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NEW RESIDENCE HALLS

COMING FALL 2014

City on a Hill Media reports prove nation is taking notice of Liberty’s shining light

Commitment to Care Construction begins on new Center for Medical and Health Sciences

Above and Beyond Professors mentor students outside the classroom


Winter/Spring 2013 PUBLISHER Jerry Falwell, Jr.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE COMMITMENT TO CARE — 4

M A N A G I N G E D I TO R S Mitzi Bible Christi Gee

Leaders break ground on new medical school

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Carrie Bell

Liberty’s faculty provides special guidance, encouragement

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 Heather Bradley Ron Brown Sarah Funderburke Leslie Keeney Morgan McCarty Drew Menard Josh Rice Kirstin Spivey P H OTO G R A P H E R S Joel Coleman David Duncan Cali Lowdermilk Kevin Manguiob Les Schofer

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This rendering of Liberty’s new high-rise residence hall is the first of six new residence halls that will allow Liberty to grow to 16,000 residential students by 2020. See story, Page 24.

ABOVE AND BEYOND — 8 CITY ON A HILL — 12

National news coverage shows Liberty’s influence is far-reaching

SIGNS OF SUCCESS — 20

Alumni prove moral character is valuable in the workplace

RESIDENCE HALL PROJECT — 24

High-rise towers will replace former Champion Circle residence halls

CAMPUS TRANSFORMATION — 32

An overview of major construction projects taking shape

SCHOOL OF MUSIC — 34

This new school is already the seventh largest in the country

FAITH FILMS — 42

New partnership gives Cinematic Arts Center wide exposure

ATHLETICS NEWS — 44

Three teams earn conference championship titles

CHAMPIONS FOR CHRIST — 48 Touching stories from the Liberty family

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A crane moves steel beams into place at the Jerry Falwell Library, located at the heart of campus near Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center (far right) and the Vines Center (left).


L E T T E R F R O M T H E C H A N C E L LO R The start of any new year is a good time for reflection. This year, in particular, as I look out on the bulldozers and cranes and Virginia dirt so familiar now on campus, I can’t help but think what a monumental time this is for Liberty. The new developments and the new buildings — they are testaments, tributes; they are milestones marking our progress. Stand in any spot on campus and you’ll be standing on answered prayers. You’ll be looking up at structures grounded in faith. These milestones mark not only how far we’ve come, but how far we’re going to go. In 2012 we opened the doors to the new Hancock Welcome Center and broke ground on our highly anticipated Jerry Falwell Library, as well as on our new baseball stadium and the Center for Medical and Health Sciences. The vision once cast is taking shape as a university like no other. Liberty has emerged as one of the preeminent universities not only in the Christian community, but in the nation. Our newly formed School of Music (already the seventh largest in the country) will see construction begin on its own building this year, and the first of six new residence halls will go up on the Circle. But we’re not just building a campus here; we’re building lives. I encourage you to flip through the pages of this Journal because on them you’ll find blueprints for the future. Our students are Liberty’s greatest construction project. We are using every available resource to acquire exceptional faculty and staff, to build exceptional educational facilities and training grounds, to do what it takes so that exceptional graduates take their Liberty diplomas and use them to build a better future for this country and for the world. Our nation is standing at a crossroads — recent political events have placed Liberty in a position of unique opportunity. We’re not afraid to be there. Whether in the courts, on fields of competition, or in any academic arena, we are committed to turn every opportunity we’re given into a flame of excellence for God’s glory. The world has noticed, and others in the spotlight are drawn to Liberty. They film us. They write about us. They come and speak to us. Liberty is growing, not just in square footage, but in influence and in impact. 2013 will bear witness to the mark Liberty is leaving on the world. Sincerely,

Jerry Falwell, Jr. Chancellor and President

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s our nation’s leaders continue to battle over the issues surrounding health care — now perhaps more than any other time in history — Liberty University is keeping its finger on the pulse of the growing needs of the industry. There’s no bigger sign of this commitment than the new Center for Medical and Health Sciences, now under construction on Liberty Mountain overlooking the main campus. The 138,000-square-foot, four-story facility will house the College of Osteopathic Medicine and several departments in Liberty’s School of Health Sciences. The goal is to place comprehensively trained, service-oriented, and clinically excellent physicians and other health care professionals into underserved areas of the state. Expected to be completed by Spring 2014, the program will matriculate its first class of osteopathic medical students in Fall 2014. The $40 million facility will include a comprehensive medical clinic, extensive resource center and library, research center with

multiple labs, and state-of-the-art simulation and standardized patient education facility. The College of Osteopathic Medicine will become the second such school in the state and the 30th in the country. It will grant a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, which has the same unlimited practice rights as the more common M.D. degree, but places a more prominent emphasis on a holistic, preventative health, patient-centered approach. At the groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 9, Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. called the project “the last piece of the puzzle” in his father’s vision to build a world-class university that would train Champions for Christ in all professions. “I’m thrilled that all of you are getting to see the fulfillment of the dream and the vision take place,” Falwell told the crowd. Members of Liberty’s administration, board of trustees, Lynchburg City Council, Campbell County Board of Supervisors, and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission were present at the event, as well as architects and contractors.

Other local and regional leaders in attendance included Del. Kathy Byron (a member of the Tobacco Commission), Del. Scott Garrett, Michael Bryant, the CEO of Centra Health; Dr. Matt Johnson, the vice president for medical affairs at Centra; and Maria Harris, the executive director of the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association. Falwell said he was humbled to see how so many people have contributed to the project, calling it “the completion of a circle.” “We knew the time had come to do this because there were so many signs that were providential. The right people were sent here, the Tobacco Commission so graciously helped us out … all the factors came together,” he said. “It couldn’t have happened without everything falling into place, without God’s intervention.” Falwell said the site, facing the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, will no doubt be the medical school with the best view in the country. It was selected because of its location in Campbell County, making the school eligible to apply for grants from the Tobacco >>

Groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 9, 2012

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Liberty University held a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 9, 2012, for its new Center for Medical and Health Sciences. Several distinguished guests participated in the ceremony, including Liberty’s board of trustees and members of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

>> Commission. The commission uses proceeds from the national tobacco settlement to promote economic growth and development in communities that were tobacco-dependent for most of the 20th century. At the ceremony, Del. Kathy Byron, along with Vice Chair Sen. Frank Ruff, presented a check for the commission’s total contribution of $20.5 million. “This is one of the largest investments in the history of the commission,” Byron said. The project marks “the beginning of something that will be of great and lasting benefit to the people of our region and improve our community’s quality of life for generations to come,” she said, noting that it will serve as “the centerpiece of, and the magnet for, a burgeoning health care industry, providing for the needs of our region, and attracting more here.” The center is expected to create an additional 400 new jobs in the next five years.

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Byron called the project a testimony “to the vision of Liberty University’s leadership, its board, and the entire campus community.” “They see the potential of our region and our people, they understand our needs and the needs of our world at large, and they have the drive and commitment to put their vision into action. … It’s further evidence that Liberty is a world-class university,” she said. Like all academic programs at Liberty, the goal in establishing a College of Osteopathic Medicine is not only to send out graduates who have successful careers and become leaders in their chosen fields, but also to live out their Christian faith by meeting the true needs of the people they serve. Dr. Ronnie B. Martin, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, said the nation is facing a shortage of up to 220,000 physicians by 2030. With 67 percent of the patients in Southern Virginia living in medically underserved areas, it is clear where Liberty

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can first begin to meet those needs. Knowing residencies are required for each student, and that there is a shortage of those opportunities, Martin has spent much of his time working to forge relationships across the region. “We’ve made a commitment here at Liberty University to partner with hospitals and community health care centers to help them expand the number of residencies so we can train and keep the physicians in our area,” Martin said during an interview following the groundbreaking. “We know that when students leave the state to do their residency, 75 percent of them don’t come back.” Virginia is a “net exporter” of physicians right now, with about 60 percent of graduates leaving the state’s medical schools to do their residency. “We develop the best and the brightest, we expend a lot of state resources educating them — and they go out of state,” said Martin. “So Liberty is going to work


ABOVE – An artist’s rendering of Liberty’s new Center for Medical and Health Sciences, which is currently under construction. BELOW – Liberty’s expansive Campbell County property provided an excellent site for the building, overlooking Liberty’s campus and a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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BELOW – Members of the Virginia Tobacco Commission presented a $20.5 million check to Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Dr. Ronald Godwin, provost, during the groundbreaking ceremony.

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very hard to develop residencies in the state that will allow us to keep that talent here.” The clinical rotation cycle will largely be in Southern Virginia and Southwest Virginia. The school will offer a tuition discount to attract students from those underserved areas, knowing that these students are the same individuals who are most likely to return to those areas to raise their own families. Creating those partnerships has been much of the initial work in establishing the program, along with developing a curriculum and creating detailed follow-through plans as the school seeks accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. There are plans to hire close to 100 staff for the D.O. program. Associate deans have already been named: Eric E. Gish, D.O., associate dean for clinical affairs; Timothy O. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean for biomedical affairs and research; and Joseph F. Smoley, Ph.D., M.M., associate dean for academic affairs. The D.O. program will train students to “focus on primary and community-based practices,” to “recognize the needs of patients across this nation and across the globe,” and will expect them to “demonstrate a commitment of service toward their fellow man and remain focused on the Christian values of integrity and professionalism, while being educated to provide ethical, compassionate, competent, and patient-centered medical care, with Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, as their role model,” Martin said. The first class will have about 150 students. “I am confident that there will not be a better designed, equipped, or more technologically advanced medical college in the United States than what we’re developing right here on this campus,” Martin said at the groundbreaking. “I know there are schools that will rival us, that will try to imitate us, but I promise you that none will exceed what we will be able to offer our students.”

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BEYOND FACULTY STRETCH THEIR ROLES TO TAKE A SPECIAL INTEREST IN STUDENTS’ FUTURES By Ron Brown

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ne of the hallmarks of a Liberty University education is the constructive relationship between faculty members and students. “At Liberty what we’ve found again and again, with any research we do, is that at the heart of the student experience is the relationship they sustain with faculty,” said Vice Provost Dr. Ron Hawkins during the annual faculty meeting webcast in October. “When we look them (students) in the eye and see the desire to learn, and we interact with them, that’s where the reward is.” Student mentoring by faculty is a high priority of the university’s administration, which emphasizes preparing students not only for success in the classroom, but also in the workplace. In keeping with those goals, students are challenged to find a practical application for classroom instruction. “Our professors take great pride in working with our students,” said Dr. Ron Godwin, Liberty’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “We want to make sure that our students receive experiential education, like internships, as well as classroom instruction. We want our students to be doing more than just hearing lectures.” Students are also challenged spiritually by their professors. Every faculty member at Liberty is a professing Christian who believes that teaching is a calling, not just a job. Taking a special interest in their students also means that they pray for them and provide guidance based on Scripture. >>


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Dr. Kendrick Brunson (left) with senior Anders Bengston

A PEN and A PURPOSE When Donald Trump visited Liberty University last fall, Anders Bengston had a unique gift awaiting him. Bengston, a Liberty senior, has been handcrafting high-end, custom-made writing pens from specialty woods since he was in the sixth grade in his native Ohio. Trump’s pen came in a cherry wooden box, perched on a cushioned liner. Bengston put his business card inside pitching his business, Anders Ink (www.AndersInk.com), and a note thanking Trump for his Liberty visit. Trump’s response was simple: “Impressive,” he said. Bengston gave a similar pen to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he visited Liberty’s campus last spring. He is hoping that Trump’s response will be indicative of other potential customers as he cranks his business brainchild into high gear. Bengston, 21, credits marketing professor Dr. Kendrick Brunson with recognizing the power of his idea and helping him develop a

comprehensive business plan. “Part of my job is to encourage students like Anders,” Brunson said. “He is an information-hungry young student. He would often schedule appointments with me to get information outside the classroom.” Brunson is working with Liberty’s new Center for Entrepreneurship to help Bengston refine his idea. “Before I started talking to Dr. Brunson, I saw Anders Ink as a way to get income every now and then,” Bengston said. Brunson encouraged him to think of the endeavor on a much larger scale and eventually hire others to do the manufacturing. “This time last year my plan was to sell a couple hundred pens to pay off my college tuition,” Bengston said. “Now, with many hours of Dr. Brunson’s investment, I plan to sell tens of thousands of pens. I want to financially provide for my family and help to develop ministries out of the profit.” Bengston said Brunson taught him to

think of private entrepreneurship as an alternative to publicly funded jobs. Bengston’s father was a manager of eight public parks until he was laid off several years ago. His mother is a public school teacher. “My parents are the greatest parents in the world,” Bengston said. “They have encouraged me with Anders Ink and everything else I do.” Because of the business’s potential, Bengston sees brighter times ahead for him and his family. “The past couple of years have been kind of rough,” he said. “We still have a great attitude and God has blessed us. We have had peace during the storm, but there are times that we haven’t known where things would come from.” Bengston said Brunson’s encouragement is critically important. “When I first came to Liberty, I thought business was bad,” he said. “Now because of Liberty and Dr. Brunson, I see a way to develop this business, to support my family, and to give.” LIBERTY JOURNAL

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Junior Colby Bishop said Lance McClure helped reshape his approach to becoming an industrial engineer. McClure, director of Liberty’s Technical Studies program, convinced Bishop, a 20-yearold engineering student from Virginia’s Northern Neck, that having welding in his arsenal of tools would make him even more valuable to employers in the future. Bishop said that although he didn’t have any experience in welding, he had always been interested in it. “I love working with my hands. … From an engineering standpoint there is nothing better than knowing how to put things together,” he said.

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LEARNING a TRADE All it took was for McClure to see the potential and offer encouragement. “He convinced me to take the step,” Bishop said. “He was persistent and gave me the confidence to squeeze it into my engineering program. We have had a lot of good talks about the benefits.” Bishop now sees how learning the skill can give him a better understanding of the challenges faced by construction personnel working on projects that engineers design. “It is a very handsome benefit,” he said. McClure said that while he advised and mentored Bishop, his welding instructor, Tom Hudson, “did a phenomenal job teaching him the skill so he could perform at

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a professional level.” Because of his varied skills, Bishop was hired as an intern last summer and now works part time at Fleetwood Goldco Wyard in Lynchburg, Va., one of the leading manufacturers of conveyor systems in the country. The breadth of his education has given him invaluable experience in helping design new conveyor systems, producing 3-D schematic drawings, and producing how-to manuals on some of the company’s most commonly built conveyor equipment. “The company told us that his moral fiber and character are very important to the way they do business,” McClure said. “They said he fits their ethos and environment very well.”


