July 2013 Employee Newsletter


A Word from Chancellor Falwell


I had the honor of accepting the Big South Conference’s Sasser Cup trophy at the end of May, along with Athletics Director Jeff Barber, during the conference’s annual meeting and awards dinner. The trophy is given to the school showing the most success in its athletics programs. This is the sixth year in a row Liberty University has won the cup, and I am proud to say we have earned it more times than any school in conference history — 11 out of the last 16 years.

In all, our NCAA Division I teams captured 10 conference titles last season: baseball, football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field. Many of our Club Sports programs earned crowns in their individual conferences and headed to national tournaments.

These accomplishments show Liberty is gaining athletics prominence every year, with more than 1,000 student-athletes now competing against some of our nation’s top programs.

Many of you faithfully attended sporting events this past year, and our coaching staff and players will tell you that your incredible support really does make the difference. At home or on the road, your encouragement is felt, and I credit this for much of their success. Thank you for making Liberty Athletics part of your family time.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for helping Liberty achieve 100,000 students enrolled. We are planning more ways to mark this major achievement this year, but hope you will enjoy celebrating America’s independence a little bit longer with family and friends this week.

We are already gearing up for future success in our academic and athletics programs this coming year. With your loyal support of students in the classrooms or on the playing fields, and with God’s continuous blessings on Liberty, I know we will continue to excel.



The Master Plan

Liberty University’s campus is alive with changes to better serve an ever-growing student body. Large-scale construction for the $400 million rebuilding of campus is underway, and additional plans are frequently being added to the development process.

The university has adopted a new master plan, recently unveiled in the Summer 2013 Liberty Journal. More than a dozen major projects are planned both on and off campus to enhance the educational, recreational, and social opportunities available to students. Many of the projects are nearing completion or are newly finished, including the Vines Center Practice Facility, the Jerry Falwell Library, and the Liberty Baseball Stadium.

Stay up-to-date on all of Liberty’s plans by visiting www.Liberty.edu/MasterPlan.



July 5: Extended Holiday

Enjoy July 5 as an extended holiday with your family and friends.

In recognition of reaching 100,000 in enrollment, all university employees are being given an extra paid day off on July 5 to spend with family during the celebration of the birth of our great nation.

This achievement in enrollment is a direct reflection of the investment and commitment our faculty and staff  have to our mission of Training Champions for Christ.

Regardless of your specific job within the university, your part in Liberty’s success is unmistakable. Thank you for viewing your role here as not just a job, but as a calling to impact lives for eternity.

If you have any questions or concerns about payment for July 5, please consult your department’s management team.



IT Department Hosts Celebration

Tuesday, June 11, Liberty’s IT Department had the opportunity to get out and enjoy the sunshine during an employee celebration. Hosted on East Campus, the event included catered hot dogs and smoothies. Sand volleyball and other outdoor activities were available for employee participation and competition.



Join Team Liberty

Join “Team Liberty” for two exciting events and improve your physical fitness at the same time.

Starting July 1, join the 100 Mile Challenge as part of the Live Healthy Lynchburg initiative. 

The challenge is to run or walk 100 miles, which is slightly more than one mile per day, between July 1 and Sept. 30.  It’s an exciting way to integrate exercise and fitness into an overall healthier lifestyle, and to encourage participation in the Virginia
4 Miler and 10 Miler races. 

Also, be sure to sign up for the Virginia 10 Miler, 4 Miler, or 4-Mile Walk on Saturday, Sept. 28.  Liberty will cover the entry fee for all full-time staff and faculty and will furnish those running with a team T-shirt.

Last year, Liberty University took first place in four of the six corporate divisions and second in another. Let’s make it another exceptional year for Liberty in the 10 Miler corporate challenge!

Reserve the date now and dig out your running shoes!

Friday, Sept. 27 – Packet pick-up, Amazing Children’s Run, and fun family-friendly festival
Saturday, Sept. 28 – 10 Miler, 4 Miler, and 4-Mile Walk

Details on how to register online will be coming soon. Learn more and register at www.VirginiaTenMiler.com or www.LiveHealthyLynchburg.com.



Leave Your Mark


While more than 1,550 bricks have already been donated, you can still be a part of building the future and investing in Champions for Christ at Liberty University. Help us continue these efforts by donating a brick for the Jerry Falwell Library. You can honor a loved one, share a special quote or proverb, or leave a favorite Bible verse for students to see for decades to come. With three sizes to choose from, there is an option for anyone who wants to leave a legacy for future generations. Be part of Liberty’s future by making your mark on campus today.



Athletic Accomplishment

Congratulations to Director of Athletics Jeff Barber and his coaching staff on their 2012-13 season. Their commitment to excellence has allowed Liberty's light to shine through the program's recent accomplishments, titles, and awards. Their impact both on and off the field furthers Liberty's place as a training ground for Champions.

Follow the Flames and stay up-to-date on what’s happening at www.Liberty.edu/Athletics.



Kirk Cameron Partnership

Have you seen Kirk Cameron? Liberty University has been running national ads featuring Kirk Cameron. Tweet using #LUKirkCameron and let us know when you see one of these brand new spots.

Learn more about his recent partnership with the university in our news archives.



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 June’s You Stand Out recipients:

Deidre Akers, Doug Poe, Joe Donaruma, John Peterson, Justin Spier, Kelly Jacobson, Logan Stamm, Lori Baker, Rick Rasberry, Theodore Sweet, Wayne Onderko, William Andress

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
July 2013

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

Caleb Atkins, Eli Keimig, Jeannie Saunders, Joy Federico, Lori Baker, Mark Creasey, Rachel Burkholder, Rusty Smallwood, Sara Niemi, Shiana Stallard



You Matter Twitter

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:

Thanks, , for 7/5/13 off! -@strichardson

When we preach the gospel to ourselves daily, we remember what we already have in Christ is greater than our wildest dreams realized. -@LibertyUMatter

When we preach the gospel to ourselves daily, we realize we are drowning in grace, and we must extend grace to everyone we meet. -@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.