April 2013 Employee Newsletter


A Word from Chancellor Falwell


As we enter April, it’s difficult to believe that the end of another academic year is almost here. I appreciate the efforts that I know you are making to help our students push through their last month of assignments and exams, heading into Commencement and summer break. Thank you.

I would also like to thank you for your flexibility in a time that has been marked by much transition. The new brand rollout has been a success, and I am grateful for your cooperation. I hope you have been as pleased as I have been when you see our new logo on the website or on communications, or proudly worn by our 2013 Big South Champion basketball players.

Thanks to your efforts, Liberty is raising up Champions not only on athletic fields but also academically. The Washington Post recently highlighted our sustainable and successful business model, as well as our commitment to opportunity rather than exclusivity. Although academic reputations generally take a long time to build, Liberty is building one in record time and the world is taking notice. 

Besides training athletic and academic Champions, Liberty is, most of all, committed to Training Champions for Christ. This spring break, more than 100 students participated in international missions trips to eight countries, sharing the hope they have with those whose lives have been torn apart by war, poverty, and displacement. Our ministry teams performed in over 40 venues across the States. These students are impacting the world for Christ because you have made it possible for them to do so. What you do each day has far-reaching effects.

If you haven’t had a chance to take in a baseball game at the new Liberty Baseball Stadium, I recommend that you do so. We have a great team and an exciting atmosphere. Bring your families and join us — I’ll look forward to seeing you there!



Grounds Employees Help Students

Late on the evening of Jan. 30, the Grounds Department received a phone call from a student who lost $150 in a storm drain near Elmer L. Towns Religion Hall. Staff members Jake Reagan and Robert Jackson quickly responded. When they arrived, they removed the manhole lid to help her retrieve the money. Unfortunately, the money had already become soaked and had sunk to the bottom of the curb inlet.

“Without giving it a thought, Jake climbed down into the manhole and started fishing around in the two feet of dirty standing water, in hopes of recovering the money for the student,” Jackson recalls. “After about 15 minutes of sloshing in the storm water, with more water runoff raining on his head, he successfully recovered all of the student’s lost money.”

The student was very appreciative of both Reagan and Jackson’s efforts in resolving her unfortunate situation.

Dr. Mark Hine, senior vice president for Student Affairs, said actions like this demonstrate why he loves Liberty and what it stands for.

Jackson said his co-worker has a “servant’s heart and strong drive to get the job done.”

“I don’t even think he thought about how nasty the stagnant water was, or the fact that he had to work in wet clothes the rest of the day, he just jumped on in and did what it took to get the job done. The world needs Champions for Christ, more people like Jacob Reagan,” Jackson said.



Department Encouragement Projects

Many university departments have initiatives to encourage their employees and recognize their outstanding work. Among them is the Grants Office in Financial Aid, which has recently launched “You Make A Difference,” a morale and team unity-boosting initiative.

The idea came when one of their coordinators witnessed a similar initiative at another school, inspiring them to take action. The idea is simple — tell your co-workers how they make a difference to students, to others around them, and to their jobs.

Each staff member is given 10 cards to distribute to 10 different staff members on the team by the end of the quarter. At the end of the quarter, the cards are collected at a quarterly team building meeting. A random drawing is held and the individuals mentioned on the three cards that are chosen are given a small prize.

“We are excited to see how this will encourage and motivate our team throughout the year,” Kylie Kennedy, assistant director of Financial Aid said. “We believe that it is a good way to show our co-workers that they are valued and that we appreciate what they do. It is a small way to say ‘You Make A Difference.’”



Employee Contribution

University employees continue to step up their efforts in Training Champions for Christ. With an already noted increase in employee giving in 2012, faculty and staff have also generously contributed to the Jerry Falwell Library Campaign.

To date, 194 employees have donated a total of $52,895 to the Library campaign. Thank you to those who have taken the opportunity to Honor the Past and Embrace the Future with a financial gift.




Professional Development Courses

There are numerous professional development opportunities available to university faculty and staff. From technology to design, there are many options to choose from to help you further your professional knowledge and skills.

To learn more, and for a complete list of course offerings, check out the ProDev Portal. You can access the portal by logging in under your MyLU Sign-in > Login Shortcuts > ProDev Portal.

Check with your supervisor and professor regarding your schedule in order to participate in a course.



You Stand Out

University senior leadership has been looking for staff members who exemplify exceptional work and commitment to Liberty's customer service standards. Last month, tickets were handed out as our way of thanking those whose hard work and dedication (often behind the scenes) made a difference.

Congratulations to February and March’s You Stand Out recipients:

Paul Albert, Melissa Bacon, Lori Baker, Cora Bowler, Bob Boyer, Valerie Brady, Anne Braine, Monica Brennan, Kathy Calvert, Steven Clark, Kary Clarke, Mark Creasey, David Culp, Carolyn Davis, Dianne Foutz, Michael Gerringer, Chris Hara, Melanie Hicks, Richard Hinkley, Jane Himes, Jeffrey Hosfeld, Sydney Innocenti, Sarah Isaacs, Mark Johnson, Jared Lilly, Connie Martin, Elizabeth Martin, Peter McCusker, Kristy Miear, Paul Mignard, Claire Oliver, Gina Pray, Lewis Reynolds, Daniel Robertson, Lois Scull, Ralph Seal, Kayla Snow, Krystal Taylor, John Wagner, Nikki Wilkins, Jacqueline Wilson, Rachel Wise, John Woosley, Taylor York      

Remember, these tickets are redeemable for a Barnes & Noble gift card. Be on the lookout — you never know when someone might notice that You Stand Out!



Employees of the Month — March and April 2013

Congratulations to our March and April 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 normal expectations to consistently produce excellent work with a Christ-like attitude and spirit. Thank you for all you do to make Liberty the shining light that it is. 

March: Sarah Campos, Joshua Haley, Dina Johnston, Stosh Oldham, Claire Oliver, Tatiana Payne, Bethany Shaeffer, Michael Trexler

April: Jane Brandon, Debbie Crouch, Steven Hill, Elliott Lovell, Ben McKenzie, Ashley Noonan, Bethany Pearson, Jason Pope, Stuart Schwartz, Miranda Shore, Shayne Tascone, Sharon Wheeler




You Matter Twitter in March

Many insights have been Tweeted and shared on the Liberty You Matter Twitter account this month. If you haven’t already, be sure to join the conversation.

Here are a few Tweets from the past month:

Do you want your life to matter and make a difference? "1. Be passionate. 2. Don't be normal; be an example. 3. Finish strong." -@TimTebow -@LibertyUMatter

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion...Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18 -@LibertyUMatter

He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 -@LibertyUMatter



Send Us Your Feedback

God has been doing great things around Liberty. We would love to hear your thoughts about how the You Matter campaign is affecting Liberty’s campus. Feel free to send us your feedback and ideas.

Email us at YouMatter@liberty.edu.