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Our 2020 Enrichment Classes

Classes involve ACTIVE PARTICIPATION with a variety of daily projects and group activities. Instructors are specially chosen for their unique abilities to make learning come alive. Average class size is 12 participants. Campers are enrolled in four classes.

 

Cooking 101

International Style - Impress your family and friends as you become an international culinary wizard! Prepare appetizers, entrees and desserts from around the world.  This class will also cover topics of food preparation and presentation, menu planning, kitchen safety and table manners.
Taught by Mrs. Foster
Spanish Teacher, Bassett High School, Bassett, Virginia
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 17

BA, Spanish and Sociology, Longwood University

 

Crime Scene Investigators
Follow the evidence!  Experience the real-life adventure of detective work from arrival on the scene, to collecting evidence, analyzing clues and drawing conclusions.  Learn basic laboratory techniques including fingerprinting, blood typing, chromatography, and comparative analysis of microscopic evidence.
Taught by Mrs. Bailey
Physical Science Teacher, The Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration, Rocky Mount, Virginia
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 6
BS, Biomedical Science, Jefferson College of Health Sciences; MS, Science Education, Virginia Tech

Gereau Center Teacher of the Year (2017), Forensic Science teacher at The Gereau Center (2012-2015), member of Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (2012-2014), presenter at Virginia's Association of Science Teachers PDI (2013).

 

 

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The Ferrum Challenge

Head to the woods to challenge yourself on the Ferrum College Ropes Course! Spend the first two days on the low ropes learning about yourself and explore how we interact with others. Then head up into the trees for personal and team challenges on the high ropes course cumulating in a 500 foot-long zip line! Cap off the week with time on the climbing wall and rappelling tower.
Taught by Dr. Caston
Assistant Professor of Recreation Leadership, Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC:  12

BS, Biology, Longwood University; MS, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, Western Illinois University; PhD, Outdoor Education, Prescott College

 

Equine Studies:  All About Horses
Love horses and want to know everything about them? This class will focus on the horse from an analytical perspective.  Campers will learn about equine anatomy, breeds of horses, types of equipment, health care (taught by a veterinarian), and more!   This is not a riding course but campers will be handling horses as part of the teaching.  This class is held at Ferrum College’s Titmus Agriculture Center, a working farm, so campers must have appropriate shoes and attire.
Taught by Dr. Brubaker, DVM
Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 4 
BS, Ferrum College; DVM, Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Relief Veterinarian
APHIS Category II Veterinarian
2017 FCEC Ranch Division Champion
2017 FECE Trail Obstacle Champion

4H Virginia State and National Horse Judging Champion

 

Graphic Design

Everyone has heard of a picture being photo shopped. Campers will learn to edit photos and remove backgrounds in photos. “Photoshop” yourself with famous people and/or at exotic locations without ever leaving FCSEC! Transfer your creative photos, where campers will design projects, ranging from album covers, package labels, or advertising, while marketing your own “make believe” product.
Taught by Mr. Campbell
Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount VA Year 15 in Franklin County Public Schools,
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 7 
Bachelor of Journalism—University of Missouri-Columbia; MFA, National University
Adjunct Professor of English at Virginia Western Community College; Adjunct Professor of English Ferrum College
Publications: 
Book: The Three Reasons Formula: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Almost Any Essay--paperback
Poems: Published in both World Journal of Contemporary Poetry and American Journal of Contemporary Poetry
Short Stories: World Journal of Contemporary Literature
Teacher of the Year Franklin County Public Schools 2007, Teacher of the Year Franklin County High School 2018, First Place State of Virginia for High School Newspapers, 2012-present, First Place National Award from American Scholastic Press Association, 2013-present.

 

Hogwarts Academy I: O.W.L.

Get sorted! Enter the classroom of Harry Potter, and experience the education of the boy wizard with Ferrum College’s own internationally recognized Harry Potter expert. Study for your Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.s) exams in subject areas such as Charms, History of Magic, Potions, Transfiguration, Herbology, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. First years only!
Taught by Dr. Whited
Professor of English and Director of the Boone Honors Program at Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 14 
BA, Emory & Henry College; MA, The College of William & Mary: MA, Hollins University; and PhD, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Dr. Whited edited two books of essays on the Harry Potter series and a volume on the Hunger Games trilogy. An internationally recognized expert on the Harry Potter series, Dr. Whited serves as Minister of Magical Education for Diagon Valley (Roanoke’s Harry Potter festival) and has written about Harry Potter for many publications.  In 2014, she was recognized with an Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministries of the United Methodist Church, and she was Ferrum College’s 2016 nominee for the State Council of Higher Education’s Outstanding Faculty Awards.

 

Hogwarts Academy II: N.E.W.T.

Hogwarts upperclassmen do have their privileges. FCSEC repeaters may return to the classroom of Harry Potter and experience the education of the boy wizard with Ferrum College’s own internationally recognized Harry Potter expert. Returning students work toward completion of the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test, studying such subjects as Care of Magical Creatures, Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, and Divination. Also try out for the Quidditch team.
Taught by Dr. Whited
Professor of English and Director of the Boone Honors Program at Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 14 
BA, Emory & Henry College; MA, The College of William & Mary: MA, Hollins University; and PhD, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Dr. Whited edited two books of essays on the Harry Potter series and a volume on the Hunger Games trilogy. An internationally recognized expert on the Harry Potter series, Dr. Whited serves as Minister of Magical Education for Diagon Valley (Roanoke’s Harry Potter festival) and has written about Harry Potter for many publications.  In 2014, she was recognized with an Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministries of the United Methodist Church, and she was Ferrum College’s 2016 nominee for the State Council of Higher Education’s Outstanding Faculty Awards.

