HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements


HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 26, 2019 – High Point University faculty and students recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.

High Point University’s department of music students were selected to perform for the Greensboro Symphony Guild’s annual gala this year. Pictured left to right, are music majors Henry Heydinger and Jerry Hurley.

HPU Music Students Selected to Perform at Greensboro Symphony Guild Annual Gala

Earlier this month, HPU students performed at the Greensboro Symphony Guild’s annual gala at Proximity Hotel.

For the second consecutive year, HPU provided entertainment for this event, which is the main source of revenue and support for the Greensboro Symphony Guild, an organization dedicated to music education in the community.

The theme of the evening was “A Notable Night in Venice” and included songs and arias from famous Italian operas, as well as recognizable pop, jazz and musical theater selections. Dr. Ben Blozan, adjunct instructor of piano, accompanied the students for the performance.

Directed by Dr. Scott MacLeod, director of vocal studies and associate professor of voice, this performance offered an experiential learning component for students enrolled in the opera scenes music course.

“Having the chance to perform in the community builds confidence in our students,” says MacLeod. “We appreciate the opportunity to support organizations like the Greensboro Symphony and showcase our talented students.”

In addition to performing at the Greensboro Symphony event, students held a show for the residents of Pennybyrn retirement home and were accompanied by former Juilliard faculty member Arlene Shrut.

Dr. Joy Greene was awarded the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International Dr. Warren E. Weaver Service Award.

HPU Professor Recognized by Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International

Dr. Joy Greene, assistant dean for experiential education in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, was recently awarded the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International’s Dr. Warren E. Weaver Service Award. 

The Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) is a worldwide ministry of individuals working in all areas of pharmaceutical service.

The Dr. Warren E. Weaver Award was established in 1990 to identify the person who most exemplifies the Lord’s example in service to others through CPFI. The award is given when the awards committee or the board determines that there is an outstanding individual that deserves recognition.

“What a surprise it was to receive this wonderful award,” said Greene. “I love serving as the HPU CPFI Chapter’s Advisor. It is a blessing to serve Jesus through the profession of pharmacy.”

Greene is responsible for the clerkship placements for every student in the School of Pharmacy. She was also awarded the Spirit of High Point University Award by HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein at this year’s opening convocation ceremony.



Caitie Gehlhausen took first place in the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization Conference Global Pitch Competition.

HPU Student Wins First Place in CEO Global Pitch Competition

Caitie Gehlhausen, a High Point University senior, entrepreneurship major, and the CEO and Founder of the Socket Lock-it, recently presented at a collegiate entrepreneur’s conference hosted by the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization (CEO) and took first place in the Global Pitch Competition.

Gehlhausen received $5,000 to continue work on her business and was offered the opportunity to go to Chicago with all expenses paid to pitch her idea in a competition hosted by Future Founders, a nonprofit on a mission to support young entrepreneurs. In April, Gehlhausen was the first place winner in the HPU Business Plan Competition.

“My business wouldn’t be where it is today had I gone to any other university besides HPU. I’m lucky to have constant support and resources right at my fingertips,” said Gehlhausen. “Offering numerous opportunities like these, the university has supported my efforts to share Socket Lock-It with a broader audience, and this funding will allow me to help even more users so they no longer have to choose between the cardholder and phone grip.”

The Collegiate Entrepreneur competition began with approximately 300 student businesses and quickly narrowed down to six competitors over a three-day period. Within a few days Gehlhausen was named among the finalists and presented in front of a panel of distinguished judges including Mr. Steve Sheetz, chairman of Sheetz, and Mr. Scott Issen, president and CEO of Future Founders.

“High Point University students have shown incredible entrepreneurial spirit as they have caught the attention in the past few years of investors, entrepreneur mentors and other competitions throughout our region and beyond,” says Kathy Elliot, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and director of the center of entrepreneurship. “We are very proud of their accomplishments and attention they have brought to the university.”

The CEO conference, held in Tampa, Florida, attracts nearly 1,000 students from around the world. During this two-to-three day conference, attendees network with other entrepreneurial-minded students and listen to presentations from seasoned entrepreneurs.

Dr. Nahed Eltantawy was selected to serve as a Fulbright Specialist at Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey.

HPU Faculty Selected to Serve as Fulbright Specialist in Izmir, Turkey

Dr. Nahed Eltantawy, associate dean and associate professor in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, recently served as a Fulbright Specialist at Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey.

The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for two to six weeks.

Eltantawy provided daily lectures in various graduate and undergraduate classes relating to her research on media representation and social media activism. She also held workshops on multimedia storytelling, digital stories and podcasts and met with the media and communication faculty to discuss ideas for curriculum development.

“I enjoyed meeting and interacting with faculty and students at Izmir University of Economics,” said Eltantawy. “It was interesting to see that we have a lot in common in terms of communication students’ interests and media project ideas. My goal is to continue working with their media faculty to create opportunities for collaboration.”

In 2011, Eltantawy was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach a semester in the United Arab Emirates.

High Point University seniors Hannah Le (left) and Maelee Arnold (right) received Rising Star awards from the International Furniture Design Association (IFDA). 


HPU Students Receive Rising Star Awards

High Point University seniors Maelee Arnold and Hannah Le were recognized by the International Furniture Design Association (IFDA) as Rising Stars.

Arnold and Le were selected by various department faculty members who believe they exemplify high levels of talent and dedication and have proven themselves to be top-of-class among interior design and visual merchandising design majors.

Along with the talented design students, the Shuford Family of Century Furniture and Rock House Farm family of brands was honored. Students are recognized every year at IFDA’s Carolinas Chapter Night of Luminaries event and represent colleges and universities from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

In attendance were various HPU faculty members, including Dr. John Turpin, dean of the School of Art and Design, and Dr. Jane Nichols, chair and associate professor of home furnishings and interior design.

“These young women were named our Rising Stars based on the amazing bodies of work they have produced,” says Nichols. “Their enthusiasm for the industry and their future potential to positively impact the profession is admired.”

Dr. Matthew Carlson, associate professor of English attended the MMLA Convention in Chicago with HPU students Christine Watt, Sydney Daneman and Leslie Bosse (left to right).

HPU English Majors and Faculty Member Present at Midwest Modern Language Association

Dr. Matthew Carlson, associate professor of English, attended the annual Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago with HPU students Leslie Bosse, Sydney Daneman and Christine Watt to present research papers on Scottish literature. The students were invited to present on research that originated from Carlson’s global experience Maymester course titled, Literary Scotland.

“I’m enormously proud of these English majors and the maturity and sophistication of the research, writing, and thinking that went into these projects,” said Carlson. “Their participation at the conference showed that they could hold their own intellectually not only among undergraduate and graduate students, but also among established scholars in our field.” 

During the trip, the group explored Chicago’s cultural highlights, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Writers Museum. The trip was supported by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works and the English Department.

Dr. Scott MacLeod was selected to provide vocals for the J. Mark Scearce composition of Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

HPU Music Professor Provides Vocals for Carolina Ballet Performance

Dr. Scott MacLeod, director of vocal studies and associate professor of voice, was selected to provide vocals for the J. Mark Scearce composition of Rime of the Ancient Mariner, commissioned by Carolina Ballet. The short piece was paired with a world premiere of Frankenstein, also by Scearce, for 11 performances choreographed by Carolina Ballet’s artistic director Zalman Raffael. Held at the Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, North Carolina, the ballet delivered a Halloween performance. 

“Recording a new work and watching it develop into a ballet was a fun and unusual experience,” says MacLeod. “It was an honor to work with one of North Carolina’s most accomplished composers and watch the score come to life in dance.”

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