Wednesday: Ribbon-cutting for new trail

3 p.m., Wed., Oct. 22, Timmons Arena. Shi Ctr. holds celebration for completion of sidewalk connecting campus to The Vinings.

Furman to host gubernatorial debate

campus-bell-towerFurman University will host a South Carolina gubernatorial debate on campus Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium.

The debate, which will be broadcast live statewide, will focus on education and health care.  It will last one hour.

The are no tickets remaining for either the public or the Furman community.

All five gubernatorial hopefuls are expected to participate, including Republican incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley, Democrat Vincent Sheheen, Independent Tom Ervin, Libertarian Steve French and United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves.

The gubernatorial debate at Furman is one of two that will take place in the state during October.  Charleston Southern University will also host a debate Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. that will focus on jobs, the economy and growth.

The debates are being co-sponsored by The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, WCIV-TV in Charleston, WACH-TV in Columbia, WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach and WLOS-TV/WMYA-TV in Greenville. Questions and topics will be offered by a panel of two journalists from the newspaper and two from the broadcast partners.

The broadcast stations will televise the debates live, and they also will be streamed on all of the sponsors’ websites.

Tickets will be distributed to each of the candidates, who will get even allotments to distribute to their supporters. Tickets won’t be made available to the general public.

The election is Nov. 4.

For more information, contact Jill Fuson in the Riley Institute at Furman, at 864-294-3280 or

Furman to hold ribbon-cutting for new campus trail Oct. 22

swamp-rabbit-usersThe David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new sidewalk that connects the Furman campus to The Vinings at Duncan Chapel apartment complex Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in front of Timmons Arena.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting, the celebration includes food, music, a prize raffle and a community parade led by Furman’s Paladin Regiment Marching Band.

The Furman campus has direct access to the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, and the new trail to The Vinings at Duncan Chapel provides another access point for pedestrians and cyclists who enjoy the trail.

Thursday Training: Garage Band

2:30-4 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 23, Music Lab, Daniel Music Bldg. Email Jean Childress to reserve spot for fac/staff training.

Furman Chorale and Singers to perform Oct. 28

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Furman Chorale

The Furman University Chorale and Furman Singers will present their fall concert Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman University campus.

The concert is free and open to the public, and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

Furman Singers

Furman Singers

Conducted by Furman music professors Dr. Vivian Hamilton and Dr. Hugh Floyd, the program includes a mix of sacred and traditional hymns and spirituals. The Furman Singers will also perform “Caritas” (Charity), a piece by Furman’s Dr. Mark Kilstofte and commissioned to celebrate 50 Years of Desegregation at the university.

Accompanying the choral groups are Furman sophomore Kevin Edens (organ) of Marietta, Furman’s Dr. Charles Tompkins (University Organist) and Furman junior Grace Odell (piano) of Pelzer.

For more information about the event, contact Furman’s Music Department at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at

CLP Wed.: Blood-Stained Hands: Stories of Murder & Forensic Science

4:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 22, McEachern Lecture Hall. History dept. presents Dr. Marlene Tromp of Arizona State Univ.


A Republican Rout at the Midterm Elections?

2014 Fall High Noon Schedule

Dr. Danielle Vinson

Dr. Danielle Vinson

The 2014 midterm elections are less than a month away.  The conventional wisdom says the Democrats are in serious trouble since the Republicans will likely remain in control of the House of Representatives and the Democrats could well lose control of the Senate.

Furman political science professor Danielle Vinson will discuss what is expected to transpire during next month’s elections and what it all means for the political future of America when she speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.

Her lecture—““How Big Will the GOP Victory Be?”—begins at noon.

Vinson’s talk is the fifth of eight consecutive lectures presented by Furman professors during the fall.  All lectures are free and begin at noon on Wednesdays.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area.

A complete schedule of lectures is available on Furman’s website.

For more information, contact Furman’s Marketing and Public Relations office at 864-294-2185 or e-mail Marie Newman-Rogers at

Wednesday: High Noon @ UHM-FU

Noon, Wed., Upcountry History Museum-FU (Downtown). Dr. Danielle Vinson ( Political Science): “How Big Will the GOP Victory Be?

Jazz Ensemble and Combos to perform Oct. 24

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Dr. Matt Olson

The Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, with guest clinician/composer Don Owens, will present their fall concert Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman University campus.

Part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program, the concert is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available at the door.

The concert will be conducted by Furman music professor Dr. Matt Olson, and will feature music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Wayne Shorter, Woody Herman, and Don Owens.

Don Owens is an internationally recognized clinician/conductor. Owens began his tenure at Northwestern University in 1979 where he is Coordinator Emeritus of the Jazz Studies and Pedagogy Program, and Director Emeritus, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the National High School Music Institute. Before coming to Northwestern, he taught 12 years at Evanston (Illinois) Township High School where his duties included directing band, brass ensembles, and jazz band, as well as teaching classes in music theory, popular music, free improvisation, and composition.

Owens received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from North Texas State University, where he also studied composition and jazz. He holds a Master of Musical Arts degree is from the University of Illinois. He studied composition with Morgan Powell, Merrill Ellis, Samuel Adler, and Salvatore Martirano. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Owens is regularly commissioned for new works. More information about Owens may be found at

For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at