Training dogs to sniff out arson

As a member of the Chemistry Department faculty for 30 years Laura Wright, Ph.D., has fielded her share of strange phone calls. But a call from Jason Nurmi of the nearby Parker Fire Department took her by surprise. Nurmi, a fire marshal, wanted her help in training Jag, an arson dog. He needed gasoline samples […]


Leading the way

A framed picture of an iconic campus scene has pride of place in the president’s hallway at Furman. On the white mat that surrounds the painting are hundreds of student signatures captured in the days before Elizabeth Davis’ inauguration. “As I said in my inaugural address, students are a true source of joy for me,” she says. President Davis talked about her first year as Furman’s president in an interview for The Duke Endowment E-Newsletter.

Soccer Fieldhouse

Sharon and Scott Rankin Close Soccer Field House Fundraising with $250,000 Gift

It was one of those down to the wire situations athletes know so well. The ready to be built soccer field house was nearing construction when a fire marshal review indicated a need for additional funds to finish the project. “We had the blueprints and the funding for a game-day facility. But the problems we […]


It’s almost time for the new school year

Furman’s 2015-16 academic year will officially get underway Tuesday, Aug. 25 when students attend their first day of classes. Approximately 710 freshmen will report to campus Friday, Aug. 21, while the rest of the university’s 2,700 students will begin arriving on Sunday, Aug. 23. Furman will hold its opening convocation Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. in McAlister Auditorium.

McAlister Auditorium

Furman makes two more “beautiful” lists

Some say looks don’t matter. But ask anyone at Furman if campus beauty was part of their college decision, odds are you’ll be met with a resounding “Yes!” Furman made the most beautiful campus round-up for Pinterest-like PureWow, and thrillist, a food, drink and travel website.


Staying the course

Grudgingly, Jeremiah Ockunzzi ’17 had made his peace. “I loved Furman, but it was a good two years and that was the end of a chapter in my life,” he says. Ockunzzi’s father had lost his job and it looked like he wasn’t going to able to continue his education at Furman. But then he learned about the Furman United program, which exists as a lifeline for students caught in financial turmoil. Now he is returning for his junior year at the university, where he is a member of the track team and is preparing for a career in medicine.



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. […]


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.


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.


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. […]