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A Campus Reborn Major construction projects are changing Liberty’s landscape New Faces Introducing the Class of 2016 Samantha Steele Alumna enjoys success as a sideline reporter for ESPN


Fall 2012

Liberty University had one of its most exciting summers in history. With more building projects in progress than ever before, the pace didn’t slow down, as is usually the case between semesters. If you visited us this summer, you probably had to dodge dump trucks on your way in and out. The campus transformation is in full swing, with the Hancock Welcome Center, the Jerry Falwell Library, a new baseball stadium, and a basketball practice facility behind the Vines Center all under construction. Many other improvements are being made all around — some on Liberty’s beautiful mountain property that many may not even realize is part of our campus. In this issue, you will tour Liberty in the midst of its transformation from a campus of primarily temporary structures built in the school’s earliest days to a campus of the finest quality construction and architecture. You will also read about Liberty’s recent academic successes. New online programs are being unveiled almost monthly. Two programs of our School of Engineering and Computational Sciences recently received *ABET accreditation. Our new Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Center held a dedication event with a film festival that featured highly successful filmmakers who are making a positive impact on the industry. Our seminary is training ministerial students from its new location at the old Thomas Road Baptist Church, growing from the roots planted there so many years ago. While God has blessed Liberty with wonderful new facilities and academic programs, Liberty’s first priority will always be training its students to succeed in their chosen fields, in their family lives, and, most importantly, as Champions for Christ. Our faculty are committed Christians and consider teaching to be a calling, not just a job. I often hear how they take a personal interest in each student, both here on campus and online. Our staff worked overtime this summer in record heat to feed and house local residents when most of our community lost power for several days. Likewise, our students live out their faith. As the new school year started, I was told

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 CO N T R I B U TO R S Katie Anfindsen Ron Brown Sarah Funderburke Christi Gee Andrea Harvey Morgan Letterman Drew Menard Josh Rice Jessica Shadel Kirsten Spivey BJ Williams P H OTO G R A P H E R S Joel Coleman David Duncan Cali Lowdermilk Kevin Manguiob Les Schofer

about how students purchased cold drinks for construction workers on campus. It is truly a privilege to serve the greatest student body in the world at Liberty University! Sincerely,

Jerry Falwell, Jr.


Alumna Samantha Steele (’09) is a sideline reporter for ESPN and a host for the network’s College GameDay show. See story, Page 16. Photo by David Duncan

Chancellor and President

* ABET is a nonprofit and non-governmental accrediting agency for academic programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET is a recognized accreditor in the United States (U.S.) by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students. ABET accredits postsecondary programs housed in degree-granting institutions which have been recognized by national or regional institutional accreditation agencies or national education authorities worldwide.

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Building projects change the footprint of Liberty’s campus


The Class of 2016 is poised for a bright future


Alumna rises through the ranks in sports broadcasting


Whether it’s serving students and employees at home, in our community, or abroad, Liberty is changing lives


Seminary and Schools of Engineering and Communication take learning and ministry to new levels

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View a full schedule of events for Oct. 4-6

CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT — 48 Touching stories from the Liberty family


Honoring the President’s Circle and Jerry Falwell Library donors






Major transformation under way as footprint of campus expands


t could be said that the summer of 2012 was the time when Liberty University’s campus was born again. Since the end of school last spring, more than $100 million in construction projects have gotten under way. That is compared with $20-$25 million in Liberty construction projects during a “normal year.” For Central Virginia tradesmen, particularly when the national economy is struggling and national unemployment lingers above 8 percent, that is extremely good news. Right now, Liberty is an engine helping to drive Central Virginia’s economy. “There are literally hundreds of people working from grading contractors, paving contractors, and construction and steel workers,” said Charles Spence, Liberty’s director of Planning and Construction. “They are working feverishly all the time. This is the busiest summer I’ve seen in my 27 years at the university.” Liberty is in the throes of a plethora of new construction and improvements to its infrastructure, including parking lots and roads. It is also working diligently to make the campus more aesthetically pleasing while embracing Jeffersonian architectural design for its new and existing buildings. The makeover runs the gamut of university facilities, including academic, administrative and residential buildings, and athletic venues. In addition to its core campus, Liberty is making improvements to its recreational facilities, >>


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Liberty University’s ongoing construction projects on campus. >> Photo by David Duncan




Plaza shopping center – Sept. 2007

Motocross track – 2008


phase 1 – June 2007

The new Hancock Welcome Center (back view) opened in July. Catering to university guests with comfortable lounge areas, a kitchen, and meeting rooms, the 32,000-square-foot building is equipped with the latest technology, including a theater, to showcase everything Liberty has to offer its students. It also includes a boardroom for Liberty’s Board of Trustees, as well as two dining rooms for guests.

>> many of which reside several miles away in Campbell County. “With the large number of resident students who remain on campus on weekends, it is imperative that a myriad of activities, facilities, and programs are in place to provide students an eventful opportunity to exercise, play, socialize, and compete if they choose,” said Liberty Executive Vice President Neal Askew. “These facilities provide a close, safe place to hone their skills for intramural teams, club sports, or just a chance to stay in shape. The closeness of the facilities also means students do not have to

Liberty Mountain - 125 acres of forest land replanted – April 2008

Reber-Thomas Dining Hall sunroom expansion – 2008

Lynchburg Inn & Conference Center – June 2008

Construction of a new Liberty University baseball stadium next to Williams football stadium had its own set of challenges, including the need for a $1.2 million retaining wall system with a total height of about 45 feet. The threeterraced configuration enabled the university to keep the price of the construction down. The baseball stadium is scheduled for completion before the first home baseball game against Penn State in February 2013.

Towns Alumni Center

School of Religion expansion – Aug. 2008

Tilley Student Center – Sept. 2008


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Doc’s Diner – Sept. 2008

have private transportation to participate. A majority of our students are involved in these programs every semester, and Liberty will continue to meet these needs.” Liberty is developing a community garden, which will teach students to manage a sustainable food production operation, and an observatory for stargazing. As Liberty works to protect the mountain property and its natural resources, a 125acre pine forest is now thriving after being replanted in 2008. The school has set aside a couple hundred acres for an equestrian center,

Ivy Lake



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(Left) A $2 million upgrade to Liberty’s outdoor track facility, Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, provides a new running surface and improved venues for field events. The university has been selected to host the Big South Conference’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships April 18-20. (Right) A group of new intramural fields for sand volleyball and softball are being built off Candlers Mountain Road near Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. The complex will include two artificial turf fields, a natural grass softball field, and two sand volleyball courts. The fields will include computercontrolled lights. The new turf will allow for fewer game cancellations due to weather conditions.

which opened last year; a golf driving range; and motocross track. While the scope of Liberty’s operational campus is expanding, much of the campus’s acreage remains undisturbed and ready for recreational use. In order to begin the process of building permanence into its campus, Liberty began razing multiple temporary buildings last spring that were built in the 1970s and 1980s. To defray the cost of deconstruction, Liberty sold metal and other material to recyclers. The centerpiece of the campus redesign

is the $50 million Jerry Falwell Library, which will allow students to search for books at a computer, with the chosen material delivered to the student’s study area by a robotic courier. The new library will be next to an extensive lawn that will separate it from the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, which has served as the academic nerve center for the campus over the past decade. In fairly rapid succession over the next few years, single-story metal residence halls next to the academic quad will be replaced by midrise residence halls, which will take >>

Liberty University Barnes & Noble Bookstore – April 2009

Thomas Indoor Soccer Center – May 2009

Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre – Aug. 2009 Osborne Stadium Renovation – Oct. 2009

A new open-air pavilion on top of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center provides students with a wireless Internet connection and a bird’s eye view of the scenic beauty of Central Virginia. A section of the patio has been constructed 12 feet above roof level in order to give people a clear view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, similar to what is seen from the Hancock Welcome Center and the Williams Stadium football tower.

Candlers Station Shopping Center – Jan. 2010


Tower Theater – Aug. 2010


Luurtsema Center at outdoor track – Aug. 2010



Williams Stadium expansion – Oct. 2010


Aviation Academic Center (near Lynchburg Regional Airport) – Dec. 2010

The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre has added a new tubing run, which will allow tubers to travel at about 35 mph down the mountain. The new run, located next to the intermediate ski slope, extends 525 feet. A new 18-person hot tub is also being added to the Centre.

>> up less green space and allow the campus to have a more open feel. Improvements to the campus road system have been designed to alleviate traffic congestion during peak hours around the academic campus. Regents Parkway, which serves to move automobile traffic around the perimeter of campus, will be expanded and improved to encompass a campus road system on both sides of U.S. 460, a major arterial highway that passes through the heart of campus. Dirt banks along the highway, which were cluttered with unkempt trees, have been removed to give passersby a bird’s eye view

The Sports Racket – Feb. 2011

Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts – May 2011 (first set completed in 2009)

Equestrian Center – Aug. 2011

of the architecturally enhanced campus. About 1,300 new parking spaces have been created this summer at perimeter locations. A shuttle bus service has been added to give students and employees relatively easy access to campus buildings. “The campus of Liberty University will continue this transformation for several more years. We strive to fulfill our goal of becoming the world’s greatest evangelical Christian university without changing our mission of Training Champions for Christ,” Askew said. “Our methods can change and adapt with the changing world, but we vow to never change the message. We take our responsibility to bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ seriously, and we will always strive to keep Him at the forefront of Liberty University. God is truly blessing us daily all across His campus.”

Reber-Thomas Dining Hall back area prep space – Aug. 2011


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East Campus Sports Complex – Sept. 2011

Construction work has begun on a new underground practice facility on the back of the Vines Center. Once completed, the new practice facility will be covered with sod on its top. The new practice facility and the Jerry Falwell Library are being built adjacent to what soon will be a manmade lake near an expansive lawn.

Cook Tennis Center


– Sept. 2011

Pedestrian tunnel and pedestrian bridge (joint project with Lynchburg City) – Nov. 2011


Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center third floor – Dec. 2011



Liberty has torn down several buildings that have been on campus for a long time, including the former Applied Science Building and the Schilling Center, to make room for the new $50 million Jerry Falwell Library. The foundation for the library has been completed and the structure will be ready for interior work by Christmas, which will take about a year to complete. Liberty has attempted to offset deconstruction costs by recycling materials salvaged from its old, mostly metal, buildings. Liberty expects to receive more than $150,000 for recyclable materials.

Regents Parkway, phase 2 – Jan. 2012

Parking above Wingate – Jan. 2012

New Schilling Center-LaHaye Student Center expansion – May 2012

Wingate hotel acquisition – June 2012


The university is straightening and improving the perimeter road, Liberty Mountain Drive, on East Campus. In addition to improving the road surface and curbing and guttering, the school is filling in ravines to make the road straighter and more level. The road, which was surface treated this summer to hold down dust, leads to 1,300 new parking spaces at the south end. The parking lots are being served by buses that routinely circulate to the area and transport passengers to the Liberty campus. The road will eventually provide an essential link to the university’s Center for Health and Medical Professions.

Hancock Welcome Center - July 2012

Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center fourth floor – July 2012

Hydaway Lake – July 2012 LIBERTY JOURNAL




(Left) This photograph taken over Wards Road in December 1977 shows the first two academic buildings and the first four residence halls built on campus. Four additional buildings were under construction for on-campus housing. (Right) Liberty’s campus and development along Wards Road in August 2012.



(Left) Members of the Liberty Baptist College Flames Football team take the field at Lynchburg Municipal Stadium in November 1979. (Right) The Liberty Flames take the field at Williams Stadium for one of their seven wins in the 2011 season.


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(Left) Lynchburg Baptist College holds its first graduation ceremony in the main sanctuary of Thomas Road Baptist Church on May 22, 1974. (Right) Liberty University’s largest Commencement to date was held at Williams Stadium on May 12, 2012.

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(Left) A view of Liberty Mountain in early 1977 before any college construction had taken place. (Right) The same view of Liberty Mountain, as seen from Central Virginia Community College, on April 25, 2012.



(Left) Chapel service during opening week of classes in 1975 at the Old Thomas Road Baptist Church. (Right) Convocation, as it is now called, in the Vines Center on Aug. 22, 2012, the first Convocation for the 2012-2013 academic year.



(Left) Aerial view from Liberty Mountain looking down on campus in May 1977. (Right) Same view as seen from a helicopter between Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre and the Monogram in May 2012.




“This year’s incoming class is the best prepared, academically, that we have ever had.” -Chris Johnson,


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Senior Vice President, Enrollment Management

>> Johnson said the new students will help push Liberty toward that goal. “This year’s incoming class is the best prepared, academically, that we have ever had,” Johnson said. The class averaged 1042 on their SATs, 23 on

ACTs, and had an average high school GPA of 3.4 or better; 38 percent had GPAs between 3.5 and 3.9, and 7 percent had GPAs of 4.0. As Liberty builds on its academic prowess, more high performing academic students are applying and Liberty has become increasingly

more selective in accepting students into its residential program. “Applicants are becoming more competitive for the new student openings we have each academic term. As a result, we are not able to accept applicants today that we could have several years ago,” Johnson said.


Cheerleaders pray for the freshman class before the Chancellor’s Kickoff on Aug. 16, 2012.

Freshman comforts family after tragedy, excited to grow her faith at Liberty BY RON BROWN

Mackenzie Price believes God called her to Liberty University. And the 18-year-old graduate of Salem High School in Salem, Va., plans to make the most out of the opportunity He has given her. At Salem High, Mackenzie was always a high achiever. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA, was president of the student body and National Honor Society, and represented the school at Girls State this summer in Farmville, Va. “Liberty had the major I wanted,” she said. “I want to study family and child development.”


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She said she had little interest in attending a secular university and believes Liberty will help her continue to grow in her spiritual walk. “I wanted to grow closer to God,” she said. “I knew I had so many weaknesses. I knew that I needed God. I needed someone I could lean on to make me stronger.” She had a desire for the same intimate relationship with God that other girls were experiencing at Lakeside Baptist Church in Salem. Since becoming a Christian in 2010,

Price’s faith has helped her weather some significant storms. A major test of her faith came quicker than she would have liked. In December 2010, her father, Dennis, died unexpectedly at work at his Cloverdale, Va., convenience store while her mother, Cathy, looked on. In the months that followed, Mackenzie, then 16, became a calming influence on her family, which included her older brother, Zach, younger sister, Maddie, and younger brother, Zane.

changer for me,” Cathy Price said. “She handled every situation in a positive way. She comforted me instead of me comforting her. She reassured me that everything was going to be OK. I was thinking to myself, ‘I’ve got to find what she has so I can be that strong.’” Mackenzie said she is fascinated by God’s love, which comes unconditionally and never focuses on superficial factors like material wealth and physical appearances. In keeping with that love, she traveled with her youth group to Chicago, Ill., this summer where she ministered to homeless people, business professionals, or “whoever God would lead us to talk to.” She hopes to continue her mission work at Liberty, although she is unsure whether God wants her to be a long-term missionary. She said she finds great joy in serving a


Through it all, she remained confident that her father had a relationship with Jesus Christ before he died. She talked often to him about Christ in the months before his death. “At first, Dad was very closed off to it,” she said. “Then, I saw God drawing him closer.” Mackenzie said she found comfort in that when her father died. “My dad was my best friend. Everyone expected me to fall apart,” she said. “I ended up being the one who picked everyone up, with God’s strength of course. God just gave me a peace.” When she first accepted Christ, both her parents worried that she might be going overboard with her Christian beliefs. But since her father’s death, she helped lead her mother to Christ and has continued to teach others about God’s love, which she says is amazing. “The way she handled Dennis’ death was a life

Mackenzie Price is shown with her mother, Cathy, on move-in day.

heavenly father, who always has her back. “We just share our faith,” she said. “It brings you so much joy when you are obedient to God.”

Freshman follows in parents’ footsteps to Liberty BY RON BROWN

among the incoming freshman class at Liberty. He had a 3.5 GPA when graduating from Gateway Christian School in Memphis, Tenn. He also has the Penrod pedigree, which is tied closely to the Liberty experience. His mother, Angela, also attended Liberty. She was a member of the women’s basketball team. His brother, Tyler, is currently a sophomore. “Choosing Liberty was a no-brainer,” Logan Penrod said. “Liberty’s Christian environment was a very big factor. There is some type of worship service almost every night. I think that is amazing. Liberty was always my first option. I never thought about going to a secular school. It never crossed my mind.” Logan said the ability to worship freely was high on his priority list. “At a lot of colleges, you don’t feel comfortable expressing your faith,” he said. “It’s frowned upon by some professors and other students will give you a hard time because of your beliefs. I just don’t like that.” While Logan is not quite sure what his course of study will be, he said he has a lot of interest in people and music.

He plans to try out for Liberty’s Convocation Praise Band. Convocation is North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students. It is held three times a week in Liberty’s Vines Center and hosts guest speakers of national significance from every sphere of society. Every service begins with a time of worship, led by the praise band. J O E L CO L E M A N

Even as a 12-year-old kid, Logan Penrod knew there was something special about Liberty University. When he traveled to Lynchburg with his dad, Guy Penrod, a Liberty alumnus and nationally known gospel singer and former Gaither Vocal Band member, Liberty students never made him feel out of place. “All of them were very kind,” Logan Penrod said. “It’s not normal for a society like ours. The older people get, the less they want to talk to younger kids.” He traveled to Thomas Road Baptist Church several times when his father held concerts there and even sang some songs with his siblings. He remembers riding alongside the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr. in his huge black Suburban as he honked his ultra-loud train horn at unsuspecting students. “One person dropped their books,” Logan recalls. “We had to stop and apologize.” Of course, the apology was accompanied by Falwell’s legendary deep belly laugh. Now the once impressionable boy has grown up to be a 6-foot 5-inch 18-year-old and is

Freshman Logan Penrod (left) gets help from his parents, alumni Guy and Angela Penrod, and brother Tyler (a Liberty sophomore) as he moves into his residence hall.



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HERE TO SERVE Liberty University’s commitment to serving others is far-reaching — from the new “You Matter” initiative encouraging employees to provide superb customer service, to taking care of a community when disaster strikes, to building a preschool in Rwanda. Following the biblical example of being Christ’s witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” Liberty is reaching out, making an impact near and far. Here are some of those stories.



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HOTEL MAGNATE HORST SCHULZE ADDRESSES EMPLOYEES “You don’t go to work to go to work,” Schulze said. “You go to work to create excellence.” He focused on three things a customer expects from products or services they purchase: quality (free of defects), timely service, and caring service. He spoke on making the customer feel important at first contact. “You (Liberty University) are in the business to give people value, to go out and change the world,” Schulze said. He travels 200 days a year, and said that he sees Liberty as a “light” in America. “Do not let your light go out,” Schulze said. “You are a light to everyone that you come in contact with, so make sure that you do not dim your light and make sure you value everyone.”


Horst Schulze, who spoke in Convocation last year, returned to Liberty University as the guest speaker at an event that recast the vision of the “You Matter” campaign for more than 2,000 faculty and staff on June 19. Schulze, founder and CEO of the Capella Hotel Group, came to the United States from Germany in 1965 and worked for the Hyatt and Hilton hotel groups before becoming COO of Ritz-Carlton in 1988. A legend in the hotel business, Schulze is a leading speaker in the area of customer service. Schulze shared with employees the three principles he espouses in his ventures with Capella: have a vision, be committed to that vision, and implement the steps it takes to get there.

View a video of Schulze’s talk and learn more about what Liberty faculty and staff are doing to change students’ lives at




POWER OUTAGE RELIEF EFFORTS AID COMMUNITY When a destructive derecho swept through Central Virginia in late June, Liberty University emerged as a key player in offering relief for affected residents from throughout the region. The devastating storm, which packed crippling winds, toppled trees that snapped power lines, and left up to 72 percent of Lynchburg without electricity during some of the hottest days of a sweltering summer. For at least a week after the storm, temperatures in the region often climbed above the 100 degree mark. Without electricity, home air conditioners became lifeless and local residents were unable to perform basic life-sustaining activities such as cooking meals or washing their clothes. Liberty and its partners — local governments, the American Red Cross, Sodexo, and the ministries of Thomas Road Baptist Church — provided comfort to those afflicted in the wake of the storm. Because of its decade-long growth spurt, Liberty, which maintained its power, was in a unique position to offer shelter to those afflicted and to out-of-state power crews who responded to the emergency. Liberty opened 14 residence halls, its dining facilities, pools, and laundromats to those who were trying to beat the heat. About 2,000 people were housed in residence halls; about 100 were out-of-area electrical workers unable to find hotel rooms when they arrived in town to respond to the widespread outage.


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The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre opened for the public to enjoy free skiing and tubing, and the LaHaye Ice Center welcomed visitors with free ice skating. “Liberty’s students have always been heavily involved in community service,” said Liberty President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. “They donate hundreds of thousands of hours every year to the local community. This summer, Liberty, as an institution, took an active role in disaster relief. The campus is located near a main electrical transmission line that is rarely compromised by storms. We consider it a privilege to put into practice our Christian beliefs.” Liberty Police Chief Richard Hinkley said God took an active hand in preparing the university to respond to the storm. Just two days before the derecho hit, Liberty officials had met with representatives of local government and the American Red Cross to discuss how all could mutually respond to natural disasters. State government has been pushing localities to develop emergency response plans because of increased tornado activity throughout Virginia. After the June storm hit, both Liberty and Thomas Road Baptist Church opened their facilities as cooling centers for those who had lost air conditioning for their homes. “As things progressed following the storm, it became evident that people were going to need

a place to stay,” Hinkley said. It also became evident that local emergency rooms were going to need a backup venue to assist an excess of patients with medical needs. Both Liberty and TRBC offered use of their facilities. Centra Health, another key local company, provided personnel to maintain a temporary emergency response medical center. The American Red Cross started referring patients to the Liberty-Thomas Road campus, Hinkley said. “This by far was the most expansive emergency response we have ever had,” Hinkley said. “I think when you have an emergency of this magnitude people just pitch in and help out. It is just a matter of talking to one another.” Lee Beaumont, Liberty’s vice president of auxiliary services, said the emergency response was a team effort. “It all goes back to our Christian beliefs,” Beaumont said. “We are supposed to look out for one another.” The post-storm response included meals at the dining hall for $3 (free for children and emergency personnel) and free ice to those who needed it. Lori Madden, district manager for Sodexo, Liberty’s dining services provider, said the dining hall had planned to close for one week, with no students to serve on campus and no camps scheduled. That decision was quickly reversed when she saw the need and her already

slim summer crew agreed to stay on. “I think this has been a beautiful demonstration of ministry for this campus and we are just really happy to be a part of it,” Madden said that week. More than 15,000 meals were served. Madden said she met some families who had stocked up with groceries the day before the storm and had already spent their food budget. “They were really devastated and they didn’t know where to go or what they were going to do to take care of their families,” she said. Another family had traveled from Illinois with their two daughters who were preparing

said. “The food is a nice addition — of course we don’t have anything in our fridge, it’s all gone. This is a gift. I think this is a great witness, what Liberty has done.” Much of the success of the storm response came as a result of Liberty employees volunteering extra hours to help with the relief effort, including staff from the Liberty University Police Department, Housing Office, Auxiliary Services, and Field Operations/ Facilities, under director Scott Starnes. A few weeks later, Liberty held a special appreciation luncheon for those employees who went above and beyond their job duties.

Neal Askew, Liberty’s executive vice president, addressed the crowd. “You didn’t have to do a lot of what you did. You made a lot of people’s lives better,” he told them. “It’s a wonderful thing to be a lighthouse to the community and reach out and help people when they’re in need.” To see a complete list of employees who contributed to the relief efforts, visit

(Left) Liberty faculty and staff who lost power at their homes wait to be assigned rooms in a residence hall on July 2. (Right) Lee Beaumont, vice president of Auxiliary Services, greets employees at an appreciation luncheon held on July 25.

to be freshmen at Liberty this fall. When their hotel lost power, they were relieved to be able to come to the dining hall to eat, cool down, and make other housing arrangements. Knowing that many children would come to the dining hall, Madden even went to the store to buy toys and games and set up a kids’ zone. Children’s movies were shown on a big-screen TV. Lyn Mathews, a Boonsboro resident, ate with her two boys at the dining hall. “I knew how big it was and that we would have the space for the boys to hang out,” she

People eat at Reber-Thomas Dining Hall during the power outage. More than 15,000 meals were served. Adults ate for $3; children and emergency service personnel were free.




RESTORE RWANDA IS CHANGING LIVES Liberty University students are helping a country heal from genocide. In 1994, 1 million men, women and children were killed in 100 days in Rwanda. Liberty’s involvement in the recovery first started in March 2010 when university leaders went there to meet with spiritual leaders to assess the many needs that still existed a decade later. This trip laid the foundation for the first team of Liberty students to arrive there in March 2011. The team, 21 students from Liberty’s counseling and psychology departments, trained teachers and pastors to serve as lay counselors. In November 2011, Liberty returned with 19 students on a 10-day mission trip where they traveled to different villages and counseled victims as well as perpetrators of the genocide. After seeing pictures of the team on Facebook, Becki Falwell, wife of Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., immediately made contact with the students and soon learned that they had an even bigger goal: to change a village forever. “I saw their passion and it touched me, and I said, ‘We can get the whole campus involved.’” She called Johnnie Moore, vice president for executive projects, and asked for more information on the trips. (And, as it happened, she said it was God’s perfect timing because Moore was meeting with a Rwandan student at the time). They then planned a brainstorming


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meeting with staff from Liberty’s Center for Global Engagement, as well as students, and the Restore Rwanda campaign was born. A Facebook page was created for the project, with pictures and a video. As announcements were made in Convocation, money began to pour in to help build a preschool building in the village. “Not everyone can go on a weeklong mission trip,” Becki Falwell said, “so I wanted all Liberty students to feel connected to this village, that’s why we posted pictures and a video, to help them feel like they can personally help without making the trip. It’s the first time we have done something like this, adopted a whole village.” In March 2012, five of the same Liberty students who made the trip that previous fall returned with the money that was raised and dedicated the site of the new building. The school opened this summer with 37 students. Liberty students contributed most of the $24,000 raised between February and April 2012, which was used to construct the building, furnish it, provide school supplies and uniforms for the children, and pay for a teacher, teacher’s aid, and a representative of the village who will walk the children to school each day. With news of Restore Rwanda’s impact, other ministries are signing up to help. One counseling student has raised $16,000

through her church for the project. Liberty has partnered with World Help, a faith-based humanitarian organization, for the trips. Its founder and president, Vernon Brewer, was the first graduate of Liberty. Alumnus Cyrus Mad-Bondo (’06, M.B.A.), now Africa regional director for World Help, attended the first day of school in the new preschool building on July 2. “Many of these mothers would never have been able to send their kids to school (if it weren’t for Liberty),” he said. “It is just an exciting experience to watch kids who have been unschooled for quite some time, and for the first time enter a classroom building.” He said the dropout rate for older (previously) unschooled children is high and the new preschool will help them stay in school. “When these children enter school very early, they are likely to stay in school. These children can make life-altering decisions very quickly.” Moore said future trips to Rwanda are being planned for November 2012 and March 2013. More building projects are also being planned to meet the needs of children in nearby villages. “Some of the little children have been peeking in windows of the new school, wondering when they will also have an opportunity for education, and Liberty wants to be there to give it to them,” Moore said.

Film by popular Liberty speaker explores what four more years of Obama could look like A film based on a book by a popular Liberty University Convocation speaker hit theaters nationwide this summer. The film, “2016: Obama’s America,” is based on Dinesh D’Souza’s book, “Obama’s America,” a sequel to the New York Times bestseller, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” It seeks to enlighten viewers to some of President Barack Obama’s most powerful ideals and influences, which shape the way he leads this country, and, more importantly, how he will continue to do so in the next four years if re-elected. D’Souza is an executive producer, writer, director, and star for the movie. He has spoken in Liberty’s Convocation three times, and has

visited campus on a number of other occasions. D’Souza is president of The King’s College in New York City. He grew up in India and moved to the United States to attend Dartmouth College and upon graduation went to work in the White House as a policy analyst for Ronald Reagan. He is a popular speaker, appearing on numerous television programs, and a bestselling author. He has contributed to virtually every major magazine and newspaper. “2016: Obama’s America” is produced by Gerald R. Molen, who is responsible for some of the most memorable films of the last three decades, including the Academy Award-winning “Schindler’s List.”

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Congressional Democrats echo Liberty’s efforts to encourage students to vote BY RON BROWN

Congressional Democrats have followed Liberty University’s lead in urging college students to vote. An Aug. 7 letter signed by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 187 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked the nation’s colleges and universities to take a more active role in educating students about the electoral process. “While students are expected to come out to the polls to vote in great numbers this year, more can be done to eliminate the potential barriers that students may face in November,” the letter said. The letter was addressed to Liberty President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. He has been encouraging students to vote since 2008, despite an outcry from Lynchburg area Democrats and other local residents. “Historically, students have faced unique barriers to the polls that have discouraged participation, or prevented individuals from

voting entirely,” Congressional Democrats wrote. “Restrictive residency and identification requirements, inconveniently located polling places, inadequate distribution of voting equipment, and false, misleading, and sometimes intimidating information have created difficulties for college students trying to exercise their right to vote.” In 2009, letters to the editor of a local newspaper depicted Liberty’s voter registration efforts as “very disturbing,” “a disgrace,” and an “effort to take over City Council.” This dire prediction has not come to fruition. Liberty began an information campaign by urging students to vote locally. Falwell contends that students have a vested interest in governmental policies, which directly affect the cost of their education and the quality of their life while in Lynchburg. Since Liberty students began registering to

vote in Lynchburg, City Council has agreed to share in the cost of a new pedestrian overpass, which helps students walk safely to nearby businesses on Wards Road, one of the busiest corridors in the city. Before the overpass was built, students had to dart in and out of traffic to cross the road, which had no crosswalks or any other pedestrian safety features. Also, Liberty, which has more than 12,500 residential students, has been given its own voting precinct. Falwell said he is pleased that Congressional Democrats are supporting students voting. “While local Democrats have complained about Liberty students voting, Nancy Pelosi and 187 Democratic members of Congress are asking college presidents to get the student vote out. It is rare that I agree with Nancy Pelosi on anything, but this time, she got it right. I intend to do exactly as she has requested this fall,” he said. LIBERTY JOURNAL




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Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Dr. Ron Godwin, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, give a tour of the property shortly after it was donated to Liberty in September 2007.

BY MITZI BIBLE When Liberty University received the 50-year-old Plaza shopping center in midtown Lynchburg as a donation from an Arizona real estate development firm five years ago, administrators saw a unique opportunity to join city revitalization efforts


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and stimulate the local economy while building the school’s endowment. Liberty went straight to work, pouring in more than $500,000 in repairs and enhancements to the 42-acre, 467,000-square-foot property, which includes outparcels — a movie theater, a McDonald’s restaurant, and a building that formerly housed the old Roses department store. At the time, only 50 percent of the space had been leased. Now, the center is booming with business, with occupancy at 90 percent. With a mix of tenants that range from a grocery store to clothing stores, nail salons and tax and health care services, The Plaza is drawing people back to midtown — an idea the city made a priority in its own restoration efforts, which recently included the groundbreaking of the Midtown Connector road project. Roses is returning as one of The Plaza’s newest

tenants, this time as a “Roses Express,” a junior department store, scheduled to open this fall. Real estate agent Chris Doyle said he expects the remaining storefronts, mostly on the upper level of the center, to be filled within the next year. He said he is hoping to attract some restaurants, perhaps a coffee shop or a sandwich shop, to provide more dining options to the more than 8,000 people who work within a mile of the site and 10,000 who make their homes within a mile as well. New, larger, digital signs, if approved, will draw even more people to the property. Scottie Napier, manager at Rainbow, a clothing store on the upper level, said she welcomes the progress. “Since more businesses are coming in, we are seeing things increase here. We are hoping when Roses opens up … that will give us a more diverse clientele. Businesses



Customers are being drawn back to the 50-year-old shopping center with more locally and nationally owned stores offering everything from groceries to clothing, household goods, and tax and health care services. The property also includes a movie theater.

that depend on word of mouth appreciate having diverse dining options and varied businesses to help increase foot traffic.” Dakota Braxton, 20, is a frequent shopper at the center. “Since the new stores came in, this is actually the most crowded I have seen it here since I can remember,” he said. “They are moving on up.” While Liberty has been returning the center to its former glory, the ripple effect can be seen in nearby businesses, Doyle said. “Once Liberty added life and vibrancy, and has been getting people to shop in this area, all those buildings along the front road (Memorial Avenue) wound up being leased or sold because people are saying, ‘We’ve got a good partner in this community that’s going to make this project work in the long haul.’” The project is a “tremendous investment” for Liberty, he added. When the school was able to sell some of the property to an “anchor tenant,” Centra Health, for its Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency Program in

2009, Doyle said all remaining debts that came with the donation (which was valued at $11.7 million in 2007) were paid and now all income generated is feeding the school’s endowment. It was a wise move, he said, and one that has long-lasting benefits for the region. “It has taken a while for this activity to get going, with the economy being what it has over the last few years, but now you look around and all the national tenants are staying, new national tenants are coming in and drawing additional people. The good, operating local tenants are staying, providing good services for good values. The foundation is in place with the investments by the big players … and Liberty is continuing to do improvements that make it better. Now we’ll see which new tenants will complement our

mix … and for the right ones we will make an attractive deal for the long term.” Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said Doyle, a broker with CBRE Group, Inc., the largest real estate brokerage firm in the world, has served Liberty well in the revitalization of the shopping center. “He overcame what many thought were insurmountable odds in making the declining property viable and successful again. For over a decade, Chris has been passionate about helping Liberty University fulfill its mission through the sale and lease of university-owned retail properties at The Plaza, Candlers Station, Wards Road, and elsewhere.” For more information, contact Chris Doyle at (804) 320-5500 or email





With a new dean, Dr. Norman Mintle, at its helm, the School of Communication has been revamped for a rapid launch to another dimension of academic excellence. “We are creating something very unique — and it is going to build on the good work accomplished here in the past with greater excellence because we will have far greater opportunities,” Mintle said. The school has recently been restructured, allowing for better synergy among communication-based departments. The School of Communication is now comprised of the Department of Theatre Arts; Department of Studio and Digital Arts; the Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Center, under the direction of Stephan Schultze, a Hollywood veteran with an expansive résumé; and the Department of Communication Studies — which encompasses journalism, speech communication, digital media (formerly broadcasting), and advertising and public relations. In addition, Liberty’s media productions team has been merged into the school. This latest move allows for the integration of students into real-world professional media venues.


