Daniel Chapel in the morning

Student Programs

While the fall of 2020 will look a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we plan to continue offering meaningful programs for Furman students. Please browse the summary of our student programs below and click on the links to register.

The Cothran Center’s 2020 Fall Events for students:

Sept. 1:                     Enneagram Workshop for freshmen only
4:00-5:30 PM                      Location: Zoom

Sign-up here: https://furman.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_erZMjh3Sft5gCLb

All freshmen are invited to attend this introductory workshop focused on the Enneagram personality tool. Learn about the strengths and challenges of all nine types, along with wings, plus stress and security points. This is a great way to help with self-awareness and growth!

Sept. 9:                     Zentangles with Art Professor, Mike May
5:30-6:30 PM                      Location: Zoom

Sign-up here: https://furman.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_73uYhy2LIgza81T

In an effort to help students process their feelings of loss, grief, and uncertainty during the pandemic, the Cothran Center will partner with Furman Art Professor, Mike May, to offer a unique online art session. During this workshop, students will learn the Zentangle method of art – a relaxing and fun way to reflect with creativity.

Sept. 21:                   Conversations with Jessica Berkey-Barnes & Geoffrey Habron
6:30-7:30 PM                      Location: Amphitheater (Plan A) or Zoom (Plan B)

Sign-up here: https://furman.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cPS4uWzIlyRcuF

Jessica Berkey-Barnes (Director of Student Involvement and Inclusion) and Geoffrey Habron (Professor of Sustainability Science) will share their vocational stories with the Furman community.

Sept. 27/Oct. 4, 11, 18:    4 Reflective Practice Sessions with Jonny McEwen
4:00-5:00 PM                      Location: Zoom

Sign-up here: https://furman.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0JIAY6AitKLCvWJ (Space is limited.)

Jonny McEwen is a friend of the Cothran Center’s who lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a gifted artist, creative thinker, and facilitator of difficult conversations. We are thrilled that he has agreed to lead four experimental online workshops called “Making Your Mark” with Furman students this fall. He says he would like these sessions to provide, “A space to be reflective and creative in the company of others and a way to make zoom meetings more bearable.”

Sept. 28:                   FOCUS Information session for interested sophomores
6:00-7:00 PM                      Location: Zoom

Sign-up here: https://furman.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4THF0fq2Rs88Vtb

During spring break each year, the Cothran Center leads a group of sophomores on a travel program to Northern Ireland. This program emphasizes vocational exploration and reflection in a global context. This information session will explain the opportunity in more detail.

Sept. 30:                   Morning Reflection
7:15-8:00 AM                      Location: Paddock Patio (Plan A) or Zoom (Plan B)

Sign-up here: https://furman.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7tzMfDLtvKDAwt

Start your morning with a moment of quiet reflection by the lake! The September program will be led by Gabrielle Phillips, Furman senior and Cothran Center intern.

Oct. 12:                     Senior Stories
6:00-7:00 PM                      Location: Zoom

Sign-up here: https://furman.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fT8R9dwokhFbDf

A group of Furman seniors will share their individual vocational stories in small breakout groups. This has become a tradition at our fall retreat each year, but due to the current situation, this year it will be available to a much wider audience!

Oct. 28:                     Morning Reflection
7:15-8:00 AM                      Location: Paddock Patio (Plan A) or Zoom (Plan B)

Sign-up here: https://furman.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d42aP9PNi7rkONv

Another opportunity to begin the day with a quiet period of guided reflection.


Here is a short video of our current seniors sharing experiences that they have had with the Cothran Center.

Two students sitting on Bald Rock overlook

Summer Connections

Each summer, we offer a fun and inspiring nine-day residential program for incoming freshmen.

Learn more about Summer Connections


During spring break, we lead a group of sophomores on a study away program.

Learn more about FOCUS
Students posing together beside ocean
Conversations Dinner event. Speaker is addressing guests.


Each semester, students are invited to a dinner conversation. Two members of the faculty and staff share their vocational stories and students have the opportunity to ask questions and dialogue with the participants.

Learn about Conversations

Rinker Mountain Retreats

These events each semester provide opportunities for students to explore vocationally relevant topics. Guest faculty and staff members also attend these retreats.

Learn more about Rinker Mountain Retreats
Three students sitting on a rock beside a stream in Upstate park.
Bridge over river

Reflective Hikes

Our hikes provide students with the opportunity to get away from day-to-day routine and activity and focus on contemplation and reflection in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Find your self in the woods

Workshops & Other Programs

Throughout the academic year, the Center facilitates workshops related to personality assessment, vocational reflection, and exploring ways students (and others) can better engage and discern their sense of calling. Students are encouraged to contact the Center if they have specific interests in certain areas as we will help connect with other related workshops and programs around campus.