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Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Friday, January 30, 2015
Today/This Weekend
  • Conversation about diversity Thursday
  • Please join TUSGA for a conversation about diversity within the Transylvania student body at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Gym. TUSGA and Serenity Wright will discuss current diversity initiatives, future plans to cultivate a more diverse student body, and what students believe are the things Transylvania should be doing to support minority perspectives in our student population. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Baker or Serenity Wright.
  • Admissions office to host high school guidance counselors Friday
  • The admissions office will host high school guidance counselors participating in the Kentucky Association for College Admissions Counseling annual college advising workshop. In Haupt Circle, 17 parking spaces will be reserved to accommodate participants from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Ingrid Allen.
  • Designer Sale on Friday
  • Pi Kappa Alpha will host a Designer Sale in Front Lobby from noon to 10 p.m. to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Included in our sale are about 100 pairs of new shoes, purses, Kate Spade wallets, men and women's clothing (new), a bike, a Garmin GPS, a Kindle fire, a TV and more. Most of these items retail from $100 to $280 and we're asking around $40 to $50 for most items. We will be able to accept credit card payments along with cash. For more information, contact Gabriel Ibarra.
  • Education program Write-In Session on Friday
  • The education program is planning an important Write-In Session from 10 a.m. to noon in Cowgill 106 to respond to proposed Federal Teacher Preparation regulations that will impact future teachers. The U.S. Department of Education has set a deadline of Feb. 2 for public comments on the regulations. Please bring your laptop to the session. You do not have to stay for the full two hours if you have classes or other obligations. You can drop in anytime. Go here to make comments or upload letters (click on "Submit Your Comment") by Feb. 2. For information, contact Cindy Hague.
  • Cabaret on Saturday
  • The TU choral ensembles will present their annual Cabaret show at 7:30 p.m. It's a one-night-only extravaganza in Haggin this year. Purchase tickets for $5 at the Carrick box office weekdays noon to 3 p.m. or starting at 5 p.m. Jan. 31, or go here. Take the "time" to come and hear hits like Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and "Time Warp" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." For more information, email sing@transy.edu or call 8601 during box office hours.
Upcoming Dates
  • Pi Delta Phi induction ceremony Feb. 4
  • Pi Delta Phi, the French honorary, will have an induction ceremony at 4 p.m. in Graham Cottage. Transylvania alumni Douglas Cardwell and Marilyn Cardwell are our guests of honor. Douglas Cardwell will present the keynote address. The event also includes a French poetry recitation and will be followed by a reception. All members of the Transylvania community are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please email Simonetta Cochis.
  • 'The Imprisonments of A Political Dissident' lecture Feb. 4
  • "The Imprisonments of A Political Dissident: The State vs. Chen Ziming," will be a public lecture sponsored and presented by the Creative Intelligence and Asian studies programs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in HH 203. Yang Su obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is an associate professor of sociology at UC Irvine. His book, "Collective Killings in Rural China during the Cultural Revolution," won the Barrington Moore Best Book Award in comparative and historical sociology in 2012. For more information, contact Qian Gao.
  • Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference on Feb. 7
  • Transy will host the 2015 Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference. Built around the theme, "Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today," about 150 college students are expected to attend. We invite program proposals for interested students, faculty, and staff. Proposals are due Dec. 5. Registration details are in the proposal. For more information, contact Aaron Roberts at 3501 or aroberts@transy.edu.
In the News
For Faculty and Staff
  • Hump Day Happy Hour on Feb. 4
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee of CPC has scheduled our second "Hump Day Happy Hour" at the Atomic Cafe at 4 p.m. This informal gathering is for faculty to discuss developing and facilitating participation by all students through such methods as diversity in readings, inclusive assignments and creating a positive classroom climate. These get-togethers are designed to be faculty-driven, non-programmed and supportive of all participants. Please come! For more information, contact Tim Soulis.
  • Sustainability studies discussion continues Feb. 9
  • Join the ongoing faculty conversation about the development of a sustainability studies major. At this session we will focus on a potential vision for the program. What would this area provide for our students? What would it look like at Transy? What are the critical elements? The meeting will be in the Faculty/Staff Lounge at 3 p.m. Contact Angela Poe or Jeff Hopper.
  • 'Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time' reading group
  • Wellness Works is organizing a faculty/staff reading group with the recent book, "Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time." The group will meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. for four weeks starting Feb. 11. The first 15 people to sign up with receive a book. To sign-up, email Simonetta Cochis no later than Feb. 2.
