The man behind Furman’s track resurgence

Chris Borch, a 1978 Furman graduate, earned a spot on the Paladin cross country team as a walk-on in 1974. It was tradition back then for each runner to receive a pair of blue Onitsuka Tiger running shoes upon making the team. The symbolic gesture resonated with Borch, a successful businessman who created the Blue […]

Rhim is on a roll

The road to cycling success may seem an uphill climb, but Furman student Brendan Rhim has been riding lately as if cruising a downhill slope. The 19-year-old New Hampshire native recently helped the Furman cycling team do something no other school had ever done at the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships.  The Paladins claimed the […]


Home game for Matt Davidson

When a married couple includes a husband who plays golf for a living, oftentimes the husband’s job dictates where the wife goes. But in the case of Matt Davidson ’04, who plays on the Tour, and Natalie The ’03, who teaches Health Sciences at Furman, it’s the opposite. As Natalie was making her way […]


An opera for social justice

Frances “Katie” Pollock, a 2012 graduate of the Furman music program, has composed an opera based on the story of 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr., a South Carolina youth who was wrongly convicted in the 1940’s of murdering two girls and became the youngest person to be executed in the 20th century. The opera, “Stinney,” is […]


Ghosts and songs of the apocalypse

We live in a world of ghosts, says author and Furman English professor Joni Tevis. In her new collection of essays, “The World is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure and Songs of the Apocalypse,” Tevis embarks on journeys to places that are haunted with remnants of the past, responding to them both emotionally and intellectually, trying […]


Mastering the “green” classroom

“Green thinking” has moved into classrooms, where students earn degrees specifically focused on sustainability studies or add an Earth-friendly spin to more traditional majors. Furman launched its sustainability science major in 2011, which allows students to explore connections between the environment, economics and social systems. The university’s efforts in this area were included in an […]


A tip of the graduation cap to Luke Christie

Luke Christie has never taken a walk, can’t cut his own steak and can’t put himself to bed, but when you talk to him, you tend to forget his physical challenges. He’s articulate, intelligent, funny and personable. It’s infectious, really. On May 9, Christie, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, did something remarkable: he earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Furman. Even more remarkable, he was named the top male graduate in his class, earning the Bradshaw-Feaster Medal for General Excellence given by Furman’s faculty. What the 2015 Furman graduate was able to accomplish while attending the university was chronicled in a front-page article in The Greenville News.


Comparing South Carolina’s road plans

The poor condition of South Carolina’s roads makes traveling more hazardous and costly, and hurts the state economically. But how do the competing road plans stack up economically? To answer that, Furman economics professor Robert Arden compared the plan proposed by Gov. Nikki Haley and the one passed by the House for their effects on […]

It’s never too late to get degree

Bob Anderson had built a 15-year career in IT support as a contractor for Ford Motor Company, but what he really wanted to do was teach science. So he turned to Greenville Technical College, where he earned an associate of arts degree last May and is now wrapping up a second degree, an associate of […]


Marks of leadership

Elizabeth Davis has been cracking gender ceilings for a long time, so recognition as Furman’s first female president doesn’t really resonate with her. “I understand the significance, but I don’t think in terms of ‘first female,’” she says about becoming the university’s 12th president on July 1, 2014. “I never have felt gender related barriers […]