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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell joins teaching staff

Students at Liberty University’s Helms School of Government are regularly afforded opportunities to hear from a wide range of influencers at all levels of government. This semester they heard from former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was recently invited to join the teaching staff at Liberty as a distinguished visiting professor in government.

Liberty President Jerry Falwell said the university will tap McDonnell’s extensive career experience in business, law, public policy, and government.

Dr. Shawn Akers, dean of the Helms School of Government, said the governor’s recent visit was a pleasant surprise to the students, who were eager to learn from a seasoned leader.

“The students’ eyes lit up when he walked into the class. They were so excited to hear directly from someone who has been on the frontlines of the important public policy battles in America,” Akers said. “The Helms School is proud to welcome Governor McDonnell, who has a proven record in public policy and conservative activism, and who shares in the biblical principles and servant leadership that are so important to Liberty University.”

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RNC staffer addresses government students

April 23, 2014- Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, spoke to students from Liberty University’s Helms School of Government on Wednesday about what he has learned during his career in politics.

Sean Spicer, RNC communications director, speaks at Liberty University's Helms School of Government.Spicer, a seasoned veteran in public policy, told students at a special Convocation to pay attention to details, to be prepared, and above all to focus on doing what is right as they prepare to seek jobs in the nation’s capital.

Spicer said that the conservative education offered at Liberty’s Helms School of Government is a “breath of fresh air.”

“It allows people to challenge what would be the status quo of a typical education and give them what is, in a lot of ways, the reality of life,” he said.

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Criminal justice students take part in law enforcement seminar

Liberty University’s Criminal Justice Department—part of the Helms School of Government— hosted a seminar at Williams Stadium on Thursday, March 27 for 100 criminal justice students and close to 200 local, state, and federal criminal justice professionals.

The event featured law enforcement expert Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who shared his practical insight into the situations agencies face every day.

David Grossman speaks at a criminal justice seminar at Liberty University.
Law enforcement expert Lt. Col. Dave Grossman shared practical insight during a seminar hosted by the Liberty University Helms School of Government's Criminal Justice Department in Williams Stadium.

Grossman is a highly respected veteran of the United States Army, a former professor of psychology at West Point, and an expert in military and police tactics. He focused the seminar on the importance of maintaining a “bullet-proof mindset” that enables officers to retain their tactical prowess while running toward threatening situations.

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Helms School Students Meet with Senator Mike Lee in Washington, DC

March 27, 2014 - The Helms School of Government travelled to Washington, DC to hear from one of the most prominent conservative leaders in the nation today, U.S. Senator Mike Lee. The Senator spoke to the students about the need to assert our rights to be present in political and social debates. He encouraged students to stand up for their political rights and freedoms and to speak up for those who are being denied those rights. Close to 60 students in our Criminal Justice, Pre-Law and Politics & Policy majors, as well as online students in our Masters of Public Policy and Masters in Criminal Justice, were able to meet with United States Senator Mike Lee and then take a tour of the capitol.

To see more pictures from the trip, check out the album on the Helms School of Government facebook!


Wife of world leader in anti-slavery movement shares passion for justice

In honor of Abolition Week, Liberty University’s Helms School of Government hosted Jan Haugen, wife of Gary Haugen, the founder and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), on Monday, March 24.

IJM is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is dedicated to bringing Biblical justice to areas of the world where human rights are non-existent. The State Department has recognized IJM for its exceptional work in this area. There are IJM chapters on college campuses across the country. Liberty's chapter was launched about three years ago.

Jan Haugen told students they are going to be the generation that is going to end modern-day slavery. She explained that a revolution is taking place in the Christian church wherein the body of Christ is recovering its passion for God’s justice.

“At IJM we are truly seeing students, colleges, and universities around the world who are waking up to God’s passion for justice in a way the world has been asleep to for 100 years,” she said. “The God of history by the power of the Holy Spirit has opened the door to a very new day and you and I get to be alive to it, and we have an invitation to join Him in this new movement.”

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Former Secret Service member speaks to government students

March 22, 2014 - Dan Bongino, who spent 12 years in the Secret Service, spoke to students at Liberty University’s Helms School of Government on Friday about his distinguished career in law enforcement and government intelligence.

After beginning in the Secret Service investigating bank fraud and computer crimes, Bongino moved to Maryland, where he currently resides, to instruct at a Secret Service training center.Within seven years of his time with the Secret Service, Bongino advanced to work with the elite Presidential Protective Division in the administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Bongino will be running for Congress this year.