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THE next CHAPTER Kyra Marken said her English professor, Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, helped bring literature alive for her. Marken, 27, first met Prior in 2006 when she took one of Prior’s English novel classes as an undergraduate student. She was so impressed with Prior’s enthusiasm for literature that she signed on for the master’s English program. Prior convinced Marken to take on a teaching role as a graduate assistant during that time. “I always loved reading and writing. I knew I loved literature,” Marken said. “I knew I wanted to sharpen those skills.” Marken completed her master’s in 2011, with Prior serving as the chair of her thesis committee. From there, Marken parlayed her

enthusiasm for literature into a job at New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg, Va., where she teaches high school students English, rhetoric, and Western and British literature. Prior proved to be the perfect mentor for a small-town girl who was unsure if she could hold her own with other literature heavyweights. “She definitely speaks truth in love in academics and other areas of life,” Marken said. “She doesn’t mince words. She pulls her students up by the boot straps. She sees potential in them that they might not even realize.” Marken said Prior’s message was twofold: Get over yourself and I’ll be here for you. “That semester I really learned a lot from

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Dr. Karen Swallow Prior (right) with alumna Kyra Marken

her as far as literature goes, but I really appreciated her feedback on my writing,” Marken said. “She seemed so brilliant; I was just quaking in my boots, but she was always very accessible.” Prior still keeps in touch with Marken since she graduated, proof of her sincere interest in seeing all of her students succeed after they leave her classroom. “I just love showing students how literature has application to their own lives,” Prior said. “That’s what a biblical worldview is; anything we study can reveal the truth of God.” Prior recently visited Marken at her workplace and the two shared a special time together — teacher to teacher. LIBERTY JOURNAL

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LIBERTY’S LIGHT SHINES

ON THE NATION AND IN THE NEWS BY HEATHER BRADLEY “YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A CITY ON A HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN. … IN THE SAME WAY LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD DEEDS AND PRAISE YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.” MATTHEW 5:14,16

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iberty University is increasingly being drawn into the spotlight as the nation takes notice of its status as the world’s largest Christian university and its success in creating a business model focused on teaching excellence using a unique blend of traditional and online delivery. This model defies current trends in U.S. higher education by keeping tuition and fees affordable while building financial strength for the university without subsidies from taxpayers. Once considered a small Bible college, the university has grown up, maturing into an athletic and academic powerhouse, drawing politicians and world leaders to its campus and piquing the interest of media and business moguls. Financial services companies have written about

the university’s growth and financial stability. Moody’s Investors Service, which gave the university’s taxable bonds an “A1” rating, cited its “uncommonly strong operating performance,” and Standard & Poor’s, which assigned an “AA” rating, anticipated that Liberty “will continue to enjoy strong student demand with a successful brand centered on an evangelical Christian identity and attractive pricing for a nonprofit private university.” Recently called “one of the nation’s most influential citadels of Christian conservatism” by USA Today and “the evangelical heart of the state” by the Boston Globe, Liberty is gaining national recognition, further illuminating its mission to Train Champions for Christ. The New York Times, intrigued by Liberty Flames football, published a recent glowing article featuring

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the up-and-coming program. The reporter was fascinated with both the success of the program, highlighting its readiness to move to the NCAA Division I FBS conference, and the character of its players. In light of recent scandals publicizing other collegiate football programs, Liberty stands in sharp contrast. “Maybe we usher in a new era of athletes who set a good example for other college athletes and students,” sophomore Sean Beam said in the article. “How good would it be if there was a college football program that practiced what it preached?” Taking a stand is nothing new to the university. Many major media outlets across the country took notice of Liberty’s strong stance on moral principles when the Supreme Court decided on Nov. 26, 2012, that the school’s case challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare could go forward. At one point that day, nearly 100 news stories per hour were being generated about the case. While the university tackles current legislation, its students are being prepared for

future courtroom battles. Liberty University School of Law’s moot court team continually wins national competitions. Their trial team is ranking regionally and competing nationally in their inaugural year. Liberty’s debate team, repeatedly ranked No. 1 in the nation over Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Emory, has been featured on the “CBS Evening News” and in The New York Times. The echo of well-educated voices of faith has reached Washington — and Washington is paying attention. Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush have visited Liberty’s campus, as well as Republican VIPs Gov. Sarah Palin and Herman Cain. Gov. Mitt Romney, GOP presidential candidate and 2012 Commencement speaker, stated: “He (Falwell, Sr.) believed that Liberty might become one of the most respected Christian universities anywhere on the earth, and so it is today.” Romney’s confidence in Liberty’s influence was unmistakable when he made Lynchburg one of the last stops on his campaign trail the day before the 2012 election.

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Over the last two election cycles, Republican hopefuls John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Perry have addressed the student body. Donald Trump, who considered a run for presidency, spoke in September. These leaders appear before the student body — examples of what it looks like to take a stand for what you believe in — and inspire Liberty students to do the same. The enthusiastic response has been clear. In 2008, Liberty made national headlines when it registered about 4,000 students to vote in Virginia. In October 2011, election lines in Lynchburg were redrawn and the Vines Center became its own voting precinct. More than 3,000 new voter forms were completed by students during a September 2012 Convocation, and on Election Day the Vines Center precinct tallied more votes than any of Lynchburg’s other 18 precincts. In a recent Washington Times commentary, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, son of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, reflected on how >>

heart of the state”

-THE BOSTON GLOBE, OCT. 14, 2012

“One of the nation’s most

influential bastions of political and Christian conservatism”

“the spiritual heart of the conservative movement” -THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 12, 2012

-THE WASHINGTON POST, MAY 12, 2012

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>> his father received strong support from college students on the left and the right, using UC-Berkeley and Liberty as examples as he called for much smaller government and more personal freedoms. Liberty students are not only supporting those who mold policy and politics, they are joining the ranks themselves. In November, alumnus Matt Krause (’07) won a seat in the Texas House of Representatives. Jeffrey Mazanec (’85) has been recently appointed the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond division. Many alumni have worked for presidential campaigns and more are serving on Capitol Hill. Like modernday Josephs in Pharaoh’s court or Daniel in Nebuchadnezzar’s, Liberty students are stepping off campus and into positions of influence that God has prepared for them.

Called “one of the preeminent forums to discuss profound issues,” by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Liberty continues to stay in the news and at the helm of moral, ethical, and political influence in America. In a recent interview on Moody Radio, Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell, Jr. was asked why Liberty invited Convocation speakers who did not share all of the school’s political and theological views. He confirmed Liberty’s commitment to providing a safe marketplace of ideas: “It is our students’ job to eat the fish and spit out the bones and to discern what is good advice and what is not. And if you don’t learn that in college, when do you learn it?” Liberty students are being educated with freedom to think, to speak, and to serve. As the school experiences unparalleled success, it

remains true to its original Christian mission. This uncompromising commitment is a beacon that continues to draw the attention of a curious and watching world. The university on the mountain, like the city on a hill, shines a light that cannot be hidden.

LIBERTY FLAMES BURN BRIGHT UNDER SPORTS MEDIA SPOTLIGHT “At Liberty, once a tiny Bible college but now a budding giant, the plan is for college football — big-time, always-on-television college football — to do for evangelical Christians in the 21st century what Notre Dame football did for Roman Catholics in the 20th.” — The New York Times, Nov. 11, 2012 The merits of Liberty University football have caught the eye of The New York Times and CNBC Sports. Recently showcased by both, Liberty is emerging as a contender, looking to play — and play well — on the gridiron of the FBS, joining the ranks of other teams like Brigham Young and Notre Dame.

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A dream of Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. now carried on by his son, Jerry Falwell, Jr., was that Liberty football would propel the school into becoming the flagship university for the evangelical Christian community. Falwell, Jr. has often said, “Sports is not our mission, but we use sports to shine a light on our mission,” using sports to encourage young people to choose Christian education. As The New York Times article put it, “There is no pulpit as well-lighted as the end zone of a national championship game.” In a follow-up to that article, Darren Rovell, of CNBC’s “Sports Biz: Game On,” commented: “Liberty University wants a Division I football team so that others like (NFL quarterback Tim) Tebow can play at the highest level together.” The New York Times hinted that the highest level might not be so far off.

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“Liberty’s locker rooms and training facilities resemble those of a top college program, if not one in the NFL,” the article boasted. Other teams are reading the Times and taking note. The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, Notre Dame’s president emeritus, sent Chancellor Falwell a note conveying his “sincere congratulations and prayers for continuing growth in the years to come.” Falwell said that Hesburgh, over his 95-year life, witnessed the vision of Notre Dame’s founders become reality. “That vision had much in common with my father’s dreams for Liberty University and reading Rev. Hesburgh’s letter about Notre Dame’s rise to athletic prominence made Liberty’s goals seem so much more attainable,” Falwell said. “I am grateful for his letter, and I believe he would welcome a friendly Liberty/Notre Dame football rivalry someday. I know I would!”


LIBERTY’S LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMACARE REKINDLED IN THE COURTS “Atheists frequently cite the Constitution’s free exercise of religion clause as an excuse to eliminate prayer from schools and banish nativity scenes from the public square. ... Liberty’s cause is far more compelling. It is fully consistent with American values that the highest law of the land should protect individuals from having their government compel them to act directly against their core beliefs.” — The Washington Times, Nov. 26, 2012

Mat Staver, attorney for Liberty University and dean of Liberty University School of Law, talks to reporters outside the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. in May 2011.

From the day President Barack Obama signed his controversial health care bill into law, Liberty University has stood at the forefront of the resistance. Filing the first private lawsuit against ObamaCare in March 2010, and continuing to rise every time the courts knock them down, Liberty has charged that it violates the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion clause, as well as the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. At stake is a clause forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance, which would then require them to fund the abortion-inducing drugs included with this insurance coverage. In 2011, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled that the federal Anti-Injunction Act barred the courts from discussing Liberty’s case. In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that President Obama’s health care bill, as a whole, was constitutional on the

grounds that it simply represented a tax on people who chose not to buy health insurance. The bill therefore fell within governmental taxation rights, and all appeals against the law were dismissed. Liberty, undeterred, pressed on. In November 2012, the persistence paid off. The university’s appeal claiming that ObamaCare violated religious freedom and that vital parts of the lawsuit were ignored by the courts was heard — the Supreme Court agreed to rehear Liberty’s case at the Circuit Court level. “This ruling is literally an answer to prayer,” said Mat Staver, attorney for Liberty University and dean of Liberty University School of Law. “It means our legal fight against ObamaCare can go back into full swing. It also gives Liberty University the leading case against ObamaCare in the nation and offers new hope for a ruling that ObamaCare is … completely unconstitutional.”

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Liberty students attend a victory rally for Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynchburg Regional Airport the day before the 2012 presidential election (left). Students crowd the Vines Center to vote in a presidential election for the first time on Liberty’s campus, Nov. 6, 2012 (right).

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Influential speakers enhance Convocation experience

“ ALL OVER THE WORLD

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Liberty University, what they’ve done and in SUCH A SHORT TIME...”

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Liberty University continues to bring speakers of global significance in from every sphere of society to address its student body in a thrice-weekly Convocation — the largest weekly gathering of Christian young people in the world. In September, Liberty welcomed celebrity real estate mogul and television personality Donald Trump for the most highly anticipated Convocation to date. This March, NFL standout Tim Tebow will take the stage during his first visit to Liberty. Popular Christian hip-hop artist LeCrae and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee are

also on the slate for Convocation this spring. Trump’s speech was presented to more than 10,000 in a packed Vines Center, shown at two satellite locations, broadcast live on the Liberty Channel, and available to more than 80,000 Liberty University Online students via the recently deployed Online Communities website, making it the largest Convocation audience ever. “All over the world they are talking about it — Liberty University, what they’ve done and in such a short time,” Trump told the masses. He went on to comment on the success of Liberty under Chancellor Falwell’s

direction, “I see the way Liberty University has been run. I’ve seen where you came from, and how it was a struggle, and how it is right now. Our country has the same potential, if we ever wanted to do something about it.” Trump follows a long line of influential speakers to take the podium at Convocation, including former Sen. Ted Kennedy in the 1980s. In the last few years alone, Liberty has welcomed prominent figures ranging from the creator of “Veggie Tales” to the CEO of Walmart U.S., Hollywood legends, former NFL players, presidential candidates, and influential pastors. >>


CONVOCATION QUOTABLES Convocation speakers challenge, motivate, and inspire Liberty University students as they share their stories and impart wisdom from experience in their respective fields. Here is just

a sample of inspiring words that have echoed from the Vines Center stage and into the hearts of Liberty’s students in the last three years.

FRANCIS CHAN, PASTOR, BESTSELLING AUTHOR ( NOV. 14, 2011)

FORMER U.S. REP. BOB MCEWEN, ( OCT. 31, 2012) – “Scripture says that

power to the state; the state does not loan power to you. This is why the Constitution begins, ‘We the People.’ It does not begin, ‘We the politicians,’ ‘We the judges,’ or ‘We the bureaucrats.’” “Liberty reassures me that there is a place where people are actually happy that you are in favor of classic American values. There are so many campuses now occupied by tenured faculty who despise America and who are opposed to American values.”

– “Work really hard at living biblically because you will always be challenged … here in America you will be challenged constantly to not live biblically and to create some sort of culture that justifies what they want anyways. Get alone with this book (the Bible) and do what it says … you know how God is communicating to you and you need to be obedient, even if you don’t see anyone else doing it that way.”

righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to all people. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, for blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God. That’s what the founding fathers did when they met in Philadelphia at the beginning of every day.”

GOV. RICK PERRY ( SEPT. 14, 2011)

JIM BOB AND MICHELLE DUGGAR, TELEVISION STARS, “19 KIDS AND COUNTING” ( OCT. 5, 2011)

KAREN KINGSBURY, AUTHOR, LIBERTY PARENT ( OCT. 10, 2011)

FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH ( OCT. 27, 2010) – “You loan

– “Do not fret if you don’t know your place in the world yet or what you want to be someday. … Trust that God wouldn’t have put you here unless He had a unique plan for your life. … He knows you by name; you’re never alone, even when you feel like it, and He doesn’t require perfect people to execute His perfect plan.

– “If heaven had a university it would be Liberty.

– Jim Bob: “Follow the Lord with your whole heart and life. Following the Lord is an exciting adventure. Give every area of your life to God — don’t hold anything back.”

This place is amazing.” “The story that will matter the most is the one that you are writing with the days of your lives. What you want at the end of your time is for people to say of you that you wrote a best-seller with the finite number of days God has given you.”

JOHN MACARTHUR, PASTOR, BESTSELLING AUTHOR ( FEB. 11, 2011)

U.S. REP. MICHELLE BACHMANN, LIBERTY PARENT ( SEPT. 28, 2011)

– “It’s amazing to see what the Lord has done (at Liberty, in the 20 years since his last visit). You have to grasp this opportunity because this can’t be explained humanly; this is the work of God — how wonderful to be a part of it.”

- “Don’t settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you. … Jerry Falwell (Sr.) didn’t settle, the early donors didn’t settle, the early students didn’t settle – don’t think this is it. This is just the beginning of so much more, on this campus and in your own life.”

JONI EARECKSON TADA, AUTHOR AND FOUNDER OF JONI AND FRIENDS ( APRIL 7, 2010) - “Bask in the rays of the light of the world; let the sun burn away every bit of half-hearted, ho-hum, average, mediocre approach to God. Feed on Him, taste the bread of Heaven and see that He is good.”

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“Be willing to do the little things, and God will lift you up to do the bigger things. But if you are unwilling to do the little things, you’ll never know the bigger things.” BILL SIMON, CEO, WALMART U.S. ( JAN. 30, 2012) – “Average doesn’t give fulfillment in life. To be average doesn’t show respect for the gifts you’ve been given. Choose to be exceptional.”

HORST SCHULZE, FOUNDER AND CEO OF CAPELLA HOTEL GROUP ( JAN. 31, 2011) – “If the integrity God wants

- FORMER GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE

from you is part of what you see, then you’re a leader. If you cannot see it, you will be a follower.”

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JIM DALY, CEO, FOCUS ON THE FAMILY ( FEB. 8, 2012) - “I think children

FRANK PERETTI, BEST- SELLING AUTHOR ( OCT. 15, 2012) - “We Christians

show us God’s love in His heart for us, like a father for his child. He cares for you, He loves you, and He wants you to succeed.”

tend to look at our whole faith as what happens within the church building. Knock down the walls of the church building, take a look outside — all the rest of all creation belongs to the word of God, all of it is His.”

DR. BEN CARSON, WORLD-FAMOUS PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGEON (MARCH 29, 2012)

BEN STEIN, SCHOLAR, AT TORNEY, WRITER, TV & FILM STAR ( NOV. 5, 2012)

- “It is so important in the world in which we live, where secularism has such a loud microphone, that you stand up for what you believe in. It’s going to require courage and people to stand up and be counted.”

- “It all comes down to doing a certain kind of work — work to make a better world and work to be better friends, neighbors, family members, and children. And to follow God’s Word and honor God and love one another.”

PHIL VISCHER, “VEGGIE TALES” CREATOR ( OCT. 3, 2012) – “It’s very easy

CAL THOMAS, COLUMNIST ( FEB. 6, 2012)

for a dream to become an idol if you think it’s something you can’t live without.”

- “There are smart people and there are wise people. I’d rather be wise. Being wise is about having the mind of Christ.”

>> Convocations are aired live on www.Liberty.edu/Streaming, on the Liberty Channel, and on the Liberty Today mobile app. Past Convocations can also be viewed at those locations, as well as on Liberty’s YouTube channel.

>> Liberty’s commitment to traditional American values draws a number of political figures every year. For that very reason, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has visited Liberty several times since his 2007 Commencement speech and 2010 Convocation message.

“(Liberty) is going to become one of the great intellectual institutions in the world and an institution which stands for key values and is not at all afraid or ashamed to stand up for what it believes in.” - FORMER

HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH

Many speakers enjoy touring campus during their visit, exploring its many amenities, like the new Hancock Welcome Center and Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, Liberty’s year-round ski and snowboarding facility. Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. often shares then-and-now photographs, taking them through the university’s rich history and sharing his vision for its future. With so many construction projects under way, first-time speakers are impressed by the rapid pace at which Liberty is growing. And for those who have been here before, the campus is never exactly the same as they remember it. “There is always some new building, new program, something new going on. Liberty is rapidly becoming a major force and growing around the world,” Gingrich said.


“You’re in a place where there has been a spiritual legacy and a heritage that is being passed down to you, through so many who have invested their lives to teach the next generation. You, you’re their hope. You’re their hope to walk into this world, and change this world.”

