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Transylvania announces further changes in response to COVID-19; winter, May terms to be taught remotely

Transylvania University Interim President Dr. John N. Williams on Wednesday announced further changes to the university’s academic program in response to COVID-19. “We have made the decision, in the best interests of the community we hold dear, to take additional steps to protect the health and safety of our Transylvania students, faculty and staff,” Williams said. “After extensive conversations...

Cardinal Valley Elementary after-school art club inspired by trading cards of influential women

The after-school art club at Cardinal Valley Elementary has been inspired by trading cards of influential women. During Women’s History Month, moviegoers and others can stop by the small gallery at the Kentucky Theatre to see an exhibit of oversized trading cards designed by a Transylvania University student paired with corresponding artwork by an after-school club at Cardinal Valley Elementary. “We...

Poet Frank X Walker receives Transylvania University’s 2020 Judy Gaines Young Book Award

Frank X Walker, a former Kentucky poet laureate and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, is this year’s winner of Transylvania University’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award for his “Last Will, Last Testament.” The award has recognized outstanding works by writers in the Appalachian region since 2015. The public is invited to join the campus community March 17 at 5 p.m. in Carrick Theater as Walker...

Transylvania University selects Brien Lewis as 27th president; Toronto native begins duties on July 1

Brien Lewis has been selected to serve as the 27th president of Transylvania University. Board of Trustees Chairman William T. Young Jr. announced Tuesday that Lewis, the current president of Catawba College, will start on July 1. “I am delighted that Brien Lewis will serve as Transylvania’s next president. His selection comes with the unanimous approval of both the Presidential Search Committee...

Transylvania receives federal funds to help bolster Kentucky research and manufacturing technology

Transylvania University will receive part of a $24 million National Science Foundation grant to help boost Kentucky’s research and manufacturing capabilities. Over five years, the university is expected receive a total of around $200,000 for faculty and student physics research and cutting-edge chemistry lab equipment. The research at Transylvania made possible through these funds will complement...

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to deliver Transylvania’s 2020 William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture on ‘Resilience’

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will give Transylvania University’s 2020 William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture on “Resilience,” the theme of this academic year. The first Native American U.S. poet laureate, Harjo is an internationally known, award-winning poet, writer and performer of the Mvskoke Nation. The public is invited to attend her lecture on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. While...

World-renowned Kronos Quartet to perform free concert at Transylvania on January 28

The Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet, which kicked off Transylvania University’s Smith Concert Series more than a decade ago, returns to campus Jan. 28 for another public performance in the series. Reserve free tickets for the 7 p.m. event in Haggin Auditorium online via transy.edu. For 45 years, the San Francisco ensemble has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Transylvania, Lexington Legends make Whitaker Bank Ballpark home venue for 2020 Pioneer baseball

The Transylvania University athletic department and the Lexington Legends baseball team has announced an agreement to make Whitaker Bank Ballpark the new home venue of the Pioneers baseball team for the 2019-20 season. Located on North Broadway just one mile from the Transylvania campus in downtown Lexington, the 6,994-seat home of the Class-A Lexington Legends baseball team will serve as the official...

Families, alumni and PumpkinMania to arrive at Transylvania campus on final weekend of October

The last weekend in October will be a busy one on campus at Transylvania University as the school hosts Family Weekend, the Alumni Fall Festival, and kicks off PumpkinMania. Family members of current students are invited to campus for Family Weekend Oct. 24-27. The university is hosting a wide range of activities, including classroom visits, a concert and sporting events, such as soccer and field hockey...

Transylvania opens national search, seeks experienced candidates for university’s 27th president

Transylvania University has opened a national search for its 27th president. Information on the application process and a full position profile are available on the Transylvania presidential search website at presidentsearch.transy.edu. To help identify candidates, Transylvania’s Presidential Search Committee is partnering with Isaacson, Miller of Boston. In developing the position profile, the firm...

Role of resilience highlighted by artists, speakers featured in Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence Series

As Transylvania University’s 2019-20 campus focuses on resilience this academic year, creative and thought leaders from across the nation will bring their ideas and work to the Lexington college in this year’s Creative Intelligence Series. “We need to cultivate resilience and inventiveness so we can energetically respond to climate change, challenges to our core democratic ideals, populations...

UK physician Dr. Angela Tackett Dearinger appointed commissioner of KY Department for Public Health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services has named Dr. Angela Tackett Dearinger commissioner of its Department for Public Health. Dearinger, 43, is board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, public health and general preventive medicine. She is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky and is its College of Medicine’s assistant...

Transylvania University alumnus, trustee John Norton Williams Jr. named interim president

The Transylvania University Board of Trustees has named John Norton Williams Jr. interim president beginning Aug. 15. Williams, a 1974 graduate of Transylvania and member of the university’s Board of Trustees, is completing a nine-year term as the dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry in June. “I am extremely delighted that Dr. Williams has agreed to serve our Transylvania community...

Seamus Carey taking undisclosed position in New York, stepping down at Transylvania University

Seamus Carey will step down as president of Transylvania University this summer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees William T. Young Jr. announced Monday afternoon. Young said an interim president will be identified for the 2019-2020 academic year. Seamus Carey “We are sorry to see Seamus leave Transylvania after five successful years as president. We wish him the best as he returns to New York for...

Transylvania University English professor Maurice Manning featured in new documentary

Maurice Manning, a Transylvania University English professor and Pulitzer Prize nominated poet, is featured in a new film that is part of the “Matter is a Relative Matter” series about significant but off-beat artists and thinkers. The documentary debuted on the Lush Player on May 6. The film profiles Manning as a modern-day Thoreau — taking its inspiration directly from his meditative and transcendent...

Transylvania University to host Men’s Division III Golf Championships May 14 at Nicholasville’s Keene Trace

For the first time since 2012, the NCAA is bringing a men’s golf championship to Kentucky. The 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championships tee off on Tuesday, May 14, through Friday, May 17, at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville. Transylvania University, along with the Bluegrass Sports Commission, is playing host to the national championships for the first time in the history...

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Transylvania University to host off-Broadway production of play about graduate, gay-rights pioneer

Transylvania University next month will host an off-Broadway production highlighting the accomplishments of John E. Fryer, a ’57 graduate who helped remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Running May 16-19, “217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous” is coming to Lexington and the Transy campus through contributions by Transylvania alumni, JustFundKY, Rainmaker...

JA Miss Business workshop connects local high school students with professional women

Dozens of high school students learned more about themselves and how best to design their life path at the second annual JA Miss Business, a workshop hosted by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. This daylong event encourages young women to seek meaningful and dynamic leadership careers and to embrace mentorships and professional development activities. “We really want them to know that no matter...