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    Ferrum Welcomes Back Braaten, Searches For Replacement

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    by Patrick Duggan  Dr. Jennifer Braaten’s office has not changed much since she retired. “All of my books are still on the shelf,” she said, nursing a freshly casted broken wrist. Her striking western landscape is still hanging on the wall left of her desk, and her furniture is arranged in the same pattern around her […]

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  • Above pictured is Ferrum College Alumna Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel who has recently passed and donated 3.4 Million to the college.

    College Receives $3.4 Million Gift From Alumna Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    by Ashley Dalton Former trustee and Ferrum alumna Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel passed away on July 28, 2014. She left a final gift to Ferrum College in her will. Daniel, who lived in Danville, graduated from Ferrum College in 1943. Her family has generously supported campus building projects, renovations, academic programs, and student scholarships ever since. The […]

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    Fall 2017 Chrysalis Contest

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    It’s a new semester, which means Chrysalis, Ferrum’s Literary and Arts Magazine is looking forward to reviewing your submissions. The Chrysalis is a student run organization where you can submit your short stories, photos, and poetry for all of the Ferrum community to see. This is a great way to showcase your art in a […]

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    Uni in the UK versus College in the USA

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    By Niamh Sammon Having spent almost an entire academic year immersing myself in the world of American College as a Northern Irish student, I thought it would be useful, if not a bit of craic (fun), to reflect and relate my experience here at Ferrum College with that of home. First and foremost, the amount […]

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  • Dennis Dimick: Chronicling Environmental Degradation with Beautiful Photos

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    By Patrick Duggan Dennis Dimick is a bonafide photography superhero. His devotion to photojournalism and environmental activism blossomed into a decorated career that spanned multiple publications, culminating as National Geographic’s executive editor of environment. Now a retired father of two college-aged women, he still works with NatGeo in an advisory position, but spends most of […]

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  • Virginia Senator Tim Kaine Visits Ferrum

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    By Patrick Duggan On April 12, President Spooner hosted another town hall meeting in Vauhn Chapel with special guest Senator Tim Kaine. Kaine talked about his past in public service and policy and his educational background. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and later earned his law degree from Harvard. While […]

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  • Brexit Begins

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    By Niamh Sammon Like the majority of referendums, “Brexit” was born out of long-standing promises made by politicians for change, discontent and a sprinkling (or bucket) of bad luck. With fears over mass immigration from other European countries high and pressure to “get a better deal for Britain” in terms of trade building, former Prime […]

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  • All About St. Patrick’s Day

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    By Niamh Sammon and Sarah Shuford St Patrick, known as the patron Saint of the Emerald Isle, was born in Britain in 387AD. He was captured and brought to Ireland by Irish pirates at the age of sixteen and worked as a shepherd until the age of about twenty two, when he experienced a “spiritual […]

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  • Celebrity Journalist Beth Macy Visits

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    by Patrick Duggan Celebrity journalist Beth Macy spent the last couple months touring the country in support of her new book, Truevine, with stops in Rich- mond, Washington DC, and New York City. On Oct. 25, she spent an evening at Ferrum College talking to students and faculty about how she dug up the incredible […]

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  • 43rd Annual Folklife Festival

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    Coon Dog Open Water Race Still Main Attraction by C.J. Reed Every year in Franklin County, Ferrum College hosts the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. Here, the community as well as people from all over the state get together in a day of fun and hard work to put on the best festival around. There […]

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Oct
18

Catching Up with Nicole Lenez

by Francisco Flores Dean of Student Life & Title IX Coordinator Nicole Lenez grew up in Blooming eld, New Jersey. She is a Roanoke College alumni who really understands the small school setting, knowing that small schools have their own culture and personality. She considers herself to be a “boring individual,” but her hobbies say […]

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Oct
16

Annual E-Term Fair: Everything You Need To Know

by Mary Stoudt Every year students are able to participate in an E-Term, which is a summer course that every student must take to graduate. There are a variety of E-Terms from math courses to traveling abroad. E-Term is a fun way to get involved and earn credits. For the 2018 E-Term there are a […]

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Oct
16

College Admission Rates Dropping Across the U.S.

by Mary Stoudt  Since the year 2010, the college admission rate has been steadily decreasing across the United States. However, the number of high school graduates is at a record high. In 2016, a total of 85,107 students graduated high school in Virginia alone, but only 48,115 went directly into higher education. Some educators believe they […]

Apr
4

Brexit Begins

By Niamh Sammon Like the majority of referendums, “Brexit” was born out of long-standing promises made by politicians for change, discontent and a sprinkling (or bucket) of bad luck. With fears over mass immigration from other European countries high and pressure to “get a better deal for Britain” in terms of trade building, former Prime […]

Mar
9

Alumni Spotlight

By CJ Reed Jacob Charles Irvin, known by his peers as “Swirv”, “Irv”, or “Jake,” is an early graduate of Ferrum College who will be walking this coming May. Jake was a part of the baseball team, where he was able to win two conference titles and received two rings during his three years. Irvin […]

Feb
16

Alumni Spotlight: Avery Ardis Tosh

By: Graceanne Gershner 2015 graduate Avery Ardis Tosh updated the Iron Blade about what she’s been up to in the past year and a half since leaving Ferrum. Tosh had a full schedule while she was a student here. She was a double major in liberal arts and Russian with a minor in elementary education. […]

Oct
25

Haley Overstreet: The First To Score In Three Sports

by Graceanne Gershner Senior Haley Overstreet achieved a huge college milestone this October. Overstreet is Ferrum’s first athlete, men or women, to score goals in three sports; soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. When speaking to her about her experience Overstreet said, “I never saw myself coming to Ferrum and playing three sports.” Overstreet transferred to […]

Oct
25

Bond Between Dog, Trainer And Sheep Strong

by Aleysia Goodley  On Saturday,  Oct. 22, Ferrum hosted the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, where there was a variety of country foods, music, demonstrations and activities for everyone to enjoy. The event was free for all Ferrum students to experience, and if you did not get the chance to go, you missed a variety […]

Oct
25

Mule Jumping

The mule jumping competition, which took place during the Folk Life Festival on Saturday, October 22, only had two contestants this year. Mindy was the losing mule of the two competing. Mindy decided to not attempt jumping over the 36-inch-high bar. The winning mule  named Ally May  is from Coleman Falls Virginia. Ally May jumped […]

Oct
25

Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Price

by Graceanne Gershner 2016 Ferrum graduate Kyle Price talked to “The Iron Blade” about his experience here in school and how he is enjoying his post grad life. Price described his time here at Ferrum as “ok,”. He said, “I made a lot of great friends and met plenty of good people while I was […]

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