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Digital Extras from Furman magazine
Spring 2020

Chalkboards to Touchscreens
100 Years of Educators

“Furman provided me an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone,” said Tanya Diaz ’16, a special education coordinator of early childhood at Berlin Cosmopolitan School in Germany, which enrolls students from 45 countries.

Since 1920, Furman’s Department of Education has been sending educators like Diaz into classrooms near and far to mentor, challenge and foster students’ desire to learn. Today, teachers trained at Furman are making an impact at every level and in educational institutions around the world.

Impact Through the Decades

The Department of Education is celebrating its 100th anniversary at Furman University this academic year.

Enacting Community: Celebrating the Furman Family in Difficult Times

As you may know, the bulk of this magazine is put together months in advance of its publication. For this issue, most of the stories that follow were written, edited and photographed soon after the New Year. A few pieces like this letter come in later, for various reasons, and the final design work and proofing is done in March and early April.

So, we were far along in the production of this issue when COVID-19 became a pandemic and turned all of our worlds upside-down. We suddenly found ourselves having to make many difficult decisions that changed the way we did almost everything. We moved classes to remote learning and postponed significant milestone events, including Commencement exercises.

It was heartbreaking but necessary to protect the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff.

With this in mind, we thought about putting the magazine on hold – or at most, producing a digital-only version. Clearly, we decided otherwise. Continue reading.

A Friend to Our Community

Tony McDade ’79, who retired this year as the executive director of United Ministries, received the Gordon L. Blackwell Alumni Service Award at Furman’s Bell Tower Ball in February. An ordained Baptist minister, McDade has devoted his mission and career to empowering community members in need and identifying the underlying factors that contribute to poverty.

“Without Tony, there’s a lot of things in the community that probably would not be accomplished,” said Dawn Dowden, chief operating officer of Homes of Hope, Inc., who received assistance with help from McDade 12 years ago during a period of homelessness.

“So when I think about the public good, he has represented Furman really well as an alum.” United Ministries serves the Greenville area through a combination of homeless services, crisis assistance, and education and employment services that guide participants toward self-sufficiency.