search.noResults

search.searching

note.createNoteMessage

search.noResults

search.searching

orderForm.title

orderForm.productCode
orderForm.description
orderForm.quantity
orderForm.itemPrice
orderForm.price
orderForm.totalPrice
orderForm.deliveryDetails.billingAddress
orderForm.deliveryDetails.deliveryAddress
orderForm.noItems
Liberty University plans to expand and upgrade Williams Stadium. The Flames will play as an independent team in the highest level of college football in 2019.


benefits for Liberty. Its residential student enrollment hit a record high this fall, with 15,566 students, a 2 percent increase over 2016 numbers. Liberty’s online program is growing at a rate of 10 percent a year, with 85,000 to 88,000 students expected to take courses in 2017-18. In moving to the FBS, Liberty also


will be able to increase the number of football scholarships it offers from 63 to 85. “It’s opened us up to a whole new pool of student athletes,” says McCaw. “We already have some commitments from a number of top prospects who have multiple FBS offers, so it’s really made a dramatic change in our recruiting process and we’ve just gotten started.” Student quality is also rising. According


My father had a vision to build a world-class Christian university that provided Christian students with the full range of experiences that any other major university provides, including a football team and other sports teams that can compete at the highest levels.”


Meanwhile, Liberty’s Cinematic Arts Falwell


Department showed its film “Extraordinary” during a one-night event in September at more than 400 theaters across the country. More than 60 Liberty students worked on the one-hour-and-40-minute film, which tells the story of Liberty professor David Horton, an ultra-marathon runner. “It’s the first time in cinema history that


Rebel with a cause In many areas Liberty is pushing the


envelope and gaining a higher visibility. “We just don’t think that we need to


do things the same way other academic institutions do them just because that’s the way they’ve always done them,” says Falwell. “We’re willing to think outside of the box and take risks.” For example, Liberty has been the pri- mary sponsor of NASCAR driver William Byron, a Liberty student, since his career started in 2014. Byron, the top driver in the 2017 Xfinity Series, was recently selected by Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No. 24 car in the elite Monster Energy Cup series. The 20-year-old sophomore will make his debut at the Daytona 500 in February. Lib- erty will continue to be his primary sponsor through at least 2019.


Photo courtesy Liberty University


a film school or department has ever had a nationwide theatrical release,” says Stephan Schultze, Liberty’s executive director of cinematic arts. “Extraordinary” is the fourth feature


film Liberty has produced. The university’s ambition is to build a department that can compete with more well-established film schools, such as Columbia University, New York University and the University of Southern California. “It usually takes 20 to 30 years to build


a program where you’re actually doing movies and getting them seen,” Schultze says, noting that the school sought support and financial help from industry players like Working Title Agency, Fathom Events and Sony Provident. “Now, we’re looking to expand into a television series so our students can graduate into a job.” This type of exposure is reaping


www.VirginiaBusiness.com


to Schultze, one in six Liberty film students has a 4.0 grade point average and 65 percent have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. This year’s incoming freshman class had an average GPA of 3.5 and scored an average of 1079 on the SAT, the highest ever for the school. Liberty’s College of Osteopathic Medicine received 4,000 applications this fall for 160 slots.


Taking on controversy Liberty attracts attention by being will-


ing to take a stand on sometimes white-hot national issues. That poses risks, Falwell admits. “We know it makes us a bit of a target,


but we’re just going to keep moving forward pursuing our vision and our plans, and we’re not afraid to stand up for what we believe in,” he says. In the midst of an ongoing national


argument about gun control, Liberty is set to open a $1 million outdoor gun range, the first part of a multiphase project that will also include several other shooting venues. Liberty already allows licensed students


and faculty to carry concealed weapons on campus. More than 3,000 students have completed a free university-provided fire- arms safety class during the past 24 months. Not surprisingly, news of the new


60-acre shooting center prompted headlines in a number of national publications, includ- ing The Washington Post and the New York Daily News, although about 30 colleges also have on-campus gun ranges. “The majority of our students are


pro-Second Amendment, and they have told us for a long time that they want to


VIRGINIA BUSINESS 79


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com