HPU Civic Engagement Class To Take Part In Service Projects

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 29, 2009 – High Point University students in an environmental ethics class, led by Dr. Chris Franks, assistant professor of religion, will participate in two service projects through the Piedmont Environmental Center (PEC).

The first event is a ?Halloween Safari,? to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30 at the PEC, located on Penny Road.

The annual PEC event gives kids and adults the chance to “meet the animals.” Guests are led down PEC trails in the evening, where they meet PEC staffers dressed as animals who tell about their lives in the woods. The event includes snacks, a campfire and live music. HPU students will be assisting in many different aspects of the event.

The second civic engagement event is a “Kayak Tour of Belews Lake,” to be held on Nov. 15. Dick Thomas, the director of the PEC, will lead HPU students on an ecological tour of Belews Lake by kayak. There, students will have the opportunity to learn the rich history of the lake ? a power plant lake with a very interesting ecological history – while witnessing the ongoing environmental issues first-hand.

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 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 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.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. 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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