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Education professor wins award for essay collection

De-Testing and De-Grading Schools, a collection of essays co-edited by Furman University Education Professor Paul Thomas, Ph.D., has been named an Outstanding Academic 2014 title by Choice magazine. Each January, Choice publishes a prestigious list of the best in scholarly titles reviewed during the previous calendar year. De-Testing and De-Grading Schools is Thomas’ 15th book. It was co-edited by Canadian educator Joe Bower and published by Peter Lang USA.

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Furman Chorale performs March 3

The Furman University Chorale will present a concert Tuesday, March 3 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman campus. Conducted by Music Professor Vivian Hamilton, D.M.A., and assisted by Furman junior Henry Branson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), the concert is free and open to the public. Furman sophomore and pianist Kevin Edens of Marietta, S.C. will accompany nearly 40 voices in the concert.

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Furman Drone Team wins again

Furman’s drone team was recently selected by Business Black Box as a winner of its 2015 Innovation Award, one of seven awards made through the annual Business Black Box Awards. The Innovation Award is given to a person or company who has pushed the limits of what is already understood or possible. The Business Black Box honor comes on the heels of two other recent recognitions.

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Furman launches new chapter of religion honor society

Furman University has been selected to host a new chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology. Furman joins more than 200 chapters nationally in four-year educational institutions ranging from small religiously affiliated colleges to large public research institutions. The honor society is dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of religion and theology.

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Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble in concert Feb. 20

The Furman University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Conducted by Director of Bands Leslie W. Hicken, “Good Night, Dear Heart” is open to the public, and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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John T. Scott of UC-Davis speaks Feb. 19

John T. Scott, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of California at Davis, will speak on campus Thursday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. His lecture, “God and Man in Rousseau,” is free and open to the public. The CLP event is co-sponsored by Furman’s Tocqueville Program and the Political Thought Club.

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Riley Institute names new staff

The Riley Institute at Furman University has named new staff members for its Center for Education Policy and Leadership. Dr. Tracy Waters has joined the institute as assistant research director, Dr. David Fleming as senior researcher, and Alexis Sprogis as research specialist. Says Don Gordon, “We are excited about the very strong research team we are building. Their skills and experiences will propel us forward in our commitment to help meet the tremendous need for more evidence-based information about promising education models and practices in South Carolina.”

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Art-in-progress by Glen Miller on display

An ongoing drawing exhibition by Furman art professor Glen Miller will be on display Feb. 19-March 20 in Thompson Gallery of the Roe Art Building on the Furman University campus. Thompson Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the exhibition, Black and White, Miller will be creating a 185-square-foot charcoal drawing on the walls of Thompson Gallery.

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Riley Institute names Midlands DLI Fellows

Forty leaders from the Midlands have been selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). They will join more than 1,400 Riley Fellows from across the state. As part of the program, leaders work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects. Chosen by nomination and application, participants reflect South Carolina’s demographics and represent corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors.

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Riley announces 19th class of Upstate DLI fellows

Forty-five leaders from the Upstate have been selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). They will join more than 1,400 Riley Fellows from across the state. As part of the program, leaders work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects. Chosen by nomination and application, participants reflect South Carolina’s demographics, and represent corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors.