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  • D2L Selected to Transform Students’ Online Learning Experiences
    today s students expect to utilize at the college level Brightspace was the most advanced yet easy to use solution we reviewed Its rich capabilities in online learning community sharing and analytics are a perfect fit for the unique needs of our institution said Gail Summer Ed D Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ferrum College The company s technology will empower our students to take advantage of a more flexible but open and connected learning environment As a part of its implementation of the Brightspace platform students at Ferrum College will also use D2L ePortfolio a personalized online application for storing organizing and sharing documents graphics audio files and presentations D2L ePortfolio will enable students to easily share their achievements knowledge and reflections with advisors employers or peers even beyond their college years Students have expressed to us that a more flexible and personalized learning approach is more suited to their lifestyles Personalized learning also directly improves their learning outcomes said John Baker President and CEO of D2L Ferrum College s dedication to providing the most innovative educational technology will serve its students well helping them to better access and share materials both online and offline as needed About D2L A global leader in EdTech D2L is the creator of Brightspace the world s first integrated learning platform The company partners with thought leading organizations to improve learning through data driven technology that helps deliver a personalized experience to every learner regardless of geography or ability D2L s open and extensible platform is used by more than 1 100 clients and almost 15 million individual learners in higher education K 12 healthcare government and the enterprise sector including Fortune 1000 companies The company has operations in the United States Canada Europe Australia Brazil and Singapore www brightspace com www

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  • Rooms Still Available for FloydFestPLUS! Learn & Lodge Program
    morning before catching the shuttle to the Festival On campus the College offers its guests the opportunity to learn about the authentic bluegrass country folk blues and rockabilly rhythms that have inspired musicians writers and filmmakers for over a century at the College s Blue Ridge Institute Museum BRI Virginia s official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore and a Major Venue on the Crooked Road Music Trail At FloydFest Ferrum College sponsors the popular Workshop Porch stage where up and coming musicians can be heard as well as established musicians playing in a more intimate setting This year s Workshop Stage lineup includes daily performances by Annabelle s Curse from Bristol Va Bootleg Dynasty from Wilmington NC and Swamp Candy from Arnold Md all are winners of this year s Workshop Porch Musician Contest sponsored by the BRI Also on the Workshop Porch stage at 2 30 3 15 p m on Thurs July 24 the College s Office of Sustainability will team up with the Moonshine Beekeepers Association to present The Plants and the Bees a special program about planting for pollinators Association members will be on hand throughout the Festival to share information about bees and beekeeping Festival goers looking for an active challenge can scale the climbing wall courtesy of Ferrum Outdoors the College s outdoor recreation program Located on The Crooked Road Music Trail just 30 miles from the FloydFest site Ferrum College is an ideal home away from home for visitors who want to spend the day enjoying the music and arts of FloydFest followed by a hot shower and a comfortable night s sleep For more information or to make reservations visit www ferrum edu email cphillips ferrum edu or call toll free 888 508 7822 For more information about FloydFest visit www

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  • Ferrum to Participate in Virginia Private College Week
    fit for their son or daughter and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten says the College is eager to welcome prospective students and their families to the picturesque campus in Franklin County Ferrum always rolls out the welcome mat for visitors and we are particularly pleased to participate in this annual CICV hosted event said Braaten Deciding on which college to attend is an exciting prospect Virginia Private College Week is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our college and allow potential students to get answers to important questions as they experience firsthand all our campus has to offer Virginia Private College Week provides a great opportunity for students to explore the unique and excellent educational opportunities at several Virginia private colleges We look forward to welcoming prospective students and their families to Ferrum College said Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Gilda Woods Sessions at most colleges including Ferrum College will begin at 9 a m and 2 p m on Monday through Friday Ferrum College will hold a session at 10 30 a m on Saturday August 2 While registration is not required it is strongly recommended that participants contact the colleges they plan to visit The Ferrum College admissions department may be reached by emailing admissions ferrum edu or by calling 800 868 9797 For more information about CICV and Private College Week including a list of participating colleges and exceptions to this schedule please visit http www cicv org our colleges virginia private college week aspx The Virginia Private Colleges website provides information concerning the quality and affordability of Virginia private colleges to students and parents by increasing awareness of its member institutions and addressing myths

