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FHU’s New Library to Be Dedicated April 8; Public Invited to Attend, Tour the Facility

Henderson, Tenn. - Apr 04, 2016

The public is invited to attend the dedication of Freed-Hardeman University’s Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center Friday, April 8, at 1:00pm on the lawn.

Dr. C.J. Vires, provost and vice president for academics, and Wade Osburn, library director, will make remarks. Dr. Don Shull, professor emeritus, will respond for the Barber-Shull family, and Ted Williams, vice chairman of the FHU Board of Trustees, will lead the dedicatory prayer. In addition, the University Chorale will present two selections. A commemorative portrait of Hope Shull will be unveiled by Dr. Joe Wiley, FHU president, and the Barber and Shull families.

Hope Barber Shull served as library director until shortly before her passing March 10, 2013.  She had long dreamed of a larger Freed-Hardeman library that would increase the materials available and better meet the expanding and shifting role of libraries. She had met with the architects and was instrumental in the planning phase of the building. It bears her imprint in its design and in its aim to better serve students, according to Wiley. A reading area where the portrait will hang is dedicated to her. It is located near the west entrance of the new facility.

The 49,599 square foot facility, which more than doubled the previous library space, opened to rave reviews this semester. Don Shull visited the three-story facility Monday morning, Feb. 1, not long after it opened for its first day of business, and pronounced it “beautiful.” “It’s the kind of library Hope dreamed of,” he said. “From the beginning, Hope wanted a building that was designed to look beautiful, to be state-of-the-art, and, of course, to be highly functional.”

Following the dedicatory remarks, the library will be open for tours and refreshments will be served.