Duke Endowment awards Furman $22.3 Million Grant to Support Student Scholarships

Furman has received a $22.3 million grant from The Duke Endowment to strengthen and support one of the University’s premier merit scholarship programs. The grant includes $22 million for the University’s endowment to augment Furman’s James B. Duke Scholarship program, which provides full-tuition scholarships to students who display “exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment.” The remaining $300,000 is operational funding that will support the University’s ongoing initiatives to enhance the Duke Scholars’ academic experiences.

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Kirby Funt ’16 spends summer in Shanghai developing marketing strategy for MeWe

For her first assignment as a summer intern, Kirby Funt was tasked with designing the main interface for a medical company’s online consulting platform. While she hadn’t designed a website before, Funt was willing to learn. With some training and assistance from colleagues, Funt was able to develop an appealing, user-friendly design that drew praise […]


Aloha ‘Aina: for the love of the land

Lush tropical greenery, beautiful beaches and waterfalls, spectacular sunsets. While she spent part of her summer sailing through Hawaii, Kelsey Orr ’17 wasn’t on a leisure trip. Her 12-hour days as a student and rookie sailor were often spent cleaning, line hauling, and collecting water samples aboard a 134-foot-long sailing ship for her team’s research […]

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Blumenfield receives NSF grant

Tami Blumenfield, an assistant professor of Asian Studies at Furman University, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the rapid expansion of material wealth in rural China and Bangladesh. For the proposal, “Collaborative Research: A multidimensional investigation of the dynamics of market transition and social change in rural China and Bangladesh,” the research team was awarded a total of more than $415,000 from the NSF.


Furman announces new endowed professorships

Furman has announced that four faculty members—Leslie Hicken, Jonis Tevis, Lisa Knight and Nathaniel Cook—have been appointed to endowed professorships at the university. Two of the new professorships are lifetime appointments, while the other two are for limited terms. “These outstanding professors were selected in recognition of their record of teaching, scholarship and service to Furman,” said Dr. John Beckford, Furman’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.


Making the spring term Dean’s List

Among the more prestigious honors that Furman students can earn during their time at the university is being named to the Dean’s List. Those making the grade for the 2015 spring term represent 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 20 foreign countries. The honor is awarded to full-time undergraduates who earn a grade point average of at least 3.4 during the university’s fall and spring semesters.


Dr. Blumenfield receives Fulbright to study in China

Tami Blumenfield, an assistant professor of Asian Studies, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Grant to conduct research in China during the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Blumenfield will work with the Na communities of the Yunnan Province, where she’ll create a multi-media exhibit and digital archive to help preserve the cultural heritage of the Na people. She will also collaborate with the Yunnan University Institute for Ethnic Studies.


Trustees approve faculty promotions, tenure

During its spring meeting Saturday, the Furman Board of Trustees approved promotions and/or tenure for 12 faculty members and granted emeritus status to six professors who are retiring this summer. The trustees also recognized the contributions of four board members whose terms will expire June 30. All faculty promotions, tenure and emeritus status become effective Aug. 1.


History, Asian studies professor publishes new book

Furman University Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies Wendy Matsumura, Ph.D., has published a new book about Okinawa. “The Limits of Okinawa: Japanese Capitalism, Living Labor, and Theorizations of Community” is published by Duke University Press. The publisher says, “… Matsumura provides a new understanding of Okinawa’s place in Japanese and world history, and establishes a new locus for considering the relationships between empire, capital, nation, and identity.”

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Fulbright grants awarded to four Furman students

Four Furman University students have been awarded English Teaching Assistantships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright recipients, who will begin their teaching assignments this fall, are Natalia Arenas (Simpsonville, S.C.); Bryan Betts (Tega Cay, S.C.); A.J. Calhoun (Charlotte, N.C.); and Kayla Hirsch (Fort Mill, S.C.). Says Education professor Dr. Scott Henderson, “Four recipients in a single year is remarkable, and considering Furman’s size and the competitiveness of the program, it’s even more noteworthy.”