Click on the links below for archives of the Strategic Academic Redesign Team (SART) email digests and periodic DINformation communications sent to students (Student Life).
With 41% of the votes, DINformation is the winner of the name this digest game. Thanks to Kimberly Kiepek ’23 for the suggestion! We’ll keep sending on Thursdays to help save your inboxes Fridays-Wednesdays.
What I’m Streaming
We’re asking faculty and staff what they’re reading, watching, or listening to. This week, Dr. Brian Goess from Chemistry shared he’s grateful to his delivery person (and all others selflessly working), because he’s finally able to read The Wall Street Journal from cover-to-cover. “I find it can be overwhelming if I try to follow the news from multiple sources over the course of a day…,” Dr. Goess said, “[l]ooking forward to the paper and a cup of tea while sitting on my deck each morning has been a welcome source of calm….”
A Special Tribute to the Class of 2020
This Saturday, May 9, 2020 was the day we were to gather with our graduating seniors to celebrate their Furman careers. With plans for an in-person Commencement ceremony in the works, there are still many ways we plan to come together – virtually. Keep an eye on Instagram and the news page this week and on Saturday to honor the Class of 2020.
The One For the Seniors
Help create a virtual memory board in tribute to the seniors by posting photos, sharing memories, and congratulating them on their accomplishments. Use #Furman2020 (Instagram, Twitter). View the memory board here.
When you’re done, vote for your favorite Friends episode here.
Caps & Gowns
We’ll put our academic regalia on officially someday, but if you want your cap and gown pictures now (or just need a little extra cap bedazzling time) instructions for ordering can be found on the Commencement website.
This week we’re telling a joke. How long did the baseball playing duck spend in the library? A couple minutes; it was a short stop.
Update on last week. There’s no swan-crossing sign going up on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Yet.
Alumni Networking and Graduates
Hey again graduates. Furman’s taken the first step in helping you expand your network. The Alumni Connections program pairs graduating seniors with professionals who can help answer questions and provide advice from the professional to the personal. Informational interviews aren’t job interviews, but can be just as handy long-term. Register here.
Put a Furman Ring on It
A tradition (unlike any other) dating back to 1835, the Furman Ring serves as a powerful reminder of your connection to your university friends, family, and home. Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 can place an order here.
Stay Active with Furman
Every Tuesday we’re updating Furman’s virtual activities page with fun ways to stay engaged with campus. This week’s highlights include 1-on-1 Strengths development with Gallup-certified coaches.
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That’s it for this week!
Is it me you’re looking for? DINformation is back to save your inboxes once again!
What I’m Streaming.
We’re asking faculty and staff what they’re reading, watching, or listening to. This week, Deborah Allen from the Center for Inclusive Communities shared she binge watched Upload on Amazon. “It’s about a man 12 years in the future who dies unexpectedly and is able to choose his afterlife by uploading his consciousness into a virtual world,” Allen said.
In other streaming news, The One Where No One’s Ready (Season 3, Episode 2) won the Friends poll.
ICYMI, Presidents Davis and Goodwin ’20 helped honor our most recent grads this past weekend. The celebration continues here.
The Cothran Center is reading The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness, by Emily Esfahani Smith. Join students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Furman friends in a Zoom book club. Meeting are Sunday 4-5 pm EST on May 31st, June 14th, June 28, and July 12th. If you can make all four, then register by May 27th!
Questions? Contact Whitney Brown.
Graduating into a Recession: An Alumni Panel.
On May 19th from 7-8 pm EST, join Lyndey Bryant ‘09, Commercial Litigation Attorney, Adams & Reese; Chris Becker ‘09, Vice President, Investment Banking, MUFG; Courtney Crandell ‘09, Director of Talent Acquisition, J Curve; and Drew Sisk ‘10, Book Designer, Duke University Press as they offer advice on navigating a recession.
Take it to the House. The White House.
The Riley Institute’s Advance Team continues conversing with notable speakers about our changing world. Recently, they spoke with former White House advisor and Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence Angela Maria Kelley about COVID-19’s impact on immigration.
Speaking of, who’s your favorite U.S. President?
Guess who’s a proud papa? Or mama. Can’t tell. We took Physics of Music for our required science.
Furman’s black swans (one of whom is pictured below) had babies—known as cygnets—this week!
Hey graduates! If you want your cap and gown pics now (or have a virtual Harry Potter murder mystery dinner coming up) instructions for ordering can be found on the Commencement website.
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Thank you for voting me your favorite on-screen U.S. President. I’m Morgan Freeman, and I approve this DINformation.
We’re asking faculty and staff what they’re reading, watching, or listening to. This week, Dr. Natalie The shared she’s taken over teaching her 2- and 5-year-old boys during social distancing. “The boys are obsessed with animals, which animals would win in a fight, and which animals eat other animals,” Dr. The said. To expand their horizons, they’ve started reading about the animals’ home countries. “So far, we’ve learned about Indonesia (where my parents grew up and because there are Burmese Pythons), Russia (Siberian tigers), and China (King Cobras).”
The first rule of Animal Fight Club is you don’t talk about Animal Fight Club.
And This is Where the Magic Happens.
Ready to welcome Furman into your home? Are you spending the pandemic with a little brother, like Jay Davis is doing in Charleston? Are you learning to bake, like Allyson Stevens in Maryland? Have you seen philosophy professor Aaron Simmons’ new YouTube channel live from Greenville? Tell us what you’re up to and find out how others are doing Furman from Home. Fill out this form and send us a selfie.
