HPU Psychology Classes Gain Experience Through Volunteer Opportunities

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 13, 2010 ? High Point University students enrolled in Introduction to Psychology, taught by Dr. Sadie Leder, helped to spread Christmas through their participation in two in-class volunteer activities.

Leder’s students took a hands-on approach to learning about psychological theories of helping behaviors by selecting and executing their own altruistic projects for Christmas. In one class, students wrote and sent approximately 100 Christmas cards to U.S. troops spending the holiday season stations aboard the USS Harry Truman in the Gulf of Oman. Students in Leder’s other psychology class generously donated more than 20 Christmas packages to the students of Parkview Elementary School as part of their Angel Tree Project.

“I am delighted that my students were so open to this class project and generous in their efforts,” Leder says. “I believe learning happens best when students become engaged in the material and make it personally relevant to their own lives.  I can’t think of a better way for them to study helping behavior than to immerse themselves in charitable activities, especially this time of year.”

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 highpoint.edu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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