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  • Ferrum College Partners With Unbridled Change
    Executive Director and Lead Equine Specialist Michelle Holling Brooks who founded the therapy center that provides interactive mental health therapy and equine assisted learning for individuals families and veterans The partnership between Ferrum College s Social Work Program and Unbridled Change stems from a community event development project assigned to an Unbridled Change intern We quickly saw the opportunity to make this a bigger partnership and something that could go beyond a one time student project said Holling Brooks who worked with the College s Social Work Program assistant professor and field coordinator Martha Haley Bowling to further develop the partnership We felt that the community as a whole doesn t know what resources are available to help address mental health issues and there is a need to break down the silence surrounding the negative stigmas in general said Haley Bowling For more information visit www ferrum edu or www UnbridledChange org Event RSVPs will be welcomed at for the event at Unbridled Change s Facebook page but are not required About Ferrum College Founded in 1913 Ferrum College provides life long learning and outstanding career and graduate school preparation in a setting of rich natural beauty A four year private co educational liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church Ferrum offers nationally recognized bachelor s degree programs ranging from business and environmental science to teacher education and criminal justice campus wide wireless Internet small classes and a dedicated faculty Surrounded by mountains lakes rivers and state parks and numerous small towns brimming with regional heritage Ferrum College also boasts a wide variety of venues for outdoor recreation and cultural enrichment For more information visit www ferrum edu About Unbridled Change Michelle Holling Brooks an EAGALA Advanced Certified Equine Specialist and PATH Certified Instructor Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning founded Unbridled Change Services are interactive in nature with hands on interactive therapy and learning sessions instead of office based therapy or talk therapy Equine horse assisted activities and therapies provide an empowering environment for clients to discover what works best for them Unbridled Change believes that lasting change and true healing occurs when clients are able to not only talk about their issues but have the opportunity to feel touch see and reflect how their behaviors or thought patterns affect their lives Clients are in the moment with the different activities and interactions with the horses allowing them to try out new behaviors and skills with instant feedback and support The organizstion typically work with children teens adults and veterans who are trying to overcome obstacles in their lives For more information visit www UnbridledChange com call 540 334 2171 or email mhollingbrooks UnbridledChange org About Citizens Against Family Violence Inc Citizens Against Family Violence CAFV is an independent non profit agency that empowers the citizens affected by domestic violence sexual assault and homelessness by providing advocacy education counseling and safety services With the vision to create a culture within the community that has zero tolerance

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  • President Braaten's Statement on Sweet Briar College's Closing
    bright future were tied to their choice of Sweet Briar for their higher education experience Many of them may feel as though their dreams have been shattered During our lifetimes very few of us will be strangers to adversity I would like to reassure every Sweet Briar student that in spite of this news they will triumph They will be offered assistance not only by Ferrum College but by other Virginia institutions and they will eventually achieve their goal of a college degree albeit not in the way they planned Throughout its evolutionary 100 years Ferrum has adhered to its historic mission of opportunity affordability and accessibility In today s competitive higher education environment we have been fortunate to build many consortial collaborative and entrepreneurial partnerships Over the last decade we have grown responsibly increased enrollment and sustained strong financial support from donors foundations corporations and The United Methodist Church Our dedicated Board of Trustees and devoted faculty and staff are strongly committed to our ethos of student success We stand ready today at Ferrum College to assist Sweet Briar students in their search for a new academic home that will ultimately provide them with a quality educational and extracurricular

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  • Oxen Driving and Training Workshops Coming to Ferrum College
    at the College s living history Blue Ridge Farm Museum Oxen in the Blue Ridge will offer a variety of learning experiences for participants of all levels from novice to experienced Several teams of working oxen will be on hand for workshop use Participants will explore basic training skills yoking methods driving techniques and ox care Attention will be given to both teams and single oxen Workshop attendees do not need to own cattle or oxen or even plan to own such animals The process for turning green calves into working animals will be discussed Dr Drew Conroy Professor at the University of New Hampshire will serve as lead instructor for the event Dr Conroy is a foremost of authority on draft oxen and author of the well known handbook Oxen A Teamster s Guide Oxen in the Blue Ridge is geared for adults but youths 8 15 years old may also participate when registered by an accompanying parent Pre registration is required for all participants Campus lodging and meal packages onsite camping and youth scholarships are available Oxen in the Blue Ridge is a program of Ferrum College s Blue Ridge Institute Museum the State Center for Blue Ridge

