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Each morning as students and faculty make their way into Demoss Hall to stat their day, two Liberty University employees are already in the academic building, brewing coffee and organizing treats in anticipation of jumpstarting minds all over campus.
Every weekday, Pat Nash and Karen Mooney can be found on the first floor of DeMoss at the head of the Simply-to-Go line, waiting for customers to file through their cafe.
“I have been working for Liberty for four years now, and my favorite part of the job is the students,” Nash said. “I love the students, because it provides me with the opportunity to minister to them in service, love, conversation and prayer. We have had students come up to us asking if they could have a hug, or pray with us, or just ask to talk, and it is a blessing just knowing that the students care so much.”
Although some members of the Liberty community enter the line expecting a simple hot cup of coffee or muffin, they exit, having experienced so much more.
“Pat has been serving me my morning coffee since the start of my freshman year, and I never really thought much of it,” Liberty junior Stephen Dankert said. “However, both workers have truly been a blessing, and I cannot thank them enough for all that they do.”
In the early mornings and in these times between classes, these ladies are the busiest. According to Nash, although the job can be hectic at times, it has its rewarding moments. Between the two ladies, they serve anywhere between 40 and 50 students in their line.
According to Sodexo Retail Manager Marcus Stewart, Mooney has been serving with Sodexo since October 2005, and Nash has been serving since August 2010.
“Karen and Pat are reliable, always positive, and trust worthy and the most important thing I would say is that they are customer service oriented,” Stewart said. “They care about the students, faculty and staff that they come in contact with on a daily basis and enjoy the interaction—they are well respected among their peers as well as customers.”