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Mintle and the department heads have begun to augment their curriculum with a greater and more diverse array of real-world opportunities, better equipping students to enter their careers as experienced professionals. As students of these departments explore these opportunities, they are able and encouraged to integrate, working together just as they would in a professional setting. “I am convinced the way the real world works is through collaboration,” Mintle said. “Anytime we can bring together a real-life simulation on an educational level we benefit the student, better preparing them to go out to wherever they aspire to — Hollywood, New York, TV networks or stations, Broadway, drama troupes, missions and church work involving media and drama.” The possibilities for integration are endless: broadcasting students create programs that require advertising and public relations students to brand and market the product. Actors from the theater department are readily available to provide talent for cinema or broadcasting projects. Digital artists can create posters and logos for films and programs.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES Expanding the Liberty network For decades Liberty’s founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., utilized his public persona to promote the university and further the Gospel. From appearances on every major news network to original programming created in house, Falwell took full advantage of the power of the media. Dr. Ron Godwin, Liberty’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, sees this as an opportunity for students to get plugged in, working with industry professionals at Liberty to create more original content. Right now, Liberty’s media productions team produces about 30 percent of its own content for the Liberty Channel. Godwin and Mintle aim to flip that around and begin producing more and more student-generated programs. “Mintle will be able to bring experiential training and learning to the communication students to a degree we have never been able to offer,” Godwin said. “The recent deployment of a significant number of Liberty broadcasting staff members to the School of Communication,

under the direction of Dr. Mintle, will allow communication majors far greater opportunity to engage in the actual production of television, radio, and print media.” This semester, more than 100 students expressed interest in working in a wide variety of productions through this new production group — from Convocation and church services to Flames sports (Athletics and Club Sports) to original programming written, produced, and directed by students in collaboration with professionals. A number of students are already plugged in, helping produce these events, and more are going to be integrated as the production group expands. This new arrangement allows students to work closely with the department’s staff of industry professionals to gain a learning experience with practical, professional training not commonly offered at other universities. Students will be able to gain varying levels of experience as they work their way up through the program, with volunteer positions, practicums, and

eventually internships available. Mintle said he hopes to increase the volume of original content as the program grows, incorporating more sports and campus events, like concerts, and branching into original programming, such as news and talk shows. A new “mini-program” tentatively called “Top Plays of the Week,” is currently in development. This program will join “Option LU” and “Around Liberty in 90 Seconds” as a part of each week’s Convocation lineup. To better equip the students, faculty, and staff to do this, the School of Communication plans to build a full-blown production studio and has acquired a new HD production truck to take on location for live events. Now, advertising and public relations students will be given further opportunity to sharpen their skills as they can help brand and market the original programs. Students of this program already excel and have won numerous awards with nationally recognized advertising agencies. Most recently, two teams of two students were flown to New York to

pitch campaigns to industry leaders and executives as finalists of the Collegiate Effie MINI USA brand challenge. Liberty’s teams claimed the top two spots in the competition. Those interested in print media can gain valuable experience through the awardwinning, student-run newspaper, the Liberty Champion, and Liberty’s award-winning yearbook, “SELAH.” Both publications provide learning opportunities in writing, photography, design (graphic and layout), editing, and management, and incorporate both print and digital formats to properly equip students to succeed in the field. >>

“This is a place where artists are nurtured to develop their craft, whatever the discipline, in a Godhonoring environment where excellence is our bottom line.”

 -Dr. Norman Mintle  Dean, School of Communication




SADA Cultivating and empowering artists The Department of Studio and Digital Arts gives students with an artistic flair opportunity to hone and showcase their gifts in a variety of ways.

“I am excited about the School of Communication rising to a new level of educational quality under the leadership of Dr. Mintle.” -Dr. Ronald Godwin,

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs At Liberty, students are invited to participate in a number of art shows, galleries, and competitions. Utilizing the Liberty University Art Gallery and various computer labs, these projects enliven the facilities and give students a taste of life as an artist. For the exceptionally motivated art student, Liberty encourages them to submit work in a number of local and national art competitions. Every year Liberty students come away with prestigious awards, ranking them in league with (and even above) artists from the most recognized institutions in the country. In its new location on the fourth floor of Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center the program provides gorgeous classroom settings for its students — state-of-the-art computer labs with the latest software for digital artists and stunning art studios that feature natural light, high ceilings, and loft storage for studio artists interested in painting, pottery, ceramics, and more.

THEATRE Staging opportunities Mintle recognizes the value of good actors and their role in strengthening the quality of other programs, such as cinema and broadcasting. In its new home under the School of Communication, the Department of Theatre Arts is in a stronger position to offer increased opportunities for production and acting students to work in film, television, and radio. The recently launched in-house Alluvion Stage Company presents opportunity for students to notch a professional credit on their résumé. Voice acting is a growing market and students


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may gain experience through Playhouse of the Airwaves, a newly formed radio drama series produced at Liberty. As the program continues to expand, Mintle hopes to build a black-box theater (a simple, performance theater that is easily re-arranged to accommodate various settings for different types of performances) so that greater learning experiences are achieved with expanded opportunities for serious and important theater literature.

CINEMATIC ARTS From the audience to the set, it’s time to change chairs The school’s newest program has just taken students “all in” with the first semester of the cinematic arts’ immersion program under way. This rigorous two-year journey focuses solely on filmmaking — the innovative program requires students to have completed all of their required general education courses and the three core cinema classes, and then apply for acceptance into the program.

camera packages, Avid edit bays, ProTools, and THX certified sound mixing equipment. All students who graduate from the program will have written and directed their own short film; compiled a professional reel of their work; written, polished, and formed a business plan for their own screenplay; and will have a credit on a long format film. “I am excited about the School of Communication rising to a new level of educational quality under the leadership of Dr. Mintle,” Godwin said. “It is the adding of a far greater degree of experiential learning and training to our communication majors that excites me the most at the provost level. I am a great believer in students putting their talents and passions into action outside of the classroom.” Mintle said what Liberty is going to be able to offer in the next one to two years will exceed what students could experience elsewhere. “I’m not aware of any other university or college in which a full professional production group has been integrated into the academic setting.

Hollywood screenwriter Dan Gordon, well known for “Passenger 57,” “Wyatt Earp,” “The Hurricane,” and as a writer and director for the hit television series “Highway to Heaven” (starring Michael Landon), was one of the featured guests at a film festival and dedication event for Liberty’s new Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Center Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

Under Stephan Schultze, who has worked in every aspect of the industry (major motion pictures, television, music videos, commercials, industrial videos, etc.), and his faculty of experienced professionals, students will explore many key disciplines of filmmaking and learn to succeed in the cinema industry. Through workshops and guest speakers, students will hear from some of the biggest names in the industry, including Randall Wallace (writer, “Braveheart”). Students work hands-on with top-of-the-line industry standard equipment, including RED

Here we are able to provide our students with opportunities not available elsewhere,” he said. “When any high school student in America says, ‘Where do you go to get the best experience with broadcasting, or filmmaking, or theater?,’ they are going to say, ‘Liberty.’ It is going to be the first thing on the top of their minds. Because this is a place where artists are nurtured to develop their craft, whatever the discipline, in a Godhonoring environment where excellence is our bottom line.”

Adventure, drama, laughs, magic ahead in 2012-13 theater season The Liberty University Department of Theatre Arts 2012-13 mainstage season is sure to captivate audiences with a delightful blend of fairy tale magic, drama, jaw-dropping adventure, laughs, and sensational music.

2012-13 MAINSTAGE SEASON FALL 2012 Into the Woods, Sept. 21 – Oct. 7 The Glass Menagerie, Oct. 26 – Nov. 3 Leaving Iowa*, Nov. 8-11 She Loves Me, Nov. 30 – Dec. 8

SPRING 2013 The Man Who Came to Dinner, Feb. 15-23 All My Sons, March 1-8 Tarzan, April 5-29 *Freshman show, not part of the Mainstage Season

Upcoming art exhibits aim to capture gazes, imagination For the 2012-13 academic year, Liberty University’s Department of Studio and Digital Arts has a full art exhibition season lined up, promising to continue displaying more of the student, faculty, and professional artwork that has donned Liberty’s halls, computer labs, and the Liberty University Art Gallery.

2012-13 ART EXHIBITION SEASON FALL 2012 Fall Annual Exhibit- “Contemporary Landscapes: Paintings by Christopher Burch,” Liberty University Art Gallery, Sept. 20.-Nov. 3. Student Photography Contest and Exhibit, DeMoss Hall, ILRC, Show runs through the month of October. Packing Tape Sculpture Exhibit, DeMoss Hall, ILRC, mid September through October

Larger-Than-Life Exhibit, DeMoss Hall, ILRC, opens in late November and runs though finals. Senior Art Exhibits, Liberty University Art Gallery, Nov. 9-Dec. 14.

SPRING 2013 Studio and Digital Arts Faculty Art Exhibit, Liberty University Art Gallery, Jan. 24 - Feb. 9. Graphic Design Exhibit, Liberty University Art Gallery, Feb. 15 - March 2.

14th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, Liberty University, DeMoss Hall, ILRC, April 4 through finals. Larger-Than-Life Exhibit, Liberty University, DeMoss Hall, ILRC, opens in late April through finals. Senior Art Exhibits, Liberty University Art Gallery, March 16 - May 13. Liberty University Art Gallery Permanent Collection, Liberty University Art Gallery, May 27 - Aug. 3.

The Liberty University Art Gallery, now in its new location on the fourth floor of DeMoss Hall, features 13-foot ceilings, track lighting, and a professional hanging system. Hours are generally Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, but vary due to holidays and class schedules. Call (434) 592-5900 for more information.




Academic News LIBERTY RECEIVES EXCEPTIONAL NEWS FROM ACCREDITING AGENCY Liberty University recently received notice from its accrediting agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, that its Fifth-Year Interim Report was fully accepted with “no additional reporting” requested. Dr. Ron Godwin, Liberty’s senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, said requesting no additional reporting is rare for an institution. He said only one or two schools a year receive a fully accepted report. For example, in years past Liberty University itself has been asked for as many as 80 additional reports.

“Often recommendations are made; so to receive the response with no further reports requested is exceptional and a blessing,” Godwin said. “We are immensely proud of the work that our deans, department heads, assessment coordinators, and their faculty contributed to achieving this great result. It was literally a university-wide effort extending over at least a year and a half, with thousands of man hours invested, and all of that resulted in the best SACS letter Liberty has ever received.” While SACS requires an even more rigorous self-study report every 10 years, schools must also complete a report every five years, proving they have met 17 of the most demanding Principles of Accreditation, which include C A L I LO W D E R M I L K

AERONAUTICS DEAN NAMED TO STATE BOARD Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Dave Young, dean of the Liberty University School of Aeronautics, was recently appointed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to serve on the Virginia Aviation Board. Young will represent Region 5, which covers the City of Lynchburg, as well as Campbell,


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Appomattox, Pittsylvania, Nottoway, Prince Edward, and Halifax counties. Board members serve four-year terms. Young served as Liberty’s executive vice president and chief operating officer before joining the aviation program in 2002. He previously served on the Lynchburg Regional Airport Commission and was named Virginia Aviation Person of the Year in 2008.

every aspect of the university’s operation, from academic programs to financial aid, administrative leadership, and student services — for its residential and online programs. The response from SACS not only means Liberty is meeting the most challenging standards, but puts the school in a favorable position as it heads toward completion of its full compliance report — composed of responses to 96 standards — that must be submitted in September 2015. Liberty University was first accredited by SACS in 1980. In 2009, Liberty received Level VI accreditation, the highest classification from SACS reserved for colleges and universities that offer four or more doctoral degrees.

LIBERTY CHANNEL EXPANDS ITS REACH ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS The Liberty Channel, Liberty University’s in-house television network, is now available to an even wider audience. The station is available in local cable packages with Comcast (Channel 10) and Shentel (Channel 12), as well as digitally on Channel 43.1 and 43.2. It can also be viewed nationally through Sky Angel IPTV (Channel 132), as well as anytime on a live web stream at and on the new Liberty Today mobile app, a free download on iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices as well as iPad, Kindle and other leading tablet brands. The station is available in high definition (HD) on Channel 43.1, and Liberty is working with the local cable providers to switch to its HD signal. The Liberty Channel has something for everyone, from family-friendly movies every Saturday night, to live and pre-recorded Liberty athletics events, church services, concerts, children’s programming and special Liberty events, including Convocation. The station plans to air more original Liberty content produced by School of Communication students, giving those students unique and rare opportunities to gain real-world experience.


Recent graduates Rebecca Garrett (left) and Courtney McKenzie stand in front of Garrett’s poster at the Virginia Academy of Science annual meeting where they each were awarded a first-place finish.

LIBERTY STUDENTS SHINE AT VIRGINIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE ANNUAL MEETING Three students of Liberty University’s Department of Biology and Chemistry earned first-place awards at the Virginia Academy of Science annual meeting at Norfolk State University, May 23-25. Liberty’s participants, all undergraduates, beat out other undergraduate and graduate students from across the state, including The College of William & Mary, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Hampden-Sydney College. Students presented their research through either presentations or poster formats. Recent graduate Courtney McKenzie won Best Student Presentation for microbiology/

molecular biology, and recent graduate Rebecca Garrett won Best Student Poster in the same category. Their research was titled, “Global Characterization of DNA Methylation Patterns in an Alzheimer ’s Disease Model.” Mike Canfarotta, who was a sophomore at the time of competition, won Best Student Poster for biology. His project was titled “Mouse Colonization by Citrobacter rodentium.” “We are extremely proud of these students,” said Dr. David DeWitt, professor and chair of Liberty’s Department of Biology and Chemistry. “The research awards they won attest to the quality of our science programs at Liberty University and the hard work of our students and faculty. Awards like this go a long way to dispel the mistaken notion that Bible-believing Christians can’t do quality science.”

Liberty University students from the Helms School of Government traveled to Washington, D.C., this summer for a unique pilot course, Surveillance and Surveillance Detection, the first of its kind offered at any university. The students spent 12 days (May 28-June 8) in the D.C. area learning the art of surveillance and surveillance detection from retired and former intelligence community personnel. The teaching environment was unconventional, as the students learned from intelligence officers by walking, mapping, and understanding the streets of D.C. to conduct the assignments correctly. Several exercises were performed throughout the day, many independently. The students had two textbooks to read prior to beginning the class, a final exam, a term paper, and professional evaluation of their field activities. The class was taught from such an applicable and practical way that another intelligence agency actually picked up on what the students were doing and started following them around to see their work. Dr. Charles Murphy, who developed the course, said he plans to follow the necessary steps to move the course from a pilot course to become a permanent course, and to offer it again next summer.

