Alumni Chapters are established to provide graduates from Ferrum College with opportunities
for social activities along with professional and personal networking. In determining
where to establish a Chapter, the level of interest and the number of alumni who can
organize, manage and support Association activities are considered.
Official Chapters are organized by region and according to zip codes. All alumni residing
within a specific Chapter region are considered to be members of the Association and
receive communications regarding events and campus news.
We identify the following Alumni Chapters located in our most alumni-populated areas
- Roanoke Valley
- Shenandoah Valley
- Washington, D.C.
Organized activities are sometimes held in areas without formal alumni chapters. These
are referred to as Provisional Chapters and are located in areas where there are sufficient
numbers of alumni to organize and manage activities on a regular but less frequent
schedule. Provisional Chapters currently include:
- Patrick County
Alumni Spotlight: Sherman T. Shifflett '64
Growing up in a family of 11 children in Albemarle County, VA, a college education
seemed an unimaginable dream. A recruitment letter from Ferrum College football coach,
Hank Norton, changed my plans and subsequently impacted the rest of my life. When
I visited the Ferrum campus the school appealed to me immediately. I liked the rural
setting, the small enrollment and especially the congenial atmosphere. The students
I met were friendly and welcoming.
Initially, becoming acclimated to college life was difficult. Living in a crowded
quonset hut for several weeks, attending classes, working three hours a day in the
cafeteria and rigorous football practices---all took a toll on me. Without a car
and limited spending money, there were few diversions, but despite those early doubts
and challenges, I persevered because I felt fortunate to be part of the Ferrum family.
Ferrum College was far more than an educational institution; it was a large extended
family. Ferrum College gave me an opportunity, a second chance, and for that I will
always be grateful.
In reflecting on a 31-year career in public education as a teacher, coach and administrator,
and currently in my third term on the Louisa County School Board, I realize that none
of this would have been possible without the opportunity provided by Ferrum College.
My experiences at Ferrum College inspired me to share the Ferrum spirit with younger
The best two years of my life were spent on the Ferrum campus. Students I met there
became life-long friends and many of us continue to communicate.