February 2024 Newsletter | Parent & Family Connections
Dear LU Family,
You are welcome here! Any weekend that your student wants you to visit, come to campus, enjoy the surrounding Lynchburg area, and boost their resiliency with a hug and a smile. Let them introduce you to something on campus: a gallery, museum, observatory, or the perfect study space in the Jerry Falwell Library. Any weekend in the spring can be a weekend to visit. Our Liberty Family Weekend webpage is updated every summer for the fall semester’s official event, but the possibilities to explore on campus are just as relevant in the spring. Use Family Weekend to help you discover something for everyone!
When you plan to visit and park on campus, use the free digital Visitors Parking registration form the day you arrive. No paper is necessary! Follow Liberty University Police Department (LUPD)’s parking guidelines. If you have any questions about parking or special accommodations, please use the contact information provided at Visitor Parking.
February leads into March. On your calendar, circle the key dates for your student’s academic journey shown on the Academic Calendar 2023-24 (pdf). Also, heads up! Course selections open for the fall semester after students return from Spring Break. Check the Registrar’s Fall 2024 Registration schedule here. CASAS Professional Advisors will be ready and looking forward to meeting with their assigned students to help them plan their education. Students connect with their advisors by their Area of Study.
I will sign off for now and leave you with this: God is good. Always.
This month’s theme is God’s Love!
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him…We love because he first loved us.” ~1 John 4:16, 19 (ESV)
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!” ~Psalm 107:1 (ESV)
Quote of the Month
“Lord, to think of You being close to me, saving me, delighting in me, loving me, accepting me, rejoicing over me, singing to me. Oh!” (CEV; ref. Zeph. 3:17). ~ Liz Curtis Higgs, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart
Resource of the Month
Understanding the teenage years can be a huge step to partnering with your soon-to-be adult child. “So how do parents pick the battles that will ultimately benefit their kids? Here are two principles that might provide some clarity.” See How to Pick Your Battles” by Shelby Hall.
This month’s highlights:
- Three Ways to Succeed at College
- To Be So Loved
- The 2024-25 FAFSA Is Open!
- CPR Certification for the Community
- College Family Tip of the Month
- Be Their Praying Warrior
- Prayer Focus This Month
Tamatha Anthony, Parent and Family Connections Office
Partnering with your students with prayer builds up their courage and resiliency to finish what God calls them to learn and do. Be Their Praying Warrior is a praying series that relies upon God’s promises, specifically Zephaniah 3:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
If you are new to the Praying Warrior series, visit our College Parenting webpage for access to “How to Talk to a College Student” and read about how cheering for our adult children makes a tremendous difference in our relationships with them and can greatly improve their success at college.
Since the academic year began in August, our prayers stepped through trust, rejoicing, praying, gratitude, sovereignty, hope and the theme of new creation.
With the introduction done, let us sit and be still with the Lord in His love.
Begin this month by reading God’s promises as prayers over our families and students. If you have not tried this before, insert your family member’s name anywhere there is a me, you, your, or us for a personal impact.
Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV) “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (KJV) “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Next, pray the Psalms to ask the Lord to illustrate how beautiful, faithful, and amazing He is in the lives of our students.
Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV) “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.’”
Psalm 33:4-5 (NIV) “For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.”
Lastly, pray the companion verses as a blessing over our children as they commit to follow Jesus with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength.
John 1:1-3 (NIV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
Colossians 3:1-2 (ESV) “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Deuteronomy 11: 13-14 (NIV) “So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.”
May your family be in the best place you could ever be–the center of God’s will.
Blessings to you all!
Dear Father, many people remember February as the love month because of Valentine’s Day. However, here at Liberty University, we base our love on so much more! 1 John 4:19 and 21 say “We love because he first loved us…And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” Sometimes that can be hard because we are still sinful, broken folks.
Our prayer for LU Family and students is that they will love You best before they look to love someone else. 1 Peter 4:8 tells us “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” May this truth rule their hearts and minds.
Sometimes, Lord, it is hard to love those who hurt us, but your command does not exclude them. If there are roommate issues or broken relationships, please help our students and families to see You in the experience. Help them to press in, Lord, by showing Your love, grace, and mercy as You have shown so freely to us.
We pray this in the name of Jesus who loves us best! Amen.
Dr. Adam McClendon, Associate Dean, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and New Testament
Did you know that Valentine’s Day is generally considered the most hated holiday in the US? That’s crazy. The holiday that is supposed to celebrate love, all too often, reminds us of how we long to be loved.
Growing up, I experienced a lot of dysfunction, which resulted in a broken heart that desperately wanted to be loved. That brokenness also resulted in a lot of bad decisions, which came to a head when I was in a horrible car accident at the age of 15. While the accident should have taken my life, God had different plans. That night through streaming tears, a glance happened to catch a Bible sitting in the corner. I ran to it and held it. Thinking through the years of Sunday School lessons, my heart was overwhelmed by one central thought. God loved me!
