LFCC Professor Wins Excellence In Education Award

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2012

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Associate Professor of Chemistry Samuel Dillender has won an Excellence In Education Award from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The award was presented at the New Horizons in Education Conference on Thursday, March 22nd. Dillender received the award in the “Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online, and Student Success” category for his project, “Video Lecture Capturing with Panopto/Smart Sympodium: What’s In It for Teachers and Students.” Dillender also provided a conference presentation on this topic.


“Video capturing of lectures is an important development in making classes accessible to students,” said Dillender. “Used properly, this technique allows students to learn information in a manner that includes demonstration and lecture, with the added bonus of being able to repeat information or go back later to review.”


Dillender credits administrators at both the College’s Fauquier and Middletown campuses with the support for him to work on this technique. “This award would not have happened without the financial and moral support of Dr. Judy Batson, Fauquier Campus Administrator, College President, Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, Vice President Dr. Chris Coutts, IT Strategist Richard Crim, and Learning Systems Specialist Sandra Chadwell.”


Dillender has been teaching at LFCC since1997 and teaches a variety of Chemistry courses at both the Fauquier and Middletown campuses. He is a resident of Frederick County, VA.


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.