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Olympic inspiration New softball coach brings medal-winning experience
Class Act 2013-14 school year kicks off with new academic programs, faculty
Rashad Jennings Alumnus stands out in the NFL and in life
Dot Richardson, Head Softball Coach
Message from the
President President Jerry Falwell, Jr. addressed the student body for the first time this semester during the Aug. 28 Convocation, welcoming students and recounting the “unbelievable miracle story” of Liberty University. Below is a portion of his speech, where he also made the announcement that Liberty co-founder Dr. Elmer Towns was taking a sabbatical. Towns most recently served as dean of Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary and the School of Religion.
he story of how this university came into existence and how it eventually prospered is an unbelievable miracle story. This university was built on prayers, on faith, on tenacity, on determination, and on the blood, sweat, and tears of its leaders, its faculty, its staff, its early students, and millions of donors who gave sacrificially to make the school a reality. We are honoring one of those founders here today. “You are the heirs of their sacrifice. When I became president in 2007, I often used the verse Luke 12:48, ‘To whom much is given, much shall be required,’ as one of my themes. But, at that time, I had no idea how much God was actually going to give to this university and how fast it was going to happen. Our responsibility as the second generation is even that much greater now that God has blessed this
school so generously. I want to encourage you not to squander your opportunities here created by so many who sacrificed so much over the last four decades. “For those of you who are new to Liberty, my father founded Thomas Road Baptist Church in 1956. It is now located next door to campus. The church services were broadcast nationally in the ’70s and ’80s. He founded Liberty University in 1971 and the Moral Majority a few years later. Moral Majority was a coalition of Catholics, Protestants, Christians, and Jews who shared pro-life and pro-family values and supported the state of Israel. Many credited the Moral Majority with the election of Ronald Reagan. “I attended Liberty, then went to the University of Virginia law school and came back to Lynchburg to practice law in 1988. I became Liberty’s general counsel a couple years later and spent 17 years helping my father and Liberty survive one financial crisis after another. Those were very stressful days both for us and for this institution. In those days, Liberty was overshadowed by the Old Time Gospel Hour television broadcast and
the Moral Majority. Both were much better known nationally than Liberty was, so, in 1989, my father decided to change his priorities. He decided at that time that this university should be his number one priority because it had the potential to impact more people for Christ than anything else he was doing, through training thousands of graduates to go out in every profession as Champions for Christ. He shut down the Moral Majority in 1989, moved his office from the church to the university in 1990, and discontinued the national television broadcast in 1992. “But because the Moral Majority and Old Time Gospel Hour were so well-known, the media always thought of Liberty as a political organization or a church so they always sent a religion writer or a political writer, sometimes even a business reporter to cover what was happening at Liberty. The problem is that none of them really understood what Liberty was all about. Finally, with all the growth of the last few years, the media is now sending education reporters to cover Liberty. They seem to be getting it right because the fact is Liberty is not a church; it is not a political organization; it is not a business. It is a university and our mission is Training Champions for Christ. … “In recent interviews, I first explained that the one thing that defines Liberty is its uniqueness. My father wanted to create a university that not only trained young people to go into full-time Christian ministry but also into every other profession — to train doctors, lawyers, bankers, business people, musicians, and authors. The goal was to create for evangelical young people a worldclass university, what Notre Dame is for Catholic young people and what Brigham Young is for Mormons. So many schools in the New World were established with the same mission as LU’s but abandoned their Christian foundations when they became prominent. Liberty’s goal is to become the first major American university to achieve academic excellence, success on the athletic field (NCAA Division I), and financial success, but at the same time remain true to
the fundamentals of the Christian faith and to its Christian mission. “Part of that mission is to keep Christian education affordable and accessible. Liberty has kept its resident tuition in the lowest 25 percent of all private universities; online, our tuition is much less than our for-profit competitors. “The goal to keep education affordable and accessible led to the establishment of Liberty University School of Lifelong Learning (now Liberty University Online) in 1985 by my father and Dr. Ron Godwin (Liberty’s provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs). In the first 20 years of its existence, Liberty Online struggled but those years allowed LU to make its external degree
“Our responsibility as the second generation is even that much greater now that God has blessed this school so generously.” programs comparable to resident programs in academic quality. When high-speed Internet service became commonplace about 10 years ago, Liberty Online was poised to become a leader in online education. In the academic year that just ended, 92,000 students were enrolled in Liberty Online. These are mainly adults, average age 35, who either want to earn a bachelor’s or graduate degree but who cannot uproot their families, quit their jobs, and sell their homes to go to college. Serving this population has helped fulfill Liberty’s mission of making Christian education available to as many as possible and it has allowed us to improve our residential program in ways that we thought would take generations to complete. The huge population of students has given us the financial resources to rebuild the campus.
(Go to www.Liberty.edu/MasterPlan). “The online program also benefits from the residential program. Online students love the fact that they are studying at a Christian university that has operated on this
campus for decades. They enjoy supporting our athletic teams and travel to Lynchburg for intensives and for graduation. Liberty University Online would not be the nation’s largest nonprofit online university today if it were not anchored by a major residential Christian university with decades of history and solid academic performance standing behind it. “Liberty is proud that our student loan default rate is less than half the national average. That tells me that our graduates are finding jobs when they leave Liberty. “While it is exciting to see that Liberty has grown to become Virginia’s largest university, the nation’s sixth largest, and rated by Standard and Poor’s as one of the 78 strongest schools in the nation financially, Liberty’s larger goal is to redefine what it means to be a prestigious university. Bill Gates said recently that there is something perverse about the criteria used by the various ratings services that rank universities in this country in that they reward the schools that spend the most on the delivery of education and that exclude the greatest number of students from enrollment. In order to retain a high ranking, universities are forced to spend more and more and to look to their students to pay more and to taxpayers to subsidize them more. That model is so unsustainable for the future that Gates has invested his own money to find ways to deliver education the way Liberty does it, to run universities efficiently like businesses have to do, to treat students like customers, to keep costs and tuition low. At Liberty, we don’t want to be ranked as a top university if that means we have to spend more than we take in or if it means we have to reject promising students. We believe that, in the future, the measure of a quality institution will be based on how many students that university accepts and educates well, not on how many students are excluded in the admissions process. “What God is doing at and through this school is truly amazing, especially in such a short time. We are entering our 43rd year and we are not far from our very humble >>
JERRY FALWELL LIBRARY: Construction nears completion on this academic epicenter of campus — 6
DOT RICHARDSON: Meet Liberty’s new softball coach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist — 40
OUT & ABOUT: Students have multiple opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in their own backyard — 14
PUSHING FORWARD: After a strong year for Flames Athletics and Club Sports, Liberty looks to build upon its past success — 42
NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: Several new degree programs roll out this semester, from zoo and wildlife biology to sign language — 20
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RASHAD JENNINGS: Q-and-A with the NFL running back and 2009 alumnus — 30 SUMMER 2013: From service trips to internships, Liberty students make the most of the summer months — 36
Touching stories of the Liberty family from across the globe — 50
PUBLISHER Jerry Falwell, Jr. S E N I O R M A N A G I N G E D I TO R Mitzi Bible GRAPHIC DESIGNER Carrie Bell CO N T R I B U T I N G E D I TO R S Becki Falwell Ronald Kennedy Amanda Stanley S TA F F Ted Allen Ron Brown Rachel Dugan Sarah Funderburke Christi Gee Leslie Keeney Drew Menard Rebecca Murtha Dawn Neal Josh Rice Melissa Skinner Danielle Verderame P H OTO G R A P H E R S Joel Coleman David Duncan James Hancock Ty Hester Cali Lowdermilk Kevin Manguiob Les Schofer
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Liberty University welcomes Dot Richardson, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, to lead Liberty Softball. See story, Page 40. Photo by Joel Coleman
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BY DREW MENARD Liberty University is taking its academic offerings to new heights — four stories to be exact — as construction on the Jerry Falwell Library nears completion. The $50 million, four-story, 170,000-square-foot building is Liberty’s largest investment in any new structure to date and is the cornerstone of the university’s $400 million campus-wide rebuilding project. Since breaking ground on March 7, 2012, and the installation of the final steel beam on Jan. 28 of this year, construction has continued to progress rapidly with interior work currently in full swing. Scheduled to open in late 2013, this iconic building will become the academic epicenter for Liberty, ushering in a new era of excellence. Although completely cutting-edge in its technological offerings and innovative features, the architecture
with many Jeffersonian features will be equally stunning, featuring modern artwork and interior design, and breathtaking views from its two balconies and five terraces. The library consists of two buildings joined together by an indoor walkway and will include a rooftop garden. Inside it will feature plenty of natural light and creative interior design elements, including a four-story floating staircase beside large windows that overlook the south end of Liberty’s campus. It also includes a spacious, two-level food court, which will have a number of choices, including Starbucks, Pizza Hut, and sushi. Stunning views surround the library on all sides, whether it is a newly created lake and green space to the south, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, or Liberty’s vast campus and mountain property to the north and east.
The library, named for Liberty’s founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., will be a lasting testament to his vision and legacy. Located in the library will be the Jerry Falwell Archive, which will memorialize his life and ministry. President Jerry Falwell, Jr. is deeply involved in the design and scope of both the archive and the rest of the library. To create this one-of-a-kind space, library staff and planners benchmarked a number of the nation’s most progressive libraries, gathering inspiration to make sure that Liberty’s is on par with the best in the country. “We understand that when it comes to learning, one size does not fit all,” said Marcy Pride, Liberty’s library dean. “(In the new library) we can accommodate whatever style and whatever interests a person might have, while at the same time providing
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“The library is really going to be a totally engaging place, no matter what your purpose is for coming.” - Marcy Pride, library dean
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them a lovely environment in which to learn and explore.” Pride, who took the helm in January, said her goal for the library is for it to be more than a massive warehouse for books, but rather a forum for knowledge, a place that “truly inspires.” “The library is going to provide an opportunity for students to not only get information, but we hope and pray to also inspire them, to encourage creativity and innovation, and allow them to ask questions and proceed to answer them.” The library will be as incredible in function as it is in design, she added, ensuring that students have access to the latest technological advancements. The main entrance will feature a massive media wall, 24 feet wide and 13 feet high, which will display announcements, photos, and other postings both from the university and submitted by students. The wall will be interactive, with motion-activated navigation. Four surface computers — touch-screen tabletops that operate like a tablet — will be
displayed in various locations throughout the library for access to academic materials and journals. The computer tables and media wall will use digital technology to connect the Liberty community. Students and faculty will be encouraged to submit photos and stories from mission trips, study abroad experiences, and local projects to be displayed along with other campus information and events. The highlight of the library’s technology is its robotic book retrieval system, the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). Housed primarily in the basement of the building, the ASRS has three robots, which can store and retrieve up to 4,200 bins with a capacity of 420,000 items. The system was developed by Muratec, a world leader in machine tool technology, and is the company’s first ASRS installation for a library. Students will request items from the online catalog and pick them up at the library’s
Customer Service Center. The process will only take a matter of minutes. The ASRS will house more than 220,000 items when the library opens. Although the bulk of the collection will only be accessible through the robotic system, students will still have direct access to about 65,000 newer and frequently used books in the library’s “main collection” — a four-story book tower and two-story reading room. The main collection will remain in the current library, located in Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, as the new library is completed. Lowell Walters, associate dean of library technologies and collection services, said the goal is to create collections that are “both current and relevant in content, as well as in 21st century format,” and to make the resources available to the students as quickly as possible. A new virtual browsing system will be launched this fall, allowing students to easily peruse titles in the ASRS; some will include >> LIBERTY JOURNAL
>> the option of viewing the table of contents and chapters. A digital document delivery service for periodical articles is also being established. This summer, more than 200,000 books were brought from the current library and off-site storage and loaded into the ASRS. To ensure that those titles remain available even as construction on the new library continues, requested books are being retrieved from the ASRS and delivered to the current library three times a day. The new library will have a significant amount of space dedicated to interactive learning. This includes five learning commons, a scholars commons, computer commons, interactive classrooms, an assistive learning center, and more than 30 group study rooms. Across the library, visitors will have access to a number of scanners, printers, and computers. “The library is really going to be a totally engaging place, no matter what your purpose is for coming,” Pride said. “Whether you want to get a book, read, write, or meet with a group to work on a project, there are going to be spaces to accommodate all these kinds of things.”
The group study rooms vary in size, accommodating up to 20 students, and feature a special paint that allows students to write on the tables and walls from floor to ceiling and then erase the work when they are done. Many spaces in the library will offer interactive technology that allows for project collaboration, including furniture designed with built-in ports for electronic devices. Individuals can plug their personal laptops into a “puck” (physically or wirelessly) and work together to simultaneously edit a document, which is displayed on a large screen. It also allows for HD video
“We will have so many opportunities to serve people that we haven’t had before.” - Marcy Pride, library dean
conferencing, allowing off-site group members to participate. The interactive classroom will have multiple projectors and computers, which
can be controlled by a professor so the same information appears on every screen. “We will have so many opportunities to serve people that we haven’t had before,” Pride said. “The new library will benefit students tremendously in their ability to say what they need, find what they need, evaluate it once they find it, and then use it effectively and ethically.” As people explore the expansive space, information kiosks will guide them to certain points in the library. Several staff members will also be walking throughout the building, assisting with technology and other inquiries. The library will have a one-stop Customer Service Center for help on any topic, from general inquiries to in-depth assistance with research projects. New staff will include several “subject librarians” who specialize in a particular discipline and will be available during set hours each day. Each semester the library will host a series of classes in the Research Assistance Classroom, where students can learn about a variety of topics that will enhance their ability to conduct effective research, such as using research citation methods (APA, MLA, etc.).
