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Furman Jazz Combos will present a concert Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman University campus.
The concert is free and open to the public and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.
The Jazz Combos are coached by Furman music faculty members Steve Watson and Keith Davis who teach in the jazz studies program directed by Dr. Matt Olson. Watson and Davis will lead students in music by Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, and Wes Montgomery.
Guitarist Steve Watson is director of jazz studies at The Fine Arts Center in Greenville, and a lecturer at Furman. As a guitarist for the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Watson toured in Switzerland and extensively throughout the Middle East. A member of The Bruce Hornsby Band from 1978-84, Watson is now part of Watson’s Riddle (www.watsonsriddle.com), an instrumental group he formed with Paul Riddle, original drummer for the Marshall Tucker Band. Legendary Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones) is also part of the band.
Pianist Keith Davis teaches jazz piano at Furman and jazz piano improvisation at the Furman Summer Keyboard Institute. With 30 years of professional experience, Davis performs regularly at jazz festivals, clubs and events throughout the Southeast. He has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra with Matt “Guitar” Murphy (Blues Brothers). Davis recently released his first trio CD “Still” which features his original compositions www.innergroovemusic.com.
For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at 864-294-2086, or FurmanMusic@furman.edu.
The noise level in the Fargodome is comparable to sitting on the front row at a major rock concert.
The Paladins and their supporters won’t have to worry about snow and biting temperatures after they enter the Fargodome, with a constant 70-degree temperature, to play the North Dakota State University Bison on Saturday in a second-round FCS playoff game.
But they will have to be concerned about the noise in the fairly unusual indoor stadium. Few college teams play indoors and most of those who do are based in northern climes like North Dakota, said Ryan Perreault, associate director of athletic media relations.
The 19,000-seat Fargodome, which is a blessing for winter games, “probably has the best indoor atmosphere in college football,” he said.
Often called the Thunderdome by opposing teams, the cheering and noise levels have surpassed 111 decibels – and that is loud. Humans begin feeling vibrations from sound at 116 decibels and the level of noise on the front row of a rock concert is 120 decibels.
“It is very loud,” Perreault said. “The noise gets trapped in the stadium. It’s made a difference for our team” and it’s tough on other teams. No matter how they try to prepare, it’s hard to mimic that much noise.
That amount of sound rocketing around the stadium calls for major yelling from Paladin fans to outshout the competition and major concentration from the football team to shut out the noise.
“It’s just the right fit for us,” Perreault said of the stadium.
North Dakota State is absolutely fanatic for football, Perreault said. The school holds four straight championships and an 11-0 record this year. In fact, it has won 20 straight games.
“Football is by far the most followed sport” at the school, he said.
North Dakota State’s football success began in the mid-1960s, following a mediocre program in the 1950s, Perreault said. The school moved into Division I play in 2004 and has “been successful fairly rapidly.”
While the game will be played in temperate indoor weather, getting to the stadium could be a chore. Snow and freezing fog hit Fargo earlier in the week and temperatures are expected to be about minus 17 degrees on Saturday. Greenville temperatures, on the other hand, are predicted to be in the upper 50s.
Perreault recommended that Furman fans bring heavy coats and dress in layers. They also need good shoes and heavy socks as they navigate snowdrifts and icy areas. “It’s pretty windy here,” he said.
A city of the Great Plains, Fargo is North Dakota’s largest city. Located on the banks of the north-flowing Red River, it is the county seat of Cass County. The city, founded in 1871 boasted 105,549 residents in the 201`0 U.S. Census, but Fargo is the center of a metropolitan area of about 200,000 residents in North Dakota and Minnesota. It is a center of industry and manufacturing, with a Microsoft hub of offices. The university, a land-grant school, touts strong pharmacy and engineering programs and a research and technical park. It also has a strong extension program to work with the thriving agricultural and ranching industry in the state.
While in town, visitors may want to visit the Roger Maris Museum in West Acres Mall. Maris, who played for the Cardinals and the Yankees, was raised in Fargo and played minor league ball in the region. The museum honors baseball’s homerun king and allows fans from all over the nation to relive his life both on and off the baseball diamond. Included is a section on his legendary 61 homeruns in 1961.
Fargo also is home to the Fargo Air Museum, featuring historic aircraft; The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm; and the Plains Art Museum, a regional fine arts facility. Bonanzaville USA, a recreated pioneer village, can be visited year-round. Fargo also boasts a theater, symphony and other cultural events.
Furman University will host the 2013 USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship and the American Collegiate Rugby Championship December 7-8.
The two-day event features some of the finest college rugby programs in the nation.
“USA Rugby is proud to present the first DII Men’s College National Championship to be played in the fall,” said USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez. “This Championship was made possible by the collaboration of all of the DII Conferences across the United States. We are extremely pleased Furman University Rugby, under the direction of John Roberts, has agreed to host this Championship on their extraordinarily beautiful campus.”
The four semifinalists competing for the DII National Championship will be reigning National Champion Salisbury University, 2011 winner UW-Whitewater, UM-Duluth and James Madison University. Penn State University and Kutztown University, two Division I teams, will also square off for the ACRC title on Saturday.
All matches will be played on John S. Roberts Field, which is located adjacent to Paladin Stadium. Admission is $5.
USA Rugby Press Release
10:45: Opening Ceremony
11:00: Salisbury vs. James Madison
12:45: Kutztown vs. Penn State
2:30: University Wisconsin-Whitewater vs. University Minnesota-Duluth
10:30: DII Consolation Match
12:30: DII Championship Match
Autumn on the Furman lake.
GREENVILLE, S.C.—Furman University has long been recognized for its beautiful campus, and the most recent accolade comes from a posting on BuzzFeed, where the university was listed among “10 Uniquely Stunning College Campuses from Around the World.”
Furman was one of three American colleges to make the list, which also featured colleges and universities in China, Scotland and Morocco.
In recent months, Furman has been included in BuzzFeed’s “41 Scenic College Campuses that Were Made for Instagram” and among the 50 prettiest college campuses in the U.S. by “The Best Colleges” website. The university was also selected as one of the top 10 “Prettiest College Campuses in the World” by Delta’s Sky magazine, and listed among “America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses” by Forbes magazine and Travel + Leisure.
The Furman campus is open to the public. For more information, visit the BuzzFeed website or contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.