Phi Theta Kappa Students Receive Recognition

For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2012

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Sally Voth
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Members of the Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Alpha Psi Iota Chapter and Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received recognition in several categories at the organization’s 2012 All-Virginia Academic Team Awards Luncheon held on April 18th in Richmond. 


Four students were recognized as members of the All-Virginia Academic Team:  Julia Chandler of Boston (VA), Morgan Frederick of Winchester, Barbara K. Patton of Winchester, and Lauren Smith of Sumerduck.   Ms. Frederick was also chosen by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation as a Bronze Scholar.  She received $1000 in scholarship funds.


Julia Chandler is graduating from LFCC Fauquier with a degree in Liberal Arts, a 4.0 GPA and has been named the Outstanding Graduate in History by the Fauquier Campus.  She plans to transfer to Old Dominion University and pursue a degree in psychology and counseling.  After graduation, Chandler hopes to mentor and work as an advocate for youth and children in crisis.  She is the mother of 7 and her family has been an active volunteer family housing children in crisis for the past 13 years.


Morgan Frederick has a 3.7 GPA and will be continuing her education at George Mason University where she will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing concentration and a minor in psychology.  She plans to pursue a career as a writer.  Frederick has a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has been active on the LFCC Middletown Campus as an officer in the Student Government Association, the Fine and Performing Arts Club, Swing Dance Club, Project L.E.A.D., and the Intercultural Continental Fusion Club.  She also works with the Carcot-Marie Tooth Association (also known as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy) to build awareness of this disease and associated treatment options and family coping methods.


Barbara Patton is a student in the LFCC Nursing Program with a 3.84 GPA.  She will be receiving her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and will continue her education at Old Dominion University where she plans to obtain her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  Patton is a volunteer with the Free Medical Clinic in Winchester.


Lauren Smith is graduating from LFCC Fauquier with a degree in Liberal Arts, a 3.95 GPA and is active in campus organizations.  She is a founding member of M.U.S.E., Vice President of Phi Theta Kapp, Vice President of S.T.E.M. and a member of Project L.E.A.D.  She will be attending the University of Mary Washington and plans to complete her degree in mathematics.  Lauren plays first violin with the Piedmont Orchestra and has danced for 14 years with the Fredericksburg Ballet.


Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges.  It was founded in 1918 and officially recognized in 1929 by the American Association of Junior Colleges.  LFCC’s Alpha Beta Omega (Middletown Campus) chapter was established in 1976 and the Alpha Psi Iota Chapter (Fauquier Campus) was established in 1993.  The Middletown Campus advisor is Jim Brumbaugh, Professor of Economics, and the Fauquier Campus Advisor is Nicole Martin, Assistant Professor of History and Humanities.


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.