Around The Lake

See You At Furman 101

The university’s new space in downtown Greenville serves students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Staff Report

Furman’s downtown presence has grown in size and vibrance with one of the university’s latest investments in the Greenville community – the addition of a 2,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of 101 N. Main St., known as Furman 101.

The new venue at One City Plaza allows Furman to host the campus and broader Greenville community for networking, classes and other events in the heart of downtown Greenville. This past April, the Upstate FAN club celebrated Dins Day at Furman 101.

The storefront suite in the former Bank of America building has been designed as an experiential learning environment. A multipurpose area with flexible furniture, the space easily transforms to host a variety of programs, workshops and events, including select graduate and undergraduate courses, continuing education, workshops, speaker series and networking events.

“From the West End to Heritage Green, to our beautiful campus on Poinsett Highway, Furman is proud to be Greenville’s university,” says Liz Seman, chief of staff and liaison to Furman’s Board of Trustees. “We are excited to add the space at One City Plaza to our downtown footprint. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will now have the opportunity to engage with the Greenville community at Fluor Field, the Upcountry History Museum and the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. All of these venues provide unique opportunities for collaboration and high impact experiences, which are the hallmark of The Furman Advantage.”

Furman’s four other institutes – The Riley Institute, The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities and The Institute for Advancement of Community Health – offer programming in the space. Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as the school’s academic, alumni relations and athletics departments, also present events.

The space also connects Furman students and faculty more intentionally with the business and nonprofit community, creating opportunities for internships, full-time jobs, research and other collaborations.


Photo: Jeremy Fleming ’08

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