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Orientation excursion prepares international students for life at Furman

When Ahmed Al Ameri ’19 heard line dancing was on the agenda for international student orientation, he was a little apprehensive. “I’ve seen it in movies,” said Al Ameri, a native of Abu Dhabi. “I thought at first it was silly.” Within one week of arriving to South Carolina, Al Ameri had already surprised himself. […]

A talent for bringing out the best

Just a few days after graduating with her elementary education degree from Furman, Madison Smith ’15 has happily taken the plunge into the world of adulthood. She’s rented her first house near downtown Greenville and purchased two white rocking chairs that she assembled herself to use for daily al fresco dinners on the front porch. […]

Education by design

Furman offers more than 40 majors, which may sound like a lot—especially if your graduation year begins with a 19. But in an ever-more-complex world, they barely scratch the surface of possible futures for a college freshman in 2015. There are nearly 1,500 academic programs available to undergraduates, and while places like the University of […]

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 […]

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."