Furman celebrates beginning of new school year

More than 1,400 faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Greenville community gathered in McAlister Auditorium Thursday as Furman celebrated the beginning of the 2015-16 school year with its annual fall convocation. In addition to the address by education professor Scott Henderson, the university awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to trustee Robert Buckman, presented the Richard Furman Baptist Heritage Award to Rev. James Russell Dean II ‘86, and introduced the five seniors who were named Furman Fellows for the current academic year.


Onward and upward for Yik Yak

Yik Yak started with colleges, but CEO Tyler Droll has his sights set on creating a product every bit as compelling as Facebook. The anonymous messaging app, created by Furman graduates Droll and Brooks Buffington in 2013, is now used by millions of students on more than 1,600 college campuses from Ireland to New Zealand. […]


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.


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.


The problem with grade inflation

Average college GPAs in 2006 were much higher than they were in 1930, according to a study published in the Columbia University-based publication Teachers College Record. Stuart Rojstaczer, a writer and former science professor, co-authored the study with Furman computer science professor Christopher Healy.  Healy, who joined the Furman faculty in 1999, was quoted in […]

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Breaking tech’s glass ceiling

It’s no exaggeration to say most computer science majors are men. Contrary to some misogynistic beliefs, however, it’s not because they’re actually better at computer science than women. But they often do think they’re better—than everyone. Sometimes it’s delusion, but justified or not that confidence goes a surprisingly long way according to Furman computer science […]


Ten faculty appointed to endowed professorships

Furman announced this week that 10 faculty members have been appointed to endowed professorships at the university. Four of the new professorships are lifetime appointments, while the other six are for limited terms. Gifts from donors and foundations support 24 endowed lifetime professorships and nine rotating (limited term) professorships at the university.


The wisdom of students

When 2014 graduate Zach Hall was a student at Furman, he developed a course-selection website that helped his fellow students sign up for and keep track of available classes. As a result, Hall’s contributions to Furman’s website development were mentioned in a New York Times article about how some college students are “producing faster, easier-to-navigate, more informative and generally just better versions of the information systems at the heart of undergraduate life.” Hall graduated from Furman this past spring with a degree in computer science.  Read the article.


Making art work

If you’re over the age of 25, it’s likely you haven’t figured out all—or even most—of the things your phone or the console(s) in your car can do. You’re also probably not looking for new challenges. For members of Generation Z, however, electronic devices aren’t a novelty or even a convenience. They’re more of a […]


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.