HPU Hosts 'A Gathering Of Entrepreneurs'

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 20, 2009 – High Point University recently hosted “A Gathering of Entrepreneurs” on campus.

The event took place on March 18 in David Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. Approximately 100 HPU alumni executives and business owners gathered to build relationships, identify internship and job opportunities for students, and volunteer as guest lecturers. HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein gave a presentation discussing business in the 21st century.

“I was overwhelmed with enthusiasm after hearing the optimistic view of Dr. Qubein and how he is transforming our university, especially through our current economic climate,” says Laine Mashburn, a 1962 graduate and president and CEO of Ionics Medical Corporation. “I am so proud of my alma mater.”

“The entrepreneurs who attended this event were asked to impact High Point University in many different ways,” explains Dr. Jim Wehrley, associate professor and dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business. “Their involvement will help them form a networking web that we hope will reconnect and benefit our alumni and current students, and the university?s entrepreneurship program.”

Following the event, participants attended a special networking reception.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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