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FMU to award honorary degrees at commencement

Francis Marion University will award honorary degrees to a Florence City Councilwoman and a South Carolina state senator during fall commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 in the Smith University Center gymnasium. Selected to receive the degrees are South Carolina state senator Vincent Sheheen and Florence City Councilwoman Teresa Ervin. More than [...]

By Larry Falck | News

FMU has large presence at American Chemical Society event

Seventeen Francis Marion University chemistry students and eight faculty and staff members from the FMU Department of Chemistry participated in the 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS), October 23-26 in Columbia. Students were involved in poster presentations, demonstrations and activity leaders. Faculty staff also presented posters, presided over symposia sessions, made oral [...]

By Larry Falck | News

FMU ranked among U.S. News’ “Best Colleges”

Francis Marion University once again is ranked among U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top Regional Universities in the South The 2017 edition of USN&WR’s  “America’s Best Colleges,” one of the oldest of the dozens of college rating sites on the Internet, is available today online. The information also will appear in the magazine’s print editions later [...]

By Larry Falck | News

Sheheen to Francis Marion University graduates: be courageous

Francis Marion University awarded 350 degrees at its fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Smith Center on the FMU campus. The graduates included 282 baccalaureate degrees and 68 graduate students in Business, Education, Nursing and Psychology. Among the undergraduates students who marched were  27 majors  from FMU’s new Healthcare Administration program. They [...]

By Matt McColl | News

It’s world tour time for FMU’s piano master

Hitting the road for a concert is nothing new for FMU Professor of Music Dr. Paolo Gualdi. The award-winning pianist regularly piles up the miles, both in the United States and Europe, playing recitals and teaching master classes. But Gualdi’s schedule during the upcoming Winter Break is extreme, even for him. During a 25-day stretch [...]

By Matt McColl | News

Another original work by Goff debuts at the PAC

A new symphonic suite for chorus and orchestra by Dr. Brandon Goff, a professor in Francis Marion University’s Music Industry program, will debut Thursday night at the FMU Performing Arts Center. The new work, entitled It is Well … A Healing Suite, will be performed by the Florence Symphony Orchestra and the Masterworks Choir. The [...]

By Larry Falck | News

FMU’s Carter joins executive committee of SCRA board

Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter was recently named to the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) board’s executive committee. The SCRA, an applied research corporation based in Columbia, aims to enhance the development of the state’s innovative capabilities to further economic growth, and facilitate university research commercialization. The addition of Carter to the board [...]

By Larry Falck | News

FMU physics grad hopes to work on Wall Street

When Jared Singleton was a young boy, his parents cut the number of cable channels the family received. One they didn’t cut -- whether by choice or accident -- was the Science Channel, a network devoted to the exploration and explanation of scientific history and happenings. Young Jared discovered it. Fast forward a few years [...]

By Matt McColl | News

New Healthcare Admin degree flourishing at FMU

New academic programs typically  require a crawl-walk-run phase as they ramp up and become a full-fledged major. Francis Marion University’s new Healthcare Administration major isn’t typical. The inaugural graduating class, which marched Saturday in FMU’s Fall 2016 commencement, boasts 27 students. That’s third most in any major among the more than 300 graduates at this [...]

By Matt McColl | Uncategorized

Viet Nam Memorial Moving Wall coming to FMU

The Moving Wall, a portable replica of the famed Viet Nam Memorial in Washington, D.C., is coming to the Francis Marion University campus on Oct. 27. The Moving Wall is the now, 32-year-old project of a group of veterans determined that the experience of the Viet Nam Memorial be shared across the nation. It tours [...]

By Larry Falck | News

FMU announces faculty tenure and promotions

Francis Marion University’s Office of the Provost recently announced the promotion of 13 faculty members for the 2016-17 academic year. Promoted to full professor were: Dr. Wendy Caldwell Richardson, Department of English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy; Dr. Larry P. Engelhardt, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Dr. Michael P. Hughes, School of Business; Dr. Tracy E. [...]

By Larry Falck | News

FMU nursing program named a national “Center of Excellence”

Francis Marion University’s Department of Nursing has been named as one of 15 new Centers of Excellence by the National League for Nursing, the nation’s premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN Centers of Excellence exemplify the League’s core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence, and faculty at designated institutions [...]

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