August 2013 Employee Newsletter


A Word from Chancellor Falwell


As we honored close to 400 employees at the annual Years of Service Banquet on Wednesday, July 10, I was reminded of all of those who have played such an important role in advancing the mission of the university. It was a wonderful day to celebrate their time with us and to look back at where we have come from and at what we have become.

I see the same type of dedication in our employees today that we saw in those who persevered during our pioneer days. Our faculty and staff are some of the most committed people I have ever met. As we continue in our campus rebuilding phase, that devotion is made even more apparent. We recently relocated about 700 employees to the former Sears building as part of a chain of moves that are taking place in many departments as we prepare for new academic buildings. The renovations there were completed in record time thanks to our Field Operations staff. I thank everyone for their hard work during the move, as well as all of those who are preparing to move to new spaces in the coming months.

As we welcome close to 3,000 freshmen and their family members to campus in a couple of weeks, I’d like everyone to remember that the Liberty family makes an impression from the very beginning. The way you serve our students in those first weeks will set the course for the rest of their time here.

As Liberty continues to grow, more people are taking notice of our exceptional programs. I recently learned that Liberty has been listed among the top schools for “Best Dining Halls,” “Best College Campus Security,” “Best Intramurals,” as well as being recognized as the “Best Online Christian University in the Nation” by college search websites. Our athletics program, with 10 conference titles earned last year, puts us in second place nationally among all NCAA Division I programs. We were the only NCAA Division I program in the country to capture conference titles in football, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball. Our Club Sports program excelled as well, with 10 men’s teams and six women’s teams represented at national competitions last year.

The hard work of our employees shows in big ways every day, and I thank you for your solid commitment to Liberty University.



You Matter Recap

As a Liberty University employee, the time and effort you contribute is greatly appreciated! The You Matter initiative was started to recognize that effort, thanking and encouraging workers to continue to play an important role in Liberty’s mission of Training Champions for Christ

A university-wide initiative to provide faculty and staff with the resources needed to carry out this mission, You Matter allows faculty and staff to be used by God to change students’ lives. Each individual has the privilege to serve students, parents, or any potential visitor who interacts with our campus. As a faculty or staff member, you are the face of the university that the community sees every day. You can also be a positive influence on the co-workers in your office or department at Liberty. 

Thank you for all that you do every day and remember: “Your job doesn’t change lives. You do.”



Years of Service Banquet

On Wednesday, July 10, Liberty held its third-annual Years of Service Banquet. Nearly 400 employees were recognized for their time at the university.

Part of the You Matter initiative, the banquet has become a Liberty tradition to show employees how much they’re appreciated. Employees were recognized for reaching specific milestones, starting at five years, then every five years thereafter until they reached 35 years of service.

Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. addressed the crowd and individually honored retiring employees who had more than 20 years of service. Honorees included Dr. Boyd Rist, Dr. James Van Eaton, Dr. Paul Fink, Dr. Homer Blass, Mrs. Janice DeLong, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Rowlette, Dr. Nancy Anderson, and Mrs. Joann Gilmore.

View the names of employees and their years of service.

Thank you to those employees who reached their milestones and to all of our employees who devote their lives to this university and its mission of Training Champions for Christ.




Football Season Tickets

Flames Football is coming in just a few short weeks, so purchase your 2013 season tickets now! The Flames will kick off their home season against the Monmouth Blue Hawks in what is sure to be a great game.

With five Big South Football Championships in the last six years, you won’t want to miss any of the gridiron action this fall. General Admission season tickets start at just $65, so purchase them now!



Technology Boot Camp

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) held a weeklong Technology Boot Camp for the faculty and staff of Liberty University. The CTE staff, led by Sharon Wheeler, made the event educational, interactive, and enjoyable.

The week consisted of training and demonstrations on using technology in the classroom. Each day, individuals were able to work on projects in order to implement what they learned, and mentors were available to answer questions. Tom Hinkley invited a student panel to provide an alternative view on using technology in the classroom.

“I have been a full-time professor for four years and have mostly utilized PowerPoint and YouTube videos in my classroom,” Assistant Professor Rachel Mills said. “Now I can use Clickers, Jing, Prezis, Wordle, Extranormal, and numerous other tools to help my students learn the information they need.” 

The university invested in the lives of faculty and staff by providing the money and resources for the instruction, allowing a forum for collaboration, providing lunch each day, as well as allowing individuals to call upon mentors to help utilize these skills throughout the school year.


Join Team Liberty

The 100 Mile Challenge is in full swing and the Virginia 10 Miler is just around the corner. Those who have already joined “Team Liberty” for the 100 Mile Challenge, be sure to log your miles. 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 is also a great way to prepare for the Virginia 10 Miler.

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

If you aren’t a part of “Team Liberty” yet, join us today! Remember, the 100 Mile Challenge is FREE. For full-time faculty and staff who register for the Virginia 10 Miler, Liberty University will cover the entry fee and provide a team T-shirt.

Learn more at



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 July’s You Stand Out recipients:

Amy Proffitt, Andy Smallwood, Ashley Porter, Daniel Castellucci, David Eppling, David Bielawa, Emily Watkins, Gina Pray, James Nutter, Kiera Wortham, Lisa Carroll, Mark Norris, Nina Baker, Rachel Williams, Scott Spear, Scott Starnes, Ted Whitney Tom Hinkley

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
August 2013

Congratulations to our August 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.

Aramis Rodriguez, Bethany Henry, Brian Soistmann, Jacob Martin, Jody Farrow, Joe Martins, John Durden, Kelly Mayhew, Mike Franklin, Sarah Funderburke, Savannah Silva, Terry Conner



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:

Thank you to all of the employees being honored at today's Years of Service luncheon! Your hard work & friendship are such a blessing to us! -@LibertyUMatter

"It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect." Psalm 18:32 -@LibertyUMatter

"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it." I Cor. 9:24  -@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.

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