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This photo taken on Aug. 16 and the rendering at right show the library’s four-story book tower. This space will house approximately 65,000 books, including recently acquired volumes and titles with a history of repeated use. The tower will give students quick access to titles that are in great demand, and allow more space to be dedicated to study.
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TOP: A terrace will lead from the library to a new lake, currently under construction behind the Vines Center. BOTTOM: Representatives from Muratec’s Japan and Charlotte, N.C., offices view the robotic retrieval system. This window will be used during campus tours to showcase the system to visitors.
Pride, who holds M.A. and M.L.S. degrees, first worked for a library in the sixth grade. She now has nearly 20 years of professional experience in library work, including serving as a library director at colleges in Virginia and Maryland. She has also been a consultant for the Maryland State Department of Education. In 2002, her work won the American Library Association’s John Cotton Dana Award for Library Public Relations. Pride has been putting her vast knowledge and experience into action as she works with her team to ensure that the Jerry Falwell Library is the heartbeat of the university for years to come. “This is a great opportunity to exhibit a high level of service and to showcase the value that the library brings to the life of Liberty University. The experience that students have here will then impact their ability to be Champions for Christ,” she said. “It is not just about finding a book, it is about encouraging them and then having them go out and use what they have learned here to benefit themselves and others in ways that they couldn’t have before.”
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ABOVE: The newly acquired Camp Hydaway site features a lake and beach. BELOW: Students fish off the dock at Camp Hydaway lake. Mountain bikes are available for students to use on the trails, which weave all across Liberty’s expansive mountain property.
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>> find something that fits them right in their own backyard.” Most recently, Misiano and his staff have been busy turning one of the university’s latest acquisitions into an adventure center of sorts. Liberty University purchased Camp Hydaway, the 20-acre property located on Liberty Mountain about 2 miles from campus, from Thomas Road Baptist Church last year. A long-running youth camp operated by the church in the summer months, it will now serve as headquarters for the outdoor recreation program of Liberty’s Student Activities department for the rest of the year. (The church will continue to operate its camps there in the summer.) Liberty students can now take advantage of a 6.4-acre lake with a white sand beach and giant water slide. Fronting the lake is a newly renovated Camp Hydaway Student Center, a large building with a kitchen, eating area, and pavilion that will be available for club meetings, leadership training, and other activities. Student Activities staff will use the center for different sessions and classes, such as ATV safety and bowhunting informational meetings. The Outfitter, a smaller building nearby that was also renovated, will have many different items available for checking out, from ATVs, mountain bikes, and kayaks, to fishing poles and camping gear. Other upgrades at the camp include a new ropes course with 11 high ropes elements, eight low ropes elements, and a zip line.
The property will also be used for multiple Student Activities events, including the popular Liberty Mountain Trail Race Series (featuring 5K and 10K races and a half-marathon). The trails leading from Camp Hydaway allow runners to enjoy Liberty’s beautiful mountain property. The staff also hosts “fun runs” (a costume run and a Reindeer Run) and has plans to offer a new adventure race this year that will involve teams overcoming a number of obstacles and physical challenges along the way. New bus routes will take students to the camp and other nearby recreational sites owned by Liberty throughout the year. “Camp Hydaway offers a really unique element to our outdoor recreation program,” said Emilee Forner, a second-year graduate student who serves as an event supervisor with Student Activities. “Students can engage in more activities than before and enjoy the outdoors at a facility created just for them.” She said the school’s prime location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a big draw for students who are eager to get out and enjoy God’s creation without traveling long distances. “Our programs are exceptionally unique from other schools’ because we offer so many opportunities right here on campus,” Forner said. “Students get to engage in social and recreational activities that are easily accessible and frequent, right where they study, eat, and relax. Our academics and spiritual life programs are a great part of the experience of Liberty, and students benefit even more from having such versatile recreational
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Campsites are available for students on Liberty’s mountain property.
opportunities. It’s a great way to release some energy and have fun so they CAN focus on their studies.” Graduate student Elizabeth Karr, also a member of the Student Activities staff, said having so many places to go nearby helps students who live on campus and those who may not have vehicles to stay connected and involved. “Students choose to participate to not only stay active during their time here, but for the opportunity to meet people who have similar interests,” she said. “I think building relationships with people through these types of activities is what truly makes the college experience so special.” One unique program starting this fall will allow students to get up close and personal with nature — and reap some of its bounty. The new Campus Garden, located on Liberty Mountain about 3 miles from campus, is an opportunity for students to learn how to grow their own food and give back to the community. Produce will be available in the ReberThomas Dining Hall and donated to local food banks. Students can fulfill their required Christian/community service hours working at the garden. In its beginning stages, the garden includes two “high tunnels” (a type of greenhouse) and has grown tomatoes, corn, beans, squash, watermelon, pumpkin, potatoes, garlic, peas, cucumbers, carrots, and other produce. There will eventually be a fenced-in area around the high tunnels that will allow for more plantings. Liberty’s mountaintop property, miles from the bright lights of the city, is also the perfect home for the school’s first observatory. Located on the grounds of the Equestrian Center, the approximately 1,000-squarefoot facility features a 10-foot dome with
“All of the activities we offer within minutes of campus create a thriving recreation program where students are able to get involved and find something that fits them right in their own backyard.”
- Chris Misiano, senior director of Campus Recreation
a high-powered research-quality telescope equipped with a camera for exceptional photographs. The facility will also have a rolloff roof room with several smaller telescopes that have GPS technology and electronic digital compasses. Some telescopes will be available remotely, allowing users to control them from a computer. The observatory will be used for student recreation and for academic courses, offering a fun, hands-on supplement to the classroom. It will also be open to the public on certain dates. Perhaps one of Liberty’s most noticeable spots for recreation — viewable from many different points in the city of Lynchburg — is Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. When it opened in 2009, the slopes were the first in North America to be made of Snowflex, a specially engineered surface that creates the grip and feel of real snow for year-round enjoyment. The facility is seeing more upgrades this year, including the addition of two tubing runs, at 200 and 500 feet long. Within eyeshot of the Snowflex Centre is another project that will push Liberty’s recreation program, as well as its NCAA athletics teams, to new levels. A multipurpose Olympic Sports Complex is under construction near U.S. 460 at the north end of East Campus, below the LU monogram. It will include an Olympic-sized 50-meter pool and diving well and an indoor track.
The pool will have more lane space for recreational swimmers. On East Campus, crews have been upgrading the new David’s Place (formerly called the East Campus Clubhouse). Students will be able to use the pool area later in the fall and earlier in the spring due to heated water and portable heaters installed around the deck. Inside, a Jamba Juice will be added, as well as new televisions, an upgraded theater, and more video games, billiards, and foosball. Another popular gathering place on campus has received recent upgrades as well. Tilley Student Center, built in 2008, now has a mezzanine level, with 250 seats added this summer. Plans also call for more food court options and a larger space for Student Activities events and concerts. These changes to the student center are the first phases of a massive overhaul and 66,000-square-foot addition to the adjoining LaHaye Student Union, which currently houses basketball courts, a swimming pool, cardio and aerobic workout rooms, a rock wall, billiards, and pingpong. By Fall 2014, students, faculty, and staff will be treated to a new exercise and workout room that will include the latest in cardio equipment with a greater variety and quantity of offerings for all fitness levels. A glassed-in mezzanine level with exercise equipment will provide a panoramic view of Liberty Mountain. The project also includes racquetball courts, a >>
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Liberty Mountain Skate Park is open to students and the community for BMX riding, skateboarding, and inline skating.
>> new rock climbing wall, a raised indoor track above the basketball courts, and more multipurpose areas for group exercise classes. In addition to working out on campus, playing one of the 20 different intramural sports, or exploring nature, Liberty also encourages students to take advantage of all that the region has to offer. And it makes sense, as Lynchburg was named one of the
100 Best Adventure Towns in the U.S. by “National Geographic Adventure.” Student Activities sponsors day and weekend trips to popular destinations. “Being in Central Virginia has so many advantages for the outdoor recreation program here at Liberty,” Misiano said. “The land around here is gorgeous. We are just minutes from the James River, Appalachian
Trail, and Peaks of Otter. We have so many beautiful areas so close to campus that students are able to take advantage of through events, trips, or just on their own. They’re able to go out into creation and really enjoy themselves.” Learn more about Liberty’s recreational opportunities, including information on facilities and events, at www.Liberty.edu/CampusRec.
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LEFT: The new David’s Place (formerly called the East Campus Clubhouse) was recently renovated and includes televisions, video games, and billiards (RIGHT). CENTER: Students enjoy pickup games in the Thomas Indoor Soccer Center. BELOW: Students who ride or just love horses can visit Liberty’s Equestrian Center on Liberty Mountain.
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A CHAMPION OF HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY BY DREW MENARD
iberty University is establishing itself as a health and wellness leader in the community as it works with local institutions to encourage healthy living. For the second year in a row, Liberty is encouraging students, faculty, and staff to take an active role in Live Healthy Lynchburg, a campaign sponsored by the city committed to promoting overall wellness. On June 14, Liberty hosted a Live Healthy Lynchburg meeting on campus, welcoming other colleges around the area to share ideas and compare programs and resources. Visitors sampled a variety of healthy dining options offered at Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. “What this partnership between Liberty, Lynchburg, and other local institutions hopes to achieve is a more health-conscious culture in the community — similar to what we are seeing take place at Liberty,” said Lee Beaumont, Liberty’s vice president for Auxiliary Services. “We hope this will lead to a better quality of life in the community as people become better educated and motivated to live healthier lives.” Many members of Liberty’s administration have led the way, including President Jerry Falwell, Jr., who has lost 65 pounds over the last year and a half thanks to a complete lifestyle change that includes healthier food and regular exercise. He and his wife, Becki, work out together two hours a week. Liberty employees have excelled in the campaign’s health challenges this year, including
the Strive for Five Challenge that encouraged people to work out for at least 30 minutes five days a week from April to June. Liberty logged more hours than any other organization in its category, with more than 2,200 hours tallied. More than 250 staff members have already logged up to 16,000 miles in the Lynchburg 100 Mile Challenge, which ends Sept. 27. Last year, Liberty faculty and staff logged more miles than all but two local organizations, and Mark Hopely, an admissions evaluator with Liberty University Online, tallied more miles than any other individual in the challenge. Again this year, Liberty also encouraged its faculty and staff to participate in the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler and 4 Miler races on Sept. 28 and paid the entry fee for all who signed up. More than 200 Liberty employees will participate in the races. Last year, Liberty was dominant in the corporate challenge portion, finishing first in four of the six categories in both races. In terms of promoting physical health and wellness, Liberty stands out in the region. Several healthy dining options are available at Reber-Thomas Dining Hall and other campus dining locations. In fact, Liberty’s dining program has received several high rankings and awards in the past year. Sodexo, Liberty’s dining services provider, encourages healthy choices by providing special stations at the dining hall, cooking classes, and Fit Flames workshops. It has also partnered with the MyFitnessPal mobile app to manage diet and exercise and
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offers individual consultations with an on-site registered dietitian. Students, faculty, and staff have a plethora of options to help them stay active, including the LaHaye Student Union, which features a pool, basketball courts, expansive weight room and cardio area, rock climbing wall, and several rooms for group fitness classes. This fall, Liberty expanded the hours for its early bird gym membership, which allows faculty to use the facility at no charge. Other free opportunities include daily walking groups, a weight management program, a wellness series focusing on a variety of topics, and a health fair on Sept. 23. LIBERTY JOURNAL
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open worlds of opportunity BY RON BROWN Dr. David DeWitt is a man on a mission. Like many academic deans at Liberty University, the chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry is always evaluating curriculums and recommending new majors that will make the programs more educationally relevant. As he does his evaluations, DeWitt wants to ensure that courses remain pertinent in the classroom and equip Liberty students for future employment opportunities. “We are seeing the results of our students getting into medical school and graduate school,” DeWitt said. “We are trying to provide a variety of options in the sciences rather than providing a one-size-fits-all major. We are tailoring and targeting our programs to student interest and job demand.” While Liberty has always had a reputation as an excellent teaching university, it is also known for thoroughly preparing its students to land
full-time jobs upon graduation. That emphasis, reinforced by the university’s Christian values, is a primary reason that the default rate on federal student loans for Liberty students is less than half the national average. For the past three years, DeWitt has been enhancing the biology and chemistry programs by strengthening their academic core. The department has added degree programs in zoology, cell and molecular biology, and environmental biology, and has beefed up coursework in biomedical science, which prepares students to take entrance exams for medical school. Last year, Liberty students scored above the national average on the Medical College Administration Test (MCAT). Across campus, new majors are constantly in the planning stage. Dr. Ron Godwin, Liberty’s senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, said two exciting programs being added are a
doctoral degree for nurse practitioners and a master’s degree for physician assistants. While the nurse practitioner degree program will be overseen by the university’s School of Health Sciences, the physician assistant program will be part of the new College of Osteopathic Medicine, which opens in 2014. “If you want to be a physician assistant, you’ll be able to be in a program directed by the dean of the medical school and taught by physicians teaching in the medical school,” Godwin said. Students in the PA program will also be able to get required training hours in a new clinic offered by the School of Health Sciences. The following are some of the new residential majors for the 2013-14 school year. For information on the more than 20 new academic programs being offered through Liberty University Online, the nation’s largest private, nonprofit online educator, visit www.Liberty.edu/Online.