In addition to sharing some of his background with students, Bongino encouraged them to not take their liberty for granted and to make an impact in their communities. “You can change the world, and I do believe that,” Bongino said. “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, usually do.”

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Holocaust survivor asks students for continued support of Israel

Holocaust survivor Irving Roth addresses Liberty Univeristy Stand With Israel Club members and government students.

February 25, 2014- Holocaust survivor Irving Roth spoke to Liberty University students during Convocation on Monday, Feb. 24, giving them a glimpse of his life’s journey. Roth, a native of the former state of Czechoslovakia, shared memories of his time under Nazi oppression and expressed the necessity for American students to support the nation of Israel and battle anti-Semitism.

Later in the day, at a meeting in the Helms School of Government Round Table Suite with students from the Dean’s Council and the Stand With Israel Club, Roth discussed the necessity for a pro-Israeli presence in universities across the country.

“It is up to us, up to you the students, to challenge and look up various sources. Know the truth and tell the truth,” he said. Roth found Liberty’s unwavering support refreshing as many universities have tried to unfairly label Israel as an apartheid nation.

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Students Lobby Against Human Trafficking with Delegate Scott Garrett

    

January 16, 2014 - Helms School of Government students lobbied at Virginia's General Assembly as representatives of Richmond Justice Initiative.  Students lobbied for both House and Senate bills dealing with human trafficking, a modern day form of slavery taking place in our Commonwealth.

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Liberty Moot Court team sweeps Appalachian Regional


November 12, 2013 - The Liberty University Moot Court team took home the first- and second-place trophies in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s regional tournament Nov. 8-9. The win marked a tremendous milestone for the Helms School of Government program that began only three years ago.

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HSOG Students handpicked to present at Glenn Beck's Independence Day event

July 3, 2013 - Twelve Helms School of Government students were selected to share the historical significance of important artifacts in the Independence Through History museum, part of Glenn Beck’s “Man in the Moon” event July 4-6, 2013 in Salt Lake City. The Man in the Moon event is a three-day celebration of America’s freedom culminating with a special show — a never-before-seen storytelling spectacle utilizing live-action stunts and innovative film techniques. Leading up to the finale will be several seminars, conferences, speakers, and displays designed to enhance the experience.

Beck said he specifically asked for Liberty students because he greatly respects the university’s courage, educational integrity, and commitment to traditional American values. Many prominent schools have fallen away from these ideals and as a result “history and our true heroes” are being lost, explained Joe Kerry, Glenn Beck Program chief of staff and president of Mercury One, the nonprofit presenting the event. Beck recognizes that Liberty is committed to teaching American history and encourages students to “think for themselves,” a reason he wanted Liberty students to participate in the event.

The following  Helms School of Government students were selected to participate: Whitney Rutherford, Jacob Mast, Leah Zawasky, Mark Osborne, Liz Chadwick, Claire Francisco, Christian Hamilton, Micah White, Katelyn Evans, Myung Jin Son, Brian Mauldin, and Montgomery Pace.

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HSOG's Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society earns national recognition

October 30, 2012 - Liberty University’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society chapter has earned the 2012 National Order of the Torch Award, ranking it among a select group of elite institutions nationwide.

The award requires the club to submit a comprehensive report to show it meets all 13 rigorous standards. Liberty’s chapter was recognized especially for its engagement in community outreach, including its work with the Lynchburg Jubilee Center for at-risk youths, gathering Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, coordinating a Teddy Bear Drive for the pediatric unit at the local hospital, donating care packages for Hope for the Homestead to aid area families at Christmastime, and supporting Liberty’s Students Behind Our Soldiers program.

In addition to the Order of the Torch, Brian Mauldin, Liberty’s 2011-12 chapter president, received a $1,000 2012 National ALD Trow Scholarship Award.

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Newt Gingrich holds Q & A Session at the Helms School

October 20, 2012 - Newt Gingrich arrived on Friday evening to present a special one-hour lecture on what it means to be an American, focusing on the country’s rich heritage, distinguishing principles, and bountiful opportunities. After the lecture, Mr. Gingrich held a Q-and-A session for the students. He fielded questions ranging from Social Security issues to energy independence, international relations, and the economy.

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Newt Gingrich Lectures Students on WebEx Simulcast

 

September 25, 2012 - Speaker Newt Gingrich lectured via WebEx to a group of online and residential students on American Exceptionalism.

 

 

 

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