Sonshine Singers Reflect on Precious Memories

Apr 07, 2017

“If I didn't already have some idea about ‘Precious Memories,’ I definitely do now,” Winston Harless, former director of the Sonshine Singers, said as he thought about their reunion Feb. 5-6, 2016, in Sheffield, Alabama. “God certainly blessed us with a wonderful reunion,” he concluded.


SciFood: Exploring the Principles of Biology through Food

Jan 31, 2017

The goal of this project was to expose students to biological topics such as diffusion, fermentation, metabolism, pH, plant biology, food source sustainability, muscle structure, blood viscosity, lipid transport, biomolecules, water, the scientific method and G protein coupled receptors in a novel way. To do this, students in BIO 110 explored these topics by performing experiments using the kitchen as a classroom and laboratory in the Fall 2016 semester. Student perception of learning gains in this course was assessed, and the results will be presented to the SENCER Summer Institute in 2017. 


Jan 31, 2017

Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart and Kyle Chowning in 2008. Each December, photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists around the world find people in need and take, print and deliver portraits — free of charge.

NYC Fashion Photography

Jan 31, 2017

In August 2016 FHU photography majors traveled to New York City where they learned from professionals at MILK STUDIOS located in the city’s artist-centered Chelsea neighborhood. The Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI) provided students enrolled in ART 299/399 Fashion Photography the opportunity to step outside of the classroom and experience the life of a professional photographer.

Your Gifts: His Glory

Jan 27, 2017
Patrick Spears, class of 2016, plans to follow in his family’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the criminal justice field. Attending Freed-Hardeman University helped him discover his gifts for His glory.

Your Gifts: His Glory

Jan 27, 2017
Abby Lambert, class of 2016, is the fifth member of her family to attend Freed-Hardeman University. Lambert plans to use her gifts for His glory in the world of theatre by being a shining light in a typically secular industry.

Your Mind: His Glory

Jan 27, 2017
Sophia Fornbacher, class of 2016, came from California to Freed-Hardeman University to enhance her gifts for His glory. Fornbacher was accepted into the Medical College at Boston University.

FHU Students Give of Themselves to Help Others

Jan 20, 2017
Giving and serving are a part of FHU students' DNA. This fall, numerous students have given of themselves to help others. From special needs children to senior citizens, from Henderson to the world, students have impacted the lives of those around them and those far away.

Sports Marketing

Jan 19, 2017

In August 2016, a group of Freed-Hardeman University students participated in a sports marketing course that gave them the opportunity to gain real world experience.

Spanish Immersion Program

Jan 19, 2017

In July 2016, FHU students participated in the third FHU Abroad trip in Madrid since 2013. Excursions are a vital part of the immersion experience in Spain. Most of the excursions were guided tours, with one of the professors from the University of Madrid in attendance. Weekend excursions and day trips allowed for extended forays into the heart and soul of Spain. As a means of evaluation, students completed a reflective journal as part of the requirement for the immersion credit designated as SPA 367.


WFHU FM91 Celebrates 50 Years

Dec 13, 2016
Whether ten watts or 3,000 watts, Freed-Hardeman University's campus radio station has served FHU and Chester County for a half-century. The station celebrated its 50th anniversary during Homecoming 2016.

FHU's Doctoral Graduate Excels in Turning Schools Around

Jul 20, 2016
Educator Antonio Burt is one of four inaugural graduates of Freed-Hardeman University's Doctor of Education program. Burt has worked in Memphis City and Shelby County Schools, where he focused on improving academic performance in struggling schools. He now provides instructional and leadership coaching to the lowest-performing schools in the district as the director of school transformation in Pinellas County, Florida.

FHU Professor Ralph Gilmore Prepares for Debate

Jul 06, 2016
Professor of Bible and philosophy Dr. Ralph Gilmore will participate in a debate hosted by the Warren Christian Apologetics Center, in conjunction with Buckeyes for Christ at The Ohio State University Tuesday, Sept. 27. Gilmore will debate Dr. Alex Rosenberg, author and Duke professor. "Is God a Moral Monster?" will be the question debated.

Gosselin Shares Story to Inspire Others

Jul 06, 2016
FHU students inspire others and make their world better now. Faculty and staff provided feedback for FHU student Brandon Gosselin before he finished in the Top 300 speakers in the world through Toastmasters International.

Hope's ARC at FHU Builds on Dreams

Jun 24, 2016
The FHU family gathered April 8, 2016, to celebrate the realization of a beloved librarian's dream and thank John and Rosemary Brown and other donors, as the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center was dedicated.

Your Strength: His Glory

Jun 24, 2016
Nolan, Ana, Evan and Nina share their experiences as Freed-Hardeman students and intercollegiate athletes — and why their most important work is using their strength for God's glory.

