HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 8, 2018 – High Point University welcomed alumni back to campus for Homecoming Weekend 2018 on Oct. 5-7. They participated in a variety of activities, including longstanding traditions and new experiences at their alma mater and within the city of High Point.
Alumni participated in tours of campus, a Panther tailgate, student performances, athletic events, and a chapel service. They also partnered with service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and The Bed Brigade, a non-profit co-founded by HPU student Kaylor Ramey, in making blankets for a local veterans’ homeless shelter.
The weekend also provided an important boost to the city by bringing thousands of alumni and their guests into town to support local shops, hotels and restaurants. Several local businesses offered discounts and held special events for alumni. The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the economic impact of this year’s event at more than a quarter of a million dollars.
One of the annual highlights of Homecoming is the recognition of alumni who have made outstanding accomplishments and demonstrated a commitment to their communities and the university. Thirteen HPU alumni were honored at a banquet hosted by the Alumni Association on Oct. 5.
Don Caine, a 1965 graduate of HPU, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Caine founded Camco Manufacturing in 1966 with one employee and one product. He and his wife, Teresa, live in Greensboro and are generous supporters of HPU students and the new Donald R. and Teresa B. Caine Conservatory.
Mark Webb, a 1983 HPU graduate, was named Alumnus of the Year. Webb, CEO and president of Interstate Foam and Supply Inc. in Conover, and his wife, Jerri, have generously donated gifts in honor of their family to support the Webb Conference Center and Webb School of Engineering. Their son, Connor, is a current HPU student.
Jerry Murdock, a 1962 graduate, received the Alumni Service Award. Murdock, who is CEO of IPS Packaging in Greenville, South Carolina, received the award for his continued involvement in various service initiatives that support HPU and his local community. He and his wife, Joan, are generous supporters of HPU students.
Ten distinguished alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years were also honored with HPU’s Ten Under Ten Young Alumni Award. They are as follows:
- Mikhaela Ackerman, Class of 2013, financial crimes consultant at Wells Fargo in Charlotte.
- John Brown, Class of 2016, professional basketball player at Acea Virtus Roma European Basketball Team in Italy.
- Matthew Burns, Class of 2015, corporate transactional attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago.
- Ariel St. Clair, Class of 2014, program officer at Internews Network in Washington, D.C.
- Austin Dillon, Class of 2018, Daytona 500 winner, professional stock car racing driver at Richard Childress Racing in Welcome.
- James Jadotte, Class of 2014, outreach analyst at Facebook in San Francisco.
- Mary Beth Long, Class of 2010, occupational therapist in Denver.
- John Marsicano, Class of 2015, public relations manager at Magnolia in Waco, Texas.
- Stephanie Schwartz, Class of 2014, marketing program manager at Office Depot in West Palm Beach, Florida.
- Tyler Yusko, Class of 2013, engineering leadership recruiter at Google in New York City.