For Immediate Release:
May 17, 2010
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Each year, the Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Board presents College Medallions of Recognition awards to citizens who have contributed in a variety of ways to foster the mission of the College and demonstrate leadership, scholarship and service in the community.
The Medallions were awarded at a special ceremony held prior to LFCC’s Commencement ceremony at Skyline High School in Front Royal, Va. on Saturday, May 15.
Five recipients were chosen by the College Board for 2010. Information about each recipient follows:
- Carolyn L. Haines, a native of Shenandoah County, graduated from Central High School in 1975. She graduated from Bridgewater College in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and later that year was employed by Lord Fairfax Community College as a part-time accountant. She worked in the Business Office for 10 years before being transferred to the Human Resources Department where she was responsible for payroll. In 1999, she was elected as Treasurer of the Virginia Community Colleges Association and enjoyed networking with other community college employees. After 30 years of service and many happy memories, Haines retired from LFCC on Oct. 1, 2009. Haines lives in Edinburg with her husband, Charles (a 1995 LFCC retiree), and daughter, Amanda.
- Diane E. Lewin says that the education and self-esteem gained in the supportive atmosphere at LFCC – with the kind and personal attention of the professors – allowed her to become a self-confident, professional and productive member of the community. In 1986, as a single mother in her late thirties, Lewin enrolled at LFCC. After graduating in 1988 from LFCC with an associate degree in business administration, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Lewin passed the certified public accountant (CPA) exam on her first attempt in November 1999. As a former member of the LFCC Educational Foundation Board, she contributed a great deal to the College. In 2006, she made a donation in honor of her late parents, and, in 2007, she established the Dolores Lewin Stryker Health Professions Scholarship in memory of her late sister. To further demonstrate her investment in the College’s success, she plans to endow scholarships in memory of her parents and sister in her last will and testament.
- John E. Owens, Jr. considered his father more of a best friend than a parent. For that reason, when he won a $2,500 essay contest sponsored by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. he used his prize to establish the John E. Owens Sr. Memorial Scholarship fund through the Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Educational Foundation Inc. Owens’ 52-year-old father passed away from lung cancer five months before Owens graduated from LFCC in May 2005 with an associate degree in Liberal Arts. “Honoring my father with a memorial scholarship is just a small, small token of what he meant to me,” Owens said. Owens is currently helping his aunt raise his 13-year-old brother and working at LFCC as a library specialist in the Bob G. Sowder Library on the Fauquier Campus.
- Bruce E. Roemmelt was one of the first students accepted at LFCC. He graduated with the first class in 1972. Roemmelt served in the Prince William County Fire Department for more than two decades and retired in 1993. He thinks of Lord Fairfax Community College as his true Alma Mater (nourishing mother) and credits his time here with his success in further educational accomplishments, which culminated with a doctorate in education. Roemmelt lives in Haymarket, Va. with his wife, Beth, and is proud of his school. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and conducts numerous seminars for fire fighters around the country. He is active in several community and veterans organizations.
- Alice L. Seabright is a native of Winchester, Va. She graduated from Handley High School in 1965 and from The College of William & Mary in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology. She joined the LFCC library staff less than a year after the school opened in 1970 and worked there for 38 years. Seabright has had a lifelong passion for horses and dogs. She owned horses and rode during the 1970s and 80s. She is now active in the Blue Ridge Dog Training Club and helps with many events, such as agility and obedience trials. She takes her therapy dog, a poodle named Leo, to nursing homes and to the Mary Jane and James L. Bowman Library in Stephens City for “Paws for Reading,” a program designed to help children improve their reading skills by reading stories to dogs.
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.