EDUCATION FACULTY MEMBER COMPLETES Ph.D.

Mar 03, 2021

Jennifer Creecy, who teaches in the College of Education, has completed her Ph.D. through Capella University, specializing in K-12 studies. Her dissertation explored the experiences of middle school mathematics teachers with problem solving and problem posing.

FHU HONORS MR. AND MISS FHU IN DELAYED CEREMONY

Mar 03, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University celebrated the 2020 Mr. and Miss FHU, Katie Morris and Kenneth Moore, Saturday, Aug. 22, in a ceremony in Chapel Hall. The event had been delayed because of COVID-19 and the subsequent early end of the spring semester.

FHU RECOGNIZED AS A BEST VALUE SCHOOL

Mar 03, 2021

Building on the momentum of two years of record enrollment, Freed-Hardeman University has again received strong rankings from U.S. News and World Report. FHU is listed in the top ten of Best Value Schools, coming in at number eight. The university is also included in the top one-third of Regional Universities in the organization’s 2021 Best Colleges report.

FINDING A PATH TO PROFESSIONAL PURPOSE

Mar 03, 2021

The FHU Passage initiative, slated to begin with the 2021 freshman class, is geared toward helping students determine “a path to professional purpose.” They will learn to set clear career goals and map a path for reaching them. New students typically enter college with many questions. This program is designed to help them answer at least three questions: What can I do? How do I grow? and Where can I go?

GREEN BAY PACKERS RECRUITER VISITS FHU

Mar 03, 2021

Chad Brinker credits his success as an assistant director of pro scouting/salary cap analyst for the Green Bay Packers to his relationship building skills and his ability to spot natural talent. The business is not for the faint of heart, Brinker explained during his visit to Freed-Hardeman University in November. He shared his story in chapel and in a sports marketing class.

FHU PRESIDENT LOOK-A-LIKE FACE MASKS BENEFIT LOCAL NON-PROFIT

Mar 03, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University students in Matt Barker’s communication class raised $1,500 for Henderson’s Exchange Club/Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse by selling face masks that resembled the lower,  mustached half of FHU President David Shannon’s face. Funding for the project came from a $1,000 LEADS grant from Leaders Credit Union.

MAKIN’ MUSIC LIVES ON!

Mar 03, 2021

According to Tony Allen, dean of student life and Makin’ Music producer, and his student coordinators, “Some Things Never Change.” Spring is coming, and FHU students will be Makin’ Music April 9-10, 2021. The annual musical extravaganza, derailed last year by COVID-19, was forced to move to an online streaming of a dress rehearsal.

MCCALL CO-WRITES FILM HONORING NICHELLE NICHOLS, “WOMAN IN MOTION”

Mar 03, 2021

The story of  “Star Trek” legend Nichelle Nichols and how she helped change the nation’s space agency appeared on the big screen for one night only Feb. 2, 2021, in theaters around the country. “Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA” focuses on NASA’s efforts in the late 1970s and ‘80s to recruit people of color and the first female astronauts.

TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM AMONG TOP IN THE COUNTRY

Mar 03, 2021

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization, has named Freed-Hardeman University’s graduate elementary teacher preparation program among the top in the country for strong training in classroom management strategies.

VIDEOS SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE OF FHU FAMILY

Mar 03, 2021

FHU’s Office of Alumni Engagement has instituted an initiative designed to share the collective knowledge and wisdom possessed by the FHU family. A series of short videos, called “FHYou…Connecting Your Expertise” provides ideas, advice and best practices across a wide range of topics.

BOBBIE SOLLEY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Mar 03, 2021

Dr. Bobbie Solley, former director of education development for Healing Hands International and a retired professor from Middle Tennessee State University, has worked to establish the Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching at Freed-Hardeman University. The center was launched officially in January 2021.

SERVING STUDENTS, HONORING SAUNDERS

Mar 02, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University’s renovated and expanded Wallace-Gano Dining Hall will be re-named in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. Elizabeth Saunders, FHU President David R. Shannon announced at the university’s annual benefit dinner. The Dr. Elizabeth Saunders Center will include the cafeteria, the Lion’s Pride Marketplace, student services, bookstore, mail room and the ATPI Center for Digital Innovation, which will initially house four programs: robotics, artificial intelligence, computer engineering and cybersecurity. Funding for the renovation and expansion will be funded by the generosity of John W. and Rosemary K. Brown.

REFLECTING ON FALL 2020

Mar 02, 2021

Going into the semester, everyone was unsure what FHU would be like.