- KIRK CAMERON

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SPRING CONVO HIGHLIGHTS Selected Convocation speakers for the Spring 2013 semester are below. View the complete list at www.Liberty.edu/Convo. The schedule is subject to change; consult the website for the most up-to-date listing. FRANKLIN GRAHAM, president and CEO, Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (1/21) GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE, former Arkansas governor, television and radio show host (1/28) MILES MCPHERSON, senior pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, former defensive back for San Diego Chargers (1/30)

LYSA TERKEURST, best-selling author; president, Proverbs 31 Ministries (2/25)

TIM TEBOW (closed to the public), NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner (3/8) LECRAE, Christian hip-hop artist (3/22) JAMES BROWN, host, NFL Today on CBS, one of America’s most iconic sportscasters (3/25) KEVIN MANGUIOB

DRS. LES AND LESLIE PARROTT, Christian relationship counselors, best-selling authors (2/20)

TIM LEE, evangelist (3/6)

KAY ARTHUR, co-founder, Precept Ministries International (3/29) JACK GRAHAM, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church (4/17)

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TIM MILAZZO (’11)

MORAL CHARACTER OF LIBERTY GRADUATES IS MAKING EMPLOYERS TAKE NOTICE Since its inception, Liberty University has educated students not only in the essential knowledge of their chosen field, but also in the attributes that would make them valuable assets to any workplace. Liberty has taught its students that hard work, faithfulness, honesty, and job competence still matter to employers. Now, the impact of Liberty students is being felt in hospitals, schools, television networks, and courtrooms throughout the United States and abroad. Liberty, the largest private, nonprofit, four-year college in America and the world’s largest Christian university, now has its own law school and cinematic arts center, and will soon have its own medical school. In every profession, Liberty alumni are leaving a lasting impression on their employers. The feedback Liberty administrators receive is overwhelmingly positive, pointing to graduates’ strong work ethic, responsibility, dependability, and service-minded attitudes — all qualities of a true Champion for Christ. >>

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MIKE MARTIN (’04)

GRAHAM SIKES (’02)


TIM MILAZZO (’11) STRATEGIC ACCOUNT MANAGER, GOOGLE

“Tim has proven himself to be accountable and dependable,” said Milazzo’s manager, Kristin Weichmann, strategic account manager, team lead. “He is a quick learner and eager to make an impact, both key attributes for success.” Milazzo credits Scott Ehrhorn, assistant professor of finance at Liberty, for helping him locate and secure quality internships prior to graduation, which proved to be invaluable in helping him to hit the ground running once he reached the workplace. “It was a daunting task coming out of college in 2011,” Milazzo said. “In a tough economic time, you need to come out with some skills that can help an organization right away. Finding good internships was a big thing.”

Milazzo served as an intern for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Lynchburg during his senior year. He said his degree provided him with a foundation of business knowledge that he has been able to build upon at Google. During his temporary employment there, he was asked to do analytical work to support Google’s sales efforts. Now, he works in direct contact with Google clients as a consultant. “I have loved my time at Google,” Milazzo said. “It is a company that has a reputation of treating its employees well. It is a job that I couldn’t have dreamed of getting right out of school. I am very fortunate and very blessed.”

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When he came to Liberty in 2008, Tim Milazzo thought a degree in business finance would be a wise move to attract a potential employer. And then the U.S. economy and many major financial companies imploded. Milazzo stayed the course, however, and has now been blessed with the opportunity to use many of the analytical skills he learned at Liberty. Soon after graduation in 2011, he took a temporary job with Google in New York. Last summer, he was hired as a full-time strategic account manager for the Fortune 500 company. His work ethic helped convince Google managers that he would be a positive, full-time hire.

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MIKE MARTIN (’04)

MANAGER, SURGICAL TRAUMA INTENSIVE CARE, LYNCHBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL

As a 2004 graduate from Liberty University, Mike Martin has earned a reputation for compassion and job competence at Lynchburg (Va.) General Hospital, where, after eight years as a nurse, he was recently promoted to manager of the surgical trauma intensive care unit. For the majority of his time as a nurse, Martin attended to the needs of critically ill patients. “At the bedside, I loved being able to care for people,” he said. “To see them recover, in part because of the care we are giving, is very gratifying.” Martin said Liberty’s Christ-based nursing

program helped him cultivate the patience needed to attend to patients and their family members at some of the most stressful times in their lives. “My job has given me a tool to minister to some of the patients,” he said. “A lot of time our patients’ lives are hanging in the balance.” Patience and compassion are traits valued by Lynchburg General Hospital and its parent company, Centra Health, also based in Lynchburg, Va. “Centra takes very seriously its responsibility to provide a clinical learning environment for nursing students from many area colleges and

universities,” said Patti S. McCue, a Centra senior vice president. “Many members of our nursing staff are graduates of Liberty University and they are great examples of the dedication and caring nature of the nursing profession.” Martin, who has served as an adjunct nursing professor at Liberty, said Liberty’s nursing program enables its students to spend significant time with hospital patients. “I felt like I was prepared as well as I could be by the Liberty critical care program,” Martin said. “Most of the learning takes place at the bedside.”

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GRAHAM SIKES (’02)

HITTING COACH/RECRUITING COORDINATOR, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY BASEBALL TEAM

When Graham Sikes graduated from Liberty University in 2002, he had no clear idea what his career path would be, though he knew he had received a first-class education both in the classroom and on the baseball field. He was the catcher on a Flames baseball team that turned out many pro prospects, but his playing career ended with a shoulder injury. After graduation, he eventually sought out a coaching job because of his love for the game. The essential knowledge he gleaned from his mentors at Liberty, such as former Head Coach Dave Pastors, also a catcher in his playing days, was invaluable. “Coach Pastors was way ahead of his time when it came to the science of baseball,” Sikes said. “He taught me how to think ahead of

the game, how to process the game, and how to call the game.” For the past decade, he has used those tools as a college baseball assistant, stopping in Kansas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Virginia before reaching his first major college baseball job at the University of Notre Dame. From there he landed a position at Michigan State University, what he calls a “destination job,” where for three years he has served as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. In his first year with MSU, the team won the Big 10 Championship. Last year it qualified for the NCAA tournament. Michigan State Head Baseball Coach Jake Boss said Sikes’ job competence and his propensity for loyalty and honesty made him a perfect candidate for the job.

“Graham’s character has a lot to do with me hiring him,” Boss said. “I got to know Graham in the last few years on the recruiting trail. What I was looking for in an assistant coach was (someone who would) back me as a head coach through thick and thin. Obviously, Graham is a high-character guy who is going to do things the right way.” Boss said integrity is a critical attribute for a recruiting coordinator for a high-level collegiate athletics team. “I know that Graham would follow the rules,” he said. “He is very ethically and morally upright.” Boss said he envisions Sikes as a Division I head baseball coach one day. “He is an intense competitor,” Boss said. “Our players kind of feed off that.”

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Campus Transformation

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rom 1972 to 1989, the foundations for high-rise residence halls never completed stood abandoned near the site of Liberty University’s football stadium. In their own peculiar way, the foundations became a monument to the university’s vision for the future. Now, on a different site, plans are being made for the campus’s first high-rise residence tower, 40 years after the residence halls were first envisioned. In fact, the same company that started the project in the early 1970s, English Construction, was awarded the contract for this project, which is scheduled to begin this spring. The eight-story tower is expected to be completed in time for the 2014-15 academic year. It will provide 1,200 beds, enough to replace all 16 “temporary” residence halls built in the 1970s in Liberty’s Champion Circle housing area. Then, once the remaining Circle population has been accommodated, Liberty plans to construct another 1,200-bed high-rise tower and additional towers as needed. The residence halls are part of a general transformation of the Liberty campus, which includes new academic buildings and an expansive quad with a lake and lawn that will serve as a central common area for studying, socializing, and relaxing with a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At the heart of the campus is the state-of-the art Jerry Falwell Library, now under construction. All new buildings will feature a modern version of Jeffersonian architecture. The kickoff for the residence hall project will begin with the demolition of residence halls 1-4 on Champion Circle next to the Vines Center, the school’s primary assembly and athletic facility. About 350 students were relocated to off-campus housing at the former Lynchburg Quality Inn, which the university recently purchased. The Quality Inn building is adjacent to Liberty’s Residential Annex (the former Lynchburg Inn), which has its own dining >>

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Students in residence halls 1-4 on Champion Circle move to the Liberty-owned Quality Inn as the school prepares for construction on a new high-rise tower.

>> hall and about 500 beds. Students at both sites will share the dining hall, and frequent bus service will continue to and from campus. Sophomore Louis Hensler shared his excitement when he heard he would be moving. “All of the guys are sticking together, so I’m happy about that,” he said. “I think it’s good that Liberty is trying to grow and expand. I’m excited the campus is getting nicer and improving. I think overall it is a good thing for the university.” As Liberty expands its on-campus amenities, it should be able to accommodate future growth and bring its student body closer to campus. Liberty Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell, Jr. said the objective is to reduce the need for transient automobile traffic to and from the campus that clogs roadways and requires construction of parking lots for commuters. “Students will be able to ride bikes, walk, and ride buses to and from campus,” he said. Within a decade or so, the new residence facilities will be able to house Liberty’s East Campus population (2,800 beds) in addition to the entire Circle and Annex population. At that point, the university will consider selling both hotels, Falwell explained. East Campus would then become Liberty-owned


LIBERTY

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SEARS

BUILDING to Assist in Transition Hotel Exhibit Hall Arena

This proposed site plan shows the eventual transformation of the property into a civic center.

student apartments, accommodating many students who now commute several miles daily. Private real estate developers have also indicated that they may build housing complexes near the school. One concept would allow students to rent rooms around a common living area without the need for a standard lease legally obligating roommates for each other’s rent.

Liberty purchased the former Sears building at River Ridge Mall for $6.9 million in October 2012. The 112,000-square-foot building, with 700 parking spaces, will be used in the short term to house Liberty’s non-academic departments, freeing up space for several academic departments to relocate while their buildings are being demolished and new ones are built. Once the new academic buildings are constructed, faculty and staff from those departments will move to their new spaces on main campus and the university plans to vacate the Sears property. Liberty has presented a proposal for the site to eventually become a new Lynchburg Civic Center, with the university as its primary tenant.

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THEN & NOW 1975

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The classroom experience has changed greatly since Liberty University’s early days when students shared space with Thomas Road Baptist Church, meeting in the choir room and the lobbies. Left, Dr. Carl Diemer, currently the director of the Master of Divinity program at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, teaches in the upstairs lobby of the old Thomas Road Baptist Church. Liberty students have top-notch facilities to call their own now, equipped with the latest technology. Right, students are trained on camera equipment at the new Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center.

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As enrollment climbed, and more buildings were constructed on Liberty’s sprawling campus, the school worked hard to meet the transportation needs of its students. Left, a school bus transports students from their residence halls at Treasure Island on the James River (which also served as a summer youth camp) to classes at the old Thomas Road Baptist Church. Right, a campus-wide transit system, provided by the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, currently offers service every 10 minutes from several locations on campus and throughout the city.

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View more Then & Now photos online at www.Liberty.edu/Since1971.

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When Liberty Baptist College classes were moved to Liberty Mountain, there was no space large enough to hold Convocation for the whole student body. Left, a 3,000-seat tent was erected on the site where the four-story, 500,000-square-foot Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center now stands. In the winter, a heater was installed in the tent and the students brought their own blankets to keep warm. Convocation is now held in the Vines Center beside DeMoss Hall (right).

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These photographs show two major milestones in the university’s development. Left, Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Sr. and 2,500 students, faculty, and administrators stand in the snow for two hours, praying and asking God to provide the financial support so new construction could begin on the Liberty Mountain campus. Right, more than 5,000 people attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jerry Falwell Library, a four-story, 170,000-square-foot Jeffersonian structure now under construction. At $50 million, it is Liberty’s largest investment in a structure to date.

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1986

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Left, the Hancock Athletic Center was built in 1986 to train and condition Liberty athletes. The building was demolished in February 2011 to make way for the new Hancock Welcome Center. A ribbon cutting was held on Dec. 14, 2012, for the 32,000-square-foot facility, which features an impressive atrium, a large boardroom, a theater, lounges, a banquet hall, several smaller counseling rooms, and a back patio offering a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is equipped with the latest technology, such as touchscreen monitors and interactive photo centers to enhance the visitor experience.

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Left, Liberty Baptist College’s men’s basketball team plays in the Schilling Center, the college’s multipurpose center. Right, Liberty hosts the College of William & Mary at the Vines Center, where 10,000 fans can watch games on high-definition video scoreboards.

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Left, Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Sr. places one of the sections of the pedestrian tunnel that would allow students to cross underneath U.S. 460 and access all parts of the campus safely. Right, Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. participates in the demolition of the Schilling Center to make way for the new Jerry Falwell Library.

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Left, a billboard advertises Liberty’s football program. Right, a recently designed billboard promotes Liberty Athletics, as well as a host of other popular recreational events open to the public.

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CONSTRUCTION

UPDATE There are more than 60 construction projects under way as Liberty University embarks on a major campus transformation. The larger projects include the Jerry Falwell Library, academic buildings, residence halls, and athletic facilities, priming the university for continued growth and increased excellence. Read more on the campus transformation plan in the Fall 2012 issue of the Liberty Journal, available online at www.Liberty.edu/Journal. You can also keep up with the progress online via live and time-lapse webcams located at many of the construction sites; visit www.Liberty.edu/LiveCams.

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THE JERRY FALWELL LIBRARY: This state-of-the-art

facility is Liberty’s largest investment in any one structure to date. The steel framework was recently completed and mechanical, plumbing, and electric work is under way. The project is expected to be completed by Fall 2013. Read more about this project in the Summer 2012 issue of the Liberty Journal at www.Liberty.edu/Journal. D AV I D D U N C A N

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The new basketball practice facility is being constructed underground behind the Vines Center (home to the Liberty Flames men’s and women’s basketball teams), and will serve as a first-class training area for the teams. Players are already utilizing the courts and the entire facility is nearing completion.

View regularly updated construction photos at www.Liberty.edu/LiveCams.


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NEW BASEBALL STADIUM: This complex facility

will be the next great staple in Liberty’s athletics corridor. It will have 2,500 seats and will feature suites and a modern media area, as well as a large lawn for seating and picnics. The stadium is scheduled to be in use by February, in time for the start of the Flames baseball season. Read more about this project in the Summer 2012 issue of the Liberty Journal at www.Liberty.edu/Journal.

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ARTHUR S. DEMOSS HALL

HANCOCK WELCOME CENTER: The innovative

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Hancock Welcome Center opened last fall and a ribboncutting ceremony was held in December along with a special Christmas event that was open to the community. The 32,000-square-foot building is equipped with the latest technology, including a theater and several touchscreen monitors giving visitors an extraordinary guest experience.

NEW HIGH-RISE RESIDENCE HALLS: The first of

six new high-rise residence halls is scheduled for construction this spring. The eight-story tower will provide luxurious living, with enough room for the entire Champion Circle population (and more). The project is scheduled to be finished by Fall 2014. More residence halls are being planned. Read more about this project on Page 24.

