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Pam Davis named Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future

Pam Davis has been named Director of Furman’s Bridges to a Brighter Future, a program administered by the Department of Continuing Education at Furman University. Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally awarded comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County high school and college students. Having worked in student affairs at Converse College, Furman University and Clemson University, Davis joins Furman after a five-year career with the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department.

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Earth Week Teach-In takes place March 25

Furman will sponsor an “Earth Week Teach-In” event on Wednesday, March 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hill Atrium of the Trone Student Center. The public is invited to attend. According to Michele Speitz, Ph.D., an assistant professor of English at Furman, the teach-in is “meant to be both informative and provocative. Ideally such a gathering of speakers is meant to attract attention, educate the audience, and galvanize action. The main idea is to bring our sustainability-centered work to life.”

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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.

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Arbor Day Foundation again honors Furman

The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Furman University as a 2014 Tree Campus USA® for its dedication to effective urban forest management. Furman has earned the honor seven consecutive years. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

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Hartness Organ Series features father/son duo

Furman University’s 2014-2015 Hartness Organ Series will conclude Tuesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. with a recital in Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman campus. Part of a series celebrating 10 years since the installation of the university’s C.B. Fisk pipe organ, the recital will be presented by University Organist and Professor of Organ Charles Tompkins, D.M.A., and his son, violinist Gregory Tompkins. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

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Water Walk helps bring potable water to rural Guatemala

For Water Walk 2015, more than 700 Furman students, faculty, staff and local residents will carry water around Furman Lake from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 28 as part of an effort to raise $100,000 to construct a potable drinking water system in two rural communities in Guatemala. The public is invited to attend and participate in Water Walk 2015. Students will accept tax-deductible donations and $5 sponsorships to support the effort.

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Grammy winner Lecrae brings “Anomaly” to Furman

Furman University will host Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Timmons Arena on campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. Also featured in the concert are Andy Mineo and DJ Promote. Lecrae’s tour, “Anomaly,” is based on the same-titled album released last fall. General admission tickets are $26-$45, and are available through the Timmons Arena box office. The tour is presented by Live Nation and Premier Productions.

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Davis to guest conduct Singers’ closing concert

The Furman University Singers will conclude their spring tour with two concerts Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. As part of the presidential inauguration festivities taking place that week, Furman President Elizabeth Davis will lead the Singers in the piece, “Brown Eyes,” during the March 16 performance. The CLP performances by the 90-voice ensemble are part of Furman’s Sound Quality Concert Series. Tickets, available online and at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

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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.