HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 13, 2017 – High Point University students, faculty and staff recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.

Physician Assistant Student Awarded NCAPA Scholarship

Sarah Gordon, a second-year physician assistant student at High Point University, was recently awarded the North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) Endowment Scholarship. This endowment grant is offered to one student from each physician assistant program in North Carolina.

“I am so honored to accept the NCAPA Endowment Scholarship for High Point University,” says Gordon, who earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from HPU in 2014. “I am thankful for their financial support as I work to complete my master’s degree in physician assistant studies.”

Gordon, who will graduate in August 2018, says she would like to work in family or emergency medicine and looks forward to providing quality care to patients and families.


HPU Students Attend LEAD365 Conference in Orlando

Six HPU students, along with Dr. David Bergen, chair and professor of human relations at HPU, recently attended the LEAD365 Student Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. The trip, made possible by funding from the Bernard Family Human Relations Leadership Initiative, gave students the chance to practice effective interpersonal leadership and network with others. The conference focuses on individual growth, workforce preparedness and enhanced skill building.

Pictured from left to right are Alana Karpovich, Kelsey O’Brien, Shelby Harris, Dr. David Bergen, Sydney Wagner, Shannon Driskell and Mary De Poortere.

Students who attended were Mary De Poortere, Shannon Driskell, Shelby Harris, Alana Karpovich, Kelsey O’Brien and Sydney Wagner.

“Attending the conference was such an incredible experience for everyone involved,” said De Poortere, a senior majoring in human relations with minors in psychology and leadership. “We were exposed to award-winning speakers, remarkable leaders and immersed in a supportive learning environment. Every moment of the trip was a learning experience. The conference gave my classmates the tools to recognize needs, develop plans and execute them effectively.”

“I know I speak for my classmates when I say we left feeling empowered, educated and prepared to make a difference in our personal and professional lives,” De Poortere added. “The chance to strengthen our identities as leaders in this way would not have been made possible without the generosity of Ms. Bernard and the Bernard Fund; she provided an unforgettable experience which reminded us that you can never stop learning and growing as leaders.”


HPU Junior Crowned Miss Randolph County

High Point native Shyquel Allison, a junior majoring in psychology, was recently crowned Miss Randolph County. Allison is active on the HPU campus and in the community, and was a Bonner Leader her freshman and sophomore years. She’s now a Bonner Fellow, as well as a resident assistant.

Allison is also involved in D-UP Inc., a nonprofit organization in High Point that aims to get children and teens active and healthy by promoting the importance of physical activity and healthy eating to combat childhood obesity. There, she serves as a middle school leader and has held workshops for inner city middle school students to empower them, to give them hope and to dream.

“I am so grateful to serve the Randolph County community,” Allison says. “I have worked hard for this moment, and to finally see that it has paid off is such a humbling experience. As Miss Randolph County, I plan to implement my platform, ‘The Three Ms’ in the community.”

Allison says ‘The Three Ms’ – making goals, making visions and making dreams become a reality – is a vision program designed to work with at-risk youth during their middle school years to ensure they can become outstanding leaders in their schools, communities and eventually in their careers and world.

“I was truly impressed with her agenda, speakers, activities and lectures,” says Jakki Davis, executive director of D-UP Inc. “All of our students – boys and girls – admire Shyquel and look up to her. Her passion to empower youth in order to make their visions, dreams and goals become a reality will make a great impact in Randolph County as it has in High Point.”

“I hope as Miss Randolph County that I can help as many youth as I can to realize their full potential through my middle school workshop,” Allison adds.


Education Professor Appointed to Board of Directors for Global Teacher Site

Dr. Shirley Disseler, associate professor of education at HPU, was recently appointed to serve for two years on the Board of Directors for Teachers2Teachers Global Site.

The appointment means a travel commitment to at least two countries to work on STEM math initiatives with teachers using strategies with Brick Math and robotics education, and also a partnership between Teachers2Teachers and HPU.

Disseler, who has already served two years on the board, coordinates the STEM education program at HPU. She also leads the Center for Educational Outreach and Teacher Training and conducts research in poverty and learning, creativity in the classroom, transitioning issues for middle school students and teacher training. She has extensive involvement with LEGO as a member of its Education Advisory Panel and as an Education Specialist for North America. She has won many awards for her classroom teaching prior to joining academia. Disseler currently serves on the editorial boards of two education journals.

Teachers2Teachers Global Site helps to revolutionize teacher support and professional development, creating engaged educators and students worldwide. Together with local communities, the group develops the best education solutions to improve student engagement, inspire innovation and encourage cross-cultural collaboration.


Society of Physics Students Win National Award

The HPU chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) recently received the Blake Lilly Award from the national SPS organization. The HPU chapter of SPS was one of 10 chapters across the United States to receive the award; there are 812 chapters nationwide.

The award is given to SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics. The HPU SPS chapter was recognized for its innovative projects, collaboration with other campus organizations, fundraising skills and the success of the annual HPUniverse Day. The SPS also holds a successful yearly science fair each spring for kids who don’t attend traditional schools.

“The entire SPS membership is extremely proud,” says Alan Vasquez, a senior majoring in physics and computer science with a minor in math. “As president of SPS, I’m humbled to be part of such a great group of students and faculty. This year, Michael Welter, vice president of SPS, andmyself worked with Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics, to organize HPUniverse Day – which was a major highlight with us winning the Blake Lilly Award.”

Vasquez notes that many of the group’s accomplishments would be impossible without not only faculty support, but also the Student Government Association (SGA); SGA was responsible for a large portion of the funds for HPUniverse Day 2017.

“Being on the backend and seeing what goes into planning such a large event definitely made it all the more special when we were nationally recognized with this award,” Vasquez adds. “The Blake Lilly Award will also be an important factor in our department when applying and hopefully receiving a charter for the Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society.”

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