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World Religions Symposium continues throughout spring

Furman University will hold its annual World Religions Symposium beginning Thursday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Johns Hall 101 on the Furman campus. The symposium, “Hinduism, A Living Tradition” is free and open to the public, and includes a series of lectures and other programs that run through April 20. Most events for the symposium are part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. The first CLP program, “Hinduisms: Debating Tradition and Origins,” is presented by Furman Religion Professor Lisa Knight, Ph.D.

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Singer/Songwriter Elise Barrett in concert Nov. 21

Singer/songwriter, author and pastor Elise Erikson Barrett will present a concert Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Chapel on the Furman campus. “The Gift of Emotion: A Concert for the Head and Heart” is free and open to the public, and is presented by Furman’s Office of the Chaplain. A reception hosted by Furman’s Wesley Fellowship will follow the event, with Barrett’s CDs available for sale and signing. A Furman CLP, the concert is part of a presentation in which University Chaplain Dr. Vaughn CroweTipton explores the cultural significance of emotion.

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“Everything comes from love”

Lillian Brock Flemming, a 1971 graduate of Furman University and one of the early African-American students at the school, was the speaker at the L.D. Johnson lecture on “What Really Matters?” Flemming’s talk was part of Furman’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the university. Joseph Vaughn, a Greenville resident, was […]


Making an impact despite the odds

University chaplain Vaughn CroweTipton couldn’t send just anybody to Haiti. In fact, he couldn’t send anybody period, which presented a particularly vexing challenge in Furman’s quest to fulfill former president Rod Smolla’s pledge to help the impoverished Caribbean island nation. “We tried a number of avenues, all of which were blockaded for a number of […]


Pope is both popular and polarizing, speaker says

Pope Francis has proven to be both a celebrated and controversial figure. The Pontiff was named Time Magazine’s 2013 Person and Year, and his image is even featured on the current issue Rolling Stone. But not all Catholics have embraced the Pope’s ideals and the direction in which he is taking the Church.


World Religions Symposium opens Oct. 22

Furman University will hold its second annual World Religions Symposium beginning Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center on the Furman campus. The symposium is free and open to the public, and includes a series of lectures and other programs that run through Dec. 2. The theme of […]


Helping students find their calling

Furman University officials announced today that John and Jeanette Cothran of Greenville are providing a major gift to support the university’s Center for Vocational Reflection. The center, which helps students explore and discover their calling in life, will now be named the John and Jeanette Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection. According to Mike Gatchell, Furman’s […]


Notre Dame professor to speak April 9

Brian Collier, fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on campus Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel. His talk, “Save Our Schools, Save Our Country, and Save Your Family,” is free and open to the public. Collier’s address is the 2013 Hesburgh Alumni Lecture and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. It is sponsored by Furman’s Office of the Chaplains in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas. In his address, Collier will trace American education since the turn of the 20th century, examining changes and behaviors leading to what some have described as “the greatest generation.”

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Spring breakers

James Gao on his FUMMO medical mission trip. James Gao on his FUMMO medical mission trip.


Spring Breakers

Lake Rabenold’s patient had a cough, back pain, a mother dying of cancer, a husband in jail, and not enough money to feed her kids. To top it all off, Rabenold might have to tell the patient that she was also pre-diabetic.

“Her glucose levels were high so we asked her to come back the next day to get tested again,” said Rabenold ‘14 (Lawrenceburg, Ind.). “Her life was falling apart, but when we told her she wasn’t pre-diabetic, she was crying because it was one thing she wouldn’t have to worry about.”

Rabenold is a member of a student organization, Furman University Medical Mission Organization, that spends each spring break doing medical mission work in Latin America. The student group is part of a larger trend at Furman, where students use their spring break to visit and assist impoverished communities across the globe.