HPU Paints the Town Purple Thanks to Successful Passport Program

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 4, 2011 — Take a drive around High Point, and you’ll see the welcoming purple High Point University umbrellas dotting local restaurants, shops and more. Those umbrellas serve as a beacon to HPU students and also symbolize the growth of partnerships between the university and local businesses.

In particular, the HPU Passport Program continues to thrive thanks to its growing success and growing interest from local shops and restaurants. The program, which began with less than 10 partners in 2006, now boasts 60 restaurants and retail shops in the High Point area.

The program itself is simple: Students, faculty and staff pay participating partners by swiping their HPU identification card (the “Passport” card). HPU makes it even easier for students to visit these businesses by providing shuttles to and from many of them three days a week. The partnership doesn’t stop there; HPU often invites the businesses onto campus as well to promote their products and services.

It’s truly a win-win situation — it’s convenient and provides an economic boost to the local economy.

“The passport program is beneficial to our students by extending our campus into the community,” says Jessica Kelly, campus concierge at HPU. “All of the passport partners truly love HPU. They have posters of our students on the walls, and they also have HPU umbrellas that help spread the energetic spirit of HPU across the community. We are excited to see the program continue to grow so rapidly in only the last five years.”

Kelly says the current list of Passport Partners includes a wide selection of products and services ranging from gas stations to salons and spas. And, of course, a few local favorites are included on the list.

“Being a participant in HPU’s Passport Program has brought huge success to our restaurant,” said Kostas Bakoulas, owner Kozzy’s Grille in High Point. “It has given us the opportunity to build a relationship and welcome HPU students, faculty and staff to our business and our community. They are a major part of our business here.”

New additions to the Passport Partners Program this year include: Agave Mexican Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Emerywood Fine Foods, Feeney’s, Frozen Yogurt Bar, Golden B Restaurant, Hair Solutions, Just Priceless, McClarty Drug Company, Reflections Hair Salon, Rome Pizza, Shear Kolors Hair Salon, The Claddagh Restaurant and Wright Choices.

Other Passport partners include: 9 Round, AAMCO, Avanti Salon & Spa, Barberitos, Beamer Tire, Ben and Jerry’s, Black Tie Transportation, CVS, Carolina’s Diner, Carter Brothers, Char-Grill, Chevalrie Salon & Spa, Chili’s, Chipotle, Ci-Ci’s Pizza, Coldstone Creamery, Crescent Ford, Doctors Express, Domino’s Pizza, Evolution Fight Academy, East Coast Wings, Firehouse Subs, Gianno’s, Ham’s Restaurant, Hang Ups, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Just Priceless, Kozzy’s Grille, Liberty Steakhouse, Lubrano’s, McAlister’s Deli, Meg’s Gifts, Moe’s Southwest Grille, Nabils Alterations, Omega Sports, Panera Bread, Papa John’s, Paradise Tan, Peppermill Cafe, Reflections Hair Salon, Sheetz, Simon Jewelers, Sonic, Southern Chic Salon, Sumela Restaurant, Thai Herb, The Tan Line, Village Cafe Express, and O’So Tavern.

Local businesses interested in becoming a passport partner should contact Jessica Kelly, campus concierge at jkelly@highpoint.edu or 336-841-4636.

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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Pam Haynes
Communication Specialist

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