Thanks to the generosity of Tom Anderson, Columbia, Tenn., Freed-Hardeman University broke ground March 4 for a new science center and named its sports center in memory of Carmack Brewer, long-time Wayne County educator.
The science center is being named in memory of James R. Anderson and in honor of Rubye Anderson, parents of Tom Anderson. Construction on the $8 million facility is set to begin later this month. It is expected to be ready for student use by the fall semester of 2012. It will house laboratory space for biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biochemistry courses, as well as offices, a conference room, and individual research labs.
Mrs. Lorene Brewer unveiled the bronze plaque that pictured her late husband Carmack at the naming of Brewer Sports Center. The sports center, built in 1996, seats approximately 2,700 and is home to the Lions and Lady Lions. In addition to the main arena, the center includes an auxiliary gym, offices, weight room, training room, walking track, racquetball courts, and the sports hall of fame.
Tom Anderson and his wife Jade are alumni of Freed-Hardeman and he is a member of the FHU Board of Trustees. He is co-founder and president of Capella Healthcare.
Several members of the Anderson and Brewer families and friends visited the FHU campus for the groundbreaking and naming ceremonies. They were honored with a luncheon and reception.