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.


An opera for social justice

Frances “Katie” Pollock, a 2012 graduate of the Furman music program, has composed an opera based on the story of 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr., a South Carolina youth who was wrongly convicted in the 1940’s of murdering two girls and became the youngest person to be executed in the 20th century. The opera, “Stinney,” is […]

President Elizabeth Davis honors Emily Sweezey (left) and Linda Ray (right) during an April 17 ceremony.

Ray, Sweezey honored by staff

Ray, an administrative assistant in Modern Languages and Literatures, has worked at Furman for 35 years and will retire this spring. Those nominating Ray praised her attention to detail and skills as a long-range planner. But they said it is her enduring devotion to students that sets her apart. “Her real talent and her real […]


Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series opens May 28

Furman’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, will begin Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater with a performance by the Lakeside Concert Band. Celebrating the “Sounds of Summer,” the Lakeside Concert Band, under the direction of Furman’s Leslie W. Hicken, and other ensembles and guests will present a concert every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater through Aug. 6.


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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FSO & Oratorio Chorus perform April 24

The Furman University Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present a concert Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. “Old Testament Heroes,” is a Sound Quality Concert Series event and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Dr. Thomas Joiner conducts the combined forces of the FSO, Furman Singers, Chorales, and student soloists in works by Saint-Saëns and Arthur Honegger.

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Hicken wins SCICU teaching award

Leslie W. Hicken, Professor of Music at Furman University, has been awarded a 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) organization. SCICU annually recognizes one faculty member from each of its 20 member schools with the teaching awards. President Elizabeth Davis praises Hicken’s career for “enriching the musical life of the Upstate and for mentoring many of the leading band directors in the state.”

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Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble in concert April 17

The Furman Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. The concert, “Viva Chesebro!” is open to the public. Tickets for the Sound Quality Concert Series event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The performance is conducted by Furman Director of Bands Leslie W. Hicken, and honors retiring Furman clarinetist Robert Chesebro who joined the music faculty in 1965. Also guest conducting is Jay Bocook, Furman Director of Athletic Bands.

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Jazz Ensemble and Combos in concert April 10

The Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos will present a concert Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. A Sound Quality Concert Series event, the concert is open to the public. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The CLP concert is directed by Dr. Matt Olson.

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Spring Honors Recital March 31

The Furman University Department of Music will present its Spring Honors Recital Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. A reception follows the event. The recital is free and open to the public and features seven outstanding students who are nominated and selected by Furman’s music faculty. Participants this spring are: Jessie Barnett, mezzo-soprano; Peter Dimery, saxophone; Alexander H. Helms, euphonium; Emily Lamb, viola; James Vincent Masanotti, violin; Allison Rye, oboe; Stephanie Simon, composition.