With the arrival of almost 4,500 new students and the return of over 8,000 more on Liberty University’s campus, Liberty Mountain is gearing up for an exciting year.
Spiritual Emphasis Week kicks off Aug. 21 with Campus Pastor Clayton King speaking at Convocation. Check out the full Convocation schedule to see what dynamic speakers will be visiting this fall. One of the highlights early in the semester will be a return appearance by Kirk Cameron on Sept. 23, the day before the one-night-only national theater viewing of his newest movie, “Unstoppable,” which is being presented by Liberty.
The annual Block Party is not to be missed, featuring free carnival rides and games, food vendors, and live music from Red and 7eventh Time Down. The event, hosted by Student Activities, takes place on Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. in the LaHaye parking lot.
Other events coming up include College For A Weekend (CFAW) Sept. 26-29, with a Friday night concert by Crowder in the Vines Center; the 41st annual Scaremare in October; the Liberty Mountain Trail Series, with registration still open for the Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5K on Oct. 19; the Fall Festival on Oct. 26 at the Equestrian Center; and Christmas Coffeehouse, set for 11:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Vines Center.
Flames fans have started the countdown to the football home opener on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. against Monmouth. The full football schedule includes seven dates at Williams Stadium.
The women’s ACHA DI hockey team, last year’s national runner-up, opens its season by hosting the Hamilton Hawks on Aug. 23 and 24 before the men’s ACHA DI team makes its debut on the ice against the Atlanta Junior A Knights Sept. 6 and 7.
Progress continues on the $40 million Center for Medical and Health Sciences, overlooking East Campus and slated to open next fall, as well as the $50 million Jerry Falwell Library, named in memory of Liberty’s founder. This new facility, equipped with a high-tech robotic retrieval system capable of storing a half million items, will open this spring. Excitement is also building as the new high-rise residence hall on Champion Circle begins to take shape.
Construction on the new Liberty Baseball Stadium, where the Flames captured the Big South Conference Tournament championship in May, is now complete. Meanwhile, just across the street, renovation and expansion of the LaHaye Student Union, which offers a variety of recreational outlets including basketball courts, a health and fitness center, swimming pool, and rock climbing wall is underway. The Tilley Student Center, with a billiards hall, café, and spacious lounge, is also being remodeled.
Over the summer, Liberty University Online and the Resident Undergraduate Admissions department were relocated across the railroad tracks from Green Hall to the former Sears building in River Ridge Mall. The Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS) now occupies that space on the second floor of Green Hall.
Being the largest Christian university in the world comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. Students will continue to see significant changes as the campus rebuilding project gathers momentum throughout the year, but each and every change supports the university’s commitment to Training Champions for Christ — who will then go out and change the world.