HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 4, 2013 – High Point University helped provide a boost to the local economy with its annual winter Family Weekend, a three-day event that welcomed approximately 3,000 parents and family members to town to spend time with their students on the HPU campus. The weekend, which included the university’s first official Men’s Lacrosse game, as well as guest lectures, academic panels, entertainment, and other festivities, brought in $716,920, according to the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Along with the Men’s Lacrosse game, students and families had the opportunity to attend a five-speaker lecture series, as well as a presentation from Navy Chief Thomas Shea, who shed light on his 25-year career as a Navy SEAL.
Other events included tours of the new Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory, a state-of-the-art research lab for research in exercise science, physical therapy and athletic training and other fields; an art exhibit in the Sechrest Galley, titled “School of Art & Design: Past, Present and Future”; a presentation from Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds at HPU; a performance by Mike Rayburn, also known as the “World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso”; a choral concert; and Women’s and Men’s basketball games.
“Family Weekend is always an exciting time on our campus. We welcome the families of our students to these events because we want to give them an inside look at what’s happening at HPU, including the many projects and initiatives that are currently underway,” says Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for Community Relations. “Family Weekend not only provides quality time for students and their families, but it also enhances the local economy – as families stay in local hotels, shop in local retail stores, and dine in local restaurants.”
According to the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, Family Weekend, 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.
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