HIGH POINT, N.C., April 13, 2018 – High Point University celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication yesterday, reflecting on the last decade and the transformation that has taken place in the school.
HPU President Nido Qubein delivered the keynote address, thanking the faculty and leadership within the school for dedicating themselves to the growth and development of students.
“I came to HPU in 2005, and it’s no secret that I came here to help take this institution to a higher level,” said Qubein. “One of the things I thought we needed upfront was the discipline of communication. This building was built in 2008, it was the third or fourth building that we built here after I came. We had no idea how many people would want to major in communication, but we had faith.”
Today the School of Communication has grown into a community of 800 scholars and producers in eight disciplines. The school prepares students to become industry and community leaders. Whether it’s developing a campaign to improve community health, managing a sports venue, announcing an athletic event, producing a video documentary, or developing a unique video game, students in communication go on to prosper in a world that values information, effective management of resources and entertainment sharing.
“We are a premiere life skills university,” said Qubein. “That means we’re not just interested in arming our students with the content of the discipline, but more so with the context and application of the skills in the outside world. That’s called life skills, and this school has done its part and then some in preparing our students in a very meaningful and measurable way for careers that will be filled with success and framed with significance.”
The entire event was emceed by David Neal, executive producer of the FIFA World Cup on FOX and vice president of production for FOX Sports. Neal is the chairman of the School of Communication Advisory Council.
The School of Communication was the first new academic school added to HPU with Qubein at the helm. Today, a total of five new academic schools have been added under his leadership.
As part of the celebration, HPU faculty and students contributed items to a time capsule that Qubein sealed with plans to reopen on the School of Communication’s 25-year anniversary.
Alumni were also invited to share their memories of the school, thanking faculty and recognizing the school’s role in their path to success.
“I absolutely could not have landed such a wonderful job in the High Point Community if it were not for the experiences I gained here in the School of Communication,” said Sarah Tate, senior director of events and marketing at the High Point Chamber of Commerce. “Thank you to my professors, Dr. Ginny McDermott especially. And to the current students, I cannot encourage you enough to develop relationships with these professors. They can see potential in you that even you cannot yet see, and I know that was huge for me.”
At the conclusion of the celebration, HPU students presented the Greater High Point Food Alliance with $1,500 in funds raised within the School of Communication.
“One of the things that’s really important to the city of High Point is working with the students and faculty at High Point University,” said Carl Vierling, executive director of the Greater High Point Food Alliance. “I can never say thank you enough for all that High Point University has done; we really appreciate it.”