Laurel Ridge Fauquier Campus Hosts Global Awareness Day/Spring Picnic

For Immediate Release:
April 6, 2017

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

The public is invited to a joint celebration on the Laurel Ridge Fauquier Campus 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. The college is hosting both a Global Awareness Day and Spring Picnic.

Visitors, students and staff can browse international displays and sample food from around the world. An Americana-themed cake walk is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to noon, with a belly dancer performing and offering lessons from noon to 1 p.m. and a mariachi band from 1-2 p.m.

The Spring Picnic will feature food from Shawn’s BBQ, a large inflatable obstacle course, swings, a caricature artist, ice cream and a photo booth.

The events will take place outside and in the newly-renovated Barn.

“We’re hoping it’s going to be a great day,” says Assistant Professor of Communication Cristy Stefnoski. “We’re trying to build Global Awareness Day into a larger event.”

With many area schools off for Spring Break, she is hoping to see some students, especially high schoolers interested in getting a feel for the Laurel Ridge campus.

“This is kind of a way they can do it,” Stefnoski says. “They don’t have to announce they’re going to be a student. They can just come and look.”


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.