October 15, 2020

Homecoming 2020 activities and events

Dear Furman Community,

It is Homecoming season and while our activities and events may look a little different this year, we are pleased to share that students, faculty and staff have worked together to organize a robust schedule of in-person and virtual events. Thank you to our students and campus partners for the creativity and care they put into organizing safe and fun events for our campus community.

These events have been approved by the Fall Planning Steering Committee and Public Health and Safety Advisory Group, in accordance with our campus event policies and guidelines as well as our health and safety protocols. Approval is pending from the South Carolina Department of Commerce for the socially distanced parade (see below). [UPDATE: The parade has been approved.]

Some events and activities require advance registration; all of the in-person events taking place on campus are limited to students currently living on campus and commuters. Students are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing at all events. Students should also be prepared to show proof of their completed daily health check through the LiveSafe app. To reduce density and help protect the health and safety of our campus, the public and faculty and staff who are not staffing the activities may not attend the in-person campus events.

The details of some activities may change, so we encourage you to continue to check syncDIN, the websites and social media accounts listed below, as well as the Furman Focused website for updates. A complete listing of Homecoming events may also be found here.

Events for students and participating student organizations

  • The Student Alumni Council (SAC) will host a week-long celebration of activities including giveaways, chalking and … doughnuts! Learn more about these events on syncDIN and follow SAC on Instagram.
  • Athletics is planning a Purple and White Week, which will include in-person scrimmages and virtual events beginning Saturday, Oct. 17, through Oct. 24. The scrimmages will be limited to students living on campus, commuters and student-athlete family members, and will have limited capacity to allow for adequate physical distancing. Tickets are required in advance for some of the scrimmages. Please find the full Purple and White Week schedule and ticket information here.
  • DIN it to WIN it is a 3-day event sponsored by FUSAB, in which two students from each class will compete to win a trophy, $500 in prizes, bragging rights and a Waffle House food truck night for 250 members of the winning class. Virtual and physically distanced in-person challenges will take place throughout the week. Students may attend the DIN it to WIN it Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Stone Soccer Stadium (attendance limited to 100 students, and students should bring proof of their health screening). Or, follow the Opening Ceremonies and all of the DinIt2WinIt events on Instagram.
  • Rollin’ Dins Parade, co-sponsored by SAC and FUSAB, is a celebration of Furman and a reminder of “the strong sense of community we possess when we’re united together.” The car parade will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m. All on-campus students and commuters are invited to gather – physically distanced – on Furman Mall to celebrate Athletics, campus clubs, organizations and the campus community. The parade will be followed by food and outdoor games. For more information and details, visit syncDIN and follow FUSAB and SAC on Instagram. (Pending approval from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.) [UPDATE: The parade has been approved.]

Students, Alumni, Families, Faculty and Staff Activities and Events 

  • #FurmanAtHome Virtual Event Schedule and Registration: Furman University alumni, friends and families look forward to gathering each year for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. While we cannot be on campus to enjoy the tailgating, football game and reunions, we are excited to connect virtually and bring a little bit of Furman to your home. Registration is required for most events. To register and to view the complete schedule, visit the #FurmanAtHome website.

We hope that these events provide a variety of opportunities for both on-campus and remote students as well as members of the Furman community to celebrate and come together as Paladins.

Be well and, most of all, have a safe and healthy Homecoming week.

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Connie Carson, Vice President for Student Life

Co-Chairs, Fall Planning Steering Committee