On November 10, the Furman Fund hosted a drop-in at Cherrydale for members of the President's Club gift society. Over 160 alumni and friends attended the event, which coincided with the Furman-Wofford football game.
In December the Furman Fund will host regional phonathons in Atlanta, Columbia and Charlotte. Betsy Moseley, Director of Planned Giving, attended the annual meeting of the National Council on Planned Giving in Indianapolis October 2-5.
Topics included a review
of new estate laws and new techniques for marketing planned gifts.
-- Betsy Moseley
MARKETING AND PUBLIC
Many of our staff recently returned from an office retreat in Tryon. The two-day getaway in early November gave us an opportunity to re-energize and evaluate our departmental goals as we embark on a new year.
A favorite topic of discussion was our impending move to Montague Village. Renovations to Montague should be under way early next year in preparation for our move in the late spring. Marketing and Public Relations will occupy three wings as Montague is currently configured. In addition to the move, our group also had brainstorming sessions on Web development, the Intranet, internal communications and copy services.
This fall, Marketing
and Public Relations welcomed two new employees. Aynoka Bender, a graduate
of Howard University, will be with our office until June as one of the Council
for the Advancement and Support of Education's Jupiter Fellows. A native
of Nashville, she has been writing press releases and contributing to Inside
Furman. Roxanne Chase, who operates her own business, has recently joined
our staff in a job-sharing arrangement with university designer Ginny Banks.
The arrangement is allowing Ginny Banks to attend graduate school at Clemson.
-- John Roberts
This summer and fall you probably observed Public Safety officers riding bicycles on campus. The department initiated a police bike program to supplement vehicle patrols. Officers qualify to participate in this program by demonstrating their physical fitness and proficiency at some special skills. Officers then attend a weeklong Police Mountain Bike Training Program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. We foresee many advantages to this type of patrol. It enables the officers to move easily through congested areas and to patrol areas of the campus that are not accessible by motor vehicle. We will be looking for additional opportunities to apply this new patrol service in the future.
Since September 11, Public Safety has expanded its emergency response and planning operations. Two teams on campus are involved in emergency operations: the Crisis Management Team, which responds to emergencies, and the Emergency Planning Team, which develops plans and contingencies before the emergency. Both teams met several times during the fall term in response to the September 11 events.
Plans for response to
a variety of emergencies were expanded. These included security measures
for large events, response to biohazards, bomb threats, threat assessments
to the campus, power outages, and coordination of programs with county and
state agencies. New measures were initiated at football games to include
security inspections of the stadium prior to games, restrictive vehicle
parking near and behind the stands at Paladin Stadium, and search of packages
at entrances to the stadium. The university worked with the Greenville Hospital
System and emergency response teams to plan and execute a biological hazard
exercise November 14 at Paladin Stadium. We tested on-campus and area support
systems. Our efforts in this area will continue as new threats are identified.
-- Bob Miller
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
No one would list a trip to the infirmary as a high point of their college experience, but Furman students have an excellent source of health care on campus. Furman is the only college in South Carolina and one of the few in the country that offers 24/7 health care services. Physician hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
Students have a choice of seeing either a male or a female physician. Dr. Paul Catalana and Dr. Jill Golden are our primary physicians. A nurse practitioner, Mary Haselden, is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sandra Adams and Regina Fowler staff the infirmary from 4 p.m. to midnight, and Mary Anne McCain is the nurse on duty from midnight to 8 a.m. Frankie Dobson is the medical assistant/secretary for Health Services. On weekends, the infirmary is staffed by Faye Johnson, Alice Ramos, Anne Williams, Vanessa Tucker, Barbara Pearson and Patty Smith. A physician is on call for consultation at all times.
The GYN clinic is held every Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. by appointment. Dr. William Hopkins is the physician for this clinic. Student Health Services constantly tries to offer services which best meet student needs. Because of requests for allergy injections to be given on campus, we have initiated an allergy clinic. Injections are given on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 and 11:30 a.m. by appointment.