Dr. Charles Murphy stands with Liberty students taking his pilot course, ‘Surveillance and Surveillance Detection,’ in Washington, D.C. Mike Canfarotta (right) shares his poster at the Virginia Academy of Science annual meeting. LIBERTY JOURNAL


Academic News AD/PR STUDENTS CLAIM TOP TWO SPOTS IN COLLEGIATE EFFIE COMPETITION Advertising and public relations students in Liberty University’s Department of Communication Studies continued to shine in competitions this year, earning the top two spots at the Collegiate Effie Awards in New York, N.Y. The team of Curran Adelman and Janique Byrd won first place in the Collegiate Effie Awards’ MINI USA Brand Challenge for their

campaign, “Innovation: Worth a Double Take.” The team of Kim Soward and Paula Tan were runners-up in the competition, giving Liberty the top two finishes. A few days after graduation Liberty’s students were flown to New York where they, along with the other finalists, had the opportunity to present their campaigns to industry leaders and executives. The competition is hosted by Effie Worldwide (“Effie” is short for effectiveness), and was founded by the American

Byrd and Adelman’s winning poster presentation.

Janique Byrd (left) and Curran Adelman won first place in the Collegiate Effie Awards.


programs free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. A new iTunes app, announced in January, allows students to watch or listen to lectures, read books, view presentations, and check off a list of assignments as they are completed. Through iTunes U, prospective students and parents have the opportunity to view a course’s layout and workload ahead of time, listen to lectures, plan ahead for a class, or simply see what makes Liberty different from other institutions. For example, people can compare world literature classes at Liberty and Yale University, Brown said, finding that “Liberty integrates biblical teaching in its course.” Brown said iTunes U allows any student who is

Staying on the cutting edge of education, Liberty University’s Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) has created more than 150 Liberty University Online courses for iTunes U. “Liberty University is delivering academic excellence with biblical integration from some of the best professors in the discipline to multiple audiences,” said Dr. David Brown, associate director of CAFE. “This is just another form of getting the message of Christ and His creation to the world by every possible means.” With iTunes U, students can access course content for Liberty Online’s over 100 degree


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Marketing Association to educate and encourage effectiveness in the marketing communication industry. Liberty also took third place in its district in the National Student Advertising Competition. Earlier this year, alumna Keri Cook (’12) was named Student of the Year by PRWeek, a weekly trade magazine for the public relations industry. Liberty had two teams win first and second place at the 2012 John Caples International Awards in March.

already enrolled to take their course content on the go. A student is able to use his or her iOS (Apple’s mobile operating system) device and tap a link via their Blackboard course that would subscribe them to the iTunes U course. From there they could download videos or audio files to their portable device and listen at any time. “The military student that may have limited access to a computer can download his or her lectures and can listen from any place in the world at any time,” Brown said. Brown said Liberty’s iTunes U courses are collectively receiving about 105,000 hits and 33,000 user downloads a week on average. Liberty has offered videos and podcasts through iTunes U since 2006.

STUDY SHOWS LIBERTY’S FINANCIAL STRENGTH AMONG NATION’S COLLEGES A recent study shows Liberty University is among the nation’s financially sound colleges and universities. The report, “The financially sustainable university,” conducted by Bain & Company and Sterling Partners and written by Jeff Denneen and Tom Dretler, broke institutions into three categories: financially unsustainable, at risk, and financially sound. Those deemed unsustainable had “more liabilities, higher debt service, and increasing expense without the revenue or the cash reserves to back them up,” according to the report. Schools that are considered top-ranked institutions and have large endowments are less at risk, it reads. The study showed that while Liberty was determined to be financially sound, approximately one-third of all colleges and universities have financial statements that are significantly weaker than they were several years ago. “The Christian Post” dove further into the study and found Liberty was one of seven Christian institutions to make the list of financially sound schools (read the full article at Liberty’s financial outlook continues to show promise. The university marked its initial public bond in December 2010 when it issued $120 million worth of tax-exempt education facilities bonds. In January, Liberty announced its second IPO, this time in the corporate bond market selling $100 million of taxable bonds. Standard & Poor’s rated Liberty’s bonds ‘AA,’ as they did the tax-exempt bonds in 2010; Moody’s Investors Service rated Liberty for the first time this year, assigning the taxable bonds an ‘A1’ rating. The ratings place Liberty among the nation’s university elites for financial strength. This year Liberty will become the youngest American university to reach $1 billion in net assets, guaranteeing that it will be able to fulfill its mission of Training Champions for Christ for generations to come.

Liberty University School of Law students meet with Bill Suter (center), clerk of the Supreme Court, on June 4.

LAW STUDENTS VISIT SUPREME COURT IN UNIQUE D.C. EXPERIENCE A group of 18 students from Liberty University School of Law took a special trip to Washington, D.C., on June 4, where they were granted reserved seating for a session of the U.S. Supreme Court and a private audience with Justice Antonin Scalia. The students are members of the Liberty Counsel externship program and constitutional litigation clinic. Following the court session, the courtroom was cleared out and Liberty’s party was invited back for a private meeting with Scalia. According

SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS ACQUIRES CESSNA AIRCRAFT The Liberty University School of Aeronautics recently acquired its first new aircraft that is 100 percent owned by the university. The Cessna 172SP G1000 Skyhawk was purchased directly from Cessna Aircraft Company. With the tail number N701LU, it is the first of the “700 series” that will be used to identify all planes from the School of Aeronautics. John Marselus, associate dean for flight operations, said the Cessna purchase is another sign that the aeronautics program is exceeding

to Dean Mat Staver, Scalia spoke about the importance of our government not being our Bill of Rights, but the division of power, because our Constitution diffuses power so that one branch cannot become all-powerful. Scalia held a Q-and-A session for the students. The group was then taken on a private tour of the Supreme Court, after which they met with retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William “Bill” Suter, who serves as clerk of the Supreme Court, managing all the administration and docket cases. Suter spoke on the importance of leadership and extolled the virtues of Liberty’s law school. He also held a Q-and-A session for the students before they continued on to a guided tour of the Capitol. expectations. When he arrived in the summer of 2010, there were 90 students on the flight line; in January 2012, there were more than 180. The honor of the plane’s first official training flight went to Lindsey Gray (instructor and graduate of the aircraft mechanic program) and Megan Grupp, a sophomore from Kodiak, Alaska, studying missionary aviation. Shortly after its purchase, the plane was put into action when senior Jacob Hilt from Charlton, Mass., and instructor Nathan Edwards assisted with a search and rescue for an aircraft that went down over Amherst County, Va., while they were on a routine training mission. LIBERTY JOURNAL


Academic News

When Liberty University en Español was launched in the fall of 2011, the bilingual program was hoping to make inroads with the Hispanic community. Now it is celebrating its first graduate and has tripled enrollment in one year. Javier Pimentel, a lay minister at Woodlands Church in The Woodlands, Texas, received his Associate of Arts Degree in Religion in May. He is the first graduate of Liberty

University en Español. He attended Liberty’s Commencement in May. Pimentel has led the way for more than 300 students who are enrolled in the program for the fall, a 200 percent increase from 99 students enrolled in 2011. “Our Liberty University en Español faculty and staff are very proud of seeing students like Mr. Pimentel achieve their academic dreams,” said Orlando Lobaina,

executive director of Liberty en Español. “We know every student in our bilingual program has other responsibilities, and achieving a degree in an online format gives them the flexibility to accomplish their goals. We look forward to a larger group of Latino students graduating from our online bilingual programs next year.” Pimentel is one of five graduates who received their degrees through Liberty en Español this past academic year; he was the first to apply for graduation. Liberty en Español offers accredited bilingual programs from the associate to master’s level, all within a Christian worldview taught by fully bilingual professors and staff. With 12 unique programs of study, students can explore degrees in the fields of business, religion, ministry, psychology, counseling, criminal justice, education, and paralegal studies. It recently debuted a new certificate program in biblical studies entirely in Spanish. Pimentel currently works for Kerry Shook Ministries, a worldwide television ministry with his church, and is certainly not finished with his education through Liberty. He immediately began work on his bachelor’s degree in psychology and life coaching with a minor in church ministries, which he will complete this fall. He hopes to begin his Master of Divinity through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary next spring and earn his Ph.D. in counseling soon after.


country, and an online simulation of the Battle of Antietam by teams of high school and college students. Special tours are planned of the National Civil War Chaplains Museum on Liberty’s campus in the afternoons. Numerous exhibits of Civil War artifacts and memorabilia will be displayed for the public and vendors will have various Civil

War items for sale. The seminar concludes with a special period church service at Liberty’s prayer chapel, led by the Rev. Alan Farley of Re-enactor’s Missions for Jesus Christ. The event is free to all middle, high school, college, and home-schooled students. For more information, including times, go to

Javier Pimentel of The Woodlands, Texas, is the first graduate of Liberty University en Español. He received his diploma from Dr. Elmer Towns, dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and School of Religion, at Commencement in May.


Liberty University will present its 16th annual Civil War Seminar, “1862—The Rise of Lee and Grant,” Friday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Sept. 30, at Liberty University School of Law. The event will spotlight several lectures from nationally renowned authors, presentations of papers by scholars from around the


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On Monday, June 11, Liberty University Online enrollment reached 80,000 students. Thanks to this stride in its thriving online education program, Liberty has strengthened its standing as the nation’s seventh largest four-year university, largest private, nonprofit, four-year college and the largest college in Virginia. A special reception was held the following day to celebrate the landmark and the people who made it happen. “When we reach milestones like this we never forget the dedication, the perseverance of every single person involved,” said Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. to the employees. “Every phone call you make is important. Every time you interact with somebody you potentially are changing their lives forever.” Falwell said Liberty Online is exceeding its goals for this year as it continues to grow at a rapid rate. Liberty is poised to hit 100,000 students enrolled this year.

NURSING ADDS NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM Liberty University’s new Maternal-Child Critical Care Certificate Program through the Department of Nursing gives students with a passion for critical care of mothers and babies increased knowledge that will strengthen their skill set as they enter the field. The department ran a pilot course in the Spring 2012 semester with eight students. Three of those students were offered jobs from their clinical work at the University of Virginia Health System. The program officially opened this fall. The spring 2013 class already is filled to its 12-student capacity and has a waiting list. Mary Highton, assistant professor of nursing and the maternal-child coordinator,



Left to right, Tamela Crickenberger, executive director of enrollment for Liberty University Online; Chris Johnson, senior vice president for Enrollment Management; Dr. Ronald Hawkins, vice president for Academic Affairs and vice provost; Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.; Becki Falwell; and Steve Peterson, executive director of admissions for Liberty University Online, celebrate the 80,000 milestone and unveil a commemorative plaque.

said the course should give students hoping to work in critical care an advantage because they will already have certificates in certain programs they will eventually need when they become nurses. “It kind of puts them ahead of the game,” she said. “Most of these students are very assertive, they are critical-thinking nurses. (The course) just meets their appetite for more education and information.” The course features many speakers who work or have worked in the field and certifies the students in Pediatric Advanced Life Support with the option for additional certification in the Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Though the academic rigor of Liberty’s

nursing department alone is challenging enough, students of the new certificate program log an extra 144 clinical hours on top of their required clinicals. The program is modeled after the university’s Critical Care Certificate Program that started about five years ago to accommodate students interested in any form of critical or emergency care. The program was initially offered to 12 students and now welcomes up to 18 each semester, and is usually filled to capacity. Both certificate programs are unique in that few, if any, of this kind exist at other institutions, according to Critical Care Certificate Program Manager Shanna Akers, assistant professor of nursing and director of the RN-BSN online program. LIBERTY JOURNAL



Excitement is building for this year’s Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 5-6. Along with the traditional favorites, such as the Homecoming football game, the Homecoming Parade and the Alumni Tailgate, there are several new events and activities this year designed to showcase the

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newest facilities on campus and provide alumni with opportunities to fellowship with former classmates and faculty and staff members. Check-in and Homecoming Headquarters for alumni will be located in the brand new Hancock Welcome Center this year,

as well as a Friday night dessert reception and a post-game party on Saturday. There will be lots of food, friends, and fun for this year’s celebration, so make your plans now to join us. Register online at or call the Alumni Relations Office at (800) 628-7973.

Schedule of events

6-9 p.m.- Check-In: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free

1 p.m.- Annual Homecoming Parade: University Boulevard, Cost: Free

Friday, Oct. 5

Noon until Gametime- Tailgating: Hancock Welcome Center,

9 a.m.-9 p.m.- Check-In: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free 10 a.m., Convocation: Vines Center, Cost: Free 5:30-7:30 p.m.- Friday Dinner: Hancock Welcome Center,

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Cost: $7 per person or $25 for “family of five” * Family of five rate is good for the first five members. Each additional member will be $7.

8-10 p.m.- Evening Dessert Reception: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free

9:30 p.m.- Homecoming Bonfire: Location TBA, Cost: Free

Saturday, Oct. 6 8 a.m. until Gametime- Check-In: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free

8 a.m.- Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5K Trail Race: Camp Hydaway (register online at


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Cost: $5 per person Flames Football Game: Williams Stadium, Cost: $5 adult; $3 children 3-11; under 2 free. (Discounted football tickets can only be purchased online at or by calling the Alumni Relations Office)

Immediately after the game- Postgame Party: Hancock Welcome Center, Cost: Free New events, additional details and any important changes to the schedule can be found online at

“Homecoming is a great opportunity for alumni to see firsthand everything they have been reading about that has happened at Liberty over the past year. There is no better way to reunite with former classmates and professors and witness how God continues to bless us in new ways.” 

-Tyler Falwell, Alumni Relations Director

HOCKEY SET FOR NEW SEASON Liberty University’s men’s Division I hockey team gears up for a challenging lineup this season, with a 34-game schedule featuring matchups with six teams who qualified for the 2012 national championships, including home meetings with the reigning national champions (Delaware) and last year’s runner-up (Oakland).

“We have a lot of quality opponents,” said Head Coach Kirk Handy. “We have a very strong schedule and there won’t be an easy night for us. It’s going to prepare us to go throughout the year and have every game mean something.” The Flames finished the 2011-12 season with a 23-9-3 record and ranked 10th in the American Collegiate Hockey Association final rankings. The Flames made it to the second round of the national tournament.



Sept. 7 & 8, 7 p.m. Hampton Jr. A Whalers Lynchburg, Va. Sept. 14 & 15, 7 p.m. Atlanta Jr. A Knights Lynchburg, Va. Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Mercyhurst College Lynchburg, Va. Sept. 22, 3 p.m. Mercyhurst College Lynchburg, Va. Sept. 28 & 29, 7 p.m. Robert Morris University Lynchburg, Va. Oct. 5-7 ACHA Showcase Springfield, Ill. Oct. 19 & 20, 7 p.m. Davenport University Lynchburg, Va. Oct. 26 & 27, 7 p.m. Ohio University Lynchburg, Va. Nov. 2 & 3, 7 p.m. Stony Brook University Lynchburg, Va. Nov. 9 & 10, 7 p.m. University of Delaware Lynchburg, Va. Nov. 17, 8:30 p.m. Stony Brook University Stony Brook, N.Y. Nov. 18, noon Stony Brook University Stony Brook, N.Y. Nov. 29, 8:30 p.m. Davenport University Davenport, Mich.

Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Oakland University Oakland, Mich. Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Oakland University Rochester, Mich. Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Virginia Tech Lynchburg, Va. Jan. 10, 8 p.m. (MST) Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Jan. 11 & 12, 7:30 p.m. (MST) University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz. Jan. 18, 9:30 p.m. West Virginia Morgantown, W.Va. Jan. 19, 4 p.m. West Virginia Morgantown, W.Va. Jan. 25 & 26, 7 p.m. University of Arizona Lynchburg, Va. Feb. 1, 9 p.m. University of Delaware Newark, Del. Feb. 2, 5 p.m. University of Delaware Newark, Del. Feb. 8 & 9, 7 p.m. Oakland University Lynchburg, Va. Feb. 15 & 16, 7 p.m. West Virginia Lynchburg, Va. March 1-6 ACHA National Tournament Chicago, Ill.

