President Davis on Leadership, Communication and Academic Organizations

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.

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Art by Karina Noel Hean on display Jan. 14-Feb. 13

Drawings by Karina Noel Hean will be on display Jan. 14-Feb. 13 in Thompson Gallery of the Roe Art Building on the Furman University campus. Thompson Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibition, “a storm, a structure,” is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Furman University Department of Art. Hean says, “The drawings revel in the visual pleasure of moments in the landscape and a connection with place, both real and invented.”

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Furman to host 2016 Mock Trial national championship

Furman has been selected to host the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) National Championship tournament that will take place in April 2016. The event, which features the country’s top college mock trial teams vying for a national championship, will mark the first time Furman will have hosted AMTA’s premier event. Furman’s mock trial program has been a longtime supporter of regional and super regional mock trial tournaments, and the university has received a bid to the national championship tournament for 18 consecutive years.

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Riley Institute announces Wilkins award winners

Rep. Jay Lucas (R-Darlington), South Carolina Speaker of the House, and Bill Barnet, former mayor of Spartanburg, have been chosen as recipients of the Riley Institute’s annual David H. Wilkins awards recognizing outstanding legislative and civic leadership in the state. Lucas will be honored with the 2014 Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership, while Barnett will receive the Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership. The 10th annual awards dinner will take place at the Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 on the first night of the legislative session.

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CBS News Host Bob Schieffer to speak at Riley Institute event

Bob Schieffer, Emmy Award-winning reporter and host of CBS News “Face the Nation,” will be the keynote speaker at the Riley Institute at Furman’s 10th annual David H. Wilkins awards dinner to be held in Columbia Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. The event, which takes place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on the first night of the legislative session, honors the recipients of the 2014 Wilkins awards for Excellence in Legislative Leadership and for Excellence in Civic Leadership. The award winners will be announced next week.

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Kilstofte’s “Peace” to be aired on NPR’s “From the Top”

A musical work by Furman professor Dr. Mark Kilstofte will be aired on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” Monday, Dec. 22. The composition, “Peace,” was performed by the Cantus Chamber Choir from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Nov. 6 at the Peace Center before a live audience. “From the Top” is aired on 250 public radio stations reaching an estimated 700,000 listeners worldwide.

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Furman to host D2 Rugby Final Four this weekend

Furman University will host the 2014 USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship and the American Collegiate Rugby Championship December 6-7. The two-day event features some of the finest college rugby programs in the nation.

“USA Rugby is pleased to return to Furman University for the USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship,” said USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez. “Last year’s championship was highlighted by the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s redemption victory over perennial power Salisbury University. This year’s playoffs were even better than last year, so the last four teams standing deserve proper recognition for their championship seasons. This Championship is made possible by the collaboration of all of the DII Conferences across the United States. We are extremely pleased Furman University Rugby, under the direction of John Roberts, has agreed to host this Championship on their extraordinarily beautiful campus.”

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Christmas @ Furman to be performed Dec. 5

The Furman Symphony Orchestra, Furman Singers and Chorales featuring five student soloists will present Christmas @ Furman Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth. An annual tradition for more than 50 years, Furman’s holiday concert features 200 students conducted by Thomas Joiner and Hugh Ferguson Floyd. The program, part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program as well as the Sound Quality Concert Series, includes Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” choral works by Franz Biebl and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and familiar carol arrangements by Arthur Harris, among other favorites of the season.

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Chamber Wind Ensemble in concert Dec. 9

The Furman University Chamber Wind Ensemble will present a concert Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Presented by the Department of Music, the concert is free and open to the public. The Chamber Wind Ensemble is conducted by Professor of Clarinet Dr. Robert Chesebro who is in his 50th year as a Furman faculty member. Retiring after this academic year, Chesebro will conduct 11 musicians in the program featuring works by Anton Reicha, Paul Hindemith, Charles Gounod, and Gordon Jacob.

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University to host Christmas Lovefeast service Dec. 7

Furman will host its annual Moravian Christmas Lovefeast service Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel. The CLP event is free and open to the public. Based on traditions originating in the early Apostolic church, the Christmas Lovefeast includes the serving of Moravian buns and coffee, and the lighting of beeswax candles. Furman’s Chancel Choir, conducted by senior Bryce McClendon, will lead the singing of traditional Christmas carols.