HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 30, 2009 – Thanks to the BB&T-sponsored program on Free Enterprise and Capitalism at High Point University, several HPU students had the opportunity to take part in the Southern Students for Liberty Conference, held on Oct. 24 at Wake Forest University.
The conference aimed to promote the ideals of liberty while exposing students to leading libertarian intellectuals and informing them how to be effective campus activists. Guests at the conference included John Allison, former CEO of BB&T, and Fred Smith, founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
“College students from all over the Southeast attended the conference, and it was a great opportunity for our students to engage new ideas and make connections with prominent political figures,” says Dr. Matthew DeSantis, assistant professor of political science at HPU.
Students who attended include Amanda Anderson, Nicholas Golliday, Matthew Mizell, Danielle Quinn, RJ Read and Matthew Tremblay. All agree that the conference was a great educational opportunity.
“The Southern Students for Leadership Conference was a great way to experience not only libertarian ideals, but also to experience different political viewpoints that do not always get attention in the general public setting,” says RJ Read. “As a political science student at High Point University, I considered it a pleasure to network and form discussions with many of the noteworthy speakers in attendance at the conference.”
“The conference brought together liberty-loving students from across the South with one common passion, that of freedom,” says Matthew Mizell. “This conference not only energized young activists, but informed me as well as my fellow students about the need to commit to individual freedom, less government, and above all else, liberty.”
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 .
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