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Ferrum College Awarded $375,636 for Laboratory Improvements


Ferrum College Awarded $375,636 for Laboratory Improvements

The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission will provide funding for upgrades in Garber Hall.

Ferrum, Va. (Dec. 1, 2011) – Ferrum College announced today that the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission

(Tobacco Commission) has awarded the College $375,636.  The money will be used for improvements and renovations to Garber Hall, the College’s primary science facility.

“This is great news for Ferrum College and specifically its science programs,” said Jason Powell, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.   “We have made great progress in laboratory renovations and equipment purchases in the past year.  This grant will allow us to continue making significant improvements to the science facilities used to educate all students at Ferrum College, particularly those in the health and pre-professional sciences.”

In making the award, the Tobacco Commission praised Ferrum College for providing opportunities to young people in central and southwest Virginia.

“Ferrum is an asset to our region and has been a good partner with the Tobacco Commission as we have worked to have more high school students from the region attend college and hopefully return to help revitalize our communities." said Sen. Frank Ruff of Clarksville.

Ferrum College Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Kim Blair, complemented the commission for its insight.  “We appreciate the depths to which the Commission went in determining the recipients of this funding.  There are many worthy organizations in which they could have placed their faith and funding and we are so pleased the commissioners chose Ferrum College,” she said.

The grant would be used to update three specific laboratories (chemical synthesis, cell and molecular biology, and microbiology) and to purchase a scanning electron microscope.   Additional College funds are being allocated to expand the instructional capacity of the facility.  Construction will begin in the spring semester.

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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 the Tobacco Commission: The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission is a 31-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly to promote economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded 1,475 grants totaling more than $834 million across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has made available nearly $288 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders. For information on the Commission’s history, mission, funding programs and recent grant awards, visit our website at www.tic.virginia.gov or call toll free 877-807-1086.