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ZOO and WILDLIFE BIOLOGY While previous biology courses have been designed for students more interested in going to medical or veterinary school or into a Ph.D. program, the new zoo and wildlife biology major is designed for students interested in working with animals either in a zoo, game park, rehabilitation center, or veterinary clinic. It is also suited for those interested in pursuing graduate work in natural resources, particularly in wildlife management.
“The new major is designed for students interested in animal husbandry and wildlife research,” DeWitt said. “It looks more at the behavior of the animals instead of their biochemistry and physiology.” The major is suited to people who want to work with captured wildlife or animals living in the wild. Students will have a required internship at a zoo or research project on subjects such as flock migration
or conservation. For example, research could include an evaluation of the ecosystem surrounding the nearby Peaks of Otter, part of the National Park Service and the only known habitat where a certain species of salamander resides. The freshman and sophomore classes provide a strong foundation in biology; the upper level courses emphasize the biology and behavior of vertebrates.
CHEMISTRY As part of the effort to strengthen Liberty’s science offerings, DeWitt is resurrecting the chemistry major, which has been dormant since the early 1990s. “Chemistry is a central science,” he said. “To do much in terms of medical research or biomedical research, you have to have a solid foundation in chemistry. Strengthening the chemistry area is part of having a robust science program. Having a good chemistry program makes our science programs better.” There are a number of jobs that require chemistry, according to DeWitt, including developing pharmaceuticals or biodiesel fuels. Many people who major in chemistry go on to medical school.
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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE & INTERPRETING Assistant Professor Nicole Thorn said the new bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language & Interpreting puts Liberty in unique company. Thorn, the director of the program, said there are only 39 schools in the United States that offer the degree, and Liberty’s program is the only one in Virginia. The degree equips students with both the technical skills and educational credentials required to complete the National Interpreter Certification exam, which is administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). The need for interpreters has skyrocketed
since the Americans with Disability Act mandated accessibility for deaf individuals. “There is a nationwide shortage of interpreters,” Thorn said. “Interpreters are needed in a wide variety of fields, including the workplace, corporations, medical facilities, and education. Pretty much, any field now needs an interpreter.” The major also explores issues pertaining to deaf culture, competency in American Sign Language, and developing interpreting skills in order to facilitate effective communications.
studies, and instrumental and vocal music (with music education concentration). The Bachelor of Science in Music and Worship degree also now includes a concentration in cinematic arts. With alumni like TobyMac, Guy Penrod, Michael Tait, and Meredith Andrews, Liberty has a rich tradition of nurturing successful Christian recording artists and hopes to become more influential in both Christian and secular music circles as well as in praise and worship. Currently, the school has about 600 worship majors and approximately 160 students preparing to become teachers or performing artists.
Liberty also has plans to launch a master’s degree program in music education specifically designed for those interested in teaching or administering college or high school music programs. Furthermore, Whaley said many churches are now requiring music staff to have master’s degrees. “Our degrees are tied to the job market,” he said. In addition to its roughly 700 undergraduate students, the School of Music has about 400 students seeking graduate degrees, making it the seventh largest in the country.
MUSIC One of the rising stars on the Liberty campus is the School of Music, which will soon be located in a new state-of-the-art facility with a 1,600-seat concert hall and 50 practice rooms. “It will be a great testimony to what the Lord has been doing here,” said Dean Vernon Whaley. Launched in 2012, the School of Music contains a bevy of new degree offerings this academic year. New performance degrees include string, vocal, guitar, piano, and woodwind/brass/percussion, as well as artist development, leadership communication, music in world cultures, songwriting, worship
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Know the Numbers 11 #5 >>> Liberty University Online has risen to No. 5 among the nation’s largest online educators, moving up two slots from a year ago. Liberty Online, the only private, nonprofit institution on the list, also marked the second-highest growth rate over the past year (23 percent). With more than 90,000 online students, Liberty remains the nation’s largest private, nonprofit online educator.
>>> Liberty University Athletics has won 11 Sasser Cup titles in the last 16 years, including the last six in a row, more than any other athletics department in conference history.
>>> Number of plants used to create the letters for the Liberty Mountain Monogram. The letters are 180 feet tall and are surrounded by 3 acres and 3,600 tons of white limestone.
>>> Theaters where Kirk Cameron’s new film “Unstoppable,” a partnership with Liberty University, was released for a one-night event on Sept. 24, broadcast live from Liberty’s campus. Due to popular demand, a second showing has been scheduled for Oct. 3. (Visit www.Liberty.edu/KirkCameron)
>>> Number of new academic programs that have been added in the last year, including 46 brand new certificate programs, 91 new online programs, and 127 new residential programs. (Some programs are offered both residentially and online)
>>> With the addition of an equestrian team, Liberty’s Club Sports program now has 32 teams. Last season, 10 teams competed in national competitions.
>>> Number of acres owned by Liberty University, including vast mountain properties used for recreation. Liberty also has more than 4.5 million square feet of technologically advanced building space.
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HIGHLIGHT LIBERTY’S COMMITMENT TO
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As Liberty University ramps up to the opening of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014, the school is stockpiling talented professors and researchers in the health care field. This fall marks the beginning of a professional relationship between Liberty and some of its newly acquired academic all-stars. Dr. Ron Godwin, senior vice president for
Academic Affairs and provost, recognizes how new professors will profoundly impact the direction of the rapidly growing university. “We have always been known, and have been proud to be known, as a teaching university,” Godwin said. “But we are also going to begin to carve out an identity as a research university.” Several of Liberty’s recently hired faculty
will immediately enhance Liberty’s research credentials by bringing expertise from projects widely respected in the medical field. Others are bringing ideas for community-based projects that will improve health care offerings in Central and Southside Virginia and reflect the university’s core Christian values. Here are just some of Liberty’s new faculty for the 2013-14 academic year.
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DR. KEN DORMER Chair, Patho-Physiology & Applied Pharmacology, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Ken Dormer, who will head the physiology and pharmacology program at Liberty’s new medical school, brings with him a world-recognized background in hearing technology and cardiovascular research. Dormer, 69, was recently employed at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, where he had served for more than 30 years.
Dormer said he was attracted to Liberty’s Christian values. “I have seen the value of Christian doctors who have care and compassion for their patients,” he said. “That’s the mission at Liberty because of the school’s spiritual component. That’s what I am all about.” He said he is excited about helping Liberty launch its College of Osteopathic Medicine. “The medical school has immeasurable potential for producing quality doctors who are going to be needed,” he said. “We will need doctors who will treat the whole person with primary medical care as well as those who are underserved, whether they are in the poor areas of this country or globally.” Dormer was a marine biology undergraduate student at Cornell University before going on to receive his doctorate from UCLA. He became intrigued with the hearing mechanisms of humans after
studying biosonar in dolphins and whales. The research he has done in partnership with hearing specialists has resulted in implantable hearing devices now used by more than 200,000 patients worldwide. Additionally, Dormer has been performing research on targeted drug delivery systems using magnetic nanoparticles (nanomedicine). Together with colleagues in cardiology, electrophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, physics, and bioengineering, Dormer is using magnetic nanoparticles to target an area of the heart responsible for causing atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is the most common arrhythmia in the world. It is physically debilitating and a common cause of strokes. Dormer’s method treats an area only the size of a quarter, without circulating medicines throughout the whole body. This method is safer, more effective, and less costly.
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DR. JOSEPH BREWER Chair, Molecular and Cellular Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Joseph Brewer will head the new College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Sciences. He grew up in Alabama and received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University before completing his doctorate in immunology at Duke University in 1995. He said the department’s primary mission will be teaching. “We want to provide an outstanding learning experience that is Christian based,” Brewer said. “Eventually, we will build research programs that complement our teaching mission.” Brewer, 45, served eight years on the faculty at Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago before spending the past six years
teaching at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. “When I learned about the project at Liberty, to build a Christian medical school from the ground up, I was very attracted to that,” he said. “My wife and I spent time thinking and praying about it, and we felt it was the right fit for us. We feel that God opened the door for us to be part of this special blessing.” With research funding from the National Institutes of Health for the past 14 years, Brewer earned an international reputation for his studies of cellular responses to physiologic stress, including types of stress experienced by cancer cells. Brewer said he expects research to become a viable part of the school’s educational offerings,
particularly in a few years when the school is fully established and collaborative interactions have developed among faculty. “Now is an exciting time of team building at the medical school,” Brewer said. “Together, we are doing the foundational work of developing a strong curriculum and excellent teaching programs.”
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DANA WOODY Lead Assistant Professor of Nursing-Pediatrics, School of Health Sciences
Dana Woody, 34, combines the perspective of a Central Virginia resident with a Christian ethic in her new role as a full-time nursing instructor at Liberty. Woody, who grew up on a farm in
Appomattox County, Virginia, embraces her role of training young nurses who may one day serve the underserved populations throughout the United States and abroad. She was drawn to Liberty because it allows her to combine her Christian beliefs with the profession she loves. “There is no better feeling for me than being at a place where I can let my spiritual light shine,” she said. “To me, nursing is not an occupation. Nursing is a passion where you can serve a risen savior. I love being able to plant those seeds in students, who then can take that message throughout the world.” Woody has been a nurse for 14 years, working as a private practice pediatrics nurse and then for Centra, where she became the heart failure nurse coordinator. As part of her Centra résumé, she helped develop
a community-based disease management program. (Centra is a regional nonprofit healthcare system based in Lynchburg,Va., serving more than 300,000 residents in 38 locations throughout Central and Southside Virginia.) Woody graduated from Lynchburg College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and received her master’s in nursing education from there in 2011. She will teach pediatrics and community health at Liberty and is also a nursing instructor with Liberty University Online. In addition to her job at Liberty, Woody is helping start a congregational nurse program at Thomas Road Baptist Church. She also hopes to start a mobile health clinic for underserved communities in Central and Southside Virginia. LIBERTY JOURNAL
News Briefs COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE RECEIVES PROVISIONAL ACCREDITATION
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The deans of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine pose in front of the Center for Medical and Health Sciences, which is on pace to be completed next spring: (from left) Dr. Joseph F. Smoley, associate dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Eric E. Gish, associate dean for Clinical Affairs; Dr. Ronnie B. Martin, dean; Dr. Timothy O. Leonard, associate dean for Biomedical Affairs.
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) announced in August that it has been granted provisional accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA-COCA), the programmatic accreditor for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States. Provisional accreditation allows LUCOM to officially begin recruiting and accepting students and offer education leading to the D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree. LUCOM has initiated that process, and the inaugural class will begin in Fall 2014. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Liberty’s accrediting agency, also
recently recognized the university’s capacity to develop a D.O. degree program. In gaining provisional accreditation, LUCOM becomes the 30th College of Osteopathic Medicine in the nation and the second in Virginia. The profession boasts 38 campuses in 28 states. Today, one of four students attending medical school in the U.S. is attending a College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Provisional accreditation comes as a testament to the tremendous work of the faculty and staff, our clinical and community affiliates, and our financial supporters,” said LUCOM’s dean, Dr. Ronnie B. Martin, D.O., FACOFP-dist. “Having achieved the highest level of recognition available at this time, we are on track to achieve full accreditation prior to the
graduation of our first class of students in 2018.” “The college exists for one purpose: to provide service that benefits people in need,” Martin said. “Our mission centers around producing health care professionals who are not only excellent physicians but have a servant’s heart that will cause them to positively impact patients around the world, specifically those in underrepresented and underserved areas. Our graduates’ knowledge and skill, along with their passion and commitment, will positively affect the lives and health of countless individuals in the decades to come.” In addition to its new provisional status, LUCOM is also ahead of schedule for construction on the much anticipated, 140,000-square-foot Center for Medical and Health Sciences, which broke ground at the southeast end of campus in November 2012. Construction is set for completion this coming spring. Referencing the unparalleled curriculum, Martin said the program focuses on active learning processes that are designed to produce primary and community-based physicians who practice holistic, patient-centric medical care while placing an emphasis on wellness prevention of disease. “Our obligation may be to teach,” he said, “but our avocation is to serve.”
SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS EARNS INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD Virginia’s Region 2000 Technology Council presented the Liberty University School of Aeronautics its Innovator of the Year award on May
23, during TechEDGE, the Lynchburg area’s premier business and education conference. Jonathan Whitt, executive director of the Region 2000 Technology Council, recognized Liberty for its Unmanned Aerial Systems program (one of four in the country), the addition of several hightech simulators, and its collaboration with other entities, including the Center for Advanced Engineering Research. Liberty launched its specialization in
UAS last fall. The technology is used to remotely pilot unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly referred to as drones in their military application. John Marselus, associate dean of Flight Operations, joined a team of industry professionals to present the uses for drones in law enforcement during the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C., on June 22 following a presentation to the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Convention in April.
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BIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS GRANT FOR ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH
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Dr. Gary Isaacs, assistant professor of biology in Liberty University’s Department of Biology & Chemistry, was recently named a recipient of the 2013-14
Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund (ARDRAF), receiving $40,000 to further his research. This brings Isaacs’ research total to $90,000 since coming to Liberty in 2009. The ARDRAF was established in 1982 by the Virginia General Assembly to stimulate investigations into Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders along a variety of avenues, such as the causes, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder; public policy and the financing of care; and the social and psychological impacts of the disease upon the individual, family, and community. The competition is administered by the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University. “This funding gives Liberty prestige while also enabling undergraduate students to work on things they wouldn’t be able to otherwise,” Isaacs said. The grant will allow six of his undergraduate research assistants to continue studying the brain before and after the disease using mice,
specifically looking at the DNA. For the second year in a row, Isaacs’ undergraduate students won a first-place award for their presentation on Alzheimer’s research at the Virginia Academy of Science Annual Meeting in May, competing against both undergraduate and graduate students. Two other Liberty students won awards for their work as well. Several of Isaacs’ students have gone on to prestigious research institutions for graduate or medical school, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Dartmouth. Many continue to perform outstanding research and receive praise for their work. Isaacs recently received this feedback from a professor at another Virginia university: “Each year, I am amazed at the quality of work that is presented by (Liberty) students at the VAS meeting. … It is clear that (Liberty) uses research to teach, and it is no surprise that many … students have gone on to successful graduate research careers themselves.”