When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…
Summer is a great time to reflect on your career planning. Have questions about choosing a major, potential career paths, resume writing, networking, the job search, or grad school that you want to ask the Malone Center Career Advisors? Drop-in to our weekly Ask Advisors Anything virtual meet-ups:
Coffee Break Edition on Wednesdays @ 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EST
Happy Hour Edition (all ages welcome to chat) on Thursdays @ 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST
Click Here for the Zoom Meeting ID.
Students used to swim in Furman’s lake. Why not now? We dug up a lake restoration report to answers that question.
“The environmental quality of Furman Lake and its environs has been declining for several years. Excessive nutrients enter the lake from surface runoff, storm water discharge, and denuded feeder creeks, stimulating the growth of unsightly algae. Waterfowl populations also exceed sustainable levels, and their waste adds nutrients and bacteria to the lake.” (Smart People, 2006)
Are you pro-swimming or team waterfowl?
The Cothran Center is reading The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness, by Emily Esfahani Smith. Join students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Furman friends in a Zoom book club. Meetings are Sunday 4 – 5 p.m. EST on May 31, June 14, June 28, and July 12.
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With the summer fully upon us, we’re going every other week with DINformation. Because the goal, as always, is to save your inboxes.
We’re asking faculty and staff what they’re reading, watching, or listening to. This week, Dr. Michael Jennings shared he’s been reading Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. “It’s a wonderful book that tells a story of self-invention through the eyes of a boy who starts out as a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation,” Dr. Jennings said. “His life takes many twists and turns and ranges across time and continents.”
Self-Care through Mindfulness
For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Self-care is essential to renew the body, mind, and spirit for sustained movement. Register now to join Dr. Meghan Slining and Dr. Min-Ken Liao in Biology for 30-minute mindfulness sessions on Thursdays this summer from 7:30-8:00 a.m. EST. Or register now to join them for the 4-hour silent mindfulness retreat on June 13 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EST.
A Study of Mass Incarceration & People of Color
In his book, Locking Up Our Own, James Forman Jr. examines mass incarceration and its disproportionate effect on people of color. Furman Justice Forum seems to continue the conversation about justice by hosting a book club on Wednesdays, June 17, June 24, July 8, and July 15 from 7-8 p.m. through Zoom. Asha Marie ’22 will lead the discussions. Interested students can sign up here and can read more about James Forman Jr. and his book here.
Student Orgs & All Student Emails
Student Life often receives requests from student organizations to email the campus about upcoming activities or events. DINformation now provides us that opportunity. If you are a recognized student organization that has an activity or event open to all students and would like us to help spread the word, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Links to your social media or website with more information are appreciated. We can’t promise room for all announcements (and we always edit submissions for length), but encourage you to send them to us.
Explore Vocation & Ministry
Alongside a community of peers and the university chaplains, the Exploration of Vocation & Ministry (EVM) offers students the opportunity to examine their beliefs and values, explore connections between their faith and the classroom, and experience internships in fields of service, justice, and ministry. Whether you plan to enter the ministry or not, whether you are majoring in Religion or not, EVM is open to you. To learn more or apply click here.
Library Rainbow Book Month
The libraries will be celebrating #RainbowBookMonth throughout June by featuring ebooks by LGBTQ authors, with LGBTQ characters, or about topics relevant to the LGBTQ community. All ebooks featured are available for checkout. Follow the Furman Libraries on Instagram (@fu_libraries) and Facebook!
Accessibility and Online Learning
The Student Office of Accessibility Resources has provided remote learning resources for students, which you can access here.
With 74% of the vote, pro-swimming in the lake by students won out over team waterfowl’s more daring use of the lake. We’ll be back next time with more surveys. Right now, we have geese to chase.
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DINformation is here to save your inboxes. Tell your momma and your cousin too.
We’re asking faculty and staff what they’re reading, watching, or listening to. This week, Anthony Herrera, executive director of Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship said he’s been listening to Guy Raz’s podcast How I Built This. “He interviews founders of companies,” Herrera said. “Love that, because I believe we can learn a lot from their struggles and successes. The pandemic has highlighted the benefits of entrepreneurial skills like adaptation, perseverance, and opportunity identification.”
Hours: Opening Soon.
Taking a summer class? The Writing & Media Lab is online and available to help with writing and multimedia projects! Make an appointment at https://www.furman.edu/wml. They are available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST while summer classes are in session.
Speaking of, what’s the best time zone?
Learn to leverage your Furman alumni network. Register to join Brian Boda ’14, senior consultant, Deloitte; Crystal Brockington ’18,recruiting specialist, Deloitte; Adi Filipovic ‘06, principal, Resurgence Technology Partners; and Arvid Tchivzhel ’08, senior director, Product Development, Mather Economics as they share examples of how they have benefited from the Furman network and tips on how you can connect.
The Sensors are Registering Something, Captain.
Trying to get fall classes? The registration period ended June 15 and will reopen August 6. Summer II registration is still live for those in need of immediate learning.
The Riley Institute’s Advance Team members continue to host notable speakers in their own homes for thoughtful conversations about our changing world. Recently, they spoke to Rep. Neal Collins, R-Pickens, and Editor Jessica Taylor of The Cook Political Report on topics ranging from South Carolina’s reopening plan to the balance of federal and state powers in the era of COVID-19.
