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The Ferrum College SIFE TEAM Receives Top Recognition at Regional Competition

The Ferrum College SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team has returned to Ferrum, as winners after participating in the Charlotte North Carolina SIFE USA Regional Competition on Tuesday April 1, 2008.

Ferrum's 92nd Commencement Ceremony to Take Place May 3rd
On Saturday, May 3rd at 10:30 a.m. 150 prospective seniors will graduate from Ferrum College during outdoor commencement ceremonies led by Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten, Ferrum’s 10th president.  A Baccalaureate service will be held in Vaughn Chapel the previous evening, Friday May 2nd, at 7:30 p.m.

Ferrum College Professor Serves as Consultant in Project to Improve the Management and Efficiency of China's Water Supply
Ferrum College Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Dr. Dave Johnson, spent nine days in March working as a consultant on a study in China as part of a team developing a decision support system to reduce nonpoint source pollution to China’s Han River, the largest tributary to the Yangtze River.  Of special interest is Danjiangkou Reservoir, a large reservoir that will be part of the South-to-North water diversion project that will eventually supply drinking water to over 10 million people in Beijing.

Ferrum College Brings Noted Author of “Dead Man Walking” for Wright Lecture Series
Ferrum College is pleased to announce the Wasena F. “Buddy” Wright Lecture Series is set for Monday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Vaughn Chapel. This year’s lecturer is Sister Helen Prejean, an internationally known and leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. Sister Prejean is author of the best seller “Dead Man Walking” and the “Death of Innocents.” This lecture series is free and open to the public.

Survivors become teachers for class
On a small, quaint campus tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains there's a class being taught about a big, world-changing event -- the Holocaust. And the class includes guest appearances by survivors.
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Nunsense II, The Second Coming Opens at the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre
Nunsense II, The Second Coming, Dan Goggin’s next installment about the five delightful nuns from Hoboken, opens April 15 at the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre. Because last season’s Nunsense was a smashing success, bringing back the eccentric nuns in a brand-new musical promises more fun.

Ferrum College Hosts 5th Annual Relay for Life April 4-5
Ferrum College is helping in the fight against cancer by hosting its 5th Annual Relay for Life. The event will be held from 6 p.m. April 4 through 6 a.m. April 5 at the Panther Baseball Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held at the Fitness Center.

A Gold Mine of Information
Experts often come from the places you'd least expect. Even so, when Discovery Channel producers were searching for an authority on the trans-Saharan gold trade, they probably weren't expecting to find Richard Smith.
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Heroes: Man donates kidney to Ferrum College Student   
Kevin Board still can’t believe someone could be so generous. “We didn’t know each other that well, and for somebody just to say, ‘I’d like to help this guy,’ it was unbelievable,” Board said. Board has always been an active person – someone who enjoys school and playing tennis.
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Ferrum College Hosts 11th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference     
Ferrum College is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference to be held Monday and Tuesday, April 14th and 15th on the College campus. The conference theme will echo the College’s 2007-2008 academic year theme of “Social and Economic Justice” and will focus on the contributions of women in these areas.

The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre at Ferrum College To Hold Auditions March 29      
The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre, located at Ferrum College, will hold local auditions for singers, dancers, and musicians on March 29. The BRDT has been in operation for 29 years performing quality entertainment for the entire family. This year’s season consists of Nunsense II, The Second Coming, Mrs. California, When the Lights Go On Again: A Musical Revue of WWII, Saunders Family Christmas, and Little Women: A Musical.

Former Apartheid Activist to Speak on Social and Economic Justice at Ferrum College             
Former apartheid activist and expert in international human rights, Dr. Johan van der Vyver, will speak at Ferrum College on Thursday, March 27. The Boone Honors Program will sponsor the event at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room. The event is being held in conjunction with the campus-wide theme of social and economic justice, which is being coordinated by the School of Social Sciences this year.

The Model United Nations: Offering a Dose of Reality to Classroom Teaching and Knowledge

On Saturday, March 15, 2008 Ferrum College students will participate in The Model United Nations Security Council, a role-playing simulation exercise designed to convey the full richness, complexity, drama, and importance of international affairs. The Model UN will be held in the Founder’s Room beginning at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3:30 p.m.

Concert at Ferrum College Will Commemorate and Celebrate                   
A concert commemorating both the suffering in the Holocaust and the earlier triumph over genocide represented by the Jewish holiday of Purim will take place on March 19 at 7 p.m. in Grousbeck Auditorium at Ferrum College. Clarinetist Eugene Jones will perform an excerpt from Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from a massacre by the wicked Persian minister Haman. Dr. Gary Evans will read from "Esther," which tells the story of Purim, while musician Jones accompanies on the clarinet. Dr. Evans will also have a slide show on Olivier Messiaen to begin the program. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow the concert. For further information, please contact Dr. Marcia Horn, ext. 4328 or mhorn@ferrum.edu.

Ferrum College Campus Expansion Continues
Local Companies Help Build Residence Hall

Construction will begin in the near future on a new three-story residence hall to be located on the west side of the Ferrum College campus. The building will house 120 students, two to a room, and will help accommodate the continuing growth in enrollment that the college has been experiencing over the last several years. The use of these companies will give an economic boost to the economy in not only the Franklin County area, but surrounding regions as well. Completion of the project is expected before the beginning of the fall 2008 semester.

