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





Faculty/Staff News

A.V. HUFF, JR., represented Furman at the inauguration of Jim Hodges as governor of South Carolina January 13 in Columbia. Huff also attended the annual meeting of the South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities January 15-16 at the Charleston Harbor Hilton Resort and the 85th annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in San Francisco, Calif., held in conjunction with the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Conference of Academic Deans January 28-30.

BONNIE FLYNN was a featured speaker for the 15th Annual European Baseball/Softball Coaches Clinic held at the Leeuwenhorst Congress Center in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. The clinic, held December 11-13, attracted coaches from The Netherlands, England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden and serves as one of the top teaching conferences for softball coaches in eastern Europe.

RICHARD NELSON attended a workshop titled “Institutional Opportunities for Advanced Networking” in Austin, Texas, January 7-9. The event explored how best to prepare the broader higher education community for the advanced networking technology, lessons and opportunities presented by the Internet2 and NGI initiatives.

SARAH FLETCHER, coordinator of the Furman University Learning in Retirement program, was Furman’s representative to the South Carolina Leadership Forum for Women in Higher Education held at USC-Spartanburg January13-14.

KAILASH KHANDKE presented a paper at the Southern Economic Association Meetings in Baltimore, Md., during November titled “Voting behavior in Eastern Europe: The Bulgarian Parliamentary Elections of 1994.” He also presented a paper at the American Economic Association Meetings in New York in January titled, “Tapping Tin Pan Alley: Using music to teach Economics.”

TOM CLOER was recently honored at the 10th anniversary luncheon naming the Governor’s South Carolina Professor of the Year. Cloer was the first professor in the state so honored in 1988 by Gov. Carroll Campbell and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

MICHAEL SVEC will be presenting two papers at the National Science Teacher Association’s conference in Boston, Mass., next month. The titles of the papers are “An evaluation of plugged in!: An informal science program for girl scouts,” and “STARDIAL: Students doing real astronomy.” Svec is also working with the School District of Greenville County on offering a two-week workshop for teachers on physics.

LORRAINE DeJONG’s article, “Designing infant child care programs to meet the needs of children born to teen-age parents,” was published in the January issue of Young Children. She also presented a three-hour workshop on infant development and care at the South Carolina Early Childhood Association’s annual conference January 21.

ROBIN VISEL presented a paper titled “Mining the lodestone: Doris Lessing and White- Settler autobiography” at the Modern Language Association Convention in San Francisco, Calif., December 27.

NICHOLAS RADEL received a Fulbright Teaching/Research Award to lecture at Roskilde University, Denmark for the fall 1999 term.

GILBERT ALLEN’s short story Helping Mother has been published in the Fall/Winter 1998 issue of Tampa Review. Two of his poems have also been published in the Fall/Winter 1998 issue of Lullwater Review.

SI PEARMAN presented a paper titled “Comparison of body composition and nutrition patterns between adolescents in public and private high schools,” at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine meeting February 5 in Norfolk, Va.

DIANE VECCHIO presented a paper titled “Saving the souls of Italians: Southern Baptist missionary work with Italian immigrants in the South,” at the American-Italian Historical Association Conference November 12 at Hunter College in New York City.

PHIL WINSTEAD represented Furman at the winter conference of the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium in Santa Fe, N.M., January 7-9.

JOHN PAYNE is serving as library building/information technology consultant for Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., as it makes plans for a library expansion and renovation.

JANIS BANDELIN attended the winter meeting of Library Directors of the Associated Colleges of the South in Birmingham, Ala., January 22-23. She also attended the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association in Philadelphia January 29 through February 1. Bandelin is a member of the Buildings for College and University Libraries Committee.

VINCE MOORE, GAYLE WARTH, JAKE BREEDEN and GREG CARROLL represented Furman at the District VI CASE conference January 16-19 in Kansas City, Mo. The group attended seminars on media relations, writing, publications, Internet technology and special events.

The revised edition of HAMP SHERARD’s book Mathemagic in the Classroom has been published by J. Weston Walch of Portland, Maine. The book is a collection of magic tricks that are based entirely on mathematics. The updated edition has about 20 percent new material in it.

SHUSUKE YAGI has received the Japanese Teaching Material Award from the Japan Foundation.

BILL PRINCE participated in a videotaping project for the Peace Corps December 18-20 at Harvard University. The project was carried out in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

CHRISTINA BUCKLEY presented a paper titled “In-Articulation of the body and class ideology in the Spanish film Entre Rojas” at the Modern Languages Association meeting in San Francisco, Calif., December 27-30. Her review of the 1997 John Sayles film Men With Guns/Hombres Armados has been published in the academic journal Chasqui, Vol. 27, No. 2.

As an Associated Colleges of the South circuit rider, PAT PECOY traveled to Morehouse College in Atlanta November 14 to present a workshop to faculty members in the departments of Modern Languages and English on academic web page design.

SOFIA KEARNS’ book review “The Mystic of Tunja: The Writings of Madre Castillo” has been published in the December issue of Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 21, No. 6.

THOMAS JOINER has been nominated to serve on the board of directors of the Conductors Guild, an international organization of 1,800 members from 50 states and 30 countries. The group is devoted to the advancement of the art of conducting. Joiner was inducted January 10 at the organization’s annual conference in Los Angeles.

BINGHAM VICK, JR., will conduct the Furman Singers in a performance for the state convention of the South Carolina Music Educators Association at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville February 12. Vick will conduct the Greenville Chorale Chamber Ensemble in a concert in the Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel February 14.

LES HICKEN was the clinician and conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District V Honors Band, held at Westminister College in New Wilmington, Pa., December 10-12.

The region six meeting of the North American Saxophone Alliance, held at the University of Georgia February 4-6, featured performances by music faculty members CLIFFORD LEAMAN, saxophone, and DEREK PARSONS, piano. Leaman and Parsons performed a program of contemporary pieces by MARK KILSTOFTE and LESLIE BASSETT.

JIM GUTH’s article “A defeat, not a debacle: The religious right and the 1998 Election” has been published in the December issue of Christian Century.

TY TESSITORE participated in a seminar on “Liberty and tyranny in ancient thought” in New Orleans January 7-10.

CHARLES BREWER recently participated in a planning session sponsored by the American Psychological Association’s Education Directorate in Washington, D.C. Brewer also attended the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.

BOB MILLER has been accepted as a participant in the Carolina Command College, an executive level training program sponsored by the FBI Academy. A total of 30 law enforcement administrators are selected each year from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina for the program, which this year will be held in McCormick, S.C., February 21-26.

BRIAN SIEGEL attended an annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 7-10.