Ferrum College Honors Faculty Emeriti Joe and Jane Stogner

Garber Hall 101 named for the Stogners in recognition of their service and support.

Dr. Joe and Jane Stogner

Ferrum, Va. (April 15, 2014) – Ferrum College friends, faculty, staff and students gathered in Garber Hall last Friday, home to the College’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, to thank Faculty Emeriti Joe and Jane Stogner for their many years of service to the College as well as their recent Centennial Campaign gift directed toward the Mary Morton Parsons Challenge, a challenge gift to complete renovations in Garber. Room 100 in Garber has been named the “Dr. Joe D. Stogner and Jane Duncan Stogner Classroom” in their honor.

Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten noted with gratitude the importance of the Stogners' gift to the College. "Jane and Joe Stogner exemplify the synergy between arts and sciences. While their impact on the lives of countless Ferrum students throughout the years is immeasurable, their gift to Garber Hall is a tangible expression of their generous hearts and their desire to continue serving our young men and women even after they have both retired from teaching," she said.

Joe Stogner, retired professor and founder of Ferrum College’s Environmental Science program, and Jane Stogner, retired professor of art, both remain active with the College in their retirement. As first-generation college graduates, they understand the importance of the opportunity to attend college and the necessity of getting the most out of that experience. They also believe that Ferrum College lives out its mission through each student, treating them as individuals and giving each extra time and attention as needed. They worked closely with College administrators to ensure that their Centennial Campaign gift would serve students and faculty for many years to come.

“With this gift, Joe and Jane reaffirm their commitment to the students of Ferrum,” said Director of Planned and Principal Gifts George Seals. “The College’s well known Environmental Science program, which Joe founded, is one of the first in the nation. As home to the curriculum, Garber Hall provides a state-of-the-art facility and will help to continue this excellence well into the future.”

Emphasizing their strong feelings about the College, Jane noted, “Ferrum College is a unique community of dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and administrators who work far beyond their contracts and job descriptions to help students realize their potential.”

The Stogners are also impressed by the College’s dedicated alumni, who give of their time and support as well as the large community of powerful and influential individuals who want to make a difference and believe in the Ferrum College mission of “Not Self, But Others.”

“We have an outstanding Board of Trustees committed to serve and guide the College in the right direction,” said Joe.


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 celebrates its centennial during 2013-2014. For more information, visit www.ferrum.edu.