Laurel Ridge Phi Theta Kappa to Host Honors Study Symposium

For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2015

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

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Laurel Ridge Community College’s (Laurel Ridge) Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society is hosting an Honors Study Symposium, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. The theme is “Borders and boundaries: peacetime and wartime, the challenges veterans face when reentering society.” The guest speaker is Ben Shaw, freelance writer, photojournalist, Iraq war veteran, and Regional Director of the Northwestern Virginia Region for the Virginia Veteran and Family Support (formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Program).


Shaw is a native of Virginia, graduate of Virginia Tech, former Infantry Marine (3 tours in Iraq), and spent several months of 2009 in Iraq as an embedded journalist. He also completed an embed tour in Afghanistan in early 2010. Shaw continues to pursue veteran advocacy both personally and professionally.


Along with hosting the symposium, Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a writing contest that includes an essay or short story about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Best overall submission wins a $200 grand prize. Entries will be accepted until November 21, 2015.

This event is open to the public and will take place at Middletown Campus, Corron Community Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the program or writing entries, contact Jim Brumbaugh at [email protected] or telephone at 540-868-7204.military image


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — 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. Laurel Ridge 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. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected]173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.