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Justice, equity, and politics

Coleman Allums ’14 was set to prepare his third and final go-around for a highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship when he learned he won an award in recent weeks. “I knew how competitive this source of funding is and how few are awarded in my field, so my expectations were modest,” says the Sustainability Science/Economics […]

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A presidential appointment

When Sustainability Science/Spanish major Michael Robinson ’16 received an internship in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Energy and Climate Change, he thought he’d be in for a fair amount of administrative duties. “Surely they wouldn’t rely on interns to do much but help keep the office running,” Robinson recalls saying to himself. […]

The prolific professor

Average number of people who view daily posts on his blog, “The Becoming Radical”: 600-700 Average number of words he writes each day: 1,000+ Number of followers on Twitter: 4,086 Number of tweets since February 2011: 61,942 and counting… Paul Thomas, PhD., has a lot to say. Born with a brain he describes simply as […]

Mastering the “green” classroom

“Green thinking” has moved into classrooms, where students earn degrees specifically focused on sustainability studies or add an Earth-friendly spin to more traditional majors. Furman launched its sustainability science major in 2011, which allows students to explore connections between the environment, economics and social systems. The university’s efforts in this area were included in an […]

A tip of the graduation cap to Luke Christie

Luke Christie has never taken a walk, can't cut his own steak and can't put himself to bed, but when you talk to him, you tend to forget his physical challenges. He's articulate, intelligent, funny and personable. It's infectious, really. On May 9, Christie, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, did something remarkable: he earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications at Furman. Even more remarkable, he was named the top male graduate in his class, earning the Bradshaw-Feaster Medal for General Excellence given by Furman's faculty. What the 2015 Furman graduate was able to accomplish while attending the university was chronicled in a front-page article in The Greenville News.

Fulbright grants awarded to four Furman students

Four Furman University students have been awarded English Teaching Assistantships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright recipients, who will begin their teaching assignments this fall, are Natalia Arenas (Simpsonville, S.C.); Bryan Betts (Tega Cay, S.C.); A.J. Calhoun (Charlotte, N.C.); and Kayla Hirsch (Fort Mill, S.C.). Says Education professor Dr. Scott Henderson, "Four recipients in a single year is remarkable, and considering Furman’s size and the competitiveness of the program, it’s even more noteworthy."

Furman selected to participate in Beckman Scholars Program

Furman University’s Department of Chemistry has again been selected to participate in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Beckman Scholars Program. Furman is one of 12 institutions nationwide receiving the honor this year. Furman has received continuous funding from the Foundation since its inception in 1998. The program provides undergraduates and faculty in chemistry and biological sciences unique opportunities for excellence through sustained, in-depth laboratory research experiences.

Reaching out to grandmothers

When Furman student Christina Sturgeon met Ginny Simmons in an elevator at The Woodlands, a nearby retirement community, you could say it was a grandmother-granddaughter connection at first sight. That was the start of their relationship as part of the Adopt-A-Grandparent/Adopt-A-Grandchild program that Sturgeon started with residents at The Woodlands. Sturgeon, a freshman from Maryland, […]

Furman reaches for the STARS and grabs the gold

Sustainability is a word that’s bandied about so much around college campuses that it loses its meaning. How exactly does one know if a campus is truly implementing best practices for sustainability? AASHE holds the answer in its STARS program, a transparent, self-rating system which is the most widely recognized report card in the world […]

Arbor Day Foundation again honors Furman

The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Furman University as a 2014 Tree Campus USA® for its dedication to effective urban forest management. Furman has earned the honor seven consecutive years. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.