Transylvania University shares its story with a number of audiences through the work of the Office of Communications. The team of professionals promotes Transylvania, its people, programs, and achievements through media relations, print publications, digital media, video, photography, and advertising.
Interim Director of Communications
During an oh so long and varied career, Sallie has written and designed printer user’s guides, corporate training materials, restaurant operations manuals, and a travel guide featuring all the great arts venues in Kentucky. She is now proud to be promoting a top-notch liberal arts college in a happening city. Although degrees in English and comparative literature did not specifically prepare her for her current role, her wide experiences did teach her how to be adaptable, work cooperatively, and tackle each new assignment fearlessly.
John recently joined the publications staff after working as a newspaper reporter for 13 years. While at the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise, he wrote a front-page column which included themes of nature, history, and folklore – and often veered toward the odd. His job at Transylvania includes writing articles for Transylvania magazine, taking pictures around campus and posting web info. A big fan of Japanese culture, he sells origami flowers and hand-carved hair sticks at art shows and boutiques. He earned his B.A. from the University of Louisville.
Barbara has been Transylvania's graphic designer since she joined the staff in 1998. She designs all the print pieces produced by the publications department and helps other departments with signs, banners, ads, logos, e-cards, electronic displays, etc. She is a member of the small but proud Transylvania Mac community, and a reader and gardener in her non-work hours. Born in Miami, she also lived for many years in Philadelphia, where she earned a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, and Berkeley, Calif., before moving to Lexington.
Web Development Manager
As a small college's web developer, Mariana wears many hats: designer, coder, navigation architect, database administrator, and project manager. When she comes across a rare chunk of spare time, Mariana likes to read and get her hands dirty with gardening. Japanese graphics, classic guitar music, clever humor, and Rainier cherries inspire her. Mariana was born in Ukraine, former USSR, where she earned her bachelor's degree. She has lived in the United States since 1995 and joined Transylvania's staff in 2003.
Adviser, Radio TLX
Brian appears on campus to advise Radio TLX, the Transylvania student webcasting station. He advises the students on matters ranging from legal copyright standards and ethical behavior to equipment and technical issues. Brian works to make sure that Transylvania's newest form of media – webcasting – conforms to the highest standards of broadcast media while remaining enjoyable for the students involved. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky, both of which he happily squanders by advising student webcasting and playing in rock bands. As well as being an attorney, a consultant, and a bassist, he also has been a multimedia designer, an adjunct college professor, a journalist, and a pizza delivery driver, and often all of the above at once. He enjoys playing music, arguing politics, and cuddling.
Student Media Advisor
Tyler took the role of student media advisor in 2012 after two years as a newspaper reporter and three years as publications assistant at Transylvania. He advises The Rambler student newspaper, Crimson student yearbook, and Transylvanian literary magazine. When he's not at Transylvania, you can most likely find Tyler watching Reds baseball, drinking coffee, or being a struggling musician as a bass player for bands around Lexington. He graduated from Asbury University with a double major in journalism and Spanish.
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