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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.

Sacrifices for His Word

Jun 21, 2016
After spending more than a decade building a collection of rare Bibles and other manuscripts, David and Paula Tarbet have chosen to give their collection to Freed-Hardeman.

Hope’s ARC Builds on Dreams

Jun 21, 2016
The FHU family celebrates the realization of a beloved librarian’s dream and thanks John and Rosemary Brown and other donors at the dedication of the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center.

Aponte Wins Heart of a Lion Award

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University women’s soccer player Ana Aponte was named the 2016 Heart of a Lion Award recipient. The Charlie Smith Heart of a Lion Award is given annually to an FHU senior athlete who has demonstrated qualities of courage, determination, hard work, exemplary performance and service to others.

God's Got This: From Dark Tunnels to Sunlight

Jun 21, 2016
Faculty members Drs. Richard and Barbara England and learning center coordinator Connie Pritchard accompanied Freed-Hardeman students to Europe for the Spring 2016 semester. As the world woke to headlines about terrorists’ attacks in Brussels March 22, the three leaders implemented plans and maintained constant communication with students, families and administration, as events unfolded. The following pages contain excerpts from Barbara England’s journal during those days.

Illuminating the Word

Jun 21, 2016
Years ago, in the Medieval Ages, ancient biblical manuscripts contained detailed illuminations –colorful drawings that filled the pages and supplemented the text. As time has passed, fewer and fewer illuminated manuscripts are being published with exception of children’s Bible storybooks. Fortunately, the lack of detailed illustrations has not slowed down spiritual growth of Christians everywhere. Freed-Hardeman students, in particular, are excited about journaling in their Bibles.

Sanderson to Lead Men’s Basketball

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University has named Jim Sanderson, former head coach at Faulkner University, the new head coach of the Lion basketball program. He began his duties June 1.

Track and Field Joins FHU Spring Sports Slate

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University will add track and field to its intercollegiate offerings next spring, according to Mike McCutchen, athletic director. Derrick Spradlin, cross country coach, will also coach the track and field team.

Makin’ Music 2016 at FHU

Apr 19, 2016
We applaud each person whose hard work provided incredible memories for our students (past, present and future), families and friends at Makin’ Music 2016! Thank you for making our 39th show amazing. Keep up with plans for #MakinMusic40 at and

FHU/Dickson: Community Partner

Apr 18, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University is thankful to be part of the Dickson community at the Renaissance Center, partnering with Nashville State Community College and offering bachelor’s and graduate degrees in Middle Tennessee. Learn more at

FHU’s Mid-South Youth Camp

Apr 06, 2016
Are you and your friends ready for your summer adventure on 77 acres of magic? Our Mid-South family will tell you that something special happens at this faith-focused, life-changing, inspiring, joy-filled, eye-opening, uplifting camp. Make memories singing, reading, dreaming, hoping, growing, rowing, climbing and sliding... together. Learn more and register at

Your Future: His Glory

Mar 04, 2016
What do Dr. Joe DeLay’s infinity chalk line, chocolate goop, IHOP, goats, bonfires, painting the lion, caroling and Dr. Wiley’s bling have to do with your future? Ask our students and alumni, and join our FHU family, where talented faculty not only teach you today, they’ll encourage you for a lifetime. Their mission is to prepare you for your future. Your future: His glory. Learn more at

FHU Names Director of Dickson Nursing Program

Feb 24, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University has named the director of the university’s nursing program at Dickson scheduled to begin Fall 2016. Robert Spencer, a seasoned nurse educator and practitioner, began working with FHU Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

Hard Work, Time Management: Keens' RX for Success

Feb 17, 2016
With hard work and time management as their foundation, siblings Mitchell and Weston Keen, along with Mitchell's wife Jessica, discovered the perfect prescription for success. Freed-Hardeman University alumni and recent Pharm. D. graduates of the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, Mitchell and Jessica are employed by Kroger pharmacies in Knoxville and Maryville. Weston is in his first year of study at UTCHS.

Mid-South Youth Camp Names New Leadership Team

Feb 09, 2016
A new leadership team for Mid-South Youth Camp, operated by Freed-Hardeman University, will take the reins for Summer 2016. FHU President Joe Wiley made the announcement Monday night, Feb. 8, prior to the evening session of the university's annual Bible lectureship.

Freed-Hardeman Bible Lectureship: History, Tradition and New Additions

Feb 05, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University will host the 80th Annual Lectureship Series, “In My Place: The Servant Savior in Mark,” on the Henderson campus Feb. 7-11, 2016. While this year’s event will add new programs for the needs of today’s audience (, it will build on a rich history.