COMPUTER ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAMS RECEIVE ABET ACCREDITATION
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Two bachelor’s degree programs within the Liberty University School of Engineering & Computational Sciences (SECS) have been accredited by ABET, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. The Computer Engineering program
has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Computer Science program has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission. The school’s Electrical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering programs were accredited by ABET last year. “We are proud to be able to say that 100 percent of our students from any current Liberty engineering program will have graduated under an ABET accredited program,” said David Donahoo, dean of SECS. “Engineering at Liberty has reached a new age. With the accreditation of our programs complete, we now seek to expand our offerings to include mechanical engineering, while we continue to reflect
and improve on our electrical, industrial, and computer programs.” The school graduated its first Computer Engineering students this past May. The accreditation is retroactive for their degrees. SECS has worked hard over the last year to provide more opportunities for students entering the business and technology fields, Donahoo said. “With our existing B.S. programs in Computer Science and Management of Information Systems, and our new M.S. programs in Information Systems Technology Management and Information Assurance, as well as the launching of our new M.S. in Cyber Security soon, every potential student desiring a technology-related degree can now find a path to that goal at Liberty.” LIBERTY JOURNAL
News Briefs TOBYMAC VISITS CAMPUS, PARTNERS WITH LU FOR TOUR Six-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist and alumnus Toby McKeehan (’88), better known as TobyMac, visited campus on Aug. 28. One of his stops was Victory FM, which moved to its new site at Candlers Station Shopping Center in May after operating out of a building behind the Carter Glass Mansion on campus for more than 30 years. McKeehan took the time to meet students. He watched the men’s soccer team practice,
coached by his longtime friend Jeff Alder, and visited with SOAR Dunk, one of Liberty’s ministry teams, as they worked on their acrobatic basketball skills. McKeehan also recorded promotional materials for Liberty, which is the primary sponsor of his upcoming Hits Deep Tour, Nov. 7-Dec. 15. Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Colton Dixon, Chris August, and Capital Kings are part of the lineup. Liberty’s recruitment team will man a booth
Singer/songwriterTobyMac (‘88) visits Victory FM at its new home at Candlers Station Shopping Center.
and give presentations on stage that will include prizes. “Liberty is a school that definitely was pivotal in my life … it offered me a foundation for my spiritual life and for some of my friends that I have done my whole life with,” McKeehan said, “It’s nice to get that opportunity to tip my hat to something that played such a massive role in my life.”
LIBERTY MAKES LISTS OF TOP COLLEGES FOR DINING, SAFETY, AND INTRAMURALS BestColleges.com recently listed Liberty University among the top schools for “Best Dining Halls,” “Best College Campus Security,” and “Best Intramurals.” Liberty’s Reber-Thomas Dining Hall was listed alongside the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, Ohio State University, and Vanderbilt University for the best dining halls. Reber-Thomas Dining Hall has 10 different dining stations, from homestyle favorites, Tex/ Mex and Italian specialties, to an expansive soup and salad bar. “Simple Servings,” a gluten- and other common allergen-free foods
station, was recently added to serve nutritious meals for students with dietary restrictions. In addition to the dining hall, Liberty offers nearly 15 different dining options around campus, including Sub Connection, Doc’s Diner, Dunkin’ Donuts, Bistro 71, and Chick-fil-A. Liberty was cited as a having “Best College Campus Security” for its exceptional campus police services, its self-defense classes for students, and its widespread campus alert system. Liberty’s Intramural Sports program, one of the university’s many campus recreation
opportunities, was cited for the variety of sports offered. Students can participate in 20 different sports — including flag football, broomball, ultimate Frisbee, beach volleyball, and softball — with close to 7,000 students participating each year. Earlier this year, another website, CollegeProwler.com, which ranks schools based on input from students, ranked Liberty in the top 25 for schools where students are both smart and attractive. It called Liberty a school where students “treat newcomers with respect” and avoid “drama in relationships.”
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university has kept its commitment to building reserves for the future its first financial priority. “We came to the realization over the last 25 years that significant cash reserves and endowment funding was needed to ensure that Liberty University could fulfill its mission to provide Christian education for generations to come. It is rewarding when rating agencies recognize Liberty’s commitment to and recent successes in building those resources for the future,” said President Jerry Falwell, Jr. “Going through the ratings process over the last three years has been a real learning experience for our management team. When we met with Moody’s last month in Manhattan, it was gratifying to hear from them how they had noticed that Liberty had reached certain financial milestones
about one year earlier than we had predicted when we met with the same Moody’s folks in 2010.” Bond ratings measure an institution’s financial management and ability to pay back borrowed money on time and in full. Liberty marked its initial public bond offering when it issued $120 million worth of tax-exempt education facilities bonds in December 2010. In January 2012, Liberty announced its second IPO, this time in the corporate bond market selling $100 million of taxable bonds. Last year, Liberty received another superior credit rating, “AA,” from Standard & Poor’s on its tax-exempt bonds. That credit rating placed Liberty in a group of 78 universities with the highest credit ratings in the nation.
“Liberty achieved another remarkable year of revenue growth (up 13 percent to $728 million) as it continues to attract new online students and slowly build core residential programs,” the report says. It also outlined recent program expansion, including Liberty’s new College of Osteopathic Medicine, which recently received provisional accreditation. Liberty is in the process of replacing many structures on its campus that had become obsolete and is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in a multi-year campus transformation. Parts of the campus are being completely rebuilt. While the capital expansion is grand in scale, the
LIVES TOUCHED, LESSONS LEARNED TRIPS BRING HOPE, SUPPORT TO PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE
Liberty students ministered in Cameroon this summer.
CENTER FOR MINISTRY TRAINING MAKES AN IMPACT During the summer months, students from the Center for Ministry Training (CMT) had the opportunity to use their God-given talents on various service trips across the country. Through the CMT ministry practicum, the Genesis project, 40 students gained practical ministry experience by connecting with local church and parachurch organizations committed to the Great Commission. This
Liberty’s Center for Global Engagement (CGE) sent out six teams of students, leaders, and recent graduates to show Christ’s love and meet the needs of individuals around the world. More than 100 students and leaders participated in short-term trips through CGE this summer. In May, groups traveled to Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Colombia, Cameroon, and two undisclosed locations in Europe. The Lady Flames Field Hockey Team also traveled to Uganda.
program helps students who are considering a career in full-time ministry leadership to gain practical ministry experience. In addition, the CMT partnered with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to send students to minister with churches in urban areas. The CMT mobilized more than 2,500 students, over 50 mission trips, and 135 evangelistic events and block parties, resulting in nearly 600 known salvation decisions over the 2012-13 academic year.
THEATER STUDENTS SHINE ON STAGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Jonathan Hogue and Rachel Lind performed in a production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” near Seattle.
Many students of the Liberty University Department of Theatre Arts used the summer months to notch professional stage credits. Liberty students and graduates could be seen in community shows, dinner theaters, and other professional venues from the Lynchburg area and surrounding communities to locations as far away as Seattle, New York City, Kentucky, and Colorado. Several students and alumni worked behind the scenes as choreographers, technicians, programmers, designers, set
Students engaged in relationship building, prayer walks, sports camps, HIV/AIDS education, and drama. They also distributed educational resources and medical supplies. Among those served were many children, refugees, and orphans. Every year, more and more students embrace the university’s mission of Training Champions for Christ and take it global through short-term trips and internships. The CGE also offers trips over Christmas break and spring break, as well as other events, many of which take place during its semiannual Global Focus Week.
Students helped spread mulch for a new garden at a local retirement activity center in Portland, Ore.
builders, and in various crew positions. Near Seattle, senior Rachel Lind and junior Jonathan Hogue took the stage in a production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” playing Martha, a bride, and Caleb, a brother, respectively. In Kentucky, senior Tim Ross sang, danced, and acted in the “Sound of Music” and “Oklahoma.” After graduating in May, Rachel Day began a two-month acting contract in Valdosta, Ga., where she landed leading roles in “The Sound of Music,” “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” and “A Little Night Music.”
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Liberty University students refuse to allow the summer months to dwindle idly away. From service trips to competitions, career experience, and epic journeys,
CHAMPIONS MADE AN IMPACT (AND MEMORIES) ALL OVER THE GLOBE.
BUSINESS STUDENTS APPLY SKILLS ON SERVICE TRIPS
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Four Liberty University School of Business students traveled to Asia to participate in month-long outreach opportunities as part of a new partnership between the school and the Center for Global Engagement. The program, now in its second year, helps business students use their God-given skills to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Two teams of two students each worked with field workers and assisted in creating business plans as a means for workers to generate financial stability and build relationships throughout the community. Scott Hicks, dean of the School of Business, said the trips not only offer “real-world, practical education and strengthened opportunities for employability,” but also help students realize their potential to serve the Lord in their profession. “Regardless of the education we are able to provide them, there is nothing like going out, rolling up your sleeves, and getting your hands dirty while serving in the field you decide to pursue.”
From left: (Back row) Timothy Riordan, Keller Hopkins II, Justin Smith, Philip Godley, Colin Mukri, (Front Row) Jonathan Riordan, and Thomas Madison prepare to embark on the ‘Road Trip of a Lifetime.’
GROUP TAKES LIBERTY’S NAME ON THE ROAD FOR SUMMER ‘ROAD TRIP OF A LIFETIME’ A group of seven men left campus in a Liberty University van for a month of adventure, covering roughly 8,222 miles, 25 states, and eight national parks. Their first destination was the Grand Canyon National Park, a 35-hour drive with no planned stops on the way. The group included four recent Liberty graduates: Justin Smith, Colin Mukri, Philip Godley, and Thomas Madison; current
Liberty student and member of the Campus Band Timothy Riordan; former Liberty student Keller Hopkins II; and Riordan’s brother Jonathan. The group camped out most nights but also stayed in host homes provided by a few of the churches they connected with across the country. All of the members are musicians and ministered through music, leading worship in some of the churches they visited. Their biggest goal was to build relationships and share God’s love.
Amanda Ritchie (right) and Jessica Hampton, both senior accounting majors, went on an overseas trip to Asia where they worked to help a local business.
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STUDENTS CHOSEN TO PRESENT AT GLENN BECK’S FOURTH OF JULY EVENT
Twelve Liberty University students shared the historical significance of important artifacts in the Independence Through History museum, part of Glenn Beck’s “Man
in the Moon” event July 4-6 in Salt Lake City. Students hosted the museum’s 12 stations featuring about 100 historical artifacts — an estimated $55 million value — collected and arranged to tell the story of America’s freedom through its choices. The Man in the Moon event was a three-day celebration of America’s freedom culminating with a special show — a neverbefore-seen storytelling spectacle utilizing liveaction stunts and innovative film techniques. Leading up to the finale there were several seminars, conferences, speakers, and displays designed to enhance the experience.
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LIBERTY BELLES TEAM FINISHES IN TOP 10 AT AIR RACE CLASSIC Liberty University School of Aeronautics’ women’s flight team, the Liberty Belles, participated in the 37th annual All Women’s Air Race Classic. The four-day race covered 2,460 miles from Washington to Arkansas. Liberty’s team of Charity Holland, a School of Aeronautics instructor, and Jessica Dyer, a recent graduate, placed ninth out of 47 planes and fourth out of 13 college entries. They also earned the Fastest Piper Award for being the first of the Piper Arrow planes to finish. Juniors Megan Grupp and Jodi Jacob landed in 22nd place overall, posting the
second-fastest time on leg No. 7 from Holdrege, Neb., to La Junta, Colo., and the third-fastest time on leg No. 3 from Logan, Utah, to Rawlins, Wyo. Coach Sarah Morris, who won the 2011 race representing Jacksonville University, also competed, joining Helen Helpling of Florida to place eighth overall. The Liberty Belles also had the chance to encourage young, aspiring aviators during “Women Can Fly,” a special event held at Freedom Aviation Jet Center on June 29. Girls and women were invited to take part in free 45-minute flights, tours of the Lynchburg Control Tower, and a variety of seminars at the nearby School of Aeronautics.
Eight Liberty University cinematic arts students had the unique opportunity to work as interns on two different movie sets this summer. Two students worked on the set of “Like a Country Song,” filmed in Nashville, Tenn., starring Billy Ray Cyrus and Joel Smallbone. Senior Emily Price was the director’s assistant and senior Jonathan Current worked with the film’s production and sound team. Six students worked on a new movie from Affirm Films (a faith/family-friendly label of Sony Pictures), “Moms’ Night Out,” a comedy filmed in Birmingham, Ala., and starring Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings,” “Rudy”). It is directed by John and Andy Irwin (“October Baby”). On the set, the Liberty interns quickly caught the eye of the department heads and most were offered paid positions by the middle of production. Liberty’s cinematic arts center officially launched last year.