 

 

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Living, 1800 Style

The year is 1800. A 30-mile trip takes an entire day. John Adams is president, but you have never seen his image or heard his voice. You need real skills to keep your family warm and fed. Step back in time at Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Farm Museum, an 1800 living history farmstead, for hands-on training in oxen driving, open hearth cooking, cabin building, gardening, blacksmithing, and other tasks. Learn two different skills each day in a one-of-a kind setting.
Living 1800s Style—Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum College

The teachers of the Living 1800s Style class are interpreters & volunteers at the Blue Ridge Farm Museum, having 54 years of combined experience. Each instructor brings a unique skill set. These include blacksmithing, pottery, spinning, farming & music. All are practiced in teaching Colonial Era skills. They are led by Rebecca Boone Austin, the Coordinator of Educational Outreach & Interpretation for the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum. Rebecca has been working at the Institute for 20 years, teaching a class for FCSEC class for the last 13 years.  For more information about Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Farm Museum visit http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/farm.htm .

 

Makeup Artistry—Special Effects

Discover how to make someone who is 20 years old appear to be 80; create a cut on an arm (that really isn’t a cut); transform anyone into a beautiful fairy princess, (or maybe a toad); or even create your own alien. These all become real at the movies, in television, and on the theater stage through the work of a makeup artist. Learn to design and create characters from scratch using simple ingredients like latex and cotton how to apply makeup and safely use chemicals in the process of learning to become a make-up artist.
Instructor to be announced.

 

Mythology

Mythology – The original Superheroes—the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, the deities of Egypt, the Norse and Celtic immortals—squabbled with their peers, meddled in human affairs, and demanded respect and adoration.  Now they are coming to our class.   Explore the worlds of mythological gods and goddesses, create artwork, and take the forms of the deities for discussions and dramatizations.  Fittingly, the week will close with an epic party for the ages!
Taught by Dr. Grimes
Professor of English, Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 4
BA, summa cum laude English and Psychology, Catawba College; MA, English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; PhD, English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Contributor to The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter (essay excerpted in Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths /Ed. Eva M. Thury, Margaret K. Devinney); co-editor of Critical Insights: Harry Potter.

 

Pet Care

Learn about pets; caring for your pet; understanding your pet; selecting the right pet for your family; and taking on the responsibilities of owning a pet. Pet Care focuses primarily on the care of dogs and cats; however other pets may be discussed. NOTE: Live animals will be present during this class, that may include, but not limited to dogs, cats, horses, snakes, etc. Allergies should be noted before signing up for this class. Pet Care will be held at Ferrum College’s Titmus Agriculture Center, a working farm, so campers must have appropriate shoes and attire.

Taught by Dr. Brubaker, DVM
Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Ferrum College
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 4 
BS, Ferrum College; DVM, Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Relief Veterinarian
APHIS Category II Veterinarian
2017 FCEC Ranch Division Champion
2017 FECE Trail Obstacle Champion

4H Virginia State and National Horse Judging Champion

 

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STEM Projects

Who doesn’t love a fun science project? In this class, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be incorporated into fun and interesting activities.  Campers will take on the roles of chemists, engineers, and rocket scientists to make slime, create volcanoes, construct bridges, build solar ovens, fly rockets, and more!

Taught by Mrs. Bailey
Physical Science Teacher, The Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration, Rocky Mount, Virginia
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 6
BS, Biomedical Science, Jefferson College of Health Sciences; MS, Science Education, Virginia Tech

Gereau Center Teacher of the Year (2017), Forensic Science teacher at The Gereau Center (2012-2015), member of Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (2012-2014), presenter at Virginia's Association of Science Teachers PDI (2013).

 

Summer Theater

Gain confidence through performance while developing acting techniques. Learn the fundamentals of voice projection and articulation, teamwork, stage directions and use of props as you prepare a performance for camp friends for Friday evening!  Enjoy daily warm-up activities and fast-paced theater games.
Taught by Abby Southall
English Educator at Benjamin Franklin Middle School
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 1
BA, English, Virginia Tech; MA, Education, Radford University
Theater teacher for three years at a small private school

 

The Music In My Head

You’re the composer and the DJ in your own musical world of looping and software tracking.  Mix the popular with the exotic to build a completely personal sound of your own creation.  At the end of each session you’ll have a one-of-a-kind song in the genre of that day and at the end of the week, you’ll compile a showcase CD of all your compositions.  “The Music in My Head” is taught by a professional musician with years of live performance and studio work.  No musical experience is required for this class.  
Taught by Mr. Campbell
Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount VA Year 15 in Franklin County Public Schools,
Years of Teaching at FCSEC: 7 
Bachelor of Journalism—University of Missouri-Columbia; MFA, National University
Adjunct Professor of English at Virginia Western Community College; Adjunct Professor of English Ferrum College
Publications: 
Book: The Three Reasons Formula: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Almost Any Essay--paperback
Poems: Published in both World Journal of Contemporary Poetry and American Journal of Contemporary Poetry
Short Stories: World Journal of Contemporary Literature
Teacher of the Year Franklin County Public Schools 2007, Teacher of the Year Franklin County High School 2018, First Place State of Virginia for High School Newspapers, 2012-present, First Place National Award from American Scholastic Press Association, 2013-present.

 

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