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Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns to light up Transylvania during eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30

Transylvania University invites the community to campus for the eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30. Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will light up the Old Morrison steps and student groups and campus organizations will host trick-or-treating the night before Halloween. “Last year, we had more than 5,000 people participate in PumpkinMania,” said Hannah Piechowski, director of student transitions...

Lexington mayoral candidates Ronnie Bastin, Linda Gorton participate in public forum on Oct. 29

A forum for mayoral candidates Ronnie Bastin and Linda Gorton will be held on Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m. in the Carrick Theater inside the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University at 300 North Broadway. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington, WKYT, Transylvania University, the Lexington Herald-Leader and WLAP. The forum will air live on The CW Lexington and will be...

James Mustich, author of ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die,’ to speak at Transylvania on Oct. 18

James Mustich, a veteran bookseller and author of “1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List,” will visit Transylvania University on Oct. 18 for a free, public conversation. His compendium of noteworthy books was more than 14 years in the making and includes a diverse selection — from classic novels to memoirs to children’s books. Mustich’s talk, which is part of Transylvania’s...

Transylvania Theater’s 2018-19 season under leadership of new program director Tosha Fowler

Transylvania University’s 2018-19 theater season will feature four productions — from the contemporary to Shakespeare — under the leadership of Tosha Fowler, the new Lucille C. Little Chair of Theater and program director. All productions will be in Little Theater and are free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Dixon-White Fund. Transylvania Theater will benefit from Fowler’s...

Transylvania professor’s ‘Elkhorn’ book wins Thomas D. Clark Medallion, highlights state’s history, culture

Richard Taylor, Transylvania University’s Kenan Visiting Writer and a former Kentucky poet laureate, has received the Thomas D. Clark Medallion for his new book, “Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape.” Named after the founder of the University Press of Kentucky, the medallion is awarded to one book each year for highlighting the state’s history and culture. “Elkhorn” is published...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Richard Taylor’s new book explores history, inhabitants of Elkhorn Creek

Richard Taylor, a professor of English and Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University, explores the natural history, early inhabitants, and commerce along an eight-mile stretch of the main stem of the Bluegrass Region’s most esteemed waterway in his new book Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape, published by University Press of Kentucky. Paul Sawyier (1865-1917) was an American impressionist...

Transylvania University announces 2018-19 feature event series — New Frontiers

The public is invited to go beyond the familiar and explore ideas, art and music this year with a new feature event series hosted on the campus of Transylvania University. The New Frontiers 2018-19 season focuses on the university’s year-long campus theme – civility — and the debate over its role in shaping citizens and communities. Through presentations from such innovators as author Sir Salman...

More than 300 new students welcomed as Class of 2022 arrives at Transylvania University

Transylvania University welcomes students from across Kentucky, the nation and the world today as more than 300 new Pioneers arrive on campus. Kentucky students make up a majority of the incoming class, with nearly 80 percent coming from the Commonwealth. Students from Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan make up another 13 percent of the first-year class, with 10 other states also...

Transylvania University ranked among top 15 percent of nations college by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has once again included Transylvania University in a book featuring the top 15 percent of the nation’s colleges. “The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition,” released Aug. 7, highlights Transylvania for its value, quality of education, location and how it prepares students for success after graduation. “We picked the 384 ‘best’ colleges for our book...

Community leaders, advocates to gather for Ky. Bike-Walk Summit Aug. 16-17 at Transylvania University

More than 300 community leaders and advocates from across the state will gather at Transylvania University on Aug. 16-17 for the Kentucky Bike-Walk Summit. The conference will explore how to improve cycling and walking options and safety in Kentucky through a variety of focuses—from government funding to education to design to economic development. “We are thrilled to be hosting the KY Bike-Walk...

Listen Up! Festival raising awareness for survivors of interpersonal violence coming to Lexington Saturday

The inaugural Listen Up! Festival is bringing together activists, musicians, authors, dancers and more to downtown Lexington this Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to show support and bring awareness to survivors of interpersonal violence. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, the festival represents Lexington’s commitment toward social change and amplifying the voices of survivors of dating...

Transylvania partners with research-intensive UK on pre-med, pre-pharmacy programs

Transylvania University has launched two partnerships with the University of Kentucky that give students an inside track to graduate school at the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus. Transylvania’s Early Assurance Program partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus reserves spots for Transylvania pre-med students at...

UPK author Kathleen Driskell’s collection of poems named 2018 Judy Gaines Young Book Award winner

University Press of Kentucky author Kathleen Driskell has been named the winner of the 2018 Judy Gaines Young Book Award for her book Next Door to the Dead: Poems. The award is given annually by Transylvania University to the author of a recent book of distinction from the Appalachian region, and this year’s winner was selected by Jason Howard, editor of Appalachian Heritage and lecturer at Berea...

IdeaFestival Student Day for middle, high school students coming to Norton Center on March 29

IdeaFestival Student Day is returning to the Bluegrass Region March 29, highlighted by the unique Career Maker Faire which focuses on helping students with their college and career awareness. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, an initiative of Bluegrass Tomorrow.  IF Bluegrass, a one-day festival, is free to middle...

College roundup: Bo Schuh scores 13 as Transy defeats TMC; EKU rolls past Asbury, MSU falls

By Don Owen KyForward reporter Transylvania University shot 65.4 percent from the field Saturday night to knock off host Thomas More College, 88-72, in a men’s basketball game at the Connor Convocation Center. TU’s Bo Schuh The Pioneers (3-0) placed five players in double figures, led by Spencer McKinney’s 15 points. Bo Schuh added 13 points for Transylvania, which built a 45-32 lead at halftime....

Transylvania University receives $800,000 to help combine liberal arts, digital technology

Transylvania University is working to build a national reputation for applying digital technology to a liberal arts curriculum. The Bingham Fund for Excellence in Teaching at Transylvania University has awarded two grants totaling $800,000 as part of the Transylvania Initiative for Digital Technology, Research, and Creativity (DTRC). The Bingham Fund was established to promote excellence and dedication...

Transylvania announces changes to PumpkinMania event Oct. 24 due to increased popularity

Transylvania University’s has announced changes to the annual PumpkinMania because of the event’s increasing popularity. This Lexington Halloween tradition will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 24, when the university lights hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns on the steps of historic Old Morrison off West Third Street. The community is invited to attend this event, which will feature: • 6-7 p.m. trick-or-treating,...

Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery to present works by renowned Southern painter Winfred Rembert

Transylvania University will present Stories to Tell: The Work of Winfred Rembert from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13 in Morlan Gallery. Rembert is known for colorful paintings on leather sheets that depict life in the rural, pre-Civil Rights South. He will visit the gallery on Sept. 8 for an opening reception along with Vivian Ducat, who directed an award-winning documentary about him. “Rembert paints...

Seamus Carey: Moving memorials of Confederate alumni and what to do with the truth

By Seamus Carey Special to KyForward The issues surrounding the recent unrest in Charlottesville arrived on our doorstep in Lexington when our mayor, Jim Gray, courageously called for an acceleration of the process underway to remove two statues from Cheapside Park in downtown Lexington. Once one of the largest slave auction blocks in the country, the site of this park and the Confederate statues...

Transylvania ranked among the nation’s best four-year colleges in Princeton Review book

The Princeton Review this week included Transylvania University in a book featuring the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. “We picked the 382 ‘best’ colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics: We highly recommend each one,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of “The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition.” Known...