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“I want to see students from Liberty saturate the greater music community as skilled, professional, Holy Spirit-filled musicians. I want to see our musicians reclaim the arts for the kingdom of God.” J O E L CO L E M A N

-Dr. Vernon Whaley, Dean, School of Music

Trumpeting Liberty’s new

School of Music BY DREW MENARD

There is a sweet, sweet sound ringing from Liberty Mountain, reverberating through the campus of Liberty University, and echoing across Central Virginia to the world. The source is the new Liberty University School of Music, which officially launched on Sept. 1, 2012. Already more than 1,000 students strong, it is the nation’s seventh largest school of music. “This new School of Music is a demonstration of Liberty’s commitment to Training Champions for Christ in all professional endeavors — business, law, communication, and the arts,” said Dr. Ron Godwin, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Liberty is dedicated to being a teaching university, and the faculty and staff within the School of Music are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience to every student and equipping them for their career,

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whether in ministry or the secular work-force.” Before the school was announced, Godwin cast his own vision to see it rise to become the largest and most respected music school in the world. As Liberty’s campus undergoes a major transformation — including the state-ofthe-art Jerry Falwell Library, a high-rise residence hall, and a new baseball stadium — plans to construct a new academic building for the School of Music are now under way. The building will be located

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directly across the courtyard from the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center. Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., the Provost’s Office, and faculty


from the School of Music are collaborating on this project, which will include a spectacular fine arts auditorium to serve both university and community needs. The auditorium will have seating for up to 1,200 with the ability to reconfigure the layout to accommodate smaller audiences in a more intimate setting. The School of Music has two distinct centers. The Center for Music and the Performing Arts (formerly Music and Humanities) focuses on training highly skilled musicians to serve as performers and educators in a variety of commercial and academic markets, both secular and ministerial. The Center for Music and Worship equips highly skilled musicians to serve as worship practitioners and Christian music industry specialists within the evangelical community. “We are excited about what is happening here. The doors of opportunity are huge, and we are going to try to walk through every one,” said Dr. Vernon Whaley, dean of the School of Music. “I hope to lead this stunning team of faculty and student musicians to exciting levels of achievement and influence.” Whaley joined Liberty in 2005 as director of the Center for Worship and chair of the Department of Worship Studies, which grew under his leadership from 89 students to more

than 550 undergraduate students and almost 400 graduate students. He holds a Master of Church Music and Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary, an M.A. in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University, and Doctor of Philosophy from Oklahoma University. Whaley has more than 40 years of experience as a music educator, worship leader in large churches, and as a professional orchestrator, arranger, and Christian music publisher. Joining Whaley is a team of 32 full-time and 24 adjunct faculty members who represent a solid foundation of educational experience, including doctoral and post-graduate degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious university music programs. Dr. John Kinchen III serves as associate dean of the Center for Music and the Performing Arts, and Dr. Lavon Gray is the associate dean of the Center for Music and Worship. Under Whaley’s direction, the School of Music will adopt a three-step plan for success and growth. “First, we are committed to equipping students for ‘real-world’ jobs,” Whaley said. “All courses of study will be based on market need.” The School of Music continues to expand its already robust degree program offerings to meet the demand, he said. Recently, a Master of Arts in Music and Worship was launched,

and a new worship concentration in cinematic arts is planned. The second step is to continue to bring in professional practitioners as guest lecturers. These include full-time pop and Christian artists; opera, jazz, country, and bluegrass professionals; producers of film and audio recordings; and songwriters, arrangers, worship pastors, orchestrators, music educators, and composers. “This helps keep the educational experience fresh for the student and forces accountability on the School of Music,” Whaley said. Finally, the new school will expand its vision to go global. Music teams, concert and gospel choirs, guitar and wind ensembles, artists, jazz groups, and praise bands from the School of Music will continue to travel all around the world to minister and perform. In the past, Liberty has sent teams to Kazakhstan, Germany, France, Trinidad and Tobago, and India as skilled musicians and ambassadors of Jesus Christ. “God has given us an opportunity to take the arts to the nations and use music as a means of proclaiming the Gospel,” Whaley said. “I want to see students from Liberty saturate the greater music community as skilled, professional, Holy Spirit-filled musicians. I want to see our musicians reclaim the arts for the kingdom of God.”

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Caption: Students train in the new Canadair CRJ-200 jet simulator at Liberty University School

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SIMULATORS ADD NEW DIMENSION OF TRAINING TO AVIATION PROGRAM Liberty University School of Aeronautics has invested in several simulators, ranging from paper mock-ups of the aircraft control panels and desktop instrument trainers to full motion and state-of-the art simulators. The university recently made a milliondollar upgrade to the program with the purchase of three new flight simulators: a Cessna C-172 Skyhawk simulator, the program’s primary training aircraft; a Piper PA-28 Arrow simulator, which is used for advanced training; and a Canadair CRJ-200 simulator, used for jet training.

“The new state-of-the-art simulators raise the excellence of our program to rival that of any university flight training in the U.S.,” said Brig. Gen. USAF (Ret.) Dave Young, dean of the School of Aeronautics. He said the simulators allow instructors to replicate situations that cannot be performed in an actual airplane and give students a lower risk, cost-effective means for flight training. Other advantages include the ability to pause while in flight to assess situations, training for emergency operations, and training for all types of weather. The CRJ-200 simulator is also proving useful

in securing jobs for graduates. It is being used in conjunction with Liberty’s partnership with ExpressJet Airlines, the biggest regional airline in the world. The partnership, which began in August, guarantees a job with ExpressJet for every qualified graduate. Students will use the jet training simulator as part of their qualification process. See our Aeronautics program in depth at Liberty.edu/Aviation

FORENSICS TEAM EARNS TOP TOURNAMENT HONORS Liberty University’s Forensics team won several first-place honors at a two-day competition held at the University of Pennsylvania, Nov. 10-11. Overall, the team earned second place, competing with teams from George Mason University, West Chester University, Cedar Crest College, James Madison University, Binghamton University, Drexel University, and Haverford College. Individual overall honors went to team captain Josh Wade who took third place in cumulative points out of more than

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100 competitors on the second day of competition. Kenny Lau won second place in overall points. On the first day of competition, firstplace honors went to Josh Wade for after dinner speaking, the team of Wade and Laurin Elliott for duo interpretation, Kenny Lau for informative speaking and poetry interpretation, and Shadrach Hicks for dramatic interpretation. The next day, Wade and Elliott again placed first in duo interpretation, Yemisi Egbewole won first place in

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dramatic interpretation, and Lau took first in informative speaking and prose interpretation. Six members of Liberty’s team have now qualified for the national competition in April 2013.


of Aeronautics.

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ADVENTURE, DRAMA, MAGIC CONTINUE AT TOWER THEATER

As the Spring 2013 semester gets under way, more magic, drama, adventure, laughs, and sensational melodies are still to come as the Liberty University Department of Theatre Arts presents the second half of its mainstage season. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” comes to Tower Theater for the first time ever Feb. 15-23, replacing “The Man Who Came to Dinner” in the original lineup. Next up will be “All My Sons” beginning March 1. The powerful, post WWII drama will run for eight performances. Disney’s “Tarzan” swings to the stage April 12-May 12 as the much-anticipated follow-up to Alluvion Stage Company’s inaugural production, “Peter Pan.” Alluvion, the professional division of Liberty’s theater department, brings the epic, family-friendly musical to Central Virginia for the first time ever, including flying stunts never before performed at Tower Theater.

QUIZ BOWL POSTS WINS AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Liberty University’s Quiz Bowl team won its sixth Big South Conference championship in seven years and finished 9-2 in the sectional tournament last year. After a strong showing in fall competitions, including several victories over three different Atlantic Coast Conference programs, the team will defend its crown at the BSC tournament at Gardner-Webb University on Jan. 26. Liberty University’s novice Quiz Bowl team posted victories over two ACC schools — Virginia Tech (320-145) and the University of Virginia (365-205) — in its first tournament of the season Saturday, Sept. 29, at Virginia Tech. Liberty’s novice A-team finished the tournament in sixth position with a record of 4-5, including two wins over Virginia

Tech and their first-ever win over UVA. Two Liberty players, Doug Stephens and Jon Bateman, finished in the top 10 for individual scoring. The novice team continued its success against ACC schools at the University of Maryland Tournament Oct. 14, beating the host school 350-25. Liberty’s varsity team also beat Maryland 195-175 in that tournament. On Nov. 3 at the UVA Tournament, the Flames Quiz Bowl team defeated Virginia Tech once again, this time on the varsity level by a score of 230-90. Liberty also beat another in-state opponent, Virginia Commonwealth University, four times (varsity 170-165; JV 260-85, 195-75; novice 290-40) in the UVA tourney.

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MAGAZINE NAMES LIBERTY’S WORSHIP PROGRAM ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ In its October 2012 issue, Worship Leader Magazine awarded the Liberty University Center for Music and Worship its editor’s choice award for “Best of the Best in Higher Education.” This is the second year in a row Liberty’s worship program has received the honor. The magazine also named Liberty’s worship program the “Top College Program,” as selected by its readers. “Worship Leader” surveys worship leaders

and media teams around the world for the annual “Best of the Best” issue, which includes the top picks in music, software, books, and other worship resources. Since its 2005 reorganization, the Center for Music and Worship, now housed within the School of Music, has experienced unprecedented growth, with nearly 1,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

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Academic Academic News News NURSING DEPARTMENT EARNS HIGHEST-EVER EXAM PASS RATE

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May 2012 graduates of the Liberty University Department of Nursing earned a 97 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination to become Registered Nurses. This is Liberty’s highest passing rate to date. The department has been striving to see its scores improve every year, and recently implemented a semester-long NCLEX

review course that students take their final semester. Liberty had 94 test takers in the May graduating class. “This really shows that our curriculum is where it needs to be and our review course is working — students are getting what they need to become professional nurses once they leave,” said Dr. Deanna Britt, chair of the nursing department.

REPORT SHOWING ACADEMIC PROGRESS DISPLAYED AT ANNUAL SACS MEETING Liberty University recently received a glowing review from its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission. In December, its report was among the documents on display at the agency’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. Liberty University was notified in August 2012 that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges fully accepted its Fifth-Year Interim Report with “no additional reporting” requested, which is considered to be a notable accomplishment for any university. On the heels of that glowing review, SACS requested that Liberty’s complete report be included in the Resource Room at its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, Dec. 8-11, 2012, where other institutions could study best practices. Several hundred schools from the SACS region (Virginia to Kentucky to Texas) were represented at the meeting. Liberty sent representatives from its Office of Institutional Effectiveness, which compiled the data for the 201-page report.

FLIGHT TEAM WINS REGIONAL COMPETITION The Liberty University School of Aeronautics flight competition team won the National Intercollegiate Flight Association (NIFA) Region 10 Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) air meet for the eighth consecutive year. The competition, hosted by Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C., was held Oct. 10-13 on the ECSU campus and at Elizabeth City Regional Airport.

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Liberty flight instructor Nathan Edwards (’10) earned the Top Pilot award; Melanie Evans (’11), also a flight instructor, was named the Top Scoring Female Contestant. The team placed first overall, first in the overall flying category, first in the overall ground category, and first in five of the nine events. They will go on to compete at nationals, to be held at the Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, May 6-11.


ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

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Sandrea Williamson, a member of the ALD National Council, presents Brian Mauldin, Liberty’s 2011-12 ALD chapter president, a scholarship.

Liberty University’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society chapter earned the 2012 National Order of the Torch Award last fall, ranking it among a select group of elite institutions nationwide. Only five other universities received the

award last year, including Duke University, the University of Maryland, the University of Texas (Austin), Georgia State University, and the University of Texas (El Paso). There are more than 235 chapters nationwide. The award requires the club to submit a

comprehensive report to show it meets all 13 rigorous standards. Liberty’s chapter was recognized especially for its engagement in community outreach, including its work with the Lynchburg Jubilee Center for at-risk youths, gathering Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, coordinating a Teddy Bear Drive for the pediatric unit at the local hospital, donating care packages for Hope for the Homestead to aid area families at Christmastime, and supporting Liberty’s Students Behind Our Soldiers program. In addition to the Order of the Torch, Brian Mauldin, Liberty’s 2011-12 chapter president, received a $1,000 2012 National ALD Trow Scholarship Award and Dr. Marilyn Gadomski, a professor of psychology and a chapter faculty advisor, received one of five Executive Director’s Awards at the National ALD Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 19-21.

ACCREDITATION EFFORTS MOVE FORWARD Liberty University is dedicated to academic excellence. Its most rigorous programs have or are seeking accreditation from the top accreditation boards in their respective fields. The Liberty University School of Engineering and Computational Sciences recently received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology for its Electrical Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering programs. ABET is the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. The School of Engineering and Computational Sciences strives to maintain a standard of excellence and continues to seek accreditation for its programs as they become eligible. Liberty continues on the path toward accreditation through the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Commission on Colleges for its College of Osteopathic Medicine, anticipating its first class of osteopathic medical students in Fall 2014. The School of Business is pursuing accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs for its M.B.A. and M.S.A. degree programs, expecting to have full accreditation for those programs by mid-2014. ACBSP is a specialized accrediting organization that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs. Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) to award degrees at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral levels. Accreditation ensures that Liberty University has met strict standards with regard to degree programs, faculty, administration, student support and services. Accreditation also ensures

that courses taken and degrees earned through Liberty University will be accepted by other accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Liberty University was first accredited by SACS in 1980. In 2009, it received Level VI accreditation, the highest classification from SACS that is reserved for colleges and universities that offer four or more doctoral degrees. In addition to regional accreditation, many Liberty programs are accredited by specialized professional and accrediting agencies, including the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association. LIBERTY JOURNAL

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Academic Academic News News NEWT GINGRICH VISITS CAMPUS, AIDS IN GOVERNMENT COURSE DEVELOPMENT

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich presents a lecture at the Helms School of Government on Oct. 19.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich visited Liberty University Oct. 18-19 to present a lecture at the Helms School of Government and to sign copies of his books at the Liberty University Barnes & Noble Bookstore along with his wife, Callista, who was promoting her new children’s book, “Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride.”

Callista Gingrich held a special story time at the bookstore to present her book, which teaches children about America’s heritage. The couple said they were drawn to Liberty because of its strong stance on upholding America’s core values and Christian ethics. Newt Gingrich arrived at Liberty on Friday, Oct. 19, to present a special one-hour lecture

on what it means to be an American, focusing on the country’s rich heritage, distinguishing principles, and bountiful opportunities. The lecture was recorded and will be used in future course development. Newt Gingrich has already helped the university create a course called “American Exceptionalism,” which is available through Liberty University Online. Earlier in the fall semester, he delivered a simulcast lecture to resident and online government students. Utilizing WebEx technology, Gingrich spoke from an office in Atlanta, Ga., and answered questions afterward. This was his first experience as a visiting professor, though he has visited Liberty several times, including delivering the May 2007 Commencement address. Newt Gingrich said he enjoys visiting Liberty, calling it a “remarkable institution” with a “depth of commitment to America,” and citing its desire “to give young people an opportunity to encounter the core values and the religious beliefs which are at the very heart of the American experience.”

CAFE HELPS LIBERTY CONTINUE TO BUILD ITS ONLINE PORTFOLIO Since 2006, Liberty University Online, a pioneer in distance education, has worked to create more than 800 online courses in 100 programs, allowing students from around the world to participate in the same class via the Internet. Each class is uniquely designed to fit into eight-week periods, enabling several courses to be taken each semester. The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence, partnering with Liberty’s academic deans, has worked hard to keep up with this online classroom experience. Dr. David Nemitz, director of CAFE, said

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Liberty is one of the few universities that has a centralized system of online course development. “The success of our system is grounded in the collaborative spirit between the academic and operational departments of the university,” Nemitz said. In addition to creating 200 new courses each year, CAFE coordinates the ongoing strategic revision and enhancement of more than 300 existing online courses to ensure that the “curriculum is never static,” according to Nemitz. Several new programs are in the process

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of being developed and are currently under review by faculty, committees, and provosts. These include programs in Health Sciences, Business Administration, Web Development, Oracle Certification, Cinematic Arts, Autism and Giftedness, Nurse Administration, Tourism, History, and Women’s Ministry. Liberty has also launched a pilot program that will give online students the same high quality of academic advising as their resident counterparts. Now, 2,000 online students have been paired with a permanent advisor who will mentor them from the beginning to the end of their program.


LAW SCHOOL TEAMS SHOW UP STRONG IN COMPETITIONS

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The litigation team poses in the law school’s Supreme Courtroom. Members are, from left, Joel Hesch (head coach), James Johnson, Dr. Robert Vogel, Caitlin Pennell, Chelsea Surprenant, Madilyn Robinson, Micah Wright, and Timothy Todd (assistant coach).

