Family Weekend Draws 4,000 Pariticipants

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 3, 2011 – The city of High Point and the entire Triad region enjoyed an economic boost this weekend thanks to High Point University’s “Family Weekend,” which offered entertainment, festivities and more to HPU students and their families. Approximately 4,000 people participated in the event, held Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

HPU kept visitors busy during their stay with tours of campus, a 5K run, a lecture series, and entertainment and sporting events. Some of the events included a campus growth update from HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein, a performance by Giovanni, an American entrepreneur, entertainer, magician and motivator; a choral concert that showcased the talents of the University Singers, the Chapel Choir and the Chamber Singers; a lecture series that featured HPU professors Dr. Marlon Winters, Dr. Ed Piacentino, Dr. Kimberly Reich, Dr. Vernon Farrington and Dr. Amy MacArthur; and women’s and men’s soccer games followed by a spectacular firework show.

“Family Weekend at HPU always has a significant economic impact on the city of High Point, drawing thousands of people from out of town to stay in local hotels, shop in our stores and eat at area restaurants,” says Tim Mabe, president and CEO of the High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We’re fortunate to have HPU and the business that they bring year-round to our city.”

More visitors will be drawn to the city again this weekend for HPU’s annual Alumni Weekend, scheduled for Oct. 7-9.

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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