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HPU Student Scores Grand Slam With Summer Internship

Posted on June 30, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 30, 2010 – Karra Damascus, a rising senior at High Point University, is hitting a home run this summer, thanks to an exciting internship with the New York Yankees.

Damascus, who is majoring in sport management with a minor in finance, is working in the Stadium Operations Department, which focuses on maintenance and field management, security, as well as assisting guests with disabilities.

Since the start of the internship, Damascus says she has really gotten an inside look at how the stadium runs.

“One of the most interesting parts of the job is getting an inside look at the Yankee Command Center, which is filled with big screens, displaying video feed from security areas throughout the stadium,” she says.

Some of her responsibilities include monitoring radio conversations between the maintenance, security and stadium specialists.

“When requests come in, I record them; then the Yankees staff looks at the entries to see patterns that will better prepare them for future incidents,” she explains. “I also recently organized merchandise that the Yankees give to terminally ill guests who visit. We take these guests on tours and make a great effort to give them the best experience possible.”

She says she’s already learned a great deal during the internship ? and she enjoys what each day has to offer.

“I have established some connections here, and if I keep up the hard work and dedication, I feel that more doors will be opened.”

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 46 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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