LFCC Celebrates English Professor’s First Novel

For Immediate Release:
September 23, 2016

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Sally Voth
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image006-jpg01d215ce-7204f720Jennifer VanCuren (LFCC ’06) Will Read from Her Mystery/Thriller, When Shadows Fade, and Discuss Her Publication Experience on September 30

Lord Fairfax Community College is pleased to invite the community to a reception and literary reading at the Middletown Campus on Friday, September 30 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., to celebrate the publication of Jenni VanCuren’s first novel, When Shadows Fade

VanCuren grew up reading the classics and developed a love of writing at a young age.  As a high school student, she enrolled in LFCC courses.  In fact, it was during one of these courses that she realized that “teaching English was what I wanted to do with my life.”

She is a 2006 graduate of LFCC and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in English from George Mason University, with a concentration in the teaching of writing and literature. VanCuren also has a degree from Old Dominion University in professional writing.

In 2010, VanCuren returned to LFCC as an Adjunct Professor of English.  She teaches college composition, American literature, and an honors humanities course in leadership development. 

VanCuren is also a tutor with the college’s ACE Writing Center and is a co-advisor to LFCC’s Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa—the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College.

In 2016 – just ten years after earning her degree from LFCC – VanCuren received the college’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. 

There are strong ties to LFCC in the VanCuren family.  All of VanCuren’s siblings also attended LFCC as dual-enrolled high school students, worked as tutors at LFCC and graduated from the college with an associate degree.

When asked what she likes about teaching at LFCC, VanCuren replied:

“I love the diversity of the students at LFCC.  The experiences, the expectations, and the backgrounds of our students foster an engaging classroom dynamic that I haven’t found in other community colleges.”

She adds:  “Because I realized my life ambition while attending classes at LFCC, I want to give back to the campus community.   If I’m lucky, I can inspire just one student to realize his or her dream and give that student the slight push to achieve that dream.  That’s what teaching is all about—that, and seeing the ‘light bulb moment’ in a student’s eyes when something finally makes sense.” 

More information about VanCuren’s novel and the reception on September 30 is below.




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.

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