Professor Serves as Organizer and Auctioneer at Annual Meeting

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 16, 2012 – Dr. Mark Teaford, professor of physical therapy in the School of Health Sciences at High Point University, recently attended the meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Portland, Ore., and served as organizer and auctioneer at the fifth annual auction of the event that raises funds for students who hope to attend the meetings.

Teaford is the founder of the yearly auction at the meetings, which raised more than $6,000 for potential student scholarships.

“HPU students who have done research projects in physical anthropology may eventually have the opportunity to travel to these annual meetings,” said Teaford. “The money that the auction raises goes straight to student travel for this event.”

Dennis O’Rourke, the past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, has called the successful auction the “brainchild” of Teaford and said that it never would have existed without him.

The American Association of Physical Anthropologists’ auction has now raised more than $25,000 in five years.

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 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

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