Living Out “Not Self, But Others”: Why YOUR Gift Matters
When you support Ferrum College, you empower our students to discover their potential, make a difference in their communities, and achieve their dreams. Your gift also provides our students with opportunities to provide care and support to those in need in our community and beyond. The following stories are just a few examples of how our students were Living Out “Not Self, But Others” during the Fall 2018 semester.
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Minds-N-Medicine’s Blood Drive Exceeds Unit Goals
Ferrum College Minds-N-Medicine Club, under the direction of Associate Professor of Biology Katie Goff and Instructor of Biology David Park, both co-advisors of the club, hosted a blood drive at the College’s YMCA on September 25 and 26. Participates surpassed the daily goal of 40 units on both days; the first day yielded 44 units and the second day produced 42, for a total of 86 units. The club has worked with Virginia Blood Services on campus blood drives since 2012 and before that with American Red Cross. “I am continually excited by the strong support of the drives,” said Dr. Goff. “We consistently meet our drive goals and were an Honorable Mention for Drive of the Week for meeting 123% of our goal for our drive last April. It makes me proud to be part of the Ferrum Family because we each give in whatever ways that we are able to support others locally and beyond.”
International English Honor Society Hosts Community Trunk-or-Treat
On Halloween, members of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, hosted a Trunk-or-Treat for local youth. Trunk-or-Treaters wrote down their favorite book and then played a game toss for candy. Read more about Sigma Tau Delta on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/FerrumSigmaTauDelta/?fref=ts.
Honors 100 Gateway Class Throws Halloween Party for Henry Fork Center Children
On October 29, members of Ferrum College’s Honors 100 Gateway class, under the direction of Associate Professor of Political Science and Assistant Professor of Public Administration Ed Hally, threw a Halloween party for children participating in the after-school program at the Henry Fork Service Center. The Honors 100 students dressed in Halloween costumes and played games with the children.
Delta Phi Epsilon Completes Community Road Clean-Up
On October 17, members of Ferrum College Delta Phi Epsilon braved dreary weather and cleaned up debris on Ferrum School Road, the sorority’s designated highway, and Timberline Road that runs by 77 Restaurant. “The purpose of the clean-up was to help our community look a little more welcoming and to do this while bonding with our sisterhood,” explained Cayla Stephens, DPhiE’s vice president of academics.
Living Out “Not Self, But Others”: Students and Staff Use Fall Break to Provide Hurricane Relief
After Hurricane Florence in September and Hurricane Michael in October, Ferrum College’s Spiritual Life sponsored a clean-up mission during Fall Break, from October 10 – 15. The relief effort, headed by Dean of Chapel and Religious Life Jan Nicholson Angle, included fourteen students and two staff members who provided local clean-up in Rocky Mount, VA on October 10 and 11. From October 12 – 15, the students and staff members traveled to Fayetteville, NC where they removed debris and damaged drywall from homes, and replaced the roof of a military veteran. “Something about this experience seems to give me life and hope,” said Ferrum College senior and member of the relief effort Mark Kellam. “I can’t get enough of it.” Read more about this act of service here: http://www.ferrum.edu/blog/living-out-not-self-but-others-students-and-staff-use-fall-break-to-provide-hurricane-relief/.
Women’s Soccer Team Completes Habitat for Humanity Project in Roanoke
Ferrum College’s women’s soccer team completed a Habitat for Humanity project on August 22. The team split into two groups and worked on separate homes in Roanoke, VA. One group cut down trees and brush around the homes, sealed windows, and constructed lattice and siding. The other group tore down walls for replacement, moved a shower to the second story, measured and cut wood for window frames, assisted carpenters with hammering and nailing, and removed debris from the yard. Afterward, the team was rewarded with a trip to Benny’s Pizza.
Spiritual Life Continues Clean Up Efforts Following Hurricane Michael
On Sunday, November 11, Ferrum College’s Spiritual Life spearheaded the clean-up effort of a Danville resident’s home following flood damage from October’s Hurricane Michael. The crew, consisting of Ferrum College students, faculty, and staff, removed flood-damaged drywall and flooring, made repairs, and cleaned up mold and mildew. “It was such a great opportunity for Ferrum students to connect with their neighbors and let their talents shine through their service,” said Laurie Adams, Ferrum College’s grant proposal writer, who participated in the clean-up effort. Read more about Spiritual Life here: http://www.ferrum.edu/spiritual-life/.
Freshmen STEM Biology Scholars Host “Be the Match” Donor Registration Drive with Great Success
On November 12, Ferrum College freshmen STEM biology scholars hosted a “Be the Match” bone marrow donor registration drive in Franklin Hall on campus, and highlighted how a Ferrum College student stem cell donor saved a young patient’s life in 2017. During this year’s drive, an additional 85 students signed up to be donors, bringing Ferrum College’s registered donor list to approximately 300.
Be The Match® is a global leader in bone marrow transplantation. They conduct research to improve transplant outcomes provide support and resources for patients, and partner with a global network. For more details, visit www.BetheMatch.org.
Freshman Gateway Class Packs Book Bag Meals for 65 Ferrum Elementary School Children
After a “Game of Life” exercise that predicted career paths, projected salaries, family decisions, and costs of living, Residence Hall Educator Alli Colls’ freshman Gateway class completed a service project to help alleviate costs to community families. The students volunteered to stuff Panther Packs, a local backpack meal program coordinated by TriArea Community Health Clinic’s Martha Puckett, which are sent home on Friday afternoons for 65 Ferrum Elementary students to ensure that they are fed over the weekend when school is not in session. “After my class packed the bags the first time [on November 1] with the essentials like oatmeal and canned goods, they told me that they were worried about the students making it through Thanksgiving break,” said Colls. The Gateway students completed a canned food drive to receive donations for the Panther Pack pantry and then returned on November 13 to pack enough bags for the elementary students to have food through the holiday.
Ferrum College Greek Organizations Participate in Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Campaign
For the month of November, Ferrum College’s Greek Council brought all Greek organizations on campus together to run an awareness campaign for Alzheimer’s disease by selling ribbons and collecting donations for the Hilarity for Charity Foundation. The group also held a benefit night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Roanoke on November 28 and offered an option of taking an online crash course about the disease which provided funds for the awareness campaign. Read more about Hilarity for Charity here: https://hilarityforcharity.org/.
International Music Appreciation Club Crafts Christmas Cards
The Ferrum College International Music Appreciation Club hosted a Christmas card making event on December 7 in the Panther’s Den. The campus and community were invited to bring crafting supplies and decorate cards together which were then sent to elderly patients at Rocky Mount Health and Rehabilitation Center.