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Library will benefit from challenge grant of $10,000 to boost parents fund

A group of parents of current students and alumni will contribute an additional $10,000 to the parents fund if the fund-raising goal of $96,000 is met by the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year. The fund supports the Transylvania library and last year paid for more than one-third of library acquisitions.

“It’s very exciting,” said Lori Burlingham, assistant director of development, who coordinates parent programs.

“The $10,000 challenge is in addition to what these parents have already given. Many other parents have also committed to increase their support to help us meet the challenge.”

The parents fund exceeded its goal of $93,000 during 2008-09 by raising a record $100,595, and Burlingham hopes that trend will continue. “We’d love to see the fund exceed the $100,000 mark again this year,” she said.

Gifts to the parents fund for the next three years also will count toward a challenge grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation for library expansion. The grant will be applied toward establishing an endowment for the acquisition of books, periodicals, and on-line resources to support student and faculty study and research.

The library is a vital resource for Transy students, circulating nearly 9,000 books and periodicals annually. More than 50 databases, 15,000 on-line journals, and 60,000 electronic books expand the library’s holdings beyond the space constraints of the library building and are becoming ever more important. In 2007-08, for example, students and faculty members accessed electronic databases nearly 236,000 times as compared with 54,000 times in 2000-01. Subscriptions to these databases typically cost $2,500 or more per year.

For more information about the parents fund, or to make a contribution, go to or call Burlingham at (859) 281-3564.

Parents Council members, from left, front: Jim Drye, Bev Drye, Gardner Hieronymus, Laura Hieronymus, Sarah Johnson, Perry Marshall, Mary Beth Marshall, Ed Miller, Mary Ann Miller, Carmen Jagoe, Veronica Dean-Thacker, Shelby Thacker. Second row: David Shewmaker, Susan Shewmaker, John Cooper, Becky Cooper, Tony Ruckriegel, Sally Ruckriegel, Mike Anderson, Mary Lou Anderson, Pete Gammon, Mott Gammon. Back row: Sunday Obi, Stephanie Obi, Noel Clayton, Brenda Clayton, Mac Lacy, Kim Lacy, Jack Geil, Patti Geil, Kim Mullican, Greg Mullican.

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