With about 2,600 undergraduate students, Furman University in Greenville, SC is a private university with a reputation for rigorous academics. As such, it should come as no surprise that the university hosts various events throughout the year that are meant to enhance student learning, like lectures and arts events. But not all Furman University events are academic in nature. Some are service-oriented events meant to help the community as a whole, and other events are purely social. Read on to find out more about events on this beautiful campus!
Every fall, undergraduate evening studies students have the opportunity to show off their creativity at an art show at the Baiden Gallery in the Herring Center for Continuing Education. Original works of art, which includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and multimedia art created by students, faculty, and alumni will be on display.
Another arts event that takes place every fall is the Furman Faculty Chamber Music Series. Members of the music department will perform a series of concerts for the campus community and members of the public.
Each academic year, Furman hosts four stage performances as well as several smaller productions and shows directed by students. These range from contemporary comedies to Shakespeare’s plays. Occasionally the university hosts national acts such as stand-up comics as well.
Throughout the academic year, Furman University faculty members hold free talks as part of the High Noon Lecture Series that are open to students, staff, and the public. As the name suggests, these talks take place at noon sharp on Wednesdays at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman and last about an hour. An example of some of these diverse topics include “Brexit” in the United Kingdom, political polarization, NASA, addiction, and the Middle East.
When it comes to Furman University events, Homecoming is one of the most popular. Held every fall, the event centers around alumni, who are welcomed back to campus. Every year, the same loose schedule is maintained, which includes a festival, bonfire, and pep rally on a Friday night; a tailgate event Saturday afternoon with reunion tents, food, drink, and live entertainment; and Furman on Main, the official after party of Homecoming, on Saturday night. Throughout the weekend, smaller events are scheduled both on and off campus, such as concerts, choral performances, and art exhibits.
Graduates of Furman from 15 years ago or less are invited to gather one evening a year to welcome new alumni to their cities. These Young Alumni Day events are held in cities all over the country, like Atlanta, Raleigh, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC. It’s a way for alumni living in different parts of the country to connect with each other in their newly adopted cities.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Furman University acknowledges the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a series of events every January. These include the MLK Scholarship Gala, an interfaith celebration at the Daniel Memorial Chapel, an oration competition, and a day of service held in cooperation with United Way’s Hands on Greenville and sponsored by Heller Service Corps, the university’s volunteer organization.