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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.