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TNotes
Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Upcoming Dates
  • Transylvania Family Picnic on July 3
  • Transylvania faculty, staff, students and their families are invited to attend the annual Transylvania Family Picnic as part of Lexington's Independence Day celebration. The event will be 4-7 p.m. at the John R. Hall Athletic Field. The discounted faculty/staff admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 3-12 and free for kids 2 and under, current students and 2015 Transy graduates. Thanks to our sponsors: Brett Construction Company, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, Gwen Mathews '88 with Bluegrass Sotheby's, Liberty Mutual and Custom LogoWare. Register online here or contact the alumni office at 8275 or alumni@transy.edu.
In the News
For Faculty and Staff
  • Well Rewards results
  • Congratulations to the participants of this year's Well Rewards activity tracker program. We had three people reach gold level, 33 silver and 24 bronze. Your Rewards money will be included in your June check. Watch TNotes in August for the launch of the next Well Rewards program. For more information, contact Debbie Clark.
  • Softball Nike Camps for children
  • The softball program is offering two Nike Camps this summer and would like to offer a 15 percent discount to children of staff and faculty. The first is a day camp June 22-24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children aged 6-10. The second camp is either an overnight or an extended day camp that runs July 19-22. We would love to have your children come and experience the softball life here at Transy. To receive the discount, contact Nike Sports Camps: Michael de Surville at 415-451-2207 or Renee Chapman at 415-451-2233.
  • All Sports Camp enrollment
  • Attention faculty and staff, if you are interested in enrolling your children and/or grandchildren (ages 6-13) in the All Sports Camp this summer, we are currently taking registrations for Session I: July 6-10; Session II: July 13-17; Session III: July 20-24; and Session IV: July 27-31. All faculty and staff will receive a 25 percent discount for campers. If you are interested, please email Kyle Dunaway to receive the coupon code.
  • Summer business casual dress
  • Once again Transylvania will have business casual dress every day this summer through Labor Day. Please, no jeans. If you have questions about what is appropriate, please see your supervisor or Human Resources. For more information, contact Debbie Clark.
  • End of fiscal year deadlines
  • Our fiscal year ends on June 30. Please observe the deadlines in the FY15 Fiscal Year End Closing Schedule to ensure your financial transactions are recorded in the correct fiscal year. Remember that you cannot "choose" which budget year to charge expenses or post charges. Receipt of goods and delivery of services dates determine the fiscal year in which the expense or revenue must be recorded. For more information, contact Brooke Mohallatee.
Recognition
  • Dixon to lead playwriting workshops
  • "Monsters and Mathematics" is one of two playwriting workshops theater faculty member Michael Dixon is leading June 26-27 at the CityWrights Festival in Miami. His other workshop is titled "Non-Realistic Playwriting for Real World Problems."
  • Billips to present work at Kentucky Women Writers' Conference
  • Martha Billips recently received an invitation to present her work on writer Harriette Simpson Arnow at the Kentucky Women Writers' Conference, which will include well-known and critically acclaimed authors such as Ann Beattie.
  • Spanish faculty member has poem translations published
  • The on-line literary journal Still has published three poems by the Spanish poet Juan Carlos Mestre that were translated by Jeremy Paden. Read poems For more information, contact Jeremy Paden at 3673, or jpaden@transy.edu
  • Students appointed to the board of College Democrats of Kentucky
  • Recently three Transylvania students were appointed to the board of the College Democrats of Kentucky organization. John Mays was elected as the the state's Vice President, Michael Burns was elected for the the state Communications Coordinator, and Sam Crankshaw was elected as the state Political Director. Congratulations gentlemen. For more information, contact Shane McKee/John Mays at 8660, or smckee@transy.edu
August Term
  • August Term '16 book suggestions
  • What great books have you read this year? What books are on your summer reading list? The August term team is looking for suggestions for August term 2016. (Yes, 2016.) We have a great pair of texts for August term 2015 and would like to repeat that excellence in 2016! Please submit suggestions, browse others' suggestions and look at past years' texts here. For more information, contact Melissa Fortner.
For Your Information
  • Transylvania Seminar schedule
  • Here is the schedule for The Transylvania Seminar, Twenty-first Century Liberal Education: A Contested Concept. The seminar, which is July 23-25, draws faculty from liberal arts colleges across the country.