While you’re there, check out their other conversations like the one with Jonathan Kubakundimana ’16 about the groups of people most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Fowls of a Feather.
Yankee Doodle: *sticks feather in cap* “This is called macaroni.”
Friend: “Ok, cool. Listen man, everybody’s worried about you.”
Student Org Announcements Board!
Interested in competitive volleyball? Furman’s men’s and women’s club teams are fun, relaxed, and a great source of community. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The libraries will be celebrating #RainbowBookMonth throughout June by featuring e-books by LGBTQ authors, with LGBTQ characters, or about topics relevant to the LGBTQ community. All e-books featured are available for checkout. Follow the Furman Libraries on Instagram (@fu_libraries) and Facebook!
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And welcome to July.
We’re asking faculty and staff what they’re reading, watching, or listening to. This week, Dr. George Lipscomb, Professor of Education, shared he’s been streaming season two of Mr. Iglesias on Netflix. “It’s about a beloved high school social studies teacher in Los Angeles who uses humor and compassion to relate to his students,” Dr. Lipscomb said. “Despite the fact that most teachers are not stand-up comedians by trade, there are still lessons from this series that I can share with future teachers.”
Summer Humanities Lectures & Discussions.
Join Furman Humanities Faculty representing the Departments of English, Religion, History, Asian Studies, Classics, and Modern Languages and Literatures this summer during the “Tolle, Lege” (Take; Read) Series. All lectures as well live Q&A dates are available here.
Room to Breathe.
Looking for someplace new to socially distance? This field guide by Nataley Williams ’21 has all the best local spots to enjoy natural beauty (and plenty of space). Learn more about how she developed it here.
Eco Reps Needed.
The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities has opened applications for the new Eco Reps for 2020-2021! The Eco Reps program encourages sustainable lifestyles through behavior change on campus. A national program, Furman piloted its first group two years and is looking to amp up the engagement!
Want a duck as a pet? Friendly and curious, ducks were first domesticated more than 500 years ago.
No announcements this time out.
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See You in Two Weeks!
Welcome to August! All the stuff with none of the fluff.
The Student Office for Accessibility Resources has moved! We are now located in the lower level of Hipp Hall in Suite 011. Sadly, no Ferguson this year as he’s chosen to be remote.
We’ve (all) got your back.
Hundreds of faculty, staff, and students have helped prepare for your arrival to campus. So has your extended family at Prisma Health. In fact, they’ve dedicated this video to you.
ICYMI: Fall Reopening Virtual Town Halls.
This week’s town halls for new and returning students should be available on the Furman Focus website by the end of the week.
No announcements at this time.
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Short and sweet.
“Let’s be smart.”
…Says your new SGA president, Griffin Mills ’21.
Academic Affairs and Facilities would like to remind students to wipe down your work areas before and after class. Our custodial staff continue to do daily deep cleans.
Freshmen Enneagram Workshop.
All first-year students are invited to attend an introductory workshop focused on the Enneagram personality tool on September 1 from 4-5:30. 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! Register here.
The Bonhomie, Furman’s yearbook, is looking for a student to lead the publication of the 2020-2021 edition. You would work with a professional staff member from Herff-Jones, who would assist you in creating and producing the book. Position is for full academic year and receives funding. If interested, contact email@example.com to learn more.
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Magically shrinking 8 emails into 1.
I am Groot
Join fellow students for Guardians of the Galaxy Friday 9/4 at 8:00 p.m. at the amphitheater. Free popcorn while supplies last as well as Furman blanket raffles for all those in attendance! Maximum attendance 100. For more upcoming events follow @furman_osii on Instagram.
May the Art be With You
To help students process their feelings of loss, grief, and uncertainty during the pandemic, the Cothran Center is partnering 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. The workshop is 9/9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; sign up here.
Virtual Reload is offering exclusive virtual tournaments to Furman students this weekend. On 9/5 from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight, battle it out on the gridiron in Madden 21. On 9/6 from 1:00-5:00 p.m., take on fellow students in either Fortnite or Call of Duty. Vote here for which you’d like to play as well as to sign up for either/both tournaments. You will receive links to Battlefy and Discord tomorrow. Winners of each tournament get bragging rights and a Furman hammock.
Bump, Set, Spike
Spikeball and Bocce are available starting tomorrow for checkout from the RA office in first-year residence halls. Cornhole and KanJam to come!
Pre-Law is offering three events open to all interested students. On 9/4, Richmond and Stetson Law Schools will cover applying to law school in the time of COVID. On 9/9, Jawara Mars ‘09, Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County DA’s Office, and Paul Quiros ‘79, Managing Member, King Springs; Former Partner, King & Spalding, will cover law careers in Atlanta. And on 9/11 Emory, UGA, Georgia State and Mercer Law Schools will discuss practicing in Georgia. All events take place at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom. To sign up, contact email@example.com.
A Roadmap to Careers in Consulting
Considering working in consulting after graduation? Have questions about the industry? Hear from alumni and friends of Furman about the roles they have played in their respective firms and advice they have for pursuing a career in consulting. Panelists include Cameron Egan ’13, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton; John Longshore, Principal and Vice President of Innovation, Global Location Strategies; Katie Love ’12, Senior Consultant, Deloitte; James Perez ’15, Former Management Consultant Analyst, Accenture; and Ryan Tholanikunnel ’15, Former Consultant, The Brattle Group.
