HPU Presents 'Think BIG' Awards

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 22, 2010 – Thanks to the Think BIG Awards, four professors can continue pursuing projects that will help further High Point University’s tradition of educational excellence.

The professors – Ed Simpson, from the Department of Theatre; Dr. Chris Fowler, from the Department of Chemistry and Physics; and Dr. Marc Foster and Dr. Danny Frye, from the Department of Music ? were awarded the grants during a special presentation on April 16.

The HPU Think BIG Awards represent a one-time allocation of funds that are awarded on a competitive basis to exceptional faculty projects that enhance the student learning experience and enrich the broader academic community. The grants awarded aim to encourage faculty to imagine and design truly innovative, creative and engaging approaches to student learning – and the professors awarded submitted equally impressive projects.

Simpson will receive $17,000 for his two projects “The Cariani Project” and the “HPU New Play Contest.” Both of these are aimed to enhance a new curricular emphasis on dramatic writing. The Cariani Project is an exciting innovation that will foster and nurture a new theatrical work as well as the development of emerging playwrights. It will allow students the opportunity to stage the world premiere of a new play by John Cariani. The playwriting contest will create a signature HPU event and allow students to mount another premiere production of a new play. 

Fowler will receive $53,292 for his project titled “Chemistry Interactive Multi-Media Pre-Laboratory Lectures.” The project aims to help benefit students by placing rich digital content on ITunes U. The digital content will include exercises to help better prepare students for their hands-on laboratory experience while increasing learning retention. Providing interactive, multi-media pre-laboratory lectures will enhance student learning and cultivate success in the general and organic chemistry sequences.

Foster and Frye will receive $97,142 for the creation of a new Music Technology Lab. The infusion of current state of the art technology will allow the Department of Music to teach an integrated curriculum, which enables students to learn the theoretical, practical, and aural experience of the development of music, without isolating each discipline from the others, while also preparing the students for 21st Century music making. Integrating music technology into core instruction, the availability of MIDI keyboards and state-of-the-art software will also allow the department to develop composition and arrangement courses that better prepare students for success in the music industry, as well as communication and theatre.

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 http://twitter.com/highpointu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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