What is Furman Engaged?

Hey, Furman family!

This Tuesday, April 12, the entire Furman community is celebrating Furman Engaged for the fourteenth time. One day every April, all classes are cancelled to encourage students and professors alike to participate in the many activities and programs happening during the day. For the past two years, Furman Engaged has been online. If you are curious to get a taste of what Furman Engaged is all about you can view an archive of past sessions on Furman’s website. Students are very excited that Furman Engaged is finally returning to a fully in-person format again this spring. Classes of ’24 and ’25 will get to experience Furman Engaged for the first time together.

What is it about?

The Furman Advantage guarantees that students can participate in high-impact engaged learning experiences throughout their year fours. Furman Engaged is an entire day dedicated to highlighting, honoring, and commemorating the diverse and immersive learning experiences of students. Furman students present on a wide variety of topics including undergraduate research, internships, study away experiences (semester-long programs or MayX trips), creative projects, community service, first-year writing seminars (FYWs), and senior capstone experiences. Furman Engaged allows students to publicly share their work or experiences with their peers, faculty, staff members, and the Greenville community. This year, over 700 Furman students will be presenting.

What time is it, and where is it?

Furman Engaged takes place all over campus. The Pala-Den, Trone Student Center, James B. Duke Library, the five main academic buildings (Plyler Hall, Hipp Hall, Johns Hall, Furman Hall, and Riley Hall), Younts Conference Center, Timmons Arena, the Physical Activities Center, among other locations on campus will be filled with students proudly presenting their work displayed on poster boards. The presentations begin early in the morning and last until the evening. It is an all day celebration!

How can I participate if I am not presenting?

Students who are not presenting are welcome to attend any presentation. The full schedule is on Furman’s website to view. Every year, to further motivate and inspire student participation, Furman hosts a reflection contest open to all students. Since Furman Engaged is designed as a culminating experience that demonstrates transformative learning in action, students can share their experiences either listening and/or presenting with the Furman community by submitting to multiple contests. This year the contest options are:

  1. Caption a Photo
  2. Photo Essay
  3. Blog Content
  4. Vlog or Podcast Content

Winners are chosen by a committee of Furman faculty and staff. The selected winners will receive a $150 cash prize and be featured on Furman’s website.

I am really looking forward to participating in my first in-person Furman Engaged. I can’t wait to hear my peers share about their unique research, internships, study away trips, and research projects. I hope that in the future I can participate in Furman Engaged as a presenter!


Ashlynne Culpepper

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