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A contributed column by David Shi.
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SAC wants to hear from you
Would you like to see Furman benefits extended to domestic partners? How should Furman observe Martin Luther King Day? Do you have an idea that might help improve departmental communication?
These are just a few of the topics that the 15-member Staff Advisory Committee is tackling. Others include job review, merit raises, staff development and sick leave policy.
SAC was created last spring 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.
Wade Shepherd, SAC chairman, says the committee is also working to organize a fall staff forum. SAC hosted two forums last year. Both were well received. Members of the committee are: Shepherd, Wayne King, Linda Cook, Lilly Piper, Jean Cobb, Bud Lehn, Dana Evans, Annie Van Dewark, Gig Meredith, Elaine Cross, Frances Ashley, John Burns, Charlie Brock, Ruth Ann Breazeale and Janice Knighton.
If you have an opinion or idea on the above-mentioned subjects or others, please contact a SAC member.
Sanford named commencement speaker
Former South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford will serve as commencement speaker June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Paladin Stadium.
Sanford will also receive an honorary degree, as will Furman volunteer and benefactor Sarah W. Herring, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation vice president Mary Patterson McPherson, and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Donald Regan.
Sanford, a native of Beaufort and a resident of Charleston, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 and represented South Carolina's 1st District as a Republican. He worked to effect change in Social Security and to limit government, and just finished his third and final term in Congress due to self-imposed term limits.
A 1983 Furman graduate who received an M.B.A. degree from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, he has announced that he will run for governor in South Carolina's next election. He will receive the Doctor of Laws degree.