Seasons

Issue 45 // Summer 2016

FHU's Doctoral Graduate Excels in Turning Schools Around

Jul 20, 2016
Educator Antonio Burt is one of four inaugural graduates of Freed-Hardeman University's Doctor of Education program. Burt has worked in Memphis City and Shelby County Schools, where he focused on improving academic performance in struggling schools. He now provides instructional and leadership coaching to the lowest-performing schools in the district as the director of school transformation in Pinellas County, Florida.

FHU Professor Ralph Gilmore Prepares for Debate

Jul 06, 2016
Professor of Bible and philosophy Dr. Ralph Gilmore will participate in a debate hosted by the Warren Christian Apologetics Center, in conjunction with Buckeyes for Christ at The Ohio State University Tuesday, Sept. 27. Gilmore will debate Dr. Alex Rosenberg, author and Duke professor. "Is God a Moral Monster?" will be the question debated.

Gosselin Shares Story to Inspire Others

Jul 06, 2016
FHU students inspire others and make their world better now. Faculty and staff provided feedback for FHU student Brandon Gosselin before he finished in the Top 300 speakers in the world through Toastmasters International.

Hope's ARC at FHU Builds on Dreams

Jun 24, 2016
The FHU family gathered April 8, 2016, to celebrate the realization of a beloved librarian's dream and thank John and Rosemary Brown and other donors, as the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center was dedicated.

Your Strength: His Glory

Jun 24, 2016
Nolan, Ana, Evan and Nina share their experiences as Freed-Hardeman students and intercollegiate athletes — and why their most important work is using their strength for God's glory.

Makin’ Music

Jun 22, 2016
Sigma Rho took the sweepstakes prize for their presentation of “Cab-tastrophe” at Makin’ Music April 8-9. Second place went to Chi Beta Chi for “A Change of Heart in the Park.” Xi Chi Delta’s “Bargain in the Bayou” took third place in the sweepstakes competition and the Spirit of Makin’ Music award. The 39th annual production of the show was dedicated to Dr. E. Claude Gardner, former president of the university.

SAC Hosts Butch Jones

Jun 22, 2016
Butch Jones, head football coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, spoke at Freed-Hardeman University April 22, 2016. FHU’s Sports Advisory Council hosted the dinner and speech to raise funds for the university’s intercollegiate athletics program. Following his remarks, Jones answered questions from the audience and met guests for photos.

Pinning Ceremony

Jun 22, 2016
The nursing pinning ceremony is a tradition dating back to the 1800s. Recognizing the accomplishments of graduates and their transition to the nursing profession, the ceremony is a time when participants receive a pin unique to the FHU nursing program that they may wear on their nursing uniforms. Additionally, as a demonstration of their commitment to the nursing profession and the well-being of those they will care for, they light their lamp and recite the Nightingale Pledge. Each 2016 graduate of FHU’s accredited nursing program had secured employment either before or within a week of graduation.

Graduation

Jun 22, 2016
Students celebrate the culmination of their FHU journeys at graduation ceremonies in December and May. University trustee, preacher and author Dr. Jay Lockhart delivered the May commencement address, as he encouraged,“Wherever you go, go as a great servant.” Two students were presented 2016 Faculty Scholarship-Leadership Medals by Dr. C. J. Vires, provost and vice president for academics. Selected by a vote of the entire faculty, the medal is the highest honor bestowed by them. It has been presented annually since 1938. This year’s recipients were Jordan Newby, who received a Bachelor of Science in biology, and Austen Oakley, who was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Bible.

Mr. and Miss FHU

Jun 22, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University announced Mr. and Miss Freed-Hardeman University March 14, 2016, during chapel. Will Cobb and Amber Pippin were selected by the faculty and staff based on their character, influence, involvement, leadership and academic ability. They are considered to be the seniors who best embody the spirit of FHU. Other nominees for Mr. FHU included Jordan Newby, biology major from Knoxville, Tennessee, and Austen Oakley, Bible major from Florence, Alabama. Also nominated for Miss FHU were Kati Yenawine, who is pursuing both a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and a Master of Business Administration, and Julia Tesh, studio art major from Clemmons, North Carolina.

Lectureship

Jun 22, 2016
The 80th Annual Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University, Feb. 7-11, 2016, addressed the theme, “In My Place: The Servant Savior in Mark.” Under the leadership of Dr. Doug Burleson, lectureship director, late-night lectures were designed for college students, Kids’ Lectureship held classes for preschool through fifth grade, and Teen Lectureship attracted participants in grades 6-12. In addition to the youth and family ministers’ workshop, the Lectureship included a workshop for Bible class teachers and one focused on serving the Hispanic population. This year’s event was dedicated to Cecil May, a well-known Bible scholar and minister. He was honored at the Annual Appreciation Dinner. Details about the 81st Annual Bible Lectureship, Feb. 5-9, 2017, are online at fhu.edu/lectureship.

