Where God Leads

Jun 29, 2017

As FHU President David Shannon looks toward his new role, he sees himself as a servant, as well as a leader. “I hope I can serve in a way that alumni will continue to love their school, potential students will be drawn to it, and God will say, ‘Well done.’”

Clouse Leading Advancement, Enrollment Management and Marketing

Jun 29, 2017

At the request of President David Shannon, FHU Vice President Dave Clouse has accepted a broader role, moving from vice president for university advancement to vice president for community engagement. In addition to overseeing university advancement, Clouse now leads enrollment management (admissions and student financial services) and marketing (Bramblett Group).

DeLay Retires and Returns as Student

Jun 29, 2017

Dr. Joe DeLay has left a lasting impression on thousands of students since the fall of 1982. In 2016, DeLay retired after 34 years of teaching chemistry and physical science; however, his FHU journey isn’t over yet. This spring he returned to FHU — as a student.

 

FHU/Dickson Nursing Program Continues Growth in Service Middle Tennessee

Jun 29, 2017

FHU Dickson began offering classwork leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Fall 2016 semester after a 7,000 square feet renovation. The state-of-the-art environment is now a place where students can learn the art and science of the nursing profession. Twelve students enrolled in the first cohort and are expected to receive their degrees in May 2018.

FHU Professor, Teenager with Autism Communicate Through Music

Jun 29, 2017

Dr. Richard England and his newest piano student, Coleman Dove, a Chester County teenager with autism, have begun a relationship in which they learn to community through music. Dove learned the names of notes and found them on a keyboard — with no prior experience and in only a half-dozen informal sessions.

Three Perform at Carnegie Hall

Jun 29, 2017

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Two Freed-Hardeman University students and a recent graduation put in countless hours of rehearsals to prepare for the Young Adult Honors Performance Series in New York City. The trio memorized 80 pages of music for the nearly hour-long performance.

ELI: Dark Horse Studios

Jun 29, 2017
As part of the Freed-Hardeman University Engaged Learning Initiative, English and music students traveled to Dark Horse Studios in Nashville to learn more about the process of writing and recording a song.

Dark Horse

Jun 29, 2017

As part of the Freed-Hardeman University Engaged Learning Initiative, English and music students traveled to Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, Tennessee to learn more about the process of writing and recording a song. Lyricists and composers were paired, and they immediately began what would be a year-long journey. Lyricists were Amanda Menter, Branson, Missouri; Megan Breece, Lyles, Tennessee; Madison Darby, Selmer, Tennessee; Nic Moon, Huntsville, Alabama; and Karly Cross, Grove City, Ohio.

Dale Neal National Coach of the Year

Jun 29, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University Head Coach Dale Neal was named the 2017 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National NAIA Coach of the Year. Neal was selected by his peers after leading his team to an exceptional season. This marked his 47th year in coaching.

Tennis Returns to FHU Spring 2018

Jun 29, 2017

The university administration has announced that men’s and women’s tennis will return to FHU beginning Spring 2018. Stark Davis, FHU criminal justice professor, has been named coach of the teams and has recently begun preparations for the Spring 2018 season.

 

Ssempa Wins Heart of a Lion

Jun 29, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University’s men’s soccer player Nassar Ssempa was honored April 27 at the Sports Advisory Council Benefit as the 2017 Charlie Smith Heart of a Lion Award recipient.

SAC Benefit with Rick Barnes

Jun 29, 2017

Rick Barnes, head coach of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team, spoke at Freed-Hardeman University Thursday, April 27. FHU’s Sports Advisory Council hosted the dinner to raise funds for the university’s intercollegiate athletic program.

Doctoral Dissertation Shelvings

Jun 29, 2017

Candidates for the Doctor of Education presented copies of their dissertations to Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center. Writing and defending the dissertations complete the requirements for the doctoral degree.

 

 

Party on the Green

Jun 29, 2017

Party on the Green was held during the weekend of Makin’ Music 40 to provide alumni and friends with the opportunity to enjoy fellowship, food and fun in between Saturday performances.

 

FHU 2017 Retirees Honored at Reception

Jun 29, 2017

On Friday, April 28, the FHU 2017 retirees were recognized in chapel and at a reception. The retirees honored were Mrs. Carole Childers, Mrs. Debbie Cone, Dr. Joe DeLay, Dr. Sam Jones, Mrs. Melanie Linder, Mr. Robert Taylor and Ms. Rhonda Thompson.

Commencement

Jun 29, 2017

At commencement ceremonies held in Loyd Auditorium Dec. 16 and May 13, new alumni received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. At the May graduation,  President Joe Wiley was the speaker and referred to his last time wearing the “bling” (the nickname students have given the presidential medallion). Also in May, an honorary master’s degree was awarded posthumously to Todd Walker, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS) and passed away before completing the degree. Concluding the spring ceremony, Cassie Sikes and Darren Heintzman received the Faculty Scholarship-Leadership Medal.

 

 

Nursing Pinning

Jun 29, 2017

Held the evening before May graduation, the traditional pinning ceremony marked nursing students’ transition into their profession. Each participant received FHU’s unique pin.

Theatre
 

Theatre - "Blithe Spirit"

Jun 29, 2017

The “Blithe Spirit” cast included:  Carson Barker, Samantha McMillan, Summer Turner, Shelby Matthews, Kevin Record, Briana Whitsitt and Katie Collier. Alumna Tansy Matheny was assisted by Dr. Cliff Thompson in directing the play, which ran for two weekends beginning April 20. Audiences enjoyed the performance on the backstage of Loyd Auditorium.

