Coffeehouse Preview

by Robert Johns | November 20, 2014

written by Stephanie Ward

We want to take you on a most magical, nostalgic, Christmas-y journey. Think about your favorite Christmas movie – you know, the one you used to watch on Christmas Eve with your family right before you set out cookies & milk for Santa. Okay, do you have it? Now… put yourself IN that movie! Are you there? Great, let’s begin…

I imagine some of you were taken here… To a big city as a giant adult elf…

Or to that time when you asked for this, but then Ralphie ruined it for everyone…

…and for some of you, this is as real as it gets when you think about your own family Christmas gatherings…

Which is why you wish you were this kid on Christmas Day…

As you enter the Vines Center, we hope to take you back to that same magical place. No one said it better than Kris Kringle himself in It’s a Wonderful Life, “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.” And we’ll do everything we can to help you get into that frame of mind.

You know that Coffeehouse is the event of the semester, every semester, unless you’ve been living under a rock. It’s the best of the best at Liberty: bands, dancers, actors, and everything in between. We’ve narrowed down nearly 40 tryouts to showcase the absolute best acts for 2 hours of late night entertainment. And if you haven’t noticed yet, our theme this year is Christmas Coffeehouse: At the Movies. You’ll experience the goodies of holiday films across decades with thousands of your closest friends. Because as you know, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”… and we’ve taken that very literally.

And for all the Scrooges out there, even the Grinch loses his Grinchiness at the sight of Christmas Coffeehouse. So for only $3, there’s no good reason for you to miss this show on Friday, December 5, starting at 11:30 p.m. in the Vines Center. Don’t forget to come dressed as your favorite Christmas character for a chance at getting on stage to win prizes - and even if you don’t get on stage, why not just dress up for holiday fun!

We hope to see you all on December 5… and have a Merry Christmas, you filthy animal.

Info - Christmas Coffeehouse: At the Movies

Meet the Staff - Sawyer

by Stephanie Ward | November 19, 2014

Meet one of our staff members, Sawyer!

Challenge Course Introduction

by Robert Johns | November 13, 2014

written by Mike Ellsworth

SOAR Dunk, Sounds of Liberty, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Debate, Liberty Flames Sports Network, Student Leadership, Men’s Wrestling, and Crimson Flood: What do all of these groups have in common?  All of them have gone through team building with us this semester at the Camp Hydaway Challenge Course.  So far this fall, we have facilitated 352 people and spent over 70 hours working directly with students, faculty, and staff of the university.  We have thoroughly enjoyed working with such dynamic groups of people and have received so much great feedback from all of our participants.

Now in its second year of existence, the challenge course has allowed us to influence university teams, departments and clubs that were previously unreached by our department. If you are unfamiliar with the terminology, a challenge course is simply a series of climbing/traversing elements built using cables, ropes, and telephone poles.  Our course is annually inspected by third parties and we are excited to announce that as of August 2014, we are official members of the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)!  That may sound boring, but with these credentials, we are now able to create even more opportunities for students.

With the addition of our new course we are able to further fulfill our mission at Student Activities, especially in the realm of outdoor recreation.  Experiential education is often considered the highest level of learning, so by creating tangible and challenging learning experiences, we are able to foster relationships and help groups truly trust each other. While groups go through activities that push them out of their comfort zone, they are forced to rely on each other, helping to develop their listening, understanding, and communication skills.  Each session involves a progression from ground activities, to low elements, finishing with some fun on our high elements.  Some of the most popular elements are the 12 foot wall, Dangle Duo, Leap of Faith and the Flying Squirrel.  Personally, The Flying Squirrel is my favorite, and I would love for YOU to come on out and experience it.

The best part: we offer private sessions for any university club, department, or team free of charge!  We also facilitate open sessions on Saturdays from 12p-4p where students can climb around and have fun on our high elements without needing a group or reservation. If you have a team or club and would like more information about private sessions, or for more information about our open sessions, check out our website or contact me via email. We hope to see you there!

Meet the Staff - Nak

by Robert Johns | November 13, 2014

Meet one of our staff members, Nak!

Meet the Staff - Kay

by Robert Johns | November 7, 2014

Meet one of our staff members, Kay!