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Alumni Banquet Honors Four Outstanding Graduates

10.8.2012

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 8, 2012 – High Point University welcomed visitors for the second weekend in a row during its annual Alumni Weekend, held Oct. 5-7. The weekend brought hundreds of alumni back to High Point to enjoy a variety of events at their alma mater.

Alumni attended activities such as the women’s soccer game, campus tours, a School of Education open house, a special alumni chapel service and an awards banquet to honor the work and service of four outstanding alumni.

Nancy McLean, a 2006 graduate, received the Alumni Service Award. What started out as a dream while earning a Master of Public Administration from HPU, turned into a reality for McLean in 2005. She started Joseph’s House, a faith-based nonprofit organization that mentors Guilford County’s young men towards productive and self-sufficient lives. McLean has always had a passion for helping others and her nonprofit offers food, shelter, employment, training, clothes and counseling to youths aged 18-23 in the Triad. McLean is currently living in McLeansville, N.C.

Donny Lambeth, who graduated in 1972, was awarded Alumnus of the Year. After a 40-year career with the North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Lambeth retired in May. During his time with the hospital, he proved himself to be an innovative leader, working his way up to hospital president. He has served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Hospital Association and is a leader of the United Way Campaign. Lambeth has also served as chairman of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board since 1994 and currently resides in Winston-Salem, N.C.

David Gouge Bain graduated in 2002 and already has an impressive list of accomplishments. He was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award for his continued commitment to his career. Bain earned a commission in the United States Marine Corp. in 2005. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007 and deployed to Iraq in 2008. He received the Navy Commendation Medal and a letter of commendation from Vice Admiral McHaven, U.S. Navy. Currently, Bain serves as a testing and evaluations officer in the Marine Corps Systems Command. He now lives in Stafford, Va.

Gary J. Meyn, a 1980 graduate, also received the Alumni Service Award. Meyn has been dedicated to the healthcare field both through his profession and volunteer work. His volunteer work has led to a variety of board positions with the South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has also held many positions in the healthcare field and recently accepted he director of physician services position at Hill County Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He attributes his successful career to HPU, which provided him with a base of knowledge that has allowed him to grow.

In addition to Alumni Weekend, more than 4,000 visitors also came to campus for Fall Family Weekend, held Sept. 28-30. The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau’s estimated economic impact on the Piedmont Triad for Fall Family Weekend was $1,433,840.

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