Webinar participants must register in advance for this event on Tuesday, September 8th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
The best version of you is what the world needs! Our Certified Strengths Coaching Team is ready to help you be better leaders, students, and individuals by exploring your top 5 strengths. Schedule a one-on-one session, in-person or virtual, by emailing StrengthsDevelopment@furman.edu.
The Paladin, Furman’s student newspaper, recently launched a new website to offer daily coverage of campus news, student opinions, and features on arts and culture and sports. Check out all the new content at thepaladin.news.
POL major Evan Myers ’21 and Dr. Brent Nelsen have started a new podcast that examines the changes occurring on campuses around the country this fall. The latest episode is Private Christian Education in a Time of COVID-19: Check-In with Bob Jones University. Click here to listen and subscribe.
Bring on the rain. We’ve got giveaways, flu shots, gaming, yoga, connection opportunities, football, careers, org announcements, and more in this edition.
It’s FUFLU season. Stop by the Earle Student Health Center any Monday from 1-4 p.m. starting on Sept. 21 to get your flu shot. Appointments encouraged but you can walk in as well. In-and-out in under 5 minutes! No out of pocket costs to you.
Gaming again next weekend! Tournament winners get a Yeti Rambler bottle with straw cap safe for classroom use! Play the Fortnite tournament on Friday, 9/25, from 8 p.m. – Midnight and join the discussion on Discord. And/or play the Rocket League tournament on Saturday, 9/26 from 8 p.m. – Midnight and join the discussion on Discord.
Keep your Quarters Clean.
Speaking of… The Trone Center is opening an arcade this Saturday in the Student Org Commons. All games are free to play! Wakka-wakka-wakkka-wakka.
Tired of small talk? Looking for real connection? Anam Cara, Gaelic for “soul friend,” is a program that matches you with a fellow student and provides weekly conversation prompts to foster deep, enriching, and authentic conversations virtually or safely in person. Email Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
No Goats Allowed Yoga.
Lakeside yoga at 11 a.m. in the Amphitheater on Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and 24, and Nov. 7 (weather permitting). Bring your own mat. Limit of 50 participants.
College Game Day at the Trone!
Join us to watch some college football. We’ll have games on every week; feel free to request the game you’d like to watch at the help desk. Punny signs and mascot heads not required.
Go Small with Campus Chaplains.
Join Tapestries, a 4-week small group led by the chaplains, beginning Sept. 23 at 12:30 p.m.. Students in Tapestries will explore and practice elements of building authentic relationships and community. Email Kate.email@example.com or Tiffany.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up.
The Malone Center for Career Engagement is hosting an information session with the Peace Corps on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 4-5 p.m.
Dins Doing Distance Challenge.
Be sure to follow @furmanuniversity, @fu_covid_ on Instagram for inspiring messages and for details on an upcoming (FUN!) photo challenge. We’ll announce on Furman’s Insta on Wednesday how you can plan and what you can WIN!
Overheard on the mall.
Want to know what’s going on? Want to win a Yeti Rambler? Follow @furman_osii on Instagram and tag two friends in the comments by Sunday at Midnight. We’ll hold a random drawing Monday. You can also check out the syncDIN events calendar for the latest student org events and other happenings around campus!
Strong in Spirit?
Encounter: Meditations is a virtual series hosted by the Office of Spiritual Life focused on multifaith spirituality, music, and words to encourage. Find the 10-minute installments bi-weekly on our website or on our Instagram @furmanspiritualife.
Join Panhellenic for movie night. Watch Miss Congeniality on Friday, September 18 at 7:30pm in the Amphitheater. Popcorn, snacks, and a raffle! Weather permitting.
The sisters of Delta Gamma would like to invite you to our signature philanthropy event, Anchor Splash, in support of Servants for Sight and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. We will be hosting a social distant showing of Jaws on Friday, Sept. 19, at 8pm on the Upper North Village Field. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by scanning the QR code below or from any Delta Gamma sister! We hope to see you there!
Happy October and happy fall!
Show us how you do it.
Dins Doing Distance, that is. It’s a new weekly semester-long Insta challenge that could score you a Gold Parking Pass, a Furman hammock, Furman monopoly, cool masks or shades. Each week has a new theme (and winner!). Follow @FurmanUniversity on Instagram and check out last week’s winner, the rules and this week’s challenge.
Get over the hump!
Bon Appetit will be serving Walking Nachos at the Milford Mall Tent, this Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6-8 p.m. No swipe required!
PSA: Don’t block wheelchair ramps with your bike.
A friendly reminder that bikes should be parked in the designated bike racks located throughout campus. Please do not block wheelchair ramps, curb cut-outs, or doors when parking your bike – even if you are running late to class.
Wifi connection issues?
Having problems connecting to the campus wifi, FU-Student? You can find troubleshooting information on the ITS page for Student Networking. If you would like in-person assistance, please schedule an appointment with the IT Service Center.
Student Involvement Fair, Part 2!
Looking to join some student organizations? Stop by the Trone Student Center front patio from 5-6 p.m. on Oct. 6, 7, 8, and Oct. 13, 14, 15, to meet representatives from more than 50 of Furman’s student organizations. Different orgs will be present each day – check syncDIN for specifics.
More upcoming events!
Service Year: Transforming Your Community and Your Resume
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m.
Join us to learn more about the following Service Year programs: Americorps, City Year, College Advising Corps, Teach for America, and FoodCorps. Students must register in advance to participate – click here to do so.
