Ryan Boyle’s Book

Furman Student Preps for the Paracycling World Championships

reblogged from Fox Carolina 21 updated: August 13, 2014 / by Dana Wachter

TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) - He was hit by a truck at just 9 years old, spending two months in a coma, and left virtually immobile. Now, just over ten years later, Ryan Boyle is a national champion cyclist, and has his eye on the world title.  

The Paracycling World Championships will be held in Greenville over Labor Day weekend. It’s the first time the worldwide race will be held in the U.S. in fifteen years, and with a Greenville-based coach, Team U.S.A. boasts three upstate riders.  

The rising Furman junior is the baby on the team. He’s come a long way since he said he was only able to move his index finger after his wreck.  Now, he uses cycling and strength training as his physical therapy, believing there are no limits to what he can accomplish.  Boyle calls cycling his “destiny.”  “I know how cliché that might sound, but, I love what I do, and I want to show the world what I can do, and what U.S.A. can do,” Boyle said.  

Boyle said his skull shattered when he was hit by the truck, and he spent two months in a coma. Doctors told his family they weren’t sure if he would survive. He did, but with his balance and movement greatly affected.  After months, and then years of intensive rehab, Boyle got into swimming and then staff at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta got him back on a bike, a hand cycle. He began competing with that bike and at a race in Anderson, he said coach Simon Bennett saw potential in him. He translated Boyle’s passion to the trike.  

“It’s a lot like a regular bike and I can compete on it and I can be a world champion,” Boyle said.  Just this summer, Boyle nabbed gold medals in Italy and Madison, Wisconsin, taking home national championships. He said he’s always looking forward to the next race.  

As the World Championships come to Greenville, he hopes having trained in the city, knowing its heat and humidity well, he can be at an advantage.  He hopes his success will inspire others never to give up hope.  Boyle studies communications in school and he wants to be a motivational speaker.  

He’s already written a book called, “When the Lights Go Out,” published his freshman year of college, about the path he’s taken, to get where he is.  Boyle said his USA team travels together, competes together and they cheer each other on. He called his teammates, “an ambitious bunch,” and that they all share similar optimistic personalities. 

The Furman Library currently has Ryan’s book on order.  Stop by the Circulation Desk or call 864-294-2265 to place a hold on the book when it arrives.  Be the first to read about Ryan’s amazing life story and cheer him on as he races this Labor Day weekend!

FitDesks in the Library

If I sweat, will my suit of armor rust?  Yes.  But if you’re sweating while riding a FitDesk, then you’re doing it all wrong!  That’s because light exercise, not a heart pumping workout, is all that is required to boost brain power.

Studies have shown that increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain from exercise promotes the production of new cells and neural connections in the areas of the brain responsible for learning, memory, problem solving, and creativity. 

Exercise primes the brain for mental performance!

If you have a thinking-related task to do during the day – a presentation, a major meeting or a test – take 15 to 20 minutes to do some light exercise in the hour before the event. This exercise will increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain and improve your mental performance.

Ratey, John. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013.

Four FitDesks are located on the main floor of the James B. Duke Library.  Two additional FitDesks can be found in the Sanders Science Library.

3 Library FAQs

#1.  How do I find peer-reviewed articles?

Most likely, your professors will require that you use peer-reviewed or “refereed” articles when writing a research paper.  Subject databases that specialize in your field are more likely to include peer-reviewed journals.  Many databases allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles.  To confirm that your journal article is from a peer-reviewed/refereed publication AFTER you already have found it, search for the journal title (NOT the article title) in UlrichsWeb.  In the resulting list of records, look next to the journal title for the symbol that resembles a referee’s jersey.

#2.  The library doesn’t have what I need.  What should I do?  

We hope you don’t run into this problem too often, but if you do, the library offers a few options.  Use PASCAL Delivers when you need a book.  PASCAL Delivers transactions can be placed using your name and University ID Number.  Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for books that aren’t available through PASCAL Delivers.  AND use ILL services to request all other material types; articles, dissertations, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and sheet music.  Furman students, faculty, and staff who want to take advantage of ILL services must create an ILLiad account.

#3.  How can I find a call number in the library?

The Furman Libraries follow the classification system designed by the Library of Congress.  This system divides all knowledge into twenty-one basic classes, each identified by a single letter of the alphabet.  

