will send you additional information. Participants do not necessarily have to be members of the Transy community.
  • Quarter credit Prayer and Meditation class in winter
  • This new half-semester practicum class will introduce students to practices of prayer and meditation. We will explore practices of praying the Psalms (the prayer book of the Hebrew Scriptures), Buddhist mindfulness meditation and Christian prayer. Class time will be devoted to experiencing these practices and discussion, and students will be asked to continue these practices and complete brief readings between sessions. Grading: CR/NC. For more information, contact Wilson Dickinson.
  • YMCA seeks after-school counselor/group leaders
  • YMCA after-school counselor/group leader positions are available. Shifts would be M-F 2-6 p.m., but schedules can be somewhat flexible. These employees are responsible for supervising and maintaining the safety of children/participants in the after-school program, being a role model and potentially assisting with homework. Wage range is $8.13-$10.25/hour. Receive a free citywide membership as a YMCA employee. For more information, contact Amber Serres.
  • Book drive
  • Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary Society, is having a book drive for the Carnegie Center this week. There are large, blue bins in Front Lobby and Thomson's lobby for books. All donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Isabel Pena.
  • Anthropology and sociology offerings
  • Anthropology and sociology offerings for winter and May 2016, including course descriptions and times, are available here. For more information, contact Chris Begley.
  • Dell specials for students
  • Check out these Dell specials for students on our Transy account.
  • Part-time manager needed for Beck
  • Students interested in a part-time manager position in the Beck Center should submit a cover letter and resume to Kyle Dunaway by Monday, Nov. 9. This position is for 10 hours per week, and it will last until the remainder of the current academic year. Ideal students would possess strong leadership qualities, a willingness to work early mornings, late nights and weekends, and a sense of responsibility in maintaining our facility. For more information, contact Kyle Dunaway.
  • Youth size PumpkinMania T-shirts available
  • Youth size PumpkinMania T-shirts are still available for $10. Swing by the registrar's office in OM 104 to purchase. For more information, contact Ashley Coons.
  • Krav Maga demonstration
  • Interpersonal Violence Prevention and DPS are interested in bringing a Krav Maga demonstration to campus with the hope of offering classes for students. If you are interested, please fill out this Google information page with your contact information and the days that would work best for you if we would have this on campus. Please contact Ashley Gutshall with any questions.
  • Revival of Further Engagements
  • There will be a revival of Further Engagements in the fall of 2016. A full-credit IDS course taught by six faculty members for CR/NC will be offered. The class will usually meet two evenings a week for an hour and 15 minutes. There will be no papers or tests, just a variety of great texts, discussion, reading and exploring new ideas. Fifteen interested students are needed. Please contact Manpreet Sira to sign up and for additional information.
  • Transylvanian Literary Magazine seeks submissions
  • Are you an author, artist or poet? Submit up to four works of poetry, prose or visual art to The Transylvanian Literary Magazine by Nov. 24 for our first online edition. Send all submissions to transylvanian.submissions@gmail.com.
  • Southern Education Leadership Initiative summer internship
  • The Southern Education Foundation has invited Transylvania students to apply for and participate in the Southern Education Leadership Initiative's paid summer internship. The selection process for fellows is highly competitive. All qualified Transylvania students may apply. For more information, go here or contact Martha Billips.
  • New Forrer dining hours
  • We heard you! New Forrer dining hours will be 4:30 to 7 p.m. beginning Wednesday. For more information, contact Amanda Langlitz.
  • How to react to shooter: "Run-Hide-Fight" video
  • With the various tragedies that have occurred across the nation, educational institutions are putting out continuous safety material for faculty, staff and students to review in the event of an emergency situation. We encourage all members of the Transylvania community to watch the "Run-Hide-Fight" video, which gives advice on how to react in an active shooter scenario. For more information, contact Chief Gregg Muravchick.
  • Spring Pre-Health interviews
  • Are you on the list? If you intend to interview with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee in the spring of 2016, you should have signed up at the Junior/Senior Pre-Health Advisory Meeting, which was Sept. 29. If you missed that meeting, you are not on the list to interview. Contact Charlotte Taraba as soon as possible so you will be notified by email about what you should be doing in October and November to prepare for your spring interview.
  • Thursday Philosophy Table
  • Join members of the philosophy faculty on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. for lunch in the cafeteria to discuss anything and everything philosophical. It's a free-wheeling and fun discussion open to everyone. All are welcome. Contact: Peter Fosl, philosophy chair.
  • Internship experience feedback
  • Are you interning or have you had an internship in the past year? We want to hear about your experience! Fill out this brief form. For more information, contact Tracy Dunn.
  • Writing Center's new 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. Read more about it here.
  • 2016-17 international and national fellowships and scholarships
  • 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 information.
  • NS and M Tutoring Program Thanksgiving break hours
  • The last evening of the NS and M Tutoring Program prior to Thanksgiving break was Monday. Tutoring will resume on Monday, Nov. 30. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. For more information, contact Charlotte Taraba.
  • Transy Dining Thanksgiving break hours
  • Thanksgiving break is upon us, folks! Transy Dining will close for the holiday break at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, and resume normal hours on Monday, Nov. 30. Have a great Thanksgiving break, and we look forward to seeing you on the 30th! For more information, contact Amanda Langlitz.
  • Beck Center closed Thanksgiving break
  • The Beck Center will close Tuesday at 4 p.m. for the holiday break and reopen Monday at 8 a.m. (The track will open at 7:30 a.m.) Any questions can be directed to Kyle Dunaway.
  • Library closed over Thanksgiving
  • The library will close at 4 p.m. Tuesday and reopen Sunday at 4 p.m. Go here for information on library hours.
In the News
Project One
  • December update
  • Seven short months ago, we began Project One to address issues related to diversity and inclusion on our campus. During November, recommendations from the Project One Task Force were presented to President Carey. To begin the next stage of this journey our campus community is invited to discuss implementation of these recommendations on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Gym. View recommendations here.
May Term
  • New ECON course available immediately
  • A new course, ECON 1004 - Intro to Economics, has been added for May term. It is available and open now for registration. Please contact Stephanie at 8104 for more information.
  • New Philosophy/Classics May term class
  • The new May term class, Emotions in Ancient Literature, Medicine, and Philosophy, will explore the different paradigms and conceptions of the emotions in ancient literature, medicine and philosophy, using (among other texts) Homer's "Iliad," Plato's "Symposium," and Ovid's "Metamorphoses." For more information please contact David Kaufman.
  • Health Psychology section added
  • The Psychology program has added a section of Health Psychology, taught by Mike Nichols, to the May term 2016 schedule. For more information, contact Melissa Fortner.
Health and Fitness
  • R.I.P.P.E.D. class Tuesday offering, Thursday time change
  • Due to the success of our Thursday morning Group Fitness classes (Power Yoga), we will offer the R.I.P.P.E.D. class on Tuesday mornings from 8-9 a.m. beginning Nov. 10. We are also shifting the start time for the Thursday R.I.P.P.E.D. class from 5 to 4:30 p.m. to better serve our campus community. These adjustments will last for the remainder of the semester. For more information, contact Kyle Dunaway.
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