September 2000

United Way campaign to kick off September 18

With a campaign goal of $40,000 Furman will kick-off its 2000 United Way campaign September 18. Kim Adams, director of student leadership programs, will coordinate this year's effort, which will conclude October 6. Last year, 227 Furman employees contributed $38,256 to the United Way of Greenville County, a Furman record.

"Teri Brinkman (the 1999 campaign coordinator) did such a great job last year," says Adams. "I would like for us to build on that momentum while boosting our employee participation from 30 percent to 40 percent."

In addition to monitoring fund-raising progress by viewing the traditional United Way thermometer at the front gate, employees may also access the Furman United Way Web page, which is linked to the faculty/staff Web page. The United Way of Greenville County supports some 40 health and human service organizations in Greenville County. The non-profit agency raised more than $10 million for area charities last year.

Donors can designate gifts for specific organizations or make a general donation. Community volunteers, not United Way staff, decide how the money will be distributed among the organizations. For more information about United Way services, including information about how employees can take advantage of programs such as after school child care and student tutoring, visit the Furman United Way Web page.


So long to a friend

Peggy Park, assistant to the chief academic officer and unofficial faculty mom for nearly four decades, will retire from Furman at the end of next month.

A native of Greenville, Park joined the university in 1961 - the year the Berlin Wall was built. She was hired by Frank Bonner and worked with the dean for more than 20 years. When Bonner retired in 1982 John Crabtree was named academic dean. Park has also worked for David Shi, Ray Roberts (interim dean) and A.V. Huff .

"We will miss her meticulous and responsible work, her vast knowledge of the university, but most of all her love for Furman and her caring support for the Furman community," says Huff. "She cares deeply about Furman and Furman people. She has worked hard to enhance the academic program by working with folks in every way possible."


Eight faculty enjoy trip abroad to Prague

During the summer eight professors took part in an international faculty development program funded by The Duke Endowment and coordinated by Furman's Office of International Education. The three-year grant pays the costs for professors to travel abroad during a two-week period in the summer.

Faculty participating in this year's program were: John Beckford (Music), Rhett Bryson (theater arts), Doug Cummins (theater arts), Ron Granieri (history), Betty Kelly (library), Kailash Khandke (EBA), David Spear (history), and Michael Svec (education). Bill Lavery, director of the Center International Education, led the group, which traveled to Prague.

Among the many highlights of this year's program were discussions with American and Czech diplomats, a thorough introduction to the Czech black theatre tradition and a deepened appreciation of the challenges facing the Czech and Slovak Republics. The group also enjoyed a performance by the Furman Singers, who were in the Czech Republic as part of their 2000 European tour.

The Prague program was the second in a series of seminars devoted to studying areas in transition. The 1999 seminar was located in Quebec. The purpose of the seminar is to introduce new material into existing courses, spur an interest in new courses, promote interdisciplinary approaches and provide shared experiences for the Furman faculty.


Don't forget

All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the university staff meeting October 10 from 3-5 p.m. in the Watkins Room in the University Center. Organized by the newly created staff advisory committee, the meeting will be moderated by President David Shi. Shi and members of the senior administrative staff will use the forum to address previously submitted questions by staff.

The staff advisory committee was created a year ago as a result of input from a 1998 staff survey. Designed to be the voice of Furman staff, the committee meets quarterly and may pass along concerns, questions or recommendations to the President's Council.

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