CLUB SPORTS DEBUTS ENHANCED WEBSITE Liberty University Club Sports unveiled a new look for its website,, this summer. “By updating our site we’ve been able to improve things such as navigation, which will make the site much more user-friendly,” said Kirk Handy, senior director of Campus Recreation. “Also, the pages for individual club sports teams are more cohesive and the design of the site as a whole is much better.” The site assumes a similar style to that of the Liberty University Athletics site. It includes a live feed of Club Sports social media (Facebook and Twitter), access to team pages for all 31 teams, a schedule of events (including a real-time countdown to the next Division I men’s hockey game), and information on camps. Live streaming coverage of select games, including men’s Division I and women’s Division I hockey and men’s lacrosse will continue to be available on the site. A video archive of past events is available.

“The site is more hightech and has many new and exciting features,” Handy said. “Our new website will be a great asset to our department, current athletes, coaches, prospective students, alumni, and fans.” Liberty University Club Sports has 31 teams competing in 20 sports, including hockey, lacrosse, gymnastics, and the newest addition, beach volleyball. For more information, email LIBERTY JOURNAL


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LIBERTY ATHLETICS BECOMES FIRST TO WIN FIVE STRAIGHT SASSER CUPS For an unprecedented fifth consecutive year, the Liberty University Athletics Department

has claimed the Big South Conference’s George F. “Buddy” Sasser Cup for the 2011-12 athletic season. It was the Flames’ 10th Sasser Cup overall, which is also a new Big South record. The Sasser Cup trophy was presented by Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander to Liberty University President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.; Senior Associate Athletics Director/Internal Operations Mickey Guridy; Associate Athletics Director/ Senior Woman Administrator Meredith Eaker; Associate Athletics Director/External Operations Kevin Keys; and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Bill Gribbin at the Big South Conference’s annual Spring Meetings Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner

For just the second time in Liberty University Athletics history, Liberty has finished inside the Top 100 in the final Division I Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings. Liberty finished No. 95 in the final standings compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) for the 2011-12 academic year. The results marked the fourth year in a row Liberty has bettered its standings. Liberty’s 2011-12 Director’s Cup standings were bolstered by the Athletics Department’s first-ever Top 10 NCAA Championship finish. The Flames’ golf program finished in 10th place at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., earning Liberty a total of 67.5 Director’s Cup points. The Learfield Sports Director’s Cup, now in its 19th year of existence, was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and “USA Today.” Points are awarded based on each Division I institution’s finish in up to 20 sports – 10 women’s and 10 men’s.


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at the Westin Resort Hotel on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on May 31. Liberty finished with an average of 12.59 points (214 points in 17 sports), earning its fifth straight Sasser Cup by an average of 1.31 points over Coastal Carolina (11.28 average – 191.75 points in 17 sports). The Flames become the first Big South athletics department ever to win five Sasser Cup titles in a row. Coastal Carolina has captured four straight Sasser Cup titles twice (1988-91 and 2004-07). Additionally, it was Liberty’s 10th Sasser Cup title in the last 14 athletics seasons. That is the most Sasser Cup crowns ever earned by a Big South institution, one more than Coastal Carolina’s nine Sasser Cups.

JEFF BARBER EARNS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR HONORS After leading Liberty University Athletics to another banner year, including a fifth straight Big South Sasser Cup, Director of Athletics Jeff Barber has been selected as one of four FCS Under Armour AD of the Year award winners. The award was presented to Barber during a special luncheon on June 27 at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention in Dallas, Texas. The Under Armour AD of the Year Award program was created to honor intercollegiate directors of athletics for their commitment and administrative excellence within a campus and/or college community environment. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior/Community Colleges) and annually honors 29 athletic directors (four from each division) as regional winners, and one international recipient.

THREE BASEBALL PLAYERS SELECTED IN MLB DRAFT The Liberty Flames baseball program had three players selected during the second day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, June 5. The Toronto Blue Jays selected outfielder Ian Parmley (left photo) in the seventh round, while the Texas Rangers took pitcher John Niggli (middle photo) in the ninth round. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected pitcher Blake Forslund (right photo) in the 15th round, the final round of the day. With the selections of the trio, Liberty has had 49 players selected in the 39-year history of its program and has had a player selected in every draft since 2000.

Follow Liberty’s 20 NCAA Division I athletics programs, as well as Club Sports and Intramurals, at

Liberty’s athletics programs came in with a multi-year rate over 940 and eight programs received a multi-year rate above 980 (men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s outdoor track, and women’s volleyball). The following programs had perfect APR scores for 2010-11: men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. Liberty’s athletics programs finished the 2010-11 academic year with a combined 970 APR score, giving Liberty Athletics a combined 968 APR multi-year rate.

Liberty University Club Sports has announced five new head coaches: Drew Sherwood, beach volleyball (a new program for 2012-13); Ryan Hurley, crew; Rachel Steele, gymnastics; Sara Niemi, women’s Division II hockey; and Jesse Wilson, taekwondo. “We are excited for our new coaches to come in and be a part of our Club Sports program,” said Kirk Handy, senior director of Campus Recreation. “We believe the new coaches will take our programs to the next level.” Sherwood is the general manager of the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. He played two seasons with the Flames men’s volleyball team, competed in a number of tournaments across the U.S., and has assisted at Liberty’s volleyball camps. Hurley recently served as the coach of the women’s varsity crew team at Virginia Tech. Steele, a 2012 alumna, was the co-founder and captain of the Flames gymnastics team where she competed in three meets and won an individual title in the balance beam event at the 2010 national championships in Texas. Niemi, a 2009 alumna, has served as an assistant coach for the Flames women’s hockey teams since 2009. She has played competitive hockey since age 5, including three seasons with the Flames Division I women’s hockey team. Wilson has been practicing taekwondo for 29 years and is a certified black belt through the Kim School of taekwondo in Danville, Va.

This marked the first time that a Liberty swimming student-athlete competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. In addition to Ravettine, incoming freshman Laura Day swam the 100-meter breaststroke at

the trials. Day finished sixth in her heat, 141st out of 153. Ravettine entered the competition ranked 61st out of the 164 swimmers invited to compete in the women’s 50-meter freestyle. At the trials she tied for 72nd place out of 154 competitors in the 50 free, finishing sixth in her heat. Jess Reinhardt, who joined Liberty’s team this fall, competed in the Australian Olympic Trials in 2008 and again this year.


Liberty University Athletics has once again excelled in the classroom, with two teams earning Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for multi-year (four-year) academic progress and seven teams earning perfect scores on the Academic Progress Report (APR) for 2010-11. Liberty’s men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams were among the more than 950 teams honored in June by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards, given each year to teams with the most recent multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of each sport. Both of Liberty’s teams are earning the Public Recognition Awards for the first time. Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 academic years. The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women’s teams and 394 men’s or mixed squads. A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list.



SWIMMERS COMPETE IN OLYMPIC TRIALS Three Lady Flames swam for one of the 26 spots on the U.S. women’s swimming team for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Liberty University redshirt sophomore Brye Ravettine qualified to compete in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, held June 25 through July 2 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.



Christian Commitment

Champions for Christ Liberty University’s tagline, Training Champions for Christ since 1971, collectively acknowledges the university’s unique heritage, affirms its uncompromising mission, and echoes Liberty’s commitment to Christian values, which distinguishes it from other schools and universities. These stories below reflect all these pillars of Liberty’s mission. To read more, go to ALUMNI BROTHERS SEEK TO IMPACT THROUGH MINISTRY Liberty University alumni and brothers Rick Gage (’98, M.A. Religion) and Rodney Gage (’88, B.S. Speech Communication) have been impacting lives through ministry across the country, taking to heart the mission of their alma mater, Training Champions for Christ. Rick Gage leads crusades with Go Tell Ministries, the organization he launched in 1990. Go Tell’s student camps came to Lynchburg starting in 1995 at the invitation of Liberty founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., and saw a 15-year run on Liberty Mountain. Next year will mark the 25th year for the camp ministry, which has served thousands of youth every summer.

Before answering the call to ministry, Gage was a football coach and even served as a running backs coach at Liberty from 1984-85. He lives near Atlanta, Ga., with his wife, Lynne, and their two daughters. His daughter Sara is a sophomore at Liberty. Rodney Gage was a student at Liberty the same time his brother Rick was a football coach. He founded Fellowship of Orlando in 2001, which has since become one of the fastest-growing churches in Central Florida. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children. The couple recently finished their first book together, titled “ReThink Life: How to Live Different from the Norm.” The book is the centerpiece for a “40 Day ReThink Life

Experiment” designed for churches. Both brothers traveled with their father, evangelist Freddie Gage before starting their own ministries. They said they are thankful for what Liberty and its mission have meant to them and to their respective ministries. “Those four years (at Liberty) changed my life,” Rodney Gage said. “Those were the greatest four years, as far as for my spiritual life and the development of my character as well as my leadership skills.” Rick Gage said he wouldn’t be the man he is today, or have the ministry he has today “if it were not for Jerry Falwell and Liberty University. To see the heart that he had for people had a major impact on my life.”



Rodney Gage preaches at Fellowship of Orlando, which he founded in 2001.


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Rick Gage speaks at a Go Tell crusade in Conroe, Texas.

STUDENT ENTERS MARCHING MUSIC’S MAJOR LEAGUE licensure major, is the only member of the Liberty University Marching Band to perform with the elite group while a student at Liberty. The Cadets traveled to 29 competitions in 20 different states over the course of two months. The group practiced 12 hours a day, six hours on performance days, and often had back-to-back performances.


Senior Michael Kerr spent his summer touring with one of the top drum and bugle organizations in the world, The Cadets, as a trumpet player. The group is a 10-time world champion with Drum Corps International, sometimes called “marching music’s major league.” Kerr, a music performance and teacher


Liberty students Ryan Carl (left) and Jody Johnston (right), along with fellow Pilgramer Thomas Fischer (middle), spent their summer documenting a nationwide pilgrimage they used to promote community among Instagram users.


Liberty University has helped to repair a city landmark created to honor the men of Lynchburg who served in World War I. When it was discovered that a bayonet on “The Listening Post” statue (commonly called the “Doughboy”) at the base of Monument Terrace in downtown Lynchburg had been broken off, Neal Askew, Liberty’s Executive Vice President, saw an opportunity to help. On June 27, Askew presented a check for $2,000 on behalf of the university to cover the repairs. “We have a great emphasis at Liberty with our military involvement and our military students, so this is another step of showing support of our military forces,” Askew said.

Two Liberty University students embarked on a summer-long quest to foster community across the nation, using the photo sharing social media platform Instagram to unite people with a common interest. Jody Johnston, a senior studying advertising and Ryan Carl, a sophomore marketing student, have merged their business-savvy and passion for people to form Pilgramers, a group that seeks to bring Instagramers together for the purpose of building relationships and having fun in the process. With Pilgramers, they organize Instameets, which are gatherings of Instagramers in which people are connected and spend the day taking snapshots together and getting to know one another. Destinations are sometimes decided upon spontaneously and Instagramers can suggest where they will take place. The pair traveled from Virginia to Seattle, down the West Coast, and back, stopping at several cities along the way. Johnston and Carl have picked up quite a following with their endeavors, attracting more than 140,000 hits on their YouTube video “Stuff Instagramers Say” (that inspired them to form Pilgramers), and their pilgrimage garnered attention from executives at Instagram, who invited them to spend the day with them at their headquarters in San Francisco, Calif., and featured them on the Instagram blog. The Pilgramers created documentary episodes of their journey, which can be viewed on their YouTube channel. LIBERTY JOURNAL


Christian Commitment ED GOMES – FANNING THE SPIRITUAL FLAMES “How can I pray for you?” That question will always come up when you sit down to talk with Dr. Ed Gomes, director of spiritual development for the Liberty Flames football team. That simple phrase speaks volumes to Gomes’ character. He not only takes his role very seriously, he cares for the individual. And that personal touch has impacted countless lives over the years. Gomes, entering his 12th season with the Flames, is responsible for setting up chapel services for the team, discipling players, coaches, and other staff, and serves as a liaison between the football program and the Office of Student Affairs. Prior to being dubbed “Coach Gomes,” he spent five years serving as dean of commuting students (now Commuter Affairs). Gomes


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explained his previous position led to an opportunity with the football team. “I was dealing with an athlete, and Coach (Ken) Karcher (former Flames head football coach) said, ‘This is what we need for our football team,’” Gomes said. In 2000, after prayer and seeking guidance, Gomes accepted the position as full-time chaplain for the Flames. In his work with the football team, Gomes uses what he calls a “Whole-Person Development” model, which he bases on Luke 2:52, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” The model seeks to develop every person that comes through the Liberty program in four areas: academic, athletic, social, and spiritual. It has inspired the Luke 2:52 Award, which is presented to the graduating

senior who best embodies the program’s mission. The award was first presented in 2006. In his career, Gomes has had opportunities to see a number of players he worked with advance to the professional level, including Samkon Gado, Mike Brown, Rashad Jennings, and Chris Summers. Gomes and his family have strong ties to Liberty. He received his bachelor’s degree in youth ministry from Liberty in 1976. While attending Liberty, Gomes was a star point guard for the Flames basketball team where he remains the all-time leader in steals (300) and is fourth in total assists (476). His wife, Ruth, is a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Their children are both graduates of Liberty: Priscilla Bramlett (’05) and Josh Gomes (’08).

AERONAUTICS GRAD BECOMES YOUNGEST CAPTAIN FOR AMERICAN EAGLE pleased for American Eagle Airlines, because I was convinced he would be a tremendous asset to them, he’d be a great representative of the airlines and that has proven to be true.” He added that the SOA has enjoyed success in the hiring of its grads. “This year we have had seven flight

university pilot at Liberty before being hired by American Eagle in October 2006. The promotion was a large feat to accomplish in such a short period of time, sometimes taking up to 10 years depending on demand. When news of Beckles’ promotion reached Dave Young, dean of the School of Aeronautics, he was not surprised. “As a student he was tremendously motivated, he was very passionate about aviation. He was not only very committed to being a pilot, but being an excellent pilot,” Young said. “When he was hired by American Eagle I was very pleased for Anthony, but also

instructors (all SOA grads) hired by the airlines and have several waiting for interviews. The job market is opening up and for the first time in the history of the SOA, the airlines are now approaching us … our reputation is growing stronger.” The SOA also has a 100-percent hire rate in the two AMTS (aircraft mechanic) classes that have graduated. Beckles’ family has been connected to Liberty for a long time. His father, Anthony Sr. (’83), was a track and field athlete and later served as vice president of finance. His mother, Bernette (’84), is an adjunct professor of mathematics.

Liberty University’s Young Women for America club is now serving as the flagship chapter of a national organization that applies biblical principles to public policy issues. The club held a leadership training session in the spring featuring Liberty alumna Penny Nance (’98), CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA). Liberty’s chapter is currently training students from other schools and helping them start chapters. The training session brought in women from Oral Roberts University, Cedarville University, and Ave Maria School of Law. Women of all majors are invited to join Young Women for America at Liberty, which meets every other week.


Liberty University alumnus Anthony “Tony” Beckles (’06) was promoted to captain at American Eagle in March of this year. At 26, he is currently the youngest captain for the airline. In 2003-04 Beckles was named the School of Aeronautics’ Pilot of the Year. After graduation, he served as an instructor and


Liberty alumna Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, speaks during a training session hosted at Liberty on Saturday, April 14.





Crew for the upcoming film “Finding Faith” utilize Liberty’s camera equipment as they prepare a shot on campus.

From shooting to editing and postproduction, all stages of production for the upcoming faith-based film, “Finding Faith,” took place in Central Virginia with

Lynchburg as its hub. Liberty University was at the heart of the project, a vital source of support for the movie, providing locations, housing, and equipment, as well as a deep talent pool from which the movie has drawn much of its cast, crew, and support staff. Over 90 percent of the people involved with the film are affiliated with Liberty in some way (alumni, students, faculty and staff, etc.), according to alumnus Jason Campbell (’93), who is the film’s executive producer, and executive director of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, which is backing the film. Stephanie Bettcher, a senior at Liberty, landed the role of the film’s title character, Faith Garrett, and several other faces familiar to the Liberty family will be seen on screen as well. Liberty helped out in many ways, providing a number of campus locations

for filming, and Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. allowed the filmmakers to use Liberty’s stateof-the-art camera equipment (purchased for the Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Center) free of charge. “Finding Faith” aims to educate families on the importance of Internet safety through a powerful drama based on the reallife story of a girl who was abducted after falling prey to a skillful online predator. It is inspired by the experiences of Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, who headed one of the nation’s first Internet Crimes Against Children task forces. The film stars Erik Estrada, a Hollywood legend and activist best known for his role on the 1970s and ’80s television series “CHiPS.” “Finding Faith” is set to release in early 2013 after a nationwide screening tour beginning at Thomas Road Baptist Church.


