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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."


 

 

Blog: Discover Your Campus

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Online Communities - Counseling Resources

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving and the Christmas are just around the corner.  Here on campus the wreaths are being hung and the trees along University Boulevard have been wrapped with lights. 

For many, the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends.  A time to slow down.  A time to eat lots of turkey.  A time to give and receive gifts. 

For many though, the holidays can also hold the sting of loneliness, grief or regret.  I wrote more about this in a recent Encouragement Blog Post titled "When the Holidays Are Tough".

If you are going through a tough time we want to share some helpful counseling resources available to you, our Online Students.  While not specific to just the holidays, these resources do offer helps in several areas:

No matter what you are facing, we want you to know that we care. 

If you have a prayer need, our Campus Pastors are available to pray with you.  You can submit your prayer request HERE.

Maybe the holidays are not a struggle for you but you know of someone facing a difficult holiday season this year.  We encourage you to step out and encourage them.  Maybe invite them over for a meal or a hot cup of coffee.  You never know the need you are meeting in their life today. 

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8 

~Victoria 

Photo Credit: Joel Coleman & Kevin Manguiob

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Discover Your Liberty Card Services Office

This past week I sat down with Rhonda Annamunthodo - Assistant Director of the Liberty University Card Services Office - to talk about how they serve our online student population.

Did you know that as a Liberty Online Student you can have your college ID (Flames Pass) card issued and sent to your home?  Having a college ID card comes with numerous benefits, not only on campus but also off campus and possibly in your own home town.

Here are some great reasons to get your Liberty University Student ID (Flames Pass) card:

  • It's a great way to show some Liberty Flames pride no matter where you travel.  
  • Business or events in your community may offer a discount to students carrying a valid student ID.
  • When you visit the Liberty campus your Flames Pass will allow you reduced or free admission to various sporting events. 
  •  If you come to campus as an intensive student your Flames Pass allows you free access to the LaHaye Student Union Fitness Center and Liberty's Snowflex Center.   It also allows you to check out material from the Jerry Falwell Library. 
  •  As a student you can choose to add "Flames Cash" to your Flames Pass to use while visiting campus or during an intensive week.  "Flames Cash" can be used at various campus eateries as well as participating local merchants.  It is good to note that some food vendors offer a 10-15% discount for using Flames Cash.   To add Flames Cash simply access the Flames Pass Portal Here.

So you may ask: How do I go about getting my Flames Student ID card?

It's as easy as 1,2,3.  Simply follow the guidelines for submitting a photo to the Liberty Card Center office, and once approved, your Flames Pass will be mailed to your home address. 

If you have any questions about your Flames Pass you can contact the Card Service Office HERE.  

If you are on campus, feel free to stop by the Card office:

  • Room #1957 Green Hall, down the hall from the Post Office - the staff will be more than happy to help you. 

They are open during the following hours:

  • Monday 8:00am -5:30pm  & Tuesday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (Closed M,W,F during convocation)

Do you have your Flames Pass? If so, how have you used it as a Liberty Online Student? Leave a comment below.


~Victoria 

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Discover the Office of Military Affairs

This week, on our Discover Blog, we are focusing on the Office of Military Affairs.  Last week I sat down with Emily Foutz, director of the Office of Military Affairs, to find out how her department works to support our student service men and women.

"Liberty University has a long history of supporting student veterans. Before most schools thought it was necessary to support military students, Liberty University created the Office of Military Affairs to guide students on the issues facing service members and veterans."

The Office of Military Affairs supports military students in the following ways:

This week on campus, Liberty University is hosting its annual Military Emphasis Week (November 3-8).  There are many activities planned to honor and recognize our service men and women, both past and present.  To read more about what is planned for this military emphasis week you can find the details here.

We hope you will join us for a live streaming of Wednesday's Convocation, when special guest Oliver North comes to speak to the students and staff of Liberty University.

