Winter 2013

As a biology professor at Furman University in South Carolina, Laura Thompson has inspired classrooms of students since 1987. “She saw areas of potential that I could not see in myself,” says one graduate. Inside in her food laboratory and outside in her fiber and dye garden, Thompson’s goal is to help students learn about plants – and discover more about themselves along the way.

Winter 2013

By targeting undergraduates, a special program in South Carolina seeks to increase the number of minority students in health care professions.

The Rev. Brad Thie, new director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, sat down with us to share his journey from the business world to the ministry.

In North Carolina, the Eliada School of Trade Arts helps ease the transition from foster care to independence.