Independent News of Liberty University
Cinemark told Liberty University the company does not plan to renew its lease for the Movies 10 building.
Falwell said the university has not decided what to do with the property.
On Monday, Liberty University will hold a ceremony to break ground on what is set to be the tallest building in Lynchburg.
The 272-foot, newly christened “Freedom Tower” and its base will hold Liberty’s new School of Divinity. It’s set to go up just north of DeMoss Hall.
Liberty University Athletics has announced the television coverage plan for the upcoming 2015 football season, which includes broadcast opportunities for all 11 games on the Flames’ schedule.
Liberty has experienced tremendous television coverage in recent years, as each of its football games has been broadcast since 2011.
The Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) will cover Liberty’s season opener against Delaware State (Sept. 5), as well as the Flames’ road contest at Southern Illinois (Sept. 26) and Homecoming game against Big South newcomer Kennesaw State (Oct. 24).
LFSN broadcasts will be available in the local Lynchburg/Roanoke/Danville markets on WFFP-24. Additionally, LFSN coverage of Liberty football will be available on The Walk Network with more than 200 stations across the country. All LFSN broadcasts will continue to be available on the Big South Network and through ESPN3.
Liberty’s Sept. 12 contest at West Virginia will be broadcast on Root Sports Pittsburgh, an affiliate of the Fox Sports Networks (Dish Network Channel 428; DirecTV Channel 659).
The American Sports Network (ASN) will begin its second year of Big South coverage in 2015, including Liberty’s game at Gardner-Webb (Oct. 10). In the local Lynchburg market, the game will be broadcast on WSET’s 13.2 channel.
The Big South Network will provide coverage of Liberty’s contests against Montana (Sept. 19), Monmouth (Oct. 17) and Presbyterian (Nov. 7). All three games will also be available on ESPN3.
Liberty’s regular season finale against Coastal Carolina has been moved to Nov. 19. The Thursday night contest will be broadcast on ESPNEWS, marking the first time a Liberty football game has aired on one of the main ESPN networks.
For more details on game coverage, visit Liberty’s Athletics website.
Liberty University has received accreditation for its Master of Education in School Counseling (M.Ed.) from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs(CACREP).
The program, under Liberty’s School of Education, is led by Rita Schellenberg, professor and school counseling program chair. The program is offered online and requires four resident intensives. The degree meets core counseling and school counseling content area requirements, which are necessary for licensure as a professional school counselor in both public and private K-12 school settings.
“Since CACREP is recognized as the premier accreditation for counselor education graduate programs both nationally and internationally,” Schellenberg said, “obtaining CACREP accreditation continues to reaffirm Liberty University’s global commitment to excellence and identifies the M.Ed. in School Counseling program as one of quality that graduates highly qualified budding professional school counselors prepared to make an impact.”
According to Schellenberg, the CACREP site team provided positive feedback, noting program strengths and identifying that all of the more than two hundred standards were met. Liberty’s program was granted accreditation for the maximum eight-year period.
“The stamp of CACREP on a counselor education program clearly enhances the program’s reputation and validates the program as one that provides the highest quality education and degree portability for graduates,” Schellenberg said. “Furthermore, because the school counseling program is accredited by CACREP, students are eligible to take the National Counselor Exam toward the end of the program and, if passed, may become a National Certified Counselor upon graduation. This certification demonstrates that counselors have met national standards for education, training, and experience set by the counseling profession.”
CACREP is an independent accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society.
Liberty’s resident Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the School of Behavioral Sciences also received CACREP accreditation earlier this year.
More than 4,000 new undergraduate students will begin studying on Liberty University’s campus this fall, contributing to a resident population of 14,000 for the first time in school history.
Freshmen account for 67 percent of new undergraduate students while transfer students and students returning after at least one semester away from Liberty make up 27 and 6 percent, respectively.
A number of factors have contributed to this record enrollment, including a new class of medical students, increased retention for currently enrolled students, the second of two new high-rise residence halls opening, and more national exposure for the school.
Liberty has a record number of National Merit students (who successfully earned an academic scholarship through the private not-for-profit foundation) studying on campus, 38 percent more than last year. Students with qualifying academic achievements are eligible to participate in Liberty’s growing Honors Program, which is designed to provide these 729 highly motivated students the opportunity to achieve their highest intellectual and creative potential.
Liberty students represent all 50 states and over 80 countries. The top five states where the Class of 2019 hails from are Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Maryland. After the United States, the top five countries represented are Korea, China, Canada, Vietnam, and Nigeria — over 270 new international students are attending Liberty this fall.
New students begin moving into residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and returning students will move in starting on Friday.
New students will be acclimated to campus during Welcome Week, hosted by the Student Advocate Office, as they attend informative sessions designed to orient them to life at Liberty. A number of events are offered, including karaoke nights, mountain biking and kayaking at Camp Hydaway, worship gatherings, and a Back to School Bash carnival at the LaHaye Multipurpose Center. See the Welcome Week schedule for times and locations.
The annual President’s Kickoff and Dinner, to be held this Friday, Aug. 21, will help new students prepare to cheer on the Flames and give them an opportunity to meet President Jerry Falwell and his wife, Becki.
After classes begin on Monday, Aug. 24, new and returning students alike will have a chance to celebrate the new school year during the annual Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 29. This year’s free outdoor carnival event features food, games, rides, and live music from JOHNNYSWIM, the Los Angeles-based folk/soul/rock duo, and the Nashville-based Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. Fireworks will punctuate the night.