Psychology Students Send Hundreds of Cards and Thanks to Troops

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 1, 2011 – Thanks to interactive learning projects in Dr. Sadie Leder’s psychology classes, High Point University students had the opportunity to create and write messages in Christmas cards to send to U.S. soldiers stationed around the country and overseas.

Her class completed the project this week, mailing more than 100 cards to U.S. troops. Many of the cards were sent to student’s family members and friends who are serving our country.

Students are instructed to choose one pro-social activity in the class each year, and this is the third semester in a row that a class has chosen to send cards to troops. Since this time last year, her classes have created and mailed more than 600 cards.

“I always allow students to select what kind of project they want to complete,” Leder says. “For the past year, my students have expressed a strong drive to support our country’s servicemen and women. I think that this demonstrates the exceptional pride and appreciation our students have for our troops. I’m delighted to see my students become engaged in an activity that has so many personal, as well as academic benefits – particularly this time of year – as we think about giving thanks and spreading holiday cheer.”

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

# # # Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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