Sponsored by the Malone Career Center
Law School & Practice in Washington, DC
Friday, Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m.
American Law, George Mason Law, George Washington Law, & Georgetown Law
Meeting ID: 921 7533 8966
Sponsored by the Pre-Law Society
Social Impact Careers in Washington DC
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
With panel members from the American Red Cross, the Brookings Institute, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and the United States Senate, attendees will hear a wide range of perspectives and discover many unique possibilities on how to leverage their education into an impactful career. Students must register to advance to participate – click here to do so.
Still making plans for the weekend? Don’t forget you can check out lawn games such as Bocce, Spikeball, Kan Jam and more from each of the RA offices. In search of more fun? Stop by the Trone Center to play some pool and table tennis or check out the 24/7 arcade in the Student Org Commons.
Check out the syncDIN events calendar for the latest student org events and other happenings around campus!
Dins Doing Distance, that is. It’s Furman’s weekly semester-long Insta challenge that could score you a Gold Parking Pass, a Furman hammock, Furman monopoly, cool masks or shades. Each week has a new theme (and winner!). Follow @FurmanUniversity on Instagram for updates!
Thursday, Oct. 22: Furman Pride
This week’s challenge is “Furman Pride.” How are you and you friends safely celebrating this week? Going to the Rollin’ Dins Parade? Showing up for Purple & White? Share your Furman pride!
Next week! Thursday, Oct. 29: It’s fall y’all
Next week’s challenge is “It’s fall y’all.” Whether you’re carving pumpkins, picking apples, dressing for Halloween or just chillin’ in your flannel! Show us how you’re doing fall! How to participate: Post on your Instagram feed or as a Story following the week’s theme and Paladin Promise guidelines before Tuesday 11:59 p.m. Post can be public or you can DM a screenshot of your post to @FurmanUniversity. Include #FurmanUnite, and tag @FurmanUniversity (in the photo not the comments). Winners will be selected and announced on Thursday!
Snatch a Snack Truck!
Look for the Furman Catering truck in the res hall and North Village parking lots on Monday nights beginning at 9 p.m. Themed snacks will be available while supplies last – no swipe required!
Monday, Oct. 26
Octoberfest: Soft Pretzel with cheese or mustard and frankfurters with buns and condiments
Monday, Nov. 2
Dunk-a-Donut: Krispy Kreme donuts and hot chocolate
Visit the Milford Mall Tent on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. for a treat – no swipe required!
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Fall Apple Fest: All things apple! Apple nachos, apple bread, apple tarts and hot apple cider!
Wednesday, Nov. 4
Sloppy Joe Bar: Our sloppy joe mix on top of either a bun or spaghetti with shredded cheese and onions.
Thanks Bon Appetit!
Did you know it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Safe Harbor and Furman’s Title IX office are partnering to host a Healthy Relationship TikTok Challenge from Oct. 12-31! All you have to do is create a TikTok that depicts a healthy relationship versus an unhealthy relationship. Tag @rep_sc and use #hrtiktokchallenge to enter! Winner gets a $50 prize! Go to https://repsc.org/hrtiktokchallenge/ for more information.
Office of Spiritual Life Small Groups
Thresholds Small Group
How do you ground yourself? How do you connect to the Sacred? There are so many avenues our religious and spiritual traditions offer us to access our inner life for greater peace and wholeness. We’ll learn what spiritual practices are and explore many different kinds together with Chaplain Tiffany Cox in this four-week small group, beginning the week of Oct. 26. Email Tiffany.email@example.com for more information and to sign up.
Touchstones Small Group
What is the key to leading a fulfilling life? What guides your everyday decisions and your life-changing ones? Purpose and meaning come when our decisions and actions align with our deepest values, but how do you identify your values and live them out? Join a small group with Chaplain Kate Taber to explore these questions, meeting four weeks on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 28. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up.
Check out these upcoming events:
Tuesday Lunch & Learn
Join Athletics on Oct. 27 and catch up with Head Men’s Soccer Doug Allison. Allison, a former standout at South Carolina and a 2010 inductee into the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, has guided the Paladins to 20 SoCon regular season titles and 14 league tournament crowns while earning league coach of the year accolades eight times. Join the Lunch & Learn virtual event at 12 p.m. via: https://furman.zoom.us/j/94121872673
CLP Speaker Series on Mass Incarceration
The Furman Prison Education Partnership (FPEP) is sponsoring a five-part speaker series on mass incarceration. The series, Beyond and Behind Bars: Perspectives on the U.S. Prison System, kicks off on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. with a presentation by Kate Weaver Patterson, a prosecutor and reentry advocate who will describe how the U.S. prison population has grown by over 500% in the last 40 years. Register here to participate and receive CLP credit.
First Careers for Students of Color: Navigating Race, Ethnicity, and Workplace Culture
Join the Malone Career Center on Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. for a conversation with Furman alumni as they discuss ways black and brown professionals navigate the workplace to avoid certain attitudes, biases, and ignorance. Come listen to stories about how alumni have fit into the dominant white workplace and ask the important questions you have about surviving this workplace culture. Students must register in advance to attend. Register here.
Virtual Halloween Trivia!
Participate in virtual Halloween trivia on Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. – participants are encouraged to dress in costume! Prizes for the winning team, for those in costume, and more! Check out syncDIN for additional information. Deadline to register is Oct. 29. Click here to register – students must use their Furman.edu e-mail when registering.