Liberty University School of Law had a strong showing in competitions last fall, with the moot court team winning its second-straight national competition and the litigation and trial teams both earning slots at nationals. For the second year in a row, Liberty’s moot court team took home top honors at the 12th annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition held at Regent University, Oct. 26-27. The competition included 16 teams from 11 schools who competed in a simulated federal circuit court in front of prominent local and national judges and attorneys. They presented arguments on the constitutionality of forcing religiously affiliated private colleges to supply access to

Jackson, Miss., Nov. 17-18, qualifying for the national competition in Chicago, Jan. 25-26. This was the first year Liberty had entered a team in the competition, facing teams from Mississippi College of Law, Emory University, University of Memphis, Stetson University College of Law, and Chapman University School of Law. The win came as a surprise, as coach Pamela Bell, associate professor of law, entered the newly formed team in this competition as a way to prepare it for the upcoming National Trial Competition and American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

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Coaches Scott Thompson (left) and Tim Todd (right) stand with the moot court team of Michael Levens and Julia Amato at the Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.

birth control and abortion services, part of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). The case that was argued was similar to three cases that are currently being litigated on the subject. The Liberty team of Julia Amato and Michael Levens won first place and an award for fifth Best Brief. They defeated teams from Ave Maria University, St. Louis University, and William & Mary. They also posted two wins over Florida Coastal and the University of Richmond to finish with a perfect 7-0 record. Levens was also named the Best Oralist; Amato was the Fourth Best Oralist. The litigation team will compete in nationals for the fifth time in six years after finishing runner-up in the American Bar Association Regional Negotiations Tournament at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 10-11. Representing Liberty at nationals will be the team of Caitlin Pennell and Chelsea Surprenant. By qualifying for nationals, Liberty’s litigation team is now ranked in the top 24 teams in the nation. The national tournament will be held in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 8-9, 2013. The trial team took second place in the American Bar Association’s 2012-2013 Regional Arbitration Competition in

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FROM THE CLASSROOM

TO THE BIG SCREEN STUDIO PARTNERSHIP WILL GIVE LIBERTY’S FILMMAKERS WIDE EXPOSURE

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quipped with the latest, cuttingedge filmmaking technology and in partnership with EchoLight Studios, a world-class Christian film studio, Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center is prepared to become a major force in the filmmaking industry. The new partnership includes a five-year, multimillion-dollar agreement wherein EchoLight will finance, produce, and handle worldwide distribution for five full-length feature films in collaboration with Liberty Motion Pictures. “The Liberty Cinematic Arts program already is known for state-of-the-art equipment, hands-on filmmaking, experienced faculty, and a rare commitment to storytelling,” said Stephan Schultze, Cinematic Arts Center executive director. “Even among film schools, this is an amazing new level: a promise to the Liberty Cinematic Arts program that its best work has distribution on a worldwide stage.” Liberty announced plans to form a film

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school in May 2011 with the mission of training the next generation of filmmakers in a Christian environment. A dedication and film festival was held in Fall 2012 to celebrate the first full academic year. The program offers a two-year, fullimmersion cohort experience for students in their junior and senior years and has already exceeded enrollment goals. Bobby Downes, EchoLight president and co-founder, calls Liberty’s program unprecedented. “For the first time in history, we see the world’s largest Christian university equip students called to the cinematic arts with state-of-the-art tools and resources.” The bridge between his company and the university, Downes said, is “an investment in the future great artists we’ll see affect culture and society over the next decade. History is a showcase of storytellers’ tremendous impact on society.” Alex Kendrick, a pioneer of the Christian film industry and director of “Courageous,”

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“Facing the Giants,” and “Fireproof ” (the highest-grossing independent film of 2008), said the agreement propels an already promising program. “Christians want to create meaningful entertainment, and there’s no shortage of families hungry for those movies,” Kendrick said. “Liberty’s Cinematic Arts Center was made for a time such as this, to train and guide the next generation of storytellers using film. EchoLight Studios’ commitment to finance and provide leadership will help Liberty students fulfill the Great Commission.” So unique and attractive is the relationship with EchoLight, Schultze said, that he expects to see more industry professionals like Kendrick step in, wanting to give back as teachers, mentors, and advisers. As Liberty embarks on this venture, EchoLight is a perfect partner. Based in Dallas, Texas, it formed in 2011 and has been groundbreaking in its own right, paving the way to make more quality movies for families of faith. In 2012, EchoLight began releasing


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one movie per month, including Josh McDowell’s “Undaunted,” Mike Norris’ (son of Chuck Norris) “I Am Gabriel,” and Corbin Bernsen’s “25 Hill” and “3 Day Test.”

“For the first time in history, we see the world’s largest Christian university equip students called to the cinematic arts with state-of-the-art tools and resources.” - Bobby Downes,

EchoLight, president and co-founder In 2013, EchoLight has slated to release Paul Stehlik’s “Seasons Of Gray” and Clayton Miller and Chad Gundersen’s “Redemption,” starring “Fireproof ’s” Erin Bethea.

“The Potential Inside,” an award-winning film produced and directed by Scotty Curlee, assistant professor of cinematic arts at Liberty and a Liberty alumnus, will also be released by EchoLight in 2013. Christopher Morrow, EchoLight’s chief global strategist and co-founder, said the firm was formed “to do it all — to finance, produce, and distribute — to reach people in all the ways they watch movies wherever they are in the world.” Their mission aligns with Liberty’s vision: to Train Champions for Christ and give them a solid platform to take their message worldwide. With access to first-class online editing facilities, nine state-of-the-art RED digital cameras, and the only THX certified sound mixing stage on the East Coast, students of Liberty’s Cinematic Arts Center are fully outfitted to create top-quality films on campus. Young filmmakers are learning to break down and analyze films, to create and write

screenplays, and to master all technical aspects of filmmaking through the school’s “learn by doing” approach. “We’re seeing a one-of-a-kind incubator for the next generation of Christian filmmakers,” Schultze said. “What a time, what an open door to turn life-changing stories into life-changing films.” Every graduate of Liberty’s Cinematic Arts program will leave the school with a completed screenplay, a business plan to market and fund it, a short film they have written and directed, and real-world career experience, including a feature film credit and work with industry veterans. This fall the program will have 70 students and is expected to grow to 200 by 2015. “Liberty is inviting potential filmmakers to ‘change chairs,’” Schultze said. “This is a real opportunity for film fans to get out of their theater seats and into the director’s chair. The real winners will be millions of audience members longing for high-quality films that reflect their values.” LIBERTY JOURNAL

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Athletics News WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL LES SCHOFER

FOOTBALL Liberty won its fifth Big South Conference championship in the last six years. The Flames finished with a 6-5 overall record (5-1 BSC), the team’s seventh-straight winning season. A 33-14 win over VMI capped Flames Head Coach Turner Gill’s first season at Liberty and pushed the Big South title into a three-way tie. Coastal Carolina (7-4, 5-1 BSC) and Stony Brook (9-2, 5-1 BSC) shared the crown with Liberty. Coastal earned the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs based on a series of conference tiebreakers. This year’s senior class finished their careers at Liberty as the fourth winningest class in program history (29-15) with three Big South titles (2009, 2010, and 2012) and a 20-4 Big South record.

For the second year in a row, Liberty wide receiver Pat Kelly was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Football Division I first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This is the top collegiate academic honor that an NCAA studentathlete can earn. The senior has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in his pursuit of an exercise science degree. He is the second Liberty student-athlete to be named to multiple CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team listings and the 18th student-athlete in athletics department history to be named to the lineup.

The Lady Flames volleyball team won its conference-record seventh BSC title with a 3-1 finals victory over Coastal Carolina. Liberty entered the conference tournament as the top seed after posting a 22-7 (12-2 BSC) regular season record. The Lady Flames have won a program-record 21 conference home matches in a row. The season ended for the Lady Flames in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championship after a hard-fought loss to No. 8 Minnesota. Liberty fell in three straight sets, but pushed the final set to 34-32, the Lady Flames’ longest set since the 25-point rally-scoring format began in 2008.

CROSS COUNTRY Liberty swept the Big South team titles at the Big South Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in October. Redshirt senior Jennifer Klugh won her third consecutive Big South women’s individual crown. Klugh went on to place sixth in the women’s 6K race at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships, qualifying for

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nationals. She led the Lady Flames to finish 15th out of 37 teams. The men’s team finished seventh out of 34 squads, their best finish since 2008. At nationals, Klugh wrapped up her stellar collegiate career by finishing well within the top half of the 253 women’s finishers in the 6K race, her first NCAA national meet appearance. She marked a 93rd-place finish.


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ARCHERY The Liberty Flames archery team brought home national titles in two events at the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association 3-D Archery National Championships in Columbia, Mo., Oct. 19-21. More than 100 archers representing 19 schools took part in the three-day competition.

This was Liberty’s second time at nationals, after the Flames claimed titles in three events last year. Freshmen Ian Rigney and Robert Castello teamed with senior Alex Blake to win the Men’s Team Compound title, defeating Cumberland University in the final. Rigney, of Gretna, Va., claimed the title in the Individual Men’s Compound Division,

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The Lady Flames Division I hockey team capped a hard-fought fall season by earning the top spot in the American Collegiate Hockey Association rankings going into Christmas break, improving upon its previous third-place rank. Liberty (14-1-0) concluded the 2012 block of its season on a six-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 26-4. The Lady Flames are currently playing through the second half of their season, eyeing the ACHA national tournament March 6-10 in Washington, D.C. Follow the team at www.Liberty.edu/CampusRec/ClubSports.

Before falling in the Big South Conference Championship quarterfinals, the Flames men’s soccer team went unbeaten in nine-straight games. Liberty, defending BSC champions, earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament after posting a 6-1-3 conference record. Flames defender Greg White was named to the 2012 Big South men’s soccer all-conference first team. Forward Kyle Breitmeyer, defender Uriah Bentick, and midfielder Richard Nyarko received second team recognition.

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FIELD HOCKEY The Lady Flames won the NorPac Eastern Division title in its first season of competition in the conference. The crown capped a program record six-straight wins and a 14-5 (7-1 NorPac) regular season record. Liberty extended its recordbreaking win-streak to eight in the NorPac Tournament, where the No. 1 seeded Lady Flames beat Pacific 2-1 in an overtime thriller and then Davidson in the semifinals 3-1. Liberty lost 3-0 to Stanford in the title game. Liberty freshmen Natalie Barr and Sarah Gipe, along

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with head coach Jodi Murphy, were awarded NorPac season honors at the NorPac Field Hockey Banquet. Barr collected the East Division Offensive Player of the Year award, while Gipe earned the Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year honor. Murphy was tabbed Co-Coach of the Year with Stanford’s Tara Danielson. Barr was also named to the 2012 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-South Region second team.

making him the second-straight Liberty archer to do so. Blake, who finished third, won the title last year.

TRIATHLON Members of the Liberty Flames triathlon team competed on the world stage at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships Oct. 14-22 in Auckland, New Zealand. More than 2,500 of the world’s best amateur athletes represented more than 40 countries in their respective age groups at the competition, part of the International Triathlon Union Triathlon Series Grand Final. Parker Spencer, a senior from Lynchburg, Va., finished eighth in the 20-24 Sprint Race completing the course in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 1 second. Spencer finished only 3 minutes behind winner Michael Parsons from Great Britain, and was the top American finisher in the race. Joseph Anderson, the only American competing in the 20-24 Olympic Race, finished 42nd in 2:24:54. Anderson came into the event off of a banner fall collegiate season, winning all three of his races, including the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference championship in Columbia, Md., Oct. 7. Beth Frackleton, head coach of the Flames triathlon team, competed in the 50-54 Sprint Race, finishing 19th in 1:29:38. Frackleton was the third American finisher in the race. LIBERTY JOURNAL

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2013 SPORTS

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MEN’S BASKETBALL Jan. 16 at High Point*, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Presbyterian College*, 7 p.m. Jan. 22 Longwood*, 7 p.m. Jan. 26 Charleston Southern*, 8 p.m. Jan. 29 Campbell*, 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Winthrop*, 7 p.m. Feb. 5 Radford*, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Gardner-Webb*, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Campbell*, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 High Point*, 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Longwood*, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 ESPN BracketBusters, TBA Feb. 26 VMI*, 7 p.m. March 2 at Radford*, 4:30 p.m. March 5-10 Big South Championship Tournament March 19-20 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament (first round) *Big South Conference game 46

Jan. 17 High Point*, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 Campbell*, 2 p.m. Jan. 26 Longwood*, 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at Campbell*, 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at High Point*, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Longwood*, 2 p.m. Feb. 14 Winthrop*, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 Radford*, 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at UNC Asheville*, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Gardner-Webb*, 3 p.m. Feb. 28 Coastal Carolina*, 7 p.m. March 2 Charleston Southern*, 2 p.m. March 6-10 Big South Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament March 23-24 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament (first round) *Big South Conference game

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MEN’S ACHA DIVISION I HOCKEY Jan. 18 at West Virginia, 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at West Virginia, 4 p.m. Jan. 20 Virginia Tech, 4 p.m. Jan. 25 Arizona, 7 p.m. Jan. 26 Arizona, 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Delaware, 9 p.m. Feb. 2 at Delaware, 5 p.m. Feb. 8 Oakland University, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 Oakland University, 7 p.m. Feb. 15 West Virginia, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 West Virginia, 7 p.m. March 1-6 ACHA National Championship Tournament (Chicago)


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WRESTLING Jan. 18 at National Duals (Dalton, Ga.), 9 a.m. Jan. 26 at Messiah Open (Grantham, Pa.), 9 a.m. Jan. 29 at Dual Meet (Parkersburg, W. Va.), 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at Dual Meet (Laurinburg, N.C.), 9 a.m. Feb. 9 at Edinboro Open (Edinboro, Pa.), 9 a.m. Feb. 16 Quad Meet (home), 9 a.m. March 2 Mid-Atlantic Conference Tournament (home), 9 a.m. March 14 at NCWA National Championships (Allen, Texas), 9 a.m.

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WOMEN’S ACHA DIVISION I HOCKEY Jan. 18 at Robert Morris, TBA Jan. 19 at Robert Morris, TBA Jan. 26 Reston Raiders, noon Jan. 27 Reston Raiders, 2:15 p.m. Feb. 1 Colorado State, 6 p.m. Feb. 2 Colorado State, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 8 Raleigh, 3 p.m. Feb. 9 Raleigh, 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Chatham, 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Chatham, 1 p.m. March 6-10 ACHA National Championship Tournament (Washington, D.C.)

Feb. 16 Citadel, noon Feb. 17 Charleston, 1 p.m. Feb. 24 at George Washington, 1 p.m. March 2 at Savannah, noon March 6 Tennessee Wesleyan, midnight March 13 at Aquinas, 4 p.m. March 14 at Grand Valley State, 3 p.m. March 15 at Indiana Tech, 7 p.m. March 16 at Taylor, 1 p.m. March 23 Davidson, 7 p.m. March 30 at Appalachian State, 3 p.m. April 5 at Richmond, 7 p.m. April 7 UNC Charlotte, 3 p.m. April 12 Elon, 7 p.m.

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STUDENTS CONTINUE WORK TO RESTORE RWANDA A team of 17 Liberty University students and four faculty members, in coordination with the Center for Counseling and Family Studies, returned from Kigali, Rwanda, on Nov. 18. This was the fourth Libertysponsored trip to minister to victims of the 1994 genocide that claimed 800,000 lives. During the most recent trip, students distributed more than 1,000 pounds of clothes and shoes to widows and orphans. They also delivered 40 laptops, donated by the university to the Star School (kindergarten through high school) for its first-ever computer lab. Liberty hopes to eventually offer online college courses at the school. For the first time, Liberty took a member of the nursing faculty, Kathryn Miller, to assess the medical needs in the village. In one case, a young girl had a fungal infection that, left untreated, could have resulted in permanent damage and future health concerns. Miller recognized the problem and immediately made a trip to a pharmacy. Within four days the infection was clearing up. Liberty plans to involve more nursing students on future trips.

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Dr. Kevin Corsini, administrative dean for graduate programs, had been to Kigali twice before this trip. He said he showed a photograph he had taken last year to a young boy who was in the photo. “Then I noticed the boy was wearing the very same shirt that day as he did in the photo the year before — because it was the only one he had,” he said. The new clothes he was given brought a smile to the boy’s face. Area high school and elementary schools partnered with Liberty to collect the clothes and shoes. The team brought back 500 bags made by Rwandans in a vocational school. The students from the school were either prostitutes or orphans that were taken off the streets and placed there to learn a trade and receive an income. The Liberty University Bookstore purchased the bags and is selling them, sending proceeds back to the vocational school. Liberty will send a missions team from Light Ministries to Rwanda in March and

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will host an academic study tour through LU Abroad in November. Liberty’s involvement in Rwanda began in March 2011 when students from the counseling and psychology departments trained teachers and pastors to serve as lay counselors. Later that year, Liberty students returned, counseling both victims and perpetrators of the genocide. Mrs. Becki Falwell was moved by what the students were doing in Rwanda and became personally involved in helping launch the Restore Rwanda fundraising campaign. Liberty students contributed most of the $24,000 raised to build a preschool last summer, enabling many children in the area to attend school for the first time.


These touching stories show the direct impact Liberty University students, faculty, staff, and alumni are having on campus and beyond. Full versions of these stories are available at www.Liberty.edu/Journal.

EXODUS LEADS TWO-DAY PRISON OUTREACH scheduling manager. “There was a fullness of joy like I have only rarely experienced.” Ullie Klemm, lead chaplain for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, has noted that Rockview is unique in the way that vibrant Christian ministry has taken root in the institution. Under the leadership of Tom Reitz, Rockview chaplain, dozens of inmates participate in Sunday School, discipleship, choir and praise teams, and service through leadership and teaching.

