Enactus 25th Reunion

SIFE reunion

  The Ferrum College Enactus program (formerly called Students in Free Enterprise) celebrated its 25th anniversary during the College’s Centennial Celebration weekend. Business faculty, alumni, and current Enactus team members shared stories and fond memories of their time together in the program. A reunion committee led by Melissa Bowling ’98 coordinated the program for the […]

The Will “Frog” Pettus ’97 Agricultural Scholarship Surpasses Goal!

Will Pettus '97

The announcement that the Pettus Agricultural Scholarship reached and surpassed the goal for endowment was made during the Centennial Celebration reunion for the Ag Club and Environmental Sciences. Established in 2010 with the intention of providing financial aid to Ferrum College students who are studying life science or agriculture, the fund now has a market […]

Butz Foundation Gift Aids Students with Learning Disabilities

Teddy Butz '88

The Butz Foundation was founded in the mid-1950s with a mission of support for programs that benefit humanity, education, medical research, and society as a whole. Ferrum College has gratefully been a recipient of the foundation’s generosity for several projects throughout the years. According to Teddy Butz ’88, a graduate of Ferrum and president of […]

Ferrum Partners with International Scientific Technologies on NASA Grant

Ferrum College Research Grant

Ferrum College received a $238,000 research contract under the direction of Dr. Jason Powell, associate professor of chemistry and physics, and Dr. Michaela Gazdik, associate professor of molecular biology, from International Scientific Technologies, Inc. of Radford, Virginia. The grant was awarded by NASA to International Scientific Technologies as a result of collaboration with Dr. Powell […]

Ferrum Prepared Simmons for a Better Life

Bob '63 and Judy Simmons

Bob Simmons ’63 never thought he would attend college. Growing up in West Virginia, he was part of a family that valued a strong work ethic over an education. Working full time since the age of 12, Simmons focused only on what was required to graduate from high school, and he was the first in […]

Ferrum Represented at VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

Energy conference

The Energy & Sustainability Conference sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University in February, brought together more than 800 participants, including national business and institutional leaders, to discuss the issues impacting energy and sustainability strategies. Dr. Jennifer Braaten joined a Higher Education Leadership Roundtable along with Jon Alger, James Madison University president, and Colette Sheehy, University of […]

Ferrum Instilled a Strong Work Ethic in Ayers

Walter '62 and Lynn Ayers

The reasons a person gives back to his or her alma mater are often personal ones, stemming from a family history, a profound experience, a sense of civic duty, or a private matter altogether. For Walter ’62 and Lynn Ayers, it is a combination of several of these. Ayers was encouraged to attend Ferrum College […]

George T. Byrd Memorial Garden Project Under Way

Dr. George T. Byrd

Dr. George T. Byrd was actively involved with students, his colleagues, and the community. To honor his commitment to agriculture and to Ferrum, a memorial garden project was announced during the Centennial Celebration weekend last October. The ceremony took place at the Agriculture Club and Environmental Sciences reunion at the Ferrum College Titmus Agricultural Center. […]

Dining Services Fund Example of Living Motto


The Dining Services Auxiliary Fund originated in 2004 as part of The Campaign for Ferrum College. The fund was created by dining services staff who wanted to directly assist students with the cost of textbooks under the direction of Jeff Gring, associate vice president for operations. In the inaugural year, 100 percent of the staff […]

Norton-Tolley Press Box Dedicated

Press Box 1

Ferrum College officials and guests participated in the dedication of the new Norton-Tolley Press Box at the W.B. Adams Stadium at the football home opener against Shenandoah University last fall. The facility is named in honor of Hank Norton, Ferrum head football coach, educator, and athletic director from 1960 to 1993, and in memory of […]

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