The FUsters: A Tradition Sort of Like Some Others…
Play Furman’s Inaugural Pandemic Golf Tournament from Nov. 9-13. Tee times have been reserved at the Furman Golf Club exclusively for Furman students. For additional details, including how to sign up, please see the event listing on syncDIN. Participation is limited to the first 60 students to register. Deadline to register is Nov. 5.
Check out the syncDIN events calendar for the latest student org events and other happenings around campus! And look out for the next DINformation newsletter on Nov. 5.
Dins Doing Distance, that is. It’s Furman’s weekly semester-long Insta challenge that could score you a Gold Parking Pass, a Furman hammock, Furman monopoly, cool masks or shades. Each week has a new theme (and winner!). Follow @FurmanUniversity on Instagram for updates and rules!
Thursday, Nov. 5: The Great Outdoors
This week’s Dins Doing Distance Challenge is “The Great Outdoors.” How are you and you friends enjoying the beautiful outdoor spaces (and cooler weather!) on campus?
Next Week (the FINAL week of Dins Doing Distance!), November 12: Mental Health
Next week’s Dins Doing Distance Challenge is “Mental Health.” Coping during COVID is real. And with finals coming up, we want to know the ways you’re being kind to your mind.
Snatch a Snack Food Truck: Chicken Nuggets!
Look for the Furman Catering truck in the South Housing, Clark Murphy, and North Village parking lots on Monday, Nov. 9 beginning at 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Game Day Buffet: Chicken wings, cheese sticks, and artichoke dip – OH MY!
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Festivus for the Rest of Us: Holiday cookies and rugelach, plus a hot chocolate bar with all the fixin’s!
Play Furman’s Inaugural Pandemic Golf Tournament from November 9-13. Tee times have been reserved at the Furman Golf Club exclusively for Furman students. For additional details, including how to sign up, please see the event listing on syncDIN. Participation is limited to the first 60 students to register. Deadline to register is TODAY!
Holiday Blessings Tree
Keep an eye out for Heller’s Holiday Blessings Trees, around campus now through November 13! Take a leaf (or two!) and purchase the listed item for the designated organization. All gifts are due to the tree’s box or to the Heller Office (Trone Student Center, Suite 201) by November 13.
Sponsored by the Malone Center for Career Engagement:
Career Pathways in Biology & The Liberal Arts: A Panel Discussion with Furman Graduates
TONIGHT, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Speak with and learn from the unique journeys of four alumni and friends of Furman, the roles they have played in their respective careers, and the advice they have for students interested in exploring careers in the sciences. Visit the event posting on syncDIN for details and to register.
Design Your Career Path in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
This is the perfect opportunity to explore your possible career path in the fields of marketing, advertising, and public relations. Learn about potential internship and full-time job opportunities from a panel of alumni representing EP+CO, Smoak Public Relations, Chick fil A Advertising, Strategic Marketing International, and the Salvation Army. Visit the event posting on syncDIN for details and to register.
Join us for Saturday Morning Yoga on November 7 and 14 at 11 a.m. at the Amphitheater. Bring your own mat and wear your mask!
Or stop by the Office of Student Involvement & Inclusion (Trone Student Center, Suite 206) for a FREE Paint-by-Number kit – supplies are limited, so don’t wait!
Fall Textbook Rental Returns
Two options for returned book rentals to Barnes & Noble:
If you wish to keep your book(s), you may do so by following the prompts in your return e-mail. Barnes & Noble will not be able to accept any rental returns after Dec. 18.
Winter Break Mail Instructions
Forward-able items received for students from USPS with First Class and Priority postage will be forwarded to the home address on file at P2X. This will include letter mail and packages/boxes mailed via USPS.
Items received from FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc. that do not offer forwarding will be returned to sender.
Mail forwarding will take place from Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. Starting Dec. 24 all mail will be processed and held at P2X for student pickup.
Questions? You are welcome to contact the P2X at 864-294-2107 or P2X@furman.edu.
Winter Break Yoga
We will be offering virtual yoga classes on Wednesdays in December at 4 p.m. See the event listing on syncDIN for additional information and for the link to join!
Fan Cut-Outs are coming to Timmons Arena
With attendance limitations due to COVID-19, we want you to feel part of the home basketball games with your own fan cut-out! Submit a picture of yourself, family members, or your pets! Click here for more information and to purchase. Go Dins!
Level Up your Furman Experience!
Level up your Furman experience by working as a Resident Assistant or FRAD for the 2021-2022 school year! Applications are available on the Housing Portal in your MyFurman account. Applications close on January 31, 2021. Click here for more information!
Greenbelt Engaged Living Community Applications Open
Interested in living sustainable in beautiful, renovated cabins by the Furman Lake? Applications to join the Greenbelt Community for the 2021-2022 academic year are open! Learn more at the information session on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Register for the information and learn more about the application process here.
TikTok Challenge Winner!
Congratulations to Lana Aga for winning the Healthy Relationship TikTok Challenge sponsored by Furman’s Title IX office and Safe Harbor. Participants were asked to create a TikTok that depicted healthy relationship habits versus unhealthy relationship habits. Check out Lana’s TikTok here!
Have a safe and restful winter break – we can’t wait to see you in 2021!
A special FDOC edition of DINformation to kick-off the spring semester! Welcome back and good luck as classes get started this week!
