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.Read more
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 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.
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, […]
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 […]
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.
Furman President Elizabeth Davis used her inaugural address on March 19 to lay out her vision for the university to step further beyond its campus walls and into the community. It’s time to rethink what “engaged learning” is about in a world where students are searching to become even more engaged by volunteering and solving […]
In a ceremony awash with tradition, color and splendor, Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., was installed as Furman's 12th President March 19 in McAlister Auditorium. Themes of renewal, tradition and community echoed throughout the 1,850-seat auditorium filled with special guests, trustees, alumni and members of the University community. “Presidential inaugurations have not occurred very often in the life of this institution,” said Trustee Chair Robert Hill Jr. ’83. "So it is with a keen sense of history that we gather to celebrate the formal installation of President Davis.”
Raul Rodriguez ’13 was waiting tables at a diner in Los Alamos, New Mexico, when he met a sweet lady with a Southern drawl who would change his life. “Working at that diner may have been the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Rodriguez. He was still in high school when he […]
Furman alumnus Brandon Tensley ’12 is one of 18 young adults from across the nation selected as a 2015-2016 Henry Luce Scholar. The Luce Scholars Program is a prestigious fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society by providing immersive living […]