Poverty Studies

Furman receives $500,000 gift to support Poverty Studies

Furman officials announced today that a Furman trustee and his wife have made a $500,000 gift that will create an endowment to support the university’s popular and innovative Poverty Studies program. The gift comes from Alec and Susan Taylor of Charleston. Alec Taylor is a 1975 Furman graduate and has been a member of the university’s Board of Trustees since 2012. Poverty Studies, which explores the effects and causes of poverty and its potential solutions, is the most popular minor at Furman. With approximately 90 students expected to be enrolled in the program by the end of this academic year, Poverty Studies is by far the largest minor, and is larger than almost all of Furman’s 47 majors.

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What is Yik Yak? A very popular app

Yik Yak, a mobile, anonymous social network with apps for Android and iOS, launched in November 2013 and has been a huge hit on college campuses ever since. “You can think of it as a local, anonymous Twitter or a local virtual bulletin board,” says co-founder Tyler Droll, who started the site with friend and […]


More praise for Furman’s beauty

Furman is listed among the “30 Most Beautiful College Campuses in the South,” according to an article on “The Best Colleges” website. The university was ranked No. 4 on the list, which featured schools that “are considered to be some of the most beautiful college campuses in country, and the most beautiful in the South.” […]

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Furman listed among “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Furman is listed among the nation’s top 200 schools that provide students with an outstanding combination of academics, affordability and career prospects, according to a new book published by The Princeton Review. The university is also ranked No. 7 among the top 25 schools listed in the special category of “Best Schools for Making an Impact.” Those schools were selected based on student ratings and responses to survey questions covering community service opportunities at their school, student government, sustainability efforts and on-campus student engagement.


Putting words to work

Imagine the scene: Natural light pouring into an open, industrial-modern room, muscular metal beams soothed by aged wood. There are desks, many of them, where English major after English major type away, crafting words for something called a “paycheck.” They’re productive. Happy. Valued members of society’s workforce. Welcome to The EnVeritas Group company headquarters in […]

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Engaged Living program honored for collaborative initaitive

Furman University’s Engaged Living Program has won the “Outstanding Collaborative Initiative Award” from the Commission for Admissions, Orientation and First-Year Experience of ACPA-College Student Educators-International. The award is presented to recognize an outstanding collaborative initiative that spans admissions, orientation, and/or first-year experience, and bridges multiple programs and functional areas.


An overnighter in the lab

Margaret McCurry ’18 donned a comfy pair of pajamas and settled in for the night. Other than her 13 hair “accessories,” she looked like a typical college freshman getting ready for bed. It’s 11 p.m. and McCurry is feeling a little sleepy. “Do you think you might need another pillow?” she’s asked. “That would be […]


ZTA becomes Furman’s eighth sorority

With less than 3,000 students, the words “too many” and “Furman” aren’t often found in the same sentence. So remember this day, both for its rarity and its fleeting status: Furman has too many women interested in joining a sorority, which is about to change thanks to the first addition to campus Greek life in […]


Check out fall Dean’s List

See who made the Dean’s List for the 2014 fall term. The honor is awarded to full-time undergraduates who earn a grade point average of at least 3.4 during the university’s fall and spring semesters. The students, who are listed alphabetically by state, represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 14 foreign countries. Traditionally, about 25 percent of Furman students are named to Dean’s List at the end of each term.


Music and mentorship

Ann Shoemaker ’02 was 12 when she first saw the love of her life. She had a 12-year-old’s reaction. “I had no idea what (a bassoon) was,” she said. “My elementary school band teacher showed me a picture of it, and I thought it was really funny looking but thought, sure, why not. I’ll give […]