Bored and looking for something to do this week? FUSAB and SGA have partnered to purchase board games and puzzles for students to use while we are in this low-to-no contact phase. The best part? You get to keep the games! Students must sign up to receive a game in advance and will be able to pick up their game on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Dining Hall. Click here to reserve your game! Additional information can be found on syncDIN. Please note: Games will be limited to one per residence hall room and/or apartment.
Virtual Fitness Classes
Join us for yoga on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. or Zumba on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Zoom links will be posted on the syncDIN event listing on the day of the class.
Take some time this weekend to color! Follow the Office of Student Involvement and Inclusion on Instagram and tag us in a picture with your finished product(s) for a chance to win some fun prizes. Click here to access the coloring pages!
Now that your friendly neighborhood E-Sports tournament operators are back on campus, they’re hard at work planning an impromptu Super Smash Bros. tournament with prizes for this Saturday (Saturday! Saturday!). Stay tuned to the OSII Instagram and syncDIN for more details soon.
Fraternity Recruitment Kick-Off
Join the Interfraternity Council for the Spring 2021 Men’s Recruitment Kick-Off on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the fraternity community, upcoming recruitment events, and more! Please register in advance by clicking here. You will receive a link for Sunday’s event after registering.
From the Office of Spiritual Life
A Mourning Ritual
As humans, we all need space to grieve and process our loss, and the world has rarely been slowed enough to give us that space. While the Office of Spiritual Life hoped to have an in-person vigil this month to mourn a year of COVID, the virus continues to make such gatherings unsafe. They’ve created a ritual for this time that you can participate in at home, alone, with your family, in your residence hall room, over Zoom or FaceTime, or with your roommates. It is intended to be used by people of various faiths or no religious identity. Please click here to access the ritual.
Join us for a student small group that will explore a variety of spiritual practices from many traditions, cultivating our inner lives for greater peace and wholeness. The group will meet weekly for four weeks starting the week of Jan. 25 at a time agreed upon by the participants. Remote and in-person meeting opportunities will be available and no preparation will be required. Interested or have questions? Please contact Tiffany Cox.
Beginning next week, we will return to sending DINformation bi-weekly on Thursdays. Have something you would like to be included? Be sure to register your event on syncDIN and complete this form.
Tomorrow is Joseph Vaughn Day
Each year, Furman recognizes Joseph Vaughn ’68, the university’s first Black undergraduate student, on Jan. 29, the date he enrolled here in 1965. This year the university was planning to have a public celebration on that date with the unveiling of a statue in his honor. While this public celebration has been postponed, we will remember Joseph Vaughn and his enduring spirit through the stories of other Black alumni. Check your email and visit the news page tomorrow morning for messages and stories that celebrate Joe Vaughn and the impact he has had on helping us to make the university a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
February is Black History Month
Join the Furman Community in a variety of events throughout the month of February to honor Black History Month. Remember to check syncDIN for the most up-to-date calendar of events and links to access virtual events. A few highlights for you (click the link for additional event information and to register).
Haben Girma: Meet the first Deafblind Person to Conquer Harvard Law (CLP)
Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. (virtual), sponsored by the Pre-Law Society and SOAR
Black History Month Kick-Off
Feb. 5 from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Hill Courtyard, sponsored by SLBC, NAACP, and the Center for Inclusive Communities
James Forman, Jr.: Locking Up Our Own – Crime and Punishment in Black America (CLP)
Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. (virtual), sponsored by the Pre-Law Society and the Cothran Center
The Politics of Black Twitter (CLP-pending)
Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. (virtual), sponsored by SLBC, NAACP, Politics & International Affairs, and Communication Studies
Snatch-a-Snack Food Truck is back!
Keep an eye out in your residential area for tonight’s return of Bon Appetit’s Snatch-a-Snack food truck! No swipe needed!
Apply to be an Orientation Leader
Orientation Leader applications are now available and due on February 3. Click here to complete your application! Interested in learning more before you apply? Attend tonight’s virtual information session at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for yoga on Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. The zoom link will be posted on syncDIN tomorrow morning before the class.
Soups and Sammies on the Lawn
FUSAB’s Wednesdays on the Lawn event returns on February 3 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., featuring soup and sandwiches to go!
Furman Career Connections
Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 2 – 6 p.m.
Network virtually with 40+ recruiters representing organizations from across the U.S. and learn more about their career-related opportunities. Students can register to attend 30-minute small group sessions to learn more about an organization or schedule a 10-minute virtual one-on-one meeting. Organizations from a variety of industries will be present including BMW, Nike, Blue Cross Clue Shield, U.S. State Department, Peace Corps, Americorps, Prisma Health, and many more. This event is open to all students – not just seniors! To learn more and to register, click here.
The Body Project Spring Workshops
The Body Project is a body-acceptance program designed to help women resist cultural pressures to conform to the appearance ideal standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of unrealistic bodies. The Body Project is offering four separate workshops throughout the semester, with virtual and in-person options. Each workshop is two hours and consists of two sessions. Click here for workshop dates, additional information, and to register. Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
AED Pre-Health Mentoring
AED is sponsoring a new mentoring program that pairs an underclass student with an upperclass student. AED will provide suggested topics of conversation and help facilitate activities. Interested? Complete this form to sign up by Feb. 3!
February is Black History Month!