NAMING NAIA PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS

Mar 02, 2021

Lion baseball players Josh Sears and Alex Huey were named NAIA Preseason All-Americans, the league announced a little over a month and a half before the 2021 season began.

FHU DAY OF GIVING CHALLENGE

Mar 02, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University’s second annual Day of Giving Nov. 5, 2020, resulted in gifts totaling almost $400,000. Spurred by challenges from two anonymous donors, 1,286 alumni and friends of the university made contributions to 51 projects, ranging from scholarships to equipment for the campus radio station. Requests came from the Associates, social clubs, the library, Mid-South Youth Camp, athletic teams and others.

CONTINUING $1M EXPERIENCE

Mar 02, 2021

When Jim Clayton, president of Clayton Bank, began a $1 million stock portfolio in 2007, the intent was that Freed-Hardeman University students would manage it, thereby learning about investing from a very real world perspective. In addition, FHU’s College of Business would share in the profits and pay back any losses.

BROWNS: CHANGING HISTORY AND LIVES

Mar 02, 2021

Continuing their years of philanthropy to Freed-Hardeman University, as well as many other entities, John W. and Rosemary K. Brown have pledged to give FHU $15 million over the next five years. It is the largest single gift in the history of the university. 

MOVING TO THE PROS

Mar 02, 2021

Former Lion Bryan Battle signed a professional contract to play for KK Promo in Bosnia’s top professional basketball division, less than one year removed from his stellar season in an FHU uniform.

ZOOMING WITH SINISE

Mar 02, 2021

The Freed-Hardeman University Annual Benefit Dinner for scholarship funds, held Friday night, Dec. 4, 2020, raised more than $1.5 million to assist students. The total exceeded last year’s total, despite the challenge of hosting it during a pandemic.

WINNING WITH HUMILITY

Mar 02, 2021

New coaches, new teammates, new conference— Lion guard Kortland Martin has had to deal with a lot of new during his time at FHU. His humility and work ethic not only helped him get through those changes but turned him into one of the top guards in the country also.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Mar 02, 2021

In the midst of a pandemic, live theatre returned to the Freed-Hardeman University stage Nov. 5-7, 2020. “Little Shop of Horrors” was FHU Theatre’s first production since March when COVID-19 closed the curtains.“The show went really well,” Director Cliff Thompson said. “It was well attended and the performances were solid. I received a lot of comments about the excellence of the set; how finished everything appeared.”

SMASHING RECORDS

Mar 02, 2021

In the midst of a pandemic, Freed-Hardeman University has again set enrollment records. Total headcount for Fall 2020 stands at 2,188 students, with 1,727 of those being undergraduates. Both are all-time highs.

HONORING HALL OF FAME ALUMNI

Mar 02, 2021

Two athletes were inducted into the FHU Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 7, 2020. Jim Carter, Lion first baseman from 1995 to 1997, and Haley Newby McRady, All-American Lady Lions basketball player who graduated in 2015, were added to the illustrious group.

FINDING NEW WAYS TO SERVE

Mar 02, 2021

Feeding the Freed-Hardeman University, family a “real” Thanksgiving meal made the Lion’s Pride Dining Services staff happy, to say nothing of the students, faculty and staff. “We were super excited to offer a wide variety of more traditional holiday items,” Tamie Torres said. “This is the largest number of items we have been able to serve all semester, and we could not have been happier.”

COMMENCING

Mar 02, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University honored 2020 spring and winter graduates at separate ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 21, in Loyd Auditorium.

PROTECTING THE PRIDE

Aug 07, 2020

Freed-Hardeman University President David R. Shannon has announced plans to welcome students back for on-campus instruction in August 2020. “We can’t wait to welcome new students and reunite with returning students on campus,” he said. “We are family, and we love spending time with family. We also want to keep our family safe, and as Lions, we want to Protect the Pride!”

SUE SHELTON WHITE: LADY WARRIOR

Aug 07, 2020

Suffragist, attorney, writer and politician, Sue Shelton White rose from being the orphaned daughter of Chester County teachers to become one of the state’s and nation’s leaders in the fight for women’s rights, particularly the right to vote. Generally referred to as “Miss Sue,” her petite size belied her considerable abilities and will. James Tate, general counsel for the federal Social Security Board, called her “a lady warrior” – both a Southern gentlewoman and a fighter.

OVER JUST LIKE THAT

Aug 07, 2020

All spring sports at FHU, as well as the rest of the country, ceased in 2020. 

 

The sounds of sports were silenced: no crack of the bat, no swish of the net. 

 

The hush of the golf course seemed permanent. There would be no trip to the national tournament for the Lady Lion basketball team, and the NAIA World Series was not to be played.

