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Furman Standard honors ten

Every year, alumni, parents and friends honor Furman Faculty through lasting gifts to The Furman Standard, an endowed fund that allocates annual grants to faculty materials, training and development. Furman Standard began in 2010 and, to date, more than 30 professors have been honored raising more than $2 million to support faculty development. On October […]

Multiplying opportunities

Retired mathematics professor John Poole began his career at Furman University in 1969, the same year that what was then known as the Furman Drama Department moved into The Playhouse. From the beginning, Poole said his mission was to help undergraduate students “see the beauty of mathematics.” His other passion at Furman, a love of […]

Furman honors alumni, inducts new members to Benefactors Circle

In mid-May, Furman’s trustees and boards and councils converged on campus for the annual Leadership Summit Weekend. In addition to regular meetings, key volunteers and donors gather for the presentation of the year’s four alumni awards, Benefactors Circle induction, keynote assembly, and the yearly gala, Night of the Stars, which celebrated the culmination of the $400 million Because Furman Matters campaign.

Lakeside concerts: It’s that time of year

Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, will begin Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater with a performance by the Lakeside Concert Band. Celebrating the “Sounds of Summer,” the Lakeside Concert Band, under the direction of Furman’s Leslie W. Hicken, and other ensembles and guests will present a free concert every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater through Aug. 7.

Will a Furman alum be the next prime minister of Finland?

According to news reports over the last few days, Furman graduate Alexander Stubb could become Finland’s next prime minister. Stubb, who currently serves as Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, announced Tuesday that he would seek to succeed Jyrki Katainen as head of the National Coalition party, a centre-right grouping that is Finland’s largest. Stubb graduated from Furman in 1993 with a degree in political science, and earned a Ph.D. in international politics from the London School of Economics. Read more in the Financial Times.

 

Organize, educate, and elevate

Images from the evening The future belongs to those who celebrate the differences of others while working together to create practical solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow, former President Bill Clinton said at The Riley Institute at Furman University’s celebration of former S.C. Governor Dick Riley. The event, held at the Peace Center […]

President Clinton lauds work of Riley Institute

The future belongs to those who celebrate the differences of others while working together to create practical solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow, former President Bill Clinton said at The Riley Institute at Furman's celebration of former S.C. Governor Dick Riley. The event, held Tuesday at the Peace Center in downtown Greenville, honored Riley, a Furman graduate and Clinton’s two-term Secretary of Education, for his lifelong public service. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Institute, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

 

Mock Trial team wins bid to National Championship Finals

The Furman University Mock Trial program has won its 18th consecutive bid to the National Championship Finals to be held in April in Orlando, Fla. Furman earned the bid with a perfect score of 8-0 at the Ney National Mock Trial Tournament held on campus March 21–23. At the tournament, Furman posted a better record […]

Faculty research grants help professors achieve career goals

Who knew a pecking order exists among our dragonfly friends? Biology Professor Wade Worthen, Ph.D., knows and will be advancing his understanding through a newly awarded Furman Standard Faculty Research Grant. For Music Professor Omar Carmenates, D.M., another recipient of a Furman Standard award, the grant will fund an ambitious collaboration dubbed “The John Psathas Percussion Project.”