Join the Furman Community in a variety of events and stories throughout the month of February to honor Black History Month. Remember to check syncDIN or follow @furman_cic on Instagram for the most up-to-date calendar of events and links to access virtual events. Upcoming events include:
The Politics of Black Twitter (CLP)
Feb. 11 at 8 p.m., sponsored by SLBC, NAACP, Politics & International Affairs, and Communication Studies
Melanated & Hydrated Self-Care Day
Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., sponsored by SLBC
Battered and Beautiful: Universities’ Legacies (CLP pending)
Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by SLBC and NAACP
Issa Vibe Paint Party
Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Communities and SLBC
Hungry? Bon Appetit has you covered!
Noodle Bowl Night
Pick from various toppings and create your very own noodle bowl to go!
· Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m. in the South Housing Quad
· Feb. 16, 5-7 p.m. at the Clark Murphy Patio
· Feb. 17, 5-7 p.m. at the North Village Pavilion
Snatch-a-Snack Food Truck
Keep an eye out in your residential area on Feb. 18 starting at 9 p.m. – surprise theme! No swipe needed!
BIG Ideas Competition
Have an idea but don’t know where to go to get it off the ground? The Big Ideas Competition gives you 90 seconds to share your problem, solution, and target audience! Sponsored by the Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, the competition will be held virtually via Zoom on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 from 1-3 p.m. Click here to sign up!
Kappa Kappa Game Night
Join Kappa Kappa Gamma on Feb. 16 from 6-7 p.m. for a virtual game night. Direct message @furmankkg on Instagram for the Zoom link.
Careers with Government Agencies
Do you feel drawn to public service? Want to effect change within your community? A career in government may be the place for you! Join the Malone Center for Career Engagement on Feb. 16 from 6-7 p.m. to hear from experts in government work (and Furman alum!) discuss how to be successful and advance your career in this field. Click here for more information, including the link to register for this event.
Spring Student Involvement Fair
Looking to get plugged in on campus? Interested in joining a student organization? Stop by the Spring Student Involvement Fair on Feb. 17 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in front of the Trone Student Center.
DIY T-Shirt Produce Bags
Have an old t-shirt lying around? Eco Reps will be hosting DIY t-shirt produce bag events around campus! Bring your own t-shirt and learn how to upcycle it into a reusable produce bag. Instructions and other materials will be provided. For additional info and to see when they will be in your residential area, check out the syncDIN events calendar!
Virtual Ripple Interfaith Conference – Free Access!
The goal of the Ripple Conference, hosted by Elon University, is to empower and inspire interfaith student leaders by offering time to learn, engage, reflect, and share. Participants will learn about other traditions, including religious, spiritual, and secular worldviews, engage in social justice and interfaith dialogue, and have the opportunity to share their own perspectives. This year’s virtual conference, which will take place on Feb. 19 and 20, will focus on intersectional interfaith and features keynote speaker Blair Imani. Click here to learn more. The Office of Spiritual Life is providing registration for any students interested in participating, contact Kate Taber for access.
Meeting Space Reminder!
A friendly reminder that academic buildings continue to be closed to all student organization and non-academic class meetings. Classrooms also should not be used as individual or group study spaces. Should you need a space to meet and/or study, you can find information about available spaces on the Furman Focused website.
Men’s Basketball Watch Party!
Cheer on the Paladins from Timmons Arena as they finish their regular season at Wofford, this Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. For additional details, including instructions for reserving your ticket, click here.
Pop Up Bistro!
Enjoy smoked ribs, pulled pork, smoked sausages, cheesy potatoes, baked beans and coleslaw!
· Monday, March 1, 5-7 p.m. in the South Housing Quad, co-sponsored by Heller Service Corps
· Tuesday, March 2, 5-7 p.m. at the Clark Murphy Patio, co-sponsored by SGA
· Wednesday, March 3, 5-7 p.m. at the North Village Pavilion, co-sponsored by FUSAB
Snatch-a-Snack Food Truck: Rainbows & Unicorns
Keep an eye out in your residential area on Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 p.m. and get some sweet treats! No swipe needed!
Join the Office of Spiritual Life for a student small group that will explore how to identify and embody your personal values in order to live life with authenticity, integrity, and joy. The group will meet weekly for four weeks beginning on Monday, March 1 at a time agreed upon by participants. Remote and in-person opportunities will be available and there is no preparation required! Interested or have questions? Please contact Kate Taber.
In-Person Super Smash Bros. Tournament
A battle for the ages. Heroes will be made. Legends told. Other stuff too. Tournament is Saturday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Room. Trophy for first place. Random draw for Yeti tumbler for all participants. Space is limited. Register by March 1 to be eligible for prizes or by March 5 to play.
Technology Career Panel
Do you feel drawn to a career in computer/information technology? Do you want to build a meaningful career in one of the fastest, largest, and most unlimited professional industries? A career in technology may be for you! Join the Malone Career Center for Engagement on Tuesday, March 9 from 6-7 p.m. to hear experts in computer science/technology discuss how to be successful and advance in this field. Click here for additional information and to register.
The Office of Student Involvement & Inclusion and the Furman E-Sports Club want to hear from you! What games are you interested in competing with your friends? Follow @furman_osii on Instagram, tag a friend in the comments on our post, and let us know what games you want to play! Options might include Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, League of Legends, Overwatch, Call of Duty, Super Smash Bros. or share your favorite with us! Follow and comment by Sunday, Feb. 28 at midnight for a chance to win a Yeti Tumbler, Furman Monopoly, or a Furman blanket.