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Victoria Mininger

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"I am a wife to Brian & Mom to our four girls...living in a very loud house.  Imperfect & flawed but saved by God's grace. This space is dedicated to pointing you, our online students, to the events & services of YOUR campus. I look forward to connecting with you here."


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Liberty Homecoming - Campus Highlights

It's hard to believe that we are standing on the brink of another season.  Summer's long fingers of warmth are slowly fading away, replaced with cool nights and falling leaves.  

I love the transition of seasons because each season brings its own memories and traditions.  For our Liberty family, one of those long held traditions is Homecoming weekend; a time for Alumni, staff and students to gather for a weekend of connecting and catching up with old and new friends.  There is carnival fun, tailgate visiting and football cheering to be done.  It is also a great time to see how God has been growing our Liberty family, not only in students but through campus expansion and new programs.   There is so much to see and do here at Liberty and we invite you to come and join us this weekend (October 3-4).

While you are here check be sure to check out these great campus highlights:

Jerry Falwell Museum - a fascinating history of God's story here on Liberty Mountain.  It is truly inspiring how God has used the Falwell family to begin a lasting legacy at Liberty University.

The National Civil War Chaplains Museum - What an incredible history!  A few weeks ago I visited the Civil War Museum and I was blessed to learn how approximately 3,700 Chaplains served during the Civil War. This museum is the only one of its kind, set aside to specifically honor these men and women of faith.  You can read more about the Chaplains Museum here. (Note: The museum is now located between the Liberty Hancock Welcome Center & the Montview Mansion)

The Montview Mansion - A few weeks ago I had a wonderful tour around this beautiful home.  Not only does this home have wonderful architecture, but a fascinating and rich history, beginning with its original owner, US Senator Carter Glass.

Here are the details if you are interested in visiting while on campus for Homecoming:

Jerry Falwell Museum - open Monday-Friday 8-5, weekend by appointment

Chaplains Museum - open Wednesday - Friday 1:00-5:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00 & Sunday 1:00-5:00

Montview Mansion - open Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30 with tours being offered daily. 

Admission is Free to both Museums and Mansion. 

Come Discover Liberty with us this weekend.  It's always good to come Home.

~Victoria 

Are you coming to Homecoming 2014? If so, what are you looking forward to the most?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Real Team Player - A Staff Highlight

Three weeks ago I began to introduce you to the staff of your Online Communities; the people behind the scenes keeping things up and running, events streaming, chat happening, and encouragement flowing.  Today I want to introduce you to our next staff member.

Jade Sanders is the Administrative Assistant for Online Communities and keeps the office up and running.

Who are you? This can be likes, dislikes, hobbies, family etc.

In June 2014 I married John Caleb Sanders (John Caleb is his first name)  We were both Liberty Athletes from 2010-2014.  I was a setter for the volleyball team and he was a point guard on the basketball team.  I love being active! I enjoy being outside, playing sand volleyball and I love shoes; mostly Nikes.  I love putting creative touches on ordinary things and I am competitive and a little bit of a perfectionist.  And most importantly I am predicted to win my fantasy football league! (ha-ha!)

As an alumnus of Liberty University, what did you study at Liberty? Why? 

I graduated from Liberty University in May 2014 with a Communications Degree in Advertising and Public Relations.  I chose Communications because I think it is an area in business that is in need of a Christian perspective. It gives you an opportunity to use words to empower, promote and show creativity. I love working with others, bringing something new to the table and being a part of a process that is constantly improving.

Why do you like working at Online Communities? 

I like working with Online Communities because of the personal experiences that LU gave me. I was blessed to be able to attend Liberty and it has made a major impact on the person I am today. I think Online Communities has the potential to positively influence online students experience while studying at LU.

Do you have a creative passion?  Tell us about it in the comments.

~Victoria

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Discover Liberty" at Homecoming 2014

In just a few short weeks (October 3-4) Liberty will be kicking off its Homecoming weekend for students and Alumni of Liberty.   Homecoming is a great time to see the campus, meet up with fellow students, faculty and staff and participate in some great family activities.  There will be no shortage of things to do.  With a parade, carnival, food, athletic events, campus tours and much more - you are sure to experience Liberty at its finest. 

This year, Liberty University Online is hosting its first ever "Discover Liberty" event, specifically for you, our online students.  We want you to be able to come and explore and experience YOUR campus along with your family, fellow students and its staff.  

All you have to do is register HERE to get in on the fun.  So, what comes with your registration?  Take A Look!

