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The Furman football team has won five straight games on its way to a Southern Conference championship and the program’s first Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff win since 2005. Now the Paladins travel to Fargo, North Dakota, to take on top-ranked and two-time defending national champion North Dakota State in a second round matchup. Kickoff for the ESPN3/GamePlan televised contest at the 18,700-seat, sold-out Fargodome, is set for 3:30 p.m., ET. The radio broadcast will be presented by the Furman Sports Network featuring flagship station WGOG-FM 96.3 in Seneca and Greenville’s FoxSports AM 1440. Fans can also access the game broadcast via stadium transmitter at FM 105.9 and audio stream through Stretch Internet at FurmanPaladins.com.
The Paladins and their supporters won’t have to worry about snow and biting temperatures after they enter the Fargodome, with its 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.
Furman 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. All matches will be played on John S. Roberts Field, which is located adjacent to Paladin Stadium. Admission is $5.
The beauty of the Furman campus continues to draw accolades. In a recent posting on Buzzfeed, 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. Furman has also been included in Buzzfeed’s “41 Scenic College Campuses that Were Made for Instagram” and selected as one of the top 10 “Prettiest College Campuses in the World” by Delta’s Sky magazine.
Astronaut Charles Duke, a former South Carolina resident who walked on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission in 1972, will speak at a special fundraiser for the Upcountry History Museum-Furman Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. His talk, “A Walk on the Moon,” will take place in the museum’s Resource Room. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple for members of the museum, and all proceeds benefit the museum’s general fund. The cost includes a 7 p.m. reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Furman will host its annual Moravian Christmas Lovefeast service Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public, and reservations are not necessary. Based on traditions originating in the early Apostolic church, the service includes the serving of Moravian buns and coffee and the lighting of beeswax candles. Furman will provide special music for the service.
Furman education professor Paul Thomas has been named the winner of the 2013 George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Thomas was honored for his blog post, “Evidence? Secretary Duncan, You Can’t Handle the Evidence,” which challenged U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s support of Common Core academic standards. The Orwell award recognizes an author, editor or producer who has made outstanding contributions to the honesty and clarity in public language through critical analysis of public discourse.
The Furman Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present Handel’s “Messiah” Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. Conducted by Hugh Floyd, the concert is part of the Sound Quality Series and is open to the public. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth. The event is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. The Furman Symphony Orchestra, prepared by Thomas Joiner, and the Oratorio Chorus featuring outstanding student soloists will present highlights of the work including the famous “Hallelujah” chorus.
Elizabeth Crews has been named director of Furman’s Undergraduate Evening Studies (UES), a division of Continuing Education. The UES program at Furman offers convenient class times and affordable tuition for adult, traditional and non-traditional students who must balance career and family responsibilities while attending school. Crews most recently served as director of Furman’s Learning for You program, where she led “Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate,” the Scopes summer camps, and other developmental programs.
Furman has had four students named 2013-14 Fulbright Scholars, which places the university among the nation’s top producers of students who participate in the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. A total of five Furman students applied for Fulbright awards in 2013-14, which gave the university the highest success rate (80%) of all bachelor’s institutions that nominated students.