Doctoral Dissertation Shelvings

Jun 29, 2017

Candidates for the Doctor of Education presented copies of their dissertations to Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center. Writing and defending the dissertations complete the requirements for the doctoral degree.

 

 

Party on the Green

Jun 29, 2017

Party on the Green was held during the weekend of Makin’ Music 40 to provide alumni and friends with the opportunity to enjoy fellowship, food and fun in between Saturday performances.

 

FHU 2017 Retirees Honored at Reception

Jun 29, 2017

On Friday, April 28, the FHU 2017 retirees were recognized in chapel and at a reception. The retirees honored were Mrs. Carole Childers, Mrs. Debbie Cone, Dr. Joe DeLay, Dr. Sam Jones, Mrs. Melanie Linder, Mr. Robert Taylor and Ms. Rhonda Thompson.

Commencement

Jun 29, 2017

At commencement ceremonies held in Loyd Auditorium Dec. 16 and May 13, new alumni received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. At the May graduation,  President Joe Wiley was the speaker and referred to his last time wearing the “bling” (the nickname students have given the presidential medallion). Also in May, an honorary master’s degree was awarded posthumously to Todd Walker, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS) and passed away before completing the degree. Concluding the spring ceremony, Cassie Sikes and Darren Heintzman received the Faculty Scholarship-Leadership Medal.

 

 

Nursing Pinning

Jun 29, 2017

Held the evening before May graduation, the traditional pinning ceremony marked nursing students’ transition into their profession. Each participant received FHU’s unique pin.

Theatre - "Blithe Spirit"

Jun 29, 2017

The “Blithe Spirit” cast included:  Carson Barker, Samantha McMillan, Summer Turner, Shelby Matthews, Kevin Record, Briana Whitsitt and Katie Collier. Alumna Tansy Matheny was assisted by Dr. Cliff Thompson in directing the play, which ran for two weekends beginning April 20. Audiences enjoyed the performance on the backstage of Loyd Auditorium.

 

 

Theatre - "Eleemosynary"

Jun 29, 2017

“Eleemosynary” opened March 9 and ran for two weekends at The Black Box Theatre. Directed by alumna Hannah Graves, the play featured three student cast members, Amanda Baugh, Marla Nordstrom and Adrianna Vance.

 

 

Lectureship

Jun 29, 2017

The 81st Annual Bible Lectureship, “‘Identity in Crisis: Daniel’s Vision for the Future,” was Feb. 5-9. The week included several dinners, including the appreciation dinner honoring alumnus John Dale. Sessions throughout the week focused on a variety of areas: business, the Tarbet rare Bible collection, Christian caretakers, evangelism, youth and family, Hispanic ministries and women, children and teens. Early morning prayer sessions opened the days, and late-night devotionals for college students closed them. The Lectureship Chorus, led by John R. Hall and Dr. Gary McKnight, Chorale and others performed. Vendors filled the Brewer Sports Center, where the Associates welcomed guests and provided relaxing venues for lunch, refreshments and coffee.

Theatre - "Greater Tuna"

Jun 29, 2017

“Greater Tuna” ran two weekends, beginning Jan. 26 in the Black Box Theatre. The two actors who played all parts were Alec Wimmer and Bradon Miller. Carson Barker directed the performance.

 

Benefit Dinner

Jun 29, 2017

The 52nd Annual Benefit Dinner, held Dec. 2, grossed almost $1.7 million. Peyton Manning, retired quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, spoke and was part of a question-and-answer session conducted by President Joe Wiley. A group of alumni and students, The Pride of FHU, performed at the beginning of the program under the direction of alumna Peggy Weaver.

 

 

Homecoming

Jun 29, 2017

Held Nov. 11-12, the traditional fall celebration’s theme was “Feels Like Home to Me.” Royalty selected were: Cassie Sikes, queen; Noah Icenhour, king; senior representatives: Rayna Glass, Savannah Mills, Landen Wright and Cody Nicholson; junior representatives: Kirby Gatlin, Caitlyn Carter, Richard Turner and Jacob Holmes; sophomore representatives: Lydia Powers, Zoie Birdwell, Drew Ferguson and Nash Hearn; and freshman representatives: Conley Clouse, Amelia Rogers, Ben Coleman and Blair Varner. Phi Kappa Alpha was the winner of the Homecoming Spirit Trophy. The men’s basketball team fell to Talladega College, while the Lady Lions defeated Bethel University in overtime.

 

Theatre - "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

Jun 29, 2017

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” opened the 2016-17 FHU Theatre season Oct. 13. The cast performing for sold-out crowds was: John Mark Redding as Charlie Brown; Miriam Sparks as Snoopy; Tansy Matheny as Lucy; Braden Miller as Schroeder; Shelby Matthews as Sally; and Alec Wimmer as Linus. Dr. Richard England, Steve Browning and Richard England, III, provided accompaniment. Dr. Cliff Thompson, along with Matheny and Richard England, directed the performance.

 

 

Mixer

Jun 29, 2017

Social clubs covered Bader Green in club colors and cheers, as they hosted their annual mixer to recruit new members and kick off the 2016-17 year.

RUSH

Jun 29, 2017

The admissions team hosted thousands of prospective students for The Desert: RUSH 2016, held Sept. 16-18. In addition to classes and keynote speeches, guests attended a Cereus Bright concert and the Jim Wand show, a longtime favorite.

 

INTERFACE

Jun 29, 2017

Under the direction of Tony Allen and student coordinators Caroline Latham and Brandon Gosselin, Interface leaders made sure that first-time students had an instant support group as they joined the FHU family.

Tolling of the Bell

Jun 29, 2017

Milton and Laurel Sewell served as Masters of the Bell for the opening academic ceremony. First-time student Keith Mattix II represented the student body in the ceremony.

 

Welcome Home

Jun 29, 2017

As faculty and staff prepared to welcome students for the fall semester, Dr. C.J. Vires led a group to different buildings on campus to pray for students. Saturday, Aug. 20, the FHU family greeted students and guests at Welcome Home, as they helped them move into their new home away from home.

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.

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.

Scenes from Fall 2015

Feb 04, 2016
Fall 2015 was filled with great memories from Tolling of the Bell in August to FHU's 51st Annual Benefit Dinner and graduation in December. Here are a few scenes from those events and some in between, including mixer, intercollegiate games and homecoming.