LFCC announces Medallion, Professor Emeriti award winners

Lord Fairfax Community College has announced that Margaret J. Barnett of Strasburg, John Graves of Page County and the late Garland Newell Snapp of Frederick County are the recipients of this year’s College Board Medallion of Recognition.

The 2014 Professor Emeritus Award went to Walter “Walt” K. Malinowski Jr. of Front Royal and Charles “Charlie” C. Spiro of Strasburg.

Awards from the College Board go to area residents who have contributed in a variety of ways to foster the mission of the college. College Board Medallions of Recognition are presented to denote leadership, scholarship and service, and the Professor Emeriti awards honor Lord Fairfax Community College faculty members with exceptional service and contributions to the college. Honorees must be retired persons of faculty rank with more than 10 years of Virginia Community College System service.

The awards were presented at a special ceremony held before the LFCC commencement exercises at Skyline High School on May 10.

Barnett graduated from Lord Fairfax Community College in 1986 with an associate of arts and sciences degree in business. In 1989 she earned her bachelor’s in business and accounting from James Madison University. She became an auditor of public accounts in 1990 and was licensed as a certified public accountant in 1991. She continued with her education and achieved a master of accountancy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1997 she became business office manager at LFCC and was promoted to budget and finance director in 2001.

Graves earned an associate degree from Elon College and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in 1983. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 1982 and remained active in the Guard until he retired with the rank of major in 2006.

In 1985 he was was appointed to the Luray Caverns board of directors and since then has held numerous positions within the company. He’s been president and CEO since 2008. He also serves on the Luray Park Board, the Virginia Cave Board and the Blue Ridge Bank board of directors and has served as a member on the Page Memorial Hospital Capital Campaign Committee.

Snapp, a lifelong resident of Frederick County, donated a portion of his land in Middletown to the Commonwealth of Virginia to build the campus of LFCC for the fall of 1970. A hardworking orchardist and farmer, he supplied apples to the National Fruit Company for 66 years. He died in October 1994, leaving the LFCC Educational Foundation a donation of 19 more acres of land from his estate. His wife Lola Evelyn Brumback Snapp was a registered nurse.

Malinowski Jr. was born in Camden, New Jersey, and spent most of his early years in Miami. While teaching in Miami, Malinowski learned of the Virginia Community College System from a FSU bulletin. In 1970, he was one of 23 full-time LFCC inaugural staff members.

Over the next 40 years, he laid the foundations of LFCC’s physical education program as associate professor of health, physical education and recreation teaching courses from skiing, tennis, archery, bowling and fly-fishing to weight training, first aid and introduction to campground management. He constructed the college’s fitness trail and running track.

Malinowski was a member of the Stephens City Rotary Club for 15 years and was certified with the Professional Tennis Registry and was the tennis professional at Stonebrook Swim and Racquet Club, Carper’s Valley Golf Club, Dominion Health and Fitness and Millwood Country Club.

Spiro retired in 2008 as a full-time information technology faculty member after serving LFCC for 26 years. In 2010 he returned as an adjunct faculty member and still serves students and colleagues at the Middletown campus. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from C.W. Post (now Long Island University – Post), a second bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from Capitol Institute of Technology (now Capitol College) and two associate degrees from LFCC in electronics and accounting.

He was a key faculty member in the information technology program at LFCC teaching a variety of courses in electronics, Web page design and Internet scripting languages.