Lord Fairfax Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapters Receive Awards

For Immediate Release:
April 2, 2010

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

Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Alpha Psi Iota Chapter and Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa both recently received Five-Star Awards, the highest commendation, at the Virginia Region’s 30th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Convention held in Staunton, Va. in March. The Five-Star Award is given on the basis of a chapter’s year-long activities to promote Phi Theta Kappa’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service. 

The Alpha Psi Iota chapter at the Fauquier Campus earned the following awards: 

  • Service Hallmark, first place  
  • Scholarship Hallmark , second place
  • Fund Raising Award, first place  
  • College Project , second place
  • Communications Award , second place
  • Distinguished Advisor Award, Nicole Martin
  • Distinguished Chapter Award, second place 

The Alpha Psi Iota Chapter’s service projects focused on expanding and publicizing recycling efforts on campus, cleaning up the highway, beginning a “Keep Fauquier Beautiful” project and raising money for the Fauquier Food Bank.  The group also raised funds for a Vietnamese orphanage and student scholarships. The projects were tied to an honors topic on the “Paradox of Affluence.” 

“Ultimately, our acts of service are not about how much money we raised or how much attention we received, “ said LFCC student David Hall, who serves as the chapter’s vice president of scholarship. “It’s kindling hope and seeing the difference we can make in the lives of those around us.” 

LFCC’s Fauquier Campus chapter served as the Regional President this year and student Terri Hibl was the LFCC representative. The chapter was elected to the position of Regional Secretary for next year. The students will be traveling to the International Conference in Orlando, Fla. in April. 

Students Anita Bennett, chapter president, and Hall were recognized as Hall of Honor Recipients. 

“Often one hears, ‘If you want something done ask a busy person.’ This group of students proves the adage true,” said Nicole Martin, assistant professor of history and humanities and advisor to the chapter. “Although they are honors students attending college full time, holding one or two jobs, involved in extracurricular activities, and, in some cases, parenting young children, these students spend innumerable hours volunteering in order to improve the campus, local communities and global community.” 

“Their ability to imagine the possible, their enthusiasm to tackle new projects and their tenacity in the face of setbacks has enabled this small group to be the change they hoped to see,” she added. 

The Alpha Beta Omega Chapter at the Middletown Campus earned the following awards: 

  • Distinguished Chapter Award 
  • Scholarship Hallmark, first place 

Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, was founded in 1918 and officially recognized in 1929 by the American Association of Junior Colleges. LFCC’s Alpha Beta Omega Chapter was established in 1976 and the Alpha Psi Iota Chapter was established in 1993.


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.