To be able to efficiently read Library of Congress (LC) call numbers is quite a skill.  Let’s start with a sample call number:  LB2395 .C65 1991


Pirates in the Library

The FRADs were on a scavenger hunt today.  One of their clues led them to the library – “Engage, Enlighten, Empower is what we do.  Our academic resources are available just for you!”  Librarians at the Research Assistance Desk demonstrated how books and movies from the library’s collection can be used to create “Theme Nights” for their residence halls.  The pirate theme was a big hit!  Eye patches for everyone!  Snacks included: peg legs (pretzel sticks), shark bait (goldfish crackers), and cannon balls (Kix cereal).  Charlie the Pirate took part in several selfies.

Fantasy World Map

Where do you want to go today?  Get lost in the world of fantasy when you visit the James B. Duke Library’s latest book display. 

Archives Adjust Hours

Beginning August 26, Special Collections and Archives will return to its regular operating hours for the Fall Semester.  

9:00am to 5:00pm  Tuesday – Friday

Closed Saturday – Monday

Planning a Visit?

Please drop by to see our latest exhibition or to peruse the yearbooks in the Simms Research Room. If you are planning to do research, please call us at (864) 294-2194 or e-mail Special Collections. We are a small department and we want to ensure that we have the materials you need waiting for you! Please note that Visitor Parking permits are now required.  This temporary parking permit is free and is available at the Furman University Police Department, located in Hipp Hall. 

Please see Introduction to Special Collections and Archives which includes location and hours, an explanation of primary and secondary sources, guidance for citing archival and manuscript sources, deciphering handwriting, and more.

Summer Working Lunch: Aug. 12


CTL, ITS, the Writing & Media Lab, and the Library present Summer Working Lunches!  

you bring:  your lunch and your work

we provide:  Moodle 2.6 training, assistance with assignments and research, the sharing of ideas with your fellow faculty members, and beverages

Tuesday, August 12, 11 AM – 1 PM in the James B. Duke Library, Room 041

drop in; no rsvp required

Finding Broadcast Transcripts

This video will show you how to find broadcast transcripts in LexisNexis Academic.  You will learn how to search transcripts by show, guest, and topic.

“Nothing but rain, rain”

The Digital Collections Center is partnering with the Furman University Special Collections and Archives on the creation of a new digital collection titled “Civil War Correspondence.” The contents of the collection will include over 100 letters from Furman alumni who served in the Civil War. Among the letters is one written from Charles Manning Furman (son of the University’s first president) to his sweetheart and future wife Frances Emma Garden. The letter was written while Charles was visiting Cherrydale, the Furman family estate in Greenville.

Cherrydale has changed a lot in 151 years. The physical building was moved to the campus of Furman University in 1999 and now serves as the Alumni House, while the land it once occupied encompasses a shopping center, restaurants, and a movie theater.  One thing that remains the same, though, is the rainy weather!

Here is the full transcript of the letter:

Cherry Dale May 30th ’63

Darling Fan
    Two letters from you reached me last night, having been forwarded from Camp – Since I last wrote I have been weather-bound. Thursday, Friday & today, we have had nothing but rain, rain. The first two days after my arrival Tuesday & Wednesday I staid [sic] at home from choice, but I am beginning to wish that the adverse elements would allow me some little freedom of motion. As there are a number of persons whom I wish to see. Since I took up my pen the rain has recommenced & as I write is pouring down in torrents. Though it is quite an inconvenience to me, the country stands very much in need of it – as every thing was suffering from the absence of moisture before this wet season set in – You will really think I have very little to write about unless I stop talking of the weather – and such is the case. I have been in the house almost ever since my arrival, my chief occupation being playing with the children – my little brothers one five, the other three years old – and that is a mode of spending the time not very prolific of ideas & I think that with your permission I will set out for Ga in about a fortnight, which will give me a week to spend with you. I may come a few days sooner. If there is any special day which a stage leaves Fort Valley for Henderson or Perry, do let me know so that I may reach you in as little time as possible. I do not wish to lose a day on the road. As it is, I fear that I will have spent eight days on the road out of the thirty. Quite a heavy per-centage. Particularly when my time has to be divided between my home, which I have not seen for 2 ½ years and dont [sic] expect to see for 1 ½ ys. to come – and you with whom I have only spent 6 weeks, within the last 21 years.
    The sun is promising to shine out, so I may be able to go out after all. Excuse this letter which I feel to be unworthy the eye of the intended reader, and believe me. With love to Mamma. Fondly, my Beauty


The “Civil War Correspondence” digital collection is expected to be online in the next few months.