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Tami Blumenfield, an assistant professor of Asian Studies, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Grant to conduct research in China during the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Blumenfield will work with the Na communities of the Yunnan Province, where she’ll create a multi-media exhibit and digital archive to help preserve the cultural heritage of the Na people. She will also collaborate with the Yunnan University Institute for Ethnic Studies.
A recently published book by Furman sociology professor Kenneth H. Kolb has received a major award from the American Sociological Association. Moral Wages: The Emotional Dilemmas of Victim Advocacy and Counseling has been honored with the organization’s 2015 Outstanding Recent Contribution in Social Psychology Award. The book was published by the University of California Press in the fall of 2014.
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.
Furman officials had high hopes for its first “Dins Day” celebration, a 24-hour fundraising event that took place on April 28, but the results exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. The final tallies show that “Dins Day” raised more than $1 million ($1,010,450) in gifts and pledges from about 1,500 donor households. Just as importantly, interest in the event wasn’t confined to the campus as social media carried the celebration to the Paladin faithful across the country and the world.
How good is the Furman men’s cycling team? This past weekend at the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships in Asheville, N.C., Furman claimed victories in the Road Race, Criterium and Team Time Trial events. It was the first time in the history of men’s collegiate cycling that one team claimed victories in all three competitions at one national championship.
Furman awarded 649 undergraduate and master’s degrees and presented its top academic honors during graduation exercises Saturday evening. The weather cooperated perfectly as approximately 7,100 people attended the commencement activities in Paladin Stadium. Harold C. Warlick, Jr., a 1968 Furman graduate and former dean of the chapel and religion professor at High Point University, served as commencement speaker and received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
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.
Four Furman University students have been awarded English Teaching Assistantships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright recipients, who will begin their teaching assignments this fall, are Natalia Arenas (Simpsonville, S.C.); Bryan Betts (Tega Cay, S.C.); A.J. Calhoun (Charlotte, N.C.); and Kayla Hirsch (Fort Mill, S.C.). Says Education professor Dr. Scott Henderson, “Four recipients in a single year is remarkable, and considering Furman’s size and the competitiveness of the program, it’s even more noteworthy.”
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.
The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in April has killed more than 7,000 people and left thousands injured and many others missing. A group of Furman students, led by Samikshya Pandey of Nepal, has started a fundraising drive to help with the relief effort. Those wishing to support the cause can bring cash or check donations to Susan Bennett in the Chaplains office by Friday, May 8.