November 2001

Around Campus

PLANNING AND INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH
The new Planning and Institutional Research Web site is now up and running. Though several pieces are still in development, we invite you to check it out at http://www.furman.edu/plan/design4/faculty/P&IR or go to "Planning and Research" under "Quick Links." A variety of statistics on Furman - current data as well as charts and graphs of historical trends - can be found in the Fact Book, Quick Facts and the Common Data Set. Please let us know what we can do to make it more useful to your office.

Fall brings the peak of the reporting season, A large portion of our time is devoted to summarizing data on our students, faculty, graduates, finances, etc., to prepare reports for the state, the federal government and the dozens of college guidebooks seeking information on Furman. One guidebook even asked for characteristics of Furman that might be of interest to Canadian students.

Department secretary Pat Teague reached a major milestone this fall - 25 years of service to Furman. Pat's contribution was recognized at a luncheon in October.

Loretta Cochran, Research and Planning Analyst, presented a paper titled "Creating a Practical Data Warehouse Solution" at the annual meeting of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR). She is also on the program development committee for the 2002 national Datatel Users Group meeting. Eclipsing all of these accomplishments, though, is the upcoming birth of Loretta's first child in December.

Bill Berg, director, was co-presenter with Loretta at the SAIR meeting and also participated in a panel discussion with representatives from Georgetown, the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama. In September, Bill took part in a pilot review of the first eight institutions to come under the new SACS accreditation model.

-- Bill Berg

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND UNIVERSITY CENTER
The Department of Student Activities and the University Center have been in full swing since the arrival of the freshmen on September 4!

We are proud to introduce our new department assistant Amber Lollis, who began working with us in September. She is a great asset to the department, and we are excited to have her with us!

FUSAB has been in high gear since the beginning of school, sponsoring such incredible activities as the Orientation dance; the Orientation outdoor movie "What Women Want"; a capella singing sensation "Naturally 7"; annual favorite hypnotist Tom DeLuca; movies including "Pearl Harbor" and "The Mummy Returns"; and Homecoming events which included a concert by Josh Joplin, X-treme Air sky-diving simulation, NASCAR simulator, the carnival on the mall and the Homecoming Dance. Whew!!

CESC has begun the year with a bang also, sending its volunteers into approximately 65 agencies around the Greenville community. The Mainstage talent showcase series (formerly Coffeehouse) will start October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Burgiss Theater.

The production will include more than 20 acts this year, performing not only in the Mainstage Showcase, but also in the Club Showcase in the Pala Den at lunchtime and the Tower Café series on Wednesday nights (a full schedule will be posted soon).

And finally, "Thursday Alive @ the UC!" has returned for an encore on five Thursdays throughout the year. What a party!! Stay tuned for even more fun in the months to come!

-- Scott Derrick

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
The university's travel agency relationship has been evaluated as recommended by a PricewaterhouseCoopers study, and we decided to engage Piedmont Travel as Furman's exclusive travel agency.

This transition has been completed. If there are questions remaining about this change, or if help is needed with it, you may call Gale Goodwin.

With all the events our nation has experienced during the past six weeks, there is some anxiety about the university's response to an anthrax threat. Bob Miller and his department have compiled a great deal of information about this issue and have been diligent in dispensing it to the campus community. They have also been involved in extensive planning in case we have to respond to an incident. If there are facets of this issue that you are unsure of, or if you just need to talk with someone about it, please feel free to call or e-mail Bob Miller. If you notice anything suspicious in the mail, do not touch it, and notify Public Safety immediately.

-- Jim Hudson

 

FACILITIES SERVICES
Footing and foundations are completed on the university's new Central Plant and the steel frame is currently being erected. The building, which will supply air conditioning to campus buildings, is scheduled to be completed in late October.

A power outage is scheduled for late December; several items will be completed in the main power switchyard on campus. The work includes testing and reinstalling, as needed, a portion of the grounding grid and replacing 24 circuit breaker bypass switches.

The switches are used to keep circuits energized during periodic testing of circuit breakers. The new switches will result in a much safer and more reliable system. Renovation work for Geer and Haynsworth buildings were completed over the summer.

Due to manufacturing delays windows for Haynsworth will be replaced over Christmas break. Captiva Receiving Management Systems (CRMS) has been installed in Central Receiving. This system is currently set up to track UPS, Boise Cascade, Federal Express, Airborne and DHL packages/letters. In the near future CRMS will automatically e-mail recipients of arriving mail/packages.

A Web site is currently being developed that will allow the university community to track the location of packages on campus. This site will let you know if the package is in central receiving, is en route, or has been dropped off and who signed for the package.

Work continues on the reconfiguration of Montague Village from student housing to administrative space. The Marketing and Public Relations Department will move prior to the fall of 2002 in order for the library's expansion/renovation to commence.

The departments of public safety, computing and information services and administrative services will also move to Montague Village.

-- Carolyn Holiday

 

ATHLETICS
Furman's athletic teams head full bore into November riding another annual wave of success at both the conference and national level. After a season opening 20-14 loss at Wyoming, the Paladin football squad has reeled off six straight wins before a 20-10 loss at Georgia Southern. The Paladins (6-2, 5-1 in the Southern Conference) have an excellent chance to claim another Southern Conference championship - the program's 11th - and appear destined to earn a third straight NCAA I-AA playoff appearance.

Leading the way for Furman this year has been a defensive unit ranked among the best in the country and a balanced offense headed up by junior quarterback Billy Napier.

Consensus All-America tailback Louis Ivory is also having a fine senior campaign (119.7 yards per game) and recently became the school's all-time leading rusher. With its September 15 game against Liberty cancelled due to terrorist attacks, Furman has added an 11th contest versus Presbyterian on November 24 in Paladin Stadium. The NCAA I-AA playoffs begin December 1.

On the soccer plain, Furman's men's and women's teams are well on their way to successful seasons.

Doug Allison's Paladins, ranked 15th in the latest poll, currently sport an 11-4 overall record and 3-0 league mark heading into the final three regular season matches - all against Southern Conference foes.

The Paladins, who own wins over Notre Dame and Michigan, among others, have been paced by senior John Barry Nusum (10 goals, 6 assists), a finalist of the prestigious MAC Award.

Furman will participate in the Southern Conference championship in Charleston beginning on November 15, with an NCAA Tournament bid on the line.

As for the Lady Paladins, head coach Brian Lee's charges (11-6-1, 7-2 Southern Conference) have an excellent chance to claim their third straight league regular season championship prior to hosting the league championship at Stone Soccer Stadium beginning on November 8.

Led by sophomore forward Danielle Petro (13 goals, 3 assists), Furman has posted a number of notable wins, including decisions over Vanderbilt and New Mexico.

The Lady Paladins are also attempting to earn their third straight NCAA Tournament berth.

On the volleyball court, Michelle Young's squad currently sports a 12-9 overall record and 8-7 league mark with six matches remaining in the regular season. Young, who celebrated the birth of her first child in July, will direct the Lady Paladins in conference tournament play beginning November 16 in Greensboro, N.C.

Furman's men's and women's golf teams have recorded solid finishes in play this fall, with sophomore Matt Davidson and senior Jennifer Perri claiming individual titles, respectively, at the Carolina First Intercollegiate in Florence, S.C., and at the Mason Rudolph Championships in Nashville, Tenn.

The Furman cross country program and athletic staff, meanwhile, are continuing preparations for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, scheduled for November 19 on campus.

-- Hunter Reid

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