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Ferrum College Receives Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Grant



Ferrum College Awarded $250,000 from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Ferrum to receive grant for “smart classrooms”

Ferrum, Va. (October 18, 2010) – Ferrum College announced today that it will receive a $250,000 grant from the Jacksonville, Florida-based Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to fund construction/renovation, equipment and furnishings for The Arthur Vining Davis Smart Classrooms.


“A grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations is a significant award to an institution,” said Ferrum College President Jennifer L. Braaten.   “The smart classrooms will improve the overall educational experience for our students and we are greatly honored to meet the funding goal of the grant, which is ‘to make good schools better.’”


Arthur Vining Davis was a successful businessman who successfully guided the Alcoa company to prominence in the first half of the 20th century. The Foundations were established to support education, with grants given to private colleges which are broadly acknowledged to provide academic excellence. Grants are also made to historically Black colleges, Native American tribal colleges and colleges located in Appalachia. 


“In these times of steady growth for Ferrum College we need and greatly appreciate support from organizations such as The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to help us achieve our number one priority, student success.” said Braaten.   “The receipt of this prestigious grant is a validation of our accomplishments over the past several years.”


According to Dr. Christine Stinson, Ferrum’s Chief Information Officer, The Arthur Vining Davis Smart Classrooms will complement teaching and learning by providing video-conferencing capability, smart boards, and permanent video cameras for lecture capture. Stinson noted that Ferrum College’s Stanley Library has an impressive set of online databases and eBooks which students will be able to access, explore, and integrate in real-time during group activities in the smart classrooms.