  • 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.
  • Occupancy sensor location recommendations
  • The Green Revolving Loan Fund Committee is seeking recommendations on locations for occupancy sensors. Are you aware of spaces where the lights are frequently left on when the room is empty? Let us know by completing this Google form. For Project Description, simply write "occupancy sensor." For more information, contact Angela Poe.
May Term
August Term
Clubs and Organizations
  • Winter 2015 Investment Club game
  • The Winter 2015 Investment Club game is now underway. Enter by Friday. All are welcome to play! Contact Matt Morgan for more information.
  • Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition delegates sought
  • Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition delegates are liaisons between TEAL and KSEC. Communication between the groups is crucial to continuing to build our power as the young people of Kentucky to fight for a sustainable future for the environment and ourselves! You could be one of the 10 delegates from other campuses across the state. If you are concerned for our future and want to have a direct hand in the grassroots movement to fight for it, contact Allison Dwyer.
International Education
  • 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.
  • 2015-16 Boren Study Abroad Scholarships applications
  • Information and applications for David L. Boren/National Security Scholarships are available here. Boren Awards are for study in 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. The campus application deadline is Jan. 16. For more information, contact Kathy Simon at 8124 or ksimon@transy.edu.
For Your Information
  • VP of academic affairs and dean of the university candidate
  • Please welcome Laura Bryan, a finalist for the vice president of academic affairs and dean of the university position, to campus Thursday and Friday. Go here to see her itinerary and curriculum vitae.
  • Transylvanian Literary Magazine open for submissions
  • The Transylvanian Literary Magazine is open for submissions! Students and faculty can submit up to four pieces of poetry, prose, music or visual for a chance to be published in the upcoming magazine. Deadline for submissions is March 20. Help us showcase the creative talent on this campus! For more information, contact Maggie Garnett.
  • Gendered Bathroom Survey
  • The results of the SGA conducted Gendered Bathroom Survey are in. The following floors have voted to degender their restrooms for the remainder of this year: Clay (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Davis (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and Forrer (small bathroom on 1st in back). All other floors will have their bathrooms gendered for the remainder of this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Hussain Siddiqi.
  • 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.
  • Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference spots open
  • Spots are still available for the Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference on Feb. 7. Transy Student Involvement will pay for students to attend. Go here to register by Wednesday. Contact Aaron Roberts for more details.
  • Your vote matters! Let's win the TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS grant! You can vote up to three times a day. Please vote here. Help our school, parents, alumni and communities rally together to support an issue as important as campus safety and security. Our school code/keyword is transy. For more information, contact Erinn McWilliams.
  • Admissions co-hosts CIVSA
  • Earlier this month, the Office of Admissions co-hosted the Student Development Conference for the Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association (CIVSA) with the University of Kentucky. Over 300 student ambassadors and admissions professionals from across the country participated. Kari Kolb, associate director of admissions, served as the local accommodation chair, helping to lead the three-day event. In addition, Kolb currently serves as a regional director for CIVSA. For more information, contact Brad Goan.
  • Managerial positions open for Campus Center
  • Applications are currently being accepted for building manager and assistant manager positions with the William T. Young Campus Center. Go here for a position description and information on how to apply. Previous experience in the Campus Center is not required. Applications are due by noon on Feb. 6.
  • New residence hall update
  • The walls for the fourth (top) floor have been assembled. They will be filled with concrete this week. The steel beams for the fourth floor will be set and welded in place. The topping slab for the fourth floor will be poured on Wednesday. Inside the building, installation of ductwork, metal stud framing and electrical rough-ins will continue. Exterior brickwork on the front and rear of the building will be in process. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Fitbit found
  • A Fitbit was found in the alumni and development office parking lot. For more information, contact Lori Burlingham.
  • Stalking Awareness Month events
  • Please join Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Health and Wellness, the Department of Public Safety and Pi Kappa Alpha for Stalking Awareness Month events. On Jan. 26 and 28, there will be a letter writing campaign in front of cafeteria for the Dating Violence Bill. Kentucky is the only state without legal protection for dating couples. On Jan. 27, we will have a panel discussion on stalking and information about campus and community resources at 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. For more information, contact Ashley Gutshall.
  • Cabaret tickets available online
  • You may buy tickets online for our Jan. 31 Cabaret show. They're also available at the Carrick box office weekdays noon to 3 p.m. or starting at 5 p.m. Jan. 31.
