Students Deck the Halls to Benefit Charities

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 15, 2011 – Students at High Point University gathered to give back during the holiday season in creative unique way – by decking their residence halls to the nines during “Hallidazzle,” a decorating competition designed to benefit United Way charities.

The competition was hosted by The Office of Student Life and the Inter-Residence Council at HPU, and it challenged students to decorate the common areas of their building to win $500 for a local United Way charities and causes.

“The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity to give back to the High Point Community in a fun way that truly reflects the holiday spirit,” says Stacey Ayres, resident director for the Complex residence hall.

At the end of the competition, a panel of student judges selected two dazzling residence halls as the winners of the program, providing a total of $1,000 for local United Way charities. This year’s winners were the Delta Sigma Phi house in the Greek Village, who chose to make a donation to the American Red Cross, and a group of students in York residence hall, who chose Toys for Tots.

Delta Sigma Phi also chose to match the $500 donation that they won, bringing the total to $1,500 that was donated to local charities through this contest.

The Delta Sigma Phi community featured red-themed decorations, representing the Red Cross, while the York residence hall’s decorations reflected the childhood joys of Toys for Tots.

“Our students model the value of service throughout the year, and this program provided yet another way to serve the greater High Point community while celebrating the holiday season,” says Ayres.

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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