Countdown to launch
Public phase of Furman’s“comprehensive campaign” to begin April 16 during Founders Week
Furman will officially launch “Forever Furman: A Comprehensive Campaign” April 16.
The long-awaited announcement of the campaign will be made during Founders Week convocation, which will begin at 2 p.m. in the Daniel Memorial Chapel. It will be preceded by a press conference in the Garden Room of the chapel.
The purpose of the campaign is to implement Furman’s strategic plan and strengthen the university’s financial resources. The monetary goal of the campaign will be announced at convocation. The campaign will likely end in late 2001, the year of Furman’s 175th anniversary.
The Development Department, trustees and other volunteers have been working to raise funds since early 1996, when the “quiet phase” of the campaign was launched. Since that time, numerous boards and councils, including faculty and staff, have launched fund-raising initiatives with positive results
“The percentage of people giving within these groups has been extremely high (see related story, page 8), with some reaching 100 percent,” says Don Lineback, vice president for development. “This is important because it gives us momentum heading into the campaign launch. If people jump on the bandwagon as I think they will, I believe we will surpass our goal.”
Expanding the library, renovating Furman Hall and providing a new science facility south of Richard E. Riley Hall are top campaign priorities, says Lineback.
Lineback also hopes funds raised through the campaign will boost Furman’s endowment from its current level of $200 million to $275 million.
The university is planning several events this spring to spark added interest and excitement among alumni and friends. One significant event will be the arrival of Cherrydale, the university’s new alumni house. Just the sight of the 150-year-old mansion on the hill between Timmons Arena and the Minor H. Mickel Tennis Complex should cause a bit of a stir.
The renovated University Center, under construction since last year, will be dedicated during Founders Week. The Marketing and Public Relations Department is also planning to unveil a redesigned Furman homepage and Furman Magazine this spring.
A gathering of presidents
More than 200 people attended a presidential book-signing last month at the University Bookstore. Gordon Blackwell (left), John E. Johns (center) and David E. Shi signed more than 200 copies of Furman: A Timeless Place.