HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 2, 2012 – High Point University welcomed more than just a flood of rain over the weekend. The campus held the annual “Family Weekend,” hosting approximately 4,000 visitors to HPU – providing a strong economic boost to the city of High Point.
The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau’s estimated the economic impact on the Piedmont Triad for HPU’s fall Family Weekend to be $1,433,840.
The weekend offered plenty of activities for students and their families to enjoy, including academic panels, entertainment, festivities and more. Some highlights of the weekend included an Experiential Learning Panel, where guests learned about HPU’s study abroad programs, undergraduate research and more, as well as faculty lectures from Dr. Linda Sekhon, who presented “Adult Immunizations: What you don’t know could hurt you”; Dr Suryadipta Roy, who presented “Engagement of the United States with China and India”; and Dr. Thomas Albritton, who presented “Books that Changed the Classroom”; and Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president of academic affairs, presented “Academic Programs and Initiatives Updates.”
“We are always eager to welcome families to campus each fall as part of our Family Weekend festivities,” says Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for community relations. “Not only does it give parents an opportunity to visit with their student, but also the chance to be a part of campus life and the surrounding community. Our guests enjoy spending time on campus, as well as the High Point area – helping to support local hotels, restaurants and retail centers.”
HPU will welcome hundreds of more guests to campus for the annual Alumni Weekend, to be held Oct. 5-7. During the 2011-2012 year, HPU welcomed more than 97,000 visitors to campus through its numerous activities, including admissions, athletic, cultural, family and community events, including plays, concerts, Big South Conference tournaments, prospective student tours, Alumni and Family Weekends and more.
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