May 2013 Employee Newsletter


A Word from Chancellor Falwell


It’s hard to believe that we have reached the end of another academic year. In just a few days our 40th Commencement will be upon us and the number of Liberty University alumni, now scattered over 89 countries impacting the world as Champions for Christ, will grow to more than 85,000. Nationally recognized Fox News Reporter Shannon Bream is one of those Champions, and we are excited that she will be returning to campus to deliver the Commencement address to our students. Internationally acclaimed apologist Ravi Zacharias will also be participating in this year's ceremonies as our Baccalaureate speaker.

Liberty is not only affecting the world through its alumni, we are making an impact in our hometown as well. Liberty is the second largest employer in Lynchburg, and with our own voting precinct here on campus, our voice is being heard throughout the community. Many of you know that the City Council recently returned our zoning rights to us, a goal we have been hoping to accomplish for decades. 

As a key player in the community, we are always looking for ways to give back to the city of Lynchburg. We are currently drawing up plans to renovate Daniel and Treasure Islands on the James River — property that we have owned for a long time — and transform them into recreational parks and playing fields for students and Lynchburg locals to enjoy. We have also committed an initial $500,000 matching gift to the restoration of the historic Academy of Music Theatre downtown, a venue which will serve as an economic catalyst for the region, drawing crowds from surrounding areas, such as Roanoke and Charlottesville.

Liberty’s scope continues to reach far beyond this mountain. In March, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kirk Cameron on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and talk about how Christians can impact culture. He confirmed what we have known here at Liberty for a long time — we are training students to become “salt and light,” to go out into every profession, whatever their talents are, and to represent Christ.

These students will not only impact the future, they are already impacting the present and you are the force behind them, pushing them and encouraging them, shaping them into world-changers. You are an integral part of impacting the world through your efforts in Training Champions for Christ, and I appreciate all your hard work.

Join me in celebrating another generation of Champions as they graduate this Commencement Weekend. I hope to see you there.

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Sign It Digitally: Rules to Live By

We have recently noticed many improperly formatted versions of the Liberty University email signature. This includes modifications to the approved signature (i.e. incorrect logos, formatting, etc.) or use of the old signature. The university email signature is an important element in consistently communicating Liberty’s brand and is a requirement for all employees.

If you have modified your signature line or are using old branding, please update your signature immediately. Check the Faculty/Staff Email Signature Policy Web page for more information on how to apply the correct signature.



One Graduate's Story

The following story is a glimpse into the heart of Liberty University employee, Rebecca Hosfeld. Her journey is one of courage, determination, and beating the odds to reach the finish line of graduation. Hosfeld is graduating this month and will receive her psychology degree with an emphasis in life coaching.

I am a licensed cosmetologist, but I felt God leading me to take courses at Liberty University at a time when I was in need of a career change. I had always thought about obtaining my bachelor’s degree, but I was not sure if I was ready. My husband was employed at Liberty as a police officer and with the employee benefits it was possible for me to pursue my degree. After 20 years of being out of school, I began taking my first few courses. My husband was my greatest source of support and encouragement as I proceeded to take classes each semester.

After two years of courses, I was hired by Liberty’s Military Affairs Office.  In September 2011, my husband was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer; however, that did not slow me down in obtaining my degree. My husband is an amazing man, as three days after we received the diagnosis, he looked at me and stated “‘Not I, but Christ’ is how we will walk this journey." We continued to travel to appointments, and I would go with my textbooks, and computer.

Before my husband began his first chemo treatment in November, my sister who was a year younger than me passed away. Yet I relied on God to get me through that time, as I continued with the courses that I was in. My husband did three months of treatment before we received word that my husband’s cancer went from stage two to stage four.

My husband continues to work at Liberty as a police officer as he takes treatments every week. As I look back, I am amazed at all that God has done in our lives over the last year and a half as I strove to continue earning my degree. I know that I would not have made it if it was not for God's strength and my husband's encouragement, even in the midst of this storm.  



Department Encouragement Projects

For many years, Liberty University Online has taken the opportunity to honor its “Star” employees. The purpose is to encourage excellence by recognizing outstanding performance.

Individuals from each department (Academic Advising, Admissions Consulting, Admissions Specialist, Admissions Verification, Military Affairs, Training and Quality Assurance, and Student Advocate/Recruitment) are nominated based on excellent characteristics and attributes, such as going above the call of duty, demonstrating a great attitude, displaying professionalism, being a team player, and maintaining high scores in the key performance indicators for their department.

Each “Star” is honored with a certificate of recognition, as well as a two hour lunch and a jeans day.



Book Benefits Haiti Nonprofit

Liberty University Online Adjunct Professor, Joseph Buchanan, is celebrating the release of his new book "Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude," being released on May 1.

During the month of May, 100 percent of the profits from the sale of this book will go to help provide educational opportunities for children in Haiti through the missions fund of First Baptist Church in Metropolis, Ill., where Buchanan also serves as pastor. After May, 25 percent of the profits will continue to go toward supporting this cause. The goal is to sell 5,000 copies of the book during the month of May, which would provide nearly $10,000 for the work in Haiti.  

Please prayerfully consider taking part in helping to reach this goal. You can purchase "Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude" in hardback, softcover, and Kindle versions from Amazon.



You Stand Out

University senior leadership has been looking for staff members who exemplify exceptional 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 April’s You Stand Out recipients:

Larry Burrell, Lucas Dollarhite, Jose Espinoza, Emily Heady, Jessica Jacoboski, Casey Knight, Cheryl Knight, John Markides, Vickie Pettus, Kayla Torres, Ashley Irizarry Torruel, Tim Voogd, Tirian Wilson, Brian Yates         

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 — May 2013

Congratulations to our May Employees of the Month. You are a tremendous blessing to this university, and we are thankful for you. Working among 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. 

Miranda Arnold, Brenda Ayres, Sabrina Bailey, Juanita Brooks, Marcia Daubert, Whitney Delaney, Jonathan Geukgeuzian, Mark Johnson, Heidi Madsen, Ryan O'Donnell, Caroline Trexler, Traci Williams, Emily Woody



You Matter Twitter in April

Many insights have been 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:

Most people cringe when they get emails from their boss...I look forward to them-informative and encouraging #ILoveMyBoss @kelseybaker256 -@SarahTamsan

IT Office Managers are at the Hillcats game today, I matter! @LibertyUMatter -@ninambaker



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.

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