CONVOCATION SCHEDULE // FALL 2013
Liberty University Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian young people, is held three times a week in the Vines Center. Students hear from prominent speakers of national and global significance from a variety of professions — ministry, business, sports, entertainment, medicine, and more. Convocation speakers challenge, motivate, and inspire students as they share their stories. Many Convocations can be viewed live on the Liberty Channel or online, as part of Liberty University Online Communities (www.Liberty.edu/OnlineCommunities). Past events can be viewed at www.Liberty.edu/Streaming or on Liberty’s YouTube channel.
This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Visit www.Liberty.edu/Convo for the most up-to-date schedule.
Bethany Hamilton “Soul Surfer”
Actor and Producer
8/21 - Clayton King: (Spiritual Emphasis Week) President, Crossroads Worldwide 8/23 - Clayton King: (Spiritual Emphasis Week) President, Crossroads Worldwide 8/26 - Vernon Brewer: Liberty Alumnus; Founder and President of World Help 8/28 - Elmer Towns: Co-founder, Liberty University 8/30 - Tom Mullins: Founding Pastor of Christ Fellowship; President of EQUIP 9/2 – Alternative Convocations* 9/4 - Ben Gutierrez: Administrative Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Liberty University 9/6 - Derwin Gray: Founder and Pastor, Transformation Church; Author of “Limitless Life” 9/9 - David Ring: One of America’s Most Prominent Preachers; Author of “Just As I Am” 9/11 - Michael Youssef: Pastor, The Church of the Apostles; President, Leading the Way 9/13 - Bobby Bowden: All-time Winningest NCAA FBS Coach, Florida State 9/16 - John Piper: (Global Focus Week) Founder, DesiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary; Author and Pastor - Naghmeh Abedini: Wife of Iranian- American Pastor Saeed Abedini Imprisoned in Iran 9/18 - Bob Creson: (Global Focus Week) President and CEO, Wycliffe Bible Translators 9/20 - Alternative Convocations* 9/23 - Kirk Cameron: TV and Film Actor; Producer of “Unstoppable” - Dr. Peter Williams: Warden and CEO of Tyndale House 9/25 - Phil Cooke: President, Cooke Pictures; Speaker and Author 9/27 - Willie Robertson: (College For A Weekend) CEO of Duck Commander; Star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” - Crowder: (Special Music) Christian Band 9/30 - Pattie Mallette: Bestselling Author and Speaker; Mother of Justin Bieber 10/2 – Alternative Convocations*
10/7 - Jeff Bethke: Author of “Jesus>Religion;” Poet and YouTube Sensation 10/9 - Pete Wilson: Founder and Senior Pastor, Cross Point Church 10/11 - Bobby Gruenwald: Innovation Leader, LifeChurch; Creator of YouVersion 10/14 - Dr. Ed Hindson: Dean of Institute of Biblical Studies & Distinguished Professor of Religion, Liberty University 10/16 - Bethany Hamilton: Professional Surfer; Inspiration for the Movie “Soul Surfer” 10/18 - TBA 10/21 - Ron Luce: President and Founder, Teen Mania Ministries 10/23 - Mark Batterson: Pastor, National Community Church; Author of “The Circle Maker” 10/25 - Alternative Convocations* 10/28 – TBA 10/30 - Jon Acuff: Bestselling Author and Speaker 11/1 - Dr. Bruce Wilkinson: Bestselling Author and Speaker 11/4 - Rachel Cruze: Speaker and Financial Expert; Daughter of Dave Ramsey 11/6 - Capt. Gerald Coffee: (Military Emphasis Week) Decorated U.S. Air Force Pilot; Former Prisoner of War 11/8 - Clayton King: (College For A Weekend) President, Crossroads Worldwide 11/11 - Ed Stetzer: Liberty Alumnus; President, LifeWay Research; Author and Speaker 11/13 - Rafael Cruz: Pastor; Political Activist; Father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz 11/15 - Bob Coy: Founder and Pastor, Calvary Chapel of Ft. Lauderdale 11/18 - Alternative Convocations* 11/20 – Jonathan Falwell: Senior Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church 11/22 – TBA 12/2 – Eric Mason: Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship; Author of “Manhood Restored” 12/5 – Christmas Convocation *Schools within the university will host their own Convocations
FIRED UP TO COACH LADY FLAMES BY TED ALLEN As a softball player, Dot Richardson’s exuberant personality and competitive drive made her one of the most inspiring female athletes in recent U.S. Olympic memory. She was the starting shortstop at UCLA, leading the Bruins to the first of 11 NCAA championships in 1982. On Team USA, she guided the United States to gold medals in the Summer Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney, Australia. Now, as Liberty University’s head softball coach — succeeding Paul Wetmore who retired in May after recording 547 wins over 20 seasons — Richardson wants to inspire the Lady Flames to live out their dreams, both on and off the field. “I’m kind of a living example for these student-athletes to see what the sport can do for them,” she said. “Softball is just a vehicle for the women who play it, an environment that nurtures so much of a woman’s growth as an individual in all aspects: physical, mental, and spiritual.” Richardson was a 13-year-old playing with women twice her age on the Orlando (Fla.) Rebels semipro travel team when she fielded her first autograph request. “This man asked me for an autograph after a game my rookie year and as I was signing it, he said, ‘I love to watch you play because when I watch you play, I feel so alive,’” she said. “That inspiration — utilizing the gifts God has given us to ultimately glorify Him — is what I believe the Lord wants us to give to others and sports is a great avenue to do that.” Her passion for the game is exceeded only by her zeal to share her faith. “Really, what is it all about? You could win a national championship and be an NCAA
All-American (as she was five times), but when it all comes down to it, (we) need to ask: What have we done with the gifts the Lord has given us? Are we impacting others by showing Him in us?” Her advice: “Just get out of the way and let the Holy Spirit work through you, through your actions and opportunities, to bring people to see the Lord.” She said the steps to building a successful
"I'm kind of a living example for these studentathletes to see what the sport can do for them. Softball is just a vehicle for the women who play it, an environment that nurtures so much of a woman's growth as an individual in all aspects: physical, mental, and spiritual." team include teaching players to master the physical fundamentals of the game and helping them recognize the gifts God has given them are meant to be shared. It is this recognition and belief in Him that builds mental toughness and confidence, which in turn removes all fear and doubt. “You’re not worried about getting out,’” Richardson said. “It’s just ‘Here I am, world.’” She believes playing selflessly and sharing one’s faith, rather than using intrinsic rewards as motivation, helps to bring out the spirit of a champion. “That’s what wins Olympic gold medals,”
Richardson said. “What gets you to the national championship title game is realizing it’s not about you. It’s about team and giving glory to the Lord. It’s beyond just your talent. It has to be that inner spirit and drive that motivates. Those athletes who have the drive to reach their full potential are true champions who will give you everything they have because they innately know they can’t give anything less.” That’s part of the reason she and her husband, Bob Pinto, national director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Softball Ministry who will serve as her assistant, accepted Liberty Director of Athletics Jeff Barber’s offer to take over the program. In Richardson, who also helped Team USA win five Pan American Game gold medals and four World Championship gold medals, Barber believes he has found a perfect match, a coach eager to share her gifts to see the Lady Flames’ program flourish. “Her experience as a collegiate and international player, as well as her understanding of the game, is unparalleled,” Barber said. “Additionally, Dot is a great Christian leader and motivator and will bring tremendous value to our softball program and the Liberty University community.” President Jerry Falwell, Jr. said Richardson’s vision for Liberty’s team and for many other related programs that could include major softball camps at Liberty “seems to mesh perfectly with ours.” “She brings a wealth of experience and achievement that uniquely qualifies her to fulfill that vision,” he said. Richardson, an orthopedic surgeon who received her medical degree from Louisville
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in 1993, previously served as director and medical director of the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla., a state-of-the-art sports, health, and fitness campus where thousands of amateur and professional athletes from all over the world train. Though this is her first collegiate head coaching position, Richardson served as a graduate assistant at Adelphi University in New York, where she received her master’s degree in 1988. In recent years, she and Pinto instructed and coached “Dot’s Diamonds” U10 and U18 youth squads to the National Softball Association national championships. Those teams were byproducts of the Dot Richardson Softball Association, a not-for-profit organization providing instruction to coaches and athletes. She founded the association in 1997, after her first Olympic Games, along with younger brother Lonnie Richardson and friend and coach John Cassady, who played for the U10 NSA national champions. At Liberty, Richardson and Pinto, along with pitching coach Paige Cassady, a Florida International University graduate and daughter of John Cassady, will focus on fueling the Lady Flames’ faith as well as building their courage and confidence. “We’ll give everything we have,” Richardson said. “The philosophy will always be to put God first and help student-athletes reach their full potential, both on and off the field for His glory. The first thing is your soul, then your mind and your body. We’ve got to make sure that in the classroom and on the field, they’re prepared to be the best in everything they do.”
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In the program’s first NCAA Regional, Liberty Baseball faced Clemson and South Carolina, beating the Tigers twice.
BASEBALL Another highlight of the year included christening the new Liberty Baseball Stadium with a 4-1 victory over Penn State on Feb. 23, witnessed by 2,565 fans. Homefield advantage helped the fifth-seeded Flames win their first BSC championship since 2000 with a 2-1 triumph over topseeded Campbell on May 25. In that game, tournament MVP Ashton Perritt delivered the game-winning RBI in the top of the ninth before retiring the Camels in the bottom of the inning for his ninth save. That was Liberty’s fourth one-run win in the tournament and secured the Flames an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional in Columbia, S.C., hosted by South Carolina, head coach Jim Toman’s former team. By beating Clemson twice — the first behind a six-RBI production from catcher Trey
BASKETBALL Perhaps the most surprising NCAA Tournament appearance of the year was made by the Flames’ men’s basketball team, which became only the second team in NCAA history to make the field with 20 losses. The 15-20 Flames, seeded fifth in the North Division, advanced to the Big Dance on the heels of their first BSC championship in nine seasons and third overall. They upset Charleston Southern, the No. 1 seed in the South, 87-76, in the final for their fourth win in six days after beating No. 4 South seed Coastal Carolina, No. 1 North seed High Point, and No. 2 South seed Gardner-Webb. On March 19 in Dayton, Ohio, Liberty rallied from behind and barely came up short in its NCAA Tournament opener against North Carolina A&T, 73-72, as John Caleb Sanders’ last-second, off-balance, fast-break layup in traffic glanced off the backboard and fell just wide of the rim. >>
En route to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004, the Flames men’s basketball team stunned the competition in the Big South Conference Championship, upending higher seeds in each of its matchups.
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In 2012-13, Liberty University became only the fifth NCAA Division I school in the Bowl Championship Series era, which began in 1998, to capture conference championships in football, men’s basketball, and baseball in the same year. Add women’s basketball to that sweep of Big South Conference (BSC) trophies — as the Lady Flames did by winning 14 of their last 15 games — and Liberty delivered a grand slam that no other school was able to accomplish last year, and a feat that may be unprecedented in the history of NCAA Division I programs. Altogether, this past school year Liberty claimed 10 BSC crowns, tying Stanford’s total in the Pacific-12 and trailing only Princeton (which won 11 in the Ivy League), for most in America. Besides achieving success in the four dominant sports, the Flames also excelled in winning conference titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, and women’s volleyball, which donned its fourth conference crown in the past six seasons. Liberty also garnered the George F. “Buddy” Sasser Cup, designating it as the Big South’s top athletics program, for the sixth year in a row and 11th time in the past 16 years. The honor gives Liberty more awards than any other athletics department in conference history, better than longtime rival Coastal Carolina’s nine Sasser Cups.
Wimmer and complete-game pitching performance by Josh Richardson — the Flames advanced to their first regional final in program history before being eliminated by the host Gamecocks, 6-4. Following its fifth 35-win campaign in Toman’s six seasons at the helm, Liberty (36-29) ended the year ranked No. 26 in the final Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, also receiving votes in the final National Collegiate Baseball Writers (NCBWA) and USA Today Coaches polls.
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Lady Flames basketball squared off with Purdue on the national stage in their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance.
>> Junior guard Davon Marshall’s 22 points tied him with David Dees for most points scored by a Liberty player in an NCAA Tournament game and he also edged Seth Curry for the most three-pointers in a season with 107. Sanders, meanwhile, became the 23rd Liberty player to reach the 1,000-point milestone, joining older brother Jesse Sanders, the Flames’ all-time assist leader who played professionally this past year in Italy.
Five days later in Louisville, Ky., Devon Brown became only the second player in Liberty women’s basketball history to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau, scoring a team-high 21 points in a 77-43 loss to Purdue in the NCAA Tournament opener for the 13th-seeded Lady Flames (27-7).
It came as little surprise for Liberty to make it to college basketball’s grandest stage after continuing its dominance in the Big South, winning its 15th conference tournament title in the past 17 seasons with a 54-45 victory over BSC newcomer Longwood. The team graduated five seniors, including Brown, who was the Virginia Sports Information Directors’ State Player of the Year. They were honored at an annual awards banquet, where President Jerry Falwell, Jr. noted that, historically, the Lady Flames have been “the most successful athletics team at Liberty.” WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Similarly, the women’s volleyball team was no stranger to the NCAA Tournament, claiming its seventh BSC Tournament championship after head coach Shane Pinder guided the Lady Flames to their sixth consecutive BSC regular-season title since taking the coaching reins in 2004. After being swept by four-time defending NCAA champion Penn State in the 2011 opener, Liberty again drew the No. 8 seed in the first round of the tournament, traveling to Minnesota. The Lady Flames played their longest game since the 25-point rally scoring format was introduced in 2008, falling 34-32 in the third and final game of their seasonending setback to the Golden Gophers.
