LFCC Honors Student Veterans as Part of Military Appreciation Week

For Immediate Release:
November 4, 2016

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

Nov. 7-11 is Military Appreciation Week, and LFCC is doing everything possible to show student veterans how grateful we are for their service and sacrifices.                                                         military-week

  • November 8  – The highlight of the week at the Middletown Campus will be a mentoring luncheon, Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon. At the luncheon, veterans enrolled at LFCC will have an opportunity to network with veterans from the community. The luncheon will take place in the college’s Veterans Center. A couple of student veterans will be available to speak to reporters at 1 p.m.
  • November 10  – There will be an Open House at the Veterans Center from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. The Veterans Center at the Middletown Campus opened in June. The center, located in Room 317, Fairfax Hall, is a place where veterans can relax, talk with other service members, meet with an advisor, use the free printing service, or grab a coffee.

The Middletown Campus will also have an honor and memory board in the student union and a table set up Monday through Thursday for students to sign cards to veterans.

  • November 10 – At the Fauquier Campus in Warrenton, 2014 LFCC Professor of the Year Jerome “Butch” Austin will share his moving experiences as a combat veteran. He has taught science at the Fauquier Campus since 2002, although he was called away to active duty in Afghanistan in 2005-2006, and to Iraq in 2009. While in Afghanistan, he helped to build schools. Austin and other speakers will speak from  6:30-8 p.m. in the Rose Loeb Center.

Also at the Fauquier Campus next week, students are encouraged to pick up a “brick” and write a vet’s name, fond memory or quote on it before it’s placed on a wall in the Rose Loeb Center.

  • November 17 – The Middletown Campus is hosting an information session 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 for those wanting to learn more about education benefits for military members and their spouses and dependents, and about opportunities at LFCC.

At LFCC, we strive to support veterans all year round. Sharon Painter, veterans assistant and certifying official, and Sandy Burner, veterans specialist, are there to help them with a variety of services, including course advising and assistance with GI Bill paperwork and other financial aid matters. They are also working to develop a mentoring program where veteran students can meet with veterans who have had career success.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, 224 veterans were enrolled at LFCC, with nearly two-thirds receiving military benefits to help pay for their schooling. The top degrees sought were in general studies, science, business administration and liberal arts.

Additionally, Ernie Grisdale, assistant professor of chemistry at LFCC, along with his family, are establishing an endowed fund to honor veteran students pursuing careers in the sciences.  This year, the fund will provide Liberty gasoline cards for select students.  Ernie, a Vietnam vet, who has taught at LFCC for nearly 30 years, is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, as is his wife, Ann.  Three of their four children are veterans as well.


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.