Trone Student Center: Making Furman Home
Excerpt below taken from a Furman Edge article written after the building's dedication on September 19, 2013. Read the full version.
"As Furman President Carl Kohrt '65 described, the Trone Center is 'the latest jewel on this magnificent campus,' and serves as a reminder that 'at Furman, the experiences of our students come first.'
Now, students, faculty, staff and campus visitors have a comfortable place to meet, eat, chat and hang out. The Trone Student Center provides ample meeting space, cutting edge technology, comfortable seating, a new restaurant, spectacular views of Swan Lake and other features that benefit student life on campus."
The $6.75 million update launched last May and converted the building into a true campus gathering spot. The Trone Student Center is named for Class of '77 Furman Trustee David Trone and his wife, June, in honor of their generous $3.5 million naming gift. David and June were supportive of renovations that would enhance career-related and international programming, expand social and dining areas, and provide more functional and innovative work space for student groups.
"One of the key features of this building is how it pulls everything together," Trone says. "The academic experience outside the classroom, the career services, internships, study abroad, research -- all the parts of engaged learning come together to add value to the Furman experience."
Key features to the newly designed Trone Student Center include a two-story glass atrium made possible by a $2 million gift from Class of '83 alumni Robert (Furman Trustee) and Margaret Hill. The Hill Atrium overlooks an expanded lakeside courtyard for performances, festivals, and other major events. Inside, comfortable furniture in intimate arrangements creates "living rooms" where students can linger and relax.
As part of the redesign, 6,000 square feet were added to help integrate academic and student life. The Trone Center now houses the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection, Shucker Center for Leadership Development, Career Services, Johnson Center for Engaged Learning, Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, Heller Service Corps, and the Office of Student Life.
Phases II and III of the project included a renovation of the Paladen food court, a new digital mail handling system, a sports restaurant known as The Paddock, and an outdoor promenade complete with shade pavilions and a fire pit.
Remaining Naming opportunities
The campaign for the Trone Center ended successfully in June of 2013. However, a few naming opportunities remain.
Promenade - $200,000
Student Media Suite - $100,000
Student Organization Commons - $200,000
Student Organization Conference Room - $50,000
The case for support
- Furman seeks to provide more functional space for students to gather in a healthy social and co-curricular environment.
- A vital University Center will become the tangible heart of the campus, drawing students from the residence halls and enriching cultural and social life.
- A state-of-the-art University Center with dynamic programming will strengthen student recruitment and retention.
- A focus on making services for students more accessible, notably career services, leadership, volunteer work and multicultural life, will provide greater opportunities to complement the academic experience and prepare students for success during and after their Furman years.