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2006 Furman graduate Dickson receives M.D.-Ph.D. from Harvard

Anyone who develops a shortcut for calculus should be awarded a Nobel Prize. But Furman biology and chemistry double major John Dickson will have to settle for an M.D.-Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School. The 2006 Furman graduate from Gaffney, S.C. received a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in 2013 from the Ivy League […]


Onward and upward for Yik Yak

Yik Yak started with colleges, but CEO Tyler Droll has his sights set on creating a product every bit as compelling as Facebook. The anonymous messaging app, created by Furman graduates Droll and Brooks Buffington in 2013, is now used by millions of students on more than 1,600 college campuses from Ireland to New Zealand. […]

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Sarah Clanton moves to Music City

2007 Furman graduate Sarah Clanton was still a Furman student when she fell in love with Nashville. After making Greenville her home for many years, the singer/songwriter/cellist followed her heart to the place where she discovered ‘you can make a good living as a musician.’ The communications studies major/music minor returned to Greenville recently to […]


Myanmar, Interrupted

Last week, officials announced that Myanmar is slated to go to the ballot box on Nov. 8 for what will be the country’s first open general election in 25 years. Understanding the election’s political stakes requires a look back at the past few years, which have seen some promising developments. Brandon Tensley, a freelance journalist […]


Great summer (and Southern) reading

NPR‘s Audie Cornish talked recently with Kyle Jones of the Bitter Southerner about some highly-anticipated books coming from Southern writers this summer. One of those mentioned was “The World is on Fire” by Furman English professor Joni Tevis. Jones called the stories “apocalyptic in nature” and said “each story is wrapped around a different place, […]

Becoming informed and engaged citizens

Across a variety of disciplines, Furman’s faculty and staff ask the students to consider the fundamental question, “How Shall I Live?,” both in the classroom and throughout their extracurricular and service experiences. It is also a question we ask ourselves as members of a democracy, which thrives only with an informed and engaged citizenry. In […]


Every newborn deserves a chance

Without the luxury of access to quality medical care, planning ahead is critical for the survival of mothers and children. During the Save the Children Action Network Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., this spring, Furman student Kjersti Kleine had the opportunity to be an advocate for babies and mothers across the world through visits with […]


Rising stars at Furman

Musicians Emilio Alverson and Madison Allen, who will join Furman’s freshman class in the fall, have successfully auditioned for the International Picolo Spoleto Rising Stars competition. Allen plans to double major in Music Performance and Psychology, while Alverson will major in Violin Performance and Business.  Both are graduates of Spartanburg High School and the South […]

Two Riley Institute programs expand

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from Duke Energy, two leadership programs of the Riley Institute at Furman will soon be expanded. The grant was prompted by the tragic church shootings in Charleston, which led to discussions across the state with stakeholders by Duke’s leaders about how the company could best make an impact. The grant […]


A Way Forward for South Carolina

On the evening of June 17, 2015, a hate crime took place at a Wednesday prayer meeting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The horrid nature of the crime, the cold-blooded assassination of innocent people solely because they were black—all under the ideology of white supremacy—shocked the nation. In an op-ed for the Post […]