Summer 2014 Employee Newsletter


A Word from the President


On Saturday, May 10, we celebrated our 41st Commencement. This year, Liberty University graduated its largest class ever — 17,800 students! We are so proud of these men and women, and we praise God for their well-earned achievement. God has blessed this university in many ways, but His grace seems most evident during Commencement, when we send our students into the world as Champions for Christ.

More than 34,000 people visited campus for Commencement weekend to witness more than 6,200 graduates receive their degrees. Of course, such a large event does not just happen on its own but requires a great deal of planning and preparation. I would like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible, but I want to specifically thank a few unsung heroes.

Our registrar, Luke Gentala, associate registrar Lori Baker, and their staff in the Office of the Registrar spend more than six months preparing for Commencement, and each year they outdo themselves. This year, they coordinated not only our Baccalaureate service and main Commencement exercises, but also 23 separate degree presentation ceremonies. Even with bad weather toward the end of the day, the staff made sure all activities continued in a safe manner.

I would also like to thank Charles Spence, senior vice president for construction planning, whose team worked feverishly to ensure that the new four-lane tunnel providing access to the intersection at Wards Road and Harvard Street was operational for Commencement. This is one of the most significant construction projects on campus this year. Closing the railroad crossing means that there is no more waiting for trains, the traffic flow has improved, and it is much safer for our students.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone with our Field Operations Division. This group of employees works tirelessly to keep the campus clean and beautiful so we can enjoy events like Commencement.

Many more of you spent your weekend on campus and I thank each of you for your hard work so that our students could celebrate this milestone in a big way with their loved ones.

At Commencement I reminded our graduates that they did not reach this important milestone all by themselves, but that they benefited from the prayers and encouragement of family and friends who cheered them across the finish line. As faculty and staff, you also bear responsibility for our graduates’ accomplishments. Thank you for the role you play in helping this university send well-educated Christian men and women into every sphere of society to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Please take the time to view our Commencement 2014 photo gallery.

Jerry Falwell



You Matter and So Does Your Health

All across campus, employees are making choices leading to healthier lifestyles. One fantastic success story comes from Liberty University General Counsel, David Corry.

“Like many employees, I witnessed the impressive weight loss President Falwell experienced when he began exercising regularly and making healthy food choices. President Falwell’s transformation was both inspiring and convicting. God began to work on my heart to remind me that healthy choices were part of living for Him — I needed to begin a structured program because my good intentions and half-hearted resolutions were not achieving results.”

Corry began working with Scott Fritz, a trainer with Crosswhite Fitness, to develop a fitness plan that entails six days of exercise each week (two days of hour-long cross training and four days of walking for 40 minutes). Additionally, Corry eliminated starchy vegetables, grains, pasta, processed foods, dairy, and drinks other than water from his diet, and opted instead for lean meats and vegetables.

Corry began his program on Oct. 1, just before the holiday season.

“All the birthdays in our house are between November and January; those were tough months. If I hadn’t started when I did, who knows how high my weight would have been before the holidays? But cupcakes can be replaced with fruit at celebrations, and there’s almost always a lean-meat salad on the menu!”

Slowly and steadily the weight came off, and with time, Corry’s strength and endurance increased. As he progressed in his program, Corry began to see dramatic results and drew encouragement from God.

“I reached my first goal to weigh less than 200 pounds in January and my second goal of losing 50 pounds in May. I feel great, and I also feel better about myself. God has been with me throughout this journey, giving me the strength to carry on even when my training sessions were at 5 a.m. Additionally, my colleagues have been very supportive. I can’t wait to replace our department’s web page photo with one featuring the 52-pounds-lighter me!”

In partnership with the Live Healthy Lynchburg campaign, Liberty University employees continue to log their workout minutes for the Strive for 5 Challenge. Encouraging people to work out for at least 30 minutes five days a week, the Strive for 5 Challenge seeks to cultivate an active lifestyle, rather than simply a workout regimen. Last year, Liberty employees logged more hours than any other organization in its category, with more than 2,200 hours tallied!

