Furman Reflective Walk

Nine places and points of interest to reflect on topics provided by Furman faculty.

Furman Reflective Walk

Greenville, South Carolina 29617, United States

Created By: The Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection, Furman University

Tour Information

The Furman Reflective Walk celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection. Over the past two decades, the Cothran Center has expanded to become an integral resource supporting many aspects of the Furman Advantage; including reflection efforts, student pathways, community connections and conversations, and increased support for One Furman throughout the Upstate and across the alumni family. This engaging tour of campus sights encourages participants to reflect on their own sense of meaning and purpose while enjoying the reflections, memories, and descriptions of the significance of each location provided by members of the Furman community.

The tour begins at the labyrinth located on the north side of Daniel Chapel, continues across campus and around the lake, with the final point being the Thoreau Cabin.

Special thanks to the contributors Lindley (Sharp) Curtis, Dr. Elaine Nocks, Dr. Susan D'Amato, Dr. Idella Glenn, Dr. Mark Stone, Dr. James B. Leavell, Luz Ruiz, Dr. Geoffrey Habron, Dr. Min-Ken Liao, and Dr. A. Scott Henderson. Thanks also to Eric Cain, former Director, Cothran Center; and John Harris, current Faculty Director, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection.

For any questions or concerns about this tour, please contact cothran.center@furman.edu

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Furman labyrinth rests quietly, nestled between evergreen shrubs and tucked beside the chapel’s sturdy walls. It catches the passing rays of the sun and reveals the shifting shadows of nearby trees. The labyrinth unassumingly offers i... Read more
The rock garden on the grounds of the Townes Science Center holds a special memory for me.  It was where I sat in the early afternoon of August 21, 2017, to witness a total solar eclipse – the “Great American Eclipse” seen by million... Read more
I am grateful for this opportunity to reflect on the historic nature of the erection of a memorial to the first African American to attend Furman University. As a black aluma, this memorial affirms the inclusion of black students on Furman... Read more
The Place of Peace complements the Asian garden, which is located directly opposite it. If you cross the road from the garden, you stand at the foot of the path that leads up to the temple, which is the focal point of this area. The plaque ... Read more
In 2016 The Charlotte Observer listed Furman’s Asian Garden as one of the twelve best drive-to gardens in the Carolinas. This garden is rich in symbolism that has its origin in Japanese culture, but it holds meaning universal to the human... Read more
The Florentine styled bell tower was originally built in 1854 on the men’s campus in Downtown Greenville. The tower you see today was built in 1965. The famous icon seen across many marketing materials and photos, serves as a symbol of si... Read more
In 2016, I realized I needed to make a professional move. I had shifted from an academic position where I had developed a new sustainability program that utilized electronic portfolios for students to demonstrate their competencies to a pos... Read more
The stone bridge and creek at the back of the lake is one of my favorite spots on campus. Around the lake, this is the place where water has the most action. It is busy, hurried, and most determined—I have a place to go and I am going. Th... Read more
Furman University’s Thoreau Cabin was built in 2009 by the students in an inaugural May-semester class entitled, “Replicating Walden,” led by Dr. David Bernardy in Furman’s English department. The cabin is named after Henry David Th... Read more


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