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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.”

Furman University Wesley Fellowship students on their service trip.

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

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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.

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Whirling Dervishes to perform

Furman University hosts the world famous Whirling Dervishes from Turkey in a performance Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. “Dance of Colours” is open to the public and presented by the South Carolina Dialogue Foundation and Furman’s Office of the Chaplains. Tickets are $40 for orchestra, $25 general admission and $15 for students. The performance is part of Turkish Sufi customs, history and culture. During intermission, Turkish calligrapher Aydin Cayir will present “Art of Calligraphy.”

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Engaging Faith conference meets Feb. 22-23

Furman will hold its Engaging Faith 2013 conference Feb. 22-23 in Daniel Chapel on campus. This year’s speakers are Brené Brown, a nationally renowned speaker whose 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability has received more than seven million views, and Yvette Flunder, founder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco. This year’s conference is titled “The Gifts of Imperfection and Inclusion.”

Worship service features Singers, Chamber Choir

Furman University will present a worship service to close its annual Church Music Conference Friday, Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. “A Service of Psalms” is free and open to the public and features prayers, readings, meditations, hymns and anthems. Musicians for the service are the Furman Singers and Furman Chamber Choir with Furman faculty organist Charles Tomkins. The Furman Singers and Chamber Choir will be conducted by Furman music faculty members Hugh Ferguson Floyd and William Thomas, and guest clinician Jerry Blackstone. Officiates for the service are Furman chaplain Vaughn Crowe Tipton and guest clinician Rev. Don E. Saliers.