Countdown to launch

Tough choice:
Furman coach Ron Smith is going with baseball, for now

Lunch club:
Wednesday lunch club has become a tradition

Furman ROTC:
Furman ROTC is moving up in the world, literally

University Center:
Dedication set for April 14

Furman Forum

A Cappella:
Furman to host a capella competition

Athletic field:
New athletic field under construction

Easter eggs:
Easter egg hunt, picnic set: March 27

Target set:
Employee campaigns target 100%

Around campus:
News from university departments

Faculty/Staff news:
Professional activities

New employess, promotions, anniversaries





Around Campus


Last month our department returned to full staff when Joel Frazier and Steve Rhea completed their basic officer training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. The department has been short one officer since August 1997 when an officer was injured on the job.

Public Safety has expanded its crime prevention and community involvement programs this year. Officers have participated in Freshman Orientation, crime watch programs, the university’s travel fair, the employee health fair, and the student health fair.

Our department recently presented a crime prevention program for retired employees. In December, we sponsored programs on alcohol awareness and women’s self defense. Our crime awareness efforts also have included sending crime prevention pamphlets to all employees.

The department has acquired a number of new crime prevention pamphlets which are on display in our office. New crime prevention posters are displayed each month in campus facilities and residence halls. Part of our expanded community involvement programs have included meetings with AFS, Residence Hall Council, Inter-Fraternity Council. We have also been working with organizations on campus to support a variety of student-sponsored activities.

Officers have been involved in problem resolution efforts, too. These have included meetings with students living in off-campus apartments to discuss the recent arrests of students for underage drinking by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department. Our staff has also been working with faculty and staff to improve physical security in several campus facilities.

-- Bob Miller


The Office of Career Services has just completed its most successful recruiting term ever. During the fall, 49 companies visited Furman to interview seniors for jobs. The office also completed its move to the University Center. This larger facility now offers additional interview rooms for recruiters and has a private career library for students wishing to do career-related research.

The new director of career services arrived last month. Dr. John Barker comes to Furman from the University of Alabama, where he served as the associate director of career services.

Larry Hudson and 12 Furman seniors attended the Independent Colleges and Universities of South Carolina Interview Day held at the Clarion Town House in Columbia February 8. This gave the selected students an opportunity to interview with one or more of the 35 companies represented.

Twenty-five students participated in the winter term Shadow Day offered by Career Services. The theme was banking and finance, and the students “shadowed” professionals in these fields to gain career insight.

-- Larry Hudson


Two directors were recently recognized for their work in Administrative Services. Willie Miller was profiled in the February issue of this publication. The article discussed the positive changes that have taken place at the golf course under Willie’s direction during the past three years. If you missed the article, look back and read it. Bob Miller, director of Public Safety, was recognized by the Kappa Delta sorority for his support of students and his sensitivity to student needs. Congratulations to the Miller guys!

The bookstore had a book signing to promote the new Furman coffee table book. Dr. Shi and his predecessors as president, Dr. Johns and Dr. Blackwell, autographed the books. The occasion was a resounding success. Larry Lawter and his bookstore staff and the Marketing and Public Relations Department deserve applause for their work in putting this together.

If you haven’t visited the Tower Café beside the bookstore, you are missing a treat. It opened in early February. It’s the perfect place to relax with a book or newspaper and a cup of cappuccino.

There have been many recent changes in Administrative Services, including Pro-Cards, Corporate Express on-line, and on-line travel reservations through Putman Travel. Some of you might feel overwhelmed and there might have been some glitches along the way. Please continue to work with us on these changes, and tell us what we can do to make them easier. Tell me how we’re doing; I would appreciate your input.

One thing that makes Administrative Services exciting is the diversity of activities. We are now selling used cars. Anyone looking for a burgundy 1993 Toyota Previa van, give me a call.

-- Jim Hudson


Furman alumni, parents, employees, students and friends were invited to the old Umbro plant property for the Cherrydale Moving Day Tailgate, beginning around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 7. The celebration included appearances by the Furman mascots, T-shirt and breakfast sales, commemorative construction hats for the first 300 guests, a prize raffle, and other fun activities.

Monday afternoon, the 175-ton home rolled through the Duncan Chapel Road gate beside Timmons Arena. Spectatators with brown bag lunches and lawn chairs attended this “Homecoming Party.” Please note that this is the first of many great Cherrydale celebrations.

Some interesting facts about the Cherrydale move:

On the back of the truck, the house measured 37 feet tall, 55 feet wide, and 60 feet long.

