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Ferrum College Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Ferrum College Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Classes will be on a compressed schedule to accommodate campus activities.


Ferrum, Va. (January 16, 2011) – Ferrum College will operate on a compressed schedule on Monday, January 17, 2011 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Students planned a number of activities including a march in the morning and an evening ceremony in Vaughan Chapel that would include a key note address from Bernice Cobbs, a Ferrum Alum, and Vice President of the Alumni Board of Directors.


College President Jennifer Braaten and the Administrative Council approved the compressed schedule at the request of the Student Government Association.  The changes to the normal class schedule are included below.


In an e-mail to campus, Senior Class President Jeremiah Cook urged students to participate, saying, “I am writing to invite you to the various activities that are happening in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day … This is a great opportunity to get out and learn about the meaning of the day, as well as, it is a great chance to fellowship with one another.”


Events are scheduled as follows:


  • Diversity March @ 9:30 A.M. starting at the Panther's Den -- a speech addressing social issues from the perspective of a Ferrum College student; also, a symbolic march around the quad as a way of advocating for social equality and justice followed by a digital presentation of the famous "Been to the Mountain Top" speech Dr. King performed before he was assassinated.


  • MLK Day Celebration @ 7:00 P.M. in Vaughn Chapel-- a digital presentation of Dr. King giving the "I Have a Dream Speech." Next, Ms. Bernice Cobbs, a Ferrum Alum who has achieved much success within the field of education.


A portion of Bernice Cobbs’ biography reads as follows:


Joyce Bernice Cobbs graduated magna cum laude from Ferrum College in 1998, earning a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with endorsements in Math and English.  Prior to Ferrum, Bernice graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Western Community College.  After Ferrum, Bernice received a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Radford University.  She holds a Certificate from Virginia Tech’s Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement for completion of its Virginia School Leaders Institute.  She also holds a Certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education for completion of its 2010 Leadership: An Evolving Vision Institute.   

Bernice has served as principal of Snow Creek Elementary School, principal of Boones Mill Elementary School, K-5 Director of Instruction, and is currently 6th grade Administrator at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.  Prior to her time in administration, Bernice served as a classroom teacher, co-coordinator of a Teaching American History grant, and a teacher mentor. 


Compressed Class Schedule:



Regular Time

Compressed Time

8:00 – 8:55

11:00 – 11:35

  9:05 – 10:00

11:40 – 12:15

10:10 – 11:05

12:20 – 12:55

11:15 – 12:10

1:00 – 1:35

      12:20 – 1:15

1:40 – 2:15

1:25 – 2:20

2:20 – 2:55

2:30 – 3:50

3:00 – 3:50




Labs that begin at 2:00 or before will run from 2:00-3:30 or


Labs that begin after 2:00 will run from 4:00-5:30