Schedule of Events

Whether it has been five years or 60 since you were last on campus, we hope you will join us for a memorable weekend of reminiscing and celebrating all that we love about Furman!


We look forward to seeing you November 6 - 8 for Homecoming 2020.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE 2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR YOUR REFERENCE. An updated schedule will be posted in June of 2020.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

5:30 p.m. -
8 p.m.

The American History Book Club
Greenville Country Club
"Leadership: A Story of the American Presidency" with Michael Beshloss, Presidential Historian
5:30 - 6 p.m. Book Signing  / 6:30 p.m. Program
Greenville Country Club: 239 Byrd Boulevard, Greenville, SC 29605
$50 per person
RSVP to nancy.liebezeit@furman.edu or 864.294.2173

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Horseplay Skits
McAlister Auditorium
Student organizations present their annual Spirit Week Competition skits in the time-honored tradition of Horseplay. Sponsored by the Student Alumni Council.

7 - 11 p.m

Float-building
Furman Mall
Student organizations build floats as part of the annual Spirit Week Competition. Alumni and guests are encouraged to visit the Furman Mall to see the creative work of Furman’s students. Sponsored by the Student Alumni Council.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

11 a.m. –
3 p.m.

Paladin Prep: College Search and Application Workshop
Burgiss Theatre and Thomas Room in the Trone Student Center
A subsidiary of The Furman Advantage, Paladin Prep is a college admissions prep program offered exclusively to high school-aged Furman Legacy students. Space is limited, so all participants are required to register in advance.

12:00 –
2:30 p.m.

60th and 65th Reunion Luncheon
Garden Room, Daniel Chapel    
The classes of 1954 and 1959 are invited to attend an intimate lunch hosted by the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement.

1 p.m.

#HomeAtFurman Golf Tournament benefitting the Chris Keen '87 Endowed Scholarship
Furman University Golf Course    
Join us for the 8th Annual #HomeAtFurman Golf Tournament benefitting the Chris Keen ’87 Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship, established in memory of Chris Keen ’87, has provided nearly $65,000 in need-based scholarships to Furman Legacy students. Registration for the golf tournament is now closed. For any questions, please contact Shon Herrick at (864) 294-3436 or at shon.herrick@furman.edu.

2 – 5 p.m.

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend Check-in
Cherrydale Alumni House  
Stop by the Cherrydale Alumni House to pick up all tickets, including lunch, football, reunion and after-party tickets. Check-in will continue Saturday morning at the Information Tent, located near the front gate fountain on the Furman Mall.

3 – 5 p.m.

Golden Paladin Drop-In
Herring Center for Continuing Education
Open to alumni who graduated fifty or more years ago. Reservations not required. Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

4 – 5 p.m.

Behind the Scenes in Special Collections and Archives
2nd Floor, James B. Duke Library
See (and touch!) highlights from Furman’s rare book and archival collections in this one-hour program. Learn how materials are acquired and preserved, and how they are being used by students and faculty for teaching and research.

4 – 6 p.m.

Dr. Gil Einstein Retirement Reception
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
Celebrate the career of Dr. Gil Einstein at a reception in honor of his retirement from Furman. Join us for light refreshments and a chance to gather with students, alumni and friends who have been impacted by his years in the Psychology Department. Please RSVP to donna.greene@furman.edu.

5 – 7:30 p.m.

50th Reunion Banquet
Hartness Pavilion, Daniel Dining Hall
The Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement will host a celebratory dinner for the class of 1969 and invited guests.

6 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Mercer
Alley Gym
Come support the Paladins as they host SoCon rival Mercer University. Tickets are $5.

6 – 7:30 p.m.

“Passages” Reception & Art Exhibition
Thompson Gallery, Roe Art Building
Join Professor Bob Chance and various alumni for a ceramics exhibit, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

6:30 –
7:30 p.m.

Quaternion Meeting and Social
Old College
Quaternion members and family are invited for drinks and light hors d'oeuvres in addition to a special presentation about Furman's history and the Quaternion first-generation scholarship.

7 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs. Wofford
Stone Soccer Stadium
The Women's Soccer team will host Wofford College for a division matchup at Seagraves Field. Tickets are $5.

7 – 11 p.m.

Homecoming Carnival and Float Building
Furman Mall
Relive the glory days of float building, pep rallies and bonfires on the Furman Mall! Guests with young children are encouraged to drop by the free Homecoming Carnival, hosted by FUSAB and SAC. The Homecoming Pep Rally will begin at 8 p.m.

8 p.m.

Furman Jazz Ensemble
Daniel Recital Hall
The Furman Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Matt Olson, performs traditional and contemporary big band literature, entertaining groups with concerts on campus and throughout the Southeast. Admission is $5 at the door.

 

Friday evening is also the perfect time to catch up with friends and classmates in

downtown Greenville!

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

8 a.m.

Furman Fun Run/Walk
Lay Physical Activities Center (outside near the flag pole)
Join the class of 1984 and other Furman Alumni for a Saturday morning walk/run around campus. Strollers and pets welcome!

