Thursday, March 9, 2023

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine becomes the recipient of a Bible donated by Sue Misjuns as a tribute to honor the memory of her late husband, O.J. Misjuns. Sue Misjuns, Director for Research/Institutional Reports Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research shared, “O.J. loved Dr. Jerry Falwell and Liberty University. We were supporters in the very early days of the University, and I was privileged to have the opportunity to work here starting in 1996.”

Sue Misjuns, Director for Research/Institutional Reports

Sue shared about when she decided to donate the Bible: “Some of the Institutional Effectiveness and Research staff attended an event held at LUCOM. I noticed that the Gideon Bible placed under the Liberty Bell looked so small and remarked that I had a Bible at home that would make a wonderful addition to display beneath the Liberty Bell. Since I was born in Philadelphia, and our family moved to Lynchburg after having lived in the Philadelphia area for most of our lives, I decided that the Bible would be perfect to display with LUCOM’s Liberty Bell.”

Misjuns presents Bible to Dr. Joseph Johnson, LUCOM Dean

“I’d like to think that visitors would associate the symbol of freedom that the Liberty Bell represents and associate it with the symbolic spiritual freedom that we have in Christ as believers that is represented by the Word of God as displayed by the Bible,” said Sue.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Michael Neville, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Life, Dr. Donald Raleigh, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Operations, Dr. Joseph Johnson, Dean of LUCOM, Ms. Sue Misjuns, Director for Research/Institutional Reports, Dr. Deanna Keith, Vice Provost of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, Ms. Shiree Thompson, Senior Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Ms. Joyce Wander, Director of Data Governance and Transformation

When asked, how she hopes that this Bible will impact current and future LUCOM staff, faculty, and students? Sue replied, “I would hope that they would reflect on the symbolism of the combination of the Bible with the Liberty Bell and recognize that “. . . and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Story by Carol Bapst, Photography by Natalie Olson