LFCC to Host Science Symposium and Science Lecture About Volcanoes

For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2008

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

MIDDLETOWN, Va. – The Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Scientific Society is holding a science symposium and is offering its final science lecture for the 2007-08 academic year on Friday, April 18, 2008. The symposium and lecture are free and open to the public. Detailed information follows:

What: The science symposium will feature poster presentations by biology, chemistry and physics students at LFCC. The posters will be judged by the Scientific Society. Light refreshments will be served.

When: Friday, April 18, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fredy and Klara Kummli Student Center on the Middletown Campus, 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown

What: Bill Melson, LFCC adjunct instructor in geology, will present a lecture on volcanoes titled "Explosive Volcanism Explained: A 40-year case study of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano." Light refreshments will be served.

Who: Melson has been working part time at LFCC for two and a half years. In addition to teaching, Melson is scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Petrology and Volcanology. Melson holds a doctoral degree in geology from Princeton University and is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Mineralogical Society of America.

When: Friday, April 18, 2008, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Room 140 on the Middletown Campus, 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown

For more information about the symposium or lecture, interested individuals may contact Kerry McKenna at [email protected].

For more information, media professionals may contact Kalie Kelch at 540-303-7599 or [email protected] or Shari Laraway at 540-868-4080 or [email protected].


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.