In order to accommodate the height of the house, most of the power lines along Poinsett Highway were raised an additional 10 feet. Phone lines and cable television lines along the highway were dropped to the ground to allow the house to pass over them.

The two-story Cherrydale has 4,960 square feet and 11 rooms. The house also has eight fireplaces and five bathrooms. Since 1976, the house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

While Cherrydale is certainly a good-sized structure, it isn’t the biggest thing the Matyiko brothers have moved over the years. Some of the brothers’ larger cargo has included a 2,000-ton lighthouse, a smokestack 130 feet tall and 18 feet in diameter, a B-52 airplane, a dairy barn, and a Victorian Williamsburg house

Cherrydale served as the summer home of Furman’s first president, James Clement Furman, in the mid-1800s.

-- Shannon Wilkerson


This month, consultants from TIAA-CREF will be on campus to present retirement and financial planning workshops. These workshops will be tailored to everyone: early, mid- or late career. So no matter where you are in life, one of the workshops can help you as you prepare for your future. One-on-one counseling will be offered in April when the counselors return to campus. Details on these programs will be sent via campus mail or e-mail.

The office support luncheon will be held on March 24. This luncheon is given each spring as a way of saying thank you for the many contributions made by the individuals who provide office and administrative support. In previous years, the luncheon occurred over a two-day period, but this year the luncheon is scheduled for one day so that all of the office support staff can attend together. Invitations will be sent by campus mail.

Mark your calendar for a two-day campus blood drive on March 29 and 30. More specifics will be provided at a later date.

In February, the cholesterol screening and basketball programs proved to be extremely popular. Several of you are on a waiting list for the next offering of the cholesterol program, and we will let you know when this program is scheduled. Thank you for supporting the wellness programs, and watch for additional programs each month.

Open enrollment is over and the new year for your insurance benefits is under way. We hope that your experiences with Cigna will be positive. However, if you have a claim problem that is not solved after your first call to Cigna, please remember we are here to help you.

We will need to know the doctor’s name, service date and nature of the problem. A copy of the Explanation of Benefits Form from Cigna helps as well. Please stop by the Personnel Office or call Giselle Williams at extension 3106 for assistance.

Also, you may pick up a Cigna Healthcare list of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, social workers and facilities for counseling that will be covered at “in network” at the Personnel Office.

-- Doris Foster


Furman’s men’s and women’s basketball teams lost in the early rounds of the Southern Conference Tournament the last weekend in February. The men won their opener over VMI 57-49, but lost to eventual champ College of Charleston 98-74 in the second round to finish the season 12-16. The women fell to Davidson 62-56 in the quarterfinal round and finished the year with a 13-14 mark.

Next year, Furman and the Bi-Lo Center will team up to host the Southern Conference Tournament, which comes to Greenville for the first time since 1976. While the men’s tournament will be contested entirely at the Bi-Lo Center, the first and second rounds of the women’s tournament will be played on campus at Timmons Arena. The tournament is scheduled for Greenville in 2000 and 2001 before moving to the North Charleston Arena for two years beginning in 2002. Furman and the Southern Conference will host first- and second-round games in the NCAA Tournament in 2002.

With the weather hinting of approaching spring, Furman’s football team began spring practice with hopes of turning around last year’s 5-6 record. It was also announced recently that Furman will take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill on October 30. The scheduling opportunity arose after Kent State opted out of its 1999 game with the Tar Heels. The Paladins, who had already scheduled 11 games, made room on their schedule by agreeing with South Carolina State to postpone this year’s game with the Bulldogs in Orangeburg until next year. In addition, Furman and South Carolina State announced a two-year extension of the popular state rivalry.

The coming of warmer weather has also brought the start of Furman’s baseball, softball and tennis seasons. After a slow start, Furman’s baseball team registered its first win of the campaign by downing UNC-Asheville 2-1 on February 19. The softball team counts early season wins over Georgia Tech and USC-Spartanburg. Men’s tennis, meanwhile, opened with a 4-3 record, and the Lady Paladins started 3-1 thanks to the strong play of freshman Megan Dunigan, who is currently ranked 96th nationally in singles. Sophomore Lee Nickell has taken over the top singles slot for the Paladin men’s program and counts a win over the 49th-ranked player in the nation, Duke’s Doug Root.

In personnel moves, Furman has hired Keylor Chan as the new volleyball coach, replacing Cole Tallman, who is moving to the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Chan comes to Furman from Northwestern University, where he served as an assistant coach.

-- Hunter Reid