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Ferrum College Celebrates the Completion of New Science Wing


A dramatic addition to Garber Hall welcomes students back to campus .

Ferrum, Va. (January 15, 2013) –Ferrum College students arriving on campus last week for the start of the spring semester were welcomed by a dramatic addition to Garber Hall, home to the College’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The three-story space was dedicated this afternoon at a celebration recognizing the generosity of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (Tobacco Commission) and additional support from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

The new wing features a 40-seat classroom, a chemical synthesis laboratory and preparation room, and a cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory and preparation room. The work included renovations to the existing microbiology laboratory.  Langseth Engineering of Lynchburg and Price Building, Inc. of Rocky Mount were the area firms involved with the project. The addition also includes a demonstration “green roof” on a walk-out portion of the second floor. Horticulture students will have the opportunity to cultivate plants and trays for use on the roof, and environmental science students will be able to see first-hand the application of green building techniques.

“Ferrum’s commitment to the sciences is long-standing and we are extremely thankful to the Tobacco Commission and the Cargill Foundation,“ said College President Jennifer Braaten. “Our students and faculty now have the opportunity to work, learn and study in new and renovated laboratory and classroom space using state of the art technology and equipment,” continued Dr. Braaten. “Over the last few years we have made other significant improvements and acquired additional equipment for Garber in continuing recognition of the national emphasis on the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  This new wing is the capstone of these efforts.”

Jason Powell, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, expressed his enthusiasm and that of the faculty for the addition. “The new and renovated spaces and new equipment dramatically increase our capacity to offer state-of-the-art laboratory instruction for upper-level science courses,” said Dr. Powell, who also noted last year’s renovation of two of the laboratory spaces used for teaching introductory science laboratory courses. “All these improvements allow us to increase the quality of experiential education that we are committed to providing our students in the Ferrum College School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.”

See photos from the dedication here.

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The School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at Ferrum College offers 8 majors (Agricultural Sciences (including Agribusiness, Agronomy, Animal Science, and Horticulture emphasis areas), Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Planning & Development, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, Mathematical Science, and Pre-Professional Science) and 7 minors (Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Horticulture, Mathematics), each designed to prepare students for careers in a broad range of fields as well as graduate training in both professional and academic disciplines.

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 1,602 grants totaling more than $962 million across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 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.

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