Published on June 14, 2017
"The place erupted. And I was in the balcony, and I thought, 'This is going to cave in, we’re all going to die,' because . . . people cheered, went wild and then 'U.S.A. U.S.A.' screaming at the top of their lungs."
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Chapters Early Years
Dr Barnette describes his early life and his decision to come to Samford.
First Thoughts on Samford and Student Culture
Barnette talks about his first moments at Samford and his thoughts about student culture.
Religious Culture on Campus
Barnette shares his thoughts about the religious culture at Samford during his time as a student.
Experiences as a Student: Convocation
Barnette describes what Samford convocation services were like during his time as a student.
Experiences as a Student: Rules and Regulations
Barnette talks about some of the rules and regulations for students during his time at Samford.
Experiences as a Student: Step-Sing
Barnette describes his experiences with Step Sing during his time as a Student at Samford.
Experiences as a Student: Academics
Barnette explains how the differences between academics during his time as a Student at Samford, and how they are now.
Experiences as a Student: Student Ministries and Campus Outreach
Barnette describes his involvement with Student Ministries and the issues with Campus Outreach.
Experiences as a Student: Being a Religion Major
Barnette talks about his decisions to become a religion major and his experience with the program.
Experiences as a Student: Dr. Leslie Wright
Barnette gives his thoughts about Dr Leslie Wright.
Coming back to Samford
Barnette talks about his experience with coming back to Samford as University Minister.
Experiences as University Minister: Expectations
Barnette talks about the his role and expectations as University Minister.
Experiences as University Minister: The move to Self-Appointing
Barnette gives the story of his best day ever at Samford: the day when it was announced that Samford was moving to Self-Appointing with Trustees.
Experiences as University Minister: Public Face of the University
Barnette talks about the University Minister as a public face for the University.
Experiences as University Minister: Convocation
Barnette talks about his role in planning Convocation.
Experiences as University Minister: Teaching Biblical Perspectives
Barnette gives his thoughts on the creation of the Biblical Perspectives class as part of the Core Curriculum.
Conflicts with the Divinity School
Barnette describes the relationship, and conflicts, between the Religion Department and Beeson Divinity School.
The Transition from University Minister to Religion Professor
Barnette describes his transition from his role as University Minister to full time Religion Professor.
Thoughts on Dr. Corts
Barnette gives his thoughts on former university president Dr. Tom Corts.
Barnette shares some final thoughts and stories about his time at Samford.
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Audio Information Attribute Value Interviewer Brian Kesler Interviewee Dr Jim Barnette Repository Samford University Oral History Collection Accession SUHist/SamfordHistory/002