Reitz invited Exodus to close out Rockview’s annual Missions Week, which included several outside speakers. Exodus travels throughout the U.S. and Canada, ministering and leading worship in churches, high schools, and youth camps to spread Christ’s message. Liberty’s Department of Ministry Teams has nine groups who travel across the country sharing their faith and talents with diverse audiences.

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Exodus, a Liberty University ministry team, spent the weekend of Sept. 29-30 ministering to prisoners at Rockview State Correctional Institution in Bellefonte, Pa. On Saturday night and Sunday morning the eight-member band led prisoners in singing several modern worship songs, including “Like a Lion” and “How Great is our God.” The group also led devotions centered on God’s grace and forgiveness. This visit was especially meaningful to the inmates because many watch Liberty Convocation services every Sunday at 6 a.m. on JCTV. “Watching these inmates sing … with big smiles on their faces … reminded me what an incredible gift God has given us in music, and how, even when everything else is stripped away, a song can bring such joy and sweet fellowship,” said Craig Osterhus, Exodus’

LIBERTY CELEBRATES MILITARY EMPHASIS WEEK D AV I D D U N C A N

George Rogers, a former WWII prisoner of war and longtime Liberty employee. The sacrifice and dedication of our nation’s military remains a main focus at Liberty. Many students in Liberty’s residential and online programs are actively serving in the armed forces, representing all five branches of the U.S. military; some are even pursuing their education while serving overseas. The Office of Military Affairs provides resources to help military students and veterans with academic, financial, and spiritual support.

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As a tribute to veterans and those actively serving in the U.S. military, Liberty University hosted its annual Military Emphasis Week Nov. 5-10. Several events took place throughout the week, including a veteran’s appreciation luncheon, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness seminar, a candlelight tribute in remembrance of fallen heroes, a military appreciation race, a collection of care package donations by Students Behind Our Soldiers, and a special halftime tribute to our nation’s heroes during the Flames Football game. The Rev. Tim Lee, a retired Marine and and member of Liberty’s Board of Trustees, was the keynote speaker in a special patriotic Convocation service for more than 10,000 students held in the Vines Center. Lee was also awarded Liberty’s George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award for his service. He is the third recipient of the award, which was originally given to its namesake

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HUSBAND, FATHER, HERO Liberty University alumna Teresa Taylor (’11) spoke at a ceremony on Sept. 28, 2012, honoring her husband, alumnus Lt. Commander Dale T. Taylor (’10), and three fellow members of Coast Guard 6535 who were killed seven months earlier in a tragic helicopter crash during a night training mission over Mobile Bay, Ala. The ceremony

was held at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and included the unveiling of the crew’s names on the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Memorial. Just months before the crash, Teresa Taylor completed her Master of Arts in Theological Studies with Liberty University Online, the same degree her husband earned one year earlier. Taylor spoke of the couple’s foundation in Christ, sharing a testimony and using Scripture to encourage family members who had also lost loved ones in the crash. “By the end of his short life, Dale had come to know the secret of joy and contentment that most all seek but very few find,” she said. “Dale operated out of the personal knowledge that no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down — and that foundation is Jesus Christ.” Taylor is now sharing her story at every opportunity. Recently, she told the Liberty

ONLINE STUDENT KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

Liberty University was notified by the U.S. Army that Sgt. Robert J. Billings, 30, of Clarksville, Va., died Oct. 13, 2012, from wounds suffered during an explosion when enemy forces launched an attack on his unit in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. Billings was a student with Liberty University Online, where he was pursuing a B.S. in Criminal Justice. He began his studies

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with Liberty in 2010. “We were saddened to hear of this tragedy. Sgt. Billings is one of our own,” said Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. “We are praying for his family and will be forever grateful for his courage, dedication, and sacrifice for our great country.” According to news reports, Billings was only one month away from returning home. He had served in Iraq in 2010 and was deployed a second time to Afghanistan in December 2011. He is survived by his wife, Christy, of eight years and their four children: Isaiah (10), Kayle (8), Elijah (5), and Naomi (3). Liberty recognized Sgt. Billings, along with other fallen military students, at a Candlelight Tribute Service for Fallen Heroes during its annual Military Emphasis Week in November.

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Journal that studying with Liberty Online was an experience she was glad to have shared with her husband. “We both encouraged each other to seek out God’s best for our lives through the opportunities at Liberty and found our studies to be both challenging and edifying. We were proud to be LU alumni.” She said Dale earned his degree “in hopes that it would be a means to prepare him for the work God had planned for him.” “He was a top-notch pilot who loved flying almost as much as he loved serving the Lord,” she continued. “He often spoke of his desire to perhaps one day join in all that God is doing at Liberty.” She said he dreamed of being involved with the Liberty University School of Aeronautics someday. “America and the Liberty University family lost a husband, father, and hero.” The Taylors have two sons, ages 5 and 8.

ALUMNUS NAMED TO TOP POST IN FBI DIVISION

Liberty University alumnus Jeffrey Mazanec (’85) was recently named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s >>


>> Richmond Division. As the chief executive officer of an FBI field office, he oversees a staff of 200 who protect America from the threat of fraud, terrorism, espionage, and other national crimes. Mazanec has had an extensive career with the FBI, working as a field officer and in several leadership positions, including a detail with the CIA for the Counterterrorism Center after the 9/11 attacks. During his time at Liberty, he pursued a broad degree in liberal arts and history, which he said provided a foundation on which to build a career in law and government. He was involved in many extracurricular activities at Liberty, including leadership in the Student Government Association, the debate team,

and the pre-law society. After his sophomore year, Mazanec participated in an internship in Washington, D.C., which he said inspired him to public service. After he graduated from Liberty, he earned his Juris Doctor from the College of William & Mary. Mazanec said having a Christian education “helped forge a worldview that prioritized what (I) really value and hold sacred,” and developed in him a “sincere appreciation for civilized society and the rule of law.” Mazanec encouraged Liberty students: “Pursue learning with passion and enthusiasm, learn to discover the interests, talents, and gifts you have. Learn hard work with integrity.”

OUTSTANDING PARENTS HONORED DURING FAMILY WEEKEND

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The Outstanding Parent of the Year Award was presented to Paul and Lori Thomas at a special banquet during Liberty University’s 11th annual Fall Family Weekend, Oct. 19-21. Nearly 3,000 family members visited campus and experienced their children’s “home away from home.” The Thomases’ daughter, senior Lynn Thomas, submitted the winning essay, chosen from more than 100 entries in the fourth annual contest. Lynn Thomas was born in Korea. At 2 years old, her birth mother abandoned her. She said she was “abused, overworked, starved, and rejected,” and every day was a struggle to survive. When she was 6, Paul and Lori Thomas of Leesburg, Va., adopted her and

lovingly welcomed her into their home. “In my last three years at Liberty, I have grown to appreciate my story and the life my parents have provided for me,” Lynn Thomas wrote in her winning essay. “They have loved me as their own and have nurtured, educated, and loved me in ways that I never even dreamed of as a little orphan girl. They introduced me to a loving God and have encouraged me to seek His plan for my life.” A Health Promotions major, she wrote that her parents rescued her from an orphanage “filled with abuse and welcomed me with open arms.” “I shudder at the thought of my life without them,” she continued. “I believe that my parents deserve the Outstanding Parent Award because they brought a girl out of desperation and breathed light into her future.” As contest winners, the Thomases received two free nights at Liberty’s Wingate hotel, tickets to Liberty’s football game, items from the Campus Bookstore, and a restaurant gift certificate. Lynn Thomas received 200 meal points and a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore.

CENTER FOR MINISTRY TRAINING REACHES OUT IN SERVICE The fire of evangelism and ministry continues to burn brightly through the lives of Liberty University students. For over two decades, the Center for Ministry Training has been committed to the task of living out and protecting Liberty’s unique vision and theme of Training Champions for Christ. During the Fall 2012 semester, the center coordinated more than 80 evangelistic block parties, community service campaigns, and personal evangelism events, utilizing more than 1,500 students. Over 300 salvation decisions were recorded. The center also sponsored 18 outreach trips where students were exposed to anti-sex trafficking training, church planting, and servant evangelism, in addition to a number of local community outreaches. They partnered with Brentwood Church in Lynchburg, Va., to participate in Urban Impact in Pittsburgh, Pa., using sports to minister to urban/underprivileged children. Four other evangelism teams were sent out over Fall Break and assisted in church ministry, outreach, and church planting. The center also launched the Genesis Project to mobilize freshman and sophomore students to do more hands-on service projects through local churches. Through the center, students donated more than 3,000 units of food and more than $800 to Lighthouse Ministries in downtown Lynchburg. The Center for Ministry Training is the practical arm of Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. It serves as a hub for recruiting, training, and sending pastors, church planters, and missionaries out to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

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Champions for Christ STUDY SHOWS LIBERTY IS MAKING SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE REGION’S ECONOMY

A recent study commissioned by Liberty University shows that the school’s rapid growth in enrollment and its major upgrades to facilities and services is having a positive ripple effect on the regional economy. The contribution is wide-reaching, from creating jobs and generating local tax revenue to nurturing community involvement by opening its doors to the public for several events and through many community service opportunities.

Liberty students, faculty, and staff volunteer hundreds of thousands of hours at charitable organizations each year. In fiscal year 2011-2012, students provided 648,579 hours of volunteer service to groups such as the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local churches, humane societies, and the Salvation Army. At the current minimum wage, the value of volunteer labor provided by the Liberty family would be worth an estimated $5.5 million. Liberty pumped $342 million into Lynchburg and its surrounding counties in 2011-2012. Since 2009, the university’s annual local financial impact has increased by a staggering 66 percent. Just two years ago, a study by the same company, Mangum Economic Consulting LLC of Richmond, put Liberty’s annual local expenditures for 2009 at $217 million, about $125 million less than the university spent in fiscal year 2011-2012. Thirty-nine percent of the 2011-2012 expenditures came in the form of wages and salaries for workers employed directly by the university. The study credited Liberty with

creating nearly 7,000 full-time jobs in the region, carrying salaries close to a quarterof-a-billion dollars. It placed Liberty’s overall economic impact in the region at about halfa-billion dollars. The effects of Liberty’s surging financial clout are also being felt statewide. The study credits Liberty with creating more than 8,000 jobs throughout the Commonwealth to support the growth of a skyrocketing student body. “This study reveals one of the key reasons why the Lynchburg region is prospering while growth is stagnant in other cities across the nation,” said Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. “Liberty is proud to be the driving force behind so many new jobs and economic growth. As Christians, we are admonished to feed the hungry and help those in need. What better way to do that than to create jobs, growth, and prosperity?”

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ONLINE EVANGELISM EFFORT REACHES 1.3 MILLION WORLDWIDE C A L I LO W D E R M I L K

Liberty University’s Center for Global Engagement reached more than 1.3 million people with the Gospel in a three-day Internet evangelism campaign in September. The online effort directed people from all over the world, through a keyword search,

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to websites with a Gospel presentation, prayer, and ways to get connected with an online missionary. A friend of Liberty, who asked to remain anonymous, donated the money to partner with Global Media Outreach for the project. On an interactive website, Liberty students were able to watch who was being reached, how many decisions were made for Christ, and where they came from – all in real-time. Johnnie Moore, vice president for executive projects, announced that out of the 1,310,650 people who viewed Gospel presentations online, 178,757 indicated

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decisions. People from countries all over the world made decisions, including India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia. “This is the 21st century; you can sit at your computer screen and influence people all over the world. We can’t easily get into (some countries), but the Internet has connected the entire world,” Moore said. This initiative was part of Liberty’s biannual Global Focus Week, when students have the chance to meet representatives from mission agencies and attend special missionsfocused Convocations and seminars.


CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY TO LIBERTY AS STAFF, ATHLETES HELP FULFILL CHILD’S WISH

NEW PROGRAM OFFERS MORE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES A new program is allowing Liberty University students, faculty, and staff to meet the immediate needs of their neighbors. The Community Care Initiative was launched at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester, and already more than 35 projects have been completed throughout the Lynchburg area. These include housekeeping and yard work for the elderly and disabled, painting at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, a building blitz with Habitat for Humanity, a mosaic wall for the children’s museum, cleaning up local parks, and visiting nursing homes. More than 1,200 “hours of care” have been recorded since September. The initiative’s motto is based on James 2:18: “Demonstrating Our Faith by Doing Our Neighbor Good.”

“Our focus is to find tangible and lasting ways to demonstrate the love of Christ by serving people through short-term projects,” said Will Honeycutt, CCI faculty coordinator. “It has always been part of Liberty’s mission to be salt and light in our world, and with such a large base of service-minded people, Liberty is positioned to meet the needs of our community.” CCI was designed as an extra opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to respond to various needs as they arise, simply because they desire to do more to demonstrate their love to their local neighbors. The program is an optional supplement to the 20 hours per semester that is required of all Liberty students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years through the Christian/ Community Service Office.

Projects under the new Community Care Initiative have included a carnival at a local elementary school (top), an arts mosaic project in downtown Lynchburg (left), and visits to local nursing homes (right).

Christmas 2012 came early on the campus of Liberty University. In late October, a Christmas tree was lit on Liberty Mountain above the monogram, fulfilling the wish of 5-year-old Nathan Norman, a boy who is fighting brain and spinal cord cancer. Nathan’s parents, both Liberty alumni, Dawn (’08) and Robert (’07), asked him after he came home from the hospital in September what would help make the treatments a little easier. His request was simple — he wanted to celebrate Christmas. Immediately, the Norman family decked the halls of their home, setting up the Christmas tree, hanging lights, and even spreading the cheer to their neighbors, who decorated too. Their story has been featured on the local news and on ABC World News. Nathan has received Christmas cards from all 50 states and more than 15 countries. Nathan was given the special honor of starting Christmas at Liberty by flipping a special switch and lighting up the tree that was visible to much of the Lynchburg area. After the tree lighting, Dale Layer, Flames basketball head coach, prayed and athletes and coaches presented Nathan gifts from Liberty athletics teams and Liberty’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore. In December, Liberty accommodated a processional of more than 100 police vehicles that traveled from several northern states to personally hand Nathan Christmas cards and gifts.


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ll over the world, the Liberty University family is growing. With enrollment nearing 100,000 and a rapidly increasing online student population, plus their family, friends, and supporters, more and more people are taking an interest in the world’s largest Christian university. Several nationally and internationally known speakers visit campus every semester, attracting even more followers, fans, and prospective Liberty family members. Flames Athletics is continuing to draw new fans, as teams win conference championships, (football, volleyball, and cross country in 2012) and garner national attention (football was featured in The New York Times in November). Wherever Liberty family members are, they have many ways to stay digitally connected. The university’s official mobile app, Liberty Today, is keeping everyone informed at the swipe of a finger. Users view updated news

from Liberty’s news service and the Liberty Champion student newspaper, sports updates, a calendar of events, live feeds from the Liberty Channel (TV), and radio stations Victory FM and 90.9 The Light. There’s also a direct link to Liberty’s Facebook page, and photos and videos documenting special campus events. From resident students to those who have never stepped foot in Lynchburg, Va., more than 16,000 users have engaged the Liberty community through the app since it launched in May. Content is uploaded daily, including breaking and athletic news, photos, media, and event information. Users can stream live from the Liberty Channel and 90.9 The Light as well as flip through the Liberty Journal. Liberty Today is free to download and available on all carriers and devices by Windows, Blackberry, Apple, and Android, as well as Kindle and other leading tablet brands.

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Liberty continues to look for ways to update the app for faster loading, increased support, and improved feedback. Liberty also utilizes a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus, and Foursquare, providing everyone with a way to interact in a digital community. With over 90,000 likes on Facebook and more than 20,000 Twitter followers and growing, more digital interactions are taking place every day. Online students are able to get a taste of campus life through the Online Communities website. This interactive site provides spiritual encouragement similar to that found on campus, through live Convocation and Campus Church services, a live-chat feature, and a place for prayer requests. They can also get connected with a counselor at Liberty and search for churches in their area.


The President’s Circle 2012 The President’s Circle recognizes donors whose giving to Liberty University qualifies for one of the following categories. The donors below have given to the university from Jan. 1-Nov. 30, 2012. Those who gave to Liberty in December will be included in the next issue of the Liberty Journal.

$1 million and above Robert Bruce Cannady* Mike Dodak*

$500,000 - $999,999 T. Sherwin Cook Mr. & Mrs. Glen Nelson Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy N. Thomas, Jr.