We appreciate the sacrifice and dedication our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces give to ensure the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.  I encourage you to take a moment to show your appreciation in some way to these brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our freedom.

~Victoria

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Discover The Center for Global Engagement

This week on our Discover Liberty Blog we want to bring our focus to The Center for Global Engagement.  Throughout our lifetime we will encounter many people and many different cultures, sometimes simply from walking out our own front door.  Other times, engaging with other cultures, may mean traveling beyond our own communities to a broader world.  

So who is The Center for Global Engagement and how can you, as an online student, benefit and get involved?  Well, first some introduction.

What is “The Center for Global Engagement?”:

"The Center for Global Engagement exists to foster a global perspective within the Liberty University community that reflects God’s love for all nations and produces involvement throughout the world. This is accomplished through academic programs, cross-cultural internships, short-term teams and a variety of other resources and mentorship opportunities."

Currently global service trips are not available to the majority of our online students (unless you live locally to the Lynchburg area.)  However, there are others ways to be involved and connect through the global engagement office to the need beyond your own front door.   

Global Focus Week: Global Focus Week (GFW) is a semi-annual conference aimed at raising global awareness among the Liberty University students, faculty and staff. The conference offers students the opportunity to hear globally influential guest speakers in Convocation, connect with cross-cultural workers at an expo of organizations involved in diverse international endeavors, and participate in interactive cultural learning break-out sessions. 

The next upcoming global focus week will be held February 9-13, 2015

Loan Repayment Program - The Loan Repayment program is a debt repayment opportunity of $30,000 per individual. Liberty undergraduate and/or graduate alumni who are US citizens serving outside of the United States will be considered for this new program if they meet all criteria for eligibility.

If you are a Liberty alumni and currently serving outside the United States check out the information here to see if you are eligible for the Loan Repayment Program. 

Global Studies Major and Minors - The Global Studies program is designed to produce Christ-centered leaders with the values, knowledge and intercultural skills required to excel as individuals in their communities, lead as professionals in their fields, and serve as followers of Christ in the global context of the 21st century.  Students majoring in Global Studies will develop the skills necessary for effective cross-cultural engagement. This program prepares graduates to: communicate across cultures, cultivate healthy intercultural relationships, develop careers in both local and global settings, and understand the particular dynamics associated with living and working in an international context. Students receive thorough training in Cultural Intelligence® which is sought by many leading multi-national corporations and non-profit organizations. After extensive preparation through diverse courses, students apply what they have learned during a semester abroad Global Internship Experience.

Contact: Want to learn more?  Connect with the Global Engagement Office - 434-592-6500 / CGE@liberty.edu  / www.liberty.edu/academics/globalengagement

How do you think globally? We love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment below.

~Victoria

 

 

 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Champion For Christ - A Staff Highlight

Last month 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: Courtney Meyer – Online Communities Office Assistant.

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

I am originally from California and I am currently a senior here at Liberty University studying graphic design.  I enjoy doing most anything artsy, from photography to dancing to Pinterest (wait, does that count?) Traveling is also a passion of mine, England being my favorite destination. I am quite fond of Dr. Pepper, skittles, and chicken quesadillas.

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

My first two years of college I studied with Liberty University Online, then transferred to the Liberty campus my junior year. Having a Christian education was an important value to me, and wanting to study art, Liberty was one of the few Christian schools that had a good art program. One thing I really appreciate about Liberty is that their motto “Training Champions for Christ” is not just a motto, but it is truly at the core of everything they do. Being trained as a champion for Christ is the most important education one can have.

Why do you like working at Online Communities.

It is wonderful to work for a department that cares so sincerely for people and their academic journey. As a former online student, I know it can be difficult to feel connected and find others with a similar education experience. To be able to have Online Communities providing connectivity and an engaging atmosphere between the LU campus and our online students is really fantastic.

Now it’s your turn.  What are some of your hobbies and passions? Tell us in the Comments below.

~Victoria 

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