Welcome fellow Golden Panthers!
Please check in regularly to see what your fellow Ferrum alumni are planning!
As a Golden Panther you are a member of a distinguished group of Ferrum College alumni who are in classes who graduated at least 50 years ago. Originally established as the 50-year Club in 1974, the Golden Panthers not only get together to socialize and reminisce, but we also do our part to give back to Ferrum College.
You can participate in the following ways:
- Attend Athletic and Social Events on and off Campus
- Attend the Homecoming Induction of the current 50th Reunion Class
We would love for every member of the Golden Panthers to be involved. Whether you have ideas for excursions, would like to help coordinate the Annual Fall Meeting, or financially support the Golden Panthers scholarship or Ferrum Fund please consider helping out!
Again, welcome to all Golden Panthers! It is my pleasure to serve as your Chair. My hope is to continue to bring all of us together for fun, fellowship, fundraising – and the love of Ferrum!
Jim Clark ’62
In January 2017 the Golden Panther Steering Committee issued a challenge to all their fellow Golden Panthers – increase the giving percentage of the Golden Panther Endowed Scholarship. Historically the giving for the group has been <1% of the total group. The steering committee’s hope is to raise participation and recognize the group and their efforts to help Ferrum students. The first semester of this year (July 2016 – December 2016) the participation for the Golden Panther Endowed Scholarship was 1%. The goal for the challenge is to raise participation to 25%. We finished the year at 5% giving for Golden Panthers. View the list of donors here.
Be on the lookout for upcoming challenges and solicitations for the Golden Panther Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Golden Panther Endowed Scholarship Participation FY17
The Golden Panther Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1982 with an initial gift of $12,365. Since that time (as of September 30th 2017) the fund has grown to over $400,000! The fund has provided financial aid to more than 120 students at Ferrum College in the last decade. Last year we raised over $11,000.00 and provided $15,500 in financial aid to Ferrum students.
The GP scholarship fund is listed in the official College catalogue. The principle amount in the fund grows from contributions and bequests from members of the Golden Panthers Club and other interested persons. The principle is commingled with the permanent endowment fund of Ferrum College and is invested according to the policies of the Board of Trustees.
Any Ferrum College student may apply for a scholarship award and priority is given to children of Ferrum Alumni who have demonstrated academic ability and intend to pursue a Christian vocation.
This year we have several Golden Panthers in the news here at Ferrum College. Congratulations to all of our award recipients and honorees.
Bill Aiken – 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Bill Aiken received his Ferrum College diploma in 1960. He continued his education at Bridgewater College where he received his BA in sociology in June 1962. In May 1970 he obtained his Masters of Social Work from University of Louisville (KY). He pursued a career in social work serving in many different roles including Social Work Technician in the United States Army, Caseworker at Beaumont School for Boys, Executive Director of Family Service of Central Virginia and Clinical Social Worker/Supervisor at Campbell County Department of Social Services. He also stayed involved academically and taught adjunct classes at Longwood College, Virginia Commonwealth University and Sweet Briar College. He has many awards and accolades for his work in the profession. He is a member of Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church and stays active in athletics, travel, drama, music, investments and church and alumni activities. His service and leadership will be recognized on November 4th at the Alumni Awards Brunch.
Jimmie Jett – 2017 SHOF Inductee
Jimmie is a 1960 Ferrum College graduate. During his time on campus he was a two-year starter on the baseball team and a member of the basketball team under the leadership of Coach Gene Evans. In 1959 he was chosen as “Most Valuable Player” by his teammates in baseball. He also served as the Chaplain of the Varsity Club during his second year at Ferrum. After graduation he transferred to Richmond Professional Institute (more commonly known as Virginia Commonwealth University) where he continued his starting position in baseball for the Green Devils. He graduated RPI with a BS in Social Sciences in 1963 and enlisted in the US Army. Following his military career he started work as a production supervisor at ER Carpenter Company. After serving that company for 8 years his desire to coach and teach led him to a 31 year career in public education at Northumberland High School in Heathsville, VA. He coached baseball for 21 years with 150 wins. He was awarded the Northern Neck District Coach of the Year for two seasons. He also coached basketball for 25 years, 5 at the junior-varsity level and 20 at the varsity level. He had a staggering 276 wins, two Group A championships, and the 1996 state championship. He was elected as Northern Neck District Coach of the Year 3 seasons, Virginia High School League East All Stars team 2 seasons and Official Board 90 Coach of the Year for Group A in 1983. While teaching and coaching Jimmie returned to Virginia Commonwealth University to obtain his Masters of Education which he completed in 1983. Since retiring from NHS he stays busy with his family, church, farming, community involvement and playing golf. He is a charter member of the Northumberland Little League and was a member of the community committee which created the Northern Neck Wall of Fame. He was recognized in 2001 for his outstanding career as a player and coach.
Suzanne Booth Bell – 2017 Ferrum College Board of Trustees Appointment
Suzanne is a 1962 graduate of Ferrum College. This is her second term serving on the Board of Trustees. She was elected as the United Methodist Women representative and will be serving through 2021. She will be a member of the Business Affairs and Enrollment Committees. As always she will bring great insight, leadership, enthusiasm and Golden Panther pride to the Board of Trustees.
Sam Camden – 2017 ABOD life membership recognition
Sam is part of the most recent addition to our Golden Panther family, he is class of 1966. He has served on the Alumni Board of Directors for 2 terms (8 years) and has never missed a meeting. While on the Board his main focus was the Career Services Committee. He assisted with mock interviews for students, established a ‘Clothes Closet’ for students needing dress clothes for job interviews, and arranged and met with other area colleges’ career offices to collaborate and bring new ideas to Ferrum. He also assisted the Enrollment Committee with sending prospective students an encouragement letter about what Ferrum College can offer them. He has been a true leader and mentor for many Ferrum College students. He will be honored this Homecoming with lifetime membership to the Alumni Board of Directors, joining only two other alumni that have obtained this status.
It is the goal of the members of the Beckham Society to create educational opportunities for current and future Ferrum College students. The Society recognizes alumni and friends who have made Ferrum College a beneficiary of a deferred gift through their wills, trusts, life insurance policies, annuities, or other endowment gift arrangements.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT HOW TO LEAVE YOUR LEGACY, PLEASE CONTACT:
George Seals, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
540-352-7852 or email@example.com.
In order to reduce paper, printing and postage expenses at Ferrum College, the Institutional Advancement office will begin sending most communications via email. Please make sure we have your current contact information, including email, so that you can stay up to date on the activities, events and projects going on at Ferrum College! You can update your information here.
We are looking for alumni who want to be active and engaged to participate on the Golden Panther Steering Committee. The committee meets 3-4 times a year to plan upcoming events, fundraising efforts and stewardship. It is our hope to have a representative from every class of the Golden Panthers. If you are interested in joining you can fill out the ‘Update Your Information’ form link above and indicate in the comments it is for Golden Panther Steering Committee.