Blog: Discover Your Campus

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Victoria Mininger


"I am a wife to Brian & Mom to our four 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 15, 2014

Financial Aid & the Online Student

As we gear up for a new term here at Liberty University Online, we thought it might be helpful to hear from one of our supporting offices: Liberty University Financial Aid.

Rachel Myers - Communications Coordinator with the Liberty University Financial Aid office has graciously agreed to answer some general questions about financial aid.

What types of services are available to our online students?

  • The Financial Aid Office provides assistance for a variety of reasons.  We help families through Verification once a FAFSA is completed, we walk students through the loan application process, answer questions about the FAFSA, provide pro-active communications about the status of a student’s financial aid and much more. 
  • One of our most recent offerings that we are extremely excited about is our free financial literacy class, FNLT 101.  The content is from a collaborative effort with The Lampo Group, Inc., founded by financial guru Mr. Dave Ramsey.  FNLT 101 is available to all of our students who are enrolled in a class and provides truly invaluable information to help not only during the time they spend in school, but for their financial awareness and health for life. 

What other aspect of financial aid would be valuable/important to highlight for our students? 

  • Our internal goals are to be professional, accurate and timely.  We purposefully compare our turnaround times with other schools and are very pleased with the results.  For example, once a student submits everything needed for Verification of their financial aid information, a good school will review that within 2 or 3 weeks.  We often complete this in just a day.  This helps us to meet student’s needs in a pragmatic and substantial way.  By keeping our turnaround goals tight and looking for innovative ways to help make the financial aid process smoother, we hope it helps students see that the process does not have to be difficult or overwhelming. 
  • Something that may have seemed like a small change, but has impacted our students and our internal operations in a huge way was moving almost all of our required student forms from paper to electronic processing.  This saves time for the student, eliminates concerns about postage or lost documents, increases tracking and reporting abilities for our teams and most importantly, it cuts down the time between a document leaving the student to reaching us for processing.  It truly is a win for everyone.  

What is the best way for online students to contact financial aid for questions and help? 

  • Our office strives to make every avenue of contacting us efficient, but we have received extremely positive feedback regarding our Live Chat.  We also have agents available Monday-Friday from 8 am -10 pm and Saturday from 9 am-6 pm to answer phone calls. (434) 582-2270 OR (888) 583-5704.   Lastly, we have our email inbox, which we keep response times within 24-48 hours. 

How have the various Liberty University support offices helped you in your educational journey this far?  Feel free to leave your comments below. 


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Be Courageous" - 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.  

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

"My name is William and I consider myself to be an easygoing and driven man with big dreams.  I have learned that the only thing stopping me from doing anything is myself.  Not even satan, with an intentional lower-cased "s", can stop us when we are submitted and trusting in Christ.  I really enjoy longboarding, playing ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, shooting archery, reading, videogames and writing fiction. I have a passion for encouraging people to break out of their comfort zones and to be courageous in whatever pursuits they are striving for. 

I'm from Chesapeake, Virginia, but I've lived in Germany for 7 years because my dad was in the army. No, I don't speak German, but I do speak Spanish! My parents are happily married and I have a sister and two brothers.  Random fact: Sometimes I like to have staring contests with animals. If there is a cat, dog or squirrel hanging out somewhere, I'll stare it down until it breaks eye-contact. Then I say to them "Ha! I won."

One of my pet peeves is when people don't say “excuse me” or “thank you” when it should have been said. Bad manners in general are pretty lame.

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

 I graduated from Liberty in 2014 with a degree in Digital Media: Video/Audio. I love video production. I love it because it gives me a chance to create something from nothing and I'm able to enjoy the finished product over and over. I chose Liberty because I heard it was a great Christian school, and my brother was also attending here.  I would have to say that working in my passion with Online Communities is my favorite part about it. Helping online students connect better with each other and the campus, through video, helps me to wake up every morning feeling epic! 

Why do you like working at Online Communities? 

I don't know the future, but I can see myself staying with Online Communities for a long time, because the purpose of the department is so vital.  There are thousands of online students across the globe we get to connect, engage and encourage, and I am honored to be a part of such an important cause.


Now it's your turn! What passion has God placed in your heart? Who has he called you to reach? 


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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.


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.


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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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