Community Engagement, Global Learning & Sustainability

Ferrum Coilege Campus Theme

Each year, we host a series of lectures, events, films, exhibits and other campus events that relate to our Academic Theme of Community Engagement, Global Learning & Sustainability. This year's events include the following:

Natural Sciences & Mathematics2015 Roanoke River Currents Watershed Conference

Friday, October 9  |  8:30am – 5:00pm  |  Franklin Hall  | RegisterDownload Schedule (PDF)

This one-day conference on the latest actions and issues shaping the Roanoke River will focus on stormwater, emerging watershed issues, water quality, quantity and resource management, tourism and recreation, and restoration and land management. The day will include lunch and keynote address and more on the beautiful Ferrum College Campus.

Social SciencesHelp Save the Next Girl Campus Kickoff

Wednesday, October 21 | 7 – 8:30pm | Blue Ridge Mountain Room, Franklin Hall

As part of our continued efforts at Ferrum College to educate young women and men, faculty and students joined together to bring a Help Save the Next Girl chapter on campus. Help Save the Next Girl (HSTNG) is a national non-profit organization formed in honor of Morgan Harrington, a 20- year-old Virginia Tech student who was abducted, tortured, sexually assaulted and murdered in 2009.  The mission of HSTNG is to sensitize young women to predatory dangers and to help prevent violence against both women and men. On October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room, the Help Save the Next Girl Ferrum College chapter will hold its Kick Off Event.  Jane Vance, Morgan’s art professor in the last spring of her life, will speak about the organization and share memories of Morgan. Please join us  in our endeavors to help save the next girl. For more information please contact: Dr. Lana Whited (  or Dr. Shannon Hardwicke (

Natural Sciences & MathematicsOctober 2015 Meeting of the Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society

Thursday, October 22  |  7:03 – 8:04pm |  Garber Hall, Room 106

Ferrum College hosts the October meeting of the Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society each October. This year, the meeting falls squarely during National Chemistry Week and also the night before Mole Day. Our own Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Jason Powell, will be the featured speaker. He will present on the theme of National Chemistry Week 2015, "Chemistry Colors Our World." Section members will have a dinner meeting immediately prior to the presentation. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Social SciencesDAR HE: The Story of Emmett Till

Sunday, November 8 | 3pm | Harvester Performance Center | Download Flyer (PDF)

As a part of an interdisciplinary "Week of Remembrance and Promise," Ferrum College will partner with Mike Wiley Productions, the Harvester Performance Center, and local citizens to bring "DAR HE: The Story of Emmett Till" to Franklin County. "DAR HE: The Story of Emmett Till" is a remarkable one man show performed by Roanoke native Mike Wiley, who holds an MFA from UNC Chapel Hill and teaches drama in university and community settings. In this performance, Wiley gives life to all the voices involved in this story about a 14 year old young man from Chicago who went to Mississippi in 1955 to get away from the harshness of summer in the city, only to fall victim to class and race lines that were never to be crossed in the south. He did not make it out of Mississippi alive, and when his broken body returned to Chicago, his mother decided to share his story with the world. Mike Wiley now does the same, 60 years later.

Arts & HumanitiesSymposium on National and Global Violence: Its Solutions and Cures

Tuesday, November 10 | 3 – 5pm | Panthers Den

Students from across disciplines will present papers, lectures, and panel discussions on global violence. Author, Nancy Beasley, will also discuss her research on Holocaust Violence. For more information, contact Melvin L. Macklin at or (540) 206-4249.