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FHU Says “Welcome Home” to New Students

Henderson, Tenn. - Aug 15, 2015

When new Freed-Hardeman University students moved into their dorm rooms Saturday, Aug. 15, approximately 150 members of the faculty and staff greeted them. Volunteers offered helping hands as students moved their belongings into the space they will call home for the next nine months.

Students and their families then made their way to Heritage Commons for a Welcome Home celebration. Representatives of 40 businesses, churches and campus organizations were on hand to introduce students to their offerings.

The FHU Office of Alumni Relations offered a free lunch to a crowd of approximately 1,000 students, parents and workers, according to Ryan Malecha, director of the alumni office.

Moving into Bradfield Hall was a breeze for Hailee Stewart of Memphis. “They haul everything for you,” she said. Her mom agreed, “It was the most awesome move-in experience ever.” 

For a couple of new Bradfield residents, the extra help was a bit of a surprise. Alexis Regis of El Paso, Texas, who was on campus for the first time, and Morgan Estes of Summertown, Tennessee, didn’t quite know what to make of the experience. “A bunch of people stormed our cars and started grabbing our stuff,” they said. “At first we didn’t know what was happening.” Once they figured it out, however, they appreciated the help.

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Blake Enloe, Dothan, Alabama, and John Cross, Enterprise, Alabama, were very grateful for the help they received getting their belongings moved to the third floor of Farrow Hall. “Everyone has been super nice and super helpful,” Enloe said. Cross added, “They made me feel welcome.” With all the help they had with the drudgery, the roommates had plenty of time for interior decorating. “We’ve got ‘Roll Tide’ everywhere,” Enloe said.

Over the next few days, students will participate in Interface, a freshman orientation program that offers recreational and social opportunities as well as information regarding university policies and procedures.

“This year’s freshman class includes some of the best and brightest freshmen from around the world,” Joe Askew, director of admissions, said. Students have come from as far away as South Africa, and more than 30 of them have earned Trustees Scholarships, the highest academic awards the university gives, according to Askew.

Some freshmen have already been on campus for a week or so. The soccer and volleyball teams and the cheerleaders moved in early to begin practicing. Bailey Brown, Jonesboro, Arkansas, is the only freshman member of the volleyball team. “I like it,” she said. “We’re working very, very hard.”

Lauren Bacon, Tuscumbia, Alabama, is a new cheerleader. They have also been busy and planning for the fall. “I am excited about this year’s squad,” she said.

The 2015 fall semester will officially begin Wednesday, Aug. 19, with the traditional Tolling of the Bell at 10:30am in Loyd Auditorium. More information about the semester can be found at www.fhu.edu.