Adopting a grandparent at Furman

Adjusting to the lack of family connection in everyday life can be rough transition for many college students living away from home. To help students maintain that family connection while away at school, Furman sophomore Christina Sturgeon has created a program in which students can “adopt” a grandparent—allowing student and grandparent to form true relationships. […]


Alum Alexander Stubb talks about European integration

In an Oct. 7 speech at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, former Finland Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said his interest in European integration began in a classroom at Furman University in the 1980s. Stubb, a 1993 Furman graduate, currently serves as Finland’s Minister of Finance and is Governor of the European Investment Bank. […]

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The Berlin Wall revisited

2012 Furman University political science and German major Brandon Tensley attempts to uncover the root causes of xenophobia among people from former East Germany. In a piece he wrote for the Washington Post, Tensley teases out whether or not xenophobia may be attributed to Germany’s communist past. Tensley is a 2015-2016 Luce Scholar in Thailand. […]

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Furman graduate, former faculty member, author remembered in Huffington Post

After reeling off the many accomplishments of 1961 Furman University graduate (master’s) and former Furman faculty member (1960-62) Phyllis Tickle, author Jack Levison shares a remembrance on a more personal level. Tickle, founding editor of Publishers Weekly religion department and author of dozens of books, died Sept. 22 at her home near Memphis, Tenn. after a […]

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Tenor Kyle Jones keeps many plates spinning

As director of music and worship arts and organist for Eastminster Presbyterian Church (Indialantic, Fla.), lyric tenor and 2001 Furman graduate Kyle Jones has a full plate. Outside of his role at Eastminster, however, the music major is interim artistic director for the Indialantic Chamber Singers, the chorus master for Space Coast Symphony and Riverside […]


Educational partnership helps open doors

The Greenville region is blessed with an abundance of educational institutions offering a broad array of opportunities, and Greenville Technical College and Furman have enjoyed a longstanding partnership that is a model for collaboration and educational advancement. In an op-ed for The Greenville News, Furman president Elizabeth Davis and Greenville Tech president Keith Miller explain […]

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Carnegie Hall … now what?

Few 9th graders make it to one of the pinnacles of the music world. But Florence, S.C. musician Gabe Smallwood had his debut at Carnegie Hall after submitting a winning composition to a young musicians contest sponsored by the celebrated music venue. After four years of additional training at South Carolina Governor’s School for the […]


James Guth comments on evangelicals’ fascination with Trump

Furman University Political Science professor James Guth weighs in on why Donald Trump continues to win the hearts of the religious right. In National Public Radio’s It’s all Politics segment, Dr. Guth predicts Trump’s appeal will wane. “Some of that fascination with Trump will eventually wear off once [the evangelical community] become[s] more aware of […]

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Bryce Norton ’93 takes the helm at Miracle Hill Ministries

Effective Oct. 19 this year, 1993 Furman University graduate Bryce Norton will step in as president of Miracle Hill Ministries. The St. Petersburg, Fla. native will head up Miracle Hill’s nine facilities and its transitional housing locations in Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee and Pickens counties, as well as foster families in eight Upstate counties, family support […]


Paul Thomas opines about school choice

Furman education professor Paul Thomas says Charleston and New Orleans share “complicated profiles” in terms of natural disasters and man-made racism and generational poverty. He says like New Orleans, “ … the lessons of education and education reform in Charleston are two-fold: …traditional public schools have failed/do fail vulnerable populations, … and accountability-based and free-market […]