LFCC Students and Administrators Visit State Elected Officials

For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2007

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – On Jan. 17, 2007, six Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) students and two administrators traveled to Richmond, Va., to visit the Virginia General Assembly and the legislators who represent the College’s service region.

The purpose of the visits was to thank the elected officials for their support of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and have students share with legislators their personal stories and the impact LFCC has had on their lives.

The visits also provided LFCC ambassadors the opportunity to ask legislators for support of such bills as the Community College Transfer Grant Program, HB 1681, which was introduced by Sen. Walter Stosch and Delegate Vincent Callahan. If the legislation passes, the program would provide community college students who graduate with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need the ability to transfer to a four-year institution and pay community college tuition rates for the next two years while they complete a bachelor’s degree.

The group of LFCC ambassadors visited the following elected officials:

  • Delegate Clifford L. “Clay” Athey Jr., 18th District; representing the Counties of Fauquier (part), Frederick (part), and Warren
  • Delegate Joe T. May, 33rd District; representing the Counties of Clarke and Loudoun (part)
  • Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, 26th District; representing the Counties of Culpeper, Fauquier (part), Page, Rappahannock (part) and Stafford (part); City of Harrisonburg
  • Delegate Beverly J. Sherwood, 29th District; representing the County of Frederick (part); City of Winchester

The group of ambassadors was led by “Captain Potential”—also known as LFCC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski—who represented the potential of all individuals to improve their lives by receiving a college education. LFCC’s ambassadors were:

  • Diana Bright, a Fauquier Campus student
  • Linnie Carter, LFCC vice president of college advancement
  • Margie Clark, a Fauquier Campus student
  • Cynthia Funk, a Middletown Campus student
  • Jessica Loy, a Middletown Campus student
  • MaryAnn McClain, a Middletown Campus student
  • Danielle Stickel, a Middletown Campus student

Accompanying “Captain Potential” John J. “Ski” Sygielski, LFCC students met with state legislators representing the College’s service region.

Delegate Joe T. May

Delegate Joe T. May

Delegate Beverly J. Sherwood

Delegate Beverly J. Sherwood

Delegate Clifford L. 'Clay' Athey Jr.

Delegate Clifford L. “Clay” Athey Jr.

Sen. Mark D. Obenshain

Sen. Mark D. Obenshain


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.