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FHU Prepares to Welcome Students Home

Henderson, Tennessee - Aug 14, 2018

The welcome mat is out as Freed-Hardeman University awaits the arrival of new students Saturday, Aug. 18.


They will be greeted by Operation Helping Hands, a group of volunteers from the faculty, staff and returning students, who will help them carry their belongings to their dorm rooms.

New students will be able to check in between 8:00am and 3:00pm in the sports center lobby. Operation Helping Hands will assist with moving from 8:00am until 4:00pm.

Beginning at 10:00am approximately 20 campus groups along with 25 community partners will be located on the Sports Center walking track to distribute information about their offerings. “We want to introduce new students and their parents to our campus and community so they can learn about the resources available to them,” Ryan Malecha, one of the event’s planners, said.

New students and their parents are invited to a free lunch in the Commons from 11:00am to 1:30pm. “We expect to feed somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 people,” Malecha said.

Interface activities will begin at 6:30pm with opening ceremonies in Loyd Auditorium. Interface, FHU’s orientation program, is designed to acquaint students with the university. A campus-wide devotional is planned for 9:30pm.  Interface leaders have planned a week chock-full of informational and recreational activities for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

A new food service provider and the beginning of the restoration of Old Main are the major changes returning students will notice when they return to campus next week. Tony and Tamie Torres joined the university staff this summer to operate FHU’s food service. Bringing decades of experience in the hospitality industry to their task, the couple wants to create a home-away-from-home culture. “We understand that meals on campus play a major role in students’ college experience,” Tamie Torres said.

Long-awaited work to restore Old Main began this summer with the Alliance Corporation of Glasgow, Kentucky, in charge of the $5.5 million project. The restoration is expected to be completed by May 2019 in time for the university’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Other summer work included renovation of office space in the Gardner Center for the advancement and enrollment management offices and painting and installation of new equipment in all residence hall laundry rooms.

The school year officially begins with the Tolling of the Bell Aug. 22 at 10:30am in Loyd Auditorium. Dr. Elizabeth Saunders, retired faculty member, has been selected as the master of the bell. Classes also begin that day.