FOOTBALL Under the direction of first-year Head Coach Turner Gill, Flames Football earned at least a share of the Big South regular-season title for the fifth time in the past six seasons. Freshman quarterback Josh Woodrum was VaSID’s Offensive Rookie of the Year and senior wide receiver Pat Kelly came one catch short of Pat Nelson’s single-season record with 80. Though Liberty earned a share of the regular season crown, the conference’s lone bid to the NCAA Football Conference Championship playoffs went to Coastal Carolina due to Big South tie-breaker rules. As Liberty embarks on its 2013-14 sports seasons, and looks toward a potential move to a conference that competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), excitement is in
the air on Liberty Mountain. The football program returns Woodrum and fellow all-BSC preseason offensive pick Hunter Steward, a senior offensive lineman; five allBSC preseason defensive players, including senior defensive back and kickoff returner Kevin Fogg; and three all-BSC preseason selections on special teams. It also added former University of Virginia running back Clifton Richardson, a transfer with two seasons of eligibility remaining. The Flames officially kicked off Liberty’s fall athletics season at Kent State on Aug. 29 before beating Monmouth 45-15 in their Sept. 7 home opener at Williams Stadium, which was recently named one of the best FCS facilities in the nation and the best in the BSC by the Sports Network. Liberty will play a record seven of 12 games at home this fall, including Coastal Carolina on Oct. 19, Homecoming Weekend. (Read more about Homecoming activities on Page 48.)
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in Allen, Texas. Jill Wipperman’s sixth-place all-around performance paced the Lady Flames to a 13th-place finish at the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs national meet in Minneapolis. Liberty snowboarder Eden Jones finished fourth and Tim Steltzer won the Big Air event at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships in Idaho. For the first time last October, the men’s and women’s triathlon team was represented on the international stage when team members Joseph Anderson and Parker Spencer, along with coach Beth Frackleton, competed in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships held in New Zealand. On Sept. 21, Liberty hosted its first USA Triathlon-sanctioned event on campus.
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ATHLETIC FACILITIES Liberty’s Club Sports and NCAA programs are poised to expand as many of the facilities are set to receive upgrades and new ones are planned. Club Sports recently opened a refurbished athletic training and strength and conditioning facility and hired a new strength coach and graduate assistant athletic trainer to serve its 500-plus athletes. The building is located behind the LaHaye Ice Center, which also underwent significant offseason renovations in preparation for the season openers of Liberty’s five men’s and women’s
hockey teams and its budding figure skating and synchronized skating programs. The new Olympic Sports Complex, currently under construction below the LU Monogram on Liberty Mountain, should help teams achieve even more success in the future. That multipurpose facility will include an Olympic-sized pool and an indoor track, and will also house the wrestling and men’s and women’s gymnastics teams and support other Olympic sports.
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CLUB SPORTS Meanwhile, Liberty’s Club Sports program, which expanded to 32 sports this summer with the addition of women’s equestrian, is also coming off an exceptional year and seeking to continue its unprecedented growth in 2013-14. The Flames had 10 men’s and six women’s teams represented at national competitions in 2012-13, with the men’s archery compound team winning a national championship at the Oct. 21-23 U.S. Collegiate Archery Association 3-D National Championships in Columbia, Mo. Liberty’s American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I women’s team finished as national runner-up to Minnesota, the previous season’s runner-up, ending the year with a 29-3 record after being ranked No. 1 in the nation for more than two months. The Flames men’s lacrosse team captured its first Southeast Lacrosse Conference tournament title and Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division II national tournament berth in late April. The Flames advanced to the MCLA DII semifinals in mid-May before falling to St. Thomas (Minn.), winner of four of the past five championships, 10-9 in overtime. Individually, senior 235-pound wrestler Andrew Wilson claimed a national championship and led Liberty to a repeat of its third-place team showing at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association tournament
Liberty’s men’s lacrosse team captured its first Southeast Lacrosse Conference tournament title, placing them in the MCLA Division II national tournament where they advanced to the semifinals.
FLAMES INDUCT FIVE MEMBERS INTO FIFTH HALL OF FAME CLASS Five former Flames — representing football, men’s basketball, women’s soccer, volleyball, and athletics administration — were introduced as the newest members of the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame for 2013. The fifth annual class was officially inducted on Sept. 13 at a special ceremony in the Williams Stadium Club Pavilion, and are now enshrined
in the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame located in the Vines Center. They were honored at halftime during Liberty University’s home football game against Morgan State, Sept. 14. Established in 2009, Liberty’s Hall of Fame now has 27 members, each of whom have made major contributions to the ever-growing NCAA Division I program.
ANTHONIA (AKPAMA) OYEDELE Volleyball – 1996-99
ROBBY JUSTINO Football, 1989-92
NANCY (DAVIS) WHITE Women’s Soccer, 1998-2001
Liberty’s first dominant Division I volleyball player, Oyedele helped lead the Lady Flames to their first two Big South Conference titles and automatic NCAA Tournament bids in 1997 and 1999. The native of Lagos, Nigeria, is still the only player in program history to amass more than 2,000 kills, finishing her four-year career with 2,024. She is also one of only two players to have her jersey retired, joining fellow Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame member Theresa Bream. Just the fifth Liberty Athletics representative to be inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame (during a ceremony in May), Oyedele is the only player in team history to earn Big South All-Conference honors for volleyball for four consecutive years, including 1999, when she capped her career as the BSC Player of the Year.
Justino, a native of Green Cove Spring, Fla., led the Flames to the program’s first-ever victory over an FBS opponent, helping Liberty upset host Eastern Michigan, 25-24, on Oct. 21, 1989, in his first career start. During his four years at Liberty, Justino set the standard for all Flames quarterbacks to follow. His 9,548 passing yards top the next player on the career list by more than 2,000. He also finished his career as Liberty’s all-time leader in career completions (769), attempts (1,267), passing touchdowns (64), total offensive yards (8,806), plays (1,469), and total touchdowns (66).
Liberty’s women’s soccer team posted a 2-30 record in Big South play in the six seasons before White arrived from Modesto, Calif. The four-time Big South All-Conference team member enabled the Lady Flames to capture their first two Big South crowns in 2000 and 2001. White’s career numbers far surpass any other player in program history with 106 points and 43 goals scored. She was a three-time Big South alltournament team selection, the 2000 Big South Championship MVP, and the Big South Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2001.
BAILEY ALSTON Men’s Basketball – 1988-90 Alston helped facilitate the men’s basketball program’s transition to NCAA Division I after playing one season at the Division II level, when he was honored as the 1988 Mason-Dixon Player of the Year. He is one of only three players in program history to score 2,000 career points (2,115), doing so in just three seasons at Liberty. Alston trails only Karl Hess (2,373), a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class, and 2007 graduate Larry Blair (2,211) on the all-time scoring list and holds the program’s career mark for scoring average (25.5 points over a span of 83 games), including a record three 40-point games.
BRENDA BONHEIM Volleyball and Women’s Basketball Coach/SWA – 1975-2000 A pioneer for women’s athletics when she arrived in Lynchburg in 1974, Bonheim championed the cause during her 26-year association with Liberty’s athletics department. She is the wife of former wrestling and football coach Bob Bonheim, a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class. Bonheim helped start the women’s basketball (1975-76) and volleyball (1976) programs, serving as the head coach for both. She was also Liberty Athletics’ first senior woman administrator, serving in that role from 1977 until she retired in 2000. Bonheim, along with Dr. Linda Farver (women’s basketball coach from 1977-86), helped bring Liberty into the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), where the Lady Flames competed until the entire athletics department shifted to full NCAA Division I status in 1988. LIBERTY JOURNAL
Champions for Christ ALUMNUS WORKS AS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH FOR NBA CHAMPION MIAMI HEAT
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Octavio De La Grana, a 1993 graduate of Liberty University’s Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), feels fortunate to have worked in the NBA for the past seven seasons as a player development coach and advance scout for the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. But he still considers himself a high school coach at heart. After winning 434 games and leading his alma mater, Florida Christian School, to a Class 2A state championship in 1996, he established Coach D’s Basketball Camp, a summer outlet for youth in the Miami area. He coached high school for 18 years and served as athletic director for six,
while completing his general studies degree from Liberty. De La Grana’s connection with the Heat organization started through coaching the daughter of Miami Heat President Pat Riley at Florida Christian School. He was hired by the Heat in 2006 and spends much of his time training and scouting developmental players. “Occasionally, I do part of the scouting (of Miami’s upcoming opponents). Mostly I work the young guys out. It’s not the most glamorous thing, but it’s a great opportunity,” De La Grana said. “I’m very honored to be involved in the NBA, but by no means have I reinvented the game. I’m
a very small part of this big machine. The majority of my involvement is developing guys that don’t even dress. My whole life has been in high school, where you have an impact on kids’ lives and are able to coach guys on a daily basis.” De La Grana was impressed with the quality of distance education he received through Liberty, with support from current Dean of the School of Education Karen Parker and her husband, education professor Leonard Parker. The Parkers both taught De La Grana when he was a student at Florida Christian. “They gave me tremendous support, anytime I needed questions answered,” De La Grana said. “(Distance learning) was not as high-tech as it is today, but Liberty was the blueprint for it (online education).” The discipline it took to complete his degree while working as a physical education teacher, coach, and athletic director taught him the importance of being detail-oriented and diligent. “God’s given everybody different talents, different abilities,” he said. “To me, it’s not the job you have, it’s how you do your job.” He said mutual respect has played a large part in Miami’s recent success, and that it’s not all due to having LeBron James on the floor. “We have some great leaders from top to bottom,” De La Grana said. “From (General Manager) Micky Arison to our coach (Erik Spoelstra), to our trainers, people in the weight room, our strength coaches, our scouts … it’s a collective effort. “You aspire every year for a championship and you do all you can,” he added. “Whatever it takes, you do it and you hope you can end it like we have the past couple years. It took a lot of people putting in a lot of work.”
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These touching stories show the impact Liberty University students, faculty, staff, and alumni are having on campus and beyond.
YOUNGEST U.S. PRO SWIMMER ENROLLS IN LIBERTY ONLINE ACADEMY
Michael Andrew, who recently broke one of Michael Phelps’ records and is the youngest American swimmer to sign a professional endorsement deal, has joined the more than 2,000 students enrolled in Liberty University Online Academy, which provides online education to students in grades 3-12.
Andrew, a 14-year-old Kansas resident, was featured on swimswam.com and in the June issue of Sports Illustrated after becoming the youngest American swimmer to go pro, signing with South Africa-based P2Life nutritional supplements. He drew immediate comparisons to 18-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps, who turned pro at the age of 16 in 2001. On Aug. 9, Andrew smashed two National Age Group records on the last night of the USA Swimming Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif. He slashed nearly a second and a half off Phelps’ 200-meter Individual Medley mark, set in 2000. Andrew now holds 12 National Age Group records. Both Andrew and his younger sister Michaela, who also enrolled in Liberty Online Academy this summer, are seeking to accelerate their home-school education. Studying online enables Michael to pursue his dreams of making the United States team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, affording him time to travel around the world for international meets and train at home. Already a year ahead of his peers, Michael is entering 10th grade and plans to finish
high school by the time he is 16. Additionally, with the program’s dual enrollment option, he can start taking college courses as soon as next year. Liberty Online Academy Dean Jay Spencer said the program’s flexibility allows students to manage their time more effectively through independent study. “Students come in with us and they realize they’re now in control of their education,” he said, noting a typical school day spans three to five hours. “There’s a tremendous amount of freedom in there. That is why an athlete like Michael sees the benefit of the program because he can schedule his schooling around his swim training, rather than the other way around.” For similar reasons, the program has attracted other elite athletes, including 15-year-old triathlete Stone Dyson, who also recently enrolled after competing in last month’s Junior National Championships in Ohio, and middle school gymnast Alexis Stokes, as well as budding actors and actresses. Liberty Online Academy started in 2007 with 35 students. It ended this past academic year with 2,100 enrolled in the United States and abroad.
Champions for Christ GRADUATE INJURED IN BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING FINDS HOPE IN MIDST OF TRAGEDY
What began as a fun family trip quickly became a life-changing experience for alumna Gina DiMartino (’07, M.B.A.). DiMartino, of Rochester, N.Y., and several members of her family traveled to Boston to watch her mother run in the Boston Marathon on April 15. As DiMartino eagerly tracked her mother’s progress via a smartphone app, she and three other loved ones were caught in one of two blasts that claimed the lives of three and wounded at least 264 near the finish line. DiMartino was only 10-15 feet away when the bomb went off, sending her and the other spectators flying through the air. The trauma caused her to teeter in and out of consciousness, so she only remembers the event in pieces: the sound of the explosion, being lifted off the ground, her sister binding a sweatshirt around her bleeding leg, being ushered into an ambulance, and waking up in the hospital a day later. Her injuries included a large gash near her right knee, resulting in severe nerve damage that caused her to lose feeling from the knee down. Thankfully, she is expected to fully regain feeling in her leg and foot, but the process may take up to 400 days.
LEFT: Dimartino, center, stands on the sidelines with her family at the Boston Marathon. ABOVE: DiMartino shares time with friends as she recovers in a Boston hospital.
