HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 11, 2010 – High Point University hosted more than 500 visitors on campus as part of Alumni Weekend, held Oct. 8-10 – bringing the total number of visitors to more than 4,000 during the past two weekends, which includes Fall Family Weekend, which took place Oct. 1-3.
The alumni weekend featured an exciting lineup of entertainment and events for the alumni, as well as an awards banquet that honored four outstanding alumni – including Max Meeks, a well-known area radio personality who recently retired.
Meeks was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, thanks to his years of service and dedication to the Triad for 52 years as morning show announcer on WMFR. Meeks won many awards for his broadcasting, including being named the state’s broadcaster of the year and being inducted into the N.C. Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He graduated from HPU in 1949 with a double major in history and English.
Daniel Miller, a 1998 graduate who majored in political science, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Miller, who is a weekend Daybreak co-anchor for 24-Hour News 8 in Indianapolis, won an Emmy award last year for an assignment he completed on a burglary in Thorntown, Ind.
In an effort to encourage other HPU students, Miller donated his Emmy to HPU during the awards banquet; it will be housed in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.
Other alumni awards went to Stacey Walker Miller, 1993 graduate who earned a degree in English, who received the Alumnus of the Year award. Miller serves as membership and events director at the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and founded the Randolph County Alumni Chapter in 2008, and served as president through December 2009. She also serves as HPU as an Alumni Board member, and encourages fellow Randolph County alumni to give to support the school.
Another alumnus receiving an award was Mary Lyle, a 1996 graduate, who received the Alumni Service Award. Lyle, who serves as an operations administrative coordinator for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, has been a member and leader for AICPA?s Corporate Citizenship Task Force and helped initiate many events and causes in which to raise money for local non-profit organizations and charities.
“Our alumni are doing amazing things around the world,” says Chad Hartman, director of Annual Giving. “The four alumni we recognized during the awards banquet are examples of the caliber of students High Point University produces. We are proud of their accomplishments, and hope that it will encourage future students to set their goals high.”
Other events during the weekend included a golf outing; a “State of the University Address” from Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU; a lecture series that featured David Bryden, Dr. William Carpenter, Dr. Paul Ringel and Dr. Matt Schneider; Greek Life Village update and Greek Life open house; HPU theatre performances of “Love/Sick” by John Cariani, an art exhibit by Jules Rochon, “Places I’ve Never Been,” an alumni archives display, campus tours and more.
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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 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/.
Vice President for Administration