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Saturday Events

Homecoming & Family Weekend Events for Saturday, October 29, 2016

Homecoming/Family Weekend Registration 

9:00am – Noon  |  Franklin Hall Atrium

Alumni! Families! Visitors! Look for the Alumni Office tent adjacent to the panther at Franklin Hall to check in for the weekend. Pick up your day program, find information about the weekend, and get a campus map showcasing the beauty of the Ferrum College campus.

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Panther Tracks- 5k Run/Walk

8:00 am Registration, 8:45 am Race Starts, Hart Plaza

Students, families, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to join this annual on-campus fundraiser.  Race starts on Wiley Drive from the parking lot at Hart Plaza.  Healthy snacks provided.  Post-race prizes will be awarded at the finish.  All proceeds benefit the Saint James United Methodist Church Food Bank.  Registration fee is $20.00 per person.  Students can donate five non-perishable food items in lieu of payment.


Golden Panthers Annual Fall Celebration & Induction of the 50th Reunion Class of 1966

8:30 – 10:00 am  |  Panther’s Den, Franklin Hall

golden panthersRegistration at 8:30 am. Pick up packets and Homecoming Day Schedule. Breakfast at 9:00 am followed by the Class of ’66 Induction Ceremony.

If you attended Ferrum College 50+ years ago you are a Golden Panther (GP) and always invited to attend GP events! Welcome the Class of 1966 to the group, learn about upcoming Golden Panther excursions, and get the latest news from Golden Panther Chair Jim Clark ’62.  Meet a Golden Panther Endowed Scholarship recipient and hear more about what this generous fund can accomplish from George Seals, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Reserved Parking with shuttle service will be located in the Parking lot located on Ferrum Mountain Road just behind Grousbeck and the bookstore.

Complimentary, but please reply.

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Tours of Campus

9:00 am  |  Franklin Hall Atrium

How long has it been since you’ve toured campus? Whether its five years, 50 years, or never, it’s always fun to reminisce while walking across well-worn (and new) paths. Join the guided tour and catch up on all the latest progress.


AG Club Reunion Breakfast

9:00 am  |  Titmus Agricultural Center

Have a real Southern-style breakfast and meet your former classmates and professors at the Farm. Current students are welcome to bring their families! G

Complimentary. PLEASE REGISTER.

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Alumni Women's Basketball Game

9:30 am  |  Swartz Gym

How about a friendly game of hoops with alumni and current students?  You can also meet the coaches, team members, and get the scoop on the upcoming season.  Please contact Coach Bryan Harvey at 540-365-4491 or the Alumni Office at 540-365-4216 if interested in attending.

Complimentary. PLEASE REGISTER.

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Alumni Board of Directors Meeting

9:30 am |  Founder's Room, Stanley Library

President Wilson Paine '07 will direct Alumni Board of Directors (ABOD) at the annual fall meeting.  ABOD committees include alumni representatives who work to assist College staff with Career Services, Alumni Chapter Development, Alumni Award Nominations, Philanthropy, and Student Recruitment.


Women's Lacrosse Alumni Game and Social

10:00 am |  Penn-Roediger Field

womenslacrosseWatch the action as current varsity players compete against alumni!  Following the match, join players, coaches, fans, and families for a special gathering at the Bassett tailgating field.  Please contact Head Coach, Karen Harvey at 540-365-4511 or the Alumni Office at 540-365-4216 if interested in attending.

Complimentary.  PLEASE REGISTER.

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Visit to the Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum

10:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Blue Ridge Institute

Visit the Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum and check out the Regional Cannery Exhibit and the Crooked Road Exhibit. The BRI is the State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore and features a living history nineteenth century farm complete with period animals and gardens.


Coffee with the President

10:30 am |  Saari Faculty House

presidentCurrent students and their families are invited to stop by the Saari House to meet the new President, Jody Spooner.  Hear his vision for the college and enjoy a cup of coffee and a doughnut.

Complimentary.  PLEASE REGISTER.

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Softball Reunion

11:00 am  |  Franklin Community Bank Field

Meet the new Ferrum College Softball Coach, Gerald Culler, and learn about his plans for the team and the new season. Join alumni vs current students for a friendly game.  Families and players are welcome at the postgame picnic lunch at the main tailgating location on Bassett Field.

Complimentary. PLEASE REGISTER.

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Chemistry Presentations

11:30 am  |  Garber 106

Wonder what your students are learning in class?  Check out some amazing experiments in this first annual performance.  We are sure you will be pleased and leave more educated and inspired. 


Cheerleading Alumni Reunion

12:00 Noon | Bassett Field

Calling all former cheerleaders to come back, reminisce, and celebrate our cheerleaders.  We are excited to host a reunion just for you.  Relive your special years at a tailgating spot on Bassett Field. Contact Head Coach, TJ Agee at 540-365-5573 or the Alumni Office at 540-365-4216 to reserve your spot.  

Complimentary.  PLEASE REGISTER.

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Volleyball Game

12:00 pm l Swartz Gym

Join the women's volleyball team and meet Head Coach Ruthanne Duffy as they take on Randolph College.  Show your Panther Pride!  Wear your Gold and Black!


