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TNotes
Campus newsletter
for students, faculty, and staff
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
Today/This Weekend
Upcoming Dates
  • Faculty/staff kick-off meeting, reception Aug. 31
  • President Carey invites all faculty and staff to the annual kick-off meeting at 2:30 p.m. in Carrick Theater. A reception will follow in Alumni Plaza. This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about our common goals for the year and meet new faculty and staff. Please RSVP by Aug. 24. Questions? Call the president's office at 8111.
  • Convocation featuring Silas House on Sept. 9
  • The Transylvania community is invited to this year's Academic Convocation featuring Silas House, who is a novelist, music journalist, environmental activist and columnist. During the event, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium, House will deliver the keynote speech and receive an honorary degree. Also, students will receive awards. A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, contact Cindy Wittry.
In the News
  • Begley featured on Archaeological Fantasies podcast
  • Anthropology professor Chris Begley was recently interviewed for Archaeological Fantasies, a podcast that focuses on archaeological myths and legends. The hour-long interview explores the lost White City myth in Honduras and contextualizes the myth in terms of pop culture, local knowledge and the legacy of colonialism in archaeology. For more information, contact professor Begley.
  • Bocketti offers Olympics insights
  • The Huffington Post and Herald-Leader recently published an Op-Ed by professor Gregg Bocketti about the Rio Olympics. He also offered insights about the games on WEKU's "On Point" radio program. Go here for links and more details.
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
  • Faculty, staff meal plans
  • Sodexo will again offer faculty and staff discounted meal plans. The university will help make these affordable by offering them via payroll deductions spread from September 2016 through April 2017. Brochures and authorization forms are available in the payroll office. The deadline for those on biweekly payroll is Aug. 30, and for those on salary payroll it's Sept. 15. For more information, contact Lois Johnson.
  • MasterCard expense report info session Aug. 30
  • The accounting office will assist anyone who has questions or needs help preparing their MasterCard expense report from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Technology Learning Center lab (library basement). We will cover procedures for the use and reporting of the purchasing card as it relates to university policy. If you are interested in attending, please contact Liz Fulkerson.
  • FY17 Budgets on TNet
  • Budgets for FY17 are loaded to TNet. When logging in to TNet to review your budget, please note that both FY16 and FY17 are open and available to view. You may select the fiscal year from the drop-down box on the Budget Selection screen. For more information, contact Brooke Mohallatee.
  • Half day of service Oct. 18
  • The Staff Engagement Team would like to invite all faculty and staff to participate in a half day of service on Oct. 18 from 1-4:30 p.m. at God's Pantry Food Bank Warehouse. Please sign up here. To participate, you must have approval from your supervisor and complete the Volunteer Release Time Program request form. For more information, contact Ashley Coons.
  • Edumedics clinic moves to Rosenthal
  • The Edumedics clinic has moved to the Warren W. Rosenthal Commons Building on Fourth Street. If you have any questions, please contact Edumedics at 1-877-735-9039.
  • 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.
Career Development
  • Intern with Fayette County Democratic Party
  • Interested in a paid internship with the Fayette County Democratic Party? Complete this application by Sunday to be considered for one of the two positions available from Sept. 6 to Nov. 8. If you're looking for a paid opportunity with more flexible hours, a local Democratic House campaign is looking for interested students. Contact John Mays for more information.
Community Engagement
  • Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
  • Interested in providing affordable housing? Join a volunteer team with the Office of Campus and Community Engagement! Volunteers will partner with Habitat for Humanity, which includes volunteering at Habitat Restore and with builds. For more information contact Alex Miller.
  • Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center seeks volunteers
  • The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center needs help covering its crisis hotline and responding to hospital calls. Volunteers need to be at least 20 years old, have reliable transportation and attend three mandatory training sessions on Sept. 10, 17 and 24. Call the center at 859-253-2615, or email the crisis response coordinator. If you would like to be paid for your work at BRCC (community-based work study), contact cbarger@transy.edu.
  • Volunteer with The Nest
  • Interested in supporting those affected by domestic violence? Join a volunteer team with the Office of Campus and Community Engagement. Volunteers will partner with The Nest and work with crisis care for a minimum of two hours per week. For more information contact Alex Miller.
  • Food justice volunteer opportunities
  • Interested in food justice? Join a volunteer team with the Office of Campus and Community Engagement. Volunteers will work with the London Ferrill Garden, Students Against Hunger, and Homelessness and the Back Pack Program at Harrison Elementary School. For more information contact Alex Miller.
  • Volunteer with Carnegie Center, YMCA Afterschool Program
  • Interested in youth and educational development? Join a volunteer team with the Office of Campus and Community Engagement. Locations include The Carnegie Center and the YMCA Afterschool Program at LTMS. Volunteers will tutor and mentor children. For more information, contact Alex Miller.
  • Complete work study hours with community partner organization
  • If you are eligible for Federal Work Study, you can complete your hours with a community partner organization. If you are interested in social justice or would like to get some experience off campus or learn about your other options for work study, email cbarger@transy.edu.