Benefit Dinner

Jun 22, 2016
Alumnus and media personality Steve Bowers interviewed Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly at the Annual Benefit Dinner Dec. 4, 2015. Declaring himself profoundly grateful for what God has done in his life, Brantly said, “I wish every day I woke up with the reality of thinking, ‘I’m alive because God loves me.’” Although referring to the strain of being in the public eye, Brantly added, “I never get tired of recounting what God has done in my life. I’m alive, and God expects something from me.” For the 15th consecutive year, the dinner raised in excess of $1 million for scholarships at FHU.
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Homecoming

Jun 22, 2016
FHU was “Wild with Pride” Nov. 13-14, 2015, for Homecoming. Activities for students, alumni, parents and prospective students were all a part of the week. Members of Homecoming royalty were introduced in chapel, and Queen Bailey Burnette and King Austen Oakley were crowned at the basketball game. FHU Theatre presented the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel.” Food trucks, Lion Walk, a concert and a talent competition were also a part of the weekend.

RUSH

Jun 22, 2016
Nearly 2,000 prospective students attended Freed-Hardeman’s R.U.S.H. (“Reaching Unlimited Spiritual Heights”) weekend Sept. 18-20, 2015. Guests spent the weekend discussing “The Summit,” as speakers focused on overcoming difficult times and reaching spiritual heights. Stories of Mt. Carmel, Mt. Sinai and the Mount of Transfiguration were used to show God’s presence in life’s uncertainty. Students were encouraged to “climb from the valleys to reach the summit.”

Tolling of the Bell

Jun 22, 2016
Dr. Clyde Woods, retired Bible professor, issued a challenge to students Aug. 19, 2015, at the annual Tolling of the Bell ceremony. He urged students to honor their parents, their Freed-Hardeman family and their own families. Woods and his wife, Ann, also a retired teacher, and freshman Matthew Johnson were the “masters of the bell.” They rang the bell a total of 14 times, once for each decade the university has been in existence.

Welcome Home

Jun 22, 2016
FHU welcomed new students Aug. 15, 2015, as they moved into their residence halls. Returning students, faculty and staff extended a helping hand to assist with the moving in process; then new students were introduced to university organizations, local businesses and churches at FHU 101 and West Tennessee 101. Students and their families were treated to a cookout served by faculty and staff in Heritage Commons.

Sacrifices for His Word

Jun 21, 2016
After spending more than a decade building a collection of rare Bibles and other manuscripts, David and Paula Tarbet have chosen to give their collection to Freed-Hardeman.

Hope’s ARC Builds on Dreams

Jun 21, 2016
The FHU family celebrates the realization of a beloved librarian’s dream and thanks John and Rosemary Brown and other donors at the dedication of the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center.

Aponte Wins Heart of a Lion Award

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University women’s soccer player Ana Aponte was named the 2016 Heart of a Lion Award recipient. The Charlie Smith Heart of a Lion Award is given annually to an FHU senior athlete who has demonstrated qualities of courage, determination, hard work, exemplary performance and service to others.

God's Got This: From Dark Tunnels to Sunlight

Jun 21, 2016
Faculty members Drs. Richard and Barbara England and learning center coordinator Connie Pritchard accompanied Freed-Hardeman students to Europe for the Spring 2016 semester. As the world woke to headlines about terrorists’ attacks in Brussels March 22, the three leaders implemented plans and maintained constant communication with students, families and administration, as events unfolded. The following pages contain excerpts from Barbara England’s journal during those days.
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Freed-Hardeman Basketball Alumna Reflects on 100 Years

Jun 21, 2016
Four months into her second century (as she puts it) Bertha DeHoff Smith looks back at a life filled with hard work and hard times; however, thanks to friends and a family filled with love, she can say, "It all worked out just fine."

Illuminating the Word

Jun 21, 2016
Years ago, in the Medieval Ages, ancient biblical manuscripts contained detailed illuminations –colorful drawings that filled the pages and supplemented the text. As time has passed, fewer and fewer illuminated manuscripts are being published with exception of children’s Bible storybooks. Fortunately, the lack of detailed illustrations has not slowed down spiritual growth of Christians everywhere. Freed-Hardeman students, in particular, are excited about journaling in their Bibles.

To Haiti with Love

Jun 21, 2016
Nursing professor teaches students more than healthcare during mission trip to Haiti.

Sanderson to Lead Men’s Basketball

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University has named Jim Sanderson, former head coach at Faulkner University, the new head coach of the Lion basketball program. He began his duties June 1.

Track and Field Joins FHU Spring Sports Slate

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University will add track and field to its intercollegiate offerings next spring, according to Mike McCutchen, athletic director. Derrick Spradlin, cross country coach, will also coach the track and field team.