HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 19, 2011 – High Point University teaches the values of generosity and giving back to all of its students. Senior Keri Ives, who spent her summer volunteering at an orphanage in Kenya, is a living example of those values.
Ives worked in the Nyumbani Village, which can house up to 1,000 orphans at a time whose parents died due to HIV or AIDS related illnesses. The village is located three hours outside of Nairobi, Kenya.
“Working with the children was amazing,” says Ives. “They brought so much joy to my life because they were so happy about life.”
As part of her volunteer work, Ives worked teaching basic computer skills, testing children for HIV, setting up a library and distributing clothes and shoes.
Although this was her first volunteer experience overseas, Ives is no stranger to serving others. Throughout high school and during school breaks, Ives volunteered at various organizations in her hometown, Farmington, Conn., including Habitat for Humanity and Relay for life.
According to Ives, who is a double major in computer science and mathematics, HPU has played a crucial role in her dedication to service.
“It is amazing to see the impacts that High Point University and its students have on the community, and it is very inspiring to me,” says Ives. “My experience at HPU has only helped to further my desire to shape a changing world.”
Ives says that she hopes to return to Nyumbani Village after her graduation in May.
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. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 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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