Her brother, Peter, his girlfriend, and her son were also injured but are all expected to recover sooner. DiMartino was released from the hospital on May 9, after three weeks in a hospital room and another stint at a rehab center. Now she is living on the first floor of her parents’ Rochester home as she recovers. She has limited mobility and goes to physical therapy three days a week. Through this experience, DiMartino has found strength and encouragement in the Lord. She clings to the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “God’s power is made perfect in weakness” (paraphrase). “Laying in the hospital bed, I could feel God’s strength,” she said. “I knew that I had
absolutely no strength to get through all the surgeries and everything that was going on, and dealing with it. I could feel God’s strength, and I could feel He was with me.” She said even in her darkest moments, God never fails to bring encouragement, often in the form of a text or email. In addition to tremendous support from family, friends, and her church, she has also received encouragement from a number of people she has never met, many of them fellow believers. “It is an amazing feeling to be so surrounded and protected by God and prayer and just feeling His promises fulfilled in you,” she said. “There have been so many people that have been so encouraging to me, many that I don’t even know.”
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ALUMNUS SERVES GLOBALLY WITH HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION Alumnus John Johnson (’01) serves with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF), a French organization, on various humanitarian projects. He is currently working in Madagascar but has served in the Sudan and many other thirdworld locations. Johnson has been affiliated with Liberty since its inception. His father and mother, John and Paula Johnson, were part of Liberty’s first class. His grandfather is the late Doug Oldham, the popular gospel music singer who sang for the Old Time Gospel Hour at Thomas Road Baptist Church and traveled with the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr. to raise money for the new Lynchburg Baptist College in the summer of 1971. Oldham is buried near Liberty’s Prayer Chapel. Johnson earned a B.S. in communication with a specialization in graphic design. However, after going on mission trips to Slovakia and India with Thomas Road Baptist
Church, he said he realized the dire need for medical care around the world. He enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University’s accelerated nursing program and graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Nursing. He finished his M.A. in Adult Primary Care from VCU in 2012. Even before nursing school, Johnson’s dream was to work with MSF. After he was hired by the organization, he spent six months in Nigeria on a nutrition project. While serving there, Johnson and his team would drive to various towns and set up clinics to treat malnourished children. One clinic could see up to 5,000 malnourished children a week. “It was way more responsibility than I had ever had before, and I learned a lot about being a manager, saying no with a smile, and learning how to motivate people,” Johnson said. Last year, Johnson was in South Sudan
with MSF, where he ran a small hospital in a refugee camp. When he arrived, there were only 16 beds in the hospital. Johnson and his team were able to build a new hospital with 100 beds, start a nutrition project, a mobile clinic, a blood bank, and a community education program. Johnson has been on his latest humanitarian trip in Madagascar with MSF since March, where he is managing the staff at a small hospital. He will be there until early 2014. “I think my upbringing led me to this line of work,” Johnson said. “My parents always taught me not to think about money or a career as important things to pursue, but to think in terms of quality of life and what sort of benefit you add to the world.”
PASSION FOR MINISTRY LEADS GRADUATE TO SERVE AS TOUR GUIDE IN HOLY LAND
Mat Staver (front left), dean of Liberty University School of Law; Cesar Fleitas (’08) ; Shawn Akers, dean of Liberty’s Helms School of Government; and Rena Lindevaldsen, associate dean of academic affairs for the law school, pose with students at the Garden Tomb.
Alumnus Cesar Fleitas (’08) has had a desire to minister in Israel for as long as he can remember. Fleitas is a native of Paraguay and grew up in a Jewish community there. He came to the United States to study at
Word of Life (WOL) Bible Institute, then completed his B.S. in Religion through Liberty University Online while interning for WOL. Fleitas is now immersed in ministry in Jerusalem. Through his local church he works with people of all ages; he teaches Bible study and disciples other believers. He also works full time as a tour guide at the Garden Tomb, which many believe is the garden of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who donated his own prepared tomb for Jesus’ burial, according to Scripture. Fleitas finds the job rewarding and enjoys the unique opportunity to share the Gospel with people from many nations and faiths. In May, Fleitas had the opportunity to take a group from Liberty University
School of Law through the Garden Tomb on its annual Israel study abroad trip. He said it was a blessing to meet a group from his alma mater. “Liberty played a huge role in my education ... in the ministry that I am doing here in Israel, both at the Garden Tomb and at my local church here in Jerusalem.” As a bilingual speaker, Fleitas’ services come in handy. He gives tours in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and is the Garden Tomb’s first Spanish-speaking guide. As he continues to serve the Lord in Israel, he hopes to help grow the born-again community in Jerusalem by translating Bible study and discipleship materials into Hebrew. Read the full version of this story at www.Liberty.edu/Journal.
Champions for Christ LIBERTY PRE-MED GRAD SUPPORTS IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN THROUGH MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS
Alumni Jim and Rachel Land pose with two members of World Help’s Children of the World Choir at Christmastime last year.
Though he grew up working for his dad’s janitorial company, Jim Land IV never dreamed he would follow his father’s career path. “I specifically went to college to not do what I’m doing now,” said Land, who studied pre-med at Liberty, earning his bachelor’s in mathematics and biology with a minor in chemistry. He also couldn’t have envisioned becoming the managing member of a multimillion-dollar company providing custodial services for businesses in major cities across the United States. Nor would he have expected God to use it as a life-sustaining enterprise for close to 3,000 children — one for every client it serves — sponsored through Christian relief organizations.
But Land has learned that the Lord can work in wondrous ways through His willing servants. Starting at Liberty in 2001, Land worked his way through school as an optician, waiting tables at O’Charley’s, and serving in LU’s maintenance department along with his father, Jim Land III, who left his business in Pennsylvania and moved the family to Lynchburg. He fully intended to go on to medical school after graduating in the spring of 2006. However, he had a change of heart after his father died of a heart attack at the age of 53 that fall. Answering a clear calling from the Lord, Land followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a new janitorial services company called Image. The company is now headquartered in Houston, Texas. “It was an obvious prompting,” Land said. “For whatever reason, God was pushing me to do something with the business.” From its inception, Land didn’t want to be lured into the worldly mindset of endlessly pursuing monetary gain at the expense of his very soul, asking God, “How do I meld building a business and not fall into the trap of more, more, more?” “God put a burden on my heart to do child sponsorship and link it to the business,” he said. After setting up his first seven clients, Land prayed about which relief organization to support. At the same time, he was planning to go on a mission trip to Mongolia and seeking to assist two members of his team who were short on funding. One night at the restaurant, he waited on then-Liberty Chancellor Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. and asked him about hosting a fundraising effort for the trip. Falwell agreed to let him set up a station between services the following
Sunday at Thomas Road Baptist Church. There, he met the head of another area ministry who offered a helping hand. “A man came up and asked, ‘Did you hit your target?’ We had raised close to $1,000, but we needed $4,000, so he said, ‘When you’re done, see how much you need and I’ll write you the check for the difference.’ He handed me his card, and it was Vernon Brewer, president of World Help.” Land had never heard of Brewer, who was Liberty’s first graduate in 1973, or World Help, based in nearby Forest, Va. But that was a clear sign that it was to be the first organization Land would sponsor through his budding business, which now also supports World Vision and Allow the Children (also based in Forest). “Since that time, it has grown and grown and grown,” Land said. In less than seven years, the company employs more than 400 people in accounts that will generate $20 million in revenues in 2013. Clients include Walgreens, Cracker Barrel, Ace Hardware, Sherwin-Williams, and Tractor Supply Co. in major cities such as Atlanta, Portland, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Orlando, and New York. Land and his wife, fellow Liberty premed graduate Rachel Lam, live in Houston, where she is a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital and is preparing to start a neonatology fellowship. Land gives all of the glory to God, and more than 30 percent of Image’s $4 million annual profits to Christian ministries. “It has very little to do with me,” Land said. “It was not my decision. As far as I’m concerned, this is God’s directive. Just being able to be involved in something that God is doing is the blessing in and of itself. That’s the reality of it.”
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DOCTORAL STUDENT ADVISES WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE CLUB Joe Harmon, who is on track to begin his dissertation next year in Liberty’s Doctor of Education program, is the advisor for a Bible club at Redbank Valley High School in New Bethlehem, Pa., which has gained national attention as the largest of its kind in the world. This public school Bible club has inspired Christian high schoolers across the country to start Bible clubs at their own schools and
has been featured on Christian Broadcasting Network twice. Harmon recently began his 10th year at Redbank and teaches eighth grade civics and 10th grade U.S. history. He said the students are fully responsible for running the club, which regularly attracts about 300-350 of their classmates — more than half the school. The club meets on Mondays during the school’s activity period. In his advisory role, Harmon handles any behavior issues and works with the club’s leaders to ensure they have enough material to fill the time slot and that the material is appropriate. The club is now an important aspect of the community, its influence extending beyond
the meetings, throughout the school, into the town, and even to other states. “For the students who are already believers, it shows them that their faith does not need to be checked at the campus door; they can bring God with them into their school,” Harmon said. “I witness students praying before they eat lunch, before games … I see kids actively reading their Bibles or devotionals in study halls. I see kids unashamed to be a believer.” Throughout the school and the community, Harmon said the club has created “a culture of acceptance for Christianity and reverence for God.” Read the full version of this story at www.Liberty.edu/Journal.
18-YEAR-OLD ALUMNA BECOMES YOUNGEST PERSON TO PASS UK’S BAR EXAM Liberty University alumna Gabrielle Turnquest (’11), age 18, was recently featured in several major media outlets, including Time magazine and The Huffington Post, for becoming the youngest person to pass Britain’s bar exam in its 600year history. Turnquest graduated from Liberty University Online with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at age 16. She is the youngest individual to obtain that degree from Liberty. “Liberty’s programs allow for a truly comprehensive educational environment, even while online, and even while still in high school,” said Turnquest, who enrolled in the Edge, Liberty’s online dual enrollment program for high school juniors and seniors. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Liberty and appreciated the fact that I and other students were encouraged to interact as much as possible, even in an online forum.”
Since it only takes one year to complete law school in the U.K., Turnquest was able to enroll at The University of Law in York at age 17 and took the bar exam this year. Turnquest plans to return to the U.S. and study for the multistate bar exam and enroll in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California, where she will study Apparel Industry Management. Her plan is to merge that new knowledge with her law degree to specialize in Intellectual Property Law as it relates to the fashion industry. “In the future I hope to continue employing lessons from my time at Liberty — fully taking advantage of every opportunity before me — not just in my academic pursuits, but in other areas as well,” Turnquest said. “My Liberty degree will continue to underpin my professional pursuits as it provides a strong foundation in the understanding of human behavior.” She also encourages current Liberty students to take advantage of all that the
university offers. “There are always wonderful opportunities to accelerate or supplement education, or even to gain practical experience. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of extra work, but it is definitely worth the extra effort for all that it will give you in the long run,” she said.
The The President’s President’s Circle Circle 2012 2013
The President’s Circle
$1 million and above Harold & Patricia Mathena
$100,000 - $499,999
Individual Donors Joseph & Janet Caudell Barry & Pam Clarkson H. Glenn & Rachael Esbenshade Roland W. Pardoe* Organizations A L Williams Jr. Family Foundation Inc.
