HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 22, 2017 –Throughout the months of November and December, High Point University students, faculty and staff hosted programs to benefit the local community and beyond. These efforts are part of the 100,000 hours of service and thousands of dollars that the HPU family contributes each year to local causes.
HPU Design Students Improve Women’s Shelter
In November, three interior design students led by HPU professor Cathy Nowicki gave Leslie’s House, an emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness, a much needed face lift.
Dana Bentley, manager at Leslie’s House, contacted Nowicky just a month before the 10th anniversary of their opening. In honor of the anniversary, she wanted to host an open house to showcase Leslie’s House and how the space is improving women’s lives.
Nowicky enlisted design students Lauren Yoder, president of the Interior Design and Merchandising Club; Maureen Coleman, president of the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers; and Emily Kendall, president of the International Interior Design Association HPU Campus Center.
Together, they secured funding from the International Interior Design Associates Carolinas chapter, which allowed them to purchase new paint and accessories for the kitchen and living room. In addition, Christy Bennett of Bentley Carpet Mills donated a new area rug for the main living room.
“The students made it just seamless. They were wonderful,” says Bentley, “The residents were thrilled when they saw the space.”
“Paying it forward, our design students are helping to make the lives of the women that Leslie’s House serves more beautiful,” says Nowicki.
HPU Business Fraternity Hosts Holiday Party for Boys and Girls Club
For the third year in a row, High Point University’s Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity hosted members of the West End Ministries Boys and Girls Club for a Holiday Party.
During the party, 50 children enjoyed a meal, music and games with the HPU students, as well as visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who gave presents to each child.
The event has become a tradition for the HPU business fraternity, which funds the event through the support of its members and HPU’s Student Government Association.
“The Chi Rho chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi looks forward to putting together this holiday party to bring some joy during the holiday season,” says fraternity member Cassandra Diaz. “It has been amazing playing a variety of roles for the event and seeing the impact of its inception.”
“This holiday party has been an Alpha Kappa Psi Tradition since I joined the fraternity in 2015,” says fraternity member Taylor Agapite. “Each year, it has been the best way to get into the holiday spirit because of the pure joy and excitement the children have during the event. Working with West End Ministries has been amazing, and we are so lucky to have such a wonderful organization so close to campus.”
HPU Students Donate More than 1,000 Books to Family Service of the Piedmont
The students in Dr. David Bergen’s leadership development class at HPU understand the importance of literacy. For this reason, as a part of the “Little Books, Big Impact” project, they collected more than 1,000 books for children ages 0 to 5 as a donation to Family Service of the Piedmont’s Healthy Start program.
“The class was very excited to deliver the books in person,” Bergen said. “All of the students in the class took an active role, from collecting the donations here locally and across the U.S. to actually purchasing some of the books. We know how important reading is for young children, especially during the early years.”
Healthy Start is a home-based support program that works with pregnant women and new parents with stress factors that make parenting an even tougher job. The caseworkers in the program help parents to nurture their children’s development and create a positive home environment for their families. One of the focus areas is helping children to hit appropriate developmental milestones including literacy.
“This is the largest book donation in the history of the program,” said Sue Spidell, Family Service of the Piedmont’s Director of Family Support Services. “The Healthy Start staff is grateful for donations such as this, especially during the holiday season. It can make such a difference with so many families.”
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Raises Nearly $5,000 for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness
High Point University’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority held its 10th annual Big Man on Campus event and raised more than $5,600 for breast cancer education and awareness. At the event, male representatives from various sports teams, clubs and Greek organizations competed for the title of Big Man on Campus.
The night included talent and swimwear rounds, a formalwear portion with a Q&A and a group dance featuring all competitors.
“Big Man on Campus is our fan favorite event of the year,” said Angelica Stabile, ZTA president. “The entire Greek community looks forward to watching their nominees battle for the title of ‘Big Man.’ This event is so successful each year since it is a fun and comical way to raise nearly $5,000 for our national philanthropy, Breast Cancer Research and Awareness, and to include the entire HPU community.”
HPU student and Beta Theta Pi member Dan Burniston was crowned Big Man on Campus 2017 after competing in front of more than 550 people who attended the event.