2,000 Flock To HPU For Family Weekend

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 7, 2011 – More than 2,000 participants – many from out of town ? had a weekend of education, culture and entertainment, thanks to High Point University?s bi-annual “Family Weekend,” held Feb. 4 through 6.

HPU students and families were treated to a variety of informative and exciting events on campus, including a faculty lecture series, campus tours, a performance by the band “Eddie from Ohio,” a choral concert, and entertainment by magician Ryan Oakes.

They also had the chance to attend an exhibition in Sechrest Art Gallery featuring Lucy and Robert Reitzfeld, the Family Weekend 5K Fun Run and Walk, the HPU men’s basketball game, and a special Family Weekend Worship Service at Hayworth Chapel.

The lecture series highlighted the parent of a current HPU student, Don Hutson, as well as university staff and faculty. Presentations featured in the series included:

? Don Hutson offered ideas on communicating value to others and how to negotiate in the family and professional environment.
? David Bryden, director of Library Services, presented the history and traditions of HPU.
? Dr. Paul Ringel, assistant professor of history, discussed the practice of history through an exploration of the relationship between the growing popularity of baseball and the rise of urban culture in the United States between 1850 and 1930.
? Jon Roethling, curator of grounds, presented a lecture on underrepresented plants and how the growing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens hope to incorporate these onto the campus to brighten the winter months for students, faculty and staff.
? Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, discussed the Academic Strategic Plan of the University including the new School of Health Sciences.

“This year’s ‘Family Weekend’ was an enormous success,” says Chris Dudley, vice president and chief of staff at HPU.  “All of the families enjoyed spending time with their students, learning from our accomplished faculty and guest speakers, and being entertained by our talented performers. The weekend also provided a great economic benefit to our community as most of our guests traveled to High Point from out-of-town.”

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 and Chief of Staff

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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