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.

Your Legacy: His Glory

Feb 04, 2016
From our students to faculty and staff to alumni and donors, we’re thankful for the examples of giving we see each day. Because you give, Freed-Hardeman remains a shining light in a dark world. We are 72,254 strong – students, alumni and friends of Freed-Hardeman University – side-by-side, giving time, talents and treasure. Thank you for allowing your legacy to reflect His glory.

Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center: Opening Day

Feb 01, 2016
Dr. Don Shull, Freed-Hardeman University Professor Emeritus of English and husband of the late Hope Barber Shull, and Wade Osburn, FHU Library Director, spoke about the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center on its opening day, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Prospective students, students, alumni and friends are invited to the center’s dedication Friday, April 8, 2016, at 1 p.m.

Dr. Kent Brantly at FHU

Jan 28, 2016
Dr. Kent Brantly, the speaker at Freed-Hardeman University’s 51st Benefit Dinner, recorded a message to encourage FHU students to be grounded in Christ, learning to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and to love their neighbors as themselves.

Stryker Task Learns About Leadership

Dec 08, 2015
Seven members of Mark Steiner's Business Strategies class answered the call to research a company, seeking to find the secrets to its success. They also sought to determine the role the chief executive officer played in that success. The company was Stryker Corporation and the CEO was John Brown, who, along with his wife Rosemary, are FHU alumni as well as the naming donors for the building in which the students are studying business.

They've Got Fish to Fry

Dec 02, 2015
They've Got Fish to Fry. For more than 30 years, folks in Lewis County, Tennessee, have been frying fish for a good cause. In 1982, two graduates of Freed-Hardeman, Jeff "Boo" Spears and Seth Chandler, returned to Hohenwald with the idea that other students should be able to enjoy what they had just experienced—a Christian education.

Clayton Investment Team Manages $1 Million Portfolio

Nov 24, 2015
The Clayton Investment Team, comprised of eight students and coordinated by two faculty advisors, has managed a $1 million stock portfolio since 2006 when Jim Clayton, chairman of Clayton Bancorp, Inc., provided the funds for the initial investment. Since the fund inception, the students' consistent approach has generated earnings of more than $500,000 while providing an invaluable educational experience.

FHU Christian Store – Midly Jadis

Nov 13, 2015
FHU student Midly Jadis talks about his life at FHU and how student scholarships funded by the FHU Christian Store help students like him. Learn more about the FHU Christian Store at

Prepare. Develop. Participate.

Sep 28, 2015
At Freed-Hardeman University, we help students prepare for life, develop their skills and participate in Christ's Kingdom. With study abroad opportunities, Honors College, the Clayton Investment Team, mission trips, Makin' Music, athletics and much more, there is something for every student to develop talents to serve and lead. Come to FHU, where faith and reason create Christian leaders.

Spring Break Mission Trips Light a Fire

Jul 16, 2015
One-week mission trips during spring break can have a powerful impact. For some students they light a fire that leads them to full-time mission work. Sigma Rho’s annual trips to the Dominican Republic have done just that.

Tibbals Challenge to Friends and Alumni

Jul 16, 2015
If FHU friends and alumni can raise $550,000 in “new money” this fiscal year, Howard and Janice Tibbals, along with two members of the Board of Trustees, have agreed to match that total. The challenge grant began June 1 and will continue through May 31, 2016.

Makin' Music 2015

Jul 16, 2015
Thirty-eight years and counting. Makin’ Music still dominates the spring landscape at FHU. Each year a new group of students learns the joy of costumed choreography while singing parodies of popular tunes. Thousands come to see the performance.

"Live a Life of Distinction"

Jul 16, 2015
Trustee John Law urged approximately 250 graduates to lead lives of distinction as they embarked on their careers. The faculty presented its highest honor, the Faculty Scholarship-Leadership Medal, to Morghan Parker, a chemistry major from Portland, Tennessee.

We Are the Champions!

Jul 16, 2015
Lion and Lady Lion teams won three conference championships this year. In only their second year of competition in the American Midwest, FHU teams proved a force to be reckoned with.

Dr. Kent Brantly to Speak at Benefit Dinner

Jul 16, 2015
Interest is high for the 51st annual benefit dinner Dec. 4. People are eager to hear Dr. Kent Brantly, medical missionary and Ebola survivor, tell his story of faith and survival. Ticket sales and sponsorships are keeping pace with those of last year, according to Dave Clouse, vice president of university advancement.

Banner Year

Jul 16, 2015
It’s been a banner year at FHU—literally. Maroon and white banners featuring the new logo now fly in Heritage Commons as well as other places on campus. They herald a campus whose face is changing.