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  • “Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries” Exhibition Opens
    Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Through the small canneries Virginia foods were sold across the nation under brands named after a little creek running through someone s farm or a nearby mountain said exhibition curator Beth Worley If a farmer could grow it he could get it canned everything from cantaloupe to chicken gizzards Then in the span of a single generation the network of small rural canneries disappeared Located on the campus of Ferrum College the Blue Ridge Institute Museum galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays 10 a m to 5 00 p m year round and Sundays 1 to 5 00 p m mid May through Labor Day Gallery admission is free For more information call 540 365 4412 or visit www blueridgeinstitute org Photo captions for included images 1 Canning Label for Sweet Marie Tomatoes R L Thomas D P Williamson processed tomatoes under the Sweet Marie brand at their cannery in the Blue Ridge community of Botetourt County Virginia The label dated 1935 visually tells a story of Virginia canned goods going from fields to faraway markets The massive brick cannery drawn in the label is a bold exaggeration since Virginia s rural canneries were small mostly wooden buildings This is one of hundreds of labels featured in Virginia s Forgotten Canneries A History in Labels a new exhibition at Ferrum College s Blue Ridge Institute Museum Blue Ridge Heritage Archives Piedmont Label Company Collection 5 Women Peeling Tomatoes Canneries offered people in farming communities an important opportunity to earn cash wages during harvest season In this picture from 1954 over a dozen women are peeling tomatoes at the H L Howard Sons Cannery in the Elliston community of Montgomery County Virginia Blue Ridge Heritage Archives Charlie Woods Collection About Ferrum College Founded in 1913 Ferrum College provides life long learning and outstanding career and graduate school preparation in a setting of rich natural beauty A four year private co educational liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church Ferrum offers nationally recognized bachelor s degree programs ranging from business and environmental science to teacher education and criminal justice campus wide wireless Internet small classes and a dedicated faculty Surrounded by mountains lakes rivers and state parks and numerous small towns brimming with regional heritage Ferrum College also boasts a wide variety of venues for outdoor recreation and cultural enrichment For more information visit www ferrum edu Photo caption information for additional Virginia s Forgotten Canneries Exhibition photos that are available for download at the following link http ow ly JxxIQ 2 Label for Pippin Terrace Cherries Virginia s rural canneries processed mostly tomatoes but a variety of other vegetables fruits and meats were also canned locally Orchard owner J A Naff in the Dillon s Mill area of Franklin County Virginia offered white cherries circa 1910 1920 Blue Ridge Heritage Archives Susan Naff Hessing Collection 3 Label for Big A String Beans The heyday of small Virginia canneries spanned two World Wars and the

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  • Greg Craddock ’92 to be Next Ferrum College Executive in Residence
    Mountain Room in Franklin Hall on campus or watch it streaming live online at www ferrum edu streaming As chief executive officer of PGI Craddock is engaged in operational leadership across the organization and provides strategic vision to ensure that the company delivers consistent outstanding services to customers while achieving its financial goals A veteran of the U S Army he has more than 15 years of special operations intelligence and security operations experience In 2009 Craddock led a group of private investors that acquired PGI Under his leadership PGI earned over 10 million in revenue within two years of operation In 2013 PGI earned over 24 million and was recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States finishing as number 6 in the state of Virginia and number 106 nationally Additionally PGI has won supplier excellence recognition from Northrop Grumman Raytheon and a host of other government contracting companies Before joining PGI Craddock served as an Anti terrorism Force Protection consultant to the US government and managed sensitive programs worldwide Prior to his time as a consultant Craddock served in the intelligence community and was among the first boots on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq During his time with the U S Army Craddock served as a Ranger and Special Forces Soldier Craddock earned a bachelor s degree from Ferrum College and a master of business administration from Liberty University He lives in Warrenton Va with his wife and two children He is an active supporter of a number of charities that support veterans The Executive in Residence initiative at Ferrum College brings the real world business experience of current and retired business professionals to campus Guest executives tour the College audit classes interact with students and faculty and