  • Living Arts and Science Center internship opportunities
  • LASC is seeking interns for the following areas: art gallery, development, art education, science education and marketing and sales. If you are interested in learning more, please email cbarger@transy.edu or visit the CARE House.
  • 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.
International Education
  • Summer 2017 English-Speaking Union scholarships
  • The Kentucky branch of the English-Speaking Union offers scholarships for summer academic study at Cambridge or Oxford universities, or the Scottish universities program in Edinburgh. Applicants must be juniors with one of these majors: English, history, international affairs, political science or PPE. Email or call Kathy Simon (8124) in the study abroad office for information and the application, which is due Sept. 21.
  • Davies-Jackson Post-Graduate Scholarship at Cambridge University
  • The Davies-Jackson Scholarship is for a student with an exceptional academic record who is among the first in his or her family to graduate from college. The scholarship is for two years of study at St. John's College, Cambridge University, in any of the following fields: archeology and anthropology, classics, economics, education, English, geography, history, history of art, international relations, modern and medieval languages, music, philosophy, political science and sociology. Qualified, interested students must contact Kathy Simon in the study abroad office. The application deadline is Oct. 21.
For Your Information
  • Pre-health info emails
  • If you missed the first-year pre-health meeting on Aug. 23, please see Charlotte Taraba in BSC 111 to get on the pre-health email list. Emails are sent to students with information from the Pre-Health Committee about various meetings that relate to their health care area of interest. For more information, contact Charlotte Taraba.
  • Residence hall construction update
  • The majority of the work left to do on the residence halls is on the interior. The grading for the basketball and volleyball courts is underway, and the asphalt surface for the basketball court is down. Over the next two weeks, the equipment for the sports courts will be installed and the sidewalks poured. Also, the pavilion will be constructed and the lawn area in front of Thomson Hall will be completed. For more informaton contact Darrell Banks.
  • Nurse practitioner August term schedule
  • The Nurse practitioner will be on campus from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18, 22, 26, 31 and Sept. 1. Her office is in Forrer Hall, across from the residence life offices. Please contact Ashley Hill if you have any questions.
  • Anti-theft tips
  • After parking your vehicle, please make sure you remove all valuables, including those in the trunk, and lock your doors. Also, please lock all bicycles to a bike rack (making sure the chain or other type of lock secures the frame and not just a tire to the rack). Please report any suspicious people to DPS. For more information, contact Chief Gregg Muravchick.
  • Unlearn Fear + Hate art project
  • Check out this video of yesterday's press conference, where professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova unveiled an interactive public artwork: Unlearn Fear + Hate. The project will have a wide-ranging impact on Transy and the Lexington community.
  • Welcome new employees
  • Among the employees starting at Transy as the new school year gets underway are: Kevin Calhoun, part-time head coach, tennis (8/8); Zack Getsee, head coach, baseball (8/18); Laura Rudolph, director of enrollment communications (8/15); Michelle Thompson, assistant director of campus engagement (9/1); and Hunter Williams, director of campus and community engagement (8/8).
  • Beck Center August term hours
  • Beginning Monday, Beck Center August term hours will be: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. The facility will close for Labor Day weekend on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. and reopen for the fall semester on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Kyle Dunaway.
  • Residence Life and Housing department moves to Forrer
  • The Department of Residence Life and Housing has moved to Forrer Hall on the ground floor by the campus nurse and Back Desk.
  • Extra copies of August term book available
  • As part of August term/First Engagements, all incoming students are reading "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. Stop by the Campus Center Information Desk to pick up a free copy of the book! For more information, contact Michael Covert.
  • Gmail accounts compromised (updated link)
  • We've seen a number of our @transy.edu Gmail accounts compromised in the last few days. Go here for more information.
  • Ashley Gutshall Hill named director of student wellbeing
  • After a national search process, the dean of students office is pleased to announce that Ashley Gutshall Hill has been named the director of student wellbeing (Health and Wellness). She will assume her new duties today. For more information, contact Michael Covert.
  • Renew Kroger Community Rewards by Aug. 31
  • Those groceries in your cart translate into money for scholarships when you designate Transylvania as the charity affiliated with your Kroger Plus Card. Be sure to enroll or renew the charity information for your Plus Card before Aug. 31. Just go online and choose Transylvania University as the charity you'd like to support. Or register by phone (1-800-KROGERS, option #3) and use our organization code 10848. Thank you for supporting Transy! For more information, contact Amy Bridges.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
Recognition
  • Transy grad honored for best research article in study of race, ethnicity
  • Transy grad C. Shawn McGuffey '98, a Boston College associate professor of sociology, has received the 2016 Kimberle Crenshaw Outstanding Article Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems for the best research article in the study of race and ethnicity published in the past three years. "Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality and Black Women's Accounts of Sexual Assault," appeared in the Du Bois Review. For more information, contact Brian L. Rich.
  • Wages wins Essential Piece Award
  • The Transylvania Recognition Committee would like to recognize housekeeper James Wages as the August Essential Piece Award recipient. James' work ethic is incredible and his dedication to the school is seen in his every day responsibilities. We appreciate his continuous hard work. Please help us in congratulating James!
Health and Fitness
  • 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.

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