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Attending the 2013 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia this fall was the biggest gift that Furman senior Katie Lowery had ever received. But it was also a revelatory experience. While Lowery, a political science major from Rock Hill, had always known that she was blessed to live in the United States, it wasn’t until her trip to APEC that she experienced firsthand the overwhelming honor of being an American. Lowery, who visited Asia with three other Furman students and two professors, wrote about her experiences for The Greenville News.
There is an important difference in how religious people often view the nature of the world and the “end times.” A part of contemporary American Christianity is shaped by the idea that the world is doomed to an inevitable destruction, while a more optimistic approach sees the world moving under God’s merciful care and protection. How we live in the world today is influenced in large measure by where we think it is headed. Is the world doomed to destruction, or can it be saved? Furman religion professor Brian Bibb examines the issue in a piece for the Huffington Post, “Can the World Be Saved?”
Something really big happens to the graduating college seniors in Randall David Cook’s new play at Furman, but Greenville News reviewer Paul Hyde is not going to spoil the secret. But Hyde does have some nice things to say about “Pomp and Circumstance” in his review, calling the play “breezy and clever and [showing] as much brash potential as the young people who inhabit it.” Cook, a 1991 Furman graduate, is on campus this fall as the Duke Endowment Artist-in-Residence.
Furman golfer Stefanie Kenoyer ’11 and team members Oren Geri and Al Del Greco were eliminated in the Nov. 12 episode of Golf Channel’s “Big Break NFL Puerto Rico.” Kenoyer was invited to appear in not one, but two seasons of Golf Channel’s reality-competition series. Kenoyer talks about the sudden death challenge and what she learned from the experience in Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Click here for a recap.
At what age is it too late to quit chasing your golf dreams? For Dr. M.O. Owens, a 1933 Furman graduate and retired Gastonia, N.C., pastor, it’s never too late. Owens, who attended his 80th class reunion at Furman in November, recently celebrated his 100th birthday with a round of golf at famed Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, which will host both the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in 2014.
Maurice Owens, a 2002 Furman graduate in political science, is currently working in the White House as special assistant to chief of staff Denis McDonough. Owens started work at the White House under President George W. Bush as a network systems maintenance and audio-visual technician, and then assumed the role of Situation Room communicator under President Obama. Since February 2013, Owens has served as McDonough’s special assistant, which entails executing special projects and assisting with the office’s day-to-day operations.
It’s autumn, and Congress has once again been again displaying its mastery of dysfunction. The legislators spent weeks sparring over who was to blame for the government shutdown and about the debt ceiling so the federal government can pay its bills on time. But all that spectacular dysfunction masks the real issues, says Furman business professor Tom Smythe, and Congress’ inability to address those issues is the problem. Smythe expressed his views in a Nov. 10 op-ed for The Greenville News.
A growing number of Greenville’s community gardens are now in underserved neighborhoods where food deserts, or areas with limited access to healthy food, persist. But vacant lots are also plentiful, and by reclaiming them as places to grow food, community gardeners have begun to feed the desert from within. A Nov. 10 story about food deserts in The Greenville News included the work of 2011 Furman grad Reece Lyerly, director of Gardening for Good, as well as that of Furman health and sciences professor Alicia Powers, who has conducted research on food deserts in Greenville.
Randall David Cook, a 1991 Furman graduate and playwright who is on campus this fall as a Duke Endowment Artist-in-Residence, has been hard at work on a new play, “Pomp and Circumstance,” that will have its world premiere in Furman’s Playhouse in November. The Greenville News wrote about Cook and his new comedy-drama, which appropriately enough, centers on a group of students at a liberal arts college.
Tommy Hays graduated from Furman in 1977 with a degree in English, earned his master’s in fine arts from Warren Wilson, and now directs the Great Smokies Writing Program at University of North Carolina-Asheville. Each of his four novels are set in the Upstate or western North Carolina. His just published novel, What I Came to Tell You, is the first to be written specifically for middle grade readers.