Message from the President

Playing Long:
Former coach Willie Miller is managing a return to prominence for Furman's golf course

Moving 175 tons four miles

Staff, faculty group tackles the
"Millennium bug"

Survey Says:
Student morale at all time high

Golf Tourney set for April 19

Furman to host state wrestling tournament

Mall Management:
New program to improve health, beauty of Main and Milford malls

Around Campus:
News from university departments

Faculty/Staff news:
Professional activities

New employess, promotions, anniversaries





Around Campus

Once again the Student Health Services staff has prepared for the annual increase in patients for this time of year — a time when class attendance is so important during the short weeks of winter term.

Although more students responded to the offer of a flu vaccine this year, a large number remain unprotected. As a result, the daily census is expected to again increase from an average of 40 patients to 70 and possibly 90 on some days during winter term, as reflected by previous years.

Our objective will be to differentiate the diagnosis of flu from other upper respiratory illnesses. While the treatment of flu is purely symptomatic due to its viral nature, many visits will be recheck exams to monitor fever as well as the possibility of secondary infections, especially pneumonia.

Therefore, as we weather this especially difficult time for students and staff in health care, join us in hoping our increased visits will reflect our efforts to keep students healthy and productive in the next few months. — Jane Cartee

Plans for the expansion and renovation of the James B. Duke Library are moving forward! The building program (the narrative on which architectural plans will be based) is in the final stages of revision. The library faculty and staff have worked in collaboration with the Library Task Force 2000 to develop and refine this program. An architect will be selected in the spring to begin drafting plans. On the fund-raising side, the Development Office has established the Library Building Project fund. The Library Case Statement, which outlines the need for library expansion for potential donations, has been completed (with many thanks to Judy Bainbridge for her help with this document).

Meanwhile, the virtual library is being renovated, too! A completely redesigned library webpage with a more easily navigable format and a new look will be ready for spring term. New sections on resources for each academic program should be of special interest to faculty.

The library staff invited two former directors, Robert Tucker and Rachel Martin, to its Christmas luncheon in December. Both spoke about their experiences and shared a wealth of anecdotes about the history of the library.

The whole library staff bids a fond farewell to Wendy Moore, who has accepted a position at the University of Georgia Law Library.

In December, Furman hosted a meeting of the Independent Colleges and Universities of South Carolina library directors. Topics at the meeting included cost savings through consortial purchase of databases, print and multimedia materials. — John Payne

A project has been approved to improve the exterior lighting systems at the South Housing Complex. New high efficiency, metal hallide exterior light fixtures will be added to the upper and lower quad areas.

In addition, new fixtures will be added along the walk paths around Blackwell Hall. These additions should greatly improve the lighting levels in this area and reduce the safety and security concerns associated with the South Housing Complex. This is a phase I project that will be completed in the second quarter of 1999.

Part of our deferred maintenance plan for 1999 includes upgrading the elevator in Townes Residence Hall. This project is now nearing completion. This is the first elevator to be upgraded in any of the residential hall complexes since they were constructed. In future years, other residence hall elevators will be similarly upgraded. The work includes new interior finishes, a new drive train and a complete control system retrofit. When completed, the elevator will meet all current American Disabilities Act guidelines and should be a much more reliable transport device.

Elcainey Baker was recently promoted to the position of project manager. He will report to Mary Pat Crozier, capital construction manager. This change was needed to keep up with the ever-increasing amount of construction that is taking place on campus. The position of carpentry foreman was filled by Tony Rigdon who was working as a locksmith in the carpentry shop. Please congratulate Elcainey and Tony when you see them around campus. — Betty Fowler

Improvements to the on-line Web Request System for student class requests were well received during the second round of use of this system. The user interface now provides warnings to minimize the number of students leaving the system without finalizing requests. Clayton Burton has also designed a procedure for electronic mail to be sent to the requesting student, confirming requests made.

Faculty workroom facilities with a color scanner and CD-ROM writing capabilities, formerly located in Riley Hall, are now available for use in Furman Hall 224-D. Located adjacent to Academic Computing Specialist DuBose Egleston, the specialized equipment should be more accessible to faculty typically requesting such equipment, and DuBose will be available to schedule assistance with academic projects.

The use of Notes discussion groups for classes and student organizations is increasing. Discussion groups provide an efficient alternative to mass mailings. The strategies currently in place allow the discussion databases to be opened and used easily. If you are interested in a discussion database for your on-campus group or class, contact Susan Dunnavant at extension 3482.

Training to address common application questions and troubleshooting will be provided during February, March and April for interested staff. A newsletter with details will be sent in early February to all campus offices.

Cathy Frazier joined Computing and Information Services in November as the new LAN Administrator. Cathy comes from Tri-County Technical College where she served as a network administrator and instructor. Before Tri-County she worked for the city of Greenville and Clemson University. She is a computer science graduate of Clemson. — Susan Dunnavant

This month will mark the end of an era for our office as we publish the final issue of Furman Reports. The publication was introduced to the university’s alumni and friends in 1965 as a four-page newsletter, containing photos and brief news items about campus events and people. It assumed its present tabloid form in 1971.

Beginning this spring, a revised version of Furman Magazine will appear. It will be published four times a year and will include the shorter news items, features and class news from Reports with the longer, in-depth pieces the magazine has always published. Jim Stewart, who has served as editor of Reports for the past three years, will edit the magazine.

Jake Breeden, who has recently joined our staff as web developer, is hard at work. Jake recently revamped the on-line version of Inside Furman. He is now turning his attention to redesigning the Furman home page. The new home page will likely make its debut this spring in conjunction with the launch of the capital campaign.

John Roberts has been working closely with the Personnel Department to revise the university’s employee orientation program. Furman has contracted with Imageworks, a Greenville-based digital marketing firm, to produce an introduction to Furman for new employees in CD-Rom format. John is also developing a scavenger hunt that will help new employees become acquainted with the campus. — John Roberts