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Fall 2014 Employee Newsletter

 

A Word from the President

 

The university’s annual Years of Service Banquet was held on July 29 in the Club Level of Williams Stadium. I am always reminded of God’s faithfulness and favor at this event as we honor the faculty and staff who have devoted their time and effort to the university, from five years up to 40 years or more of service.  I know that these are the people who have helped bring Liberty to where we are today, and it is exciting to share the vision of what’s next, knowing that we’re in it together.

Many construction projects were completed over the summer and you will see more take shape this year. About 1,200 students are settling into their new home in Liberty’s first high-rise residence hall. Reber-Thomas Dining Hall has been completely renovated, and the LaHaye Student Union now stands with the best student recreational facilities in the country. For most universities, any one of these projects would be considered a decade project  one that is only afforded and completed with 10 years of fundraising and preparation  but Liberty has been blessed with growth that has allowed us to move toward our goals more quickly, and every faculty and staff member is part of that success.

One day soon, we will witness Liberty students from our new College of Osteopathic Medicine become world-renowned doctors who debut groundbreaking medical advances and procedures to meet the true healthcare needs of our communities. We will listen to the world’s greatest musicians and remember their formative years practicing in the School of Music. The aisles of the Jerry Falwell Library will start to fill with books from bestselling authors claiming Liberty as their alma mater. These are just a few examples of how our work today will have a lasting impact.

As the 2014-15 academic year begins, we are excited to welcome nearly 4,200 new and transfer students to campus, bringing overall resident enrollment to more than 13,800. As students return, they will be greeted by some of our most exciting campus changes and improvements ever. The coming years for these students will be a time of growth, change, and learning, and it will be possible because of the selfless dedication of our faculty and staff.

Your hard work is evident every day, and I thank you for your unwavering commitment to Liberty University.

Jerry Falwell
President


An Early Christmas Present from the President

 

No matter where you work at Liberty, you play an important role in our mission to Train Champions for Christ. Parents and students consistently express how impressed and encouraged they are by the Christ-like character of Liberty faculty and staff. Your attitude and genuine willingness to serve everyone you encounter creates an atmosphere at this school that is unique and noticeable the moment anyone steps on campus. Your welcoming spirit and servant’s hearts are why we’ve exceeded our recruitment goals for this academic year.

In recognition of your commitment and hard work, President Falwell is awarding all employees an extra paid day off on Friday, Dec. 26. 

Department managers should make preparations to ensure that proper edits are made to TimeSaver or timecards for hourly employees. In order for an hourly employee to receive payment for Dec. 26, TimeSaver managers must manually add the employee’s scheduled shift (in and out times) for that day.

If you have any questions concerning payment for Dec. 26, please consult your department’s management team. Department managers may contact Human Resources at HR@liberty.edu with any questions or concerns regarding employee compensation.

Thank you for everything you do to impact lives for eternity. We hope you enjoy this time off as you gather with your family to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

 

 


You Matter and So Does Your Health

As a new academic year begins, now is a great time to make a fresh start toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether it is simply eating a more nutritious diet or getting more exercise, all across campus Liberty employees are finding fun and effective ways to stay fit.

  
This year, Lee Beaumont, senior vice president for Auxiliary Services, earned 13 medals, including eight gold, in the Commonwealth Games of Virginia. An amateur sports competition designed to encourage an active lifestyle, the Commonwealth Games give male and female participants of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to compete in a variety of athletic events.

   

In partnership with the Live Healthy Lynchburg campaign, Liberty University employees are continuing to log their miles in the 100 Mile Challenge. Liberty faculty and staff have already logged more than 10,000 miles, leading local competitors by more than 6,000 miles.

 
Whether you’ve been logging miles for months or you’re just getting started, a great way to have fun getting healthy is to participate in the upcoming Virginia 10 Miler and 4 Miler Run and Walk on Saturday, Sept. 27.

 
Keep living healthy!

