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