Dr. Don Fanning speaks at a pastors’ conference in Cuba earlier this summer.

Dr. Don Fanning, chair of Liberty University’s Department of Global Studies



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Regmi hopes to return there one day and use her degree to help in an economic or socioeconomic capacity. For now, she works at Liberty’s Office of International Student Services as an international student retention specialist, helping other international students adjust to college life and American culture as well as assist students in continuing their education at Liberty. She is currently pursing her Master of Business Administration degree at Liberty.

teach his course on the book of Romans at a pastors’ retreat in central Cuba, as well as at a few churches in Havana, the capital. He converted the textbook he uses to teach Romans at Liberty to Spanish and provided it for the pastors. He challenged the pastors to take on the task of increasing Cuba’s evangelical population, which now is about 9 percent, to 50 percent of the country’s population.


Lina Regmi, who participated in Liberty’s 2012 Commencement ceremony, came to Lynchburg from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. She received her business degree, with a specialization in finance, in December 2011. Nepal was one of the more than 70 countries represented at May’s Commencement.

and director of the Center for Global Engagement, had the opportunity to minister to 500 pastors in Cuba this summer. For Fanning, the trip, which took place May 28-June 1, wasn’t that much of a culture shock as he ministered for 30 years in Latin America. It was, however, his first trip to the island nation, a rare opportunity and one for which he was grateful. Fanning was granted a religious visa to

NEW DOCUMENTARY ILLUSTRATES HEART AND MISSION OF LIBERTY Since 1971 Liberty University has been Training Champions for Christ. Each year, more and more champions cross the stage at Commencement, marking the completion of one journey and the beginning of another. Every champion has a story. Many overcome hardships, make sacrifices, and take risks, choosing each day to endure, knowing the reward is worth the challenge, in this life and in eternity. In the end, champions overcome. Liberty University’s Marketing Department released the “Journey of Champions” documentary this summer, telling the stories of three such champions from Commencement 2012. Ron Kennedy, senior vice president for Marketing, said the documentary illustrates the true mission of Liberty University. “These powerful stories show what a faithful God we serve, and just how exceptional individuals of the Liberty family truly are. The video speaks to who we are as a university — truly committed not just to providing quality education, but an atmosphere of community, to genuinely Train Champions for Christ.” “Journey of Champions” introduces Kristal Dahlager, William Viriato, and Laura Holmes who each overcame adversity in their academic journey. The video can be viewed at or on Liberty’s YouTube channel.



After a stunning victory in the District 93 Republican primaries, alumnus Matt Krause (’07, Liberty University School of Law) is poised to take a seat in the Texas House of Representatives this January, which would make him the first Liberty law graduate to hold a statewide political office. A few weeks before the election, polls predicted Krause would bottom out the three-challenger ticket with about 12 percent of the vote. Krause’s aggressive campaign, which knocked on over 5,500 doors, came through however, taking 50.7 percent of the vote on May 29, ousting the incumbent and giving him the GOP nomination. Krause was a member of the School of Law’s inaugural class, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and third in the class, and was the first recipient of the Spirit of Liberty Award, given to a graduate who demonstrates academic excellence and models Liberty’s mission.

Convocation, held three times a week, is North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, offering them an opportunity to hear from speakers of national influence from every sphere of society. Services are aired on the Liberty Channel and past Convocations can be viewed on www. and Liberty’s YouTube channel.

Matt Krause, who recently won the Republican primary for the Texas House of Representatives in District 93, with his wife, Jennie, and children Jeremiah (5), Hannah Sue (3) and James Reagan (6 months).

9/17: Andrew Palau (Missions Week): International Evangelist & Son of Luis Palau 9/19: Tom Elliff (Missions Week): President of the International Missions Board 9/21: Clayton King (College For A Weekend): President, Crossroads Worldwide 9/24: Donald Trump: Chairman & President of The Trump Organization 9/26: Jonathan Falwell: Senior Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church 9/28: Charles Lowery: Psychologist 10/1: Joel Manby: President, Herschend Family Entertainment, Author, & Featured on CBS’ Undercover Boss 10/3: David Jeremiah: Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church 10/5: Kirk Cameron (Homecoming): Television Actor & Producer 10/8: Anne Beiler: Founder, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, & Author 10/10: Ed Stetzer: Alumnus, & President, Lifeway Research 10/15: Frank Peretti: Bestselling Author 10/17: Ed Hindson: Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies, Liberty University 10/19: Clayton King: President, Crossroads Worldwide 10/22: Dave Stone: Pastor of Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Ky. 10/24: Dr. Michael Catt: Pastor, Sherwood Baptist Church & Founder, Sherwood Pictures 10/26: Sergio De La Mora: Pastor, Cornerstone Church in San Diego 10/29: TO BE ANNOUNCED 10/31: Bob McEwen: Former Congressman 11/2: Louie Giglio (College For A Weekend): Pastor at Passion City Church, Founder of the Passion Movement 11/5: Ben Stein: Economist, Actor, Author, & Comedian 11/7: Gerald Coffee (Military Emphasis Week): Vietnam Veteran & Motivational Speaker 11/9: Mark Gungor: Pastor & Conference Speaker 11/12: Naeem Fazal: Islamic Convert to Christianity, & Pastor, Mosaic Church 11/14: Jentezen Franklin: Bestselling Author, & Pastor of Free Chapel 11/16: Prayer and Praise 11/26: Ken Davis: Christian Comedian & Author 11/28: Fred Luter: President of the Southern Baptist Convention 11/30: Christine Caine: Founder of A21 & Conference Speaker 12/3: Jon Acuff: Bestselling Author & Business Consultant 12/6: Christmas Convo *This schedule is tentative and subject to change.



Proud supporters look to propel Liberty into the future BY MITZI BIBLE

As more reports show that Liberty University is standing on solid financial footing and is ready to accommodate more growth, much of that can be credited to the support of its generous donors who want to ensure future generations of Champions for Christ. Glenn and Rachael Esbenshade have supported the university and its related ministries since the early 1980s, when the campus was small, but the vision was big. Glenn, a successful Pennsylvania businessman in the agribusiness field and a real estate developer, said he first met Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. when they visited Thomas Road Baptist Church on their way back from Florida in 1982. “After the service, I went up and met Dr. Falwell. He had associations from the area we’re from and that was the start of it.” Over the years, he came to know Liberty’s founder personally, often having dinner with him on return visits to Lynchburg. He said Falwell, Sr. was “a man of integrity, principle, a great spiritual leader, and a man who really had a heart for young people.” He also called him “a great family man.” “In the business world, we’d say it’s a great relationship when your children come into business with you and you leave a legacy like

that. Well, he’s done that in the ministry — they (Falwell, Sr.’s sons) are at work picking up where he left off. That’s a great testament to a father. And they have taken it to a higher level, even since he has been gone.” In the early 1990s, the Esbenshades, along with a friend, gave generously to Liberty’s tennis program by providing courts, which were named in their honor, near the dining hall. When new courts were built a few years ago, their names were transferred to the new facility. But perhaps the closest connection they’ve had to the university came three years ago when they became proud grandparents of a Liberty University student. Their grandson (one of 15 grandchildren) graduated in May. They visited him while he was a student and watched May’s Commencement from a suite in the Williams Stadium Tower. They said more of their grandchildren are considering attending Liberty. Glenn Esbenshade said seeing his grandson experience all that Liberty had to offer was the biggest evidence to him that he has been supporting a worthwhile cause. “I was more impressed than ever when I watched him the last few years. When I saw his education and how Liberty kept him grounded in his faith and the spiritual emphasis and

guidance there, I thought, ‘Wow we need to have this university prosper in the future.’” The Esbenshades are taking part in that future growth through their recent gift to the new Jerry Falwell Library, currently under construction. The library’s grand entrance hall will be named in their honor. Glenn Esbenshade said he is proud to be a part of a university that is making such a large impact on students, just as his friend, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., had envisioned so many years ago. “They can go out in their life’s work, whatever they do, whether it’s business, or missions, or whatever, and they have a foundation to go forth with. Liberty has become a first-class university and they do things right — in the buildings they build and what they’re doing now. It’s a premier Christian university.”

Glenn and Rachael Esbenshade with their grandson Jeremiah Hershberger at Commencement 2012.

Tribute to loyal friends Liberty University pays tribute to three of its generous supporters who have gone on to be with the Lord: ELLIS R. SPEAKMAN

Ellis Speakman, 96, of Pennsylvania, died Aug. 4, 2012. Over the years, he had contributed more than $2.5 million to the university and set up a general scholarship in honor of his late wife. He also had gift annuities with Liberty. The parking lot stretching from the Elmer Towns Religion Hall to the Liberty University Barnes & Noble Bookstore has been named in his honor.


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Michael Dodak, 90, of California, died July 30, 2012. He remembered Liberty in his estate plans. Dodak first met Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. in 1975 while working with the Christian Freedom Foundation. He supported the university financially over the years. In 2000, Liberty benefited from his donation of ownership in a music publishing business. In 2009, he established a Dodak Family Scholarship Endowment Fund. He also contributed investment advice that helped secure Liberty’s endowment and keep

Robert Cannady, 82, of Georgia, died Oct. 10, 2011. In June, Liberty University received a $1 million bequest from Cannady. Liberty was the main beneficiary in his will. The bequest was given in honor of his mother and brother and will go toward a perpetual scholarship for students pursuing missions at Liberty. Cannady spent a lot of time overseas in government service and was interested in missions work.

scholarship funds safe.

The President’s Circle 2012 Each year, the President’s Circle recognizes donors whose giving to Liberty University qualifies for one of the following categories. The donors below have given to Liberty from Jan. 1 - Aug.31, 2012.

$1 Million and above Individual Donors

Robert Bruce Cannady*

$500,000 - $999,999 Individual Donors

T. Sherwin Cook Mr. & Mrs. Glen Nelson Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy N. Thomas, Jr.

$100,000 - $499,999 Individual Donors

Erma H. Christensen* H. Glenn & Rachael Esbenshade John and Eatha S. Gallagher* Marion R. Kline* Dick & Barbara Metzler Floyd W. Smith*

Organizations A. L. Williams Jr. Family Foundation, Inc.

$50,000 - $99,999 Individual Donors

Voncile T. Cates* Wanda S. Frantz Elliott* Chris C. Langley William T. & Pax Lattimore Richard & Karin Osborne Dora I. Whaley*

$25,000 - $49,999 Individual Donors

John & Margaret Ashman* John & Irene Kosha Barbara W. Lastella Philip Garvin Pou , Jr.* Gordon Easton Smith Gilbert & Mary Tinney Pauline Van Meter James L. Weaver* Archie W. Wilson

Organizations M.G.W. Communications, Inc.

$10,000 - $24,999 Individual Donors

Melvin W. Buster* Worth Harris Carter Barry & Pam Clarkson Leona C. Fuqua Gayle Gill Turner Gill Marvin & Shirley Goehring Owen Heinrich Mr. & Mrs. Arlie R. Hemphill Leslie & Barbara Hildreth Norman K. A. Hoffer Carroll & Nancy Hudson William Lipscomb

Johnnie McDowell Earl Lloyd Redding Mrs. Marlene Senner Anne Sloane* Charles R. Stone Margaret B. Virkkunen*

Organizations H.J.H. Foundation The Clemens Family Corporation The John Calvin Bible Foundation The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.

$5,000 - $9,999 Individual Donors

Neal & Anita Askew Jimmy Jack & LaJean Beale Jennings & Betty Birtch Frederick D. Bornman* Muriel B. Burgin* David Dallenbach Bernice G. Dudley Greg & Katherine Fontaine Keith & Joan Gilroy Carey & Denise Green Gregory & Sharon Hatcher Michael & Carol Herndon Mr. & Mrs. John D. Hyland Jon Henry Lienemann Sheyla Lors Mary P. Slimer Maier Robert Maier Geraldine Moose Mr. & Mrs. Gene P. Myers Oneal & Brenda Ozen Helene S. Pilz Gloria A. Quayle Boyd & Norma Jean Rist Daniel C. Schuster George & Rosie Shank Roy Unsin* Soni Lea Van Dam Charles & Claudia Wigglesworth

Organizations Fair Oaks Church First Baptist Church - Pikeville Oklahoma City Community Foundation Sodexo, Inc. Southeast Builders, Inc. State Farm Companies Foundation Thriving Churches International - Rocklin West Cabarrus Church, Inc.

$2,500 - $4,999 Individual Donors

Dr. & Mrs. Gregg R. Albers Georgiana L. Arakaki Dr. & Mrs. William R. Armstrong Calvin Balsam David & Pamela Bell

Stephen W. Bennett William Bevens Cheryl Billingsley Elizabeth Bourne Andrew Walter Bowling Kimberly Bozeman Caitlin Bradt Sarah Caldwell Christopher & Elizabeth Carasella Eric Catron Kris Chilcott Jonathan Cockrell Jerry & Julie Craycraft Karcie Crum Courtrina Dawson Mary M. Deacon Sandra DiGiacomo Coraleta Dill Michael Dodak* Pamela Domanski Virginia Ecker Walter Ellingson William K. Emmanuel Jeffrey Fox Angelica Gomez Nancy J. Good Elissa Gray Renee Greene Lois Hansberry Jude Harrington Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Harris Karen Henderson Laura Hernandez Rachel Hicks Kenneth W. Hirsh Viola F Hoak* Patricia Holden Larry Ingram Tiffany Irons Christine Johnson Ronald & Jennifer Kennedy Mazy V. Kleek Charles & Jane Knox Paige Lemmon Mary Frances Y. Lemon Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan M. Lenzen Tammie Lingerfelt Jami MacDonald Linda Gaye Martin Craig Matherlee O. J. & Susan Misjuns Kellie Moledor J. Arthur Moore* Latasha Morgan Rhonda Mustafaa Anna Nusbaum Robert O’Brian Mary S. Orr Ronald Palazzo

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Parker D. Michael Parker, DDS John Paul Kimberly Pearson Charles Pederson Seth Peterson William T. Pierce* Nakeisha Piggee-Jones Shontorial Posley Manushka Raymonvil Mr. & Mrs. Jack S. Reid Edward & Karin Renner Hugo Fred Roberts Amanda Robinson Mr. & Mrs. James E. Sanders Mr. & Mrs. Guy L. Shashaty Lena Shealaynosun Courtney Silberman Susan Skatell Donna Smith George Smith Tony Spangler Charles Starbuck* Mary Stevenson Mr. & Mrs. Scott A. Stevenson Marian D. Sullivan Ronald Thompson Dr. & Mrs. Elmer Towns Idra Trout Lisa Tucker Tim & Mary Warden Sara Watson Marie Anne Webster William Floyd White Benjamin Whittington Mr. & Mrs. Donald Widener Katrina Wiley Lloyd A. Williams Megan Williams Mr. & Mrs. Scott Wolf Diane Wright Dina Zamor

Organizations Antioch Bible Church Beeline Transport Inc. David Ealy Technologies, LLC Exeter Bible Church Fhox Systems, LLC Fifth Street Baptist Church First Baptist Church Bremen Foundation for Hope, Inc. Glass & Associates Harris Office Furniture Company, Inc. Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship Hope Baptist Church of Herrick Township Illinois Tool Works Foundation Life Community Church Master’s Inn Ministries, Inc. Progress Printing



The President’s Circle 2012

The President’s Circle The People’s Community Baptist Church The Village Church Timberland Mulch and Tree Farm, Inc. Venture Church Yorktown Baptist Church

$1,000 - $2,499 Individual Donors

Alvick Acevedo Eugene G. Adams Lorena M. Allen Monty Allen Bryan and Miriam Anderson Penny Andrews Tom & Sherye Arnold Dr. & Mrs. David R. Babbitt James Ballou Adekemi Bankole Drew Battleson Robert & Mildred Baynard* Clarence Beavers Luther Beck Patricia Bennett Zachary Bersani Paul Blake Mr. & Mrs. James Blume Dianna S Bolton Drs. William & Deborah Yow Bowden Darin & Pamela Bowers Mr. & Mrs. Sidney E. Bream John S. Brill David Brown Terri Bryant John Burger Herman & Shirley Ann Burgess Timothy Burhoe David M. Burton David Butler Dorothy Byrne Charles R. Cadle Nancy Cadman Hank Campbell Ralph E. & Shelvia Joan Campbell Barbara Miranda Campos Deborah Caple Robert Caun E. Louise Chalker Brandi J. Chamberlin Nancy Chandler Shawna Chaplin Deborah Chesto Col. & Mrs. Robert Clay Christine Clonch Richard L. Sr. & Joan M. Cobb Nancy Cochran Bill & Susan Cofer Bruce A. Cogle Amy Conrad


