HPU Students Lend A Helping Hand During Spring Break

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 26, 2009 – High Point University students used their time wisely during this year’s spring break. Several students from the Volunteer Center spent time in Texas, doing hurricane repair work, and students from service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega spent time in Atlantic Beach, taking part in work for Habitat for Humanity.

A total of 15 HPU students, along with members from Oak Ridge United Methodist Church and one student from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, traveled to Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. There, the group took part in numerous projects to help make repairs to buildings damaged by Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita.

“We primarily worked on the roof of a house, tearing off the old shingles and re-shingling it, as well as repairing rotted-out and damaged boards on the roof,” says Katie Mulig, HPU student who led the effort. “This particular home was damaged in Hurricane Rita in 2005. (The roof damage) had started to destroy the ceilings inside, so some worked inside to replace the ceilings. … We also started plumbing projects.”

Mulig says taking part in the project was especially rewarding.

“This area wasn’t fully recovered from Hurricane Rita when Hurricane Ike hit,” Mulig says. “The homes that were finished were hit again, and then the homes that were still waiting to receive help were hit again. It’s not until you’re actually in the area – seeing how these hurricanes have affected these people, their homes, their jobs, their families ? that you truly understand how important it is to help. We’re not only repairing their homes, we’re repairing their lives and restoring hope.”

A total of 16 students from Alpha Phi Omega visited Atlantic Beach, working with Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity. There, students worked in two areas – the Re-Store, where they helped organize, clean and prepare for new appliances and household items that arrive at the store, and at a house site, where they helped with construction, installing windows, fencing and more.

“There is an interest in our chapter to spend fall and spring breaks helping others, and Habitat for Humanity has always been a great option for this,” says Jenn Hastings, APO member. “Habitat thrives off the help of volunteers, and we are happy to provide that labor. This time, we were able to meet the family – and it made it great to actually see the people who would be benefiting from the hard work we were doing. It was a very fulfilling week and a great alternative to the typical college spring break.”
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 http://www.highpoint.edu/.

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

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