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Patrick Atkins

Dept: Marketing Department
Title: Promotional Writer

Patrick Atkins serves as the writer for the resident enrollment team in the Marketing Department. Though he is already an excellent writer, Patrick demonstrates respect for his craft, as well as the quality of his character, by always striving to grow as a communicator. He consistently researches the best methods for delivering messages to prospective students regarding the value of a Liberty education. He incorporates client feedback well, collaborates with the quality control team to ensure a high degree of excellence, and encourages his team members through the consistency and creativity of his work. Patrick’s humor, positive attitude, and diligence are a constant blessing to our office.

Santria Brown

Dept: Academics
Title: Secretary, School of Engineering Admin.

In many ways, Santria Brown is the face of the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences. She is the first person our students and visitors see when they enter the school. Santria’s welcoming smile and contagious enthusiasm set the bar high for the rest of the faculty and staff. This fall, she provided much-needed guidance to students seeking their way around a completely refurbished third floor of DeMoss Hall. Whether she is serving faculty or staff, our nearly 600 students or visitors, Santria is a shining star to our entire school.

Steven Calkins

Dept: Academics
Title: Instructor - SOA/AMTS

Steven Calkins is one of the newer members of the Aviation Maintenance Technician School instruction staff. He joined our team in July 2013, and his heart for our students’ spiritual, technical, and personal growth is immediately apparent to all. Steve brings valuable experience from a career in the airline industry, making him a perfect fit on our team of instructors. As the lead-off instructor for new classes, Steve helps students in their educational journey and provides guidance during their initial period in the program. A husband and father of six, he is also involved with Thomas Road Baptist Church’s men’s ministry. Steve’s work ethic, knowledge, and spiritual strength make him a pleasure to work with and a valuable employee.

Tammy Gilbert

Dept: Finance & Administration
Title: Buyer

Tammy Gilbert has worked for Liberty University for two years and is an integral part of the Procurement Department. She is self-motivated and proactive, and she efficiently executes every task she is assigned. Tammy has demonstrated leadership skills, loyalty to the department, and dedication to serving others and is always willing to assist end users however possible. She is frequently called on to help accomplish tasks in others’ absence, and she takes these on with a willing and cheerful spirit, reflecting her faith as well as her personal dedication to the mission of our department and the university.

Jessica Graham

Dept: Student Affairs
Title: Assistant Director of Housing: Assignments

Jessica Graham serves as the assistant director of housing for assignments. She plays an essential part in the planning that goes into making sure that every student is afforded their preferred accommodations. Jess brings a can-do attitude to everything she is part of and consistently seeks to help our office develop more effective processes. Her upbeat spirit, logical thought process, and sincerity are only a few of the positive qualities that make her such a great person and respected coworker. We are proud to work alongside someone who seeks to make a difference in everything that she does.

Luann Hodges

Dept: Academics
Title: Receptionist, College of General Studies

We appreciate Luann Hodges for her initiative, cheerful attitude, and willingness to help everyone with whom she interacts. Luann is an invaluable resource to our team and has demonstrated an innate sense of how to help our office be successful. She brings a clear vision to each project she works on, and her diligence and competency have earned her increasing responsibilities. Luann is also extraordinarily helpful to students who visit the office. Luann epitomizes the “You Matter” spirit to everyone who walks through our doors, and the College of General Studies is a better environment because of her contributions.

Matthew Homan

Dept: Registrar
Title: LUO UG Academic Evaluator

Matthew Homan has served in the Registrar’s Office as an academic evaluator for Liberty University Online for two years. His desire to lead and excel in his position is apparent from his clear communication, helpful attitude, and determination to provide accurate and detailed information to students. He plays a vital role at Liberty, as he delineates student degree requirements and enjoys the honor of awarding their degrees upon successful completion of meeting those requirements. His Christ-like service is evident in the way he cares for the staff, his team members, and students. Matthew’s patience, humor, and consideration for everyone he comes in contact with make him a joy to work with.

Rachel Myers

Dept: Enrollment Management
Title: Coordinator of Financial Aid Communications

Rachel Myers facilitates all communications for the Financial Aid Office. She coordinates 88 communication plans including web resources and financial aid policies. She handles compliance issues and ensures the proper disclosure of student consumer information. Employees turn to her for expert-level knowledge on financial aid eligibility policies, and she serves as the liaison between the Financial Aid Office and many other departments. She is a dynamic, bright, and positive source of guidance for our staff and the entire university.