The #YouAreWelcomeHere movement was started at NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, in order to promote international students in the United States. Ferrum College just joined this movement, and we have offered our new 2020 #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship to two students from Morocco, who will start this fall as freshmen in our Pre-Professional Health Sciences program. [...]
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."
Alumna Jessa King is a teacher at Franklin County High School, and she and her colleagues brought their ninth grade Eagle Tech students to campus to present a Gallery Walk. The presentation focused on the promotion of empathy for the plight of Syrian refugees through the Stories of Survival program. This program supports 3rd Person, [...]
Dr. Arias is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Roanoke College. As part of their lecture series, VALHEN (Virginia Latino Higher Education Network) sponsored Dr. Aria's visit to Ferrum College to talk about her work in developing a Corpus of Spanish variations spoken throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students were especially interested in her focus [...]
We got to get away for a chilly but fun day out! International Programs teamed up with Ferrum Outdoors to organize a visit to Fall Ridge waterfalls and to Dixie Caverns.
Dr. Meena Pillai, a Fulbright researcher who is currently at UCLA for this academic year, came to Ferrum College and participated in class visits, a public lecture, and small-group meetings. Dr. Pillai is a Professor in the Institute of English and Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Kerala in India, [...]
Ferrum College students participated in the Lunar New Year celebration at the Taubman Art Museum in Roanoke. The Lunar New year is celebrated in various Asian countries and occurs on the first full moon of the lunar year according to the traditional calendar. Each year is represented by an animal, and this is the Year [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]