  • Caller ID change
  • Over the July 4 weekend, IT will switch the phone system so that your individual phone numbers will go out as the caller ID. This change will allow people who you call to easily call you back. If you have your own number and an office number, you can select which line to call out from in order to control the caller ID that is seen. If you have questions, please contact the helpdesk at 3593.
  • Beck center closed Friday, reopens Monday
  • The Beck Center/Fitness Center will be closed Friday. We will reopen Monday at 11:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Loren Bewley.
  • Bell to be assistant to president for special projects
  • The Office of the President is pleased to announce that Michael Bell will be staying on at Transylvania as the new assistant to the president for special projects beginning Wednesday. Dr. Bell will be working with the president's office on numerous projects, including Board of Trustee communications and liaison to the Bingham Foundation. His office will be on the third floor of Old Morrison.
  • Transylvania expands employee recognition
  • The Transylvania Recognition Team, formerly the Staff Recognition Team, expanded its focus to include faculty into this recognition of the university's employees. Join us in welcoming professors Christi Hayne and Mike LeVan to the team's leadership. The Transylvania Recognition Team exists to recognize individuals who work tirelessly and often without acclaim for the betterment of the university. Award winners are truly essential pieces of Transylvania University. For more information, contact Aaron Roberts.
  • Change in how to transfer calls
  • A recent phone system update has changed how you blind transfer a call to someone else. Look for the Blind soft key after pressing the Forward button. See our online phone help guide here for more information.
  • Top of Old Morrison Circle blocked this week
  • Eight spaces at the top of Old Morrison Circle are blocked this week so workers can set up for the July 3 Patriotic Concert.
  • Camps this week
  • This week we welcome volleyball coach Kyle Walton's volleyball day camp, which will run June 29 to July 1; and our last week of swimmers will take lessons from Kyle Dunaway.
  • Give Back Day reminder
  • The end of our current fiscal year (FY15) is quickly approaching! Please consider making a gift before midnight on Tuesday, June 30. There are many ways to give; click here for more information. Thank you!
  • Two new employees starting in July
  • Hannah Piechowski, who will be the assistant director of residence life, will start July 6; and Angie Rice, who has been hired as the events and marketing coordinator, will start July 20.
  • #TransyBuilds website and video update
  • Keep up with the latest news surrounding #TransyBuilds on this new website. And watch the first video of this major building initiative transforming our campus.
  • Beck Center morning hours change
  • Beginning Wednesday, the Beck Center morning hours will shift slightly to 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This change was made at the request of multiple people who have consistently used the facility during the morning/lunch shift. If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Dunaway.
  • June 2015 issue of TransE-Mail for Alumni
  • To see the June 2015 issue of TransE-Mail, the e-newsletter sent to over 6,000 alumni, click here. If you would like to be added to the recipient list for future issues, please contact Natasa Mongiardo, director of alumni relations, at nmongiardo@transy.edu. View the email
  • The Tin Can returns
  • Our favorite barista and her cute tin can coffee shop has returned to campus for the summer. Rachel will be in Old Morrison Circle, near the Glenn Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 11 a.m. For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Beck Center summer hours
  • To clarify, Beck Center hours for the summer are: Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. We will not be open Saturday or Sunday until August term begins. If there are any questions, please contact Kyle Dunaway.
  • Long-term summer bike loans
  • A limited number of bikes are available for long-term loan over the summer. This year, bikes must be looked over by the summer shop mechanic every three weeks to ensure proper care and maintenance. Contact Angela Poe or Sam Crankshaw.
  • Alumni Plaza construction
  • Haupt Plaza's transformation into Alumni Plaza is underway. The H zone parking lot behind Little Theater will be a staging area and the entrance for equipment to the plaza. The plaza, which will open in September, will be closed during construction. For more information, contact Charles Weber.
  • 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.
  • 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 Sue Garrison at 8266 or sgarrison@transy.edu to reserve spaces for fall, winter and May term events. This includes Haggin, Carrick and Little. On April 15, this invitation will be extended to the Lexington community.
Health and Fitness
  • Group Fitness classes not to be offered over summer
  • Group Fitness classes will not be offered over the summer months due to a lack of available instructors. We will resume classes in the fall. For more information about Group Fitness courses or what classes might interest you for the fall, please contact Kyle Dunaway.
  • Summer Health Clinic schedule
  • The Health Clinic will be open every Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. except for the following dates: June 26; and July 1, 3, 17, 29, and 31. Request appointments by emailing Tracy Moore or walk-in.
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