  • Athletics Complex track to open for Transy community
  • The Fourth Street Athletics Complex track will open for faculty, staff and students starting Jan. 26. The track will be open Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Users must have their Crimson Card and wear tennis shoes on the track. A waiver form is required and may be filled out at the Beck Center or at the Athletics Complex sign-in station. Users will enter at the student athlete entrance. Questions? Please call 3556.
  • 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.
  • Apply for summer research projects, creative endeavors
  • Juniors, sophomores and first-year students are eligible to apply for funding to complete summer research projects and creative endeavors. The application deadline is Jan. 30 and the award limit is $3,500 ($2,000 of which can be your own stipend!). The application form is here. Please submit forms to Kirk Abraham, chair of the Grants Allocation Committee. For more information, contact Abraham.
  • 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.
  • Campus Center Student Survey
  • This week all students will receive an email invitation to complete the Campus Center Student Survey. The information we collect will help us make decisions about how we can better serve our students through the Campus Center facilities and services. Participation is voluntary and all participants will remain anonymous. Students completing the survey will be eligible for a drawing for a $200 prize of their choice. For more information, contact Diane Fout.
  • 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.
  • VP for academic affairs and dean of the university search
  • Go here for more details about the dean search process.
  • 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.
  • 'Dwellings' opens in Morlan
  • Morlan Gallery's newest exhibition is "Dwellings: Contemplating Home, House, and Neighborhood." It features the work Texas artist Libby Rowe, who deconstructs notions of the domestic through photography and sculpture. For more information, contact Andrea Fisher.
  • 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.
  • Winter term admission into the education program
  • The winter term deadline for admission into the education program is Tuesday, Feb. 3. Students planning to pursue teacher certification at the elementary, middle-grades, secondary, and K-12 levels should apply. Admission packets are available in the education office, Cowgill 213. Applicants will be required to take the CASE/Praxis I exam as part of the admission process. Information about this exam is in the admission packet. For more information: admission requirements, or contact Cindy Hague or Tiffany Wheeler.
  • Bourbon Street parking
  • Please do not park in the new Bourbon Street parking lot until further notice. The construction crew is still finishing up their project. If your vehicle is parked there, please remove it until we send out a notice on TNotes that it is officially open. Sorry for any inconvenience. Please contact Chief Muravchick if you have any questions.
  • IT workshops
  • IT workshops are offered during the month of January. Please go here to view them. For more information, contact Paul Dimayuga.
  • 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.
  • Summer research funding
  • Students interested in summer research can apply for funding from the Grants Allocation Committee. The application form can be found on the Dean of the College's page on Inside Transy under Academic. The deadline is Jan. 30. For more information, contact GAC chair Kirk Abraham.
  • Fourth Street parking
  • The great news is the construction crew advised that we could open up parking on Fourth Street. The sad news is we have to close it down again. But the good news is KU needs it closed down so they can install better lighting on our Fourth Street corridor, which will enhance everyone's safety. We are truly sorry for any inconveniences and hope to open more parking spots as soon as we can. According to KU the parking on Fourth Street will be blocked out for the rest of the semester. Contact DPS with any questions.
  • 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.
  • Diana Brown McKenzie chosen as CASE-KY conference chair, board chair-elect
  • Diana Brown McKenzie '95, associate director of regional advancement, has been chosen as the 2015 CASE-KY conference chair and board chair-elect. In these roles she will plan the annual conference educating advancement professionals from across the Commonwealth and will lead the volunteer board comprised of colleagues statewide. Congratulations, Diana!
  • Anthony Vital essay to appear in book
  • Anthony Vital's "Critical Intersections: Ecocriticism, Globalised Cities, and African Narrative, with a Focus on K. Sello Duiker's Thirteen Cents" will appear with essays by international scholars in a book co-published by the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and James Currey, UK. This essay is one more in Vital's project to develop a postcolonial ecocriticism focused on African literature while embodying an approach valid for interpreting literature from other regions of the globe. For more information, contact Shamara Huguely.
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.
Student Government Association
  • TUSGA Senate seats, executive positions filled
  • TUSGA Senate had 11 candidates for seven open Senate seats that were filled Jan. 21. Newly elected senators are: first-year students Riley Bresnahan, Raquel Loftus, John Mays, Catherine Clark and Katie Tucker; and juniors Malory Thelen and Ashton Ogle. McKenzie Gearheart of the Student Activities Board was elected executive vice president of TUSGA; Katie Jackel, former secretary of the Senate, was elected chief of staff; and Chloe Hunt, former senator, was elected secretary of the Senate.
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