Union Family Celebrates Barefoot

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Union faculty, staff and students honored former Union president Hyran E. Barefoot at a celebration Monday in Barefoots Joe. The celebration marked the 20th anniversary of the naming of the Barefoot Student Union Building in Barefoot’s honor.

Barefoot served as president of Union from 1986 to 1996. Catherine Kwasigroh, vice president for institutional advancement, was a student at Union during that time. She said it was appropriate that the Student Union Building be named for Barefoot because of the love he had for students.

“Dr. Barefoot knew all the students in the senior class,” she said. “That was the type of president that he was. He wanted to know the students and be invested in their lives.”

Joy Moore, director of Barefoots Joe, said Barefoot’s name was also an obvious choice when naming the coffee shop. Barefoots Joe was built in 2008 after a tornado damaged much of Union’s campus.

“We were building something for the future of Union, but we wanted to remember the past and the people who made it possible,” Moore said. “Dr. Barefoot’s name points to that.”

Barefoot said he remembers vividly when the Student Union Building became a reality. He said in the early 1990s, the campus had about 2,400 students when it was designed for only 1,200.

“Some of the structures that we made at that time were not total necessities, but this building simply had to be built if we continued activity,” Barefoot said.

He said as the building was built, he was anxious to have someone give an outstanding gift in order for the building to be named in their honor.

“We suggested $2 million,” Barefoot said. “No takers. We threw out the idea of $1 million. No takers. And we simply moved on until finally I got my name put on it for $40. It’s the best bargain I ever made.”

The building was named in honor of Barefoot upon his retirement in 1996.

Barefoot said he and his wife, Joyce, were thrilled to spend time on Union’s campus Monday and celebrate what God has done through the university.

“We are very grateful for the privilege to be back here and to remember those beginning times,” he said.

Story by Nathan Handley, photos by Kristi Woody

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Barefoots Joe: Refreshed

Barefoots Joe with some updates.

Over the summer, the team at Barefoots Joe gave everyone’s favorite coffee shop a little face-lift. Here’s what Joy Moore, director of Barefoots Joe, had to say about the updates:

“The Barefoots Leadership Team, along with the barista supervisors and director, painted Barefoots to offer a fresher, more modern feel. To accommodate more people (we often run out of seating and are asked to provide more tables), we added four new two-person tables, as well a new bar-height counter. Above the stage, we hung a wooden sign, and Katie Williams hand-illustrated our name in the corner. We replaced couch cushions, added a new light fixture, and removed the blinds. Student Levi Hartsfield built the tables, bar, and sign in collaboration with Joy Moore. The students involved are proud of their work, and their investment creates a deeper sense of ownership in the work of Barefoots to help shape community and culture on campus.”

The atmosphere, which was already wonderful and inviting, has improved with the changes. The couch areas are still great places to gather with friends, and the new tables are perfect for having one-on-one chats. If you haven’t already been by to check it out, maybe an iced coffee run is in order!

 

Students mingle in Barefoots Joe A student works on her computer in Barefoots Joe. The new wooden sign above the stage in Barefoots Joe Students mingle and hang out in Barefoots Joe. Matthew Marshall meets with a student in Barefoots Joe. A students studies in one of the study areas in Barefoots Joe Scones at Barefoots Joe, available on Thursdays. Students study and purchase coffee at Barefoots Joe

Barefoots Joe Summer Playlist on Spotify

Our on-campus coffee shop is known for serving excellent coffee, providing an inviting environment and constantly improving the experience of its customers. Another thing many people note about Barefoots Joe is the exceptional background music played each day, which adds to the aforementioned environment. Thanks to the online service Spotify, you can have your own Barefoots Joe playlist! They’ve just released their summer 2014 selections, and you can listen for free here: spotify.com

Enjoy!

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11th Annual Student Film Festival

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The annual Student Film Festival took place recently, marking its 11th year. Students who create films in the long-form, short-film and documentary categories submit their work each year for judging. The first evening of the festival includes a screening and directors’ talk, and the second evening includes a screening and awards. The event is a lot of fun for both the filmmakers and the audience!

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Congratulations to all of the 2014 winners!

  • Long-form film: “Paradigm” by Gabe Farmer and Caleb Shore
  • Short-form film: “Hunter” by Josh Stephans
  • Documentary: “Sound On Film” by Ben Wright featuring Ivan & Alyosha’s All the Times We Had