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Brad Dalton, 77 Restaurant owner, speaks with customers about travel baseball.

Nothing Screams Local Like the 77 Restaurant

Kyle Markowitz, Staff Writer November 16, 2023

Friends, Family, and Ferrum is the heart and soul of the 77 Restaurant. The smell of hot coffee and home cooking fills patrons when walking into the restaurant.  Staff walk around with smiles on their...

Former Panther Deshone Hicks (right) drives to the basket for a layup against his defender in a game for the Finland Raider Basket pro team.

Dropping Dimes and Draining Threes

Darwin Randolph II November 1, 2023

Alumni Deshone Hicks (class of '23) crossed the Atlantic to start his professional basketball career. Hicks has been in Finland since August and is hoping to help pave the way for other basketball players...

Adams Appointed Athletic Director

Kyle Markowitz, Staff Writer October 11, 2023

From playing on the field to coaching on the sideline as both an assistant and currently as the head coach for the Panthers, Cleive Adams took another step in his athletic department career after being...

Alumni Dylan Irby

Alumni Dylan Irby Becomes Environmental Scientist After Graduating

Franklin Melton, Staff Writer September 8, 2023

Dylan Irby, Class of '23 graduate, is now an environmental scientist at Dewberry a specialized firm in Danville, VA where he works to manage and resolve environmental and sustainability challenges. Irby...

Rex Stephenson, Emeritus professor of Drama, cuts ribbon to open the Rex Theatre.

From Flex to Rex

Lindsey M. Foster and Marina J. Powell April 26, 2023

The surprise had been kept a secret for the past few months, but the idea had been brewing for a few years. The whole thing was kind of a bait-and-switch. Bait: Lure in Rex Stephenson, Emeritus (retired)...

Softball Complex Dedicated

Refentse Maselwa, Staff Writer April 19, 2023

A home run for Panther softball. The Vickie Van Kleek softball complex is complete and ready for the team to play games and have the space for their supporters. “It’s hard to imagine that our...

Abigail McGovern, Ferrum graduate, poses for a pic in Key West, FL  on a family vacation in 2021.

McGovern Writes Her Future

Lindsey M. Foster, Editor January 17, 2023

An English major ended a chapter in life and will begin to write another. This semester, the Iron Blade said goodbye to December graduate and staff member Abigail McGovern. After seven semesters,...

Bryan Slater, Class of 82,  has had a whos-who history in politics.

Bryan Slater Tapped to Be Virginia’s Secretary of Labor

For Bryan Slater, every day is Labor Day. But it’s not a holiday. Slater (Ferrum ’82) was recently tapped by Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin to be the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Labor. The...

Gary Ingram is a 1977 graduate of Ferrum College.

Arthur Society Member Spotlight

“Real dear to me,” is the way Gary Ingram describes how he feels about Ferrum College. Ingram graduated with an associate degree in Chemistry from Ferrum College in 1977 when it was still a junior...

Dalais Woods, class of 20, takes time out from his music for a quick photo.

Woods Breaks Into the Music Business

Recently, Dalais Woods ’20 was driving down a North Carolina road when he got a call from a friend. The friend told Woods to turn on the radio. He scanned the dial until he heard a familiar song: Rejoice ft....

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