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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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Blog: Discover Your Campus

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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Setting a Goal - A Staff Highlight

This week we want to talk about helping you connect as an online student.  As a staff we realize that your college experience, as an online student, is vastly different than that of a residential student.  You have different challenges and responsibilities that effect how, when and where you study. Sometimes you can feel completely disconnected but our hope is that we can help you feel connected, engaged and encouraged during your college career. 

So this week, I thought it would be fun, and maybe helpful, to begin introducing our staff to you a little more in-depth.  We are real people, just like you.  All working, balancing career, school and family just as you are. 

So let me start off with our Director - Ted Whitney - The man that began Online Communities, getting it off the ground and hiring the staff you will meet over the next few weeks.  Here are the questions I asked...and this is what Ted has to say... 

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

I am Jana’s husband, and dad to Ben, Rebekah and Bethany.  I am redeemed by Jesus (love that!).  I enjoy playing games with friends and family, reading my Bible and discovering new truths and applications.  I also enjoy fishing, taking walks and being outside as much as possible. 

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

I chose Liberty because many of my friends had earned a degree from this institution and I was impressed with what I had heard.  After much research and prayer, I transferred to Liberty University Online in 2002 and completed my B.S. in Religion in 2005.  My goal was to earn my Bachelor’s degree before I turned 40 and I had accomplished that goal at the age of 39.  My encouragement to online students is to keep moving toward your goal and do not quit.  The nights do get long and you may have to miss a birthday party or a football game on occasion; however, the investment in your studies is worth it. 

Why do you like working at Online Communities? 

I am always reminded of individuals who encouraged me when I was an online student and those people were my family, friends, my pastor, my professors, advisors and other staff at Liberty University.  Online students have cheerleaders all around who are praying for them and encouraging them.  My attitude coming to work is this: “Today, the Lord has a specific purpose for my life and part of that is to encourage online students to reach their goals and to help them feel engaged and connected to their campus.  I am so blessed to do this.”  

So, Ted had a goal to graduate before he turned 40 years old.  What are some of your goals?

~Victoria 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Serving One Another - A Student Highlight

Soon after moving to our small community, my family started volunteering at our local food pantry. 

There were a number of reasons why we decided to volunteer together.  As parents, my husband and I want our girls to learn how to serve others, and serve them well.  I want them to learn what it means to show God’s love to one another in real and applicable ways, and I want them to learn how to give back out of the blessings they have received. 

Many of you also have a heart to serve.  We receive comments and your stories often, and we are blessed by the stories you have to tell.  That is why, a few times throughout the year we want to highlight our students serving in their communities. 

Today, I want to introduce you to Karen ~ 

Karen is an online student in the Master of Divinity Program with a cognate in Theology.  She is also a wife and a mother to her 6 year old daughter.  Karen spends her time serving in an area nursing home.  Here are some words from her:

"The Lord led me to a nursing home where I lead a bible study and message once and week, and pray and minister to those who have been left behind and who are seriously disabled.  They have been one of the greatest blessings I have ever received." 

Karen goes on to share that her heart is to bring her friends a message of encouragement each week.  She wants them to know that the Lord sees them, is with them and loves them just as they are.   

What a powerful serving ministry!  Thank you Karen for being the hands and feet of Christ to those in your community.   

What is your story?  In what ways have you been able to serve your community?  

Share your story in the comments.  If you would like to have your serving story considered for an upcoming post you can e-mail me HERE.  

Thanks for all you do Online Community!  

~Victoria

 

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