Alumni Weekend Honors Outstanding Graduates

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 7, 2013 – High Point University welcomed visitors for the second weekend in a row during its annual HPU Alumni Weekend 2Alumni Weekend, held Oct. 4-6. The weekend brought more than 1,000 alumni back to HPU to enjoy a variety of events at their alma mater.

Events included men’s and women’s soccer games, campus tours, Biomechanics Lab and School of Education open houses, class reunions and an awards banquet to honor the work and service of four outstanding alumni.

The four alumni honored are:

Dr. Alphonsus Obayuwana was honored as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year. As a professor and practicing OB-GYN, Obayuwana has received numerous awards in recognition of his professional excellence, scientific contributions and selfless service to others. He holds membership in major non-profit organizations that make frequent trips to Africa in order to provide free medical care. He is the former President of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas and is the Founding Secretary of the Association of Scientists and Physicians of African Descent. He currently lives in Toledo, Ohio.

Michael Graff, HPU’s Young Alumni Achievement Award winner, is an award winning journalist and celebrated magazine editor. His work has covered everything from gas-station coffee and barbers to suicide and gangs while writing for The Associated Press, Triad Golf Today, Midwest Living, the News & Record, the Winston-Salem Journal, the High Point Enterprise, Our State Magazine, High Point University’s alumni magazine and Wake Forest University’s law school. Today, he is the executive editor of Charlotte Magazine where he oversees the entire editorial process and is the primary editor for all long-form stories.
Terry Terrill, honored with the Alumni Service Award, is Maryland’s winningest high school baseball coach and has earned his place in several Halls of Fame, including the Maryland State Coaches Hall of Fame. But winning games isn’t enough for Coach T. He also makes sure his players take time to give back. He has taken several of his teams on goodwill trips to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic where they combined playing baseball along with community service, handing out baseball equipment and visiting orphanages. He has also taken youth groups up and down the East Coast to share their faith with others, visited the Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C., local nursing homes and has been involved with the Special Olympics.

Richard ‘Dick’ Vert was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Vert had a long and successful career in the Guilford County School System while also working on the Recruit District Advisory Council of the U.S. Navy. He became the council’s first civilian chairman in 1984 and was awarded the Superior Public Service Award from the Secretary of the Navy. Throughout it all, Vert remained loyal to his alma mater. In 1991, he was elected to the Board of Trustees, serving as Treasurer and Vice Chairman until he accepted the position of Chairman of the board this past September. He is also a member of the High Point University Board of Visitors. He is a current resident of Gaithersburg, Md.

Alumni Weekend follows Fall Family Weekend and results in a major economic impact on the Piedmont Triad Region. Fall Family Weekend, held Sept. 27-29, brought 5,000 visitors to campus. The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau’s estimated economic impact of Fall Family Weekend was $1,884,510.

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