This year we kicked off a new Ferrum tradition. It started with traditional Spanish-language carols by the Spanish students, who sang in various parts of campus and ended up at the library. There were displays about diverse holiday customs, plus cookies and hot chocolate for everyone. Then the choir put on a spectacular concert, followed [...]
About Dr. SuppesTeaching, mentoring, and working with other educators is my passion, and the experiences I have had through travel, study, and teaching inform and enrich my work. Through collaboration we can create innovative solutions to the constantly changing challenges of higher education. A global focus is essential to offering students a broad, well-rounded education, therefore I am heading the internationalization initiative at Ferrum College by connecting with every part of the academic, administrative, and co-curricular life on campus. I have big goals and dreams, but with the collaboration of my colleagues and students, we will achieve a much more open and inclusive campus that reflects the reality and cultural richness of our diverse world and will offer our graduates so many more opportunities for their future careers. These goals are in keeping with Ferrum's mission to "...educate students in the disciplines of higher learning and to help them be thoughtful and perceptive, to be articulate and professionally capable, and to be caring and concerned citizens of their community, nation, and world."
This past fall we had a new Gateway section focused on helping international students adapt to life at Ferrum College and create community. This course was in collaboration with Ferrum Outdoors, so it was full of fun adventures!
A group of Ferrum students, some from the U.S. and some from abroad, participated in an excursion to Roanoke for the celebration of Korean Alphabet Day at the Taubman Museum.
In October, Dr. Sagasti Suppes went to Russia to represent Ferrum College and Roanoke Valley Sister Cities at the Russia-U.S. Municipal Forum in Moscow. During her week in the country, she was also able to visit Roanoke's sister city, Pskov, and to visit with students, faculty, and administrators at Pskov State University. The best part [...]
Students traveled to Washington DC in Fall Break, and had a chance to tour the Capitol Building, see several museums, and explore Old Town Alexandria.
We're so proud of our graduating seniors! All of them have achieved so much in their time at Ferrum College, and have had such an impact on the campus and their fellow students. The photos are from the Career Center's events and from the Campus Awards Ceremony. Fangzou Wang, from China, is receiving his [...]
The International Music Club and the Office of International Programs attended the Southwest Virginia Ballet's production of Stravinski's Firebird at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke. After the ballet, students and faculty had a Venezuelan dinner at Leonore Restaurant. It was an international evening of art and fun!
The Office of International Programs and the Office of the Provost have signed an articulation agreement with API Abroad, a company that offers various Study Abroad opportunities. Ferrum College students, working with the faculty in their majors and with the Director of International Programs, will be able to fit various Study Abroad courses into their [...]
Melanie Rooks (Class of 2015) visited campus to launch the FACES (Ferrum Alumni Citizens Exploring Service) Program. The program, conceptualized and organized by Dr. Susan Mead, will celebrate Ferrum College alumni who serve their communities in a variety of ways. Ms. Rooks has been working with retired Ferrum professor Dr. Pete Crow and his wife, [...]
In February we had a week of Peace-Corps focused events to celebrate Peace Corps Week. On Monday, alumna and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Kasey Ingram, Ferrum College Class of 2014, visited several classes and had a presentation in the LEAP Studio of the library. She talked about her experiences as a volunteer in South [...]