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HPU Welcomes Thousands for Family Weekend

01.16.2014

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 28, 2014 – High Point University will welcome an estimated 2,500 visitors to campus during its annual Family Winter Weekend. The event, to be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, will offer a lecture series, entertainment, festivities, a university update and more to HPU students and their families.

“Over a period of less than a decade, High Point University has not only risen to become one of the most respected universities in the nation, it is now one of the leading entities in the city of High Point that brings in money and resources into our city through visitors,” says Tim Mabe, president and CEO of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau. “These ‘out-of-towners’ come to this incredible institution from all over the country, and this is helping to turn High Point into more of a year-round destination.”

According to Mabe, the event will have an economic impact of more than $1.2 million on the surrounding community.

“These visitors will spend locally, which continues to confirm High Point University’s significant contribution to our local economy. That kind of economic development is not only beneficial to this city, but it is a critical catalyst that will enable us to transform the city of High Point into an incredible year round destination,” Mabe adds.

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. Donna Scheidt, assistant professor of English, titled “Law as Story”; Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics, will present “A Zombie Star Lurking in our Cosmic Backyard”; Dr. Mark Teaford, professor of anatomy, will present “Out of the Mouths of Monkeys… Come Insights into our Ancestors”; Dr. Don Martin, professor of educational leadership, will present “The Changing Landscape of Public Education”; and motivational speaker Brian Biro will present a lecture, titled “Breakthrough Leadership.”
  • Biography Channel Movie: “Nido R. Qubein, a Life of Success and Significance.” The extraordinary life accomplishments of Dr. Nido R. Qubein, president of HPU, recently captured the attention of Biography Channel producers. Interested in sharing his story with millions of viewers, a Biography Channel production team stormed the HPU campus last spring for several days, filming students, faculty and staff, while producers sat down with Qubein to discuss his life’s journey. The result is this 30-minute documentary.
  • The Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab Open House. The state-of-the-art research equipment housed in this 13,150 square-foot lab is utilized by students and faculty studying a variety of fields, including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic training and much more. This lab is one of a kind on the East Coast and allows students to study injury prevention and rehabilitation methods, as well as methods to improve human physiologic response to activity and overall physical performance.
  • The art exhibit, “Merry Moor Winnett: A Photographic Perspective.” Due to popular demand, the Sechrest Gallery has extended the showing of Merry Moor Winnett’s works. A beloved NC photographer, Winnett established herself in the late 1970s as the queen of experimental photography. Her later works were mixed with tragedy of cancer and exuberance of life, reflecting her life and untimely death.

Other entertainment events include Patrick Henry, professional speaker and musical entertainer; a choral concert; and numerous movie showings, as well as athletic events including a Men’s basketball game.

In addition, President Qubein will be presenting a University Update on the growth and progression of the university and the surrounding community.

HPU has an annual economic impact of $464.5 million on the state and brings more than 80,000 visitors to High Point each year.

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