October 2012 Employee Newsletter


A Word from Chancellor Falwell


Recently I have placed a renewed priority on my health and fitness — working with a trainer to reach a new level of strength and endurance.  Reports of health and athletic goals being met by faculty and staff are coming in from across the university as many of you have made this a priority as well.

Liberty’s presence at the Virginia 10-Miler this past weekend was an encouraging example of how, as a university, we are getting involved and striving for excellence. I am proud of all of you — keep running the race with endurance!
In addition to a growing commitment to physical fitness, it was recently brought to my attention the number of faculty and staff who have donated to the new Jerry Falwell Library campaign. This is one more example of this fine university coming together. My father would be honored to know the emphasis you place on educating the next generation, and as we embrace our future, please know how much I appreciate your support. 


October Employee Activities

This October, make sure you enjoy the many activities Liberty is offering! Get together with your co-workers and join us at Homecoming 2012, the faculty & staff football game, and reduced price weekend at Scaremare.

Homecoming 2012 is this weekend Oct. 4-6! Register now to join us for Flames Football, the annual parade, family dinner, and a carnival! Homecoming will be filled with fun!
This month, Scaremare is back for another haunting season. Scaremare faculty and staff weekend is Oct. 12-14 — you don’t want to miss the 40th anniversary celebration. You can buy special discounted Lineslasher tickets for only $5. Hurry and purchase now; the promotion ends Oct. 12.
Don’t miss your chance to experience Sondheim’s classic tale, INTO THE WOODS! This is the last week of shows, so buy your ticket before they sell out. Call the Vines Center box office at (434) 582-SEAT, or the Tower Theater box office at (434) 582-2085 to get your ticket. Tickets are also available online.  Remaining performances are Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Finally, mark your calendars for the annual Liberty Flames Faculty and Staff football game on Saturday, Oct. 20. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to cheer on the Flames with free tickets, and up to four $5 concession vouchers. Pick up your tickets from Human Resources from Oct. 9-19 so you can come out to enjoy the fall weather, a rousing game, and fellowship with family and friends. We’ll see you there!


Preview Campus Changes and Renderings

Many changes are currently underway on Liberty’s campus, and even more projects will be starting soon. One in particular has seen many recent developments — the Liberty University School of Music (SOM). The new SOM will combine two current departments, the Center for Music and Worship, and the Center for Music and Performing Arts.
The SOM will offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees with majors in music and worship, performance, including vocal, choral, instrumental, guitar, keyboard, ethnomusicology, and more. Dr. Vernon Whaley has already moved into the position of dean, and he believes the doors of opportunity are huge for this new school.
The campus transformation will also include an expansion of DeMoss Hall, which will include a new food court, large special event spaces, and more than 115,000 square feet of student spaces. Check out the renderings below to see DeMoss construction plans.

Hancock Welcome Center Tours

Have you checked out the newest building on campus? The new state-of-the-art Hancock Welcome Center is now open and you are invited to take a tour. Set up a tour for your department/team by calling the Visitors Center at (434) 582-2064. 

Following your tour, you will also receive a red Liberty mug!
While you are there, be sure to check out the student and employee sitting area on the ground floor with both indoor and outdoor spaces. This space can be used anytime by employees and is a great place to enjoy your lunch break.


IT You Matter Page

The university-wide You Matter initiative provides faculty and staff with the resources they need to carry out Liberty’s mission. You are the face of the university — go above and beyond to help our students achieve their potential. 

One department in particular has gone out of their way to recognize their outstanding employees. The Information Technology (IT) department launched a special website to highlight their own specific team members that are making a difference. Way to go, IT!

Liberty Journal Feature — Employees Helping the Community

The newest Liberty Journal features several interesting articles on what is happening around campus, including a visit from a prominent hotel tycoon, staff members who helped out during June’s derecho storm, and Restore Rwanda.

Hotel magnate Horst Schulze, who spoke in Convocation last year, returned several months ago to speak for the You Matter campaign re-launch. He took the time to explain the difference it makes to clients when they are given quality, timely, and caring service. So many of our faculty and staff members have taken these principles to heart, which was evidenced during the derecho storm response in late June and early July. 

Many of you worked long hours to make sure people in the Lynchburg community were provided for, as tens of thousands struggled without power in triple-digit heat. Liberty was able to open 14 residence halls, run its dining facilities and utilize other critical services with the help of our giving staff. You showed the love of Christ to our friends and neighbors and we are so thankful God has placed you on our team.
Liberty has also been involved with Restore Rwanda, an effort to change a village forever in Rwanda, in order to help people who lost loved ones during the country’s genocide in the mid-1990s. Through a series of God-ordained events, the university got involved in opening a new school this summer, and students raised nearly $24,000 for the project.


Recent Liberty National Ads

Did you fly US Airways in September? If so, you may have seen a piece on Liberty in their in-flight magazine. Liberty is now being featured in comparable advertisements around the nation. Just this month, there will be ads in the Charlotte, N.C. airport, so if you’re traveling through, make sure to be on the lookout! 
We were also included in the program booklet at the Republican National Convention that was used from Aug. 27-30. With thousands of people around the country being exposed to our university, we pray God will use us mightily as we continue Training Champions for Christ.

Employee Recognition and Appreciation in your Department

If you are looking for a way to show your appreciation for the staff members in your department, see our list of ideas online. Liberty is blessed to have hard-working and dedicated employees — show those in your office that you care about them!

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our October Employees of the Month. You are a tremendous blessing to this university, and we are thankful for you. Working amid so many outstanding colleagues, this recognition is proof that you go above and beyond to consistently produce excellent work with a Christ-like attitude and spirit. Thank you for all you do to make Liberty University the shining light it is.

October Employees of the Month are: Rebekah Cox, Joanna Gifford, Courtney Hall, Kirsten Hoegh, Karen Kittinger, Kane McKenzie, Dan Mills, Doug Poe, Jael Sette, James Shelton, Carolyn Towles, John Vadnal, Lauren Valle, Norma Vannoy, Darren Wu


You Matter — September Tweets

The You Matter Twitter account has been thriving throughout September. Here are a few of the best tweets we received from your coworkers.

Take note @LibertyUMatter - How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google: http://bit.ly/PV7CwK
- @ldolla
“Reduce everything you want to do, to an action you can do right now.” - Jason Randal
“Effective leaders help others to understand the necessity of change and to accept a common vision of the desired outcome.”  - John Kotter
Follow us @LibertyUMatter today!


Send Us Your Feedback

God has been doing great things in our university this fall. Send us your opinion — we would love to know how you are furthering our You Matter campaign. Let us hear your voice, your ideas, and your feedback!
Email us at youmatter@liberty.edu.