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Call for Nominees: Distinguished Alumni Award
Ferrum College will recognize the outstanding achievements of alumni who exemplify
the three eras of Ferrum College: Ferrum Training School, Ferrum Junior College, and
- have a record of exceptional career achievement and of service to their community,
church, or other organizations.
- have been active in College life during their time at Ferrum and have remained involved
in and supportive of Ferrum College as alumni.
- Nominees should be an alumnus or alumna of Ferrum College. If not a Ferrum graduate,
nominees should have attended Ferrum College (as a Junior College attendee) for three
or more semesters, or attended Ferrum College (as a four year college) for four or
- exemplify in all aspects of their lives the spirit of Ferrum's motto, "Not Self, But
Names, addresses, and biographical information should be sent to Ferrum College, Alumni
Office, PO Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088-9000, by FAX 540-365-4203, or by to firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be received March 15, 2015.
Click here to view the full list of Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients (PDF)
Our 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winner was Danny M. Perdue '66. He received the award during the Alumni Awards Ceremony held during the September
Homecoming festivities. President Jennifer Braaten presented the award to Perdue in
recognition of his exceptional service to his community, as well as his long-time
support of his alma mater.
Call for Nominees: Sports Hall of Fame
In honor of over eighty years of Panther Athletics, and in recognition of the many
contributions Ferrum student-athletes have made throughout their careers, the Ferrum
Alumni Association and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its inaugural
season of the Ferrum College Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. It is very important
that the selection committee receive as complete a package as possible for each nominee
to include playing records/statistics, athletic honors, and continuing achievements
and service since leaving Ferrum. Committee members rely mostly on the information
provided in the nomination package, so completeness is important. In order to be considered,
- Exemplify the highest ideals of small college athletics, sportsmanship, and the spirit
of Ferrum’s motto, "Not Self, But Others."
- Have excelled in one or more sports while at Ferrum College, and then have gone on
to achieve significant success in a career field.
- Be an alumnus or alumna of Ferrum College. If not a Ferrum graduate, nominee should
have attended Ferrum for three or more semesters. The selection committee and the
Alumni Board of Directors also may induct honorary members such as Coaches and other
individuals who made a significant impact on Ferrum Athletics.
- Have graduated or transferred from Ferrum College at least 10 years prior to nomination.
This year we are looking for student athletes that left the College prior to June
Please submit your nominations to the Alumni Office by March 15, 2015.
Click here to go to the Sports Hall of Fame nomination form
|Michael D. Bradley '68
||Kelly L. Caputo '87
|Stephen P. Gallagher '73
||Grant C. Renfrow '90
| Sherman T. Shifflett '64
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.
Initally, 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 practice-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 with 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 inspired me to share the Ferrum spirit with younger generations.
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.