Ferrum Outdoors Zip-Lining Experience

12:00 pm and 2:00 pm  I  John Wesley Parking Lot

zipliningEver wonder what it feels like to fly through the air?  Our experienced Ferrum Outdoors staff is providing two different trips to the Ferrum Rope Course and let you experience the thrill of zip-lining at Ferrum College.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED.  You will return in time to attend the football game.  If you are interested please register on the following website- www.ferrumoutdoors.eventbrite.com. The cost is $5 per person and it is non-refundable.  This is a weather dependent event- registered individuals will receive more detailed instructions.  If you have questions, call Ferrum Outdoors Director, Aaron Conover at 540-365-4324.


Alumni Awards Ceremony & Lunch

12:30 pm  |  Blue Ridge Mountain Room, Franklin Hall

This annual event highlights the very best of Ferrum College alumni. This is your opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of notable alumni and athletes. This year we will also recognize our reunion classes (1966, 1996 and 2006) and the 1966 50th Anniversary National Championship football team and welcome them all back to campus.  

We are honored to announce the following award recipients:

 The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award:

Mr. Edward States '57

The Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016:

Mr. James L. Clark '62

Mr. Ray Perkins '80

Mrs. Shannon Jost  '97

Mrs. Antoinette N. Williams '97

Mr. Bill Pullen

Adults $11.00; children 6-12 $8.00; children 5 and under FREE.

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Homecoming Tailgates

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm  |  Bassett Hall, between Bassett Hall and Swartz Gym

Everyone is welcome!  Grab your friends and family, pack your coolers, grills, awnings, and picnic baskets!  Celebrate Homecoming with some pregame food, fun, and visits with classmates and former professors.  We'll supply the space, a children's entertainment area, and the music.  Plan to arrive early to claim your space!

This year student groups, fraternities, and organizations will be competing for "The Most Spirited Panther" award.  Don't forget to visit their tents and vote on your favorite!

YOU MUST HAVE A TAILGATE PARKING PASS!

Contact the Alumni Office at 540-365-4216.


Equestrian Reunion

12:30 pm  |  Bassett Field

Calling all horse enthusiasts, families, and former members of the Ferrum College riding program! Come out and congratulate Margaret Johnson Cornwell '02 and her riders on the return of the Equestrian Club to campus. Learn about the partnership with Healing Strides and how it benefits students as well as the local community. Share your memories and check out this year’s team at the tailgate site on Bassett Field.

Complimentary. PLEASE REGISTER.

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Baseball Social

12:30 pm  |  Swartz Gym

baseballAll current and former baseball players and their families are invited to join Coach Ryan Brittle for a cookout at the tailgate site on Bassett Field.  Hear more about this exciting sport.  Please contact Coach Brittle at 540-365-5412 if interested in attending. 

Complimentary.  PLEASE REGISTER.

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Class of 1996 20th Reunion Tailgate

12:30 pm  |  Bassett Field

In 1996 a gallon of gas was $1.23, a postage stamp was only 32 cents, and no one had a cell phone!  Nintendo 64 was released as the new gaming system and major league soccer had its first season.  You were listening to "Wannabe" and watching The Nutty Professor, Mission: Impossible, and Independence Day in the theaters.  Oh!  How times have changed!  It's your 20th Reunion!  A special tailgating space will be reserved for you and your classmates.  This is your chance to get together for some and swap memories before cheering on the current Panthers to a victory!


Class of 2006 10th Reunion Tailgate

12:30 pm  | Bassett Field

 Wow!  Time flies after graduation!  It's been 10 years since you walked across that commencement stage with diploma in hand!  Do you know where your roommate is?  Who's married?  Who has kids?  It's time for you to swap stories with your classmates, catch up with professors, and relive your special years on campus.  A special tailgating  space will be reserved especially for you and your classmates.


Golf Alumni Social

12:30 pm  |  Bassett Field

All current and former golf players and their families are invited to join Head Coach Adam Crawford for a cookout at the tailgate site on Bassett Field.  Hear more about this exciting sport.  Please contact Coach Brittle at 540-365-6937 if interested in attending.

Complimentary.  PLEASE REGISTER.

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Homecoming Football Game

4:00 pm  |  Swartz Gym

Football is the anchor of the Homecoming weekend!  Students and their families, faculty and staff- Help fill the stands and cheer for our new Head Coach Rob Grande and the Panthers as they take on Methodist in this year's Homecoming match up.  Half-time presentations will include special recognition of the Alumni awards.  Don't forget to wear your black and gold and share your Panther spirit!

Tickets available at the gate.  $5.00 cash only.


Live Concert from Josh Vietti

Immediately following the Game | Penn-Roediger Field

Memorable, dynamic and innovative are three words that perfectly sum up this fiddler from Los Angeles.  A big hit in the past, Viette thrilled students and alumni alike with his interactive performance incorporating styles from hip hop, classical, gospel, country, pop, and jazz.


Food Options Available for Dinner

Immediately following the Game | Various Locations

We will have food trucks available immediately following the game at Penn-Roediger Field.  Bring your chair, sit back and enjoy the music and stay for the fireworks.  Other options in the immediate area-The Mercantile including Blue Ridge Burgers &Deli and Papa Johns.  Get a burger, chicken sandwich, deli sandwiches, pizza and much more at this one stop shop.  After you are finished get a Homestead Creamery ice cream to top off the night.


Festival Fireworks Finale

8:30 pm | Penn-Roediger Field

You must stay for Homecoming/Family Day Festival fireworks!  This special finale over Adams Lake will be viewed from your spot at the concert.  When the musicial performances end, just sit back and enjoy the show!