Annual Luncheon Honors Retired Faculty

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 4, 2011 ? High Point University honored those who gave years of service to the university through its annual Retirement Recognition Luncheon, held May 4 in the Wilson School of Commerce.

This year?s event honored HPU faculty members Dr. Linda N. Curtis and Dr. Marion ?Butch? Hodge Jr.

?Dr. Curtis and Dr. Hodge have contributed measurably to High Point University,? says Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president of academic affairs. ?We will miss their untiring devotion to our students and their many acts of service and scholarship to our academic community.?

Dr. Curtis came to HPU in 1995 as an assistant professor of biology. She was promoted to associate professor in 2001. Prior to her time at HPU, Curtis taught at both Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her years at HPU, she has mentored numerous undergraduate biology students, and has served as the biology safety officer. She has been active in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Cell Biologists and the Southeastern Electron Microscopy Society.
?Dr. Curtis has always displayed a sincere interest in her students and a desire to help them succeed,? says Dr. Dinene Crater, chair of the Department of Biology. ?She could always be found talking with them in the halls, in her office or wherever they were. She always took the extra time necessary to make sure each student received the attention they deserved.?

Dr. Hodge came to HPU in 1979. He quickly climbed the academic ranks and was promoted to full professor of English in 1988. Hodge has specialized in modern and contemporary American and British poetry and prose, early English literature and creative writing. For many years, he served as adviser to the Apogee, the literary magazine at HPU. And indicative of his teaching and scholarly talents, Hodge has been the recipient of both the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching-Service Award and the Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award.

?Dr. Hodge served this university and its students with dedication and commitment to the highest intellectual standards for 32 years,? says Dr. Matthew Schneider, chair of the English Department. ?We?ll miss his humor, creativity and example of imaginative leadership. His students were truly privileged to have been able to get to know this extraordinary man.?

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. 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, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 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

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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