LFCC’s Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of PTK Receives Awards an International Convention

For Immediate Release:
May 3, 2007

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), based at the Middletown Campus, was recently recognized for its achievements at the 2007 PTK International Convention.

Dr. Ski and Al GoreLFCC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski meets with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who served as keynote speaker at the convention, following the presentation of the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction ceremony.

This year, nearly 500 chapters competed for PTK’s most coveted awards. The Hallmark Awards Program is PTK’s annual capstone awards competition that recognizes excellence in programs that promote the PTK hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

LFCC’s Alpha Beta Omega Chapter received the Leadership Hallmark Award and was recognized as a Top 100 Chapter. In addition, the following individual awards were presented:

  • Rachel Herbaugh, LFCC student and Berryville resident, received the Distinguished Member Award in recognition of her commitment and service to the hallmarks of PTK.
  • John J. “Ski” Sygielski, LFCC president, received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction in recognition of a strong level of administrative support for PTK.
  • Brent L. Kendrick, professor of English at LFCC and Alpha Beta Omega co-advisor, received the Mosal Award, which provides financial assistance to PTK chapter advisors to complete a project that leads to professional growth. Kendrick was one of only two international advisors to be presented with this award. The project he is working on is titled “Celebrating 400 Years of Virginia Writers: John Smith to Lee Smith.”

PTK, the international honor society of the two-year college, has recognized academic excellence in two-year colleges since 1918. PTK is comprised of more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in the United States, Canada, Germany, U.S. Territories, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Palau and British Virgin Islands. It is the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges.


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.