Furman University’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development has announced that 33 members of its inaugural class of the Women’s Leadership Institute have graduated.
The Leadership Class of 2015, selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, began work on campus in January. The class includes leaders from diverse backgrounds in corporations, healthcare, law, governmental agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
The graduates of Leadership Class of 2015 are:
Victoria Kirby, Director, Center for Corporate & Professional Development
Gina Boulware, Greenville
Mary Alice Bowers, Travelers Rest
Dena Chatfield, Conway
Jade Cox, Spartanburg
Laura Crank, Greer
Kristen Davis, Greenville
Jacqui DiMaggio, Greenville
Elizabeth Dubose, Greenville
Mary Harris Edwards, Greenville
Ashley Farrington, Knoxville, Tenn.
Stinson Ferguson, Greenville
Nancy Grigsby, Greenville
Linda Hannon, Greenville
Kim Hutzell, Greenville
Amanda Hynous, Greenville
Ann Jaskwhich, Anderson
Jeri Kleckley, Greenville
Robyn Knox, Greenville
Cheryl Lang, Spartanburg
Leslie Latimer, Greenville
Stephanie Lewis, Greenville
Lisa Mangione, Greenville
Michelle Masters, Greenville
Karen MaWhinney, Greenville
Nancy McCartney, Greenville
Imma Nwobodu, Greenville
Lauren Roach, Greenville
Dr. Saria Saccocio, Greenville
Danielle Staggers, Greenville
Lyn Torres, Greenville
Amanda Walker, Greer
Renae Wentworth, Greenville
Nika White, Greenville
Victoria Kirby, Director of Furman University’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development says, “Our first conference of the Women’s Leadership Institute was a great success. The experience provided a very talented and committed group of women the opportunity to continue expanding their professional knowledge, collaborate on shared goals and strengthen their business network.”
The Women’s Leadership Institute of Furman, which takes place Jan.-April, is designed for women who have demonstrated successful leadership, community involvement and a desire to help others. It brings together a unique and powerful blend of knowledge shared by accomplished business leaders and experts from the academic community addressing real world challenges and creative opportunities.
The purpose of the Institute is to provide participants with knowledge and insight essential for navigating the increasingly competitive global business environment while also enhancing their appreciation for the community.
For more information about Women’s Leadership Institute, please contact Victoria Kirby, Director of the Center for Corporate and Professional Development, at (864) 294-2156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tami Blumenfield, an assistant professor of Asian Studies at Furman University, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Grant to conduct research in China during the 2015-16 academic year.
Dr. Tami Blumenfield
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.
“This project will emphasize sharing perspectives, involving both creation and commentary by different groups of people from Na communities around Yunnan Province,” Blumenfield said. “The archive will be designed to serve as a resource to the Na people, with materials in their Naru language as well as in Chinese.”
The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Blumenfield is the James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Furman, where she teaches courses on the Anthropology of China, Cultural Anthropology, Gender, and Media. She is also affiliated with the Anthropology Program, the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, the Film Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, and the Shi Center for Sustainability.
Blumenfield is a founding board member and vice-president of the Cool Mountain Education Fund, a community sustainability initiative in China. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington.
For more information, visit the Fulbright Program website or call Furman’s News and Media Relations Office at 864-294-3107.
Photo of Coleman Allums, ’14 provided by Jordan Allums, ’18
Coleman Allums ’14 was set to prepare his third and final go-around for a highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship when he learned he won an award in recent weeks. “I knew how competitive this source of funding is and how few are awarded in my field, so my expectations were modest,” says the Sustainability Science/Economics graduate and Atlanta area native.
Allums scored one of only 15 fellowships granted in Geography nationwide. Across all disciplines, a mere 2,000 of the 16,500 total applicants for this cycle were awarded Fellowships, which means 88 percent of applicants didn’t get the good news.
Allums, who this fall is headed to the University of Georgia to work on his master’s, says he’ll study questions of justice and equity as they relate to geography. “Atlanta has an extensive racial history and much of the urban landscape is still highly segregated. As new cities continue to form in the metro area, there are questions we need to ask about who is included and excluded, and what the underlying reasons are for the formation of new municipalities. I want to understand how politics intersects with everyday life and with the history of the city and its suburbs,” says Allums.
His plan is to reserve the NSF funds for the Ph.D. program he’ll undertake after finishing his master’s. Allums says the flexibility of NSF GRFs is one of the perks, funding the researcher, not the topic. And speaking of funding, the grant is valued at nearly $140,000 over the five-year life of the Fellowship.
Allums says he owes his time at Furman and relationships built there for his success. “ . . . The research experience I was able to gain as an undergraduate was incredibly valuable—assisting numerous Sustainability Science and EES faculty with existing projects, developing my own research agenda, presenting at numerous conferences, working on multiple publications. My personal relationships with faculty, which were so important to me on a daily basis, translated to strong recommendations from instructors in diverse disciplines. ”
Since he won the award, Allums is still pinching himself. “When I saw my name on this year’s Fellows list, I was shocked. I still have to re-read my acceptance letter occasionally just to make sure I didn’t dream it.” he says.
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