Freed-Hardeman University is gearing up to receive freshmen and transfer students Saturday, Aug. 17. As a part of the “Welcome Home” initiative, volunteers will be on-hand to greet new students and help them move into residence halls.
The Commons area on campus will be set up from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for “FHU 101,” an event that introduces new students to various campus and community services. Professional clubs, academic departments and university services including the tutoring center, counseling center and career center will be available to talk with students and answer questions. Representatives of the FHU parents’ organization will be on hand to provide information. Local businesses, non-profit organizations and churches have also been invited to participate in West Tennessee 101, an area showcasing the products and services of local businesses. Guests are invited to a free cookout in the Commons from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Interface, FHU’s orientation program, begins Saturday night and will continue through the first week of school; activities include a canoe trip, Olympic games and a carnival in the Commons.
New students will register for classes Tuesday, Aug. 19 and returning students will enroll Aug. 20. Classes begin on Wednesday.
The Tolling of the Bell Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in Loyd Auditorium will signify the beginning of the fall semester. Former FHU coach and teacher Hoyt Kirk is this year’s Master of the Bell; Kirk coached basketball and baseball and served as the director of Mid-South Youth Camp during his 30 years at FHU.
Kirk joined the Freed-Hardeman faculty in 1963 after a stint of high school coaching in Oran, Mo. He had earned degrees from David Lipscomb College and George Peabody College after four years in the United States Navy. He began his career here as the assistant to long-time basketball coach Dick Stewart and became the head coach in 1968. Over the next 30 years, he became an associate professor in the health, physical education and recreation department, directed intramurals, added baseball to his coaching duties, and sponsored the Griffins, a gymnastics performance group. In the summers, he directed Mid-South Youth Camp.
Students will find several changes to FHU’s campus in the upcoming semester, most notably the absence of Bader Gym. The site will become a green space for students to enjoy. Residents of Bradfield, Dixon and Porter-Terry halls will see improvements in their living quarters.
In addition to physical changes, some additions have been made to academic programs. A new major in interactive digital design is being offered by the departments of fine arts and mathematics and computer science and teacher certification in Spanish is now available. Business students in all of the college’s areas of emphasis are now able to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration simultaneously through a dual degree program. Additional graduate programs and opportunities have also been added.