by Laura Locke
Homecoming is always an exciting event at Freed-Hardeman University. Visitors from across the country, alumni from previous decades, and visitors from across the globe all gather together back in Henderson, TN. It’s a time for laughter and sharing stories with old friends, for visiting favorite hangouts, and recapturing a sense of love and pride for their school as they join fellow alumni in cheering on FHU.
But Homecoming at FHU isn’t just for those who’ve already graduated! Current students also get involved with a number of campus activities. Social clubs show their school pride and compete in various events, hoping to win the coveted Homecoming Trophy. The week kicks off with “Paint-it-Up,” a showcase of artistic talent and creativity through homecoming-themed window art outside Wallace-Gano Dining Hall. The campus comes together at “Fire-it-Up,” a bonfire devotional.
Roles are reversed at “Puff-it-Up,” a powderpuff football game for the girls with rather hilarious cheer routines performed by the guys. At “Hoop-it-Up,” clubs compete in a basketball game, Gotcha, and three-point contests. “Rev-it-Up,” is a wildly exciting (and sometimes slightly dangerous) boxcar derby race down the large hill on University Street. In preparation for the big games on Saturday, clubs, the basketball teams, and the cheerleading squad put together “Pep-it-Up,” a school-wide pep rally, and tailgating activities.
Homecoming also offers a variety of entertainment for the more musically and artistically inclined. FHU Theatre presented four moving performances of The Heiress, while the Bulliner-Clayton Visual Arts hosted an exhibit featuring the photography of five past and current employees and students. The University Band, University Singers, and University Chorale also performed for students and alumni visitors.
The weekend’s activities culminated in the highly anticipated Homecoming basketball games. This year, the No. 3 nationally ranked Lady Lions trounced Concordia College Selma 64-43, while the Lions enjoyed a 73-64 victory. During halftime the Freed-Hardeman University 2012 Homecoming Court and newly crowned Homecoming King and Queen were presented to the crowds.
For a glimpse of this year’s Homecoming festivities, check out our albums on the FHU Facebook Page and FHU Admissions Facebook Group!