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  • Empty Bowls Event at Ferrum College on Sunday, February 8
    popular Empty Bowls event on Sunday Feb 8 2015 from 11 a m to 2 p m in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room in the College s Franklin Hall For 15 attendees enjoy a hot meal of scratch made soup and bread served in a handcrafted bowl of their choice and then can take their empty bowl home Proceeds support the Panther Packs program which provides food for hungry children of Ferrum Elementary School According to Assistant Professor of Art David Eichelberger who organizes and facilitates Empty Bowls with Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Dr Glen Stevens college students professors and Blue Ridge Potters Guild members made over 300 unique bowls for this year s event In addition there will also be a silent auction featuring original works of pottery including larger bowls platters casseroles and vases generously donated by members of Floyd County s 16 Hands collective the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and other local artists Panther Packs is a program at Ferrum Elementary School that sends qualifying children home for the weekend with backpacks stocked with nutritious non perishable food The Empty Bowls project is designed to educate students about how they can make a positive difference in their communities It is a special opportunity for students professors area artists and many more volunteers to come together to contribute to an event that benefits our immediate community Our efforts parallel Ferrum College s motto Not Self But Others and it feels like the right way to help our young neighbors at Ferrum Elementary said Eichelberger About the photograph Empty Bowls attendees select a unique pottery bowl of their choice from among hundreds handcrafted for the event by area artists enjoy a hot meal of scratch made soup and bread and then can take their empty bowl

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  • Ferrum College Named One of the Top Ten Colleges in Virginia
    of Virginia for January 2015 The rankings reflect an ongoing analysis of general education programs offered by colleges and universities across the United States separated by major and by state The rankings are updated monthly based on new information obtained during the ongoing research The ten best universities in Virginia for January 2015 are 1 Eastern Mennonite University 2 Hampton University 3 George Mason University 4 Norfolk State University 5 Emory Henry College 6 Ferrum College 7 Bridgewater College 8 Christopher Newport University 9 Hampden Sydney College 10 Hollins University In order to determine which colleges to recommend the independent research team at collegecompare com spends time comparing different learning programs based on the use of a set of evaluation criteria The set of evaluation criteria consists of five areas of evaluation found to make a large impact on the learning experiences of students and alumni These five areas of evaluation include student life technology spirituality diversity and academic life ABOUT collegecompare com collegecompare com is a leading provider of reviews and information in the higher education industry The rankings are updated monthly to reflect the newest research and analysis achieved by the independent research team Information For Future Students

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  • Equestrian Coach Margaret Cornwell Earns USHJA Certification
    activities and therapies As the only Premier Accredited center in the Roanoke Valley having two USHJA trainers at this level of education strengthens Healing Strides as an organization keeping the horses balanced and responsive for all levels of riding offered from wheelchairs to collegiate said Cornwell To help subsidize the continued need for therapeutic programs in the area Healing Strides began hosting the Ferrum College Equestrian Team and became an approved United States Pony Club center Having a leadership team that thinks outside the box joining forces with other programs and then integrating the programs has made Healing Strides a successful organization in these challenging economic times Cornwell said The USHJA Trainer Certification Program was developed to offer a comprehensive educational program to provide increasing levels of certification for professional horse trainers Fitzgerald has over 20 years of experience in training and producing top sport horses and riders using natural horsemanship methods that build lifelong enjoyment for both horse and rider Cornwell has worked in the horse industry for the past 14 years and is an alumnus of Ferrum College 2002 riding on the IHSA team in the Open division from 1997 to 1999 Healing Strides is situated on 22

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