Also, get ready for a new year of the 100 Mile Challenge. An exciting way to elevate your conditioning, the 100 Mile Challenge encourages people to walk or run 100 miles in about three months. In past years, Liberty employees have come close to logging the most miles in the city so this year we need everyone to participate to help reach that goal!

Keep living healthy, and be on the lookout for more information.



Employee Spotlight

The faculty and staff of Liberty University are some of the most qualified individuals in their fields. Though they do not seek acclaim, it is our privilege to recognize these men and women for their recent achievements. Their professionalism, knowledge, and Christian character form the foundation of Liberty’s reputation.

Dr. Barry Moore, vice president for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, was recently granted “Top Contributor” status by the Harvard Business Review (HBR) for his commentaries on leadership and management, available at

Bob Boyer, senior director for Liberty University Postal Service (LUPS), was recently nominated to the board of the National Association of College and University Mail Service. Boyer has been integral in helping LUPS effectively accommodate the university’s tremendous growth. Read the complete story about Boyer’s nomination.

Steve Foster, director of employee relations for Human Resources, has been nominated to receive the Patriot Award. The Patriot Award is given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an office of the Department of Defense, in recognition of an employer’s consistent support of employees serving in the National Guard or U.S. Reserves. 

Two Liberty professors were recently featured on, an online network for financial advice maintained by Evolution Finance. Department of Sport Management professor, Dr. Kevin Heisey, voiced his insights in an article discussing the economic impact of the Olympic Games on host cities. School of Business professor, Dr. Melanie Hicks, was cited as an expert contributor in an article providing financial tips for tax season.

Congratulations to each of these men and women for their well-deserved recognition. 




Season Tickets

Liberty University faculty and staff enjoy generous discounts on Flames Athletics season tickets. With the 2014 football season fast approaching, be sure to get your tickets today. General admission season tickets are only $45 each, so be sure to order for the whole family! For more information, visit

Don’t forget — come early, be loud, and WEAR RED!



Express Your Liberty Pride

Since the first Model-T Ford rolled off the assembly line in 1908, Americans have loved to express themselves through their cars. Now you have the chance to express your Liberty University Pride with a personalized Liberty license plate! Featuring your own unique message and the LU monogram, your license plate will not only declare your school allegiance, but will also support Liberty's mission. When you purchase a Liberty license plate, more than 50 percent of the proceeds will go toward Liberty scholarship funds for Virginia resident students.

Getting your plate is simple:

  • Browse the DMV website for available plates.
  • Create your personal character combination.
  • Purchase your plate quickly and easily.

Get yours today!



Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our 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.

April: Doug Allen, Dan Berkenkemper, Lourdes Colon, Christi Gee, Matt Gregory, Jeremy Hicks, Kivett Hicks, Cooper Pasque, Wesley Pena, Danielle Seamster, Derek Via, Stephanie Ward

May: Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, Nathan Brown, Mary Beth Burriss, Matt Cooper, Nicole Muntslag, Dustin Olin, Michael Pettus, Scott Pleasants, Thomas (TJ) Scott, Traci Simone, Glenn Van Dyk

June: Ed Carton, Michael Eiban, Jonathan Giles, Kevin Heisey, Whitney Moon, Suzanne Morton, Victoria Petrocelli, Chet Roden, Rebecca Saville, Angela Thompson, Meghan Wall, Tirian Wilson



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 May’s You Stand Out recipients: Danielle Seamster, Lori Baker, Daniel Midgett, Seth Mullen, Bethany Stafford, Emily McGowan, Tracey Wallace, Daniel McClanahan, David Bishop, Eric Viets, Andrew Hansen, Bobb Raysor, Joseph Rixon, Abby Quigg, Mike Gerringer, Brian Lee, Derek Via, Taylor York, Mary Franklin, Lisa Carroll, Michael McBride, Nicole Johnson, Dianne Mays, Russell Martin

*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!



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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