October 2000

Around campus

The numerous construction projects on campus have presented a challenge to maintaining safe motor vehicle access to campus facilities. Some of the planned construction projects this fall will present even greater challenges. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and support.

Public Safety's home page on the Furman Web site is now up and running. It features a "news flash" section where we can post information, plus weekly summaries of campus crimes and incidents and information on new programs and services.

The site also has sections describing the department's services and how to use them. Our annual report of crime statistics will be on this site and will replace the annual publication, which we previously mailed.

There will be on-line capabilities to appeal a ticket, register your car, make a suggestion, compliment an employee, make a complaint or provide an anonymous crime tip. We look forward to the ongoing development of this site and welcome any suggestions. Riders are now able to contact the shuttle bus driver by calling 313-7171 to determine when he will be at a specific pick-up point. Shuttle bus signs have been posted to assist riders in identifying the various pick-up points.

- Bob Miller


The Office of Career Services has implemented a new on-line campus recruiting scheduling program. With this state-of-the-art system, students will now be able to view the list of employers that are coming to campus, read job descriptions, submit their resumés and sign up for interviews.

Similarly, recruiters will be able to view the resumés of interested students, post their "preselect" lists, send messages to selected students, and view their interview schedule prior to arriving on campus - all on-line. This new system will vastly reduce the amount of paper work inherent in this type of program and will place Furman at the forefront of university career centers regarding the use of technology in job placement.

Employers continue to demonstrate strong interest in recruiting Furman students. Dozens of employing organizations have registered to attend the annual Internship and Career Day scheduled October 17.

The Watkins Room in the University Center will be filled to capacity with recruiters seeking to meet top talent. This event, co-sponsored by the Johnson Center for Engaged Learning, provides students and alumni the opportunity to meet representatives from national and local organizations seeking to fill both internship and job openings.

- John Barker


A wonderful time was had by all at the summer academic enrichment camps for children and youth, known collectively as "The Scopes." In Microscope (for first- and second-graders), Kaleidoscope (third- through fifth-graders) and Telescope (sixth- and seventh-graders), multiple sessions were jam-packed with activities from 9 to 4 daily.

The young people study computers, science, art, dulcimers and creative writing, while fitness classes include outdoor play and pool time daily. All instruction is under the leadership of certified public school professionals.

Bridges to a Brighter Future celebrated its fourth year, plus the graduation of the first class from high school and entry into colleges throughout the region, including two young women who are now freshmen at Furman. The summer program had 41 students, with ninth-graders from throughout the county participating for the first time. The young people nominated and selected for the program are excellent students, have clean disciplinary records and come from families with financial need.

Most will be the first from the families to attend college; many come from families in which English is not the first language. Fall registration is in progress for a wide array of Lifelong Learning classes, including the arts (watercolor), fitness (yoga - early morning and evening choices), personal development (anger management), excursions (rock climbing and day hikes), and academic classes (comparative religion and history). A special section offers classes related to the holidays (home decorating) and a green - compostable - after-school workshop.

Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate, a leadership development program for women developed in partnership with the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, has received 250 nominations for 55 places in its fourth class (January-May 2001). Nominations are now being received for the class of 2002.

For more information on all of these programs, call the Division of Continuing Education at 294-3134/3135.

- Judith Chandler


FULIR (Furman University Learning in Retirement) has over 260 members this fall taking non-credit courses that meet once a week. Over 40 courses are offered, with topics from "The Constitution, The Supreme Court and You" to "Advanced Computer Tips and Tricks."

To advertise more widely, FULIR had a booth at the Town Meeting on Aging held in Greenville's County Square September 15. Another booth will be at the "50 Plus Health Fair" at Greenville Mall October 17.

FULIR special events include a coffee at the beginning of the fall term, a tour of the new Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in October, and lunch and a matinee at the Flat Rock Theater in November. Two FULIR courses feature a series of speakers, each of which is offered to Furman students for CLP credit. Speakers include Congressman Jim DeMint and the new superintendent of Greenville schools, Bill Harner.

Several Furman professors are finding FULIR members a great addition to their efforts. Elizabeth Smith has invited FULIR members to speak to her course on "Women and Politics." FULIR members have also spoken to students in psychology and education.

- Sarah Fletcher


Our department is like most others at Furman - fall is one of the busiest times of the year.

During the past month, in fact, our office has processed a record number of printing and design jobs. Congratulations to Greg Carroll and Vince Moore. Greg has been asked to serve as the program chair for the 2002 CASE District III Conference in Atlanta. He currently sits on the CASE III Board of Directors and is a member of the CASE International Communications Commission. Vince has been named president of the College News Association of the Carolinas 2000-2001. CNAC is made up of university relations, public relations, marketing and special events coordinators from higher education institutions in North and South Carolina.

The department has embarked on a mission to enter an arena where many colleges have yet to go - digital photography. This move begins with the acquisition of high-end digital cameras able to produce quality 8x10 color photographs. Photographer Charlie Register's state-of-the-art equipment allows him not only to take digital photographs, but to convert film and photographic prints into the digital files that will eventually be housed in a photographic database. This searchable database will allow on-campus clients to download images for multimedia presentations and select photography for print reproduction. Digital imaging cuts film costs and keeps most of the "processing" on campus. And since the images will be housed on computer, the old adage that photographers are always in the dark may no longer apply.

In other technology-related news, our department has recently purchased the iPIX photography system. iPIX creates 360-degree, interactive, panoramic Web images. The real estate and automotive industries have successfully used the technology in their on-line sales efforts. iPIX will be used at Furman to create virtual tours of the campus and to showcase university housing.

In late August, the department held a retreat in nearby Tryon, N.C. We discussed our goals for the new year, participated in enlightening exercises and enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Pinecrest Inn. Susan Zeiger was our guest led our group in a diversity sensitivity exercise.

-- John Roberts


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