HIGH POINT, N.C., June 21, 2018 – High Point University faculty, staff and students recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.
Erin Brady, a rising senior at HPU, has been selected to receive a $2,000 Science Systems and Applications Inc. Underrepresented Student Scholarship. This award is given by the Society of Physics Students to students who have achieved great academic and personal achievements. Brady was chosen for this award for her academic rigor combined with her participation with the SPS community. She is pursuing majors in physics and studio art with a minor in mathematics.
“I hope to combine physics and art to help communicate science to the public, whether it is working in a science museum or creating informational graphics to help people understand scientific phenomena,” says Brady. “This scholarship will allow me to focus on my classes and research, while also helping groups I am involved in on campus grow, such as making our Society of Physics Students chapter a welcoming place for everyone in the physics community.”
Dr. Paul Ringel, associate professor of history at HPU, addressed the graduates of Penn-Griffin School for the Arts during their graduation ceremony on June 11. His speech, titled “Honoring the Legacies of William Penn,” encouraged graduates to engage in “virtuous citizenship” by forming diverse relationships and remaining active in their communities. Ringel, along with students from HPU and Penn-Griffin, previously created the William Penn Project, a website detailing the history of the school.
“I’ve seen just a little of what Penn-Griffin students can do, and it makes me feel like we’re in good hands,” Ringel said in his speech. “Keep fighting for the causes that inspire you, and stick with that fight for the long haul. I know that each of you can build something as important and lasting for your communities as the amazing school from which you graduate tonight.”
Dr. Daniel Erb, dean of the Congdon School of Health Sciences, moderated a panel on innovations in health care hosted by the Triad Business Journal on June 7. He participated along with leaders from LabCorps, Novant Health, Cone Health and Allegacy Benefit Solutions in discussing how innovation is upending the way services are delivered and how new partnerships and collaborations are mixing up the industry.
“Health care organizations face unprecedented challenges to improve quality, reduce harm, improve access, increase efficiency, eliminate waste and lower costs, and innovation is a major focus to meet or exceed these challenges,” said Erb. “Meeting these challenges will occur through the implementation of new or significantly improved products, services, or processes, new organizational models, methods of service delivery, ways of relating to customers, and approaches to marketing.”
Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, associate professor of psychology at HPU, will serve as president of the Junior League of High Point for a two-year term. Founded in 1928, the Junior League of High Point is focused on promoting volunteerism, developing women’s potential, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. This year, Elder will lead the League’s 90th anniversary celebration, including a volunteer-a-thon consisting of 90 consecutive hours of service.
“I moved to High Point to work at High Point University and have fallen in love with this community,” says Elder. “Many of the faculty at HPU find ways to give back to our city, and it is my honor to use my skills to lead this long-standing women’s organization to make meaningful contributions to this place that I now call home.”
Jeff Karpovich, chief of security and transportation at HPU, recently accepted the role of regional vice president for region 4B of ASIS International. He serves North Carolina, South Carolina and part of Georgia in this capacity for the organization, which connects security professionals worldwide. Karpovich is also a member of the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council, on which he serves as chair of the School Security Committee, and the ASIS School Safety and Security Council. He is also the former vice-chair and chair of ASIS Piedmont, NC Chapter 82.
“I’m flattered to have been selected to serve as a leader of my peers and blessed to work for an employer that values the sharing of skills and knowledge,” Karpovich says.