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Two Furman alums and one current student have launched a new social media iPhone app called “Dicho” that allows its users to ask any kind of question in a group text and put it to a vote. Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll, who graduated in 2013, and senior Dougie Warstler have formed a company, Locus Engineering, and are currently marketing the app. The Greenville News reported on the new venture.
Elizabeth Bishop was a student at Furman when she decided she wanted to become an opera singer. A few decades later, she was singing the leading role of Fricka in “Das Rheingold” at Metropolitan Opera in New York. The 1989 Furman graduate’s opera career has taken her far from Greenville, but she will be returning soon to perform as a featured soloist in the Greenville Chorale’s concert “From Broadway With Love” at the Peace Center.
A new way of conceptualizing afterschool policy was one of several valuable lessons Katie Kross came away with following her year as a White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow. The fellowship, which is designed to give educators an understanding of how policy plays out at the national, state and local levels, requires a week of intensive study at Furman’s Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership.
Stefanie Kenoyer ’11 gets not one, but two appearances on Golf Channel’s reality-competition series, “Big Break.” While she was the sixth player eliminated in “Big Break Mexico” last spring, we all get to see if she fares better in “Big Break NFL Puerto Rico” as part of Team Del Greco. The series aired Tuesday at 9 p.m. this week on the Golf Channel. See Kenoyer’s Golf Channel bio here, or check out the entire first episode at this link.
As more demands are placed on the healthcare field and more professionals are needed for a growing number of health-related jobs, it’s increasingly important to attract young students to these jobs and to the education needed to do them. In an editorial published in The Greenville News, the editors write that a new academic partnership between Furman and the Greenville Health System can create a pipeline of healthcare workers and ensure that many of them will remain in the Upstate where they are needed.
Eight Furman University graduates have been named to Greenville Business Magazine’s 2013 list of the “Best and Brightest 35 and Under.” The Furman graduates selected for this year’s list are Lauren Bries ’02, John Gabbard ’09, Melanie Gearheart ’02, Nalisha Henry ’06, Erika Grace Powell ’07, Amy Schiera ’03, Joe Waters ’05 and Kimberly Witherspoon ’06. The magazine identified a total of 37 young leaders in the Greenville community
A new academic partnership between Furman and Greenville Health System (GHS) has the potential to transform the healthcare workforce both locally and nationally. Furman will be GHS’ primary undergraduate partner, providing its faculty and students with distinctive opportunities to study and work with healthcare professionals at GHS in both clinical and non-clinical settings. In an op-ed for The Greenville News, Furman interim president Carl Kohrt and GHS president and CEO Mike Riordan wrote about the new partnership.
Two of South Carolina’s poorest school districts have teamed up with Furman to offer high school students a new way to learn. Scott’s Branch and Colleton County high schools have adopted the New Tech education model, and Furman’s Riley Institute hopes the new approach can boost the state’s public education system. Both the Charleston Post and Courier and The State newspapers ran recent stories about the innovative efforts at the schools.
The Furman students in “The American Congress” class of political science professor Danielle Vinson got a real-life lesson last Friday when three member of the U.S. Congress paid a visit. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C. 4th District) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah 3rd District) talked to the students about the attack in Benghazi and other political issues that are on the front burner in Washington, D.C.
Furman political science professor Liz Smith teaches a course in “Politics of Good and Evil,” where the class studies man’s inhumanity to man, as evidenced by genocides and mass killings, as well as acts of exceptional heroism and altruism. The recent situation in Syria led Smith to write an op-ed in The Greenville News about what it means to live in a time when such atrocities become a part of our daily lives.