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 […]

Dr. Elizabeth Davis

President Davis on Leadership, Communication and Academic Organizations

This academic year marked a new era in the 188-year history of Furman University when Dr. Elizabeth Davis became the school’s first female president. In December, the Upstate Business Journal sat down with Davis to discuss various aspects of management and leadership—from being a female in such a prominent career position, to differences in academic versus industry organizations, and how her studies in accounting have prepared her to lead a university. You can read the in-depth interview with Dr. Davis in Part I and Part II of the Upstate Business Journal.

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Student-organized Shamrock Run rallies support for abuse prevention

Nearly 100 members of the Zeta Pi Chapter of Furman’s Kappa Delta sorority recently came together to raise more than $16,000 for Greenville’s Julie Valentine Center and Prevent Child Abuse America. While the sorority has sponsored an annual 5K Shamrock run for the past nine years, members wanted to make the 10th anniversary event even […]


Teatro, danza, musica

The night before Kenzie Wynne ’17 boarded the plane for her summer experience in Italy, she began plaguing herself with questions. “What if it isn’t everything I imagined? What if I hate traveling? What if the movies really do set unrealistic expectations? What then?” she said. After being catapulted out of her comfort zone into […]


Furman to host 2016 Mock Trial national championship

Furman has been selected to host the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) National Championship tournament that will take place in April 2016. The event, which features the country’s top college mock trial teams vying for a national championship, will mark the first time Furman will have hosted AMTA’s premier event. Furman’s mock trial program has been a longtime supporter of regional and super regional mock trial tournaments, and the university has received a bid to the national championship tournament for 18 consecutive years.


A moment to savor

Students from the First Year Writing seminar Sugar and Spice recently visited the Biology Department’s Food Lab to share a holiday tradition with James B. Duke Associate Professor of Asian Studies and History Savita Nair. Since her college days, spicy coconut shrimp from Nair’s native region of Kerala, India, has been a staple of her […]


Game on

If you want to buy stock that rests on the future of a soccer team—or any other type of sports team—Furman junior Andrew Kaonga soon will have a game available for you. Although Kaonga , a mathematics and economics major, and his summer research advisor, Dr. Tom Smythe, associate professor of business and accounting at […]