Banquet Honors Oustanding Alumni During Exciting Weekend Of Events

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 11, 2011 – High Point University was buzzing with activity for a second weekend in a row, thanks to Alumni Weekend, held Oct. 7-9 – which drew hundreds of graduates to their alma mater for a weekend of entertainment and events. Fall Family Weekend also brought thousands of visitors to campus the previous weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

The alumni weekend featured an exciting lineup of entertainment and events for the alumni, as well as an awards banquet that honored three outstanding alumni – including Floyd T. Craven, after whom HPU’s investment club is named.

Craven, who graduated in 1959 and serves as president of Craven Blue & Co, PA in High Point, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He has remained active at his alma mater throughout his busy personal and professional life. He previously served as the president of the alumni board, member of the Board of Visitors, and also a past treasurer of the Board of Trustees. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, and also sits of the Panther Club Board of Directors. His passion for giving back to HPU is also recognized on campus through The Floyd T. Craven HPU Investment Club, which allows HPU students to invest dollars, originally funded by an alumnus gift in honor of Craven, in the stock market under the guidance of professors of finance.

Susan S. LaSalla, a 1965 graduate, received the Alumnus of the Year Award. LaSalla, who is a retired senior producer for NBC’s “Today Show,” spent many years in the news business. She began her career at NBC in 1967 and worked her way up the ranks, eventually working as a national producer for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” then covered the White House for the station and finally joined the “Today Show” as the senior Washington producer. She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2007.

Jonathan R. Miller, a 2006 graduate, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Miller, who is a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, returned to his hometown in West Virginia following graduation and immediately ran for a seat in the state legislature. He won that election and had the honor of serving as the youngest elected member of the House of Delegates.

Other events during the weekend included a “State of the University Address” from Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU; Greek Village open house; Women’s volleyball games; HPU theatre performances of “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Haley; “Celebration of the U.S. Presidency” art exhibit; campus tours and more.

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. 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

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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