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TNotes
Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Today
  • Transylvania Liberal Education Seminar begins
  • The 2016 Transylvania Liberal Education Seminar will begin Thursday with a plenary address by Lu Ann Homza, dean for educational policy and professor of history at William and Mary College. Her talk, "Making the Case for the Liberal Arts and General Education in the 21st Century," will be in Cowgill 102 at 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend! For more information, contact Ellen Cox.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jeans Day on Aug. 9
  • Our remaining Jeans Day is Aug. 9. Bring $5 if you wish to participate to Ashley Coons in the registrar's office by July 22 so we can purchase and deliver classroom supplies before the start of the school year.
Project One
  • Professors attend workshop on diversity in the curriculum
  • Transylvania professors recently participated in a weeklong diversity-in-the-curriculum workshop facilitated by Nana Osei-Kofi from Oregon State University. Participants included Carole Barnsley, Lisa Contreras, Paul Duffin, Simona Fojtova, Kerri Hauman, Iva Katzarska-Miller, Jennifer McCloud, Martha Ojeda, Kyle Schnitzenbaumer, Tim Soulis, Avery Tompkins, Meg Upchurch and Scott Whiddon.
For Faculty and Staff
  • Share class community engagement on website
  • Faculty, are you teaching a class that involves community engagement or have you in the past? Please let the Office of Campus and Community Engagement know! We are revamping our website and would love to include your class on our list so that others can learn about the great work you are doing. Please email engagement@transy.edu with the class name and focus area.
  • FY16 fiscal year end closing schedule
  • Our fiscal year ends June 30. Please observe the deadlines on this closing schedule to ensure your financial transactions are recorded in the correct fiscal year. Budget managers should closely monitor expenses to maximize budget savings at year end. Do not spend out available budgets at the end of the current fiscal year for goods and services to be used in next fiscal year. Thanks for your cooperation! For more information, contact Brooke Mohallatee.
Community Engagement
  • Staff volunteer release time
  • Did you know that as a staff member you have the option of completing eight hours of paid time to volunteer in our community? Summers and school breaks are a great time to do this as an individual or a department! For specifics regarding the program, please go here.
Recognition
  • Fosl delivers lecture in Nigeria
  • Philosophy professor Peter S. Fosl delivered a lecture titled "Critical Thinking and Skepticism across the Arts and Sciences: In Dialogue with the African Academy" at the University of Abuja in Nigeria's capital city. Fosl was invited by the Center for Critical Thinking and Resourceful Research and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Abuja. Fosl's invitation was sparked by the publication of his new book, "The Critical Thinking Toolkit," which will be released later this summer by Wiley. For more information, contact Kim Naujokas.
  • Grinnell wins Essential Piece Award
  • The Transylvania Recognition Team would like to recognize Graphic Designer Barbara Grinnell as the July Essential Piece Award recipient. Barbara demonstrates her devotion to the university daily. We greatly appreciate her incredible work ethic and service to Transy. Please congratulate Barbara!
  • Transylvania ODK recognized as Superior Circle
  • The Transylvania circle (chapter) of Omicron Delta Kappa was recognized as a Superior Circle at the ODK National Convention in Grand Rapids, Mich., on June 16-19. Superior Circles demonstrate exceptional performance in accordance with the national standards of Omicron Delta Kappa. Anna Balassa '16, Transy's ODK 2015-16 president, also received a 2016 ODK National Foundation Scholarship to support her graduate school endeavors. For more information, contact Tiffany Wheeler.
  • Bartley presents at Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education
  • Associate Professor of Economics Alan Bartley recently presented from his sabbatical research -- a paper manuscript "Does Service-Learning Help Economics Students Learn Better?" -- at the annual 2016 Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education (CTREE) in Atlanta. For more information, contact professor Bartley.
  • Jennett named Young Playwright for 2016
  • Congratulations to graduated senior Brooke Jennett '16, who was recently named the 3rd Annual Dramatists Guild of America Young Playwright for 2016. Chosen from hundreds of young playwrights nationwide, Brooke received this honor last week at the 2016 Horizon Theatre Young Playwrights Festival in Atlanta. For more information, contact Michael Dixon at 281-3503, or mdixon@transy.edu.
  • Kaufman presents work on Plato
  • David Kaufman presented his work-in-progress, "Plato on the Value of Nonrational Feelings and Desires," as an invited speaker at Durham University's Classics and Ancient History Department on June 8. For more information, or for a copy of the talk, please contact professor Kaufman.