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Kurt D. Cornfield Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. Corrigan Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A. Corwin Troy Cosner Melanie Couch Gracie Coursey Michael Covenant Coralie Cox Kenneth Cox Sarah Cox Jacob Crawford John F. Cross Dan Crumley Elizabeth Cruz Carol Crymble Kevin B. Cummings Cheryl Daniel John Darnall Dorothy B. Davis Mr. & Mrs. James F. Davis William J. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Day Daniel Deal Dale DeBruler Daniel Deig Ryan Delgatti Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Delisle Martha DelRosario Esther Donatelli Ruth Dunfee-Lash Angela Edgerton Bill & Debbie Elder Thanna T. Elliott Danielle Evans Timothy Everett Randal & Jodi Everist C. D. Faggard Jerry & Becki Falwell Linda L. Farver Steve Faucette Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. Ferry Jill Finnesand Terry Floyd Brian Folsom Mr. & Mrs. Oswald K. Forsee Kathryn Frankfurt Dawn Fraser Freda Frazier June Gates Dr. John D. George John Gibbons Jenna Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. Larry A. Gilbert Eric Gish Rodney Gladfelter Mary Godwin Dr. & Mrs. Ronald S. Godwin Robert Goette Ellis Gomez

Cornelia Graham Sarah Graham Brian Grauch Lindley Graves, Jr. Tony Gray Lorna Grim Richard & Brenda Griswold Margaret Grothe-Haught George Marshall Guill, Jr.* Janet A. Haaksma Clyde & Iris Hackney Cory Hallett Richard Halstead Kevin Hamlet Mr. & Mrs. Robert Handwerker E. Hanks Jennie Harrell Jeffrey S. Helgeson Nedra H. Hendricks Margaret Heuisler Mr. & Mrs. Tom Hill Dr. & Mrs. Mark Hine Dale Hinz Todd Hinz Giles C. Hoback, III Emily Hokrein Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Holmes Patrick Jandik Dwight Jenkins Mr. & Mrs. J. Scott Jimmerson Diana Johnson Eric Johnson Wayne Johnson Charles R. Jones Bronna Kahle Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Karrick Torri Keene Mr. & Mrs. Scott J. Kelleher Richard Kelly I. Steve Kennedy Katy Kiger Janine Kilpatrick Carless Kimble Gerry & Cathy Kimble Stephanie Kimble Diane Kinker Robert E. Kjellman Johanna Klein Susan Klingensmith Dawn Knott Mary Kodel Georgiana Korniak Albert Kuda Larry Lamb Robert Landon B. A. Langley Mr. & Mrs. Dale R. Layer Morgan Leeper Mr. & Mrs. Earl R. Lewis

Ariel Ligowski Eric Nathaniel Lingenfelter Cameron Lloyd John & Jean Loving Deloris & Dorothy Loy Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lusk, Jr. Katherine Lynch Alison Lyon Todd M. MacDowall Rachel MacPherson Mr. & Mrs. James E. Madelle Scott Mallette Diane Malyj Carolyn M. Martin Claire Martin Frieda Martin Thomas Martin Sandra Masi Susan Matherlee Mr. & Mrs. L. Stanley Mauger Linda McBride Sheila McClelland Charles McCrary Lauren McEachin Raymond McFadden Toni Mendillo F. Merryman Mr. & Mrs. Darren L. Miller Rachelle Mills Sharon Milton Mark Gene Minar Kevin Mirner P. H. Mitchell, Jr. Jacqueline Montague Buddy Moore Christina Musser Julia Neel Arthur Nicholson* Teresa Nickens Mark & Cherie Norris Paula Norris Sean Patrick O’Brien Richard O’Hara Mr. & Mrs. Mark Overbeek Kenneth Overstreet Jonathan Painter Rebecca Palmer Susan Parisen Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Q. Parr Lisa Parr Joshua Penley Lynda Perpete Katherine Pierce Sherri Piper Jamie Pittman Marian Pogue Bryson Pomeroy Kevin Potts Chuck Pourciau

Reggie Powell Lisa Pratt Samantha Previs Mr. & Mrs. K. Willard Prince Joseph Quinn Mr. & Mrs. Steve A. Racz Stephanie Raj Bonita Ramey Virginia Redmond Pieter Reidy Babu Renikuntla Brandon Rhodes Dottie J. Rice Heather S. Richards Phillip C. Rine Gloria Roakes Richard Roessler James P. Roller Thomas I. Rosenberger Patricia Rusk Cindy Ruth Deborah Sain Karl C. Salz Carlos Sanchez Greg Sarchet Dr. & Mrs. Earl Sargeant Daniel Sargent Andrew Sayre Kristina Scanlan Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schmidt Keith Schmuck Louise Scotch Loretta Sculthorpe James & Myrtle Shaner Myrtle Shaner Heather Sims Archie & Carlita Smith David M. Smith Laurie Smith Leah Smith Steve Sneed Donna Snell Wilma Sola Pastor & Mrs. Larry Sowers Hoyt Sparks Kathy Speicher Adam Stalcup Deborah Stanley Frederick P. Steininger Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Straub Mr. & Mrs. Alexander J. Stuart David & Holly Stucki Mr. & Mrs. Winston E. Stunz John Wayne & Susie Surface Jessica Sweet Kelly Taylor Philip Taylor Robert Theodore Amy Thoman

John & Anne Thompson Scott Tomlinson Helen Toulantis David & Carolyn Towles Rosemary Siler Turner Mark Ulbricht Jean M. Ulmer Lisa Updike Barbara Wallace Elizabeth Wallace Kanishia Wallace Renee Walsh Brenda Walten Daniel W. Ward Stephanie Warner Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Philip A. Watkins Dianne Weissert Charles E. Whetzel Joseph Michael Wiegand Julie Wiencek Mr. & Mrs. Adam Williams Mr. & Mrs. Dalton Ray Williams John Williams Douglas & Karen Willis Harold & Sue Willmington Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt W. Wilson III Wayne Wilson Lee Winters Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Wolpert Helen Wood Holly Wood David Wright Richard Wright Annie Wynen Gary Thomas York Patricia Young Sandra Young Katherine Zappitella

Organizations AES Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Armorel Baptist Church Bailey Family Trust, Inc. Baird Drywall and Acoustic, Inc. Bearcreek First Baptist Church Bellevue Baptist Church - Owensboro Calvary Baptist Church - Dothan Calvary Baptist Church - Norwalk Calvary Baptist Church - Staunton Chilhowie Christian Church Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Christian Faith Center Community Baptist Church of Richmond D.R.L. Camps Digital Video Group Inc. Etter Baptist Church Everence Financial Faith Baptist Church Faith Baptist Church - Mason City

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Shiloh P. Finch Trust First Baptist Church of Oviedo First Baptist Church of Rockville First Baptist Church of Turnersville NJ First Baptist Church of Wesley Chapel First Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore Flowers Foods Franklin Heights Baptist Church - Kannapolis Freedom Baptist Church - Salemburg Galena Bible Church Gospel Community Church Grace Bible Church - Mena Louise Henderson Grange Trust Grove Hill Baptist Church Gunnoe Sausage Company, Inc. HDLA, Inc. Independent Bible Church J. M. Smith Foundation Kohl’s KTA Construction Co. Landscape Servies of Hampton Roads, Inc. Lynchburg Tire Corporation McCoy Memorial Baptist Church National Christian Foundation New Life Church - Gahanna Northwestern Mutual Foundation Perry Pools, Inc. Potomac Heights Baptist Church Quidnessett Baptist Church RSUI Indemnity Company Sonny Merryman, Inc. Speed The Seed The Church at Mercy Crossing The Scholarship Foundation The Tabernacle, Inc. Thompson Trucking Inc. Topeco Church of the Brethren True Vine Ministries World Outreach Fellowship United Technologies Verizon Virginia Academy of Science Working Faith Ministries of So. Florida * Estate Gift

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Jerry Falwell Library under construction With extensive upgrades and additions under way, Liberty University’s campus is teeming with excitement for what the next few years hold. The five-year campus transformation plan will create new academic buildings, add parking and access roads, and provide new athletic facilities. The most ambitious building venture is the new Jerry Falwell Library. With the foundation already poured, and structural steel being installed, the outer structure is scheduled to be complete by Christmas. This paves the way for interior work, which will take approximately one year to finish. This $50 million venture is the first building on campus to bear the name of Liberty’s founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., and is expected to be completed in late 2013.

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“The Jerry Falwell Library is the culmination of many past dreams and prayers,” says Carl Merat, library dean. “The library is a center for building academic community and a platform to discover, create, and share knowledge.” Through naming opportunities, general donations, and commemorative bricks, over $1.25 million has already been raised for this project. More than 1,100 bricks have been donated, and three sizes are still available for donation. The Jerry Falwell Library is the perfect place to have a piece of your history memorialized. As we look to the future, this is your opportunity to play a role in the Liberty story — donate a brick today. Be a part of what God is doing on Liberty Mountain.











jerry falwell library campaign donors The Jerry Falwell Library Capital Campaign, formally launched in April, has received over $1.25 million in donations to help fund the first building at Liberty University to be named for its founder. The library will serve as the academic heart of Liberty with innovative technology and bountiful resources all provided in a casual, trendy environment offering the latest amenities. Donors have been giving generously to the campaign, which offers anyone an opportunity to contribute to the project through commemorative bricks, naming opportunities, or private donations. This list recognizes campaign participants through Aug. 31, 2012. The following campaign donors are also members of the prestigious President’s Circle.

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Carroll & Nancy Hudson Charles R. Jones Penny Andrews Keith Samuel Gilroy Living Trust Dr. & Mrs. William R. Armstrong Charles & Jane Knox Neal & Anita Askew Bob Landon Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Aungst B. A. Langley Baird Drywall and Acoustic, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Earl R. Lewis Drew Battleson Jon Henry Lienemann Jimmy Jack & LaJean Beale Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lusk, Jr. Drs. William & Deborah Yow Bowden Carolyn M. Martin Herman & Shirley Ann Burgess P. H. Mitchell, Jr. Ralph E. & Shelvia Joan Campbell Perry Pools, Inc. E. Louise Chalker Mr. & Mrs. K. Willard Prince Richard L. Sr. & Joan M. Cobb Gloria A. Quayle Dorothy B. Davis Dr. & Mrs. Earl Sargeant Mr. & Mrs. James F. Davis James & Myrtle Shaner Digital Video Group, Inc. Gordon Easton Smith Bernice G. Dudley Pastor & Mrs. Larry Sowers Bill & Debbie Elder Frederick P. Steininger Thanna T. Elliott Charles R. Stone Mr. & Mrs. Larry A. Gilbert John Wayne & Susie Surface Gunnoe Sausage Company Inc. Thompson Trucking, Inc. Janet A. Haaksma Soni Lea Van Dam Clyde & Iris Hackney Tim & Mary Warden Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Harris Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Philip A. Watkins Leslie & Barbara Hildreth Charles E. Whetzel Dr. & Mrs. Mark Hine Douglas & Karen Willis Giles C. Hoback, III Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt W. Wilson III

12” x 12” - $1500 donation

Names listed in bold type are also members of the prestigious President’s Circle.

LARGE BRICKS 8” x 8” - $500 donation Eugene G. Adams Bryan & Miriam Anderson Tom & Sherye Arnold Dr. & Mrs. David R. Babbitt Bailey Family Trust, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Oswald K. Forsee Ronald & Jennifer Kennedy Charles & Jane Knox O.J. & Susan Misjuns Robert Maier Mark & Cherie Norris Phillip C. Rine Boyd & Norma Jean Rist Mr. & Mrs. Winston E. Stunz

Betty S. Allen Ed Barnhouse Joseph W. Barry Gilbert C. Bartel Dr. John L. Benham, Jr. Craig A. Beyer Jarod D. Blaney Donald H. Brown Marjilette R. Brown Fleet & Dorothy Browning Jean B. Burns Penny T. Carr Michele R. Cass Gary Day Krista Pantana Dempsey Pamela J. Dragon Holly L. Dunlap

Ron & Doreen Eaton Leo L. Ehnis Larry Eisenzimmer Clifton F. Elrod Mr & Mrs Glenn Enderud Jerry & Becki Falwell Geary & Marilyn Gadomski Dr. Mario Garcia, Jr. Mr. & Mrs Terry Gentry Jeff Goodrich John D. Grimm Kevin Hermening Robert J. Kleinheksel Mr. & Mrs. Harold L. Knowles Gary R. Kuhn Sharlene Laubinger Peter A. Lobley

Richard & Rachel Lovell Charles & Betty Ray Markham John K. Morton Ray Moyer Kelley M. Pearce Theresa D. Pettaway Mr. & Mrs. Shaun J. Redgate Dr. Jan Richards Herman Russell Mr. & Mrs. George L. Sandy Deborah M. Seneff Mark & Sonia Smith Myrtle Smith Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Turnbull Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Waldo Brian K. Walsh Dr. & Mrs. Lew A. Weider





jerry falwell library campaign donors Names listed in bold type are also members of the prestigious President’s Circle.


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Drs. William & Deborah Yow Bowden David M. Burton Charles R. Cadle Kevin B. Cummings Linda L. Farver Carey & Denise Green Mr. & Mrs. Robert Handwerker Mr. & Mrs. Dale R. Layer Deloris & Dorothy Loy Phillip C. Rine George & Rosie Shank John & Anne Thompson Helen Toulantis Daniel W. Ward Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Philip A. Watkins Mr. & Mrs. Donald Widener Charles & Claudia Wigglesworth Chinedu Abara Cyril T. Abraham Robert & Cynthia Alexander Angela G. Allen Jacob B. Allred Jo-Maurya S. Alon Mr. & Mrs. Jose R. Amat Daniel Anders Mr. & Mrs. Francis Anderson Kurt & Kathy Anderson Lee T. Anderson Cheryl Anderson-McKenna Lola M. Andrade H. Glenn Angle Rupert E. Annis III Kristen K. Ascencao James A. Austin, Jr. John & Courtnay Aycock Brenda A. Ayres Hannah C. Bademian Crystal Baggett Kenneth R. Bailey Clyde & Jeanette Bailiff Bronwyn C. Baker Eva D. Baker Theresa B. Balasic The Rod & Jordan Ballard Families Timothy D. Barbir Timothy H. Barclay Jason L. Barksdale Kevin & Susan Barringer Michelle J. Barthlow Aaron Bartlett Larry W. Bates Ben & Sarah Belanger Charles H. Bell IV Mr. & Mrs. Warren F. Bell James J. Benet P. David Bennett Enrique Berdecia, Jr.


