HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements


HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 7, 2016 – High Point University faculty, staff and students recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.pharmacy-recognition


School of Pharmacy Recognized for Community Projects

High Point Seventh-day Adventist Church recognized HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy for its work performing health screenings at the Triad Food Pantry and for its volunteer efforts at the Over-the-Counter Medicine Giveaway events. Dr. Jordan Smith, assistant professor of clinical sciences, accepted a plaque on behalf of the school. In October, the fifth OTC giveaway provided medications to more than 1,200 people.

“We are honored to have the privilege of working with the community at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and we are humbled that they would make the effort to recognize us for our efforts,” says Smith. “We’re looking forward to expanding our services and continuing to build this outstanding relationship with such an important member of our High Point community.”



Music Instructor Arranges Two Guitar Collections

Mark Mazzatenta, instructor of guitar at HPU, arranged “Ten Easy Guitar Duos” and “Ten Easy Guitar Trios,” which were published by Ludwig-Masters Publications. The collections feature unique arrangements of classic songs such as “Shenandoah,” “Shine on Harvest Moon,” and “Carolina in the Morning.” Mazzatenta performs and records with The Mazz Brothers Duo and with his band, Mazzjazz.

“This is the first of many projects I hope to publish through LudwigMasters to add to the growing number of pieces around the world for guitar ensembles,” he says. “I really enjoy writing for multiple guitars because of the rich harmonies that can be created.”





Psychology Honor Society Inducts New Members

HPU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, inducted 39 new members during its annual new member induction ceremony on Nov. 9. Members are selected for their commitment to the field of psychology demonstrated by an outstanding GPA and ranking within the top 35 percent of their class.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome new members into this prestigious organization,” says Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, one of the faculty advisors for Psi Chi. “The number of inductees indicates the high level of interest in and commitment to the field of psychology here at High Point University.”




Graduate Student Receives Lego Scholarship

Taylor Niss, a graduate student in the HPU School of Education master’s program in STEM for elementary education, received a $1,500 scholarship from Lego Education during a Lego Creativity Symposium on Nov. 19. Niss will complete the graduate program this spring. During her time at HPU, Niss has participated in various Lego programs, including the HPU Come Build with Us program, community Lego Days, and events for educators to learn more about using Lego products in the classroom.

“The School of Education hosts Lego Day field trips for schools around the area,” says Niss. “This is just as meaningful of an experience for the students in the local schools as it is for the HPU students. Doing these Lego days is what made me love STEM and helped me learn how to use and integrate Lego into the classroom.”

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