9 a.m. –
1 p.m.

Special Collections and Archives Open House
2nd floor, James B. Duke Library
Stop by Special Collections and Archives to see materials related to your class, including yearbooks, newspapers, photographs, and more.    

9 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Check-in & Information Tent
Due to inclement weather, moved to Trone Student Center
To pick up lunch, football, reunion, and/or after-party tickets, stop by the check-in tent located on the Furman Mall near the front gate fountain.
At 12:30 p.m., all remaining football tickets will be taken to the Paladin Stadium Will Call.

9:30 –
11 a.m.
Mingle & Mimosas: Black Alumni and Student Drop-in
Trustees Dining Room, Charles E. Daniel Dining Hall
The Black Alumni Committee and the Center for Inclusive Communities cordially invite you to an alumni drop-in and meet and greet. The event will kick-off Homecoming festivities and is meant to foster a strengthened sense of community amongst Black alumni, students, faculty and staff. Brunch hors d'oeuvres and mimosas will be served.

 10 a.m. Brunch with Bryson (Oney, Caterisano, and Azar)
The Playhouse
Theatre alumni, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate 50 years of producing theatre in The Playhouse. Reservations must be made in advance.

10 a.m. Rugby vs. Citadel
John Roberts Rugby Field
The three-time National Champion Furman Rugby Club hosts The Citadel in the club's third home match of the year.

10 – 11 a.m. Riley Institute Advance Team Reunion
Lobby & Breezeway, Johns Hall
Indulge in our breakfast biscuit bar and reconnect with fellow Furman Riley Institute Advance Team alumni, along with staff from the Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs. For more information or to register, click here.

10 a.m. –
12 p.m.

Alumni Author Book Signing
Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore, Trone Student Center
Meet the following alumni authors and see their latest publications:
  • Ansley Quiros ’08, “God With Us: Lived Theology and the Freedom Struggle in Americus, Georgia, 1942–1976”
  • Andrea Bobotis ’98, “The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt”
  • Ben Gamble ’19, “Dragons Suck”
  • Joe Brewer ’97, “What is Sport?”
  • Jerry Kane ’94, “The Technology Fallacy: How People are the Real Key to Digital Transformation”
  • Pat Hensley '81, "The Successful Teacher's Handbook: Creative Strategies for Engaging Your Students, Managing your Classroom, and Thriving as an Educator."
  • Vernon Burton '69, "The Age of Lincoln: A History"

11 a.m. -
1 p.m.
Homecoming Tailgate and Reunion Village
Due to inclement weather, moved to Trone Student Center
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oin decades of Furman alumni, affinity groups and academic departments for the annual Homecoming Tailgate Lunch and Reunion Village. Lunch tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance. Children 8 years and younger eat free.

The following groups will host drop-in tents:
  • All Reunion Classes ending in ‘4 and ‘9
  • Affinity Groups
  • Academic Departments
  • University & Greek Life Organizations

 1 p.m. The Citadel Bulldogs vs. Furman Paladins
Paladin Stadium
Furman hosts The Citadel in the annual Homecoming football game. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance.

 Halftime Furman Cheerleader Drop-in
Cheerleader Tent, Paladin Stadium (south end zone near field house)
Cheer alumni and their families are invited to visit with current and former cheerleaders during halftime of the Homecoming football game. All guests must have a football ticket in order to enter the stadium.

Post-Game The 5th Quarter hosted by the Young Alumni Council
The Thirsty Paladin, Timmons Arena
Join the Furman Young Alumni Council and alumni who graduated within the last 5 years for a post-game beverage and fellowship in the Thirsty Paladin.

6:30 -
8:30 p.m.
Class Reunion Celebrations
Hyatt Regency, Downtown Greenville
Classes ending in ‘4 and ‘9 are invited to celebrate their individual class reunions. Tickets are $35 per person and include food and beverage. All guests must register in advance.

9 - 11 p.m. The Official Homecoming After-Party
Hyatt Regency, Downtown Greenville
Alumni, friends and family ages 21 and over are invited to join the Alumni Association for an open bar, lite bites, and live music and entertainment at the Homecoming After–Party in downtown Greenville. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in advance.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

10:30 a.m.

Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Betty Alverson '57
Daniel Chapel
Please join the Furman family in honoring the life of Betty Alverson '57, founder of the Collegiate Educational Service Corps (CESC). The organization, now known as the Heller Service Corps, has impacted thousands of lives both at Furman and in the greater Greenville community. A lunch in Betty's honor will be held immediately following the service at Daniel Dining Hall and Hartness Pavilion. The cost for lunch is $8. RSVP's must be made by Sunday, October 13 to BettyAlversonMemorial@gmail.com.


CAMPUS RESOURCES

Special Hours

Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore Hours
Trone Student Center
Friday, October 18: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 19: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 20: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

10 a.m. -
3 p.m.

Herff-Jones Furman Class Ring Sale
Trone Student Center, Outside the Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore
Order your class ring and receive a special Homecoming discount!
Saturday, October 19