Furman awards Childers Teaching Excellence Award to two 2015 graduates

Mary Varley, a first-year third grade teacher at Anderson Mill Elementary School in Spartanburg District 6, and John Morrison, a social studies student teacher intern at Berea High School in Greenville, have been named recipients of the 2015 Childers Education Foundation Teaching Excellence Award from Furman. Both Morrison, a history major, and Varley, an education major, graduated from Furman in 2015.


Shepherding social change, one day-laborer at a time

Derek Snook, a 2008 Furman University history graduate, spent time teaching in Kenya, chose to live a year in a Charleston homeless shelter, and worked for a short time as a day-laborer. Not long after, he and a business partner launched In Every Story, a non-traditional staffing company that pays higher wages, rewards reliability and […]


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.


High Noon: “America and the Holocaust”

The role of the United States in dealing with the Jewish victims of Nazi Germany has been the subject of a long and heated debate. How much did the United States know, and what did the government do with that knowledge? Could America have done more to help? Furman history professor Diane Vecchio will examine those issues when she speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Nov. 11 at noon at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. Her talk, “America and the Holocaust,” is free and open to the public.  It is the final lecture of the fall series.


Inside Africa

They’ve already won the most important game of their lives, but most Americans didn’t even know they were playing. There are a myriad of reasons sociology professor Kristy Maher, Ph.D., has been directing Furman’s Africa study-away program since 2009, but exposing her students to this reality is near the top of the list. “(They) have […]

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Judy Stuart wins new award named in memory of history professor Jim Smart

Furman University Education professor Judy Stuart, Ph.D., has been awarded the inaugural James H. Smart Award by Furman’s Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection. Presented annually to a Furman faculty or staff member, the Jim Smart Award is designed to promote encouragement of vocational exploration and reflection by Furman students, and to recognize those who exemplify this work in their teaching, advising, mentoring, service, public engagement, and other aspects of their roles at the university.


Reconstruction: What really happened after the Civil War?

Many historians believe there is no more complex and misunderstood time in history than Reconstruction, the tumultuous period that followed the end of the Civil War. Furman history professor Courtney Tollison will take an in-depth look at that controversial era in American history when she speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 21 at noon at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. The lecture, “Revisiting Reconstruction: South Carolina and the Sesquicentennial,” is free and open to the public.

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Courtney Tollison Hartness: in praise of the public library

Despite our dependence on the Internet for quick fact checking and other research, Furman History Professor Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph.D., says brick-and-mortar libraries “deserve our unflagging support.” In a piece she wrote for Greenville Journal, Hartness offers a brief history of libraries in the United States including those in Greenville’s storied past. She reminisces about […]


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.