Busy seeking to be loved by others, I had missed the ultimate love shown me by my creator. The God of the universe loved me with an infinite love. He loved me so much that he gave his Son so I could become a child of God, have purpose, and one day experience eternity with him (John 1:12, 3:16; 2 Cor 5:14-21).
The deeper I drink from the well of God’s love the more I’m convicted that the call of God is not to seek love from others but to give love to others out of the love I’ve experienced from God. In other words, God’s love becomes the compelling catalyst to love (2 Cor 5:14-15). And what does God’s love look like? What is this standard by which we are compelled to live? While it is embodied in the life and death of Jesus, it is also articulated in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
This passage isn’t just to be read at weddings. It is a call for living.
So then, let us strive to love in such a radical way that it reflects the glorious love of our Savior.
As most of you already know, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2024-2025 academic year officially opened at the end of Dec. 2023, and it’s the first step towards your student unlocking financial aid opportunities each year. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible to lock in their best financial aid offer and to avoid last-minute stress near the next Financial Check-In (FCI) deadline. Mark your calendars: The Fall FCI deadline for returning residential students is Monday, June 3. To get started on the 2024-25 FAFSA, your student should head over to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
Remember, the FAFSA must be completed annually to be considered for all federal financial aid and most Liberty-given aid.
Please note, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is not releasing the ability for schools to download student 2024-25 FAFSA data until early to mid-March. Once our office has access to download 2024-25 FAFSA data, we will start the process of applying FAFSAs to students’ accounts at Liberty, beginning to inform students of any additional aid reviews they need to complete, like FAFSA verification (if selected). Also, once able, we will begin the process of reviewing and packaging students with their financial aid eligibility and sending out Financial Aid Offers by email soon after. This process in total will take at least a couple months from the time we are able to download the 2024-25 FAFSAs.
In the meantime, if you would like to estimate your student’s financial aid eligibility, we encourage you to check out our Net Price Calculator, and you can view all scholarship information at Liberty.edu/Scholarships. To view a typical annual loan amount for federal student loans, please visit our Loan Consumer Information webpage under the “Student Loan” section.
We realize that financial aid processing this year will be different given the late release of the FAFSA, but we will do our best to ensure students have access to their financial aid offers as soon as we can. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us at Liberty.edu/SFSChat.
We are praying that your students have had an excellent start to this spring semester!
CPR training and other health and safety courses are available to the public at Liberty University’s Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE)!
Available promo codes are offered below!
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The Academic Success Center offers three services that can help encourage your student in their studies.
Our mission is to encourage and equip students to do their best academically by actively engaging them in the learning process. Our trained peer tutors are available for free in over 150 courses to LU residential students during the fall and spring semesters. The tutors, who have either completed the requested course or a higher level of the course, provide help regarding any course content students want to learn, discuss, or review.
For more information or to make an appointment, we welcome your student to visit our website at Liberty.edu/Tutoring.
Our mission is to empower residential students to build the essential executive functioning skills for college success through individualized one-on-one interactions. Our faculty and peer mentors are available for free to help with areas such as study skills, test-taking skills, reading skills, organization, goal-setting, and memory retention.
For more information or to make an appointment, we welcome your student to visit our website at Liberty.edu/AcademicMentoring.
Our mission is to assist LU residential students in becoming effective, proficient writers at every stage in the writing process. We welcome students to collaborate with our highly trained coaches (at no cost!) to start, revise, or finalize any writing project at the Writing Center. We also provide our Writing Lab, a walk-in service where a coach is available to answer quick questions (in person or via chat), no appointment needed.
For more information, to make an appointment, or to view resources on writing concepts and citation styles, we welcome your student to visit our website at Liberty.edu/Writing.
Encourage their faith and spiritual life in Jesus ahead of making friends; godly friendships will develop when everyone is on His page, not just theirs.
“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” (John 17:23, NLT).
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We don’t know everything, nor have we experienced all the same things. But together as God’s family, we could make the days more possible for one another and better than going it alone!
Share good and helpful words to those who would hear them (Eph.4:29).
The insights and tips you’ve learned or seen through your family’s college journey are meaningful to others. E-mail your name and student’s ID to LUFamily@liberty.edu today and we’ll write the year 2024 together!
Bringing History to the Present in Interactive Learning at the Chaplains Museum
As part of the History Department at Liberty University, the Chaplains Museum has become an active learning laboratory for students. It is more than history. The learning labs serve many disciplines of study from photography and music to interior design and more!
Director of Public History Initiatives Donna Davis Donald invites LU Family to share its stories, photos, and objects related to military chaplains with the museum. “Some of the most effective exhibits are the ones from families of current or former students,” says Donald.
The museum is open to the public Monday-Friday from 12-4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (They will be closed during Spring Break and on Easter Monday.) Follow their Instagram @chaplainsmuseum.
Parent & Family Connections
We exist to support the mission of Liberty University Training Champions for Christ by sharing information with students’ family members about the resources, programs, and activities available on campus. Our purpose is to build relationships between parents and the university, promote student success, and support parents through the transition of their students being at college – all the while praying for their highest calling in Jesus Christ.