Ferrum College Graduate Seen on Superbowl Advertisement                  
If you happened to have been one of the millions of people who were tuned in to this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, you may have seen a commercial starring a Ferrum College grad.  Cliff Todd, ’95, who is now an actor living in Hollywood, California, made a brief but memorable appearance during an advertisement for Pepsi Max. If you missed it, you can still see it here.

Ferrum College Launches New Classes through its Lifelong Learning Program                    
Ferrum College, in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International (CCI), is launching two new programs in the allied health fields through its Lifelong Learning Program. The programs, Pharmacy Technician Certification and Medical Billing and Coding, are designed to prepare students to take the certification exams in each respective area. Both programs are scheduled to accommodate the adult learner by meeting in the evening or on weekends. Medical Billing and Coding is a 70-hour program that will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning on March 10th. Pharmacy Technician is a 50-hour program that will meet on Saturdays beginning March 15th. Both programs will be held at The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount.

Ferrum College Participates in V-Day Movement                      
Ferrum College will participate in V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls with a special production of  “The Vagina Monologues” February 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 p.m. in Grousbeck Auditorium.  Student admission is $3.00 and general admission is $5.00. Donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to The Franklin County Family Resource Center. “The Vagina Monologues” are a celebration of female sexuality and all its complexity and mystery, written by Eve Ensler.  This play contains adult language and themes.

Ferrum College Looks For Its “Biggest Loser” in Campus-Wide Competition
Ferrum College is looking for its own “Biggest Loser” in a campus-wide competition to find the person who can lose the most amount of weight. Approximately 40 students, faculty and staff have signed up to compete in the 10-week contest. This race to shed the most pounds is different from the popular television show in that Ferrum participants must work out and diet completely on their own; no personal trainer is there to push them along the way.

Ferrum College Celebrates Black History Month with Dramatic One-Woman Play
In honor of Black History Month, Ferrum College will host a compelling and captivating performance by Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux who plays Harriet Tubman in a one-woman show called “The Resurrection of General Harriet Tubman for Literacy.” This special performance will be held in the Panther’s Den in Franklin Hall on February 14th at 8 p.m. Admission is free and the play is open to the public.

Exhibit Highlights Moonshine Making
Produced by WVTF's Connie Stevens, here's the story as told from an interview with museum director Roddy Moore, with a little help from some Franklin County music recorded over the years on the topic of moonshine.
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Students Named to Dean's List
The following students have been named to Ferrum College's Dean's List for the Fall 2007 semester. Full-time students who receive at least a 3.4 grade point average on the 4.0 scale during the academic semester qualify for Ferrum's Dean's List.

Distinguished Ferrum College History Professor to be Featured on an Upcoming Series on The Discovery Channel


Ferrum College Professor of History, Dr. Richard Smith, will be featured on an episode of a new series that will debut this summer on The Discovery Channel. The show will be hosted by award-winning television personality Josh Bernstein, widely known for his popular adventure-archaeology series called “Digging for the Truth” on the History Channel. The episode featuring Dr. Smith, entitled “Africa’s El Dorado,” will focus on the history of the Saharan desert city of Timbuktu, which was the center of the gold trade between the 14th and 16th Century. Bernstein called on Dr. Smith because of his expertise on Saharan history during this time frame.

New Exhibit at Ferrum College Features Collage Work from Various Artists
A new art exhibit called “Collage, Assemblage and Mixed Media” is now on display at Ferrum College at the E. Taylor Greer Gallery of Ferrum’s Thomas Stanley Library. Co-Curators Nancy Hart and Suzie Kelly have put together the collage work of 8 very different artists for the exhibit. Artists from Italy to Ferrum to Portland, Oregon are featured in the show.

Billy Wagner to Receive Good Guy Award from New York Chapter of BBWAA
Five-time Major League Baseball All-Star Billy Wagner, a relief pitcher for the New York Mets, will be honored Sunday, January 27, in New York City with the Ben Epstein "Good Guy" Award. Wagner a former All-American at Ferrum College, will be presented with the award Sunday at the 85th annual dinner staged by the New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America at the Hilton New York. The Good Guy Award recognizes Wagner for his accessibility, cooperation and candor in working with members of the media. Read More...

Ferrum College Psychology Students Hold Book Fair to Promote Literacy January 25- 27
The Ferrum College Psychology Club is holding a book fair at Barnes & Noble at Tanglewood Mall from Friday January 25th through Sunday January 27th to promote literacy and raise money for Ferrum Elementary School and the Psychology Club. Special events are planned at the store on Saturday, January 26th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, January 27th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These will include children’s crafts, coffee samplings, story times, and book signings to name a few.

