As 2013 unfolds, we reflect on the tremendous growth High Point University has experienced in the last year. From buildings to community involvement, faculty, staff and students have been busy making an impact on the world around them. The campus saw growth in academic programs such as the new doctoral program in the School of Education and physical growth with the addition of two major buildings. Looking back on such a successful year reminds us of the major milestones the university has reached.
The 12 highlighted stories are categorized by the three elements of our university promise: At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.
The new 31,000 square-foot LEED-Certified School of Education opened in August and houses the education and psychology departments. The building features high-tech educational equipment, such as smart boards, a children’s book library, math and science touch screen games, a methods lab designed to look and feel like a real elementary school classroom, a Mac lab and psychology research booths. It also houses the university’s first doctoral degree program in educational leadership-an accomplishment that propels the university forward and one that will be followed by more doctoral programs in the future.
The state-of-the-art Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab opened in November and serves as a major component to experiential learning. Equipment includes a 24-camera motion analysis system, an environmental chamber that allows for temperature and altitude change, a DEXA scanner for bone density testing and an anti-gravity treadmill. The facility truly represents experiential learning.
High Point University was named No. 1 twice in Best Regional Colleges in the South and Up and Coming Schools in Regional Colleges in the South in “America’s Best Colleges” 2013 edition, published by the U.S. News & World Report.
Communication is the second most popular major at HPU. The school continued to grow this year with new majors and the chartering of a prestigious organization, the Society of Professional Journalists. Two Emmy-Award winners who have relations with the school were also added to the list of successes this year. David Neal, a 34-time Emmy award-winning producer, Fox’s World Cup Coordinator, and one of the most decorated figures of sports television, was named chairman of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication Advisory Board.
Greg Fox, a 1983 High Point University graduate, won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a series of investigative reports.
First Lady Laura Bush became a part of an extraordinary lineup of HPU Speakers when she addressed the class of 2012 in May. Past Speakers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Dr. Bill Cosby, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin and Muhtar Kent, CEO of the Coca-Cola Company.
High Point University had a $464.5 million annual economic impact on the state of North Carolina this year – a 190 percent increase compared to 2005. This included the thousands of visitors brought to campus each year for numerous events, hundreds of new jobs created, facility construction and more.
HPU is proud of the faculty who dedicate their time to uplifiting students. This year, Vernell Fowler’s story was shared becasue of the impact she has had on so many students. She has touched a lot of lives during the 23 years she’s worked for Campus Enhancement, and one thing has always remained constant since day one: her compassion and love for the students on campus. “I cannot pass you without saying, ‘Hey,’” she says. “I just want to put a smile on your face.”
As a new freshman class of students stepped onto campus, one student was hard to miss. Kingsley Floyd, who goes by “Kings,” has succeeded in her academic endeavors and has overcome challenges that most college students never think about, none of which have stopped her from pursuing her dreams.
Many HPU students, family and friends were affected by Hurricane Sandy, so students showed their support through numerous fundraising events this semester. The university matched every dollar raised by the students to support relief and rebuilding efforts through the American Red Cross, totaling more than $20,000.
The Civitan Club raised funds through the spring and summer for materials to create meal packs, which fed the hungry across the globe. They assembled 10,000 meal packs in a 4-hour span, and each meal included 21 essential vitamins and nutrients.
Three High Point community members received home repairs from Zeta Tau Alpha. The women donated two days of their time this fall during their “Zeta in the House” event.
Students volunteer more than 30,000 hours every year. Part of those hours were spent during breaks when several groups of students opted out of the traditional spring and fall break experience and chose to participate in HPU’s Alternative Break Program that sends students to parts of the world that need their help and service. This year, students traveled to Haiti, Guatemala, Louisiana and Alabama.