HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 26, 2010 ? High Point University has been honored as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship ? the fifth university in the state to be given this designation.
“High Point University continues to be dedicated to the enhancement of the campus and seeks to maintain a learning environment complemented by a diverse landscape. Our faculty, staff, students, and donors along with landscape designers, local garden clubs, scientists, and others joined together to make our dream of a campus arboretum a reality,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. “HPU wants to ensure that our campus will be protected, enhanced, and stand as a symbol of our commitment to nurture the gifts of nature. The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are significant and highly visible residents of the High Point University campus while greatly impacting the quality of life of our campus and community.”
First Lady Mariana Qubein agrees, adding that this Tree Campus USA designation is important to the university because it shows the campus is looking at all facets to reach toward the goal of being “extraordinary.”
“This recognition is like a certification that shows we are doing our best to take care of our environment by preserving the trees, adding to our existing collection and beautifying the campus while making it educational,” Mrs. Qubein says.
It’s especially important to her personally, she says. “I love nature and want for anyone ? even if a person has no interest in nature ? to be able to learn about it just by being there. HPU’s Arboretum is unusual in the sense that while you are walking around, you can be learning at the same time. You don’t have to specifically go to an arboretum to learn about plant life at HPU; instead, it is everywhere – among the buildings as students walk from place-to-place.”
Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation John Rosenow says the Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact on HPU as it engages students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come.
“High Point University will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as well as improve the tree canopy in the City of High Point,” Rosenow adds.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring 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 http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.
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