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Kentucky by Heart: Family of Louisville doctor David Yandell made mark on Kentucky, and the world

By Steve Flairty KyFoward columnist I recently came across Nancy Baird’s biography of a noted Louisville medical doctor from the 1800s. The book is called David Wendel Yandell: Physician of Old Louisville, and besides providing a fascinating look at Yandell’s life (1826-1898), the author’s account also reveals an interesting look at the political and cultural times in Kentucky, including events...

Kentucky by Heart: In these tumultuous times for our country, there is much good happening in Kentucky

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist There are many good things happening around our state these days that might not receive the coverage they deserve, whether it’s because they carry only a “local” tag, maybe they are drowned out by so many reports of bad news, or perhaps those involved in the good things are limited in ways to publicize them. Good things untold is a perfect reason to bring...

Transylvania University steps into collegiate esports arena with plans for 2021-22 season

Transylvania University plans to launch an esports program in the 2021-22 academic year for students interested in participating in intercollegiate gaming competitions. With an estimated global audience of 495 million, the $1 billion esports industry is expected to continue exponential growth in size and economic impact. Esports at Transy will give students the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate...

Transylvania names Shawn Lyons vice president for advancement; begins duties on Dec. 1

Shawn Lyons, a longtime development and alumni engagement expert, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for advancement. Lyons, who most recently served as a vice president at Centre College, brings more than three decades of experience and leadership to Kentucky’s oldest university. “I am delighted to join the Transylvania community. I believe in the transformative power...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Richard Taylor’s Girty melds myth and fact to tell story of notorious frontier traitor

In this classic work, Richard Taylor artfully assembles passages from diaries, travel accounts, biographies, poems and monologues to tell the story of Simon Girty (1741-1818), branded as a notorious traitor, and one of the most hated men in the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky frontier. Girty survived important battles in two wars that had a profound impact on Kentuckians, the American Revolutionary...

Billy Reed: Sports management program is a good idea, but the timing just doesn’t seem quite right

My alma mater, Transylvania University, has begun the process of starting a sports management program. I like the idea, even suggested it a while back, but now I have to wonder if the timing is right. For one thing, money is tight at most colleges and universities. Depending on the magnitude of their problem, many have eliminated positions, slashed budgets, instituted hiring freezes, and cut salaries. This...

NCAA selects Transylvania as host for 2023, 2024 Division III golf national championships

The NCAA announced Wednesday it has selected Transylvania University to host a pair of upcoming national championship tournaments. Both the 2023 Division III Men’s Golf National Championship and 2024 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship will be held at the Keene Trace Golf Club in nearby Nicholasville. Wednesday’s announcement culminated a long bidding process that...

Transylvania’s annual PumpkinMania celebration, fall festival going virtual for 2020 due to pandemic

Transylvania University’s PumpkinMania, a pumpkin-carving event and display, and Alumni Fall Festival are going virtual this month instead of happening in person. The annual events will feature online activities — including an opportunity to share photos of your jack-o’-lanterns — with the larger community. “While we look forward every year to the opportunity to bring our neighbors onto our...

Transylvania vice president Steve Angelucci takes on new role developing campus initiatives

After serving for two years as Transylvania University’s vice president for advancement, Steve Angelucci will be stepping down from that position to take on a new assignment at the university. Brien Lewis announced that Angelucci has been named as an assistant to the president, where he will focus on developing new initiatives to benefit students at the historic Lexington college. In this new role,...

Prominent photographers to discuss campaign photography in a digital world at Transylvania

Four photographers who spent years in and around the White House and national political campaigns will come together for a virtual discussion on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. hosted by Transylvania University and Kentucky Humanities. “Through the Lens: Campaign Photography in a Digital World” will examine the role visuals play in campaigns and whether digital imagery serves as a reliable source of information....

Transylvania announces Pioneer Plus initiative, giving students options to expand college experience

Transylvania University’s new Pioneer Plus initiative offers students registered for the 2020-21 academic year a number of choices to continue their education, athletics and activities at Transylvania while making the best decisions for themselves right now. New options give students the choice of extending their undergraduate career at Transylvania tuition free. The Healthy at Transy reopening plan...

Chicago native Johnnie Johnson named Transylvania’s vice president for admissions

Transylvania University has named Johnnie Johnson as its vice president for admissions effective immediately. Johnson has served as the interim vice president for enrollment since July 2019. “Over the last year, Transylvania has been fortunate to have Johnnie Johnson at the helm of its student recruitment efforts,” said President John N. Williams. “His experience in admissions at Transylvania,...

Transylvania names national expert as new VP for strategic initiatives and enrollment management

Sarah Coen, a national expert on enrollment and student success, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for strategic initiatives and enrollment management. Coen, who served as dean of enrollment at Transylvania from 1999-2006, returns to the university after working for the last 10 years as senior vice president at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a national higher education consulting...

Transylvania University returning to in-person classes, residential housing for fall semester

Transylvania University President John N. Williams and President-Designate Brien Lewis announced the college’s fall 2020 reopening plan, Healthy at Transy, on Friday. Below is an excerpt of a statement to the university community: “Throughout Transylvania’s long history, our institution has been required to be resilient and even reinvent itself to meet the challenges of changing times. As...

Transylvania names Deidra Dennie vice president for diversity and inclusion; begins duties on July 13

Deidra Dennie has been named Transylvania University’s vice president for diversity and inclusion. Dennie currently serves as the chief diversity officer at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and has worked in the diversity, equity and inclusion field in higher education and private industry since 2003. “At Transylvania, we are committed to fostering a campus characterized by compassion,...

Transylvania names Dr. Sarah ‘Becky’ Thomas new academic affairs vice president and dean

Transylvania University interim president John N. Williams has announced that Sarah Rebecca “Becky” Thomas, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as the next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university. Thomas is currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Earlham College in Indiana and previously served as academic dean at Bard College in New York. “Dr....

Transylvania University postpones 2020 commencement ceremony due to pandemic

Transylvania University has postponed its May 23 commencement ceremony to minimize the potential for community spread of the COVID-19 virus. The school plans to honor its graduating students, who are wrapping up their senior year with remote learning, during an in-person ceremony later on a date to be determined and through several virtual events next month. Seniors have been asked to provide feedback...

Hope Center, Transylvania partner to provide temporary emergency shelter space until April 30

With spring sports canceled and students taking courses remotely, the empty gyms and locker rooms at Transylvania University’s Clive M. Beck Center will soon fill a critical need in the community: temporary shelter for clients of Lexington’s Hope Center. Beginning Tuesday through April 30, the Beck Center’s practice gym will serve as a shelter for 40-50 individuals who regularly stay at the Hope...

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...