While sick visits are a very important aspect of Student Health Services, there is also a strong emphasis on keeping students healthy and promoting wellness. Student Health Services sponsors a group of nationally certified peer educators who provide health education programs for groups on campus. Some recent topics of interest include drugs and alcohol, smoking, date rape and eating disorders.
Sandra Adams, RN, is
the advisor for this group. Another group that helps to monitor student
satisfaction and plan services is the Student Advisory Group. Judy Thompson,
RN, is the group's advisor. The group plans to conduct a survey in the near
future. With the assistance of the Student Advisory Group and the peer educators,
Student Health Services is planning a health fair for February. Both the
Student Advisory Group and the peer educators offer an opportunity for students
to become actively involved in health services.
-- Mary Haselden
The Alumni Association has enjoyed a busy and productive fall. Our biggest events were the addition of a new staff member and the celebration of Homecoming. We welcome Melanie Krone '94 to our staff as associate director for off-campus programming.
She will coordinate events for 50 Furman Clubs, from Greenville to Hawaii, and will be co-advisor of the Student Alumni Council. Melanie has a master's degree in counseling from the University of Utah and comes to Furman from Greenville's Westin Poinsett Hotel, where she was a business travel sales manager. She has also been an event coordinator with the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City. (Be sure to ask about her run-in with Robert Redford's motorcycle!) Melanie takes over for Wendy Hamilton '98, who steps down after two years as an associate director to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. We look forward to working with Wendy as a self-appointed member of the Charlotte (N.C.) Furman Club steering committee! Homecoming 2001 was a grand affair for all.
More than 2,000 alumni
and friends returned to campus to visit former professors, reconnect with
classmates and celebrate Furman's 175th birthday. Eleven classes from 1941
to 1996 celebrated reunions with Friday night drop-ins and Saturday night
reunion dinners in downtown Greenville. Following reunion dinners, alumni
gathered on the Hyatt Regency patio for the annual downtown block party.
Pat Throneburg and his Jazz Band played swing tunes as the crowd milled
until well after midnight. Other highlights of the weekend included a birthday
party at Cherrydale on Saturday before the football game, a Friday night
pep rally with bonfire and fireworks, and a rousing football victory over
the ETSU Buccaneers.
-- Shannon Wilson
COMPUTING AND INFORMATION
A Storage Area Network device (SAN) was added to the Furman network in November. The SAN will enable us to consolidate some server applications and increase the available storage space for departmental files stored on the network.
A new Web server for use by faculty, installed in late summer, is now operational and providing support for enhanced functionality on faculty Web pages. As a result of a grant given to Computing & Information Services by Enterasys, Will Hawkins is serving as a network administration intern for winter term. The internship grant from this provider of networking equipment will enable C&IS to develop some troubleshooting and system analysis tools to support the Furman network management.
C&IS Director Richard Nelson, along with Susan Dunnavant, Jean Childress and Dexter Caldwell, attended the Special Interest Group on College and University Computing Support (SIGUCCS) Conference in Oregon during October. Nelson has a leadership role in the annual directors' conference. Furman presented two papers during the SIGUCCS event.
The PalaCard identification system is now located in Riley Hall 109. Cheryl Ellis will serve as the primary contact person for PalaCard identification cards and services. Technology meetings were held in October and November for faculty and staff liaisons. REMARKoptical mark reading system version 5, password issues, upcoming Datatel upgrades, and infrastructure changes were discussed at the forums.
Thanks to all of the
liaisons for their participation. Virus Barrier virus protection for Macintosh
systems has been procured. F-Secure, Furman's standard virus software, discontinued
support for Macintosh systems. This required a search for a new product.
Mac users may call the Help Desk at 3277 to request installation.
-- Susan Dunnavant
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Inside Furman is published monthly during the school year by the Furman University Department of Marketing and Public Relations. For story ideas, e-mail John Roberts, editor.