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Transylvania wins 2008 Battle of the Bumpers

President Shearer with Governor Beshear
Governor Steve Beshear, left, presents Transylvania President Charles L. Shearer with a plaque commemorating Transy's victory in the Battle of the Bumpers.

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends purchased 689 Transylvania license plates in 2008, winning the Battle of the Bumpers, an annual competition among 20 campuses sponsored by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities.

In addition to showing support for Transylvania, the program helps current students because $10 from the sale of each plate goes to the University’s general scholarship fund.

Transy license plate sales for 2007 totaled 601, just three shy of first place. The license plates took to the road in 2002, and each independent college and university has its own plate. They were redesigned in 2007.

“I’m thrilled with the response to the new Transy license plate design,” said Natasa Pajic ’96, director of alumni programs. “Not a day goes by that I don’t see the crimson plate on a car driving by—and not just in Lexington. More and more alumni are choosing to show their Transylvania pride on their plates, and students, parents, faculty, and staff have joined in, too. Let’s go for 700 plates in 2009.”

Kentucky residents may purchase a Transy plate any time at their county clerk’s office or in the owner’s birth month when the annual registration fee normally comes due. The cost is $44 the first year and $31 in subsequent years to renew. Regular issue plates are $21 the first year and $21 to renew. Take photo identification, vehicle title, and proof of insurance to the county clerk’s office. Vehicle owners with regular issue license plates must return the old plate to the county clerk’s office to obtain a Transy plate.

For more information, visit the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Licensing System Web site at www.

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