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Appalachian Power Gives $25,000 to Ferrum College


Appalachian Power Gives $25,000 to Ferrum College

Gift to aid water quality programs

Ferrum, Va. (August 25, 2011) – Ferrum College has received a gift of $25,000 from Appalachian Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP).   The college will use the money to enhance the Water Quality Program in the Environmental Science Program.

“We are grateful for the support of our on-going research into the area’s water quality,” said Environmental Science Professor Carolyn Thomas, who has been testing the area’s water for more than two decades.

“ We believe this helps recognize the importance of the work being done by Ferrum researchers, said Frank Simms, manager of hydroelectric operations for Appalachian and AEP.   “Ferrum has taken a leadership role in measuring the quality of water in the region as well as in the reservoirs our company operates and we want to support those efforts.”

Appalachian Power built and operates the Smith Mountain and Claytor hydroelectric generating projects in Southwestern Virginia. Thomas and other Ferrum researchers and students have regularly tested Smith Mountain and Claytor reservoir water quality since 1987 seeking to determine the impact of increased lakeside populations, businesses and boaters.  Simms, Joe Jones, Director of External Affairs and Larry Jackson, Manager of External Affairs for Appalachian Power presented a check to Ferrum College President Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten during a luncheon at the president’s home on campus.

“Ferrum College is pleased to have the support of Appalachian Power.   We appreciate its interest in our research and the recognition of the quality of our faculty and students.  This money will enable us to make the program even stronger,” said Braaten.

Thomas said the money would be used enhance Ferrum’s analytical ability in the water quality lab by upgrading its analytical testing equipment.

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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with 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.

About Appalachian Power: Appalachian Power provides electricity to 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, with more than 5 million customers in 11 states.