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  • Howell to Participate in Salzburg Global Seminar
    Holocaust education and genocide prevention will examine the challenges and successes in the teaching and remembrance of the Holocaust and other genocides outside of North America and Europe Howell s participation is possible because of a Mellon Fellowship One of the challenges of teaching about the Holocaust and by extension other genocides is finding ways for students to place themselves imaginatively in the history of the Holocaust Questions about the uniqueness and universality of the Holocaust reveal how deeply contextualized genocides are and yet we study them so that the cry Never again might become realized We want to avoid ways of teaching that set up a competition of comparative suffering but the study of genocide should allow students to see patterns from the past that can illumine the future Howell explained I have been involved in Holocaust education for over twenty years now and have learned much from my Ferrum College colleagues in many programs across campus who help teach in the College s multi disciplinary Holocaust course continued Howell The chance to go to Salzburg and participate in a seminar with educators and activists from around the globe about the Holocaust and genocide should be a particularly rich experience As the third in Salzburg Global Seminar s Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention series the symposium is supported by the Seminar s partnerships with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum the Austrian Future Fund the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and other donors About Salzburg Global Seminar As stated on its website Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non profit organization based at Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg Austria with additional offices in Washington DC USA Middlebury VT USA London UK and Vienna Austria The mission of Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global

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  • Ferrum College’s First-ever Giving Day Exceeds Goal!
    of 100 gifts was exceeded and the total raised was nearly 20 000 which included an anonymous challenge gift of 5 000 to incentivize and encourage donors to reach the goal I am absolutely thrilled by the response to our first ever Giving Day said Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten I am extremely grateful to all of the alumni students faculty staff and other College friends who came together to make such a positive impact in such a short period of time They truly exemplify our motto Not Self But Others Giving Day benefitted the Ferrum Fund which directly impacts the daily lives of students by improving campus facilities providing vital financial aid supporting student research projects attracting and retaining exceptional faculty developing athletic programs and more When making his gift online Ferrum College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Al Midgett 79 founder of The Noblemen wrote I gave today and I m excited to re engage with Ferrum and better understand how to serve About the photograph Ferrum College students visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City during this year s e term class Globalizing Religion Service Learning and Christianity in Mexico one of many programs

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  • Summer Enrichment Camp Offers New Friends & Fun to Young Students
    the co ed residential camp will take place during two one week sessions held July 13 19 and July 20 26 2014 Students who are currently in grades 4 7 or rising grades 5 8 A B students who are academically motivated students who enjoy learning and students who are well behaved in a classroom setting are eligible to apply FCSEC campers are enrolled in four classes during the week which involve active participation in a variety of daily projects and group activities Each evening campers participate in activities ranging from Group Night Seminar Night Skit Night Camp Dance and Camp Banquet to Scavenger Hunt Ice Cream Social Pizza Party and more Classes offered this summer will include Animal Adaptations Chess Cooking 101 Crime Scene Investigators Drawing Engineering Hogwarts Academy Is It Easy Being Green Living 1800 Style Summer Theater The Ferrum Challenge The Music In My Head and The Writer s Toolbox Instructors are current and former Ferrum College faculty members local middle and high school teachers members of the College s Blue Ridge Institute Museum staff and Ferrum Outdoors program staff with each instructor specifically chosen for their unique abilities to make learning come alive For 25 years FCSEC has provided daily academic programs balanced with a variety of social and recreational activities designed to promote personal growth team building and an appreciation of individual differences and abilities At FCSEC we believe that a healthy self concept is essential for fully developing one s talents and skills said Camp Co director Chip Phillips The camp motto is reinforced daily in a variety of ways as campers are encouraged to approach new learning situations with an I CAN DO IT attitude For additional information or to apply contact Chip Phillips at 888 508 7822 or visit www ferrum edu

