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 […]

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 […]

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Family Ties

For Ashley Ginn ’05, all signs pointed to Furman. Two of her closest friends, Katherine Tumbleston ’03 and Lindley Sharp ’04, enrolled at Furman. As a high school student in Boone, N.C., Ginn’s math tutor was Furman alumna Priscilla Harris ’92. “We would talk about math, and every now and then we’d talk about Furman,” […]


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.


Kirk Fisher dons his volunteer firefighter suit

Kirk Fisher ’90 featured in Greenville News for Motorcycle Law Niche

Kirk Fisher ’90 owns Iron Horse Motorcycle Lawyers in a converted garage in downtown Greenville. On August 2, the Greenville News profiled the lawyer and volunteer fireman to find out what gave him the idea for this unique kind of practice. Read the story in the Greenville News


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 […]

Live Video Streaming for Commencement

Furman will provide live video streaming of its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015. Coverage begins at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. The service is provided for free by the Southern Conference Network. Watch the event through the Southern Conference Network​.​​​


“Dins Day” a success

Furman University teamed up with alumni, parents and friends from around the world on April 28 to celebrate all things Furman and raise nearly $828,000 in gifts and pledges from 1,543 donors. April 28 was the last day of classes for students and “Dins Day” was a 24-hour celebration where members of the Furman community […]


Clarke to join Paladins

Aidan Clarke, a standout member of the Staples Rugby Team (Westport, CT), has accepted a rugby scholarship and will enroll at Furman in the fall. Clarke, son of Ron and Susan Clarke, began playing rugby in 2012. He has played prop, hooker and performed some spot duty as scrum half for Staples who are 2-0 […]