Ferrum College to Host Guest Speaker,
Special Performances in Honor of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Ferrum College will hold a special Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 21 in the Panther’s Den of Franklin Hall.  The program will include guest speaker Lt. Col. (Ret) Larry D. Moore and performances by Ferrum students. The program begins at 7 p.m. and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Ferrum College Receives Financial Aid Grant from Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation
Ferrum College has received a grant in the amount of $25,500 from the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation to be used for financial aid.  Students with financial need who have demonstrated a commitment to service above self and service to the community are eligible.  Additionally, the Foundation has made a grant of $5,000 dollars to the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Endowment at Ferrum College.  This endowment was established in 1998 to provide support in perpetuity for Sullivan Scholars at Ferrum College.

Ferrum College SIFE Team Presents
“The Reality Store”
The Ferrum College SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Team will be presenting “The Reality Store” to Franklin County High School Students on Thursday December 6, from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. “The Reality Store” is a hands-on, interactive project that will give high school students an opportunity to participate in career planning, skills and competencies assessment. It is also designed to expose the students to the various steps in the job search process and enable them to make every day spending decisions in a simulated “SIFE Town USA,” where students will budget, spend their paychecks, pay taxes, get loans, etc.

Ferrum College Holds African American Literature Conference December 7 - 8
Former National Poetry Slam winner and Ferrum College alumna Patricia A. Johnson will be the featured artist at Ferrum College’s African American Literature Conference December 7-8. Johnson, author of Stain My Days Blue, will perform her own poetry and that of other writers Friday, Dec. 7, at 6:15 in the Panther’s Den in Franklin Hall. In addition, she will speak at the luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 12:30, also in the Panther’s Den.

National and Regional Participants Invited to Ferrum College During Year-long Focus on the Death Penalty
A best selling author and an exonerated death row inmate will be among participants in events planned at Ferrum College that will focus on the many controversial issues related to the death penalty as part of the College’s year-long emphasis on Social and Economic Justice: Regional and Global Connections.

Ferrum College Student Earns National Volunteer Award for a “Lifetime” of Service to Seniors
Ferrum College Freshman, Ben Thacker, recently won the “2007 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year” Award from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living. He earned the award for his service to the Beverly Living Center in Charlottesville, VA. Local residents know the facility as “The Cedars.”

Ferrum College Administrator Selected for 2007 Pioneer Award
Ferrum College is proud to announce that Dave Newcombe, Director of Student Leadership and Engagement, has been selected to receive the 2007 Virginia Pioneer Award. Newcombe will be presented the award during the Annual Virginia Student Services Conference at Wintergreen Resort on November 15th.

Ferrum College Student Saves Couple After House Explosion
Ferrum College student Yuji Hairston is being credited with saving an elderly couple in Rocky Mount, VA after their home exploded late last week. The homeowners, Robert and Mary Turner, were trapped inside their burning home. Hairston, who lives nearby, said “I heard the explosion and thought ‘someone needs to help.’ Then I thought, ‘I can help.’ So I did.”

Bread and Puppet Theater Comes to Ferrum College
The Bread and Puppet Theater, one of the country’s oldest alternative theatrical companies, is coming to Ferrum College on November 5th and 6th. The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1962 by Peter Schumann and uses a variety of puppets as well as masks, costumes, paintings, buildings and landscapes in its productions. Through music, dance and slapstick, the acts vary from carefully choreographed theater pieces to outdoor pageants requiring the participation of hundreds of performers, including volunteers.

Ferrum College Holds Dedication Ceremony for Moore Hall, New Residence Hall Named in Memory of Generous Benefactor
The Board of Trustees of Ferrum College, along with college president Dr. Jennifer Braaten and distinguished guests, will hold a dedication ceremony at the entrance of Moore Hall, the college’s newest state-of-the-art residence hall, at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, November 2nd. The building is named in memory of R. Stuart Moore, a former trustee and one of Ferrum’s most generous benefactors.

Ferrum College Honors the Memory of Virginia Tech Professor During Annual Day of Remembrance and Promise Ceremony
The Ferrum College Community will come together on November 1st for “A Day of Remembrance and Promise” in memory of the Holocaust and its survivors. The theme of the event, “Remembering the Gifted Among Us,” will commemorate the life of Professor Liviu Librescu, a Virginia Tech teacher and Holocaust survivor, who died while attempting to protect his students during the Virginia Tech tragedy on April 16th.

Ferrum College Student Meets with Governor Tim Kaine in Richmond
Ferrum College student, Tiffany Weaver, was the only college student in the state of Virginia given the honor of representing over 20,000 of her fellow Virginia TAG recipients at a recent meeting with Governor Tim Kaine in Richmond..

Ferrum College SIFE Team Offers Financial Literacy Seminars to Students and Community
Do you feel overwhelmed by credit card debt? Are you currently unable to manage your finances? Do you know how healthy your finances are? Do you know your credit score and how to protect yourself from identity theft? If you have been tossing and turning at night worrying about these financial issues and more, the Ferrum College SIFE teams wants to help you.

Ferrum College Holds Communications Board Forum: The Impact of the Media on the Justice System
Where should the line be drawn regarding freedom of the press verses a defendant’s rights? When the media takes an interest in a legal matter, is the objectivity of the judicial system challenged? Is it possible for items such as personal blogs and comments posted on Myspace and Facebook to be harmful to one’s chance at a fair trial?

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