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Onward and upward for Yik Yak

Yik Yak started with colleges, but CEO Tyler Droll has his sights set on creating a product every bit as compelling as Facebook. The anonymous messaging app, created by Furman graduates Droll and Brooks Buffington in 2013, is now used by millions of students on more than 1,600 college campuses from Ireland to New Zealand. […]

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New medical school scholarship established for Furman graduates

Thanks to the generosity of the Sanders Family Foundation of Greenville, a Furman graduate will be able to attend the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville on a full scholarship throughout the student’s time at the medical school. Dr. John Sanders, a Greenville physician and 1988 Furman graduate, said his family wanted to ensure that financial circumstances were not a deterrent for a deserving young Furman alumnus to attend medical school. The first recipient of the Paladin Scholarship is Taylor Mitchell of Hephzibah, Ga., who graduated from Furman in 2015 with a degree in biology.

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Speaking of Schools: President Davis reflects on first year

Elizabeth Davis is just about to complete her first year as Furman’s president. In a wide-ranging podcast interview with Doug Keel, host of the South Carolina ETV Radio program “Speaking of Schools,” she discusses the university’s plans to attract more South Carolina students, become a more integral part of the Greenville community and address the challenges of the future. Listen to the interview on the “Speaking of Schools” website.

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A talent for bringing out the best

Just a few days after graduating with her elementary education degree from Furman, Madison Smith ’15 has happily taken the plunge into the world of adulthood. She’s rented her first house near downtown Greenville and purchased two white rocking chairs that she assembled herself to use for daily al fresco dinners on the front porch. […]

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The comeback kid

Kadarron “KD” Anderson ’12 wasn’t your typical Furman football player. For one thing, he was really, really good—first-team All-America good. For another, he grew up in the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, S.C., alongside more than a hundred other kids facing the world with their backs against the wall. A Furman athletic scholarship was […]

Education by design

Furman offers more than 40 majors, which may sound like a lot—especially if your graduation year begins with a 19. But in an ever-more-complex world, they barely scratch the surface of possible futures for a college freshman in 2015. There are nearly 1,500 academic programs available to undergraduates, and while places like the University of […]

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Making the spring term Dean’s List

Among the more prestigious honors that Furman students can earn during their time at the university is being named to the Dean’s List. Those making the grade for the 2015 spring term represent 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 20 foreign countries. 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.

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Check out the Lakeside Summer Concert Series

Furman’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, opened Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. 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.