Professor, Athletic Trainer Awarded Grant to Increase Diversity

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 17, 2012 – Dr. Jolene Henning, Associate Professor of Athletic Training at High Point University, and Geoffrey Staton, Assistant Athletic Trainer at HPU, were recently both awarded a grant from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee.

The grant, titled “Enhancing Ethnic Diversity in Athletic Training: Development of an Athletic Training Symposium for High School Students in an Ethnically Diverse Region of North Carolina,” will focus on increasing ethnic diversity in the athletic training profession, as well as the HPU Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP).

The purpose of the grant is to develop an Athletic Training Student Symposium, delivered during National Athletic Training Month in March 2012, targeted at high school students in the ethnically diverse city of High Point and in Guilford County.

Henning explains that the grant’s goal is to inspire minority students to pursue an education and career path in athletic training. “Geoffrey and I are very excited about this grant and the opportunity it provides us to expose students from diverse backgrounds to an exciting career in healthcare as Certified Athletic Trainers,” she says.

“This grant is very special for High Point University and our Athletic Training Education Program,” adds Staton. “Dr. Henning and I are excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people and our profession with this symposium. We plan to make this symposium one that educates, excites, engages and inspires high school students of various diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in athletic training, and explore the many options available within the profession.”

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 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. 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 44 undergraduate majors, 40 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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