Transy wins “Battle of the Bumpers” for 9th straight year

transy plateTransylvania University has taken the AIKCU “Battle of the Bumpers” title for the 9th consecutive year.

The Battle of the Bumpers is a friendly annual competition that pits the 18 AIKCU member institutions against each other to see whose supporters purchase the most Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates in a calendar year. Ten dollars from the sale of each plate goes back to the featured institution’s general scholarship fund.

Transy alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends purchased 973 plates in 2016, generating nearly $10,000 in student scholarships. Overall, AIKCU distributed more than $50,000 from 2016 license plate sales to campus scholarship funds.

Centre College was second with 881 plates sold. Bellarmine University came in third with 749 and saw the biggest jump over the previous year, with an increase of 22 percent (137 plates).

Sales of Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates have raised more than $550,000 for student scholarships since the Battle of the Bumpers kicked off in 2003.

Official Kentucky license plates for all 18 AIKCU colleges and universities and the association are available for purchase at Kentucky County Clerks’ offices. Plates cost $44 on initial issue and $31 at renewal, with $10 going to the institution’s general scholarship fund. Plates may be purchased at any Kentucky County Clerk’s office. For more information or to see all AIKCU member plates, visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Motor Vehicle Licensing.

Transylvania University extends Battle of the Bumpers reign

Transy license plateTransylvania University and its supporters have maintained their lock on the AIKCU “Battle of the Bumpers” license plate sales title for the 8th straight year. The annual friendly competition pits Kentucky’s 19 private nonprofit colleges and universities against each other to see whose supporters purchase the most college-branded Kentucky license plates in a calendar year.

Transylvania supporters purchased 923 plates in calendar 2015, generating $9,230 in scholarships for Transy students. Ten dollars from the sale of each Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plate goes to the featured school’s general scholarship fund.

Overall Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plate sales generated nearly $48,000 for student scholarships in 2015.  After Transylvania, Centre College (811), Bellarmine University (612), and Georgetown College (460) were the next highest sellers.

Sales of independent college license plates have generated more than half a million dollars in for student scholarships since their introduction in 2002.

Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates cost $44 on initial issue and $31 on renewal, with $10 going to the institution’s general scholarship fund. Plates may be purchased at any Kentucky County Clerk’s office. For more information, visit the Kentucky Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing.

Transylvania University names its 26th president

Story courtesy of Transylvania University. View the original on Transy.edu

Seamus CareyLEXINGTON, Ky.—Seamus Carey, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., has been selected to serve as the 26th president of Transylvania University, effective July 1, 2014.

Carey, who received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University, will succeed Owen Williams at the historic Lexington, Ky., liberal arts institution. Williams was named president in 2010.

“Dr. Carey was chosen from a strong pool of candidates because of his dedication to the liberal arts and his academic and administrative experience, first as a philosophy professor and most recently as dean,” said William T. Young Jr., chairman of Transylvania’s Board of Trustees.

As dean at Sacred Heart, Carey designed and implemented a performing arts minor and the Great Challenges Curriculum, which consists of four interdisciplinary minors: civic engagement, civil society and the common good; ecology and the global community; equality, wealth and philanthropy; and scientific literacy for the 21st century.

He also revised the university’s First-Year Academic Experience to include first-year seminars and The Art of Thinking, a course in introductory logic that provides students with the tools they need to become careful readers, clear thinkers and strong writers.

To support some of these new programs, Carey developed a four-year faculty hiring plan that created 15 new faculty lines, funded by increased retention of first-year students.

Carey attended Harvard’s Management Development Program and the Executive Leadership Academy sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges. At Sacred Heart, he supervises 121 full-time faculty, 18 department chairs and eight graduate program directors. Sacred Heart has 3,600 undergraduate and 650 graduate students and an annual budget of $25,825,000. As part of his development efforts, Carey has overseen the expansion of Sacred Heart’s campus in Dingle, Ireland.

Carey was selected by the Transylvania Board of Trustees following an intense week of campus forums during which four finalists met with the Transylvania community. Faculty, students, staff and alumni were invited to question each candidate and offer observations in an online survey.

“I am honored to receive this appointment,” said Carey. “I look forward to joining the Transylvania community.”

Carey lives with his wife, Noreen, and three children in Fairfield, Conn.

Transylvania, founded in 1780, is the nation’s sixteenth oldest institution of higher learning and is consistently ranked in national publications as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Transylvania wins Battle of the Bumpers for 5th straight year

Transy license plate sales champs
AIKCU President Gary S. Cox presents Transylvania University President R. Owen Williams with the scholarship proceeds from Transy’s 2012 license plate sales. $10 from the sale of every institutional plate goes back to the campus for student scholarships.

