HIGH POINT, N.C., May 9, 2011 ? Students at High Point University really grasp the value of a holistic education. Sure, they devote a great deal of time to their academics and studying, but students also realize the importance of giving back through volunteering and fundraising events to help those in need. During the 2010-11 academic year, students spent more than 30,000 hours volunteering and raised more than $81,000 ? all in the name of service and generosity.
Students remained dedicated in helping various organizations throughout the year with successful fundraising events, including the Relay for Life, which helped raise money to help fight cancer; the ?March for Babies? event, which helped programs supported by the March of Dimes; a unique Japanese paper crane fundraiser, which raised money and hope for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami; the annual Angel Tree donations, which helped the High Point Salvation Army; and many more. The class of 2011 also collected more than $5,000 to donate to the LiveStrong Foundation as their senior class gift. The foundation, which funds cancer research, is headed by notorious athlete and retired cyclist Lance Armstrong, who survived testicular cancer. He also visited the HPU campus on May 7 to serve as the senior class?s commencement speaker.
All told, the final figure raised for the year was $81,555.
?Our students embrace the value of caring and giving by their constant attention to raising funds for those less fortunate,? says Gail Tuttle, vice president for Student Life. ?They work hard in the classroom and devote their attention to their academics, but also find the time to help those in need. Our campus community has also been devoted to helping those in need and our students recognize this as soon as they come on our campus.?
The donations do not include additional outreach events, such as collecting truckloads of items to give to those affected by the recent tornadoes in Alabama.
HPU faculty and staff also exemplified the values of giving back throughout the year, as shown in their contributions to the United Way?s 2010-2011 campaign. Employee campaign participation increased by 58 percent from last year, and the total amount donated was $149,146 ? up nearly 20 percent from the previous 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, 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 highpoint.edu.
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