Gateway Seminar Engages Students in Service

Ferrum College Freshman Service

Sharing the Joy of Christmas: Dr. Maria Puccio, assistant professor of chemistry, and her Freshman Seminar class adopted four angels ranging in age from 2 to 8 from the Salvation Army’s Adopt an Angel program. For each angel, the students picked out an outfit, a jacket or sweater, and a gift, all of which were wrapped during class and later given to children whose parent(s) are in prison. Sixteen students participated in the project, which brightened Christmas 2013 for four area children.

The Ferrum Gateway Seminar is designed to assist new students in making a successful transition to Ferrum College. In addition to providing an integrating, grounding academic experience, in recent years the Seminar has included a civic engagement component.

“We include civic engagement in Freshman Seminar to immediately introduce Ferrum freshmen to giving back to others in the community and therefore what it means to be focused on our motto: ‘Not Self, But Others’,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail Summer. “We believe strongly the purpose of a college education is to ensure that students broaden their experience, exposure, and connection to the larger world. Civic engagement is an important way to do that as we build citizens who will live in a democracy that is increasingly diverse.”

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