 


A Big Thank You to the 410 Employees Who Gave

During the last fiscal year, 410 employees gave financially to support Liberty’s mission. That is a seven percent increase in participation from the previous year! Of those 410 employees, 238 are alumni, and 50 were recognized in the prestigious President’s Circle.  Total employee giving for the 2013-14 fiscal year exceeded $186,000. 


Commenting on the successful year, Vice President for Development Tom Arnold remarked, “I am pleased to see employee giving on the rise. The truth is that people give to causes they believe in, and these individuals believe in what Liberty is doing. They gave from their heart, and I encourage other employees to join us in supporting our shared mission. Gifts of all size are important — God will bless and multiply any gift given and use it for His glory.”


Thank you to everyone who gave. We ask for your continued support as we strive to make this university a light for Christ in professions, communities, and cultures across the globe.

 


 Homecoming 2014

 

Liberty University Homecoming 2014 is coming up Oct. 3-4, and we cannot wait for this exciting weekend. Homecoming is a time when alumni, students, and everyone else in the Liberty family gathers on campus for great food, lots of fun, and of course, football. This is a perfect opportunity for faculty and staff to demonstrate the love of Christ that makes Liberty such a unique university. 

In addition to yearly traditions such as the Homecoming Parade, tailgating, and the Alumni Carnival, this year will feature some of Lynchburg’s favorite food trucks and also mark Liberty’s first-ever Homecoming night game as the Flames take on the University of Richmond Spiders!


Alumni, faculty, and staff who register for Homecoming by Sept. 19 will receive a preregistration gift from the Alumni Relations Office.


Don’t wait — register now!

 

 


  Check out "Game On"

“Game On” is the latest addition to the growing Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN). A daily sports show, “Game On” airs weekdays on LFSN affiliates around the country. Hosted by Matt Warner, Clement Townsend, Lyndsay Keith, and Chierston Susel, the 30-minute show covers the top national and regional sports stories, including college and professional sports, in addition to coverage of Liberty athletics.


The show endeavors to look beyond results, statistics, and scores to give viewers fresh commentary on sports from a faith-based perspective and to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the world of athletics. “Game On” regularly features news about important issues facing collegiate and professional sports while providing a biblical point of view.


Senior producer of the show, Andy Freeman, commented:
“We want to show people why character matters in athletics. This show will allow viewers to follow Liberty Athletics teams in competition as well as discover the incredible things our student-athletes are doing in the classroom and in the community.”


As the 2014-15 Flames Athletics season gets underway, be sure and check out “Game On” for coverage of all your favorite sports and athletes.

 

 


Scaremare Is Coming!

There’s no escaping Scaremare. Make plans now to take the spooky 40-minute journey through creepy trails, dark woods, and the legendary Scaremare house!


Preview your frightful night — if you dare!


Dates: Oct. 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25
Time: 7:30 p.m. each night
Tickets: $8 per person


Special discounts are available — call (434) 582-7328 or visit the Scaremare website for details and to order tickets.

 

 


 Construction Update

 

Campus continues its transformation as renovations and construction projects take place at breakneck speed.

  • The Center for Medical and Health Sciences was completed this summer and is now being utilized by Liberty’s inaugural class of medical students.
  • The five-level parking garage capable of holding 1,400 vehicles was recently completed and is providing faculty, staff, and commuter students with much-needed parking space.
  • The expansion and renovations of the LaHaye Student Union were completed just before the start of the fall semester. The improved 230,550-square-foot student union offers expanded room for cardio, weight training, lockers, and multipurpose recreational areas. 
  • The first phase of the new Residential Commons was completed this summer. The 9-story residence hall is presently housing about 1,200 students.

Other facilities such as the Liberty Softball Stadium, Science Hall, and the Center for Music and the Worship Arts are slated to be completed during the 2014-15 academic year, so be on the lookout for more exciting construction updates. 

