September 2012 Employee Newsletter

From the Chancellor


Our resident students have returned! With the university full of life, there is always progress happening on and around campus. New exciting projects are under way, including the proposed Center for Health and Medical Professions and the Jerry Falwell Library.

When you drive by on Regents Parkway, you can see the progress on the library. Architecturally the library will be two separate buildings with a multi-level connector space. Concrete walls have been poured for the lower level for the larger building of the new library, which is located near the future lake. The same thing will soon occur for the smaller building which will be located near Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. The concrete floor slab will be poured for the larger building and structural steel has recently started to show. It will begin looking like a building soon and with those concrete walls of the smaller building poured, you can start to get a feel for the size of the building — it is impressive.

Check out our construction cameras to follow the progress.

Though construction and improvements can be exciting, there is a greater goal to keep in mind. It’s not the buildings and programs that will change students’ lives; it’s you, our committed faculty and staff that will impact these young Champions for Christ. As staff, you have the opportunity to demonstrate to them what true Christianity is all about.


On and Around Campus

More than 12,000 students have arrived on campus to begin the Fall 2012 semester. Each life here on campus represents potential for the future. With this in mind, when you see students on campus, be sure to put Liberty’s customer service standards into action!

The new Hancock Welcome Center is now open! Be sure to check out the student and employee sitting area on the ground floor with both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Also be aware of the four upcoming College For A Weekend (CFAW) events scheduled for this school year. During these times be extra patient as these guests and future Champions for Christ come to campus to experience what Liberty has to offer.

Resident Enrollment — Staying Fit This Fall

Resident Enrollment employees believe in encouraging their colleagues to be healthy and strong both physically and spiritually. One of the ways to encourage them to be physically healthy was to take advantage of the Lt. Governors’ Challenge April 1 - June 30. Throughout this challenge, employees logged in their nutrition and physical activity points.

In early July, team and individual winners were recognized for their efforts at a celebration meeting.

Resident Enrollment's 1st place winner in the physical activity portion was Timi Plyter, who has worked for Liberty for 15 years and participated in the Lt. Governors’ Challenge for the past three. When asked why she participates in the challenge, her response was “I want to be healthier and in good shape to do that which God has called me to do to the best of my ability; in sum, I want to keep my temple healthy.” Plyter was also recognized in the Best Overall category, for her efforts in eating smarter, exercising, and spurring her teammates to do the same.

You Matter and so does your health! Join us in getting fit this fall by signing up for the 100 Mile Challenge or the Virginia 10 miler.

Use #YMfitness on Twitter to share your progress.

Fall Convocation Schedule

The schedule is packed with great speakers coming to Convocation this fall! As an employee, it is a privilege to watch and hear from renowned speakers of national significance from every sphere of society. Every Wednesday, take this opportunity to engage as well as ignite your potential as a leader and Champion for Christ.

“Convocation continues to be the premiere gathering of Christians in North America with a lineup of speakers that is unparalleled.” –Johnnie Moore

Guest speakers include:

  • Donald Trump
  • Steven Furtick
  • Angela Thomas
  • David Jeremiah
  • Kirk Cameron
  • Ben Stein
  • Fred Luter
  • Bob McEwen

Enjoy New Campus Eateries

New amenities for students and employees are popping up all around campus, including the Click-fil-A Express in the Tilley Student Center. Since its launch in August, this new venue has been a popular lunch spot in Green Hall for faculty and staff.

Also, for employees located in Green Hall, be sure to enjoy the beautiful weather on your break at the recently opened employee deck.

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for… we are excited to share that Dunkin’ Donuts will be coming to campus this semester where the Keyhole Convenience Store was formerly located! Stay tuned for details.

Academic Training

Resident Recruitment just completed a full week of academic training to prepare to impact and invest in the lives of potential students. Numerous departments came out to share updates and information about their unique offerings and progress as the university continues to offer quality academics and services to students. Representatives from Marketing also attended sessions in an effort to glean valuable information to better promote the great things happening in our programs and departments.
Laurie Roe, director of recruitment, who oversees organizing the training said that "we love this week — it’s a highlight of the year for us — and we find ourselves falling in love with Liberty over and over again, and being reminded of why we love recruiting for this wonderful university.”
Here are just some of the updates that were shared from the academic departments:
  • As the administration learns about new job opportunities and what is trending in the job market, Liberty is continually evaluating programs and academics to continually be able to implement and offer new programs to students to ensure their success. 
  • With extensive résumés, Liberty faculty and professors go beyond academics, to provide their students with real-world implementation and feedback.
  • Over 90 percent of Liberty's pre-med students are passing the MCAT and getting into medical school — immediately after graduating from Liberty University.
  • The Career Center has a new assessment for all students — Focus 2 — and has an active database of employers looking to hire Liberty students, LU Network.
  • We have alumni in all 16 of the government’s “three letter agencies.”
  • Liberty’s Honors program currently has 48 National Merit finalists, 23 of which are freshman.


It’s always important as a leader, to understand the importance of setting clearly defined expectations and goals. Check out this comic to put it into perspective:

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to all the September Employees of the Month. Because you work among so many dedicated, caring employees, being selected for this recognition is evidence that you consistently do exceptional work with a heart for those you serve. You are an example and encouragement to all of us.

September Employees of the Month are: Owen Benson, Jessica Brown, Zach Crouthamel, Cimberly Cummings, Craig Hammond, Ashley Holloway, Rhonda Hudson, Francis Patterson, Danielle Perez, Ruth Ann Scott, Matthew Short, and Daniel Vanatta.

You Matter — August Tweets

The You Matter Twitter account has been buzzing all throughout August. Here’s a quick re-cap of some of the tweets from You Matter and your fellow employees:

“It’s not the buildings & programs that will change [students] lives, it’s our committed faculty & staff that will.” - Chancellor Falwell

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” - Bill Cosby
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
@LibertyUMatter and others from @LibertyU are participating in the Virginia 10 Miler #YMfitness
Follow us @LibertyUMatter today!

Send Us Your Feedback

Good things are going on in your department and we would love to hear how you are furthering the You Matter initiative. You really do matter and so does your feedback! Let us hear from you. Email us at