 

MAKIN’ MUSIC 2020: THE WORLD’S GONE CRAZY

Aug 07, 2020

Makin’ Music, Freed-Hardeman University’s annual musical extravaganza, did not take the stage in April for the first time in its more-than-40 year history. Hundreds of students had practiced for months. They had written lyrics, practiced choreography, designed costumes and staging and rehearsed for endless hours, all in anticipation of the annual event which typically draws large crowds to campus. Makin’ Music was canceled by concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

FHU VINYL PROJECT

Aug 07, 2020

Freed-Hardeman University alumnus Rodger Holtin (‘72), lover of music, history, and vinyl, is nearing completion of a project to find and make available to friends of Freed-Hardeman, the sounds of her past. The FHU Vinyl Project, as he calls it, entails finding vinyl recordings of the college choral groups, chapel, the Pied Pipers and sermons, converting them to digital and making them available to other FHU alumni and friends.

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: THEY AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

Aug 07, 2020

To improve their musicality and to sharpen their audition skills, a group of FHU students participated in a theatre workshop at Playhouse on the Square. The venue is Memphis’ premier professional, regional theatre. They toured the facility and participated in a workshop with executive producer Michael Detroit and music director Nathan McHenry.

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: HEADED WEST

Aug 07, 2020

Two FHU students, Amelia Beames and Hannah Mabry, took the ultimate college road trip last summer, visiting 17 national parks and monuments as they completed an Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI) project.

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: CARING FOR CUSCO

Aug 07, 2020

Eleven students, accompanied by two members of the nursing faculty, Dr. Sarah Pierce and Linda Hodges, went to Cusco, Peru, for two weeks in January, 2020. “This project was all about providing medical care to the lower income people of Cusco,” Pierce said. They worked with the CerviCusco clinic.

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: ADVOCATING FOR EDUCATING

Aug 07, 2020

Forty teacher education students drawn from the Introduction to Education and Special Education Foundations classes, along with their teachers, Dr. Alesha Northcutt and Ashley Estes, visited the Tennessee capitol for “Legislative Day on the Hill.” The day was designed to help students understand how to be advocates for education.

BREAKING BARRIERS

Aug 07, 2020

Dr. Vicki M. Johnson didn’t set out to break any barriers or shatter any glass ceilings when she returned to her alma mater to teach in 1979. “I never really thought about it,” she said. She came to teach business education, which she did, including typewriting, shorthand, and office management. Returning to her alma mater as a member of the faculty was, she says, “fulfilling a dream.” She counts working with two of her mentors, Wynelle Hiten and Dr. J. Walker Whittle, as highlights of her teaching career.

ANSWERING THE CALL FOR UNITY

Aug 07, 2020

JESUS DECLARED, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

YOUR PLACE IN HISTORY

Dec 07, 2019

As the first book to chronicle the entirety of FHU’s history is produced, you can add your or your family’s name in it. For a gift of $250, your name will be included and you will be among the first to receive a copy of this extraordinary book when it is printed in 2020. This limited opportunity is available only to early respondents. 

ONE, TWO, THREE, ONCE UPON A TIME

Dec 07, 2019

One, two, three . . . once upon a time, a showman came to a hamlet in Tennessee with a dream in his head and a love of children in his heart. Henry A. McDaniel, Jr. came to Freed-Hardeman College in 1969 to establish a theatre program. He brought with him an idea he had picked up at Florida State University. He would form a troupe of actors who would entertain children of all ages with songs, poems and stories. They would create magic without the aid of sets or props. With only their imagination and the cooperation of their audience, they would cast a spell on young and old and everyone in between.

GOD BLESS YOU, GO WITH GOD

Dec 07, 2019

Bible professor Stan Mitchell transitioned from this earth in Jackson, Tennessee, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, following a heart attack suffered the previous Friday on the Freed-Hardeman campus. 

FHU SMASHES ENROLLMENT RECORDS IN 150TH YEAR

Dec 07, 2019

In its 150th year, Freed-Hardeman University is celebrating more than its history. This fall’s numbers show another year of record enrollment, according to FHU President David R. Shannon. Total head count for the Fall 2019 semester stands at a record-breaking 2,117 students, an increase of 100 over last year. 

HARDEMAN HOUSE RESTORATION COMPLETE

Dec 07, 2019

Restoration of the Hardeman House, home of long-time Freed-Hardeman President N.B. Hardeman, has been completed. FHU hosted a ribbon cutting and viewing of the house Aug. 21. Frank “Brad” Bradshaw, great-grandson of the Hardemans, spoke at the re-opening of the house.

