June 2013 Newsletter - Liberty University Online Academy
Re-enrollment for fall is now open! Contact your advisor to go over course registration details and to discuss your course needs for this coming fall. We are expecting another record enrollment for new students! Get in touch with us early so we can fulfill your needs.
Class of 2013
Congratulations to all our graduates from the Class of 2013! We are proud to celebrate your accomplishments with you and we pray that God blesses you richly as you move into the next phase of life.
“He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.” — Proverbs 10:5
Ah, summer — the long-awaited months of less school work, exciting vacation plans, and warm weather. Summer is often the time when people “check out” and coast through life until a regular routine starts again in the fall. Even if you’ve chosen to continue your studies this summer, your day will most likely still look different than it did during the fall or winter.
This verse in Proverbs encourages us to “gather in summer” because that makes us wise. Do you remember the fable of the grasshopper and the ant? The grasshopper chose to idle away his time during the warm summer months, while the prudent ant stored up provisions for the harsher months. When winter began to set it, the grasshopper quickly found himself hungry and begging for the mercy of the prudent ant to share his wares.
Spiritually, we are called to be prudent like our friend the ant. Don’t simply “check out” spiritually or “coast” for the summer months because it’s easier to do so. Stay disciplined — be consistent in your study of the Bible, stay in fellowship with other believers, and actively seek to share your faith with those around you.
Then, when the winter comes, you can rest assured because you’ve already been storing up the “spiritual food” which will help carry you through some of life’s more hectic moments. Be encouraged this summer as you have fun and enjoy a slightly different schedule — and don’t forget to choose wisdom along the way.
Our language arts chair is Chris Rusk. He has worked at the Liberty University Online Academy since July 2010. You may recognize him if you attended his workshop on plagiarism and documentation.
In addition to working at the academy, Rusk teaches English courses on the campus of Liberty University, where he received his Master of Arts in English and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in education. He has had the pleasure to work with several Liberty Online Academy graduates, and always finds them to be well-prepared students who are successful at the collegiate level.
Rusk and his wife of 20 years have six children who range from seven to nineteen years old. The Rusk family enjoys spending time together while camping in the mountains and at the beach, backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, and reading as many books as time allows. They have actively participated in non-traditional educational platforms since they began homeschooling their eldest son in 1999. Rusk believes that his personal experience with homeschooling helps him to understand the day-to-day concerns facing many of the Liberty Online Academy families.
He has extensive experience working with students at various levels and backgrounds, including English as a second language (ESL) classes (high school, collegiate, graduate, and post-graduate students), high school English classes, collegiate English courses (remedial, composition and rhetoric, and literature), and prison GED classes. These teaching experiences reflect the passion that God has placed on his heart: to help the students who fall outside of the “norm” to successfully complete their education.
Rusk finds peace and strength to face each new day when he remembers his favorite passage: Jeremiah 29:11-14a, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”
You Ask, We Answer
Q: After finishing my current classes, how do I register for my courses coming up next year?
A: In order to register for your next courses, you should contact your academic advisor at (866) 418-8741, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30p.m. EST. Your advisor will discuss the options for your courses next year and will help you through the registration process.
Haley Catherine McLean
Haley Catherine McLean just graduated from Liberty University Online Academy this spring, after completing three years of coursework. Haley hails from Florence, S.C., and enjoys playing video games with her brothers and shopping with her sisters. Haley also enjoys watching TV with her mom and meeting her dad for special lunch dates. She fills her free time by reading, hanging out with friends, sleeping in, and making others laugh. Haley is an accomplished cook — cheesecake is her specialty!
Taking classes online and at her own pace gave Haley the opportunity to participate in church activities (including choir and senior high discipleship) and to be on a home-school soccer team. Her team was very competitive against other teams in the league and regular high school teams. Haley has a heart for missions, and has gone on trips to Costa Rica and Italy.
Now that she’s graduated, Haley plans on having an awesome summer before starting her college career at Liberty University. She hopes to spend about five weeks interning in Costa Rica this summer with a missionary she has worked with on previous trips. At the end of the summer, she will move to Liberty’s campus.
Haley plans to major in elementary education and minor in global studies. She would love to teach in a school set up for U.S. military children in another country. There are several of these schools in the United Kingdom and Italy. Of course, Haley realizes these plans could change at any time, so she’s open to whatever God has planned for her, and she is excited to see what God does!
We just had a great time at Commencement and listened to an excellent address to the graduates by Shannon Bream. But, do you remember which presidential candidate was our Commencement speaker last year?
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