$100,000 - $499,999 Individual Donors

Norman K. A. Hoffer Carroll & Nancy Hudson William Lipscomb Johnnie W. McDowell Gene & Joyce Myers Earl Lloyd Redding Marlene Senner Anne Sloane* Rev. Wm. D. Stevens Charles R. Stone Margaret B. Virkkunen*

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

Organizations

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

Individual Donors

Organizations

$50,000 - $99,999 Individual Donors

George B. Arthun Voncile T. Cates* Wanda S. Frantz Elliott* Frances B. Hiller Chris C. Langley William T. & Pax Lattimore Dr. Lane & Mrs. Judy Lee Richard & Karin Osborne Gilbert & Mary Tinney Pauline Van Meter Dora I. Whaley*

Organizations

Dan & Janice McKinnon Family Trust

$25,000 - $49,999 Individual Donors

John & Margaret Ashman* Melvin W. Buster* John & Irene Kosha Barbara W. Lastella Philip Garvin Pou, Jr.* Gordon Easton Smith Mary M. Taylor* James L. Weaver* Archie W. Wilson

Organizations

M.G.W. Communications, Inc. National Christian Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999 Individual Donors

Edward E. Barnhart Worth Harris Carter Barry & Pam Clarkson Jerry & Becki Falwell Leona C. Fuqua Gayle Gill Turner Gill Janet M. Gilliland Marvin & Shirley Goehring Owen Heinrich Mr. & Mrs. Arlie R. Hemphill Leslie & Barbara Hildreth

The Clemens Family Corporation H.J.H. Foundation Liberty University 2012 Senior Class The John Calvin Bible Foundation The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.

$5,000 - $9,999 Peter & Angela Agnoletto Neal & Anita Askew Jimmy Jack & LaJean Beale Jennings & Betty Birtch Frederick D. Bornman* Muriel B. Burgin* David Dallenbach William J. Davis John K. Day Bernice G. Dudley Connie Elsaesser Greg & Katherine Fontaine Mr. & Mrs. Douglass Garland Keith & Joan Gilroy Carey & Denise Green Michael & Carol Herndon Mr. & Mrs. John D. Hyland James Larry Ingram Jon H. Lienemann Sheyla Lors Mary P. Slimer Maier Robert Maier Mildred S. Martin Karl & Lynnette Miller Geraldine Moose Rosanna E. Payne* Helene S. Pilz Boyd & Norma Jean Rist Alvin E. Schneider Daniel C. Schuster George & Rosie Shank Roy Unsin* Soni Lea Van Dam Mazy VanKleek 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. Yorktown Baptist Church

$2,500 - $4,999 Individual Donors

Alvick Acevedo Dr. & Mrs. Gregg R. Albers Georgiana L. Arakaki Dr. & Mrs. William R. Armstrong Calvin Balsam David & Pamela Bell Stephen W. Bennett William Bevens Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Billings Cheryl Billingsley Elizabeth Bourne Andrew Walter Bowling Kimberly Bozeman Caitlin Bradt Sarah Caldwell Kellie L. Carty Eric Catron Brandi J. Chamberlin Kris Chilcott Nancy Cochran Jonathan Cockrell Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth M. Cox, Sr. William & Carol Cox Jerry & Julie Craycraft Karcie Crum Dan Crumley Courtrina Dawson Mary M. Deacon Sandra DiGiacomo Coraleta Dill Pamela Domanski Virginia Ecker Angela L. Edgerton Walter Ellingson William K. Emmanuel Jeffrey Fox DeAnna J. Garrett Jenna Gilbert Angelica Gomez Nancy J. Good Elissa Gray Renee Greene Cory Hallett Allen Hamblen Lois Hansberry Jude Harrington Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Harris Gregory & Sharon Hatcher Karen Henderson Laura Hernandez Rachel Hicks Mr. & Mrs. Tom Hill Kenneth W. Hirsh Viola F. Hoak* Patricia Holden Tiffany Irons Ogbonna Iwuamadi Dwight Jenkins Christine Johnson Ronald & Jennifer Kennedy Katy Kiger Charles & Jane Knox Samuel Landa Paige Lemmon

Mary Frances Y. Lemon Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan M. Lenzen Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Lingenfelter Tammie Lingerfelt Jami MacDonald Todd M. MacDowall Linda Gaye Martin Craig Matherlee Mr. & Mrs. Darren L. Miller Mark Gene Minar O.J. & Susan Misjuns Kellie Moledor Jacqueline Montague J. Arthur Moore* Latasha Morgan Rhonda Mustafaa Thomas & Ruth Neuberger Anna Nusbaum Robert O’Brian Mary S. Orr Oneal & Brenda Ozen Jonathan Painter Ronald Palazzo Mr. & Mrs. Bill Parker D. Michael Parker, DDS John Paul Kimberly Pearson Charles Pederson Galen & Lorraine Peel Nancy Oglesby Peters Seth Peterson William T. Pierce* Nakeisha Piggee-Jones Shontorial Posley Gloria A. Quayle Manushka Raymonvil Mr. & Mrs. Jack S. Reid Brandon Rhodes Heather S. Richards Hugo Fred Roberts Amanda Robinson Carlos Sanchez Mr. & Mrs. James E Sanders Greg Sarchet Mr. & Mrs. Guy L. Shashaty Lena Shealaynosun Courtney Silberman Susan Skatell Archie & Carlita Smith David M. Smith Donna Smith George Smith Tony Spangler Charles Starbuck* Jesse & Heather Stephens Mary Stevenson Mr. & Mrs. Scott A. Stevenson Alan C. & Lois R. Stoneman* Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Straub Marian D. Sullivan Douglas Taylor Richard L. Thompson Ronald Thompson David & Carolyn Towles Dr. & Mrs. Elmer Towns Idra Trout LIBERTY JOURNAL

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The The President’s President’s Circle Circle 2012 2012

The President’s Circle

Lisa Tucker Kanishia Wallace Tim & Mary Warden Sara Watson Marie Anne Webster Charlie Whetzel William Floyd White Benjamin Whittington Mr. & Mrs. Donald Widener Katrina Wiley Lloyd A. Williams Megan Williams Mr. & Mrs. Scott Wolf Diane Wright Annie Wynen Sandra Young Dina Zamor

Tom & Sherye Arnold Doward Austin Phillip & Lois Ayers Dr. & Mrs. David R. Babbitt James Ballou Adekemi Bankole Drew Battleson Robert & Mildred Baynard* Clarence Beavers Colleen Beavers Luther Beck Patricia Bennett James D. Berens Zachary Bersani Paul Blake Mr. & Mrs. James Blume Dianna S. Bolton Organizations Dr. William Bowden & Anna Alajajian Revocable Trust Mrs. Deborah Yow-Bowden Antioch Bible Church Darin & Pamela Bowers Bee Line Transport, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Sidney E. Bream Bellevue Baptist Church John S. Brill C.M.H. Investments L.L.C. David Brown Calvary Baptist Church-Staunton Lawrence & Carol Bryant Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Fred F. Bryant Community Baptist Church of Richmond, Inc. Jay Bryant David Ealy Technologies, L.L.C. Ronald J. Bryant E.C.P., L.L.C. Terri Bryant Exeter Bible Church Roger Buracker Fhox Systems, L.L.C. John Burger Fifth Street Baptist Church Herman & Shirley Ann Burgess First Baptist Church Bremen Timothy Burhoe First Baptist Church of Rockville Jean B. Burns Foundation for Hope, Inc. David M. Burton Glass & Associates Wanda L. Burton Grove Hill Baptist Church David Butler Harris Office Furniture Company, Inc. Dorothy Byrne Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship Sara Cabell Hope Baptist Church of Herrick Township Charles R. Cadle Illinois Tool Works Foundation Nancy Cadman Life Community Church Julie Caldwell Lynchburg Tire Corporation Hank Campbell The Master’s Inn Ministries, Inc. Ralph E. & Shelvia Joan Campbell New Life Church-Gahanna Barbara Miranda Campos Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia Deborah Caple The People’s Community Baptist Church Christopher Carasella Progress Printing Elizabeth Carasella Timberland Mulch and Tree Farm, Inc. Berton E. Card Venture Church Sidney Cash Verizon Robert Caun The Village Church E. Louise Chalker W.E.L., Inc. Nancy Chandler William McComas Byron Family Foundation Shawna Chaplin Working Faith Ministries of So Florida Deborah Chesto Col. and Mrs. Robert E. Clay $1,000 - $2,499 Christine Clonch Individual Donors Richard L. Sr. & Joan M. Cobb Carol Abbott Wayne & Linda Cocke Eugene G. Adams Bill & Susan Cofer Mark & Lisa Adams Bruce A. Cogle, Jr. Lorena M. Allen Amy Conrad Monty Allen Kurt D. Cornfield Bryan & Miriam Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. Corrigan Robert Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A. Corwin Penny Andrews Troy Cosner Josephine Antonio Melanie Couch

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Gracie Coursey Michael Covenant Coralie Cox Sarah Cox Jacob Crawford Michael Crisante John F. Cross James Crouse Elizabeth Cruz Carol Crymble Kevin B. Cummings Cheryl Daniel John Darnall Dorothy B. Davis Mr. & Mrs. James F. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Day Daniel Deal Dale DeBruler Daniel Deig Ryan Delgatti Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Delisle Martha DelRosario Mr. & Mrs. Avon L. DeShong Douglas & Betty Diedrichsen Esther Donatelli Ruth Dunfee-Lash Gary & Barbara Eastman Bill & Debbie Elder Thanna T. Elliott Danielle Evans Shirley W. Evans Timothy Everett Randal & Jodi Everist C. D. Faggard Linda L. Farver Steve Faucette Lois E. Fergerson Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. Ferry Dennis Fields Jill Finnesand Terry Floyd Brian Folsom Mr. & Mrs. Oswald K. Forsee Kathryn Frankfurt Dawn Fraser Freda Frazier Cindy Gaebe Max Gasser June Gates Dr. John D. George John Gibbons Mr. & Mrs. Larry A. Gilbert Richard A. Gillis 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 David S. Graziotti Pamela Green

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Lorna Grim Richard & Brenda Griswold Margaret Grothe-Haught George Marshall Guill, Jr.* Janet A. Haaksma Clyde & Iris Hackney Allen Halladay Richard Halstead Kevin Hamlet Mr. & Mrs. Robert Handwerker E. Hanks Scott A. Harper Terry L. Harper Jennie Harrell Calinda Hawkins Jeffrey S. Helgeson Nedra H. Hendricks Margaret Heuisler Dr. & Mrs. Mark Hine Dale Hinz Todd Hinz Giles C. Hoback, III David Hoglen Emily Hokrein Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Holmes Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Houvenagle Patrick Jandik Donald F. Jewett Mr. & Mrs. J. Scott Jimmerson Diana Johnson Eric Johnson Jasmine O. Johnson Ranford W. Johnson Wayne Johnson Charles R. Jones Bronna Kahle Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Karrick Jeffrey Keef Torri Keene Mr. & Mrs. Scott J. Kelleher Charles & Vera Keller Richard Kelly Geneva Kemp I. Steve Kennedy Janine Kilpatrick Carless Kimble Gerry & Cathy Kimble Stephanie Kimble Christopher King Diane Kinker Robert E. Kjellman Johanna Klein Susan Klingensmith Dawn Knott Mary Kodel Georgiana Korniak Albert Kuda Larry Lamb Bob Landon B. A. Langley Mr. & Mrs. Dale R. Layer Morgan Leeper Betty W. Lesnock Mr. & Mrs. Earl R. Lewis Daniel S. Light Ariel Ligowski


Cameron Lloyd James Loerop Lynne Loerop John & Jean Loving Deloris & Dorothy Loy Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lusk, Jr. Katherine Lynch Alison Lyon 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 Glenn & Bonnie Miller Rachelle Mills Sharon Milton Kevin Mirner P. H. Mitchell, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William Mock Rhodney Montague Buddy Moore Hal Moore Mr. & Mrs. Ivan A. Moore Orrie Mork Paul & Phyllis Morrell Susan Morris Christina Musser Julia Neel Arthur Nicholson* Teresa Nickens Mark & Cherie Norris Paula Norris Angie Noteboom Sean Patrick O’Brien James C. O’Grady Richard O’Hara Mr. & Mrs. Mark Overbeek Kenneth Overstreet Mr. & Mrs. Bradley J. Owen Diana Painter Rebecca Palmer Susan Parisen Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Q. Parr Lisa Parr Joshua Penley Lynda Perpete David M. Phillips Katherine Pierce Sherri Piper Jamie Pittman Marian Pogue Bryson Pomeroy Kevin Potts

Chuck Pourciau Lisa Pratt Samantha Previs Mr. & Mrs. K. Willard Prince Frank & Brenda Puryear Joseph Quinn Mr. & Mrs. Steve A. Racz Stephanie Raj Bonita Ramey Gretchen Raymondo Jerry W. Reasner Virginia Redmond Pieter Reidy Babu Renikuntla Edward & Karin Renner Dottie J. Rice Phillip C. Rine Gloria Roakes Richard Roessler James P. Roller Thomas I. Rosenberger Seth Rubenstein David & Diana Ruckdeschel Patricia Rusk Herman Russell William Russell Cindy Ruth Deborah Sain Karl C. Salz Dr. & Mrs. Earl Sargeant Daniel Sargent Jessie L. Sargent Andrew Sayre Kristina Scanlan Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schmidt Keith Schmuck Louise Scotch Arthur G. Scott Loretta Sculthorpe James & Myrtle Shaner Heather Sims Paul F. Sjogren 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 Gilbert R. Stetson Kathy A. Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Alexander J. Stuart David Stucki Holly Stucki Mr. & Mrs. Winston E. Stunz Martin J. Sullivan John Wayne & Susie Surface Sherry Sutton Jessica Sweet Kelly Taylor Philip Taylor Robert Theodore

Amy Thoman John & Anne Thompson Henry & Joyce Toering Scott Tomlinson Helen Toulantis Audrey L. Truskett Rosemary Siler Turner Mark Ulbricht Jean M. Ulmer Lisa Updike Barbara Wallace Elizabeth Wallace Renee Walsh Brenda Walten Daniel W. Ward Mary Warden Stephanie Warner Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Philip A. Watkins Dianne Weissert Deborah Wheeler Deborah D. Whitteker 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 Joan Winneroski Lee Winters Mark & Jeanette Wise Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Wolpert Helen Wood Holly Wood David Wright Richard Wright Kaylee J. Yoder Gary Thomas York Patricia Young Katherine Zappitella

Organizations

AES Alfred & Rosemary Giumarra Foundation Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Armorel Baptist Church Bailey Family Trust, Inc. Baird Drywall and Acoustic, Inc. Barnabas Foundation Bearcreek First Baptist Church Bison Printing, Inc. Calvary Baptist Church - Dothan Calvary Baptist Church - Norwalk Chilhowie Christian Church Christ Chapel-Mountaintop Christian Faith Center Cobb Technologies, Inc. D.R.L. Camps Dewitt Multifamily, LLC Harvey P. Diehr Revocable Trust Digital Video Group, Inc. Dominion Foundation eAdvisor Compliance, Inc. Etter Baptist Church Everence Financial

Faith Baptist Church Faith Baptist Church - Mason City Fellowship Church Shiloh P. Finch Trust First Baptist Church of Leland First Baptist Church of Oviedo First Baptist Church of Turnersville NJ First Baptist Church of Wesley Chapel First Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore Flowers Foods Foster Electric Co., Inc. Franklin Heights Baptist Church-Kannapolis Freedom Baptist Church - Salemburg Galena Bible Church Gospel Community Church Grace Baptist Church - Virgilina Grace Bible Church - Mena Louise Henderson Grange Trust Gunnoe Sausage Company Inc. HDLA, Inc. Heritage Green Assisted Living Independent Bible Church J. M. Smith Foundation Kohl’s KTA Construction Co. Landscape Services of Hampton Roads, Inc. McCoy Memorial Baptist Church, Inc. Mind’s Eye Creative, Inc. Northwestern Mutual Foundation Paul H. Pusey Foundation Perry Pools, Inc. Piedmont Fleet Services, Inc. Potomac Heights Baptist Church Powell’s Truck & Equipment Premier Designs Inc. Quidnessett Baptist Church Rehoboth Baptist Rejoice Ministries, Inc. 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 Total Packaging Services, LLC True Vine Ministries World Outreach Fellowship United Technologies Virginia Academy of Science VMDO Architects, P.C. Wiley & Wilson Word of Life Evangelical Church * Estate Gift If we have omitted, misspelled, or misplaced your name, please accept our apologies and notify our office by calling toll-free (866) 602-7983.

