Golden Panthers: Thornton Turman ’63

Thornton Turman ’63

Community involvement, a love of the outdoors, and a faith-based lifestyle are common threads in the lives of many Ferrum College graduates. Thornton Turman ’63, or “TL” as he is called today, is no different. Turman followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Charles ’61, and chose to attend Ferrum College. He believed the […]

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award: Alfred “Al” Midgett ’79

Al Midgett ’79 and his son, Matthew

Al Midgett is a member of the Ferrum College class of 1979. He is an author, founder of The Noblemen, and father of a miracle son who inspired an entire grassroots movement to change lives and empower others to do “Noble Deeds.” Kirk Brammer ’81, a classmate, says of Al that he has gone from […]

Cornwell Begins Term as ABOD President

Joey Cornwell '02

As is often the case with Ferrum College students, once Alumni Board of Directors President Joey Cornwell ’02 saw the campus, he knew Ferrum was the only college he wanted to attend. Cornwell grew up on a dairy farm as a third-generation farmer, and was heavily pushed to attend Virginia Tech, but after visiting that […]

Golden Panthers: James L. Clark ’62

Jim Clark '62

With Golden Panthers fast becoming the largest and most motivated group of Ferrum College alumni, they have become an example of commitment and enthusiasm to younger Panthers. Clark encourages Golden Panthers to attend athletic events and the Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series and to stay current on Ferrum goings-on. He has plans to organize short […]

Ferrum—A Positive Foundation for Life

Corene Martin Simms ’42

In the early years of Ferrum College, the campus fulfilled many purposes for the surrounding communities. For Corene Martin Simms ’42, Ferrum College served as the secondary school she and many other “mountain children” attended. At that time, there was no secondary, or high school, education for children living in this incredibly rural community. Students […]

Tracking Panthers

Ferrum College

1950s Dr. W. Allen Powell ’53, of Irving, TX, is professor emeritus of English at Dallas Baptist University. F. Coleman Starnes ’59, of Fredericksburg, had lunch in August 2013 with several of Ferrum’s 1958 football players and their head coach, Carson Barnes. They are seated at the table (l to r): F. Coleman Starnes ‘59, […]

Ferrum Alumnus Named Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site

Ed Clark '88

Ed Clark ’88 was recently named the new superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Clark, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, graduated from Ferrum College in 1988 and went on to complete his studies at Radford University. Prior to this new assignment in Gettysburg, he served as the acting associate regional […]

Alumna with a Mission, Vision & Purpose

Shanda Boone-Hurdle ’95

When Shanda Boone-Hurdle ’95 first set foot on the campus of Ferrum College as a freshman during orientation, she wondered to herself, “Why am I here?” Raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, Boone-Hurdle hoped to attend a college that would introduce her to new people and a new area. “I went to a neighborhood school and saw […]

In Memoriam

Ferrum College

Macie James Woods ’32 of Ferrum died November 7, 2013 Marguerite Bailey Lamphere ’37 of Ringgold died July 23, 2013 Virginia Bailey ’41 of Hobe Sound died August 24, 2013 Edith McGhee Sigmon ’46 of Ferrum died January 18, 2013  Thomas R. Hubbard ’51 of Rocky Mount died October 27, 2013 Beulah Austin Waller ’52 of Lynchburg died August 26, 2013 Ruth Hash Jones ’53 of Rocky Mount died […]

Alumni Board of Directors Holds Centennial T-shirt Design Contest for Students

Winning Design, Tevin Flood

Last fall, Ferrum College’s Alumni Board of Directors (ABOD) put out a call to all current Panther students inviting them to create artwork for a new Centennial T-shirt Design Contest. From a total of 15 entries, the ABOD Philanthropy Committee selected the top three designs, which were then voted on by the campus community and […]

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