LFCC Announces 2014 College Board Medallion of Recognition and Professor Emeriti Recipients

For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2014

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Sally Voth
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For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2014

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Leslie Kelley
Communications Specialist

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Each year, the College Board presents awards to citizens who have contributed in a variety of ways to foster the mission of the College. College Board Medallions of Recognition are presented to denote leadership, scholarship, and service. The Professor Emeriti awards honor Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) faculty members with exceptional service and contributions to the College. Honorees must be retired persons of faculty rank with more than 10 years of Virginia Community College System service.  Award winners included:  Margaret Barnett, John Graves, Garland Newell Snapp, Walter Malinowski, Jr., and Charles Spiro.

The awards were presented at a special ceremony held prior to the LFCC Commencement exercises at Skyline High School on May10, 2014. We encourage you to congratulate these individuals when you see them in your communities.

2014 Medallion of Recognition Award Recipients:  

Margaret J. Barnett (Strasburg, VA)

Margaret Barnett, a Strasburg resident, graduated from Lord Fairfax Community College in 1986 with an associate of arts and sciences degree in business. In 1989, she earned her bachelor’s in business and accounting from James Madison University. Barnett’s service to the Commonwealth of Virginia began in 1990 as auditor of public accounts, and she was licensed as a certified public accountant in 1991. She continued with her education and achieved a master of accountancy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1997, Barnett returned to the halls of Lord Fairfax Community College, but this time as the new business office manager; and within just a few years, she was promoted to budget and finance director in 2001.

For nearly 17 years, Barnett has been vital to the College maintaining a strong financial standing. What sets her apart is her genuine love for the college. She has said for many years that her position with the College is in fact…her dream job…and she means it. Her devotion to the College has been repeatedly demonstrated through her willingness to serve on a multitude of work and professional organizational committees including chair of both the College Human Resource Committee and the Finance and Administrative Services Committee, and involvement with the College Enrollment Committee. Barnett has also shown a strong commitment to the LFCC Educational Foundation including her service as treasurer. She has served as interim vice president of finance and administrative services, and was honored with an LFCC Excellence Award in 2008.

Barnett is someone that strongly believes in the mission of the community college system and has dedicated a significant portion of her life to promoting educational opportunities within her community. Although she will retire this summer, her impact and permanent, positive impression will remain.

John Graves (Page County)

Born and raised in Page County, Virginia, Graves earned an associate degree from Elon College and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in 1983. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 1982 and remained active in the Guard until he retired with the rank of Major in 2006.

Graves became involved in the family business in 1983 and was appointed to the Luray Caverns Board of Directors in 1985. He has held numerous positions within the company and has served as president and CEO since 2008. The Caverns are so important to the local Page County economy—as a major employer in the region and also as one of Virginia’s premier tourist destinations.

Graves values the importance of a college education for Page County students and is very supportive of LFCC’s Luray-Page County Center. Luray Caverns funds an annual scholarship for a deserving Luray High School graduate who enrolls at Lord Fairfax Community College.

In 2013, the LFCC Foundation hosted the first annual “Evening with the Stars” fundraiser at the beautiful White House Farm in Luray. Thanks to Graves’ early financial support and his involvement in planning the event, the fundraiser was very successful and more than doubled the amount of scholarships available to Page County students attending LFCC.

Beyond the supportive role Graves plays with LFCC as a community partner, he wears an additional hat—that of LFCC parent. He has two children, Daniel and Elizabeth, who both attend LFCC at the Luray-Page Center.

In addition to his involvement with LFCC, Graves’ community leadership includes service on the Luray Park Board, the Virginia Cave Board, and the Blue Ridge Bank board of directors. He also served as a member on the Page Memorial Hospital Capital Campaign Committee.

Graves deserves recognition not only as a successful business and community leader, but also as a philanthropist who generously supports many important causes in Page County, including Lord Fairfax Community College.

Garland Newell Snapp (posthumous)

Garland Newell Snapp was a life-long resident of Frederick County. He was a hardworking orchardist and farmer – supplying apples to the National Fruit Company for 66 years. His wife, Lola Evelyn Brumback Snapp, was a registered nurse. Snapp graduated from Middletown High School in 1929. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church, the Frederick County Farm Bureau, the Frederick County Fruit Growers Association, and served on the board of directors of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Middletown, Virginia.

