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Women lead our state’s and the nation’s most prominent public media organizations. Four women at the top tell how their leadership is shaping the future of public media in a two-evening symposium 7-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, and 7-8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Trone Student Center on campus. Free and open to the community, “Women in Public Media,” is presented by the Riley Institute at Furman, the Department of Political Science, and South Carolina ETV.
Charles Townes, a Nobel Prize winning scientist, Greenville native and a 1935 graduate of Furman University, died today. He was 99. Arguably Greenville’s most illustrious citizen, Dr. Townes received the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his pioneering work in the development of the maser and laser.
Furman University President Elizabeth Davis today announced the appointment of W. Michael Hendricks, Ed.D., as Vice President for Enrollment Management. Hendricks, who currently is Vice President of Enrollment Management at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will begin his new position July 1, 2015.
Panels of sports scholars and practitioners will examine the role of law in the world of sports in a Friday, Jan. 30 conference that is drawing participants from across the country. The day-long symposium, “Under Further Review: A Legal Look at the World of Sports” will take place at the Charleston Music Hall on John Street. It is hosted by the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute at Furman University. Among the subjects that panelists and moderators will tackle are NCAA reform and the future of college athletics; concussions and sports injuries; and disciplinary powers and due process in league scandals.
Furman University’s Engaged Living Program has won the “Outstanding Collaborative Initiative Award” from the Commission for Admissions, Orientation and First-Year Experience of ACPA-College Student Educators-International. The award is presented to recognize an outstanding collaborative initiative that spans admissions, orientation, and/or first-year experience, and bridges multiple programs and functional areas.
Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, will speak on the Furman campus Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. in Burgiss Theater of the Trone Student Center. His lecture, “The Futures of Christianity in 21st Century America,” is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Furman’s College Republicans, Political Science Department, and the Tocqueville Program. Douthat was the youngest op-ed columnist ever hired at The New York Times when he joined the paper in 2009.
Furman will host its 2015 Church Music Conference on campus Thursday and Friday, Jan. 22 and 23.
Guest clinicians for this year’s conference are Dan Bara, Professor of Choral Music at the University of Georgia; Mary Louise (“Mel”) Bringle, Professor of Humanities at Brevard College (N.C.); and David Higgs, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y. The conference is open to the public.
See who made the Dean’s List for the 2014 fall term. 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. The students, who are listed alphabetically by state, represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 14 foreign countries. Traditionally, about 25 percent of Furman students are named to Dean’s List at the end of each term.
The Furman Faculty Chamber Music Series will present a concert Friday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Hosted by Dr. Laura Kennedy, “Small Ensembles” is open to the public, and is part of Furman’s Sound Quality Concert Series. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth.
This academic year marked a new era in the 188-year history of Furman University when Dr. Elizabeth Davis became the school’s first female president. In December, the Upstate Business Journal sat down with Davis to discuss various aspects of management and leadership—from being a female in such a prominent career position, to differences in academic versus industry organizations, and how her studies in accounting have prepared her to lead a university. You can read the in-depth interview with Dr. Davis in Part I and Part II of the Upstate Business Journal.