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Grace & Keith Bergen Mr. & Mrs. Justin P. Bernard John & Laura Bernhardt David L. Berry Matthew & Chelsea Bevins Colonel C. Billingsley Dr. Ellen L. Black Gerral B. Blackwell Susan J. Blake Brandon & Ida Blankinship Jean Blevins Brenda Blood Gary W. Boardman Susan B. Boatright Jonathan D. Bobbey Mr. & Mrs. Mark G. Bold Daniel J. Bolton Mark H. Bonilla Robert S. Bonta Kevin P. Bontomasi Stephen R. Booth Virginia P. Borders Kenneth L. Bost J. Bowman Kellei Boyer Jon W. Brady Vernon & Lynn Brady Judith D. Bragdon Page M. Brantley Thomas A. Brashears LU Business Intelligence Office Melanie A. Brinson James M. Brooks Kenton Brookshire Howard & Beth Brown Larry & Renee Brown Tyrone K. Brown Sharon & Hailey Bryan Matthew & Lindsay Bryant Mike & Lisa Bryant David & Doreen Buck Herbert G. Buckner Theresa A. Buckner James W. Bullock, Jr. Bryan J. Burkholder Treacy Burn Dawn F. Burns James M. Bush Roy N. Cain Marie L. Caldwell Mr. & Mrs. David Calland Scott M. Camlin Susan M. Campbell Todd R. Campo Selena Ninghao Cao John, Joyce & Lizzie Capuzzi James & Jennifer Carey Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Carey Madaline E. Carney

Stephanie Carney Peter R. Carolino Dolores Carr Carty Family Jason Castille Michele L. Catlin Mr. & Mrs. Doug Caudle Patricia M. Cepeda-Russell Yan Chai Cecil & Dorothy Chapin Dr. Alan B. Cheney George & Charlene Chesley Hannah E. R. Chijioke Janice C. Chimezie Young S. Choi Brenda S. Clair Connie G. Clark Daniel Clark Todd M. Clark John W. Clayton Bob & Heidi Cline Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Cobbs Jeffrey L. Cockrell Donald Cole Alfred C. Coleman Glenn M. Coleman Peter & Gail Collins Angela M. Combs Glenn R. Conn Donald L. Connors Kristin L. Conrad James & Joan Cook Sonya V. Cooper David & Suzanne Corry Brenda Cox Dr. & Mrs. Joel M. Cox Duane L. Crawford Ricky O. Creech John E. Creekmore Brenda Crema Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey S. Criswell Carl & Michelle Crozier Mr. & Mrs. Dean Cumbo Lucy P. Cupp Bonnie L. Custer Stephen & Amy Dalton Dolores A. Darrell Beth S. Davis Jessica N. Davis Jean Bowling Day John Kenneth Day Jack & Kathie Day Trevor O. Deacon James F. Deavers Michael & Jennifer DeBoer Christopher M. Deitsch Maison T. Delancey Mark L. Denslow Robert & Nikki Devine

Sandra N. Dewey Melinda M. DeWitt Barbara S. Diblin Candice M. DiLavore James & Jennifer Dillabaugh Sasha T. Dofflemeyer Cheryl Doherty Andrew A. Doherty Charles P. Dohme John S. Dooley Honorable Randy D. Doub Elizabeth A. Doucette Shirley B. Drinkard Wendy K. Drys Eni M. Duarte Edwin J. Dubisz Lesley S. Duckworth Mike & Rebecca Duffy Evan P. Dukate Stephen N. Duley Jr. Karin M. Dumont Christopher N. Earley Allen R. East Allison B. Eastlack Mr. & Mrs. Gary Eastman Allen, Carolyn & Blake Edmondson Louis & Margaret Edwards Mr. & Mrs. Timothy R. Edwards Meghan A. Ellis Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Emmart Lewis C. English Regina L. English Dave & Alice Espenscheid Aaron J. Evans Ed & Michelle Evans Jessica R. Fabling Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Falwell, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Tyler W. Falwell Antonio C. Farmer Marie R. Farmer Theresa A. Faucette Bill and Bette Faulk Mr. & Mrs. Craig E. Feister Jonquil P. Finch Nelly W. Finch Michelle Couvillion Tamara K. Fleming Charles J. Flesher Steven Flynn Elizabeth Godfrey Ford Lori L. Ford Shannon I. Ford Terrence L. Forrest Lucien E. Fortier Everett & Dianne Foutz Shawn S. Fox Laura E. Marcontell Tracey L. Fox Ricardo S. Freeman

Joseph Frias Family of Thomas P. Coffman Gail C. Fulgham David P. Fuller Melissa A. Fuquay Patti Gallagher Mary G. Gallant Temetria E. Gaona Keith R. Gardner Robert Garlington Mick G. Garner Gregory J. Gaudio, CPA Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Gee Cheryl L. George Laura S. George Barbara L. Gerry Patricia L. Gibbs Ralph & Barbara Gigliotti Mark T. Giles Harold R. & Violet F. Gingrich Nell N. Ginn Ernest P. Giordano, Jr. James W. Gipson Dennis A. Gittens, Jr. David S. Giuliani Rick and Robin Gladfelter Aaron B. Glass Jonathan & Crystal Glisson Debra M. Godsey John & Yvonne Goff V Mike & Lisa Goldin Ed & Ruth Gomes Bob & Tracey Good Congressman Bob Goodlatte Kathryn A. Goossen Travis Gortman Evan C. Gould Roger L. Govan Paul C. Gover Donna W. Grant Gail Gray Mr. & Mrs. Wayne S. Greenlaw Richard Aaron Greenwalt Pamela M. Gregg William G. Gribbin Douglas S. Griffith Michelle L. Grover David B. Grubbs, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Dale A. Guenther Kecia D. Guerra Dave Guess Deborah Haag Frederick & Dottie Haas Ann E. Hahn Ronnie & Paula Haigler Christopher A. Hall Dylan Hall Holli E. Hall Kimberly B. Hall

Shane M. Hall Michael Halyard Robert & Betty Hamlet Billy R. Hamm Michelle E. Hancock Mr. & Mrs. Brian Happel Greg & Regina Hardy Pam Harrell Cynthia and Erick Harris Michael L. Harrison Tonia C. Harrison Charles W. Harvard Shari D. Harvey Sharon F. Hatch Kenn & Doris Haven Col. Raymond S. Hawthorne Donna H. Hayashi Gordon A. M. Hazell Eleanor Hazzard Emily W. Heady Louis Herbert Jose E. Hernandez, II Edward A. Herty IV Nathaniel D. Hertzog Aaron S. Herwig Donald D. Heuvelman Dr. Carol W. Hill Obie P. Hill Mr. & Mrs. Timothy A. Hill Frances Bevier Hiller Richard D. Hinkley Bethany F. Hockenbury Mr. & Mrs. Rob M. Hodges L.D. and C.C. Hoezee Richard A. Hoffman Terry “Brian� Hoffman, Jr. Karen S. Hoffmeyer James J. & Barbara E. Holbert Glen Holder Leesanne Holifield Tommy & Linda Holt Melissa J. Holtzhouse Billie Jean Holubz Ronald W. Hovermale, Jr. Ashley A. Hudson Mr. & Mrs. Rick A. Huff Mark E. Hughes Dean Hunter Chris & Jennifer Hutchinson Nathan W. Hutchinson Ashley L. Huxel Dr. Cheruvathoor S. Isaac Dr. Lily S. Isaac Gregory P. Iwaniuk Craig R. Jackson Mr. & Mrs. Earl Jackson Russell & Susan Jackson Patti James Akeena Jeffries-Chew

Marvin L. Jenkins Jermeca L. Jennings Lindsay E. Jobe Ashley N. Johnson Eric & Betsy Johnson Joshua A. Johnson Paula Johnson Penny Johnson Jon Johnston Amanda L. Jones Brant Jones Debra B. Jones Keith & Loretta Jones Sylvia S. Jones Victoria Jones Deborah A. Joseph Doug, Kara and Jim Joseph Dr. James B. Joseph Tim & Linda Joseph Mark D. Journell Pat & John Kachel Michael Kalafian Carl L. Keatts Jeff & Gale Keef Harold & Ellen Keeports Arnold P. Kennedy Edward T. Keopuhiwa Mr. & Mrs. Kevin N. Keys Peggy B. Keys Gyunam Kim Jaeduk Kim Mr. & Mrs. Harry F. King Joshua G. King Eugene Kingsbury Mr. & Mrs. Bruce M. Kirk Brian A. Kirschner De Vere M. Kiss Harold & Meredith Kjellman Mr. & Mrs. David A. Klase Andrew L. Kling Elmira J. Knepper Travis & Katherine Knight Sharon J. Kopis Joshua J. Koppang Nancy Krick Suzanne M. Kromidas David L. Kurtz Rafik F. Labib Kimberly R. Lair Kenneth E. Lang Amanda G. Langlais Melissa H. Lannom Robert C. Lechner, Jr. Chibang Lee & Mibang Lee Lindsay M. Lett Russ Lewellen Liberty University Development Department Chad D. Lingerfelt Dylan D. Lingerfelt

Heather Lockhart Miller Sheila R. Locklear Kathy Long Kendall J. Looney Liza M. Lopez Daniel & Amy Love Ernest Love Richard & Rachel Lovell Buddy R. Lowman Lynne M. Lunsford Dennis A. Lust Edgard Luz Mr. & Mrs. William Lyles Susan Lyons David & Carol Mack Don MacQueen David & Melissa Madsen Beverly S. Mahoney Amy Makeeff Rick Mangrum Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Mann Jane & Jim Marstell Alice C. Martin Dr. & Mrs. Mike Martin Rafael Almazan Michelle R. Martin-Miklinski James M. Mashburn Neal & Robin Massey Vickie L. Matney William H. Matthews Candace C. Maupin Anthony & Kristi Maurer David S. Maurer Mr. & Mrs. David A. Mayberry Mitchell D. Maybury Karl & Beverly Mayenschein Justin T. Mayo David B. Mazanec Gwendolyn S. McBride Edward McCabe Kristin J. McCain Jeffrey A. McCarthy Terrance and Julie McCloskey Courtney L. McCorkle Josie D. McCuiston Lloyd D. McDaniel Christopher E. McDonald Valerie E. McDowell Rafael J. McFarland Richard P. McGee Marsha and David McGlynn and Family Michael G. McGlynn John A. McLean Kathryn McTavish Shonna V. Meadows Steven C. Mendoza Linda S. Merat Dale & Barbara Mercer Kimberly F. Metz LIBERTY JOURNAL


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Eva A. Middleton The Midgett Family Mary Irene Miller Matthew W. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Randy L. Miller Robert E. Miller Delores D. Mills Mr. & Mrs. Fred Mills Lawrence Mills Patricia L. Minietta Karah Moccio Elias S. Moitinho Cheryl Monette Mr. & Mrs. Robert Moon Dave & Lynn Moquin Jacob B. Morgan Vernon E. Morris Jeffrey J. Moyer Tom & Terry Mullaney Jerry R. Mumford, Jr. Margaret Munn Michael D. Murphy Neal & Grace Murray Jane N. Mwangi Mark & Ramona Myers James K. Napier Brock W. Nardozzi Teresa E. Nardozzi Indrek Neville Leldon W. Nichols Christopher Shea Nickell Clinton GN Nigh Mark Nimtz and Family Mr. & Mrs. Jack A. Noble Matthew D. Norman Jake Obert Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Ocealis Chris & Laurie Odle Andrea J. Ogunwumi Julie A. Oldham Robert A. O’Neal, Jr. Scott Ostrowski The Overby Family Ira W. Owen, Jr. Glenn & Tammy Owens Christopher & Jasmine Parker Carl N. Parra Kimberly W. Parrish Monica L. Parson & Merisa Davis Peter J. Passaglia Philip N. Patterson Robert W. Patterson, Jr. Rory & Cheryl Patterson David T. Patteson Tammy A. Paulk K. E. & Sylvia Payne Kelly L. Paynter Les Payton Donald J. Pearrell


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Cheryl D. Pearson-Clark Hazel R. Peatman Matt Perry Arnette & Erika Peterson Tammy Phillips Victoria Ann Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie Pickle John & Patricia Pilato Haley L. Pinder Carmel Pino Vonna Pitchford Ruth E. Pixley Wayne W. Poplin Irene Portokalis Wendy K. Powell Katrina Presko Mel & Marcy Pride Mr. & Mrs. Daniel S. Pritchard Deborah Pruette Gregory W. Pruitt Pamela D. Pryfogle Stephen B. Pugh Sandra J. Pulido Terry A. Putnam Mr. & Mrs. Jim Queen Jeanie S. Quesenberry Jacquinlan A. Quinlan Tom & Debbie Quinn Alan N. Rabe George & Jeanne Rabine Alois F. Ramos Erma Ramsey Kylah W. Ramsey Paul & Phyllis Randolph Alan L. Raush Mr. & Mrs. Donald B. Redden Larry & Tiffany Redmond Charles Reese Caryl C. Reid Mr. & Mrs. John C. Reinke, Jr. Robert Renauro Gary D. Reynolds Mack B. Rhoades, Jr. Stephanie M. Rice Bryan M. Rich Don R. Richards David & Becky Richardson Judy Rickman Kristen A. Riordan Jane D. Ritchie Elizabeth K. Ritz Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Rivera Sheri L. Roark Julie A. Roberts Michael Miller Calvin G. Robinson Matthew C. Robinson Saundra H. Robinson Garrett A. Rockafellow

Dawn R. Rodgers Steven & Julia Roeglin Mr. & Mrs. Benny Rogers Danny Rogers Mary Rogers Rebecca J. Rogers Jeffrey A. Roman Ernie L. Roney Ingrid R. Rosario Tammera D. Ross Alan Rowe Rev. Ben, Becky & Alexia Rowe Jesse Ruffin Marsha R. Rust Sharmain C. Saldana Caleb T. Sanders David & Rachel Schaefer Linda L. Schall Kenneth E. Schenk William Schlaudt Laura C. Schmidt Dr. Frank J. Schmitt Charles A. Schneider Jim & Heather Schoffstall Monique M. Scholes Aase M. Schults Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Schulze Sarah A. Schumacher Kevin Schutte Alma Scott David & Tracy Scott Emanuel O. Sears Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Selby Cynthia D. Sellers Todd W. Sellers Deborah M. Seneff Ricky Serrano Larry Shackleton Susan M. Shane Bruce L. Shank Thomas M. Shaver Michael T. Shellnutt Toby & Barbara Sherman Paul W. Shipton Clair E. Shirley Mr. & Mrs. David H. Silva Matthew J. Simmons Justin K. Simpson Daniel R. Singletary Mr. & Mrs. Albert W. Sites, Jr. Nathan C. Skaggs Maryann Skovira Anthony T. Slabinski Rusty & Debbie Smallwood Merial J. Smartt Deborah S. Smith Gregory A. Smith John M. Smith Julius K. Smith

Katherine Smith Kevin A. Smith Oneida Smith Ray & Wilma Smith Ruben W. Smith Loren & Valerie Snyder Paul W. Snyder Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Soistman Ractery P. Soler David W. Sommers Mr. & Mrs. James E. Sorenson The Peter Spahr Family Elke B. Speliopoulos Lauren Grace Spencer Monterey A. Starkey Stephen Stastny Mary B. Stauber Gregory T. Stehman Mark A. Stelter Christina N. Stephens Nathan C. Stevens Kathy A. Stewart Michael P. Stewart Sandy Stewart Amber N. Stiles Ben & Bessie Stow David & Lynn Stow Kathy J. Strickland Maryann Strub Mr. & Mrs. Richard S. Stultz Amanda M. Sullivan Christopher D. Surber Julie Hanson Sustic Mr. & Mrs. Ed Sutarik Donald & Phyllis Suttles Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Swartzwelder Robert M. Swineford Mr. & Mrs. A. Kendall Sydnor Carolyn Taylor William F. Taylor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Terry Begley Tom & Melissa Theodore John C. Thomas Bob & Valerie Thompson Kimberlyn Thompson Anna Thursland William L. Tibbs Jennifer Tinoosh Scott E. Titus Mr. & Mrs. Jim Toman Evelyn S. Tomlin Heriberto I. Torruella Larrie & Pat Trent Yoshikazu Tsuchihashi Dr. & Mrs. Austin B. Tucker Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Tucker Nathan D. Tuckey Edna C. Udobong Jessie M. Vaccaro

Melanie H. Vafaei Avval Silvia Valenzuela Rev. Jeffrey J. Valerioti Pamela J. VanderLinde Cathy P. Vann Ralph B. Vanoverberghe John & Karen Vassar Jatanee Vingwon Kevin & Grace Vinton The Visneski Family Jack L. Waddell, Jr. Michele G. Waddell Joshua K. Wade Timothy J. Wadsworth Deborah Walker Gene & Debbie Walker Jessica L. Walker Brian K. Walsh Lowell A. Walters Zhongxiao Wang Abbot K. Ware III Mr. & Mrs. Keith G. Wargo Hugh Watkins Lawrence A. Watts, Jr. Ed Weathers Nancy Wehrheim Dr. C. Sumner Wemp Tuttle, Desotell & Wenger Families Amy L. Werner Mr. & Mrs. Mickey Weston Chris G. Wetherhold Stephen & Lisa Wheeler Leon & White LLP Frank T. Whitehurst Mark Whitfield Douglas Wickstrom Jeffrey N. Wietholter Trina J. Wilkins Kelly J. Willhite Asa J. Williams Mr. & Mrs. Ben R. Williams LA-Tanya Williams Lucille Williams Mr. & Mrs. James R. Willis Pamela H. Willoughby Guadalupe F. Wiltshire Deborah Winebrinner Kevin W. Winfree Eugene & Jeannine Wingfield Sharon Winters Andrew J. Wolf Brian J. Wolfe Brian L. Wood Susan B. Wood Wendy A. Wood Ronald P. Woody Eric M. Worthington Jennifer Wrenn Barbara Wright

Valerie Wright Alicia N. Yates Brian C. Yates Lian-Tuu Yeh Kira A. Young The Yount Family Brenda A. Zack Mr. & Mrs. John Zapotocky Shannon K. Zuckerman


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