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Furman to host USA Rugby National Championships Dec. 5-6

Furman will be home to some of very best college rugby has to offer Dec. 5-6 when the university hosts the USA Ruby Men’s Division II National Championship, as well as the Women’s DI and DII Fall Championship. In all, 10 colleges and universities representing seven states will participate over two days, culminating with three champions being crowned Sunday. Most of the games will be held at John S. Roberts Field, which is located adjacent to Paladin Stadium.

Bridging the gap

The blunt truth is, after her parents divorced when she was 10 Furman wouldn’t have been on many people’s list of potential futures for Casey Crisp ’09. It was on the only one that mattered, however. “My dad called Furman’s main phone number and said I’d love to talk to someone about something my daughter […]

David Burns and Family

David Burns ’98: A year’s journey, a new liver, and a fighting spirit

For David Burns ’98, every day is a new opportunity to give back. A husband to Susan and father of two (Andrew, 5, and Eloise, 1), a teacher, and an athlete, Burns considers each day to be “a great day.” While this outlook may be atypical, it is extraordinary for someone who has spent the last eight months recovering from a liver transplant.


Furman to host CCU 1 p.m. Saturday

Fourth ranked Furman will host Coastal Carolina Saturday in a key early season match-up. Kick is set for 1 p.m. at John S. Roberts Field, which is adjacent to Paladin Stadium. Last year, Furman (1-0) scored two trys during the final three minutes of play to rally for a 25-24 win in Myrtle Beach. That […]


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 […]