HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 28, 2020 – High Point University faculty and students recently received the following academic and professional awards and recognitions.
HPU Astronomy Professor Featured in PBS Documentary
Tim Martin, adjunct instructor of astronomy at High Point University, made an appearance in the recent PBS NOVA documentary titled, Polar Extremes, which follows a number of expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic with paleoclimatologists and helps to explain how we know the history of the Earth’s climate.
Around the 1:01:30 timestamp, the documentary highlights The Lake El’gygytgyn Drilling Project, one of several International Polar Year projects Martin worked on. This international collaboration through the NSF-funded Polar TREC program took place north of the Arctic Circle in Chukotka, in remote northeast Russia, where the team drilled and extracted a sediment core from beneath the frozen lake. Martin contributed a number of video clips to the documentary and is pictured in a purple sweatshirt at the 1:05:15 timestamp.
“This documentary provides a good foundation for understanding current climate research,” says Martin. “The opportunity to collaborate on international research and educate a large audience on how the climate of our planet has changed is incredible, and I am grateful to have been a part of it.”
HPU Psychology Professor Named Among Triad Business Journal’s ‘Outstanding Women in Business’
Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, associate professor of psychology, has been named among Triad Business Journal’s “2020 Outstanding Women in Business.”
The Triad Business Journal recognizes extraordinary businesswomen for the impact they’ve had in their professions, industries and communities. Specifically, this award honors female leaders who have made lasting improvements in her profession and through her community/civic engagement.
Leder Elder has been the recipient of numerous local, regional and national awards, including the prestigious Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, the Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and the Triad Business Journal’s “40 Leaders Under 40” award in 2017. She has published dozens of research and teaching-related works throughout her career, including in top-rated, peer-reviewed journals within her field. In addition to her full-time job, Leder Elder is in her second year as the President of the Junior League of High Point.
“I am honored to be among the extraordinary individuals named as the Triad Business Journal’s ‘2020 Women in Business’ award recipients,” says Leder Elder. “I am passionate about making a significant contribution to the discipline of psychology through my work at High Point University, as well as to our High Point Community, through my role as President of the Junior League of High Point.”
Award recipients were drawn from the Piedmont Triad community of North Carolina and will be honored on Thursday, April 23 at an awards ceremony at Grandover Resort and Conference Center, as well as featured in the April 24 edition of the Triad Business Journal.
HPU Spanish Professor Awarded the 2019 ‘Harold G. Jones Award for Best Essay’
Adam L. Winkel, assistant professor of Spanish at High Point University, has been awarded the 2019 “Harold G. Jones Award for Best Essay,” for his work published in Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures titled, “The Tyrannies of the In-Between: Liminality in Antonio Buero Vallejo’s Historia de una escalera.”
In his article, Winkel examines Antonio Buero Vallejo’s Historia de una escalera (Story of a Stairway), a canonical Spanish play first performed in 1949, during the Franco dictatorship. Winkel’s analysis of how the play’s setting entraps its characters and exposes them to community vigilance and internalized surveillance is relevant to questions of privacy that affect us today.
Symposium is a quarterly journal of criticism in modern literature originating in languages other than English. Founded in 1946, the journal is housed in Syracuse University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and is published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Symposium features research on authors, themes, periods, genres, works and theory, often through comparative or interdisciplinary studies.
Each year, Symposium’s editorial board selects a winner for the “Harold G. Jones Award for Best Essay” and awards $1,500 to the winner in honor of former editorial board member Harold G. Jones.
“It is an enormous honor for me to have been recognized by the journal’s editorial board,” said Winkel. “I am delighted to be recognized by my peers for bringing fresh commentary to a work that has been praised and studied for 70 years.”
HPU Mathematics Chair Appointed as Associate Editor of Mathematical Association of America’s FOCUS Newsmagazine
Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, has been appointed as an associate editor for FOCUS, Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) newsmagazine.
MAA is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students and enthusiasts, established to further the understanding of the world through mathematics because mathematics drives society and shapes our lives.
The mission of MAA is to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world. FOCUS is published six times a year for MAA members and includes news about mathematics and the mathematical community, in addition to articles about new ideas in mathematics and mathematics education.
In this role, Lewis will be responsible for reviewing and editing articles that will be published in FOCUS. She has been a member of MAA for nine years.
“I am excited to help shape FOCUS,” said Lewis. “It is important for mathematics researchers and educators to stay informed on the latest in the industry, and I look forward to supporting this mission.”
HPU Professor Named Among Triad Business Journal’s ’40 Leaders Under 40’
Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser, director of service learning and associate professor of religion and philosophy, has been named among Triad Business Journal’s “2020 40 Leaders Under 40.”
The Triad Business Journal “40 Leaders Under 40” list recognizes leaders under the age of 40 who have achieved extraordinarily in their careers, while also contributing greatly to their industries and their communities.
Blosser is known throughout Guilford County for his work creating the Greater High Point Food Alliance and the High Point Schools Partnership, as well as his work on boards, like the High Point Community Foundation, Guilford Education Alliance, YMCA, and more. He is a bridge between the intellectual and human capital of the HPU campus and the High Point community.
