HPU Senior Gains Valuable Experience While Working On 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 18, 2010 – High Point University student Jenna Dock recently had the unique opportunity to lend a hand on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Dock, a senior majoring in interior design, had the chance to participate in two episodes of the ABC television program, once in South Range, Wis., as well as the episode that was filmed recently in nearby Lexington.

While helping on the show, Dock put her skills from the classroom to work in a variety of projects ? ranging from designing responsibilities to helping with a number of smaller tasks, such as painting and assisting in the construction of furniture.

Her behind-the-scenes role on the show allowed her to observe the elements of production involved with interior design as well as meet dedicated professionals and volunteers.

“My experience on the show was really valuable,” Dock says. “I learned a lot and enjoyed being able to spend time around other designers and professionals in related fields.”

As an avid viewer and fan of the program, Dock was thrilled to have the chance to be a part of the inspirational show while putting her love of design to use for a good cause.

“It was amazing to see the communities come together to work on these houses,” Dock says. “Everyone was so friendly and each day the volunteers brought so much enthusiasm. The work we accomplished and everyone’s upbeat attitude really made the experience rewarding.”

High Point University’s interior design program was listed among the top 10 undergraduate design schools in the country in the November/December issue of Design Intelligence Magazine, http///www.di.net.

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.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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