HPU Hosts Annual 'Family Winter Weekend'

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 16, 2010 ? More than 2,000 visitors had a weekend of fun and entertainment, thanks to the exciting events held during the annual “Family Winter Weekend.”

HPU students and families had the chance to take part in tours of the new steakhouse, 1924 Prime, in the University Center; attend an exhibition of paintings by Argentinean artist Fernanda Piamonti; have tea with HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein; and attend HPU women?s and men’s basketball games.

The weekend also featured a special lecture series that highlighted the research from HPU professors Dr. Larry Simpson and Mark Tools. Simpson presented “Iran Under the Ayatollahs,” and Toole presented “What Would Buddha Do? Reflections on Hamster Wheels, Blind Turtles, and the Kitchen Sink.”

The series also featured a “Conversation with the Provost and Deans,” which gave students and families a chance to learn about the new general education program that will begin in the fall of 2010.

The lecture series continued with Brian Walsh, co-founder of Walsh & Nicholson Financial Group, who shared his inspirational story while challenging guests to rise above life’s ordinary and extraordinary challenges. The series concluded with a talk by Jack Lengyel, the real-life coach portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in the movie “We are Marshall.” Lengyel, who has  had a long and distinguished career in collegiate athletics, helped rebuild the football program and community at Marshall University after the tragic airline crash involving the entire team.

The weekend of activities also featured a performance by Mike Rayburn ? the “World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso.” Rayburn entertained the audience with his astounding guitar creations and comedy.

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 www.highpoint.edu or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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