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December 2012 Employee Newsletter

 

A Word from Chancellor Falwell

 

2012 has been a busy and eventful time for Liberty University. We have seen the completion of many exciting projects, as well as the birth of many more. Recently, we celebrated the groundbreaking for the future Center for Medical and Health Sciences, and are watching with excitement the progress being made on other projects. When I unveiled the plans for our new eight-story dorms last month at Convocation, the applause and cheers from our students told me that they might be even more excited than I am!
 
We have much to be thankful for, and countless reasons to praise God for His provision and presence in our lives and at this school. God is truly blessing Liberty.
 
As exciting as these building projects are, however, they are not as exciting as the lives that will be changed because of them. Ultimately, we are building lives here at Liberty, lives that will change the world for Christ. As part of the Liberty family, I am grateful for your commitment to our student body.  Thank you for viewing your role here as not just a job, but a calling to impact lives for eternity.
 
It is my hope that your Christmas season is full of a sense of wonder for our Lord Jesus. He is the one worthy of honor and of all the special celebrations we incorporate into our lives this time of year. Enjoy this time off of work with your families and worship Him for His goodness to all of us. 
 
From Becki and me, and from our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!

 


Email Signatures

If you have not done so already, please remember to update your email signature. It is important that all Liberty employees are displaying the correctly branded signature in their emails for consistency and professionalism.

Also, make sure that your signature reflects Liberty’s updated tagline, Training Champions for Christ since 1971. If your signature does not include this exact phrase, please do not manually adjust it. You must re-run the signature creator for the proper format and brand style. Thank you!
 
Take a moment to update your signature now at www.Liberty.edu/EmailSignature.

 


You Stand Out

Last month, the You Matter campaign launched a new program called “You Stand Out.”

Across campus, university senior leadership has been looking for staff members exemplifying exceptional work and commitment to Liberty's customer service standards. Throughout November, tickets were handed out as our way of thanking those whose hard work and dedication (often behind the scenes) makes a difference.
 
Congratulations to our first You Stand Out recipients: David Alldredge, Kevin Chiarizzio, Leigh Detzel, Linda Elliott, Renee Grooms, Joseph Marshall, Matthew Novack, Timi Plyter, Maureen Robinson, Van Scott, Kathleen Spence, Armenio Suzano, Ann Turner, Mitria Vaughter, Taylor York
 
Remember, these tickets are redeemable for a Barnes & Noble gift card. Be on the lookout — you never know when someone might be noticing that You Stand Out!

 


Opening Doors, Changing Lives

United Way of Central Virginia has launched its 2012 campaign, “Opening Doors, Changing Lives,” and we hope that you will consider donating to help those in need in Central Virginia. 

United Way assesses our community’s needs and recruits volunteers who operate programs to strengthen disadvantaged citizens. In 2011, the results of United Way-funded programs helped many Central Virginia families avoid financial crises, receive healthcare, and further their education. Your tax-deductible gift will continue to fund local initiatives focused on education, employment, and health programs that touched 59,888 individuals last year. We are thankful for each gift. United, we can “open doors and change lives” while sharing the love of Christ.
 
Center for Christian/Community Service
on behalf of Marie Martin, President & CEO, United Way of Central Virginia

 


Lending A Hand After Sandy

Office of Transfer Evaluations Assistant Director Jon Barrett raised nearly $700 to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  

Barrett’s sister, Gayle, was touched by the stories coming out of New York and shared her concerns with him. Soon after, Barrett let his local church and department at Liberty know about specific needs. Together, they reached out to raise money to help those devastated by Sandy’s aftermath.
 
The charitable contribution of Barrett’s church, along with donations rallied from his department at Liberty, is making an impact on many lives, including a woman named Magan, who lost her home and all of her belongings as a result of the storm.
 
Barrett was able to purchase numerous gift cards with the cash he received, which will be disbursed to those in need, including Magan.
 
"This really made an impact for Jesus Christ,” Barrett said. “This was a pretty big seed that was planted.  Praise the Lord!” 

 


Liberty University Press 

This year, Santa’s sleigh is full of books! Liberty University Press is proud to introduce a host of new offerings this season, including “Sellout: Musings From Uncle Tom’s Porch,” by Associate Dean of the Helms School of Government, Ronald Miller, “GUIDE: Differentiated Instruction for Christian Educators,” by Associate Dean of Education, Beth Ackerman, and “Enduring Your Season of Suffering,” by Professor John Thomas and Gary Habermas, chairman and professor for the School of Religion.

Purchase a copy of these Liberty University Press works for your loved ones!

 


Leave Your Legacy — Jerry Falwell Library Christmas Campaign

'Tis the season to remember God's greatest gift to us — Jesus Christ. As you prepare to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, consider making a special year-end Christmas gift to Liberty by donating a commemorative brick to the new Jerry Falwell Library. Whether you’re honoring a loved one or celebrating your time on Liberty Mountain, this is your chance to leave your legacy at Liberty. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to bless the Liberty family for generations to come. 

 


Christmas Opportunity for Student Interaction

One aspect of the You Matter initiative is offering a chance for staff and faculty to connect with students. Christmastime is full of opportunities to minister face-to-face to those you impact every day. Whether they are international students who are unable to travel home, or students that will be staying in the surrounding area to work over the break, help them feel at home while they’re away. As part of their Liberty family, consider encouraging these students by inviting them into your home, particularly at Christmas. Doing so is, of course, completely voluntary, but sharing the warmth of your holiday with them would mean so much.

Learn more about ongoing Student Interaction opportunities. If you have participated in one of these programs, we would love to hear your story.

 


Employees of the Month — December 2012

Congratulations to our December Employees of the Month. You are a tremendous blessing to this university, and we are thankful for you. Working amid so many outstanding colleagues, this recognition is proof that you go above and beyond normal expectations to consistently produce excellent work with a Christ-like attitude and spirit. Thank you for all you do to make Liberty the shining light that it is. 
 
Susan Brosseau, Todd Campo, Stephen Collins, Kimberly Day, Joyce Doss, Andrew Harris, Greg Harvey, Morgan McCarty, Dotti Nijakowski, Devin Quesenberry, Frank Stanley, Helene Vance

 


You Matter Twitter in November

The You Matter Twitter account has been very active throughout November. Here are a few of the best tweets we received from you and your co-workers over the past month.

Get To Work By Meeting Procrastination Head-On: 
http://bit.ly/SNS6re

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison
 
3 things guaranteed to sabotage success — lack of control, priorities and/or focus

 


Send Us Your Feedback

God has been doing great things around Liberty. We would love to hear your thoughts about how the You Matter campaign is affecting Liberty’s campus. Feel free to send us your feedback and ideas.
 
Email us at youmatter@liberty.edu.