News from university departments
Anniversaries and new employees
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.
Furman to host world
Furman will host the World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF) World Championship competition October 26-29.
The event, which is expected to attract more than 300 lifters from 10 countries, will be held at the Physical Activities Center. Three members of Furman's Powerlifting Club planned to travel to the USA Powerlifting Championships in Atlanta July 15 in an effort to qualify for the world championships.
The top three finishers in each weight and age classification will qualify as the Team USA member for the World Championship.
Beau Greer, a Furman graduate student, will compete in the 148-pound Junior Division in the bench press. He is a two-time South Carolina state champion and currently holds both the state and American records in the bench press with a lift of 315 pounds.
Jason Pagan, a Furman undergraduate, will compete in the 181-pound Junior Division in the bench press. He is a three-time South Carolina state champ and currently holds both the state and American records in the bench press with a lift of 440 pounds.
Tony Caterisano, health and exercise science professor, will compete in the 220-pound Masters Division in the bench press. He is a five-time South Carolina state champ and currently holds the state record in the bench press with a lift of 310 pounds.
Editor's note: As an addendum to the "Whither Putto" article published in the last issue of Inside Furman, Carolyn Watson of the Art Department reports that putto is a generic term for the winged, cherub-like, nude babies that populate Renaissance and Baroque paintings of Italy and Flanders. She adds that Furman's Putto is a copy of a famous sculpture of about 1470 by the Italian Renaissance sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio.
by bar association
Glenn Halva-Neubauer has been honored by the Greenville County Bar Association with the Liberty Bell Award.
The award is given annually by the association to a non-attorney who has promoted law and had a positive impact on the legal community. In accepting the award, Halva-Neubauer was recognized for his work with Furman's Mock Trial Team.
A political science professor and director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Halva-Neubauer helped organize the Mock Trial team in 1995 after students and alumni expressed an interest. Since that time he has helped the team emerge as a national power in Mock Trial competitions.
This year Furman served as the host of the South Atlantic Mock Trial Regional Tournament. Three Furman teams finished first, second and fourth in the 18-team competition, and two Furman teams qualified for the national tournament.
Vecchio to head AP
History exam program
Diane Vecchio, associate professor of history, has been selected by the College Board to serve as the chief faculty consultant for the Advanced Placement U.S. History test, which means she will be responsible for overseeing the annual reading and scoring of the national exam.
Successful completion of the AP exam allows high school students to earn college-level credit before they get to college. Vecchio began her four-year term as chief faculty consultant July 1
. In addition to reviewing applications and making appointments for the faculty consultants who evaluate student work at the AP Reading, she will set scoring standards, ensure the quality and consistency of the scoring, and set grades for all AP American history students.
She will also contribute AP curriculum materials and represent the AP Program at teacher conferences and professional meetings. In 2000, more than 768,000 secondary schools offered rigorous college-level AP courses and examinations.
Nearly 1.3 million examinations in 32 subjects were evaluated at the AP Reading by over 4,800 faculty consultants from high schools and universities around the world. Vecchio joined the faculty in 1996. Before that, she taught at the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University.
it on your calendar!
Furman's third annual Ice Cream Social will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. August 7 behind Daniel Dining Hall. Faculty and staff are invited to create their own sundaes, socialize and enjoy music. A selection of soft drinks will also be served.
Bartlett named associate
Linda Bartlett, associate professor of Spanish and assistant academic dean for the last two years, became associate academic dean July 1.
She replaces Jeffrey S. Rogers, who served as associate dean for the last two years. Bartlett has taught at Furman since 1991. Rogers, who joined the religion faculty in 1988 as Dana Professor, assumed duties as minister of Greenville's First Baptist Church on July 1.
Taking over for Bartlett as assistant dean is Si Pearman, associate professor of health and exercise science. Pearman has taught at Furman since 1990 and served last year as department chair.
joins SOLINET board
Janis Bandelin, director of the James B. Duke Library, has been elected to the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) Board of Directors.
She will serve a three-year term on the 12-member board. SOLINET is a not-for-profit library cooperative providing resource sharing for the educational, cultural and economic advancement of the southeastern United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia) and the Caribbean.
Founded in 1973 by 99 libraries, SOLINET now has a membership of more than 800 libraries of all sizes as well as all types: academic, research, public, school, corporate, medical, law, and special. SOLINET is the largest regional library network in the United States.