AUGUST 12, 2013
Freed-Hardeman University expects an increased number of new students to register for the fall semester, according to Joe Askew, director of admissions. “Based on a comparison of last year’s numbers with this year’s, we are expecting a 10 percent increase,” he said.
New students, with the help of volunteers, will move into their residence halls Aug. 17. They and their parents are invited to come to the campus Commons 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for FHU 101. Student organizations and community businesses will be on hand to introduce themselves. New students and their parents are invited to a free cookout 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Askew attributed the increased numbers of new students to better scholarship offers and outstanding academic opportunities. “Generous donors have helped provide opportunities and our academic offerings are continuously improving,” he said. “This is creating a strong demand for the highest quality Christian education.”
Interface activities to orient students to their new surroundings will begin Saturday night and continue through the first week of school. New students will register for classes Aug. 19 and returning students will enroll Aug. 20.
The Tolling of the Bell ceremony Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in Loyd Auditorium will officially open the fall semester. Former FHU coach and teacher Hoyt Kirk will ring the bell 14 times, once for each decade of the school’s existence. Kirk coached basketball and baseball and served as the director of Mid-South Youth Camp during his 30 years at FHU. Classes begin on Wednesday.
Students considering fall enrollment who have not yet completed their plans should call 731-989-6651. “We will be finalizing files and enrolling students through Aug. 31,” Askew said.