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.


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.


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.


University welcomes newest members of Phi Beta Kappa

Forty-nine Furman students have been elected to the school’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic society. The newest members were inducted during a special initiation ceremony and dinner on campus earlier this spring. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters induct the most outstanding students at America’s leading colleges and universities, and only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

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Blackwell receives Furman Standard research grant

Furman University professor Christopher W. Blackwell, Ph.D., (Classics) has been awarded a Faculty Research Grant through The Furman Standard program. The grant is valued at $3,000 annually over three years and is designed to support faculty in their ongoing quest to remain leaders in their fields. The Furman Standard is a program whereby donors may honor one or more faculty members by pledging $25,000 (payable over five years) or by establishing a $100,000 planned gift. Contributions to The Furman Standard are pooled to assist professors in procuring the materials, training, development and other needs associated with their research endeavors.


Unraveling history by way of plants

If you read “Historical Botany in the Carolinas” and erroneously thought “science,” you’re not alone—so did the Andrew Mellon Foundation. May X and preconceptions sometimes don’t get along, but Furman’s Chris Blackwell is happy to mend fences. “Mellon doesn’t fund science,” Blackwell, the Louis G. Forgione University Professor of Classics and class creator, said. “But […]


Life as a Roman soldier

In modern times, many view the Roman soldier as an elite killing machine, a well-drilled and trained warrior, a picture of power and strength. Those assumptions are accurate, according to Professor Jonathan Zarecki, a professor of Classis at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an expert on Roman times. But the soldiers, who […]


The real life of a Roman soldier

Jonathan Zarecki, professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will speak about the life of a Roman soldier Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. on the Furman University campus. Zarecki’s talk, “The Real Life of a Roman Soldier: All Work and No Play Makes Gaius an Invincible Killing Machine,” will take […]


Faculty playing larger role in student recruiting

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.