Shall We Go?

Nov 29, 2018

Long before computers with endless memory storage, Freed-Hardeman had its own data bank, owned and operated by former president E. Claude Gardner. He knew and could recall, it seemed, every person who had been affiliated with Freed-Hardeman - a valuable resource in his raising funds for the university, I’m sure. He knew who you were, where you came from and where your mama went to church. And, some would say, he also knew your position on brotherhood issues. Even as his body grew weaker, that amazing memory never failed.

Browns Share Tips for Success

Nov 28, 2018

Seven Freed-Hardeman University students, all members of the Brown Legacy Research Team, and faculty advisor Brandon Lanciloti traveled to Atlanta this fall to interview major university donors, John and Rosemary Brown. Students were seeking to learn more about the Browns’ success and their contributions to the university.

Leaving a Legacy: FHU Professor Retires, Continues Learning

Nov 26, 2018

Stepping out in faith and seeking guidance from the Lord is how Dr. Elizabeth Ann Saunders has made many of the big decisions in her life. When she chose to be one of the first black students to attend Freed-Hardeman in the late 1960s instead of another school where she would not have been in the minority, Saunders prayed about her decision. In 1967 she became Freed-Hardeman’s first black graduate. Eleven years later, Saunders sought guidance from the Lord when she was a candidate for a teaching position at her alma mater. She became Freed-Hardeman’s first black faculty member in 1978.

Lion Painting

Nov 26, 2018

Freed-Hardeman University is a special place. It doesn’t take long living as a student on this campus to notice that Freed-Hardeman’s blessings are life-changing and lifelong. These blessings are seen through the memories of past and current students, from national championships to making memories with a social club.

Tarbets Loan Rare Works by Erasmus to University

Nov 09, 2018

Long-time minister David Tarbet and his wife Paula have placed on loan to FHU a 1522 Erasmus New Testament, third edition, and two Paraphrases (commentaries) by Erasmus. The Tarbets were recognized for their generosity during the Graduate Theology Research Symposium Nov. 2, 2018.

FHU Benefit Dinner Continues Tradition of Success

Nov 09, 2018

The 2017 benefit dinner at Freed-Hardeman University Friday night, Dec. 1, 2017, generated more than $1.3 million for scholarships at FHU. The event featured Tim Tebow, Heisman trophy winner, professional football player and football analyst for the SEC network. This marked the 18th consecutive year the FHU benefit has raised more than $1 million.

Xi Chi Delta Sweeps Makin’ Music Awards

Nov 09, 2018

Social club Xi Chi Delta swept the 2018 Makin’ Music awards Saturday night, April 7, 2018. Their “A Venture with the Vikings” won the sweepstakes award, placing first in every category of judging. Second and third place in the sweepstakes went to Phi Kappa Alpha’s “Rather Be in Hollywood” and Chi Beta Chi’s “Somewhere in My Memory,” respectively. Theta Nu won the Spirit of Makin’ Music award which was presented Friday night to the club who best embodies the spirit of the event.

Marvel: Exodus Out of Egypt

Nov 09, 2018

The crossing of the Red Sea is an impressively theatrical and historical event between the Israelites and Egyptians drawn from Exodus 14, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

Mr. and Miss FHU 2018 Announced

Nov 09, 2018

Beau Caviness, an exercise science major from Memphis, and Eden Clouse, a nursing major from Jackson, Tennessee, were named Mr. and Miss FHU during the spring 2018 semester. The honorees were chosen from the senior class by a vote of the faculty and staff based on the nominees’ character, influence, involvement, leadership and academic ability.

Athletics Top 10

Nov 02, 2018

Freed-Hardeman University's athletic teams had plenty to celebrate throughout the 2017-18 season. In addition to success on the field, they also demonstrated success in the classroom. Here are the Top 10 FHU Athletics' moments during the past year.

FHU Clayton Investment Team Celebrates 10 Years

Nov 02, 2018

Freed-Hardeman University business majors, both past and present, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Clayton Investment Team last fall. More than half of the investment team’s alumni returned to FHU’s campus to attend the reunion, which included an evening reception and program, a panel discussion with alumni and current students and the opportunity for alumni to observe a financial strategy meeting with current members of the team.

Dickson/Memphis Updates

Nov 02, 2018

The inaugural graduates of Freed-Hardeman/Dickson nursing program recently passed their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

FHU alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the school's impact in Memphis, as they spent an evening at the Memphis zoo.

Restoration of FHU's Old Main

Nov 02, 2018

Efforts to restore Old Main, Chester County’s oldest public building are well underway after reaching its $5.5 million fundraising goal to bring the building close to its original condition.


Oct 19, 2018

“I believe God wants Freed-Hardeman to be here, and with Him nothing is impossible,” Freed-Hardeman University President David R. Shannon told the large crowd gathered Thursday morning, Oct. 19, 2017, in Loyd Auditorium for his inauguration. The preacher-turned-president based that assertion on the number of times the future of the almost 150-year-old school looked bleak but helping hands appeared to assure the school would live on.

Trials and Gratitude

Oct 18, 2018

“I am grateful for the full plate God has given me, and I try to handle it all with care,” Chris Graber, graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in New Testament, said about his very busy life. Minister of the South Twin Cities Church of Christ in Rosemount, Minnesota, he balances his care of his family, his work with the church, a separate part-time job he does before his family awakens and his studies in FHU’s Graduate School of Theology.

Virtual Reality

Oct 18, 2018

Four Freed-Hardeman University computer science majors and their instructor designed a virtual reality game that takes fun to new heights.

FHU Selects Six to Sing with Ambassadors

Oct 03, 2017
Freed-Hardeman University has selected six students to perform this year as the Ambassadors. The acappella group, under the direction of Austin England, sings a variety of contemporary and classic Christian music, as well as several popular, secular melodies.
The Ambassadors work under the auspices of the admissions office. They perform frequently at gatherings of young Christians, including churches, schools, RUSH, Challenge Youth Conferences and other events.


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.

Richard England Participates in Juilliard Workshop

Jun 29, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University professor Richard England worked with Doori Na, an artist-in-residence for the pianoSonoma Music Festival in collaboration with The Juilliard School Evening Division in New York City the first week of June.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.