HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 29, 2013 – High Point University will welcome approximately 2,500 guests on campus during its annual winter Family Weekend. The event, to be held Feb. 1-3, will offer a lecture series, entertainment, festivities, the first official Men’s Lacrosse game and more to HPU students and their families.
“We are excited to provide these opportunities to the families of our students; these events give them a remarkable look at the many projects and initiatives we have on campus,” says Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for Community Relations. “Family Weekend also provides great entertainment, including performers and athletic events – providing quality time for students and their families.”
According to the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event, along with two HPU Presidential Scholarship Weekends that will be held in February, will have an economic impact of nearly $1.3 million on the surrounding community.
Highlights of the weekend include:
- HPU Lecture Series, which will feature five different events throughout the weekend that include question and answer sessions with the provost and deans, where guests will have the opportunity to learn more about new schools, projects, faculty initiatives, research and more. These include: a lecture presented by Dr. Jane Nichols, associate professor and department chair of Home Furnishings and Interior Design, titled “Sustainability in Design Education;” Dr. Daniel Erb, dean of the School of Health and Sciences, will present “How the Rocks in Your Head Might Make You Dizzy: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo;” and two presentations by the staff of Academic Development and Career and Internship Services, titled “Still Undecided? Helping Your Child Find a Major” and “What’s Next? Graduate School and Career Planning.”
- “An Unbreakable Life: Performing Beyond What is Possible,” presented by Navy Chief Thomas Shea, who will discuss leadership and performance results achieved during his 25 year career as a Navy SEAL. He has briefed seven separate committees of the U.S. Congress on combat operations of SEALs in Afghanistan. Portions of his military service are classified, but he can share that he led a 22 man SEAL platoon during 28 combat engagements in Afghanistan during the summer of 2009, and an 18 man SEAL platoon during 39 combat operations in Iraq in the summer of 2007. During non-combat deployments in the United States, he has been in charge of the SEAL sniper course that has been called the best sniper training in the world.
- Tours of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory. The 13,150 square-foot Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory houses state-of-the-art research equipment to be utilized by students and faculty studying a variety of fields including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic training, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and more. This lab is one of a kind on the East Coast and will allow students to study injury prevention and rehabilitation methods, as well as methods to improve human physiologic response to activity and overall physical performance.
- Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds at HPU, will present “The Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum & Botanical Gardens: Growing by Leaps & Bounds,” which will highlight some of the dramatic changes the gardens and areas of campus have experienced during the past two years. Highlights will include the implementation of a state of the art GPS mapping system of the gardens, development of new gardens and plant collections, and a glimpse of things to come.
- The art exhibit, “School of Art & Design: Past, Present and Future,” which highlights the lineage of HPU’s esteemed faculty with a broad spectrum of work from past decades to the present time.
Other entertainment events include Mike Rayburn, known as the “World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso,” using shocking guitar creations, hysterical songs and expert demonstration skills to inspire, test and motivate his audiences to leap beyond their alleged boundaries; a choral concert; a Panther Tailgate Party; as well as athletic events including Women’s and Men’s basketball games.
In addition, the Men’s Lacrosse team will play the first game of their first official season on Feb. 2 against Delaware.