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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.
When it came time for a technology upgrade last summer in the computer lab (Riley 203), computer science department chair Kevin Treu and his colleagues seized the opportunity to totally revamp the space. Prior to the remodel, computers, lined up like neat rows of crops, made the confines difficult for professors and students to move about and collaborate. Ditching the traditional classroom look and feel, Treu, in concert with folks from his own department, IT and facilities, transformed the lab by installing six clusters of three-person workstations armed with the latest in computing technology, and a whole lot more.
AUGUST 21, 2012
by John Roberts, Newspage Editor
Faculty appointments to one life-time and four limited-term endowed professorships were announced last week by John Beckford, vice president for academic affairs and dean. The honored professors are Tom Allen (Computer Science), Jeff Petty (Chemistry), Eli Hesterman (Biology), Kathleen Player (Business Administration) and Tami Blumenfield (Asian Studies).
When Kevin Treu isn’t serving as chairman of the computer science department at Furman, he could be acting, directing or even writing a play for local theater companies. But then again, he might be coaching a youth swim team. “Theater is my creative outlet. Coaching is my athletic outlet. And obviously Furman is my academic outlet,” Treu says.
MAY 22, 2012
by Tina T. Underwood, Contributing Writer
Furman computer science professor Kenneth Abernethy has co-authored a new book that explores the fundamental concepts of information technology (IT) management in a business environment. Picasso on a Schedule: the Art and Science of Managing IT is co-written with Stephen K. Wiggins, chief information officer at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
In a New York Times story about graduate school and the likelihood of failing grades, Furman computer science professor Christopher Healy offered his expertise on the matter. Healy, who researches and compiles grade distributions, said “about 75 percent of grades in master’s programs are A’s, 22 percent are B’s and 3 percent are C’s. Less than 1 percent are D’s or F’s.”
In an technological era when everything from daily communication to shopping, networking and banking is done online, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of passwords that are required. Furman computer science professor Tom Allen was quoted in a Greenville News story about how to create secure passwords, even ones that a hacker couldn’t crack in 400,000 years.
A study about grade inflation in higher education, co-authored by Furman computer science professor Christopher Healy and retired Duke University professor Stuart Rojstaczer, was cited in various news outlets, including Inside Higher Ed, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.