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Riley Institute names afterschool/expanded learning policy fellows

Fifteen leaders in the field of afterschool and expanded learning nationwide have been selected as White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows as part of a partnership between the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. During the 10-month program, Fellows will study afterschool/expanded learning policy and develop and implement state-level policy projects in partnership with their Statewide Afterschool Networks and the national Afterschool Alliance.


President Davis Urges Legislature to move swiftly on flag

Furman President Elizabeth Davis has issued a statement of support for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. “I applaud and support the state’s leadership in the call to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds,” Davis said.  “South Carolina should be a place where all are able to fully participate in the social, economic, and civic life of our state—free from the fear and the symbols of racial segregation that diminish the life of all of our citizens. It is my fervent hope that the General Assembly will act morally and swiftly to pass legislation to take down the flag. This is an historic time in the life of our state.  May those in charge have the courage to take action.”


Speaking of Schools: President Davis reflects on first year

Elizabeth Davis is just about to complete her first year as Furman’s president. In a wide-ranging podcast interview with Doug Keel, host of the South Carolina ETV Radio program “Speaking of Schools,” she discusses the university’s plans to attract more South Carolina students, become a more integral part of the Greenville community and address the challenges of the future. Listen to the interview on the “Speaking of Schools” website.


The comeback kid

Kadarron “KD” Anderson ’12 wasn’t your typical Furman football player. For one thing, he was really, really good—first-team All-America good. For another, he grew up in the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, S.C., alongside more than a hundred other kids facing the world with their backs against the wall. A Furman athletic scholarship was […]


Furman earns place on President’s honor roll

Furman has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Says Nancy Cooper, of Heller Service Corps, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. It speaks to the dedication and commitment to service among our student body …”


Keith Lockhart to conduct free concert at Peace Center

Renowned conductor and Furman graduate Keith Lockhart will present an admission-free concert with the Brevard Music Center orchestra on Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m. at the Peace Center in Greenville. The orchestra, which consists of top-notch student musicians from around the country, will be joined by cello soloist Cicely Parnas. Lockhart, a 1981 Furman graduate and longtime conductor of the Boston Pops, is an alumnus of the Brevard Music Center and serves as its artistic director and principal conductor. Read more in The Greenville News.

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Bridges to a Brighter Future students enroll in college

Twenty Greenville County high school graduates and participants in Furman University’s Bridges to a Brighter Future will enroll in college. Nearly all the graduates will be enrolling as first-generation college students. Program director Pam Davis says, “The beauty of the Bridges to a Brighter Future family is that we will continue supporting them as they cross the bridge and transition from high school to college. We look forward to seeing the successes that await each one of them.”


Making the spring term Dean’s List

Among the more prestigious honors that Furman students can earn during their time at the university is being named to the Dean’s List. Those making the grade for the 2015 spring term represent 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 20 foreign countries. 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.

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Meet the new Bridges students

Twenty-seven Greenville County high school students have been invited to participate in Furman University’s Bridges to a Brighter Future, a program whose mission is to give students the tools and support they need to overcome barriers, graduate from high school and enroll in college. Since it was launched in 1997, more than 460 students have participated in the program.


Check out the Lakeside Summer Concert Series

Furman’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, opened Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. 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.