For Immediate Release:
April 6, 2017
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
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 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. 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 (Laurel Ridge) 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 Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge 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. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.
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.