Transylvania University has retained its hold on the AIKCU “Battle of the Bumpers” title as its alumni, faculty, staff and friends once again purchased more institutionally-branded Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates in 2012 than any other Kentucky private college. This is the 5th consecutive year that Transy has won the AIKCU-sponsored contest.

Each Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plate on the road generates $10 for student scholarships. AIKCU President Gary S. Cox presented Transylvania President R. Owen Williams with a check for $9,010 — representing 901 total Transy plates sold in 2012 — during this week’s AIKCU Business Officers meeting at Transylvania.

While the Battle of the Bumpers is a friendly competition, our member campuses take the business of promoting their license plates quite seriously. In addition to raising money for student scholarships, the plates foster institutional pride and serve as a branding opportunity for the institution.

“Our office has worked very hard to bring that number up each year and keep the renewals going,” said Natasa Mongiardo, Transylvania’s director of alumni programs.

Transylvania regularly incorporates its license plate in its alumni communications to bolster sales of its plates. Ads regularly appear in the alumni magazine and alumni who live in Kentucky always receive a license plate postcard during their birth month reminding them to purchase or renew their Transy plate at their local County Clerk’s office.

Centre College finished second, Georgetown College was third, and Bellarmine University was fourth again this year. Overall, AIKCU distributed $47,900 in scholarship funds to our member institutions from 2012 license plate sales. The 4,790 plate sales in 2012 represented a 6 percent increase over the previous year and a 115 percent increase since the first Independent Higher Education license plates were issued in 2003.

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Transylvania senior selected as USA Today Collegiate Correspondent

Story and photo provided by Transylvania University. See the original at http://transy.edu

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University senior Jake Hawkins has spent the last four years working on The Rambler student newspaper and honing his reporting skills. Now a major newspaper has taken notice.

Hawkins has been selected as one of 19 USA Today Collegiate Correspondents for the spring 2013 semester. He will write stories for www.usatodaycollege.com with the chance to be published in the print edition of USA Today.

The Princeton, Ky., native is just the second student from Kentucky to be named a collegiate correspondent for the news outlet. Alumni from the program have been from top journalism schools including Syracuse University, Michigan State University, New York University and Northwestern University.

A writing, rhetoric and communication major, Hawkins has been working with the Transylvania faculty to cater his curriculum to journalism. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of The Rambler.

“I really feel like I’ve gotten a personalized education at Transylvania,” Hawkins said. “Even though we don’t have a formal journalism program, my WRC professors and Rambler advisors have gone out of their way to tailor WRC to journalism for me.”

Hawkins found the USA Today application while researching his senior seminar project in which he’s compiling a portfolio of freelance journalism stories. The deadline for the application was just two hours away, so he quickly filled it out and submitted clips. He then wrote an article on the fiscal cliff and how it relates to college students, earning him selection to the program, which begins Jan. 2.

“The whole application process was very serendipitous,” Hawkins said. “I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Transy wins 4th straight Battle of the Bumpers

Transylvania University has retained its title as the reigning AIKCU “Battle of the Bumpers” champion. This is Transy’s fourth straight title in the annual contest that pits AIKCU’s 20 members against each other to see which college’s supporters can put the most institutionally-branded license plates on Kentucky highways.

Since $10 from the sale of each plate goes back to the school’s general scholarship fund, the Battle of the Bumpers is also a competition to see which institution can raise the most money for students. Transylvania plate sales raised $8,520 for student scholarships in 2011. Overall, sales of Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates generated more than $45,000 in scholarships last year. The plates have generated more than $300,000 for student scholarships since they began hitting Kentucky highways in 2002.

“We’re very proud of the commitment that Transylvania and our other members have made to promoting their license plates,” said Gary S. Cox, AIKCU President. “The pride people show by displaying these plates is an extension of the institutions’ quality and dedication to supporting students.”

Transylvania has implemented a number of promotional strategies to bolster their plate sales, including sending license plate birthday cards to alumni reminding them to purchase or renew their plates.

Centre College, the only other institution to hold the Battle of the Bumpers title, was the runner-up for the fourth consecutive year. Georgetown College placed third.

Plates for all 20 AIKCU institutions are available to Kentucky residents through local county clerks offices. Plates cost $44 upon initial issue and $31 for renewals, including the $10 that goes to the campus to support student scholarships.