  • New SET members
  • The Staff Engagement Team would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent SET nomination and election process. Please join us in congratulating Erik Emery (Department of Public Safety), Erinn Foglesong (Health and Wellness) and Hannah Piechowski (Student Affairs) as the newest SET members. They will begin their two-year term starting July 1. For more information, contact Helen Bischoff.
Health and Fitness
  • Summer step challenge
  • Are you tired of sitting around all day? Do you need some motivation to put a little pep in your step? Do you have something to track those peppy steps? Well then join us for a two-week summer step challenge! There is a $5 entry fee. First place will receive 60 percent of the total entry fees; second place will receive 30 percent; and third place will receive 10 percent. The challenge will run July 24 to Aug. 6. Please contact Beth Mitchell at if you are interested.
  • Summer hours for Student Health
  • Summer hours for Student Health will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 and June 1, 8, 14, 28 and 29. Walk in or email for an appointment. For more information, contact Tracy Moore.
  • Free copies of 'The Sleep Revolution'
  • A limited number of copies of "The Sleep Revolution," a book by Arianna Huffington, are available for free in the Student Health Office and the Counseling Center/Health and Wellness Office. The books were donated by the Huffington Post to promote the importance of sleep to personal success. For more information, contact Tracy Moore.
For Your Information
  • Beck locker request, clean-out info
  • With the Beck Center shutdown approaching, all faculty, staff and student lockers rented for the 2015-16 academic year need to be cleaned out by Aug. 1. New locker and/or renewal requests will be taken beginning Aug. 15, once the facility has been cleaned and prepped for August term. Questions can be directed to Kyle Dunaway.
  • Beck Center closed Aug. 1-14
  • The Beck Center will be shut down for maintenance Aug. 1-14 as we resurface both gym floors, complete a lighting project in the performance gym and clean all carpeted areas in preparation for August term. We will reopen Monday, Aug. 15. During this time, we ask that only those with offices in the building utilize the space for work purposes. Questions can be directed to Kyle Dunaway.
  • Back Circle restoration progress
  • By Friday, Back Circle should be substantially complete. You will see grass and trees. The irrigation system will be installed to help the landscape survive and thrive over time. Sidewalks will be complete and the brick paver entrance to Dalton-Voigt will be complete. Construction site fencing will be pulled back closer to the entrances of Bassett Hall and Residence Hall #3. We will restrict access to the grass for several weeks, but viewing is encouraged! For more information, contact Marc Mathews.
  • Sign up to help with move-in
  • The Department of Residence Life and Housing is looking for faculty, staff and Transylvania friends to help with move-in on Aug. 12. Sign up here. Having a smooth, welcoming beginning to the school year sets the tone for a student's first year, and our move-in success is only possible with the help of volunteers. With construction and new traffic patterns, move-in will be more complicated and will need as much support as possible! Can you help on Aug. 12?
  • Old Morrison lighting retrofit
  • We are excited to announce that the Green Revolving Loan Fund committee has approved funding for a lighting retrofit project in Old Morrison. The project will begin Monday and take about six or seven weeks to complete. The existing fixtures and lenses will remain, but all fluorescent tubes will be replaced with new energy-efficient LED lighting. A member of PPD will coordinate scheduling with individual departments in advance. For more information, contact Norman Mudd.
  • Contact for Residence Life Back Desk in Forrer Hall
  • Please contact Hannah Piechowski if you have any questions or needs concerning the Back Desk in Forrer Hall, including resident mail.
  • Early arrival request
  • Students who need to arrive before the designated dates should complete a Housing Request Form. Once a request is received, verification from the office requesting the early arrival will be requested by the Department of Residence Life and Housing. If an office has a list of students who will need access to check-in prior to the designated dates, please send that to Hannah Piechowski.
  • Fall 2016 resident move-in dates
  • First-year students move to campus on Aug. 12. They will receive detailed instructions before August regarding their time to move in, what to bring, traffic patterns, parking, etc. Returning students move to campus Sept. 4 and 5. Students returning to the 4th Street Apartments are eligible to arrive as early as Sept. 1. All returning residents will receive detailed information about their move-in in August.
  • Kenan Grant for Pioneer Pathway Program
  • Read about the $71,000 Kenan Grant for black male students.
