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Founders Week celebrates Furman’s 173rd birthday
The dedication of the University Center and the kick-off of “Forever Furman: A Comprehensive Campaign” will highlight the most eventful Founders Week in recent memory.
The university anticipates announcing a campaign goal of $150 million April 16. As of February, the university had raised $88.7 million of that goal. The campaign will likely end in late 2001, the year of Furman’s 175th anniversary.
The anticipated launch will be held during the Founders Convocation from 2-3 p.m. in the Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel. It will be preceded by a press conference in the Garden Room of the chapel.
The winner of the prestigious Chiles-Harrill Award will be announced during the convocation. The award, named in honor of Marguerite Chiles and Ernest Harrill, is given annually to a faculty or staff member that has made substantial contributions to students’ lives.
Chiles joined the university’s staff in 1942 as director of student personnel; she retired in 1980 as vice-president for student affairs. Harrill, a longtime member of the political science department, also served as dean of students for many years. Last year Betty Alverson, founder of Furman’s Collegiate Educational Service Corps, was named the first recipient of the award.
Dwight Smith, 1943 graduate and Williamston (Anderson County) family physician will be honored with the Bell Tower Award during convocation. The award is presented annually to an outstanding alumnus. Furman will dedicate the renovated – and renamed – University Center at 3 p.m. April 14 on the front patio of the new building.
Furman Trustee Larry Estridge, who was a student when the original Watkins Student Center was constructed, will speak along with Jeff Ukrop, a 1996 graduate; student body president Todd Lawrence, and President David Shi.