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White named to Walker Cup team

Former Furman golfer Todd White has been named to the 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team that will play Great Britain and Ireland Sept. 7-8 at National Golf Links in Southampton, N.Y. The 45-year-old White, who resides in Hilton Head, S.C., is one of 10 amateur golfers selected to represent the United States in the prestigious competition. The 1990 graduate was a four-time All-Southern Conference selection at Furman, and was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

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University announces Heller Scholars

Furman has awarded major scholarships to 13 graduates of Greenville County high schools for the 2013-14 academic year. The recipients are the first to receive the Max Heller Community Scholarship, which was established last fall. The $20,000 scholarship is available yearly to one student at each of the 14 public high schools, three charter schools and South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville County.

Goalkeeper Rose Hull was named to the preseason All SoCon team.

High praise for women’s soccer team

The Furman women’s soccer team has been selected as the preseason favorite in the Southern Conference in voting by the league’s 11 head coaches. Sophomore Stephanie DeVita, the 2012 SoCon Player and Freshman of the Year, highlights a group of five Paladins who were named to the 11-member preseason All-SoCon team. Furman returns 10 starters from a 2012 squad that posted a 16-3-3 overall record and 7-2-2 SoCon mark.

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Learning for You offers new classes

Furman University’s Learning for You is forging new educational partnerships with community organizations and businesses to offer engaging non-credit classes for learners of all ages. Registration opens this week for classes including Japanese language and culture, pottery and ceramics, and food and wine.

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Furman issues call to local artists

Furman is looking for local artists to be part of a permanent collection that will be housed in the school’s Herring Center for Continuing Education. Artists are called to submit work for a juried exhibition that will be displayed in the Herring Center’s Baiden Gallery Nov. 4–Dec. 16. Selected works will be purchased and form the core of the Herring Center Permanent Collection. Deadline for electronic submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 18 by 5 p.m.

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Life, liberal arts, and power of yes

Interim President Carl Kohrt ’65 began his Furman experience in football pads and cleats. And when he took the mantle of leadership this July, his self-described “Put me in, Coach!” attitude quickly became his approach to the presidency.

On July 26, Kohrt took the words to action when he spoke at the Atlanta Furman Business Breakfast.

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U.S. Senate confirms Nelsen nomination

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Furman political science professor Brent Nelsen to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Nelsen was nominated for the position in April by President Barack Obama, and the Senate confirmed the nomination Aug. 1. His term begins immediately and will expire Jan. 31, 2016. Nelsen has been a member of the Furman faculty since 1990.

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Dempsey returns to Major League Soccer

Former Furman soccer standout Clint Dempsey has left the Tottenham Spurs of the English Premier League to return to Major League Soccer and the Seattle Sounders. Reports began surfacing over the weekend that Dempsey, captain of the U.S. National Team, would be returning to the United States and they were confirmed on Saturday evening when Dempsey joined the Sounders for their game against Dallas.  Sounders owner Joe Roth declared the signing as “an historic day” for his MLS team.

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Furman athletics take national stage

A number of Furman coaches and athletes have garnered national exposure over the past few months as members of U.S. national teams for their respective sports. Paladin assistant women’s lacrosse coach Amber Falcone notched a second stint as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, while Paladin head men’s lacrosse coach Richie Meade serves as head coach of the 2014 U.S. men’s national senior team. Paladin head track and field coach Robert Gary, who competed in the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games, recently coached Team USA to a silver medal in the senior men’s 12-kilometer race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

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University ranks high in ROI study

Furman ranks among South Carolina’s top colleges and universities when it comes to providing its graduates the greatest lifetime return on investment, according to a new survey compiled by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO). The university was listed No. 3 among the 16 schools included in “Colleges in South Carolina with High ROI.” According to the website, the schools listed in the survey “enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders, over a thirty-year span.”