CLP Sunday: Catholic Mass

6:30 p.m., Sun., Apr. 26, Daniel Chapel. Chaplain’s Office presents celebration of the fourth Sunday of Easter.

“Dins Day” is coming soon


Furman University will team up with alumni, parents and friends from around the world on Tuesday, April 28 to celebrate all things Furman.

April 28 is the last day of classes for students and “Dins Day” will be a 24-hour celebration where all members of the Furman community are encouraged to wear purple, broadcast their Paladin Pride through social media (using #DinsDay) and help raise money to support the university’s future students.

“We wanted to bring all of Furman together to celebrate our students on their last day of class and to increase annual philanthropic support of the University,” said Justin Rourk ‘14, Associate Director of Donor Marketing and Annual Giving at Furman and coordinator of the event.  “In addition to wearing purple, we are asking folks to amplify their Paladin Pride by saturating social media with posts about their favorite Furman experiences and memories.”

“Dins Day” is modeled after similar 24-hour spirit and fundraising blitzes taking place at liberal arts universities around the country. Furman is focusing on participation in the campaign and hopes to encourage financial gifts of all sizes through a partnership with generous donors who will provide challenge gift incentives.

More details about the day’s goals, incentives and festivities will be revealed on the Dins Day homepage at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

For more information, contact Justin Rourk at or 864-294-3691.

Notre Dame psychology professor to speak April 27

Cindy Bergeman Notre Dame, portraitUniversity of Notre Dame psychology professor Cindy S. Bergeman, Ph.D., will speak Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman University campus.  A reception with Dr. Bergeman follows in the Bryan Garden Room of the Chapel.

Her talk, “Are You Resilient? How to ‘Bounce Back’ from Adversity,” is free and open to the public.

Bergeman’s presentation is this year’s Hesburgh lecture, which is sponsored by Furman’s Office of the Chaplains in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas, and Furman University’s Catholic Campus Ministry. The event is also part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

When working as a social worker for senior citizens, Bergeman began to wonder why some of the people with which she worked have positive attitudes while others seem stuck in negativity, and why, when faced with adversity or stress, some weather the storm better than others. Bergeman has spent more than three decades pursuing answers to these questions.

Her major project is a decade-long investigation called the Notre Dame Study of Health and Well-Being, for which she received two grants totaling $5 million. Her current research focus is on the interplay among stress and uplifts (e.g., in areas of work, family, friends, health, finances), resilience mechanisms (e.g., hardiness, control, social support, emotion regulation) and health and well-being outcomes.

Established nearly 30 years ago, the Hesburgh Lecture Series aims to encourage intellectual dialogue between alumni, community members, and the distinguished faculty of Furman’s sister university, Notre Dame. Each year, Notre Dame faculty members deliver more than 200 presentations around the world. The series is named for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame.

For more information, contact Mrs. Susan Bennett, Administrative Assistant, Furman University Office of the Chaplains, at (864) 294-2133 or

CLP Sunday:  Jazz Combos in Concert

8 p.m., Sun., Apr. 26, Daniel RH. Music dept. presents free concert led by professors Steve Watson & Matt Olson.

Saturday-Sunday: Men’s Tennis: SoCon Tournament

All day, Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, Mickel Tennis Center.

CLP Friday:  Spring Oratorio: “Old Testament Heroes”

 8 p.m., Fri., Apr. 24, McAlister. Dr. Thomas Joiner conducts FSO, Singers, Chorales & student soloists. $5-$12.

Clarke to join Paladins

aidenAidan Clarke, a standout member of the Staples Rugby Team (Westport, CT), has accepted a rugby scholarship and will enroll at Furman in the fall.

Clarke, son of Ron and Susan Clarke, began playing rugby in 2012. He has played prop, hooker and performed some spot duty as scrum half for Staples who are 2-0 so far this season. Clarke, a student of rugby, is also a contributor to the Rugby Banter Page, a Dublin-based international rugby website.

“Aidan is one of the most knowledgeable rugby players I have ever met, he works very hard both on and off the field bettering himself and understanding all facets of the game,” said Staples Forwards Coach David Lyme. “Aidan excels at his prominent position of number two, but with his fitness and ability he also makes a great back up to number nine and number 10.”

“I have been blessed to have the opportunity to attend a school like Furman, which can also offer an excellent rugby program,” Clarke said. “There are not many schools that can boast a rugby program like that of Furman, while also offering a small school atmosphere and liberal arts curriculum. I cannot wait to get to work with Coach Roberts, and am ready to give Furman everything I have to offer.”

Clarke is part of Furman’s third scholarship class, the largest and most talented to date. The class also includes Robbie Greco (England) Jeff Rein, John Williams (both of Nashville, TN),  Josh Hager, (Whispering Pines, N.C.) Austin Willis (Atlanta) and Pierce Kirkland (Houston). Last fall, Furman captured the Southern Rugby Conference Title and ended the season ranked 6th in the nation.

“We are very excited to have Aidan,” said Furman Coach John Roberts. “He comes to us highly recommended not oly for his play, but for his hard work ethic and exceptional attitude.”