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Under construction - View from the future lake, wih the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center in the distance

Jerry Falwell Library Under Construction

Liberty University’s campus is preparing for a renaissance as the Jerry Falwell Library begins to take shape. The $50 million project is the cornerstone of a five-year campus transformation plan that will introduce a new era of excellence at Liberty. Since breaking ground in March 2012, the Jerry Falwell Library has come a long way thanks to generous donations and support from the Liberty family. The steel framework was completed in December. Mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work has recently begun, and the project is expected to be completed this fall. The library is Liberty’s largest investment in any one structure to date and will be completely innovative, arrayed with the latest technological advances, including a four-story robotic book retrieval system and fully equipped computer labs. It will feature Jeffersonian-style architecture

and a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a soonto-be-created lake. The library will be as comfortable as it is modern, offering plenty of casual seating areas, reading rooms, a spacious food court, and multiple balconies and terraces. It’s not too late to contribute to this project through naming opportunities, commemorative bricks, or general donations. More than $1.7 million has already been raised and more than 1,300 bricks have been donated. Every bit of support is graciously appreciated, as the Jerry Falwell Library becomes a lasting monument to its founder. This great combination of architecture, technology, and resources will ensure Liberty continues to train generation after generation of Champions for Christ.

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Artist rendering - View from the back of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center

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jerry falwell library campaign donors The Jerry Falwell Library Capital Campaign has received more than $1.7 million in donations since it formally launched in April 2012. The campaign offers anyone an opportunity to contribute to the project through commemorative bricks, naming opportunities, or private donations. This list recognizes campaign participants through Nov. 30. Those who contributed in December will be listed in the next issue of the Liberty Journal. The following campaign donors are also members of the prestigious President’s Circle.

NAMING OPPORTUNITIES

PREMIER BRICKS

2012 Senior Class����������������������������� Large Group Study Room Peter & Angela Agnoletto����������������� Small Group Study Room Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Billings��������� Small Group Study Room William Byron�����������������������������Medium Group Study Room Jerry & Julie Craycraft���������������������� Small Group Study Room John K. Day������������������������������������� Small Group Study Room Michael & Dorothy Dodak������������������������� Technology Center H. Glenn & Rachael Esbenshade������������� Grand Entrance Hall Greg & Katherine Fontaine�������������� Small Group Study Room Leona C. Fuqua�������������������������������� Large Group Study Room John & Eatha Gallagher���������������������������������� Lakeside Atrium Marvin & Shirley Goehring������������������ Reading Room Terrace Mr. & Mrs. Arlie R. Hemphill��������� Large Group Study Room Leslie & Barbara Hildreth����������������������������������������������� Robot Frances B. Hiller�������������������� Multipurpose Conference Room John & Irene Kosha������������������ Research Assistance Classroom William T. & Pax Lattimore������������������Lakeside Study Lounge Robert & Mary Maier���������������������� Large Group Study Room Mark McClure��������������������������������� Small Group Study Room Johnnie W. McDowell����������������������������������������������������� Robot Mary Orr�������������������������������������Medium Group Study Room Helene S. Pilz����������������������������������� Small Group Study Room John & Wanda Poche�������������������Medium Group Study Room Boyd & Norma Jean Rist�������������Medium Group Study Room George & Rosie Shank��������������������� Small Group Study Room Rev. William D. Stevens���������� Two Small Group Study Rooms Gilbert & Mary Tinney������������������������������������������ Food Court Soni Lea Van Dam��������������������������� Small Group Study Room Charles & Claudia Wigglesworth����� Small Group Study Room Archie W. Wilson�������������������������Medium Group Study Room

12” x 12” - $1,500 donation

Penny Andrews Dr. & Mrs. William R. Armstrong Neal & Anita Askew Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Aungst Baird Drywall and Acoustic, Inc. Drew Battleson Jimmy Jack & LaJean Beale Bison Printing, Inc. Dr. Wm. & Mrs. Deborah Bowden Herman & Shirley Ann Burgess William Byron Ralph E. & Shelvia Joan Campbell E. Louise Chalker Richard L. Sr. & Joan M. Cobb Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth M. Cox, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. James F. Davis Dorothy B. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Avon L. DeShong Bernice G. Dudley Bill & Debbie Elder Thanna T. Elliott Shirley W. Evans

Foster Electric Co., Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Larry A. Gilbert Gunnoe Sausage Company Inc. Janet A. Haaksma Clyde & Iris Hackney Terry L. Harper Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Harris Dr. & Mrs. Mark Hine Giles C. Hoback, III Carroll & Nancy Hudson Charles R. Jones Keith Samuel Gilroy Living Trust Charles & Jane Knox Bob Landon B. A. Langley Mr. & Mrs. Earl R. Lewis Jon H. Lienemann Mr. & Mrs. William C. Lusk, Jr. Carolyn M. Martin P. H. Mitchell, Jr. Gene & Joyce Myers Galen & Lorraine Peel

Perry Pools, Inc. Piedmont Fleet Services, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. K. Willard Prince Gloria A. Quayle Jerry W. Reasner Dr. & Mrs. Earl Sargeant James & Myrtle Shaner Gordon Easton Smith Pastor & Mrs. Larry Sowers Frederick P. Steininger Charles R. Stone Martin J. Sullivan John Wayne & Susie Surface The Blumer Family Trust Henry & Joyce Toering Soni Lea Van Dam Tim & Mary Warden Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Philip A. Watkins Charlie Whetzel Douglas & Karen Willis Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt W. Wilson III

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

LARGE BRICKS 8” x 8” - $500 donation

Carol Abbott Eugene G. Adams Bryan & Miriam Anderson Tom & Sherye Arnold Dr. & Mrs. David R. Babbitt Bailey Family Trust, Inc. Jean B. Burns Shirley W. Evans Jerry & Becki Falwell Mr. & Mrs. Oswald K. Forsee Richard A. Gillis David S. Graziotti Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Houvenagle Ronald & Jennifer Kennedy Charles & Jane Knox O.J. & Susan Misjuns Mark & Cherie Norris Nancy Oglesby Peters Phillip C. Rine Boyd & Norma Jean Rist Herman Russell Mr. & Mrs. Winston E. Stunz

Charlie Whetzel Betty S. Allen Ed Barnhouse Joseph W. Barry Gilbert C. Bartel Dr. John L. Benham, Jr. Craig A. Beyer Jarod D. Blaney Rev. Dennis & Marian Blankenship Kenneth L. Bost Donald H. Brown Horace James Brown Marjilette R. Brown Fleet & Dorothy Browning Penny T. Carr Mark & Michele Cass A. C. Coleman, Jr. 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 Mr. & Mrs. Ronald N. Ensminger Rob & Linda Evans Mr. & Mrs. Geary L. Gadomski Dr. Mario Garcia, Jr. Mr. & Mrs Terry Gentry Mr. & Mrs. Dennis J. Glasscock Cindy Goodrich Jeff Goodrich John D. Grimm Mr. & Mrs. Jack Grizzard, Jr. Kevin & Wendy Hermening Dennis & Dana Ingersoll Chris E. & Katherine Johnson Aaron G. Kilbourn Robert J. Kleinheksel Christeen Knight Mr. & Mrs. Harold L. Knowles Gary R. Kuhn Sharlene Laubinger Kenneth R. Lenz Peter A. Lobley Richard & Rachel Lovell

Tony E. & The Family of A. Shane Mann Charles & Betty Ray Markham Dr. & Mrs. Robert McCullough Carolyn Miller Dr. Rick & Melinda Mitchell John K. Morton Ray Moyer Paula Mullins Kelley M. Pearce Theresa D. Pettaway Mr. & Mrs. Shaun J. Redgate Dr. Jan Richards June Beauchamp Rittenhouse Glenn S. Ryburn Mr. & Mrs. George L. Sandy Deborah M. Seneff Mark & Sonia Smith Myrtle Smith Mrs. Karen L. Stone-Stowe Daniel M. Timmons Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Turnbull Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Waldo Brian K. Walsh Dr. & Mrs. Lew A. Weider

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

STANDARD BRICKS

4” x 8” - $150 donation

Dr. Wm. & Mrs. Deborah Bowden David M. Burton Charles R. Cadle Kellie L. Carty Bruce A. Cogle, Jr. Kevin B. Cummings John K. Day Jerry & Becki Falwell Linda L. Farver Carey & Denise Green Mr. & Mrs. Robert Handwerker Scott A. Harper Frances B. Hiller Mr. & Mrs. Dale R. Layer Deloris & Dorothy Loy Phillip C. Rine Kathy A. Stewart John & Anne Thompson Helen Toulantis Dr. & Mrs. Elmer Towns Mazy VanKleek Daniel W. Ward Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Philip A. Watkins Mr. & Mrs. Donald Widener Charles & Claudia Wigglesworth Chinedu Abara Cyril T. Abraham Folasade A. Ajayi Herb & Louise Alcorn Robert & Cynthia Alexander Angela G. Allen Rick & Kim Allen Jacob B. Allred Cyril F. Allwein Rafael Almazan Jo-Maurya S. Alon Altria Group, Inc. 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 Robert J. Arthur Kristen K. Ascencao Roger D. Ashley James A. Austin, Jr. John & Courtnay Aycock Frank & Peggy Ayers Brenda A. Ayres Hannah 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

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Michelle J. Barthlow Larry W. Bates Deborah Beck Kristan A. Becker Mr. & Mrs. Terry Begley Ben & Sarah Belanger Charles H. Bell IV Mr. & Mrs. Warren F. Bell James J. Benet P. David Bennett Enrique Berdecia, Jr. Grace & Keith Bergen Mr. & Mrs. Justin P. Bernard John & Laura Bernhardt David L. Berry Janon Berry Matthew & Chelsea Bevins Colonel C. Billingsley Dr. Ellen L. Black Michele 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 Joseph Chase Bond Mark H. Bonilla Robert S. Bonta Kevin P. Bontomasi Stephen R. Booth Virginia P. Borders Tim & Kathy Borneisen Kenneth L. Bost Brenda A. Bowles J. Bowman Paul Boyce Kellei Boyer Jon W. Brady Vernon & Lynn Brady Judith D. Bragdon Jack R. Bragg, Jr. Page M. Brantley Thomas A. Brashears LU Business Intelligence Office Melanie A. Brinson James M. Brooks Kyle C. Brooks Kenton Brookshire Howard & Beth Brown Larry & Renee Brown Tyrone K. Brown Sharon & Hailey Bryan Matthew & Lindsay Bryant Mike & Lisa Bryant George & Mary A. Brzezinski David & Doreen Buck Herbert G. Buckner Theresa A. Buckner James W. Bullock, Jr. Cindy A. Burgener, M.A. 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 Mary Ann Campion Todd R. Campo Selena Ninghao Cao John, Joyce & Lizzie Capuzzi Mr. & Mrs. Bruce A. Carey James & Jennifer Carey Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Carey Madaline E. Carney Stephanie Carney Peter R. Carolino Dolores Carr John & Phyllis Carstens Jason & Rebecca Castille Michele L. Catlin Tommy & Anita Caudill 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 Steve Christopher Brenda S. Clair Connie G. Clark Daniel Clark Thomas C. Clark Todd M. Clark John W. Clayton Bob & Heidi Cline Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Cobbs Jeffrey L. Cockrell Gloria Cody-Begaye Family of Thomas P. Coffman Donald Cole A. C. Coleman, Jr. Glenn M. Coleman Cavil & Lisa 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 George & Rose Courtney Michelle Couvillion Brenda Cox Dr. & Mrs. Joel M. Cox Duane L. Crawford Joy E. Creasman Ricky O. Creech John E. Creekmore Brenda Crema Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey S. Criswell Carl & Michelle Crozier Mr. & Mrs. Dean Cumbo

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Lucy P. Cupp Bonnie L. Custer Stephen & Amy Dalton Dolores A. Darrell Clinton & Marilyn David Beth S. Davis Jessica N. Davis Kyle & Michelle Davis Jean Bowling 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 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Anderson Candice M. DiLavore William D. Dilks James & Jennifer Dillabaugh Sasha T. Dofflemeyer Cheryl Doherty Andrew A. Doherty Charles P. Dohme John S. Dooley Honorable Randy D. Doub Elizabeth Doucette Donald G. Dougherty 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 David G. Eby 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 Jean Eremenchuk Dave & Alice Espenscheid Aaron J. Evans Ed & Michelle Evans Jessica R. Fabling 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 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 Tracey L. Fox Ricardo S. Freeman Joseph Frias Gail C. Fulgham David P. Fuller Melissa A. Fuquay Patti Gallagher Mary G. Gallant Temetria E. Gaona Keith R. Gardner Robert Garlington Gary & Lynn Garner Mick G. Garner Gregory J. Gaudio, CPA Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Gee Cheryl L. George Laura S. George Barbara L. Gerry Stefan Gerville-Reache 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 Gloria J. Good Bob & Tracey Good Rashida Goode Congressman Bob Goodlatte Clive & JoAnn Goodson 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 Clay N. Hahn Ronnie & Paula Haigler Christopher A. Hall Dylan Hall Holli E. Hall Shane M. Hall Michael Halyard Robert & Betty Hamlet Billy R. Hamm Vaughn M. Hammond Michelle E. Hancock Anthony Hanna Mr. & Mrs. Brian Happel Greg & Regina Hardy Pam Harrell Cynthia and Erick Harris Kenneth & Audrey 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 Stephanie A. Hilliard Richard D. Hinkley Bethany F. Hockenbury Mr. & Mrs. Rob M. Hodges L.D. and C.C. Hoezee Richard & Laureen Hoffman Terry “Brian” Hoffman, Jr. Karen S. Hoffmeyer James J. & Barbara E. Holbert Dr. Linda L. Holcomb Glen Holder Leesanne Holifield Dr. Mary Ann Hollingsworth Tommy & Linda Holt Melissa J. Holtzhouse Billie Jean Holubz Amber M. House Ronald W. Hovermale, Jr. Daniel Howell Ashley A. Hudson Mr. & Mrs. Rick A. Huff Mark E. Hughes Dean Hunter Chris & Jennifer Hutchinson Nathan W. Hutchinson Ashley L. Huxel David & Carol Irvine Dr. Cheruvathoor S. Isaac

Dr. Lily S. Isaac Gregory P. Iwaniuk Craig R. Jackson Mr. & Mrs. Earl Jackson Russell & Susan Jackson Michael L. Jacobsen 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 Lee D. Jordan Deborah A. Joseph Doug, Kara and Jim Joseph Dr. James B. Joseph Mike Joseph Tim & Linda Joseph Mark D. Journell Pat & John Kachel Michael Kalafian Ross & Leanne Kearney Carl L. Keatts Jeff & Gale Keef David & Kirsten Keel 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 Mr. & Mrs. David A. Klase Andrew L. Kling Elmira J. Knepper Travis & Katherine Knight Vicki Knollenberg Shannon L. Knowlton, LPC Sharon J. Kopis Joshua J. Koppang Mr. & Mrs. Arlus Kramer Nancy Krick Suzanne M. Kromidas David L. Kurtz Rafik F. Labib Kimberly R. Lair Donald Lampkin Kenneth E. Lang Amanda G. Langlais Melissa H. Lannom

Bruce A. LaPorte Matthew G. Leaman Robert C. Lechner, Jr. Chibang Lee & Mibang Lee Jeffrey L. Lennon Lindsay M. Lett Anthony D. Letts Russ Lewellen Liberty University Development Dept Larry & Carolyn Liechty Chad D. Lingerfelt Dylan D. Lingerfelt Virgie E. Little Gerodie E. Livingston Dr. John Alan Lloyd Heather Lockhart Miller Sheila R. Locklear Kathy Long Kendall J. Looney Liza M. Lopez Daniel & Amy Love Ernest Love Richard & Rachel Lovell Tom & Liz Lovett Buddy R. Lowman Lynne M. Lunsford Dennis A. Lust Edgard Luz Mr. & Mrs. William Lyles Susan Lyons Rebecca L. MacGoun Machaseh Children’s Ranch David & Carol Mack Don MacQueen David & Melissa Madsen Beverly S. Mahoney Amy Makeeff Paul & Lisa Manger Rick Mangrum Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Mann Laura E. Marcontell Evan & Amanda Marino Grace V. Marshall Jane & Jim Marstell Alice C. Martin Dr. & Mrs. Mike Martin Ryan B. Martin Michelle R. Martin-Miklinski James M. Mashburn Neal & Robin Massey Patty Mathis Vickie L. Matney William H. Matthews Candace C. Maupin Anthony & Kristi Maurer David S. Maurer Arthur T. Mayberry Mr. & Mrs. David A. Mayberry Mitchell D. Maybury Karl & Beverly Mayenschein Justin T. Mayo David B. Mazanec Nicole M. Mazzarella Gary & Traci McBride Gwendolyn S. McBride Edward McCabe Kristin J. McCain LIBERTY JOURNAL

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