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  • Ferrum College Buildings Placed on Historic Registries
    in the Colonial Revival style with other secondary stylistic influences They include Stratton House circa 1915 Spilman Daniel House circa 1914 John Wesley Hall 1914 15 Beckham Hall 1917 Roberts Hall 1921 Schoolfield Hall 1925 Richeson Hall 1939 40 and Britt Hall 1941 42 This designation is particularly significant as we come to the end of our 100 th anniversary celebrations this year said Ferrum s president Jennifer Braaten These historic campus buildings several of which were among the first to accommodate the students at Ferrum Training School contribute greatly to the beauty and character of the campus They are a testament to those who had the vision to build a school for mountain children that endures to this day as Ferrum College Vaughan Webb co director of the College s Blue Ridge Institute and Museum noted that the buildings bear many of the classic elements of educational architecture from the periods in which they were constructed It s great having the designation of Ferrum College s campus core as an official Historic District during the College s centennial year said Webb These buildings are full of character and each is a story in itself According to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources webpage registration is an honor bestowed on historic properties by the state and federal governments It recognizes the historic value of a property and encourages present and future owners to continue to exercise good stewardship Visit www dhs virginia gov for additional information about the National Register and the Virginia Landmarks Register About Ferrum College Ferrum College is a four year private co educational liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor s degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges The College

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  • Kim Blair Selected for National Leadership Program
    pitfall of presidencies said CIC President Richard Ekman The program aims to help participants achieve great things for their institutions and to avoid being the right person in the wrong place This approach to the preparation of new presidents has proven itself highly successful in the short period that the program has been operating Since 2005 29 program participants nearly 30 percent have been named to college presidencies The knowledge and insight to be gained from the CIC program curriculum and facilitators represents an unparalleled opportunity for anyone fortunate enough to be accepted The needs in higher education are significant and will continue to challenge our leaders every day The pressures will surely intensify as the demands of regulation and accountability increase and questions of value are heightened said Blair In the current landscape of higher education a college president must have resolve commitment and conviction coupled with a deep abiding faith in the concept of vocation intertwined with the mission of the institution one may be called to serve I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to participate she continued The program is directed by William V Frame CIC senior advisor and president emeritus of Augsburg College and author of The American College Presidency Easing the Burden Enhancing the Joy 2013 For more information about the Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program which is generously funded by Lilly Endowment Inc visit www cic edu VocationMission PRESIDENTIAL VOCATION AND INSTITUTIONAL MISSION PARTICIPANTS 2014 2015 J Blair Blackburn Executive Vice President Dallas Baptist University TX Kimberly P Blair Vice President for Institutional Advancement Ferrum College VA Carol M Bresnahan Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rollins College FL Scott Edward Bryant University Chaplain and Vice President for Spiritual Development East Texas Baptist University TX Melinda Cook Vice President of Strategy and Planning and Chief of Staff Fisher College MA Trina Dobberstein Vice President for Student Affairs Baldwin Wallace University OH Patricia Draves Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University University of Mount Union OH Gigi Fansler Vice President for Academic Affairs Lincoln College IL Carl A Girelli Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Randolph College VA Shah M Hasan Provost Urbana University OH Charlie McCormick Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Schreiner University TX John McKeegan Vice President and General Counsel Linfield College OR Catharine O Connell Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Baldwin College VA Gerard J Rooney Executive Vice President for Enrollment Advancement and Planning St John Fisher College NY Reed Sheard Vice President for College Advancement and Chief Information Officer Westmont College CA Gail Simmons Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Manhattanville College NY James H Smith Provost University of the Southwest NM David Timmerman Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Monmouth College IL Edward Walpin Assistant Dean St John s College NM Burton J Webb Vice President for Academic Affairs Northwest Nazarene University ID About Ferrum College Ferrum College is a

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