December 2013 Employee Newsletter


A Word from the President


As the semester comes to a close and our students prepare to head home for winter break, we reflect on the challenges and accomplishments that have taken place in the short time since classes began in August.

Already this academic year we opened several new recreational facilities for our students to enjoy, including David’s Place on East Campus, the astronomical observatory and Morris Campus Garden located on our mountain property, and the tubing runs at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. We watched major structures take shape as construction continued on the new high-rise residence hall, the expansion of LaHaye Student Union, our first parking garage, and a new tunnel leading from Wards Road. Next month we will dedicate the Jerry Falwell Library, and you will have your first chance to explore this beautiful building at the heart of our campus.

We also saw many of our athletics teams climb the rankings to earn championship titles and congratulated our academic teams as they posted victories against top schools well-known for their academic reputations.

One of the things people love about working at Liberty University is that Christmas comes early. We get a jumpstart on the holidays so that we can celebrate with students before they leave for winter break. In 2010, we started the Christmas in Lights tradition, lighting a huge tree in front of DeMoss Hall, singing our favorite carols led by the university’s choral and music groups, and enjoying hot chocolate. This is a perfect way to kick off the season and the many holiday events that follow on our campus.

Even after winter break begins, you will have opportunities to celebrate the season at Liberty with your co-workers, families, and friends.

Fall 2013 was an exciting semester, and we look forward to rounding out the academic year with even more success.

Jerry Falwell, Jr.                



President's Christmas Reception

All local faculty and staff are invited to join President Falwell and his wife, Becki, at the annual President’s Christmas Reception. This year’s open house will be held Friday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Schilling Center.

Please come enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and fellowship with your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you and giving thanks for your service and heart for Liberty.

Check out pictures of last year’s President’s Christmas Reception below:





Fall Athletics Accomplishments

Congratulations to Liberty University Athletics on a successful Fall 2013 season. Their commitment to excellence has allowed Liberty's light to shine through the programs’ recent accomplishments, titles, and awards, which include the following:


The Liberty football team claimed its sixth Big South Conference title in seven years after defeating Charleston Southern on Saturday, Nov. 23. The victory was the Flames’ fifth win in a row, giving the team a final 8-4 record for the season.

Men’s Cross Country

The Liberty men's cross country team won its ninth consecutive conference title at the 2013 Big South Cross Country Championships in Buena Vista, Va. Seven Flames finished in the top 17, enabling Liberty to hold off High Point University by a 40-48 score. This is the Flames' 15th conference title.

Women’s Soccer

The Liberty women's soccer team captured its fourth Big South Conference Championship in record-setting fashion, defeating No. 1 seed Radford, 5-0.

Field Hockey

The Liberty field hockey team upset No. 10 Stanford, 2-1, claiming the NorPac Championship title and a berth in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament.

Follow the Flames and stay informed on what’s happening at



Construction Update

With many projects for the $500 million rebuilding phase underway or about to begin, 2013 has been an exciting and productive year for Liberty University. Here is an inside look at what has been happening around campus:




You Matter and So Does Your Health

Many Liberty employees are making lifestyle changes to improve their health. Here is one employee’s story:

Name: Charles Spence

Department: Senior Vice President of Planning and Construction

What motivated you to improve your health?

My mother passed away in 1994 from diabetes complications. Then, in February 2008, my father passed away from similar health issues. At that time, I had no idea that I had anything wrong with me at all. In December 2008, while my wife and I were hosting a Christmas party at our house, my sister Annette asked to check my blood glucose level with a meter that she had. She had always kept an eye on her sugar level because she knew we might be prone to diabetes since it ran in our family. The reading suggested that my sugar was so high that I could have been in a coma.

A few days later I visited the doctor’s office and had a blood test to determine if I truly had a problem. As it turned out, they ran a test that determines your average blood glucose level for the past 90 days and my test indicated that I had a score of 11, which is as high as the levels go. The normal person will have a level of 4.5-6.5.  I did have several symptoms including vision loss, sudden weight loss, unquenchable thirst, and more.  Of course, I knew firsthand the dangers of diabetes, so I spent Christmas reading and researching diabetes, which lead me to believe that diet was the answer to my disease.

What lifestyle changes did you make?

Vegetables (cooked and raw), nuts, berries, fruit, fish, olive oil, and whole grains with very high fiber became my primary diet. I also eliminated all bad carbs from my diet which included bread, especially white bread, white rice, potatoes, all pastas, sweets, and junk foods.

What advice or encouragement do you have for others facing similar challenges?

Diet change can be tough, but if you do it you will see results. Your quality of life is worth the sacrifice. Your family needs you much more than you need the comfort foods that are killing you and the foods that you think you can’t live without.

Liberty University is proud of Charles Spence and all the others who are taking a stand to make their health a priority. Find your motivation. You can begin changing your life today! Get started by learning more about programs and memberships at LaHaye Student Union.

Have you already been working hard to improve your health? Do you play basketball before work? Have you changed your diet? Have you run a 5K? Did you join the 100 Mile Challenge? Email to share your story or that of a co-worker!



DVD Release of Kirk Cameron's "Unstoppable"

Showing in 700 theaters as a live, one-night event, “Unstoppable” broke records — and that was before a special second showing! Now you can watch the film from the comfort of your own home when you purchase your DVD copy.

Coming to DVD on Tuesday, Jan. 28, “Unstoppable” is a powerful reminder that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt.

Preorder your copy of the film or learn more at



Employees of the Month
December 2013


Congratulations to our December 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.

Tina Burnette, Joel Coleman, Erin Crane, Brad Day, Cindy Gaebe, Denise Green, Victoria Lee, Lauren Long, Brian Marker, John Rice, Jen Winick



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 November’s You Stand Out recipients:

Jane Atkins, Terri Boucher, Steve Brisson, Veronica Campbell, Trudy Edwards, Deryl Edwards, David Freyre, Jonathan Geukgeuzian, Brittany Harris, Dianne Hogan, Ashley Irizarry Torruella, Ashley Jones, John Markides, Michael McBride, Crystal Miller, Susan Nance, Autum Phillips, Sara Pruitt, Abby Quigg, Erin Sharick, Luke Smith, Kathy Spradlin, Tirian Wilson, Davinda 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!



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:

@LibertyUMatter So excited to read about the appreciation on the 16th! -@Jessica_DalyMDO

Love my job @LibertyUMatter @LibertyU -@Ray_Ferrell1107



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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