Ferrum Welcomes Back Braaten, Searches For Replacement


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 […]

College Receives $3.4 Million Gift From Alumna Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel

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

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 […]

Fall 2017 Chrysalis Contest


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 […]

Uni in the UK versus College in the USA

Niamh Sammon enjoying sign making!

Photo from Niamh Sammon

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 […]

Dennis Dimick: Chronicling Environmental Degradation with Beautiful Photos

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 […]

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine Visits Ferrum

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 […]

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 […]

All About St. Patrick’s Day

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 […]

Celebrity Journalist Beth Macy Visits

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 […]

43rd Annual Folklife Festival

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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