Snapp was also a landowner in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Snapp sold a portion of his land to the Commonwealth of Virginia in order to build the Middletown campus, and according to family friends, he did not want the land developed in any other way. On September 28, 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College opened its doors for the first time – with 23 full-time faculty members.  577 students enrolled in credit classes at the new College during that first semester.

In October of 1994,  Snapp passed away – and in 1995, the LFCC Educational Foundation received a donation of property from his estate. The Foundation received 19 acres of land adjacent to the Middletown campus. This property now supports the newly constructed, 32,000 square foot Student Union building, which opened its doors in January of this year. A new Frederick County road leading to the building now bears Snapp’s name – Garland Snapp Drive.

Snapp is an outstanding example of the lasting impact of philanthropy and commitment to the betterment of one’s community – a road to continual improvement and growth.

2014 Professor Emeritus Award Recipients

Walter “Walt” K. Malinowski, Jr. (Front Royal, VA)

Walter Malinowski was born in Camden, New Jersey and spent most of his early years in Miami, Florida. He attended Miami Dade College where he played on the national junior college baseball team. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University (FSU), a master’s degree from George Washington University as well as a master’s degree in Education from Eastern Kentucky University.

While teaching in Miami, Malinowski learned of the Virginia Community College System from a FSU bulletin. He soon found himself in Middletown, Virginia, interviewing for a faculty position with a community college that only existed on paper at the time – Lord Fairfax Community College. In 1970, Walt stood alongside 22 fellow full-time members, as LFCC opened its doors for the first time.

Over the next 40 years, he laid the foundations of LFCC’s physical education program as associate professor of health, physical education and recreation teaching courses from skiing, tennis, archery, bowling, and fly-fishing to weight training, first aid and introduction to campground management. He constructed the College’s fitness trail and running track to be enjoyed by not only LFCC students, but also by members of the local community. Malinowski made use of local resources such as gyms, ski resorts, bowling alleys and golf courses entwining the educational goals of LFCC with the collaboration of the supportive local community. He built the program through diligence and hard work and was committed to providing a consistent, high-quality, meaningful physical education program.

Malinowski was also a member of the Stephens City Rotary Club for 15 years through which he helped to educate the community about the effects of diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, etc. He was also certified with the Professional Tennis Registry and was the tennis professional at Stonebrook Swim and Racquet Club, Carper’s Valley Golf Club, Dominion Health and Fitness and Millwood Country Club.

Malinowski served as a friend and role model to everyone at the College. He was never too busy to help students or colleagues. Through 40 years of dedicated service, he touched the lives of thousands of our local community members. Even though his students may have at first stumbled over the name Professor “Malinowski”, they have since then taken with them the love of activity and the discipline to make positive lifestyle choices and live healthy long lives. Embracing the motion of life, his teaching charisma echoed the words of Benjamin Franklin who once said, “We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

Charles “Charlie” C. Spiro (Strasburg, VA)

Charlie Spiro retired in 2008 as a full-time information technology faculty member after serving LFCC for 26 years. In 2010 he came running back as an adjunct faculty member, and is still today enthusiastically servicing both students and colleagues at the Middletown campus.

Spiro earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from C.W. Post (now Long Island University – Post) in 1965. He continued his education at Capitol Institute of Technology (now Capitol College) where he earned a second bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology in 1982. He began his tenure with LFCC in 1982; however, always the continual learner, Spiro earned not one but two additional associate degrees from LFCC – one in electronics and the other in accounting.

Spiro was a key faculty member in the information technology program at LFCC teaching a variety of courses in electronics, Web page design, and Internet scripting languages.

He was the primary instructor for the Cisco Academy program at LFCC from the mid-90s to mid-2000s. As a full-time faculty member, he was honored with the LFCC Distinguished Faculty Award by his peers in 2006. Still today, he continues to be relied upon by the IT full-time faculty – and commonly referred to as “The Resource” – regarding all matters related to web applications courses.

In addition to his outstanding instruction in the classroom, Spiro served as a tutor for students in other course sections where additional one-on-one time was needed. He also sponsored a student computer club at LFCC, through which students discussed and executed a variety of activities involving computer architectures.

But most would say that it is Spiro’s sense of humor and overall good nature that so endears him to his students and colleagues alike. These qualities are also evidenced by the time he volunteers to numerous community organizations – including Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center where he visits with patients and often provides his “personal certificate” for Patient of the Day to various individuals.


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.