 

 

Theatre
 

Theatre - "Eleemosynary"

Jun 29, 2017

“Eleemosynary” opened March 9 and ran for two weekends at The Black Box Theatre. Directed by alumna Hannah Graves, the play featured three student cast members, Amanda Baugh, Marla Nordstrom and Adrianna Vance.

 

 

Lectureship

Jun 29, 2017

The 81st Annual Bible Lectureship, “‘Identity in Crisis: Daniel’s Vision for the Future,” was Feb. 5-9. The week included several dinners, including the appreciation dinner honoring alumnus John Dale. Sessions throughout the week focused on a variety of areas: business, the Tarbet rare Bible collection, Christian caretakers, evangelism, youth and family, Hispanic ministries and women, children and teens. Early morning prayer sessions opened the days, and late-night devotionals for college students closed them. The Lectureship Chorus, led by John R. Hall and Dr. Gary McKnight, Chorale and others performed. Vendors filled the Brewer Sports Center, where the Associates welcomed guests and provided relaxing venues for lunch, refreshments and coffee.

Theatre
 

Theatre - "Greater Tuna"

Jun 29, 2017

“Greater Tuna” ran two weekends, beginning Jan. 26 in the Black Box Theatre. The two actors who played all parts were Alec Wimmer and Bradon Miller. Carson Barker directed the performance.

 

Benefit Dinner

Jun 29, 2017

The 52nd Annual Benefit Dinner, held Dec. 2, grossed almost $1.7 million. Peyton Manning, retired quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, spoke and was part of a question-and-answer session conducted by President Joe Wiley. A group of alumni and students, The Pride of FHU, performed at the beginning of the program under the direction of alumna Peggy Weaver.

 

 

Alumni
 

Homecoming

Jun 29, 2017

Held Nov. 11-12, the traditional fall celebration’s theme was “Feels Like Home to Me.” Royalty selected were: Cassie Sikes, queen; Noah Icenhour, king; senior representatives: Rayna Glass, Savannah Mills, Landen Wright and Cody Nicholson; junior representatives: Kirby Gatlin, Caitlyn Carter, Richard Turner and Jacob Holmes; sophomore representatives: Lydia Powers, Zoie Birdwell, Drew Ferguson and Nash Hearn; and freshman representatives: Conley Clouse, Amelia Rogers, Ben Coleman and Blair Varner. Phi Kappa Alpha was the winner of the Homecoming Spirit Trophy. The men’s basketball team fell to Talladega College, while the Lady Lions defeated Bethel University in overtime.

 

Theatre
 

Theatre - "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

Jun 29, 2017

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” opened the 2016-17 FHU Theatre season Oct. 13. The cast performing for sold-out crowds was: John Mark Redding as Charlie Brown; Miriam Sparks as Snoopy; Tansy Matheny as Lucy; Braden Miller as Schroeder; Shelby Matthews as Sally; and Alec Wimmer as Linus. Dr. Richard England, Steve Browning and Richard England, III, provided accompaniment. Dr. Cliff Thompson, along with Matheny and Richard England, directed the performance.

 

 

Mixer

Jun 29, 2017

Social clubs covered Bader Green in club colors and cheers, as they hosted their annual mixer to recruit new members and kick off the 2016-17 year.

RUSH

Jun 29, 2017

The admissions team hosted thousands of prospective students for The Desert: RUSH 2016, held Sept. 16-18. In addition to classes and keynote speeches, guests attended a Cereus Bright concert and the Jim Wand show, a longtime favorite.

 

INTERFACE

Jun 29, 2017

Under the direction of Tony Allen and student coordinators Caroline Latham and Brandon Gosselin, Interface leaders made sure that first-time students had an instant support group as they joined the FHU family.

Tolling of the Bell

Jun 29, 2017

Milton and Laurel Sewell served as Masters of the Bell for the opening academic ceremony. First-time student Keith Mattix II represented the student body in the ceremony.

 

Welcome Home

Jun 29, 2017

As faculty and staff prepared to welcome students for the fall semester, Dr. C.J. Vires led a group to different buildings on campus to pray for students. Saturday, Aug. 20, the FHU family greeted students and guests at Welcome Home, as they helped them move into their new home away from home.

Walking Where Jesus Walked

Jun 29, 2017

A generous donor helped make it possible for a select group of Freed-Hardeman students to go on a 10-day journey to Israel as part of the university’s Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI). Mark Blackwelder, Bible professor, led the cultural and educational tour. In addition to FHU representatives Mark and Dana Blackwelder and Dave and Eve Clouse, former President Milton Sewell and his wife, Laurel, also accompanied the students on their journey.

40 Years of Makin’ Music

Jun 29, 2017

Thousands of alumni, students, family members, and friends celebrated Makin’ Music’s 40th anniversary April 7-8, 2017. Alumna Peggy Weaver directed dozens of former hosts and hostesses as they returned for a reunion on Loyd’s stage. Xi Chi Delta received the Spirit of Makin’ Music Award, and sweepstakes winners were Phi Kappa Alpha (first), Xi Chi Delta (second), and Sigma Rho (third). The show was dedicated to Vice President Wayne Scott for his love of the FHU family through the years.

Makin' Music 2017 Recap

Jun 29, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University hosted the 40th annual Makin' Music in Spring 2017. Thousands of students and alumni came together to celebrate the weekend.