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Furman faculty play an integral role in student recruiting. They make telephone calls, attend out-of-town receptions and even invite prospective students and parents into their classrooms. This kind of personal attention makes Furman distinctive and helps boost student yield.
Voter rights have become a hotly debated topic since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to annul a key provision of the Voting Rights Act this past June. Several Furman professors joined the debate Tuesday during a panel presentation in the Trone Student Center.
Erik Ching, professor of history at Furman University, has won the Alfred B. Thomas Book Award for his book, Modernizing Minds in El Salvador: Education Reform and the Cold War 1960-1980. The book, published in 2012 by University of New Mexico Press, is co-written by Fordham University history professor Héctor Lindo-Fuentes. The Thomas Book Award, presented by the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), is given annually for the best book on a Latin American subject published in the previous year.
Dana Thorpe became the new executive director of the Upcountry History Museum-Furman in April. Her vision for the museum includes exploring new subjects, making connections between local history and the broader scope of American history, and reaching out to partner with other organizations. She also said the museum’s relatively new partnership with Furman offers lots of potential. The Greenville News reported on Thorpe’s vision for the future of the museum.
The Upcountry History Museum-Furman will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Peterson v. Greenville, with a public lecture by historian Courtney Tollison Monday, May 20 at 11 a.m. in the museum. The lecture, “Lunch Counters and Legal Challenges: A 50-Year Retrospective of Peterson v. Greenville,” is free to members of the museum. The cost for guests is $5.
On May 4, Furman’s 590 graduates from the Class of 2013 received their degrees at commencement. Now, these students are preparing to start the job search, begin graduate school, and explore the world.
As they make their way in the world, they know they’re armed with the right tools.
When Furman students Ben Saul and Thomas Hydrick graduated Saturday night, they left behind a greater legacy than student leadership and good grades. Even though Hydrick served as chairman of the College Republicans and Saul as president of the College Democrats, their political differences didn’t keep them from being roommates and best friends. What they left behind was a model for cooperation and civil discourse. An article on the two graduates appeared in The Greenville News.
by Gray Johnson ’16, Contributing Writer
SANKOFA is a Ghanaian term meaning “use the wisdom of the past to build the future.” On Thursday, Furman students were able to learn about this term and its history through Angela Jennings’ SANKOFA Museum on Wheels. The museum items and displays lined the walls of the Watkins Room in the Trone Center.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Furman will host a special screening of a half-hour program produced by WSPA-TV that takes an in-depth look at the Civil Rights efforts that took place in Greenville during the 1960s. The CLP event, “A Look Back: A Screening of WSPA’s UpFront,” will begin at 7 p.m. in McEachern Lecture Room of Furman Hall. Furman partnered with WSPA-TV to help produce the program that examines the important role Greenville played during the Civil Rights movement.
When Reagan Thompson and Lena Pringle were sitting in their high school geometry class in Lancaster, S.C., they had no idea just how important education was to their teacher, Melina Oueini. But when the Furman sophomores returned to their high school to interview Oueini for a research project, they saw a new side to her.