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Furman will team up with alumni, parents and friends from around the world on Tuesday, April 28 to celebrate all things Furman. April 28 is the last day of classes for students and “Dins Day” will be a 24-hour celebration where all members of the Furman community are encouraged to wear purple, broadcast their Paladin Pride through social media and help raise money to support the university’s future students.
Notre Dame psychology professor Cindy S. Bergeman, Ph.D., will speak Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman University campus. A reception with Dr. Bergeman follows in the Bryan Garden Room of the Chapel. Her talk, “Are You Resilient? How to ‘Bounce Back’ from Adversity,” is free and open to the public and is a CLP event. Bergeman’s presentation is this year’s Hesburgh lecture, which is sponsored by Furman’s Office of the Chaplains in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas, and Furman University’s Catholic Campus Ministry.
Robert Hill, chair of the Furman Board of Trustees, announced today that seven new trustees and one trustee emeritus have been elected to the board. The new trustees are Kevin Bryant of Greenville, Kevin Byrne of Atlanta, Ga., Richard Cullen of Richmond, Va., Randy Eaddy of Winston-Salem, N.C., David Ellison of Greenville, James Ney of Atlanta, Ga., and Peace Sullivan of Miami Beach, Fla. Robert Buckman of Memphis, Tenn., will be joining the board as trustee emeritus. The new trustees will begin their terms July 1.
The Furman University Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present a concert Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. “Old Testament Heroes,” is a Sound Quality Concert Series event and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Dr. Thomas Joiner conducts the combined forces of the FSO, Furman Singers, Chorales, and student soloists in works by Saint-Saëns and Arthur Honegger.
Furman education professor Paul Thomas has published “Beware the Roadbuilders: Literature as Resistance” (Garn Press). Said Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center, “Literature, Thomas shows us, can and should be a source of ideas that challenge us to think critically about the world around us–especially the ways we educate our children … Thomas uses this wonderfully written book to engage readers with these ideas and to further the much-needed conversation concerning education policy.”
Furman is listed in the new 2015 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges, a guidebook providing information about the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” The newest edition of the guidebook profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.
Leslie W. Hicken, Professor of Music at Furman University, has been awarded a 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) organization. SCICU annually recognizes one faculty member from each of its 20 member schools with the teaching awards. President Elizabeth Davis praises Hicken’s career for “enriching the musical life of the Upstate and for mentoring many of the leading band directors in the state.”
Dr. Jerry R. Thomas, a 1963 Furman graduate who serves as Professor and Dean of the College of Education at the University of North Texas, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Furman. Thomas received the honor Tuesday, April 14 during a special ceremony on campus. He also delivered an address, “The Value of Undergraduate Research.” The address and honorary degree presentation were part of the university’s “Engaged!” day celebration.
The Furman Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. The concert, “Viva Chesebro!” is open to the public. Tickets for the Sound Quality Concert Series event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The performance is conducted by Furman Director of Bands Leslie W. Hicken, and honors retiring Furman clarinetist Robert Chesebro who joined the music faculty in 1965. Also guest conducting is Jay Bocook, Furman Director of Athletic Bands.
Furman will sponsor a panel discussion, “Athletics and Desegregation,” Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall as part of the university’s yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of desegregation. The panelists include three notable African-American graduates of Furman’s athletic program—former women’s basketball standout and current head basketball coach Jackie Smith-Carson ‘00, men’s basketball All-American Clyde Mayes ’75 and Rodney Acker ‘73, Furman’s first African-American football player. The panel discussion was rescheduled from February after bad weather forced its cancellation.