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Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series opens May 28

Furman’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, will begin Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater with a performance by the Lakeside Concert Band. Celebrating the “Sounds of Summer,” the Lakeside Concert Band, under the direction of Furman’s Leslie W. Hicken, and other ensembles and guests will present a concert every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater through Aug. 6.

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Dr. Blumenfield receives Fulbright to study in China

Tami Blumenfield, an assistant professor of Asian Studies, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Grant to conduct research in China during the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Blumenfield will work with the Na communities of the Yunnan Province, where she’ll create a multi-media exhibit and digital archive to help preserve the cultural heritage of the Na people. She will also collaborate with the Yunnan University Institute for Ethnic Studies.

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Book by professor Kolb wins top award

A recently published book by Furman sociology professor Kenneth H. Kolb has received a major award from the American Sociological Association. Moral Wages: The Emotional Dilemmas of Victim Advocacy and Counseling has been honored with the organization’s 2015 Outstanding Recent Contribution in Social Psychology Award. The book was published by the University of California Press in the fall of 2014.

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“Dins Day” tops $1 million in gifts and pledges

Furman officials had high hopes for its first “Dins Day” celebration, a 24-hour fundraising event that took place on April 28, but the results exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. The final tallies show that “Dins Day” raised more than $1 million ($1,010,450) in gifts and pledges from about 1,500 donor households. Just as importantly, interest in the event wasn’t confined to the campus as social media carried the celebration to the Paladin faithful across the country and the world.

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The prolific professor

Average number of people who view daily posts on his blog, “The Becoming Radical”: 600-700 Average number of words he writes each day: 1,000+ Number of followers on Twitter: 4,086 Number of tweets since February 2011: 61,942 and counting… Paul Thomas, PhD., has a lot to say. Born with a brain he describes simply as […]

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Mastering the “green” classroom

“Green thinking” has moved into classrooms, where students earn degrees specifically focused on sustainability studies or add an Earth-friendly spin to more traditional majors. Furman launched its sustainability science major in 2011, which allows students to explore connections between the environment, economics and social systems. The university’s efforts in this area were included in an […]

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A tip of the graduation cap to Luke Christie

Luke Christie has never taken a walk, can’t cut his own steak and can’t put himself to bed, but when you talk to him, you tend to forget his physical challenges. He’s articulate, intelligent, funny and personable. It’s infectious, really. On May 9, Christie, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, did something remarkable: he earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Furman. Even more remarkable, he was named the top male graduate in his class, earning the Bradshaw-Feaster Medal for General Excellence given by Furman’s faculty. What the 2015 Furman graduate was able to accomplish while attending the university was chronicled in a front-page article in The Greenville News.

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Men’s cycling team makes clean sweep at national championships

How good is the Furman men’s cycling team? This past weekend at the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships in Asheville, N.C., Furman claimed victories in the Road Race, Criterium and Team Time Trial events. It was the first time in the history of men’s collegiate cycling that one team claimed victories in all three competitions at one national championship.

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Furman holds 2015 spring commencement

Furman awarded 649 undergraduate and master’s degrees and presented its top academic honors during graduation exercises Saturday evening. The weather cooperated perfectly as approximately 7,100 people attended the commencement activities in Paladin Stadium. Harold C. Warlick, Jr., a 1968 Furman graduate and former dean of the chapel and religion professor at High Point University, served as commencement speaker and received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

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Fulbright grants awarded to four Furman students

Four Furman University students have been awarded English Teaching Assistantships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright recipients, who will begin their teaching assignments this fall, are Natalia Arenas (Simpsonville, S.C.); Bryan Betts (Tega Cay, S.C.); A.J. Calhoun (Charlotte, N.C.); and Kayla Hirsch (Fort Mill, S.C.). Says Education professor Dr. Scott Henderson, “Four recipients in a single year is remarkable, and considering Furman’s size and the competitiveness of the program, it’s even more noteworthy.”