For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2007
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN, Va. – On Feb. 28, 2007, at noon, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will present the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. “Walking King’s Talk” award to Paul Jones of Berryville and the late John Poux of Middletown. The program will take place in the William H. McCoy Special Events Center located inside the Alson H. Smith Jr. Technology Center on the Middletown Campus, located at 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown.
Jones, a lifetime resident of Clarke County, retired in 2006 after serving the community as an elementary school teacher, principal and administrator. His commitment to education and the success of all students, have led Jones to continue teaching part time. As a leader in the African-American community, Jones currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Josephine School Community Museum, the Clarke County African-American cultural center. In 2005, the museum received the Fitzhugh Turner Award from the Virginia Education Association for furthering human relations among the races.
Poux passed away in September 2006 after spending his life assisting those that are less fortunate. Poux began serving others as a priest in Erie, Pa., where we became involved in the Housing Coalition to provide affordable housing to members of the African-American community in Erie. After moving to the Shenandoah Valley, Poux continued his service to others by accepting the role of director of the Opportunities Industrialization Center, a job-training program for the economically disadvantaged. For years, Poux guided the program and secured the funding necessary to keep it running. Poux also served as one of the founders of the Free Medical Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
“Paul Jones and the late John Poux exemplify the College’s value of honoring and celebrating diversity and the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. that all men are created equal and should be treated with respect,” said John J. “Ski” Sygielski, LFCC president. “Their service to the community and commitment to helping their fellow mankind is making it easier for all of us in LFCC’s service region to reach Martin Luther King Jr.’s proverbial mountaintop.”
Past winners of the award include Mary Alice Liscomb of Luray in 2006, Micheal D. Crawford of Winchester in 2005 and James M. Kilby of Front Royal in 2004.
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.