  • Crimson Card name changes
  • Beginning today, tender names for money on Crimson Cards will change. Points will be called Crimson Cash. Bonus Bucks will now be called Dining Dollars. For more information, contact Shawn Singleton.
  • Back Circle parking restriction
  • Beginning the night of June 28, there will be no parking behind the Campus Center area near the loading dock, including the parking spots near the two rear doors to the Back Circle area of Forrer Hall and the two parking spots closest to the entrance of the construction gate near the middle circle. These parking spots will be blocked until the construction is completed. If you have any questions, please contact Chief Muravchick.
  • Transy Community Garden
  • The "Secret Garden" functionality of the Transy Community Garden behind Poole is fully operational for Summer 2016! Take your lunch out there, or just sit on the porch and ponder the wonders of growing plants in the city. For even more mental health benefits, feel free to pull a few weeds around the tomatoes or the kale, or hoe some weeds in the paths! Mulberries are ripe now and wild raspberries, lettuce and kale should be ready toward late June. Grapes and other things should come in around mid July. For more information, contact Eva Csuhai.
  • New staff members
  • We will welcome new staff members to campus in the next few months. They include assistant coaches Max Coleman (cross country), Grace Goodbarn (field hockey) and Katie Vautier (women's lacrosse). They will start in August. Also joining us this summer will be Lee Boone, web developer/designer.
  • Dalton-Voigt parking, side entrance restrictions
  • No vehicles are allowed to park on the side of Dalton-Voigt near the cooling tower. This area is being renovated and will be under construction. Starting Monday, students will not be able to use the side entrance of Dalton-Voigt due to construction, unless it's an emergency. Please use the main doors to enter and exit the building. For more information, contact Chief Muravchick.
  • Offices to close at 4 p.m. on Fridays
  • In recent years, we have closed at 4:30 p.m. on certain Fridays during the summer. We are pleased to share the president's decision to change the end of the day to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The dates are June 3, 10, 17 and 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and Aug. 5. All early office closures and holiday closures are posted on the university events calendar. For more information, contact Jeff Mudrak.
  • Support teachers with $5 Jeans Days
  • The Staff Engagement Team is collecting donations to purchase classroom supplies for Fayette County teachers. President Carey has approved staff to wear denim with the Transy-issued polo on $5 Jeans Days: July 8, 11; and Aug. 9. Here's how to participate: For each jeans day 1) Donate $5 (send cash or check to Ashley Coons, OM 104) or 2) Donate items: art supplies, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, folders/notebooks, pencils, etc., and 3) Wear your Transy polo and jeans. For more information, contact Helen Bischoff.
  • Bookstore summer hours, holiday closures
  • The bookstore will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Summer hours will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The bookstore will be closed July 2-4 in observance of Independence Day. Please contact bookstore for more information at 281-3570.
  • Beck center summer hours
  • The Beck Center has closed and will reopen with summer hours on May 31. Summer hours will be Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kyle Dunaway.
  • Summer 4th Street Apartments rentals
  • Rent at the 4th Street Apartment Complex for the summer. There is no requirement to be enrolled, interning or working on campus. Move in directly from your winter assignment and directly into your fall assignment! Billing is monthly, and apartments are available for rent June through August. E-mail hpiechowski@transy.edu with questions. The rates for new residents are: single apartment, $475/June, $500/July, $500/August; and double apartment, $650/June, $700/July, $700/August. Complete the summer contract today.
  • Mailroom summer hours
  • Summer hours for the Old Morrison mailroom will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Eric Ramsey.
In the News
  • McEuen quoted in Courier-Journal column
  • History professor Melissa McEuen weighed in on famous Kentuckians for this Courier-Journal column.
  • International Baccalaureate scholarships
  • Read about our scholarships to International Baccalaureate program graduates here. The Herald-Leader article is here. We believe our deep foundation in the liberal arts serves as an ideal continuation of the IB curriculum, which shares our values of knowledge, creativity, service and empathy.
  • Herald-Leader features Bartley, students' work
  • Associate Professor of Economics Alan Bartley was recently invited to participate in a press conference with God's Pantry Food Bank for the survey work he and his fall and winter semester economics students conducted for God's Pantry to better understand its patrons. This was part of his service-learning sabbatical work. A local news article regarding the survey research and its results can be found here.

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