He founded the HPU Bonner Leader Program, Service Learning Program, and AmeriCorps VISTA Program, which collectively contribute nearly 50,000 hours of volunteer service to the city. He also helps to coordinate the over 110,000 hours of service HPU students, faculty and staff give to High Point each year. For this work, Blosser has been the recipient of numerous awards, including North Carolina Campus Compact’s Civic Engagement Professional of the Year, the United Way of High Point’s Spirit of Advocacy Award and The Spirit of HPU Award.
“It is an honor to be recognized among the Triad’s top leaders under 40,” says Blosser. “I continually seek ways to bring HPU students, faculty and staff together with the High Point community to serve, research and engage in ways that help our city thrive. I’m thankful that High Point University has empowered me to grow programs that drive my passion forward.”
Award recipients were drawn from the Piedmont Triad community of North Carolina and were honored on Thursday, Feb. 27 at an awards ceremony at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Cone Ballroom in The Elliott Center, as well as featured in the Feb. 28 edition of the Triad Business Journal.
HPU Music Students Compete in State NATS Competition
Freshman Reyna Alston and sophomore Steph Stone, both music majors at High Point University, competed in the North Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conference on February 14. Both study voice with Dr. Scott MacLeod, associate professor of music.
“This competition showed me how much progress I’ve made in my first year,” said Alston. “I’m thankful to Dr. MacLeod for introducing me to this competition and helping me grow in so many ways this year.”
Alston tied for first place in the First Year College/Independent Studio Treble Voice category, and Stone earned a high score in her category, Second Year College/Independent Studio Treble Voice, qualifying both for the Mid-Atlantic competition at the University of South Carolina on March 13.
The North Carolina Chapter of NATS proudly offers awards to students who show exemplary abilities in classical voice performance.
“I am so grateful to the HPU music department, Dr. Scott MacLeod and Susan Young in particular, for preparing me so well for the competition,” said Stone. “Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to present my best. This was such a great learning opportunity, and I am really excited about the comments I received from the judges about how to better my instrument.”
HPU’s Sport Management Association Visits U.S. Olympic Training Center
High Point University students Julia Del Viscio, Molly Casper, Daniella Castillo, Patrick Horn, Noah Skodis, Lizzy Eisenhardt and Cora Matthewson, all members of HPU’s Sport Management Association, recently traveled to Colorado Springs to shadow employees on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
Cole McKeel, manager of business development at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and Cecelia Bolin, sport business development coordinator at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, provided a tour of the U.S. Olympic Training Center and introduced students to team members in a variety of departments.
“Traveling to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience,” said Del Viscio. “We are grateful for the opportunity to network with professionals in various departments, have a first-hand look at their day-to-day and to HPU for encouraging students to dream big, like we did when putting this trip together.”
HPU Students Recognized in Mock Trial Tournament
High Point University was recently recognized with the Spirit of American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Award at the North Carolina Regional Tournament of the AMTA in Chapel Hill.
This Spirit of AMTA Award is given to the team that best exemplifies the ideals of honesty, civility and fair play and is based upon the teams the students competed against unanimously agreeing that they were the best team in that regard.
The teams, composed of students Rose Bliesner, Jasmine Lee, Alexis Ogren, Julia Wallace, Aurora Jaques, Victoria Baldyga, Sydney Young, Sarah Fuller, Nick Bainbridge, Jessica Vedrani, Megan Shea, Sydney Sullivan, Emmie D’Amico, Katy Parisi and Shannon Cox, had to prepare a case from both the defense and prosecution perspectives.
Students also had to play the role of witnesses in the case and face questions from both sides. Aurora Jaques, a senior criminal justice major, received an award as an outstanding witness.
“This team of students competing in mock trials has become an important part of our pre-law program,” says Scott Ingram, assistant professor of criminal justice at HPU. “Students learn how much work goes into preparing a case for trial and hone important life skills, like critically evaluating a problem from both sides, gaining confidence in their speaking abilities, working as a team to present the case and collaborating with different personalities.”
HPU Exercise Science Professor Elected to the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Executive Board
Dr. Kimberly Reich, associate professor of exercise science at High Point University, has been elected to the executive board for the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. The organization’s more than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
Representing 70 occupations within the sports medicine field, ACSM offers a 360-degree view of the profession. From educators and students, to personal trainers and physicians, the association of sports medicine, exercise science and health and fitness professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives.
In this role, Reich will be responsible for coordinating university outreach activities and grants and contributing to planning and implementing the annual SEACSM conference.
She has been involved with ACSM since 2003, when she began as a graduate student member. Reich joined the Southeast Chapter of ACSM in 2009 and since has had the opportunity to chair conference sessions, judge poster presentations, serve as a mentor for the SEACSM Leadership and Diversity Training Program, and bring SEACSM to HPU by hosting one of the dates for the chapter’s 2017 Fall Lecture Tour. She currently serves as the chair of the ACSM Exercise Science Education Special Interest Group, reviews abstracts, and chairs sessions at the ACSM annual meeting. Reich and HPU colleagues in the departments of exercise science, athletic training and physical therapy mentor undergraduate students who present their research at the regional and national conferences.
“I am honored to be elected to the SEACSM executive board,” said Reich. “Serving in various capacities with ACSM and the southeast chapter has been invaluable to my professional growth, and I enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to continue introducing the organization to undergraduate students. The collegial culture of SEACSM and ACSM has provided priceless opportunities for HPU students to grow as professionals and scholars and to connect with faculty and peers from other institutions.”