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Furman voted no. 1 venue for weddings

Furman University’s Younts Conference Center has been voted “Best Place to Say ‘I Do’” in a national event planning magazine. Unique Venues, based in Edwards, Colo., made the announcement in its winter 2015 issue as part of its first “Best of Awards” edition. The digital and print magazine reaches more than 50,000 meeting and event planners. Younts was cited for its versatility and transparent pricing structure, which includes the use of the outdoor Heller Terrace and DeSantis Pavilion, Daniel Chapel, and numerous scenic locations for photo opportunities.

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Symphonic Band to present Veterans Day concert

The Furman University Symphonic Band will present a concert Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. The concert is open to the public. Available at the door, tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Led by Director of Bands Leslie W. Hicken, “A Veterans Day Celebration” is a concert in which each piece is either tied to a significant event in American History, or salutes our Armed Forces.


Room named in Vaughn’s honor

Furman University renamed its MultiCultural Room in honor of Joseph Vaughn, the first African-American student to attend Furman, and held a dedication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25. A Greenville native, Vaughn enrolled at the university in January 1965 and graduated in 1968. He was raised in Greenville by a single mother and served as president of the student body at Sterling High School, an African-American high school in Greenville.  In the early 1960s, students from Sterling participated in protests to desegregate the city airport, main library, skating rink and lunch counters.

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Furman Percussion Ensemble in concert Nov. 8

The Furman Percussion Ensemble will present a concert Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Directed by Furman music faculty member Dr. Omar Carmenates, the concert is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Department of Music. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The hour-long concert includes a wide range of music by living composers from around the world.

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Drug use among young rising, says speaker

In young Americans (18-25) 84 percent have consumed alcohol, 58 percent have smoked cigarettes, 52 percent have smoked marijuana, and 11 percent have tried cocaine. Most of these users are uninformed about what exactly they are putting into their bodies and completely unaware of the harmful side effects. With consumption rates of drug and alcohol products spiking in the young adult set, the student organization PHOKUS (Promoting Healthy Options through Knowledge, Understanding, and Service) brought in Shawn K. Desai, Ph.D., J.D. in an attempt to help students better understand the dangerous consequences of these widely used substances.

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Jazz Ensemble and Combos to perform Oct. 24

The Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, with guest clinician/composer Don Owens, will present their fall concert Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. A CLP event, the concert is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available at the door. The concert will be conducted by Furman music professor Dr. Matt Olson, and will feature music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Wayne Shorter, Woody Herman, and Don Owens.


Meet Mike Wilson ’88

After an hour spent with Mike Wilson, newly appointed executive director of alumni and parent engagement, one can quickly identify the common threads that unite all who have experienced Furman.


Helping out South Carolina Women in Higher Education

Elizabeth Crews, director of Furman University’s Undergraduate Evening Studies program, has been selected as the university’s institutional representative for South Carolina Women in Higher Education (SCHWE). The representatives are volunteers at educational institutions across the state who actively promote the mission and goals of SCHWE among their schools. Crews oversees the Undergraduate Evening Studies program at Furman, a division of Continuing Education. Prior to that, she served as director of Furman’s Learning for You.


Former presidential staffer Levin to speak Oct. 9

Former presidential and congressional staffer Dr. Yuval Levin will speak on the Furman University campus Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. in Johns Hall 101. Dr. Levin’s talk, “Like the Leaves of Sybil: Burke and Tocqueville on Tradition in the Democratic Age,” is free and open to the public. Part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program, Dr. Levin’s lecture is presented by Furman’s College Republicans and by the Tocqueville Program.

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Fall Festival of Choral Music features concert Oct. 18

The Furman Fall Festival of Choral Music will close with a concert on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. The concert is free and open to the public. For the festival, singers from selected high school programs in the region are invited to participate with mixed quartets of their finest singers. These groups practice and perform under the baton of Furman Singers director Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd who leads Saturday’s culminating concert with the Singers.