$50,000 - $99,999 Individual Donors Beatrice Dickinson* Dorothy C. Gaines* Mary Arletta Hahn* David Lowe Margaret Patterson* Rev. Wm. D. Stevens Gilbert & Mary Tinney Margie P. Woodhouse
$25,000 - $49,999 Individual Donors Joan C. Brunsvold Roy & Vela Gwin Arlene F. Rice Flora M. Sult* Organizations Branch & Associates, Inc. The Cason Foundation
$10,000 - $24,999
Individual Donors Melvin W. Buster* Ralph E. & Shelvia Joan Campbell Worth Harris Carter Evelyn Dotson Bernice G. Dudley Connie Elsaesser Turner & Gayle Gill Cline & Beverly Hall Norman K. A. Hoffer Carroll & Nancy Hudson Gene & Joyce Myers Earl Lloyd Redding Marlene Senner George & Rosie Shank Charles R. Stone Phillip & Janet Williams Organizations From His Hand Foundation Kirkley Hotel Permanens Capital Advisors LP The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts
$5,000 - $9,999
Individual Donors Tom & Sherye Arnold Neal & Anita Askew Clarence H. Beavers Eugene & Faye Booher Dr. William & Deborah Yow-Bowden Marta H. Brooks Polly A. Byrd Carey & Denise Green
Douglas & Julletta Hershberger H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. Jerry Jeffords Robert A. Keys Rollyn B. Kring* Jon H. Lienemann Mildred S. Martin Mary Irene Miller Paul & Phyllis Morrell Jerry & Jill Reasner John Wayne & Susie Surface Gib & Shauna Tinney Dr. & Mrs. Elmer Towns Roy Unsin* Organizations Agape Embassy Ministries Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Go Tell Ministries, Inc. Pathfinder Hockey LLC Riverdale Baptist Church The Clemens Family Corporation The Tabernacle Inc. West Cabarrus Church, Inc. Yorktown Baptist Church
$2,500 - $4,999
Individual Donors Dr. & Mrs. Gregg R. Albers Georgiana L. Arakaki Gilbert C. Bartel David & Pamela Bell Robert & Michelle Billings Brandon and Ida Blankinship Katherine J. Bost Jim & Brenda Dowd Ruth I. Dunlap Jerry & Becki Falwell Monty G. Fritts Nancy J. Good Richard & Brenda Griswold Ronald S. Hanzel Melyssa A. Hodge James Larry Ingram Ronald and Rachel Justice Elizabeth King B. A. Langley Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan M. Lenzen Bill Litchford Todd & Audrey MacDowall The Mann Family Ingeborg Marcum* Kyle A. McFerren John D. McGinnis Michals McLean Dr. & Mrs. David McNeill J Arthur Moore* Johnnie & Andrea Moore James & Denise O’Grady Bill & Vida Parker Craig & Cindy Petry Carolyn A. Price Frank and Brenda Puryear Jack & Judi Reid David Ricksecker Mr. & Mrs. Guy L. Shashaty Garrett S. Shue Tony Spangler Charles Starbuck*
Jesse and Heather Stephens Donalda S. Strickland Bo & Kipplyn Summers Arthur W. Sutton Richard L. Thompson David & Carolyn Towles David W. Treese Kristin H. Weaver Sonny and Sharon White Paige F. Wrigley Gary & Charlotte York Paul N. Young Organizations Bellevue Baptist Church Boiling Springs First Baptist Church English Construction Company Inc Equity Enterprises 1984, LLC Fair Oaks Church First Baptist Church First Baptist Church Of Lavaca First Baptist Church- Peachtree City First Med, Inc. Illinois Tool Works Foundation Industrial Products Company Liberty Baptist Church Lynchburg Ready Mix Concrete Co., Inc. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning Parkway Baptist Church Peace FWB Church, Inc. Prestonwood Baptist Church Progress Printing Plus Purcellville Baptist Church Sodexo, Inc., Liberty University location Sonny Merryman, Inc. Southeast Builders, Inc. Speed The Seed The Master’s Inn Ministries, Inc. The People’s Community Baptist Church Uplands Reach Conference Center, Inc. Valley Pharmacy Venture Church Wells Fargo Bank
$1,000 - $2,499 Individual Donors Sylvester P. Abramowicz Alvick Acevedo Dr. Eugene G. Adams Emmanuel Aigbedion Gene & Darlean Albert Edwin & Edna Allen Shari L. Allen Tina Aney Stephen Antonio Phillip & Lois Ayers Danica Bacon Shelley Bakker Ronald J. Barnes Phyllis D. Bartley Amy Batdorf W. Murrie Bates Ruth Sylvia Bayne* Mr. & Mrs. Fred N. Beason Jenna Binnie Dale & Tina Birdsall Al & Deanna Blackburn Sallie C. Blosser Mr. & Mrs. James Blume
O. H. & Deborah Bobbitt Wilmer Borneman Frederick D. Bornman* Denise Boucher Holly L. Bouslough Darin and Pamela Bowers Sullivan Brady Elizabeth Breton Ronald C. Brock David & Pamela Brown Courtney Bryant Richard Burkhart Jean B. Burns Carol Burrage Tony C. Byrd Beverly Cabell Karen L. Cale Dr. Raul & Susan Calvo Kimberly A. Cannon Eric Carson Cathy Clark Jessica Clements Timothy & Julie Clinton Bill & Susan Cofer Bruce A. Cogle, Jr. Charles N. Cole Alberta Coleman Mary N. Columbus Chad Conner Kimberly A. Cottle Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth M. Cox, Sr. Jutane M. Craigg Michael A. Craigg Jerry & Julie Craycraft David Credle John F. Cross Dan Crumley Carol L. Crymble Leora Elizabeth Daniel* Charles & Roydene Davidson Dorothy B. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Delisle Oscar & Janis Dillingham Dr. & Mrs. Ed Dobson David B. Eifert Charles S. Ellis, III Michael Ely William K. Emmanuel C. D. Faggard Linda L. Farver Steve & Teri Faucette Zoraida Fender David & Elizabeth Ferguson Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. Ferry Jessica B. Forbes Oswald K. Forsee Virgil L. Frantz* Patricia Funderburke Roy & Cindy Gaebe Karen Galloway The Gary Family Dr. John D. George Kimberly C. Gilbert Richard A. Gillis Keith & Joan Gilroy Theresa M. Giorno Melissa Gipe Dwayne S. Groff
The President’s Circle recognizes donors whose giving to Liberty University qualifies for one of the following categories. This list recognizes donors from Jan. 1-July 31, 2013.
Cory Hallett Anna E. Hall-Quarum Cindy Halstead Kevin and Danielle Hamlet Jill Hammack Robert E. Hammond Della Haselman Ron & Peg Hawkins Michael & Barbara Heidt David Helt Gladys Herndon Dr. & Mrs. Ed Hindson Edward Holloman Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Holmes Kathryn Hoyle Wayne & Gail Huskey Paula E. Huston John Hutchinson Clarence & Barbara Irby Virginia M. Jefferis Donald F. Jewett Mr. & Mrs. J. Scott Jimmerson Teresa M. Jones Jessica M. Jordan Elizabeth M. Jorge Brandon T. Joswick Mrs. J. Robert Justice Seana F. Keen Paul H. Keller I. Steve Kennedy Ronald & Jennifer Kennedy Angie Kerr Gerry & Cathy Kimble Mary A. Kodel Kaitlyn J. Kozikowski Earl L. Kreider Derek J. Kresge Ladmir Kubichek, Jr. Susan C. Lamborn Sharlene Laubinger Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. Layer James & Deborah Livingston Albert D. Logan John & Jean Loving Deloris & Dorothy Loy Annyce R. Maddox Mr. & Mrs. James E. Madelle Elizabeth Maharaj Ellie R. Mallette John E. Marselus Mark May Nicole M. Mazzarella Mark & Susan McClure Rose McInerney Christina Miller Dana Miller Teresa K. Miller Harvey Mills Jim & Iris Mills Mark Gene Minar OJ & Susan Misjuns David W. Mister P. H. Mitchell, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Phillip M. Morris, Sr. Tom Morris Jodi L. Murphy Amy Nawrocki David M. Neese
Amber R. Nichols Arthur Nicholson* Christopher E. Nunn Paulo C. Oliveira Edward & Judith Pahl Edwin Paone D. Michael Parker, DDS Nancy Pendergras Dan & Robin Perritt Patricia A. Perry Nicole Pfeiffer Scott Phillips Joanna Pierce Cornelia Powell Herbert B. Pregnall, Jr. Dr. Jerry Prevo Jacqueline R. Raithel Joel Ralon Victoria J. Ray Edward & Karin Renner James R. Richards Margaret E. Richardson Scott and Lori Rigler Robert & Deborah Ritz Gloria Roakes Emilia Robertson Mr. & Mrs. George W. Rogers Jon & Jeanette Rogers Joseph Rogers Tom & Shelley Rogers James P. Roller Thomas I. Rosenberger Jessie L. Sargent David Savitz Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schmidt Michael & Sharon Scranton Michael Seepe James & Myrtle Shaner Adam Sheets Roy Sidener Holly Simms Robert Sinnema Mr. & Mrs. Albert W. Sites, Jr. Robert B. Slack Archie & Carlita Smith Willard T. Smith Harold L. Sommers, Jr. Hoyt Sparks Delores Springs Joshua & Dawn Stamm Marilyn Stephens Joshua E. Stewart Marian D. Sullivan Sherry Sutton Peter & Carry Tatro Benjamin & Wanda Taylor Robert Theodore Mr. & Mrs. Glen Nelson Thomas Jimmy and Mary Thomas Brant and Nancy Tolsma Joshua J. Turner Sophia Undseth Katie VanDenBerghe Tara A. Venning Keith Warman Eleonore Wellwood Dawn Whaley David & Deborah Wheeler
Wilma P. White Janice Williams John S. Williams, Jr. Darlin-Jo Wilson Cara B. Winslow Faye P. Witt Bobby & Joanne Woodall The Wooldridge Family Robert Wrenn Marvin W. Yocum Sandra Young Organizations A J Blosenski, Inc. Academy Tax and Accounting Service, LLC Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Atlantic Shores Baptist Church Bae Systems Matching Gifts Program Bank of America Matching Gifts Baycare Clinic Foundation Bellevue Baptist Church Bellew Tile and Marble Co., Inc. Bethany Free Will Baptist Church Boxley Calvary Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church, Inc. Camp Eagle Center Grove Baptist Church Centereach Bible Church Chiquita Brands Cleveland Community Church, Inc. Colonial Heights Baptist Church Community Baptist Church of Harrison, Inc. Community Baptist Church of Richmond, Inc. Cross Church Crosspointe Church Dallas Avenue Baptist Church DRL Camps Duck In Market Ebenezer Baptist Church Etowah Baptist Church, Inc. Faith Baptist Church Faith Baptist Church - Bartlett, TN Faith Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Church First Baptist Church of North Spartanburg First Baptist Church of Rockville First Baptist Church of the Islands First Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Franklin Heights Baptist Church Frutas Naturales, LLC Gjovik Auto Group Glass and Associates, Inc. Good Hope Baptist Church Great American Sleep Shops, Inc. Grove Hill Baptist Church Guzior Family Foundation Hebron Baptist Church Hephzibah Baptist Church Huff, Stuart and Carlton ISEC J M Smith Foundation John F Goldsborough Construction Kendall Printing Lakeside Baptist Ministries Lawrence Transportation Systems Lockheed Martin Corporation Morris Meeting Management
National Christian Foundation Alabama Nazarene Church New Life Church New Life Community Church-Inwood North Main Baptist Church North Metro First Baptist Church of Gwinnett, Inc. Novo Nordisk Matching Gift Program Oak View Baptist Church-High Point Parker Dental PC Pathology Associates Of Eastern North Carolina Peoples Baptist Church Powell’s Truck & Equipment/Idealease, Inc. Prince Avenue Baptist Church Resource One RockFish Church Roger Roller Evangelistic Association, Inc. SCBO State Convention of Baptists in Ohio Second Baptist Church Sevier Heights Baptist Church Sicklerville United Methodist Church Simventions Inc Sonrise Baptist Church - Newnan St Paul’s Lutheran Church Strasburg Mennonite Church Summerville Baptist Church Swift Creek Baptist Church Temple Baptist Church-Selma The Babcock and Wilcox Company The New Wealth, LLC The Richard Norman Company Thomas Road Baptist Church True Vine Ministries World Outreach Fellowship Upward Program Verizon Victoria Christian Church Virginia Diesel & Truck Repair, Inc. W & W Supply Co Of Florida, Inc. Wells Fargo Foundation Westminster Catawba Christian School Working Faith Ministries of So Florida * Estate Gift If we have omitted, misspelled, or misplaced your name, please accept our apologies and notify our office by calling toll-free (866) 602-7983.
jerry falwell library campaign donors The Jerry Falwell Library Capital Campaign has received nearly $2.6 million in donations since it formally launched in April 2012. The campaign offers anyone an opportunity to contribute to the project through commemorative bricks, naming opportunities, or private donations. This list recognizes campaign participants through July 31, 2013.
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Dr. & Mrs. Gregg R. Albers Gene & Darlean Albert Penny Andrews Dr. & Mrs. William R. Armstrong Neal & Anita Askew Stan & Wilma (Shinew) Aungst Baird Drywall and Acoustic Inc Drew Battleson Baycare Clinic Foundation Jimmy Jack & LaJean Beale Mr. & Mrs. Fred N. Beason Bison Printing, Inc. Blumer Family Trust Dr. Wm & Deborah Yow-Bowden Boxley Branch and Associates Inc Herman & Shirley Ann Burgess William Byron Ralph E. & Shelvia Joan Campbell E. Louise Chalker Richard L. Sr. & Joan M. Cobb Cobb Technologies Chad Conner Kimberly A. Cottle Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth M. Cox, Sr. Dorothy B. Davis Mr. & Mrs. James F. Davis John K. Day Mr. & Mrs. Avon L. DeShong Digital Video Group Inc Ed & Lorna Dobson Andrew A. Drake Bernice G. Dudley Bill & Debbie Elder Thanna T. Elliott Emerson Creek Pottery Inc Shirley W. Evans Foster Electric Co Inc C. D. Faggard The Gary Family Mr. & Mrs. Larry A. Gilbert Keith Samuel Gilroy Living Trust Gunnoe Sausage Company Inc Janet A. Haaksma Clyde & Iris Hackney Anna E. Hall-Quarum Terry L. Harper Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Harris Roger L. Harsh Leslie & Barbara Hildreth Dr. & Mrs. Ed Hindson Dr. & Mrs. Mark Hine Giles C. Hoback, III Carroll & Nancy Hudson H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. Charles R. Jones Charles & Jane Knox Debra L. Lajeunesse Bob Landon B. A. Langley Mr. & Mrs. Earl R. Lewis
Jon H. Lienemann Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lusk, Jr. Lynchburg Ready Mix Concrete Co Inc. Carolyn M. Martin Nicole M. Mazzarella Frank & Shirley Meyers P. H. Mitchell, Jr. Johnnie & Andrea Moore Gene & Joyce Myers Dayton & Eloise Neeley Galen & Lorraine Peel Perry Pools Inc Piedmont Fleet Services Dr. Jerry Prevo Mr. & Mrs. K. Willard Prince Progress Printing Company Gloria A. Quayle Jerry & Jill Reasner James R. Richards Margaret E. Richardson Mr. & Mrs. George W. Rogers Dr. & Mrs. Earl Sargeant Michael & Sharon Scranton Seckman Printing Inc James & Myrtle Shaner Charles & Barbara Shoun Mrs. Glennie Singleton Gordon Easton Smith Pastor & Mrs. Larry Sowers Frederick P. Steininger Charles R. Stone Martin J. Sullivan John Wayne & Susie Surface Jimmy and Mary Thomas Thompson Trucking, Inc Henry & Joyce Toering Dr. & Mrs. Elmer Towns Soni Lea Van Dam VMDO Architects Tim & Mary Warden Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Philip A. Watkins Charlie Whetzel Deborah D. Whitteker Wiley and Wilson Douglas & Karen Willis Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt W. Wilson III Walter & Joyce Witherspoon
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