 

 

Looking Out for the Liberty University Family

Visitors to Liberty’s campus are often greeted by the warm welcome of Coach Morgan Hout, Special Liaison and Tour Guide to Special Guests at the Liberty University Welcome Center. Coach Hout has been part of the Liberty family for many years, and now we have a wonderful opportunity to minister to his family in a special way.


Coach Hout’s grandson, Colemann, is an intelligent eleven-year-old boy who is living with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Colemann’s condition makes life extremely difficult for him. Colemann has trouble interacting with others and cannot be around loud noises. He also suffers from severe night terrors, and because he does not understand the concept of danger, he must constantly be watched to ensure his safety.


Colemann’s mother calls her son a special blessing from God and believes he is meant to do great things, but in order for Colemann to shine, he needs help working through his daily activities. For this purpose, Colemann was recently approved to receive an autism assistance dog from the nonprofit organization, 4 Paws for Ability.


4 Paws for Ability seeks to provide children who have disabilities with a qualified service dog that is trained specifically to meet their needs. Training these incredible animals to care for a child with disabilities requires a great deal of time, energy, and money. As a nonprofit organization, 4 Paws for Ability relies on the generosity of individuals to accomplish this goal.


Colemann’s service dog will be trained in calming, behavior disruption, tethering, and tracking. The Hout family needs our help to raise $14,000 to cover some of the costs of training.


Please donate using one of these methods to help Colemann receive his dog.

  • Make your donation at www.4pawsforability.org/colemann-hout. Follow the instructions to designate your gift for “Colemann Hout.”
     
  • Call (937) 708-6677 to donate directly by credit card over the phone.
     
  • Make checks out to 4 Paws for Ability and include “In honor of Colemann Hout” on the memo line to ensure that the Houts receive points from your donation.
    • Send your donation to:
      4 Paws for Ability
      253 Dayton Ave.
      Xenia, OH 45385

Thank you for your gifts to the Hout family. Please join the entire Liberty faculty and staff in praying for the Houts and for Colemann.

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
        John 13:35 

 

 


Spirit Fridays for Football

Liberty Flames Football is underway, and we need everyone in Flames Nation to show their support! During the 2014 season, all faculty and staff are encouraged to wear jeans and red every Friday before home games. Show your spirit and help the Flames defend our home turf.

  
Liberty Flames Home Game Schedule
Sept. 13 | 7 p.m. | Brevard
Sept. 20 | 7 p.m. | Bryant
Oct. 4 | 7 p.m. |Richmond
Oct. 25 | 3:30 p.m. | Gardner-Webb
Nov. 8 | 3:30 p.m. | Monmouth
Nov. 15 | 3:30 p.m. | Charleston Southern


Don’t miss out on your faculty/staff season tickets discount! Season tickets start at just $45 for Liberty faculty/staff members, a savings of 40% off single-game ticket prices. This discount is only available on season tickets and does not include single game tickets. This incredible value gives you access to six home games this year.


Order your season tickets online or call 434-582-SEAT (7328).

 

 


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.

July: Dave Adams, Whitney Collurafici, Tom Doss, Jim Foit, Josh Frejosky, David Listor, Mary Mackie, Katie Majors, Luke Smith

August: Joshua Acord, Joleen Booth, Krishna Coleman, Vicki Firtion, Josh Markides, Rachel McCormick, Scott Sandidge, Jessica Scott, Jessica Shadel, Brent Washburn

September: Patrick Atkins, Santria Brown, Steven Calkins, Matthew Fleming, Tammy Gilbert, Jessica Graham, Luann Hodges, Matthew Homan, Rachel Myers, Jacob Poole

 

 


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 August's You Stand Out recipients: Keely McMillon, Mollie Yoder, Melissa Bacon, Meghan Wall, Kristy Miear, Stefan Torres, Seth Grutz, Greg Harvey, Tracey Wallace

*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.

Email us at youmatter@liberty.edu