Your Liberty University Online Current Student (Discover Liberty) registration includes:

  • Admittance to the Homecoming Carnival Friday and Saturday!  Carnival includes rides such as a Ferris Wheel and a Trackless train, and also features a tethered Hot Air Balloon rides,  Caricaturists, Airbrush Face Painting, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, Food Trucks, and so much more!
  • One Flames Pack full of Liberty merchandise, including a long sleeve Liberty T-shirt!
  • Access to Snowflex, our year-around skiing, snowboarding, and tubing facility!
  • Entry into drawings for free tickets to other events throughout the weekend!
  • Have a chance to receive a one-year tuition scholarship for Liberty University Online!*
  • Exploring campus with a guided tour!
  • Support from our Student Services Triage,  your one-stop shop for assistance from Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Military Affairs!
  • Opportunities to meet professors and faculty from your program!
  • With your Flames Pass, current online students may attend the football game for free!

You may also choose to attend other events throughout the weekend which are free or at a reduced cost when registering through the Homecoming Registration Portal.  Wonder what the weekend Schedule looks like?  Check it out HERE

So, what are you waiting for?  Head over right now and begin to make plans to join us for this year's Homecoming weekend.  Make sure to stop by the Online Communities table to say hello and pick up some great giveaway items too.

We can't wait to see you! 

~Victoria & the Online Community Staff

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Skittles Anyone - A Staff Highlight

Two weeks ago I began to introduce you to the staff of your Online Communities; the people behind the scenes keeping things up and running, events streaming, chat happening, and encouragement flowing.  So today I want to introduce you to our next staff member.  

Brian Marker is the Associate Director for Online Communities and keeps all of us running in the right direction.

 Who are you? This can be likes, dislikes, hobbies, family etc. 

Hello, my name is Brian. I love long walks on the beach… kittens…chick flicks… ok, not really.  I love the outdoors – fishing, shooting, camping & kayaking. I also have a passion for music; all kinds (especially anything Steve Perry or Phil Wickham), playing guitar/leading worship.  I love TV (the Blacklist, Community, Deadliest Catch), video games (xbox360 and ps4), Apple Computers, Sports (listening to my Philly Sports Radio every morning and watching mostly football and hockey.. GO FLYERS) and running my Graphic Design business. 

(In addition: Brian MUST have a bag of skittles every day at 2:00 and the occasional sandwich from Jersey Mike's)

As an alumnus of Liberty University, what did you study at Liberty? Why? 

 I graduated from LU in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Visual Communication Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. I’m currently working towards completion of my Masters in Management and Leadership. At first I refused to go to LU. I wanted to go to a state school and had no interest in all the rules that LU supposedly had.  I went to community college and kept receiving emails and calls from LU trying to recruit me. When it came time to pick a school to complete my Bachelors, I had a strong conviction to give LU a chance and to go checkout campus. From the moment I stepped foot on campus during a College- For-A-Weekend, I felt the spirit of the Lord here. I saw how the students and faculty treated each other and I saw the excellence of how LU conducted its business.  I had such a peace in my heart and knew this is where I belonged.

Why do you like working at Online Communities? 

I like working at Online Communities because I get to use my passions for Technology and Design on a daily basis. I get to hear from the most influential speakers in the world and be uplifted constantly. Our work is to engage and encourage our students.  Through this work I am encouraged as well. 

So, (as we learned) Brian MUST HAVE a bag of skittles at 2:00 every day.  What are some of your "must-haves" when you study?

~Victoria 

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Discover the Campus Pastors Office

Connections are important in our lives.  Here at Online Communities we know how vital those connections can be for our online students as they navigate school and life. One of our goals is to continually connect you to the resources and relationships that will aid you in your journey as a student.  This week we want to highlight one of those important connections: The Campus Pastors Office. 

Many people assume that the Campus Pastors Office is only available to our on-campus students, but the truth is that the Campus Pastors office is available to our online students as well.  Whether on campus or off, you have access to the Pastors and Life Skill Coordinators that make up this spiritual support office.

This past week, as I sat down with Pastor Timothy Griffin and Life Skills Coordinator - Dorian Watson, both expressed that the heart of the Campus Pastors office is to do three things:  We want to be able to:

  • Pray for students
  • Encourage students
  • Point students to our Heavenly Father for their needs.

Some of the services provided by the Campus Pastors are:

  • Prayer Center - Campus Pastors are available to pray for you and your needs.  You can submit a prayer request online HERE or Contact the Campus Pastors Office HERE.
  •  Pastoral Guidance - The pastors offer pastoral guidance on many issues that our online students face.  You can call and speak with a pastor and/or set up a time to come into the office if you are on campus for a visit or live local.
  • Life Skills Support 
  • Academic Support
  • Student Advocate Support
  • Mentoring
  • Counseling

No matter what you are facing, the door is always open for support and encouragement through the Campus Pastors Office.  If you are local, or in town for an intensive or campus event, feel free to call and set up an appointment with the Campus Pastors Office.  I know that they would love to support and encourage you throughout your journey.  

~Victoria

Have you been encouraged by our Campus Pastors?  Do you have a praise to share? We would love to hear from you in the comments below

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."  1 Corinthians 9:24

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