Meet the Staff - Jasmine

by Robert Johns | September 12, 2014

Meet one of our staff members, Jasmine!

Andy Mineo in Concert

by Robert Johns | September 10, 2014

Andy Mineo is no stranger to Liberty University – he was here in March 2013 and put on a killer set. But this time around, he’s headlining, which can only mean the performance will be even better. If you’re not familiar, Andy is relatively new to the hip-hop scene; his first full-length album, “Formerly Known,” released in 2011. Since then, he’s been on the rise, hitting the road with Christian hip-hop heavyweights like Lecrae and Tedashii. And he’s not afraid to take a stand and tell the truth within the mainstream hip-hop community. If you saw his performance on MTV’s Rapfix Live 2013 Cypher Blowout, you know what I mean.

Andy’s not traveling alone; KB will be here too! KB is yet another Reach Records artist who’s making a name for himself. After traveling with Lecrae on the Aquire the Fire tour in 2010, and soon after getting signed to Reach Record, KB has gone on to tour the world, releasing a mixtape, a full-length album, and an EP in the process.

On September 19, Andy and KB are making their way to Liberty University and we couldn’t be more excited!

Here’s just small taste of what you can expect:

If you want to get a good seat, be sure to get to the Vines Center early. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. General admission AND floor seats are still available – you can pick them up here.

Meet the Staff

by Robert Johns | September 3, 2014

written by Steph Ward

2,892 may seem like just another number, but to Student Activities, it has great significance. It’s the collective number of hours our 35 staff has dedicated to planning, promoting, executing and analyzing the 19 events we’ve taken on since you’ve returned. That’s 120 consecutive days without sleep. Okay, we definitely sleep… sometimes. Regardless, we’re in full gear and ready to take on the remaining 61 events through Christmas Coffeehouse.

Thankfully, nobody had to work over 2,000 hours alone because of our stellar team that gives their all to make the events run smoothly. We’re compromised of 27 students and 7 full-time staff who major in a variety of studies from cinematography to nursing to engineering. We come from across the country and the globe, are a variety of ages, and still fit together like a family. This includes the 8 staff we just added to oversee our outdoor events. We know you’re asking, “Does this mean more trips?” That’s exactly what it means and MORE. Our calendar is now chock full of more trips and races, mountain bike rides, a fishing derby, and more!

Speaking of new additions, what about that new LaHaye Event Space? In response to your feedback on Open Mic, Campus Artist Series and other concerts, we’ve designed the LES to be a much better venue for you to relax while enjoying great music, bingo, game shows, and more. We’re jumping right in with an awesome lineup of concerts this fall. Go on, take a look.

Let’s meet a couple of the staff right now.

Check back with us on social media to get to know more staff as the year unfolds. We want you to meet and befriend them while they’re around campus, because they’re some of the most talented and personable students at Liberty (we’re only a little biased). In the meantime, get to know us briefly on our Meet the Staff page here.

Block Party 2014 Recap

by Robert Johns | August 27, 2014

written by Brian Shesko

For those of you that were at Block Party 2014, just know it wasn’t rain falling on everyone that night. It was Mother Nature crying because of how awesome NEEDTOBREATHE and The Oh Hellos were. Just crying and crying. For, like, 15 straight minutes.  Good music will do that to you sometimes.

For most of the day, however, the weather was great for the Student Activities Block Party. The crowd of over 7,000 people was energized from start to finish, thanks in part to a great assortment of rides and games. Unless they have severe vertigo or acrophobia, is there anyone who doesn’t like to ride on a Ferris wheel? Strangely, it seems like the same question is true for the mechanical bull (minus the acrophobia); every year we wonder if people will get sick of all that bucking, and every year, the answer is a resounding “no”.

The food options were exceptional this year too, accomplishing our goal of making it as difficult as possible for everyone to decide how to spend their money on food. We were thrilled to have The Canopy Food Truck, Smoke Ring BBQ, and Taco Shark with us for the first time, along with Bahama Sno Shack, Cross Concessions, and Domino’s Pizza. Clubs and Campus Departments were out in full force as well, reminding us, and hopefully everyone else, what a great collection of staff members help make up Liberty University.

Rounding out the night were our special musical guests, The Oh Hellos, followed by the unflappable NEEDTOBREATHE. Almost as impressive as the bands themselves was the commitment of the crowd for NEEDTOBREATHE. Everyone knew the rainstorm was coming, but hardly anyone budged (except the kids who think they were dressed too nice to get rained on – “Bro, let’s get inside, I’m not getting my brand new tank top soaked!”). Nothing felt more appropriate than hearing Needtobreathe play “Washed by the Water” that night. And as always, fireworks closed out our night; they seem to get better every year, this time set off perfectly with the end of the concert, and so a perfect ending to our event. For Student Activities, Block Party is always one of our favorite events, but this year might have been the best one yet.

For more photos and updates from Block Party, check out the #SAblockparty Tagboard!