Have you visited Dining Services' locations in the University Center recently? The Pala Den Food Court offers such concepts as Chick-fil-A, Pan Geos, Pizza Hut, Healthy Choice Deli and GrilleWorks. At Chick-fil-A, a wide selection is offered including chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, salads and waffle fries. Fresh made-to-order wraps and salads, along with fresh fruit plates, can be found at the Pan Geo's station. At GrilleWorks, made-to-order service is now offered, which has made the freshness of the products better suited for our customer.

There is also a wider variety of menu selection, including new items such as Club Sandwiches, Philly Cheese Steaks and daily specials. The Market, Furman's convenience store, is located adjacent to the Pala Den Food Court. This location offers a wide variety of products from packaged food to toiletries and cleaning products. Also through the C-store, students have access to a Pizza Hut window for late night cravings! A wonderful addition to the University Center bookstore has been the Tower Café. The Tower Café is a cybercafe, which offers a full line of Starbucks products and light snacks such as baked goods and sandwiches. The Tower Café is a very popular location to socialize or study and has become a real community attraction. With assistance from the art department, beautiful artwork by students adorns the walls. The university provided computers for Internet access, which are always occupied, and cards and board games are also available for customers.

We hope you will visit us soon to see all of the variety dining services has to offer.

Christine Ferrell


As you read this article, Housing is probably in the midst of sharing with students both their excitement and anxiety. Approximately 690 freshmen arrived September 5-6, and approximately 1,660 upperclassmen arrived September 8-11. Our staff enjoyed a day at Lake Greenwood back in mid-June for a combination of work and fun. The purpose of this retreat was to evaluate our current mission and goals and to determine whether any modifications were in order. Our revised mission will be on-line later this fall.

There have been numerous changes in our department this summer. Karen Mathis joined our staff July 3 as an additional secretary. You may recognize or know Karen because she worked in Public Safety as the communications coordinator for the previous two years. She has been a welcomed addition to University Housing. We moved to our new location in mid-August - University Housing at Estridge Commons.

Our new space has allowed our entire staff to become centralized, which we hope will prove to be beneficial to students by providing one-stop service for all their housing needs. In addition, Poteat and Ramsay residence halls were renovated this summer. One of the biggest on-going changes in Housing this summer has been the utilization of our Web page to better serve students.

Scott Martin, a Furman student, worked with us this summer to enhance our Web capabilities. Returning students were able to check their housing assignments, roommates, policy changes and check-in times on-line. Incoming freshmen were able to get all of their room dimensions on-line. We are planning to further develop our Web site to do even more in the future for Furman students. Please check it out and give us any suggestions that you may have: http://www.furman.edu/housing/

We are excited about this 2000-01 school year and look forward to serving our students.

Jason Cassidy


When the students return from summer break, they will find some familiar faces in some unfamiliar places in the Student Services Division and in the University Center. Vice President for Student Services Harry B. Shucker and Coordinator of Student Services Carol Daniels will be moving into the newly renovated Student Services Suite located behind the Information Desk in the University Center. Joining them will be Lucy Dean, executive secretary to the vice president, and Theresa Cureton, secretary to the coordinator.

J. Scott Derrick has been promoted from director of student activities to director of student activities and the University Center, taking over after Betty Alverson's retirement in June. His duties now include advising both FUSAB and CESC, as well as being responsible for the University Center, its facilities and its programs. He, along with Nancy Cooper, Robbie Giles and Dave Thomsen, will also be located in the new Student Services Suite. Also moving offices will be CESC, which will take over the old Joyner Study Lounge near Burgiss Theater in the student wing of the University Center. Joyner Study Lounge will move to room 257, formerly occupied by Carol Daniels. IFC, Panhellenic and the Residence Hall Council will move into room 255, J. Scott Derrick's old office.

Please stop by the University Center and check out all the new improvements … you will be glad you did!

J. Scott Derrick


Summer is one of the busiest time for the Office of Financial Aid. Checking renewal eligibility for returning students, guiding incoming freshmen through the process, and working with Graduate Studies' students and UES students consumes much of the summer. However, the cavalry is on the way with the addition of Ed Kotchi as the new associate director for financial aid systems. He comes to us from Saint Leo (Fla.) University. Kotchi's experience in information technology and in Datatel will help to move the office in a more automated direction. The Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators held its summer institute on the Furman campus this year.

Lynda Sayer served as the site coordinator and hostess for the approximately 120 participants from colleges in the Southern Association. From the rave reviews of the instructors and participants, Furman should be hosting the institute again next summer. Kudos to Lynda.

Marty Carney and Anne Smith attended the annual conference of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators held in Washington, D.C., in July. Both served as moderators of several special interest sessions conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators has established a Presidential Award in honor of Faye Jordan. The Faye Jordan and John Heneison Award will be given annually to a SASEA member for outstanding contributions during a member's career. We are extremely proud of Faye and her accomplishments in the student employment community.

Anne Smith


Welcome to our new team member Sue deLara. Sue is the department secretary and comes to us from New Hampshire College where she provided support for the continuing education office. While there, she played an active role in the implementation of Datatel. Recently, data statements showing your personal information were sent to staff in campus mail. Faculty statements will be sent out in September.

Please review your statement for accuracy and return it to us with changes so that your file can be updated. Thank you to all who participated in the United Way School Tools program. Thanks to the caring folks at Furman, 100 children started school with new school supplies. We have several events planned in October.

The annual service awards luncheon for staff members celebrating an employment anniversary of 20, 25, 30 or more years is October 9. Invitations will be sent through campus mail. Mark your calendar for the campus blood drive on October 18, 19 and 20. Also in October, we will have a benefits and health fair. This year at the fair, we will offer flu shots as well as cholesterol screenings. Additional information on the fair will be sent to you at a later date.

Doris Foster