FHU JUMPS IN US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RANKINGS

Dec 06, 2019

Freed-Hardeman University moved up eight spots in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report ranking of colleges and universities, making this the second consecutive year FHU has made major gains in the standings. In the past two years, the university has moved up 15 spots.

Band of Brothers

Dec 06, 2019

Think Bibles and bikers are an unlikely combination? Not to this gang. For almost 15 years, a group of FHU Bible teachers, along with a few of their friends, have taken extended motorcycle tours.

Van Kampen Receives Recognition

Aug 23, 2019

A former member of the Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lion soccer team has received a top character award from the American Midwest Conference. Avis Van Kampen, a 2019 graduate from Atoka, Tennessee, has been selected as a finalist for the NAIA’s Dr. LeRoy Walker Character Award.

SAC Benefit Dinner with Paul Finebaum

Aug 23, 2019

More than 500 persons gathered in Freed-Hardeman University’s Brewer Sports Center Saturday evening, April 27, to hear Paul Finebaum, a leading voice for sports coverage in the Southeast. Proceeds from the dinner benefit intercollegiate athletics at FHU.

Peggy Weaver Makin' Music Endowment Fund

Aug 23, 2019

Freed-Hardeman University has established an endowment fund to ensure future editions of Makin’ Music continue to enhance the experience of FHU students participating in the annual extravaganza.

Lions Host NAIA Opening Round

Aug 23, 2019

FHU hosted the opening round of the NAIA Baseball National Tournament for the first time in school history, allowing the Lions to punch their ticket to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, in front of an appreciative home audience. Eight other sites across the country hosted opening round tournaments, also.

Dining Hall Planned for MSYC

Aug 23, 2019

Mid-South Youth Camp, operated by Freed-Hardeman University, announced a campaign to raise $1.65 million to build a new dining hall. Several hundred attended the July 21 event, “A Celebration of God’s Abundant Blessings,” as they thanked God for what He had done this summer, kicked off the final week of summer camp and announced that $1,140,000 had been raised. 

Mission Trips at FHU

Aug 23, 2019

While some college students made headlines with their spring break beach trips, many Freed-Hardeman University students chose to spend their time away from campus in a far different way. Some went with fellow social club members; others went with local congregations.

Xi Chi Delta Wins Makin’ Music Awards

Aug 23, 2019

Henderson, Tennessee — (April 9, 2019) — Social club Xi Chi Delta’s “How the West Was Won” claimed Makin’ Music 2019’s top prize Saturday night, April 6, 2019, at Freed-Hardeman University’s Loyd auditorium.

FHU Faculty Awards Scholarship-Leadership Medal to Harris

Aug 23, 2019

Dr. C.J. Vires, provost and vice president for academics, presented the Faculty Scholarship-Leadership Medal to Isabel Harris, who graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. Multiple faculty members described her as “one of the finest students they have had the opportunity to teach,” Vires said.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Aug 23, 2019

FHU’s Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI) exists to enhance the academic experience for FHU undergraduate students (fhu.edu/eli).  It connects the classroom with the real world – from theory to applied practice. Megan Luffman, senior communication and English double major, was among a small group of students who explored Europe this summer to study Freed-Hardeman alumni who served during World War II, and she shared her experience.

Conference Move Will Renew Old Rivalries

Aug 23, 2019

During a joint press conference at the Jackson Chamber Boardroom in Jackson, Tennessee, the presidents of Bethel University, Freed-Hardeman University and Martin Methodist College announced their schools’ transfers to the Mid-South Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Teams will first compete in their new conference in the 2020-21 academic year.

Joris M. Ray: Leading with Passion

Aug 23, 2019

Dr. Joris M. Ray spent much of his career in education working for the public schools in Memphis. Now he is the district’s new superintendent, leader of 110,000 students and the second largest employer in Shelby County.

On the Trail: Darby Miskelly

Aug 23, 2019

To celebrate the completion of her master’s degree in school counseling, Darby Miskelly and two of her friends, Chelsea Jones and Kristen Shouse, hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018.

Casey Gower: Through His Lens

Aug 23, 2019

Casey Gower, a 2019 graduate with multiple majors, soon scored not one, but two jobs. “Majoring in computer science, interactive digital design and photography allowed me to open my wings and express myself in so many different ways,” he said.

Giving Compassionate Care: Brooklyn Polk

Aug 23, 2019

A member of the first nursing cohort at FHU/Dickson, alumna Brooklyn Polk works in the emergency department of TriStar Horizon Medical Center in Dickson. “I absolutely love my job,” she commented. “I love the excitement and fast pace of the workflow.”

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. 

Help-Portrait

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.

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.